Posts in the category Mountain Bike

Colossal Brings Bigger Tires, Thru Axles to Salsa Road, Plus Suspension Equipped Fargo

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The Colossal is Salsa’s road bike for epic days in the saddle in any and all conditions. That meant that as the bikes were carried over for the 2014 model year, the lack of fender mounts was a glaring omission for many considering the bike. To prove that Salsa is listening, the Colossal is back for 2015, but with a new design that includes not only fender mounts but thru axles as well.

Colossal now runs bigger tires than ever, and should check most of the boxes for a fast road bike built for the long haul. More details, actual weights, and the new Fargo Suspension bike after the break…

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Look Expands their MTB Platform with New S-Track Sauser Cage

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As the pedal that ushered in a new era for clipless on the road, Look has been trying to gain a foothold in mountain biking recently as well. The idea is pretty simple – offer a single style of pedal and then sell replaceable cages to change the amount of platform. Look started with their polyamide nylon cage for the S-Track and then introduced the cold forged alloy cage at Frostbike early last year.

Their latest cage is based on Christoph Sauser’s personal preferences, hence the name. The Sauser cage gives the S-Track a good amount more surface area on either side of the cleat, but still keeps the overall weight of the pedal quite low. Details plus actual weights after the jump…

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Jagwire to Introduce New Wet Weather Pro Rim Brake Pad

 

Jagwire Wet Weather brake pads inserts

This one goes out to all the riders currently using rim brakes, and that don’t plan on changing any time soon. Rim brakes might not have the same wet weather stopping power as disc brakes, but there are things you can do to improve wet weather performance. Like changing your brake pads.

The new Jagwire Pro Wet brake pads use an improved compound that not only offers drastically improved performance in the rain, but offer better dry stopping power as well. The trade off? Well, the pads are a bit softer so they will wear faster but if you like being able to stop in the wet it should be a worthwhile trade off. Designed for aluminum brake tracks only, the pad inserts will be offered in Shimano and Campy style road as well as the standard mountain bike rim design. Price on the red stopper is TBD, but expect them to be available this August.

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45NRTH Introduces Fasterkatt Road Shoes, Updates Other Boots, Cobrafist Pogies

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Your eyes do not deceive you. There are now two versions of the 45NRTH Fasterkatt wet and cold weather shoe. Designed for the transitional months or climates where deep winter isn’t a concern, Fasterkatts are designed to shed water in temperatures from 25-45 degrees f. The big news here is the introduction of the 3 bolt SPD-SL compatible sole, but both shoes see significant improvements over the previous Fasterkatt MTB.

Thanks to better zippers, better fit, and improved materials the Fasterkatt is ready to extend your riding season regardless of the conditions. Get the full details plus info on the new Wölvhammer and Cobrafist Pogies, next…

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Issi Trail Pedals Nearly Ready for a Spin

Photo c. QBP

Photo c. QBP

As one of the newest brands to QBP’s ever growing product line, iSSi pedals have been designed to provide options over the standard SPD. Introduced just before Frostbike, iSSi started with their colorful XC oriented pedal in 8 different colors. Weighing in at 312g per pair, the $75 pedals use single outboard bearing and inner DU bushing, but are also sold in an upgraded Duro version which uses dual outer bearings and a single inner bearing that replaces the DU bushing. iSSi pedals also have +6 and +12mm spindle options which are shipping now.

During Frostbike we were shown a very early prototype of their new trail pedal, which like more aggressive pedals offers a bit more support around the clip. iSSi was showing off new samples of the trail pedal at Saddle Drive, that while not completely finished, were looking much more complete than the original prototype.

Details plus actual weights, next…

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Suspension Setup Series #1 – Set Your Sag Properly

bikerumor guide how to set up mountain bike suspension sag

At virtually every mountain bike and suspension launch we attend, we’re told to simply sit on the bike while someone slides the “fun-o-meter” ring to the base of the fork or shock, then we hop off and see where it lies. If it’s in the ballpark, we gear up and head out, fiddling with the settings as we ride.

Recently, I had some time with Rockshox brand ambassador and SRAM MTB marketing manager Duncan Riffle, who also happens to be a 2x U.S. National Downhill Champ and former World Cup DH competitor, so we discussed the finer points of suspension set up. The result is this 6-part series, with additional input from Manitou’s Eric Porter, who’s raced professionally in XC/DH/DS/DJ over the past 11 years, and Mark Fitzsimmons, Fox Racing Shox’s race program manager and pro athlete suspension tuner. As you’ll see throughout the multi-part story, there’s quite an art to getting it all dialed, but when you do, it’s pure magic on the trail.

So, ready to rethink everything about how your suspension is set up? Good. We’ll start with sag, which is the amount of travel your suspension moves through just by adding your own weight (body, clothes, pack, etc.) to the bike. This puts the suspension into an active state, letting it react in both directions, keeping your tire glued to the dirt. To get it right, there are two things to consider: Rider position and amount of sag. We’ll start with properly positioning yourself on the bike so that sag is set based on your actual riding.

But first, make sure your fork and shock both have their compression damping set to their fully Open/Descend positions, then hop on the bike…

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Scott Jumps into 27.5″ for 2015 Gambler, Voltage FR, Plus New Genius 900 Tuned

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Ever since the mountain bike wheel size debate began, Scott has been taking advantage of the 27.5″ wheel size. From World Cup Level XC racing, to all mountain and Enduro, the wheels have been offered alongside their bigger 29″ siblings. In 2015, we see the middle wheel size make its way into the gravity world with a new Gambler DH bike as well as the all new Voltage FR. Not convinced that 27.5″ is the way to go for gravity use? Thanks to some innovative designs, both bikes can still run 26″ wheels without affecting performance.

Across the board, Scott’s mountain bikes for 2015 are impressively light and offer all of the techy details you’ve come to expect from the Swiss manufacturer. After a few days riding the new bikes in Deer Valley, UT, we’ve come away quite impressed. Details plus actual weights after the jump…

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Review: New Vee Rubber XCV and Speedster Dirt Jump Tires

Vee Tires XCV Tires (3)While the bleeding edge of innovation in the trail/enduro/and all mountain segment of the markets have been steadily pushing for the complete eradication of the 26″ wheel, there’s one realm in which the wheel size will always be appreciated.

For dirt jumping, pump tracking, street sessions, and casually cruising, there’s nothing better than a hardtail. So we were pumped to hear that Vee Rubber is still releasing new tires for our favorite red headed step child. READ MORE ->

Ritchey Bullmoose Handlebar-Stem Combo Back, Now in WCS Carbon Form!

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Ritchey just sent over a little teaser of their 2015 product line in the form of an all-new, WCS carbon version of the Bullmoose one-piece bar/stem combo.

As the story goes, in 1978, Tom Ritchey raced the Repack Downhill in Marin, CA, on a borrowed bike. Supposedly, he was killin’ it, en route to sure victory, when halfway down the rough descent his bars slipped and rotated, forcing him to stop and fix it. “My time was not that far off from the winner, even considering the stop,” Ritchey said, “I thought, all I need is a better handlebar and stem and I can win this thing.”

To prevent such misfortune in the future, he modded his existing steel stems into a one-piece triangulated shape welded to a handlebar. It became stock equipment on his first mountain bike (and many others) during mountain biking’s early days. Now, 35 years later, it’s back…

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