Posts in the category Enduro

EB14: Continental Adds More 2.4 “Enduro” Mountain Bike Tires, More PureGrip XC & Trail Tires

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At Sea Otter, Continental showed off the der Kaiser 27.5×2.4 with their new Apex casing for enduro tires. They also showed off der Baron, a new tread that’s still not quite in production even though they’ve been race testing it for quite some time under the Athertons.

The news for Eurobike was the addition of the Trail King 2.4 and that both the 2.2 and 2.4 sizes of that model get the new Apex casing and Freeride Black Chili compound. The Freeride Black Chili compound is softer and grippier than the XC compound, but firmer than the DH version.

The Apex casing is a shortened internal layer on the bottom of the sidewalls that makes the tires about 200g lighter than their DH equivalents. They’re also more supple, but maintain the pinch flat protection. Click through for visuals…

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EB14: SR Suntour Launches Aion Fork, Updates Rux DH, Prototype Shocks & High End 24″ Kids Forks

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We spotted the Aion at Taipei bike show, and now it’s in production. Designed to be a budget alternative to their higher end Auron forks, the Aion keeps the 34mm stanchions and same lower casting, bushings and seals, but switches to straight gauge (non-tapered) stanchions, forged crown and regular steel thru axle instead of the lighter alloy one.

You’ll get adjustment options with the damper, choosing between RC (rebound / compression) or LO-R (lockout / rebound). Take your pick, they’re both the same price regardless of control knob and wheel size. Retail is $550, and claimed weight is 2,120g for the 27.5. Add about 30g for the 29er.

As for the rest of this stuff, it’s either prototype that’s showing a taste of things to come, or just a look at some cool stuff we didn’t know they had…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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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…

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