Posts in the category Mountain Bike

IB14: Swobo Expands Bicycle Collection – New Gravel/Adventure, Mountain & Fat Bikes

2015 Swobo scofflaw steel cyclocross bike

Back in January, Swobo added step-through versions of their existing Fillmore and Novak city bikes. They followed up with the launch of an all new youth line called Farrier. Now, they’ve more than doubled the adult line with four new models covering a range of terrains.

If you’re looking for a do-it-all road bike that’s ready for gravel rides, cyclocross races and backroad adventures, the Scofflaw is the ticket. It’s built on a Reynolds 531 steel frame with tapered carbon fork and room for 700x42c tires. It comes complete as a singlespeed bike, making use of the Tange sliding dropouts, but will include extra dropouts with a derailleur mount if you wanna add gears later.

That drivetrain versatility is built into some of the other bikes, too, and all are worth a look…

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IB14: Endura Custom Fits your Chamois to your Saddle and Gets Colorful for Road and Mountain

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Have you ever wished your chamois was a bit narrower or a touch wider? If you fall into either camp, Endura is providing a solution through their new FS260-Pro SL bibshort. Developed through their collaboration with team Movistar and the gebioMized dynamic saddle pressure measurement system, the shorts are the first that we’re aware of with multiple chamois widths and leg lengths in the same size short.

Similar to choosing a saddle based on the width of your sit bones, each individual sized short will have three different width chamois based on what width saddle you are riding. The thought is that the proper width chamois will position the padding appropriately and cover the pressure points without being too wide and becoming diaper like. Endura takes the custom fit concept a step further and actually offers two leg lengths for each size as well with standard and long. Endura has found that the longer legs offer better compression properties, but they also work better for taller riders.

Manufactured from Italian Power Lycra with Coldblack technology and UPF 50+ rating to keep riders cool, the shorts use Endura’s Continuously Variable Profile 700 series pad and a 3D Mesh upper to offer a pro level fit. Any of the sizes, widths, and lengths will retail for $169.99 each.

Well known for their durable, black kit, Endura is also diving into a bit of color for both road and mountain. Check it out next…

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Found: Red Monkey Sports’ Made-in-USA Karv Silicone Mountain Bike Grips

Red Monkey Sports Karv lightweight silicone mountain bike grips are made in the USA

Red Monkey Sports‘ Karv silicone grips are lightweight at just 48g for the 5.2mm thick pair (54g with plugs).

They’re made of 100% silicone, and the company’s rep told us they’re super tacky and softer than competing options. The material helps damp vibration, too, so your hands and arms should stay fresher, longer. For those needing a bit more padding, all colors come in a thicker 6.5mm version that weighs just a few grams more. Only the black is available in the thinner size. Widths for all are 133mm.

Retail is just $18.95 to $19.95 per pair, available on their website and in shops by way of Torcano Industries distributors. They’re made in Orange County, CA, and a portion of proceeds go to various cycling charities. The Pinx color donates a whopping 50% to assorted breast cancer charities! Check the video after the break of company founder Michael Nasco telling why he started the brand, plus an install video showing how to get your new silicone grips on…

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Must Watch: The Rampage Podium Winning Helmet Cam Roundup

Due to rain delays, the Redbull Rampage finals were postponed till Monday, which meant productivity for mountain bikers was at an all time low during the live stream of the event. For those of you who were actually diligently working, we’ve rounded up the POV footage of three of the best runs (and will continue to update with more as Redbull uploads them).

Up first is Brett Rheeder. This Canadian phenom was oh so close to stealing the show from Brandon Semenuk at the Crankworx slopestyle event earlier this year, and came out charging in Virgin, Utah. His combination of tech, big air, and huge tricks was breathtaking, yet only good enough for 5th place.

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EB14: MET Goes Enduro w/ 700g Full Face Helmet, Plus new Drone Triathlon Helmet & More

2015 MET Parachute HES ultralight 700g full face mountain bike helmet for enduro

Not only is MET coming to the U.S. by way of Todson in 2015, but they’ll be bringing an amazing new helmet with them.

The 700g MET Parachute HES is the lightest full face helmet we’ve ever seen, and it meets ASTM F1952-2032 standards for safety. That standard is for downhill helmets that don’t have to have a chin bar, but it includes performance criteria for testing one if it does. The standard also carries higher impact force requirements than the other two primary bicycle helmet standards since, presumably, DH carries the risk of higher impact crashes.

The new Parachute HES has a non-removable chin bar, which differentiates it from past models. Outward appearances suggest downhill, but the weight and ventilation prove this thing’s all about enduro…

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IB14: Michelin Sizes Up with 28mm Pro 4 Endurance Road Bike Tires

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Road tires are at an interesting state of development. Many riders are starting to trend towards wider rubber even on the road, but then the definition of road riding is evolving. Thanks to the growing popularity of “gravel” ride, races that include dirt roads, and more people taking the path less traveled, tires are often being subjected to new abuse. Already an ideal size for many gravel or dirt adventures, the 28mm tire has become a favorite since it will fit in many standard road frames and some caliper brakes adding a bit of additional capability.

In developing their new Pro 4 Endurance tire, Michelin wanted to offer a 28mm tread but also a durable tire that would keep flats at bay. To that regard the tire features a reinforcing layer that claims a 40% increase in puncture protection compared to the competition while a dual compound rubber provides long wear and excellent cornering grip.

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IB14: Azonic Brightens up the Night, Launches New Protective Gear & Stem/Bar Combos

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The Azonic and ONeal product line spans everything from protective gear, technical clothing, to cockpits, and pedals. This year they’ve updated those product lines and introduced a whole new line of lights targeted towards commuters.

First up is rechargeable headlights. It will be offered in three different versions. The smallest offering is the Light Joe, which retails for $29.99, and has an operating time of one hour at 200 Lumens (or 4 hrs at 50 Lumens). The Adam is the middle child, retails for $49.99, and has a run time of 2 hrs at 100 Lumens. The Hoss retails for $69.00 and will push 350 Lumens for 2 hrs. Charging time for these lights is between 4-5 hrs. READ MORE ->

IB14: Jeff Jones Goes Big with Jones Plus 29+ Model, New Steel Spaceframe, Headset, more

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The latest creation to come out of the Jeff Jones workshop is a 29+, but Jeff is very quick to point out that this isn’t your average bike with big tires. Jeff mentioned that the inspiration for the bike came while riding some super heavy cargo bikes in Asia that still handled well in spite of their exceptionally long wheelbase. While the Jones Plus also has a long wheel base, the fork and frame have been designed together to provide a super comfortable and stable ride that retains its quick handling.

Jeff also had the newest version of the Jones steel Spaceframe and Truss Fork on hand with 27.5+ wheels which will be an option, but he personally still prefers the larger 29+ wheels and tires. All together the new wheel options mean there are 4 different tire configurations possible with Jones frames making them even more versatile than ever before…

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IB14: Gore Bike Wear Builds the Alp-X Pro Line From Just 4 Pieces of Gear, Includes One Piece Baggy/Bib

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Always a bit of a challenge, dressing for mountain biking usually means dressing  for different weather especially if altitude is involved. Gore Bike Wear designed their new Alp-X Pro line around the needs of mountain bike stage racers though the philosophy carries over into daily riding – offering the most versatility out of the fewest pieces of clothing. To that end Gore has created a line of clothing that when combined with Gore accessories like gloves and base layers, provides the necessary protection from the elements in just four pieces.

Even though the Alp-X Pro line is designed as a system, we’re pretty sure that many of the pieces will be a hit on their own and will integrate nicely into your current clothing arsenal.

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