SOC 14: Raleigh Shows off Prototype Full Suspension 29er

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It’s been a while since Raleigh has offered a full suspension bike. But with the brand’s resurgence of the past few years, and pumping out awesome bikes, Raleigh is ready to take another crack at it with their new prototype 29er full suspension.  Currently in development and being tested with the Raleigh Clement racing team, the Gulf Racing colored fully shows a lot of promise for Raleigh’s future in mountain biking…

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SOC 14: Prestige MTB Shows off Sub 150g Black Mountain Cassettes

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Offering a line of fully CNC machined cassettes, Black Mountain is looking to blur the line between ultra light and durable. Each cassette is primarily machined from a single piece of a aluminum with the last one or two cogs separate. Currently the company offers cassettes in just about every standard road and mountain configuration available with “bigger options in the works.”

Unlike the Recon cassettes which are called a “race day cassette,” Black Mountain cassettes are designed to be ridden daily but will have a decreased life span compared to a standard cassette. Mark with Prestige MTB, the US distributor of Black Mountain cassettes told us to expect about 4000 miles on the road, and 3000 miles for MTB as a life span.

What do they weigh? Find out next…

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SOC 14: First Look – FSA Teases All New Carbon MTB Prototype Wheels

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Just as their surprisingly good mountain bike brakes are beginning to ship, FSA is already showing their hand at their next project – wheels. Mountain bike wheels specifically, that will borrow from what Vision has learned with their Metron carbon wheel line for the road. Details were slim, but we do know that there will be K-Force Light, SLK, and Afterburner versions in “many axle and wheel size configurations.”

We got a sneak peek at the K-Force Light prototypes after the jump…

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SO14: Sub 20 pound Carbon Dirt Jump Bike from John Cowan

John Cowan WIth Carbon Dirt JumperRiders of a certain age might remember earning their scars and sharpening their skill set on a rad little hardtail from Kona called the Cowan. Designed by legendary John Cowan, both the original Cowan DJ and DS bikes where some of the first jump specific models ever created.

Ever the visionary, John recently built a new bike company around a ground breaking new entry into the same market he helped create. The star of the product line is the American made carbon dirt jumper pictured above.  READ MORE ->

First Look: WTB and Rocky Mountain Team Up For 27.5″ + Adventure Bike Prototype

Rocky Mountain Sherpa Prototype Adventure Bike

With the popularity of fat bikes at an all time high, the plethora of new tire/rim/suspension/frame options has allowed to designers and engineers to explore their wildest fantasies.

For Rocky Mountain, inspiration came from a set of over-sized prototype tires and rims from WTB, and the end result looks like the comically shreddable bastard child of a fat bike and adventure touring bike.

Jokes aside, this concept bike blends two incredibly different riding styles to create a seriously capable fat tire trail bike. Head past the break to learn more…. READ MORE ->

DVO Teases Soon to be Released Diamond Enduro Fork

DVO Diamond 27.5 ForkHot of the success of the recently launched Emerald downhill fork, DVO will soon be launching their new Diamond platform. Using many of the technologies developed for their top tier dual crown fork, this trail fork eschews the current trend of simplifying tuning options. Instead, it introduces an unprecedented amount of  user serviceability and customization.

So drop past the break to learn what all the knobs do!

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SOC14: FatBack’s Corvus Fat bike Makes an appearance in Carbon

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Where there’s one fat bike there is usually another, which was the case when we caught up with the Salsa crew with their new BuckSaw full suspension fat bikes. It just so happened that there was another new fat bike in the mix with Greg and Fuzzy from Fatback bikes rolling the first production versions of their Corvus carbon fat bike.

First seen as a 3D model at Interbike, the Corvus joins the ranks as a symmetric ultra fat bike that is intended for winter riding and everything in between…

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Spotted – Salsa Bucksaw with Whisky Parts Co. Prototype Carbon Fat Bike Rim

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If there wasn’t enough of a fat bike freak out happening at Sea Otter with the launch of the RockShox Bluto and fat bikes built for it, every once in a while you’ll spot something just rolling by. Something like this prototype carbon fat bike rim that was laced to Tim Krueger’s Salsa Bucksaw. With the proliferation of Whisky’s carbon rims, the fat bike aspect isn’t a surprise given their proximity to Salsa as brands under QBP’s roof.

As Tim called it, the Whisky rim will be a “carbon dirt rim,” not another carbon winter fat rim. To make a carbon dirt rim, Whisky is using a 70mm wide profile that is double wall and tubeless ready, and “strong as hell.”

The Whisky rim was just an added bonus as we were checking out Tim and MikeR’s Bucksaws, which we have details on after the jump.

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Sneak Peek: Magura’s New 4 Piston Hydraulic Disc Brake

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Lurking behind the curtain at the back of their booth, Magura had a special new brake that isn’t quite ready to be released. The 4 piston monster looks like it will be an answer for those looking for gobs of power mated to a light weight design. The brakes won’t officially be released until later this year, but we have a bit more information after the break…

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