Posts in the category Mountain Bike

Sneak Peak: New DT FR570 Improves on Aaron Gwin’s Favorite Raceday Rim (UPDATED)

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Set for an official launch at Eurobike in a few weeks, DT Swiss had this brand new downhill oriented rim on display at Crankworx. The rim is updated version of the one Aaron Gwin unsuccessfully attempted to destroy at Leogang.

At that World Cup DH Race, Aaron flatted shortly into the race and continued to ride flat out on nothing but rim. If you haven’t seen the footage, stop whatever you’re doing and check it out here.

UPDATE: More specs added at bottom…

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Kitsbow Completes First Ladies’ Kit, with New All-Mountain Jersey

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With the brand fairly established as the ‘style and performance at any cost’ clothier, Kitsbow is just now introducing their first women’s jersey. Named the All-Mountian, Kitsbow’s first female specific jersey continues the brand’s focus on style, material, and details while still performing at a high level on the bike. Kitsbow designer and co-founder Charlie Cronk says,

“The women’s line mirrors our men’s line. By that, I mean a dedication to beautiful, technical fabrics, great fit and functional details that become evident as the pieces are worn on the bike—now designed distinctly for the female mountain biker.” 

Combined with the recently introduced Women’s All Mountain Short, the All-Mountain Jersey provides Kitsbow’s first full kit for women. The announcement of the jersey also coincides with new sizing and color options for the shorts, by customer request. READ MORE ->

First Look: Meet The New Asymmetric & Concentric Specialized Demo Carbon

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Between a paradigm shift in mountain bike wheel sizes, and a gradual evolution in geometry, the landscape of the modern downhill bike is dramatically different than when the last iteration of Specialized’s Demo was introduced.

Working with recently acquired team rider Aaron Gwin and rising star Troy Brosnan, Specialized has created an all new Demo that pays homage to the free hucking and World Cup winning ways of the old 26″ model, but introduces a series of innovations.

Drop past the break for the full run down.

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Ritchey Introduces Limited Edition SuperLogic C260 High-Vis Yellow Carbon Stem

 

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If it seems like you’re seeing a lot of Hi-Vis yellow lately, that’s because you are. The look-at-me color is everywhere from helmets to socks, to bottles and everything in between. And with good reason – at least on the road, since every little bit of the attention grabbing hue could mean the difference between getting home safely, or not being seen by inattentive motorists. However, as much as the safety factor plays into the color choice, let’s not kid ourselves. Cyclists love to color-coordinate.

Along those lines, Ritchey has introduced another limited release. This time it is a Hi-Vis C260 instead of the more subdued Ritchey x Cadence number they released earlier this year. Thanks to the popular color choice for current models, the stem should be right at home on bikes from Pinarello, Ibis, Masi, Jamis, and more. Stems are instock and currently shipping.

Prices, weights, and details next…

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Commencal Launches the New Meta AM V4, New Suspension Design Offers Lighter, Lively Ride

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Introduced back in 2005, the Meta has been a fixture in Commencal’s line as “enduro” cut its teeth. Now in its fourth iteration, the Meta AM sees one of the biggest changes yet with an all-new suspension design called the Contact System. Still based around a 4 bar linkage, Contact System is a big change from the previous suspension design with a pierced seat tube and low slung shock. Running the same 650b wheels as the 2014 Meta AM, the V4 is designed to fit Commencal’s vision of what an Enduro bike should be – a pedal-able downhill bike.

In spite of its lighter weight, the V4 is still welded from aluminum with an aggressively shaped 3-piece top tube. Special consideration has gone into the design to allow for excellent standover while providing easy access to the shock itself so you can make adjustments without the need for a remote. According to Commencal, the sum of the changes results in a bike that is even more versatile than the original yet still has their ideal balance of pedal efficiency to downhill supremacy.

Details, geometry, and more, next…

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First Look: New Carbon Devinci Spartan Enduro Bike- Plus Actual Weight

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Built long, slack and low, the Spartan is an everyday trail weapon bringing 160mm of split pivot powered travel to the battle. The 27.5″ version of Halo’s Master Chief has proven itself, being raced with great success at everything from the elite levels of Enduro racing, to Crankworx, and the occasional World Cup round.

After having been finally released last year as an aluminum model, the podium charting formula has now been transferred to carbon. Learn more about the transformation after the break… READ MORE ->

Domahidy Designs Wraps Kickstarter, Starts Pre-Orders for New Hardtails

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After passing the Kickstarter test, Steve Domahidy’s namesake new mountain bike brand has opened their online store to accept pre-orders from anyone else looking to get a steel or titanium hardtail from the former Niner designer.

Ti frames  are $2,299 and steel $1,099 and uses Reynolds 853 DZB tubing. Both are available in either 27.5″ or 29″ wheel sizes. The frames feature A sliding dropout, allowing them to be run as a single speed or fully geared. Golden Bike Shop in Golden, CO, has become the first shop dealer for the new brand. If you’re not nearby, you can order online it’ll ship to your favorite bike shop until they’re able to set up a full dealer network. This keeps our LBS in the loop while expanding availability.

Check them out at DomahidyDesigns.com,  more pics below…

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First Look: New DVO Diamond AM Fork Nears Final Production – Plus Actual Weights

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Teasing. It’s a universally derided tactic whether you’re trying to date or market a new product, but that’s just what DVO has done to gravity junkies since it’s inception.

From their inverted downhill fork, to this latest creation, the company has teased and shared it’s progress via social media and trade shows. Every time we visit, they’re one step closer to completing a project, and ready to tease us with the next thing they’re masterminding.

After sharing prototypes of their new Enduro fork at several trade shows over the past few months, they have finally have several preproduction models mounted to bikes and ready to rock.

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All-New Bionicon Edison EVO Enduro Mountain Bike Adjusts Suspension, Angles & Wheel Size

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Bionicon isn’t a household name here in the States (though they do have distribution here), but they’ve developed some pretty interesting technology over the years. The latest mighty morphing enduro wonder bike, the 2015 Bionicon Edison EVO, takes adjustability to new heights.

Featuring swappable rocker arms, seatstays, suspension parts and more, the frame lets you set it up with 160mm or 180mm of travel, 26″ or 27.5″ wheels, change suspension parts and adjust ride height and geometry…some of it on the fly. Oh, and it’s lighter than before. They say it’s their best ever bike.

At the heart of the bike is their Bionicon Effect travel adjust system. It pairs custom made forks and shocks with their pneumatic release button to let you instantly adjust the angles of the bike to suit climbing, descending or anything in between. It’s body weight activated, and works minimal effect on suspension performance thanks to their clever 2×2 fork air cartridges and an extending shock mount…

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