Bergamont all-mountain Trailster adds carbon & Plus, also a new DH Straitline & unique all-road solution

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German bike maker Bergamont has taken their popular full suspension trail bike and given it a solid reboot. For 2017 the Trailster gets two all new frames that add a bit more versatility to the line-up, growing the bikes’ travel across the range. On one end they’ve reworked their top-tier Trailster with a first time all carbon frame, and on the other side they’ve built a new Plus-sized alloy bike for the added grip you can pull out of a 2.8″ tire. For when the trail drops off more than an all-mountain bike can handle, Bergamont also has an updated version of their Straitline DH bike with a carbon front end and track adjustability out back. Then almost all the way over to the road, they have a new carbon gravel road riding and endurance Grandurance bike that has a unique adapting solution to picking different width tires based on the day’s riding. Get a good look at each of the new bikes, plus actual weights after the break…

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German bike maker Bergamont has taken their popular full suspension trail bike and given it a solid reboot. For 2017 the Trailster gets two all new frames that add a bit more versatility to the line-up, growing the bikes’ travel across the range. On one end they’ve reworked their top-tier Trailster with a first time all carbon […]

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Review: Bontrager Aeolus 5 aero, tubeless disc brake carbon clinchers & R3 tires

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Bontrager Aeolus 5 TLR tubeless ready aero disc brake road bike carbon clincher wheels review and actual weights

Wasn’t too long ago that the terms “disc brake” and “aerodynamic” were mutually exclusive, but as things slowly proceed to put rotors in the pro peloton, the two concepts were bound to come together.

Bontrager is one brand that’s prepped and ready, even if all their top-level race bikes haven’t made the switch yet. I’ve been riding the Aeolus 5 TLR wheelset since last summer and they’ve proven fast, strong and able to handle some abuse. That last bit, plus their beginner-friendly setup, helps set them apart in a world where aero gains from brand to brand are so minuscule anymore…

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Wasn’t too long ago that the terms “disc brake” and “aerodynamic” were mutually exclusive, but as things slowly proceed to put rotors in the pro peloton, the two concepts were bound to come together. Bontrager is one brand that’s prepped and ready, even if all their top-level race bikes haven’t made the switch yet. I’ve […]

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Review: Is SRAM’s NX 1x Drivetrain good enough to ditch your double?

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If you’ve been considering switching to a SRAM 1x group, there are probably two big factors to consider. Price, and the need for an XD driver. Riders may have been creating their own modified 1x drivetrains with cassette adapters and such for years, but the addition of a commercially available 1x group that is actually affordable – really affordable, is something new.

Not only does SRAM’s NX group represent a massive decrease in price, it also offers something new in terms of the cassette. Rather than relying on SRAM’s XD driver, the new PG-1130 cassette uses a standard 9/10/11 speed freehub that lowers the barrier to entry even further. So you have a group that offers most of the 1x advantage that is also affordable, and accessible.

But is it worth it?

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If you’ve been considering switching to a SRAM 1x group, there are probably two big factors to consider. Price, and the need for an XD driver. Riders may have been creating their own modified 1x drivetrains with cassette adapters and such for years, but the addition of a commercially available 1x group that is actually […]

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First Look: Spada’s Rapido SL 29er wheelset offers carbon weight at an alloy price

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Spada Rapido SLItalians are not the least bit shy when it comes to pouring as much passion as they do performance into their machinery. In this regard, Spada is no different when it comes to these racing hoops. While not an enormous company, they more than make up for their size with experience considering the owner/designer is the 3rd generation of his family in the bicycle business. He also happens to be obsessed with improving every detail of everything Spada makes.

Spada sent us a set of their colorful & crazy light Rapido SL 29er wheels to put through the paces, but the first thing I had to do was take a closer look and get these beauties on the scales! Check out the details and actual weights ahead…

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Italians are not the least bit shy when it comes to pouring as much passion as they do performance into their machinery. In this regard, Spada is no different when it comes to these racing hoops. While not an enormous company, they more than make up for their size with experience considering the owner/designer is the 3rd […]

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Review: From desert dust to Midwest muck on the Intense ACV 27.5+ Full Suspension MTB

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At this current point in mountain bike history, it’s more surprising when a company has something to show us that isn’t Plus or Plus compatible. The new option seems to be spreading quickly, mostly due to the fact that the newest generation of 29ers can be an either/or scenario.

Intense is doing things a little differently.

Rather than offer a bike that can convert back and forth between two different wheel sizes, their new ACV is focused on fat. Well, mid-fat. The ACV is built around the stock 27.5 x 2.8″ tires and has a geometry that is tuned to match. During our annual pilgrimage to the Sedona desert, we got a sneak peek at what Intense had in store for their newest model. And in what’s becoming standard practice for the company, we received an ACV of our own to review on our home trails ahead of the launch to see what makes this Plus sized bike tick…

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At this current point in mountain bike history, it’s more surprising when a company has something to show us that isn’t Plus or Plus compatible. The new option seems to be spreading quickly, mostly due to the fact that the newest generation of 29ers can be an either/or scenario. Intense is doing things a little differently. […]

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SRAM XX1 Eagle 1×12 mountain bike group – Actual weights, install & first ride

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sram xx1 eagle actual weights and install notes

We weighed pre-production parts at the SRAM Eagle 12-speed group launch earlier this year, but now we’ve got our own group installed on our own bike for a proper long term review. We also covered the technical details in another post and even had some first ride impressions on the Kona demo bike provided by SRAM. But, there’s nothing like mounting it up to a familiar bike and hitting the trails. In this case, I brought the bike with me to Dixie National Forest (just outside Bryce Canyon) and tackled Thunder Mountain Trail, which turned out to be the most beautiful mountain bike ride I’ve ever done. But before that, all the parts were thrown on the scale to get true production weights…

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We weighed pre-production parts at the SRAM Eagle 12-speed group launch earlier this year, but now we’ve got our own group installed on our own bike for a proper long term review. We also covered the technical details in another post and even had some first ride impressions on the Kona demo bike provided by […]

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XC Pro Bike Check: repeat elite men’s World Champion Nino Schurter on new Scott Spark RC 900 WC

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On Saturday a pair of new World Champions rode away from the competition on two Specialized Epic/Eras for the men’s U23 and elite women’s wins. Then on Sunday the remaining two new champions repeated, this time on the new Scott Spark RC World Cup, officially released just a week ago. In the morning Jenny Rissveds lined up on the 27.5″ version of the new bike, but for the afternoon’s big show, returning 2015 World Champion Nino Schurter took to the Nové Město course on the 29er Scott Spark RC 900 WC. His bike shared some similarities with Rissveds’ ride, but Nino had some of his own special touches. Take a closer look with us after the break…

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On Saturday a pair of new World Champions rode away from the competition on two Specialized Epic/Eras for the men’s U23 and elite women’s wins. Then on Sunday the remaining two new champions repeated, this time on the new Scott Spark RC World Cup, officially released just a week ago. In the morning Jenny Rissveds lined up on the 27.5″ […]

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XC Pro Bike Check: new women’s U23 World Champion Jenny Rissveds’ Scott Spark RC 700 World Cup

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Jenny Rissveds won her first World Championship in the Sunday morning women’s U23 race, riding a new Scott Spark RC that she had just received only a week earlier. Like the two big races on Saturday, Rissveds rode a dominant race, again on a lightweight short travel full suspension bike for the technically challenging Nové Město na Moravě course. While the other big wins of the weekend were all on 29ers running tubeless tire setups, Rissveds alone was racing her new 27.5″ Scott Spark RC 700 World Cup with the newest in tubeless tubular tires glued to DT carbon rims. Get a closer look at the details and her race bike’s actual weight after the break…

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Jenny Rissveds won her first World Championship in the Sunday morning women’s U23 race, riding a new Scott Spark RC that she had just received only a week earlier. Like the two big races on Saturday, Rissveds rode a dominant race, again on a lightweight short travel full suspension bike for the technically challenging Nové […]

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XC Pro Bike Check: new women’s elite World Champion Annika Langvad’s Specialized S-Works Era

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In a bit of a repeat for Specialized bikes, Annika Langvad rode to the elite women’s World Championship in the second race of the weekend in Nové Město on the women’s version of the Epic. She rode her Specialized S-Works Era World Cup 29er at the front of the race from the start much like Gaze, and by the end of the second lap had distanced her competition and didn’t look back. She rode her Era and RS-1 through pretty much all of their travel on the technical course and built her lead outpacing the others on the climbs. Langvad’s Era was built up very similar to Gaze’s Epic, but with a few unique touches. Take a closer look after the break, plus her bike’s actual race weight…

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In a bit of a repeat for Specialized bikes, Annika Langvad rode to the elite women’s World Championship in the second race of the weekend in Nové Město on the women’s version of the Epic. She rode her Specialized S-Works Era World Cup 29er at the front of the race from the start much like Gaze, and […]

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