Posts in the category Mountain Bike

Wednesday Group Ride – Fresh Goods from Selle Anatomica, CDI Torq Tools, Profile Designs, Restrap & More

CDI Torq Tools adjustable t-handle torque wrench

A while back, we reviewed CDI’s miniature T-handle torque wrenches positively for their ease of use and convenient one-torque setting. But, with the myriad torque requirements of stems, handlebars, seat posts and saddle clamps, it could very easily become a wall full of individual wrenches.

Now, they’ve got an adjustable TorqControl wrench, spanning from 2nm to 8nm with a cam-over-clutch design for error proof settings. It uses a magnetic tip that holds standard 1/4″ bits and comes with 4/5/6mm and T25 Torx bits plus 4″ long 4mm and T25 bits. And a certificate of accuracy. Retail is $80, available through

Twist into more new gear below…


SOC 14: Continental Rolls Fat 27.5 with Der Kaiser and Baron Projekt 2.4

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When 27.5 was first introduced, many of the tires were fairly small compared to their high volume 26″ cousins. Now, that is all changing as companies like Continental are offering fatter tires to match aggressive enduro bikes. In Continental’s case it’s their new Projekt 2.4 which started with the Der Kaiser 2.4. Now Continental is working on a Baron 2.4 to join the ranks with both tires under testing by the Athertons. The Baron is almost ready for release, details next…


SOC 14: Diamondback Redesigns the Mission – 27.5″ Wheels, Improved Suspension & More

Diamondback mission 275 650b knuckle box enduro orange eric porter (2)

Joining most of the other bicycle manufacturers, Diamondback is joining in on 27.5” with the all new Diamondback Mission. Originally built with 26” wheels, the medium wheeled Mission completely replaces the 26” bike and also replaces the Scapegoat. In order to accommodate the larger wheels, the Mission gets what Diamondback is calling the Knuckle Box migration where the link is getting lower, farther forward, and more compact. The result is a stiffer, lighter bike with a lower center of gravity that pedals with the benefits of the bigger wheels.

Intrigued? Set out on a new Mission next…


S0C14: E*Thirteen Showcases New Drivetrain 1x Goods, Including New 40 & 42T EX Cog


E*thirteen showcased two new drivetrain products that help give you the performance benefits of a wide range 1x specific setup, but without breaking the break.

The biggest news on that front is the new Extended Range (EX) cogs, which help extend the gear range of your current drivetrain. This product and several others like it have recently flooded the market due to the popularity (and price) of upgrading to an eleven speed drivetrain, but that doesn’t mean these cogs are easy to develop. They announced them a couple weeks before Sea Otter, and here’s our hands on look with more tech info on the development.

Spin past the break to learn more about what makes the E*thirteen EX Cog special….

SOC14: New KS Ether Stems and Handlebars Round Out Your Build


After developing a reputation for high quality dropper posts, KS has chosen to throw their manufacturing expertise into developing a new line of stems, handlebars, and fixed seatposts. This move positions them to better serve the OE market, and gives loyal customers another great option for finishing off their custom builds.

To meet different price points, both the handlebars and seat posts will be available in carbon and aluminum… READ MORE ->

SOC14: Kitsbow Unveils New Hot Weather Kit & Wind Jacket

Kitsbow Wind Jacket and Wind Vest ReverseContrary to the theme of a popular television show, summer is in fact coming. So Kitsbow is preparing by offering a a new  hot weather specific kit and two new outer shells.

For those unfamiliar with the product, Kitsbow gear is the BMW 7 series of the mountain bike apparel world. Designed in the US, the clothes are manufactured in Vancouver, and use the best materials available to construct sharp looking, high end gear, that’s capable of taking a beating.

The new Wind Jacket and Wind Vest are very light windproof polyster shells treated with DWR (Durable Water Resistant) finish for added rain protection. Both have a laser cut perforated back panel between the shoulders for ventilation, reflective piping at the shoulder, and will be available in six sizes. READ MORE ->

SOC14: SDG Introduces New Colors & Saddles, Plus Prototype Sensus Saddles

SDG Belair Original & 2 Saddle

At their Sea Otter booth this year SDG was showcasing a revamped version of their popular Bel Air saddle. While the original saddle will still be available, and both will share more the less the same shape, the 2.0 version has a few new features which make it much more of a performance saddle.

Probably the biggest difference between the two models is the one that is not visible to the eye, because underneath the cover SDG has made the change from Mid-density PU foam to the lightest EVA available. This foam not only cuts down on weight, but it’s also slightly stiffer for better power transfer, and should hold it’s shape better in the long run.

Some other big changes were done to make the ride a little more friendly to your “soft tissue.” The new saddle has a Peri-canal which has been widened and extends the full length of the saddle to offer perennial relief. The 2.0 has also been redesigned with more rear-rise, to help rotate the pelvis forward to help place the rider in a better position on the bike.  READ MORE ->

SOC14: Marin Introduces Rift Zone Carbon, Indian Fire Trail Hartdtail, & Updates the Lombard

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The Rift Zone is a model that has been in Marin’s line up for years, but it was time to give it some fresh legs. Sticking with the 29″ wheel platform, the new Rift Zone is what Marin calls their Trail 29er with 110mm rear, and 120mm front travel. Other than the material change to carbon, the Rift Zone XC 9 gains Marin’s new Isotrack rear suspension design which uses a flex stay in place of the rear pivot. The result is a 29 FS just over 25 lbs that will be the enduro race weapon of choice for Kyle Warner…


SOC14: BOS Reveals Radically Shaped Prototype XC Shock

BOS Prototype XC Shock

Long recognized as one of the premiere suspension manufacturers in Europe, it is only recently that BOS suspension has turned their attention to the US Market. Over their history, they’ve largely focused on the downhill and Enduro market, but with the recent introduction of their first 29er XC fork, the Dizzy, they finally started to give the spandex market some well deserved love.

Their prototype XC shock project began around a year ago, because BOS wanted to create a lightweight solution that would be capable of matching the performance of their Dizzy XC Fork. They wanted to build something small, easy to tune, and quickly adjustable. With this radically shaped 186g shock they feel they have finally achieved those goals.

Learn more after the break…