Posts in the category 650b

SOC 14: Metropolis Shows Seatpost Saddle Quick Release Prototype, Plus New Gravity Gradient Carbon Components

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This next one goes out to anyone who has ever worried about leaving a saddle on their bike when locking it up or loading it on a car rack. Instead of using a saddle cover or a plastic bag and locking it up, what if you could easily remove the saddle in seconds without messing with your adjustment? That’s what the company is wondering with their prototype Metropolis seat post. The design is sound, but Metropolis is wondering how many people would take advantage of the seatpost design. Find out how it works after the jump…

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SOC 14: Continental Rolls Fat 27.5 with Der Kaiser and Baron Projekt 2.4

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When 27.5 was first introduced, many of the tires were fairly small compared to their high volume 26″ cousins. Now, that is all changing as companies like Continental are offering fatter tires to match aggressive enduro bikes. In Continental’s case it’s their new Projekt 2.4 which started with the Der Kaiser 2.4. Now Continental is working on a Baron 2.4 to join the ranks with both tires under testing by the Athertons. The Baron is almost ready for release, details next…

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SOC 14: Diamondback Redesigns the Mission – 27.5″ Wheels, Improved Suspension & More

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Joining most of the other bicycle manufacturers, Diamondback is joining in on 27.5” with the all new Diamondback Mission. Originally built with 26” wheels, the medium wheeled Mission completely replaces the 26” bike and also replaces the Scapegoat. In order to accommodate the larger wheels, the Mission gets what Diamondback is calling the Knuckle Box migration where the link is getting lower, farther forward, and more compact. The result is a stiffer, lighter bike with a lower center of gravity that pedals with the benefits of the bigger wheels.

Intrigued? Set out on a new Mission next…

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SOC14: SDG Introduces New Colors & Saddles, Plus Prototype Sensus Saddles

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At their Sea Otter booth this year SDG was showcasing a revamped version of their popular Bel Air saddle. While the original saddle will still be available, and both will share more the less the same shape, the 2.0 version has a few new features which make it much more of a performance saddle.

Probably the biggest difference between the two models is the one that is not visible to the eye, because underneath the cover SDG has made the change from Mid-density PU foam to the lightest EVA available. This foam not only cuts down on weight, but it’s also slightly stiffer for better power transfer, and should hold it’s shape better in the long run.

Some other big changes were done to make the ride a little more friendly to your “soft tissue.” The new saddle has a Peri-canal which has been widened and extends the full length of the saddle to offer perennial relief. The 2.0 has also been redesigned with more rear-rise, to help rotate the pelvis forward to help place the rider in a better position on the bike.  READ MORE ->

SOC14: Marin Introduces Rift Zone Carbon, Indian Fire Trail Hartdtail, & Updates the Lombard

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The Rift Zone is a model that has been in Marin’s line up for years, but it was time to give it some fresh legs. Sticking with the 29″ wheel platform, the new Rift Zone is what Marin calls their Trail 29er with 110mm rear, and 120mm front travel. Other than the material change to carbon, the Rift Zone XC 9 gains Marin’s new Isotrack rear suspension design which uses a flex stay in place of the rear pivot. The result is a 29 FS just over 25 lbs that will be the enduro race weapon of choice for Kyle Warner…

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SOC14: Felt Goes 650b with Compulsion, Retro with American Pickers’ Mike Wolfe, & Electric with new LebowskE Fat Bike!

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According to the interwebs, to be Enduro you need 650b wheels and something in Enduro blue – and maybe a fanny pack. With the introduction of the Compulsion 27.5, Felt is checking off two of those boxes. Developed in conjunction with their Enduro team, Felt is finally offering a 650b Compulsion which has been tweaked to work with the bigger wheels. Shown above in the top of the line Compulsion 10, the 160mm travel bike will be offered in a few builds with the 10 ranging from $4,999-5,499.

More details plus a collaboration with American Pickers’ Mike Wolfe and big changes to their fat-e bike after the break…

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SOC14: 2015 Marzocchi Early Looks – 650B Carbon Forks, Espresso Coatings, Enduro Shocks & More!

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If the sneak peek we got at the 2015 Marzocchi product is any indication, the company is set to come back in a big way. The new product line is the most complete we’ve seen in some time from the Italian icon, and with an increased presence at this year’s SOC, Marzocchi is serious about getting back to their roots of durable, competitive suspension offerings. 2015 will see the introduction of new coatings, improved seals, reduced weights, and more wheel sizes for a completely rejuvenated line up. Get a glimpse of the new and improved 380 along with a whole lot more after the jump…

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SO14: Gamut Launches New Cillos Line of Stems and TTr Chainrings

Gamut Cillos Stem (6)As a long time manufacturer of some of our favorite chain retention systems, we had to stop by the Gamut booth at Sea Otter to help them celebrate their 10 year anniversary, and check out their latest and greatest.

Late last year they sent us over a sneak peak of their new line of Cillos stems, but this was the first time we’ve had the opportunity to see the product in real life, and our crummy photos booth photos do not do the product justice.  READ MORE ->

SOC 14: First Look – FSA Teases All New Carbon MTB Prototype Wheels

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Just as their surprisingly good mountain bike brakes are beginning to ship, FSA is already showing their hand at their next project – wheels. Mountain bike wheels specifically, that will borrow from what Vision has learned with their Metron carbon wheel line for the road. Details were slim, but we do know that there will be K-Force Light, SLK, and Afterburner versions in “many axle and wheel size configurations.”

We got a sneak peek at the K-Force Light prototypes after the jump…

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