Posts in the category Mountain Bike

IB15: Up Close with the Fatback Skookum Carbon and Rhino Aluminum Fat Bikes

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When we first got wind of the new Fatback Skookum and Rhino fat bikes, the announcement was shown with computer renderings. Just a few weeks later at Interbike though, Fatback’s latest fat bikes were the real deal.

Offering a carbon fat bike that is suspension compatible as well as an aluminum model with a sliding dropout, Fatback is gearing up for winter with some cool new rides…


EB15: Light VIAL Evo XC hardtail mountain & Ultra 4.4kg road bikes from AX Lightness, and more


AX Lightness certainly have a tendency to go for  some crazy light components, like their new enduro wheels we featured several weeks back. Now ever since they introduced their VIAL evo series of carbon frames a few years back, they’ve been constantly moving forward with ever lighter bikes. This fall at Eurobike AX was showing two new Vial bikes: the new Vial Evo XC hardtail mountain bike and an updated special layup Vial Evo Ultra that they suspected is the first production road bike where all size framsets, including frame fork, and headset come in under one kilo.

And that’s not all they had to show. There was also a partial prototype of an upcoming road disc Vial, several examples of their light aluminum crankset, and a few new updated rim profiles for road and cross. Check out the details and some close ups of the killer specs of the premium bike builds after the break…


IB15: State Bicycle Co Drops “Missing Link” Pulsar Versatile Singlespeed 29er, Retro Reissues, and GC Fresh Cuts


Not going to lie, State Bicycle Company’s lineup at Interbike last year seemed to be missing a little something. The line leapt from their Thunderbird cyclocross model to their Megalith fat bike with nothing in between. This year, State debuted their missing link, the Pulsar 29er, available complete as a single speed in both fully rigid and hardtail configurations. But that’s not the only thing up the urban brand’s sleeve. State has several new attractive track models, including limited release Retro Reissues of several retired models for those of us who missed them the first time around, and a Le Mans-inspired Undefeated velodrome racing frameset. More after the jump…


IB15: Renthal Sticks to Lock Ons with New Ultra Tacky Grips, Plus 31mm Apex Stem

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You won’t be able to let go of Renthal’s new Ultra Tacky Grips. Literally. Okay, well not literally, but they are really, really sticky. Designed within an incredibly tacky compound, the grips should make any slipping at the bars a thing of the past. Combine them with the new 31mm Apex stem and you should have no more excuses for losing control…


IB15: Box Goes Round with New Carbon and Alloy Wheels, More

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Lately, Box has been making the most noise regarding their (hopefully) soon to be released mountain bike drivetrain components. Now that those are finished as we’re told, the company has turned their focus to another new product – wheels. Soon to be offering wheels for both MTB and BMX, Box is on the Cusp of being able to outfit most of your mountain bike…


EB15: Catlike Gets Colorful with Updated Boa Whisper Road & MTB shoes and helmets


Known for their helmets, Catlike branched out into shoes and sunglasses in their home Spanish market several years ago and has been broadening their reach in the EU and US. Now with new models on the way for 2016 and celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary, they’ve stepped up their game with overall updates to the top-end Whisper shoes, trickled down some tech to affordable road and mountain shoes, and even brought out some new helmets. And to coordinate it all together Catlike has designed everything into four color lines to get all matchy. Come past the break for tech details on the new stuff and pricing…


IB15: Jamis mountain bikes get fatter and faster – new Roughneck fat bike & updated Dakota XC hardtail

2016 Jamis Roughneck air-formed alloy fat bike

Jamis’ 2016 mountain bike have been trickling out since Sea Otter with their Dragon Slayer 650B+ hardtail and this summer’s Defcon enduro bike. The one thing missing was something with really, really wide rubber.

These days, just about everyone’s got a fat bike. To standout, the bike needs to have a schtick, whether it’s some audacious feature or a niche. The new Jamis Roughneck fat bike doesn’t jump out with any insane design cues, but it does tailor itself to some of the original fat bike conditions. It also gets a very nice fork with a rather unique construction method.

It’s made to perform in the snow, using the TRP Spike mechanical with cover plates. The Roughneck has an air formed frame and fork, which gives them more control over the tube manipulation. Where that was really put to good use is on the fork…


EB15: Stevens Goes Big Boosting All 2016 Full-Suspension bikes, Gets a Fatter Mobster, and more on and off-road


Stevens was showing a bunch of new things from city bikes to an e-bike with automatic NuVinci shifting, but what first caught out attention was the fattening up of their mountain bikes (while still churning out a new 9kg carbon hardtail), and some updates to the cross bikes (including the race-winning Super Prestige Disc that we tested last cyclocross season). Not to be left out were bikes for the asphalt, and we picked up on two extremes: a gearbox driven urban monster with 2.4″ slicks over to the Ventoux road machine in either disc or rim brake variants. Get all the details with us after the break…

EB15: Schwalbe airs out world’s (almost) lightest inner tubes

Schwalbe Evolution Aerothan lightweight bicycle inner tubes

Perhaps in direct contrast to the new Fat Albert mountain bike and tubeless-ready road/cross gravel tire line up they showed off at Eurobike’s outdoor demo, Schwalbe kept their all-new Evolution Tubes under the shelter of the zeppelin hangers.

The tubes are made of a high tech thermoplastic material called Aerothan, which was co-developed with BASF. Not only are the tubes are extremely lightweight, they’re 100% recyclable. They’ve got some other great features, too, but they’re for disc brake wheels only…