Posts in the category Enduro

Altitude Sickness – EWS #5 Recap with the Rocky Mountain Urge BP Rally Team, plus Something New from Rocky?

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Photography by Matt Wragg

With the EWS back in the US, that meant some high altitude shredding for the racers at Winter Park, Colorado. After dealing with typical travel woes including arriving at the airport with no bikes, the Rocky Mountain Urge BP Rally Team set out to do the best the could – once their bikes arrived. While the race in Colorado had some spectacular back drops, it was not without controversy as riders debated the XC nature of some of the stages. There was also a bit of confusion as one of the pro women went down and her resulting injury made it so Justin Leov and 3 other pro men ended up finishing the stage while the other were forced to stop. Eventually all four riders rejoined the rest of the field at the top of stage 6 to run it again.

Continue on for the Rocky Mountain Urge BP team’s recap of the race, plus a little hint at a new product from Rocky…

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Review: Lapierre Zesty 327, The Budget 650B Ripper

Lapierre Zesty 327 (11)In San Francisco, $2,900 is one months rent in a small studio apartment in a semi-gentrified portion of downtown. Elsewhere, that small fortune could net you a reliable economy car with sufficient miles on the odometer to have circumnavigated the world a half dozen times.

Yet in the strange world of cycling, that tidy figure seems paltry compared to the cost of this years latest crop of enduro wonder bikes. Since those bikes are often only within the reach of dentists, lawyers, and trust fund babies, today we’ve turned our focus to something a little more attainable.

The Lapierre Zesty 327 is a 150mm travel bike that retails for “only” $2,900, but shares an Enduro World Series proven pedigree.

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Long Term Review: The Full Coverage TLD A1 Helmet

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Troy Lee Designs has a reputation for having a fan base more rabid than Apple, so when they announced their first half shell bicycle helmet since a collaboration with Shoei in the early 90′s – it was met with great enthusiasm.

That excitement was due to the company’s reputation for developing products that save lives, are extremely comfortable, and ooze style. Of course, I’d only ever heard of the reputation from my gravity bros. Like that hot person in high school you wrote off as having nothing to offer but their looks, I was never sure if TLD  really offered anything special enough to merit the hefty cost.

So after spending a year riding in the A1, did it differentiate itself as the prom queen or the valedictorian of the Enduro helmet market?

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Shredits: Mont Sainte Anne Course Preview w/ Claudio, Troy Brosnan Challenges Fun, Mavic Preps Epic Ride Thru Alps & More!

We are always both amused by Claudio Caluori’s course previews, and amazed that he is able to communicate all of the course’s nuances while pinning it faster than most could hope. The Mont Sainte Anne preview is no different and in spite of crashing in the same exact location as last year, Claudio was clearly having fun on his bike.

Continue on for Fun is a three letter word, a 1000 km ride through the Dolomites, This is Peaty, and more…

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Fox Goes Stealth with Blacked Out Limited Edition Float Forks

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Judging by the number of Stealth Black carbon Nomads we’ve seen with a murdered out parts kit, all black is still in. To help make your next build even more sinister, Fox has introduced a Limited Edition color option for three of their most popular Float forks complete with stealth graphics and black anodized adjusters. While the Kashima Coat stands out with its stark gold contrast, everything else on the Stealth Series is black on black.

See which forks are included after the jump…

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Spy Shot: Bell Super 2R Enduro Full Face W/ Removable Chin Bar

Bell_Super_2R_Photo_ActiveLifeStore_2Trail bikes are becoming more capable. We keep saying it over and over again because it’s true. Any one of these new ultra slack, long travel, Enduro frames is enough that you don’t really need a downhill bike anymore. It surprised me too, but after spending time on bikes like the new Santa Cruz Nomad, I’m convinced.

The problem is that these new bikes allow you to push your limits faster and further than ever before. Which means the consequences for a simple mistake are much higher. So helmet companies have recently made the push towards building half lid helmets with better coverage. New offerings from TLD, Bell, and Kali have come along way, but they still leave something to be the desired in the keep-your-face-intact department.

Enter the new Bell Super 2R. Based off the ingenious Super, (which I reviewed here) this model shares all the great GoPro and goggle integration, but can easily be converted into a full face via three quick releases. READ MORE ->

Spy Shot: New Specialized Carbon 650B Demo

2015 Carbon Specialized 650B DemoOver the past year many photos of a prototype Specialized downhill bike have been leaked on news sites and forums. The company line about these images has been “we’re always testing new platforms,” but this image of a new production bike was leaked by dealers earlier tonight and clearly indicates that something all new is on the horizon.

From our sources, we’re told that Troy Brosnan and Aaron Gwin (who are sitting in 1st and 2nd place respectively in the Overall WC standings) will be riding these bikes at the Mont Saint Anne World Cup Race this coming weekend, and to expect an official launch later this year at Crankworx.

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Prototype Yeti SB6c & Ibis Bike Top Podium at Colorado Enduro World Series Race

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Photo Credit: Yeti Facebook

After announcing the brand new Switch Inifinity suspension platform last week, Yeti’s Jared Graves and Richie Rude went first and second this past weekend at the Enduro World Series race held  in Colorado.

While the young American Richie rode a production version of the SB5c to several stage wins, Jared Graves was riding a longer travel prototype which appears to be very close to final production. READ MORE ->

Specialized Launches Updated Enduro With 650B Wheels

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Specialized has their big wheel game dialed, so rather than hopping on the marketing bandwagon, they chose to sit out the tweener arms race. With the exception of a few gravity oriented models still available in 26″, they stood firmly behind their “bigger is better” mantra, until earlier this year when they quietly released an updated version of their Stumpjumper Evo platform.

The new phrase in town is now “bigger is better – except when it’s not” (what’s currently trendy.) Because despite the sharp handling of their 29er mountain bikes, there will always be a group of riders who consider the wheels size less fun, or too big, or for whatever reason prefer smaller wheels.

So for those consumers, the Big S has released an updated 650B Enduro.

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