Posts in the category Prototype

New Production Ohlins TTR Air Shock Spotted & Ready For Production

2016 Specialized with Ohlins Air Shock


While we were busy drooling over the new Specialized Camber, the German version of the Specialized website was quietly updated with the latest 2016 models.

Buried amongst dozens of product pages was a new shock from Ohlins, which will be available on the new Enduro.  READ MORE ->

Wide Range Gearing Kits for Road, Touring or Gravel Bikes from Lindarets, New Rocks Belong Tees, More


Lindarets road bike 1x11 conversion

New Mexico’s component maker Lindarets has just announced a few new product releases, including something fairly ground breaking in the road bike gearing department. Confirming our suspicions after the Instagram photo from WTC went out, the company has been working on a wide range cassette adapter kit for road, gravel or touring bikes.

Lindarets also announced their popular ‘Rocks Belong’ t-shirt is now available in blue, a cooler colour for summertime, plus the Goat Link and Giant Cogs for 1×10 conversions are now available individually. Read on for the finer details and more photos of wide-range road conversions…

Paragon Machine Works Preps for 12×100 Hubs with New Fork Dropouts and Bolt On Thru Axle

Paragon Machine works 12mm dropouts 100mm (4)

In terms of far reaching implications for the industry as a whole, one of the more interesting tech items at NAHBS earlier this year came in the form of prototype hubs from Chris King and a fork from ENVE. Specifically, it was the fact that the axle size was yet another addition to the world of axle “standards.” The new 12x100mm combination hinted at the future of disc brake road, cross, and gravel, but it’s been more or less limited to prototype show bikes to this point.

Now, with the latest introduction from Paragon Machine Works we’re getting a glimpse into the future. Something tells us we’ll be seeing a lot more of the new 12x100mm axle size this fall…

36T Secures Government Funding to Develop Carbon Fiber Road Bike Wheels in Australia

36T team with carbon wheels on bike

There’s no better boost to your financing, and likely your confidence, than receiving grant money from the government to develop your product idea. Australian startup wheel company 36T was one of four companies who were awarded $25,000 Smart Design Vouchers from the Australian Department of State Development, Business and Innovation, making it possible to begin developing their first carbon-rich road racing wheelset.

36T’s high-end wheelset will be developed in collaboration with the Deakin University School of Engineering, at their $34 million carbon fiber research facility called Carbon Nexus. It’s an ideal fit for producing these wheels, as they employ carbon for the rims, spokes, hub shells and spacers to achieve an estimated weight of less than 1000g for the pair…

Leogang DH World Cup Spy Shots: Intense Races the New M16 and a New Carbon Prototype


At the Leogang DH World Cup we got some first hand looks at the new aluminum M16 that Intense teased a bit earlier this spring, and just officially announced. The bikes, being raced by the Intense Factory Racing team, were mostly painted in the low key Flat Black finish of the production bikes and put together with Boxxers and SRAM components, but this raw aluminum frame of American Shane Leslie stood out with its blacked-out DVO Emerald/Jade suspension setup and Saint build. The raw finish made it easier for us to see how the bike is put together and to appreciate the American-made machining involved.

Even though the new M16 was only shown to the public a couple of months ago, it seems Intense was pretty happy with the bike’s race performance as a prototype, and so they’re pushing ahead full steam on its carbon successor. We spotted a full-carbon version lurking in plain sight in the team’s paddock, and while no one would comment directly on the bike, it did look pretty well finished.

Hop past the break to get a few more up close shots of the raw aluminum M16, and to take a peek at what will likely become the M16 carbon in the nearish future…


Leogang DH World Cup Tech: Prototypes and New Finds


Over the weekend we ran down to the Austrian Alps to catch the 4th round of the UCI Downhill World Cup held at Leogang’s bike park. We spent a couple of days meeting with pro team mechanics and roaming the pits looking for new goodies and came up with quite a few. We’ve got some good features in the works for some DH pro bike checks, but first we’ll jump into some prototypes.

It is always good when you spot a raw aluminum frame rolling through the pits, the sure sign of a testing prototype. This one is a new DH offering in the works from German company Cube whose biggest travel bike currently in production is their 180mm Enduro Fritzz. Hop on past the break for the details we got on this bike, as well as PRO-totypes from Reynolds, Saracen, Shimano, and Bontrager…


Cannondale heading down a new road w/ Lefty equipped gravel road bikes!

prototype 2016 Cannondale New Road gravel road bike with Lefty suspension fork

Cannondale has just published a teaser video showing a Lefty suspension fork equipped gravel road bike, which looks to be the direction they’re taking for the single-sided suspended cyclocross bikes that’ve been spotted at the races recently.

Details are non-existent, but a few well timed screen grabs help get the story started. As does the blurb accompanying the video:

For those whose love for the road extends beyond just the road. For those whose thirst for fun and adventure cannot be quenched by mere road bikes or those dreary grinders of gravel. For all those who don’t necessarily want to road-ride, but who just want to ride the roads, and the verges, the trails, and whatever strikes their fancy, we proudly offer a road bike unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Check the video and more pics below…


Spy Shots: New Ghost Lector World Cup Carbon Hardtail – Nove Mesto XC, Pro Bike Check


German bike maker Ghost is bringing back the Lector name for a complete overhaul of their pro-level cross country hardtail being raced on the World Cup circuit. The name came from the 1991 film and when the brand was first started, Ghost used the Lector moniker to signify the absolute top bike in each of their separate lines. Now back to cross country roots, the reimagined Lector World Cup becomes a race hardatil, this time built from their top carbon, dubbed ULC (ultra light carbon.)

Ghost is getting ready to unveil the new bike at their home World Cup in Albstadt this weekend, but they had their team racing the new bikes in Nové Město last weekend where we caught up with them. The bikes were camouflaged (a bit more cleanly than some others) with some nice geometric checkered flag decals to mask the tube shapes a bit, but we were still able to get a close look at pro racer Helen Grobert’s bike. To be honest, I kinda dig the look and wouldn’t mind a little razzle dazzle in the final production finish.

Have a look at an unmasked shot we spied coming back from a wash after the break, plus details, actual race weight, and plenty of lightweight German bits and bobbles…


Spy Shots: All New Focus Raven Max Carbon Hardtail – Nove Mesto World Cup XC, Pro Bike Check


This past weekend in Nové Město for the World Cup, the Focus XC Team had their pros riding some crudely camouflaged hardtails, simply wrapped in tape in key locations. We had a quick chat with the team mechanics, but they were pretty tight lipped about the new Raven MAX 29R frames that will be announced over the next weekend at the Albstadt WC race. We did notice some interesting details about the bikes though.

Click through for some more quick close-up spy shots, and what we can deduce from them….