Bold Cycles Linkin Trail bumps up to 154mm travel, still hides shock inside frame

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Last year, Bold Cycles introduced a radical new 130mm travel mountain bike called Linkin Trail that hid the rear shock inside the seat tube. Now, they’ve added a long travel version that bumps the rear to 154mm, all with minimal changes to the original frame.

The Linkin Trail Long Travel accomplishes the extra squish by simply changing the linkage and seatstays section. So, the Boost 148 rear spacing stays, which means possible 27.5+ or 29er compatibility, though we see this one as more of a pure 27.5″ all mountain bike. The front triangle’s the same, too, but it does introduce a few new features that’ll carry over to the original…

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Last year, Bold Cycles introduced a radical new 130mm travel mountain bike called Linkin Trail that hid the rear shock inside the seat tube. Now, they’ve added a long travel version that bumps the rear to 154mm, all with minimal changes to the original frame. The Linkin Trail Long Travel accomplishes the extra squish by simply […]

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SOC16: Bulls grows e-bike range w/ Brose powered Sturmvogel E Evo

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Seeing the potential for increased sales in the U.S., Bulls Bikes is ramping up their e-bike fleet with new models like the Sturmvogel E Evo. Along with many non-electric bikes, the Bulls e-bikes will be sold consumer direct through Bulls Bikes USA which means lower pricing. That pricing on many of the high end e-bikes seems like one of the biggest barriers to entry, so that might mean we’ll see more e-bikes rolling the streets in the near future…

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Seeing the potential for increased sales in the U.S., Bulls Bikes is ramping up their e-bike fleet with new models like the Sturmvogel E Evo. Along with many non-electric bikes, the Bulls e-bikes will be sold consumer direct through Bulls Bikes USA which means lower pricing. That pricing on many of the high end e-bikes […]

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Niner AIR9 RDO hardtail gets lighter, stiffer and more aggressive

2017 Niner AIR9 RDO lightweight carbon fiber hardtail race mountain bike

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The original Niner AIR9 RDO was the second generation of their carbon hardtail AIR9, which was known for its spine rattling stiffness. The RDO, then, was made not just lighter, but also more compliant with the goal of making it more comfortable than the original.

But, Niner says that reworking of the layup also resulted in less lateral stiffness than a top-level race hardtail should have. While it was no slouch in our own testing, the chance to rework it also opened up opportunities to make it lighter and modernize the geometry. Borrowing the long, slack “XC” geo from the recently introduced RKT9, the all-new 2017 Niner AIR9 RDO gets some big changes and an impressive 10% weight reduction…

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The original Niner AIR9 RDO was the second generation of their carbon hardtail AIR9, which was known for its spine rattling stiffness. The RDO, then, was made not just lighter, but also more compliant with the goal of making it more comfortable than the original. But, Niner says that reworking of the layup also resulted in less lateral […]

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Optimal traction on the fly with White Crow tire pressure adjusting hubs

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Let’s start with the idea that the White Crow hubs let you adjust your tire pressure as you are riding along.  That, in itself is no simply feat, but you might also think that it couldn’t possibly be worth all of the extra complexity (and probably weight too) just to be able to let air out of the tires while riding along. But of course it is much more nuanced than that. With the growth of fat bikes (and maybe even plus-sized tires) for a lot of trail riding and racing, the difference in a few PSI, or even a 1/2 PSI in a fat bike in a race, can make a huge impact on grip, especially over loose surfaces. Plus, White Crow not only lets you lower or pump back up your tires on the go, it also uses a dual chamber system, much like we’ve seen recently with ProCore that actually lets us run even lower pressures without the risk of pinch flatting or burping a sidewall. So, how does it do it…

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Let’s start with the idea that the White Crow hubs let you adjust your tire pressure as you are riding along.  That, in itself is no simply feat, but you might also think that it couldn’t possibly be worth all of the extra complexity (and probably weight too) just to be able to let air […]

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SOC16: Michelin enlists Cam Zink for MTB tire development, Vee Tire gets super sticky DH rubber

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Michelin has been making moves recently both on and off road. We got home from their Road Power tire press launch (full story soon) with just enough time to turn around and head to Sea Otter, where it was the off road segment’s turn to shine. The big news was the addition of mountain bike legend Cam Zink to the list of sponsored riders for 2016. While you probably won’t find yourself throwing threes off drops at Rampage or setting the Guinness World record for the longest backflip, Zink’s expertise and tire abuse should only help to make Michelin mountain bike tires better…

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Michelin has been making moves recently both on and off road. We got home from their Road Power tire press launch (full story soon) with just enough time to turn around and head to Sea Otter, where it was the off road segment’s turn to shine. The big news was the addition of mountain bike […]

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All-new Canyon Sender DH mountain bike launches incredibly well designed carbon down the trail

2017 Canyon Sender carbon fiber 275 gravity downhill mountain bike

2017 Canyon Sender carbon fiber 275 gravity downhill mountain bike

Using a complicated four-bar suspension linkage, an all-new carbon fiber frame and two years of development, the Canyon Sender is a serious new rig for gravity fueled fun.

Called the MX Link, the kinematics are designed around modern air shocks rather than coil-overs. It’s designed to offer a perfect balance of anti-squat and anti-rise while also minimizing pedal kickback. You know, just the kind of neutral suspension you want when you need to both hammer the smoother sections and let the bike tackle monstrous drops and boulder gardens. All that combines with adjustable chainstay length and head angle to create a bike that’s dialed no matter what the course.

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Using a complicated four-bar suspension linkage, an all-new carbon fiber frame and two years of development, the Canyon Sender is a serious new rig for gravity fueled fun. Called the MX Link, the kinematics are designed around modern air shocks rather than coil-overs. It’s designed to offer a perfect balance of anti-squat and anti-rise while […]

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SOC16: Look adds more affordable 977 and 979 carbon hard tail XC MTBs

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Look mountain bikes are known for their cutting edge designs and wild carbon frames, but they’re not that known for being affordable. In order to offer something at a slightly more attainable price point, Look was showing off the new 977 and 979 carbon hard tails at Sea Otter. We know that a $3k+ hard tail isn’t exactly most riders’ definition of affordable, but when you can pick up the entire bike for nearly the same price as just the frame from their 987/989, you start to see what Look means by “pricepoint”… Continue reading “SOC16: Look adds more affordable 977 and 979 carbon hard tail XC MTBs”



Look mountain bikes are known for their cutting edge designs and wild carbon frames, but they’re not that known for being affordable. In order to offer something at a slightly more attainable price point, Look was showing off the new 977 and 979 carbon hard tails at Sea Otter. We know that a $3k+ hard tail […]

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SOC16: RideFast Racing brings carbon wheels to an affordable level

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What are some of your favorite subjects to discuss on a road trip? Food? Drink? Bikes? For the founders of RideFast Racing, that last one turned out to be more than just talk. After being the topic of discussion on a road trip to ride mountain bikes in Santa Cruz, Scott and Travis knocked around the idea of what would be their perfect wheel system – if they were to build it for their friends and themselves. At the time, Scott has just ended his partnership in a bike shop, while Travis was still gainfully employed as an engineer.

It was shortly after that road trip that Scott decided that they were going to start a wheel company. More than just offering affordable wheels, Scott had three goals in mind. They had to be wheels that he and his friends would actually want to ride, and that they would be proud of. The wheels also had to be built so that they could be sold at a price point that was lower than comparable wheels to get them out to more people. Lastly, Scott wanted a company that would allow him to make personal connections with his customers.

With Travis’ help in the engineering and testing department, RideFast introduced their first wheel called the Hotline. It wasn’t long before friends started making requests for wheelsets that didn’t even exist, and before they knew it, RideFast Racing was off to a fast start…

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What are some of your favorite subjects to discuss on a road trip? Food? Drink? Bikes? For the founders of RideFast Racing, that last one turned out to be more than just talk. After being the topic of discussion on a road trip to ride mountain bikes in Santa Cruz, Scott and Travis knocked around the […]

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Praxis Works previews one more wheel with Aluminum AL24 XC/Trail Model

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The big news from Praxis Works at Sea Otter was that the company is getting into the wheel market. Showing two beautiful new carbon wheels, Praxis Works captured our attention with the Trail/AM C32 and the Road/Gravel/Cross focused RC21.

But it appears they have another trick up their sleeve. This time it’s an aluminum wheelset that should make XC/Trail riders happy if their budget for new hoops falls under $1000 (by a few hundred)…

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The big news from Praxis Works at Sea Otter was that the company is getting into the wheel market. Showing two beautiful new carbon wheels, Praxis Works captured our attention with the Trail/AM C32 and the Road/Gravel/Cross focused RC21. But it appears they have another trick up their sleeve. This time it’s an aluminum wheelset […]

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