Posts in the category 650b

IB14: Alex Widens Rim Collection to Include Fat Bikes, 29+, Even 36″?

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Alex Rims are a pretty good barometer of what is happening in the industry. The rims are often used as standard equipment on complete bikes so they seem to produce rims that are in demand at prices that help keep the cost of complete bikes low. If the addition of new models like the Blizzerk and MD50 suggest that fat bikes and 29+ have really hit the mainstream, what does that say about their new 36″ rim the MD25?

Details next…

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EB14: Mondraker Makes the Wheels Bigger & the Mountain Bikes More Aggressive

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Mondraker introduced the new Foxy Carbon this summer, essentially claiming the 140mm travel, 27.5″ wheel mountain bike was a quiver of one. But, supposing you like larger wheels, the new Crafty 29er takes the concept up a notch with bigger diameter hoops.

It keeps their Zero suspension design, which floats the shock between two moving links. The rear triangle is one piece to keep it stiff. It also gets their Forward Geometry, putting a longer top tube behind a very short stem. Other than wheels and necessary frame sizing tweaks, the only functional change was a slight drop in rear wheel travel to 130mm. The front end keeps the longer 140mm fork. There’s even an XR version that gets a 150mm Pike.

Other bikes grow to 27.5″ from 26″, spec gets updated and a new fat bike makes an appearance below…

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EB14: Fulcrum Gets Carbon Tubeless, Tubular Mountain Bike Wheels, Plus Alloy Models & Stealth Road

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While sister brand Campagnolo unleashed new top level carbon clinchers for the road, Fulcrum added them for the mountain. Along with carbon tubulars and new alloy clinchers, too. These come just one month after they introduced their latest top level alloy racing wheelset, the Red Power HP, and about two months after we spotted prototypes being tested by Merida Multivan. For road, they added a blacked out Nite version of their Racing Zero alloy wheels that promises better braking performance.

The Red Carbon tubeless ready clinchers will be available in both 27.5″ and 29″ sizes with these subtle gray-on-black graphics. The rim is full carbon, and the hubs get carbon shells with alloy flanges built around a cup-and-cone bearing system. It’s all tied together with bladed, double butted stainless steel straight pull spokes. Weights are impressively light at just 1,356g for the 29er and 1,288g for 27.5″, thanks in part to a titanium freehub body.

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Lapierre X-Control Marathon/XC Bike Adds Carbon Versions for 2015

2015 Lapierre X-Control XC full suspension mountain bike

Designed as a very capable XC full suspension bike way back in 2001, Lapierre’s X-Control range has evolved for 2015 to better take advantage of modern specs like 27.5″ wheels and the new Side Swing XTR group. Three new alloy models debuted this summer, and now the top of the range fills in with carbon fiber options.

The other change appears to be an elimination of the 29er models that were available as late as MY2014. The entire range is now showing as 650B only, with three alloy models and two carbon ones.

Shown above, the X-Control 727 rules the roost with a full XTR mechanical build. It’s paired with a Rockshox SID/Monarch setup and Schwalbe tires. We don’t have full spec info for the rest of it yet, but we do have more pics and frame info…

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EB14: Xentis Brings Full Carbon Wheels to 27.5″ with New Size for Kappa2

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Mag wheels were big back in the day. Now made from carbon rather than plastic, the one piece wheels aren’t quite as popular but that hasn’t kept Xentis from building on their Kappa2 line. Originally just for 26″ frames, the Austrian carbon company has upped the size to accommodate the new crop of middle sized wheels. Xentis calls the Kappa2 CC a super durable wheel that is still light enough for marathon or XC use. It’s unknown whether these wheels will ever make it into the U.S., but we have more details after the jump…

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EB14: Novatec’s Factor Carbon Mountain Bike Wheels Launch For Real – More Sizes, Too!

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Introduced last year at Interbike, Novatec’s premium Factor lineup showed all three diameters in the new carbon fiber rimmed wheels, but word is only the 26″ model made it into circulation. And only in limited quantities.

Now, the brand has made a few refinements to the rims’ shape, introduced a more XC-oriented 1-series, and should have everything ready to ship. The wider 3-series has all three diameters and a rim width of 23mm inside, 30mm outside at the top of the rim. The 1-series gets a bit skinnier at 21mm inside/28mm outside and only has the 27.5″ and 29er sizes.

Beyond having a carbon rim, the other main upgrade from the Novatec lineup is a 3º engagement in the rear hub. It pairs a 60-tooth engagement ring with six double-tooth pawls. Three pawls are engaged at any time, and the other three are partially engaged. Each pawl has two teeth on it, so there are technically six points of engagement at any time.

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IB14: Onza Goes Wide for Enduro, Shows Different Internal Casing Profiles

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After loving several of Onza’s tires at the Cane Creek Double Barrel Inline launch, we’ve been paying closer attention to the brand. They, like virtually everyone else, are bolstering their offerings for both 27.5″ wheels and the enduro discipline.

For the latter, their new EDC enduro casing uses a folding Kevlar bead and a thin butyl rubber layer from the bead all the way up the sidewall to the start of the knobs. Their DH tires use a thicker, shorter butyl section to protect the rim, but these use a thinner, taller section to provide better sidewall protection while keeping the tire more supple and much lighter.

The Ibex (2.4 in all three wheel sizes, plus 29×2.25) and the Citius (27.5×2.4) will get the new casing. The Citius are shown above, the Ibex is below along with a cutaway of the different sidewalls…

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Nox Composites Goes Hookless, Drops Rim Weights & Intros New Models

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Nox Composites has revamped their rim lineup, changing to hookless beads across the entire line and introducing two new models. They’re also expanding their hub and spoke build options, helping anyone find the right wheels for their budget or desires.

Cofounder Brad Stinson told us the hookless design came about because they wanted to reduce weak spots while still being able to build the rims as light as possible. Their design’s IP revolves around the seam placement, namely the seams between mold plates that press the carbon into shape. Because of the way the molds often go together, a lot of rims have a seam right at the top of the bead, which is a prime spot for delamination to occur. Others start out with a thicker “hookless’ bead then machine out the hook. With ours, we’re able to put the seam from the molds far away from the top of the rim wall, like under where the rim tape goes so it’s protected from rock strikes or other things hitting or rubbing on it. They’re calling it Rockguard HL, named because they surmise that most rim failures occur because of rocks striking a rim’s seam and starting the destructive delamination process.

That, plus new layup mix of materials and weaves, allowed them to develop a 345g Xc rim called Skyline with no compromises…

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IB14: Jamis Renegade Adventure Road Bike Breaks Outta Production, Plus New Women’s 650B Mountain Bikes!

2015 Jamis Renegade adventsure gravel road bike

Jamis’ Renegade adventure road bike goes beyond a single classification. It’s a fondo bike, endurance bike, gravel bike and commuter road bike all at once. It’s also looking like quite a high performance bike when called upon to hustle, too. Like when Tyler Wren took 3rd place in this year’s Crusher in the Tushars.

They introduced it this summer just before that event along with a healthy dose of info, but at Interbike we put it on the scale and got a few more details about production spec and builds. We’ve got plenty of pics and notes to share, and their new product video really puts it all into motion…

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