Posts in the category Enduro

IB14: Pearl Izumi Shows Updated X-Project 1.0, Impressive Elite Road, Plus All New MTB Clothing Line, New Colors, More

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Already an excellent shoe, Pearl Izumi’s X-Project is getting an update that should make it even better. At the top of the range, the X-Project 1.0 receives a complete face lift for the uppers that includes the introduction of Boa reels in the place of the previous velcro straps and P.R.O. buckle. The improvements to the X-Project line are indicative of Pearl’s complete reset of the mountain bike apparel line for 2015 with improved function, better fit, and revised colors.

Combined with improvements and a fresh color palette on the road and tri side of the business, 2015 is looking like a great year for Pearl Izumi. Details on some of the highlights next…

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IB14: New RaceFace Stash Vests Offer Men & Women Wearable Storage Solutions

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The new range of wearable storage solutions from Raceface is intended to provide riders an alternative to wearing a hydration pack. On the lighter end of the spectrum, the Rip Strip provides just enough room for the essentials. It’s intended to be worn against the skin underneath a jersey, so non riders won’t confuse it with a fanny pack. Retail is $39.99. READ MORE ->

IB14: Hands On with New Shimano TORBAL Shoe Line and Dedicated Enduro Race Pack

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Even though Shimano is calling their new TORBAL line enduro specific, the shoe’s designer is emphatic – it’s a mountain biking shoe. That is to say that the shoe is designed for the way many of us ride on a regular basis, not just when racing Enduro. Key to the new range is what Shimano is calling their TORBAL technology, or Torsional balance. Rather than design the shoe for walking as seems to be popular with many trail and AM shoes, the TORBAL line is designed to allow torsional flex yet staying stiff to the pedals.

TORBAL combined with varying levels of impact protection is what gets you to the point of an Enduro shoe. After 25 years of making mountain bike shoes, the SH-M200 name makes a return along with a bunch of interesting tech. The result is a shoe we can’t wait to get on the trail (or already did).

Check out the new TORBAL line in detail, plus what makes the Unzen 4 Enduro race pack unique, next….

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IB14: Onyx Racing Products Hubs Offer Instant, Infinite Engagement w/ Low Drag for Road, BMX, MTB & More

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Imagine a hub that offered instant, infinite, and silent engagement all with extremely low drag. Sound too good to be true? Then you need to check out the hubs coming out of Onyx Racing Products. All of the hubs are manufactured in the United States out of their facility in Minnesota which is probably one of the reasons they’ve been able to make their hub work. Instead of the roller clutch that a few manufacturers have tried in the past, Onyx hubs use a sprag one-way clutch which gives the hub all of the above features. The catch? The tolerances have to be extremely tight. So tight that when they successfully created their first bicycle hub using the sprag clutch, the company that created the clutch visited them to see how they did it since many other companies had tried without success.

While their roots are in BMX, Onyx has expanded to offer just about every hub you could think of, including road and fat bikes. Get the details next…

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IB14: 6D Brings Revolutionary Omni Directional Suspension Technology to MTB Helmets

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In recent years, it has become increasingly apparent that concussions can cause irreparable damage to the brain. So in order to help mitigate the potential damage from head impacts, helmet manufacturer 6D has developed a new patent pending technology that uses an in-helmet suspension system to help limit angular acceleration.

Their system, called Omni Directional Suspension (ODS) utilizes a dual liner, which is supported internally by a series of hourglass shaped elastomers. READ MORE ->

IB14: Ergon Slims Down Enduro Grips, Adds More Colors, Packs & Cushy MTB Saddle

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Following last fall’s introduction of the GE1 enduro mountain bike grip, this year see the addition of the GE1 Slim. It came about after feedback from their World Cup racers that wanted a little better bar feel, to feel more connected to the bike.

It’s only marginally slimmer, but it’s noticeable. Price is $34.99 for either size, and the new slims are available in March 2015. Check the visual comparison and all the rest of their new gear after the break…

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EB14: New Stevens Whaka 140 Enduro, Arcalis Disc Aero Road, and Super Prestige CX Update

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Stevens bike introduced several new bikes at Eurobike from some fancy touring and commuting bikes to e-bikes, but a couple jumped out at us. First the 140mm Whaka above is a nice looking 4-bar enduro bike that offers a pretty broad range of affordability in an aluminum platform. Then there was an aero disc-brake road bike called the Arcalis that Stevens claims to actually be a comfortable, almost endurance type bike. Lastly as euro cross season approaches and the top riders are soon to be making their way back from Cross Vegas, some updates to the World Cup level Super Prestige look to make it even more capable on the race circuit.

Hop past the break for some full-on details…

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EB14: One Ride Review of Ghost’s 27.5” 130mm Riot LT Enduro Green Machine, Plus Nivolet 8 LC Disc Road

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Ghost bikes had their new 27.5″ carbon enduro bike at Eurobike’s Demo Day for test rides, and we took the chance to hop on and try to give it a bit of a workout on some decidedly flat terrain. Thankfully in addition to nice forest roads and a bit of hidden singletrack, there was a pretty respectable test course for mountain bikes that made up for lack of elevation with plenty of berms, jumps, rock gardens, log piles , and even a pump track. We had the Riot LT set a bit softer than usual to get a feel for the plushness of the suspension with a hope of getting towards the reportedly progressive last 1/5 of it travel.

Bounce past the break to see what we thought of the bike, plus details of its Riot brethren and a pretty dialed looking disc road bike we found hiding in the back of their setup inside the show.

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EB14: New Intense Cycles Factory Models Sample Top Shelf Components

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For 2015, Intense Cycles is once again resurrecting their top of the line Factory Models for three specific bikes. These dream builds will be available on the Tracer T27.5, Carbine 29er, and Spider 29er, and feature Enve wheels, Cane Creek rear suspension, a SRAM XX1 drivetrain, and Shimano XTR stoppers.  READ MORE ->