Posts in the category Enduro

EB15: AX Lightness Builds Enduro Wheels to a T


AX Lightness had teased for a while that they were doing something different to build a wheel that could handle Enduro abuse, and now we’ve got a chance to take a closer look. The new rim leaves pretty much all of their previous shaping concepts behind to build a new T-profiles rim that is specifically engineered to survive racing Enduro where wheels sometimes get banged out of shape or broken regularly at races. The new rims are designed to allow some flexibility to handle impacts and get a bead shaped to drastically reduce pinch flatting.

Spin on across the fold to check out the rim profile and see how it works…


EB15: Hey, Hey Hey! Schwalbe shuffles in new front & rear specific Fat Albert MTB tires with all-new tread philosophy

2016 Schwalbe Fat Albert enduro mountain bike tires in front and rear specific treat patterns

For enduro riders, things continue to provide new opportunities to rip down the mountain faster and harder than ever. For Schwalbe’s part, the all-new Fat Albert front and rear tire combo ushers in a new tread block design philosophy for the company in wide 29er and 27.5 options.

The tires’ tread blocks are rounded at the corners with a softer overall look, unlike anything they’ve done before on the mountain bike side. The underlying structure is a bit different, too, creating a tire they say is more flexible and maintains a better contact patch on the ground. They also hinted this could be a growing theme on future tire designs.

More Fat Albert and a close up look at the expanded tubeless-ready road/cyclocross/gravel tire line below…


EB15: Cane Creek bounces new DB Coil CS coil-over enduro shock with Climb Switch

Cane Creek DB Coil CS enduro coil-over rear shock for mountain bikes

Riders looking for the sensitivity a coil spring offers but wanting a firmer climbing platform now gain a powerful alloy in the Double Barrel Coil CS.

It’s Cane Creek’s first enduro-oriented coil shock, aimed at bikes in the 150mm to 170mm travel range. Like the other Double Barrel shocks, it comes with twin tube damping circuits for high and low speed compression and rebound, and all four settings are independently adjustable.

The addition of the Climb Switch drastically slows down low speed compression damping to control suspension movement when climbing (or sprinting, for that matter) without compromising the shock’s ability to keep your rear wheel tracking the terrain. Video and more below…


EB15: Shimano reworks PRO Tharsis cockpit with new Trail and 9.8 designations, plus Koryak & Tool updates – updated availability


Shimano’s in-house component line Pro gets a bit of reworking to bring the MTB groups inline across all disciplines. The renamed Tharsis 9.8 takes over the burly group of downhiller components raced by the GT Atherton team at the World Cups. Named for the 9.8 m/s2 acceleration due to gravity, the Tharsis 9.8 looks to take kit mostly out of the current Athertons Star Series, offering updated 9.8 graphics across their DH saddles, stems, bars, and seat posts.

Read on for more details on the new all-mountain Trail series, the working-man’s Koryak components, and some tools and accessories…


Crankworx 2015: Fox’s MIPS DH Helmet

Fox Rampage Pro Carbon with MIPS, display

While it isn’t exactly trying to compete with Interbike, Crankworx annually features a large demo zone and a few dozen exhibitors tents scattered throughout the village. The event also tends to serve as an introduction for new bikes or products, especially gravity-oriented stuff like the Rocky Mountain Maiden we also previewed early this year.

There were quite a few display booths at Crankworx with some nifty things to be found by snooping reporters. Fox has stepped into the MIPS game with their new Rampage Pro Carbon DH helmet, and had an awesome custom painted Rampage on display at their booth. Drop in for more…

Crankworx 2015: Make Your GoPro Footage SoPro with Chin-Cam Action Mount

SoPro POV chin mount, yellow helmet

Two riders from Seattle named David and Brock decided they really didn’t like the semi-obstructed view or the ‘teletubby look’ of traditional top-of-helmet mounts for their POV cameras, so they came up with the idea to create a new mount which uniquely fixes to the chin bar of your DH lid. The pair founded SoPro Mounts, and came to Crankworx Whistler this year to show off their wares.

Strap in below for more pics, details, and pricing….


First Look! OneUp Components’ lightweight, ultra-adjustable chainguide

OneUp Components chainguide detail photos install notes and actual weights

With the new OneUp Components Chainguide, the brand branches just outside the moving parts of your drivetrain with a very light, very adjustable and very easy to install chain retention device.

Sure, the promise of narrow-wide chainrings (especially when paired with a clutched rear derailleur) is that you won’t drop your chain in the first place. But if your trail or riding style is hyper aggressive, a little extra insurance never hurts. Having ridden a couple different designs, the top-mounted bolt-on design OneUp’s come up with makes it easier than ever to add a chainguide when you need it, and remove it when you don’t.

The part mounts to the front two ISCG05 bolt holes, rotates and slides and can even adjust to match your chainline. All with just four tiny bolts and about 10 minutes of your time…


Crankworx 2015: Transition’s 2016 Carbon Patrol Plus New and Redesigned ANVL Components

Transition 2016 patrol carbon, seatstay

After a successful reception Transition’s 2015 Patrol all-mountain bike was destined for a carbon upgrade and lo and behold, we didn’t have to look too hard to find a carbon 2016 Patrol sitting proudly on display under Transition’s tent at Crankworx Whistler.

If that wasn’t news enough, the bike was also decked out with some of ANVL’s new and redesigned components including the Swage stem and Forge saddle. We also spotted some new Scale wheels, so read on for the scoop on the bike and the bits…

Turner goes enduro with all-new 160mm carbon fiber RFX V4.0 mountain bike

2016 Turner RFX v4 carbon fiber 160mm enduro mountain bike

At first glance, and knowing Dave Turner’s passion for local manufacturing, the new RFX would appear to be an alloy bike. But look closer and you’ll see he’s pulled out all the stops with the fourth generation long travel bike to make it the ultimate enduro machine.

Built around 160mm of dw-Link travel, the bike gets an adjustable head angle, massive tire clearance and a stiff yet light frame. Turner says that lets it become anything from a lightweight trail bike to a “park slayer”, but it’s the in between spot called enduro that hits its sweet spot…