Posts in the category Actual Weights

EB14: Chris King Lefty Front Hubs Get Official, Plus New Threadfit Bottom Brackets

Chris King Lefty Front Hub in sour apple green

The rumors are true, the Chris King Lefty Hubs are now in production, and there are two versions available. He’s also got a new Threadfit bottom bracket for standard BSA frames that simplify the SKUs for shops will offering more crank fit options.

The Chris King Lefty SuperMax hub is a standalone unit, made for Cannondale’s longer travel single-armed forks. The Lefty LD hub uses their standard LD (Large Diameter) mountain bike hub but replaces the axle and end cap then adds a 1mm disc rotor spacer. Rather than run new bearings, they opted to use their current bearings and create a new axle that allows you to adjust the preload like normal. It also lets you run the hub on any of the Lefty forks, from the older models to the race-ready XLR to the monstrous SuperMax.

Details and actual weights below…

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EB14: Yeti SB6c Gets Official, Switch Infinity Stretches Out

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In the past few months, it was hard for Yeti to keep the new SB6c under wraps. After all, the bike was raced twice in the Enduro World Series by Jared Graves, and both times Jared and the new bike were on the top step of the podium.

“The SB6c was built as a pure enduro machine and proved it’s mettle before it went into production by winning two consecutive rounds of the Enduro World Series.” said Yeti President and co-owner Chris Conroy. “Long-time Team Yeti rider, Jared Graves, was critical in designing this bike. He worked with our engineers to create the ideal leverage curve and was instrumental in nailing the geometry which is long, slack (65.5° head angle) and low.”

After the stealthy prototype made its way around the internet, today Yeti made the SB6c official making it the second bike to use Switch Infinity. As the bigger brother of the SB5c, the Enduro proven SB6c looks ready for prime time…

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EB14: Single Speed Kit in a Box with Thomson’s Crate Motor, Thomson Ti Bikes, more

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When you think of Thomson you probably envision stems, seat posts and maybe handlebars at this point. But with Thomson’s latest project, you might just be left thinking single speed drivetrain. In addition to the components themselves, the concept for how the single speed parts will be sold would be unique to Thomson. Creatively named the Crate Motor concept, Thomson’s marketing manager David Parrett envisions the entire single speed drive train to be sold in a single box. That would include the forthcoming Thomson crank, bottom bracket, bash guard, true single speed chain ring, chainring bolts, chain, their new single speed cog system with 2 ratios, clear acrylic cassette body spacers, and a lock ring for somewhere around $700.

Of course, the parts would be available separately as well including the new single speed crank. Why would Thomson make a crankset? Part of the idea is to offer a cohesive single speed drivetrain package that also just happens to match the rest of their components. It’s also a chance for Thomson to do some interesting things with the design like coating the crank arms in Keronite instead of anodizing them. The Keronite coating not only wears better than anodizing but doesn’t effect the total part’s shelf like anodizing. Other touches will include a nickel plated spindle, steel helicoil inserts for the pedals, and standard 104 BCD. Some details are still yet to be worked out, but Thomson plans to have the forgings done in Taiwan with the machining done in the US.

The other big part of the Crate Motor is the new single speed cog system. Aluminum. Steel. It has it all…

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First Look: 2015 Giant Trance and Reign – Plus Actual Weights

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Last year, while the other members of the Big Three had not fully committed to the 27.5″ wheel size, Giant proclaimed that this was the future of the sport, and launched an extensively redesigned lineup that featured dozens of new 27.5″ models.

At Crankworx, we took the opportunity to visit with the company and take a closer look at the Carbon Trance and all new Reign. READ MORE ->

EB14: Schwalbe Pumps up Procore Dual Chamber System On All Rims, Jumbo Jim 4.8″ Fatbike Tire, Actual weights, more

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At trade shows everyone seems to ask the same question – have you seen anything cool? Most of the time there are a lot of interesting products, but especially in a show the size of Eurobike it’s hard to really stand out. Schwalbe seems to have no such trouble thanks to their game changing tire technology – Procore.

After a few good teases, the production version of the system was unveiled tonight at the Dornier Museum Friedrichshafen which happens to be a fitting shrine to German engineering. Since we last reported on the technology a few things have changed including the amount of compatible rims. Full details next…

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Review: Litespeed Li2 Green Machine

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It’s been nearly 12 years since Litespeed started working with carbon fiber, and even though the brand is currently selling more carbon frames than titanium domestically, they still seem to be known as the Ti company. Since the beginning, Litespeed has always set out to make the best bike possible no matter the material. With titanium, the challenge was to take aerospace grade ti tubing and to turn it into bike specific tubesets to create high end bikes. Eventually, the cold worked shaped tubes became Litespeed’s calling card and the company still sells more titanium bikes than carbon internationally.

Looking for the next evolution in design, in 2002 Litespeed started experimenting with carbon fiber seatstays for the Sienna and the Ultimate. This would eventually lead to their first full carbon model, the C-Series aero road bike. Successful tweaking over the years led to a highly manipulated aero road bike, so the next logical step was what Litespeed refers to as a good “all-rounder.”

Right around that point Litespeed’s current CEO Peter Hurley stepped into the leadership role, and helped to improve the development process in a way that allowed product designer Brad DeVaney to create the bike he envisioned – the L Series.

We’ve been on the Litespeed Li2 for quite a few miles now, get our take on the bike after the break…

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Bike Check: Cedric Gracia’s Crankworx Enduro Santa Cruz Nomad Race Bike

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The Enduro World Series race held in Whistler last last weekend was considered by many to be one of the most rugged races of the entire season. Consisting of 8,000 feet of climbing, over some forty odd miles (of mostly single track), many riders chose to ride their biggest, baddest, burliest, set up.

For Cedric Gracia, this meant turning to the recently released Santa Cruz Nomad.  READ MORE ->

First Look: The Trek Slash Goes Carbon for 2015, Plus Actual Weights

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The Slash has been in the Trek lineup for many years and throughout that period the platform has seen significant changes in order to keep current with trends. At times its tilted towards the trail spectrum, or been a mini-DH bruiser, but last year it was redesigned for the Enduro race circuit.

Originally only available as an aluminum model, after a year of EWS podiums, Trek has finally launched a carbon version. Head past the break for glamour shots and actual weights. READ MORE ->

Sneak Peak: New DT FR570 Improves on Aaron Gwin’s Favorite Raceday Rim (UPDATED)

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Set for an official launch at Eurobike in a few weeks, DT Swiss had this brand new downhill oriented rim on display at Crankworx. The rim is updated version of the one Aaron Gwin unsuccessfully attempted to destroy at Leogang.

At that World Cup DH Race, Aaron flatted shortly into the race and continued to ride flat out on nothing but rim. If you haven’t seen the footage, stop whatever you’re doing and check it out here.

UPDATE: More specs added at bottom…

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