Posts in the category Eurobike

SRAM’s New X-Sync 1X Chain Rings Prove Steel is Real… Affordable


Due to the impressive amount of CNC machining time, most narrow wide rings have a price that reflects the production costs. Sram wanted to create a replacement 1x ring for the cost conscious which meant they needed look to a different material – steel. Utilizing their stamping and manufacturing wizardry, the new steel rings are not only more affordable but they should be more durable as well.

Available in three select sizes, SRAM is offering a direct mount, plus an interesting looking 94 BCD ring as well…


EB15: Magura Syncs Up New Wireless Electronic Vyron Dropper Post

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We’ve been expecting a wireless dropper post for a while, but honestly we didn’t expect it to come from Magura. More than just vaporware, Magura is ramping up production of the new post and expects it to deliver by this fall. Even though it is the company’s first dropper post, Magura is swinging for the fences with the fully wireless, electronic controlled Vyron.

Because Magura had already done most of the legwork for the wireless transmission with their eLect lock out system for their forks and rear shocks, creating a wireless dropper post was a natural extension of the technology. In fact, the Vyron uses the same wireless remote as the eLect suspension allowing you to use one or the other – or both.

Checking in with a competitive weight and price, the Magura Vyron just may provide some serious competition to the other droppers out there…


EB15: Cane Creek bounces new DB Coil CS coil-over enduro shock with Climb Switch

Cane Creek DB Coil CS enduro coil-over rear shock for mountain bikes

Riders looking for the sensitivity a coil spring offers but wanting a firmer climbing platform now gain a powerful alloy in the Double Barrel Coil CS.

It’s Cane Creek’s first enduro-oriented coil shock, aimed at bikes in the 150mm to 170mm travel range. Like the other Double Barrel shocks, it comes with twin tube damping circuits for high and low speed compression and rebound, and all four settings are independently adjustable.

The addition of the Climb Switch drastically slows down low speed compression damping to control suspension movement when climbing (or sprinting, for that matter) without compromising the shock’s ability to keep your rear wheel tracking the terrain. Video and more below…


EB15: PRO adds to their PLT road line, and updates Missile and Aero Wheel Looks – updated availability


In addition to a broader new range mountain bike stems and bars, Pro also adds more to the road with new bars and wheels. The great performing, high-value PLT alloy cockpit group gets an update with new seatpost, bar, and stem designs. Pro also updates their aero carbon bar, stem, and wheels mostly with much more subtle graphics treatments. Slide on past the fold for more details and availability…


EB15: Pivot Speeds Up Mach 6 with New Aluminum and Carbon Models


Team rider Aaron Chase spotted out on his new aluminum Mach 6 scouting for new trails.

Aluminum. Typically the word is associated with affordability more than high-performance, but for Pivot’s newest mountain – bike being more affordable is only part of the story. Earlier this year, while taking a tour of Pivot’s headquarters in Tempe, Arizona we were shown a few sections of aluminum tubing. These pieces of metal stood out for their impressive use of hydroforming and while we weren’t told what they would be for, we were told we could expect something new around Eurobike.

Now that the cat is out of the bag, check out the all new Pivot Mach 6 Aluminum. There is also a new Pivot Mach 6 Carbon which is worthy of excitement in its own right, but we have a feeling that the aluminum model might be more exciting for many readers since the use of metal for the frame will save you $1000 on the frameset and $1200 on the least expensive complete bike. Stuffed with many of the features you will find on the carbon Mach 6, the aluminum bike may have you reconsidering alloy frames…

Friday RoundUP – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Biography of Legendary Cyclist Bernard Hinault – Bernard Hinault is one of the greatest cyclists of all time. He is a five-time winner of the Tour de France and the only man to have won each of the Grand Tours on more than one occasion. The Badger: The Life of Bernard Hinault and the Legacy of French Cycling as written by William Fotheringham, takes a close look at Hinault, aka: The Badger while also exploring the reasons that France has had a difficult time producing another Tour champion. Published by Chicago Review Press. The book is available at


SRAM Cranks Up The Boost with New Hubs, Cranks, and Wheels for 148 and 110mm Axles



We first heard of Boost 148 when Trek unveiled the new Remedy 29. Sort of a soft launch, not much was really said about the new specification other than the rear hub was 148mm wide and it involved wider flange spacing for improved rear wheel stiffness. Now with the latest release from SRAM, Boost goes from a specification on a single bike to what they are calling an open platform that will offer performance benefits not just for the rear wheel, but for the frame, fork, and front wheel as well.

What is an extra 6 mm for the rear and 10mm for the front of the bike really going to do for you in the long run? SRAM claims that built with the same spokes, nipples, and rim, a 29″ wheel built with the Boost spec will offer the same level of stiffness found on a 27.5″ wheel built to the previous 142mm hub. The same can be said for the front wheel with a 29″ wheel laced to a new 15×110 mm hub carrying the same stiffness of a 26″ wheel built with a 15×100 mm hub. The wider specifications will also allow for improved tire clearance allowing for that coming wave of 27.5+…


Eurobike Awards 2014: Road, Tri, Mountain, City, and of course, E-Bikes

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If there was one bike in the awards area at the show that epitomizes the idea of a design award, it would probably be the Rafael r-023 Ueberbike. From the driveside it may be easy to overlook if you’re not into tri bikes, but as soon as you take a glance at the non-drive side of the bike it stops you in your tracks…


EB14: Roundup – Various Drivetrain and Brakes, Including a 210g Titanium Chain


Stronglight showed off their new narrow/wide chainrings for 104BCD cranks. It’s a pretty standard ring, but their sister brand O’Symetric had some wild stuff. We also saw Fouriers’ range, a brand that’s been around for a while in Europe but not really seen in the States. There’s a few other goodies tucked away in here, ending with a really expensive, really light full titanium chain…