SOC16: Gear roundup – OneUp’s Wide Range Di2, Gamut and Fourier’s Shimano 1x rings, more

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Some of the biggest news from Sea Otter had to be the introduction of Shimano’s XT Di2. The trickle down of Di2 technology to the XT price point should make the system a lot more accessible, but it still suffers from range envy, especially compared with SRAM Eagle. Fortunately, if you already have Di2 XTR or plan on getting the XT group, there’s already a solution – the Shark. It turns out that OneUp’s radically wide adapter system works just as well on Di2 systems making OneUp claim it as the widest range, electronic drivetrain available…

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Some of the biggest news from Sea Otter had to be the introduction of Shimano’s XT Di2. The trickle down of Di2 technology to the XT price point should make the system a lot more accessible, but it still suffers from range envy, especially compared with SRAM Eagle. Fortunately, if you already have Di2 XTR […]

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SOC16: Open Cycle One+ gets fatter and faster on the trail, still ultra lightweight

Open Cycle ONE plus 29er and 275plus lightweight hardtail mountain bike

Open Cycle has updated their One uber lightweight hardtail mountain bike to accommodate 27.5+ tires. It’s still a race-ready 29er, but thanks to Boost spacing and a reworked rear end, the bike will now handle up to 27.5×3.0 rubber, or a healthy 29×2.4. And like a couple other brands, they’re already on board with the burgeoning 26+ scene, too – the size Small swaps between 27.5×2.4 or 26×3.0 to keep the dimensions better balanced for smaller riders. Check it out…

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Open Cycle has updated their One uber lightweight hardtail mountain bike to accommodate 27.5+ tires. It’s still a race-ready 29er, but thanks to Boost spacing and a reworked rear end, the bike will now handle up to 27.5×3.0 rubber, or a healthy 29×2.4. And like a couple other brands, they’re already on board with the […]

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SOC16: Clothing/Gear roundup with Club Ride, Giro, POC, and Boa

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Among the countless tents full of new bikes and bike parts at Sea Otter, there were also quite a few that were full of clothing. At this point in the season, most of the spring/summer styles have already been released and are just starting to hit the market so it’s a great time to show them off to the public. In our case, it’s also a chance for companies like Club Ride to give us a sneak preview of the coming additions for fall/winter 2016/17. Club ride continues to refine their line up with new colors, additional more modern styles, and some interesting concepts for women headed to spin class or just to the gym…

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Among the countless tents full of new bikes and bike parts at Sea Otter, there were also quite a few that were full of clothing. At this point in the season, most of the spring/summer styles have already been released and are just starting to hit the market so it’s a great time to show […]

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SOC16: Bulls grows e-bike range w/ Brose powered Sturmvogel E Evo

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Seeing the potential for increased sales in the U.S., Bulls Bikes is ramping up their e-bike fleet with new models like the Sturmvogel E Evo. But, in contrast to their non-electric bikes, the Bulls e-bikes will be through authorized retailers. That doesn’t mean higher pricing, after all, Bull’s direct-to-consumer pricing for their standard bikes is part of what makes them compelling. Fortunately, this one’s still able to bring high end e-bike features at a competitive price. That might mean we’ll see more e-bikes rolling the streets in the near future…

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Seeing the potential for increased sales in the U.S., Bulls Bikes is ramping up their e-bike fleet with new models like the Sturmvogel E Evo. But, in contrast to their non-electric bikes, the Bulls e-bikes will be through authorized retailers. That doesn’t mean higher pricing, after all, Bull’s direct-to-consumer pricing for their standard bikes is part […]

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SOC16: Electronics round up – Niterider, BarFly and K-Edge mount up new lights and computers

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Sometimes, electronics on your ride are inevitable. Like if you want to go for a night ride and don’t have the night vision capabilities of the local wildlife. In the case of Niterider, there are a few new additions to existing products that will make mounting and using those electronics a bit easier. Not only has Niterider added the ability to control certain lights without moving your hand from the bar, they’ve also added the ability to adapt to evolving handlebar standards…

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Sometimes, electronics on your ride are inevitable. Like if you want to go for a night ride and don’t have the night vision capabilities of the local wildlife. In the case of Niterider, there are a few new additions to existing products that will make mounting and using those electronics a bit easier. Not only […]

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SOC16: Michelin enlists Cam Zink for MTB tire development, Vee Tire gets super sticky DH rubber

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Michelin has been making moves recently both on and off road. We got home from their Road Power tire press launch (full story soon) with just enough time to turn around and head to Sea Otter, where it was the off road segment’s turn to shine. The big news was the addition of mountain bike legend Cam Zink to the list of sponsored riders for 2016. While you probably won’t find yourself throwing threes off drops at Rampage or setting the Guinness World record for the longest backflip, Zink’s expertise and tire abuse should only help to make Michelin mountain bike tires better…

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Michelin has been making moves recently both on and off road. We got home from their Road Power tire press launch (full story soon) with just enough time to turn around and head to Sea Otter, where it was the off road segment’s turn to shine. The big news was the addition of mountain bike […]

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SOC16: Look adds more affordable 977 and 979 carbon hard tail XC MTBs

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Look mountain bikes are known for their cutting edge designs and wild carbon frames, but they’re not that known for being affordable. In order to offer something at a slightly more attainable price point, Look was showing off the new 977 and 979 carbon hard tails at Sea Otter. We know that a $3k+ hard tail isn’t exactly most riders’ definition of affordable, but when you can pick up the entire bike for nearly the same price as just the frame from their 987/989, you start to see what Look means by “pricepoint”… Continue reading “SOC16: Look adds more affordable 977 and 979 carbon hard tail XC MTBs”



Look mountain bikes are known for their cutting edge designs and wild carbon frames, but they’re not that known for being affordable. In order to offer something at a slightly more attainable price point, Look was showing off the new 977 and 979 carbon hard tails at Sea Otter. We know that a $3k+ hard tail […]

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Praxis Works previews one more wheel with Aluminum AL24 XC/Trail Model

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The big news from Praxis Works at Sea Otter was that the company is getting into the wheel market. Showing two beautiful new carbon wheels, Praxis Works captured our attention with the Trail/AM C32 and the Road/Gravel/Cross focused RC21.

But it appears they have another trick up their sleeve. This time it’s an aluminum wheelset that should make XC/Trail riders happy if their budget for new hoops falls under $1000 (by a few hundred)…

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The big news from Praxis Works at Sea Otter was that the company is getting into the wheel market. Showing two beautiful new carbon wheels, Praxis Works captured our attention with the Trail/AM C32 and the Road/Gravel/Cross focused RC21. But it appears they have another trick up their sleeve. This time it’s an aluminum wheelset […]

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SOC16: Masi cyclocross bikes get racier, add carbon fiber models; plus concepts & steel tourers

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In the past, Masi had just a single cyclocross bike called the CXR Comp. It was an alloy disc brake bike, and now it’s been completely updated and the line expanded to include carbon models. There’ll be two spec levels for each frame material, and each material gets it’s own carbon fork with different features for different uses.

The carbon bikes get an all-new full carbon fork with stealth eyelets for thread-in fender mounts (not for racks). The bend in the legs is designed to reduce vibrations, but gives the bike a subtly different look. Check out the full line, plus new steel touring adventure bikes and a couple nice concepts, below…

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In the past, Masi had just a single cyclocross bike called the CXR Comp. It was an alloy disc brake bike, and now it’s been completely updated and the line expanded to include carbon models. There’ll be two spec levels for each frame material, and each material gets it’s own carbon fork with different features for […]

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