Posts in the category Enduro

Ghost’s 2016 AMR platform builds three trail bikes from one frame, new Lector World Cup & more

2016 Ghost Framr 160mm trail bike using all new AMR platform

Ghost’s previous four bar linkage design is gone, making way for their all-new AMR platform for 2016. Short for “All Mountain Ride”, it uses one front triangle and one rear triangle to create three different bikes with either 130, 145 and 160mm trail bikes without compromised kinematics.

Only the lower shock mount changes, and they say it took quite a while to figure that out. The shocks are different, too of course. The 130mm Slamr and 145mm Slamr X use the same mount position and even the same shock length, only the shock stroke is different to allow the extra 15mm travel. The longer travel Framr flips the shock mount and gets a longer stroke shock to obtain 160mm rear wheel travel.

They’ll be matched up with appropriate forks – Slammer (32mm stanchion forks), Slammer X (34mm forks) and the Framer (35mm Pike or 36mm Fox forks). All models will be available with carbon and alloy front triangles, and that’s where one of the more interesting facets of the design comes into play…

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Bionicon Updates Their Unique AM Bike with a New 2016 Special Edition Edison rEVO

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Just like the Edison EVO we reviewed last summer leading into Eurobike, Bionicon is again offering a discounted pre-order on the revamped ride of the new rEVO. The new bike gets updated geometry, a lighter frame, and some trick new suspension tech. Bionicon chose to launch the update as a stealth limited edition build with a bunch of top-of-the-line, but understated components.

Read on for full details, options, pricing, and timing…

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Specialized Clips Into new Era of Trail Mountain Bike Shoes with 2FO Cliplite

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Photo c. Carson Blume/Specialized

In the grand scheme of mountain biking equipment, if there’s one area that has lagged behind in terms of options, in my opinion it would have to be shoes. Like a large portion of my riding buddies and the riding population, most of my riding fits in somewhere between XC and what we would now refer to as Enduro. According to industry lingo that would more or less fall under the “Trail” umbrella. Ever since I started mountain biking in the mid-90s, most riding shoes have typically been either too race-y for my liking or at the other end of the spectrum with a bulky shape and more protection than I really need.

Fortunately, along with the stratification of mountain biking has come an increased focus on what different types of riders expect from their equipment. The same thing that works for an XC racer is going to be very different than the needs of a recreational trail rider, and so on, and so on… Specialized certainly is not the first company to capitalize on this trend towards diversification, but they too wanted a shoe that was better suited to fast trail riding. Not quite Enduro/DH, not quite XC, with their latest footwear offering, Specialized is honing in on the perfect mix of Trail pedaling performance, walkability, and protection.

A natural extension to the 2FO footwear line, the 2FO Clip Lite could be considered the mutant offspring of the 2FO Clip and the S-Works XC shoes  – a shoe that is light and comfortable enough for all day epics, but still burly enough for when the trail gets rowdy…

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Lapierre Dives Deeper into E-Bikes with 170mm Enduro Overvolt SX, and more: One Ride Reviews

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To add to the reworking of their popular Zesty line, Lapierre also put a lot of effort going in a completely other direction. As one of the very few companies seriously developing off-road e-bikes, Lapierre has gone all in with an expansion of their Overvolt range of bikes. With three distinct mountain lines – SX (Super Cross), FS (Full Suspension), and HT (Hard Tail) – there is pretty much an option for whoever thinks this is going to be a good idea. Now, let’s get it out up front that we are not so sure about the e-MTB concept, and have some real serious reservations about letting these loose in the world. But there is no denying that this is a real direction that the industry is headed, so I’ve jumped in head first myself to give our readers a deeper look of what’s going on. (And I know I’ll get flak for this write-up, but it needs to be heard.)

We spent a good bit of time on the two new 27.5” Overvolt full suspension options, with drive motors from Yamaha and Bosch, on an incredibly wide range of technical trail and otherwise unrideable terrain. After all of that, it’s safe to say that I’m not selling a single one of my bikes to try to fund an e-MTB, but I can say I have a better understanding of them, their potential application and pitfalls, and have some thoughts as where e-bikes are headed. Stay with me, and I’ll give you the full details on the “bikes” and my thoughts…

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Interview: Don’t Call Them A Sellout, Santa Cruz Bikes Joins Pon Holding Group

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Santa Cruz Bicycles sold yesterday. They sold to a a Dutch company called Pon Holdings, which also owns Cervelo, Focus, and several other lesser known cycling brands.

As many media outlets have alluded, co-founders Rob Roskopp and Rich Novak probably made out like bandits, but there’s more to the story then just that.

So why sell? Why now? Why to these people? To learn a little bit more about the how and why, I reached out to Joe Graney, the Chief Operating Officer of Santa Cruz Bikes. READ MORE ->

Corratec Enduro 175 mellows out with frequency-damped suspension, plus more new road, MTB

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In 2014, Corratec developed their 10Hz damper to work in concert with their InsideLink suspension platform. The idea behind it is simple – provide frictionless small bump absorption to reduce high frequency vibrations that a sealed, damped shock absorber simply can’t keep up with. Because the seals on air shocks need to be tight to keep the high pressures in, there’s inherent stiction that must be overcome before it can start working. The negative springs help, but even those can’t get the shock to react to the smallest of bumps. Add in any friction from linkages or shock binding and the benefits of the small TPU upper shock mount become clearer.

Essentially, it’s a small MDU elastomer that isolates the upper shock mount from the frame and adds up to 15mm of travel to the suspension. It’s shown here on their 100mm travel InsideLink Carbon race full suspension bike, which was introduced last year. Now that the tech has been trail proven, it’s been added to the all-new Enduro 175 bike, too…
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Lapierre Adds Bite to Trail Bikes with Revamped Zesty AM, Plus All-New 27.5″ XM: One Ride Reviews – Pricing Added

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In the heart of the French Alps this week, Lapierre launched a full overhaul of their popular Zesty All-Mountain and Trail platform for the 2016 season. The most obvious changes from the current bikes are the repositioned shock layout, new longer reach frames, and the replacement of the current TR 29er with a 27.5″ XM that lets them build the bikes on a much more similar common platform. Travel carries over for the 150mm AM, and the XM picks up at 120mm where the TR left off.

We had a chance to ride the current and new generation bikes on the technically demanding trails on offer in the Portes du Soleil region and give our thoughts, plus lots of pics, details, and availability after the fold…

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PC15: Alpinestars Introduces Paragon Hydration Vest, 2016 Clothing Line

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In spite of the recent improvements to the world of hydration packs there has been a steady movement to replace them for all but the longest rides. That of course presents the question of just how do you go about carrying enough water and gear for your ride. While some companies are adding pockets to bib liners or even integrating storage into the bike frames, Alpinestars is thinking outside the pack but inside the jersey.

Building on the success of their Evolution jacket, the new Paragon vest strips down to just the essentials – water, storage, and back protection…

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PC15: Stan’s Builds New Carbon Road and Mountain Wheels Around Neo Hubs

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Stan’s No Tubes showed up to Press Camp with two new sets of carbon wheels, but the material of the rim is only part of the story. The key to the new hoops was the ability to to build them off of their all new line of hubs. For years, Stan’s engineers have been making their own changes to existing hub designs, but as Director of Sales and Engineering Mike Bush put it – only a ground up hub design would be able to accomplish all of their design goals.

So that’s exactly what they did. In the making for over two and a half years, the Neo and Neo Ultimate line represents a complete reboot of Stan’s hubs. Only available in complete wheels (for now), the Neo hubs are the perfect anchor for the new Avion and Bravo carbon wheels…

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