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Exclusive: REEB partners with True Temper for new steel mountain bike tubeset


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Having been building for just three years, REEB has already built as many bikes in 2014 as they did in all of last year. As an natural progression of its American-made steel and titanium bikes, REEB Cycles has announced a new partnership with True Temper and Henry James to create a new, exclusive steel tubeset dubbed True Temper ABT that will be exclusive to REEB bikes.

The new steel is going straight into all REEB bikes, the first of which is the new REEB SFP 29er, a hardtail built for aggressive trail riding. The front triangle uses what REEB says is America’s first 31.6mm steel seat tube and 1.75-inch down tube. The seat tube is perfect for dropper seat posts and the big down tube creates the strength needed for longer fork options. Like all REEB bikes it will be able to run with gears or singlespeed, and in this case a Gates Carbon Belt Drive can be fitted.

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Inside Line: New Super 2R helmet from Bell with removable chin guard


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While the recent influx of extended coverage helmet designs has brought better protection—and looks—to market for trail riders, there still exists a huge gap between their open-face coverage and a big downhill full-face helmet. Especially now that enduro racing and all-mountain riders are pushing harder than ever before, riders are looking for a little extra security on the descents, but a lot more comfort on the climbs.

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Inside Line: Commencal unveils new Meta AM, splits Supreme into Park and Comp


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Now in its fourth generation, the Meta AM seeks to find that perfect balance between descending ability and climbing composure. The new generation is a radical departure from the suspension layout of the previous designs, with the shock tucked in extra-low under the seat tube. Now it occupies a much more traditional spot under the top tube where it can be more easily adjusted, serviced, and can fit modern piggyback shocks. It also means you can flip the compression adjustment lever on most shocks without having to resort to an additional remote on the handlebar.

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In all it packs 150mm of suspension travel and is designed around 150mm-160mm forks. Commencal believes in making the most reliable product possible, and uses only aluminum in the frame construction and is built entirely in France.

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Inside Line: First look at the new Devinci Spartan Carbon


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Late last summer there were signs that big(ger) things were coming from Devinci Cycles. Suspension designer Dave Weagle was working closely with World Cup downhill racer Steve Smith to develop a special bike for the (relatively) tame World Championship track in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

It featured not just a move toward lower, slacker geometry, but also had to accommodate a larger 27.5 rear wheel. While the Atlas, Troy and outgoing Dixon models used a vertical shock orientation in junction with the Split Pivot suspension, the new bike had to be redesigned with a horizontal shock to work with the bigger wheel and 165mm of travel.

That bike eventually became the Spartan, released earlier this year in aluminum. A few weeks ago at Crankworx we got to see the new carbon version in the fiber and resin flesh.

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Shop tour: Ruckus Composites carbor fiber repair


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Apart from wheel sizes and the number of gears involved, the biggest trend in the mountain bike industry in the last decade has been carbon fiber. You can get carbon anything these days: frames, rims, handlebars, brake levers, stems, seatposts, cranksets, chains… ok, maybe not chains, but the Gates Carbon Belt Drive is pretty close.

And while it makes for an excellent structural material, like anything you throw down a mountain as fast as you can, things can break. When you drop three months salary on a new mountain bike (what else would you spend that kind of money on?) it can be a bitter pill to swallow when you realize even the strongest carbon fiber has its limits. That’s where Ruckus Composites comes in.

With more than a decade of carbon fiber repair experience, Shawn Small and his team have made repairing or reviving carbon frames an art form, with exacting OE-style refinishes and modifications to carbon frames.

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