Review: Dean’s titanium Antero cross bike takes “custom” titanium to a whole new (price) level

Dean Bikes P1120116

Dean Bikes P1120116

Dean Titanium has a deep history and since long time employee and welder Ari Leon has taken the reigns, we’ve seen a lot of new shapes and offerings coming out of the Boulder frame builder’s doors. After chatting with them at Interbike last year, they suggested we check out one of their new “stock” offerings, so we did!

Getting on a nice titanium bike for close to the cost of (high quality) steel was great, but Dean’s Antero cross bike has a few tricks up its sleeve… plus you can customize the frame to suite your needs…

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Dean Titanium has a deep history and since long time employee and welder Ari Leon has taken the reigns, we’ve seen a lot of new shapes and offerings coming out of the Boulder frame builder’s doors. After chatting with them at Interbike last year, they suggested we check out one of their new “stock” offerings, […]

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Rockshox SID goes back to XC roots with lighter, stiffer race-ready design

2017 Rockshox SID lightweight suspension fork specs details and actual weights

2017 Rockshox SID lightweight suspension fork specs details and actual weights

While their Indy SL from about 1997 was their lightest fork ever, SID was their first fully modern, lightweight air sprung fork. It’s seen several revisions over the years, going from a minimal 30mm stanchion to the current 32mm, and travel jumping from a minimum of 68mm at launch up to a max of 120 trail-worthy millimeters.
As the winningest XC fork out there and now in it’s 19th year, the new 2017 Rockshox SID gets every part of it updated.

It also goes back to it roots. When 120mm travel became popular for XC about five years ago, they had to bring the SID up to that level. Since then, though, that 120mm mark has skewed closer to trail and even light enduro, so for 2017, SID goes back to a 100mm max and is aimed at the race market. That doesn’t mean it’s delicate. Courses are getting gnarlier, and all of us continue to push our gear past its well intentioned designs. Thanks to new lowers, new damping, and so much more, the SID is up to the task…

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While their Indy SL from about 1997 was their lightest fork ever, SID was their first fully modern, lightweight air sprung fork. It’s seen several revisions over the years, going from a minimal 30mm stanchion to the current 32mm, and travel jumping from a minimum of 68mm at launch up to a max of 120 […]

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All-new Cannondale Scalpel puts another X in XC w/ lighter, faster & more capable frame

2017 Cannondale Scalpel Si full suspension XC mountain bike

2017 Cannondale Scalpel Si full suspension XC mountain bike

Cross country courses are getting more technical and more challenging. If you haven’t been to a World Cup race lately to see for yourself, you can simply take the fact that more and more of the top racers are aboard full suspension as evidence of that. Cannondale’s no newcomer to racing full suspension at the top level, having put riders like Kashi Leuchs, Tinker Juarez and Christoph Sauser on them as far back as 2002.

And they’ve done it by making incredibly lightweight bikes, particularly the more recent full carbon versions of the Scalpel. But, just making something super light and stiff is no longer enough. They needed a bike could excel in rocky terrain like Nove Mesto and Cairns.

Because, as they say, cross country races are still won on the climbs, but can be lost on the descents. It’s time to add another X to XC…

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Cross country courses are getting more technical and more challenging. If you haven’t been to a World Cup race lately to see for yourself, you can simply take the fact that more and more of the top racers are aboard full suspension as evidence of that. Cannondale’s no newcomer to racing full suspension at the […]

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Juliana hits the trail 29er spectrum with new Ultraviolet Joplin

Santa Cruz Tall Boy 29 27 plus joplin womens mtb mountain bike_-23

Santa Cruz Tall Boy 29 27 plus joplin womens mtb mountain bike_-23

As the sister company to Santa Cruz Bicycles, it probably comes as little surprise that when the Tallboy 2 gets an update, so too does the women’s focused Joplin. For awhile now the companies have shared frame technology but with different builds suited to their target audience. For Juliana, that target is clearly the female mountain bikers of the world and while the bike uses the same frame as the all new Tallboy, it does get a few modifications to make it “women’s specific”…

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As the sister company to Santa Cruz Bicycles, it probably comes as little surprise that when the Tallboy 2 gets an update, so too does the women’s focused Joplin. For awhile now the companies have shared frame technology but with different builds suited to their target audience. For Juliana, that target is clearly the female mountain […]

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Third generation Santa Cruz Tallboy grows slightly longer legs, ability to run fatter tires

Santa Cruz Tall Boy 29 27 plus joplin womens mtb mountain bike_-2

Santa Cruz Tall Boy 29 27 plus joplin womens mtb mountain bike_-2

For many, including those at Santa Cruz, the Tallboy has been a revelation in big wheel form. The first generation was introduced at a time when 29ers were still a hot topic of debate and it just happened to be the first 29er from Santa Cruz – a 4″ travel VPP carbon stunner. Needless to say that in spite of the company’s wariness of big wheels, the bike was a hit thanks to geometry that didn’t suck and the touch of VPP suspension. That first gen 29er was eventually followed up by more 29ers including the Tallboy LT/LTc long travel version, and most recently the Tallboy 2.

Now with the Tallboy LT gone from the Santa Cruz website and replaced with the new Hightower, the Tallboy sees another update. Growing into a bit more of a modern trail bike with big wheels, the gen 3 Tallboy adds new geometry, enhanced suspension, and yes… the ability to run 27.5+ wheels and tires…

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For many, including those at Santa Cruz, the Tallboy has been a revelation in big wheel form. The first generation was introduced at a time when 29ers were still a hot topic of debate and it just happened to be the first 29er from Santa Cruz – a 4″ travel VPP carbon stunner. Needless to […]

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Missy Giove helps Underground Bike Works make a splash at Sea Otter w/ prototype plus bikes

Underground bikes John Parker missy giove missle plus mtb mountain bikeIMG_4089

Underground bikes John Parker missy giove missle plus mtb mountain bikeIMG_4086

Long absent from the mountain bike spotlight, Missy the Missile is starting to reemerge. First appearing to race the World Cup at Windham last year, Missy Giove was on hand at the Sea Otter Classic riding around a plus bike with her name on the top tube. That bike just happened to be one of John Parker’s early prototypes from his new Underground Bike Works venture. The bike was quickly taken out of the test mule line up, built with some of Missy’s Deity components, and then sent off with her to crash the dual slalom race with the goal of slapping some high fives, roosting some berms, and (maybe) chugging a few beers.

That plays right into the script of Underground Bike Works. As John put it, “I don’t want to have a race team and go racing any more. I want to make fun bikes – and we’ve hit our mark.” As a joint operation between John Parker and his partners Mike Foxworthy and Will Kenefica, Underground Bike Works is all about the big tires, and all consumer direct…

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Long absent from the mountain bike spotlight, Missy the Missile is starting to reemerge. First appearing to race the World Cup at Windham last year, Missy Giove was on hand at the Sea Otter Classic riding around a plus bike with her name on the top tube. That bike just happened to be one of […]

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Spy Shots! SRAM eTAP with hydraulic disc brakes spotted

spy shot of SRAM eTAP Hydro hydraulic disc brake group with electronic shifting

spy shot of SRAM eTAP Hydro hydraulic disc brake group with electronic shifting

Thanks to an anonymous tipster that got really, really lucky with his timing, we got these pics of a prototype SRAM eTAP Hydro setup. Not that it’s any surprise that it’s in development, but it is encouraging to see something in the real world.

As for availability, our source says they heard from two different folks that a retail product is “a ways off” for reasons including brake development that may use a new design “similar to the Guide” and due to manufacturing capacity. Of course, those are unofficial answers, so we reached out to SRAM for comment…

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Thanks to an anonymous tipster that got really, really lucky with his timing, we got these pics of a prototype SRAM eTAP Hydro setup. Not that it’s any surprise that it’s in development, but it is encouraging to see something in the real world. As for availability, our source says they heard from two different […]

Posted in Feature, Industry News, Prototype, Road Bike25 Comments

SOC16: Chris King leaks new ThreadFit 30 bottom brackets for Cinch Cranks, Centerlock Road Disc hubs

Chris king centerlock road hub 40th anniversary threadfit 30 bottom bracketIMG_3586

Chris king centerlock road hub 40th anniversary threadfit 30 bottom bracketIMG_3586

If you know where to look, you can catch a lot of interesting parts floating around the Sea Otter Classic. In the case of Chris King’s latest addition to their bottom bracket lineup, it was actually pointed out first by our readers on the launch of the Chris King 40th Anniversary Santa Cruz 5010. The bike is running a RaceFace crank, with a CK bottom bracket. But how can that be since a threaded BB for a 30mm spindle doesn’t yet exist from Chris King? Well, it’s on the way. We’ve been told by Chris King that the official announcement will come in the next few weeks. We’re assuming that along with the announcement will come availability but we haven’t heard for sure. Apparently the bottom bracket will fit a number of 30mm spindle cranks for use in BSA threaded frames which should make a lot of people happy to have a CK level bottom bracket available.

Over at the ENVE booth, it was another story with our fist look at their upcoming Centerlock Road hubs…

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If you know where to look, you can catch a lot of interesting parts floating around the Sea Otter Classic. In the case of Chris King’s latest addition to their bottom bracket lineup, it was actually pointed out first by our readers on the launch of the Chris King 40th Anniversary Santa Cruz 5010. The […]

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Vittoria’s Graphene+ Tech: Detailed look at a revolutionary material

Directa-Plus_Graphene-Plus_production-tour_Graphene-nano-platelet-model

Directa-Plus_Graphene-Plus_production-tour_Graphene-process-densities

Back as winter was setting in we had the chance to travel to northern Italy to visit the headquarters of Vittoria-partner Directa Plus, who have developed some of the most advanced graphene manufacturing and applications to hit the cycling industry. We have seen a lot of hype on this new material that promises to revolutionize everything from helmets, to wheels, to tires, and even clothing textiles. But to be honest we had been (and to some degree continue to be) a bit skeptical. A lot of the talk about graphene is filled with hyperbole and such thick marketing-speak, that it is hard to accept claims of bigger, faster, stronger, and at the same time lighter.

So we were definitely more interested in not just claims of improvements, but the actual behind-the-scenes science that should back up the claims. So we sat down with both the Vittoria product development team and the Directa Plus scientists who developed their own proprietary graphene solutions for cycling, dubbed Graphene+. Then in the meantime, for the couple of months it took to get Directa Plus and Vittoria to agree to let us publish some unique details of their protected patented processes, we’ve been riding tires with the new tech to see how they perform in the real world. Join us after the jump as I try to both explain and illustrate how Graphene+ might really have the potential to revolutionize the tire market, both on and off the road…

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Back as winter was setting in we had the chance to travel to northern Italy to visit the headquarters of Vittoria-partner Directa Plus, who have developed some of the most advanced graphene manufacturing and applications to hit the cycling industry. We have seen a lot of hype on this new material that promises to revolutionize […]

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