Posts in the category 29er

IB14: Cantitoe Road Showcases New Carbocut Saw, Hi Tech Trelock Light, & More

CarboCut Saw Cantitoe Road

Cantitoe Road is the exclusive distributor of Effetto Mariposa in the US and an importer of all things awesome. As such, they always have cool stuff to play with. This year, the first thing I was asked when I stopped by the booth was if I wanted to cut a rock with a saw? I’m more of a table saw kind of girl, but the display was impressive none the less.

The tool they were using is the new CarboCut saw, which has a 10″ Tungsten Carbide blade, and is designed for cutting carbon composites. That said, it will also make quick work of steel, ceramics, geological samples, etc… READ MORE ->

IB14: Panaracer Debuts Gravel, Fat Bike, Cyclocross & New Mountain Bike Tires

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Remember back when Panaracer’s Smoke and Dart were competing with the WTB Velociraptor set for your hard earned dollars and only IRC’s Mythos XC gave ‘em a run for your money? Yeah, it was a long time ago, but the brand used to be hot.

From the looks of their latest offerings, they could be again. The 2015 collection bringing options for all the hot categories, offering up gravel/dirt road tires, fat bike tires, cyclocross tires and an updated version of the FirePro that maybe, just maybe, could pass as an enduro tread.

Shown above are the Comet Hardpack (front) and Pacenti Pari Moto tires for adventure/gravel/dirt road bikes. The Comet has been available in 26″/27.5″/29er sizes ranging from 1.95 up to 2.25 widths, but now it gets a proper 700x38c size in both folding and wire beads. Claimed weights are TBA, but they have a rounded profile for predictable grip at any lean angle.

The Pacenti Pari Moto gets two versions of a 27.5″ slick. One’s for pavement, the other gets a puncture protection strip to guard against gravel and other off road pokey things. Width is 1.5″, and it’s available in all black or with gumwalls. Weight is 300g.

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Another Epic Press Release Video From Transition, Now Featuring Ponies and Giddyup Technology

Transition recently announced a brand new suspension platform and a four brand new bikes for the 2015. We’ve covered the tech and first ride review here, and the different models here, but you’ll want to hit play on this video anyways….

IB14: Litespeed Introduces T5 Gravel and Disc Models, Multi-wheeled Pinhoti MTB, Plus the New Quintana Roo PR6

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While the Litespeed T5g is related to the T5 road bike that’s been around for some time, you’d hardly know it by looking at it. As Litespeed’s interpretation of a modern day gravel bike, the T5g blends the performance of their T5 titanium with big(ger) tire clearance and disc brakes. Compared to their Ti CX bike, the T5g has more of a relaxed geometry better suited to long days on the bike no matter what the road surface. Don’t need clearance for meaty tires but still want the performance of disc brakes? Litespeed is also offering up the T5d, which is a disc brake equipped version of the road focused T5. Together the three bikes provide a titanium option at an attainable price no matter how you want to ride.

Out in the desert Litespeed was also showing off  their Pinhoti hard tail which is compatible with multiple wheel sizes. That and their sister company Quintana Roo’s new PR6 Superbike after the break…

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IB14: New DVO Edition Intense 951, Plus New Hard Eddie Colors

Intense M9 Factory Build DVO (2)

For their new Factory Level builds, Intense Cycles has been sourcing nothing but the best. For their Tracer, Carbine, and Spider, that meant Rockshox suspension, SRAM drivetrain, and Enve wheels, but the needs of a DH bike are a little different.

They started with their aluminum 951, which is built in their US factory, and decked it out with some mean green components….

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IB14: Alchemist Drops Ultralight Carbon 29er Wheels, Plus New Kuroshiro 29+ Rim

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Italian brand Alchemist showed off their latest lightweight hoops, this time with a somewhat more subtle design than past offerings.

The new 29er Clincher RR is a race-ready mountain bike wheel that comes in at just 1,245g per set. That’s with properly wide rims (26mm internal), thru axle hub options and 24 spokes per wheel. Much of the weight savings comes from rims that register at just 325g each, minimizing rotational weight.

They’re laced up with Sapim CX-Ray spokes to their own carbon-and-alloy hubs…

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EB14: New Ritchey WCS Trail Wheels, 35mm Bar & Stem, Lightweight Carbon Road Components, Teasers & More!

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As usual, Ritchey’s tradeshow booth was littered with new products for both road and mountain bikes, along with a prototype part. Technically, it’s a teaser to a possible prototype, but we’ve put the pieces together and it’s looking good.

As for production parts, the new WCS Trail 650B mountain bike wheels bring their wider, tougher component line to the middle sized wheel market. The hubs are convertible between QR and thru axles front and rear -including 20mm for the front- and the freehub can be standard or XD Driver. Disc mounts are Centerlock, sitting on forged hubs rolling on oversized sealed bearings. Inside width is 25mm.

Roll through for closeup photos on this and plenty more…

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IB14: Transition Gets Some Giddy Up, Releases Five New Models

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After two years of development, Transition has completely revamped it’s range of bikes designed for going up and down mountains. These bikes will utilize their new GiddyUp suspension platform, while still retaining the great handling characteristics that fans of the brand will remember.

On the longer travel end of the spectrum is the Patrol, which rolls on 27.5″ wheels, and will have 155mm of travel, a 65 degree headtube angle, and a short 430mm chainstay. The frame only version option retails for $1,999 with a Monarch Plus RC3, but well spec’d completes start at $3,499. A carbon version is also in development, but will not be available until Spring 2015. READ MORE ->

IB14: Onyx Racing Products Hubs Offer Instant, Infinite Engagement w/ Low Drag for Road, BMX, MTB & More

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Imagine a hub that offered instant, infinite, and silent engagement all with extremely low drag. Sound too good to be true? Then you need to check out the hubs coming out of Onyx Racing Products. All of the hubs are manufactured in the United States out of their facility in Minnesota which is probably one of the reasons they’ve been able to make their hub work. Instead of the roller clutch that a few manufacturers have tried in the past, Onyx hubs use a sprag one-way clutch which gives the hub all of the above features. The catch? The tolerances have to be extremely tight. So tight that when they successfully created their first bicycle hub using the sprag clutch, the company that created the clutch visited them to see how they did it since many other companies had tried without success.

While their roots are in BMX, Onyx has expanded to offer just about every hub you could think of, including road and fat bikes. Get the details next…

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