Posts in the category Mountain Bike

Spotted: Hope Tech Testing out New 3 Gear Cassette Adapter Cluster?

Hope Tech Instagram

Instagram is tricky. Most of the time it’s filled with incredible photos of things you wish you could be doing, filters, and hashtags. Sometimes though, a company might try to sneak in an Easter egg or two, and slip in something new right before your eyes. We’re not quite sure, but it seems that may be what Hope Tech is up to after a tip from a reader led us to this photo of their factory pop up shop.

While the focus is clearly on the bays of impressive machinery and beautiful parts laid out on the work bench, we’re more interested in that cassette up front. At Interbike 2010, Hope showed off a one piece cassette/freehub that had promise. After that, they introduced their 40 T-Rex single ring cassette adapter. Looking at the photo though, it appears to be a 3 gear cassette adapter similar to parts we’ve seen from Leonardi, and Absolute Black. If our assumptions are correct, the cluster of 3 green cogs would replace the outer cluster on a Shimano cassette making a smooth transition into the lower gears. More when we have it…

Update after the jump…


Paul Component Engineering Spins New Hubs for 15×150 Fat Bikes and 142×12 Single Speeds

Paul Component Engineering 142 12 single speed fat bike 150 hub (1)

As always, when you’re a small manufacturer you can basically make whatever you want. Paul Component Engineering saw the need to introduce two specific new hubs, so they went ahead and built them. Starting with the new Thru Axle Disc Fhub, Paul has a new option for the front of your fat bike with 150mm spacing. Originally just found on the RockShox Bluto, the 150mm spacing is starting to find its way to rigid forks as well.

Built with standard front disc rotor spacing as found on their other Fhubs, the fat bike version is stretched to fit the wider forks and the flanges have been positioned for a dishless build. Inside the machined aluminum hub shell you’ll find oversized Enduro bearings with a bearing adjuster ring outside on the dedicated end caps and a weight of 198g. Available now, the 150 Fhubs are available in 32 hole only with black, silver, and high polished options for $171.00. This should be last front hub you have to buy for a while seeing as how our review Paul Whub is still spinning smooth after 3 full seasons on a fat bike.

Not into fat bikes or gears for that matter? If your single speed is capable of running 142×12 you’re going to want to check out the new WORD….


Lazer’s New Blade and Magma Helmets Now Available

2015 Lazer Magma MTB helmet flash yellow2015 Lazer Blade road helmet black

It’s usually pretty easy to get excited about top tier products. The cream of the crop offers all the latest features, the least weight, and biggest performance factor. Unfortunately, those products usually include an equally impressive price tag keeping them out of the reach of many consumers.

That’s why products like Lazer’s new Blade and Magma helmets are so important. Packed with impressive features and weights generally found on more pricey lids, Lazer’s new Premium Budget helmets provide a lot of bang for your buck. Last September, Bike Rumor’s Tyler Benedict checked out a few new Lazer helmets at Interbike 2014. We were told the Magma (left) and Blade (right) models would be hitting store shelves for Spring 2015, and Lazer has just announced that they are now available.

While Tyler saw some solid colored pre-production models, Lazer has now finalized their graphics and set suggested pricing for the Blade road lid and Magma MTB helmet. Check out more details after the jump…


Vlad Sabau’s Annual Bicycle Auction for Cancer Charities

Vlad Sabau's 2014 Cannondale for auction to benefit cancer charities

Vlad Sabau’s 2014 Cannondale F29, his third auction bike so far.

If you’ve been following the European Cross Country and Cyclocross scenes recently, you might have noticed a Romanian racer with a certain affinity for the color pink. In the 2011 season, after losing his mother to a battle with breast cancer, Imprezzio Cannondale Racing’s Vlad Sabau started appearing with pink argyle socks and pink parts on his bike to show his support for the fight against breast cancer.

After that first season in pink Sabau decided he could do more to help. He began a tradition of auctioning off his race bikes after each season, with all the proceeds going towards individuals battling cancer. With some help from companies like Cannondale, Sram, ESI and Tune, Sabau’s 2014 race machine will be the third one he’s sold to benefit cancer treatment and research.

Click more to see the finer details of the bike!

Second Coming: Santa Cruz Relaunches Stigmata Cyclocross Bike, Updates the HighBall with New Wheelsize Flavors


After a protracted absence from the road market, Santa Cruz has returned with the second coming of the Stigmata. This time, the model has been redesigned from the ground up from the company’s favorite space age material.

They’ve also dropped a completely refreshed Highball 29er and a 27.5 version into the mix as well.

Head past the break to learn all about the new models…


Deity Components lifts a prototype 38mm riser bar onto the trail

prototype Diety Components 38mm riser bar tested by Kyle WarnerDeity Components wants to bring you just a bit closer to heaven by jacking the rise on their handlebars.

Shown here under test pilot Kyle Warner, the prototypes have a claimed 38mm rise. They already offer a Cam Zink edition riser at 38mm, but these will be part of the Black Label DH collection, which is currently only offering a 15mm rise option made of 7075-T6 aluminum. Those are available in red, blue, green, purple and, of course, black.

This isn’t their biggest rise, though. The Topsoil will boost you 50mm above stem height, and the Villian III goes a full 75mm. That one’s really meant for dirt jumping and street riding, but hey, options.

Shift Less, Whip More with new DH Block 7 Speed Cassette Adapter from OneUp Components


Even as the rest of the industry seems to be climbing an endless ladder to more gears, DH bikes are trending in the opposite direction. With the introduction of SRAM’s X01 DH, 7 speed became the new 10 or 11. The theory behind the smaller cluster is that bigger gears go unused on most DH race bikes that are actually being raced, and the 7 speed cassette provided better jumps between gears compared to cassettes designed for road bikes. Thanks to a narrower spread between the high and low gears, derailleurs with shorter cages and shorter chains can be used, all of which tend to improve shifting in abusive conditions.

For those who have decided fewer gears are for them but don’t want to plunk down a big chunk of change for X01, OneUp Components thinks they have a better way…


Louisville Mega Cavern Bike Park Open For Business, Ride Underground for Valentine’s Day!

After months of anticipation, the Louisville Mega Cavern Bike Park is finally open. As of this past Monday the 9th, the world’s first fully underground bike park is now accepting riders. Built nearly 10 stories beneath the surface, the man made cavern sits under 26 feet of solid lime stone. Occupying just a fraction of the massive hole in the ground spanning 4 million square feet, there is currently around 320 thousand square feet for your riding enjoyment.

Maintaining a comfy yearly temp of 58-60º F, at this point there are 45 trails with a few new features added since we stopped by to get a first look. Listed as a soft opening, bike rentals are not yet available but are expected by April 2015. While we were told to expect pricing on par with parks like Ray’s MTB, the Mega Cavern prices end up running about $15 more if you’re planning to ride all day since tickets are split into 4 hour and 8 hour pricing. A 4 hour ride ticket runs $25, and the all day 8 hour pass runs $40 per person. However, there are a number of combo, special, and group deals available depending on your situation. All riders are required to wear a helmet and ride with at least one brake, and parents must stay with their children (meaning they have to pay for admission as well). The park is open Monday through Thursday 10am to 6pm, and Friday through Sunday 10am to 8pm. Reservations are encouraged, but not required.


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Plans are Underway for the World’s First Bicycle Superhighway. The city of London is thinking way beyond bike paths and protected bike lanes. As posted on, Transport for London which is the city’s transportation agency, last week approved the world’s first bicycle superhighway. London’s bicycle superhighway would run alongside the banks of the Thames River for more than 15 miles.
  • You love your fat bike more than anything, so give her something she deserves. Now for a limited time, all fat bike axles are discounted at 15% off when you use the coupon code CHUBBYCHASER at the Robert Axle Project. Choose from their hitch mount axles, B.O.B. Trailer axles or bolt-on replacement axles. But hurry, the sale ends on February 16th!
  • The unofficial start to Colorado’s cycling season, the annual Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival, which features a range of road and mountain bike events and is entering its 28th year, announced new courses today for its signature Century course and the increasingly popular all-day mountain bike event, the Subaru Sunrise Sunset. Riders can register now at and take advantage of early registration discounts, just $70 now for the century and metric century (62 miles) courses (until February 28), compared to $85 on event day, June 7, 2015.
  • SCICON Bags, a leading manufacturer of bike bags, bike protection and saddle bags, has just unveiled their new website. Visit to see their latest offerings.
  • Did you know? You may have experienced some weird stuff going on with your wireless computer that’s perched alongside your LED light on your handlebars. You weren’t imagining things, and that’s because LEDs create electronic noise which interferes with the function of wireless devices. All of SIGMA Germany’s lights are equipped with an “electronic shield” that prevents the light from interfering with your other electronics. Dealers may be interested in the Spring Promo Sale that SIGMA is having until the end of February on their bike lights.
  • H+I Adventures, one of the world’s leading mountain biking adventure companies, has undergone a total rebrand, featuring a new visual identity, online presence and tagline (‘The Art of Adventure’) that inspires adventure travellers to hop in the saddle. The contemporary website helps riders easily discover their ideal mountain bike holiday, and features 2016 holidays that are available to book now.
  • Do you have a GoPro and want to capture footage from your favorite trails at night? Light and Motion has developed the SideKick as the solution to do just that. The Sidekick is the perfect companion light for GoPro cameras. It is the smallest, lightest, most powerful light ever designed to mount with a GoPro. You now have the opportunity to become a backer of this project, via a Kickstarter campaign, and reserve your exclusive hand machined aluminum Sidekick – shipping next month! But hurry, the campaign ends Saturday, February 14th!
  • Anyone old enough to remember the CoreStates PRO Championship knows that Philadelphia can host one heck of a bike race. On February 11th Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Philadelphia’s annual professional cycling race has been renamed the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic and will be produced by race operator g4 Productions. The Cycling Classic, which will be on Sunday, June 7, 2015, will feature an amateur course ride and men’s and women’s professional races. Information on the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic is available on its website Professional teams will compete in UCI races, including the only US Women’s World Cup in the nation!
  • Do you live in Washington, D.C. or Manhattan and want to send flowers to someone special in a unique way? UrbanStems offers beautiful handcrafted bouquets, delivered for free by bicycle. Treehugger reported on the sustainable company and their unique way of doing business.
  • Marin Mountain Bikes is recalling about 400 children’s bikes in the U.S. and 50 in Canada due to handlebars separating resulting in a fall hazard.
  • PeopleForBikes will partner with the 2015 National Bike Challenge. This nationwide program aims to inspire more Americans to ride bikes more often. The 5-month challenge runs from May 1, 2015-September 30, 2015. To learn more and to register for the National Bike Challenge, visit