DH Sneak Peek: Next gen Quadiem prototype 4-piston downhill brakes from TRP

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Over the weekend at the DH World Cup we spotted a set of next generation 4-piston brakes from TRP on the race-winning bike of Aaron Gwin. The new brakes  look to borrow heavily from the layout of the existing Quadiem SL, but with a caliper body that is even more trimmed down and opened up for what looks likely to offer a lighter setup with improved cooling. Although the brakeset looked very refined, it was clearly a prototype and devoid of any branding on the caliper itself. Gwin had only one set of the brakes set up to ride, with his B bike built with current Quadiem SL’s and his custom lever blades. Take a closer look below the fold…

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Over the weekend at the DH World Cup we spotted a set of next generation 4-piston brakes from TRP on the race-winning bike of Aaron Gwin. The new brakes  look to borrow heavily from the layout of the existing Quadiem SL, but with a caliper body that is even more trimmed down and opened up […]

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World Cup DH, Pro Bike Check: Rachel Atherton’s Leogang winning Trek Session RSL

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It wasn’t a big shock to see Rachel Atherton win another World Cup Downhill this past weekend on her Trek Factory Racing Session Team Issue RSL. In fact it was her 10th consecutive World Cup DH win setting a new record. We were in Leogang checking up on what is new in the behind the scenes pits at the top level of the sport and got a little insight into Rachel’s personal setup. It was a pretty muddy course in the days leading up to the final, and still on the morning of the race the pros were trying to find the best way to slide down the technical course…

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It wasn’t a big shock to see Rachel Atherton win another World Cup Downhill this past weekend on her Trek Factory Racing Session Team Issue RSL. In fact it was her 10th consecutive World Cup DH win setting a new record. We were in Leogang checking up on what is new in the behind the scenes pits […]

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Bike Yoke offers new shifter-style Triggy dropper post remote

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We’ve seen hacks of SRAM shifters to control droppers, a hydraulic shifter-style lever from Novyparts, and even teased shots of a similar lever from Fox for their own posts. But now the designers at Bike Yoke say they’ve developed a trigger-style remote that can control dropper posts from a number of manufacturers, as well as for the Shapeshifter of Canyon’s dual-personality enduro Strive. The Triggy takes the place of a front derailleur shifter, so in this age of 1x trail riding drivetrains it should help clean up a lot of riders’ cockpits…

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We’ve seen hacks of SRAM shifters to control droppers, a hydraulic shifter-style lever from Novyparts, and even teased shots of a similar lever from Fox for their own posts. But now the designers at Bike Yoke say they’ve developed a trigger-style remote that can control dropper posts from a number of manufacturers, as well as for the Shapeshifter of […]

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Cane Creek C-Quent simplifies Double Barrel tuning for stock mountain bikes

2017 Cane Creek C-Quent OEM double barrel air shock for mountain bikes

2017 Cane Creek C-Quent OEM double barrel air shock for mountain bikes

While the Cane Creek Double Barrel shock lineup has been one of the premiere aftermarket upgrades for many enduro, all-mountain and downhill riders, it’s could also be seen as intimidating for the less technical savvy mountain biker that just wants to get out and ride.

For those folks, the Cane Creek C-Quent takes most of the internal performance and packages it into a pre-tuned shock for OEM placement. Meaning, you get the distinct high and low speed compression and rebound circuits of the DB, but they’re already factory set for optimum performance for your new bike…

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While the Cane Creek Double Barrel shock lineup has been one of the premiere aftermarket upgrades for many enduro, all-mountain and downhill riders, it’s could also be seen as intimidating for the less technical savvy mountain biker that just wants to get out and ride. For those folks, the Cane Creek C-Quent takes most of the internal […]

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Week’s Best Videos: Pivot’s Fast is Fun, Patrol shreds the farm, Blackburn goes bike camping, etc.

After a weekend racing at Fort William and headed into another racing at Leogang, the Pivot Factory Racing Team has a new short with some jazzy music to get in the mood to hit the trail. Currently ranked #6 on the Women’s World Cup Downhill circuit, Swiss National DH champ Emilie Siegenthaler knows how to have fun from the pump track to friendly trail riding, to throwing her Phoenix Carbon DH down race runs.

Check her riding home trails around Bienne, Swizterland or drop in past the break for more of this week’s video highlights…

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After a weekend racing at Fort William and headed into another racing at Leogang, the Pivot Factory Racing Team has a new short with some jazzy music to get in the mood to hit the trail. Currently ranked #6 on the Women’s World Cup Downhill circuit, Swiss National DH champ Emilie Siegenthaler knows how to have fun […]

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3T hits the gravel+ with all new multi-surface Exploro carbon frame, and 650b+ wheels – First look

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It really shouldn’t be too big of a surprise to see a bike come out of the new 3T after Gerard Vroomen joined René Wiertz at the head of the company last year. Vroomen’s hand shaped innovative bike designs at both Cervélo and Open, and we clearly see some influence of that design progression in this new Exploro frame under the 3T brand.

Since its founding in 1961 3T has focused on making bikes more aero, so a gravel bike seems like a grand departure. But as long, gruelling gravel adventures have grown in popularity 3T thought, “why not see if it was possible to make gravel more aero as well?” 3T took the idea to San Diego’s low speed wind tunnel and found some interesting results adding in 700c x 40mm and 650b x 2.1 tires, and even some boundary air breaking mud. The concept turned into the idea “Go fast, slower.”

Check out our first look at the bike, full details, and even the new 650b+ wheels after the jump…

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It really shouldn’t be too big of a surprise to see a bike come out of the new 3T after Gerard Vroomen joined René Wiertz at the head of the company last year. Vroomen’s hand shaped innovative bike designs at both Cervélo and Open, and we clearly see some influence of that design progression in […]

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Votec VE enduro mountain bike lets you switch geo, or travel, or both

2017 Votec VE enduro mountain bike with adjustable travel and geometry

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Last fall, we spotted the all-new Votec VE enduro mountain bike, a long travel rig with a four-way flip chip at the shock mount that provided a number of different ways to tune the ride.

Now, it’s fully available and shipping in three trim levels, and they put together a snappy video to show it in action. Check out the linkage, specs, models and moving picture below…

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Last fall, we spotted the all-new Votec VE enduro mountain bike, a long travel rig with a four-way flip chip at the shock mount that provided a number of different ways to tune the ride. Now, it’s fully available and shipping in three trim levels, and they put together a snappy video to show it […]

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SR Suntour gets race ready with Auron Megavalanche Edition all-mountain fork

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Last year, SR Suntour unveiled the all-new R2C2 damping cartridge for the Durolux enduro mountain bike fork. The new cartridge put external high/low speed controls for both rebound and compression, and it improved upon an already good system by introducing a Piston Compensator System. The PCS added an IFP to separate the air from the oil in the damping cartridge with a piston backed by a light coil spring. That design, in lieu of a bladder based cartridge like Fox and Rockshox use, meant less stiction and user serviceability. The only limitations this fork had were that it was for 27.5″ wheels and 20mm thru axles only.

Then, earlier this year, they added the new damping tech to their RUX downhill fork, too. Now, in anticipation of their sponsored riders storming the Megavalanche, they’ve introduced a special edition of the Auron with a modified RC2 cartridge with PCS. So, you won’t get the high-speed rebound control, but you will get the refined damping that’s better able to take Megavalanche style abuse…and a fork compatible with standard 15mm thru axles and both 27.5″ and 29er wheels…

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Last year, SR Suntour unveiled the all-new R2C2 damping cartridge for the Durolux enduro mountain bike fork. The new cartridge put external high/low speed controls for both rebound and compression, and it improved upon an already good system by introducing a Piston Compensator System. The PCS added an IFP to separate the air from the oil in […]

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Scapin teases boosted XC marathon Oraklo 148 carbon hardtail

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First raced at the UCI’s XCM stop in Capoliveri a couple weeks back, Italian bike maker Scapin is now letting the cat out of the bag on some of the details of their upcoming 2017 Oraklo 148 carbon hardtail reboot. The bike gets a fairly major overhaul for next season, and while a good bit of the changes might appear to be just for looks, there is some rational behind the new appearance. Built specifically for racing the long distances off-road of marathon cross-country races, the 29er hardtail incorporates some new tech that hasn’t made it into too many racing hardtails yet, and along the way earns its name adopting a 148mm Boost rear end…

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First raced at the UCI’s XCM stop in Capoliveri a couple weeks back, Italian bike maker Scapin is now letting the cat out of the bag on some of the details of their upcoming 2017 Oraklo 148 carbon hardtail reboot. The bike gets a fairly major overhaul for next season, and while a good bit of the changes might appear […]

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