DT Swiss SPLINE ONE updates, widens & expands mountain bike wheel range from XC to Enduro

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Amongst a day of tongue-in-cheek news on the first of April comes some proper product news as well. After showing off new carbon cross country wheels and wider rims for lacing your own wheels back at Eurobike, DT Swiss has just released a full overhaul of their mountain bike wheels with the new Spline One lineup. Calling it a single complete wheel series, the Spline One’s get broken down into three groups for appeal to everyone from cross country racers to the gravity-fueled enduro crowd. Based around updated versions of their benchmark 240s hubs the wheels all get plenty of spacing, axle, and cassette interchangeability options, plus the new widened rims from 22.5-40mm internal. We have the opportunity to test ride wheels from each of the XR, XM, and EX lines, so follow us past the jump for a detailed look, some actual widths, pricing, and summer 2016 availability…

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Amongst a day of tongue-in-cheek news on the first of April comes some proper product news as well. After showing off new carbon cross country wheels and wider rims for lacing your own wheels back at Eurobike, DT Swiss has just released a full overhaul of their mountain bike wheels with the new Spline One […]

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Review: Intense Spider 275 Carbon is the definition of modern trail

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It’s time to let you in on a little secret. A lot of riders out there (myself included) are pedaling around too much suspension travel for their local trails. But who can blame them? For years, if you wanted low, slack, and long geometry, you’ve been forced into bigger bikes than you would typically choose. Following the progression from trail, to all mountain, to enduro, and now back to trail bikes, we’re seeing a major shift in mountain bike design. No longer confined to travel lengths suitable for enduro racing, fun and playful frame geometry is edging its way into the realm of the XC/Trail bike.

The result is a new class of trail bike. One that truly offers the majority of riders the best of both worlds. One that includes the new Intense Spider 275 Carbon…

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It’s time to let you in on a little secret. A lot of riders out there (myself included) are pedaling around too much suspension travel for their local trails. But who can blame them? For years, if you wanted low, slack, and long geometry, you’ve been forced into bigger bikes than you would typically choose. […]

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Intense bites into XC/Trail with new Spider 275 Carbon, Introduces JS Tuned Suspension

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Intense Spider 275 carbon trail bike JS tune review actual weight (14)

Lately, when Intense invites you out to an event, you know you’re in for something special. In addition to the antics of Shaun Palmer, the MC styling of Pat Parnell, and the launch of the 2016 Palmer Project and Intense Factory Race teams, we were also brought to Laguna Beach for the launch of a new bike from Intense.

More than just a new bike though, the launch represents the next evolutionary milestone in terms of suspension technology for Intense. Building on the company’s heritage for drool worthy bikes that look as good as they perform, Intense is entering into the ‘JS Tuned’ era with the all new Spider 275 Carbon…

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Lately, when Intense invites you out to an event, you know you’re in for something special. In addition to the antics of Shaun Palmer, the MC styling of Pat Parnell, and the launch of the 2016 Palmer Project and Intense Factory Race teams, we were also brought to Laguna Beach for the launch of a […]

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Winter Wrap Up: Favorite gear that helped conquer the cold from 45NRTH, Lazer, Pactimo, & More

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What a strange winter it has been. Much of the country is readily prepping for spring-like weather, while other parts are getting a late hammering of snow. For me, the weather has turned decidedly spring-like with mild temps and plenty of rain, but it still seems like a good time to look back on some of my favorite products that helped get me here. Our readers in the Southern Hemisphere are just transitioning to their coldest months of the year, but more importantly – this is a great time of year to pick up deals on closeout winter gear to use for next season. I can’t guarantee you’ll find any of the following items on clearance on account of their popularity, but it’s certainly worth a look…

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What a strange winter it has been. Much of the country is readily prepping for spring-like weather, while other parts are getting a late hammering of snow. For me, the weather has turned decidedly spring-like with mild temps and plenty of rain, but it still seems like a good time to look back on some of […]

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First Impressions: Mavic Pro Carbon SL Cosmic, Ksyrium full carbon clinchers

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mavic pro carbon sl cosmic and ksyrium road bike carbon clincher wheels first impressions ride review

When Mavic announced their new full carbon clinchers for the Cosmic and Ksyrium lines, they brought us over to Nice, France, to ride them on the course the pros raced for the final stage of the 2016 Paris-Nice. It proved an excellent testing ground, with long, demanding climbs, amazing, fast, and switchback-filled descents, and plenty of miles (er, sorry, kilometers) in between.

Immediately after, I attended SRAM’s Eagle mountain bike group launch. While the two may seem completely unrelated, the latter gave me a great perspective on the former. With such a lively comment section on Mavic’s post, and great explanations offered by their communications manager, it got me thinking about systems as opposed to wheels. And tires. And brakes.

For some time now, Mavic’s moved more toward wheel/tire systems as opposed to standalone components. And that’s how the new Carbon Pro SL Ksyrium and Cosmic systems are offered. You don’t get one without the other, and specific brake pads are included, too. Everything’s developed to work together, optimizing safety, aerodynamics, braking and general performance. And while you will be able to buy SRAM’s Eagle parts piecemeal if you want, that, too is designed to work optimally as a system. So, one could argue Mavic’s rims are still too narrow just the same they could argue SRAM’s new 50-tooth cog is too big. But in practice, it doesn’t matter. Unless you’re going to buy them and immediately replace one of the parts with something from another manufacturer, you’re going to get a system that works damn well…

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When Mavic announced their new full carbon clinchers for the Cosmic and Ksyrium lines, they brought us over to Nice, France, to ride them on the course the pros raced for the final stage of the 2016 Paris-Nice. It proved an excellent testing ground, with long, demanding climbs, amazing, fast, and switchback-filled descents, and plenty of […]

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Review: Milwaukee Bicycle Co. Mettle CX Cyclocross Bike

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When it comes to cyclocross bikes we get the opportunity to review a lot of different bikes with different builds. When Milwaukee Bicycle Co. approached us about a potential review on their Mettle CX, there was one thing that made it stick out – U.S. made steel. In addition to making hand built frames available at more attainable prices than full custom, Milwaukee takes it a step further and offers a custom build program that includes 20% off the parts from their shop.

That makes the Mettle very attractive, but what’s it like to ride? Surprisingly fast, it turns out…

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When it comes to cyclocross bikes we get the opportunity to review a lot of different bikes with different builds. When Milwaukee Bicycle Co. approached us about a potential review on their Mettle CX, there was one thing that made it stick out – U.S. made steel. In addition to making hand built frames available at […]

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Review: Bulls Bikes Grinder 1 Gravel Bike – Newcomer to the USA

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Bulls Bikes is a brand that may be unfamiliar to cyclists in the USA, but to Germany and the European market, the company has been around since 1994. The company is best known for quality road and mountain bikes at affordable prices. Zach captured details of the company’s top end Wild Edge full-suspension MTB at Sea Otter 2015, during the company’s initial foray into the USA market.

Since that time, Bulls Bikes has gradually increased their range of product available to the USA market, and now offers two gravel bikes – Grinder 1 and Grinder 2. Both bikes feature the same 7005 series aluminum, double butted frameset. Differentiating them are their paint liveries and respective groupsets; Shimano’s Ultegra mechanical / hydraulic brake groupset on the Grinder 2, and Shimano’s 105 mechanical / hydraulic brake 11-speed groupset on the Grinder 1. Bulls Bikes sent us a Grinder 1 to review, click on through to see how it fared…

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Bulls Bikes is a brand that may be unfamiliar to cyclists in the USA, but to Germany and the European market, the company has been around since 1994. The company is best known for quality road and mountain bikes at affordable prices. Zach captured details of the company’s top end Wild Edge full-suspension MTB at Sea Otter 2015, […]

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Hands On: Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Expert 6Fattie

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Specialized Turbo Levo 6fattie moab ut photos c bikerumor (29)

If you’re just seeing this and wonder what we’re doing with an e-bike in Moab,  read this first. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the actual bike. Specifically the Specialized Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie. This bike’s story actually starts around 5 years ago when Specialized launched their first e-bike, the Turbo S. At that point even Specialized’s founder Mike Sinyard wasn’t convinced that e-bikes were a way forward, pointing out that the impetus actually came from a small team of their engineers in Switzerland. It wasn’t long before the Turbo S far exceeded their expectations though, and new offices were built in Switzerland more or less specifically for their Turbo line. With the street focused Turbo S selling like hotcakes, it was time to focus on a new challenge.

A Turbo mountain bike.

In typical Specialized fashion though, this couldn’t be just another mountain bike with a battery and motor slapped on it. No, it needed to look and ride like a Specialized Stumpjumper just with a little extra ‘jump’. The end result is the Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie. A mouthful of a name, Turbo is the encompassing brand name for all of the Specialized e-Bikes while Levo is the name of their mountain e-bike category. With hardtails, FSR full suspension, and even fat bikes getting the Turbo Levo treatment, we spent two days on the Turbo Levo FSR Expert 6Fattie to figure out what makes these beasts whir….

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If you’re just seeing this and wonder what we’re doing with an e-bike in Moab,  read this first. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the actual bike. Specifically the Specialized Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie. This bike’s story actually starts around 5 years ago when Specialized launched their first e-bike, the Turbo S. […]

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The E-Bike Equation: Thoughts after riding the Specialized Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie in Moab

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When Specialized first invited us out to Utah, we had no idea what was in store. It was soon revealed however, that we would be headed to Moab to test out the Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie. Their first full suspension e-mountain bike. Huh.

With mixed emotions, we accepted the opportunity as a chance to at least have first hand knowledge on what the bike is – and isn’t. After all, as Einstein is often quoted, “the only source of knowledge is experience.”

So we set out to gain that experience. On e-bikes. On legal trails. In Moab…

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When Specialized first invited us out to Utah, we had no idea what was in store. It was soon revealed however, that we would be headed to Moab to test out the Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie. Their first full suspension e-mountain bike. Huh. With mixed emotions, we accepted the opportunity as a chance to at […]

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