Posts in the category Prototype

Just In: Brooks Cambium C13 Carbon-railed racing saddle


At the end of the summer, just before and during Eurobike, we previewed a carbon-railed saddle from Brooks, a pretty dramatic move for them. The new Cambium C13 builds on the other vulcanized rubber and cotton topped saddles in their Cambium range, but ditches the aluminum structure and steel rails to shave off more than 100g from their next lightest saddle. We’ve apparently been added to the pool of early testers, so one of the new narrow saddles showed up on our doorstep this week. I’ve thrown it on a cross bike that I’m getting around town on this week and already have some thoughts on the new perch…


Ultimate Suspension Tune? SussMyBike Takes the Guessing Out of Setting Up Your Fork

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Do you know what all of the little knobs on your fork do? If you do, are they set right? Are you sure, or do you think you’re sure? The Folks at SussMyBike says they can help and have a device & smartphone app that takes the guessing out of suspension setup. In regards to setting up a bike, I’ve never wanted something to work as much as this and am surprised it took this long.

Rebound past the break to find out what we know about it and let us know what you think….


The Future Looks Bright for Commuters with Lumos’ Illuminated Backpack Concept

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The development of cycling lights has really taken off in the last few years, with smaller and more powerful off-road models emerging and some clever innovations for commuters as well. We’ve seen lights that shine down onto the road and grips that make your bar ends glow created in an effort to increase rider visibility, but Lumos has a unique new idea that looks pretty promising.

Lumos is an India-based company that produces a line of solar-charging packs and pannier bags for cyclists, plus an LED-equipped helmet with integrated brake lights and turn signals. Recently Bikerumor got a sneak peek at some prototype designs for their forthcoming commuter backpacks that will feature illuminated panels and icons…

Fox teases sleek new “low lever force” remote dropper post lever, possible new post coming


Posted to their Instagram account, this image shows a seemingly new remote dropper post lever from Fox that comes only with the description of “low lever force” and the hashtag “infiniteadjust”.

The latter could hint at more than just a new remote. Their original D.O.S.S. dropper seatpost had three fixed positions – Climb, Trail and Descend. As their forks and shocks have moved away from that nomenclature, it’s no stretch to imagine the post will, too. But “infinite adjust” suggests things could be going to a post that lets you drop it as little or as much as you want. And while were daydreaming, a stealth version would be nice, too – and keep them competitive in a very crowded landscape that’s growing in quality and quantity.

The “low lever force” could mean a high leverage ratio over the release mechanism, but if it is a teaser for a new post, we’re guessing a complete overhaul to the mechanism could be dropping in, too. More as we get it…

IB15: Moots Shows off New YBB+ Mountaineer Bike Packing Machine, New Carbon Fork and… New OWNER!

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Moots surprised us with a couple of new items, but nothing grabbed our attention more than the YBB+ Mountaineer bike packing rig… well, the change in ownership is a pretty big deal too, but it sounds like a solid move for a steadily growing company.

Blaze a path past the break to see what Moots has packed away and see what Moots has to say about the changeover…


IB15: 6D Brings DH Safety to Enduro with Prototype ATB-1A Helmet

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We all hate crashing. But when it happens, it’s nice to know you have a helmet on your head that’s going to protect you during impact. Recently, there’ve been a number of improvements in helmet safety technology all designed to reduce the impact to your brain and prevent a serious head injury. Most companies are using some sort of unique approach but for 6D Helmets, their Omni-Directional Suspension System certainly stands out.

Using a shell in shell design that is suspended with many elastomeric isolation dampers, the result is supposedly a helmet reduces impact to the brain in both low, medium, and high speed impacts. With no other helmet quite like it, the only limiting factor was that it was only available in a downhill specific full face helmet. Well, for now…


Prototype Ohlins fork cartridges & universal coil-over shock spotted, complete forks coming

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There’ve been a lot of rumors around Ohlins’ mountain bike products, stirred up largely by social media posts from European distributors. The latest teaser comes from a bike placed in Hope Tech’s Eurobike booth adorned with an as yet unseen coil rear shock and fork damping cartridge slid into a Rockshox Pike.

We reached out to Ohlins USA’s marketing and MTB manager, Jeff Baucom, for details. But first, a little primer on Ohlins’ damping technologies and how they’ve been applied to mountain bikes:

Their damping systems come in two flavors. The TTX is a twin tube system with an inner and out tube and oil flows between the two and is regulated by a check valve. It’s found on their coil-over rear shocks only for mountain bikes (moto and auto is another story). The STX, which is what’s found in their TTR air shock, is a single tube system and works by pushing oil through a more traditional damping circuit.


Dyno Velo’s new Power Meter Retrofits in Existing Hollow Crank Spindles


The engineers at Dyno Velo have just announced a new power meter together with ANT Wireless, the folks behind the ANT+ communication protocol. The new device is unique in being the first direct-measurement, friction-mounted power meter that fits inside the spindle of a standard crankset. The Dyno Velo Power Meter employs a very simple design that needs only a single extremely accurate strain gauge to calculate the power applied to a crank spindle by measuring its twist.

Hop past the break for more info, an illustrative video, and another way to look at collecting power data…


EB15: THM’s High Tech Penny Farthing, plus Boost M3 cranks and a Road Disc Prototype Fork


THM worked with plastics specialists BASF over the past couple of years to develop the most technologically advanced Ordinary Bicycle we’ve ever seen. The Concept 1865 was a project to look at how modern materials would have shaped the development of the bicycle, had they been available 150 years ago at BASF’s founding. The 150th anniversary project brings BASF’s e-velocipede concept to reality.

Back on this planet THM have also refined their ultra-light Clavicula M3 mountain crankset by adding a bunch of new modular spiders from triples all the way down to XX1 versions with Boost chainlines. And not to be left out they had a prototype disc-brake road fork hanging on the prototype front triangle of AX Lightness’ forthcoming disc road bike.

Jump across the fold for some detail pics of the 1865, the full details and pricing on the M3s, and a first look at the upcoming Scapula Orbis fork…