Posts in the category Actual Weights

PC15: Sneak Peek at Ridley’s All-Road “X-Project” Plus Debut of Racy Fenix SL

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In addition to bikes like the Noah and the Helium, Ridley came to Press Camp with two new road models that fall comfortably outside the realm of race scalpels in their line-up. The Fenix SL is a complete revamp of the Fenix endurance road model to be faster, lighter, and more aero, but with an emphasis on increased compliance in the frameset and complete bike configuration. Then there is something Ridley is calling the “X-Project” – their multi-surface slayer yet to be officially named. It has all the clearance and geometry allowances needed for big tires, but a wheelbase and bottom bracket placement very much in line with skinny road models. Just don’t call it a gravel bike, says Richard Wittenburg, Ridley’s Vice President of Operations…
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PC15: Fabric’s Water Bottle Goes Cage Free, Plus New Air Cushioned Cell Saddle, Ratcheting Multi Tool

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Since their recent debut, UK brand Fabric continues to demonstrate its dedication to challenging the industry established design norms. Offering a collection of fresh and ultra-functional saddles and accessories Fabric’s line includes accessible entry price points and piles of color options.. They include a comfort saddle that accomplishes suspension with air cushioning rather than gel, a tri saddle with integrated water bottle carrier mount, a cageless integrated water bottle system, and a multitool with an integrated ratchet for getting into hard to reach places… READ MORE ->

PC15: Pivot Unveils All New Mach 429 Trail, Updates Vault Gravel/Cross Machine

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Even though we just visited with Pivot at their headquarters in Tempe, AZ, we knew something big was on the horizon, but we didn’t know what. Characteristically tight lipped about future bikes in development, Chris Cocalis only promised that we would get a chance to see everything they were working on once we got to Press Camp in Deer Valley, UT.

True to his word, we arrived to find a bike that many Pivot fans have been asking for – a slacker, short travel trail bike, only with 29″ wheels. That of course would be the new Pivot Mach 429 Trail. Described to us as sort of a mash up of the Mach 429 SL and the Mach 6, the 429 Trail checks off a lot of boxes. Not only that, but at the same time Pivot was unveiling the Mach 429 Trail, they also showed off the revised Vault carbon cross/gravel bike. Now disc only and full thru axle, the Vault could unlock the ability to have just a single 700c bike in your garage…

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World Cup XC, Pro Bike Check: Rainbow Orbea Oiz of World Champion Catharine Pendrel

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We sat down at the opening cross country World Cup to chat with the head mechanic and team manager for Team Luna Chix. They walked us through the setup for XC World Champion Catharine Pendrel’s full-suspension Orbea Oiz, the same bike she rode to earn her second set of rainbow stripes last summer in Hafjell. The Oiz, named for the mountain behind the Basque factory where the bikes are made, is offered in two levels of carbon, a Race version with all high modulus fibers for max stiffness to weight ration, and a Performance version that mixes in some lower modulus fibers for greater vibration absorption and overall toughness. The Luna Chix team, including Pendrel, all go for the stiffer Race carbon monocoque frames combined with electronic shifting and suspension setups.

Come past the break for a closer look at the details, and the actual bike weight…

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World Cup XC, Pro Bike Check: Unior Tools Team Trek Superfly of Tanja Žakelj

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One of the smaller teams to make big headway over the last season at the World Cup level was that of Unior Tools with the outstanding consistency in cross country racing of Slovenian Tanja Žakelj. With two junior and one U23 world championships in her past, Žakelj’s highest finish last season was a 2nd place in Windham, but by riding in the top 10 all season she started this year ranked 3rd. She has yet to break into the top 10 at the first two rounds of this year’s World Cup series, but has a few weeks off before the next cross country races to work on her form.

We’d been talking to Unior Tools about testing some of their European-made tools that show up a lot in the pits of World Tour races, so were happy to drop in for a chat with Unior’s pro mechanics and team manager. The gave us the low-down on  Žakelj’s bike, but also on some standout tools from the Slovenian company.

Have a look at a few custom setup tricks from her mechanics after the break on an otherwise fairly stock ride…

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Spy Shots: New Ghost Lector World Cup Carbon Hardtail – Nove Mesto XC, Pro Bike Check

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German bike maker Ghost is bringing back the Lector name for a complete overhaul of their pro-level cross country hardtail being raced on the World Cup circuit. The name came from the 1991 film and when the brand was first started, Ghost used the Lector moniker to signify the absolute top bike in each of their separate lines. Now back to cross country roots, the reimagined Lector World Cup becomes a race hardatil, this time built from their top carbon, dubbed ULC (ultra light carbon.)

Ghost is getting ready to unveil the new bike at their home World Cup in Albstadt this weekend, but they had their team racing the new bikes in Nové Město last weekend where we caught up with them. The bikes were camouflaged (a bit more cleanly than some others) with some nice geometric checkered flag decals to mask the tube shapes a bit, but we were still able to get a close look at pro racer Helen Grobert’s bike. To be honest, I kinda dig the look and wouldn’t mind a little razzle dazzle in the final production finish.

Have a look at an unmasked shot we spied coming back from a wash after the break, plus details, actual race weight, and plenty of lightweight German bits and bobbles…

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Nove Mesto World Cup XC, Pro Bike Check: Neff Wins on new Stöckli Beryll RSC

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At just 22 years old Jolanda Neff, the current U23 cross country women’s world champ, took on the elite women in the first round of the World Cup. Within the first lap aboard the Beryll RSC hardtail from her new Swiss bike sponsor Stöckli, she began setting a pace that ultimately only 42 year old Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå could match. The two went back and forth until the younger Swiss took the first World Cup win of the season by just 1 second after 90mins of racing. We had a chance to sit down with Stöckli’s head bike design engineer the day before the big race and go through tech on Neff’s bike and teammate Mathias Flückiger’s, who rode to 5th place in the elite men’s race.

Join us after the jump for a few truly unique bits of tech, including a couple of prototypes…

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Nove Mesto World Cup XC, Pro Bike Check: Kulhavý Wins on S-Works Epic

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We featured previous World Champion and Olympic Gold medalist Jaroslav Kulhavý S-Works Epic last year at the Méribel World Cup, but several things have changed since last season, plus this weekend he rode his new bike for the win at the first cross country round of the UCI World Cup at his home country race in Nové Město na Moravě, Czech Republic. His mechanics walked us through what they were calling a mostly stock bike build, with pretty much everything on the bike available to consumers. They also noted right off the bat that the crazy looking saddle angle was not a mistake, as Kulhavý favors this for better positioning while climbing. Kulhavý also has had a few injuries over the last year and seems to have tilted his Phenom saddle even more to this -14° angle that ends up pointing down directly towards his stem. The mechanics shrugged their shoulders a bit, saying who are they to question him when he’s winning.

Read on after the break for some more unique details and the bike’s actual race weight at the start of the season…

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Unboxed & Weighed: Rever MCX1 dual piston mechanical disc brakes – plus first ride impressions

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Designed around short pull levers for road and cyclocross use, the Rever MCX1 mechanical disc brake debuted officially at Sea Otter as only the second real option for anyone wanted both brake pads to move without going hydraulic.

Our test set arrived in two very beautiful boxes, complete with everything you’d need to install them on any disc-brake ready bike, from cables to bolts to adapters and more. And that’s part of their pitch: race-ready brakes in a box, just install and go, no need to dig around your own parts bin or head to the store for any adapters. As such, installation was easy once things were all playing nicely together. I used the cables and housing already on my bike since the World’s Funnest Bike is still fairly fresh, but some other parts created an issue that delayed my first ride by a day. Once that was resolved, it was off for a first ride…

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