Posts in the category Mountain Bike

Road to NAHBS 2015: Savvy Cycles’ hits the trail with a big stick

Saavy Cycles NAHBS 2015 29er trailhead

Celebrating their debut year at NAHBS, Savvy Cycles will be making their argument that wood is good.  Following the lead of other outdoor industry product in returning to wood as a viable and environmentally friendly composite base material and inspired by modern heavy timber technology, Savvy’s handmade hickory and ash designs utilize advanced joining methods and adhesives for tough and weight-competitive results.

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

Mike: We use wood! Hickory, Ash and Sepele.

BIKERUMOR: What’s new with your company since NAHBS last year?

Mike: First time at NAHBS this year. We will be showing wood frame mountain bikes and a fat bike. READ MORE ->

Absoluteblack adds ovalized Race Face Cinch direct mount narrow/wide chainring


Absoluteblack is doubling down on their ovalized chainrings with their new option for Race Face’s amazing CINCH cranksets.

There’s no doubt Race Face got it right with their new cranksets, and the Next SL is among the lightest options on the market and gaining a decent bit of OEM spec to go with their aftermarket growth. To capitalize on that, Absoluteblack’s skipped right over the standard round chainring and launched their first CINCH-compatible version in an oval shape.

Until now, AB has offered oval rings for SRAM direct mount and 104 BCD, both of which are fixed at about the same clocking position. These, however, offer multiple clocking positions thanks to the versatile nature of Race Face’s CINCH design…


Jagwire Elite Cables Ditch Coatings for Ultra Slick, Polished Steel

Jagwire elite cable super polished no coating shift (3)

As drivetrains get more and more speeds, and shifting tolerances become more exact, the quality of shift cable is more important than ever. Many cables rely on a polymer or PTFE coating to offer silky smooth shifting, but coatings usually suffer the same fate – they wear long before the steel cable inside.

For Jagwire’s new Elite cables the answer is simple. Just eliminate the coating completely. Instead of coating the cable Jagwire has revisited the construction itself which achieves an impressively smooth finish thanks to stainless steel strands that are tightly wound and then highly polished. The polishing process removes any of the burrs on a microscopic level that make the cable less slick and creates a cable that supposedly functions just as well as coated cables but is more durable.


Zen Fabrications launch their own complete frame lineup – road, cyclocross, trail & more!


Zen Bicycle Fabrication has until now helped other bike brands bring their designs to fruition, building on demand for others and remaining behind the scenes. Now, they’re hitting the road (and trail) with their own models for everything from road to cyclocross to gravel roads to backcountry mountain bike adventures.

The bikes will be made from either 6061 aluminum tubes or one of various premium steels like Reynolds HSS Spirit and True Temper, and you’ll have options for adding features like stealth dropper post or Di2 routing, etc.

Above, the Cross is their cyclocross model, which is one of two alloy frames. Claimed frame weight is just 1,300g with a tapered headtube, ovalized top tube and multiple axle options. It’s disc brake only, as are all the other models…


Specialized launches S-Build custom bike options for S-Works Tarmac & Epic

Specialized S-Build custom bike builder program for S-Works Tarmac road bike and S-Works Epic mountain bike

Specialized has launched its own custom bike builder, but it’s a bit different than, say, Trek’s Project One.

The twist is there’s no online configurator. Instead, you’ll head into your local Specialized dealer to order the bike, providing them the opportunity to use the company’s Body Geometry fit program to help you select the right size and shape saddle, stem, handlebar and crank arms, as well as the right frame size. The parts will be pulled from the vast library of Specialized cockpit options, tires, wheelsets and cranks, leaving only the brakes and drivetrain up to you and your dealer.

Not only will you get a bike dialed to your body, but you’ll get the option of a few special colorways unavailable through their stock offerings. Currently, the program is only for the S-Works editions of the Tarmac (regular or disc) and Epic FSR. No, they’re not cheap, but they are likely to finish up under the halo $10K+ S-Works models…


Lite-Spring Offers Titanium Springs at Obtanium Prices

Lite-spring titanium spring top view

Lite-Spring is producing stock or custom titanium springs that are light on your bike and your wallet.

There are few upgrades that can shave more weight (and add more curb appeal) than replacing your rear shock’s steel spring with a titanium one. That said, the most likely factor preventing the mass popularity of titanium springs is the considerable cost. Titanium is simply not a cheap metal to work with, but somehow Ryan Melnick has found a way to produce ti springs that won’t bounce your checkbook (pun totally intended).

Melnick’s company Lite-Spring, out of North Bay Ontario, offers a wide selection of Grade 5 titanium springs in 25lb increments that may have even price-conscious riders thinking seriously about upgrading their stock springs…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Do you rent bikes in the cities you travel to? Did you ever wonder if you could make money by renting one of your bikes to someone who wanted to check out your local trails. Well, wonder no more. Spinlister, the peer-to-peer global bike sharing site (think AirBNB for bikes), is proud to announce a number of new national and regional partnerships to bolster existing communities and help bring reliable bicycle transportation to the masses. Launched on April 1st 2012, Spinlister allows users to rent and list not only bicycles but also skis, snowboards, SUPs, and surfboards from each other in over 50 countries worldwide.
  • Cannondale is celebrating 15 years making its Lefty fork with a demo tour. Check here to find locations and dates (three spots, all in California) and ride with the likes of Mark Weir, Jason Moeschler and Tinker Juarez while testing out the Lefty on some epic trails.
  • Looking for a unique cycling vacation for this summer? The Cycling House has added a new bicycle trip for summer 2015 that goes from Glacier to Yellowstone National Park. The 7 day/6 night trip begins in Glacier National Park on the epic Going-to-the-Sun Road and then parallels the Rocky Mountain Front to Yellowstone National Park. The trip runs July 27 – August 2, 2015 for $1595 per person. To learn more visit or call (406)219-1318.
  • Attention mountain bikers in the Southeast! Registration is now open for the 2015 Southern Mountain Bike Summit! Join your friends and fellow advocates to learn more about what SORBA is doing in the Southeast to create, enhance, and preserve great mountain biking experiences! Summit dates are March 20-21, and we’re meeting in Auburn, AL, home to the great trails at Chewacla State Park. Visit for more information.
  • Artist Mona Doerksen has designed a poster that celebrates the sport that we all love. “Joy on Two Wheels” is a 24″ x 18″ print upon high-quality poster paper. The design “celebrates the beautiful sport of cycling” and she’s just kicked off a Kickstarter Campaign so take a look at this cool design and order one for yourself or your cycling friends.
  • Got an old, ugly jersey hanging around in the closet that you never wear but just can’t see a reason to get rid of it? Well, here’s a reason. Twin Six cycling apparel is giving you the chance to go from ugly to awesome with their Chump to Champ jersey exchange program. In exchange for $40 and one of your old ugly jerseys, we will send you a brand new Twin Six jersey and your ugly jersey submission will make you eligible to win you a 2015 T6 Standard Rando frameset. Let the closet-raiding commence!
  • Is this the year you conquer Mt. Mitchell, by bike? Registration is now open to the public for one of the Southeast’s most challenging and well-known uphill rides: the 103-mile Assault on Mt. Mitchell and its sister ride, the 74-mile Assault on Marion, scheduled for Monday, May 18, 2015. Hurry! They’re already halfway to selling out.
  • Want a stylish way to secure your fixie while you visit the coffee shop? Kaufmann Mercantile now offers an Italian leather covered bike chain lock. The leather that envelops the marine-grade stainless steel chain not only looks great but it will protect your frame’s finish. And, match your Italian loafers.
  • Abbey Bike Tools, makers of heirloom-quality tools, are now available in the United Kingdom through Ben Thomson’s Cycleworx. This means that they’re able to sell Abbey Tools in the UK for a better price than if you were to buy direct from the US.
  • Do you plan on rockin’ the green on St Patrick’s Day? Then show your cycling pride by picking up the “IRISH I was on a bike” bamboo t-shirt from Bike Rags. The order deadline is March 1st get off yer arse and order one!
  • K-EDGE, makers of high-quality cnc’d products, has announced their new Australian distributor, FE Sports. The Australian market now has easy access to the chain catchers, computer and camera mounts that many of the Pro Tour teams in the TDU were using.
  • Recall Alert!! Scott USA has recalled their Vanish Evo bicycle helmets due to head a injury hazard. Go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for more information.
  • Gravel Racing is coming to Castle Pines, Colorado! The City of Castle Pines announces the newest event to the Wild series, The 1st Annual Dirty 40 Ride Wild scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2015 in Castle Pines CO. The course travels over dirt, pavement, packed dirt, crushed pavement and off road goat track. All types of bikes and abilities are welcomed! Registration information after the break…


YT Industries Releases Carbon TUES CF Downhill Mountain Bike

YT Industries TUES CF

After two years of development, YT has just released their carbon TUES CF downhill machine.

After a pretty successful 2014, it looks like YT Industries is enjoying the ‘good times’ they wish to share with riders. Between Andreu Lacondeguy’s win at Red Bull Rampage and Cam Zink’s world record backflip, the brand is generating some major buzz in the downhill and freeride world. Building upon the success of their TUES aluminum DH bike, YT has just announced the arrival of the carbon version for 2015.

Designing the TUES CF took two full years of development with input from Zink and Lacondeguy. If you happened to be at Crankworx Whistler last year, you may have spotted a carbon prototype running test laps in the bike park. Now, finally, it’s ready for production with an expected delivery for April 2015.

Click past the break for more images and details…


Wheels Manufacturing heats up with cryo-hardened Zero ceramic BB’s


Technically these have been available direct from Wheels Manufacturing for about eight months now, offered in what they’ve called a “soft launch”, but they’re making their formal introduction at QBP’s Frost Bike this week. This means they’re going prime time with broader distribution, and as their reps show them off in below freezing temps, the story of what makes the Zero ceramic bearings special will seem right at home.

Using solid ceramic bearings, the races are cryogenically frozen to make them ultra hard. That increases the smoothness and durability, and then they swap in a single-lip seal rather than the usual dual lip seal to further reduce drag. Here’s the nuts and bolts of it…