Posts in the category Enduro

SOC15: VP flies to lower weight flat pedals with new Harrier Altitude

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If you’re looking for real estate under your feet, VP’s Harrier platform pedals are hard to beat. The flats are absolutely huge which is good news if you have large feet or you’re just looking for a lot of support.

The Harriers were already pretty light especially for a pedal their size, but lighter is usually better right? After throwing everything they have at the Harriers, the new Altitude version offers the same impressive size without a good chunk of the weight…

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Pacenti Answers ‘How Short Can You Go?’ With New PDent 25mm Stem and Bar

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How short can we (or should we) go? Based on the current trends in mountain bike geometry, that seems like a question worth asking. It’s also a question that got Kirk Pacenti thinking. Shorter stems and longer top tubes have a number of benefits – increased control, longer front center for better stability, and the ability to run wider bars with effectively the same reach.

But as geometry has changed to adapt to shorter stems and wider bars, the limiting factor to going shorter has been the stem itself. Sure, stems shorter than 30mm have been available for awhile, but each comes with at least a 30mm height penalty which itself becomes a problem when you’re trying to get the front end as low as possible. At this point a few companies are offering stems as short as physically possible – basically adding just a millimeter gap between the steerer and the handlebar.

Pacenti thinks even shorter is better, and knows exactly how to do it…

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SOC15: Fox upgrades 32, 34 and 36 forks with FIT4 damper; RC2 shock damper cutaway & more 2016 suspension!

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The transition to the 2016 Fox Racing Shox mountain bike suspension fork lineup all started with the 2015 36’s switch to a new air spring. It introduced a full air system with check valves to equalize air pressure between the positive and negative chambers, dropped weight and improved performance. Now, that same air system can be found across the entire line, from the XC-oriented 32 to the trail/enduro-ready 34 and 36 to the downhill destroying dual crown 40. Likely, the same 100-130g weight savings can be expected across the line, too!

The progression continued with the announcement of the all new, fourth generation FIT4 damper on the 34 a few weeks ago. The new system moves away from the CTD (Climb/Trail/Descend) modes to Open/Medium/Firm. Similar in theory, except that they added much better support in the open mode compared to the all-but-unusable Descend mode that would simply blow through the travel way too quickly and easily. Plus, the in-setting micro adjustments have moved from the middle setting to the Open setting, giving you even more control over how the fork acts when wide open. The FIT4 damper can now be found in the 32, 34 and 36 forks as an option, and there are no more open bath cartridges on any forks.

Out back, the expanded air volume cans and upgraded damping can now be found on the Float and Float X, and we’ve got a cutaway look at the new dual high/low speed compression and rebound circuits of the DHX2 and Float X2…

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SOC15: 9point8 Drops First Infinitely Adjustable Mechanical Dropper Post

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Most riders that have ridden with a dropper post will agree – they can have a profound impact on the way you ride. Unfortunately, they also can present a number of durability headaches and frankly are pretty expensive. With each successive generation dropper posts have greatly improved, but in our opinion there’s still quite a bit of room for improvement.

Since introducing their first Pulse dropper post in 2013, 9point8 managed to catch our attention with their stepper style drop post which added a unique ratcheting feature in addition to the standard up and down found on most posts. Their latest design eliminates that ratcheting motion in favor of infinite adjust, but it’s still unique in the fact that it apparently is the only mechanical dropper (no hydraulic cartridge) on the market that provides infinite adjustment.

The result is a dropper that won’t require bleeding, and according to 9point8 should prove to be one of the most durable posts yet…

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SOC15: Gravity Goes off the Grid for new Enduro / All Mountain Line

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Nine years ago when Gravity was started as an offshoot of FSA, Enduro wasn’t even really a “thing.” After starting with the original 777 bar, Gravity grew to become a performance brand focused on longer travel bikes that also offered a tremendous amount of value. As mountain biking has changed Gravity has also evolved up until the most recent addition to mountain biking – enduro.

Now, with both Mountain biking and Gravity at a crossroads, the later is introducing a new group that is sure to find a home on the mountain. Thanks to a bit of rebranding and the drop of the yellow highlights in the graphics, the Gravity Grid line is now a stealthier option that will look good on any mountain bike. In addition to aftermarket sales, you’ll also find a number of Grid components as OEM equipment in the near future.

Still under the FSA roof, Gravity is relaunching with a smart, affordable new group that starts with all new 35mm handlebars…

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Mavic Honors 20 years of Crossmax with Pro LTD WTS, Clothes, and Gear

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Don’t compromise, ride Crossmax. That’s the slogan Mavic has been using for nearly 20 years since the very first Crossmax wheels were introduced in 1996. Originally introduced to offer what Mavic considered the best blend of performance and reliability, mountain biking has changed drastically since they came on the scene. Initially available in just one model, Crossmax wheels have evolved in step with riding to include 4 different models with over 100 pro level race wins in everything from XC to enduro, 4x, even slopestyle.

The latest addition to the Crossmax lineage blends much of what we’ve seen recently from Mavic with a few new touches that offer continuous improvement. Given the Crossmax Pro LTD moniker, some of the new product will be available in limited numbers and only in certain markets…

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New Shimano 11-Speed XT 8000 Brings a 42T Cog, Plus More Crank & Axle options

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Lots of new shiny parts today as Shimano has updated its workhorse Deore XT groupset to the same new 11-speed standard we’ve seen in the current XTR group. Plenty of tech makes its way into the new 8000 group, while still keeping the Trail and Race options that have helped make these upper level Shimano groups successful even as mountain biking specializes itself. Like XTR, the new XT offers 1×11, 2×11, and 3×11 setups with Shimano’s Rhythm Step progression aimed at keeping gearing steps smooth and consistent to maintain ideal pedaling cadence.

Shift past the break for all the trickle-down update details, new crank spindle options and expected availabilities…

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Osprey Releases New 2015 Syncro, Zealot and Escapist Packs

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Although water bottle cages are making a comeback in the trail riding scene, they don’t carry anything but water – and not that much of it. Whether for fear of running dry or having a mechanical breakdown, many off-road riders won’t go too far without a good hydration pack. While there used to be one prominent brand in this market, companies like Osprey have jumped in with some nice looking product.

Osprey makes a full line of backpacks and hydration packs for hiking, biking, mountaineering, trail running, and backcountry recreation. They’ve just announced their newly slimmed-down Syncro Series (seen above) and enduro-focused Zealot pack, plus the revised Escapist Series. Stay tuned to Bikerumor for a full review on the Syncro 15 later this summer, but for now here’s the basics on Osprey’s packs…

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TPE15: New Vittoria MTB tires cover XC to DH, plus a look at graphene carbon rims

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Last year, the Geax line of mountain bike tires was rolled into parent brand Vittoria. Most of the existing models carried over, and the Peyote, Barzo and Jafaki are the first three new treads to roll out under the Vittoria name.

The Jafaki is a moto-inspired tire with big knobs and even bigger side knobs to keep your firmly planted during high speed (read: descending) maneuvering. The widely spaced center section should clear quickly, making it a solid choice for enduro on anything but very dry hardpack.

The Barzo and Peyote skew more toward all purpose trail and XC use with lower profile knobs and faster rolling center sections. All three tires use sipes on the tread blocks to improve grip.

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