Posts in the category Prototype

EB14: SR Suntour Launches Aion Fork, Updates Rux DH, Prototype Shocks & High End 24″ Kids Forks

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We spotted the Aion at Taipei bike show, and now it’s in production. Designed to be a budget alternative to their higher end Auron forks, the Aion keeps the 34mm stanchions and same lower casting, bushings and seals, but switches to straight gauge (non-tapered) stanchions, forged crown and regular steel thru axle instead of the lighter alloy one.

You’ll get adjustment options with the damper, choosing between RC (rebound / compression) or LO-R (lockout / rebound). Take your pick, they’re both the same price regardless of control knob and wheel size. Retail is $550, and claimed weight is 2,120g for the 27.5. Add about 30g for the 29er.

As for the rest of this stuff, it’s either prototype that’s showing a taste of things to come, or just a look at some cool stuff we didn’t know they had…

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EB14: Projekt MRSC – Electronically Controlled Full-suspension Road Prototype from Canyon

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In an effort to combat rider fatigue from road surface vibration and ensure all of the cyclist’s energy is put to forward motion, Germany’s Canyon bikes have introduced a smart full-suspension road bike prototype at Eurobike. The concept bike dubbed Projekt MRSC Connected ( for Magneto-Rheological Suspension Control) is a move in the direction to highlight a design focus on comfort, as lightness and stiffness have continue to progress almost exclusively at the high-end. Canyon feels strongly that more comfort means higher performance, and has incorporated their own VCLS Technology (Vertical Comfort, Lateral Stiffness) into their frames for several years. The Projekt MRSC is a next iteration in expanding this tech.

Canyon’s engineering team sees constant road vibration as the next biggest cause of rider fatigue beyond pedaling effort. As the back and leg muscles undergo stress to counteract road impacts and stabilize the bike, rider comfort decreases and with it endurance and speed. The vibration also breaks the bike’s contact with the road and its intended path, consuming unnecessary energy.The MRSC system proposed an active bike frameset to enhance comfort and handling, with less energy input.

Join us after the break for a detailed look at the bike, how it works, and how it stays connected…

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EB14: Sneak Peek, Catlike Rapid and Rapid Tri Aero Helmets

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Spanish helmet specialists Catlike had some interesting new time trial helmets locked away at the show. They were a bit protective of what were described as prototypes, but we sat down with them to have a look at what was really going on. The helmets both looked pretty well refined, although there were some minor finishing issues. Both helmets did include product tags even though they were locked away, and had an in-molded inner protective helmet, and Catlike’s MPS retention system as used on their current road/TT lines.

Click through to see some more detail shots and some more tech..

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EB14: BMC’s Impec Concept May Hold the Future of Road Bikes

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Standing out against the sea of marginal gains, concept bikes allow a company to flex their design muscle and dream up something wild. For BMC, the Impec Concept project was more than just creating a new bike as they wanted to really show off the capabilities of the Impec Advanced R&D Lab. As the same lab that puts out the woven carbon fiber used for the BMC Impec Road Bike, the facility is capable of turning out complete machines from concept to completion in record time.

When it came time to do something new, BMC’s engineers and designers tried to envision what a road bike would be in the future – and then built it. Using the advanced resources at their disposal, the Impec Concept came together in just 4 months with a few design features actually seeing real world testing on other bikes. Using modular integration the bike is built with  a basic structure designed for a number of add ons…

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Spy Shot: Prototype Chris King Lefty Hubs

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Spotted on professional cyclist Ryan Trebons twitter feed, this fancy new Lefty hub from Chris King is currently not in their catalog. The company originally let slip they were working on a conversion kit for their oversized mountain bike hubs last year at Sea Otter, but had not set an official release date. From what we were told then, the hub will utilize their existing non-drive clamp fitting, but have all new axle parts.

We’ll post more details as we get them…

SpyShots! – New SRAM Red Wireless @ Pro Challenge

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Barely being disguised by thin tape and subtle graphics, the new SRAM Red wireless electronic group is in full view at this year’s USA Pro Challenge in Colorado. We knew this was coming months ago when we discovered SRAM’s filed patents for wireless technology. As the first-ever wireless group moves its way through pre-production it has been test ridden by the Bissell Pro Cycling team since the beginning of this season. With the team relying solely on this new technology, and with no mechanical Red being used even as backup, the feedback from the riders is said to be all positive.

More news, insight from a Team Bissell rider, and way more pics after the break…And yes, now we know how the shifting works…

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Open Cycle Teases new Light Weight Full Suspension Frame

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We’ve known Open has been working on a full suspension bike for awhile, but this is the first time we’ve seen what it may look like. Gerard Vroomen has been chronicling their effort on the Open Cycle Blog to try and have both the new full suspension bike and their new pathfinder/gravel/adventure frame ready for Eurobike, but at this point it looks as if the full suspension frame will be the only new offering to make it – maybe.

From what we’ve read it appears the frame will use a Horst link design with an interesting linkage above the top tube. Gerard mentions both frames will be produced in Europe, but full suspension frame is part of a project started with HED to use Resin Transfer Molding technology to create the parts. Hopefully we’ll bring you more on this from the show!

Spy Shot: New Ohlins Drop in Damper for Rockshox Boxxer Forks

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It’s a not so well kept secret that famed Swedish Suspension group Ohlins has been developing a fork for downhill applications. We originally spotted the full blown prototype briefly in the new asymmetric Specialized Demo Carbon 650b launch video posted by Red Bull Media, but a chance look at Brad Benedict’s new bike confirmed the rumors.

We literally have zero information on the new product, but in addition to the inverted fork we’ve previously spotted, it appears they are testing a damper inside Boxxer internals. READ MORE ->

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.

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