Posts in the category Mountain Bike

SOC 14: Metropolis Shows Quick Release Saddle-and-Post Prototype, Plus New Gravity Gradient Carbon Components

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This next one goes out to anyone who has ever worried about leaving a saddle on their bike when locking it up or loading it on a car rack. Instead of using a saddle cover or a plastic bag and locking it up, what if you could easily remove the saddle in seconds without messing with your adjustment? That’s what the company is wondering with their prototype Metropolis seat post. The design is sound, but Metropolis is wondering how many people would take advantage of the seatpost design. Find out how it works after the jump…

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SOC14: Scorpion Builds Moto Style Stands For Bicycles

Scorpion Bike Stand (2)As a cyclist who adheres faithfully to the ancient “N+1″ proverb (where N is the number of bikes currently owned), I am always searching for new ways to maximize my existing storage. So in addition to wall mounted solutions, I also have a fleet of floor stands for visiting two wheeled friends, and the occasional photo mission.

Recently a new bike stand caught my eye at a motorcycle race, and I was able to catch up with the company at Sea Otter to learn more about the product…

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SOC14: Black Market Unleashes Mommy’s Little Monster And Steel Bars with Big Rise, Both Built in the USA

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After toying with both American and Overseas manufacturing, Black Market bikes has been making a major push in recent years to build and spec all their bikes with US made components.

The new prototype on display at the booth was no exception, developed using a similar geometry to their former Contraband model, this new bike will be their first 24″ bike to made here in the states. READ MORE ->

SOC 14: More Anodizing, Hubs, and Lefty Supermax adapters from Project 321

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Given the fact that we seem to be heading into a renaissance of Day-Glo colors and color matched anodized parts, consumers seem to be paying more attention than ever to the individual components of their bikes. Those looking for colorfully anodized parts are at the company’s mercy hoping they will eventually offer what they want in the color they like, or can look to the anodization experts like the folks at 321 Components. We spotted Project 321 pushing around an Ibis with some Pink Thomson bits at last year’s SOC, so we wanted to stop by their booth and see what they have been working on since. The answer is more colors, more hubs, and more Lefty compatibility…

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SOC 14: Uvex Introduces Quattro Pro – Colorful Protection Perfect for Enduro

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Judging by the bright colors and extra coverage of their new helmet, Uvex is looking to get in on the current Enduro trend. This shouldn’t be too hard, since their new Quattro Pro helmet looks quite good. As their top end model, the Quattro Pro has 17 vents and a double inmold construction for a well ventilated lid that still offers excellent protection.

Even though the helmet isn’t available until June, you can get a quick look at its features, next…

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Must Watch: Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company Trailer

Looks like we have another killer mountain biking video that’s set to be released soon. Consisting of a riding cast hand picked by Semenuk in all disciplines of mountain biking, and brought together by the crew of Red Bull Media House and New World Disorder Films, Rad Company features riding on location in Fiji, Retallack BC, Sunshine Coast BC, Pemberton BC, Kamloops BC, and Utah. The World Premiere is set for June 7, in North Vancouver BC – you can pick up tickets, here.

SOC14: New American Made Helm MTB Stems from Profile Racing

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Profile Racing has a legendary reputation in the BMX realm across a wide array of product lines. From bomb proof cranks, high engagement hubs, and to , their American made products often inspire rabid loyalty.

Over the years, the company has also dabbled in the mountain bike arena, and produced mountain bike hubs for many years. At Sea Otter, Profile Racing was showcasing a new line of 31.8mm stems that they’ve designed to take the rigors of everything from Downhill to Enduro applications.

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Wednesday Group Ride – Fresh Goods from Selle Anatomica, CDI Torq Tools, Profile Designs, Restrap & More

CDI Torq Tools adjustable t-handle torque wrench

A while back, we reviewed CDI’s miniature T-handle torque wrenches positively for their ease of use and convenient one-torque setting. But, with the myriad torque requirements of stems, handlebars, seat posts and saddle clamps, it could very easily become a wall full of individual wrenches.

Now, they’ve got an adjustable TorqControl wrench, spanning from 2nm to 8nm with a cam-over-clutch design for error proof settings. It uses a magnetic tip that holds standard 1/4″ bits and comes with 4/5/6mm and T25 Torx bits plus 4″ long 4mm and T25 bits. And a certificate of accuracy. Retail is $80, available through SnapOnIndustrialBrands.com.

Twist into more new gear below…

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SOC 14: Continental Rolls Fat 27.5 with Der Kaiser and Baron Projekt 2.4

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When 27.5 was first introduced, many of the tires were fairly small compared to their high volume 26″ cousins. Now, that is all changing as companies like Continental are offering fatter tires to match aggressive enduro bikes. In Continental’s case it’s their new Projekt 2.4 which started with the Der Kaiser 2.4. Now Continental is working on a Baron 2.4 to join the ranks with both tires under testing by the Athertons. The Baron is almost ready for release, details next…

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