Posts in the category Prototype

First Look: New DVO Diamond AM Fork Nears Final Production – Plus Actual Weights

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Teasing. It’s a universally derided tactic whether you’re trying to date or market a new product, but that’s just what DVO has done to gravity junkies since it’s inception.

From their inverted downhill fork, to this latest creation, the company has teased and shared it’s progress via social media and trade shows. Every time we visit, they’re one step closer to completing a project, and ready to tease us with the next thing they’re masterminding.

After sharing prototypes of their new Enduro fork at several trade shows over the past few months, they have finally have several preproduction models mounted to bikes and ready to rock.

Head past the break for pictures, weights, details, and some insight into what’s on the horizon.. READ MORE ->

Sneak Peek: CrankPump Plays Hide the Inflator, Bottom Bracket Mounted Co2

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The best way to make getting a flat worse is not being prepared to fix it. There are a number of mini pumps ans inflators out there designed to make the process as easy as possible, but a new company thinks they have a better idea. Named CrankPump, the company’s name is a bit misleading since instead of hiding a pump inside your bike’s bottom bracket, the gadget allows you to stash a co2 inflator.

CrankPump seems like a sure fire way to have access to inflation when you need it… Updated

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Prototype Maxxis Pace XC Tires Spotted, Possible Updates to Ardent

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While Geoff Kabush has mentioned liking them on his way to winning at Bonelli Park earlier this year,  we hadn’t yet seen the (presumably forthcoming) Maxxis Pace XC mountain bike tires yet.

Thanks to some snooping at a regional NC event and area trailheads, we spotted what’s presumably their next cross country race tread. Using a knob pattern similar to the Ikon, the Pace does change the shape of the knobs quite a bit and adds more pronounced reinforcing ribs to connect them. Knob height is very low, only a few millimeters, growing slightly taller toward the edges. Small nubs between the blocks should help a bit on dryer days.

The sidewalls introduce a new, tougher looking pattern. Perhaps it’s an update to their Exogrid, or perhaps it’s just cosmetic. Hopefully we’ll know more at Eurobike. In the meantime, click through to see a possible update to the Ardent trail tire…

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Spy Shot: Bell Super 2R Enduro Full Face W/ Removable Chin Bar

Bell_Super_2R_Photo_ActiveLifeStore_2Trail bikes are becoming more capable. We keep saying it over and over again because it’s true. Any one of these new ultra slack, long travel, Enduro frames is enough that you don’t really need a downhill bike anymore. It surprised me too, but after spending time on bikes like the new Santa Cruz Nomad, I’m convinced.

The problem is that these new bikes allow you to push your limits faster and further than ever before. Which means the consequences for a simple mistake are much higher. So helmet companies have recently made the push towards building half lid helmets with better coverage. New offerings from TLD, Bell, and Kali have come along way, but they still leave something to be the desired in the keep-your-face-intact department.

Enter the new Bell Super 2R. Based off the ingenious Super, (which I reviewed here) this model shares all the great GoPro and goggle integration, but can easily be converted into a full face via three quick releases. READ MORE ->

New Prototype Deity BladeRunner Flat Pedal

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Spotted over on the Deity Facebook & Instagram feeds, the new Bladerunner pedal. If it’s anything like it’s siblings, they’ll spin on Deity’s ultra reliable DU bushing and double micro sealed bearing system.  The pedal also appears to have cnc’d ridges for increased traction and a concave platform, below is what they had to say about the new product:

“The Deity Bladerunner pedal…a 2015 Sneak Peek. The largest platform size we have designed and may just be the grippiest Deity pedal to date. Well, except for the T-Mac pedals we are working on right now. So much is in store for the coming years!”

Check out their full product range at Deity Bike Co.

Spy Shot: New Specialized Carbon 650B Demo

2015 Carbon Specialized 650B DemoOver the past year many photos of a prototype Specialized downhill bike have been leaked on news sites and forums. The company line about these images has been “we’re always testing new platforms,” but this image of a new production bike was leaked by dealers earlier tonight and clearly indicates that something all new is on the horizon.

From our sources, we’re told that Troy Brosnan and Aaron Gwin (who are sitting in 1st and 2nd place respectively in the Overall WC standings) will be riding these bikes at the Mont Saint Anne World Cup Race this coming weekend, and to expect an official launch later this year at Crankworx.

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Prototype Yeti SB6c & Ibis Bike Top Podium at Colorado Enduro World Series Race

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After announcing the brand new Switch Inifinity suspension platform last week, Yeti’s Jared Graves and Richie Rude went first and second this past weekend at the Enduro World Series race held  in Colorado.

While the young American Richie rode a production version of the SB5c to several stage wins, Jared Graves was riding a longer travel prototype which appears to be very close to final production. READ MORE ->

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 ->