Posts in the category Mountain Bike

EB14: Kenda Juggernaut Fat Bike Tire, Honey Badger DH & Kountach Endurance Road Get Official


We’ve seen quite a bit of these “new” tires from Kenda by now, with the mountain bike tires popping up at Taipei Bike show in March and Sea Otter in April. And the Kountach Endurance road tire was shown in great detail at Interbike 2013. But, now, we have full production details for all and weights for most.

Heretofore, the Juggernaut had only really been seen in Sport trim, which, uh, sports a wire bead. Eurobike brought out mention of a Pro version with folding bead, too. While the tread resembles some of their standard mountain bike tires, it’s actually inspired by Kenda’s Millville 2 motocross tire. Tread blocks are tied together to make them a bit sturdier while also providing a bit of a paddle effect for mud and snow. They’ll come in 26×4.0 and 26×4.5 in both versions. The only claimed weight so far is for the Sport 4.0 at 1,360g (+/-50g).

Drop in for more pics and the dirt on the HB DH and more…


Review: Fuji’s Elite XC Racer – The SLM 29 1.1

Fuji SLM 29 1.1 Drive Side

Photo Credit: Mitch Lomacz

Since the 1970’s, Fuji has been a mainstay brand in the US cycling scene.  The American owned, Japanese brand has impressed us with their Altamira SL.  The release of their well designed Transonic aero road frame and Tri  / TT  Norcom Straight have shown the company is forging  ahead with innovation and good design on the road.

Enough about the road though, we are here to talk about their latest endeavor on the dirt.  The Fuji SLM 29 1.1 aims to be a podium topping XC race bike out of the box.  The bike is adorn with XTR, a claimed 1000g carbon frame, tubeless ready wheels, carbon cockpit, and a Fox 32 Float 100mm fork.  It sounds like a solid recipe, but you’ll have to make the jump to find out.


EB14: Rotor Adds Narrow/Wide Oval Cyclocross Chainrings, Custom Painted Rings & More!

rotor 3D-plus oval cyclocross single chainrings

Rotor has added cyclocross narrow/wide single chainrings to the mix for anyone looking to run an ovalized chainring on their 1x group.

Their 1x narrow/wide mountain bike Q rings came out this time last year, and the QCX1 rings use the same tooth profiles. They’ll mount on any 110BCD crankset, and they have five mounting positions, allowing you to clock the ovalization at the angle that suits you best. They have 12.5% ovalization. They’re machined form 7075-T6 alloy and will come in 38/40/42/44 tooth counts.

There were a few more new goodies for road and mountain bikes on hand, too…


EB14: Scappa Carbon Ceramic Disc Brake Rotors

scappa carbon ceramic brake rotors

Scappa is an Italian bicycle brand that makes frames and other carbon components. Their new Pagaso carbon ceramic disc brake rotors use a woven carbon body with ceramic inserts, which they say are both lighter and better than steel rotors.

The carbon resin is heat stable up to 280°C (536°F), and it stays cooler than a metal rotor. The ceramic inserts are for friction, to create a useable braking surface.

This 180mm came in at just 81g. But weight is only part of the story, they say it also provides of better braking…

First Look: Trek Session and Session Park, Two Different Ways to Ride Big Mountain – Plus Actual Weights

2015 Trek Sesssion 27.5_0

It’s hard to explain to outsiders the subtle but important difference between the stack of bikes that often clutter a cyclists garage, but even subtle differences in geometry can affect performance. And at the highest level of the sport, those differences are amplified.

For the downhill crowd, that narrow but almost imperceptible divide in bikes is between racing and big mountain or slope style riding. Both categories require a bike that may visually look similar, but they are two separate and distinct riding styles. Working with their stacked team of racers and slopestyle athletes, Trek has introduced two new iterations of their Session DH bike to help meet both groups needs.


First Look: ANVL Components Expands Lineup with Carbon Handlebars and Composite Pedals


Despite having only launched last year, ANVL Components is already hard at work expanding their current product line. Having nailed down the aesthetics, geo, and tech for several products, they’re now playing with different materials.

Their Mandrel handlebar, which we reviewed earlier this year,  is now available in carbon. At 227 g, it’s ~70 g lighter than it’s aluminum counterpart, while still sharing the great ergonomics and graphics.


EB14: Maxxis Adds New Mountian Bike tires, More Tubeless Options & Some Road Rubber

maxxis pace and tread lite mountain bike tiress

The Pace cross country tire we’ve been seeing on pro bikes doesn’t have distribution in the U.S. or Germany. While we don’t have an explanation for North America, the Germans say it’s too heavy for XC racing, so they don’t bother importing it. Word is, the lowest weight version is around 700g, which is a bit portly for XC.

The solution? The new Tread Lite, a semi slick that’s tipping the scales at just 530g for a 26×2.10. The 27.5×2.10 is 560g or 595g with the EXO protective casing. 29ers are 590g and 630g. All are tubeless ready, which they designate simply as TR, and have 120tpi casings.

Now, on to more aggressive knobbies, which includes the road bike rubber…


EB14: Kore Dropper Post Prototype, Sweet New Ikon Grip & More

kore dropper post prototype

Kore was hiding a new dropper post in plain sight, but they were keeping a few parts hidden from the camera.

In the works for almost a year, they’re close to finalizing the design. The basics are 125mm of drop, 420mm long and 31.6/30.9 diameters. How it works internally wasn’t something they wanted to talk about, but the cable enters from the bottom and pulls down on a faceplate. Inside, that plate is connected to two thin metal strands that go to the top part and release something to let it drop or rise. They should have a final design in Spring 2015 and be ready to talk specifics then.

Drop in for pics and more…

EB14: Tune Gets Skinny Fat, Plus Carbon MTB Cranks, Skewers & 9 Gram Bottle Cage


Tune is making fat bikes a little less hefty with their new 190mm rear and 150mm front hubs. Those join the 170mm Fat Kong rear and 135/142mm Fat King front to offer very light options for the widest standards. Those and all of Tune’s regular rear hubs are now coming with the lighter Skyline freehub body that’s drilled out to saves 3g, and that bonus comes without raising the price.

They’ve also got some nifty new fat bike thru axles and skewers to go with the hubs, plus lots and lots of other really, really lightweight goodies…