Posts in the category 650b

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)


EB14: New Ritchey WCS Trail Wheels, 35mm Bar & Stem, Lightweight Carbon Road Components, Teasers & More!


As usual, Ritchey’s tradeshow booth was littered with new products for both road and mountain bikes, along with a prototype part. Technically, it’s a teaser to a possible prototype, but we’ve put the pieces together and it’s looking good.

As for production parts, the new WCS Trail 650B mountain bike wheels bring their wider, tougher component line to the middle sized wheel market. The hubs are convertible between QR and thru axles front and rear -including 20mm for the front- and the freehub can be standard or XD Driver. Disc mounts are Centerlock, sitting on forged hubs rolling on oversized sealed bearings. Inside width is 25mm.

Roll through for closeup photos on this and plenty more…


IB14: New X-Fusion Streat Fork Offers Budget 27.5″ Performance, Plus New Stage RLX Inline Shock

X-Fusion Streat Fork

Over the past two years X-Fusion has been upping their game in the realm of high performance suspension, but they haven’t forgotten the entry level market in the process.

The new Streat fork builds on the success of the outgoing Velvet model by utilizing a dedicated crown for 27.5″ models that has a 51mm offset, but still makes use of the Rl2 damper found in the former model. This allows the fork to have up to 140mm of travel. The Velvet by comparison could only accommodate a 27.5 wheel if the travel had been reduced internally.

The weight is approximately 3.8 lbs (1724 g) and the fork will be available with a  15 thru axle or a 9mm QR. They’ll even have a version available with a straight steer tube. READ MORE ->

IB14: Transition Gets Some Giddy Up, Releases Five New Models

Transition Giddy Up 2015 (1)

After two years of development, Transition has completely revamped it’s range of bikes designed for going up and down mountains. These bikes will utilize their new GiddyUp suspension platform, while still retaining the great handling characteristics that fans of the brand will remember.

On the longer travel end of the spectrum is the Patrol, which rolls on 27.5″ wheels, and will have 155mm of travel, a 65 degree headtube angle, and a short 430mm chainstay. The frame only version option retails for $1,999 with a Monarch Plus RC3, but well spec’d completes start at $3,499. A carbon version is also in development, but will not be available until Spring 2015. READ MORE ->

IB14: Onyx Racing Products Hubs Offer Instant, Infinite Engagement w/ Low Drag for Road, BMX, MTB & More

Onyx Racing hubs fat bike road bmx color (2)

Imagine a hub that offered instant, infinite, and silent engagement all with extremely low drag. Sound too good to be true? Then you need to check out the hubs coming out of Onyx Racing Products. All of the hubs are manufactured in the United States out of their facility in Minnesota which is probably one of the reasons they’ve been able to make their hub work. Instead of the roller clutch that a few manufacturers have tried in the past, Onyx hubs use a sprag one-way clutch which gives the hub all of the above features. The catch? The tolerances have to be extremely tight. So tight that when they successfully created their first bicycle hub using the sprag clutch, the company that created the clutch visited them to see how they did it since many other companies had tried without success.

While their roots are in BMX, Onyx has expanded to offer just about every hub you could think of, including road and fat bikes. Get the details next…


IB14: Easton’s New SL 38 Wheels, Stems, Graphics for Road & 27.5″ MTB Wheels – Plus Look Inside the 1050g E100 Tubulars!


Easton’s additions were small but important, rounding out the line with modern sizes, finishes and graphics, plus a couple new items…mostly for the road We also took advantage of an unassembled E100 wheel to check out the full carbon spokes and new hubs that make up the incredibly lightweight 1,050g tubular wheelset.

Above, the Haven and Havoc wheels both gain 27.5″ options for alloy (both) and carbon (Haven only) rim models. Spec sheets and more, plus all the rest of the goods, below…


IB14: New Formula HyperLight Carbon Wheels in the Wild

Formula XC HyperLight Carbon wheel AM  (2)

In addition to their brakes and suspension forks, Formula has also been producing wheels since 2010/11. New to the line up this year are the XC and AM HyperLights which get the weight down with carbon rims so you can reach hyperspeed. Available in XC 29 and AM 27.5 only, the wheels bring wider rims to Formula’s wheel line along with multiple axle configurations.

Get the Formula for carbon rims next…


EB14: Vee Tire Co Takes the Crown w/ New MTB Line, Updates Mission Fat Bike Tire, More


To help launch their new line of premium mountain bike tires, Vee Tire Co. has enlisted the help of Mike King. As a professional cyclist that started in BMX and later expanded to mountain biking, Mike is one of the few Americans to have won a World Cup in three different cycling disciplines. It’s safe to say he knows his way around a tire.

In addition to directing the new Rock Hill BMX facility in South Carolina, King is now the head of testing and development for Vee Tire Co.’s mountain bike category. To kick off the new line, Mike was showing off the new Crown Series – 3 different tires with versatile tread patterns for use in multiple conditions.

Try on the Crown next..