New WTB PadLoc grips & handlebar standard keeps your grip from slipping…or rotating!

WTB Padlock Commander mountain bike grip

The WTB PadLoc Commander has a 30mm diameter and comes in green, red and pink.

After having their grips slip during competition, top enduro athletes Jerome Clementz and Jason Moeschler went to their sponsor WTB for a solution. Moeschler, who’s also WTB’s director of global OEM sales, has been keen on moving developments through the pipeline quickly there if they could improve his and his teammate’s results. And safety:

“Both Jerome and I have had our locking grips completely slip on us when we need them most,” explains Moeschler. “We’re not big riders, which is the strange part. If it’s happening to us, it’s happening to others too. I’ve had serious crashes from twisting a grip, it was obvious we needed to change the way grips fit on bars so we developed the PadLoc system.”

To remedy grip slippage required rethinking, redesigning or literally hacking your handlebar, too…


EB15: Shimano reworks PRO Tharsis cockpit with new Trail and 9.8 designations, plus Koryak & Tool updates – updated availability


Shimano’s in-house component line Pro gets a bit of reworking to bring the MTB groups inline across all disciplines. The renamed Tharsis 9.8 takes over the burly group of downhiller components raced by the GT Atherton team at the World Cups. Named for the 9.8 m/s2 acceleration due to gravity, the Tharsis 9.8 looks to take kit mostly out of the current Athertons Star Series, offering updated 9.8 graphics across their DH saddles, stems, bars, and seat posts.

Read on for more details on the new all-mountain Trail series, the working-man’s Koryak components, and some tools and accessories…


Contest: Win a Wheelset from Token Cycling!

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Contest Details: Fill in your email address and answer all four survey questions to be entered to win a Token C50 carbon clincher wheelset. One winner will be chosen from the respondents with the correct answers.

Survey closes 11pm EST on Sunday, August 30th, 2015. Click past the break to enter!


Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Billings, MT

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Photo submitted by Chad McNeese, “This is a pic from my ride in Billings, MT. The smoke from the fires around our area shift the color of the sun to nearly red at sunset.”

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.

Wolf Tooth Cycling adds narrow/wide direct mount SRAM, Cannondale cyclocross chainrings

2016 Cannondale SuperX Hi-Mod carbon cyclocross bike with Wolf Tooth Cycling 40T narrow wide chainring

The rest of your wolf pack’s going 1x on their cyclocross bike, and now you can keep up with these new Drop Stop cyclocross narrow wide chainrings from Wolf Tooth Cycling.

Featuring their patented tooth profiles, the new rings are available in direct mount versions for SRAM and Cannondale Hollowgram (Si / SiSL) cranksets, saving you up to 40g over stock single rings. And if you’re replacing a double chainring, the chainline is optimized for 10 and 11 speed cassettes to keep everything running as smooth as it should.

The Hollowgram versions were originally made as a collaboration for Cannondale, which is offering it as a stock item on some top level Super Hi-Mod CX1 models for 2016 (that’s your first look up above!)…


Crankworx 2015: Fox’s MIPS DH Helmet

Fox Rampage Pro Carbon with MIPS, display

While it isn’t exactly trying to compete with Interbike, Crankworx annually features a large demo zone and a few dozen exhibitors tents scattered throughout the village. The event also tends to serve as an introduction for new bikes or products, especially gravity-oriented stuff like the Rocky Mountain Maiden we also previewed early this year.

There were quite a few display booths at Crankworx with some nifty things to be found by snooping reporters. Fox has stepped into the MIPS game with their new Rampage Pro Carbon DH helmet, and had an awesome custom painted Rampage on display at their booth. Drop in for more…

Crankworx 2015: Make Your GoPro Footage SoPro with Chin-Cam Action Mount

SoPro POV chin mount, yellow helmet

Two riders from Seattle named David and Brock decided they really didn’t like the semi-obstructed view or the ‘teletubby look’ of traditional top-of-helmet mounts for their POV cameras, so they came up with the idea to create a new mount which uniquely fixes to the chin bar of your DH lid. The pair founded SoPro Mounts, and came to Crankworx Whistler this year to show off their wares.

Strap in below for more pics, details, and pricing….


Crankworx 2015: Oakley Sees the Trail in New Light with Off Road Prizm Lenses

Oakley prism trail display

Not long ago Oakley released their Prism Road sunglasses, which feature specially tuned optics that accentuate specific colors to provide better visual definition. Little did we know that Oakley can tune their lenses to any sport application they want, so they’ve now released the Prism Trail lens for mountain bikers. They work the same as the road version, but the lenses are (in layman’s terms) tuned to colors you’d see while riding off road trails, primarily greens and browns…


Crankworx 2015: Five Ten Steps into New Women’s Models, Kestrel Lace, Non Marking Freerider, Sam Hill, More


Thanks to the absence of Teva, Five Ten is having no trouble swooping up even more of the mountain bike footwear market. Recently, their focus has shifted to women’s footwear which was an obvious hole in their lineup. Introducing the women’s Freerider Contact as well as both a men’s and a women’s version of the new Kestrell Lace, Five Ten is starting to fill that void.

While those two are the big new releases, Five Ten was also showing a few sneak peeks of things to come including a new Freerider Lace Cover and the return of the Sam Hill signature shoe…