Posts in the category Mountain Bike

EB15: Litespeed builds Ku:wa adventure road bike, plus lightweight SL versions of T1, Pinhoti

2016 Litespeed Kuwa adventure road bike

The Litespeed Ku:wa is their new adventure bike that’s named after an Indian word for mulberry, which refers to Mulberry Gap, a famous 350+ mile trail network in their backyard.

It splits the difference between their T5Ggravel bike shown last year (and updated in March) and the Pinhoti 29er hardtail mountain bike. The geometry is right in the middle of the two, giving it a slightly higher BB and slacker head angle than the T5G, but not as much as the MTB.

It’s thoroughly modern, and thanks to the brand’s long history with the wonder material, should last a good long time…


EB15: Brake Force One H2O disc brake trades mineral oil for water

Brake Force One H2O hydraulic disc brakes that use water

Brake Force One has completely redesigned their unique hydraulic brakes to use water instead of mineral oil. The calipers still use their two step system to provide near instant engagement before ramping up the power, just in a different configuration. Still a closed system, too, because it’s a high volume lever system that can handle any expansion.

They say water makes the brake more heat resistant because it has a five times higher heat transfer rate, two times the heat capacity and less expansion under heat than mineral oil. It’s also less compressible, which is why many trials riders have used it. It’s also much more environmentally friendly.

Which begs the question, why doesn’t everyone just use water? “Everyone just imported the tech from cars,” they said, which meant a rethink was in order…


EB15: Acros converts A-GE hydro shifting to 1×11, lets you customize the sound of new hubs


Acros’ A-GE hydraulic shifting group drops the front derailleur for their new 1×11 system, making it the lightest shifter/derailleur combo we’ve seen.

The rear mech’s upper knuckle has been better optimized and slimmed down, which saved weight and looks better. Other changes were made to keep up with trends, too, and they’ve just finished brand new hubs…


EB15: Light at the End of the Tunnel for Marzocchi?

Marzocchi eurobike interbike is back maybe-6

As we walked by the Marzocchi booth, we noticed something a bit odd. Here was a company that was supposedly in the midst of shutting down, and yet they had new prototypes on display. After sending a letter announcing their intentions of shutting down their moto and mountain bike businesses to their dealers, it appears that there may be a light at the end of the tunnel after all. In the letter itself it said that they were in discussions with potential buyers and from what we’ve seen at Eurobike things are looking good for the legendary M.

We were told to expect an announcement at Interbike which means we may see that Marzocchi dropper in production after all…


EB15: SRM turns on Bluetooth for PC8, adds 1x mountain bike power meters & builds an app


The SRM PC8 was first announced almost two years ago, with an announcement that it started shipping earlier this year. Now, the company is prepping a major firmware update, with Bluetooth connectivity getting turned on sometime in September 2015 if all goes to plan. That’ll let it connect to the upcoming SRM app, but the usage benefits of that might need some time to be realized.

There’s also a WiFi a transmitter in the PC8, but it’s not activated yet. That’s something they’re working on, but the demand for the device was so high, they wanted to go ahead and start shipping them this past May with all the hardware on board, then bring new features online as they could. Eventually, it’ll download your ride data wirelessly and send it to the cloud…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

WARNING: This video features no riding whatsoever.

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Travel & Touring

  • Hipcamp Launches “Airbnb” for Outdoors | Unlocks Private Lands – Hipcamp, the website that makes getting outside fun and easy, is bringing the sharing economy, made popular by Airbnb, to the outdoors. Check out Hipcamp’s Land Sharing video to be transported to these unspoiled lands. Be sure to turn up the volume to get the full effect!

More news and pumptrack event info after the break…


EB15: Tune reinvents road thru axle, makes lots more stuff better & lighter

Pick one thing that would slow adoption of disc brake in the pro peloton and it would likely be the molasses-like process of unthreading a thru axle. Manitou and Focus have their twist-and-pull systems, Naild has a new twist-and-lock system, but Tune’s new QC system might be the fastest of them all.

The new Tune QC Schnellsteck Spanner thru axle system uses a simple push button release to trim removal time to a fraction of a second. Flip through to see how it works…

EB15: 2016 Cannondale mountain bikes get bigger with FatCAAD fat bike, Bad Habit 27.5+ and Beast of the East

2016 Cannondale Bad Habit 275plus full suspension trail bike

The 120mm Habit was introduced just before Eurobike as a trail bike to fill in between their Trigger and Scalpel.

The new Bad Habit bumps things even bigger with plus sized tires and Boost rear spacing. The geometry and suspension kinematics stay the same as the regular Habit, they just made room for bigger rubber in the rear triangle. The crank spindle length and BB shell stays the same, too, but the chainring is offset to maintain proper chain line. It’ll fit up to 27.5 x 3.0 tires.

The Lefty 2.0 is standard, it accommodates the fatter tires just fine. It’s the monstrous new Lefty Olaf you wanna watch out for…


Devinci rocks ‘n’ rolls with new Hendrix RS 27.5+ Split Pivot mountain bike – Updated: Pricing and Availability

Hendrix - Front

Ever since “Trail”, “All-Mountain” and just about any other type mountain bike made for things other than cross-country became popular, things just keep getting more and more fun. Sure, downhill and all things “Enduro” are great, but unless you’re privy to aggressive descents, oodles of travel just isn’t necessary.

But traction always is, and when paired with 120mm of efficient travel, a bike can play a beautiful tune. The new Devinci Hendrix RS 27.5+ hits the right notes with an orchestra of plush Split Pivot suspension and oversized tires…