Posts in the category Feature

Secret Shimano Di2 Button Will Soon Control Your Cycling Computer…Maybe Shocks, Too?

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Earlier this year, Shimano’s D-Fly wireless transmitter plugged into the Di2 system to wirelessly send information to an ANT+ cycling computer and relay gear selection, gear ratio, etc. Now, our friends at Road.cc told us there’s a button hidden under the top of the hoods on Dura-Ace Di2 9070 shifter levers that until now has been unused.  That button sends a distinct wireless signal to those same computers to do, well, something.

Garmin, Magellan, Pioneer and Shimano PRO are those already integrating the gear info, so it’s no stretch to imagine they’ll be among the first to use the button to cycle through functions and screens.

But what if this were ported over to mountain bikes?

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Interview: Dave Weagle Explains How He Keeps Making Suspension Better

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Following Ibis’ recent release of the all-new Mojo HD3, which uses a fifth generation dw-link suspension design, I got to thinking: How exactly does Dave Weagle go about improving a suspension platform that’s already so well received?

So I asked him.

His answer is long because there’s so much to it, and it’s different for every bike. After all, his companies have licensed or designed suspension systems to Ibis, Pivot, Turner, Evil, BH, Devinci, Salsa and others, all of whom make very different types of mountain bikes. So we started out talking generalities before diving in to specifics, using several different bikes as examples.

Weagle’s designs go beyond the popular and more widely known dw-link and Split Pivot. He also developed the Delta System, which is owned by Evil, a brand that Weagle started with friends, then sold and now consults for. Split Pivot and dw-link are technologies he created, and are both run as separate corporations who have their own customers.

BIKERUMOR: What’s your role with the companies you design for?

WEAGLE: Sometimes it’s limited to suspension licensing, sometimes it’s consulting on geometry and sometimes I get to develop a complete bike’s geometry and suspension as a whole package. It’s not often I get to do all of it together, but it sure is fun! Of course, if everybody let me do that, everyone’s bikes would look like mini-downhill bikes! So, variety is good, because not everyone wants the same thing.

Although I license technology for each of my partner’s bikes, I really enjoy the design aspect, so one licensing requirement is that I personally develop all suspension kinematics for all of my partner’s bikes. It’s a great creative outlet, and one that I get a lot of enjoyment out of. I like to say, “No one product can be everything to everybody.” I like mocha and you might like vanilla. That only means that we are both right, and we both like ice cream. I don’t think that there is anything wrong with having a preference and it’s a lot of fun helping such diverse brands actualize their preferences through the technologies I’ve developed. I pretty much have the best job in the world.

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Long Term Review: Ibis Ripley Is A Solid Cross Country & Trail 29er

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The Ripley might be one of the most anticipated bikes in recent memory, first being leaked at Eurobike in 2010, and finally making it to market after some unfortunate setbacks the company faced. Embracing the extra time they had, they spent it on testing and R&D, also making some changes to the construction, travel, geometry and moving parts of the suspension during this time.

Finally hitting the market in 2013, Ibis was still ahead of the competition, delivering the first suspension bike that used two eccentrics for links, and no linkages at all. This makes the bike look elegantly simple from the outside, even provoking a person met on the trail to ask “why does that single pivot bike have DW-Link stickers on it?”

The DW-Link 2XC dual eccentric design makes the bike complex to manufacture, so the question is whether it and all the delays pay off…

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Factory Tour: Breadwinner Cycles’ Small Batch Custom Approach

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Located in a garage in the northern outskirts of Portland, Breadwinner Cycles is the brain child of two of the best custom bicycle designers and builders in the industry – Ira Ryan (pictured) and Tony Pereira. Both have created Best in Class winning bikes at NAHBS, but teamed up together to bring their unique sensibility in small batches to the hand built market.

During a recent trip through micro-brew heaven, I had the opportunity to stop by their small workplace and see where the magic happens. Take a closer look at the #ShopVibes after the break… READ MORE ->

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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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 ->

Review: Birzman Maha Apogee MTB High Volume Floor Pump

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Earlier this year we started hearing about fat bike specific pumps. On the surface that sounds ridiculous, until you consider the mechanics. Bicycle tires offer a crazy range of volumes and pressures from 200 psi track tires to 5 psi fat bike tires. Yes, there are pumps that will do both, but if you’re the kind of person who wants the right tool for the job there are better options.

The Birzman Maha Apogee MTB is a mountain bike specific pump. What does that mean? It means the pump is purposely designed to push a lot of air as quickly as possible. Placing the focus on high volume instead of high pressure, the Maha Apogee MTB and pumps like it becoming more and more useful as tires continue to trend larger.

After getting our hands on the Maha at Eurobike and proceeding to inflate fat bike tires on the show floor, and even a flat tire on Cory’s car, we’ve had the pump long enough to give it a thorough review….

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Hands On: SRAM Rival 22 Hydraulic Disc Brake Groupset

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This group was a long time coming. After having the wind swiftly removed from their sails after a complete and total recall of their previous road hydraulic rim and disc brake options, SRAM has come out on the other side and is ready to prove their worth. Nearly everyone involved should have their replacement parts by now, and SRAM is shipping new product to dealers.

With the rough patch behind them, SRAM has put forth an impressive looking group in both price and performance. Whether you’re looking for a group for your road, cyclocross, or gravel bike, the new Rival 22 group has you covered. Find actual weights, install notes, and initial impressions next….

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