Posts in the category 650b

Alchemist Continues to tease X-Sense Rim Family with Finished Wheels, Weights

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Before the wheels have even been officially released, Alchemist’s new X-Sense rims have generated quite a bit of conversation. The wheels use a radical new design that we now know goes by the name of X Profile Tubeless. In addition to being a clever new way to address the tubeless matter, Alchemist’s new video leads us to believe that the rim is actually designed to flex to help absorb impacts.

There is certainly a lot going on with the X-Sense rims, but until the big reveal at Eurobike there are photos of the finished wheels and a few actual weights next…


Crankworx 2015: Norco’s Aluminum Aurums, a 20” Full Suspension Fluid and Longer Forks for the AM Bikes

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Norco has been producing bicycles since 1964, and while they never rung a bell with me back in the BMX years I quickly became a fan of the brand when I started riding mountain bikes. Norco manages to stay up to date and produce aesthetically pleasing designs, yet always offer high-value models that normal people can afford (plus some very high-end options too).

In addition to showing the new aluminum framed 2016 Aurum downhill rig at Crankworx Whistler, Norco revealed next year’s Range and Sight all-mountain bikes that get beefier up front, and they also had a full-suspension 20” Fluid that junior-sized riders will pee their pants over. Read on for all the details….

First Ride: Rocking Out on the 2016 Rocky Mountain Maiden DH Bike

2016 Rocky Mountain Maiden, right

It’s been a long time in the works, but the new Rocky Mountain Maiden is finally ready to take center stage. The Maiden rides with the stability of a much bulkier bike without the weight, gracefully tapping the trail like Kirk Hammet’s fingers on a fretboard.

I only had the opportunity to take a few runs in the Whistler Bike Park on the Maiden, but I did my best to turn it up to 11. It was enough to assure me that the bike would be a very fun choice for those who like a mix of downhill mashing and bike park shredding…

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Why Oval Rings Help You Ride Better – The UK based manufacturer of durable, lightweight and beautiful bicycle parts, absoluteBLACK has recently produced a few videos to illustrate the benefits of oval rings. They’re so sure that you’ll love your oval ring that they’ll give you 30 days to try it and if you don’t love it, you can send it back for a refund. There will be more videos to come so be sure to subscribe to their YouTube Channel.

Recall news and a lot more after the break….


Commencal Fills Out Their 2016 Range from Kids Bikes to DH, with a Healthy Dose of Spank for a Purple Series


Last month we wrote about Commencal’s all new Meta AM V4 Race, and today they have release another 20 or so bikes for 2016. While mostly updates of current bikes and simplification of current lines, there are a few new (and renewed) bikes and new markets for others. Commencal has also done a good bit to try to lower the cost of entry into many of their bikes. And a curious way they have done that is by spec’ing Marzocchi suspension components pretty heavily. That is pretty interesting since our most recent news from the eminent shuttering of Marzocchi’s mountain bike division, but maybe Commencal knows something we don’t or they just believe in their resurrection? On the higher end side Commencal adds a special edition Purple series of bikes that get a more custom finishing kit the leans heavy on wheels and cockpits from Spank.

Jump past the break for an overview of the new/updated bikes and what we can expect…

Crankworx 2015: The 2016 Devinci Troy Toughens Up for Rougher Riding

2016 Devinci Troy RR carbon, side

After their Troy all-mountain bike spent some time in the real world, Canada’s Devinci Cycles found a lot of riders were taking the Troys into more aggressive terrain than the company first anticipated. With this in mind, the 2016 model has seen some revisions that make this bike handle rough terrain more aggressively, but without sacrificing its ability to climb back up for lap two. The new fifth generation Troy was re-designed with input from Devinci riders like Steve Smith and Mark Wallace, who can be seen hammering the bike through Whistler’s technical terrain in the video below.

I had one short demo ride on a Troy last summer in Pemberton, B.C. and while I normally ride a longer travel bike the Troy ate up the rocky, rough trail with ease. I wasn’t too surprised to hear that other riders have been beefing up their component specs and riding highly technical terrain aboard this versatile steed. Keep on reading to find out what Devinci has tweaked for next year…

The Cannondale Slate Rolls in with Pricing and Availability

Slate Force CX1 - HERO

Representing a fresh take on the world of gravel, Cannondale’s Slate looks like an incredibly fun bike. Between the new Lefty Oliver suspension fork with 30 mm of travel, and the 650b wheels with 42mm tires, calling it a gravel bike might be a bit too restrictive. Built to go wherever the road, trail, or gravel takes you, the Slate seems like it will be up for the adventure.

We’ve covered the bike in detail, but at the time pricing and availability details were yet to be announced. Now Cannondale is shedding light on the three different models with pricing, spec, and availability details next…


Industry Nine Adds Straight Pull Hubs For Steel Spokes, Build All New Trail S Wheelset


Industry Nine is probably most well known for their incredible hubs which are manufactured in Asheville, North Carolina. Due to the amount of precision machining and use of wire EDM to produce the pawls, most Industry Nine products wouldn’t exactly be considered cheap. In order to offer more budget friendly products, Industry Nine introduced the Torch Classic line a while back. Made with all the same precision as their other hubs, the Classics used a traditional spoke flange to make them compatible with standard steel spokes.

Now for the first time, Industry Nine is offering a straight pull hubset that is compatible with steel spokes rather than their trademark aluminum spokes. The result is the ability to build an impressive new wheelset in terms of features, performance, and stiffness at a price well under $1,000…


Maiden Voyage – Rocky Mountain Introduces their new Carbon DH Bike


After multiple spottings of prototypes, and nearly 4 years in development, Rocky Mountain’s new downhill bike is finally here. While the prototypes spotted in the wild were mostly made out of aluminum, the new Maiden is a stunning carbon creation.

Not happy with simply abandoning 26″ wheels all together, the Maiden accepts both small and midsize hoops without sacrificing the geometry. Throw in additional adjustments in head tube angle and a new suspension design and you have a long travel bike perfect for racing, days in the park, or ripping down the face of the mountain…