Posts in the category Mountain Bike

Absolute Black Adds Spiderless Oval Chainrings for SRAM Cranks; Cannondale & More Coming Soon

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Absolute Black’s first ovalized chainring came out this summer and in a 32-tooth, 104BCD version. Now, he’s added a SRAM direct mount spiderless version with the same 32-tooth count.

Coming in at a claimed 59g, it’s only a few grams heavier than the round GXP or BB30 versions, and has the equivalent of a 30t profile in the dead zone and 34t in the power zone. The teeth use their proven narrow/wide profile, which we’ve had pretty good success with when used with a clutch rear derailleur (and even without one on a ‘cross bike). They’re available for preorder now in black, red or blue, and they deliver around October 20th.

Along with the pics, AB’s founder sent over a few pics and video to illustrate the chainrings in action and an explanation of why theirs are among the best out there…

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IB14: Bolle’s Premium 6th Sense Cycling Sunglasses, Plus Affordable Italian Made Lifestyle Offerings

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Famed ski goggle manufacturer Bolle had a number of different products on display at their booth at Interbike. Amongst them was their 6th Sense sunglasses, which are their premium cycling offering. The lenses are made from a newer material called Tribex, which is lighter and offers better optics than more common polycarbonate material used in other sports sunglasses.

All of Bolle’s lenses meet safety glasses standards for impacts, and are treated with oleophobic and hydrophobic lens coatings. They’re also available in a number of different tints, mirror finishes, or technologies (photochromatic, poloraized, etc…) Depending on lens selection, retail for the sunglasses is $160-200, while replacement lenses run between $55-75.

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Another Epic Press Release Video From Transition, Now Featuring Ponies and Giddyup Technology

Transition recently announced a brand new suspension platform and a four brand new bikes for the 2015. We’ve covered the tech and first ride review here, and the different models here, but you’ll want to hit play on this video anyways….

IB14: Lazer Reveals Premium Budget Helmets, Wasp Air w/ Electronic Head Tilt Sensor & More!

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For 2015, Lazer is heading up the news with a few new low-cost helmets that bring a lot of their top comfort and safety systems, including a $70 MIPS helmet!

Shown above, the Blade (black) and Magma helmets give you 22 huge vents combined with their Rollsys retention system and in-mold construction. They’re essentially the same helmet save for the visor on the Magma. Both retail for $90, and weights are 250g without visor. They start shipping in Spring 2015.

Head past the break to check out the inside, plus lots of other cool new things below…

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IB14: Breezer #2, We Interview Joe Breeze About the Second Mountain Bike Ever Built

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At Interbike this year, the unholy trinity of Charlie Kelly, Gary Fisher, and Joe Breeze gathered at the Breezer Booth to sign copies of Charlie’s upcoming book - The Fat Tire Flyer. The event brought a ton of fan fare and publicity for obvious reasons. So after the party had died down, I swung by to shoot some pictures of the vintage Breezer on display. While I was there, none other than Joe Breeze happened to walk over.

As we discussed topics ranging from helmets to klunking (Joe says the secret is to keep your feet on the pedals), I asked him to tell me something about these first Breezers that most people didn’t know. He thought about my question for a few seconds before pointing to the top tube.

On modern bikes, it’s common for the top tubes to slope downwards towards the seat for increased standover, but this early Breezer is the reverse. This was due to the limitations of the components from that era. At the time, there were few replacement parts available, so Joe made all of his headtubes the same size. That way if the custom Cook Brothers fork broke, it could still be replaced with the more easily sourced Ashtabula.

The other limitation was the length of the seatposts. The longest ones available at the time were only 180mm, so to get the appropriate saddle height for tall riders, the frames had to have long seat tubes and sloping down tubes.

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Ghost Bikes Spirit Across the Pond to U.S. REI Stores in 2015

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Whether it’s their four-bar suspension linkage or company size that’s kept them out of the U.S., Germany’s Ghost Bike is now heading for the states.

Through an exclusive partnership with REI, Ghost will be sending its bikes over here for 2015. And it won’t be just the low end stuff, either. They’re saying the Riot 7, Riot 9 and Kato 7 E:I will top the range for North America. All three are 650B and are pictured after the break. The bikes should hit stores in February and be available both in store and online for shipping within the country.

Ghost is part of the Accell Group, which owns Raleigh and Lapierre, two brands already here. Click through to see some of the bikes, and check out our One Ride Review of the Riot LT here (along with details on other models and road disc).

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IB14: FatBack Makes a Mark with Footprint Carbon Fat Bike Rims

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First shown as a prototype at Interbike 2013, FatBack was on hand at this year’s show with production versions of their carbon fat bike. But the Corvus wasn’t the only star of their show as the bike above was highlighting a new carbon product from FatBack – the FootPrint rim. It may be hard to keep all the new fat bike rims straight, but the FootPrint is one of the first carbon rims we’ve seen that use a cutout design that has been made popular on aluminum rims.

More than just a cosmetic feature, find out why FatBack is building their wheels with 3M reflective tape as the rim strip after the break…

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IB14: Rocky Mounts Introduces Adapter for BrassKnuckles Upright, Fatties Rejoice

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While the biking world may have gone a little fat bike crazy lately, bike rack manufacturers have struggled to keep up. The comically large tires require special considerations for transport unless you want to see them bouncing down the highway in your rear view mirror. Having just introduced their low profile upright bike rack at the start of this year, Rocky Mounts is offering a very simple kit that makes the BrassKnuckles fattie compatible.

Details next…

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IB14: White Industries Updates All Hubs w/ Titanium Freehubs & More 11-Speed Options

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White Industries has updated virtually all of their hubs to have 11-speed ready freehub bodies, bringing things up to speed with modern standards. They’ve also switched to 100% titanium freehub bodies across all rear hubs. Sure, the material is a bit more expensive and wears the milling equipment a bit quicker, but overall it’s a savings for them because of the additional heat treating and processing their steel parts required. Time + Effort = Money, after all. The added bonus is they’re about 20g lighter!

Shown above is the Tandem rear hub with its new 11-speed freehub.

And there are a few other little tweaks, too…

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