Posts in the category Enduro

No More Mud In Your Face With RockGuardz Evo2 Carbon Fiber Fender


Rockguardz, makers of carbon fiber fenders for mountain bikes, wanted to improve on their short length guard, and give it the performance of a longer guard. The shorter ones were popular for racing since they stayed out of the way, but didn’t provide as much coverage. By looking into the reasons why, they have brought out the Evo2, having the protection performance of a large coverage fender with the size of a small fender.

Rockguardz isn’t new, they have been making great carbon fiber covers for your down tube, and other fenders from carbon fiber, and getting their start by advertising on eBay.

Matt Walker, downhill rider for the Saracen development team helped with the research on getting this performance. They mapped out the tangents that mud flies off the front wheel, and insured this small fender would keep it out of the eyes of the rider.  Jump after the break to find out the story…


First Look: Box Components 35mm MTB Cusp Stem and Carbon X Bar

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Box Components has been teasing us for a while with some great looking mountain bikes components that while very intriguing, weren’t yet available to the public. The fact that we have a set of the Box X Bars and Cusp stem in our possession is big news for the company as they expand from their roots in BMX to the world of mountain biking. Not that the company lacks mountain biking heritage – after all, it is founded by the Toby Henderson.

Borrowing from their line of award winning BMX bars and stems, the first Box mountain bike cockpit aims straight for the top with a 35mm carbon bar and matching 3D forged aluminum stem. On paper the combination should be competitive in both weight and price. Full details including actual weights next… READ MORE ->

IB14: KHS Shows New Gravel, Cyclocross Range, Zinn-Designed Tall Bike & Budget Enduro MTB


The new KHS Grit 4400 leads their charge into the gravel bike category with a hi-mod carbon frame and fork for just $2,200. For that, you’re getting a basic Tiagra 10-speed drivetrain with Avid BB5 mechanical brakes with inline brake levers on the flats. The frame’s ready for racks and fenders, too, making it a pretty solid entry that’s very much worth upgrading in the future.

There’s also new disc ‘cross bikes, race road and a very, very tall Flite designed by none other than Lennard Zinn…


Found: Made in the UK Narrow Wide Rings, Bash Guard, and More CNC Coming from Rideworks

32thick_thin_narrow_wide_chain_ring_orange_rideworks_1Thanks to more riders than ever wanting to drop their front derailleur in favor of 1x drivetrains, the market for front chainrings just keeps getting bigger. Add to that the fact that the narrow wide chainring is probably easier to engineer and produce than a multi-speed chainring that needs to shift and you have yourself a renaissance of smaller CNC machining outfits.

The latest we’ve stumbled across is Rideworks, a UK based company with a rapidly growing portfolio. With products designed and manufactured in the UK, Rideworks offers yet another option when it comes to chainrings, bashguards, and other CNC bits – but they aren’t stopping there. The future holds the release of a number of new products including cranks, hubs, and stems.

See some of the current and future products next…


Ibis Mojo HD Completely Revamped – Longer, Lower, Slacker and So Much More Enduro!

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The all-new, third generation Ibis Mojo HD3 takes the enduro scene to heart with a totally new frame designed from the ground up to climb quickly and descend quicker.

It’s built around the DW-Link suspension platform, but uses a new iteration of it to achieve 6″ of rear wheel travel with the peddling efficiency of their XC-oriented Ripley and the downhilling ferocity you’d expect from an aggressive six inch bike.

The basics are what you’d expect these days and include a tapered headtube, 142×12 rear thru axle, internal cable routing, removable front derailleur mount and, of course, 650B wheels. What makes it special is now you can have both the HDR’s longer travel and the HDR 650B’s bigger wheels. See how it all comes together with the new suspension, frame and geometry…

UPDATED: Additional comments from Ibis’ co-founder & owner, Scot Nicol, throughout the post.


Weekend Test and Company Tour: Bionicon Edison EVO Enduro Claws Its Way Up and Bombs Downhill


Early this fall we took some time out to head to Bionicon’s home base in the south of Germany on the Tegernsee, a lake where Bavaria backs up into the mountains, to try out their newest Enduro bike on the terrain it was designed for. Our visit also gave us a chance to spend some time on and off the bike with the passionate engineers who developed their uniquely linked front and rear air suspension systems. They showed us around on the trails and in their headquarters where all of their bikes and suspensions systems are designed and assembled. Plus, we got a bit of the story of the development of their bikes and where they were focusing next.

Follow me past the jump for a look inside the company and hands-on with the tech, as well as some of our impressions and pictures from riding both their 26″ and 27.5″ Edison EVO enduro bikes up some of the steepest gravel roads passable and down some of the steepest and most technical singletrack we’ve ever pedaled to the top of…


Ellsworth Offers Peek at New Gravity Line, Moment, Method, and Dare with 27.5″ Wheels and Carbon


Not that long ago, we got a chance to check out the all new Ellsworth Dare downhill bike at Interbike. The yet to be finished bike was being shown just after BST Synergy Nano announced that they had purchased the noteworthy brand. All clad in carbon and sporting 27.5″ wheels, the new gravity line consists of the Dare we saw in Vegas plus the Moment and the Method.

Details on the new rides are pretty limited, but there are pictures and prices next…


Juliana Bicycles Now Recruiting Brand Ambassadors and Racers For 2015

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Juliana Bicycles, the sister brand of Santa Cruz, is the first manufacturer to focus exclusively on the women’s specific mountain bike market. Their product line spans everything from entry level aluminum hard tails to full carbon wonder machines, and has a unique ethos.

The company is run by and represented by some of the fastest (and bad ass) chicks we’ve had the pleasure of riding with, and they’re looking to expand that family of riders. Whether you’re a high school athlete, established ripper, or industry hack, if you identify with the brand, they invite you to sign up to be part of their Ambassador Program.

Check out all the details after the break..


New Narrow Wide Oval Chainrings from B-Labs, plus updated C.Guide Eco


Just before Eurobike we had a chance to visit the team behind new component company B|Labs in their headquarters at the base of the Bavarian Alps. One of the first things they were excited to show off was their new non-round/elliptical, narrow-wide single ring mountain bike chainring that they are calling B-ring OVAL. It wasn’t quite ready to ship then, so we’ve been keeping it under wraps, but now they have both 4-bolt and SRAM direct mount spider-less options available.

Hop past the fold for more details on the rings, sizing, pricing, and crankset compatibility, plus their upgraded chain retention device….