Summer is right around the corner. That means it will be time for mountain biking and bikini season – only this time we’re talking about Bikini Pink. That’s the name of the color Ergon has chosen for their limited edition products. Available in both their GE1, the new GE1 Slim, and SME3 Pro and Pro Carbon saddles, the color will certainly get you noticed. As with all limited editions, it won’t last long….
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If you follow Ibis rider Jeff Kendall-Weed on social media, you might have spotted the ripper riding with a shiny new helmet. Almost perfectly matched to his wheels, that EndurBro blue lid just happens to be the new Kali Maya deep coverage helmet. After first leaking the new design out to the press in Utah, Kali’s new Enduro helmet is ready for action.
All Enduro jokes aside, when it comes to that style of riding there actually is a need for a different level of protection than standard mountain biking. Speeds can be higher, jumps bigger, and as Jeff helps to illustrate to the extremes – bigger risks. For Kali, that has always meant that what goes inside the helmet is just as important as the outer shell. In this case you’ll find Kali’s Composite Fusion Plus under the surfaces with cone shaped multi-density EPS foam in key points and a softer, lower density foam throughout.
While the Maya is very close to the prototypes we were shown, a few things have changed. Details next…
Loaded Precision likes to put out lighter weight parts for any category it’s in, and the new X40 wheels for enduro/trail/gravity do the same.
The 27.5″ carbon rims are all new and come in at just 430g each, which is impressive considering they’re a whopping 40mm wide. The complete wheelset weight is a claimed 1,650g. That’s with X-lite V.3 hubs, laced with 32 spokes and thru axles.
Why so wide? And why hookless?
When we last saw the Hope crankset at Eurobike, the design was still in the final prototype stages but we were told the release would be soon. While the official release for the crankset is set for February 26, Hope has unveiled the final design a bit early. To be made fully in house with the exceptions of the forgings which will come from the same European factory as their hub shells, the Hope crank arms use a forged, then machined 7000 aluminum design for a high strength to weight ratio.
As the latest crank to use a modular design, we expect the Hope cranks to compete directly with RaceFace’s own Cinch system. That means the cranks will have options for direct mount single ring use, spiders for dual chainring use, plus the potential for different spindle lengths in the future. Add in compatibility with most bottom brackets standard when used with Hope’s bottom brackets for the 30mm spindle and you have a very intriguing option to hold your pedals.
In addition to their versatility, Hopes cranks are also quite light – details next…
Öhlins certainly has an interesting marketing strategy as they enter the mountain bike market. First, it looked as if Specialized was going to have an exclusive on the shocks starting with the 2014 Enduro Expert Evo and Demo 8. Shortly after that announcement, the Andreani Group released information via Facebook that listed shock sizes that would fit a number of bicycles other than Specialized. As an Italian distributor for Öhlins, there was some speculation that the Andreani Group could only sell the products throughout Italy.
Now, Öhlins suspension products for mountain bikes have surfaced from yet another company – this time in France. Not only that, but there are more bikes that have been added to the compatibility list as well as the new fork cartridges for Fox 40 and Rockshox Boxxer forks. In addition to acting as a full service suspension repair and tuning outfit, X1 Racing Suspension also sells a full line of suspension products which includes their newest partnership with Öhlins as an official distribution and service center. By the looks of things on X1′s Facebook page, numerous Öhlins shocks and fork cartridges are currently in stock.
What bikes will the new shocks fit? Details next…
With no details anywhere, other than a video posted on Vimeo, a French company called HXR is about to release a transmission for enduro riding. Designed as the opposite of current systems, the HXR fixes the cassette position to the rear hub so that it cannot freewheel, and then allows the chainrings on the crank to freewheel around the crank arm. It may sounds confusing, but its pretty simple, basically nothing changes about how you ride the bike, except the drivetrain never stops moving while the bike is moving.
This can possibly give some advantages such as being able to shift while coasting, so that you could drop a few gears while going through a corner, and come out strong. That seems to be the idea HXR is going after since they are aiming this product at the emerging Enduro market.
While the good idea is there, it is actually nothing new. Schwinn made a series of bikes in the 1970′s that did exactly the same thing. If you have ever ridden one of those bikes, you would know that it is actually kinda novel when it is working properly. But if it derails, chainsucks, or jams a shift, the bike can come to a very abrupt, skidding halt. This could be a huge concern for modern mountain bikes, where a chain lodged between the tire and carbon chainstay, yet being pulled by the full momentum of a moving bike could destroy a bike in seconds.
We will have to wait and see all the details when they fully release it in the near future. Jump past the break to see the drivetrain in action…
Based on the number of wide range cassette adapters available, the desire for wider range 10 speed cassettes is widespread. Without any purpose built cassettes and derailleurs, riders have been forced to modify current cassettes or pony up for expensive 11 speed drivetrains.
Most cassette adapters result in odd jumps in the cassette that are now starting to be filled with additional 16t cogs. While completely functional, you have to assume a purpose built cassette may shift better. Thanks to German component manufacturer Trickstuff, it looks like that time has come. First spotted as a prototype at the 2013 Eurobike show, Trickstuff has put the finishing touches on their 10 speed wide range cassette and it’s now available in the U.S.
Is this the 10 speed cassette we’ve been waiting for? More details next…
Every once in a while, a product comes along that seriously intrigues us by rolling far outside the cycling industry thinking norm, and creating something that is seriously new.
Based in Adelaide, Australia, Bouwmeester Composites is designing and producing carbon composite products by hand in Australia. They say their local manufacturing is critical to the performance of their end products because they can have 100% control over the technology and quality of the manufacturing process for the finished product.
The Bouwmeester Composites Tammar V4.8 carbon fiber rims excite us with their combination of new ideas while advancing current trends. The idea of a wide rim is pretty hot right now in both road and mountain. The 27.5″ wheel is pretty established for “enduro”, and single-walled carbon fiber rims are already pioneered by several companies for fat bike rims. However, it’s Bouwmeester’s combination of the two (and their reasons for doing so) that make us really wanna get on a pair to see how they ride…
Built around an aggressive geometry and a new suspension platform dubbed Switch Infinity, the Yeti SB5C is one of the most anticipated new trail bikes of 2015. It replaces the Yeti SB75, the company’s first attempt at a from-the-ground-up 650B model, which received lukewarm reviews when it was launched last year.
Designed to tread the middle ground between trail and enduro, we’ve had the opportunity to abuse the new bike on our home trails. Has it lived up to the hype so far?