Posts in the category Enduro

EB14: Maxxis Adds New Mountian Bike tires, More Tubeless Options & Some Road Rubber

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The Pace cross country tire we’ve been seeing on pro bikes doesn’t have distribution in the U.S. or Germany. While we don’t have an explanation for North America, the Germans say it’s too heavy for XC racing, so they don’t bother importing it. Word is, the lowest weight version is around 700g, which is a bit portly for XC.

The solution? The new Tread Lite, a semi slick that’s tipping the scales at just 530g for a 26×2.10. The 27.5×2.10 is 560g or 595g with the EXO protective casing. 29ers are 590g and 630g. All are tubeless ready, which they designate simply as TR, and have 120tpi casings.

Now, on to more aggressive knobbies, which includes the road bike rubber…


First Look: 2015 Giant Trance and Reign – Plus Actual Weights

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Last year, while the other members of the Big Three had not fully committed to the 27.5″ wheel size, Giant proclaimed that this was the future of the sport, and launched an extensively redesigned lineup that featured dozens of new 27.5″ models.

At Crankworx, we took the opportunity to visit with the company and take a closer look at the Carbon Trance and all new Reign. READ MORE ->

First Look: FSA Launches New Off Road Carbon & Alloy K-Force, SLK, and Afterburner Wheelsets

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While better known for its cranks and finishing kit, FSA has recently enjoyed great success with it’s high end Vision road wheels. Ridden by the likes of Peter Sagan in the TdF, and to even more impressive heights by famed trials rider Martyn Ashton, FSA felt they could leverage that technology to create a feature rich off-road product.

They have divided the product line into three distinct models, which are versatile enough to encompass several dissimilar but related cycling disciplines – everything from gravel, CX, to XC and trail.


First Look: Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt Carbon

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The Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt is an XC bike with a fun streak. Initially introduced as an aluminum model last year, this year it’s been given the carbon treatment, and received some subtle updates to make it stiffer and more reliable.


First Look: Norco Launches New Fat Bikes, Kids Models, and Updates Mountain and Road Line

Norco 2015 Vengeance Endurance Road Bike

For 2015, Norco has quietly launched several new bikes. While they’re most well known for their mountain bikes, they’re also well respected on the road front, and have been making inroads in the fat bike market. We stopped by their booth at Crankworx to get a closer look at the new product line.

Up first is their Endurance road bike, the Valance. Designed to be a comfortable for all day efforts and the occasional race, it has several neat features. READ MORE ->

Crankworx 2014: New Helmets and Protective Gear for XC to DH from Six Six One

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Several years ago when I was in the market for a full coverage half shell, something aimed at the all mountain segment we now call enduro, the selection was fairly limited. One of the few standouts was the Six Six One Recon, which paired well with their Kyle Straight Kneepads, and big air.

After several years with only minor updates, the company is introducing a new helmet that offers the same great protection, but uses some pretty neat technology to help improve fit and safety. READ MORE ->

2015 Alpinestars Collection Gears up for Enduro


Alpinstars is jumping into the enduro fray with with three new products along with updates to several of its existing lines of apparel and protection gear. Aiming to offer “lightweight and flexible protection products” suited for the vagaries of enduro racing, Alpinestars is releasing the new Evolution Jacket, Faster Backpack, and F-Lite Glove.

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Get the deets on the innovative new Evolution Jacket and the rest of your new enduro wardrobe after the break…


Bike Check: Curtis Keene, The American Dream, and his Specialized Enduro Race Bike

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Today’s level of competition at the Enduro World Series is so high, that it takes nothing short of perfection to even crack the top ten. So after a season filled with bad luck, it was great to see Curtis Keene put everything together for a career best 3rd place performance at the most difficult race of this series.

Head past the break to learn more bout the the setup that help him get there. READ MORE ->

First Look: Giro bring snow tech to Blok MTB goggles, Launches new Quarter and Dime Helmets

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While Giro may be best known for its helmets in the cycling world, the company also has a healthy snow division, which produces helmets and goggles. While snow sports may seem far removed from our favorite two wheeled sport, many of the technologies developed translate between the two.

Case in point, many of the Giro employees ride bicycles (they’re based in Santa Cruz, so they’d be crazy not to) and wanted a mountain bike google. So the brand reworked one of their popular snow models, the Blok, for the trails. READ MORE ->