Posts in the category Mountain Bike

IB14: Ellsworth Dare Downhill Bike Goes Carbon, Gets Adjustable Travel & 27.5″ Wheels

2015 Ellsworth Dare Carbon downhill mountain bike can switch travel to become freeride bike

The Ellworth Dare was one of those bikes that every downhiller drooled over ten years ago. Coupled with a Shiver fork, it made even the biggest huck-to-flat seem reasonable, but in the intervening years, the model has suffered from a lack of attention.

For the 2015 model year though, the Dare has been completely redesigned, and received a carbon frame, 27.5″ wheels, and a modern geometry. READ MORE ->

IB14: More than a Big Deal, Hed Introduces Aluminum Fat Bike Rim, 27.5 and 29″ Wide Carbon Rim, More

Hed carbon fat bike 29+ aluminum rim wheels (4)

Probably one of our most visited during Interbike, Hed’s booth seemed to have something new every time we went by. What started with Andy showing us the new 100mm BFD fat bike rims out at Dirt Demo, continued with a new aluminum fat bike rim and finished with Steve Hed himself showing us their new 29″ carbon rim inside. What started with a single 85mm wide carbon rim has exploded into a number of fatter options for fat bikes and 29ers alike.

Details on the new hoops next…


EB14: Token Introduces World’s Lightest Headset, New Carbon Wheels & Lots More!

Token Featherweight worlds lightest full bearing bicycle headset

Token’s new Featherweight headsets claim to be the lightest headsets “with balls”, so we threw them on the scale to see. The “balls” reference refers to the sealed cartridge bearings used in lieu of bushings, which is what Cane Creek uses in their Aer headset.

Not only are they light, but they come with various options to fit both straight and tapered steerers and include their new ultralight top cap/star nut. Shown above are the 44mm headtube version in the foreground and a standard tapered set up in the back. The large sleeve in the middle is purely for display, keeping everything stacked nicely in the retail packaging.

All of the parts are machined from 7075 alloy and Token says they’ve tested it exhaustively with 45kg of back and forth tugging while weighted with 116kg of load for 110,000 cycles with zero failures. How light are they?


IB14: Rolf Prima Rolls Out Budget Carbon Road Wheels, Adds Wider 27.5″ Ralos CXC Mountain Bike Wheels


Rolf Prima knows their carbon wheels aren’t the cheapest on the market (they’re also not the most expensive), so they wanted to help more people get on their paired spoke design and excellent carbon rims.

The new Ares ES series wheels do that by lacing their same Ares carbon fiber rims as the top level models to standard hubs and higher spoke counts to drop the price by $650 per set. The new build is available on the Ares6 (60mm deep) and Ares4 (42mm deep), both 27mm at their widest. Inside width is 17mm at the bead.

The ES wheels go from 16/16 spoke counts to 16/20, but use the same bladed Sapim CX Speed spokes. Total weight gain is just 70g, but none of that’s at the rim save for four more nipples. Even their folks admit the ride quality is very, very similar, you’re just saving a lot of money…


IB14: Ergon Slims Down Enduro Grips, Adds More Colors, Packs & Cushy MTB Saddle


Following last fall’s introduction of the GE1 enduro mountain bike grip, this year see the addition of the GE1 Slim. It came about after feedback from their World Cup racers that wanted a little better bar feel, to feel more connected to the bike.

It’s only marginally slimmer, but it’s noticeable. Price is $34.99 for either size, and the new slims are available in March 2015. Check the visual comparison and all the rest of their new gear after the break…


IB14: Upstart Legion Launches w/ New Disc Brake Rotors, Lightweight Cable Housing


Shortly after Interbike 2013, Wayne Moore left Ashima after quite a few years of developing lightweight brake rotors and parts. Between then and now, he’s been busy revamping the design and launching new rotors under his own company, Legion.

Two models will be offered – a one-piece and two piece. The Javelin D-Drive two piece rotors use an alloy carrier with a 420 stainless steel that are machined to nest into each other. That locksteps their rotation so the pin joining them doesn’t need to handle a load. So, he’s able to use an alloy pin rather than steel, which helps pull heat away from the rotor faster. It’s a no-rivet operation, and the pin floats freely, held in place with a star lock washer that takes about 150kg of force to pull apart.

Moore says the design is also stiffer since the pieces are tucked into each other.


IB14: Selle Italia Goes Enduro, Plus New Road & Cyclocross Saddles

Selle Italia Butcher DH-Freeride and Nepal enduro mountain bike saddle

Selle Italia’s long been known for their very flat, generally very lightweight road bike saddles. For 2015, the line expands quite a bit, introducing some rather trick mountain bike saddles and a rounder profile road bike seat.

Above, the new Butcher gravity saddle has a handle cut out that’s not for comfort or improved blood flow “down there”. Instead, it’s for grabbing when you’re doing tricks off ramps, so it’s aimed squarely at the DH/DJ/BMX crowd.

It’s named after Butcher Ranch Trail in Downieville, CA. The shape is thought out more for when you’re not going to be seated a whole lot…like ripping downhill, jumping, etc. The wider nose makes it easier to steer with your thighs. It’s got a thick “crash pad” at the front for landing hard, and all the edges are soft and rounded for easily sliding on and off when maneuvering, but a grippy TPU ribbed section keeps you from slipping off unintentionally.

But, they know not everyone is pulling superman seat grabs, so there’s another purpose for the hole…


IB14: One Up Components New Narrow Wide Chainrings

2015 One Up Chainring_000

To beef up their existing product range and maintain the title of the ultimate 10 speed drivetrain hackers, the mad hatters behind One UP have launched one of the most affordable narrow wide chainrings to hit the market.

Spin past the break for all the details. READ MORE ->

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Cool time-lapse video, above, of one year of commuting to work by Ben Rennert owner of Winnebago Bicycle in Oshkosh, WI.
  • The Kaw Valley Bicycle Club of Topeka, Kansas, is hosting the Bruce Whaley Spirit Ride on Saturday, September 20th.
  • Registration is open for the 2014 North Carolina Bike Summit in Greensboro, NC, October 10, 11, & 12.
  • Take Road Holland’s survey and get a code towards $30 off your next purchase of $50 or more.
  • Bike Pure today launches Bike Pure Cycle Tours, bicycle tours aimed at cyclists of all capabilities. Tours are available in Europe and Australia and coincide with major races, such as 2015′s Tour Down Under and the Spring Classics.
  • The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) announced at Interbike that Idaho and Nevada are the two newest states in its growing interscholastic cycling program.
  • As a special promotion for the 10th Anniversary of the Amgen Tour of California, fans will be able to enter a Sweepstakes Series with prizes, such as a SRAM Force CX1 groupset, awarded on the 10th of each month leading up to the 2015 Amgen Tour of California through June 2015.
  • Light & Motion is promoting the launch of their commuter light, the Urban 2.0, by giving away weekly commuter prize packages. Enter to win here.
  • A month ago we showed you the upcoming Zero race bike from UK’s Genesis. The Madison Genesis Team has been racing it at the Tour of Britain this week, and have some good behind-the-scenes video reports up on Vimeo
  • The Sufferfest’s newest training video is The Elements of Style - Efficiency & Awareness, six drills to improve form, posture, and efficiency. Developed with Wade Wallace of CyclingTips.
  • Orbea is recalling their Avant bike models equipped with hydraulic disc brake forks as a crack can develop in the forks. They request that anyone with these bikes to stop using them immediately and contact them, or your closest Orbea dealer, for a replacement fork. Check their dedicated page to see if your bike is effected and how to proceed.