Posts in the category Mountain Bike

EB15: Casco shows new Full Air vented, Roadster urban & more lids; plus Just In Speedairo-TC Plus


Casco had a number of their European-made helmets on display at Eurobike. The first that caught our eye was a rapid prototype of a new extremely ventilated helmet that was so open that you could see directly through it. The upcoming Full Air RCC helmet aims to out vent every other helmet Casco makes for both Road and Cross Country (RCC) riding.

In addition to going super vented, Casco also takes some DNA from their successful SpeedAiro helmets and adds it to the Roadster-TC for an aero, urban helmet. Somewhere in between the Sportive-TC Plus gets vents but a removable cover for an everyday riding versatility. There are plenty more choices available in Casco’s catalog, check out what jumped out at us after the break; plus the new special edition SpeedAiro-TC Plus, just in for review…  READ MORE ->

Nox Composites goes (and goes, and goes) wide with new 42mm Kitsuma carbon rims

Nox Composites Kitsuma 42mm carbon fiber mountain bike rim

Built specifically for big volume mountain bike tires in widths of 2.4″ or more, all the way up to plus sized 3.0 treads and more, the new Nox Composites’ Kitsuma measures at a massive 42mm wide on the outside. Inside is 36mm, and you get all thirty six of those millimeters because the sidewalls have no hook.

It’s for 27.5″ tires only, but will come in two layups. The trail/enduro version hits the scales at 455g-460g, and a DH version adds about 50g thanks to walls that gain an extra 1mm of thickness on the inside to make 20% stronger. Like their other rims, the design is asymmetric, which they say improves spoke tension equality by 15% and about 8% lateral stiffness.


IB15: Business In Front, Party In Back – Foes Mixer Series Blends 29 & 27.5″ Wheels, Goes Plus Size For Alpine

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With the 29er wheel size reigning over all and the infectious enduroable 27.5″ wheel size all but swallowing up the existence of 26” wheels, how can someone not carry on the tradition of mixing up wheel sizes yet again? What are we going to call it? SevinFive9er… 79’er… 97’er?

Trip past the break and see what Brent Foes has been up to…..


The Kids Are Alright – Especially When Riding the Insanely Light Full Suspension CarbonXS Mad 6

CarbonXS cycles mad 6, kids with bike

Kids these days! With such awesome junior-sized bikes coming out recently, they’ll never understand the experience of clambering onto an oversized frame, stretching out over an integrated stem and fumbling with 21 non-indexed gears (of which only eight or nine actually ran smoothly). At the risk of forever spoiling the future generation, mechanical engineer and avid rider David Stevens founded CarbonXC Cycles and created a super lightweight, pro-spec bike that’s designed to perform for a small child the way our big bikes do for us.

Intended for 4-7 year old riders the size adjustable, carbon framed Mad 6 will turn your kid into a lifelong bike snob with its high end components, titanium trim and featherweight tuned suspension. If you’re already picturing your little tyke shredding on a new level, read on for all the specs and details…

11 Speed Mashup: Lindarets & Wolf Tooth Combine Shimano and SRAM Wide-Range Shifting w/ GoatLink 11

Sort of hidden amongst the new products on display at the Wolf Tooth Components booth at inter bike, was the latest product to come out of their collaboration with Lindarets. Those with a keen eye would have noticed the mountain bike that was running Shimano XTR 9000 components, but with a SRAM XX1 cassette that was also running the WTC GC 44 adapter.

While we were able to spot the new GoatLink 11, Marc was holding off on the specific details until now. As many pointed out in the comments section, running Shimano components with a SRAM cassette can be done without any modifications to the drivetrain. But for Lindarets, just partnering the two different groups didn’t result in shifting that met their expectations. The point of the GoatLink 11 was to bring the performance up to the level that it should be for the components involved. After extensive CAD work and nearly a year of testing, GoatLink 11 is a go…


EB15: Cube Redesigns in Stereo with new Enduro and Trail bike updates


The 27.5″ Stereo 160 has been on the market for a few years, and after reworking a couple of shorter travel bikes last year Cube wanted to overhaul their flagship Enduro bike. With their new upgrade to their top C:68 carbon the new team bike has been putting Cube’s Action Team riders on the Enduro World Series podiums all season. With the Stereo 160 C:68 Action Team coming to market for 2016, it will be possible to ride the same bike as the Enduro pros, right down to the suspension and component spec.


EB15: DVO Topaz Air Springs Closer, Tests out Brown Diamond

DVO topaz air shock (15)

After being teased earlier this year, DVO is one step closer to offering an air shock of their own. After first starting with their Emerald inverted DH fork which was quickly followed by the Jade coil shock, DVO started in on enduro with the Diamond suspension fork. Looking to make it a pair, the Topaz will round out the enduro suspension lineup with air springs front and rear. Showing a few changes since we last saw it, the Topaz is almost production ready. The Brown Diamond suspension fork on the other hand – that may or may not see the light of day depending on consumer demand…


IB15: Bulls Bikes brings Night Hawk carbon road racer to U.S., more

2016 Bulls Bikes Night Hawk carbon road race bike

Bulls Bikes will be bringing more high end road bikes to the U.S. market to join the mountain bikes already being sold through their direct-to-consumer business.

Above, the Night Hawk race bike comes in with two spec levels, a Shimano 105 for $1,799 (16.3lb, claimed) and Ultegra for $2,399 (15.84lb). Full carbon fork on both, with Shimano direct-mount brakes on the fork and hidden under the chainstays.


EB15: DMR Celebrates 20 Years with DeathGrip and New Plus Size Compatible Trailstar

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For a company that started with a simple chain tug hand packaged in a plastic bag with a paper tag, DMR Bikes have come along way since those early days. Specifically, it has been 20 years of pedals, frames, and other components all designed to take a serious beating and withstand the wet riding in the UK.

To celebrate, DMR was on hand with the latest incarnation of the legendary Trailstar, plus a new signature grip for Brendan Fairclough along with some of their very first parts…