Posts in the category Prototype

New Prototype 27.5 Specialized Demo Looks Just Like “Old” Demo

Troy Brosnan 650 Specialized Demo

This photo was posted by Troy Brosnan on his facebook page a few days ago.  He is a DT Swiss sponsored athlete, and is riding EX471 Enduro rims at the race, but his bike was sporting these unreleased 650B Specialized wheels in this image

Over the past few World Cup races, Specialized team riders Troy Brosnan, Aaron Gwin, and Mitch Ropeleto, have ridden a wide assortment of bikes. From modified Enduro Evos sporting 650b wheels, to 29ers, and maybe even a Demo sporting a Boxxer with Ohlins internals.

For this weekend though, all three boys will be tackling the notoriously chunky Fort Williams track on Specialized Demos sporting 650b wheels. From the many photos we’ve seen floating around the internet, the bike looks to be fairly similar to the existing (or should we say outgoing?) model.

Is this just a ruse? Could Specialized have all new Demo in the works, or will the 650B Demo carry the same design language that has worked so well in the recent past? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Hop past the break to see a few more images of the bike… READ MORE ->

2015 Specialized Roubaix Getting Thru Axles?

2015 Specialized Roubaix sneak peek with thru axles

Spotted in the Instagram feed of a Specialized rep, this looks very much like it could be the next generation Roubaix. From the looks, we’re guessing thru axles.

It also looks like the top- and downtubes get a bit punchier shaping, with subtle ridges on the sides. The fork’s Zertz inserts move up and back a bit, making room for what might be a rack mount? The crown is noticeably bigger than current generation models with a distinct ridge along the back of the leg.

While we’re speculating, even the handlebar looks a bit wider on the top and corners, suggesting a new ergo option with broader perch than the current shallow bend offerings. All, of course, remains to be seen. More as we get it.

Legendary BMX Designer Bob Haro is Back with New Ikonix Brand

Ikonix FS1 Limited EdititionAfter a long hiatus from designing BMX fames, Bob Haro returned in 2012 with a new brand – Ikonix. Their first order of business was collaborating with Haro to release a special 30th Anniversary edition of the  original Freestyle, but now they’re ready to release an innovative new freestyle BMX model.

Available initially in only very limited quantities, the new FS1 is a testament to Bob’s creative vision. Constructed from Kawasaki chromoly tubing, it has several unique features, including:  a split Torker style top tube, proprietary integrated handlebar and stem combo, and more.  READ MORE ->

First Look: Prototype Airborne 650b Enduro Machine

Trevor Airborne Prototype Enduro 650b

Trevor Gay is a busy man. When he’s not acting as the marketing and team manager for both Airbone Bicycles and DK BMX, you can sometimes find him out product testing new products at the races. That was the case when we ran into Trevor and Josh at the AOA Mayhem Enduro where we spotted the new Airborne 650b prototype enduro bike. Both bikes were seen airing it out over the Wilds course, where we caught up with them after the race…


Sneak Peek: New Cannondale F29 Race Hard Tail?


We’ve heard rumors about the possible launch of a new XC race bike from Cannondale, and it looks like it has been getting some real world testing under Marco Aurelio and Manuel Fumic  for the Cannondale Factory Racing Team. Spotted at several World Cup events recently, the Cannondale Green machine prototypes offer a sneak peek at what’s to come…


Sneak Peek: New Juliana “She10″ version of Santa Cruz V10 Platform Emerges

Juliana She10 V10Spotted on pro mountain biker and skills coach Katrina Stand’s Twitter feed, this new sorbet blue downhill bike has an uncanny resemblance to the current Santa Cruz V10, but is emblazoned with the logo of Juliana Bikes.

Thus far, SCBs women’s specific sister brand has largely focused on the XC and trail market, and as they’ve only recently announced a new 150mm platform, it’s not likely we’ll be seeing the more aggressive “She-10″ or “She-Mad” available to the public anytime soon. So for now, expect the custom liveried Juliana bikes to only be available to the brands top sponsored athletes.

Want one? Let them know in the comments.


Sada: No Hubs, No Spokes, No Worries, Collapsible Italian Style

Sada_Hubless_Foldable_Bike_ProfileUntil now there have been no obvious benefits to a “hubless” design. We have shown you multiple iterations in past years here and here. But beyond the novelty factor they served little practical purpose. Enter Italian engineer and designer Gianluca Sada. Sada has successfully created a folding bicycling with “spokeless wheels,” making this hubless design highly practical. See the Sada bike collapsed to nearly nothing, next…


Spy Shot: New Prototype 60mm Renthal Stem

Prototype-60mm-Renthal-StemIn a stark departure from the two piece stem design that Renthal first debuted on their Duo stem, which is available in 40mm and 50mm increments, this new prototype stem features a more standard design.

The horizontally split Duo was popularized by the UK motorcycle company because it allowed both haves of the stem to be machined more than traditional designs, which produced a lighter weight stem, without compromising strength. This 60mm was recently spotted on the twitter feed of one of the Enduro World Series front runners, Jared Graves.


Found: Talbot Frameworks Integrates Circuits into Paint, Eliminates Di2 Wires

Talbot Integrated DI2 Circuit PaintThe Talbot Frameworks name dates back to 1940s, but it was only recently that customer frame builder Matt McDonough bought the naming rights. Since then, he’s produced everything from a balance bike to a Rofloff equipped touring bike, but perhaps his most interesting frame to date is the Dalsnibba.

Named after a mountain in Norway, where an annual duathlon takes place, the frame is constructed from a mixture of different tubing, which are mixed and matched to meet individual rider needs.

What makes this frame particularly notable is it’s unusual Di2 integration. Rather than running internal housing, this custom frame has pure silver laid onto the paint to create circuits.

*Updated* At bottom of the post with info from the builder!