Intense covers aggressive trail 29er base with all new Primer

Intense Primer 29 ACV 27 plus mountain bike new 2017 sedona review-2

Intense Primer 29 ACV 27 plus mountain bike new 2017 sedona review-2

The new plus size ACV wasn’t the only thing Intense was showing in the Sedona desert. Opting to wait a little longer for its release so that it would coincide with the bikes being available at retail, the new Intense Primer is probably worth the wait. That’s especially true if you liked the looks of the new Spider 275 carbon but prefer the bigger wheels. Essentially, the Primer is the same bike, just upsized to roll on 29″ wheels instead of 27.5″.

Based on how much we liked the Spider, the new Primer should be another great addition to the Intense line up…

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The new plus size ACV wasn’t the only thing Intense was showing in the Sedona desert. Opting to wait a little longer for its release so that it would coincide with the bikes being available at retail, the new Intense Primer is probably worth the wait. That’s especially true if you liked the looks of the […]

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Felt gives shape to their future with all-new FR road and VR endurance bikes

2017 Felt FR 1 carbon race road bike

2017 Felt FR 1 carbon race road bike

For 2017, Felt has completely reshaped their top two road bikes, making two incredibly well rounded yet distinct models for road racing and endurance riding. The new FR replaces the F race bike, and the VR expands the combined versatility of the outgoing Z and V endurance series.

Starting with the FR, this new bike was designed to be “The definitive road race bike”. It was developed using their FRD (Felt Racing Development) process, which starts with a clean sheet getting lines and ideas drawn from pro racer input, then moves through FEA and lab testing then real world testing. The first two FR prototypes were brought to show the team just before the 2016 Amgen Tour of California. Robin Carpenter (Holowesko-Citadel Hincapie development team) hopped on one in the parking lot, tooled around for a minute, then decided to race it the next day. So, it’s a top level race bike, but it’s also an everyman’s road bike.

“The F was always a nervous, pro race only bike,” said founder Jim Felt. “But with the geometry and layup tweaks our team made, it really made the bike more approachable.” In other words, the pros raced the same frame they sold in the store, but what the pros ride is not necessarily what everyone else should be riding. But, we consumers are a silly lot, wanting what the pros ride and all, so they decided to make the bike better for us without diminishing its racing pedigree…

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For 2017, Felt has completely reshaped their top two road bikes, making two incredibly well rounded yet distinct models for road racing and endurance riding. The new FR replaces the F race bike, and the VR expands the combined versatility of the outgoing Z and V endurance series. Starting with the FR, this new bike […]

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2017 Specialized Venge ViAS Disc aero road bike speeds into reality

2017 Specialized Venge ViAS Disc S-Works brake aero road bike

2017 Specialized Venge ViAS Disc S-Works brake aero road bike

It’s been teased and leaked for some time, but now the 2017 Specialized Venge ViAS Disc is official. Utilizing all of the same aerodynamics modeling and testing as the original, along with absolutely top-level Fact 11-R carbon fiber construction and integrated cockpit details as the rim brake version, they’re showing it to be about as fast as their Shiv TT bike and original rim-brake Venge. Basically, it brings all of the aero benefits and adds real world stopping power to their top level race road bike…

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It’s been teased and leaked for some time, but now the 2017 Specialized Venge ViAS Disc is official. Utilizing all of the same aerodynamics modeling and testing as the original, along with absolutely top-level Fact 11-R carbon fiber construction and integrated cockpit details as the rim brake version, they’re showing it to be about as […]

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2017 Trek Slash goes 29er only, rounds out their enduro lineup

2017 Trek Slash RSL 29er enduro mountain bike

2017 Trek Slash RSL 29er enduro mountain bike

OK, so far Trek’s put their longer travel “trail” bikes into very specific wheel size categories for 2017. We saw the Fuel EX go to mostly 29ers with the capability to run 27.5+ also, the Remedy move strictly to 27.5″, and now the Slash goes 29er only. Both the Slash and Remedy work with 150mm rear wheel travel, but they now go about it in different ways.

The Remedy keeps Trek’s very plush Full Floater design, which puts the lower shock mount on the chainstays in front of a main pivot. The result is an incredibly supple rear suspension regardless of travel, something we’ve especially liked on the shorter travel Top Fuel in the past. The new Slash, however, switches back to a fixed lower shock mount. And it’s made for big wheels…

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OK, so far Trek’s put their longer travel “trail” bikes into very specific wheel size categories for 2017. We saw the Fuel EX go to mostly 29ers with the capability to run 27.5+ also, the Remedy move strictly to 27.5″, and now the Slash goes 29er only. Both the Slash and Remedy work with 150mm […]

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Wolf Tooth bolts on chainring versatility with new CAMO system

WTC Camo chainring one by 1x narrow wide chain ring-4

WTC Camo chainring one by 1x narrow wide chain ring-4

On the surface, Wolf Tooth Components new CAMO system almost seems like a step backwards. The whole reason to go direct mount was to eliminate unnecessary hardware and create a lighter, more robust system.

While they did just that, Wolf Tooth wasn’t convinced that direct mount rings were the only answer. They wanted something that was still lighter, but offered more versatility, while maintaining some of that direct mount look.

Still not sure why you’d want the CAMO system over one of WTC’s direct mount rings? Read on to find out…

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On the surface, Wolf Tooth Components new CAMO system almost seems like a step backwards. The whole reason to go direct mount was to eliminate unnecessary hardware and create a lighter, more robust system. While they did just that, Wolf Tooth wasn’t convinced that direct mount rings were the only answer. They wanted something that was […]

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Salsa Woodsmoke delivers 3 wheels in one, New Mukluk, affordable plus, & other 2017 MTB highlights

Salsa Woodsmoke 27 29 plus

Salsa Woodsmoke 27 29 plus

By now, you’re sure to have seen bikes that advertise two wheel sizes in one. Due to the similarity in size between 29″ and 27+ wheels and tires, we’re seeing a number of new models that can run one or the other. As one of the highlights in their new 2017 lineup, the Salsa Woodsmoke is taking that to the next level.

Not content with simply 27+ or 29″ as an option, the new hardtail adds another dimension with the addition of 29+ wheel compatibility, all in the same bike. To make it all work the frame resorts back to the days of elevated chain stays and a wild bottom bracket junction to offer super short chain stays with some massive tire clearance.

Just one of a slew of new and updated models, Salsa is bringing a big line for 2017…

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By now, you’re sure to have seen bikes that advertise two wheel sizes in one. Due to the similarity in size between 29″ and 27+ wheels and tires, we’re seeing a number of new models that can run one or the other. As one of the highlights in their new 2017 lineup, the Salsa Woodsmoke […]

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FSA electronic shifting drivetrain looking polished on Tour de France bikes

prototype FSA electronic shifting group for road bikes spy shots

prototype FSA electronic shifting group for road bikes spotted at Tour de France

Spotted last year later in Le Tour, the FSA electronic shifting group has been further refined and made another late-in-the-game appearance at this year’s Tour de France, too. This time, though, it’s looking nearly production ready and our inquiries to FSA were met with this response: “Make sure you come see us at Eurobike.”

So, they’re not giving up details, but we were able to get these photos from a friendly source that show off some key details…

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Spotted last year later in Le Tour, the FSA electronic shifting group has been further refined and made another late-in-the-game appearance at this year’s Tour de France, too. This time, though, it’s looking nearly production ready and our inquiries to FSA were met with this response: “Make sure you come see us at Eurobike.” So, […]

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2017 Specialized CruX cyclocross bikes move to 142mm thru axles, adds mounts

2017 Specialized Crux Expert carbon cyclocross bikes

2017 Specialized Crux S-Works carbon cyclocross bikes

Last year, we heard from early customers that Specialized had some something a little different with their Crux cyclocross bikes. The 2016 model year bikes were the first to get thru axles, but they used the SCS “Short Chainstay System to help maintain proper chainline while keeping the chainstay appropriately short for a race bike and cramming disc brakes all into a road-standard 130mm axle space. You can see how they did it here and dive into why with our exclusive interview with their brand manager here. The short of it this: They wanted to keep things narrow and short, so they created an open standard and invited anyone else to use it, too. It was an experiment, but it didn’t gain traction, so this year they’ve reworked the molds to give all of the carbon Crux bikes a now-standard 142mm thru axle…

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Last year, we heard from early customers that Specialized had some something a little different with their Crux cyclocross bikes. The 2016 model year bikes were the first to get thru axles, but they used the SCS “Short Chainstay System to help maintain proper chainline while keeping the chainstay appropriately short for a race bike […]

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Surly Karate Monkey learns new moves with 27+ compatibility, Gnot Boost spacing

Surly Karate Monkey troll flat bar straggler bags big dummy-24

Surly Karate Monkey troll flat bar straggler bags big dummy-15

Surly’s Karate Monkey has always been a crowd favorite, but it’s about to get a lot more versatile. Unlike the race oriented Foundry Firetower, the Karate Monkey is gaining a new wheel size trick. But part of that is the introduction of a brand new frame and fork that adds benefits even if you plan on running it as a 29er instead of plus thanks to more modern geometry. In fact, the Karate Monkey will be sold in both builds, each making use of the Gnot Boost spacing…

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Surly’s Karate Monkey has always been a crowd favorite, but it’s about to get a lot more versatile. Unlike the race oriented Foundry Firetower, the Karate Monkey is gaining a new wheel size trick. But part of that is the introduction of a brand new frame and fork that adds benefits even if you plan on […]

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