First Look: ANVL Components Expands Lineup with Carbon Handlebars and Composite Pedals

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Despite having only launched last year, ANVL Components is already hard at work expanding their current product line. Having nailed down the aesthetics, geo, and tech for several products, they’re now playing with different materials.

Their Mandrel handlebar, which we reviewed earlier this year,  is now available in carbon. At 227 g, it’s ~70 g lighter than it’s aluminum counterpart, while still sharing the great ergonomics and graphics.

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Durrance Lake, Victoria BC

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Photo submitted by Regan, “Hot summer days need a lake stop mid ride. This is Durrance Lake in Victoria BC and I’m going for more singletrack before jumping in to cool off.”

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EB14: Maxxis Adds New Mountian Bike tires, More Tubeless Options & Some Road Rubber

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The Pace cross country tire we’ve been seeing on pro bikes doesn’t have distribution in the U.S. or Germany. While we don’t have an explanation for North America, the Germans say it’s too heavy for XC racing, so they don’t bother importing it. Word is, the lowest weight version is around 700g, which is a bit portly for XC.

The solution? The new Tread Lite, a semi slick that’s tipping the scales at just 530g for a 26×2.10. The 27.5×2.10 is 560g or 595g with the EXO protective casing. 29ers are 590g and 630g. All are tubeless ready, which they designate simply as TR, and have 120tpi casings.

Now, on to more aggressive knobbies, which includes the road bike rubber…

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EB14: Kore Dropper Post Prototype, Sweet New Ikon Grip & More

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Kore was hiding a new dropper post in plain sight, but they were keeping a few parts hidden from the camera.

In the works for almost a year, they’re close to finalizing the design. The basics are 125mm of drop, 420mm long and 31.6/30.9 diameters. How it works internally wasn’t something they wanted to talk about, but the cable enters from the bottom and pulls down on a faceplate. Inside, that plate is connected to two thin metal strands that go to the top part and release something to let it drop or rise. They should have a final design in Spring 2015 and be ready to talk specifics then.

Drop in for pics and more…
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EB14: Sneak Peek, Catlike Rapid and Rapid Tri Aero Helmets

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Spanish helmet specialists Catlike had some interesting new time trial helmets locked away at the show. They were a bit protective of what were described as prototypes, but we sat down with them to have a look at what was really going on. The helmets both looked pretty well refined, although there were some minor finishing issues. Both helmets did include product tags even though they were locked away, and had an in-molded inner protective helmet, and Catlike’s MPS retention system as used on their current road/TT lines.

Click through to see some more detail shots and some more tech..

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EB14: BMC’s Impec Concept May Hold the Future of Road Bikes

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Standing out against the sea of marginal gains, concept bikes allow a company to flex their design muscle and dream up something wild. For BMC, the Impec Concept project was more than just creating a new bike as they wanted to really show off the capabilities of the Impec Advanced R&D Lab. As the same lab that puts out the woven carbon fiber used for the BMC Impec Road Bike, the facility is capable of turning out complete machines from concept to completion in record time.

When it came time to do something new, BMC’s engineers and designers tried to envision what a road bike would be in the future – and then built it. Using the advanced resources at their disposal, the Impec Concept came together in just 4 months with a few design features actually seeing real world testing on other bikes. Using modular integration the bike is built with  a basic structure designed for a number of add ons…

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EB14: Tune Gets Skinny Fat, Plus Carbon MTB Cranks, Skewers & 9 Gram Bottle Cage

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Tune is making fat bikes a little less hefty with their new 190mm rear and 150mm front hubs. Those join the 170mm Fat Kong rear and 135/142mm Fat King front to offer very light options for the widest standards. Those and all of Tune’s regular rear hubs are now coming with the lighter Skyline freehub body that’s drilled out to saves 3g, and that bonus comes without raising the price.

They’ve also got some nifty new fat bike thru axles and skewers to go with the hubs, plus lots and lots of other really, really lightweight goodies…

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EB14: Industry Nine Teams with Reynolds for U.S. Made Pillar Hookless Carbon Wheels

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Not only are the new Industry Nine Pillar carbon wheels the first hookless rim design for the companies involved, but the wheels also represent the first completely US made carbon wheelset for the brand. With the exception of the bearings and o-rings, the Pillar wheels get the made-in-the-US moniker thanks to the new hookless carbon rims that are made possible by their collaboration with Reynolds. As one of the first mountain bike rims that Reynolds is manufacturing in the US, the rims use a design by Industry Nine.

Still largely in the preproduction phase, I9 plans to have four different models available in both 27.5 and 29″ sizes. Matched with Industry Nine’s legendary hubs and aluminum spokes, the wheels are designed to provide excellent stiffness, ride, and durability while staying a light as possible.

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EB14: DT Swiss Updates, Narrows Suspension Lineup & Expands Wheel Options for Road & MTB

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The 2015 DT Swiss suspension gets revamped, bringing their shock tech up to speed with modern features and simplifying the fork offerings to just two models offering five different travel options depending on wheel size. Inside, the damping circuits also get a reboot to improve their range of performance and make them a bit more plush. Turns out those new graphics we spotted on the pro bikes were more than just cosmetic changes!

Meanwhile, the mountain bike wheels get a new premium DH/Freeride wheel and a three-modle Spline Two group that has impressive features for the price. And there’s more new benefits across the range. For road, almost everything’s now tubeless ready, and the alloy wheels are starting to get wider…

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