Posts in the category Mountain Bike

Found: Interloc Racing Designs’ 11-42 wide range mountain bike, cyclocross cassettes

IRD 11-42 wide range mountain bike cassette for sram and shimano drivetrains

The wide range mountain bike cassette options just keep rolling in, bringing more choices at more price points. So far we’ve seen models from Praxis, SunRace, Hope, Edco, Microshift, SEQlite and Trickstuff…and newer versions from SRAM and Shimano. And that doesn’t even count all the hop up kits to mod your existing cassette.

Now we’ve found a number of options from IRD, including this 11-42 and an 11-40 topping the spread. It’s compatible with standard SRAM and Shimano SGS speed rear derailleurs, and they’ve got options for both 10-speed and 11-speed. That means less expensive upgrades as long as your rear wheel’s freehub body will fit an 11-speed cassette if you’re going for the extra cog. Otherwise, the 10-speed versions make for an easy 1×10 conversion without losing too much range.

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Downtubes Store more than Bottles with Redesigned Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 650b and 29

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Of all of the bikes in the Specialized line up, the Stumpjumper is perhaps the most well known. Introduced in 1981 and considered the first production mountain bike, over the years much has changed but the name carries on. Eventually the Stumpjumper lineage grew to include the first full suspension Stumpy, the FSR.

Today, Specialized continues the Stumpjumper FSR blood line with the latest version of their ‘trail legend.’ The previous version of the Stumpy FSR was already an impressive ride – so how do you go about improving it? For Specialized that meant the latest development in their SWAT technology offering a new, fully integrated way to store your flat kit…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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Advocacy

  • Ride of Silence – On May 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Check with your local cycling groups to see if there will be a Ride of Silence in your town (there are rides in 49 states). rideofsilence.org

Bike Parks

  • Mammoth Mountain Bike Park Opens May 22nd – Mark your calendar, schedule your tune-up and grab your crew; the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park is set to open for the year on May 22. A number of improvements and events are on tap for the Mammoth Bike Park in 2015, including the USA Cycling Mountain Biking National Championships, which moves to Mammoth this July. Several trail extensions aimed at increasing the connectivity of Mammoth’s trail network are scheduled for completion this summer. Also new this year, the Bike Park Basecamp adjacent to the Gondola at Main Lodge will provide the perfect setting to gather after a ride. With outdoor seating, bike tuning stands, snacks and locally brewed beer available for purchase, it’s an ideal post-ride venue.

Benefit Rides

  • Fundraiser to Support the Wood River Bicycle Coalition – The Wood River Bike Coalition is a non-profit organization located in the Sun Valley, Idaho area. The area was hit hard by a fire two years ago that ruined more than 150 miles of trails in our area so through volunteer trails crews in the spring and early summer were able to log over 1500 volunteer hours last year rebuilding trails close to home. On Saturday August 1st, 2015 they’ll host the Sawtooth Century which has become their biggest fundrasier of the year. For more information on the WRBC visit woodriverbike.org

More news and a chance to win a trip to The Tour after the jump…

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SOC15: Roundup – New goodies from Trickstuff, SQlab & Orange Seal

trickstuff wide range mountain bike cassette machined from single piece of metal

Trickstuff is adding a wide range cassette to their lineup with this three piece unit called the 4111 cassette, as in 11-41. Where most of Trickstuff’s products are made in their home country of Germany, they worked with Response to develop it and it’s being made in Taiwan.

While it looks identical to the SEQlite cassette we spotted at Taipei Cycle Show, there’s at least one functional difference: The big cog has 41 teeth, not 40 or 42. It also has ready-to-ship U.S. distribution for those of us here in the States.

Detail pics and plenty more new stuff below…

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Shredits: Insane Street Riding from Matt Macduff and Garrett Reynolds, the Beauty of Chaos, and SR Suntour Riders get Loose

To go along with Nick Bruce’s awesome clip to introduce the new Kali Viva helmet, the company also handed an early sample to a rider with slightly bigger wheels. After putting the new Viva through the paces for nearly a year, Kali checks in with Matt Macduff with a video part from Barcelona.

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SOC15: KHS SixFifty 7500 full susser gets complete makeover as an enduro racer

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At first glance, the ultra low saddle and its excessive tilt could make you think this was a new downhill bike. But then you realize that it was prepped for Sea Otter’s “gravity” courses and that the fork’s angle wasn’t nearly slack enough for a true DH bike. What this new KHS 7500 really is is a totally overhauled mountain bike designed for enduro racing. And it’s drastically better looking than its predecessor.

Just as interesting as the frame is the production story. This isn’t the first incarnation of the new 7500. Those were on the water, but when everything got held up in the big California freight debacle, they actually changed the frame design and sent the originals back. So, these new ones are somewhere between production and in the warehouse, considered a late 2015 model introduction…

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Charge Bikes goes wild, converting full range of 29er mountain bikes to 27.5+

Charge Bikes is updating their entire off road lineup for 2016, switching from 29er wheels to 27.5+ for all non-fat versions of the Cooker hardtail. It’s shown above being ripped by brand ambassador Rob Jarman…get past the short intro, it’s a highly entertaining video. Pics with Q&A below…

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SOC15: Polygon brings enduro-ready Collossus N9 to USA, plus new 27.5 race hardtail & Bend CX bike

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Polygon is still establishing their brand here in the states, but that hasn’t stopped them from developing a model built specifically for launch in the U.S. market.

The new Collossus N9 bumps things up from the Collossus T8 with more travel, slacker angles and a more capable fork and rear shock. The T8 has 140mm travel, but the new N9 gets 160mm and a one-degree slacker head angle, meaning it’s built for more speed on the downhills. Yes, that all translates to enduro…

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Kali Rethinks Skate park Protection with New Viva BMX / DJ Helmet

Kali Viva

If you’ve ridden dirt jumps, skate parks, or BMX at any point in your life, you’re probably familiar with the state of helmets that come with the territory. Most commonly due to their price point, skid lids use a thick ABS shell with an EPS foam liner glued into the inside. The resulting helmet is durable (to a point) but typically heavy, hot, and not exactly comfortable. On the other side there are more expensive in-molded helmets that make for a lighter, more comfortable fit but typically suffer in durability because of that. Somewhere in the middle are the skate lids which are more comfortable, but lack the necessary bicycle certifications.

Kali’s founder Brad Waldron is known to tell it like he sees it. Case in point – when it comes to Kali’s new Viva, Brad light heartedly states, “The Viva is the best helmet we’ve ever created that no one will ever give a shit about, but that’s ok.” While dirt jump/BMX helmets might not gain the most attention in the media, this is one helmet that Brad wanted to build for himself and his family and friends more than anything. Calling it the most technologically advanced BMX/Dirt Jump helmet ever made, the goal was fairly straight forward. Create a DJ/BMX helmet that was as durable as the ABS half shells but also included the comfort and fit of the in-molded variety.

What appears to be just another BMX/DJ helmet on the outside, the Viva is actually another technological marvel from Kali…

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