Bikerumor Exclusive: Kogel Bearings seeks testers for new SRAM Eagle ceramic derailleur pulleys

Vogel Bearings SRAM Eagle derailleur pulleys with ceramic bearings

Kogel Bearings SRAM Eagle derailleur pulleys with ceramic bearings

Kogel Bearings is expanding their range of ceramic bearing derailleur pulleys to mountain bikes with the upcoming SRAM Eagle models. The wheels are made of aluminum, rolling on Grade 3 ABEC 5 hybrid ceramic bearings with steel races, same as what’s used in their bottom brackets, plus their off road seals to keep gunk out. The upper wheel has 12 teeth and the lower has 14.

They’re not available yet, but Kogel’s giving Bikerumor readers the chance to test them as part of their final testing phase. They have ten pre-production samples and want real rider feedback before pulling the trigger on a larger delivery. Interested?

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Kogel Bearings is expanding their range of ceramic bearing derailleur pulleys to mountain bikes with the upcoming SRAM Eagle models. The wheels are made of aluminum, rolling on Grade 3 ABEC 5 hybrid ceramic bearings with steel races, same as what’s used in their bottom brackets, plus their off road seals to keep gunk out. The […]

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Cold Weather Clothing Roundup Pt. 2: Pearl Izumi’s awesome thermal jerseys, MTB pants, more

The photo above sort of sums up our winter to date. We’ve had a few days with true wintry conditions, but for the most part it’s been warmer than average and increasingly rainy. However, it has been cold enough at points to test out some cold weather gear, and while there was no snow for our Global Fat Bike Day ride, it was chilly enough to don the new Pearl Izumi Launch Thermal jersey and some ridiculous shades, because, why not?

The jersey is just one of a number of new pieces from Pearl Izumi, which show some big improvements…

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The photo above sort of sums up our winter to date. We’ve had a few days with true wintry conditions, but for the most part it’s been warmer than average and increasingly rainy. However, it has been cold enough at points to test out some cold weather gear, and while there was no snow for […]

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Weekend Videos: Good Times in the dirt, Michigan Meandering, Utah bikepacking & some DH…

German rider Julia Hofmann is headed to Canada to explore new trails & riding with Rocky Mountain. She’s looking for Good Times on the bike in 2017 with plans for some world travel, hitting many a Enduro race, plus a bunch of mountain bike camps that she’ll be guiding. But until the snows clear in the Rockies and those next steps get under way, get pumped to ride with a look at her hitting the warm trails on La Palma. Then hop past the break for some more off-road inspiration including a the new Canyon Factory Downhill Team and then the updated Santa Cruz Syndicate screwing up…
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German rider Julia Hofmann is headed to Canada to explore new trails & riding with Rocky Mountain. She’s looking for Good Times on the bike in 2017 with plans for some world travel, hitting many a Enduro race, plus a bunch of mountain bike camps that she’ll be guiding. But until the snows clear in the Rockies and […]

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Behind the scenes with Chris Akrigg on his latest ‘As it Lies’

screen grab courtesy of Chris Akrigg

It’s been a few weeks since we last saw Chris Akrigg heading into the woods to ride a bunch of really technical trails in his latest video riding for Mongoose. This time he really focused on seeking out natural features and those surprisingly technical sections to ride, without having to resort to building stunts. It was more about filming what he normally gets out and rides.

But with that comes some complications. Akrigg narrates a behind-the-scenes look at As it Lies wearing his arm in a sling recovering from shoulder surgery to repair some damage he earned out on the trails. He says that most of the shots were really a first look at riding features, but there were a few bits that just didn’t work out. “There’s always one that gets away.” And here it was a big rock outcrop that teased him with rideability until it started to get the better of him…

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It’s been a few weeks since we last saw Chris Akrigg heading into the woods to ride a bunch of really technical trails in his latest video riding for Mongoose. This time he really focused on seeking out natural features and those surprisingly technical sections to ride, without having to resort to building stunts. It was […]

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Canfield Brothers EPO mountain bike gets a shot in the arm, now comes in XL

We built up the EPO earlier this year as a “World’s Funnest Bike” project and loved it, but it’s already getting some fine tuning to give it stealth dropper routing and a new gloss black finish. Oh, and a new XL size option.

All of that’s paired with its already very short 16.3″ (414mm) chainstays, slack head angle (66.8º with a 140mm fork) and ISCG05 tabs to make it about as close to a “downhill” hardtail as you’re likely to find. Which was the point when the bike debuted in 2015, to offer a freeride style hardtail mountain bike that could descend as well as it could climb. And save weight over the alloy Yelli Screamy – the EPO’s frame comes in at a claimed 1,450g. More pics below…

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We built up the EPO earlier this year as a “World’s Funnest Bike” project and loved it, but it’s already getting some fine tuning to give it stealth dropper routing and a new gloss black finish. Oh, and a new XL size option. All of that’s paired with its already very short 16.3″ (414mm) chainstays, […]

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World Cup level WTB Ranger gets light & fast in time for XC race season

The popular new Ranger tread from WTB has in fact already been raced at top-level XC this past year, digging in at last season’s World Championships in Nové Město under WTB’s sponsored athletes, including Canadian Raphaël Gagné above. But now as regular riders look forward to a new season of racing and trail riding, you can actually get ahold of the new lightweight 2.25″ tire. Developed to be a wide ranging conditions tire with grip in wet and dry, the Ranger comes in both fast rolling and high grip rubber compounds and two wheel sizes…

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The popular new Ranger tread from WTB has in fact already been raced at top-level XC this past year, digging in at last season’s World Championships in Nové Město under WTB’s sponsored athletes, including Canadian Raphaël Gagné above. But now as regular riders look forward to a new season of racing and trail riding, you can actually […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Gotthard Pass, Switzerland

Leo Lupelli sent in this winter wonderland shot from his “recent ride up the Gotthard Pass in Switzerland starting from Andermatt. The pass is closed in winter so it’s a mix of tarmac road and singletrack interrupted here and there by frozen water streams that add that level of complexity to the climbs and keep you on your toes on the way down!”

We always love seeing photos from where you are riding and are happy to share them with our readers around the world here on the Pic Of The Day. Send in your pics with a brief description here.



Leo Lupelli sent in this winter wonderland shot from his “recent ride up the Gotthard Pass in Switzerland starting from Andermatt. The pass is closed in winter so it’s a mix of tarmac road and singletrack interrupted here and there by frozen water streams that add that level of complexity to the climbs and keep you […]

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Specialized Gravity moves to Öhlins, Fox Head, and Ceramic Speed for 2017, teases new Öhlins DH fork

It’s time that many of the downhill teams start announcing their rosters, and for 2017 there are quite a few changes. The same day it was announced that Loris Vergier and Luca Shaw are joining the Santa Cruz Syndicate, Specialized is announcing news of their gravity team for 2017 which includes 2015 World Champion Loic Bruni and Finn Iles. The team will be switching to Fox Head as their main clothing sponsor, along with Ceramic Speed for some bearing hop ups, but the biggest announcement seems to be the exclusive use of Öhlins suspension. Obviously, that means Öhlins will have to have a dual crown DH fork, which is shown in testing above. At this point details on the fork are super limited, but now that the cat’s out of the bag, it shouldn’t be long…

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It’s time that many of the downhill teams start announcing their rosters, and for 2017 there are quite a few changes. The same day it was announced that Loris Vergier and Luca Shaw are joining the Santa Cruz Syndicate, Specialized is announcing news of their gravity team for 2017 which includes 2015 World Champion Loic Bruni […]

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SE Bikes OM-Duro, the 27.5+ love child of a BMX cruiser & a mountain bike

It kinda looks like a regular BMX cruiser at first glance, ’til you realize those aren’t 24″ wheels, but in fact are scaled up to 27.5+. The OM-Duro is the latest in SE Bikes’ retro line-up, aiming to bring the fun of railing a BMX bike to the big mountain by way of big plush 3″ tires. Developed as a sort of celebration of 40 years of SE, it takes cues from their classic OM Flyer cruiser but throws in a set of disc brakes and a 1x drivetrain on top of fat tires to build out an affordable, fun enduro trail hardtail. Get a closer look at the bike, plus video of its designer tossing it into the air across the gap…

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It kinda looks like a regular BMX cruiser at first glance, ’til you realize those aren’t 24″ wheels, but in fact are scaled up to 27.5+. The OM-Duro is the latest in SE Bikes’ retro line-up, aiming to bring the fun of railing a BMX bike to the big mountain by way of big plush 3″ […]

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