Posts in the category Enduro

Interview: Don’t Call Them A Sellout, Santa Cruz Bikes Joins Pon Holding Group

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Santa Cruz Bicycles sold yesterday. They sold to a a Dutch company called Pon Holdings, which also owns Cervelo, Focus, and several other lesser known cycling brands.

As many media outlets have alluded, co-founders Rob Roskopp and Rich Novak probably made out like bandits, but there’s more to the story then just that.

So why sell? Why now? Why to these people? To learn a little bit more about the how and why, I reached out to Joe Graney, the Chief Operating Officer of Santa Cruz Bikes. READ MORE ->

Corratec Enduro 175 mellows out with frequency-damped suspension, plus more new road, MTB


In 2014, Corratec developed their 10Hz damper to work in concert with their InsideLink suspension platform. The idea behind it is simple – provide frictionless small bump absorption to reduce high frequency vibrations that a sealed, damped shock absorber simply can’t keep up with. Because the seals on air shocks need to be tight to keep the high pressures in, there’s inherent stiction that must be overcome before it can start working. The negative springs help, but even those can’t get the shock to react to the smallest of bumps. Add in any friction from linkages or shock binding and the benefits of the small TPU upper shock mount become clearer.

Essentially, it’s a small MDU elastomer that isolates the upper shock mount from the frame and adds up to 15mm of travel to the suspension. It’s shown here on their 100mm travel InsideLink Carbon race full suspension bike, which was introduced last year. Now that the tech has been trail proven, it’s been added to the all-new Enduro 175 bike, too…

Lapierre Adds Bite to Trail Bikes with Revamped Zesty AM, Plus All-New 27.5″ XM: One Ride Reviews – Pricing Added


In the heart of the French Alps this week, Lapierre launched a full overhaul of their popular Zesty All-Mountain and Trail platform for the 2016 season. The most obvious changes from the current bikes are the repositioned shock layout, new longer reach frames, and the replacement of the current TR 29er with a 27.5″ XM that lets them build the bikes on a much more similar common platform. Travel carries over for the 150mm AM, and the XM picks up at 120mm where the TR left off.

We had a chance to ride the current and new generation bikes on the technically demanding trails on offer in the Portes du Soleil region and give our thoughts, plus lots of pics, details, and availability after the fold…


PC15: Alpinestars Introduces Paragon Hydration Vest, 2016 Clothing Line

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In spite of the recent improvements to the world of hydration packs there has been a steady movement to replace them for all but the longest rides. That of course presents the question of just how do you go about carrying enough water and gear for your ride. While some companies are adding pockets to bib liners or even integrating storage into the bike frames, Alpinestars is thinking outside the pack but inside the jersey.

Building on the success of their Evolution jacket, the new Paragon vest strips down to just the essentials – water, storage, and back protection…


PC15: Stan’s Builds New Carbon Road and Mountain Wheels Around Neo Hubs

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Stan’s No Tubes showed up to Press Camp with two new sets of carbon wheels, but the material of the rim is only part of the story. The key to the new hoops was the ability to to build them off of their all new line of hubs. For years, Stan’s engineers have been making their own changes to existing hub designs, but as Director of Sales and Engineering Mike Bush put it – only a ground up hub design would be able to accomplish all of their design goals.

So that’s exactly what they did. In the making for over two and a half years, the Neo and Neo Ultimate line represents a complete reboot of Stan’s hubs. Only available in complete wheels (for now), the Neo hubs are the perfect anchor for the new Avion and Bravo carbon wheels…


The Ibis Ripley Gets Even More Talented with Two Frames and New Features


Once it was released, the original Ibis Ripley has received a lot of praise for its fun, fast ride quality. As it turns out though, many of the same attributes that caused it to be adored led to riders wanting more – more tire clearance, slacker geometry, and essentially the ability to ride the Ripley beyond its original XC/Trail limits.

That’s where the new Ripley comes in. On one side you have a frame with the original geometry that has been updated with new frame features. On the other hand you have the all new Ripley LS, a longer and slacker version of the original better tuned towards more aggressive riding. Both models benefit from new cable routing, improved frame stiffness, and standards, but which Ripley takes the cake is up to you….


Mondraker Ups the Enduro Ante with New Dune Carbon


Last year Mondraker made the jump to 27.5″ wheels on their popular aluminum Enduro bike the Dune, and now they are taking it one step further with the new Dune Carbon. The new bike builds on Mondraker’s recent carbon success, slotting in between last year’s 140mm all-mountain Foxy Carbon, and early this year’s new 205mm Summun Carbon downhill bike that we checked out at the World Cup in Leogang. The new Dune Carbon borrows from both, combining the lightness and stiffness of the Foxy with the beefed up suspension layout and hardware, plus the adjustable geometry of the Summun.

Jump past the break for more details on the carbon enduro options and a closer look at the new frame…


PC15: Camelbak Gets Low with new Skyline Lowrider and Palos Hydration Equipped Fanny Pack

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More and more we are hearing about bicycle designs that result in a lower center of gravity. Having the weight closer to the ground results in better stability and balance. Along those same lines, Camelbak has been creating packs with the weight as low as possible under the Lumbar collection.

With the introduction of the Skyline hydration pack, Camelbak is renaming the Lumbar collection the Lowrider Collection to better illustrate what it does – getting your gear as low as possible. Allowing plenty of water and storage for most rides, the Skyline joins the new Palos fanny pack in an attempt to lower your center of gravity…


Orange Updates The New 324RS DH Rig and Alpine 160 All-Mountain Bike with 27.5” wheels

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As faithful supporters of single-pivot suspension we don’t see a wide variation of designs from Orange, and their entire line of full-suspension bikes from DH to XC bear a similar utilitarian appearance. And they aren’t going back to the drawing board in the name of aesthetics to update their DH and AM bikes, preferring instead to fine-tune their intentionally simple suspension design for bigger wheels.

For 2015 they’ve jumped on the 27.5” bandwagon and refitted the new 324RS DH bike and Alpine 160 all-mountain model with 650B’s. Click below the break to find out what other revisions they’ve adopted into these redesigned models…