Posts in the category 650b

IB14: Michelin Sizes Up with 28mm Pro 4 Endurance

Michelin Pro 4 28mm  (1)

Road tires are at an interesting state of development. Many riders are starting to trend towards wider rubber even on the road, but then the definition of road riding is evolving. Thanks to the growing popularity of “gravel” ride, races that include dirt roads, and more people taking the path less traveled, tires are often being subjected to new abuse. Already an ideal size for many gravel or dirt adventures, the 28mm tire has become a favorite since it will fit in many standard road frames and some caliper brakes adding a bit of additional capability.

In developing their new Pro 4 Endurance tire, Michelin wanted to offer a 28mm tread but also a durable tire that would keep flats at bay. To that regard the tire features a reinforcing layer that claims a 40% increase in puncture protection compared to the competition while a dual compound rubber provides long wear and excellent cornering grip.


IB14: Jeff Jones Goes Big with Jones Plus 29+ Model, New Steel Spaceframe, Headset, more

Jeff Jones 29+ 275+ adventure bikes  (6)

The latest creation to come out of the Jeff Jones workshop is a 29+, but Jeff is very quick to point out that this isn’t your average bike with big tires. Jeff mentioned that the inspiration for the bike came while riding some super heavy cargo bikes in Asia that still handled well in spite of their exceptionally long wheelbase. While the Jones Plus also has a long wheel base, the fork and frame have been designed together to provide a super comfortable and stable ride that retains its quick handling.

Jeff also had the newest version of the Jones steel Spaceframe and Truss Fork on hand with 27.5+ wheels which will be an option, but he personally still prefers the larger 29+ wheels and tires. All together the new wheel options mean there are 4 different tire configurations possible with Jones frames making them even more versatile than ever before…


IB14: Panaracer Debuts Gravel, Fat Bike, Cyclocross & New Mountain Bike Tires


Remember back when Panaracer’s Smoke and Dart were competing with the WTB Velociraptor set for your hard earned dollars and only IRC’s Mythos XC gave ‘em a run for your money? Yeah, it was a long time ago, but the brand used to be hot.

From the looks of their latest offerings, they could be again. The 2015 collection bringing options for all the hot categories, offering up gravel/dirt road tires, fat bike tires, cyclocross tires and an updated version of the FirePro that maybe, just maybe, could pass as an enduro tread.

Shown above are the Comet Hardpack (front) and Pacenti Pari Moto tires for adventure/gravel/dirt road bikes. The Comet has been available in 26″/27.5″/29er sizes ranging from 1.95 up to 2.25 widths, but now it gets a proper 700x38c size in both folding and wire beads. Claimed weights are TBA, but they have a rounded profile for predictable grip at any lean angle.

The Pacenti Pari Moto gets two versions of a 27.5″ slick. One’s for pavement, the other gets a puncture protection strip to guard against gravel and other off road pokey things. Width is 1.5″, and it’s available in all black or with gumwalls. Weight is 300g.


Another Epic Press Release Video From Transition, Now Featuring Ponies and Giddyup Technology

Transition recently announced a brand new suspension platform and a four brand new bikes for the 2015. We’ve covered the tech and first ride review here, and the different models here, but you’ll want to hit play on this video anyways….

Ghost Bikes Spirit Across the Pond to U.S. REI Stores in 2015

REI to resell Ghost Bikes in United States

Whether it’s their four-bar suspension linkage or company size that’s kept them out of the U.S., Germany’s Ghost Bike is now heading for the states.

Through an exclusive partnership with REI, Ghost will be sending its bikes over here for 2015. And it won’t be just the low end stuff, either. They’re saying the Riot 7, Riot 9 and Kato 7 E:I will top the range for North America. All three are 650B and are pictured after the break. The bikes should hit stores in February and be available both in store and online for shipping within the country.

Ghost is part of the Accell Group, which owns Raleigh and Lapierre, two brands already here. Click through to see some of the bikes, and check out our One Ride Review of the Riot LT here (along with details on other models and road disc).


IB14: Litespeed Introduces T5 Gravel and Disc Models, Multi-wheeled Pinhoti MTB, Plus the New Quintana Roo PR6

Litespeed t5 gravel bike disc road Pinhote Quintana Roo PR6 (2) copy

While the Litespeed T5g is related to the T5 road bike that’s been around for some time, you’d hardly know it by looking at it. As Litespeed’s interpretation of a modern day gravel bike, the T5g blends the performance of their T5 titanium with big(ger) tire clearance and disc brakes. Compared to their Ti CX bike, the T5g has more of a relaxed geometry better suited to long days on the bike no matter what the road surface. Don’t need clearance for meaty tires but still want the performance of disc brakes? Litespeed is also offering up the T5d, which is a disc brake equipped version of the road focused T5. Together the three bikes provide a titanium option at an attainable price no matter how you want to ride.

Out in the desert Litespeed was also showing off  their Pinhoti hard tail which is compatible with multiple wheel sizes. That and their sister company Quintana Roo’s new PR6 Superbike after the break…


IB14: BOS Brings Dakar Rally Tech To DH With New IDYLLE FCV 37 Fork

BOS FCV Idyle Fork (7)

BOS suspension has a long legacy in the mountain bike world as well as Rally, Motocross, and Dakar. Bringing that experience in other off road categories to DH, the company is now launching an FCV (Frequency Control Valve) in their premiere downhill offering

The system consists of an inertia valve in their hydraulic cartridge, which is able to differentiate between rider and trail inputs. READ MORE ->

IB14: New DVO Edition Intense 951, Plus New Hard Eddie Colors

Intense M9 Factory Build DVO (2)

For their new Factory Level builds, Intense Cycles has been sourcing nothing but the best. For their Tracer, Carbine, and Spider, that meant Rockshox suspension, SRAM drivetrain, and Enve wheels, but the needs of a DH bike are a little different.

They started with their aluminum 951, which is built in their US factory, and decked it out with some mean green components….


IB14: BH Bikes Lightens Up w/ 690g Ultralight Evo, Plus New Quartz Disc Road & Lynx 6 Trail Boss (Updated)

2015 BH Ultralight Evo race road bike

When BH introduced the Ultralight in in 2011, it ushered in the BB386EVO bottom bracket and a then-insanely light frame. Building up a 10.66lb complete bike didn’t hurt, either. As the years progressed, they introduced a more affordable and only slightly heavier Ultralight RC, which carries over unchanged for 2015.

But, the top of the line is the updated Ultralight Evo with a new carbon layup that makes it even lighter. Last year it was 750g, for 2015 it’s averaging 690g. And it has no rider weight limit and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Beyond lightening up, they tweaked the frame to make it a bit more comfortable and improve clearance around the bottom bracket for power meter equipped cranksets.

(UPDATE: Clarification on the Quartz Disc frame added below)