Posts in the category Enduro

More Öhlins Shock Models Plus Fox 40, Boxxer Cartridges Spotted at X1 Racing Suspension

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Öhlins certainly has an interesting marketing strategy as they enter the mountain bike market. First, it looked as if Specialized was going to have an exclusive on the shocks starting with the 2014 Enduro Expert Evo and Demo 8.  Shortly after that announcement, the Andreani Group released information via Facebook that listed shock sizes that would fit a number of bicycles other than Specialized. As an Italian distributor for Öhlins, there was some speculation that the Andreani Group could only sell the products throughout Italy.

Now, Öhlins suspension products for mountain bikes have surfaced from yet another company – this time in France. Not only that, but there are more bikes that have been added to the compatibility list as well as the new fork cartridges for Fox 40 and Rockshox Boxxer forks. In addition to acting as a full service suspension repair and tuning outfit, X1 Racing Suspension also sells a full line of suspension products which includes their newest partnership with Öhlins as an official distribution and service center. By the looks of things on X1′s Facebook page, numerous Öhlins shocks and fork cartridges are currently in stock.

What bikes will the new shocks fit? Details next…

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Found: HXR Easy Shift Drivetrain Hints Fixed Gear is the New Enduro

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With no details anywhere, other than a video posted on Vimeo, a French company called HXR is about to release a transmission for enduro riding. Designed as the opposite of current systems, the HXR fixes the cassette position to the rear hub so that it cannot freewheel, and then allows the chainrings on the crank to freewheel around the crank arm. It may sounds confusing, but its pretty simple, basically nothing changes about how you ride the bike, except the drivetrain never stops moving while the bike is moving.

This can possibly give some advantages such as being able to shift while coasting, so that you could drop a few gears while going through a corner, and come out strong. That seems to be the idea HXR is going after since they are aiming this product at the emerging Enduro market.

While the good idea is there, it is actually nothing new. Schwinn made a series of bikes in the 1970′s that did exactly the same thing. If you have ever ridden one of those bikes, you would know that it is actually kinda novel when it is working properly. But if it derails, chainsucks, or jams a shift, the bike can come to a very abrupt, skidding halt. This could be a huge concern for modern mountain bikes, where a chain lodged between the tire and carbon chainstay, yet being pulled by the full momentum of a moving bike could destroy a bike in seconds.

We will have to wait and see all the details when they fully release it in the near future. Jump past the break to see the drivetrain in action…

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Trickstuff’s 10 speed 11-41 MTB Cassette Now Available Through Radsport USA

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Based on the number of wide range cassette adapters available, the desire for wider range 10 speed cassettes is widespread. Without any purpose built cassettes and derailleurs, riders have been forced to modify current cassettes or pony up for expensive 11 speed drivetrains.

Most cassette adapters result in odd jumps in the cassette that are now starting to be filled with additional 16t cogs. While completely functional, you have to assume a purpose built cassette may shift better. Thanks to German component manufacturer Trickstuff, it looks like that time has come. First spotted as a prototype at the 2013 Eurobike show, Trickstuff has put the finishing touches on their 10 speed wide range cassette and it’s now available in the U.S.

Is this the 10 speed cassette we’ve been waiting for? More details next…

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Australian Composites Company Bouwmeester Departs From The Norm, Shows Single Wall Enduro Rim

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Every once in a while, a product comes along that seriously intrigues us by rolling far outside the cycling industry thinking norm, and creating something that is seriously new.

Based in Adelaide, Australia, Bouwmeester Composites is designing and producing carbon composite products by hand in Australia. They say their local manufacturing is critical to the performance of their end products because they can have 100% control over the technology and quality of the manufacturing process for the finished product.

The Bouwmeester Composites Tammar V4.8 carbon fiber rims excite us with their combination of new ideas while advancing current trends. The idea of a wide rim is pretty hot right now in both road and mountain. The 27.5″ wheel is pretty established for “enduro”, and single-walled carbon fiber rims are already pioneered by several companies for fat bike rims. However, it’s Bouwmeester’s combination of the two (and their reasons for doing so) that make us really wanna get on a pair to see how they ride…

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First Impressions: Yeti New Switch Infinity Equipped SB5c Trail Monster

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Built around an aggressive geometry and a new suspension platform dubbed Switch Infinity, the Yeti SB5C is one of the most anticipated new trail bikes of 2015. It replaces the Yeti SB75, the company’s first attempt at a from-the-ground-up 650B model, which received lukewarm reviews when it was launched last year.

Designed to tread the middle ground between trail and enduro, we’ve had the opportunity to abuse the new bike on our home trails. Has it lived up to the hype so far?

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Just In: Bell’s Shape Shifting Super 2R Full Face Helmet

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In all actuality, a lot of the new “enduro” specific product is no different than what many have been using for simply mountain biking. That isn’t to say that truly Enduro specific products don’t really exist as the race genre does have some unique requirements. Specifically, the need to be comfortable in your gear while pedaling the transfer stages, but still protected on the near World Cup DH caliber descents on some of the races like the Enduro World Series.

For some, that need meant carrying two helmets for race day – a full face for the timed descents, and a normal lid for the climbing or more XC oriented segments. When Bell approached the idea of designing a helmet for Enduro racing, they noticed the obvious fact that carrying one helmet is better than two. Starting with their popular Bell Super, a functional and removable chin bar was added to create a true 2 in 1 helmet…

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Just In: Ultra Wide Ibis 741 Carbon 27.5 Wheels

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As the march to a wider wheel seems inevitable, certain companies are pushing that notion to the extreme. At this point in the evolution, you can’t talk wide wheels without including Ibis Cycle’s new line of carbon hoops. Boasting massive internal and external widths, the wheels are barely a step below the “+” size rims found in 29″ and now 27.5″.

Aimed squarely at the growing Enduro market, honestly the Ibis 741s look to be an enticing option for anyone looking for ultra wide, light wheels for their mountain bike. Then there’s the price – considering they are less than a set of rims from some competitors, Ibis seems to be building momentum for their stand-alone wheels…

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Must Watch: Lars Sternberg as the Loam Ranger is The Hero We Need

Between the trail, the drifting, and the music, this video with Lars Sternberg perfectly encapsulates the feeling of shredding mountain bikes. Here’s what Lars had to say about the video:

LOAM is a term I try and refrain from abusing. 

It used to be a word used only to refer to those really special conditions, days spent so deeply engulfed within it, that it was hard to see. To simply utter the phrase would result in an acknowledging nod from another member of the club. Like a secret password. A word shared between a few who were lucky enough to experience it. 

Today you can read and hear it in modern MTB culture everywhere. It’s become something used in so many incorrect ways it’s lost its effect. Everybody’s out there to get it, shred it, blow it up… what was once a word only to be busted out when trying to recapture those truly magical moments or trails, is now the primary candidate for many a jabrone attempting to recount their epicness. 

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Review: Race Face Turbine Cinch Cranks – From Enduro to Fat Bikes, There’s a Spindle for That

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First introduced on the Next SL carbon crankset, the Race Face Cinch crankset interface promised a revolution in crankset design. No longer limited to a single spindle or chainring configuration, Cinch meant compatibility for a much wider range of bikes while giving the end user an extremely versatile product.

After the Next SL got its legs, Race Face introduced the Turbine Cinch – their first aluminum crank with the design. Not only did the Turbine represent a much more economical Cinch crankset, but provided an option for fans of metal rather than carbon for their crank arms. After the weigh in and installation, it was out to the trails for a season of abuse. See how they fared plus their new assignment next…

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