EB16: KMC blacks out the chain, adds more DLC colors, more

Earlier this year, KMC updated their X-shaped chain plates with additional chamfering all around the edges to make them shift evem smoother. That improved shaping is available on their top of the line DLC (Diamond Like Coating) chains in a growing rainbow of colors.

If you prefer the murdered out, all-black look, the new X11EL Blacktech chain might be for you…

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Earlier this year, KMC updated their X-shaped chain plates with additional chamfering all around the edges to make them shift evem smoother. That improved shaping is available on their top of the line DLC (Diamond Like Coating) chains in a growing rainbow of colors. If you prefer the murdered out, all-black look, the new X11EL […]

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EB16: Onza debuts Aaron Gwin Signature Series DH tire

The new Onza Aquila is their first signature series tire, developed with Aaron Gwin for his DH pursuits. onza hs sponsored him and his team for a bit now, and hey say he’s been very eager to use his years of racing experience to design a tread that delivers the performance he wants.

It’s the first of what will probably be three Gwin-inspired treads, and (unofficially) is the culmination of features he’s liked from Specialized, Bontrager and Maxxis tires throughout his carrer. It’s a wire bead 27.5×2.4 with their DH casing to start, and a freeride casing option will follow. This one will come with the option of their 45a or Visco rubber compounds. Both are soft, but the latter is closer to a 40a and is for race day only as it’s very soft and squishy.

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The new Onza Aquila is their first signature series tire, developed with Aaron Gwin for his DH pursuits. onza hs sponsored him and his team for a bit now, and hey say he’s been very eager to use his years of racing experience to design a tread that delivers the performance he wants. It’s the […]

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Week in Review: New bikes from Turner, Pivot, Stevens & Otso, tons of new helmets, more!

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This year’s pre-Eurobike week was a little less crazy than normal, a calm before the storm so to speak. Which means next week is gonna be bonkers. The show starts Wednesday, but we’ll have quite a few sneak peaks going live Monday and Tuesday, and then the floodgates open.

For now, look back on quite a few new bikes, including the Otso startup from our friends at Wolf Tooth Components, a surprising number of new helmets from all over the world, pro bike checks and more launches from Crankworx. Oh, and the usual collection of new bike goodies, too. On the industry side, we broke news of HIA Velo’s U.S. carbon manufacturing setting up shop in Little Rock, Arkansas, and of American Classic announcing a new OEM hub, rim and wheel line. Check it all out below, with every headline from this past week opening in a new tab for easy reading…

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This year’s pre-Eurobike week was a little less crazy than normal, a calm before the storm so to speak. Which means next week is gonna be bonkers. The show starts Wednesday, but we’ll have quite a few sneak peaks going live Monday and Tuesday, and then the floodgates open. For now, look back on quite […]

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Crankworx 2016: Slick new stuff from Whistler Performance Lubricants

Whistler Performance Lubricants, expo booth 2016

We all know modern bikes are sophisticated machines, but it’s easy to forget how much expertise goes into developing small stuff like lubricants and degreasers. Whistler Performance Lubricants is one company that comes to the table with some serious knowledge of their craft. WPL’s Scientific Advisor Alejandro Marangoni is a world-renowned chemist who specializes in the structure and functionality of triglyceride oils, and he’s combined his expertise with his passion for riding by creating high-performance lubricants for mountain bikes. Marangoni’s son Isaac is WPL’s General Manager, and tests their products while racing the B.C. Downhill series.

We first checked out WPL’s products during Crankworx last year, and caught up with them again to see what was new for 2016. WPL has now developed their own grease and bio-degreaser, plus they’re offering two new weights of their Shock Boost oil. All of WPL’s products are also eco-friendly and completely safe to the touch, so you can be green while you race for the gold…
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We all know modern bikes are sophisticated machines, but it’s easy to forget how much expertise goes into developing small stuff like lubricants and degreasers. Whistler Performance Lubricants is one company that comes to the table with some serious knowledge of their craft. WPL’s Scientific Advisor Alejandro Marangoni is a world-renowned chemist who specializes in […]

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Crankworx 2016: Retro Rides from Mongoose and Rocky Mountain

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Rocky Mountain Bikes Wade SImmons' 20th anniversary maiden, side

What goes around, comes around…What was old is new again…there are a few ways to say it, but retro styling holds a certain appeal for those who recall when that particular trend or aesthetic first became popular. Both Mongoose and Rocky Mountain had some awesome retro-inspired bikes on display at Crankwork Whistler this year, which our more experienced readers may recall from roughly 20 years ago.

Mongoose has decided to produce a small number of near-replicas of their original ATB mountain bike. Nearly every component aside from its modern wheelset looks period-accurate, and the chrome treatment simply screams the 80’s. On the other hand, Rocky Mountain has taken a modern bike and given it an old-school paint job. As a 20th anniversary gift to Wade Simmons, the carbon Maiden seen above was hand-painted to match one of Simmons’ early bikes, and it even includes some phoney logos that’ll surely cause a few double-takes. Check out more pics of each below…
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What goes around, comes around…What was old is new again…there are a few ways to say it, but retro styling holds a certain appeal for those who recall when that particular trend or aesthetic first became popular. Both Mongoose and Rocky Mountain had some awesome retro-inspired bikes on display at Crankwork Whistler this year, which […]

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Week in Review: Specialized Enduro gets new wheels, Crankworx tech coverage & much more!

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Seems long travel 29ers are back in style, with new offerings from Devinci, Evil, Specialized and more hitting the trails this week. That, plus lots of new wheels for the road, new GPS cycling computers (and watches), some great videos and a whole lot more to keep you entertained between the Olympic Mountain Bike coverage today and Sunday. Click through for headlines and links to everything we posted this past week…

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Seems long travel 29ers are back in style, with new offerings from Devinci, Evil, Specialized and more hitting the trails this week. That, plus lots of new wheels for the road, new GPS cycling computers (and watches), some great videos and a whole lot more to keep you entertained between the Olympic Mountain Bike coverage […]

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Crankworx 2016: Affordable and lightweight? Believe it- Morpheus Bikes’ new Conspiracy DH

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Morpheus Conspiracy carbon DH bike, side shot

If a small company like Morpheus Bikes can put out a premium-build carbon DH bike at $5500, it makes you wonder- Why do some bigger brands’ similar offerings cost $10,000? Are you paying for the brand name, does their expertise justify the extra bucks, or are they just getting greedy? Morpheus’ new Conspiracy DH bike aims to raise some eyebrows with its low price tag and weight, not to mention a sturdy but sleek looking design.

Since the bike is as yet unavailable the one pictured in this article belongs to Morpheus’ Director of Operations Chad Kelly, so be aware the component build is different on the stock bikes. There will be two stock versions available which come out of the box at a very reasonable 34 and 36 lbs. However, the Conspiracy can get even lighter- Kelly has his personal bike at 33 lbs, and one of their team riders has his down to 31!

The brand is hoping to become a serious contender in the carbon scene, and if this bike performs as good as it looks, it could be a breakthrough model for Morpheus Bikes…
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If a small company like Morpheus Bikes can put out a premium-build carbon DH bike at $5500, it makes you wonder- Why do some bigger brands’ similar offerings cost $10,000? Are you paying for the brand name, does their expertise justify the extra bucks, or are they just getting greedy? Morpheus’ new Conspiracy DH bike […]

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Week in Review: Tons of reviews, interviews, tire width tech & plenty of new products

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If the pre-tradeshow floodgates haven’t fully opened, they’re about to. With Crankworx really getting underway this coming week, expect the new product announcements to start pouring in fast and furious. This past week, it was definitely more than a trickle, with tons of new gear coming in, complemented by a ton of reviews and interviews. There’s even a great tech feature on how to make sure you’re fitting the right size tire to your rim. Click on through for links from everything this past week, each one opening in a new tab…

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If the pre-tradeshow floodgates haven’t fully opened, they’re about to. With Crankworx really getting underway this coming week, expect the new product announcements to start pouring in fast and furious. This past week, it was definitely more than a trickle, with tons of new gear coming in, complemented by a ton of reviews and interviews. […]

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Commuting with style: New bikes from State Bicycle Co, new ‘color’ for Brooklyn Bicycle Co’s Wythe

Brooklyn Bicycle Co Wythe, raw

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While there’s certainly an appeal to a full suspension, carbon framed, electronically shifting bike with all the high-tech bells and whistles, sometimes simplicity can be equally striking. By adorning their basic, clean shapes with broadly varying color schemes, commuter bikes can easily be made into eye-catching bicycles. And since these bikes don’t have to be high-performance machines, we might as well make them look cool!

If you’re in the market for a sleek city commuter, Brooklyn Bicycle Co. has just released their Wythe fixie in a new raw color scheme that’s drawing some interest from the photography and high-fashion industries, and State Bicycle Co. has updated their Core 4130 line with two new models- The Ashton and The Trooper 4.0. You’ll probably like the looks of the price tags on both brands’ offerings as well…
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While there’s certainly an appeal to a full suspension, carbon framed, electronically shifting bike with all the high-tech bells and whistles, sometimes simplicity can be equally striking. By adorning their basic, clean shapes with broadly varying color schemes, commuter bikes can easily be made into eye-catching bicycles. And since these bikes don’t have to be […]

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