Posts in the category 650b

2015 Felt Mountain Bikes – Lighter High End, Cheaper Low End & Plenty in Between

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For 2015, Felt’s mountain bikes don’t introduce any brand new models, but like the road side they bring their top level tech down to more affordable level while also spreading their TeXtreme carbon to more bikes. They’ve also added a few women’s specific hardtails, from a carbon 29er racer to alloy 27.5 entry level builds. At the very top end, there’s a new FRD Edict that’s built with top shelf components to be a lightweight, World Cup level full suspension XC race rocket. We’ll start with that.

The new Edict FRD takes advantage of their top level UHC carbon and adds TeXtreme with a build that’s an XC racer’s dream with an XX1 Grip Shift group turned by a Race Face NEXT SL crankset, RS-1 fork with Monarch XX using their X-Loc Full Spring dual-push lockout to control both. An Easton carbon fiber cockpit, including the EC90 stem, and Avid XX World Cup brakes with 180/160 rotors. The Edict is a 100mm travel bike, but for this model they set the RS-1 at 120mm travel to make the bike a bit more aggressive. It’s rolling on the Rise 60 carbon wheels with Schwalbe Nobby Nics tires.

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Photo Gallery – More 2015 Specialized Mountain Bikes & One More Road Tire

2015 Specialized Enduro Evo with Boxxer dual crown fork and Ohlins coil over rear shock

If you thought our first round up of 2015 bikes from Specialized was lacking in gravity oriented models, your wait is over. We’ve also found more frameset colorways, a couple fat bikes, a cost-is-no-object women’s full suspension racer and…another road bike tire.

Above, the new 650B Enduro Evo with Rockshox Boxxer dual crown fork is about as close as you’ll get to Specialized downhill bike without actually buying a, um, Specialized downhill bike. Equipped with Ohlins rear coil-over shock, chain guide, Thomson seatpost and Spec’s new Slaughter rear tire on Roval 650B DH wheels. Word is there are very few 26″ full suspension bikes left in their 2015 lineup.

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Photo Gallery: 2015 Specialized Road & Mountain Bikes Overview

2015 Specialized Venge LR "Lunch Ride" 1x11 road bike. Photo: Scott Bellecitti

2015 Specialized Venge LR “Lunch Ride” 1×11 road bike. Photo: Scott Bellecitti

This year, Specialized skipped their major press event where we usually get to weigh and photo everything and get all the nitty gritty. But, their dealers still had their event, and thanks to the legendary Dale Brown over at Cycles de Oro, we’ve got a huge gallery of images and a few details.

From what we’re seeing, there’s a bit more excitement on the road side, even with the new 650B version of the Enduro that was just shown in detail. The pavement, or, rather, off-pavement, side is being led by the Diverge gravel bike. At least for those two, we have some pretty solid information and spec.

There’s plenty more to see though, starting off with the new Venge LR (Lunch Ride), shown above. It’s built up with SRAM Force CX1 mechanical shifters for a 1×11 build around Specialized’s carbon crank arms. Retail is around $5,500. That pic’s from Scott at Mike’s Bikes, everything that follows is from de Oro…

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Yeti Introduces New SB5C Super Bike With Revolutionary Switch Infinity Technology

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Among bike manufacturers, Yeti Cycles holds claims to one of the most rabid fan bases. Called the tribe, they’re a loyal group who’s numbers where recently bolstered by the dearly departed SB-66. That bike and it’s larger wheeled counterpart, the SB-95,  introduced the Switch Link suspension system.

What set that technology apart from a myriad of competitors was a counter rotating main pivot. Acting as a dual link, as the suspension was cycled through it’s initial travel, the pivot changed directions. This allowed Yeti to control the leverage rate throughout the travel and eliminate chain growth from affecting the suspension performance.

In it’s initial iterations on the SB-66, 75, and 95 models, the ability to tune the handling to distinctly alter each bikes suspension performance proved it’s versatility. Yet the Colorado based company thought there was still room for improvement…. READ MORE ->

First Look: Mavic Lightens Up with new Crossmax SL Wheels

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Until now, Mavic’s updated Crossmax Wheel Tire Systems on the mountain side have been geared towards the ever popular buzz word, Enduro. However, each successive launch has brought lighter and lighter wheels, and the all new Mavic Crossmax SL is the lightest yet. Not only are the wheels the lightest in the new WTS range, the wheels are the lightest mountain bike specific wheel system Mavic has produced. Designed specifically for cross country riders, racers, and fast trail riders, the Crossmas SLs certainly aren’t the uber wide wheels that have become so popular lately. Instead the wheels offer impressive durability with a new rim profile to create an impressively light aluminum wheel at an affordable price.

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Video: Giant offers Sneak Peek of the New Reign 27.5

It’s no secret that Giant has been working on a 27.5″ version of their Reign All Mountain bike. Currently sold with 6″ of travel and 26″ wheels, the 27.5″ bike looks like it will be aimed at the Enduro market which is no big surprise. Thanks to input from rippers like Adam Craig and Josh Carlson, you know it will be fast. Expect the new bike to be launching soon…

Specialized Launches Updated Enduro With 650B Wheels

Specialized S-Works Enduro 650B

Specialized has their big wheel game dialed, so rather than hopping on the marketing bandwagon, they chose to sit out the tweener arms race. With the exception of a few gravity oriented models still available in 26″, they stood firmly behind their “bigger is better” mantra, until earlier this year when they quietly released an updated version of their Stumpjumper Evo platform.

The new phrase in town is now “bigger is better – except when it’s not” (what’s currently trendy.) Because despite the sharp handling of their 29er mountain bikes, there will always be a group of riders who consider the wheels size less fun, or too big, or for whatever reason prefer smaller wheels.

So for those consumers, the Big S has released an updated 650B Enduro.

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One Ride Review: Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt Short Travel XC/Trail Mountain Bike

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Over the last couple years the 27.5 shorter-travel (115-130mm) platform has been blurring the lines between XC and Trail categories.  Rocky Mountain’s Thurnderbolt is designed to handle the rowdy side of XC riding, and is a capable setup for almost everything shy of Enduro racing.

The aluminum frame has four available build specs, and I took the 2nd tier 750 ($3,300) on extended rides at NEMBAfest.  Vermont’s flowy Kingdom Trails and the efficient Thunderbolt were a perfect match, allowing me to ride all day in comfort, climb without pedal-bob, and hit downhills knowing I’d brought a gun to the gunfight.  OK, the well-manicured Kingdom Trails are more of a BB-gun gunfight, but trails like Troll Stroll and Sidewinder thoroughly used all 5” of travel and could have shot my eye out.

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RockShox Monarch and Monarch Plus Evolve to Include Mounts for Trek and Specialized

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As mountain bikes get more advanced, many companies are looking for ways to improve their designs. This often means proprietary mounts or technology in an effort to get a leg up on the competition. In terms of performance this is usually good news for the rider, until they need to upgrade or replace their shock. To riders of select Trek and Specialized models, RockShox’s got your back. Today the company unveiled a new range of Monarch rear shocks with specific mounting hardware, shock tunes, and configurations to match the needs of a number of Trek and Specialized bikes.

Both Monarch RT3 and Monarch Plus RC3 with DebonAir will be offered with some even featuring the Specialized Auto Sag. Details next…

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