Posts in the category Prototype

Fabric Weaves a Line of Revolutionary New Saddles, More

fabric charge saddles 3d printed ti (14)

Fabric might be a new, relatively unheard of component company but chances are good you’ve heard of the founders. Also known as the team behind Charge bikes in the UK, Fabric is the next evolution of their saddle technology with the intent of OEM spec. Charge had always wanted to get their saddles equipped on bicycles for the showroom floor, but selling a saddle linked to another brand of bike proved difficult.

Looking to be brand neutral, Fabric will be run alongside of Charge bikes in the UK, but their products will be soon offered as standard equipment on Cannondale bikes in the US. Cannondale seems like an easy choice due to Charge and Cannondale both being owned by Dorel, but Fabric still had to prove that their products were worthy of being sold on Cannondale’s highest end bikes. First pitched to Cannondale Product managers for OE spec in September, thanks to Fabric’s intriguing new technologies they finally got the nod after passing CSG’s rigorous testing – which according to Fabric is much more stringent than standard industry testing.
While most saddles utilize similar construction, Fabric has some truly innovative ways to produce some of the lightest and most comfortable saddles on the market…


Sneak Peek: Prototype Maxxis Downhill Mountain Bike Tires

prototype maxxis downhill mountain bike tire summer 2014 sneak peek

Other than the visibly different tread pattern and “3C’ scrawled on the side, there’s no definite information available on these new tires yet. They’re being tested by Pivot Cycles Factory Team’s World Cup riders aboard the new Pheonix DH bike introduced earlier this year.

The tread pattern is unlike anything else in their current lineup, and the tread blocks use a variety of steps and ramps that should make for a very fast rolling knobby with flat rear ends to dig in during braking. Well supported side knobs should hold their own on the corners and off camber sections. Written in market on the sidewall was “3C”, likely a reference to their triple compound rubber.

Word is this tire does already have a model name, but people weren’t talkin’. More pics below…


First Look: Prototype Kali Maya Enduro Helmet!

Kali Maya enduro helmet composite fusion plus prototype (6)

More coverage and more protection. That’s what you will get from Kali’s latest helmet in the form of the Maya. Kali calls the Maya an Enduro helmet, but what does that mean when it comes to protection? For starters, the helmet features a shell shape that was specifically designed to offer better protection from impacts. It covers more of the back of the head, plus lacks venting on the sides of the helmet just above your temple. Given the fact that this area often sees harsh impacts from washing out on the trail or high siding, having more material where impact is more likely seems like a no brainer.

Maybe more important than the shell shape, is the foam the shell protects which is a first from Kali…


New Prototype Trigger Pro Specialized Gravel Tire May Indicate Launch of New Gravel Grinder Draws Near

Big side knobs for cornering traction, with smaller knobs in the center.Image Credit: Cyclocross Magazine

After the bevy of images flooded social media last week of a  new prototype Specialized Road Bike, the internet has been quiet regarding the speculated launch of a new gravel grinder.

 While we wait for an official announcement, the eagle eyed team at Cyclocross Magazine has spotted a new semi-slick prototype at the 2014 Lost and Found gravel race. READ MORE ->

Spotted: New BMC 29er Spotted Under Aaron Bradford

Aaron Bradford New BMCSpotted on the Instagram account of Aaron Bradford, this unreleased 29er prototype looks ready to shred. It’s hard to observe anything concrete from the low resolution image, but it appears the bike does away from the curved top tube that punctuated the design language of previous BMC 29er models, but still uses the APS dual short link suspension.

It also appears that the bike has internal cable routing for the rear derailleur, as well as internal routing for a remote lockout on the rear shock.

New Prototype 27.5 Specialized Demo Looks Just Like “Old” Demo

Troy Brosnan 650 Specialized Demo

This photo was posted by Troy Brosnan on his facebook page a few days ago.  He is a DT Swiss sponsored athlete, and is riding EX471 Enduro rims at the race, but his bike was sporting these unreleased 650B Specialized wheels in this image

Over the past few World Cup races, Specialized team riders Troy Brosnan, Aaron Gwin, and Mitch Ropeleto, have ridden a wide assortment of bikes. From modified Enduro Evos sporting 650b wheels, to 29ers, and maybe even a Demo sporting a Boxxer with Ohlins internals.

For this weekend though, all three boys will be tackling the notoriously chunky Fort Williams track on Specialized Demos sporting 650b wheels. From the many photos we’ve seen floating around the internet, the bike looks to be fairly similar to the existing (or should we say outgoing?) model.

Is this just a ruse? Could Specialized have all new Demo in the works, or will the 650B Demo carry the same design language that has worked so well in the recent past? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Hop past the break to see a few more images of the bike… READ MORE ->

2015 Specialized Roubaix Getting Thru Axles?

2015 Specialized Roubaix sneak peek with thru axles

Spotted in the Instagram feed of a Specialized rep, this looks very much like it could be the next generation Roubaix. From the looks, we’re guessing thru axles.

It also looks like the top- and downtubes get a bit punchier shaping, with subtle ridges on the sides. The fork’s Zertz inserts move up and back a bit, making room for what might be a rack mount? The crown is noticeably bigger than current generation models with a distinct ridge along the back of the leg.

While we’re speculating, even the handlebar looks a bit wider on the top and corners, suggesting a new ergo option with broader perch than the current shallow bend offerings. All, of course, remains to be seen. More as we get it.

Legendary BMX Designer Bob Haro is Back with New Ikonix Brand

Ikonix FS1 Limited EdititionAfter a long hiatus from designing BMX fames, Bob Haro returned in 2012 with a new brand – Ikonix. Their first order of business was collaborating with Haro to release a special 30th Anniversary edition of the  original Freestyle, but now they’re ready to release an innovative new freestyle BMX model.

Available initially in only very limited quantities, the new FS1 is a testament to Bob’s creative vision. Constructed from Kawasaki chromoly tubing, it has several unique features, including:  a split Torker style top tube, proprietary integrated handlebar and stem combo, and more.  READ MORE ->

First Look: Prototype Airborne 650b Enduro Machine

Trevor Airborne Prototype Enduro 650b

Trevor Gay is a busy man. When he’s not acting as the marketing and team manager for both Airbone Bicycles and DK BMX, you can sometimes find him out product testing new products at the races. That was the case when we ran into Trevor and Josh at the AOA Mayhem Enduro where we spotted the new Airborne 650b prototype enduro bike. Both bikes were seen airing it out over the Wilds course, where we caught up with them after the race…