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Lapierre Adds Bite to Trail Bikes with Revamped Zesty AM, Plus All-New 27.5″ XM: One Ride Reviews


In the heart of the French Alps this week, Lapierre launched a full overhaul of their popular Zesty All-Mountain and Trail platform for the 2016 season. The most obvious changes from the current bikes are the repositioned shock layout, new longer reach frames, and the replacement of the current TR 29er with a 27.5″ XM that lets them build the bikes on a much more similar common platform. Travel carries over for the 150mm AM, and the XM picks up at 120mm where the TR left off.

We had a chance to ride the current and new generation bikes on the technically demanding trails on offer in the Portes du Soleil region and give our thoughts, plus lots of pics, details, and availability after the fold…


All-new Canyon Ultimate CF Evo road bike runs €13,000 for sub 5kg – Plus SLX actual weights!

2016 Canyon Ultimate CF Evo ultra lightweight road bike with actual weight under 5kg

Just last week, Canyon unveiled their all-new Ultimate CF SLX for Movistar to race in this year’s Tour de France. It introduced a new aerodynamic design to the already stiff, light and comfortable Ultimate heritage. Now, they’ve shown us their halo product, the Ultimate CF Evo.

Yes, the weight and the price are insane, but the madness is tempered with parts that they say makes the bike actually ridable on a daily basis with no compromise in performance or durability.

So, how can they do that and get a bike under 5kg?


Canyon Brings Updates to their New Ultimate CF SLX Road Racer


Leading up to next months attempt at the Tour de France, 2014 Giro winner Nairo Quintana and his Movistar teammates introduced a new grand tour road machine from consumer-direct Canyon this week at their Service Course in Pamplona, Spain. The new 4th generation Canyon Ultimate builds on the tech of the previous bike and 10 years of Canyon’s Ultimate moniker.

As market demands (hype?) require, the bike gets lighter (a tiny bit), more comfortable, and more aero. But Canyon has actually done a few interesting things to hit those last two upgrades. Roll on past the break for more details, pics, starting price, and availability…


SKS Teases Fat Bike Fenders, New RaceBlade Long II, plus Shows new Pumps, Tools, and More

SKS new for 2015 fat bike fenders pump phone case tom tool  (11)

Even though Magura didn’t have a huge amount of new product to show, long time partner for the Sedona show SKS stepped up to the plate – literally. Aside from the clever use of SKS pump handles for silverware, SKS had a ton of new products to show from pumps, to tools, to fenders. Most of which are available now, though a few like the fat bike fenders above, were a sneak peek of product yet to come.

Officially to be launched at Eurobike this year, we got a first look at the new Fatboard fenders plus a whole lot more after the jump…

Magura Makes the MT Next Brakes Close at Hand with Revised Brake Lever

Magura MT Next Brake lever modifications shorter lever reach (5)

Another year has come and gone which means another few days spent riding the incredible red rock of Sedona with Magura USA. Having made Sedona their own for their annual press camp, the Red Agave has played host to many new Magura products over the years. In 2015 though, we’re told most of the big announcements will come later in the year at Eurobike.

However, there was one key improvement that should make some riders happy. After recently reviewing the Magura MT7, we were quite happy with the lever positioning. But the lever was adjusted all the way in for my small to medium sized hands. In order to accommodate riders with smaller hands or shorter fingers, Magura is introducing a running change that will bring the lever closer to the bar…


Scott Spark 700 Ultimate Di2 makes everything electronic, then wires your money away

2015 Scott Spark Ultimate Di2 full suspension mountain bike with electronic fork and shock lockout and derailleurs shifting

The Scott Spark frame has carried over virtually unchanged since its launch in 2012, save for the switch from 26″ to 27.5″ wheels (and the 29er stays, too, of course). What has changed are the parts adorning it, and there’s been no shortage of testing and tweaking under the pros to get to this top of the line, spare no expense Ultimate Di2 model for 2015.

The main goal was to integrate two electronic systems, running both the Fox iCTD suspension and the XTR Di2 off a single battery, creating a race optimized full suspension bike. It’s built off the existing Spark 120mm travel platform, but adds new electronic suspension controls and a proprietary new eNude rear shock developed with Fox.

Controlling it all are three switches up front, the two standard Shimano XTR Di2 shifters, and the electronic evolution of Scott’s TwinLoc rotary lever that simultaneously switches through three modes. It’s built by Shimano with a custom actuator attached to the fork and Fox-made switch specific to this shock and fork pairing…


Kask adds “Asian Fit” Mojito XL road bike helmets for larger heads


After testing different fits for months throughout several Asian countries, Kask has developed a larger size option for its popular Mojito road bike helmet.

Called the Mojito XL, it bumps the max head size it’ll fit to 64cm, up from 62cm for the size large. It’s also the shape that gets tweaked, too, and they say it serves a need in the Asian market. Of course, anyone that has an oversized noggin can appreciate another option, particularly a top level lid.

The standard Mojito features will carry over, including hypoallergenic eco-leather chinstrap, full in-molded polycarbonate shell that wraps around the bottom of the helmet, anti-bacterial/microbial Sanitized pads, and vertically adjustable cranium cradle with gel padding.

More pics below…


Schwalbe ProCore dual chamber tubeless system now shipping, works w/ most mountain bike tire & rims

Schwalbe ProCore dual chamber tubeless converstion system for mountain bike tires

Introduced at Eurobike last year, we had all the technical specs, actual weights and details of the Schwalbe ProCore dual chamber tubeless system covered in detail. All that was needed was for it to start shipping, and today the wait is over.

Built around a tire within a tire concept, the ProCore setup places a thin, lightweight secondary “tire” inside your main mountain bike tire, allowing for a lower pressure where the rubber hits the trail and a higher pressure tube inside to protect against big hits. A clever valve stem and air guide let you inflate both with a single hole in the rim.

The parts will be sold as a complete kit and as individual parts. Ready to get pumped up…twice?


SOC15: Polygon brings enduro-ready Collossus N9 to USA, plus new 27.5 race hardtail & Bend CX bike


Polygon is still establishing their brand here in the states, but that hasn’t stopped them from developing a model built specifically for launch in the U.S. market.

The new Collossus N9 bumps things up from the Collossus T8 with more travel, slacker angles and a more capable fork and rear shock. The T8 has 140mm travel, but the new N9 gets 160mm and a one-degree slacker head angle, meaning it’s built for more speed on the downhills. Yes, that all translates to enduro…