Posts in the category 29er

Long Term Review: Ibis Ripley Is A Solid Cross Country & Trail 29er


The Ripley might be one of the most anticipated bikes in recent memory, first being leaked at Eurobike in 2010, and finally making it to market after some unfortunate setbacks the company faced. Embracing the extra time they had, they spent it on testing and R&D, also making some changes to the construction, travel, geometry and moving parts of the suspension during this time.

Finally hitting the market in 2013, Ibis was still ahead of the competition, delivering the first suspension bike that used two eccentrics for links, and no linkages at all. This makes the bike look elegantly simple from the outside, even provoking a person met on the trail to ask “why does that single pivot bike have DW-Link stickers on it?”

The DW-Link 2XC dual eccentric design makes the bike complex to manufacture, so the question is whether it and all the delays pay off…


PBE14: Engin Revs a Few Titanium Builds for Hometown Crowd


After converting to almost 100% titanium over the past year and a half, Engin’s show bikes are now all made from the premium alloy. This time he had a 29er, a standard road bike and a disc brake road bike. All three use his massive 1″ chainstays.

Above, the standard road bike gets a partial paint job, leaving the chainstays, logo and a few stripes bare to show off the metal. Detail pics of this and the others below…


Factory Tour: Breadwinner Cycles’ Small Batch Custom Approach


Located in a garage in the northern outskirts of Portland, Breadwinner Cycles is the brain child of two of the best custom bicycle designers and builders in the industry – Ira Ryan (pictured) and Tony Pereira. Both have created Best in Class winning bikes at NAHBS, but teamed up together to bring their unique sensibility in small batches to the hand built market.

During a recent trip through micro-brew heaven, I had the opportunity to stop by their small workplace and see where the magic happens. Take a closer look at the #ShopVibes after the break… READ MORE ->

First Run of Domahidy Mountain Bikes Done, Will Ship w/ Paid One Year IMBA Membership


Steve Domahidy’s new namesake brand of bikes kickstarted things earlier this year, took pre-orders, and now the first batch is on the water, en route to the U.S. for a December delivery.

As a bonus, all of them will arrive at their new homes with a prepaid one-year IMBA membership (and a free pair of IMBA socks!). Domahidy helped start Niner Bikes before leaving to work with Factor Bikes and others, then started his own brand to offer titanium and Reynolds 853 steel bikes in both 650B and 29er wheel sizes. He had this to say about the give back:

“While at Niner, Chris (Sugai) and I both agreed that IMBA was the lifeblood to a sport we made our living from, so it was important to support them. was our decision to start the limited-‐edition paint scheme to benefit IMBA and it was a huge success. With Domahidy Designs, I wanted to find a meaningful way to continue on that road, but not mimic what Niner is already doing (that latest ROS 9 Plus was amazing!). So I decided to be the industry leader, and pay for a one year IMBA membership for every single person who buys a Domahidy Designs, and for added incentive, I’m throwing in a free pair of IMBA socks.”


Factory Tour: Aerospace Composite Engineer Matt Appleman’s Carbon Fiber Workshop


Custom frame builder Matt Appleman has a degree in composites engineering. Although the bike industry uses a lot of composite materials, an actual composite engineer is usually a resource only the largest of companies has available. We have seen Matt’s final products at NAHBS 2014, and his attention to detail is obvious.

Matt spent years after college working in California on larger scale wind turbine blades, and on composite raw materials for large corporations. Growing tired of that, he moved back home to Minnesota to start his own bike company.

Building bikes full time for more than four years now, Appleman takes a much more scientific approach than most custom frame builders. We visited and got to take a look at his South Minneapolis shop, find out what makes his frames different after the jump…


Eurobike Awards 2014: Road, Tri, Mountain, City, and of course, E-Bikes

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If there was one bike in the awards area at the show that epitomizes the idea of a design award, it would probably be the Rafael r-023 Ueberbike. From the driveside it may be easy to overlook if you’re not into tri bikes, but as soon as you take a glance at the non-drive side of the bike it stops you in your tracks…


Specialized Teases Possible New Supermoto Singlespeed Street Bike

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Photo: Specialized, via Instagram.

Generally when you think of a Supermoto dirt bikes come to mind. Specifically, dirt bikes with 17″ wheels, slick tires, lowered suspension, and better brakes. Just spotted on the Specialized Instagram feed looks to be their bicycle interpretation of a supermoto. Captioned simply as #Supermoto is ready for its closeup, does the teaser point to a new model from the big S?

Even if it turns out that the bike is just a concept, it’s worth a closer look.


Matter Cycles Builds 4130 Into Clean Rides In Boulder Colorado


New Builder Matter Cycles has been around for only about a year, making steel frames in Boulder, Colorado. With interesting bike names like BeneFat, WolfBeard and SlayRide, owner Collin Schaafsma believes that riding a bike is a creative venture.

Blending a mix of aircraft grade 4130, True Temper and Columbus cromoly steels in his 400 square foot shop, Schaafsma reminds his customers that when you order one of his bikes, it doesn’t exist yet. He spends time creating a connection and getting to know you, but since he is small, the lead time is pretty short. There are Matter Cycles of all riding styles, jump past the break to see.


Motobecane Debuts New Fly Team Ti 29er XTR 11 Speed Edition & Teases Fantom XTR

Motobecane-Fly-Ti-Team-XTR-11Motobecane is known for selling bikes priced impossibly low for their spec by passing on the savings of consumer direct sales. The Fly Ti Team has been a leader in this area, over the past few years, the butted and shaped 3/2.5 Titanium framed bike has sold as a complete, top level spec bike for about the same price as most titanium frames.

Weighing just 22lbs complete, and tested on the Leadville 100 with a buckle to prove it, the full XTR M9000 bike costs little more than the group hung on it. And Motobecane is also teasing pictures of a full redesign of the Fantom 29er full suspension bike with pictures after the break.