EB16: BH drop details on new disc brake Ultralight EVO Disc road bike

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We got a preview on the lightweight road bike’s move to disc brakes back in July, but now having sat down with BH at Eurobike we have some more tasty details on the new bike. Developed as an update to the light mountain climbing road racer ridden by their Pro Conti Direct Énergie team, BH made the bold move to phase out the rim brake Ultralight EVO. That bike had been available at two separate frame levels, but will now carry on at the lower non-EVO level. The top-level carbon fiber and tube shaping technology will only be offered on the disc brake version of the Ultralight EVO Disc, much like BH did with the latest iteration of their G7 Disc aero road bike. BH is certainly making a statement of their position on road disc brakes and, as a team sponsor, on their place in the peloton. Take a close look and specs and pricing below the fold…

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We got a preview on the lightweight road bike’s move to disc brakes back in July, but now having sat down with BH at Eurobike we have some more tasty details on the new bike. Developed as an update to the light mountain climbing road racer ridden by their Pro Conti Direct Énergie team, BH made the […]

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EB16: AX Lightness teases VIAL evo Gravel prototype, plus news on the XC, road, wheels & saddles…

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Just a few weeks before Eurobike we got a sneak peek at the new lightweight cross country racer from AX Lightness – the Vial Evo XC hardtail with its 870g frame.  Now the superlight carbon craftsmen at AX have finally let more details loose on a bike that we’ve know they were developing for sometime. The new Vial Evo Gravel aims to blend the trail performance of the XC with the speed and weight savings of their Ultra road bike. Coming in between but able to tackle any terrain, AX has set their goal of building the first complete production gravel bike under the 6.8kg UCI, and it seems they have hot that mark, even with up to 2.1″ tires. Take a closer look after the break as we get up close and personal with the new bike. At the same time we get another focused look at the XC bike, and how AX has simplified their frame and wheel lineups, and revamped a couple of crazy light saddles for more comfort…

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Just a few weeks before Eurobike we got a sneak peek at the new lightweight cross country racer from AX Lightness – the Vial Evo XC hardtail with its 870g frame.  Now the superlight carbon craftsmen at AX have finally let more details loose on a bike that we’ve know they were developing for sometime. The […]

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EB16: SR Suntour forks gets boosted & upgraded, team bike shows prototype bits

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As usual, SR Suntour brought in a race bike from one of their sponsored riders, this time from the Absa Cape Epic. The bike has their nearly full carbon Axon Werx suspension fork up front and some prototype stuff going on out back. There’s also plenty of updates to the rest of their suspension line up that’s actually available, including Boost and Plus compatibility on a wide range of forks for tires 24″ up to 27.5″…

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As usual, SR Suntour brought in a race bike from one of their sponsored riders, this time from the Absa Cape Epic. The bike has their nearly full carbon Axon Werx suspension fork up front and some prototype stuff going on out back. There’s also plenty of updates to the rest of their suspension line […]

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EB16: Funn MTB shows wiggle-free dropper post, slick chain guides/guards & more

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Funn MTB had more than just new components, they also had new brands from their employees making a stealthy debut – like the Pipedream frame and Granite collapsible bike stand shown above. Those items made displaying the new Funn parts a little easier, of course, but are worth a look on their own.

But first, the new UpDown dropper seatpost, which had absolutely 0º of rotational wiggle. While those perfect tolerances could potentially make its movement tight or more susceptible to binding in an over-tight seatpost collar, the demo bike felt very smooth. There was the tiniest bit of fore-aft movement, but nothing we’d likely notice while riding. Check out the tech specs and their lightweight, modular chain guide and bash guard bits below…

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Funn MTB had more than just new components, they also had new brands from their employees making a stealthy debut – like the Pipedream frame and Granite collapsible bike stand shown above. Those items made displaying the new Funn parts a little easier, of course, but are worth a look on their own. But first, […]

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EB16: Ridley rolls out lighter, stiffer Helium SLX and Fenix SL Disc & more…

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Ridley has taken their top Pro Tour mountain climber – the Helium SL – and given it a thorough reworking to build an all around better race bike. The new Helium SLX (and companion Aura SLX) get new tubing shapes, a more refined layup with higher modulus carbon, and a new fork that together promises improved stiffness and handling, while subtly trimming weight off the frameset. Some of the same updates even make it into the revision of the more affordable, but still <900g Helium/Aura X. We took a look last week at the new range of premium women’s road bikes that Ridley introduced, and touched on the tech of the new Helium family.

In Ridley’s endurance road range a new SL version of the Fenix/Liz gets a lighter disc brake frame. And then on the cross and gravel side, it seems Ridley is also poised to offer a Lauf fork option on their do-it-all carbon X-Trail…

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Ridley has taken their top Pro Tour mountain climber – the Helium SL – and given it a thorough reworking to build an all around better race bike. The new Helium SLX (and companion Aura SLX) get new tubing shapes, a more refined layup with higher modulus carbon, and a new fork that together promises improved stiffness and […]

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EB16: Vadolibero has the ultimate way to store, show & lock your luxury bike

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The thinking at Vadolibero goes something like this… Why spend a bunch of money on a beautiful high-end bike only to have it languishing in the garage or leaned up against the wall somewhere? When instead it can be the centerpiece in your home or office. While it may be a bit over the top to put a Bike Shelf cabinet like this in your living room, it does offer some well organized storage, and to be fair anyone forking out for Super Record EPS on a custom-made bike, or even Dura-Ace Di2, probably could foot the bill for one of these storage solutions.

But at the same time if you are looking for something a bit more affordable, Vadolibero has updated their free-standing rack the Bike Butler S with a new version that’ll let you crank up the tunes while you get ready for a ride. Then for the first time in an actually reasonably priced storage option, they have a new stainless steel Bike Safe wall mount that combines clean styling with a secure lock to keep your bike safe while you are away…

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The thinking at Vadolibero goes something like this… Why spend a bunch of money on a beautiful high-end bike only to have it languishing in the garage or leaned up against the wall somewhere? When instead it can be the centerpiece in your home or office. While it may be a bit over the top […]

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EB16: Rotor expands oval Qarbon Q-rings & teases noQ 46/30 one-piece Spidering for gravel grinding

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Rotor calls their top level elliptical chainrings Qarbon, as an impossible to pronounce contraction of Q-ring and carbon fiber. Basically they are just the same ovalized ring shape and tooth profiles, but incorporating a solid carbon outer plate that both improves stiffness by about 20% while making them more slippery in the wind. Since the non-round rings typically lead to a bit more finicky front derailleur setup, the improved stiffness is a big deal for competitive riders looking for the benefits of the improved pedaling and power output efficiency. Well by popular demand (both from sponsored riders and customers), Rotor has expanded the Qarbon line-up to include offerings to fit Shimano’s newer generation of 4-bolt cranks, as well as noQ (ie. round) rings that get the same stiffness and aero benefits.

Then at an entirely different speed of travel, Rotor has taken advantage of their in-house aluminum machining capabilities to develop a gravel-specific, low-geared, one-piece double chainring. Not limited by the typical compact 110 bolt circle diameter, the forthcoming Spidering will be a direct mount option to their cranksets giving a hill-climbing 46/30 tooth gear combo. Take a closer look below the fold…

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Rotor calls their top level elliptical chainrings Qarbon, as an impossible to pronounce contraction of Q-ring and carbon fiber. Basically they are just the same ovalized ring shape and tooth profiles, but incorporating a solid carbon outer plate that both improves stiffness by about 20% while making them more slippery in the wind. Since the non-round rings […]

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EB16: Magura Boltron upside down e-bike fork may come to enduro

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At 2,200g (4.85lb), the Magura Boltron upside down e-bike suspension fork isn’t totally outside the weight boundaries of aggressive, big hit forks for traditional mountain bikes, but it certainly is hefty. And it needs to be – it’s purposely overbuilt to handle the increased weight and speed that electric motor assist MTBs are capable of. But, could it work for trail and enduro bikes, too?

The short answer is yes. The long answer is it’s not the perfect solution, but they might be working on something…

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At 2,200g (4.85lb), the Magura Boltron upside down e-bike suspension fork isn’t totally outside the weight boundaries of aggressive, big hit forks for traditional mountain bikes, but it certainly is hefty. And it needs to be – it’s purposely overbuilt to handle the increased weight and speed that electric motor assist MTBs are capable of. […]

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EB16: Light carbon full-suspension Stoll M1, customized to your trail riding

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The German carbon wheel and component makers at Bike Ahead Composites have dabbled in fabricating mountain bike frames for several years with bike company partners, and were even enlisted to help develop and construct a cross country prototype for Stöckli’s Swiss pros to race last season. And while that full-suspension race bike doesn’t look to be much closer to production, the Stöckli race team’s manager Thomas Stoll has hung out his own shingle and partnered with Bike Ahead to taken those bike design lessons learned and develop a superlight custom cross country and trail bike platform that you can actually buy, wallet-permitting. Take a closer look with us after the break…

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The German carbon wheel and component makers at Bike Ahead Composites have dabbled in fabricating mountain bike frames for several years with bike company partners, and were even enlisted to help develop and construct a cross country prototype for Stöckli’s Swiss pros to race last season. And while that full-suspension race bike doesn’t look to be much closer to […]

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