EB16: Norco releases a Torrent of plus bikes for young and old, teases new enduro & all mountain bikes

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Starting at Crankworx and progressing through Interbike, Norco had a lot to show. Feeding off the influx of plus size additions, Norco has expanded their mid-fat line up to include hard tails, full suspension, and even kids’ bikes. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve also started to tease a new enduro platform that sounds like it could be big in different ways…

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Starting at Crankworx and progressing through Interbike, Norco had a lot to show. Feeding off the influx of plus size additions, Norco has expanded their mid-fat line up to include hard tails, full suspension, and even kids’ bikes. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve also started to tease a new enduro platform that sounds like […]

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Isla Bikes upgrades your child’s bicycle commute, and the rest of their line

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Isla Bikes has been making mountain and cyclocross bikes for all ages of kids, as well as a few sizes of the Cnoc, but now that line has grown to fit even more riders. The new Cnoc 14 Small keeps the same singlespeed build as the regular 14″-wheeled Cnoc, but fits smaller riders that are ready to pedal and balance on their own. The Cnoc 20″ (shown above) is for kids as young as five that might just be a little tall for their age but still need the simplicity of a single speed.

Check the 14″ below and get the scoop on upgrades across the rest of their range…

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Isla Bikes has been making mountain and cyclocross bikes for all ages of kids, as well as a few sizes of the Cnoc, but now that line has grown to fit even more riders. The new Cnoc 14 Small keeps the same singlespeed build as the regular 14″-wheeled Cnoc, but fits smaller riders that are […]

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Giant sneaks updates into 2017 TCX cyclocross Advanced, SLR & Espoir lineup

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Without much fanfare, Giant has snuck some modernized updates into their World Cup winning carbon cyclocross bike – the same TCX Advanced ridden by Dutch crosser Lars van der Haar. The bike get updated thru-axle and disc brake standards for smooth compatibility with the latest components and wheels. At the same time that their top bike gets updated, their more affordable aluminum TCX SLR bikes get reworked with those same standards. And for your budding cross grom, a pair of new alloy Espoir bikes will give young riders a solid start. Take a closer look after the break…

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Without much fanfare, Giant has snuck some modernized updates into their World Cup winning carbon cyclocross bike – the same TCX Advanced ridden by Dutch crosser Lars van der Haar. The bike get updated thru-axle and disc brake standards for smooth compatibility with the latest components and wheels. At the same time that their top bike […]

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EB16: Kenda makes a tubular, adds e-bike certified MTB treads & Plus-sized 24″ Slant Six

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Tested under Team Cofidis, the Kenda Valkyrie is the first tubular they’ve ever made in house. It’s a lightweight race tire with low rolling resistance that still builds in puncture protection. Inside is a butyl tube, which has slower leak down than latex, and they make butyl tubes in house, so it made more sense.

A 300tpi cotton casing is covered by their R3C rubber with a roughened sidewall for abrasion resistance. A cotton strip is bonded onto the bottom to enhance the grip between rim and tire when gluing it on. Availability is TBA, and there’s also a clincher version…

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Tested under Team Cofidis, the Kenda Valkyrie is the first tubular they’ve ever made in house. It’s a lightweight race tire with low rolling resistance that still builds in puncture protection. Inside is a butyl tube, which has slower leak down than latex, and they make butyl tubes in house, so it made more sense. A […]

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Strider Rocker turns your balance bike into a rocking horse

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Not ready to release your little on onto the mean streets? That doesn’t mean they can’t get some saddle time in the air conditioned comfort of your own home. The new Strider Rocker bolts onto their 12″ Strider bike for hours of fun. The low to the ground design helps keep them stable (enhanced lateral stiffness?). Retail is $79.99, available now. Detail pic below…

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Not ready to release your little on onto the mean streets? That doesn’t mean they can’t get some saddle time in the air conditioned comfort of your own home. The new Strider Rocker bolts onto their 12″ Strider bike for hours of fun. The low to the ground design helps keep them stable (enhanced lateral […]

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Cratoni Maxster Pro gives kids a proper ventilated helmet

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When making helmets for kids, most companies tend to end up with designs where ventilation is seriously lacking. One version of that are hardshell helmets designed to take a lot of regular abuse, but even most lighter, in-mold helmets suffer from lack of big openings, often just because it is a bit more difficult to maintain strength and impact resistance when you are dealing with a smaller helmet and less material to start with. But now Cratoni looks to have made a big improvement with their line of Maxster and Maxster Pro helmets, which open up the front vents as much as possible and add big rear facing exhaust vents in a design that looks a lot more like a modern trail helmets. And with these designed for kids down to a tiny 46cm head, it looks like some young trail shredders might be getting a cool new lid soon…

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When making helmets for kids, most companies tend to end up with designs where ventilation is seriously lacking. One version of that are hardshell helmets designed to take a lot of regular abuse, but even most lighter, in-mold helmets suffer from lack of big openings, often just because it is a bit more difficult to maintain […]

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Review: Specialized Camber Grom 24″ youth full suspension mountain bike

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There’s something to be said for getting a kid started on a fully rigid hardtail. But if your local trails are super gnarly, there’s also a pretty darn good argument for getting them suspended as quickly as possible. Traction aside, it’s more about comfort and safety, assuming the weight penalty isn’t too grand. If you a) have a little tyke at home that’s itchin’ to keep up with you, and b) are already thinking this might keep them from bouncing around uncontrollably, then the Specialized Camber Grom might be worth a look.

First up, Specialized didn’t continue this model into their 2017 lineup. But they’ve still got inventory, which you can find if you search past models on their website. If you’re fine with that, read on why their FSR suspension is ready made for smaller riders…

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There’s something to be said for getting a kid started on a fully rigid hardtail. But if your local trails are super gnarly, there’s also a pretty darn good argument for getting them suspended as quickly as possible. Traction aside, it’s more about comfort and safety, assuming the weight penalty isn’t too grand. If you […]

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Trailcraft Cycles offers lightweight 24″ alloy fork, adds custom bike configurator online

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Lets say your kid already has a bike and you’re not ready to plunk down $1,600 or more for a sweet new Trailcraft so they can keep up with you. Now, you can at least drop a pound or more from the front end by swapping in the new Trailcraft 24 alloy rigid fork.

Weighing in at just 650g, it can save upwards of 1,000g off cheap suspension forks that come on low end kids bikes. That can really help your tyke lift the front end over small obstacles and help them hustle up the hills a little better. It’s available in five colors to match their bikes, which includes black to go with just about anything you might already have. It uses a threadless 1-1/8″ steerer with 38mm offset and 410mm axle-to-crown measurements, retail is $189.

If you are looking for a complete bike, they’ve added a custom configurator to their website that shows you all the options and updates the prices in real time…

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Lets say your kid already has a bike and you’re not ready to plunk down $1,600 or more for a sweet new Trailcraft so they can keep up with you. Now, you can at least drop a pound or more from the front end by swapping in the new Trailcraft 24 alloy rigid fork. Weighing […]

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New, Old, and Reincarnated – Commencal gives us a first look at their 2017 lineup

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Is it time for 2017 bikes already? It looks like Commencal’s thinking well ahead, as they’ve just recently announced a few of next year’s models. In 2017 consumers will see an interesting mix of new bikes, old models and some smaller revisions from Commencal. And this is just the first glimpse of what’s to come – there’s more news slated to be announced later this summer.

In this article we’ll check out the revived Meta SX in V3 form, the re-release of the Meta TR V3 as an entry level model, and new hardtail models for both adults and junior-sized rippers. And once you’ve soaked up the info, check out a video of Commencal’s riders putting the new bikes into action…
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Is it time for 2017 bikes already? It looks like Commencal’s thinking well ahead, as they’ve just recently announced a few of next year’s models. In 2017 consumers will see an interesting mix of new bikes, old models and some smaller revisions from Commencal. And this is just the first glimpse of what’s to come […]

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