Posts in the category 650b

DVO Teases Soon to be Released Diamond Enduro Fork

DVO Diamond 27.5 ForkHot of the success of the recently launched Emerald downhill fork, DVO will soon be launching their new Diamond platform. Using many of the technologies developed for their top tier dual crown fork, this trail fork eschews the current trend of simplifying tuning options. Instead, it introduces an unprecedented amount of  user serviceability and customization.

So drop past the break to learn what all the knobs do!


SOC14: Pivot Phoenix DH Carbon 650B Downhill Mountain Bike Drops In


We spotted distant photos of the new Pivot Phoenix DH 650B bike with a few Reynolds carbon wheel spy shots recently, and now the bike part of those pics gets official. The wheels, as you may notice, are blacked out for now.

Here’s the basics: It gets 204mm (8″) rear wheel travel out of a new DW-Link suspension design on a full carbon fiber frame.  The complete bike shown here is spec’d with a full Shimano Saint group, DH casing Maxxis tires and Fox 40 fork, but only frameset pricing has been announced.

So, what makes it special, beyond just being one of the earlier production downhill bikes to make the switch to bigger wheels? Kevin Tisue, Pivot’s engineer, says they wanted something lighter. A lot lighter. Like two pounds lighter. And 27.5″. The prototypes were made with XC tube sets and different wheel options. They started riding 27.5″, fell in love with it and they knew they needed to make a DH bike with those bigger wheels. Here’s what they ended up with…


SOC14: First Look! GT Brings A New Gun to The Enduro Fight With The Sanction

2015 GT Sanction enduro mountain bike

Teased in a video a few days ago, the all new GT Sanction has been redesigned from the ground up to be a weapon on the Enduro scene. The bike has been in development for over a year now, taking a lot of input from the Athertons, and borrows heavily from both the World Champ winning Fury DH bike and popular new Sensor and Force platforms.

We interviewed Engineer/Designer Etienne Warnery, Global Marketing Manager Chris Hopwood, and PR Manager Bill Rudell about the development and testing process behind the new bicycle.

Jump past the break to see why it shreds… READ MORE ->

Win a Juliana Roubion Before They’re Publicly Available

Juliana Roubion SweepstakesThe new Juliana Roubion we spotted last weekend is finally official! It’s said to have “the brawn of a Bronson in the spirit of a Juliana” and it won’t be available till June, unless you’re the lucky winner of the Juliana Bicycles Instagram sweepstakes.

The prize bike build is identical to Anka Martin’s enduro race rig, and is decked out with all the latest and greatest from SRAM. To enter the content, just upload your best riding photo from now until May 6th. The five photos with the most likes will move onto the judging phase. The winner wins an incredible prize package that includes an all expense paid trip to France, gear from Giro, and of course – one really really nice bike.

Visit Juliana Bikes to learn more.



Upside down and Right-side up, The Mirage Fork Caters to Every Wheelsize

Fakawitribe MIRAGE  upsidedown inverted fork Close up

Whether you identify yourself with the 26″ crowd or the wagon wheel crew, the Mirage fork uses a fancy acronym to cater to your every wheel size whim. Using a special hydraulic jack system dubbed FACRS (Free Adjust Control Reversible System), the fork stanchions lengthen and shorten to accommodate the big, bigger, and biggest wheelsizes that are currently popular today.
We’re not sure how the system works, maybe it’s a simple telescopic movement of the portly 45mm upper stanchions, or perhaps both the lower and upper tubes expand to accommodate different wheelsizes.


GT Ready to Unleash The New Sanction, A Trail Sized Version of the Fury

The new GT Sanction is just one in a long line of new drool worthy products that the New GT Brand has launched over the past year. Details are relatively scarce, but this new models looks like a scaled down version of the highly regarded Fury downhill bike which was recently revamped, and will be officially launched at Sea Otter.

It has been under development for two years under the Atherton racing team and has already been raced extensively on the Enduro world circuit under rider Dan Atheron. Considering that European Enduro courses are generally as rough as World Cup tracks, but raced on shorter travel bikes, we can only assume the new Sanction is ready to rumble.

Fox Racing Answers The Enduro Market with Redesigned 36 Fork For Every Wheel Size, Plus Tech Q&A


For it’s 40th anniversary, Fox is releasing a completely redesigned 36mm fork. This work was once the standard by which all long travel single crown forks were measured by and had not received a major refresh in years. The all new fork sheds half a pound over the previous version, carries some new internal improvements, and features a convertible 15mm to 20mm thru-axle design that is sure to excite the gnarliest of enduro bros. Even more importantly, it’s available to everyone, regardless of wheel size. Whether you like your wheels big, bigger, or biggest, Fox finally has a burly option to match your rowdiest of intentions.

In addition to the updates found on the new 36 model, all the 32 & 34 forks have been improved with features developed by working with some of the world’s top athletes under the Racing Application Development (RAD) program. These features include updated damping tunes for better small bump compliance and traction and an increased array of compression adjustments. Previous models offered 3 only the fly CTD damping adjustments and 3 clicks of fine tuning adjustment in trail mode, while the new 2015 product will offer 7-clicks of trail mode adjustment.

Across the single crown product line (32, 34, & 36mm), a redesigned seal head architecture is claimed to virtually eliminate breakaway force. In addition to the redesigned damper seals, an advanced lubrication oil that integrated Molybdenum is claimed to offer even further improvements to suppleness.

*Update* Travel Sizes now listed at the bottom.

Of course, what everyone really wants to know about is those new 36mm forks! So drop past the break for even more details…. READ MORE ->

Enve Introduces All New M-series, Carbon MTB Hoops get Lighter, Stronger and Lose the Hook

M90 ratboy lores

It seems like not all that long ago, carbon rims for mountain bikes were a bit of an oddity. Mountain bikers were just coming to grips with carbon as a frame material, let alone a rim material. Considering how often mountain bike rims receive flat spots from unforgiving rocks, or have to be whacked against a tree to try and regain some semblance of true, it’s easy to think that carbon might not be cut out for the job.

After ENVE introduced their first carbon mountain bike rim in 2007, fast forward to 2012 and the Santa Cruz Syndicate was now racing downhill on ENVE’s carbon wheels. Having invested substantially in their research and development along with advanced testing both in the lab and with pro teams, ENVE’s Carbon technology has grown by leaps and bounds. As a rim material carbon is no longer viewed with skepticism, but as the premium, must have (if money is no object) option.

But just as carbon technology has changed, so too has mountain biking or at least how it is classified. More riders seem to be pushing the limits of what’s possible on bikes and categories have changed. While the standard XC, AM, and DH designations made sense in the past, ENVE felt it left a lot of riders unsure of where they fit when it came to selecting a rim. To address the issue, ENVE created an all new naming system which gave rise to the all new M-Series.

There’s much more than just a new name to the M-Series, read about it next…


Chris King Debuts New XD Driver ISO Hub for SRAM 1×11 systems

Chris King XD Iso HubFor high engagement hub aficionados, the long wait for XD driver compatible Chris King hubs is now at an end. After nearly two years of development, the American manufacturer is now producing XX1 compatible hubs in a wide variety of sizes – from 135QR to 157×12, and everything in-between.

The hubs still spin on the legendary in-house made bearings and will utilize their Ring Drive system to provide 72 points of engagement.  READ MORE ->