Posts in the category 650b

EB14: Yeti SB6c Gets Official, Switch Infinity Stretches Out

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In the past few months, it was hard for Yeti to keep the new SB6c under wraps. After all, the bike was raced twice in the Enduro World Series by Jared Graves, and both times Jared and the new bike were on the top step of the podium.

“The SB6c was built as a pure enduro machine and proved it’s mettle before it went into production by winning two consecutive rounds of the Enduro World Series.” said Yeti President and co-owner Chris Conroy. “Long-time Team Yeti rider, Jared Graves, was critical in designing this bike. He worked with our engineers to create the ideal leverage curve and was instrumental in nailing the geometry which is long, slack (65.5° head angle) and low.”

After the stealthy prototype made its way around the internet, today Yeti made the SB6c official making it the second bike to use Switch Infinity. As the bigger brother of the SB5c, the Enduro proven SB6c looks ready for prime time…

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EB14: Single Speed Kit in a Box with Thomson’s Crate Motor, Thomson Ti Bikes, more

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When you think of Thomson you probably envision stems, seat posts and maybe handlebars at this point. But with Thomson’s latest project, you might just be left thinking single speed drivetrain. In addition to the components themselves, the concept for how the single speed parts will be sold would be unique to Thomson. Creatively named the Crate Motor concept, Thomson’s marketing manager David Parrett envisions the entire single speed drive train to be sold in a single box. That would include the forthcoming Thomson crank, bottom bracket, bash guard, true single speed chain ring, chainring bolts, chain, their new single speed cog system with 2 ratios, clear acrylic cassette body spacers, and a lock ring for somewhere around $700.

Of course, the parts would be available separately as well including the new single speed crank. Why would Thomson make a crankset? Part of the idea is to offer a cohesive single speed drivetrain package that also just happens to match the rest of their components. It’s also a chance for Thomson to do some interesting things with the design like coating the crank arms in Keronite instead of anodizing them. The Keronite coating not only wears better than anodizing but doesn’t effect the total part’s shelf like anodizing. Other touches will include a nickel plated spindle, steel helicoil inserts for the pedals, and standard 104 BCD. Some details are still yet to be worked out, but Thomson plans to have the forgings done in Taiwan with the machining done in the US.

The other big part of the Crate Motor is the new single speed cog system. Aluminum. Steel. It has it all…

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First Look: 2015 Giant Trance and Reign – Plus Actual Weights

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Last year, while the other members of the Big Three had not fully committed to the 27.5″ wheel size, Giant proclaimed that this was the future of the sport, and launched an extensively redesigned lineup that featured dozens of new 27.5″ models.

At Crankworx, we took the opportunity to visit with the company and take a closer look at the Carbon Trance and all new Reign. READ MORE ->

EB14: Schwalbe Pumps up Procore Dual Chamber System On All Rims, Jumbo Jim 4.8″ Fatbike Tire, Actual weights, more

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At trade shows everyone seems to ask the same question – have you seen anything cool? Most of the time there are a lot of interesting products, but especially in a show the size of Eurobike it’s hard to really stand out. Schwalbe seems to have no such trouble thanks to their game changing tire technology – Procore.

After a few good teases, the production version of the system was unveiled tonight at the Dornier Museum Friedrichshafen which happens to be a fitting shrine to German engineering. Since we last reported on the technology a few things have changed including the amount of compatible rims. Full details next…

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Spy Shot: Prototype Chris King Lefty Hubs

Chris King Lefty Prototype Hub

Spotted on professional cyclist Ryan Trebons twitter feed, this fancy new Lefty hub from Chris King is currently not in their catalog. The company originally let slip they were working on a conversion kit for their oversized mountain bike hubs last year at Sea Otter, but had not set an official release date. From what we were told then, the hub will utilize their existing non-drive clamp fitting, but have all new axle parts.

We’ll post more details as we get them…

First Look: FSA Launches New Off Road Carbon & Alloy K-Force, SLK, and Afterburner Wheelsets

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While better known for its cranks and finishing kit, FSA has recently enjoyed great success with it’s high end Vision road wheels. Ridden by the likes of Peter Sagan in the TdF, and to even more impressive heights by famed trials rider Martyn Ashton, FSA felt they could leverage that technology to create a feature rich off-road product.

They have divided the product line into three distinct models, which are versatile enough to encompass several dissimilar but related cycling disciplines – everything from gravel, CX, to XC and trail.

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First Look: Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt Carbon

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The Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt is an XC bike with a fun streak. Initially introduced as an aluminum model last year, this year it’s been given the carbon treatment, and received some subtle updates to make it stiffer and more reliable.

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First Look: Norco Launches New Fat Bikes, Kids Models, and Updates Mountain and Road Line

Norco 2015 Vengeance Endurance Road Bike

For 2015, Norco has quietly launched several new bikes. While they’re most well known for their mountain bikes, they’re also well respected on the road front, and have been making inroads in the fat bike market. We stopped by their booth at Crankworx to get a closer look at the new product line.

Up first is their Endurance road bike, the Valance. Designed to be a comfortable for all day efforts and the occasional race, it has several neat features. READ MORE ->

Crankworx 2014: New Helmets and Protective Gear for XC to DH from Six Six One

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Several years ago when I was in the market for a full coverage half shell, something aimed at the all mountain segment we now call enduro, the selection was fairly limited. One of the few standouts was the Six Six One Recon, which paired well with their Kyle Straight Kneepads, and big air.

After several years with only minor updates, the company is introducing a new helmet that offers the same great protection, but uses some pretty neat technology to help improve fit and safety. READ MORE ->