Posts in the category Enduro

IB15: ODI Gets a Grip on Single Lock Ons with New Asymmetric Elite Series

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Following the successful launch of their single lock on Signature grips for Aaron Gwin, ODI Is rolling out three new grips with the new locking system. Calling it their Version 2.1 lock on system, the grip uses a tapered plastic core with a single locking collar on the inboard side for a grip that claims to not slip or rock even without the second collar.

While Gwin’s AG-1 will still be available, the new Elite series offers three new options depending on your grip style and preference…


IB15: 6D Brings DH Safety to Enduro with Prototype ATB-1A Helmet

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We all hate crashing. But when it happens, it’s nice to know you have a helmet on your head that’s going to protect you during impact. Recently, there’ve been a number of improvements in helmet safety technology all designed to reduce the impact to your brain and prevent a serious head injury. Most companies are using some sort of unique approach but for 6D Helmets, their Omni-Directional Suspension System certainly stands out.

Using a shell in shell design that is suspended with many elastomeric isolation dampers, the result is supposedly a helmet reduces impact to the brain in both low, medium, and high speed impacts. With no other helmet quite like it, the only limiting factor was that it was only available in a downhill specific full face helmet. Well, for now…


EB15: Focus Debuts Sam C, Spine C & Raven Max off-road, plus road racing Izalco Max Disc


Over the course of this summer Focus has introduced expansions and refinements to their two premium mountain bike lines the trail/enduro Sam and the cross country Raven, plus a new shorter travel trail bike called the Spine. The 160mm Sam gets an upgrade to carbon, the Raven hardtail gets Max-ed with a totally reimagined carbon frame, and the new 120mm Spine will now be available in both carbon and aluminum versions. Not to ignore the road, Focus officially debuted the disc-brake edition of their premier WorldTour Izalco Max at Eurobike, and went home with a best in show award. Plus, on that bike, and everything else that didn’t have rear suspension, Focus was featuring their new CPX Plus carbon comfort seatpost. Drop in past the break for photos and details of the new bikes…


RAT-A-TAT-TAT! Intense Blasts Everything in its Way with New Uzzi 275 and Carbon M16, Plus Limited Palmer Edition

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When you’re about to step foot into Intense Cycle’s booth, you know there won’t be a dull moment. Considered an innovator in this industry, Intense Cycles came full force this year re-introducing the Uzzi with some updated features and showing off their new M16C carbon downhill bike.

Send it past the break for the details on these gorgeous beasts and see what a lucky few might get their Palms on….


Prototype Ohlins fork cartridges & universal coil-over shock spotted, complete forks coming

prototype Ohlins damper cartridge for Rockshox Pike and Boxxer forks

There’ve been a lot of rumors around Ohlins’ mountain bike products, stirred up largely by social media posts from European distributors. The latest teaser comes from a bike placed in Hope Tech’s Eurobike booth adorned with an as yet unseen coil rear shock and fork damping cartridge slid into a Rockshox Pike.

We reached out to Ohlins USA’s marketing and MTB manager, Jeff Baucom, for details. But first, a little primer on Ohlins’ damping technologies and how they’ve been applied to mountain bikes:

Their damping systems come in two flavors. The TTX is a twin tube system with an inner and out tube and oil flows between the two and is regulated by a check valve. It’s found on their coil-over rear shocks only for mountain bikes (moto and auto is another story). The STX, which is what’s found in their TTR air shock, is a single tube system and works by pushing oil through a more traditional damping circuit.


IB15: MRP Wraps Up Chain Guides with New G4, Adds Custom Decals for Forks

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Chain guides may be a subject of debate for trail and enduro bikes, but for downhill they’ve never gone out of style. MRP knows this as well as anybody and is now introducing the successor to their G3. The aptly named G4 takes the basic design of the G3 and adds a new upper guide to finish off their range for just about every discipline…


IB15: New in Blue – Park Tool Adds Cassette and Bearing Tools and Re-Categorizes Multi-Tools

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I can’t think of a year that I haven’t bought a Park Tool product. When bikes and the parts on them evolve, the tools to maintain them need to evolve as well. Park Tool, as always, stays ahead of the game and this year they were busy!

Sort through your tools and jump past the break to see what you’re missing now….


IB15: Red Bear Products Spools up to Distribute Kuroshiro, Bouwmeester, and Other Wheel Goods

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Not that anyone suggested otherwise, but it turns out that Tim Krueger is a very busy guy. While continuing to launch new models for Advocate cycles, Tim and his crew have also been getting ready to launch Red Bear Products. Positioned as a wheel goods distributor, Red Bear holds the exclusive distribution rights for both Kuroshiro and Bouwmeester wheels and rims in the US.

The move should make the products easier to access here in the states including Kuroshiro’s new 100mm fat bike rim…


IB15: Marin mountain bikes go full XTR w/ BOS suspension; plus steel adventure bike & more

2016 Marin Attack Trail pro winning enduro mountain bike with full XTR and BOS suspension

Marin is bringing back Pro level spec on their mountain bike lineup for 2016, which means a full XTR build including hubs, a rarity these days It also gets the BOS suspension.

Shown above, the Attack Trail Pro is their premium Enduro race bike, and it swept the 2015 NA Enduro Tour series under Kyle Warner, Cody Kelley, and Craig Harvey in first, second and third in the overall.

To help you attempt the same, it’s equipped with the BOS Deville RaRe (Race Ready) fork, which gets that brand’s DH fork’s FCV (frequency control valve) that controls the forces coming from the ground versus the rider, letting it soak up the little stuff quickly while still resisting the weight of the rider when pushing it into the corners.
It also gets a different air spring that gets a very different spring curve to put more support early in the stroke, but the compression damping circuit has a different hydraulic piston and shims for quicker response. All three of those features come together to make it a more race-oriented fork that likes hitting things at a higher speed.