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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Moots heads to the trail with new Farwell 29er / 27.5+ hardtail mountain bike

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Continuing the trend of Boosting 29ers to create a 27.5-plus capable bike, Moots has introduced the new Farwell. Designed around a 120mm fork, the titanium hardtail uses Boost 148 rear axle spacing to open it up for 27.5 x 2.8 tires, which also conveniently fits up to 29 x 2.35 rubber. The geometry gets long and low (another trend), combined with a short stem and relaxed head angle to make it plenty stable on the descents.

It’s named after an iconic North Routt County, CO, mountain and handbuilt in Steamboat Springs from Moots’ proprietary 3/2.5 Pi Tech titanium tubing. More pics and features below…

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Continuing the trend of Boosting 29ers to create a 27.5-plus capable bike, Moots has introduced the new Farwell. Designed around a 120mm fork, the titanium hardtail uses Boost 148 rear axle spacing to open it up for 27.5 x 2.8 tires, which also conveniently fits up to 29 x 2.35 rubber. The geometry gets long and […]

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Wolf Tooth bolts on chainring versatility with new CAMO system

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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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Herrmans chomps down diameter w/ ultra thin Shark Lock dual density grips

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If you don’t want to sacrifice comfort for bike feel, Herrmans’ new Shark Lock grips might give you the bite you need without stuffing your mitts full of rubber. The Shark Locks use a dual density construction with a soft, grippy outer layer that’s nubbed and ridged to maximize grip in all conditions, but they claim it’s the thinnest locking grip on the market…

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If you don’t want to sacrifice comfort for bike feel, Herrmans’ new Shark Lock grips might give you the bite you need without stuffing your mitts full of rubber. The Shark Locks use a dual density construction with a soft, grippy outer layer that’s nubbed and ridged to maximize grip in all conditions, but they […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Wilder Ranch State Park – Santa Cruz, CA

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Jonathan Korzekwa sent in this photo a couple of weeks back after riding the Zane Gray cutoff trail where he stopped to enjoy the view “overlooking Monterey Bay on an unusually clear day”. The Zane Gray trail is a part of the larger mountain bike trail system of  Wilder Ranch State Park just west of Santa Cruz, CA that stretches from the Santa Cruz Mountains down to the bluffs overlooking the coast.

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Jonathan Korzekwa sent in this photo a couple of weeks back after riding the Zane Gray cutoff trail where he stopped to enjoy the view “overlooking Monterey Bay on an unusually clear day”. The Zane Gray trail is a part of the larger mountain bike trail system of  Wilder Ranch State Park just west of Santa […]

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Surly Karate Monkey learns new moves with 27+ compatibility, 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 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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Superior race new carbon Team XF29 Issue full-suspension & Team 29 Issue hardtail XC bikes

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Spotted racing by the Bart Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team at XCO Worlds and now at a number of national championships over the weekend, Superior bikes out of the Czech Republic look to have two new cross-country race weapons in the wings. The full suspension bike looks to get the name Team XF29 Issue and takes over the top spot from the current aluminum version of the platform. On the hardtail side, the new Team 29 Issue gets new tube shaping over the current carbonXC hardtail to add a bit more comfort so it can be raced on more technical courses. Take a closer look at the two camouflaged bikes after the break and what we can glean from each…

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Spotted racing by the Bart Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team at XCO Worlds and now at a number of national championships over the weekend, Superior bikes out of the Czech Republic look to have two new cross-country race weapons in the wings. The full suspension bike looks to get the name Team XF29 Issue and takes over the […]

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Wolf Tooth Components stops the drop again w/ new Gnarwolf chain guide

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The new Wolf Tooth Components Gnarwolf chain guide takes a different approach to chain guide adjustment by losing the shims while still allowing both height and chain line adjustment.

It mounts to any ISCG05-ready frame and uses a standard single-bolt adjustment to set the height for anything from a 28-tooth to 36-tooth round rings and 28-34 tooth oval chainrings. Where it differs is with an elliptical expanding mandrel between the guide plates and the body. Twist the adjustment bolt and you can move the chain line from 48mm out to 54mm, which not only lets you fine tune the placement but also fit standard and Boost bikes.

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The new Wolf Tooth Components Gnarwolf chain guide takes a different approach to chain guide adjustment by losing the shims while still allowing both height and chain line adjustment. It mounts to any ISCG05-ready frame and uses a standard single-bolt adjustment to set the height for anything from a 28-tooth to 36-tooth round rings and […]

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