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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Suspension options for Bionicon Edison EVO with new GX builds

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While most bike companies offer several different unique build kits to get you into their bikes at a wide range of price points, the team behind the Bionicon Edison is taking quite a different approach. What they’ve decided to do is set a lower-entry price on their premier Edison EVO and give a bunch of options. Instead of having one setup at the sub 3000€ level, Bionicon are offering 10 builds that let the buyer pick suspension, wheel size, and  gearing to suit their style of riding. Check out the details after the jump…

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While most bike companies offer several different unique build kits to get you into their bikes at a wide range of price points, the team behind the Bionicon Edison is taking quite a different approach. What they’ve decided to do is set a lower-entry price on their premier Edison EVO and give a bunch of options. […]

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Rotwild R.X2 carbon trail bike runs 27.5, 27.5+ and 29er with the same frame & fork

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Richey Schley gets ready for his first ride on the new Rotwild R.X2
Richey Schley gets ready for his first ride on the new Rotwild R.X2

Introduced as a 140mm travel 27.5 / 27.5+ trail bike in alloy last summer, the R.X1 then got final spec listings at Eurobike. However, neither time did they indicate the bike would also work with 29er wheels. Now, with the new, lighter full carbon Rotwild R.X2 model, they say you can choose any of the three wheel and tire combos and run them all on the same frame and fork.

To do that, it uses their flip chip rear axle system that changes chainstay length by 12.5mm to make room for the two larger options, or tuck the rear end in with smaller 27.5″ wheels…or not, the shorter position works with some plus and 29er tires, too. And they you can mix and match without changing the geometry of the bike…unless you want to. A 1.5″ headtube fitted with an adjustable headset lets you deviate up to 1.5º from the stock 67º head angle.

As they put it, the industry is looking at different geometries, tire and wheel sizes, all trying to decide which is best for the rider. But they can’t know what’s best for everyone, so (we) created a multifunctional bike that lets the rider set it the way they want it…

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Introduced as a 140mm travel 27.5 / 27.5+ trail bike in alloy last summer, the R.X1 then got final spec listings at Eurobike. However, neither time did they indicate the bike would also work with 29er wheels. Now, with the new, lighter full carbon Rotwild R.X2 model, they say you can choose any of the three […]

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New Onza Canis 27.5 x 2.85 puts a lightweight bite into Plus mountain bike tire segment

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onza canis 275x285 plus mountain bike tire

Just after introducing the Svelt XC tire at Sea Otter, we caught Onza with another new tread at the Riva del Garda Mountain Bike Festival.

The upcoming Onza Canis 27.5 x 2.85 is their first entry into the plus-sized tire market, but it’s coming in at a competitive weight for the category. At 840g claimed, that’s at least 60g lighter than most other plus tires we’ve seen, which is double good considering it’s using their Freeride casing with reinforced sidewalls. The rest of the construction notes are a single ply carcass with the higher end (and lighter) 120tpi construction. It gets their dual racing compound of 65a rubber in the center and softer 55a on the side knobs.

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Just after introducing the Svelt XC tire at Sea Otter, we caught Onza with another new tread at the Riva del Garda Mountain Bike Festival. The upcoming Onza Canis 27.5 x 2.85 is their first entry into the plus-sized tire market, but it’s coming in at a competitive weight for the category. At 840g claimed, […]

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DT Swiss adds high volume R414 rear shock, sneaks in stealth “plug-in” thru axle

2017 DT Swiss R414 high volume rear mountain bike shock

Over the past couple years, DT Swiss has scaled back their suspension offerings, focusing on the shorter travel end of the spectrum. The new R414 rear shock, however, has a huge range of uses from XC to light enduro and could be considered the start of DT’s phase two suspension effort.

It has a larger air chamber than their XC units, and it moves the check valve between positive and negative chambers into the stroke a small bit. With their XC shocks, as you fill the positive it’s also filling the negative, but then as soon as there’s sag in the system, the piston is moved past the check valve and the systems remain separate. With the R414, the check valve is moved to between 20% to 30% of the stroke, so as you’re sitting in sag, the system is equalizing positive and negative chambers for smoother performance. So, it’s important to cycle the shock as few times as you’re setting it up and then rechecking pressure. This design is more commonly used in the industry, so it’s not new, it’s just new for DT Swiss.

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Over the past couple years, DT Swiss has scaled back their suspension offerings, focusing on the shorter travel end of the spectrum. The new R414 rear shock, however, has a huge range of uses from XC to light enduro and could be considered the start of DT’s phase two suspension effort. It has a larger air […]

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Acros adding wide carbon Race, Enduro mountain bike wheels

acros race carbon and enduro race carbon mountain bike wheels

acros race carbon and enduro race carbon mountain bike wheels

Filed under “light on the details, but coming soon” are new wide carbon rimmed mountain bike wheels from Acros. Two versions will be offered, both using the new tubeless ready, hookless 30mm (internal) wide carbon fiber rims. The difference between the Race and Enduro versions will be the hubs and the spoke counts…

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Filed under “light on the details, but coming soon” are new wide carbon rimmed mountain bike wheels from Acros. Two versions will be offered, both using the new tubeless ready, hookless 30mm (internal) wide carbon fiber rims. The difference between the Race and Enduro versions will be the hubs and the spoke counts…

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