Posts in the category 29er

Long Term Review: Gamut Trail SXC Guide Provides Extra Security for 1x Drivetrains

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Like bad Enduro Jokes, and 650B envy, 1x drivetrains are suddenly cool. Recent advancements such as narrow wide chain rings, cassette adapters, and silly expensive drivetrains, have allowed the masses to ditch the front derailleur, without sacrificing gearing.

An unexpected outcome of this new technology is the gradual extinction of the full chainguide, because the new stuff works so well, it’s rare to drop a chain when using a narrow wide chainring and clutch equipped derailleur. Of course, when racing or simply out there pushing the limits, it pays to be prepared. For those who desire a little extra security, the Gamut Trail SXC guide is a inexpensive solution, that comes with a minimal weight penalty.


New BMC Speedfox Proves 29er Wheels Can Still Make a Rippin’ Trail Bike


Eschewing the whole 650B craze and slotting in between their long travel Trailfox and racy Fourstroke, the new 130mm BMC Speedfox maintains their completely 29″ high end* mountain bike lineup and adds a mid-travel option for folks just looking to get out and play.

Meant to be a full fledged trail bike, the Speedfox uses BMC’s “Big Wheel Concept”, which pairs very short chainstays and stems with a long cockpit and slack head angle. All of that’s packed on to their very efficient APS suspension design in a frame that’s just 2210g (4.87 lb) for the top level, full carbon SF01 with shock and hardware. That makes for fun on the downhill sections without being a chore to pedal up hills.

Three versions will be offered, from full carbon to full alloy, with multiple builds on each frame type, with five sizes to fit virtually any rider. Check them all out below…


Spot Brand Bikes Hires Former Maverick Engineer, Debuts Cream Titanium Hardtail

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Spot Brand has been growing, adding a few more sales reps and bringing on Andy Emanuel to help design and build their next generation of bikes. Emanual comes from five years under Paul Turner at Maverick.

While we wait to see his impact on their bike designs, we have the new Spot Cream SS to hold us over. The frame is made to run single speed or geared, allowing for both chains and Gates Belt Drive transmissions. Sliding dropout options include one with a derailleur hanger for those who like adjustable-on-the-fly cadence options.

A slack 69.25º head angle across the size range (S/M/L/XL) promises stable descending and a 73º seat angle keeps the rider in an aggressive pedaling position. They say that combination provides an all around great ride with the liveliness titanium is known for.


Juliana Follows Santa Cruz Footsteps, Launches Affordable Carbon, and New Colors for 2015

Katie_Furtado_photoSvenMartinLast week, Santa Cruz Bicycles took the unprecedented step of slashing prices on some of their carbon frames to nearly entry level aluminum levels. They were able to achieve this by getting creative with their carbon fiber layup and build spec. Now, sister brand Juliana has just announced they will be adding price point carbon to their line up as well.

For those wondering, the only difference between the two frames is weight. Visually, and in testing, the frames retain the same strength, stiffness, and ride quality, but will cost considerably less.

In addition to complete carbon builds starting at $3,399, Juliana Bikes has also launched a slew of new colors, and builds options.  READ MORE ->

Ibis Launches New 29er Tranny Hardtail – Exclusive Photos & Actual Weights

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As with any industry, there are several different approaches to selling a product. Some companies ooze cool, others try to undercut their competitors, while some actually try producing products their customer base actively desires. For Ibis, their brand new Tranny 29″ hardtail was the result of customer demand.

In development for a number of years, the bike incorporates a number of new features, which make it one of the most versatile hardtails available. READ MORE ->

New 2015 Lapierre Mountains Bikes, Electronic Suspension Tech, and A La Carte Ordering

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After introducing an intelligent electronic suspension system over the last couple years on their full range of trail and all mountain bikes, Lapierre has completely rethought and revised the system to be simpler and more efficient. They’re so proud of what they’ve accomplished, they claim it “could be the most important innovation on [their] future MTB ranges.”

So what makes this e:i shock special? Drop past the break to learn that and more… READ MORE ->

Mongoose Rallies for 2015, Selling New High End Bikes Consumer Direct in US

Mongoose Rallies for 2015, To Start Selling High End Bikes Consumer Direct in US

Chances are good that if you’re into bicycles you know the name Mongoose. The brand has a long history in the US though after being sold to Pacific Cycle in 2001, the brand has wrestled with the reputation that comes when bike that bear your name are on the floors of Walmart. After a bit of a disappearing act, Mongoose is coming back for 2015 with an impressive line of bikes that will be sold consumer direct.

Offering a full line that includes all mountain, downhill, fat bikes, even gravel bikes, Mongoose may be making a comeback. Details next…


Reynolds Serving Up BlackLabel Wheels, Centerlock Road Disc Hubs

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After the snow had all but melted away, we got a chance to check out the latest from Reynolds. While we’ve touched on most of the new products including the BlackLabel Mountain bike wheels, and new carbon and aluminum road disc options, Reynolds is always looking to make improvements no matter how small.

In the case of their BlackLabel Mountain bike wheels, the MR5 carbon rims are getting a bit of a cosmetic update. Originally to use Reynold’s Inkjet graphic technology, BlackLabel rims are moving to a more traditional die cut decal. The wheels will still maintain the stealth BlackLabel look, but the rim profile didn’t provide enough real estate for the Inkjet process.

BlackLabel wheels are in stock and now shipping with tubeless rim tape installed and XD freehubs are available as an aftermarket accessory. Since the wheels use DT Swiss 240 hubs, customers can order DT Swiss XD bodies from Reynolds, DT, or their local bike shop. Reynolds is also continuing their partnership with the Pivot DH team, promising a model year 16 downhill rim that won’t just be a 27.5″ AM rim with a different layup…


WTB Trail Boss Speeds Up w/ Tighter Knobs, New Cross Boss Hits the CX Course


First mentioned at Taipei Bike Show alongside several other new and updated models, the MY2015 WTB Trail Boss is now shipping…and we’ve got pictures.

Designed with a very similar tread block shape to their Vigilante enduro tire, the Trail Boss gets ramped center knobs to be a faster rolling tire for rough XC but burly enough for all mountain pursuits. It’s only slightly less aggressive looking than the Vigilante, and only because the blocks are more tightly spaced. Side knobs are supported for hard cornering, and all blocks get a big, shallow sipe to help them conform to the little stuff. Rated for hardback through loam, dry to damp conditions.

Roll through for specs, size options and a close up of the tread pattern…and the Cross Boss…