SOC15: Prototype Salsa 27.5+ full suspension mountain bike decorates WTB booth

SOC15: Prototype Salsa 27.5+ full suspension mountain bike decorates WTB booth

Prototype Salsa 275-plus full suspension mountain bike

Looking very similar in design to their Horsethief 29er full suspension bikes, this prototype carbon bike showed off an upcoming Salsa model made to fit wider wheels, like those built with WTB Scraper rims and Trailblazer 2.8 / Bridger 3.0 tires.

Official details are slim, but we’ve got a little info and plenty of pics…

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SOC15: Lazer adds complete women’s helmet line, improves budget Phoenix full face & MIPS finds Oasiz

SOC15: Lazer adds complete women’s helmet line, improves budget Phoenix full face & MIPS finds Oasiz

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Lazer is already a big supporter of women’s cycling, sponsoring several pro teams and putting together fundraising efforts like the Amy D. Foundation helmet.

Now they’re moving that support into the retail lineup with a fresh collection, called Moi, of women’s helmet colors. The models are all the same as the regular line, which includes their ponytail-friendly Rollsys retention system, but the colors, patterns and names changed up to match more of the women’s clothing and bikes on the market. Most use the white, black and lighter blues shown here, with just a few models getting a hit of coral (like the Summer) on them. No pink to be found anywhere. All of the performance and safety features carry over unchanged.

From Sea Otter, we have two updated mountain bike helmets and a bunch of new performance and lifestyle sunglasses…

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SOC15: Ridea introduces dual-ovalized chainrings to fit any crank, road or mountain bike

SOC15: Ridea introduces dual-ovalized chainrings to fit any crank, road or mountain bike

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Ridea was started in Taiwan, grew into Singapore and China, then Australia, and finally parts of Europe. Now, they’ve been infiltrating the U.S. for about a year and a half with their duo-oval Powerings, a unique take on ovalized chainrings that have four different levels of ovalization and options for virtually any crankset on the market.

Everything is fully CNC’d, like the Captain America inspired time trial crankset used to draw our eye to the booth. Yes, that one’s a regular round chainring, but it’s hiding another clever little part on its backside.

Here’s how it works…

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SOC15: Profile Design Introduces Drive System Drop Bars, New Bar Tape

SOC15: Profile Design Introduces Drive System Drop Bars, New Bar Tape

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Profile Design is a brand that has made their mark on fit. Well established in the triathlon world, Profile Design is turning their attention to the world of drop bars with their new DRiVe system. Not satisfied with the way modern bars are sized and chosen based on standard reach, drop, and width, DRiVe bars focus on the Drop Reach Variant – a point on the bar that is measured with a 73 degree line from the tops of the bar. Meant to provide the most powerful positions on the drop bar in a way that cyclists can comfortably use, Profile Design thinks DRiVe is the answer to shorter headtubes and modern shifter designs…

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SOC15: Mavic Highlights Crossmax SL Pro WTS with Team Dream and Stinner Frameworks Collaboration

SOC15: Mavic Highlights Crossmax SL Pro WTS with Team Dream and Stinner Frameworks Collaboration

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In what seems to be turning into a bit of a tradition, Mavic teamed up with some talented people to hand build two show bikes for the new Crossmax LTD Wheel Tire Systems. To kick off the project Mavic gave Sean Talkington of Team Dream Bicycling Team a ring. Continuing his work with Jordan Low on paint and Aaron Stinner of Stinner Frameworks for the builds, two stunning mountain bikes emerged as the perfect canvases for Mavic’s WTS…

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SOC15: Bontrager Rolls 29+ with Line Plus Wheels, Intros new SE5 Light Weight Enduro Tire

SOC15: Bontrager Rolls 29+ with Line Plus Wheels, Intros new SE5 Light Weight Enduro Tire

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With Trek going all in with the Stache +, it should stand to reason that Bontrager will be offering up a line of plus sized accessories. Already offering the Chupacabra tire for 29+ (27+ Chupacabras are coming), the big story is the addition of the Line Plus wheelset. Borrowing from many of the current Bontrager wheel technologies, the Line Plus is a wider version of their Line mountain bike wheelset that should be a great addition to your bike+ whether you need Boost or standard hubs…
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SOC15: Evoc Teases Stage Hydration Packs, Shows Bike Travel Bag Pro

SOC15: Evoc Teases Stage Hydration Packs, Shows Bike Travel Bag Pro

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Summer is just around the corner which means it’s time for loading up your hydration pack and suffering with a sweaty back in the hot sun. OR, you could check out the new Stage Line of hydration packs from EVOC. Officially launching at Eurobike, we got a first look at what look to be some very well thought out packs…

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SOC15: Endura Continues to Add Color with New Single Track Women’s Jerseys, MTR, and MT500 Shorts and Jersey for Men

SOC15: Endura Continues to Add Color with New Single Track Women’s Jerseys, MTR, and MT500 Shorts and Jersey for Men

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Bringing a bit of the Highlands to Laguna Seca, Endura’s Sea Otter Booth was easily spotted with the large whisky barrel and their Scotch themed jerseys. More importantly though, Endura had a number of new pieces that continue to move away from their traditional dark colors. Don’t worry, if you love color as long as it’s black, Endura isn’t doing away with the classics. But they are showing some brighter pieces if you’re in the mood…

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SOC15: Fezzari plus-sizes Cascade Peak full susser, updates carbon hardtail & road bikes

SOC15: Fezzari plus-sizes Cascade Peak full susser, updates carbon hardtail & road bikes

Fezzari Cascade Peak 27.5+ full suspension mountain bike

Cascade Peak 27.5+ full suspension goes big all the way around, with Boost 148 rear spacing and 110mm axle spacing up front, 120mm of travel (that’s 20mm more than the 29er Cascade Peak) and the upcoming Maxxis Chronicle 27.5 x 3.0 that’ll be out by summer.

This one was built up just for Sea Otter and doesn’t represent production spec. It will get the new XT 1×11 when it ships, not the SRAM group shown here, and have WTB Scraper rims.

Checkout more from the consumer direct brand below…

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