Posts in the category Enduro

Troy Lee Designs Goes Wild to Mild with New 2015 Bike Collection

Troy Lee Designs 2015 D3 DH helmet, black pinstripe

If America ever decided to redesign their flag, I’d immediately nominate Troy Lee to draw the stripes. Thanks to his artistic hand and iconic style, no apparel brand has flooded the DH racing scene more than Troy Lee Designs, the ubiquitous choice for those who want to look like they’re ready to take a podium next Sunday.

Troy Lee’s complete 2015 Bike Collection launched on Feb. 23rd, and all of their new All-mountain, Gravity and Cross Country apparel and protection is now available worldwide. There are some new additions this year for youth, women and XC riders, making this the largest bike collection Troy Lee has released yet.

To check out a few new pieces, click past the jump…

Reworked iSSi Pedals Offer Improved Release Angle, SPD Compatibility, and New Colors

Issi pedals trail xc new springs (5)

First introduced at Frostbike 2014, iSSi was back at Frostbike 2015 with a reworked line up offering better performance across the board. For the first go around, iSSi pedals would work with SPD cleats, but they weren’t a perfect match. Good news for anyone with multiple bikes that already have Shimano SPD pedals, the new iSSi pedals are all SPD compatible offering a much better feel when used with SPD cleats. The improvements don’t just apply to SPD cleats however, as the guts of the pedal have been redesigned to offer better function and feel with the included cleats from iSSi.

Of course color is a big part of the iSSi story as well and there are a few new options like the blingtastic gold pedal above…


Easton Finds the Limit with New 32mm Long Haven 35 Stem

Easton Haven 32mm stem  (2)

If you were wondering just how short enduro stems could get, you’re looking at it. At 32mm long, the new Easton Haven 35 stem places the handlebar just 0.5mm away from the steerer. Any shorter and you would have to make the stem vertical, or run it backwards for a negative length. Built to accomdate Easton Haven and other 35mm handlebars, the CNC machined aluminum handlebar joins the rest of the Haven 35 stem line for options from 32-90mm long.


Review: Louis Garneau WINDTEX Eco-Flex II cold weather gloves

Louis Garneau Windtex Eco-Flex 2 gloves

Back when I was a BMXing teen in Ontario, I decided a good pair of cold weather gloves would be worth buying. A car was still a few years off, and the weather wasn’t going to keep me from hanging out with my friends in June, October or January. I bought a pair of Louis Garneau winter gloves and instantly loved them for being thin but surprisingly warm.

Unfortunately, I lost one of those gloves and missed them dearly for several years. After finding a new home in Pemberton, B.C. and diving into the MTB scene, I finally decided to get another pair for last fall’s final trail rides. I found the updated gloves, now known as the WINDTEX Eco Flex 2 and reunited myself with an old friend. As suggested by the above photo, I’m quite happy with them.

Find out why the Eco-Flex 2 deserves two thumbs up after the jump…


Bionicon Adds New Raw Finish Edison EVO, and more



As spring nears and we are dreaming of snow melting from trails we just got word from Bionicon that they are now delivering the new 2015 Edison EVO, which we tested last fall, to the first customers. In a pleasant update of giving consumers what they want, Bionicon tells us that they were getting some feedback that the neon orange and yellow paint schemes were too loud and so made a running decision to offer a low-key Raw frameset as an option. The raw frames are sanded and clear coated to protect the frames and get very minimal branding. If you are interested in a less more subdued finish, the Raw bikes will be available with the next production batch in May.

Bioinicon also announced a new lower cost option for buyers making advanced purchases, and some new suspension options. Hop past the break for more details and a couple more pics…


Review: Carbon Railed WTB Volt Saddle

WTB Carbon Volt Saddle (2)


Saddle preference is about as subjective as someone’s spicey food tolerance. Make that salsa too hot, or embark on too long a ride with a saddle that just isn’t right, and you’ll often end up wearing the same pain face.

While Fi’zi:k saddles go over as well with my butt as ornery Mexican food, WTB saddles have always felt just right, so I was very excited when they offered to send out a weight weenie saddle for a Santa Cruz Highball project. READ MORE ->

See Red With New Answer Red Mist Collection, Plus Super Short AME Stem, Enduro Glove, and More


Forget Enduro blue, Hayes is going red. Known for some creative finishes, Answer Components is doubling down on the most visible fork on the market with a complement of red from the pedals to the grips. Sure to be gracing the bikes of big names like Aaron Chase, Eric Porter, and more, the bright red parts will certainly stand out in a field of 80′s inspired neon colors.

Even if it’s not red, Hayes had a few other new products to show after the break…


Reader’s Rides: Fair Wheel Bikes’ Pivot Mach 6 “XXTR” 22.6lb enduro machine

Fair Wheel Bikes Pivot Mach 6 XXTR lightweight enduro mountain bike custom build

What goes down must be pedaled up, as they say, so anytime you can save a little (or a LOT of) weight, it keeps your legs fresher for those static squat holds while descending at redline.

No stranger to lightweight builds, Fair Wheel Bikes has turned their attention to enduro with a mashed up build on the very capable Pivot Mach 6. Dubbed XXTR, it combines the incredibly light Race Face Next SL crankset with an XX1 cassette and XTR M9000 rear derailleur and shifters.

While those may be standard parts, things get pretty creative and boutiquey from there…


YT Industries’ DH, Enduro mountain bikes come Stateside w/ Consumer Direct Sales


When first announced, YT Industries’ sponsorship of Cam Zink raised a few eyebrows. Why would a company that’s not even available in the U.S. go after such a big name in the American freeride scene? For starters, it’s safe to say that Zink is well known worldwide, not just in the U.S., but YT knew what they were doing. It wasn’t long until the relatively unknown company at the time announced that they had plans for North American distribution. After scoring some serious face time with a huge portion of their intended audience as Zink broke the world record for a dirt to dirt backflip and Andreu Lacondeguy won the 2014 Red Bull Rampage, YT Industries is ramping up to ship their bikes straight to your door.

Starting with an enduro, a downhill, and a dirt jump model, they’re joining the trend of trying to cut out the middle man to deliver well-equipped bikes at prices that may be hard to beat…