Posts in the category Prototype

New Pivot 27.5″ Downhill Mountain Bike Spotted in Testing

prototype Pivot Cycles 650B downhill mountain bike testing under world cup riders

Thanks to Reynolds Cycling’s crew and the Pivot Cycles Facebook page, we got these pics of the Pivot Factory Team trying out their new 650B DH bikes with those prototype Reynolds Black Label DH wheels.

The design departs from the current Phoenix DH by putting the shock in a horizontal position, being compressed toward the head tube. This mimics virtually all of Pivot’s bikes, save for the Firebird 27.5 introduced last spring. It should make for a drastically simpler seat tube and bottom bracket junction, though the seat tube is still heavily formed to accommodate the DW Link movement.

Speaking of the links, this new design does away with the upper rocker arm, instead driving the shock directly from the upper linkage. You can see how the pivots are placed in this post on the Mach 6, but positioning is likely tweaked for this bike.


Spy Shot! Prototype Reynolds Black Label 650b DH Mountain Bike Wheels

prototype Reynolds Black Label DH 650b mountain bike wheels

This image of a prototype Reynolds Black Label DH 650b mountain bike wheel just dropped in. They were spotted while on a certain team’s tour of Pivot’s facility, so you can put two and two together for an idea of what’s coming up.

We checked our sources and learned (unofficially, of course) that they are indeed headed for production but will see some changes before Reynolds’ engineers and product managers sign off on ‘em. The rims will be a new downhill specific layup. Other than that, details are sparse, as is the actual production date.

Reynolds introduced their Black Label series in January, bringing slimmer and lighter weight graphics to the rims and DT Swiss hubs to the build. And only with 27.5″ and 29″ options. That’s also where they announced their sponsorship of the Pivot Factory Downhill Team. Aaaaah yes, it’s all coming together.

NAHBS 2014: Calfee Updates Manta Pro, Adds Cyclocross Prototype & Builds a Tandem for One


Calfee has updated their Manta Pro endurance road bike with new options, including a “lockout” block to convert the soft tail design into a hardtail, thru axle options and further refinements to the design.

There was also a prototype Manta Pro Cyclocross bike in the booth, plus a new version of their famous tandems that lets you convert the front and rear sections into a fairly normal one-person road bike for those days when you’re stoker’s a slacker.


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

Morgaw saddle new road enduro seats seat posts alloy carbon (1)

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

Lake carbon moldable insoles limited edition matte black road (4)

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

American Classis Mag road wheels, new carbon mtb wheels (5)

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.