MET’s Bluegrass Eagle gravity brand gives their Explicit full-face a new look for 2016

MET’s Bluegrass Eagle gravity brand gives their Explicit full-face a new look for 2016

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For a helmet that hasn’t really changed much in the last couple of years, the Bluegrass Explicit still manages to tick most of the boxes for a full-face lid capable of making the transition from Downhill to Enduro to BMX. We had a look at some of the Bluegrass at a Eurobike past, but they keep churning out solid Euro protection gear.

The Explicit uses a well thought-out lightweight composite shell with an EPS foam impact absorption layer and breathable mesh fabric liner, and comes in just over 1kg for all sizes. The newest iteration of the helmet adds in Bluegrass’ large Airflow_2_Chin intake vents, making for one of the most ventilated full-face chin guard on the market. Drop in past the fold for a closer look, details, and availability…

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Factory Tour: Öhlins USA Brings World Class Motorsports Experience to Mountain Biking

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Ohlins USA factory tour

Driving into Hendersonville, North Carolina, it might not be what you would expect as the U.S. headquarters of Öhlins Suspension. Apparently one of the largest retirement communities in the greater Asheville area, the city is an interesting mix of young, outdoor adventure seeking “early retirees” and the actually retired.

The reason for the location? Well, apart from the close proximity to amazing mountains with endless trails and forest roads, it would seem that NASCAR had a lot to do with the location. Specifically, the proximity to NASCAR teams that would want to use Öhlins’ state of the art 7 post shaker rig chassis dyno.

While the NASCAR connection didn’t quite work out as planned, Öhlins has found Hendersonville to be a great home and has been here since 1997. Which is probably a good thing, especially as they venture into the world of mountain bike suspension. With some of the best trails on the east coast right out their door, Öhlins won’t have to go far to find a great testing location…

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Project321 Boost hubs do it different, plus new singlespeed, cyclocross & Lefty hubs!

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project321 boost mountain bike hubs

To take advantage of a Boost frame or fork, most hubs usually grow by 6mm in the rear and 10mm in the front. Project321’s new Boost hubs’ shells do just that, but they left some of those gains on the table when moving the flanges.

“Everyone’s just taking the extra 10mm and pushing the flanges out by 5mm per side,” says Jake Lyles, Project321’s product designer. “But, on the front, we kept the right side where it was and only pushed the left (disc brake) side out. That means the flanges only spread by 5mm. So the bracing angle on the right didn’t grow like it would on some other hubs, but this gave us a more even angle on both sides. Just because we could take the full 10mm, we didn’t necessarily think we should.”

Here’s why that matters…

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Canfield Bros Jedi DH nails a huge drop in 2016 consumer direct pricing & adds new color

Canfield Bros Jedi DH nails a huge drop in 2016 consumer direct pricing & adds new color

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Canfield Brother’s Jedi DH is a 9 inch travel monster wearing 27.5 shoes. For 2016, the frame will be available in a new color (more if you consider the choices in link colors available at no additional cost). To compliment the black ano, for 2016 the Jedi is now also available in a raw anodized finish. Other than the color, the frame doesn’t see technical changes for 2016.

Head on through for the rundown and pricing on the 2016 Canfield Brother’s Jedi as well as a video of it in action…

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Lindarets Boostinator converts your standard mountain bike hubs to Boost 110/148

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Boostinator standard-to-boost mountain bike hub conversion kit

While purpose-built components are almost always best, the rapid change of standards and options these days means there are a LOT of us sitting on expensive inventory of well-loved parts that we just don’t want to give up. Wheels, in particular, can be one of the more personal items (and more expensive), and can alone be reason enough not to upgrade to a newer bike if compatibility isn’t there.

With that in mind, Lindarets adds to their line of adapters with the new Boostinator. It’s an end cap and disc brake rotor spacer set that converts your standard 100/142 thru axle mountain bike hubs to fit the wider 110/148 Boost spacing coming on modern frames…

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Review: SKS Twentyniner large barrel floor pump

Review: SKS Twentyniner large barrel floor pump

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A lot of companies have started making ultra low pressure pumps recently to cater to the needs of fat bikers, and SKS has been among them with their Big Wheel pump. The biggest selling point of those pumps is the ability to read small pressure changes on their dials and to have accurate (or at least repeatable) measurements down in the 10-20 psi range. And while that is great for a fat-only pump, a lot of times the gauges miss out by not going up quite enough to give a broader spectrum of use for other low-pressure tires like the 20-30 psi range for cyclocross and the 23-40 psi range for mountain bikes. So that’s why we looked to the next SKS pump up the line, the Twentyniner. It’s an oversized barrel pump with an easy-to-read gauge that goes up to ~85 psi/6 bar. That’s a bit higher than we might have initially hoped, but in the end let us cover even more ground. Check out how it has done for us after the break…

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Project Plus Pt. 2: Purpose Built Plus Suspension with the Manitou Magnum

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In spite of the hefty amount of rubber, plus bikes will still benefit from suspension. Thanks to the addition of Boost spacing for forks, there are a few forks that will clear the massive tires. But forks built specifically for the plus standard? There are a lot fewer options in that category.

When Manitou announced they would have a fork with Boost spacing, they opted to create a fork based exclusively on plus sizing. With the air spring and damping tuned to the added heft and kinematics of plus tires, the Manitou Magnum could be big in the mid-fat world…

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Asheville CX Randoms – I9 Death Trap, Boyd Eternity Hubs Shipping, & ultimate Honda Element Bike Camping Build Out

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Boyd Eternity hubs shipping actual weight industry Nine Death Machine goworx fifth element camping coversion (7)

Like any great cyclocross venue, the CX Nationals expo area was a bit of a party. In addition to food, warm beverages, and warm up tents, there were also a number of companies with things to show – some serious, some not so much.

Industry Nine has their products pretty well buttoned up now that their Trail S wheels are on the scene, so the big draw in their booth was something a little more… deadly?

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Podium Threat Sam Blenkinsop to take on the Enduro World Series – OK, so who is gonna race what mountain bike event isn’t really our deal. But come on, it’s Friday afternoon. It’s cold and winter. And when that photo of Crankworx popped up in my inbox it makes me want to go for a ride. The story behind it is that Norco’s World Cup DH winner Sam Blenkinsop will race all five rounds of the 2016 EWS (in Chile, Argentina, Italy, the US, and Canada) in addition to the full WC DH and Crankworx calendars. Sounds like it will be busy for his Norco Factory Racing team. Head on past the break for more week’s end event and cycling news hits…

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