Maxxis Appalachian Summit – New tire testing at the Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-a-way

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When you think of Georgia, you might not think Maxxis tires and mountain bike destinations. That’s precisely the reason Maxxis had us down to Elijay, GA.
Tucked away well off the main road in the mountains of north Georgia, there is a gem of a mountain bike destination that is known as the Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway. Just a few hours from Maxxis’ USA headquarters in Suwanee, GA, Mulberry Gap is the perfect base camp to stage some epic back country rides. It also turned out to be a great stage to check out some of the latest treads and tire technology from Maxxis

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When you think of Georgia, you might not think Maxxis tires and mountain bike destinations. That’s precisely the reason Maxxis had us down to Elijay, GA. Tucked away well off the main road in the mountains of north Georgia, there is a gem of a mountain bike destination that is known as the Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway. Just a […]

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Review: Fatback Skookum will have you thinking fat bikes year ’round

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To most people, the mention of a fat bike instantly brings to mind pictures of snow and ice. To others, fat bikes are used regardless of the conditions or season. That second group is exactly who the Fatback Skookum was designed for.

When it came time to design their all terrain/trail fat bike, Fatback was looking for something that would complement their stable of race winning adventure fat bikes. Something with shorter chainstays, slacker angles, and even room for more travel. Something exactly like the new Skookum…

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To most people, the mention of a fat bike instantly brings to mind pictures of snow and ice. To others, fat bikes are used regardless of the conditions or season. That second group is exactly who the Fatback Skookum was designed for. When it came time to design their all terrain/trail fat bike, Fatback was looking […]

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Rocky Mountain floats in on new Pipeline full suspension Plus bike

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Rocky Mountain Pipeline Plus size mountain bike full suspension mtb 27+-11

Almost exactly two years ago, we were getting a first look at Rocky Mountain’s thoughts on plus size. At that point plus size bikes were just starting to gain momentum and yet here was Rocky with an ambitious full suspension plus size bike packing concept. While shown as just a prototype in 2014, a year later the Sherpa Overland bike was here in production form.

But the bike packing angle only tells part of the plus size story – now we’re starting to see bikes with much more aggressive intentions take on bigger rubber. Offering better traction, increased stability, and enhanced confidence for the rider, it’s looking like plus size will be more than just a niche in the not too distant future. Especially with bikes like the all new Rocky Mountain Pipeline riding in on the big wave…
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Almost exactly two years ago, we were getting a first look at Rocky Mountain’s thoughts on plus size. At that point plus size bikes were just starting to gain momentum and yet here was Rocky with an ambitious full suspension plus size bike packing concept. While shown as just a prototype in 2014, a year later the […]

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Rotor UNO hydraulic shifting – Development story, hands on tech overview & actual weights

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Last fall, Rotor UNO was unveiled as the first complete hydraulic drivetrain group, offering everything from shifters to derailleurs, cranks to cassette, and even brakes. And it offered a unique, single line system that was able to handle up and down shifts by moving fluid in a single direction.

The differences go beyond liquid connections between components – all of the moving mechanical shift parts are at the derailleurs, not the shifters. That, coupled with lossless hydraulic lines, means crisp, instantaneous action with a familiar mechanical feel.

Now, finally, the group is near production and we have all the tech details, weights and first rides. We also learned how the group came to be, what’s changed, and why Rotor thinks you’ll like it…

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Last fall, Rotor UNO was unveiled as the first complete hydraulic drivetrain group, offering everything from shifters to derailleurs, cranks to cassette, and even brakes. And it offered a unique, single line system that was able to handle up and down shifts by moving fluid in a single direction. The differences go beyond liquid connections between […]

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New Lauf Grit leaf spring gravel road bike fork tames the road less traveled

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lauf grit gravel road bike leaf spring suspension fork

Taking their short travel carbon leaf spring suspension fork design to a wild new frontier, the Lauf Grit gravel road bike fork gives your drop bar bike a new, adventurous life.

The Grit uses the same overall design as their Trail Racer XC fork, but it cuts the travel in half, offering just 30mm of suspension. It still uses their virtually unbreakable carbon composite leaf springs, but in a different tune. The idea is to take the edge off those pot holes, washboards and rocks while keeping your bike fast and light. Judging by the photos here, Lauf’s volcanic Icelandic terrain provided the perfect inspiration and proving grounds.

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Taking their short travel carbon leaf spring suspension fork design to a wild new frontier, the Lauf Grit gravel road bike fork gives your drop bar bike a new, adventurous life. The Grit uses the same overall design as their Trail Racer XC fork, but it cuts the travel in half, offering just 30mm of suspension. […]

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Flanders Pro Bike Check: Lampre-Merida goes all-in with discs on new Scultura Disc framset & Fulcrum Speed 40T DB tubulars

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The first Pro Tour team to enter a race entirely on disc brakes, Lampre-Merida lined up at the start in Brugge over the weekend for the Tour of Flanders with a pack of new disc brake road bikes for the cobble-climbed Spring Classic. Even though the race started under cloudy skies on roads still wet from morning rains, strong winds and sunshine to the south and through the heart of Flanders left most of the course dry and the cobbles relatively clean. Nonetheless, while a couple of the other top teams had talked about experimenting with discs, Lampre-Merida was the only one of the top classification teams to go all in. There was another team with a couple of riders on discs, and a whole other Pro Continental team on discs, and we’ll get to those later. For now take a closer look at the Scultura Disc with us after the break…

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The first Pro Tour team to enter a race entirely on disc brakes, Lampre-Merida lined up at the start in Brugge over the weekend for the Tour of Flanders with a pack of new disc brake road bikes for the cobble-climbed Spring Classic. Even though the race started under cloudy skies on roads still wet from […]

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2017 Fox 32 SC XC fork – Test rides and first impressions

2017 Fox 32 SC step cast fork first ride review

2017 Fox 32 SC step cast fork first ride review

The all-new 2017 Fox 32 SC landed in our office a couple weeks before it’s formal introduction, giving us a chance to log some miles on our local XC trails. Initially, I was simultaneously excited by the claimed weights, intrigued by the design and curious how stiff it would be.

The Step Cast design uses the same narrow crown for both standard (100mm) and Boost (110mm) axles, with only the lowers getting more or less of a stepped design to accommodate the different axle widths. We received the 29er Boost model, and it uses Boost’s benefits in a clever way to both save weight and provide a stiff overall wheel-and-fork package. With virtually every other fork brand using Boost’s extra 10mm of space from bottom to top to increase the size of tire that’ll fit, Fox did the opposite to decrease weight without giving up stiffness.

On top of that, the internals work wonders to tame the typical roots, rocks and moderate berms, dips and other features typically found on cross country race courses. As luck would have it, Niner’s Boost-spaced RKT9 arrived just about the same time…

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The all-new 2017 Fox 32 SC landed in our office a couple weeks before it’s formal introduction, giving us a chance to log some miles on our local XC trails. Initially, I was simultaneously excited by the claimed weights, intrigued by the design and curious how stiff it would be. The Step Cast design uses the […]

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First Look! Fox 32 SC ultralight (and narrow) XC suspension fork

2016 Fox 32 SC Step Cast ultralight xc mountain bike suspension fork first look and actual weights

2016 Fox 32 SC Step Cast ultralight xc mountain bike suspension fork first look and actual weights

While all the attention’s on enduro, there’s still development going on at the shorter travel end of the market, and one of the more interesting new entries is the Fox 32 SC (Step Cast) suspension fork.

Aimed squarely at the XC racer, it takes a very novel approach to shaving weight. Actually, several approaches, using both a narrower crown and stepped lowers. The internals have been reworked to save weight, too, which all comes together in a fork that hits 1,379g (3.04lb) on our scales for a Boost 29er model! It only comes with 100mm travel, and only with a tapered steerer, but you’ll get several cartridge options for controlling compression damping.

Check out all the tech details below…

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While all the attention’s on enduro, there’s still development going on at the shorter travel end of the market, and one of the more interesting new entries is the Fox 32 SC (Step Cast) suspension fork. Aimed squarely at the XC racer, it takes a very novel approach to shaving weight. Actually, several approaches, using […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Métier Velo, Carrer, Biwakoguma, Journey, and Patrick in New Builder Round-up

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Looking back at some more of the new builder creations that stood out at NAHBS, Métier Velo’s bike featured carbon bonded into 3D printed titanium pieces. Italian brand, Carrer, brought this year’s wooden bike to newbie row. And Japanese builder Biwakoguma Bicycles had classic steel and a paint job that’s out of this world. Check out these and more after the jump…

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Looking back at some more of the new builder creations that stood out at NAHBS, Métier Velo’s bike featured carbon bonded into 3D printed titanium pieces. Italian brand, Carrer, brought this year’s wooden bike to newbie row. And Japanese builder Biwakoguma Bicycles had classic steel and a paint job that’s out of this world. Check out these and […]

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