Posts in the category Mountain Bike

SOC 14: Ergon Twists Up New GS1 Grip Shift Grips

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As part of their new grip range, Ergon has introduced a new GS1 which is perfect for bikes running grip shifters. Designed for cross country use, the grips use a single aluminum clamp combined with their new proprietary DirectControl Lightweight rubber compound. The rubber is more pure and results in a softer, more durable grip that won’t break down over time like other rubber compounds from sun and sweat. Found on the entire GS line for 2014, the rubber was developed and manufactured in Germany and is contaminant free, Phthalate free, and meets the highest levels of material safety standards in Europe.

GS1s are sold in 1x or 2x/3x drivetrain versions and include a removable grip donut which can be used to lengthen the grip for larger hands. The Dual Twist version weighs in at 135g per pair, and retails for $39.95.

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SOC 14: Felt Adds More Disc Brakes and Thru Axles to Cross and Road Bikes, Updates Nine FRD Frame

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2015 looks like it will be the year of the disc brake and the thru axle for cross – or at least some combination of the two. Add in SRAM’s CX1 and you have the makings for some exciting cross bikes this season. Felt has taken full advantage of many of those technologies with a full line of competitively equipped CX bikes to get your race on. Bikes like the new F4x which is their complete bike speced with SRAM CX1. The UHC Performance carbon frame uses a BB30 bottom bracket, tapered carbon fork, and a disc brake set up with Mavic’s new Aksium disc wheels. Thanks to the new CX1 optimized cable routing, this might be the most pressure washer friendly bike yet. Find out what that means next…

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SOC 14: Metropolis Shows Quick Release Saddle-and-Post Prototype, Plus New Gravity Gradient Carbon Components

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This next one goes out to anyone who has ever worried about leaving a saddle on their bike when locking it up or loading it on a car rack. Instead of using a saddle cover or a plastic bag and locking it up, what if you could easily remove the saddle in seconds without messing with your adjustment? That’s what the company is wondering with their prototype Metropolis seat post. The design is sound, but Metropolis is wondering how many people would take advantage of the seatpost design. Find out how it works after the jump…

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SOC14: Scorpion Builds Moto Style Stands For Bicycles

Scorpion Bike Stand (2)As a cyclist who adheres faithfully to the ancient “N+1″ proverb (where N is the number of bikes currently owned), I am always searching for news ways to maximize my existing storage. So in addition to wall mounted solutions, I also have a fleet of floor stands for visiting two wheeled friends, and the occasional photo mission.

Recently a new bike stand caught my eye at a motorcycle race, and I was able to catch up with the company at Sea Otter to learn more about the product… READ MORE ->

SOC14: Black Market Unleashes Mommy’s Little Monster And Steel Bars with Big Rise, Both Built in the USA

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After toying with both American and Overseas manufacturing, Black Market bikes has been making a major push in recent years to build and spec all their bikes with US made components.

The new prototype on display at the booth was no exception, developed using a similar geometry to their former Contraband model, this new bike will be their first 24″ bike to made here in the states. READ MORE ->

SOC 14: More Anodizing, Hubs, and Lefty Supermax adapters from Project 321

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Given the fact that we seem to be heading into a renaissance of Day-Glo colors and color matched anodized parts, consumers seem to be paying more attention than ever to the individual components of their bikes. Those looking for colorfully anodized parts are at the company’s mercy hoping they will eventually offer what they want in the color they like, or can look to the anodization experts like the folks at 321 Components. We spotted Project 321 pushing around an Ibis with some Pink Thomson bits at last year’s SOC, so we wanted to stop by their booth and see what they have been working on since. The answer is more colors, more hubs, and more Lefty compatibility…

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SOC 14: Uvex Introduces Quattro Pro – Colorful Protection Perfect for Enduro

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Judging by the bright colors and extra coverage of their new helmet, Uvex is looking to get in on the current Enduro trend. This shouldn’t be too hard, since their new Quattro Pro helmet looks quite good. As their top end model, the Quattro Pro has 17 vents and a double inmold construction for a well ventilated lid that still offers excellent protection.

Even though the helmet isn’t available until June, you can get a quick look at its features, next…

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Must Watch: Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company Trailer

Looks like we have another killer mountain biking video that’s set to be released soon. Consisting of a riding cast hand picked by Semenuk in all disciplines of mountain biking, and brought together by the crew of Red Bull Media House and New World Disorder Films, Rad Company features riding on location in Fiji, Retallack BC, Sunshine Coast BC, Pemberton BC, Kamloops BC, and Utah. The World Premiere is set for June 7, in North Vancouver BC – you can pick up tickets, here.

SOC14: New American Made Helm MTB Stems from Profile Racing

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Profile Racing has a legendary reputation in the BMX realm across a wide array of product lines. From bomb proof cranks, high engagement hubs, and to , their American made products often inspire rabid loyalty.

Over the years, the company has also dabbled in the mountain bike arena, and produced mountain bike hubs for many years. At Sea Otter, Profile Racing was showcasing a new line of 31.8mm stems that they’ve designed to take the rigors of everything from Downhill to Enduro applications.

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