Posts in the category Enduro

EB14: MET Goes Enduro w/ 700g Full Face Helmet, Plus new Drone Triathlon Helmet & More

2015 MET Parachute HES ultralight 700g full face mountain bike helmet for enduro

Not only is MET coming to the U.S. by way of Todson in 2015, but they’ll be bringing an amazing new helmet with them.

The 700g MET Parachute HES is the lightest full face helmet we’ve ever seen, and it meets ASTM F1952-2032 standards for safety. That standard is for downhill helmets that don’t have to have a chin bar, but it includes performance criteria for testing one if it does. The standard also carries higher impact force requirements than the other two primary bicycle helmet standards since, presumably, DH carries the risk of higher impact crashes.

The new Parachute HES has a non-removable chin bar, which differentiates it from past models. Outward appearances suggest downhill, but the weight and ventilation prove this thing’s all about enduro…

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IB14: Azonic Brightens up the Night, Launches New Protective Gear & Stem/Bar Combos

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The Azonic and ONeal product line spans everything from protective gear, technical clothing, to cockpits, and pedals. This year they’ve updated those product lines and introduced a whole new line of lights targeted towards commuters.

First up is rechargeable headlights. It will be offered in three different versions. The smallest offering is the Light Joe, which retails for $29.99, and has an operating time of one hour at 200 Lumens (or 4 hrs at 50 Lumens). The Adam is the middle child, retails for $49.99, and has a run time of 2 hrs at 100 Lumens. The Hoss retails for $69.00 and will push 350 Lumens for 2 hrs. Charging time for these lights is between 4-5 hrs. READ MORE ->

IB14: Gore Bike Wear Builds the Alp-X Pro Line From Just 4 Pieces of Gear, Includes One Piece Baggy/Bib

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Always a bit of a challenge, dressing for mountain biking usually means dressing  for different weather especially if altitude is involved. Gore Bike Wear designed their new Alp-X Pro line around the needs of mountain bike stage racers though the philosophy carries over into daily riding – offering the most versatility out of the fewest pieces of clothing. To that end Gore has created a line of clothing that when combined with Gore accessories like gloves and base layers, provides the necessary protection from the elements in just four pieces.

Even though the Alp-X Pro line is designed as a system, we’re pretty sure that many of the pieces will be a hit on their own and will integrate nicely into your current clothing arsenal.

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IB14: Panaracer Debuts Gravel, Fat Bike, Cyclocross & New Mountain Bike Tires

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Remember back when Panaracer’s Smoke and Dart were competing with the WTB Velociraptor set for your hard earned dollars and only IRC’s Mythos XC gave ‘em a run for your money? Yeah, it was a long time ago, but the brand used to be hot.

From the looks of their latest offerings, they could be again. The 2015 collection bringing options for all the hot categories, offering up gravel/dirt road tires, fat bike tires, cyclocross tires and an updated version of the FirePro that maybe, just maybe, could pass as an enduro tread.

Shown above are the Comet Hardpack (front) and Pacenti Pari Moto tires for adventure/gravel/dirt road bikes. The Comet has been available in 26″/27.5″/29er sizes ranging from 1.95 up to 2.25 widths, but now it gets a proper 700x38c size in both folding and wire beads. Claimed weights are TBA, but they have a rounded profile for predictable grip at any lean angle.

The Pacenti Pari Moto gets two versions of a 27.5″ slick. One’s for pavement, the other gets a puncture protection strip to guard against gravel and other off road pokey things. Width is 1.5″, and it’s available in all black or with gumwalls. Weight is 300g.

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IB14: New Range Of Light Weight Protective Gear & Hydration Bags from AlpineStar

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While we love to make jokes about how everything in mountain biking is now being marketed as “enduro,” the racing discipline has helped revolutionize safety standards. The EWS requirement that riders wear a helmet at all times, a full face when descending, and certified back protection, has lead to an influx of new protective gear.

The new Evolution line  from Alpinestars was designed with this style of riding in mind. It’s well ventilated and light enough to be worn under a jersey, but the additional padding and storage integration help make it ideal for high consequence descents. READ MORE ->

Battle of the Enduro Bro Kit – Fanny Pack Shootout!

BikeRumor Enduro Fanny Pack Comparison

Fanny packs. If enduro wasn’t already the lamest marketing trend since 27.5″ wheels, the ass backwards 80′s fanny pack has suddenly reared it’s ugly head in some misguided sort of pseudo euro fashion statement. Damn it.

I absolutely adore my hydration pack in the way that one can only love an inanimate object they’ve carried for innumerable hours. That trusty bag has served as a makeshift pillow, hangover companion, beer tote, and trail buddy for years, yet now some reformed downhillers with moto envy have decided they’re uncool, so it’s suddenly time to trade that relationship in for a water bottle, some electrical tape, and a nylon murse.

Yet it’s our duty to report on the latest and greatest coming and goings of the industry, so since Tyler is a roadie, and Zach only rides fat bikes, I was somehow conned (I suspect alcohol may have been involved) into running an enduro bro fanny pack battle off. Yay me.

So, do you even enduro, bro?

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IB14: Bolle’s Premium 6th Sense Cycling Sunglasses, Plus Affordable Italian Made Lifestyle Offerings

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Famed ski goggle manufacturer Bolle had a number of different products on display at their booth at Interbike. Amongst them was their 6th Sense sunglasses, which are their premium cycling offering. The lenses are made from a newer material called Tribex, which is lighter and offers better optics than more common polycarbonate material used in other sports sunglasses.

All of Bolle’s lenses meet safety glasses standards for impacts, and are treated with oleophobic and hydrophobic lens coatings. They’re also available in a number of different tints, mirror finishes, or technologies (photochromatic, poloraized, etc…) Depending on lens selection, retail for the sunglasses is $160-200, while replacement lenses run between $55-75.

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Another Epic Press Release Video From Transition, Now Featuring Ponies and Giddyup Technology

Transition recently announced a brand new suspension platform and a four brand new bikes for the 2015. We’ve covered the tech and first ride review here, and the different models here, but you’ll want to hit play on this video anyways….

IB14: BOS Brings Dakar Rally Tech To DH With New IDYLLE FCV 37 Fork

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BOS suspension has a long legacy in the mountain bike world as well as Rally, Motocross, and Dakar. Bringing that experience in other off road categories to DH, the company is now launching an FCV (Frequency Control Valve) in their premiere downhill offering

The system consists of an inertia valve in their hydraulic cartridge, which is able to differentiate between rider and trail inputs. READ MORE ->