Posts in the category Prototype

NAHBS 2014: Abbey Bike Tools Continues to Impress with new HAG, Pedal Wrench, Crombie Team Issue, Prototypes and more!

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So far, every tool that has come out of Abbey Bike Tool’s Bend, OR production facility has left us impressed, and the latest round of tools looks just as good. At the heart of development would have to be the new HAG derailleur hanger alignment gauge which has been in the works for some time, but definitely worth the wait. In typical Abbey Bike Tools fashion, the HAG is built to meet the exacting needs and precision of pro race mechanics, but includes clever features that any shop mechanic will appreciate.

Align yourself with the new HAG plus check out one of the best pedal wrenches we’ve seen after the break!


Spy Shot! Prototype ENVE Carbon Rigid 29er Mountain Bike Fork (UPDATED!)


This ENVE rigid carbon mountain bike fork prototype shows off a big new item for the Ogden, UT, based manufacturer.

Details are sparse, including pricing or production date, and this one is only a prototype. The thru axle design uses a flippable insert that lets you adjust the rake between 43mm and 52mm.

There’s a semi-integrated mud fender that’ll clip onto the arms in the same way their current disc brake hose clips work, and it builds in the disc cable routing as well.

It’s suspension corrected and will only come with a 1.5″ tapered steerer only.

UPDATE: ENVE’s rep told us it’ll even fit a 29+ tire with the fender in place and that it’ll be at least as light as the lightest rigid fork on the market now.

Lots more pics below!


Taipei Show: Deda Gets Mud-dy with All New Mountain bike Specific Component Line

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When Deda introduced their 35mm mountain bike bars and stems, they faced a bit of a problem. As we found out, the parts were great, but the brand typically associated with road biking had trouble cracking the mountain bike market. The answer? An all new brand dedicated to mountain biking with fresh graphics and a unique identity. Offering parts for XC and AM riding, Mud brings the same quality and finish we’ve grown to expect from Deda and hones it for use off of the pavement.

There’s plenty of Mud after the break, including a look at their prototype wheels and internal seatpost batteries for mountain bikes?


Taipei Show: Morgaw Saddles Up with More Models, Clever New Seatpost Design

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Since we first saw the Morgaw saddle on Indiegogo, the company has been busy getting ready to ship the first designs and now also working on entirely new ones. After winning an IBDC award with the first Morgaw saddle, Martin Moravcik and Slawek Gawlik (MOR+GAW) have set their sights on MTB, Enduro and new road saddles as well as a clever seatpost design that is not only perfect for their saddles but any others as well.

Customize your new seat after the jump.


Taipei Show: Lake Heat Molds your Sole, Sneak Peek of Limited 402 Matte Black Road Shoe

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As we found on the Lake CX331 road shoes, custom molding of the shoe can provide major benefits in extended ride comfort. But what are you to do if your shoes aren’t head moldable? Then you might want to check out Lake’s new heat moldalbe custom insoles. Offered in both fiberglass and carbon fiber, the insoles offer custom fit arch and heel cup support that are compatible with just about any road shoe.

See what a set of custom insoles will set you back as well as check out the new Limited Edition 402 Matte Black road shoe next.


Taipei Show: American Classic Mags Make a Comeback, Sneak Peek at new Carbon MTB Wheels

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Don’t call it a comeback. Or do, either way, American Classic is bringing back their lightweight magnesium race wheels. Thanks to a few vendor changes, the new Mags are completely reworked except for the extrusions and will offer an impressively light race ready wheelset. The Mags will have the roadies excited, but the promise of new carbon mountain bike wheels should be good news to those who prefer to ride offroad as well.

Details after the break.


Taipei Cycle Show: KS Hints Towards The Future Of Electronic Dropper Posts

Taipei Cycle Show: KS Hints Towards The Future Of Electronic Dropper Posts

What’s better than a dropper post? A dropper post with no cables or wires. We’ve heard of wireless options in the works from Thomson and TranzX and now it looks like KS can be added to the mix, at least with a proof of concept. Hidden in plain sight in the KS booth next to the waterfall, there was a working prototype which basically was just to show the remote working the post. Apparently, modifying the LEV post to work with the system was fairly easy since the post is actuated through a valve in the oil circuit. By replacing the mechanical switch with a piezoelectric valve, the seatpost can be controlled electronically.


Spy Shot: New Limited Edition TLD Specialized Enduro 29er (UPDATED)

TLD Specialized Enduro 29erAn anonymous shop wrench at a Specialized Dealer just shot over this picture of a the yet to be released S-Works Carbon Enduro 29er. We don’t have any details yet, but official word from Specialized is that the frames are already sold out! That doesn’t surprise, we had the opportunity to sneak one of the big wheeled brutes out for a ride before the official launch last year and fell in love

UPDATED: Official pics after the break


Frostbike First Look: TRP’s New Spyke Mountain Dual Piston Mechanical Disc Brake

Frostbike First Look: TRP's New Spyke Mountain Mechanical Disc Brake

After TRP introduced their Spyre dual piston mechanical disc brake for road and cross bikes, an interesting thing happened – they started getting a lot of requests to make a mountain bike model. Even with a number of excellent hydraulic brakes on the market, apparently fatbike riders especially were looking for a mechanical brake that was better than the current options and not susceptible to cold like many hydraulic brakes can be. In spite of the bumpy roll out of the Spyre, the performance of the brake is impressive and now after the recall new models are shipping to satisfied consumers. Enter the new TRP Spyke, a mechanical dual piston mountain bike disc brake.  Currently still in the prototype phase, it shouldn’t be long before these hit the shelves.

Thanks to TRP we got our hands on a prototype set after the break!