EB16: SR Suntour forks gets boosted & upgraded, team bike shows prototype bits

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As usual, SR Suntour brought in a race bike from one of their sponsored riders, this time from the Absa Cape Epic. The bike has their nearly full carbon Axon Werx suspension fork up front and some prototype stuff going on out back. There’s also plenty of updates to the rest of their suspension line up that’s actually available, including Boost and Plus compatibility on a wide range of forks for tires 24″ up to 27.5″…

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As usual, SR Suntour brought in a race bike from one of their sponsored riders, this time from the Absa Cape Epic. The bike has their nearly full carbon Axon Werx suspension fork up front and some prototype stuff going on out back. There’s also plenty of updates to the rest of their suspension line […]

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EB16: THM introduces new super light Tibia stem & Fibula cam brakes

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THM is well known for producing some of the lightest carbon layups and most engineered carbon components that you are likely to find in any corner of the cycling industry. But what isn’t always so clear is how they come up with such new and innovative solutions for components that sometime they have been producing for more than a decade, and how they turn those new ideas into consumer products so quickly. Take a closer look at that <90g 120mm stem after the break, plus a new brake design that promises power and performance…

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THM is well known for producing some of the lightest carbon layups and most engineered carbon components that you are likely to find in any corner of the cycling industry. But what isn’t always so clear is how they come up with such new and innovative solutions for components that sometime they have been producing […]

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EB16: Canyon’s DH DisConnect prototype lets you ride chainless at the push of a button to win like Gwin

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OK, so Canyon’s not about to admit to that Aaron Gwin was a driver in their latest development since he races for their competition, but it isn’t a big stretch to think that Gwin’s World Cup win at Leogang last summer wasn’t a bit of inspiration for this project. Suspension designers, especially at the World Cup Downhill level, are continually balancing the way bikes move through their travel between anti-squat and pedal kickback depending on where their main pivot is located. Too much of one makes for a bike that either sinks riding through turns or on the other side loses suppleness in choppy sections of trail with your weight on the pedals. Canyon’s engineers figured out that they could get the best of both worlds by building in anti-suck, and then using a on-the-fly freehub disconnect that can remove all pedal feedback from the suspension at the push of a button. Check out how DisConnect could deliver a faster DH bike from one end of the run to the other…

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OK, so Canyon’s not about to admit to that Aaron Gwin was a driver in their latest development since he races for their competition, but it isn’t a big stretch to think that Gwin’s World Cup win at Leogang last summer wasn’t a bit of inspiration for this project. Suspension designers, especially at the World Cup Downhill […]

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EB16: Argon18 develops jet fighter tech to keep drag in check

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argon 18 FWD Alpha concept aero bike with integrated CDA drag detector

Argon 18 won Eurobike for the most technologically advanced prototype with their FWD Alpha aero bike. Not only did the frame integrate electronic shifting buttons, but it completely integrated the hydraulic disc brakes and the circuits and sensors to measure your drag. It’s an impressive project from their FWD (Fusion Works Division), their in-house advanced projects department…

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Argon 18 won Eurobike for the most technologically advanced prototype with their FWD Alpha aero bike. Not only did the frame integrate electronic shifting buttons, but it completely integrated the hydraulic disc brakes and the circuits and sensors to measure your drag. It’s an impressive project from their FWD (Fusion Works Division), their in-house advanced […]

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EB16: TRP brake checks Aaron Gwin, auto pumps the bleed & gets aero

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TRP only started working with Aaron Gwin in February, after agreeing to his terms. They say Gwin didn’t just want a sponsor throwing cash and product at him. He wanted someone that would take his input and actually tweak things throughout the season.

They started with the levers, putting other parts from their existing inventory. From there, they printed rapid prototypes to get the shapes for Gwin to feel. Then they took the ones he liked and produced one-off lost wax sand casting metal samples, then CNC samples until it was final. Then they’d forge the levers and prep for race day…

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TRP only started working with Aaron Gwin in February, after agreeing to his terms. They say Gwin didn’t just want a sponsor throwing cash and product at him. He wanted someone that would take his input and actually tweak things throughout the season. They started with the levers, putting other parts from their existing inventory. […]

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The Revive, a truly innovative dropper seatpost from BikeYoke

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With their background in designing suspension and valving internals for some of the big bike companies, the design engineers behind BikeYoke have come back with an actually unique and innovative solution to the dropper seatpost problem. It was a not so subtle hint that they had a dropper post in the works after releasing a couple of better designed remote levers this summer.

But they had been holding off on the big reveal of their dropper that uses a different hydraulic lockout design that eliminates most of the pitfalls of the currently standard Internal Floating Piston layout. Their design allows you to on-the-fly bleed off any air that gets where it shouldn’t be (the most often reason to need for a dropper rebuild), and allows for easy servicing of bushings and guide pins (anti-rotating) at home without opening the hydraulics. Take a closer look after the jump and we’ll try to explain why this is kind of a big deal…

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With their background in designing suspension and valving internals for some of the big bike companies, the design engineers behind BikeYoke have come back with an actually unique and innovative solution to the dropper seatpost problem. It was a not so subtle hint that they had a dropper post in the works after releasing a […]

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Eightpins teases all-new dropper seatpost design with Syntace, Liteville

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As dropper seatposts have evolved, one issue that’s been consistent is binding when a seatpost collar is over tightened. Many modern posts have tried to address this with more robust outer cylinders or tricky internals, but the fact remains, if you over tighten your collar, things may not work as well as they should. Eightpins, in an apparent collaboration with Syntace, will be introducing a completely different take on it at Eurobike. Judging by the fuzzed out photo of it, it could involve frame integration, or possible an expanding system that locks the post into place by wedging against the inside of the seat tube. We’ll be there to cover it, but take some guesses in the comments…



As dropper seatposts have evolved, one issue that’s been consistent is binding when a seatpost collar is over tightened. Many modern posts have tried to address this with more robust outer cylinders or tricky internals, but the fact remains, if you over tighten your collar, things may not work as well as they should. Eightpins, in […]

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Werking debuts new custom granfondo road Model S, and teases disc brake prototype

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At the end of last year we saw Werking Cycles’ first custom carbon road bike – the Model A – which was built as a light and stiff racer. Now they have come back with a new bike that was in final development then, but is now available. The new Model S uses more shaped tubing profiles than their previous bike to build in more rider comfort. While the new frame adds only about 10g over the racier bike, the Model S is targeted at longer Gran Fondo-style riding and mixes a stiff drivetrain with a bit of seatstay flex for those long days in the saddle. Plus with the addition of a new replaceable dropout setup, Werking is said to be able to offer both rim brake or disc brake specific frames…

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At the end of last year we saw Werking Cycles’ first custom carbon road bike – the Model A – which was built as a light and stiff racer. Now they have come back with a new bike that was in final development then, but is now available. The new Model S uses more shaped tubing […]

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Mason Cycles debuts new 650b adventure road Bokeh in aluminum and ti – Updated w/ exclusive pics

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Mason Cycles has unveiled an all new road bike in two flavors, and while Dom Mason is reluctant to call it a gravel bike the new Bokeh is certainly about taking on any road surface quickly. The first new model since Mason’s steel Resolution and alloy Definition disc brake road bikes on which he launched his brand, the new Bokeh aims to be ridden just as fast but when the going gets a bit rougher. The speed element is mostly why he wants to avoid a gravel moniker. Even though it gets the ability to go the Road+ direction with wide, high-volume 650b rubber, Mason calls it an AdventureSport bike as it is still designed to be fast-moving. Take a closer look at how it will be outfitted for your adventure after the break…

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Mason Cycles has unveiled an all new road bike in two flavors, and while Dom Mason is reluctant to call it a gravel bike the new Bokeh is certainly about taking on any road surface quickly. The first new model since Mason’s steel Resolution and alloy Definition disc brake road bikes on which he launched his […]

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