Posts in the category Mountain Bike

SOC15: Deity Components Teases TMac Signature, Introduces BladeRunner Pedals, BlackLabel Bars, and Micro DM, Cavity 35 Stems

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Deity’s roots may lie in the dirt jump scene, but these days their namesake components are just as likely to be found on the DH bike of a World Cup racer as they are on an enduro bike at your local trails. Just over 10 years since the company was founded, Eric and Sadie Davies are still very much focused on the rider owned part of the company as well as staying true to their original vision. Still experiencing impressive growth, Eric mentioned that they were in the process of building a completely new headquarters (still in Idaho) that will give them a much bigger footprint to work from. Genuinely excited to see their products added to bikes on the World Cup DH circuit, Deity continues to pump out new products in an array of colors, even though Eric is still a big fan of just black.

Among the new goods that were officially launched at Sea Otter, the TMac signature pedals are slated for a June release. Get a first look plus full details on the new BladeRunner pedals, BlackLabel Bars, and Micro DM and Cavity 35 stems next…


SOC15: Prologo develops X20 DH saddle with Devinci, plus lightweight carbon road saddle & more!

2016 Prologo X20 downhill mountain bike saddle co-developed with Devinci Cycles pro riders

WTB may have been first to create a saddle specifically for long travel 27.5″ mountain bikes, but apparently they won’t be the last. The upcoming Prologo X20 downhill saddle was designed with testing and input from the Devinci Global Racing gravity team, which includes Steve Peat Smith, Dean Lucas and Mark Wallace.

They started the discussion with Prologo last summer and tested the brand’s current MTB saddles. After sending feedback about the shape and comfort, the Italian saddle maker went to work. The X20 is the result, a new DH/Enduro saddle that’s made for longer travel bikes.

The biggest visual indication something’s different is the deep notch on the tail to improve tire clearance under full compression, but there’s more to it…


SOC15: See Through the Mist with Ryders’ New Anti Fog Eyewear Collection

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By this point it’s official – Ryders almost always has the most creative booth at a trade show. Between parking a DeLorean in the middle of the Mandalay Bay convention center to the wild West in the middle of Sea Otter complete with bar fights and shootouts, the crew at Ryders certainly has some fun when it comes to showing off their new gear.

This year the big story was their new Anti-Fog collection. Naturally, that called for a miniature lighthouse complete with a crew of seamen, the sounds of seagulls and the ocean, and a rotating light. The light wasn’t real, but that didn’t stop them from using a mirror to reflect the sun’s rays to attract wandering show goers.

Beyond creative booth construction, the Ryders’ anti fog collection is uniquely constructed for the challenges faced while riding. While anti fog is good, combining that with a lens that sheds mud, water, and sweat is even better…


Solargenome Hydracharge, Solar Power on Your Back – Hands On & Thoughts on the Tech


Two and a half years back we did a intro article about this photovoltaic-packing hydration bag that promised to charge your gadgets on the go, and we kind of left it at that. See then, most of us had a mobile phone that held a charge for a couple of days with limited other functionality and only some of us had a GPS on every ride. In any case, personal electronics hadn’t really taken over cycling so much and so there really wasn’t a constant need for more power. Now almost every ride gets tracked with a GPS or smartphone to upload to Strava, gotta get pics up on Instagram or it didn’t happen, why not upload some sick edits from the GoPro to Youtube, and surely we need to notify the world on Facebook and Twitter; and with all that comes a constant drain on our devices. Sure it’s fine on a 2hr ride, but what about that all day epic? Our followers don’t want to miss that, right?

OK, well thankfully it isn’t as crazy as that for most of us. But I can personally attest to finishing a ride on the last legs of an iPhone battery after using mobile maps to chart an alternate way home after an overnighter when my Garmin’s battery drained. This solar powered backpack from Solargenome seems like a pretty solid alternate to keep the electronics going as long as your adventures do.

Come past the break to see our first impressions of riding with the bag, powering our devices, and see its current discount…


Lapierre Raid FX+ brings solid 27.5″ full suspension package at bargain price

2016 Lapierre Raid FX+ full suspension 27.5 mountain bike

No, it’s not that kind of “+” bike, just a plussed spec over the original Lapierre Raid FX that adds quite a few big brand components without making your wallet much smaller.

The frame is the same 6061 alloy part as the 2015 Raid FX, and it keeps the same Lapierre branded rear shock, but the drivetrain gets bumped to a Shimano Deore/SLX 10-speed mix and brakes are Shimano hydraulic, too.  It even gets Shimano hubs with Centerlock rotors and Schwalbe Rapid Rob Performance line 27.5×2.25 tires.

The fork switches from Suntour to a Rockshox Xc32 Solo Air. Travel is 120mm front and rear, with a suspension designed based on their higher end mountain bikes. The best part? Retail is just €1,249, making it a great first full suspension mountain bike.

SOC15: Hope 10 and 11 Speed Wide Range Cassettes, Full Boost Hubs, and Wild Show bikes

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Hope Tech is nearing production of their new wide range cassettes which should be music to riders’ ears – if they are running a Hope Evo hub. That last part is the catch. Due to the nature of the 10t small cog, the designs hinges on the shorter cassette body of a Hope Evo hub. Since the 10t cog hangs over the edge of the freehub it simply won’t fit other hubs meaning for now this a Hope only affair.

Those that do have an Evo hub built into their wheels or plan on it will be able to take advantage of either a 10-40t 10 speed option or a 10-44t 11 speed cassette in the future. According to Hope, they plan on releasing the 10 speed cassette first since they feel there are far more users looking for additional wide range 10 speed cassettes rather than 11 speed at the moment.

Hope also had their full Boost complement of hubs on display of which the big news was the new 15×110 front hub. We got an early look at the Boost 12×148 rear hub at Frostbike, so now there is a complete set. Both hubs use completely new hub bodies and center tubes while all the other parts are carry overs from the original Evos.

It wouldn’t be a tradeshow without some wildly anodized and customized bikes from Hope – you know you want to see them after the break…


Aribike Offers Oval or Round Chainring Options for XTR Cranks

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You can’t put a square peg in a round hole, but you can put oval chainrings on a bike. It’s a topic of great debate, but there are enough believers out there for companies like Italy’s Aribike to produce complete lines of oval (and round) chain rings for road, cyclocross and MTB applications.

Aribike offers a particularly wide selection of aftermarket chain rings, including rear adapter cogs and replacement cogs in non-stock sizes. After participating in a bio-mechanical study, their engineers finalized a shape for two complimentary styles of oval rings that they believe will provide the best training benefits, and now they have round or oval, single and double ring kits for Shimano’s 2015 XTR M9000 cranks…


SOC15: Marzocchi adds big travel 350 Plus 27.5+ forks, more details on dropper post

2016 Marzocchi 350 plus NCR 275+ suspension fork

Marzocchi’s opened up their 35mm stanchioned 350 fork series to a 350 Plus to fit the new 27.5+ wheels and tires.

Like Fox’s plus fork, the dropouts were pushed out 10mm, but there’s more room up top. Marzocchi spaced the legs 13mm wider to accommodate up to 27.5 x 3.5 tires, or a 29 x 2.5. The damping offers a litte bit more support, but the internals are all the same across the R, CR and NCR versions.

It’s around 100g heavier than a standard 350 because the crown and arch needed to be stiffer not just for the wider stance, but also because the higher traction the tires produce needed better lateral stability. Weights, travel and more tech below…


SOC15: Bulls Bikes Charges into United States with Consumer Direct Sales

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As a relative unknown to the U.S. consumer, Bulls Bikes is hoping to stake their claim here with consumer direct sales of performance oriented bikes. What first started in Germany in 1994 has evolved into a huge catalog of bikes of which only a few will initially be available here in the U.S. All of their current models are engineered in Germany and manufactured in Asia with bikes destined for the U.S. to be shipped to Bulls Bikes USA’s Los Angeles based warehouse. Initially planning to offer 20 different models here in the States, the first wave of Bulls will include only mountain and road bikes including their top of the line Wild Edge Team full suspension carbon 29er which will sell complete with XTR mechanical for $5,899…