Found: Finely crafted components from Gilles Berthoud, Supacaz, Carbocage & Mozartt

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Gilles Berthoud is a French saddle manufacturer that takes raw, hand selected rump leather and turns it into these beautiful saddles and other leather parts and accessories. They dye the leather in house, giving them complete control over the finished good, and make their rails and some other parts in house, too. Another difference between these and other leather saddles is the use of a composite subframe, which helps with shock absorption without adding the bulk and weight of springs. The attention to fit, finish and detail is impressive…

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Gilles Berthoud is a French saddle manufacturer that takes raw, hand selected rump leather and turns it into these beautiful saddles and other leather parts and accessories. They dye the leather in house, giving them complete control over the finished good, and make their rails and some other parts in house, too. Another difference between […]

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Found: Wild hub designs, carbon spokes & more from Hubsmith, King Kong and Bartime

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Never heard of Bartime, King Kong or Hubsmith? These are the gems we sometimes find roaming the halls of Eurobike. All three are Asian brands, and all three had something interesting to show.

Above, Bartime’s oversized driveside flanges came in two flavors, both using starfish like protrusions to improve the bracing angle and even out spoke tension in the wheel builds. The freewheel body has an aluminum option with steel strips on most cassette splines. Inside, it had more teeth than a giant shark, and connecting it to the hub were carbon fiber bladed spokes…

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Never heard of Bartime, King Kong or Hubsmith? These are the gems we sometimes find roaming the halls of Eurobike. All three are Asian brands, and all three had something interesting to show. Above, Bartime’s oversized driveside flanges came in two flavors, both using starfish like protrusions to improve the bracing angle and even out […]

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One Ride Review: 2017 Rocky Mountain Element XC-ish full suspension mountain bike

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2017 Rocky Mountain Element full suspension XC-trail mountain bike review

A few years ago, I had the Rocky Mountain Element in for long term review and applauded its go-fast manners and ability to handle Pisgah’s rough descents at high speeds. For 2017, the Canadian brand embraced their North Shore roots with updated geometry and linkage and increased travel to make it a little more capable. This latest model now borders on “trail bike” status, gaining 5mm of rear wheel travel and their Ride 9 chip system that allows you to adjust both geometry and suspension performance. So, is this new bike out of its XC element?

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A few years ago, I had the Rocky Mountain Element in for long term review and applauded its go-fast manners and ability to handle Pisgah’s rough descents at high speeds. For 2017, the Canadian brand embraced their North Shore roots with updated geometry and linkage and increased travel to make it a little more capable. This latest model now […]

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Round up: More cool weather kit from Qloom, Kitsbow & Snek

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For many of us at Bikerumor and many of our readers, cold weather for riding is looming overhead right now. For our EU team, we’ve spent the last week or so commuting to the office in sub-freezing temps and racing cross on cold wet courses, so we’re definitely interested when we see new cool weather riding kit pop in our inbox. Whether it is snow biking gear from Qloom, technical flannels from Kitsbow, or cozy caps from Snēk there is plenty out there to make riding through fall and winter comfortable…

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For many of us at Bikerumor and many of our readers, cold weather for riding is looming overhead right now. For our EU team, we’ve spent the last week or so commuting to the office in sub-freezing temps and racing cross on cold wet courses, so we’re definitely interested when we see new cool weather riding kit […]

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Video: Inner city shredding goes big with Downhill Taxco 2016 racing

Chris Van Dine, Antoine Bizet and Wil White lead the way through the urban downhill course in Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico. Yes, we would very much like to do this, and apparently lots of others do, too. 40,000 folks showed up to support the event, the final stop in the 2016 City Downhill World Tour series held this past weekend. Johannes Fischbach took the win, but you can check out Filip Polc’s second place run in first person POV below…

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Chris Van Dine, Antoine Bizet and Wil White lead the way through the urban downhill course in Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico. Yes, we would very much like to do this, and apparently lots of others do, too. 40,000 folks showed up to support the event, the final stop in the 2016 City Downhill World Tour series […]

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Advocate Cycles speaks for the trails with limited edition Hayduke frame

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The Advocate Cycles Hayduke is already one of our favorite “plus” tire hardtails, and now there’s even more reason to love it. They’re offering a limited edition, custom painted frame to benefit IMBA. The offer is timed perfectly with the IMBA Summit in Bentonville, Arkansas, this week. You can nab one of the thirty frames available and get a free one year IMBA membership along with it. Full details below…

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The Advocate Cycles Hayduke is already one of our favorite “plus” tire hardtails, and now there’s even more reason to love it. They’re offering a limited edition, custom painted frame to benefit IMBA. The offer is timed perfectly with the IMBA Summit in Bentonville, Arkansas, this week. You can nab one of the thirty frames […]

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Review: Mountain biking in Pactimo’s all new Apex MTB Apparel

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Photo c. Caleb Smith/Kona from the launch of the Hei Hei Trail in Squamish, BC. 

At this point, there is certainly no shortage of options when it comes to riding apparel. It seems like every day another company pops up with a Kickstarter or new line of threads. With that said though, I still get excited when presented with the opportunity to try something new – especially when that something comes from an established clothing manufacturer that happens to be one of my favorites.

When Pactimo’s Josh Cook mentioned that they were going to be launching a full line of mountain bike apparel, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. At the time, the company was known for their experience with lycra for the road crowd – not performance MTB apparel. But after getting a first look at Sea Otter, it was clear that Pactimo was onto something, and I couldn’t wait to try it out…

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At this point, there is certainly no shortage of options when it comes to riding apparel. It seems like every day another company pops up with a Kickstarter or new line of threads. With that said though, I still get excited when presented with the opportunity to try something new – especially when that something […]

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Giant pumps up the volume with carbon XTC Advanced 27.5+ and dedicated XTC+ Single Speed

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First unveiled to the world earlier this summer, Giant is now rolling out the big tires to shops around the county. The Plus size explosion continues to spread, with all of the big three now offering mid fat bikes of their own. In Giant’s own style, and thanks to the influence of pro riders like Carl Decker and Adam Craig, the line not only includes race inspired carbon in the form of the XTC Advanced 27.5+, but a complete single speed build.

If chunky tires and one gear is your speed, the XTC+ SS might be the answer, though there’s a lot to choose from in their 2017 line up…

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First unveiled to the world earlier this summer, Giant is now rolling out the big tires to shops around the county. The Plus size explosion continues to spread, with all of the big three now offering mid fat bikes of their own. In Giant’s own style, and thanks to the influence of pro riders like […]

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Hit it hard(tail) with Commencal Meta HT AM trail bike

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Enduro hardtail, sure why not?! The new Meta HT AM is the latest all-mountain trail bike to forgo rear suspension for a bike capable of getting hucked off of pretty much anything, and at a lighter weight and lower price. You just have to be hardcore enough to be able to hold on and ride it out. As an entry into aggressive & technical trail riding, it’s hard to argue with using a long-travel hardtail to really refine your bike handling skills. Most of the world’s best mountain bike riders started like that, as did us mere mortals. If you need some inspiration hop past the break with us and watch multi-time junior World Cup DH winner Gaetan Vigé show us how its done, plus get the details on the new bike in three affordable builds…

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Enduro hardtail, sure why not?! The new Meta HT AM is the latest all-mountain trail bike to forgo rear suspension for a bike capable of getting hucked off of pretty much anything, and at a lighter weight and lower price. You just have to be hardcore enough to be able to hold on and ride it […]

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