First Look: All-New Shimano XTR M9000 – 1x, 2x and 3x 11-Speed MTB Groups

XTR M9000 Race001

Chances are good most of you don’t all have the same riding style. Some of you probably ride for a physical challenge while others ride for a technical challenge. Some for both. Some of you have specialty bikes devoted to one specific type of riding, while others a quiver of one that’s as versatile as possible.

The point is, when Shimano set out to create the next version of XTR, they didn’t feel that one drivetrain system would fit all riders. Calling on their 22 years of experience in making things shift, Shimano has introduced a new XTR M9000 group to be as versatile and capable as the riders it’s built for.

Those looking for an answer to the 1x trend will happily find it with 9000. And those looking for one of the widest range triples in history will find it as well. Details after the break…


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Magisto, a cloud-based movie and photo editing service (think GoPro!), has teamed up with Sea Otter for a Movie Contest. Upload and edit your movies and photos from Sea Otter 2014 (like the one above made by Dennis) and the movies that are watched the most will win GoPro and cycling gear.
  • Erik’s Bike Shop with 21 locations in MN and WI is currently hiring for two new retail store locations in the Milwaukee, WI, market.
  • Enter to win one of two Coyle’s custom wood bicycle helmets.
  • The Veglo is a wearable bike light with crossing fiber optic straps that are supposed to help drivers judge their distance from the bike rider. It is on Kickstarter.
  • MapMyTracks now offers live sports event tracking/broadcasting so you can follow your athlete in real time.
  • Join Atlanta Streets Alive on April 20th as three streets in Historic West End are closed to cars and opened up to pedestrians and cyclists. Enjoy local shops and eateries, music events, and either watch or participate in the bicycle parade.
  • The Second Annual JoyRide in honor of Laurey Masterton in Asheville, NC, will be held May 17th at Carrier Park. We like her motto: Don’t Postpone Joy.
  • West Coast voting is now open for the Bell Built grants program. Voting ends April 20th and winner for that region will be announced April 21st.
  • Quintana Roo has announced a bike rental program for the IRONMAN race series in North America, starting with the May 17th IRONMAN Texas.
  • Want to explore New Zealand by mountain bike? Check out this video by Discover New Zealand and mountain bike tour operator JustMTB.

Must Watch: Cedric Gracia – Lost In Taiwan

During the Taipei Show we were lucky enough to hang out with Cedric and the Lezyne crew a bit, and this video is a pretty good representation of the trip. At the heart of the Asian bicycle manufacturing scene, Taipei and Taichung serve as home to many factories in the industry. But few are as modern as Lezyne’s. Cedric got the full Taiwan experience – from riding in the lush mountains to trying chicken hearts, pork knuckle and squid on a stick on the streets of Taichung. This video gives you a quick look into Lezyne’s Taichung digs, but check back for our own full factory tour soon.

SOC14: Kappius Adds Carbon 29er Mountain Bike Rims, Plus New Hub Option


Kappius, a small brand known for their wild looking perforated carbon shelled hubs with integrated cassette, has spun off into carbon mountain bike rims, too.

Why get into rims? Company President Brady Kappius said “Most people don’t want to build up wheels piecemeal, so we thought it made sense to offer our hubs as complete wheels. And we thought we could introduce some significant innovations versus what’s out there.

“If you look at the cross section of a tire bead to a hookless rim, which seems to be getting more popular, it doesn’t mate up. With ours, we designed the all the radii in house for a very smooth transition, and it mates up well with a tire’s bead. The interior cavity’s center channel is fairly shallow so the tire’s beads will sit on it when mounting. That creates enough of a seal that you should be able to inflate and set them with a regular floor pump.”

See the cutaway and more below…


Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: San Diego Singletrack

bikerumor pic of the day san diego single track

Photo submitted by Liam Lawlor, “Florida Canyon in downtown San Diego’s Balboa park offers some surprisingly fun urban single track.”

We always love to see your photos and would like to show them to the world here on the Pic Of The Day. Send in your photo with a brief description here.

SOC14: First Look! GT Brings A New Gun to The Enduro Fight With The Sanction

2015 GT Sanction enduro mountain bike

Teased in a video a few days ago, the all new GT Sanction has been redesigned from the ground up to be a weapon on the Enduro scene. The bike has been in development for over a year now, taking a lot of input from the Athertons, and borrows heavily from both the World Champ winning Fury DH bike and popular new Sensor and Force platforms.

We interviewed Engineer/Designer Etienne Warnery, Global Marketing Manager Chris Hopwood, and PR Manager Bill Rudell about the development and testing process behind the new bicycle.

Jump past the break to see why it shreds… READ MORE ->

Salsa Bucksaw Full Suspension Fat Bike Squishes Into Reality


Is it just us, or are we getting fat today? After seeing new (front) suspension ready bikes from Borealis and Rocky Mountain, both using the new Rockshox Bluto, Salsa cannonballs the party with the new full suspension Bucksaw.

And it’s not just a simple full susser. It takes the Split Pivot suspension design of their 29er mountain bikes, spreads the frame to handle up to 3.8″ tires and adds a custom tuned Rockshox Monarch shock to give it 100mm of supple, bump eating performance. Couple that with a 100mm Bruto up front, and you have the world’s first real production full suspension fat bike.

Look past the oversized balloons it’s riding on and you’d be hard pressed to tell the spec from any other mid- to high end bike…


Rockshox Bluto Fat Bike Fork Gets Official, Turns Your Porker Into a Real Swee’Pea

2015 Rockshox Bluto fat bike suspension fork

We’ve already spotted it on new bikes from Borealis  and Rocky Mountain, and now Rockshox has formally introduced the Bluto fat bike suspension fork.

Fat bikes may very well be the only reason we see new 26″ forks this year, but that doesn’t mean the wheel size isn’t bringing a bit of fresh design. Especially since more people are finding non-snow uses for their porky pedalers. Built using Rockshox’s existing technologies -Rapid Recovery Rebound, Solo Air, Fast Black stanchions and their 15mm Maxle Light- the body of the fork was tweaked to handle the girth and forces of 4.8″ tires. Travel options are 80mm, 100mm and 120mm, controlled with external rebound and lockout controls. The latter is available with the crown topping blue lever or their PushLoc handlebar remote.

Heft yourself past the break for more…


First Look: Borealis Builds a Fat Bike for the All New RockShox Bluto Fork!

Borealis Echo suspension fork fat bike RockShox Bluto (7)

Possibly one of the worst kept secrets in fat biking, RockShox’ first fat bike suspension fork is now official. A better kept secret is the new Borealis Echo, the first bike we’re aware of to be developed specifically for the new fork. Built with a suspension corrected geometry that is designed for more of all around trail performance, the Borealis Echo further blurs the line between between fat bike and mountain bike.

Spring past the break for more…