EB16: Norco releases a Torrent of plus bikes for young and old, teases new enduro & all mountain bikes

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Starting at Crankworx and progressing through Interbike, Norco had a lot to show. Feeding off the influx of plus size additions, Norco has expanded their mid-fat line up to include hard tails, full suspension, and even kids’ bikes. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve also started to tease a new enduro platform that sounds like it could be big in different ways…

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Starting at Crankworx and progressing through Interbike, Norco had a lot to show. Feeding off the influx of plus size additions, Norco has expanded their mid-fat line up to include hard tails, full suspension, and even kids’ bikes. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve also started to tease a new enduro platform that sounds like […]

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Week in Review: Interbike kicks off, new Orbea Orca, GoPro drone & more

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Our Eurobike coverage is still pouring online, with tons of new bikes and gear, and Interbike is wrapped…well, the event anyway. The coverage from Vegas is just getting up to speed with lots (LOTS!!!) more to come. We heard plenty of folks saying there wasn’t much to see there, but we managed to find quite a bit, and you’ll see it all here over the next few weeks.

Some of the bigger news of the week were first rides on the all-new Orbea Orca (plus a sneak peak of their upcoming gravel/cyclocross bike), a review of the Coros smart helmet, GoPro’s Karma drone launch, Alchemy’s first move to off-shore production and new road bikes from Colnago, Argon18, Merckx and so many more. Roll on down for links to every headline…

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Our Eurobike coverage is still pouring online, with tons of new bikes and gear, and Interbike is wrapped…well, the event anyway. The coverage from Vegas is just getting up to speed with lots (LOTS!!!) more to come. We heard plenty of folks saying there wasn’t much to see there, but we managed to find quite […]

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IB16: Industry Nine booking orders for new Matchstix multi tool thru axles, adds Enduro S, Big Rig 275, new All Road, more

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Stealth multi tool development is heating up. For years, tools have been stuffed into the pockets of hydration packs, jerseys, and shorts, but if you have to take it with you, why not let the bike do the work? That concept has given rise to storage pods built into frames, tools built into bar ends, and even chain breakers built into steerer tubes. Now, Industry Nine is finally ready to offer their take on built in tool design with the completed version of their Matchstix thru axles.

Part light weight thru bolt, and part MacGyver multitool, the Matchstix should be able to get you out of jam on your next mechanical, plus there are even more new wheels rolling out of Asheville…

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Stealth multi tool development is heating up. For years, tools have been stuffed into the pockets of hydration packs, jerseys, and shorts, but if you have to take it with you, why not let the bike do the work? That concept has given rise to storage pods built into frames, tools built into bar ends, and even chain […]

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IB16: NDVR unfolds U.S.-made Bravo titanium travel mountain bike

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Following in the footsteps of their debut Alpha road bike, the new NDVR Bravo mountain bike also gets the Ritchey Breakaway folding system incorporated into a made-in-the-USA titanium frame.

The Bravo is a 27.5+ that can fit up to a 3.5″ tire (it’s shown here with a 2.8). They kept it at 27.5 so that the wheels would still fit regular airline size guidelines, versus a 29er. Just let the air out of the tires to make it fit in their custom case, which is included with purchase…

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Following in the footsteps of their debut Alpha road bike, the new NDVR Bravo mountain bike also gets the Ritchey Breakaway folding system incorporated into a made-in-the-USA titanium frame. The Bravo is a 27.5+ that can fit up to a 3.5″ tire (it’s shown here with a 2.8). They kept it at 27.5 so that […]

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EB16: Koga Colmaro endurance & gravel prototypes, plus Beachracer updated as X-Over adventure ride

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Dutch bike builder Koga probably first caught our attention a few years back when they debuted their drop bar Beachracer. While a fat tire road/cross bike with a 1x road drivetrain for tackling some unique off-road racing might have sounded a bit crazy then (yes, beach racing in Holland is still pretty weird), now that description could probably be applied to dozens of new gravel racers we’ve seen recently. And Koga is on top of the fast gravel segment too. Their new Colmaro prototypes are ready for either fast endurance road riding, or proper fat tire gravel with up to 35mm tires, or even slickly integrated fenders. There’s also a new disc brake version of the carbon road Kimera. Then Koga have even taken that original Beachracer and reworked it as the X-Over with a new bar and new drivetrain to set it loose for some adventure touring…

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Dutch bike builder Koga probably first caught our attention a few years back when they debuted their drop bar Beachracer. While a fat tire road/cross bike with a 1x road drivetrain for tackling some unique off-road racing might have sounded a bit crazy then (yes, beach racing in Holland is still pretty weird), now that description […]

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EB16: Ritchey Logic pops up WCS Trail Dropper post, flared VentureMax bar, tires, saddles & more…

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Ritchey recently showed us a few new and updated bikes for tackling gravel roads and adventure riding, but on top of their frames they’re also continuing to roll out a slew of new components. Often some of the most affordable and solidly performing gear out there, we’re really interested to try out their new mountain bike dropper post. The new WCS Trail Dropper seatpost comes in two travel lengths and uses a unique 3-position stepped drop. At the same time Ritchey has introduced a new shaped & flared VentureMax bar that promises drop comfort on your off-road adventures. Plus there is a new tire each for gravel, cross, and plus-sized mountain, as well as a few updated saddles, a new trail wheelset, and even a more affordable pedal. Get a close look at all of it after the jump…

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Ritchey recently showed us a few new and updated bikes for tackling gravel roads and adventure riding, but on top of their frames they’re also continuing to roll out a slew of new components. Often some of the most affordable and solidly performing gear out there, we’re really interested to try out their new mountain […]

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EB16: Merida hit two extremes with new One-Sixty enduro bike & Reacto Track velodrome racer

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From the ground up totally new, Merida has redesigned their 160mm travel enduro bike. The new One-Sixty gets its first carbon main triangle to bring frame weight down under 2.5kg. With short 430mm chainstays, long 445mm reach, and slack 65.3° head angle, the new One-Sixty is looks ready to drop-in on the most technical mountain tracks.

At the same time, designed to race around much smoother tracks, Merida has introduced their new alloy Reacto Track. Whether for training on wooden velodromes or classic winter training, their first track bike fills a gap that Merida had in their line, and pulls from stiff and aero tech that they’ve refined on the road for many years. Take a closer look at either or both o these polar opposites, below the fold…

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From the ground up totally new, Merida has redesigned their 160mm travel enduro bike. The new One-Sixty gets its first carbon main triangle to bring frame weight down under 2.5kg. With short 430mm chainstays, long 445mm reach, and slack 65.3° head angle, the new One-Sixty is looks ready to drop-in on the most technical mountain tracks. At the […]

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IB16: Pioneer adds power to Campagnolo, FSA road & Shimano MTB cranks, testing sensors everywhere else…including you

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Pioneer will have the first aftermarket power meter for the new Shimano R9100 crankset. It’s coming in November in dual leg or single sided options, offered both as the complete package with new cranks or as the aftermarket add-on kit. Pricing is $1,499 for the complete crankset with dual power, or $629 for just the left arm with a sensor preinstalled. The add-on kits are $999 and $499.

Perhaps more impressive than the speed with which they’ve prepped the unit for Shimano’s latest is the number of new options for other cranks…

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Pioneer will have the first aftermarket power meter for the new Shimano R9100 crankset. It’s coming in November in dual leg or single sided options, offered both as the complete package with new cranks or as the aftermarket add-on kit. Pricing is $1,499 for the complete crankset with dual power, or $629 for just the […]

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Storck reshapes full-suspension 27.5 Adrenic G1 trail bike, adds lighter Platinum model & more

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Debuted as a production bike back at Eurobike in 2014, Storck’s Adrenic trail bike was their first full-suspension move away from the light XC-racing mountain bikes they had built to that point. With 120mm of rear wheel travel and a unique looking four-bar suspension layout, the bike stood out in their light carbon catalog as a bike capable of marathon racing or just a fun, light trail bike. This new second generation Adrenic G1 completely reshapes the rear end of the bike with updated linkages for improved stiffness and more efficient use of its travel, and adds two levels of carbon to appeal to a wider range of customers. At the same time on the XC side, Storck has reworked their 29″ and 27.5″ hardtails again in two frame levels. Check out the details after the break…

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Debuted as a production bike back at Eurobike in 2014, Storck’s Adrenic trail bike was their first full-suspension move away from the light XC-racing mountain bikes they had built to that point. With 120mm of rear wheel travel and a unique looking four-bar suspension layout, the bike stood out in their light carbon catalog as […]

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