Posts in the category Enduro

Chris King Debuts New XD Driver ISO Hub for SRAM 1×11 systems

Chris King XD Iso HubFor high engagement hub aficionados, the long wait for XD driver compatible Chris King hubs is now at an end. After nearly two years of development, the American manufacturer is now producing XX1 compatible hubs in a wide variety of sizes – from 135QR to 157×12, and everything in-between.

The hubs still spin on the legendary in-house made bearings and will utilize their Ring Drive system to provide 72 points of engagement.  READ MORE ->

Ibis Introduces New Ultra Wide Carbon Rims

Ibis-Wide-carbon-fiber-mountain-bike-rims-wheels1There’s a new industry trend afoot that won’t send you into an apoplectic fit of new-standard-itis. It’s called wider is better and Ibis Cycles wants you do adopt it as the New Normal for a variety of compelling reasons. We’re sure having an OEM spec option for their phenomenal Mojo and Ripley mountain bikes is part of that equation, but we can’t overlook their desire to follow the tenants of the ancient mountain bike proverb - “You can’t have too much traction.”

In their pursuit of this higher commandment, they looked to their elders and discovered that in a past not long forgotten rims used to be wider. In those earliest days, the defacto rim of choice was the Araya 7x. A rim born for BMX and adapted to 26″ cruiser bikes. They were wide by modern standards (they had a 25mm internal width), but their method of construction was lacking. So early shredders soon discovered the channel section rims were neither light nor strong.

Our distant cousins known as road bikers had already discovered that a box section design offered superior ride dynamics and soon mountain bike legend Keith Bontrager was cutting down Mavic MA2 700c to OG dirt size. While this process brought lightweight rims and the benefits of lower rotational weight to the forefront of mountain biking, the rims began their lives destined for the road and were designed for racing slicks and not big knobbies. Weight being king though, mountain bikers sucked it up and pumped up their tires for the next thirty years.

Today, the proliferation of new materials promises to bring an end to years of compromise. So jump past the break to learn more about why wide rims are better…. READ MORE ->

Taipei Show Randoms Pt. 2 – Huge Gallery of the Interesting, Crazy, and Peculiar

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In addition to all of the products you know and love, there was another side of the Taipei show to catch your attention. This jersey is a pretty good example. Most likely a tongue-in-cheek jab (we hope!) at the state of professional cycling, at the least, it was certainly eye catching. Sometimes you would find genuinely innovative products, other times you would leave shaking your head. This is a collection of some of the best, the most humorous, and just plain weird. Enjoy.

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Must Watch: Curtis Keene Chased by a Helicopter, plus more from Cedric, Peaty, Smith and Jeep

In a film with cinematography worthy of Hollywood, it’s fitting that Curtis is flying down a mountain in LA aboard his Specialized Enduro 29er. The RedBull film captures him from the helicopter, the ground, and from his bike as he rips just 5 minutes from downtown LA. Want to see the footage from his bike? Sure you do. Find it after the break…

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Spy Shot: Prototype Specialized Slaughter 29″ Tire

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Spotted over on Redbull Media’s website, the new Specialized Slaughter is currently being tested on Curtis Keen’s Enduro 29er. With an aggressive outer tread pattern and a semi slick center tread, the new tire has a similar appearance to one of our favorite rear tires – the Schwalbe Rock Razor.

We have no further details at this time, except that the American Dream likes to run his 2.3″ tire with one cup of Stan’s sealant at 33 PSI.

Specialized 650B Evo StumpJumper Photographed & Weighed, Geometry Chart, Plus Q&A!

Specialized Stumpjumper 650B CompLast week, Specialized quietly announced two 650B models after having spent the last year sitting on the sidelines watching the wheel size battle playout. The company’s lineup in the recent past has had been decidedly 29er centric, with only the Enduro, Stump Evo, and Enduro Evo models holding down the small wheel fort on the trail side.

This middle sized announcement comes as no surprise, since the company recently released several pairs of new 650B tires. The long wait for the new models was likely due to the fact that Specialized spec’s it’s own tires and wheels on the majority of it’s bikes. Unlike smaller manufacturers, they couldn’t rush to market without developing the supporting products that help keep the bang-for-your-buck value high.

This week several of our local shops started receiving their first shipments of the new bikes, so we stopped by two of the best Specialized Dealers in town to take a look a closer look at the new offerings. Head past the break for close up pictures, weigh ins, and a short Q&A with Global PR Manager Sean Estes! READ MORE ->

On-One Writes a Prescription for Rad Trails with the new Codeine 29er

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Ok, enough waiting, the new On-One Codeine is officially hitting the shelves. The bike is billed as the mountain bike they wanted to build – a suspension bike in true On-One style because “nobody made one that was quite right.” Big claims then, but by the look of it and the video they put together it does look like a super fun bike to ride. As their first suspension frame ever, On-One built a 130/140mm travel 29er  with short chainstays, clearance for big tires, and no front derailleur. This isn’t your typical XC 29er, and that’s the point.

Self medicate with the new Codeine after the jump…

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Devinci Teases All-New Race Rig for Enduro World Series Pro Team

After modifying their then-brand-new Troy 650b trail bike into a longer travel version for Steve Smith’s Crankworx Air DH winning run, Devinci has apparently decided to make something a little more suited to the big hit dream of Enduro racers everywhere.

Details are sparse, but we know it’ll have a made-in-Canada aluminum frame and 160mm of Split Pivot travel with Easton and SRAM bits. To celebrate, they’re even giving one away. Enter to win here.

According to Devinci’s blurb on the new bike, “it’s being given away in conjunction with the newly formed Devinci/Alltricks.com racing team’s Enduro World Series (EWS) launch. Young gun French rippers Theo Galy and Damien Oton, alongside American, Mason Bond, lead the 2014 roster. Racing commences in April at Montenbaik Enduro, Nevados de Chillan, Chile, and includes seven stops spanning South America, the UK, Europe, Canada, and the U.S.”

We’ll also get a peek at Smith’s new race bike at Sea Otter next week, stay tuned!

Ellsworth Epiphany Enduro 27.5″ Mountain Bike Now Available

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Teased at Interbike’s demo day last year alongside the debut of the carbon fiber Epiphany XC, the new alloy Epiphany Enduro 275 shares the 140mm rear travel and 650B tire size, but gets slacker angles to become a more aggressive descender.

It’ll have a 67º head angle with a 150mm fork up front, and Ellsworth’s patented ICT suspension out back. The frame has custom swaged, shaped and tapered SST.2e aerospace alloy tubing throughout, including the head tube. The carbon XC model’s great looking internal quad cable routing to accommodate various remote cable options carries over, and it even gets a bit of carbon in the rear triangle and upper and control arms.

Pricing, builds and options below…

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