PC16: Blue flushes out line with gravel, upper-tier cross, hardtail & full-sus off-road

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Blue Competition Cycles has been very busy since its most recent acquisition back in 2014. The brand, traditionally a favorite among the triathlete crowd, has tooled up to expand their entire line with fresh, proprietary designs in carbon and aluminum. For the short term, this means fresh top-tier product in cyclocross and gravel. Also, after dipping their toe into bigger tires last season with their fat tire Philly, Blue is introducing a slew of off-road product in both hardtail and full squish. “We wanted our line completed,” commented Orli Chinea, Blue Competition Cycles Sales Manger…

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Blue Competition Cycles has been very busy since its most recent acquisition back in 2014. The brand, traditionally a favorite among the triathlete crowd, has tooled up to expand their entire line with fresh, proprietary designs in carbon and aluminum. For the short term, this means fresh top-tier product in cyclocross and gravel. Also, after dipping their toe […]

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Rose focuses on trail with reworked Root Miller, plus Granite Chief updates & more…

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Rose has been working this year on updating their popular, mid-range aluminum trail bikes to make them even more capable for handling the wide range of climbing and descending conditions that most riders trail bikes actually face. A big part of that is the move to new trail geometry norms and the adoption of the most recent mountain bike standards, but with their strong-selling Root Miller, they’ve also added some more travel so riders can push it even further. We took a look at a pre-production prototype of the bike earlier in the spring, but now we have some more detail. Check out the new Root Miller, plus a revised all-mountain Granite Chief, and even a bit on Rose’s foray into e-MTB with the new hardtail Elec Tec, all after the break…

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Rose has been working this year on updating their popular, mid-range aluminum trail bikes to make them even more capable for handling the wide range of climbing and descending conditions that most riders trail bikes actually face. A big part of that is the move to new trail geometry norms and the adoption of the […]

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First Impressions: RIP up and JET down from an Idaho yurt on Niner’s new bikes with 29 & 27.5+

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Niner Bikes Idaho Yurt Trip

What’s better than riding mountain bikes in the back country? Apparently riding mountain bikes to a yurt in the back country to spend the night, then riding back into town the next morning. Such was the opportunity given to us in order to test the latest rigs from Niner. Two days. Two bikes. Two different wheel sizes. If you haven’t seen the news yet, Niner is now on the 29/27.5+ bandwagon with two new bikes. For the ride up to the Sun Valley Trekking yurt we would be on the new JET 9 RDO. The ride down? That was reserved for the new RIP 9 RDO.

With the Ride Sun Valley bike festival done and dusted, it was time to pack an overnight bag and head out on the trails high above Ketchum, ID…

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What’s better than riding mountain bikes in the back country? Apparently riding mountain bikes to a yurt in the back country to spend the night, then riding back into town the next morning. Such was the opportunity given to us in order to test the latest rigs from Niner. Two days. Two bikes. Two different […]

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First Impressions: Fox Transfer dropper seatpost raises expectations

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Aaaahhh dropper posts, the accessory that’s becoming ubiquitous across the mountain bike spectrum and across the brand spectrum. Nearly everyone’s got one now, even some bike brands, so it takes something special to differentiate yourself. Fortunately, Fox seems to have learned from their first iteration, the D.O.S.S., and created a solid performer worth a look.

We covered the tech behind the design when it launched, but the short of it is this: Rather than using a cartridge, the hydraulic mechanism is built directly into the post’s body, which let them use higher fluid volume for lower pressures. The result should be better long term durability…something we couldn’t really test on a single ride. Here’s what we can say…

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Aaaahhh dropper posts, the accessory that’s becoming ubiquitous across the mountain bike spectrum and across the brand spectrum. Nearly everyone’s got one now, even some bike brands, so it takes something special to differentiate yourself. Fortunately, Fox seems to have learned from their first iteration, the D.O.S.S., and created a solid performer worth a look. […]

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Niner JET 9 RDO and RIP 9 RDO no longer 29 only; Plus tires, modern geometry part of (R)evolution

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It’s time for Niner to launch two completely new bikes. If you’ve been paying attention to current mountain bike trends, you probably know how this is going to go. Yes, the brand known as Niner will soon have two bikes capable of running wheels that are not 29″.

But that’s only part of the story.

More importantly, as Niner puts it, the new RIP 9 and JET 9 are the continuation of their “Big (R)evolution.” That encompasses both the evolution of their bikes and of the brand itself. This change started out with the new RKT 9 and continued with the AIR 9 as both bikes received new tech and modern geometry updates with shorter chainstays, longer reach, and a better ride overall. When it came time to redesign the bread and butter for their trail category, Niner wanted to offer consumers the best bike possible. If that meant going outside of the 29er box, then so be it. Frankly, when Niner came up with their “Niners only” tagline, Plus bikes weren’t even an option. Since then the company has expanded into gravel and cross with 700c wheels, Plus on the 29+ side, and now… 27.5+.

Using all of the engineering and development knowledge gained over the years building bikes around the big wheels, Niner is diving head long into the 27.5+ category with a mid-travel JET 9 and long-travel RIP 9. The results are still classically Niner, but offer a completely new way for the same brand to attack the trail…

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It’s time for Niner to launch two completely new bikes. If you’ve been paying attention to current mountain bike trends, you probably know how this is going to go. Yes, the brand known as Niner will soon have two bikes capable of running wheels that are not 29″. But that’s only part of the story. […]

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Review: From desert dust to Midwest muck on the Intense ACV 27.5+ Full Suspension MTB

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At this current point in mountain bike history, it’s more surprising when a company has something to show us that isn’t Plus or Plus compatible. The new option seems to be spreading quickly, mostly due to the fact that the newest generation of 29ers can be an either/or scenario.

Intense is doing things a little differently.

Rather than offer a bike that can convert back and forth between two different wheel sizes, their new ACV is focused on fat. Well, mid-fat. The ACV is built around the stock 27.5 x 2.8″ tires and has a geometry that is tuned to match. During our annual pilgrimage to the Sedona desert, we got a sneak peek at what Intense had in store for their newest model. And in what’s becoming standard practice for the company, we received an ACV of our own to review on our home trails ahead of the launch to see what makes this Plus sized bike tick…

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At this current point in mountain bike history, it’s more surprising when a company has something to show us that isn’t Plus or Plus compatible. The new option seems to be spreading quickly, mostly due to the fact that the newest generation of 29ers can be an either/or scenario. Intense is doing things a little differently. […]

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Intense floats in on new ACV 27.5+ mid travel full suspension platform

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Earlier this year during the launch of the new Spider 275 C, Intense said the new bike was just the tip of the iceberg. Thanks to the expiration of the VPP patent, their product line was due for an overhaul – just in time for the introduction of new technologies like Boost and Plus. It should come as no surprise then that the next installment of the JS-Tuned story is the new ACV 27.5+ mid travel full suspension bike. Named after the acronym sometimes used for hovercraft, the Air Cushioned Vehicle is a play on the additional cushion the plus tires provide.

Earlier this year we got our first look at the new bike in an environment that could use a little extra cushion – the red rocks of Sedona, AZ. The latest installment in the plus bike surge (with more to come very soon from other makes), the ACV puts an Intense spin on plus sized full suspension…

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Earlier this year during the launch of the new Spider 275 C, Intense said the new bike was just the tip of the iceberg. Thanks to the expiration of the VPP patent, their product line was due for an overhaul – just in time for the introduction of new technologies like Boost and Plus. It should come […]

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New 40mm WTB Scraper rim puts your “plus” tires in the sweet spot

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Originally only offered as the Scraper i45 (with a 45mm width), the new i40 fills the gap between it and the Asym i35 rims to offer the perfect fit for 2.8 mountain bike tires.

“We introduced our first plus-sizes tires on the Scraper i45 rim and it quickly became a choice pairing for usage with our 3.0” tires, but it seems an equal amount of riders now prefer 2.8” tires for trail riding,” says Jason Moeschler, WTB’s global OEM sales manager. “We wouldn’t consider either width to be the ideal option or better performing choice, but rather consider it a case of preference. The Scraper i40 rims will hit the rim width sweet spot for those who prefer to ride 2.8” tires.”

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Originally only offered as the Scraper i45 (with a 45mm width), the new i40 fills the gap between it and the Asym i35 rims to offer the perfect fit for 2.8 mountain bike tires. “We introduced our first plus-sizes tires on the Scraper i45 rim and it quickly became a choice pairing for usage with […]

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SRAM XX1 Eagle 1×12 mountain bike group – Actual weights, install & first ride

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sram xx1 eagle actual weights and install notes

We weighed pre-production parts at the SRAM Eagle 12-speed group launch earlier this year, but now we’ve got our own group installed on our own bike for a proper long term review. We also covered the technical details in another post and even had some first ride impressions on the Kona demo bike provided by SRAM. But, there’s nothing like mounting it up to a familiar bike and hitting the trails. In this case, I brought the bike with me to Dixie National Forest (just outside Bryce Canyon) and tackled Thunder Mountain Trail, which turned out to be the most beautiful mountain bike ride I’ve ever done. But before that, all the parts were thrown on the scale to get true production weights…

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We weighed pre-production parts at the SRAM Eagle 12-speed group launch earlier this year, but now we’ve got our own group installed on our own bike for a proper long term review. We also covered the technical details in another post and even had some first ride impressions on the Kona demo bike provided by […]

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