All-new Mavic XA Pro Carbon mountain bike wheels bring full composite rims to the trail

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2017 Mavic XA Pro Carbon trail mountain bike wheelset wheel and tire system

We caught wind of Mavic’s full carbon intentions for their mountain bike wheels early this year as part of their off-road neutral support program planned for the Leadville 100 race. Now, and much earlier than anticipated, they’ve formally announced them as part of a new Quest adventure mountain bike wheel lineup.

The Mavic XA Pro Carbon is now their top of the line trail mountain bike wheelset. It gets a full carbon fiber rim that addresses all of a rider’s primary needs – lateral stiffness, vertical compliance, impact resistance, light weight, and tubeless reliability. And it does all that as part of a complete wheel/tire system that builds upon the “Carbon Clincher 2.0” design concept introduced with the Pro Carbon SL Cosmic and Ksyrium road bike wheels in March. That meant a new layup and a new way of thinking about how rims should perform as part of a complete wheel…

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We caught wind of Mavic’s full carbon intentions for their mountain bike wheels early this year as part of their off-road neutral support program planned for the Leadville 100 race. Now, and much earlier than anticipated, they’ve formally announced them as part of a new Quest adventure mountain bike wheel lineup. The Mavic XA Pro […]

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SOC16: Fresh paint, new bikes from Devinci, Franco & Mongoose

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Franco Grimes x Bicycle Crumbs custom painted gravel road bike

The Franco Grimes gravel bike came about because they wanted a homegrown (i.e. US-made) steel bike capable of riding anything the road may serve up. That could be a trail, a cyclocross course or just an urban commute. Or, of course, a good road ride.

For this year’s show, they wanted to show off more than the bike’s versatility, they wanted to highlight its design. So, they reached out to Insta-famous artist Bicycle Crumbs, who took every liberty to create this absolute work of art…

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The Franco Grimes gravel bike came about because they wanted a homegrown (i.e. US-made) steel bike capable of riding anything the road may serve up. That could be a trail, a cyclocross course or just an urban commute. Or, of course, a good road ride. For this year’s show, they wanted to show off more […]

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SOC16: Bontrager hits the trail with new dropper seatpost, oversize AM cockpit & wider XC carbon wheels

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With the introduction of the new Trek Farley full suspension fat bikes, they also introduced a lot of new components to out fit them and the rest of their line, including trail and cross country mountain bikes.

Starting with XC, the new Kovee XXX carbon wheels started out as an experiment to see if their pro racers (like Emily Batty) would like a wider rim. They tested various widths and heights, and ended up at a 29mm internal width, but a shallow 27mm height to give it more compliance and save weight. They also used Impact Specific Resins, which they’ve implemented in more aggressive wheels, but switched to lighter weight carbon fibers to create their lightest-ever MTB rim…

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With the introduction of the new Trek Farley full suspension fat bikes, they also introduced a lot of new components to out fit them and the rest of their line, including trail and cross country mountain bikes. Starting with XC, the new Kovee XXX carbon wheels started out as an experiment to see if their […]

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Double Vision – Kona’s carbon Hei Hei DL and Race DL get official

 

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The cat might already be out of the bag after their showing at Sea Otter, but that isn’t stopping Kona from officially introducing the new carbon Hei Heis with a clever video. Typically, double vision on a mountain bike would be a bad thing, but in this case it’s how Kona racer Spencer Paxson attacks completely different rides with the same frame. That’s of course due to the Hei Hei’s duality as both a 100mm travel XC race bike and as a 100/120mm travel trail slayer. With build kits uniquely suited to each task and a light weight carbon frame, the new carbon Hei Hei may leave you seeing double…

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  The cat might already be out of the bag after their showing at Sea Otter, but that isn’t stopping Kona from officially introducing the new carbon Hei Heis with a clever video. Typically, double vision on a mountain bike would be a bad thing, but in this case it’s how Kona racer Spencer Paxson […]

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Wolf Tooth GC45 gives 11 speed the extended cassette treatment

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With Shimano 11 speed mountain bike cassettes turning up more in the real world via the workhorse XT 8000 group, and with an SLX 11 version on the way this July, Wolf Tooth decided that it was high time to bring their extended cassette offerings up to 11 speed as well. Optimized for the new Shimano 11-40 cassettes (but also compatible with 11-42) the extra 45T cog of the GC45 will boost your new Shimano 1x to climb some serious steeps. It can even be combined with a double setup, paired with a long cage rear derailleur and proper chain length, for the huge gear ranges…

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With Shimano 11 speed mountain bike cassettes turning up more in the real world via the workhorse XT 8000 group, and with an SLX 11 version on the way this July, Wolf Tooth decided that it was high time to bring their extended cassette offerings up to 11 speed as well. Optimized for the new Shimano 11-40 cassettes (but […]

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SRAM EX1 brings modern 1x drivetrains to e-bikes…with eight speeds

SRAM EX1 electric mountain bike drivetrain group

SRAM EX1 electric mountain bike drivetrain group

Hot on the heels of Shimano’s XT-level off road e-bike group, SRAM is introducing EX1 for motor-assisted mountain bikes. Why? Because they wanted to create a complete group that addressed the unique demands placed on equipment by an e-MTB. And because that market is growing rapidly regardless of how some folks feel about it and this gives them a complete group to offer as OEM spec.

Marcus Schneider, SRAM Germany’s general manager and e-bike product manager, says “most every e-bike out there now is using standard drivetrain and brake parts. And they’re good, but we thought we could do better.”

What’s different about an e-MTB? Well, there’s more weight, which puts more demand on the brakes, because you still need to stop in the same distance. And with drivetrains, when you shift on a traditional (i.e. human powered) bike, you typically let off the gears slightly, particularly when climbing. But with an e-bike, the motor is continuing to propel the drivetrain forward, so it needs to be able to shift under power.

And when you first hop on a traditional bike, it’s common to shift a bunch of gears at once to get it to the right starting point. And there are plenty of gear steps to help you find just the right one for your human powered bike. But with an e-bike’s immediate torque and power on tap, they didn’t need as many gear steps. In fact, all those extra gears could actually create chain management issues. So, they only needed eight cogs…

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Hot on the heels of Shimano’s XT-level off road e-bike group, SRAM is introducing EX1 for motor-assisted mountain bikes. Why? Because they wanted to create a complete group that addressed the unique demands placed on equipment by an e-MTB. And because that market is growing rapidly regardless of how some folks feel about it and this […]

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Bike Check: Danny MacAskill’s Santa Cruz 5010 CC

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Even though Danny MacAskill didn’t have his riding pack for us to check out for the Every Day Carry series, he did have his bike. Specifically, his Santa Cruz 5010 CC. While you’re probably more familiar with seeing the Scottish legend on his signature Inspired. street/trials bike, as we learned in our interview with Danny, The Ridge really opened up a lot of opportunities within mountain biking for him. Since Inspired. doesn’t make any mountain bikes, Danny was able to work out a deal with Santa Cruz Bicycles.

Most of the time, that means you’ll find Danny on his 5010 CC. Long enough travel to tackle many of his typical rides, but still short and tight enough that Danny can still pull many of his trials moves and surprisingly – fairly stock…

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Even though Danny MacAskill didn’t have his riding pack for us to check out for the Every Day Carry series, he did have his bike. Specifically, his Santa Cruz 5010 CC. While you’re probably more familiar with seeing the Scottish legend on his signature Inspired. street/trials bike, as we learned in our interview with Danny, The […]

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Interview: Danny MacAskill talks Every Day Carry, Travel, Scotch, and what’s up next

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There are few people in the cycling world as recognizable as Danny MacAskill. While many pros obtain stratospheric levels of fame and notoriety within the world of cycling, few can boast that even non-cyclists have shared their videos and know their name. And yet, Danny still manages to be one of the most approachable geniuses on a bike you’re likely to meet – which is surely part of why he’s so popular with fans. Shortly after the brick of time Magura had arranged for one on one interviews, Danny was out front signing autographs. The crowd was so big that Magura had to shut it down so Danny could get onto his next obligation.

While his skills on a bike have catapulted him into the spotlight, they also brought on an increasingly heavy schedule of demos, appearances, and rides befitting an international celebrity. Fortunately, we had enough time to sit down with Danny and pick his brain a bit about a number of things, including what he carries around the world, set backs along the way, and what’s coming next…

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There are few people in the cycling world as recognizable as Danny MacAskill. While many pros obtain stratospheric levels of fame and notoriety within the world of cycling, few can boast that even non-cyclists have shared their videos and know their name. And yet, Danny still manages to be one of the most approachable geniuses […]

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SOC16: Haro grows a 140mm travel mountain bike, cleans up Shift frames & more

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At last year’s Sea Otter, Haro brought full suspension bikes back into their lineup after a several year rest period. The Shift came in two 120mm versions, a single-pivot and a four-bar linkage design to suit every budget. Now, they’re growing the travel of that design for a new model and refining the frames. Oh, and there’s a e-bike coming, too.

The Haro R9LT is the new all-mountain 140mm bike. It gets a different rear shock mount and spring curve, but sticks with the four-bar linkage design. Close ups below…

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At last year’s Sea Otter, Haro brought full suspension bikes back into their lineup after a several year rest period. The Shift came in two 120mm versions, a single-pivot and a four-bar linkage design to suit every budget. Now, they’re growing the travel of that design for a new model and refining the frames. Oh, […]

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