Posts in the category Prototype

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…


EB15: NAILD reinvents front suspension stem-and-fork system for road bikes

NAILD r3act stem and fork front suspension for commuter cyclocross road and gravel bicycles

Imagine if you could all but erase not just bumps, but vibration, too, from your commuter, road, cyclocross or gravel bike. That’s the promise of the new NAILD R3ACT front suspension.

It’s named for Newton’s third law that says every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and this particular prototype is made for flat bar road bikes, but designer Darrell Voss has bigger plans for it. It’s not really a stem suspension or a fork suspension, it’s both, and it requires a rider’s weight to be on the handlebars for it to work.

Voss explains that in the auto industry, they want about 10x the weight of the wheel:tire combo in the structure immediately surrounding it in order to properly deaden vibrations before they reach the driver. On a bike, that ratio isn’t practical, so he faked it by isolating the handlebars from the fork via a leveraged connection between the stem and the steerer tube. Press down on the frame and it barely moves. Put your weight on the bars and it absorbs bumps smoothly and easily…


Eurobike Coverage Review – Week #2: Chosen goes for 12 Speeds, Cippollini Gets Aero, DT Swiss & HED Get Wider and MORE!

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Welcome back to Eurobike coverage part deux! With more categories to cover than ever, this year’s show was huge and kept us on our toes more than ever. Pour yourself a well deserved scotch, kick your feet up, and travel into this week’s coverage of Eurobike 2015.

And in case you missed Week 1’s exciting coverage, check it out!


Shutter Precision and Cycle Monkey Power Up Fat Bikes with 150mm Dynamo hub


Shutter Precision, who has been producing a broad range of affordable, high quality dynamo hubs since 2009, has joined forces with Cycle Monkey to develop a 150mm fat bike dynomo hub. Recognizing the growing trend of fat bikes along with the increasing number of people choosing to use their adaptability to veer well off the beaten path, Cycle Monkey and Shutter Precision used their combined knowledge to come up with a solution.

Charge past the break for more…


Eurobike Coverage Review – Week #1: SRAM Red Wireless, ENVE’s Crazy Light Hubs, Magura’s Wireless Dropper, BFO’s H2O Brakes & more!

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Welcome to Eurobike! We went and did all the walking for you, so step right in, grab a Dunkle, Tripel or Weizeneisbock, and review our first week’s worth of Eurobike 2015 coverage…