Crankworx 2016: Affordable and lightweight? Believe it- Morpheus Bikes’ new Conspiracy DH

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If a small company like Morpheus Bikes can put out a premium-build carbon DH bike at $5500, it makes you wonder- Why do some bigger brands’ similar offerings cost $10,000? Are you paying for the brand name, does their expertise justify the extra bucks, or are they just getting greedy? Morpheus’ new Conspiracy DH bike aims to raise some eyebrows with its low price tag and weight, not to mention a sturdy but sleek looking design.

Since the bike is as yet unavailable the one pictured in this article belongs to Morpheus’ Director of Operations Chad Kelly, so be aware the component build is different on the stock bikes. There will be two stock versions available which come out of the box at a very reasonable 34 and 36 lbs. However, the Conspiracy can get even lighter- Kelly has his personal bike at 33 lbs, and one of their team riders has his down to 31!

The brand is hoping to become a serious contender in the carbon scene, and if this bike performs as good as it looks, it could be a breakthrough model for Morpheus Bikes…
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If a small company like Morpheus Bikes can put out a premium-build carbon DH bike at $5500, it makes you wonder- Why do some bigger brands’ similar offerings cost $10,000? Are you paying for the brand name, does their expertise justify the extra bucks, or are they just getting greedy? Morpheus’ new Conspiracy DH bike […]

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World’s Funnest Bike Part 2: One dope carriage that brings all the fun to the trail

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Every so often a brand will create something that spreads like wildfire through social circles and the next thing you know, they’re popping up everywhere. Most often this contagious feat is due to a company doing things a little differently based on not paper but pure “on the dirt” experience. Even better, when that said experience comes from a couple of brothers, one being a mechanical engineer, former pro downhiller & Red Bull Rampage competitor, and the other having raced on the world cup circuit… well, what did you think would happen?

If you hadn’t already, check out last week’s post on the Skittle-like parts I gathered to mount on this soon to be party on wheels. Otherwise, step right in and take a close look at what a couple of brothers came up with and what led me to start assembling this as MY “world’s funnest bike”…

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Every so often a brand will create something that spreads like wildfire through social circles and the next thing you know, they’re popping up everywhere. Most often this contagious feat is due to a company doing things a little differently based on not paper but pure “on the dirt” experience. Even better, when that said experience comes […]

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Explore new terrain with Jeff Lenosky’s new Trail Boss video series, first up: Emma Long MX trail

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Jeff Lenosky is on a quest. The veteran professional mountain biker and national champion observed trials rider is on quest to find and ride all the “unrideable” trails in your neck of the woods. You know the ones – that trail that your friend who knows a guy who said he once saw someone clean it? To most mortals these trails probably are unrideable, but with the right skills and practice, you too can become the Trail Boss.

Kicking off the series with Emma Long Motocross park in Austin, TX, Jeff takes on the ledgy terrain that was originally crafted into a trail by trials motocross riders in the 70’s. Don’t let how easy Jeff makes it look fool you, these trails are no where near as easy as it looks…

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Jeff Lenosky is on a quest. The veteran professional mountain biker and national champion observed trials rider is on quest to find and ride all the “unrideable” trails in your neck of the woods. You know the ones – that trail that your friend who knows a guy who said he once saw someone clean it? […]

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Cane Creek follows in line w/ new DBcoil IL shock and VALT light weight springs

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Leave bike geeks alone long enough with the right tools and raw materials, and they’re bound to come up with something awesome. That seems to be the genesis of Cane Creek’s latest shock. As the story goes, the DBcoil IL is the result of their Design Engineer’s tinkering after wanting a shock that rode like something for DH but without the weight penalty. Initially the project was a non-starter – that was until Brandon Blakely took it upon himself to pursue it in his spare time. Part of their ‘design what they want to ride’ philosophy, Brandon hand made some parts for a standard Inline damper along with a new outer damper tube and shaft to use a coil spring.

After a series of refinements and testing, the shock is ready for prime time. Who is it for? Cane creek says the shock is perfect for those looking for a DH ride who don’t need the heat dissipation of a piggy back reservoir. Or, anyone who shreds trail somewhere like Asheville…

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Leave bike geeks alone long enough with the right tools and raw materials, and they’re bound to come up with something awesome. That seems to be the genesis of Cane Creek’s latest shock. As the story goes, the DBcoil IL is the result of their Design Engineer’s tinkering after wanting a shock that rode like something […]

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Evil The Wreckoning 29er enduro mountain bike finally unearthed

Evil The Wreckoning 29er enduro long travel mountain bike

Evil The Wreckoning 29er enduro long travel mountain bike

“It goes really, really fast, and it jumps things really well.”

That’s how Evil Bikes’ Kevin Walsh describes their all new long travel 29er enduro mountain bike, The Wreckoning. Built with a downhill worthy carbon frame, 161mm of Dave Weagle-designed rear wheel suspension and big wheels to roll over anything and everything, it’s a bike that’s both long overdue and a bit of a surprise.

“With all the hoopla around 27.5″ and Plus bikes being the next big thing, this is next,” said Walsh. “And it’s even bigger thanks to massive 29er hoops and tires…

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“It goes really, really fast, and it jumps things really well.” That’s how Evil Bikes’ Kevin Walsh describes their all new long travel 29er enduro mountain bike, The Wreckoning. Built with a downhill worthy carbon frame, 161mm of Dave Weagle-designed rear wheel suspension and big wheels to roll over anything and everything, it’s a bike […]

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Quick releases transform Leatt Enduro full face helmet into All Mountain, New clothing range expands line

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With the addition of the Leatt Enduro, that makes two new convertible helmets this week. As Giro pointed out with their original Switchblade, the quest for a helmet that is effective as both a full face and a half shell has been going on for quite some time. The recent popularity of enduro racing has brought the need for such a helmet back to the forefront, which is why we’re seeing more and more options.

The trick to the design seems to be creating a helmet that is easy to convert while still passing various helmet standards – of which, the ASTM1952 rating seems to be the gold standard for down hill use. Leatt’s new helmet passes that standard, at least at the chin bar, though the helmet itself isn’t much different from their new All Mountain helmet…

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With the addition of the Leatt Enduro, that makes two new convertible helmets this week. As Giro pointed out with their original Switchblade, the quest for a helmet that is effective as both a full face and a half shell has been going on for quite some time. The recent popularity of enduro racing has brought […]

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New Pro trail, affordable carbon road & updated colors fill out 2017 Suplest shoe range

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Having been the last to get a major update since its introduction for 2015, Suplest’s trail oriented Off Road lineup has a new top level mountain biking shoe on the way for next season. It builds on some of the tech they’ve developed on their road and XC racing shoes, but does so keeping the price affordable enough for the regular trail rider.

On the road side they’ve also added more value, with a new carbon soled Edge3 Road – Performance shoe the drops back to a single Boa dial closure but trims more than a quarter of the price off of the to top Road-Pro shoe. Rounding out the rest of the 2017 line-up, Suplest reworks their naming scheme for more clarity, and updates colors on everything from track to trail….

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Having been the last to get a major update since its introduction for 2015, Suplest’s trail oriented Off Road lineup has a new top level mountain biking shoe on the way for next season. It builds on some of the tech they’ve developed on their road and XC racing shoes, but does so keeping the price affordable enough for […]

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All-new Pivot Firebird Carbon takes flight as a long and low 170mm, 27.5″ ripper

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Pivot’s Firebird has been in the line up long enough that the first version still had 26″ wheels. First introduced with an aluminum frame, the Firebird was also the first Pivot to run 27.5″ hoops. While always aimed at the longer travel side of the mountain bike spectrum, the 2017 model makes a triumphant return in carbon.

Just as we’ve seen through much of mountain biking, modern geometry is seeing a sweeping change with bikes going longer, lower, slacker, and shorter at the rear end. The Firebird is no different. Coupled with longer travel, drivetrain versatility, and Boost spacing, the Firebird’s geometry leaves little to be desired…
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Pivot’s Firebird has been in the line up long enough that the first version still had 26″ wheels. First introduced with an aluminum frame, the Firebird was also the first Pivot to run 27.5″ hoops. While always aimed at the longer travel side of the mountain bike spectrum, the 2017 model makes a triumphant return […]

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Why Cycles answers their debut question with three different titanium bikes

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Why is a good question when it comes to a new bike brand. There are already so many companies trying to make a go at producing bikes and it seems like there is a new one launched every day. But for Adam Miller and Ben Craner of Why Cycles, the answer is simple – they are building the bikes they want to ride based on their industry and riding/racing experience. If you’re into fat biking, the name Adam Miller might sound familiar as he was the founder of Borealis Bikes. After selling the company, Adam moved to Ogden, UT, where he met up with local Enduro/DH shredder Ben Craner and the two started making plans for a new company, Why Cycles. While acknowledging the statement might sound cliche, Adam mentioned that they really wanted to build bikes that were all about having fun. The bikes needed to be fast, but more importantly they need to be comfortable, durable, and versatile, so you can get out there and forget about Strava or racing. Adam went on saying that they weren’t trying to create something to maximize units, but to truly offer exactly what they wanted out of a bike, then chuckled and said he hopes that resonates with consumers so they can stay in business.

The new brand may be starting with three interesting titanium creations, but we’re assured there is plenty more in the pipeline. Their first three bikes are all in completely different categories, but as Adam puts it, at Why they ride just about everything. Which is why you’ll find quite the variety of Why Cycles…

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Why is a good question when it comes to a new bike brand. There are already so many companies trying to make a go at producing bikes and it seems like there is a new one launched every day. But for Adam Miller and Ben Craner of Why Cycles, the answer is simple – they […]

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