Posts in the category Prototype

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.

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Fabric Weaves a Line of Revolutionary New Saddles, More

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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…

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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…

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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…

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