Posts in the category Enduro

Review: Ergon GE1 Grips and SME3 Pro Carbon Saddle

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Years ago when Ergon grips started showing up on the rigs of all the local endurance racers, I must admit, I wasn’t all that interested. Sure, they looked like they were quality grips with good design, but I never really liked the feel of the big ergonomic grips on my bike. Eventually I was convinced to buy one of the first pairs of the GA1s. Their rounded shape promised better feel for technical riding, but truthfully they didn’t stay on my bike for long.

Thankfully, the GE1 is worlds apart from that first GA1 (which is also now much improved with the new GA1 Evo). Hailed as the company’s first “enduro” specific grip, the round but still very ergonomic grip looked great on paper and turns out to be just as good in real life. As a company that focuses on your body’s points of contact with the bike, Ergon also offers a full range of saddles which could redefine your perception of comfort….

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Cam Zink Teases Prototype YT Industries Carbon Slopestyle Bike

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Apparently Cam Zink was so excited to show off his new Birzman Tiny Tanker and Maha Apogee III that he forgot his prototype YT Industries Slopestyle bike as in the background. Ok, not really – he even mentions it on his Instagram feed. Rumored to be soon coming to the U.S., the carbon prototype looks to have a BB concentric pivot due to the ability to run singlespeed.

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Miranda Eyes 1×11 with Plenty of Titanium, No Narrow-Wide

 

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Ever since SRAM showed the first narrow-wide chainring design for their ground breaking XX1 group, the exodus from the front derailleur has spawned a number of competitors. Creating an aluminum chainring with a narrow-wide tooth pattern seems to be comparatively easier to manufacture meaning we’re seeing new brands throw their hat into the ring.

As one of the bigger OEM suppliers in the bicycle world, Miranda is looking at 1x cranksets and chainrings in their own way. While most other non-drop chainring makers seems to be focused on weight and cost, Miranda is also targeting weight but more importantly – durability. Without aluminum teeth to wear down and degrade the chain retention performance, Miranda’s Infinium crank and chainring could be an interesting addition to both OEM and Aftermarket 1x sales… Update after the break.

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NS Bikes Launches New Snabb Enduro Bike & La Grande Corsa Video To Show It Off

NS Bikes has a new model, uniquely offered in both Trail and Enduro variants.  Called the Snabb, the name means “fast” in Swedish. Each of the frame variants is specifically designed for its intended use, changing tube shapes and thicknesses, suspension design and intended tire size. The Snabb E comes in with 163mm of rear wheel travel and the Snabb T has 142mm.

Although the name sounds like an object from a Dr. Seuss book, the bikes look clean and modern, with multi color paint jobs and large graphics.

NS Bikes offers the Snabb as complete bikes or frames, and the 27.5″ wheeled design has some pretty cool spec features. Jump past the break to get the full story…

***Seatpost diameter updated 12/9/14

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Exclusive First Look: OneUp Second Gen RADr Cage Compatible w/ Zee and Saint Plus New Narrow Wide Chainrings

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Tomorrow is not only Thanksgiving here in the U.S. but it is also one year to the day that OneUp came on the scene with their first 1x drivetrain component. One of the first cassette adapters to hit the market, their 42t cog was followed by a flood of similar products and chainrings designed to help you ditch the front derailleur without dispatching your entire wallet.

In just a years’ time OneUp introduced a second 40t cassette adapter, and followed it up with a 16t replacement cog and more importantly, the first 1x derailleur modification device – the RAD cage. The time has come for OneUp to one up themselves with two new product introductions that will make it even easier to go 1x. First we have the second generation RADr cage which is meant for any Shadow + rear derailleur but specifically designed for Saint and Zee rear derailleurs. Throw in their all new narrow wide chainrings and you have the ability to OneUp your entire drivetrain all in matching green ano (or black).

Details, actual weights, and first impressions plus a special Black Friday offer next…

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Hands On: Magura MT7 Quad Piston Hydraulic Brakes

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Equal parts motorcycle and mountain bike DNA, the Magura MT7 is a brake built for speed. Well, managing speed is more like it. Designed as a smaller and lighter version of their own supermoto brake caliper, the MT7 boasts 4 pistons and 4 individual pads for increased stopping power. Paired with a new Carbotecture brake lever with a radial master cylinder, the MT7 is the king of the MT NEXT brake line when it comes to power.

In spite of the massive braking performance, the MT7s are also pretty light with the weight skewed towards the brake caliper where it can help with heat management. After our initial impressions out in Sedona, Magura sent over a pair to mount up to a bike of our own. Details and actual weights next…

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No More Mud In Your Face With RockGuardz Evo2 Carbon Fiber Fender

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Rockguardz, makers of carbon fiber fenders for mountain bikes, wanted to improve on their short length guard, and give it the performance of a longer guard. The shorter ones were popular for racing since they stayed out of the way, but didn’t provide as much coverage. By looking into the reasons why, they have brought out the Evo2, having the protection performance of a large coverage fender with the size of a small fender.

Rockguardz isn’t new, they have been making great carbon fiber covers for your down tube, and other fenders from carbon fiber, and getting their start by advertising on eBay.

Matt Walker, downhill rider for the Saracen development team helped with the research on getting this performance. They mapped out the tangents that mud flies off the front wheel, and insured this small fender would keep it out of the eyes of the rider.  Jump after the break to find out the story…

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First Look: Box Components 35mm MTB Cusp Stem and Carbon X Bar

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Box Components has been teasing us for a while with some great looking mountain bikes components that while very intriguing, weren’t yet available to the public. The fact that we have a set of the Box X Bars and Cusp stem in our possession is big news for the company as they expand from their roots in BMX to the world of mountain biking. Not that the company lacks mountain biking heritage – after all, it is founded by the Toby Henderson.

Borrowing from their line of award winning BMX bars and stems, the first Box mountain bike cockpit aims straight for the top with a 35mm carbon bar and matching 3D forged aluminum stem. On paper the combination should be competitive in both weight and price. Full details including actual weights next… READ MORE ->

IB14: KHS Shows New Gravel, Cyclocross Range, Zinn-Designed Tall Bike & Budget Enduro MTB

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The new KHS Grit 4400 leads their charge into the gravel bike category with a hi-mod carbon frame and fork for just $2,200. For that, you’re getting a basic Tiagra 10-speed drivetrain with Avid BB5 mechanical brakes with inline brake levers on the flats. The frame’s ready for racks and fenders, too, making it a pretty solid entry that’s very much worth upgrading in the future.

There’s also new disc ‘cross bikes, race road and a very, very tall Flite designed by none other than Lennard Zinn…

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