Posts in the category Prototype

Another Teaser of Van Dessel’s New Disc Brake Road Bike, Now w/ Shimano Flat Mount Caliper Standard!

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After seeing Koga’s fork teaser, Van Dessel threw this rendering our way of their upcoming carbon Motivus Maximus disc brake road bike.

Founder Edwin Bull says “we’re using this on the road frame – just nice and clean. For the disc road fork we’re doing standard 140mm post mount for now. I just felt the (new flat mount) standard was a bit too (new) and Shimano didn’t have much details and seemed to still be working those out when we were opening the molds, so didn’t want to commit to tooling on what was essentially still a work in progress.”

This and the other new carbon bikes we showed here are scheduled to ship from the factory on July 23, actual real world photos to follow. For now, this rendering shows how an adapter works with the flat mount to accommodate traditional brake calipers. And yep, I called flat mount a “standard”.

Bos MTB Teases New Idylle FCV 37 Downhill Fork

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BOS MTB is the biggest name in suspension you’ve probably never heard of here in the States. The company has a storied history in both mountain bike, motorcycle, and rally car racing, and their Idylle DH Fork is about to get a major refresh.

Today the sent over a little teaser video about some of the new updates, but we won’t know the true story for at least another week. Head past the break for the rundown of what we know and video… READ MORE ->

Spotted: Prototype Ritte Road Bike

Ritte Vlaanderen 2015 road bike prototype (10)

At first, this two tone blue creation looks like many of the other bikes bearing the Ritte name. On further inspection, the lack of a seat mast and the squared tubing and short head tube point to something new out of the Ritte camp. As it turns out, this is the prototype for a new bike that Ritte has been working on with plans for a 2015 launch. Our guess is that this will be the new Vlaanderen, though time will tell. Details are slim, but on for some close ups, and a few words from Ritte…

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Spotted: Prototype 27.5″ CrankBrothers DH Wheels

Prototype CrankBrothers 27.5 DH WHeels

While 27.5″ wheels have become the defacto new standard for trail, enduro, and even XC in some circles, they have yet to fully sweep the DH circuit. But now that dozens of manufacturers are testing the wheelsize on the World Cup Circuit, wheel and tire manufacturers are beginning to take notice.

These prototype Crankbrother wheels were built specifically for Richie Schley to test on his prototype Rotwild DH Bike. There are currently no plans to put them into production, but that may change depending on market demands.

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Richie Schley’s New Prototype DEER DH Rotwild Gravity Bike

2014_ROTWILD_Gravity_Prototyp_4Designed in conjunction with legendary freerider Richie Schley, Rotwild has built  a new prototype 27.5″ DH bike that does not look far off from production. Featuring 200mm of travel and weighing a claimed 15.5 KG (without pedals) as pictured, the geometry carefully balances stability and playfulness.

According to Richie, who just finished his first round of intensive testing:

“My first impression of the new 27.5 DH bike was very positive. The bike was very stable, yet i could quietly throw it around like any other DH bike I have had in the past. I think the bigger wheels provide better traction, so it seems to translate to going faster. The low bottom bracket height makes for awesome cornering. “

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Prototype Colnago Road Bike with Matching Art Wheels Now For Sale – Only $110,000

Colnago Prototype 110,000 Road BikeWe feature wonderfully expensive bicycles on BikeRumor everyday. Some like the new 10 lb Trek Emonda are technological wonders, others like this 24k gold fatbike border on the ridiculous, but none of those bikes have anything on this prototype Colnago Road Bike.

Listed as a “FUTURA 2000 Colnago PROTOTYPE road bike (57cm) with ORIGINAL Artwork wheel-set!!”, the bike is described as a one of kind masterpiece by famed American graffiti artist Lenny McGurr.

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Spy Shot: Prototype Santa Cruz Slopestyle Bike, Plus Rider Logan Peat’s Podium Placing Ride

Logan Peat Santa Cruz Slopestyle PrototypeSource: Logan Peat

Over the past few weeks, Santa Cruz sponsored Slopestyle rider Logan Peat has been teasing his Instagram followers with images of a new bike.

While at first we brushed these off as just being the new 2015 color scheme for the Jackal, a few new photos which emerged that depict an all new model. For fans of the Blur 4x, and the more trail oriented Blur TR and 5010 models, this surprise move is pretty exciting.

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Van Dessel WTF Gets Makeover, All New Carbon Road, Cyclocross & MTB Bikes Coming Soon

2014 Van Dessel Whiskey Tango Foxtrot monster crosser gravel road bike

This year’s Van Dessel WTF (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot) do-it-all bike gets a new raw steel finish but is still the same super capable, extremely versatile bike everyone loves. A corrosion resistant treatment coats the bare looking tubes, though, so it’ll remain rideable year after year.

Founder Edwin Bull has been working on more than just new colors – he’s been growing the carbon fiber line and just sent over renderings for a whopping three new/updated models. One for road, one for cyclocross and one for the trails. Check out the sneak peek, plus detail shots of the WTF, below…

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Prototype Kappius Components Disc Brake Road, Cyclocross Wheels Spotted

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Spied aboard the team edition of the new Niner BSB 9 RDO cyclocross bike were prototype wheels from Kappius Components, put there by team rider and hub brand president Brady Kappius.

They are some pretty early test versions that helped them develop their own rims, and the final shape is going to be a good bit different. Brady says every contour and dimension were designed in house. They’re laced here to Kappius KH-1.5 hubs, which we saw at Sea Otter. We also saw their first production rims there, aimed at mountain bikers, with their take on bead hook design. That same design is mimicked on these rims, which they say are ready for both road and cyclocross.

Roll through for cross sections and more pics and details…

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