Posts in the category Enduro

Eric Porter Runs Down the new Manitou McLeod Rear Shock

We got a pretty detailed break down of Manitou’s newest rear shock recently at Sea Otter, but seeing how we’re here at Press Camp in Park City, UT, it seems fitting for local ripper Eric Porter show it off. Perfectly matched with the Mattock fork, the McLeod is the latest in a line of drastically improved Manitou suspension products that you’ll have to ride to believe.

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First Look: Prototype Kali Maya Enduro Helmet!

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More coverage and more protection. That’s what you will get from Kali’s latest helmet in the form of the Maya. Kali calls the Maya an Enduro helmet, but what does that mean when it comes to protection? For starters, the helmet features a shell shape that was specifically designed to offer better protection from impacts. It covers more of the back of the head, plus lacks venting on the sides of the helmet just above your temple. Given the fact that this area often sees harsh impacts from washing out on the trail or high siding, having more material where impact is more likely seems like a no brainer.

Maybe more important than the shell shape, is the foam the shell protects which is a first from Kali…


Absolute Black Launched New Narrow Wide Chainring for Cannondale Hollowgram Cranks

Cannondale XX1 Absolute Black Chain RingAvailable starting June 25th, the new 1x specific chainring from Absolute Black is claimed to the lightest spiderless option available for Cannondale Hollowgram cranks.

Available in even increments from 28T to 34T, the chainring has been tested by World Cup XC Athletes like Marek Konwa, and is guaranteed to provide a minimum of 12 months of chain retention. READ MORE ->

Spotted: New BMC 29er Spotted Under Aaron Bradford

Aaron Bradford New BMCSpotted on the Instagram account of Aaron Bradford, this unreleased 29er prototype looks ready to shred. It’s hard to observe anything concrete from the low resolution image, but it appears the bike does away from the curved top tube that punctuated the design language of previous BMC 29er models, but still uses the APS dual short link suspension.

It also appears that the bike has internal cable routing for the rear derailleur, as well as internal routing for a remote lockout on the rear shock.

Just In: SRAM’s Most Affordable 1X Group, the New X1 with Actual Weights

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It seems like forever ago, but it was just over 2 years ago that SRAM introduced their revolutionary XX1 drivetrain which promised to rid the world of front derailleurs for good. It was awesome, but it was prohibitively expensive for the majority of consumers. Many waited patiently for the release of X01, hoping it would be cheaper. It was, but was still fairly expensive. Now, with the introduction of X1, SRAM finally has a 1x group that retails below the $1,000 mark – potentially as low as $861. That’s still a good chunk of change, but it will bring wide range, single ring drivetrains within reach of many more riders, especially with OEM sales.

While the group isn’t offered at a huge discount over X01, it’s also not that far off technology wise, meaning this should be an extremely competitive drivetrain. Curious as to what’s changed? Read on for tech, actual weights, and more….


The New Juliana Roubion, A Womens Mountain Bike with Every Option Checked

Roubion Launch France After a month of teasing and over a year of anticipation, Juliana Bikes has finally launched their newest model, the Roubion.

Named after  a picturesque mountain town in France, this bike has “all the brawn of a Bronson in the spirit of a Juliana,” which is to say it’s a Bronson with a great new paintjob and a few lady specific components. READ MORE ->

Must Watch: Peter Sagan Shreds the new Cannondale F-Si

We all know Peter Sagan from his exploits on the road, but it all started in the dirt. Back in 2009 Sagan was team mates with Marco Fontana for the Cannondale Factory Racing team – where do you think he got those wheelie skills? To celebrate the new F-Si, Peter and Marco absolutely kill it on the new bike.

More video goodness including the latest from Cam McCaul, next!


New Enduro Oriented Devinci Spartan Gets Official

Devinci SpartanOriginally developed as a one-off super weapon for Steve Smith to decimate last years DH World Champs field, we were unsure if the beast would ever materialize in production form.

After several appearances on the racing, Devinci is now officially releasing the bike they’ve dubbed the Spartan, it features 160mm of travel, 27.5″ wheels, and a super slack modern geometry.


Ride Report – AOA Mayhem Enduro Lives up to Its Name

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If a picture is worth 1,000 words, the photo above might as well scream Mayhem Enduro as it is a perfect representation of the weekend’s festivities. Mayhem? I think hitting a huge creek gap while your rear tire is tangled up in your frame counts – check. Impressive venue with a challenging course for both XC lungs and Enduro courage? Check. Spectator friendly arrangements complete with post race beers and partying? Check, check.

If you want to put on an Enduro race of your own, the Appalachia Outdoor Adventures Mayhem Enduro is a shining example of what can be done, even if you don’t have any “mountains” nearby. Thanks to a creative course layout, and several intimidating features that penalized you with time consuming go arounds if you didn’t hit them, the Mayhem had a little something for everyone and was massively fun all around.

Find out how David Friedman fared after that rear tire failure, next…