Posts in the category Mountain Bike

EB14: Kuroshiro Puts the Salsa Bucksaw and Niner ROS9 Plus On a Carbon Diet

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If you have been paying attention to the plus-size carbon wheel market, you know that Kuroshiro has been rewriting the rules when it comes to fat bike wheels. The super light carbon hoops are designed to run tubeless without rim tape and owe much of their strength and stiffness to their unique SPline design with uses a continuous raised center carbon ridge.

Recently, the company introduced a slimmed down version of their fat bike rims to cater to the 29+ crowd. Using a similar technology but with a completely boxed center channel, the wheels are a simple 1 step weight loss program for your bike – as long as you have the cash. To illustrate the weight savings provided by their wheels, Kuroshiro swapped out the wheelsets on some common, mostly stock fat bike and 29+ models to show what is possible.

Light weight fatties ahead…

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EB14: Mondraker Makes the Wheels Bigger & the Mountain Bikes More Aggressive

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Mondraker introduced the new Foxy Carbon this summer, essentially claiming the 140mm travel, 27.5″ wheel mountain bike was a quiver of one. But, supposing you like larger wheels, the new Crafty 29er takes the concept up a notch with bigger diameter hoops.

It keeps their Zero suspension design, which floats the shock between two moving links. The rear triangle is one piece to keep it stiff. It also gets their Forward Geometry, putting a longer top tube behind a very short stem. Other than wheels and necessary frame sizing tweaks, the only functional change was a slight drop in rear wheel travel to 130mm. The front end keeps the longer 140mm fork. There’s even an XR version that gets a 150mm Pike.

Other bikes grow to 27.5″ from 26″, spec gets updated and a new fat bike makes an appearance below…

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PDW Lars Rover: Into the Night

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As far as we were concerned, the new PDW Lars Rover lights had already blasted off after seeing them at Interbike. In what has become tradition for Portland Design Works however, the new product isn’t really launched until there is an entertaining video featuring the new goods. At 650 lumens for the more powerful version, the Lars Rover has more than enough power for most nocturnal shenanigans.

Seriously, night riding is awesome when you have a good light. Power up with the Lars Rover next…

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Photo Gallery: 2014 RedBull DreamLine Competition at the Oskar Blues Reeb Ranch

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Before spotting anything else while rolling up to the Oskar Blues Reeb Ranch, your eyes were immediately drawn to the the massive mounds of red North Carolina dirt. Probably visible from the planes above, the massive jumps were to be the home of the latest edition of the Redbull Dreamline BMX competition.

Set on the grounds of the Reeb Ranch in Hendersonville, NC, the venue would serve as a host to the best BMX dirt jumpers in the world to compete on the perfect line – the Dreamline. At first it appeared the weather would derail the fun, the crowd and riders stuck it out through a two hour rain delay to put on a great show.

Get the highlights next…

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IB14: New Corsair Revo Enduro Bike Stands Tall, Plus Clever New Atomlab DH Hubs & More

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Tall folks rejoice! The new Corsair Revo enduro bike will only be coming in medium, large and XL sizes, and even those are generously proportioned to fit the bigger riders among us. Brand rep Lance Tueller said they saw a real hole in the market for bikes that fit taller riders so they went for it.

The frame itself is a shaped alloy frame built around 650B wheels and 160mm of travel. The suspension is a modified single pivot design using a linkage to help control the leverage ratio (about 2.5:1) and keep it all stiff. It also helps keep the center of gravity low for better handling. Drop in for more details and a look at sister brand Atomlab’s new components…

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First Look: Fezzari Kings Peak Prototype Fat Bike

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After a two year hiatus, the Fezzari Kings Peak is back, but it’s gotten a little fat in its time off. While Fezzari is starting to make a name for themselves with their consumer direct sales model with a custom touch, their latest model will have fat bike fans looking at another option to fulfill their big-tired needs.

Called the Fezzari Kings Peak fat bike, or Fat Kings Peak if you prefer, the carbon fat bike is still just in prototype guise, but should be available in time for Christmas delivery – with plenty of snow left in the season. Equipped with nearly all of the features you would expect to find in a carbon fat bike currently, the Fat Kings Peak looks to be a relative bargain in typical Fezzari style…

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FOUND: Yep Components Uptimizer Swiss-Made Dropper Seatpost

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Dropper seatposts will change the way you ride, so most who already have them consider it to be one of the best upgrades you can do to your bike to improve your riding. Swiss company Yep Components agrees, and their new Uptimizer dropper seatpost is the only product they offer. There are two models, the HC with internal cable routing, and the ST with external cable routing.

In typical Swiss fashion, Yep Components uses components they say are the best around, such as Motorex fluids and Igus bushings.  They’re CNC machined and assembled in Switzerland, and they use less air pressure than other dropper seatposts on the market, which they say allows for longer service life of the parts.

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Closeup: New FSA ITC Seatposts Offer Flip Flop, Independent Angle and Offset Adjustment

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Introduced at Eurobike, FSA’s new ITC (Independent Top Clamp) seatposts are wrapping up production and first batches should be hitting FSA’s warehouses soon.

The design uses a rounded base for the top clamp section to adhere to, allowing it to rotate through a wide range of angles completely independent of your saddle rail position. Even better, the top clamps are available in two versions, giving you a total of four offsets: 0, 10, 15 and 20mm, and in any direction you want. If your seat angle’s not too steep, that’s effectively seven different positions from a single post!

They’ll be available in alloy and carbon versions with 27.2 and 31.6 diameters. Click through for full specs and weights…

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Hands On with the New Sony Action Cam Mini – It’s all in the Wrist

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Let’s be real for a moment. You can have the most feature packed action camera around, but if it isn’t easy to use you’ll end up with a bunch of boring footage that’s probably either of the ground or the sky. The introduction of the smart phone app and wireless capabilities was a huge step forward in terms of being able to properly capture the actual action, but they still leave things to be desired – connecting can be troublesome, and you still have to do something with your smartphone once you start riding. To keep you from having to constantly dig into your bag to fish out your phone, many cameras are paired with wrist or handlebar mounted remotes that allows you to control the recording.

Even so, wouldn’t it be more convenient if the same functions were available in a single wrist mounted remote?

That seems to be what Sony is thinking and is exactly what they offer with the new Action Cam Mini AZ1. In addition to the live view remote, the camera is 30% smaller than the original AS20 and the replacement AS100V. The smaller size means you can stick it just about anywhere to create some creative videos while simultaneously controlling it from your wrist. Sony brought us out to Northern New Jersey for a crash course in the new camera which included mountain bikes, mountain coasters, and even archery.

After just a day playing with the Action Cam Mini, we can’t help but think GoPro has some serious competition…

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