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Polygon adds alloy Collosus N6 enduro & new DH models, plus their first cyclocross bike


Thus far, all of Polygon’s Collosus full suspension all-mountain/enduro bikes have been full carbon with high end spec. Now, there’s a more affordable version called the Collosus N6. It shares the same 160mm travel and carbon rear end, but pairs it with a new alloy front triangle.

The 140mm T-series, which uses the same suspension layout, will also get a T6 model with alloy frame. Both are spec’d with SLX and Mavic Crossride wheels.

Details and more new bikes below…


Long-term Test: 3T Team Cockpit – ARX stem, Ionic post, Ergoterra Bar


We’ve passed the summer solstice and with each passing week the earlier sunsets are reminding us that cyclocross season is on the way once again. With that in mind, we are going to start to wrap up some long-term tests that have been in the works to get ready for a new cross season. We’ve got a few things that trickled in at the end of the last race season and others that spread to spring gravel and dirt riding and are helping us get back in shape for upcoming racing. One such kit that ticks all of those boxes is the mostly carbon Team cockpit from 3T that promises to stand up to the rigors of cross. We’ve put a bit different kit to the test on one of our project bikes, although that is more of a road setup.

The carbon Ergoterra handlebar, carbon Ionic seatpost, and aluminum ARX stem have seen some more aggressive testing on a couple of cross bikes and made it through their share of muddy and snowy crashes without being worse for the wear. Follow us past the jump to see what we thought of each piece, to get some real weights, and to think about this season’s cross builds…


Cinelli Develops Mash Work Frame Set For All Your Messengering, Urban Racing Needs


Developed to serve as a versatile, all-street bike, the singlespeed Cinelli Mash Work is designed with feedback from messenger and Mash rider Chas Christiansen to be a silver bullet. The frame set is designed with a geometry nimble enough to bomb through an alley cat and but has the fixings to be a dedicated ‘cross racing machine. Skitch on through to the other side for all the deets… READ MORE ->

SwissStop cools off with new EXOTherm finned disc brake pads for road, mountain bikes

SwissStop EXOTherm finned disc brake pads

Building on their reputation for excellent brake pads, SwissStop is now adding thermo-regulation to their stopper strategy with the new EXOTherm disc brake pads.

The new pads use an aluminum backing plate with a raised section containing cooling fins to pull heat out into the air stream, helping it dissipate rapidly. They say once properly bedded in, brake fade practically disappears. The pad material is based on their Disc E compound, which was originally developed to handle the extra stopping power required by heavier e-bikes, but with a focus on improving road and mountain bike braking performance. They claim the material also helps reduce noise and vibration.

It’ll be available in late fall 2015 in eight models (15, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31 and 32) to fit popular disc brakes from Shimano, Formula, SRAM, Avid and Magura. Check their website for exact brake fitments based on model number. Retail will be €38.40 with an 20% discount offered for a limited time at launch.

Canyon Heads Down Under with New Distribution to Australia & New Zealand


News out of Canyon’s headquarters today that they have put together a new team based in Melborne to deliver their consumer-direct bikes to cyclist throughout Australia and New Zealand. Bikes will be assembled in German before being shipped direct. The new Canyon Australia & New Zealand market group joins recently added South Korea and Japan, as Canyon continues to expand its global reach out of its Europe base, and will be open by the end of this year to make their complete new 2016 range of bikes available on a new continent. No other new markets as of yet, but they did suggest that we stay tuned for more..

Click past the break for some excerpts from their press release…


2016 Stevens Road, Cyclocross & Mountain Bike Highlights – Bigger travel, 27.5+, trick paint & future rumors

2016 Stevens Whaka 275plus full suspension mountain bike

For 2016, all Stevens full suspension bikes get a Boost 148 rear, and 29ers get boost forks (27.5 get standard forks for now due to availability issues). All of them have lighter forged parts, cutting 120g from the Jura, and 180g to 200g from the Whaka and Sledge models depending on frame and wheel size. For the Whaka, a smaller forged piece for the non-drive chainstay yoke saves about 70g over the longer yoke leading to the lower pivot on the regular model. It’s also stronger, improving frame durability in testing. This change will eventually be adapted to the other bikes.

Building on that is the Whaka+, their new 27.5+ bike with Boost spacing and the new Schwalbe Nobby Nic 27.5×3.0 tires.


One Ride Review: Rose’s New Team DX Cross Multi-use Cyclocross Bike


Rose bikes introduced an all new bike in their cyclocross family last week called the Team DX Cross. We had a chance to point the bike up and over some Alpine dirt and gravel roads, to go where only ski lifts should go, to find some wet mud along the way, and to bomb back down to the valley again. We’re not so sure about the team moniker for a cross bike, as it is still aluminum, not exceptionally lightweight, and has a host of multi-purpose features, but one of their pro team mountain bikers is getting some cross training in racing it, so maybe.

Read on for the full details on the new bike and to see where we feel it might best find its place…


Shimano files patent for shiftable narrow-wide chainrings

patent application drawings for Shimano shiftable narrow-wide double chainrings

With the advent of narrow wide chainring designs, we’ve gone from worrying about dropped chains to full on all mountain riding with nothing more than a bare single chainring up front keeping our chain in place. Sure, clutch-equipped rear derailleurs help, and more aggressive riders still use a chain guide on occasion. But for most of us, the alternating tooth profiles are all we need to keep things running silent and smooth.

The tradeoff, of course, is that these chainrings couldn’t be used in a double crankset since there are no provisions for moving the chain from one ring to another. Whether it was simply an assumption that it couldn’t be done or a lack of interest in better chain retention on a double (or triple, for that matter), it simple fact is it wasn’t on the radar. Now, thanks to Shimano, it is, and we’ve got some good ideas on where it could be heading…