Posts in the category Mountain Bike

Polygon adds alloy Collosus N6 enduro & new DH models, plus their first cyclocross bike


Thus far, all of Polygon’s Collosus full suspension all-mountain/enduro bikes have been full carbon with high end spec. Now, there’s a more affordable version called the Collosus N6. It shares the same 160mm travel and carbon rear end, but pairs it with a new alloy front triangle.

The 140mm T-series, which uses the same suspension layout, will also get a T6 model with alloy frame. Both are spec’d with SLX and Mavic Crossride wheels.

Details and more new bikes below…


Alchemy Bicycles’ Oros hardtail mountain bike starts shipping, full suspension next?


The Alchemy Oros carbon fiber hardtail mountain bike debuted at NAHBS (and took home an award for Best Carbon Layup) as the brand’s first carbon MTB. At the time, they were still finalizing layup, but now it’s ready and shipping.

The bike uses their rubber-over-metal mandrels and molds and is made in house just like all their other bikes. As in, 100% made in house, including the molds and parts used to create the frame. That gives them complete control over the process from start to finish. The bike will be available as a 29er in M/L/XL and a 27.5 wheel size for small. Check out all the details and closeup pics from our NAHBS coverage.

In other news, Dave Earl has joined Alchemy’s design and engineering team. Previously, Earl was with the Sotto Group and worked with Praxis on their 10-speed wide range cassette and Yeti’s Switch suspension system. So, what does that mean for Alchemy’s future?


BMW Helps Cook Up Belt Drive, Full Suspension HNF Heisenberg XF1 eBike


Belt drive full suspension mountain bikes are still pretty rare, but belt drive, full suspension, center motor ebikes? Those are pretty much unheard of – that was at least until the HNF Heisenberg XF1 popped onto the scene. Founded by Michael Hecken, Karlheinz Nicolai, and Benjamin Börries, HNF Heisenberg was started in 2014 to create the future of ebikes. This collaboration with BMW isn’t heir first foray into joint ventures with automotive brands for ebikes either as Michael Hecken and Karlheinz Nicolai started Grace GmbH in 2008 where they developed the Smart ebike for Daimler-Benz AG.

Offering a full range of impressive ebikes, the XF1 is their take on a full suspension mountain bike and it represents a major step forward in terms of e-suspension design. Previously, ebikes with center mount motors required the motor unit to be firmly attached to the frame. Without a way to make a concentric pivot around the motor, there was realy no way to make a full suspension frame that could keep a constant belt tension. Once BMW Group Forschung und Technik was on the job though, they looked at the challenge in a new light – why not just make the entire motor part of the suspension…


Vote Now for the 2015 Inductees To the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame


Want to provide your input as to who gets inducted to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame? If you haven’t done so before, here is your chance for the class of 2015. Now that the nominees have been chosen, anyone is able to cast their vote for mountain biking immortality provided you are a member of the Hall of Fame. Not already a member? Memberships are available for $30 with the proceeds going to fund the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and Bicycling history museum in its new home of Fairfax, California.

Voting is open until August 12th – check out the list of nominees after the break…


2016 Giant bits – Particle flow saddles, longer dropper posts & LIV enduro, carbon women’s mountain bikes

2016 Giant LIV Intrigue Enduro and Lust Carbon womens full suspension mountain bikes

For 2016, Giant’s women’s line adds the LIV Intrigue SX, a more aggressive version of the standard 140mm full suspension trail bike.

It’s spec’d with a 160mm Rockshox Pike on the front and a SRAM X1 1×11 group using a 30tooth chainring. It has a new 50mm Contact Slam stem to give it a more aggressive feel to match the longer fork and subsequent slacker head angle. The frame is unchanged, keeping 140mm travel in back, but this hints at a possible Enduro bike for women in the future.

Meanwhile, the The Lust finally gets a carbon version for the German market, giving them the same upper end frame the rest of the world has enjoyed for some time…


Handup Gloves Get More ‘Merican with New Camo/Blaze Orange, Reeb Models

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Nothing quite says ‘Merica like some good old camouflage. Making a name for themselves with bold colors and wild designs, Handup Gloves is continuing on the path to manual domination with additional designs rather than completely new models. According to company owner Cody Wallis, Handup was started to combat the rising cost and complexity of most mountain bike gloves.

Harnessing design inspiration from his motocross racing days, Handup gloves are meant to be simple with no padding and a slip on design. That results in a glove that will protect your hand, provide adequate grip on the bike, and won’t slip on the post ride beverages either – all at an affordable price.

Since the basic design of the glove remains unchanged, Handup is free to concentrate on fun new designs that may or may not include camouflage…


OneUp Components spins out complete N/W Traction Ring oval chainring collection – Hands on, actual weights!

OneUp Components narrow-wide oval chainring collection for mountain bikes

Over the past two years, OneUp Components has been releasing narrow-wide chainrings for just about every imaginable bolt pattern and modern crankset, including the latest Shimano XT and XTR’s asymmetric spider, SRAM direct mount and standard 104BCD and a versatile 94/96BCD design.

Now, they’ve ported all of those designs, plus a brand new Race Face CINCH direct mount design, to an ovalized chainring called the Traction Ring. It’s clocked at 115º with 12% ovality, a position and design they came to after testing for 10 months.

Mirroring the claims made by Absolute Black and others, the new non-round chainrings claim to improve mountain bike traction over standard round rings. Having ridden several oval rings on my own mountain bikes, I’ll back up that statement and as OneUp suggests, the next time you need to replace that chainring, consider one of their many new oval options…


Must Watch: The Making of Brandon Semenuk’s “One-Shot” unReal Segment

By this point, you’ve probably seen Brandon Semenuk’s unReal as it blew up over the Internet last week. If you haven’t, go ahead, we’ll wait. Perhaps more impressive than the incredible riding, is the fact that the entire run was shot in just one take. That’s right, no splicing together multiple clips to make it look like the perfect run. Just one continual clip that was filmed by Teton Gravity Research and Anthill Films from a pickup truck with some heavy duty machinery.

If that wasn’t enough, the crew had to build the entire trail along with a road that ran parallel to make the filming possible. Check out the behind the scenes video next to peek behind the video curtain…


2016 Bergamont Encore gives enduro a second look with variable geometry chip

2016 Bergamont Encore enduro mountain bike with 165mm rear wheel travel and variable geometry

The all-new Bergamont Encore enduro mountain bike takes all the good from the genre and packages it into one bike with two personalities.

By borrowing the Flipchip from its predecessor, the Threesome EX, the Encore gets two different geometry settings. And, with rear wheel travel set at 165mm, it’s comfortable running either a 160mm or 170mm fork up front. Now standard enduro features like a long top tube and short stem, 27.5″ wheels and removable front derailleur mount are here, plus a few bonuses like carbon chainstays and rocker arm.