New, Old, and Reincarnated – Commencal gives us a first look at their 2017 lineup

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Is it time for 2017 bikes already? It looks like Commencal’s thinking well ahead, as they’ve just recently announced a few of next year’s models. In 2017 consumers will see an interesting mix of new bikes, old models and some smaller revisions from Commencal. And this is just the first glimpse of what’s to come – there’s more news slated to be announced later this summer.

In this article we’ll check out the revived Meta SX in V3 form, the re-release of the Meta TR V3 as an entry level model, and new hardtail models for both adults and junior-sized rippers. And once you’ve soaked up the info, check out a video of Commencal’s riders putting the new bikes into action…
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Is it time for 2017 bikes already? It looks like Commencal’s thinking well ahead, as they’ve just recently announced a few of next year’s models. In 2017 consumers will see an interesting mix of new bikes, old models and some smaller revisions from Commencal. And this is just the first glimpse of what’s to come […]

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Magura teams up with WP Performance Systems for inverted fork, meant for e-bikes?

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Magura has a new inverted suspension fork. But don’t get too excited just yet – this fork isn’t meant for most mountain bikes. No, instead you’ll see the new Boltron gracing the front of mountain bikes that also include a battery. While other suspension companies have been adding more material and stronger steerers to compensate for the increased stress that e-bikes exert on the front end of the bike, Magura has introduced an entirely new fork. One that is e-bike specific.

Partnering with WP Performance Systems, Magura claims WP’s USD fork technology has been proven on the moto side, which is a natural fit with the performance of modern e-bikes…

 

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Magura has a new inverted suspension fork. But don’t get too excited just yet – this fork isn’t meant for most mountain bikes. No, instead you’ll see the new Boltron gracing the front of mountain bikes that also include a battery. While other suspension companies have been adding more material and stronger steerers to compensate […]

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Cotic updates their BFe275 with (gasps)… a thru-axle

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OK, so Cotic has long been a proponent of quick releases on their hardtails. Over the years it may have sounded like they were just resistant to change, but Cotic really didn’t see much of a stiffness or handling performance benefit for a steel hardtail. And to be fair they still don’t. But as Cotic founder Cy Turner put it to us, he remembered not buying a certain mountain bike back in the 90’s because Keith Bontrager said that an 1 1/8′” headset wasn’t necessary. Cy understood the argument but didn’t want to buy a new fork with a 1″ steerer that would soon be obsolete. Along the same lines bringing a thru-axle to the BFe lets riders buy modern wheels, or maybe even swap wheelsets more easily with their other bikes. Take a closer look below the fold…

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OK, so Cotic has long been a proponent of quick releases on their hardtails. Over the years it may have sounded like they were just resistant to change, but Cotic really didn’t see much of a stiffness or handling performance benefit for a steel hardtail. And to be fair they still don’t. But as Cotic […]

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Ghost goes exploring off the beaten track with new plus-sized AMR & Roket, and much more…

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Following up the introduction of the AMR adjustable travel, all-mountain bike last year and the off-road adventure RO AMR build, German bike maker Ghost has targeted their 2017 mountain bike range more at exploring farther from the trailhead. They’ve take their popular AMR bikes and added some 29er versions for those riders looking to cover a bit more ground quickly. At the same time they’ve created a new version of the bike – the H AMR – that adds wide tire flexibility to the switchable frame for either 29″ or 27.5+ builds. On the hardtail side they’ve made some similar moves, giving the carry-over Asket a 29″ version, as well as alloy options. Plus they’ve added an all new 27.5+ Roket hardtail, that like the H MAR, gets adventure aspirations, complete with fully decked-out bikepacking and Pinion drive options…

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Following up the introduction of the AMR adjustable travel, all-mountain bike last year and the off-road adventure RO AMR build, German bike maker Ghost has targeted their 2017 mountain bike range more at exploring farther from the trailhead. They’ve take their popular AMR bikes and added some 29er versions for those riders looking to cover a bit […]

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2017 Orbea Alma XC race hardtail gets lighter, stiffer and faster

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Much like the recently updated Oiz full suspension race bike, Orbea’s flagship XC hardtail gets the Boost axle spacing and frame refinements to make it lighter and stiffer. It also gets more comfortable and efficient. By the numbers, it’s an 950g frame in top form and sees 25% improvement in stiffness and 10% more compliance.

It also gets a brand new full carbon rigid fork, their first, designed to complement the bike’s handling and offer the lightest overall package for less technical race courses…

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Much like the recently updated Oiz full suspension race bike, Orbea’s flagship XC hardtail gets the Boost axle spacing and frame refinements to make it lighter and stiffer. It also gets more comfortable and efficient. By the numbers, it’s an 950g frame in top form and sees 25% improvement in stiffness and 10% more compliance. […]

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Guerrilla Gravity adds 29″ / 27.5+ Trail Pistol to their U.S. made arsenal

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With the advent of Boost spacing, it seems like it won’t be long until all trail 29ers are also compatible with plus. We’ve seen a number of big brands moving to the dual wheel size model, and now we’re seeing smaller operations going that route as well. One of the latest brands to follow suit is none other than Guerrilla Gravity. But what sets the GG Trail Pistol apart is not only the fact that it can adapt to the two wheel sizes without a different fork or headset, but it’s also built in their Denver, CO shop…

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With the advent of Boost spacing, it seems like it won’t be long until all trail 29ers are also compatible with plus. We’ve seen a number of big brands moving to the dual wheel size model, and now we’re seeing smaller operations going that route as well. One of the latest brands to follow suit […]

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Review: Niner Air 9 RDO floats like a dragonfly and stings like a really angry yellow jacket

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With suspension technology changing faster than the choice for president, we have become accustomed to waking up in the morning to see what version of what suspension platform is ruling the world that day. Though not as intriguing, we sometimes forget that the simple characteristics of a tried and true hardtail are still as relevant as the days folks first started shredding Repack.

Niner sent us their flagship feather-weight Air 9 RDO (Race Day Optimized for those not in the know), stacked with some of their house components, XTR drivetrain, and RockShox’s RS-1 carbon inverted fork. The RDO definitely puts the purpose of this bike into perspective when it comes to “Race Day Optimized”. Check out what made me grin… and what made me cringe riding this race machine…

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With suspension technology changing faster than the choice for president, we have become accustomed to waking up in the morning to see what version of what suspension platform is ruling the world that day. Though not as intriguing, we sometimes forget that the simple characteristics of a tried and true hardtail are still as relevant […]

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Get DIALED with new suspension tuning app for Cane Creek shocks

 

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The best suspension in the world won’t do you much good if you don’t know how to tune it. Sure, you know how to put air in your shocks and maybe give a click or two of rebound, but do you really know how to get the most out of it? No matter what your answer, Cane Creek says their new suspension app is for you. From complete beginners to advanced riders who already know their shock tunes, the free app offers tools to make it easier to dial in the perfect ride every single time…

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  The best suspension in the world won’t do you much good if you don’t know how to tune it. Sure, you know how to put air in your shocks and maybe give a click or two of rebound, but do you really know how to get the most out of it? No matter what your […]

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Week in Review: New goods from Specialized, Diamondback, Cotic and so much more!

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This past week we had two double headers, providing a doubly in depth look at the new Specialized Sequoia adventure gravel bike and the ultralight Easton EC90 SL cranks. But there were plenty more items worth highlighting, like the sweet new Diamondback Haanjo Carbon, which brings massive tire clearance and a svelte new carbon frame to the off road drop bar scene. Lots to catch up on, and all of it opens in a new tab for easy browsing…

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This past week we had two double headers, providing a doubly in depth look at the new Specialized Sequoia adventure gravel bike and the ultralight Easton EC90 SL cranks. But there were plenty more items worth highlighting, like the sweet new Diamondback Haanjo Carbon, which brings massive tire clearance and a svelte new carbon frame […]

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