Posts in the category 650b

EB15: Bike Ahead’s 1kg AC One XC Wheelset, plus more for Road and Trail


Bike Ahead showed us what they think may be the lightest production mountain bike wheelset ever made. The cross country AC One wheels are based on the company’s standard 6-spoke carbon wheel design, and using the strongest fibers currently available they were able to shave the weight down for this race-bred wheelset, while keeping strength and stiffness. Sure it is limited to a 85kg rider (187lb; including all their gear), but they have plenty of other options for more aggressive trail riding, heavier riders, and even road discs. We actually spotted their new road wheels in the Haibike booth on their new Affair road disc bike. Check them all out below the fold…  READ MORE ->

EUROBIKE COVERAGE REVIEW – WEEK #4. KTM, and Hope Tech Have Been Busy!


We’re still over flowing with product coverage from Eurobike. KTM shows no signs in slowing down towards becoming a major player and Hope Tech continues to prove they know what they’re doing, plus more!

Sort through and “dispose” of what ever summer beer you have left and join us on another week of Eurobike 2015!


EB15: Focus Debuts Sam C, Spine C & Raven Max off-road, plus road racing Izalco Max Disc


Over the course of this summer Focus has introduced expansions and refinements to their two premium mountain bike lines the trail/enduro Sam and the cross country Raven, plus a new shorter travel trail bike called the Spine. The 160mm Sam gets an upgrade to carbon, the Raven hardtail gets Max-ed with a totally reimagined carbon frame, and the new 120mm Spine will now be available in both carbon and aluminum versions. Not to ignore the road, Focus officially debuted the disc-brake edition of their premier WorldTour Izalco Max at Eurobike, and went home with a best in show award. Plus, on that bike, and everything else that didn’t have rear suspension, Focus was featuring their new CPX Plus carbon comfort seatpost. Drop in past the break for photos and details of the new bikes…


RAT-A-TAT-TAT! Intense Blasts Everything in its Way with New Uzzi 275 and Carbon M16, Plus Limited Palmer Edition

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When you’re about to step foot into Intense Cycle’s booth, you know there won’t be a dull moment. Considered an innovator in this industry, Intense Cycles came full force this year re-introducing the Uzzi with some updated features and showing off their new M16C carbon downhill bike.

Send it past the break for the details on these gorgeous beasts and see what a lucky few might get their Palms on….


IB15: Up Close with the Turner RFX Plus Actual Weight

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After years of crafting fine bicycles in aluminum, Turner started a new journey with their first carbon bike in the Czar. As much as we all love the made in the USA aluminum rigs Turner has been turning out, the allure of carbon is hard to resist.

After setting the stage with the XC oriented Czar, Turner aimed their sights at something with a little more travel. Specifically, the rebirth of the legendary RFX. First introduced in 1999, a lot has changed since the RFX helped to redefine what was possible on a mountain bike. Now built with 160 mm of travel and 27.5″ wheels, Turner’s bigger carbon bike turns out to be pretty light on the scales…


IB15: New in Blue – Park Tool Adds Cassette and Bearing Tools and Re-Categorizes Multi-Tools

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I can’t think of a year that I haven’t bought a Park Tool product. When bikes and the parts on them evolve, the tools to maintain them need to evolve as well. Park Tool, as always, stays ahead of the game and this year they were busy!

Sort through your tools and jump past the break to see what you’re missing now….


IB15: Red Bear Products Spools up to Distribute Kuroshiro, Bouwmeester, and Other Wheel Goods

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Not that anyone suggested otherwise, but it turns out that Tim Krueger is a very busy guy. While continuing to launch new models for Advocate cycles, Tim and his crew have also been getting ready to launch Red Bear Products. Positioned as a wheel goods distributor, Red Bear holds the exclusive distribution rights for both Kuroshiro and Bouwmeester wheels and rims in the US.

The move should make the products easier to access here in the states including Kuroshiro’s new 100mm fat bike rim…


EB15: KTM updates mountain bikes with Straight Line Link suspension, Boost, Plus, and more


We got to preview the new Made-in-Austria KTM mountain bikes earlier in the summer at the Euro Press Camp, but there were plenty of new details on hand at Eurobike. The biggest development off-road for KTM in 2016 is definitely the move to the new Straight Line Link suspension design for their cross-country and trail bikes. While the inline layout should improve shock actuation, the bigger impact is that the new design eliminated rear-end pivots, gets a new carbon rocker link, and adds Boost spacing, all of which increase rear stiffness while shedding a lot of weight.

Read past the break for more details on the new carbon bikes, an aluminum 27.5+ model, plus a new fat option and father and son e-trail bikes…


Reader’s Rides: The Kuvalda Grimlock- A Versatile AM Bike with More Travel Options Than Expedia

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In 2013, Russia’s Алексей Кочубеев read an article about an ambitious rider building a custom bike from plumbing pipes, alloy sheets and inexpensive materials. He found the story rather interesting, but it didn’t launch him into action right away.  Almost two years later the desire struck Кочубеев to own a custom bike with plenty of integrated adjustment, so he decided to put his own ideas into motion.

Кочубеев  found a small company called Kuvalda Bikes who were producing prototype frames. He contacted them in January 2015 and started designing what would eventually be called the Kuvalda Grimlock. Кочубеев’s creation boasts a huge amount of adjustability with four different travel settings, three chainstay lengths and compatibility with 26″ or 27.5″ wheels.

With such a wide range of set up options this frame is sure to spark engineering debates over its built-in versatility and how it’s ride characteristics might be affected as the rear shock position is altered. Read past the break to see how it works…