Posts in the category Mountain Bike

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

2015 FSA ITC seatpost design weights and specs

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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EB14: Fulcrum Gets Carbon Tubeless, Tubular Mountain Bike Wheels, Plus Alloy Models & Stealth Road

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While sister brand Campagnolo unleashed new top level carbon clinchers for the road, Fulcrum added them for the mountain. Along with carbon tubulars and new alloy clinchers, too. These come just one month after they introduced their latest top level alloy racing wheelset, the Red Power HP, and about two months after we spotted prototypes being tested by Merida Multivan. For road, they added a blacked out Nite version of their Racing Zero alloy wheels that promises better braking performance.

The Red Carbon tubeless ready clinchers will be available in both 27.5″ and 29″ sizes with these subtle gray-on-black graphics. The rim is full carbon, and the hubs get carbon shells with alloy flanges built around a cup-and-cone bearing system. It’s all tied together with bladed, double butted stainless steel straight pull spokes. Weights are impressively light at just 1,356g for the 29er and 1,288g for 27.5″, thanks in part to a titanium freehub body.

Roll on down for detail pics and more…

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Efneo Launches x3 Gearbox Crank & Ultra Silent, Ultra Quick Rear Hub

The Efneo x3 internally geared crankset

Efneo, a Polish company run by a family, is bringing bicycle components to market to make a cyclists life easier. We covered their idea of an internally geared crank two years back, and they are now gearing up to start taking pre-orders for the x3 gearbox crank and the Active silent hub. While an internally geared crank and a silent hub are not new ideas, Efneo hopes to bring them to market for all types of bikes, and with the help of crowdsourcing.

The x3 crank is an internally geared, shiftable crankset that can be installed on any bike. While the idea is not new, as it has been seen in Hammerschmidt, Schlumpf and the Metropolis Patterson, the x3 is the first one to incorporate 3 speeds, not just two. Similar to other systems, the benefits are touted as being able to offer instant gear changes, being able to shift without pedaling and cleaning up the drivetrain so there is less maintenance. Offering a range similar to a 28/40/50 crank is impressive, and it seems to be able to mount without any strange parts or adapters.

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Found: Brilliant Two-Chamber Pad Contact Adjust Concept for Hydraulic MTB Brake Levers

tien hsin industries hydraulic disc brake free stroke adjustment design patent for mountain bike brake levers

Free stroke is the term used to describe how much lever pull you have on a hydraulic braking system before the pads actually start moving toward the rotor. Higher end brakes from most brands have a pad contact adjustment to let you dial in the free stroke, and the good ones actually provide a discernible effect. Avid has it, as do Shimano, Magura, Hayes, FSA, Formula, etc.

And all of them use a design that places the adjustment components inline with the fluid’s flow from the master cylinder into the hose. It’s worked so far, so what could possibly be wrong with that design?

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Lapierre X-Control Marathon/XC Bike Adds Carbon Versions for 2015

2015 Lapierre X-Control XC full suspension mountain bike

Designed as a very capable XC full suspension bike way back in 2001, Lapierre’s X-Control range has evolved for 2015 to better take advantage of modern specs like 27.5″ wheels and the new Side Swing XTR group. Three new alloy models debuted this summer, and now the top of the range fills in with carbon fiber options.

The other change appears to be an elimination of the 29er models that were available as late as MY2014. The entire range is now showing as 650B only, with three alloy models and two carbon ones.

Shown above, the X-Control 727 rules the roost with a full XTR mechanical build. It’s paired with a Rockshox SID/Monarch setup and Schwalbe tires. We don’t have full spec info for the rest of it yet, but we do have more pics and frame info…

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EB14: German:A Unveils Inverted Fat Bike Fork, Integrated e-Bike Display & More

German:A Trace inverted fat bike suspension fork

Building off their existing inverted fork designs, the new German:A Flame fork takes the internals are from their 130mm 26″ fork, then limits the travel to 100mm to allow proper tire clearance at the crown under full compression.

It’s built around a 142mm front hub and has clearance for 26×4.0 tire. Up top is their travel adjust button, found on all their forks, which uses a dual air chamber with a valve in between. Simply put your weight on the fork and push the button and it’ll drop into its travel. Stop it anywhere you want and release the button and it’ll stay there, working as normal in the reduced travel mode.

But that’s only part of the interesting tech they had on display…

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EB14: TRP Updates HYRD Brake Calipers, Adds Camo Spykes & More

trp-hyrd-caliper-pro-shotTRP’s HYRD calipers, which are their mechanical-to-hydraulic brakes that work with any standard drop bar lever, received a rather quiet update at the beginning of the year.

All of the changes were aimed at improving long term performance and keep users from fiddling with the parts that could cause failure. Inside, they swapped the gasket’s material the reservoir so it is more pliable. This reduces the likelihood of the system creating a vacuum since it won’t pull as hard against the fluid when levels decline slightly as pads wear. In other words, it lets the system more easily compensate for pad wear.

They increased reservoir volume to hold more oil, which should help with heat buildup. A steel ring was added around the pistons to help them slide in and out easier. Before, it was solid Bakelite, which does a great job of insulating against heat, but wasn’t as smooth, so now it’s just used in the center of the piston.

When we reviewed the original HYRD brakes, one of the tweaks we made to improve pad contact speed and power was to dial in the piston rod. Unfortunately, TRP frowns upon this and for good reason: It can cause the system to remain closed or open depending on which way you turn the bolt. Either way, it could mean brakes that don’t work. READ MORE ->