Posts in the category 650b

Zerode’s G2 Downhill Bike Gets Updated with 27.5” Wheels

2015 Zerode G2 27.5, whipped

photos c. Zerode

Within the mountain biking industry ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ is a pretty big deal. Loads of new design concepts are introduced each year leaving manufacturers to play the guessing game of which ideas will soon become standard equipment, and which ones will fade into obscurity. It didn’t take long for 27.5” wheels to become accepted as a legit improvement over 26’s, as claims of enhanced traction, increased momentum and smoother rolling were quickly proven in the dirt.

While it takes a bit longer for smaller companies to adapt, performance focused brands like Zerode simply can’t ignore such innovations. Designer and Director Rob Metz recently announced that the Zerode G2 downhill rig is now available in an updated design that accommodates 27.5” wheels. Keep reading to find out what other improvements were made to the G2 frame while it was back on the drawing board…

Mountain Bike Fun Becomes a Habit with New Cannondale Trail Bike

Habit Lifestyle 1 copy

In the age of specialization, one of the most exciting categories in mountain biking is what is referred to as the trail category. As the catchall for the majority of riders, trail is all about riding your local circuits with your friends but more importantly it’s about having fun out on your bike. That doesn’t mean there won’t be some racing here or there, but a perfect trail bike should be suited for versatility.

Because of the category’s renewed focus, the time has never been better to look for a new trail bike. The frames are getting lighter, the geometry is slackening out with emphasis on fun, and new components make the bikes as capable as ever.

One of the newest additions to this revitalized group is the Cannondale Habit. Sitting somewhere between their XC oriented Scalpel and aggressive trail focused Trigger, the Habit fills a new niche for a bike that is juust right for curing your single track addiction…


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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2016 Cube Mountain Bikes – Upgraded carbon Stereos, prototype fat bike & 27.5″ TWO15 DH bike

2016 Cube Stereo 160mm enduro mountain bike

Alongside Cube’s 2016 road bike introduction were their new and updated mountain bikes, bringing the high-end C68 carbon construction to the dirt.

Called HPC (high performance carbon), the Stereo models will get a two new carbon front triangle bolted to their alloy rear triangle. The high end one is called C68, which uses a squarer fiber strand, which reduces the amount of resin needed to fill in the space between round strands. The result is the same strength but using 68% carbon versus resin compared to a normal frame with ratios as low as 40% fiber to resin. The other frame type is C62 (62% fiber), plus an alloy model that saves about 400g compared to the prior alloy model by using thinner, lighter tubes and linkages with all excess material removed.

They also add nano particles to the C68’s resin, which stops cracks or delaminations between layers from spreading. Translation: better impact resistance.

The new Stereo bikes will come in a 120mm travel 29er, a 140mm with both 27.5 and 29er wheel sizes, and the 160mm 27.5 bike shown above. The 27.5″ 140 and 160 bikes get a Boost 148mm spaced rear end but standard forks, the 29er gets a Boost 29er fork, too (the differences in spec are due solely to availability of compatible parts).


2016 Orbea Loki trail hardtail lets you get mischievous with 29er or 27.5+ wheels

2016 Orbea Loki trail hardtail mountain bike for 275+ or 29er wheels

Named after the Norse god known as a tricky shapeshifter, the new Orbea Loki makes the bold claim of being “perfect for everyone.” It’s a capable 29er hardtail. It’s also fun, slack 27.5+ trail bike. Either way, you’re getting 120mm of travel up front and a high end alloy frame that’s ready to rumble.

The design is called Double Duty, referring to the ability to switch between the two wheel sizes. The rear end uses Boost 148 spacing, and regardless of wheel size, they’re using the same Boost hubs and mostly 110mm spaced Boost forks. It’s not the first bike to offer the swappable wheel sizes, but it’s among the first to make it very affordable while still offering good spec and top notch features. That makes it a perfect do-it-all second (or fifth) bike or a great first mountain bike for those just getting into it…


World Cup DH, Pro Bike Check: Jasper Jauch’s Liteville 901 Prototype


Out of the German design lab and minds that bring us Syntace components, their in-house bike brand Liteville is developing an all new revamp to their 901 DH bike. Once again spotting a raw aluminum bike was a cue to look a bit further and see what is in the works. We caught up with pro rider Jasper Jauch at the Leogang World Cup to get the details on his Liteville 901 prototype.

This test bike brings back the 901 model, which isn’t technically in the current line (although it is listed through Syntace or some international distributors), where the slightly shorter travel 190mm travel 601 currently tops out the line-up. The new bike brings the travel back to 200mm and jumps to 650b wheels. Read on for more info and some close up pics….


Swiss, Premium, Performance – BMC Release Their 2016 Mountain Bike Lineup

2016 BMC Trailfox TF01 XX1 mountain bike

As a company well known for its thirst for innovative design, BMC have just announced their most progressive line of mountain bikes yet. Of course the Swiss brand has been on quite the roll lately, having debuted the new Team Elite softail race bike as well the 650b Speedfox Trailcrew already this year. Looking to build upon that momentum, the 2016 model year signals a subtle change in direction for BMC, with bold colours and refined build kits highlighting their willingness to listen to rider demands. This year you’ll find BMC releasing new sport hardtails, an updated Trailfox long-travel 29er, and a plethora of new spec options for the existing Fourstroke and Speedfox lines. So read on for our first look of the 2016 BMC mountain bike range…


Commencal Releases 2016 Meta AM V4 Race mountain bike in Rockshox Red

2016 Comencal meta AM Race, rockshox red, title pic

When it comes to racing, we all know the pros get to ride the best quality parts and latest technology their sponsors can provide, but from a marketing perspective aesthetics are just as important. Bikes and components get a lot of visibility at big events, and Commencal blatantly states that their flashy Race models are meant to be a showcase of their brand, and the company’s sponsors and partners.

Following in the footsteps of 2015’s Rockshox inspired black colorway, the 2016 Meta AM V4 Race’s paint sports an eye-popping red and black scheme, matched to Rockshox’s Pike fork and Monarch rear shock. The Meta AM V4 was built with enduro racing in mind, and accordingly sports a nice selection of suitable componentry with front and rear suspension that’s specifically tuned for the Race model. Read on for more details on Commencal’s first bike from the 2016 model year…

Salsa Launches New Plus Sized Deadwood and Pony Rustler, & World Touring Specialist the Marrakesh

Salsa Deadwood

This is the year of plus sized tires. From mountain bikes to overland epics, it seems manufacturers are quickly finding new and interesting applications for this latest crop of large volume tires (and it’s complimentary Boost 148 standard).

For the new 2016 model year, Salsa is introducing two new plus sized model, and a heavy duty tourer that will accept up to 2.0″ tires.

Starting with biggest tires first, the new Deadwood (pictured above) is a 29+ model that was designed around a similar concept as the beloved Fargo. The new oversized wheelsize is claimed to offer more cushion on challenging terrain and increased traction.

According to Brand Manager Justin Julian, “It makes for the perfect bike when the trail gets a little more unruly.” READ MORE ->