First Look! Absolute Black’s Magnetic New Black Diamond Mountain Bike Hubs

absolute black black diamond mountain bike hubs with magnetic pawl

Just after showing off his new Delrin 12t jockey wheels for SRAM’s 11-speed mountain bike derailleurs, Absolute Black is giving us a special preview of his new Black Diamond hubs before their coming out party at Eurobike.

The outer shell gets a machined, polished and angular finish, but it’s the insides that are the real story. These complete hubs are renderings, but the finished freehub body will be made of hardened tool steel to be ultra durable and prevent cassettes from digging in. They’re spaced for 11-speed (10-speed compatible with spacer), or opt for the XD driver for 11-speed SRAM cassettes and save 5g.

Tool steel is real, but it’s what’s inside that that’s really got us geeking out…


New Eddy Merckx Bikes for Speed, Endurance, Women and Cyclocross

Eddie Merckx Mourenx69

Eddy Merckx today released details on his company’s complete lineup for 2015, including four new models specifically targeted to pure speed, endurance riding, women, and cyclocross. The four new bikes join Merckx’s pro racing machine, the EMX-525, which carries over from 2014.

Like the EMX-525, commemorating Merckx’s 525 professional wins, each of the new models is named for The Cannibal’s accomplishments. The endurance focused Mourenx69, pictured above, and which we covered yesterday, is named for his 140km breakaway win into Mourenx at the 1969 Tour de France. The new San Remo76 is a purely speed focused machine named for his ninth win at La Primavera. The new Eeklo70, named for Merckx’s only cyclocross win of his career, is the company’s first bike offering disc brakes, and its first carbon ‘cross frameset. The new women’s bike, the Milano72, is named for the fashion capital where he both started his winning ride in Milan-San Remo and finished his third Giro victory in 1972. Tying all the bikes together is what Merckx calls their four pillars: Speed, Stiffness, Stability, and Safety and a guiding vision of “Power Under Control.”

We have details on lineup, including US models and pricing, geometry charts, lots of pictures, and a video after the break…


Paul Components Makes Quick (Release) Work of Thru Axles


One of the concerns with moving to thru axles on road bikes is the time consuming process of wheel removal, a legitimate issue in the heat of the peloton or wheel pits in ‘cross. Paul Components looks like it may have a solution with their upcoming quick release thru axle skewers.

The lever design was first spotted at NAHBS this year in standard QR form, but it’s grown in diameter and options. They’ll have sizes for virtually every thru axle standard you can imagine at Interbike this year…


New Raceface SIXC Cranks Get Official

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Although Santa Cruz has been quietly shipping the redesigned SIXC cranks on the new Santa Cruz Nomad for over a month, Raceface only officially announced the news last week.

Made in their Vancouver factory from US sourced carbon, the completely updated cranks now utilize the modular CINCH system to make them convertible between a diverse number of applications and standards.


Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: The Whole Enchilada

bikerumor pic of the day moab whole enchilada trail

Photo submitted by Thomas Dibley of Poole, UK, “I’ve ridden a lot of places and without doubt, Moab, UT is the best I have experienced. Where else do you get a view like this? Pictured on an overhang on the UPS part of The Whole Enchilada trail.”

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One Ride Review: 2015 Felt Compulsion 160mm Travel 650B Mountain Bike


Following Felt’s 2015 bike introduction, where we saw the new goodies for road, triathlon, cyclocross, mountain and e-bikes, they offered the chance to go ride. Curiously, I was the only one to take them up on it (right?!?), so designer Scott Sharples and I headed for the hills.

While he was riding a modified long travel 29er prototype that may or may not ever see the light of day now that everyone’s giddy for 650B, I sized up the new Compulsion 160mm travel trail bike.

Introduced at Sea Otter earlier this year, the 2015 Compulsion line switched from 26″ wheels to 27.5″ and slackened the frame. By the time you can buy it early next year, it’ll have three build options on the new alloy frame spec’d to hit the dirt hard without breaking the bank. The top end Compulsion 10 (tested) retails for $4,499 with a very respectable Race Face/X01 drivetrain, Rockshox suspension and KS LEV dropper post. From there, two models below come in at $3,299 and $2,699. Hit the MTB link above for full details.

Our 2.5 hour ride had us racing the setting sun back to the car, capping off a lot of climbing and some fast, fun, technical descending. Here’s how the bike performed…


Bombtrack Bikes Drops the Hook, Charges into Cross with Steel and Disc Brakes



At this point, Bombtrack Bicycle Company is probably better known for their single speed and fixed gear options like the Limited Edition Adidas bike. If single speed culture or fixed gear freestyle isn’t your thing, Bombtrack’s latest project might have you taking a second look.

Entering into uncharted territory, the brand has introduced their new cyclocross bike, the Hook. Details next…


50 Cent Gets Up In Your Ear Hole With Heart Rate Monitor Earphones

SMS Audio CEO Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson shows off a pair of the new SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones powered by Intel alongside NY Knicks basketball star Carmelo Anthony

SMS Audio CEO Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson shows off a pair of the new SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones powered by Intel alongside NY Knicks basketball star Carmelo Anthony

Hip hop star 50 Cent’s company, SMS Audio is partnering with Intel to offer the new BioSport In-Ear Headphones with an integrated biometric sensor to measure your heart rate. The wired headphone/HR monitor is powered through a 3.5 mm gold-plated audio jack thereby circumventing batteries and bulk, and the Stay-Fit Wing design should help prevent it ending up in your spokes. The BioSport promises sound quality on par with the SMS STREET by 50 In-Ear Wired Sport Headphone, and has an inline microphone for call integration. We presume there will be sound/music/app control buttons similar to the MFI controller on the STREET, but details are not available.

The product’s suitability for cycling and multisport training is not too clear.  Currently, the unit is only compatible with the Runkeeper fitness app, but SMS claims additional app integration is in the works. Also, while the headphones are IPX4 rated for resistance to “a splash of water from any direction for five minutes,” they are not rated to withstand a swim workout. Furthermore, it is illegal for cyclists to wear headphones in Florida and Rhode Island; California, Delaware and Maryland require that one ear remain uncovered while riding. However, should Strava, MapMyRide, et al become integrated, and if you are someone who prefers to minimize the number of devices and hates wearing a chest strap, the BioSport will deserve serious consideration…


Merckx Releases Mourenx69 Endurance Bike

Merckx Mourenx69 Ultegra Di2

Eddy Merckx cycles just released details on one of their four new top-tier bikes for 2015, the Mourenx69. The new bike (pronounced MORE-awn) is named for The Cannibal’s massive win at the 17th stage of  the 1969 Tour de France, when he attacked at the top of the Tourmelet to execute a solo breakaway for the final 140km to the finish. Built for endurance racing, the bike has been designed to reduce rider fatigue while still promising top level performance. Key specs include long seatstays, a shrunken bottom bracket shell, and a square profile seat tube all designed to maximize shock absorption, along with a shortened top tube and tall head tube to accommodate a more relaxed, upright riding position.  The bike will be available in four builds, each with an optional wheel upgrade, or as a frameset.

The endurance road market is getting a lot of play, as most riders pay for bikes by working jobs that tie them to a desk, inhibiting the flexibility demanded by ultra aggressive race frames. Endurance bikes also embrace the theory that reducing rider fatigue can be of greater benefit than maximizing the efficiency of power transfer. The Mourenx69 responds by providing a more upright riding position and more supple frame design than their “pro” oriented race machines. By comparing the Mourenx69 to Merckx’s 2014′s flagship bike, the EMX-525, we get a better understanding of what makes the new bike an endurance racer.

Complete build details, geometry, prices, and a cool promo video after the break…