Posts in the category 650b

Ibis Mojo HD Completely Revamped – Longer, Lower, Slacker and So Much More Enduro!

2015 Ibis HD enduro mountain bike

The all-new, third generation Ibis Mojo HD3 takes the enduro scene to heart with a totally new frame designed from the ground up to climb quickly and descend quicker.

It’s built around the DW-Link suspension platform, but uses a new iteration of it to achieve 6″ of rear wheel travel with the peddling efficiency of their XC-oriented Ripley and the downhilling ferocity you’d expect from an aggressive six inch bike.

The basics are what you’d expect these days and include a tapered headtube, 142×12 rear thru axle, internal cable routing, removable front derailleur mount and, of course, 650B wheels. What makes it special is now you can have both the HDR’s longer travel and the HDR 650B’s bigger wheels. See how it all comes together with the new suspension, frame and geometry…

UPDATED: Additional comments from Ibis’ co-founder & owner, Scot Nicol, throughout the post.


PBE14: Custom Road Steel From Belladonna & Breismeister, Plus JBryant’s 27.5+ Adventure Bike


The Philly Bike Expo is just a fraction of the size of NAHBS, but it brought out several regional builders that we’ve never seen at the bigger show. Breismeister and Belladonna are two, as is JBryant, who brought along his latest fat tired adventure touring bike.

Above, hailing from Queens, NYC, Breismeister’s steel road bike has a few nice touches, particularly the shapely wishbone seatstay and dropout. More pics below…


Weekend Test and Company Tour: Bionicon Edison EVO Enduro Claws Its Way Up and Bombs Downhill


Early this fall we took some time out to head to Bionicon’s home base in the south of Germany on the Tegernsee, a lake where Bavaria backs up into the mountains, to try out their newest Enduro bike on the terrain it was designed for. Our visit also gave us a chance to spend some time on and off the bike with the passionate engineers who developed their uniquely linked front and rear air suspension systems. They showed us around on the trails and in their headquarters where all of their bikes and suspensions systems are designed and assembled. Plus, we got a bit of the story of the development of their bikes and where they were focusing next.

Follow me past the jump for a look inside the company and hands-on with the tech, as well as some of our impressions and pictures from riding both their 26″ and 27.5″ Edison EVO enduro bikes up some of the steepest gravel roads passable and down some of the steepest and most technical singletrack we’ve ever pedaled to the top of…


Ellsworth Offers Peek at New Gravity Line, Moment, Method, and Dare with 27.5″ Wheels and Carbon


Not that long ago, we got a chance to check out the all new Ellsworth Dare downhill bike at Interbike. The yet to be finished bike was being shown just after BST Synergy Nano announced that they had purchased the noteworthy brand. All clad in carbon and sporting 27.5″ wheels, the new gravity line consists of the Dare we saw in Vegas plus the Moment and the Method.

Details on the new rides are pretty limited, but there are pictures and prices next…


Matter Cycles Builds 4130 Into Clean Rides In Boulder Colorado


New Builder Matter Cycles has been around for only about a year, making steel frames in Boulder, Colorado. With interesting bike names like BeneFat, WolfBeard and SlayRide, owner Collin Schaafsma believes that riding a bike is a creative venture.

Blending a mix of aircraft grade 4130, True Temper and Columbus cromoly steels in his 400 square foot shop, Schaafsma reminds his customers that when you order one of his bikes, it doesn’t exist yet. He spends time creating a connection and getting to know you, but since he is small, the lead time is pretty short. There are Matter Cycles of all riding styles, jump past the break to see.


EB14: Nicolai Updates Helius AC Mountain Bike, Offers Complete Bikes & Plans a Trip to the States

2015 Nicolai Helius AC trail mountain bike

One of the highlights of Eurobike (for us, anyway) is getting to meet the folks behind brands like Nicolai who, as they say, is big in Europe. They’re a little lesser known stateside, but that may soon change. Founder Kalle Nicolai told us they’ve just set up distribution in the U.S.

Another big change for the brand is that they’re now selling complete bikes, too, not just framesets. They’ll only offer one build per frame, spec’d the way Nicolai and his team thinks that particular model should be set up. Nicolai says there’ll be a lot of SRAM 1×11, Hope hubs and brakes, and Rockshox suspension.

If those are the big changes for the company, smaller changes come on the Helius AC, their best seller that switched from 29er to 650b wheels in 2012. It’s a 140mm travel enduro/all-mountain bike that, like the rest of their range, is all aluminum. For 2015, it upgrades to Endura bearings to all pivots. The top tube grows a a few millimeters, and now they spec it who shorter stems. Those changes, plus a slightly lower and slacker (66.5°) head tube and lower BB, makes it a more modern enduro bike…


IB14: Syntace’s MTB Wheels Updated for 2015 – Still Insanely Wide, Now w/ More Affordable Options


Back in 2012, Syntace rolled out collection of wheels spaced 5mm apart in width and ranging from 25mm to 40mm wide. Hit that link for rim and wheel weights for the MX range.

Now, those wheels have grown to include a lower level “M” series that share the same rims but get less expensive hubs. The MX series remains the high end and switches from bladed Sapim spokes to triple butted Sapim spokes. Weight is about the same, but they say that should make for easier maintenance and replacement availability. The W40MX remains a 26″-only offering, and the W35MX is available in all three sizes. They use the German-made hubs with 36 points of engagement using a “spur” system that’s eerily similar to DT Swiss’ toothed rings.


Jones Announces Pricing, Availability For 29+ and Carbon H-Bars

Jones carbon loop h bar 6

Jones Bikes, makers of imaginative and unique bicycles and components, has announced the pricing and availability of their new 29+ bike, as well as Carbon and Alloy H-Bars.

We caught up with Jeff at Interbike and saw the new 29+ model, a special frame designed around 29×3.0 tires. The new bars have been rumored to be coming since the middle of summer, and now we have the info! Ride past the break to grab hold of the details…


Diamondback’s New Hook, Line and Sync’r Hardtails Are 27.5, 1X Drivetrain & Affordable

Diamondback Affordable 1X drivetrains

Diamondback has released a new line of affordable 27.5″ wheel hardtail mountain bikes, named the Hook, Line and Sync’r.  The line of three new models checks off the boxes of all the features wanted in a modern bike – 27.5″ wheels, 120mm travel fork, and 1X drive trains. Offering this line for $600-$1,200 is what makes them impressive.

Entry level mountain bikes typically make a sacrifice in features, trading ride experience for cost savings. Roll past the break to find how Diamondback is keeping the singletrack experience modern and affordable with a parts mix good enough to get newbies caught up in the sport hook, line and, well, you know…