Posts in the category Enduro

Just In: Ultra Wide Ibis 741 Carbon 27.5 Wheels

Ibis 741 carbon mountain bike wheels super wide enduro (3)

As the march to a wider wheel seems inevitable, certain companies are pushing that notion to the extreme. At this point in the evolution, you can’t talk wide wheels without including Ibis Cycle’s new line of carbon hoops. Boasting massive internal and external widths, the wheels are barely a step below the “+” size rims found in 29″ and now 27.5″.

Aimed squarely at the growing Enduro market, honestly the Ibis 741s look to be an enticing option for anyone looking for ultra wide, light wheels for their mountain bike. Then there’s the price – considering they are less than a set of rims from some competitors, Ibis seems to be building momentum for their stand-alone wheels…

READ MORE ->

Must Watch: Lars Sternberg as the Loam Ranger is The Hero We Need

Between the trail, the drifting, and the music, this video with Lars Sternberg perfectly encapsulates the feeling of shredding mountain bikes. Here’s what Lars had to say about the video:

LOAM is a term I try and refrain from abusing. 

It used to be a word used only to refer to those really special conditions, days spent so deeply engulfed within it, that it was hard to see. To simply utter the phrase would result in an acknowledging nod from another member of the club. Like a secret password. A word shared between a few who were lucky enough to experience it. 

Today you can read and hear it in modern MTB culture everywhere. It’s become something used in so many incorrect ways it’s lost its effect. Everybody’s out there to get it, shred it, blow it up… what was once a word only to be busted out when trying to recapture those truly magical moments or trails, is now the primary candidate for many a jabrone attempting to recount their epicness. 

READ MORE ->

Review: Race Face Turbine Cinch Cranks – From Enduro to Fat Bikes, There’s a Spindle for That

race face cinch turbine crank fat bike enduro 170 190 spindle review weight  (3)

First introduced on the Next SL carbon crankset, the Race Face Cinch crankset interface promised a revolution in crankset design. No longer limited to a single spindle or chainring configuration, Cinch meant compatibility for a much wider range of bikes while giving the end user an extremely versatile product.

After the Next SL got its legs, Race Face introduced the Turbine Cinch – their first aluminum crank with the design. Not only did the Turbine represent a much more economical Cinch crankset, but provided an option for fans of metal rather than carbon for their crank arms. After the weigh in and installation, it was out to the trails for a season of abuse. See how they fared plus their new assignment next…

READ MORE ->

Review: Ergon GE1 Grips and SME3 Pro Carbon Saddle

Ergon GE1 SME3 PRo carbon saddle review weight (1)

Years ago when Ergon grips started showing up on the rigs of all the local endurance racers, I must admit, I wasn’t all that interested. Sure, they looked like they were quality grips with good design, but I never really liked the feel of the big ergonomic grips on my bike. Eventually I was convinced to buy one of the first pairs of the GA1s. Their rounded shape promised better feel for technical riding, but truthfully they didn’t stay on my bike for long.

Thankfully, the GE1 is worlds apart from that first GA1 (which is also now much improved with the new GA1 Evo). Hailed as the company’s first “enduro” specific grip, the round but still very ergonomic grip looked great on paper and turns out to be just as good in real life. As a company that focuses on your body’s points of contact with the bike, Ergon also offers a full range of saddles which could redefine your perception of comfort….

READ MORE ->

Cam Zink Teases Prototype YT Industries Carbon Slopestyle Bike

Cam Zink YT prototype slopestyle bike

Apparently Cam Zink was so excited to show off his new Birzman Tiny Tanker and Maha Apogee III that he forgot his prototype YT Industries Slopestyle bike as in the background. Ok, not really – he even mentions it on his Instagram feed. Rumored to be soon coming to the U.S., the carbon prototype looks to have a BB concentric pivot due to the ability to run singlespeed.

yt-industries.com

Miranda Eyes 1×11 with Plenty of Titanium, No Narrow-Wide

 

Infinium 5

Ever since SRAM showed the first narrow-wide chainring design for their ground breaking XX1 group, the exodus from the front derailleur has spawned a number of competitors. Creating an aluminum chainring with a narrow-wide tooth pattern seems to be comparatively easier to manufacture meaning we’re seeing new brands throw their hat into the ring.

As one of the bigger OEM suppliers in the bicycle world, Miranda is looking at 1x cranksets and chainrings in their own way. While most other non-drop chainring makers seems to be focused on weight and cost, Miranda is also targeting weight but more importantly – durability. Without aluminum teeth to wear down and degrade the chain retention performance, Miranda’s Infinium crank and chainring could be an interesting addition to both OEM and Aftermarket 1x sales… Update after the break.

READ MORE ->

NS Bikes Launches New Snabb Enduro Bike & La Grande Corsa Video To Show It Off

NS Bikes has a new model, uniquely offered in both Trail and Enduro variants.  Called the Snabb, the name means “fast” in Swedish. Each of the frame variants is specifically designed for its intended use, changing tube shapes and thicknesses, suspension design and intended tire size. The Snabb E comes in with 163mm of rear wheel travel and the Snabb T has 142mm.

Although the name sounds like an object from a Dr. Seuss book, the bikes look clean and modern, with multi color paint jobs and large graphics.

NS Bikes offers the Snabb as complete bikes or frames, and the 27.5″ wheeled design has some pretty cool spec features. Jump past the break to get the full story…

***Seatpost diameter updated 12/9/14

READ MORE ->

Exclusive First Look: OneUp Second Gen RADr Cage Compatible w/ Zee and Saint Plus New Narrow Wide Chainrings

Oneup components RADr rear derailleur cage shadow plus shimano xt xtr slx saint zee narrow wide (1)

Tomorrow is not only Thanksgiving here in the U.S. but it is also one year to the day that OneUp came on the scene with their first 1x drivetrain component. One of the first cassette adapters to hit the market, their 42t cog was followed by a flood of similar products and chainrings designed to help you ditch the front derailleur without dispatching your entire wallet.

In just a years’ time OneUp introduced a second 40t cassette adapter, and followed it up with a 16t replacement cog and more importantly, the first 1x derailleur modification device – the RAD cage. The time has come for OneUp to one up themselves with two new product introductions that will make it even easier to go 1x. First we have the second generation RADr cage which is meant for any Shadow + rear derailleur but specifically designed for Saint and Zee rear derailleurs. Throw in their all new narrow wide chainrings and you have the ability to OneUp your entire drivetrain all in matching green ano (or black).

Details, actual weights, and first impressions plus a special Black Friday offer next…

READ MORE ->

Hands On: Magura MT7 Quad Piston Hydraulic Brakes

Magura MT7 Brake review disc hydraulic mountain bike (3)

Equal parts motorcycle and mountain bike DNA, the Magura MT7 is a brake built for speed. Well, managing speed is more like it. Designed as a smaller and lighter version of their own supermoto brake caliper, the MT7 boasts 4 pistons and 4 individual pads for increased stopping power. Paired with a new Carbotecture brake lever with a radial master cylinder, the MT7 is the king of the MT NEXT brake line when it comes to power.

In spite of the massive braking performance, the MT7s are also pretty light with the weight skewed towards the brake caliper where it can help with heat management. After our initial impressions out in Sedona, Magura sent over a pair to mount up to a bike of our own. Details and actual weights next…

READ MORE ->