Posts in the category 650b

Found: Bold Cycles Linkin Trail full suspension concept hides the shock inside frame

Bold Cycles Linkin Trail full suspension mountain bike with rear shock hidden inside the frame

Launching out of Switzerland, Bold Cycles’ is making a statement with its debut bike, the Linkin Trail.

Yes, it’s a full suspension frame, but the shock is completely hidden inside the seat tube, driven by the upper rocker arm. The carbon frame has ports in the headtube to let air inside to cool the shock, with exit vents just below it. Behind that, a Boost 148 rear axle makes room for a 27.5+ tire or a less rotund 29er. Travel is 130mm, and it’s got all manner of trails in its sights…


SOC15: Rubena Adds 27.5 sizes for Scylla and Charybdis Tires

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Rubena is one of those brands that many people still haven’t heard of, but the company has an impressive 80 year history of making tires in the Czech Republic. Part of a much larger tire manufacturing operation, the bike side of Rubena’s business covers mountain to road and is slowly expanding to keep up with the trends in mountain biking.

The newest Czech treads come in the form of 27.5″ versions of their Scylla and Charybdis XC/Trail tires…


SOC15: Prototype Salsa 27.5+ full suspension mountain bike decorates WTB booth

Prototype Salsa 275-plus full suspension mountain bike

Looking very similar in design to their Horsethief 29er full suspension bikes, this prototype carbon bike showed off an upcoming Salsa model made to fit wider wheels, like those built with WTB Scraper rims and Trailblazer 2.8 / Bridger 3.0 tires.

Official details are slim, but we’ve got a little info and plenty of pics…


SOC15: Mavic Highlights Crossmax SL Pro WTS with Team Dream and Stinner Frameworks Collaboration

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In what seems to be turning into a bit of a tradition, Mavic teamed up with some talented people to hand build two show bikes for the new Crossmax LTD Wheel Tire Systems. To kick off the project Mavic gave Sean Talkington of Team Dream Bicycling Team a ring. Continuing his work with Jordan Low on paint and Aaron Stinner of Stinner Frameworks for the builds, two stunning mountain bikes emerged as the perfect canvases for Mavic’s WTS…


SOC15: Bontrager Rolls 29+ with Line Plus Wheels, Intros new SE5 Light Weight Enduro Tire

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With Trek going all in with the Stache +, it should stand to reason that Bontrager will be offering up a line of plus sized accessories. Already offering the Chupacabra tire for 29+ (27+ Chupacabras are coming), the big story is the addition of the Line Plus wheelset. Borrowing from many of the current Bontrager wheel technologies, the Line Plus is a wider version of their Line mountain bike wheelset that should be a great addition to your bike+ whether you need Boost or standard hubs…

SOC15: Fezzari plus-sizes Cascade Peak full susser, updates carbon hardtail & road bikes

Fezzari Cascade Peak 27.5+ full suspension mountain bike

Cascade Peak 27.5+ full suspension goes big all the way around, with Boost 148 rear spacing and 110mm axle spacing up front, 120mm of travel (that’s 20mm more than the 29er Cascade Peak) and the upcoming Maxxis Chronicle 27.5 x 3.0 that’ll be out by summer.

This one was built up just for Sea Otter and doesn’t represent production spec. It will get the new XT 1×11 when it ships, not the SRAM group shown here, and have WTB Scraper rims.

Checkout more from the consumer direct brand below…


SRAM’s New Rail 40 All-Mountain Wheels Designed to Grind up and Throw Down

SRAM Rail 40 alloy enduro mountain bike wheelset

As the popularity of Enduro racing rises, products made specifically for the segment are pouring out of MTB manufacturers left, right and center. Never one to be sleeping on the scene, SRAM has just announced their new 27.5” and 29” Rail 40 wheelsets which aim to provide the strength and stiffness needed for rough, fast descents without too much bulk to pedal up.

The new Rail 40’s represent the company’s ideal balance of strength, light weight, and width for charging aggressive all-mountain terrain. SRAM claims the wheels set a new benchmark in stiffness within their category yet offer excellent ride qualities for pointing it down and pushing it hard…


Lapierre Raid FX+ brings solid 27.5″ full suspension package at bargain price

2016 Lapierre Raid FX+ full suspension 27.5 mountain bike

No, it’s not that kind of “+” bike, just a plussed spec over the original Lapierre Raid FX that adds quite a few big brand components without making your wallet much smaller.

The frame is the same 6061 alloy part as the 2015 Raid FX, and it keeps the same Lapierre branded rear shock, but the drivetrain gets bumped to a Shimano Deore/SLX 10-speed mix and brakes are Shimano hydraulic, too.  It even gets Shimano hubs with Centerlock rotors and Schwalbe Rapid Rob Performance line 27.5×2.25 tires.

The fork switches from Suntour to a Rockshox Xc32 Solo Air. Travel is 120mm front and rear, with a suspension designed based on their higher end mountain bikes. The best part? Retail is just €1,249, making it a great first full suspension mountain bike.

SOC15: Marzocchi adds big travel 350 Plus 27.5+ forks, more details on dropper post

2016 Marzocchi 350 plus NCR 275+ suspension fork

Marzocchi’s opened up their 35mm stanchioned 350 fork series to a 350 Plus to fit the new 27.5+ wheels and tires.

Like Fox’s plus fork, the dropouts were pushed out 10mm, but there’s more room up top. Marzocchi spaced the legs 13mm wider to accommodate up to 27.5 x 3.5 tires, or a 29 x 2.5. The damping offers a litte bit more support, but the internals are all the same across the R, CR and NCR versions.

It’s around 100g heavier than a standard 350 because the crown and arch needed to be stiffer not just for the wider stance, but also because the higher traction the tires produce needed better lateral stability. Weights, travel and more tech below…