Posts in the category 650b

IB14: Rolf Prima Rolls Out Budget Carbon Road Wheels, Adds Wider 27.5″ Ralos CXC Mountain Bike Wheels


Rolf Prima knows their carbon wheels aren’t the cheapest on the market (they’re also not the most expensive), so they wanted to help more people get on their paired spoke design and excellent carbon rims.

The new Ares ES series wheels do that by lacing their same Ares carbon fiber rims as the top level models to standard hubs and higher spoke counts to drop the price by $650 per set. The new build is available on the Ares6 (60mm deep) and Ares4 (42mm deep), both 27mm at their widest. Inside width is 17mm at the bead.

The ES wheels go from 16/16 spoke counts to 16/20, but use the same bladed Sapim CX Speed spokes. Total weight gain is just 70g, but none of that’s at the rim save for four more nipples. Even their folks admit the ride quality is very, very similar, you’re just saving a lot of money…


EB14: New Stevens Whaka 140 Enduro, Arcalis Disc Aero Road, and Super Prestige CX Update


Stevens bike introduced several new bikes at Eurobike from some fancy touring and commuting bikes to e-bikes, but a couple jumped out at us. First the 140mm Whaka above is a nice looking 4-bar enduro bike that offers a pretty broad range of affordability in an aluminum platform. Then there was an aero disc-brake road bike called the Arcalis that Stevens claims to actually be a comfortable, almost endurance type bike. Lastly as euro cross season approaches and the top riders are soon to be making their way back from Cross Vegas, some updates to the World Cup level Super Prestige look to make it even more capable on the race circuit.

Hop past the break for some full-on details…


EB14: e*thirteen Lightens Wheels, Improves Chainguides, Introduces Tire Sealant, more

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While many companies have a few new products for trade show season, but in the case of e*thirteen almost everything in the booth has at least changed. From chain guides to wheels, to completely new products like their tubeless sealant, e*thirteen is bringing the goods. After integrating the Hive hubs into their wheels, the product story has always been about placing the mass where it matters the most which is usually around the hub. In order to demonstrate their wheel design, the company had a pretty interesting display which you can see in action after the break…

EB14: One Ride Review of Ghost’s 27.5” 130mm Riot LT Enduro Green Machine, Plus Nivolet 8 LC Disc Road

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Ghost bikes had their new 27.5″ carbon enduro bike at Eurobike’s Demo Day for test rides, and we took the chance to hop on and try to give it a bit of a workout on some decidedly flat terrain. Thankfully in addition to nice forest roads and a bit of hidden singletrack, there was a pretty respectable test course for mountain bikes that made up for lack of elevation with plenty of berms, jumps, rock gardens, log piles , and even a pump track. We had the Riot LT set a bit softer than usual to get a feel for the plushness of the suspension with a hope of getting towards the reportedly progressive last 1/5 of it travel.

Bounce past the break to see what we thought of the bike, plus details of its Riot brethren and a pretty dialed looking disc road bike we found hiding in the back of their setup inside the show.


New 2015 Devinci Wilson SL Downhill Race Bike Goes 27.5

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Tested under Steve Smith and Nick Beer (the man with the best last name in cycling) , the new Devinci Wilson has-been completely redesigned to accommodate 27.5″ wheels, received a reconfigured suspension platform, and more… READ MORE ->

EB14: Reverse Components Backs Plenty of Tricky New Enduro, Gravity Components & Prototypes


German brand Reverse Components isn’t seen much in the states, but they’ve got a full collection of components to cover almost every part of the bike, and plenty of them are new for 2015.

The carbon shock fender is a prototype for now, but should be getting to production soon…they’re finalizing the design to work on most piggy back shocks. It was shown on their own bike brand, Solid, which also gets a new DH model.

And there were plenty more new and prototype parts for that or any other DH bike. And XC/Enduro bikes, too…


EB14: New Intense Cycles Factory Models Sample Top Shelf Components

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For 2015, Intense Cycles is once again resurrecting their top of the line Factory Models for three specific bikes. These dream builds will be available on the Tracer T27.5, Carbine 29er, and Spider 29er, and feature Enve wheels, Cane Creek rear suspension, a SRAM XX1 drivetrain, and Shimano XTR stoppers.  READ MORE ->

EB14: Break the Bank w/ 2015 Cannondale Black Inc Scalpel, FSi & Trigger Mountain Bikes


By now, we’ve covered the Cannondale Scalpel, FSi and Trigger in great detail. Hit those links for the technical details. What we’re showing here are the flagship models for their 2015 lineup. You know, the kind that top $10,000. Each. I’m thinking of a joke, something like “You’re Broke Black Mountain (Bikes)”…working on it…had something…bah, here’s the pics and prices…


EB14: Formula Introduces Budget Friendly CR3 Brake, New Fork Sizes, and Clever Light Weight Lockout System

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Now with over 25 years of Italian Racing heritage, Formula continues to refine their product line and offer a number of components with impressive designs. For 2015 the company has introduced a new brake that is essentially a more affordable version of the RO along with changes to their suspension forks which probably don’t get the recognition they deserve. We’ve seen much of the new tech out at Sea Otter, but there are few new details after the break…