Posts in the category Enduro

Battle of the Enduro Bro Kit – Fanny Pack Shootout!

BikeRumor Enduro Fanny Pack Comparison

Fanny packs. If enduro wasn’t already the lamest marketing trend since 27.5″ wheels, the ass backwards 80′s fanny pack has suddenly reared its ugly head in some misguided sort of pseudo euro fashion statement. Damn it.

I absolutely adore my hydration pack in the way that one can only love an inanimate object they’ve carried for innumerable hours. That trusty bag has served as a makeshift pillow, hangover companion, beer tote, and trail buddy for years, yet now some reformed downhillers with moto envy have decided they’re uncool, so it’s suddenly time to trade that relationship in for a water bottle, some electrical tape, and a nylon murse.

Yet it’s our duty to report on the latest and greatest coming and goings of the industry, so since Tyler is a roadie, and Zach only rides fat bikes, I was somehow conned (I suspect alcohol may have been involved) into running an enduro bro fanny pack battle off. Yay me.

So, do you even enduro, bro?

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IB14: Bolle’s Premium 6th Sense Cycling Sunglasses, Plus Affordable Italian Made Lifestyle Offerings

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Famed ski goggle manufacturer Bolle had a number of different products on display at their booth at Interbike. Amongst them was their 6th Sense sunglasses, which are their premium cycling offering. The lenses are made from a newer material called Tribex, which is lighter and offers better optics than more common polycarbonate material used in other sports sunglasses.

All of Bolle’s lenses meet safety glasses standards for impacts, and are treated with oleophobic and hydrophobic lens coatings. They’re also available in a number of different tints, mirror finishes, or technologies (photochromatic, poloraized, etc…) Depending on lens selection, retail for the sunglasses is $160-200, while replacement lenses run between $55-75.

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Another Epic Press Release Video From Transition, Now Featuring Ponies and Giddyup Technology

Transition recently announced a brand new suspension platform and a four brand new bikes for the 2015. We’ve covered the tech and first ride review here, and the different models here, but you’ll want to hit play on this video anyways….

IB14: BOS Brings Dakar Rally Tech To DH With New IDYLLE FCV 37 Fork

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BOS suspension has a long legacy in the mountain bike world as well as Rally, Motocross, and Dakar. Bringing that experience in other off road categories to DH, the company is now launching an FCV (Frequency Control Valve) in their premiere downhill offering

The system consists of an inertia valve in their hydraulic cartridge, which is able to differentiate between rider and trail inputs. READ MORE ->

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

Raceface Ripstrip

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 ->