Posts in the category 650b

First Look: New Carbon Devinci Spartan Enduro Bike- Plus Actual Weight

2014 Devinci Carbon Spartan_00

Built long, slack and low, the Spartan is an everyday trail weapon bringing 160mm of split pivot powered travel to the battle. The 27.5″ version of Halo’s Master Chief has proven itself, being raced with great success at everything from the elite levels of Enduro racing, to Crankworx, and the occasional World Cup round.

After having been finally released last year as an aluminum model, the podium charting formula has now been transferred to carbon. Learn more about the transformation after the break… READ MORE ->

Domahidy Designs Wraps Kickstarter, Starts Pre-Orders for New Hardtails


After passing the Kickstarter test, Steve Domahidy’s namesake new mountain bike brand has opened their online store to accept pre-orders from anyone else looking to get a steel or titanium hardtail from the former Niner designer.

Ti frames  are $2,299 and steel $1,099 and uses Reynolds 853 DZB tubing. Both are available in either 27.5″ or 29″ wheel sizes. The frames feature A sliding dropout, allowing them to be run as a single speed or fully geared. Golden Bike Shop in Golden, CO, has become the first shop dealer for the new brand. If you’re not nearby, you can order online it’ll ship to your favorite bike shop until they’re able to set up a full dealer network. This keeps our LBS in the loop while expanding availability.

Check them out at,  more pics below…


First Look: New DVO Diamond AM Fork Nears Final Production – Plus Actual Weights

Dvo Diamond Logo

Teasing. It’s a universally derided tactic whether you’re trying to date or market a new product, but that’s just what DVO has done to gravity junkies since it’s inception.

From their inverted downhill fork, to this latest creation, the company has teased and shared it’s progress via social media and trade shows. Every time we visit, they’re one step closer to completing a project, and ready to tease us with the next thing they’re masterminding.

After sharing prototypes of their new Enduro fork at several trade shows over the past few months, they have finally have several preproduction models mounted to bikes and ready to rock.

Head past the break for pictures, weights, details, and some insight into what’s on the horizon.. READ MORE ->

All-New Bionicon Edison EVO Enduro Mountain Bike Adjusts Suspension, Angles & Wheel Size


Bionicon isn’t a household name here in the States (though they do have distribution here), but they’ve developed some pretty interesting technology over the years. The latest mighty morphing enduro wonder bike, the 2015 Bionicon Edison EVO, takes adjustability to new heights.

Featuring swappable rocker arms, seatstays, suspension parts and more, the frame lets you set it up with 160mm or 180mm of travel, 26″ or 27.5″ wheels, change suspension parts and adjust ride height and geometry…some of it on the fly. Oh, and it’s lighter than before. They say it’s their best ever bike.

At the heart of the bike is their Bionicon Effect travel adjust system. It pairs custom made forks and shocks with their pneumatic release button to let you instantly adjust the angles of the bike to suit climbing, descending or anything in between. It’s body weight activated, and works minimal effect on suspension performance thanks to their clever 2×2 fork air cartridges and an extending shock mount…


2015 Marin Mountain Bikes Preview – New Linkage Yields Lighter Frames

Marin Attack Trail Frame

For 2015, the big news on the mountain side is that Marin has largely moved from their Quad Link 3.0 suspension platform to the lighter weight IsoTrack system for some models. This design utilizes flexible seatstays to eliminate pivots and bearings at the rear axle, which helps reduce weight and maximize stiffness.

Essentially a linkage driven single pivot, Marin explains that the revised suspension platform is not quite as progressive as the outgoing Quad Link, but that a new shock tune that has been optimized for the IsoTrack leverage rate ensures solid pedaling performance and mid to late stroke progressiveness.

In other big news, Marin will now be offering framesets alongside complete bikes. The 140mm Mount Vision XM Pro frame now utilizes the IsoTrack suspension platform and comes equipped with a custom tuned Float X shock. UK Pricing for the carbon goodness is £2,200.


All-New Orbea Alma Hydro Alloy Hardtail Follows Carbon Model w/ Two Wheel Sizes

Orbea Alma H10 - no dropper

When the carbon-framed Orbea Alma hit the Texas cross country circuit in 2006, it quickly became THE bike to have. A full year before Julien Absalon devastated the World Cup circuit, racers in the Lone Star state were quick to recognize the advantage of the lightweight, big wheeled bike on courses defined by high speed cornering on loose-over-hardpack singletrack, tons of  square edged hits, and countless steep, punchy climbs.

The Alma went fast, looked sweet, and, as carbon went anyway, it was way cheaper than the handful of options coming from boutique builders. Nearly a decade later, carbon wagon wheelers have become lighter and more esoteric, as the racer niche proves willing to shell out top dollar for speed. Meanwhile, once coveted alloy frames have been largely relegated to entry level bikes. As a result, journeyman racers on a budget are often forced to choose between carbon bikes with very un-race worthy components, or the proverbial lipstick on pig: a drivetrain and brakes that can handle a season of hard racing, dangling off a heavy frame with recreational geometry.

With the launch of the new 2015 Alma Hydro, Orbea is now offering a more affordable aluminum frameset that integrates all of the features of the carbon Alma, giving budget minded XC racers – as well as ultracross and adventure riders – a competitive option.


Review: WTB’s Traction Enforcing Vigilante Tire

WTB Vigilante 650B Tire Tread (2)
No matter how nice the build kit, a bike’s performance can be undermined by tire selection. Too little tread and you’ll push in corners, too much and you’ll push uphill, so finding that happy medium is essential.

We’ve learned this lesson time and time again unboxing review bikes. Consumers want light, so many manufacturers skimp on grip, in order to claim a weight on their website.

In order to get accurate impressions of these bikes, I frequently swap out at least the front tire for something more aggressive, and recently the tire I’ve been reaching for has been the WTB Vigilante. Find out why after the break.


The New 2015 Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt MSL Carbon and BC Edition


While the Enduro segment of the bicycle market gets all the attention, new components and aggressive geometries have begun to blur the line between XC and trail bikes. At the forefront of this movement are short travel bikes like the 120mm travel Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt.

Announced last year as an XC oriented 27.5″ model, the bike has proven it’s versatility across an incredible array of terrain. So for 2015 Rocky is introducing a carbon model with subtle geometry modifications that include a longer top tube, shorter chainstays, and given it a more aggressive spec.

In addition to the obvious geometry changes, they’ve redesigned their ABC bushing system to reduce stiction and have included grease ports for effortless maintenance. For further weight reduction and improvements in stiffness, they’ve also gone to a hard anodized expanding collet for the main pivot.

These improvements combined with an advanced carbon construction that uses rigid internal molds rather than traditional air bladders, plus the interlocking Ride 9 chip inserts for adjustable geometry, have produced a bike that is incredibly versatile and light weight.

Learn more after the break…


2015 Trek Bikes Sneak Peek 2 – Superfly FS, Plus More Farley & Session Mountain Bikes

2015 Trek Superfly 100 29er full suspension race mountain bikes 9_9 SL XX1 and XTR

In Part One of our TrekWorld gallery, we covered a much wider collection of new road, cyclocross, gravel, adventure and other mountain bikes. Here, we’ve snagged a few more pics of the Farley 8 fat bike and Sesson DH 27.5″, plus a lot of different Superfly 100 (er, Superfly FS…we still like the ’100′ moniker better) full suspension race 29ers.

Above is the new top of the line for the model, available in your choice of full XX1 or full XTR, each with a loverly powder blue paint scheme…