Summer is right around the corner. That means it will be time for mountain biking and bikini season – only this time we’re talking about Bikini Pink. That’s the name of the color Ergon has chosen for their limited edition products. Available in both their GE1, the new GE1 Slim, and SME3 Pro and Pro Carbon saddles, the color will certainly get you noticed. As with all limited editions, it won’t last long….
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If you follow Ibis rider Jeff Kendall-Weed on social media, you might have spotted the ripper riding with a shiny new helmet. Almost perfectly matched to his wheels, that EndurBro blue lid just happens to be the new Kali Maya deep coverage helmet. After first leaking the new design out to the press in Utah, Kali’s new Enduro helmet is ready for action.
All Enduro jokes aside, when it comes to that style of riding there actually is a need for a different level of protection than standard mountain biking. Speeds can be higher, jumps bigger, and as Jeff helps to illustrate to the extremes – bigger risks. For Kali, that has always meant that what goes inside the helmet is just as important as the outer shell. In this case you’ll find Kali’s Composite Fusion Plus under the surfaces with cone shaped multi-density EPS foam in key points and a softer, lower density foam throughout.
While the Maya is very close to the prototypes we were shown, a few things have changed. Details next…
Loaded Precision likes to put out lighter weight parts for any category it’s in, and the new X40 wheels for enduro/trail/gravity do the same.
The 27.5″ carbon rims are all new and come in at just 430g each, which is impressive considering they’re a whopping 40mm wide. The complete wheelset weight is a claimed 1,650g. That’s with X-lite V.3 hubs, laced with 32 spokes and thru axles.
Why so wide? And why hookless?
When we last saw the Hope crankset at Eurobike, the design was still in the final prototype stages but we were told the release would be soon. While the official release for the crankset is set for February 26, Hope has unveiled the final design a bit early. To be made fully in house with the exceptions of the forgings which will come from the same European factory as their hub shells, the Hope crank arms use a forged, then machined 7000 aluminum design for a high strength to weight ratio.
As the latest crank to use a modular design, we expect the Hope cranks to compete directly with RaceFace’s own Cinch system. That means the cranks will have options for direct mount single ring use, spiders for dual chainring use, plus the potential for different spindle lengths in the future. Add in compatibility with most bottom brackets standard when used with Hope’s bottom brackets for the 30mm spindle and you have a very intriguing option to hold your pedals.
In addition to their versatility, Hopes cranks are also quite light – details next…
Niner’s two most popular full suspension frames, the XC-oriented JET 9 and the do-it-all RIP 9, both get new base level carbon models that bring their price points down a bit while bringing the standards up to date. For hardtail fans, the EMD becomes a single-model entry level bike that gets anyone on a 29er for just $1,500.
For the new Carbon JET and RIP, the big story is that they combine an alloy rear triangle with a carbon front to create a new mid-tier offering. Now, you’ll be able to choose from Alloy, Carbon (with alloy rear) or full-carbon RDO bikes. For the RIP 9, this is an entirely new tier. For the JET 9, it may seem like a slight downgrade from the current carbon model, but what Niner’s not making a big deal of is that the front triangle is now RDO level. So, you’re getting the top-end carbon front triangle with their excellent alloy rear end. Ya give a little, ya get a little.
Both use an alloy rear end that’s functionally similar to the one found on the all-alloy models, tweaked only to accommodate the different linkage interface on the carbon front triangles. The alloy rear is about half a pound heavier than the carbon rear, keeping the RDO models well established as their top offerings with higher end complete bike specs, too.
The RIP 9 Carbon model keeps the full carbon rocker arms and oversized angular contact bearings of the RDO, and it sticks with the standard threaded BB shell!
Öhlins certainly has an interesting marketing strategy as they enter the mountain bike market. First, it looked as if Specialized was going to have an exclusive on the shocks starting with the 2014 Enduro Expert Evo and Demo 8. Shortly after that announcement, the Andreani Group released information via Facebook that listed shock sizes that would fit a number of bicycles other than Specialized. As an Italian distributor for Öhlins, there was some speculation that the Andreani Group could only sell the products throughout Italy.
Now, Öhlins suspension products for mountain bikes have surfaced from yet another company – this time in France. Not only that, but there are more bikes that have been added to the compatibility list as well as the new fork cartridges for Fox 40 and Rockshox Boxxer forks. In addition to acting as a full service suspension repair and tuning outfit, X1 Racing Suspension also sells a full line of suspension products which includes their newest partnership with Öhlins as an official distribution and service center. By the looks of things on X1′s Facebook page, numerous Öhlins shocks and fork cartridges are currently in stock.
What bikes will the new shocks fit? Details next…
Surly bikes are a bit of an anomaly in the bike industry. Never ones to follow the trends of the next “game changing” bicycle design, Surly has simply stuck with quality steel bikes that are fun to ride. Whether it’s a cargo bike, a fat bike, or just a mountain bike, you could say they are a fan of the KISS principle and are well, kind of surly about it.
Even with numerous high end bikes flowing in and our of the Bikerumor offices, a Surly Pugsley that I bought years ago is still hanging on the wall. You could say I was
introduced corrupted at an early age while working at the shop of Yafro’s father, but there has always been at least one Surly in the collection. But I know I an not unique. Surly has built their brand on legions of devoted followers who also like simple, fun, steel bikes that don’t cost a fortune.
As a way of saying thanks to their Superfans, Surly is offering an impressive $150 off any Surly complete bike at your local bike store, or in stock at QBP. Unfortunately, the deal is only valid in the United States, and you have until April 1st, 2015 to cash in. Check out the coupon after the break.
After mentioning to us that he might have something fat up his sleeve at Interbike, it wasn’t long until Turner’s first fat bike made an appearance at the Outerbike demo. Rather than stepping tentatively into a hardtail to test the waters, Turner went with their strong suit – a DW Link equipped full suspension monster. Taking full advantage of the biggest RockShox Bluto available, the King Khan mates a 120mm travel fork with 125mm of travel through the rear linkage.
Utilizing a made in the USA frame, King Khan carries almost all of the features that you’ve come to expect from the rest of the Turner fleet. Through the use of a journal bearing system along with threaded Zerk grease fittings, the suspension system is easily serviced – something that is particularly important on a fat bike. A 44mm head tube allows for the use of a tapered fork, while the rear of the bike uses a 177x12mm thru axle system. Combined with the 100mm threaded bottom bracket, the frame has clearance for 3.8-4″ tires depending on the rim.
Available now through Turner’s site or your local dealer, details on the build kit and geometry are next…
We love it when companies put their money where their mouth is, especially when it comes to the creation of amazing new places to ride. Now in its third year, Bell Built is back again to do just that – build awesome trails. Changing things up a bit from the first two years, 2015 will see just one grand prize winner. Instead of splitting the $100,000 grant between three worthy projects, this year the entire package will go to one project. One advanced, aggressive, expert trail at that.
Proposals will be accepted from three different regions for a total of 9 semifinalists. After three rounds of voting the 9 semifinalists will be whittled down to 3 finalists, and then the single grand prize winner. Proposals are being accepted now through March 6, so start your planning and get your proposals in soon!