Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • Ridley building the next generation of racers – Sure most bike companies are out supporting pro riders. But Ridley actually sponsors 10 youth development teams. Not only does their R&D division work with pros on cyclocross, road & track, but also with young talents. Take 19 year old Robbe Ghys, who’s been riding on Ridley for several years and showed how to be a badass (#BeTough in Ridley-speak) on the track by stepping up and racing with the elites at the six days of Gent. Another is U23 CX World Champ Eli Iserbyt, or 15 year old Luke Verburg who won the first 12 of 19 races on his X-night this season. Ridley-bikes.com

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Ridley building the next generation of racers – Sure most bike companies are out supporting pro riders. But Ridley actually sponsors 10 youth development teams. Not only does their R&D division work with pros on cyclocross, road & track, but also with young talents. Take 19 year old Robbe Ghys, who’s been riding on Ridley for several years […]

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One Ride Reviews: Extra long Pole Evolink 150 27.5 LD & 140 29 EN

Pole’s take on mountain bikes is a bit unique in the industry. While the recent trends of contemporary trail-ready geometry has pushed most bikes out with longer toptubes and slack head angles, Pole still stands apart with some of the longest wheelbases of any bike maker out there. All of their bikes look almost exactly the same, whether for XC or DH and everything in between, and they all share in the same philosophy that longer is better.

We’d covered the Finnish 110mm cross-country bike and 140mm trail bike back when they were introduced at the start of 2016, but later in the year, we took the opportunity to hit some gravity-fueled, lift-assisted trails in the Austrian Alps on some of the more enduro-focused bikes. Back before the snow fell on some familiar trails, we took the 29er Evolink 14o EN and 27.5″ Evolink 150 LD into the woods to give them a proper thrashing and see how those long wheelbases would react through the berms, technical trails, and rooted switchbacks…

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Pole’s take on mountain bikes is a bit unique in the industry. While the recent trends of contemporary trail-ready geometry has pushed most bikes out with longer toptubes and slack head angles, Pole still stands apart with some of the longest wheelbases of any bike maker out there. All of their bikes look almost exactly the […]

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Review: Endura MT500 enduro backpack

Recently we’ve seen a lot of new gear from Scottish company Endura in the way of clothing, whether it was to deal with wet riding on the road or trail, or on the backs of women’s and men’s road pros. But they’ve also done some good work as one of the early companies to work with the alt material Koroyd in protection gear. One of those new products was the MT500 trail backpack that we first glimpsed last winter. And when we had a chance to test one ourselves, we jumped to see how it would perform on our regular rides and catch us when we came crashing back down…

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Recently we’ve seen a lot of new gear from Scottish company Endura in the way of clothing, whether it was to deal with wet riding on the road or trail, or on the backs of women’s and men’s road pros. But they’ve also done some good work as one of the early companies to work with […]

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Gear Roundup: Custom body armor, workstands, cool locks, lights & best bicycle bell ever

The Rockingtor AirCobra is designed to be the first clear, floating shin guard, but that’s just the beginning of their tech story. The multi-part design lets your piece together the protection you need. Modular sleeves, need pads and cushioning join together, and all parts are highly perforated for awesome breathability. The shin guards are held above the skin, letting air flow between them and your skin. Check out closeups and a lot of other neat (and completely random) bike bits below…

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The Rockingtor AirCobra is designed to be the first clear, floating shin guard, but that’s just the beginning of their tech story. The multi-part design lets your piece together the protection you need. Modular sleeves, need pads and cushioning join together, and all parts are highly perforated for awesome breathability. The shin guards are held […]

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Swedish design & fabric tech to fill cycling’s fashion Void

Over the last several months from our European office we’ve started to see clothing from Swedish bike brand VOID popping up on our roads. With a fall that seemed to disappear quickly into the generally cold and wet weather that so far has characterized our winter here, it isn’t really that big of a surprise to see a Scandinavian company have an autumn/winter collection up to the task of keeping you on the bike year round. We’re midway through the season but wanted to take a closer look at what they claim to fill cycling’s fashion void with smart designs and functional tech…

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Over the last several months from our European office we’ve started to see clothing from Swedish bike brand VOID popping up on our roads. With a fall that seemed to disappear quickly into the generally cold and wet weather that so far has characterized our winter here, it isn’t really that big of a surprise to […]

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Review: SR Suntour Durolux R2C2 27.5″ enduro fork provides complete control

2016 SR Suntour Durolux R2C2 enduro mountain bike bike suspension fork review and actual weights

2016 SR Suntour Durolux R2C2 enduro mountain bike bike suspension fork review and actual weights

In 2015, I attended the SR Suntour Durolux R2C2 enduro suspension fork launch at Mountain Creek in New Jersey. It was a big announcement for them, introducing new technology on an all-new chassis for a new wheel size. And the proving grounds they chose were aggressive and gnarly, chewing through tires at an alarming pace.

The complete tech story was covered in great detail in our launch coverage, but here’s the short of it: The 2016 Durolux is for 27.5″ wheels only, uses bigger 36mm stanchions and a 20mm thru axle, and has completely new internals designed to not only perform like a downhill fork, but also give you complete external control over its damping characteristics. That’s because the R2C2 cartridge puts high and low speed controls for both compression and rebound in easy reach. They also gave it easy to adjust air volume clips that double as travel adjustment parts, just put them in a different spot. Throw in a custom, pre-installed fender and it should be the ultimate enduro weapon. Here’s how it fared after almost of year of proper testing…

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In 2015, I attended the SR Suntour Durolux R2C2 enduro suspension fork launch at Mountain Creek in New Jersey. It was a big announcement for them, introducing new technology on an all-new chassis for a new wheel size. And the proving grounds they chose were aggressive and gnarly, chewing through tires at an alarming pace. The […]

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One Ride Review: ELEVEN’s fat bike gets race car inspired, reverse enduro design…and it works

eleven bikes fat bike review and details

eleven bikes fat bike review and details

After meeting Eleven Bikes’ founder Thomas German at a ‘cross race a few weeks ago, we set a date for him to come visit Bikerumor HQ and go for a ride. It also gave us a chance to discuss the brand, his design background and philosophy, and spec decisions in far greater detail than our first post on the brand.

Thomas comes from motorsports, with several Indy and NASCAR championships under his belt as head engineer for some of the top teams. His role was (and still is on occasion) to set up the car’s suspension and other variables to optimize performance at a specific track and in specific conditions. In that environment, any weak link is a life threatening risk, which is why he spent a lot of extra time with the builder to have the frame constructed a certain way to pass their own aggressive testing. And since he was used to tuning ride characteristics using the soft points like suspension and tires while keeping the chassis as stiff and strong as possible, he carried that philosophy over, too. His bikes have straight tubes, with reinforcements at key joints, to make it very stiff. Compliance is adjustable with the fork and tires. It’s an interesting take, and the geometry makes it even more so…

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After meeting Eleven Bikes’ founder Thomas German at a ‘cross race a few weeks ago, we set a date for him to come visit Bikerumor HQ and go for a ride. It also gave us a chance to discuss the brand, his design background and philosophy, and spec decisions in far greater detail than our […]

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Week’s Best Posts! Everything rounded up, Rocky Mtn Suzi Q, new tires & more!

Can you believe new products were launched this week? Well, they were, with Vee showing off the new T-Fatty and lightweight Rail Tracker for “plus” mountain bikes, and Rocky Mountain introducing the Suzi Q 27.5″ carbon fat bike.

We also posted quite a few roundups, from custom painted shoes to mountain bikes to gear, tech, components and more. Click here to see ’em all. There were also several reviews, including Zach’s writeup of the Salsa Mukluk X1 fat bike.

On top of all that was plenty more small bits and industry news, including word from Motion France that their fork will still be developed even if their Kickstarter campaign didn’t reach it’s goal. Check out headlines and links to everything we posted this week below…

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Can you believe new products were launched this week? Well, they were, with Vee showing off the new T-Fatty and lightweight Rail Tracker for “plus” mountain bikes, and Rocky Mountain introducing the Suzi Q 27.5″ carbon fat bike. We also posted quite a few roundups, from custom painted shoes to mountain bikes to gear, tech, components and […]

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Component Roundup: Colored carbon, pedals made of rice, plus new tires, brakes & more!

newmen components colored carbon fiber bicycle handlebar seatpost and rims are limited edition for spring 2017

Newmen Components is a relatively new company, but brings years of experience to create premium, lightweight carbon fiber parts that pass all safety testing. The designs are their own, with some parts using texTreme fibers to reduce weight while improving strength and stiffness. What caught our eye were these limited edition colored carbon rims, seatposts and handlebars that’ll debut in Spring 2017…

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Newmen Components is a relatively new company, but brings years of experience to create premium, lightweight carbon fiber parts that pass all safety testing. The designs are their own, with some parts using texTreme fibers to reduce weight while improving strength and stiffness. What caught our eye were these limited edition colored carbon rims, seatposts and handlebars […]

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