Posts in the category Mountain Bike

First Look! 2015 Orbea Oiz Mountain Bike – Full Suspension World Cup XC Race Rocket

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The Orbea Oiz first appeared under the Luna Chix pros as a 26” full suspension race rocket in 2012. From the beginning, it was made to be as efficient as possible, very light weight and just plain fast. In other words, to win races. World Cup races, to be exact. And it did, taking the podium top at Mont Saint Anne under Catherine Pendrel. And then she repeated a week later at Wyndham.

Even then, though, the cross country market was leaning heavily toward 29ers. Now it’s all but swung that way entirely, save for a slight intrusion of today’s hot wheel size, 27.5”, relegating 26” bikes to the entry level market, not the World Cup race level. So, the Oiz has been updated, taking advantage of Orbea’s BWC (Big Wheels Concept) to offer both wheel sizes. The 27.5” (650B) wheels will come on S/M/L size frames, and 29er will be on M/L/XL.

Beyond the wheels, the spirit of the bike has remained the same, but it does get retuned and tweaked to make the most of the new wheel sizes. That means it keeps the 95mm rear wheel travel, a number that was intentionally kept under 100mm so there was no confusion as to this bike’s purpose. You won’t be tempted to put anything more than a 100mm fork on it…

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Giant Introduces All New XtC Advanced SL 27.5 Race Bike

XTC Advanced SL 27.5 0Giant’s top level XC race performance is now available in smaller wheels. Well, not as small as the original XtC Advanced SL with its 26″ wheels, but smaller than the most recent model with 29″ wheels. Along with the appearance of the 27.5″ XtC Advanced SL on Giant’s website comes the disappearance of the 29″ version in the SL model. We’ll have to wait and see if it’s gone for good.

In the meantime, feast your eyes on what Giant is calling their lightest XC frame ever….

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Open Cycle Teases new Light Weight Full Suspension Frame

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We’ve known Open has been working on a full suspension bike for awhile, but this is the first time we’ve seen what it may look like. Gerard Vroomen has been chronicling their effort on the Open Cycle Blog to try and have both the new full suspension bike and their new pathfinder/gravel/adventure frame ready for Eurobike, but at this point it looks as if the full suspension frame will be the only new offering to make it – maybe.

From what we’ve read it appears the frame will use a Horst link design with an interesting linkage above the top tube. Gerard mentions both frames will be produced in Europe, but full suspension frame is part of a project started with HED to use Resin Transfer Molding technology to create the parts. Hopefully we’ll bring you more on this from the show!

Friday Features: Cam Zink Nails It, Claudio Previews Meribel, Plus All Steps to the Top

In spite of ESPN doing their best to keep us guessing as to which channel it would be on, Cam Zink made history last night by pulling off a world record back flip on live TV. Cam made the landing so smooth that it made the whole backflipping 100’3″ look almost too easy. According to Cam’s interview after the flip, he not only came home with the Guinness World Record for the longest back flip, but the longest unassisted dirt to dirt straight air as well traveling some 120 feet. Nicely done, Cam.

There’s another World Cup this weekend. You know what that means – another course preview with Claudio Caluori! READ MORE ->

Ghost Testing All-New 650B North Shore Downhill Mountain Bike

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Ghost Bikes is testing a prototype next generation North Shore downhill bike at the UCI World Cup race in Meribél, France, by pro team rider Johannes Fishbach.

While this design has a good bit of development still to come, it does show some major changes to the frame and a jump to 650B wheels, which they say is what should be ridden for downhill.

The bike will get a revised frame with lower main pivot and more heavily hydroformed front triangle. Rear travel is currently 180mm, but they want to get it up to 190-193mm.

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Cam Zink Goes for World Record Back Flip Tonight on ESPN

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Set your DVRs, Cam Zink is going huge tonight on live TV. Tonight is the night for the much hyped and anticipated “World of X Games: Mammoth Flip with Cam Zink presented by Monster Energy.” Yes, it’s a bit of a PR stunt, but it’s also a chance to see one of the legends of freeride on live television on a channel that is available with basic cable.

“This event gives us an opportunity to really shine a bright light on our sport,” says Zink. “Every day guys are doing things on mountain bikes that just defy what we thought was possible. It’s one of the fastest growing sports in the US and hopefully the world-record attempt will give the sport some exposure and inspire the next generation of riders to dream big.”

You can catch the event Live on ESPN tonight, Thursday, August 21 at 9:30pm EST, as well as a replay on ABC Sunday, August 24 at 2pm EST.

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“This event gives us an opportunity to really shine a bright light on our sport,” said Zink. “Every day guys are doing things on mountain bikes that just defy what we thought was possible. It’s one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. and hopefully the world-record attempt will give the sport some exposure and inspire the next generation of riders to dream big.”  – See more at: http://www.mammothmountain.com/summer/events/event-detail?url=world-of-x-games-mammoth-flip-with-cam-zink-presented-by-monster-energy#sthash.JcveZy1H.dpuf
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New Fulcrum Red Power HP Wheels – Stiffer isn’t Always Better

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As a somewhat recurring theme in mountain biking lately, Fulcrum is one of the latest companies to decide that stiffer isn’t always better. In the case of the new Red Power HP wheels, Fulcrum collaborated with the Merida Multivan team to fine tune the new wheels. Fulcrum points to the fact that what works on the road is very different to the experiences off road which is why the Merida team members felt that slightly less rigid wheels actually improved their performance.

Building in a bit more compliance to the wheels allowed the pros to push harder through certain sections providing them with a feeling of improved handling. Rather than bouncing or vibrating off uneven bits of trail, the wheels rode over rough terrain better without hindering acceleration. The result is an aluminum rimmed wheel in 27.5 and 29″ that supposedly rides better than its predecessor the Red Power XL, while still coming in at almost 200g less.

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New Hubs, New Rims, New SRAM Rise 60 XC Carbon Wheels

SRAM_MTB_RISE_60_Hub_Front_Standard_MHAnnounced today, the new RISE 60 wheels from SRAM are built to address the demands of serious XC riders. During their development, the company focused on five key attributes: weight, inertia, engagement, stiffness and durability.

To help achieve these goals, the new rims have a hookless bead design. This is a first for SRAM, and is claimed to offer a lighter, stiffer, and more durable wheel.  READ MORE ->

Bike Check: Aaron Gwin, Troy Brosnan, & the Specialized Downhill Factory Team – Plus Actual Weights!

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Last week during the grand unveiling of the new Specialized Demo, we had the opportunity to discuss the development of the bike with the engineers, product managers, and industrial designers who designed it.

Also on hand where several of the professional athletes who helped dictate the new geometry, tested the suspension kinematics, and who will ultimately prove just how fast & hard these rigs are capable of being pushed.

Drop past the break to see how their race bikes are kitted out, and how much they weigh!

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