My favorite World Cup venue is once again filling up with fans and racers as the third round is underway this weekend in Ft. William, Scotland. Can Gee Atherton repeat his win from 2013? Can Peaty grab a win on home soil? Will there be any 26-inch bikes still around? So far we know Lapierre, Devinci and Specialized will be debuting new machines this weekend.
Check out what the racers will face with a run from the always-entertaining Claudio Caluori.Tweet
SQ Labs is a sister brand of German engineering wunderbrands Liteville and Syntance, focusing mainly on fit points: grips and saddles. The 711 grip looks like the Incredible Hulk wrapped his mighty paw around a round grip and gave it a squeeze. It’s perfectly shaped to fit your hand as you hold it.Tweet
A few months back we brought you details of the Megatrail, the second bike from the upstart Guerrilla Gravity based out of Colorado. The American-made frame is adjustable from “trail mode” to “gravity mode” with a swap of the shock mount, and the geometry drops and slackens out for near-downhill bike levels of performance.
Framesets start at $1,925 with complete bikes starting at $3,495. Keep an eye out as we hope to have one in for testing soon.Tweet
The folks out at Northstar Bike Park in California are itching to get another season of riders out on the trails. Weather permitting, they will open for business Friday, June 6.Tweet
To the casual spectator, it may seem that World Cup level XC racing is more about lung capacity than technical innovation. After all, aside from being light weight, the bikes don’t need to do anything complex, right?
Not exactly. And that’s where the new Cannondale F-Si comes in. Yes, it’s one of the lightest, stiffest hardtails on the market, but it also introduces a host of new features and technologies that—in the Cannondale tradition—set it far apart from the competitors.Tweet
LOOK knows a thing or three about clipless pedals: the French brand was the first to make a widely adopted clipless road pedal in the mid-1980s. For 2013, it has redesigned its mountain bike offering with versatility and durability in mind.Tweet
Single chainring drivetrains have taken the mountain bike world by storm over the past few years. For many riders in many types of terrain, it just works. There are fewer gizmos on the handlebar, fewer moving pieces to maintain, and thanks to new products like Wolf Tooth Components‘, nearly all of the range of gearing—nearly that of a double chainring setup. They also work wonderfully to clear the rear tire on fat bikes and are necessary on some new suspension bikes that don’t even bother with a front derailleur mount.
I’ve been running my hardtail as a 1×10 for a few months now and have been quite happy with it, but there were certainly times I could have used an extra cog at the low end, and really never felt like I was spinning out on the top end. I wanted to gear down but normally a typical 32 chainring and 36 cog is as low as you can go. Now, Wolf Tooth is one of a handful of brands now producing 40 and 42 tooth adaptor cogs and SRAM-compatible direct mount chainrings with the narrow/wide pattern. They were kind enough to send over a set and I installed them this week.Tweet
A year or so ago I got my hands on one of Bionicon’s smart and simple chainguides, which works something like a chain tensioner to keep rattling at bay and create a larger chain wrap around a chainring. Now the German brand has simplified the design making it lighter, cheaper and easier to install. What’s not to like?Tweet
You don’t see bikes like this for sale often. Dreamed and designed by endurance cycling legend Mike Curiak and built by Brad Bingham at Moots, this titanium fat bike – dubbed Snoots – was created to carry Curiak unsupported to the South Pole. Now it could be yours.Tweet
I’ll admit, when I first saw the magazine ad for the Specialized Enduro 29 featuring Matt Hunter getting completely horizontal, I too wondered if there was some trickery involved. “No way he rode that out,” I thought. Well I sure was wrong. Check out Hunter’s mastery on the trail and photographer Sterling Lorence’s mastery behind the lens:Tweet
A sample of the scene from SSCXWC13 in Philadelphia.
The 2014 Raleigh Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships will be held at Eva Bandman Park in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday, October 25, 2014.
This year’s event will continue the great tradition of prior Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships, with a full weekend of qualifiers, racing and celebration – all carefully choreographed for an outstanding participant experience and only 45 minutes of pain.Tweet
It was something we all somehow knew was coming, but no one quite believed: a full-suspension fat bike. Now it’s a reality.Tweet
Plenty of brands bring their new production items to show off at Sea Otter, but Brent Foes of Foes Racing decided he wanted his latest experiment to see the light of day. This prototype downhill frame has yet to be ridden, let alone proven, but its interesting suspension design is worth checking out.Tweet
The Durango Bike Company might be a fairly new venture, but the brains behind the brand are long-time industry veterans who know a thing or two about building bikes. We stopped by the booth at Sea Otter to see what has been cooking down in Southwest Colorado.Tweet
The One is the next evolution of handcrafted carbon frames from Open, incorporating new shapes, layups and in-house production (in Germany) to create a remarkably light mountain bike frame weighing in a less than 850 grams. If you’re metric adverse, that’s well under two pounds.Tweet
Replacing both the Mission 26 and the Scapegoat, the new Mission 27.5 is aimed right at the heart of the enduro/all-mountain market with 160mm of travel front and rear and a next-generation Knucklebox suspension.Tweet
Since the first Mag brake design brought hydraulic braking to the masses in 1997, Hayes has been continuously improving its products to perform better and be more user friendly. The new Radar brakes build on more than 25 years of experience with better performance, easier maintenance and improved reliability.Tweet
Rocky Mountain joins the ranks of the fat bike crowd with its own trademark style.Tweet
It’s two big announcements in one: First up, Borealis, the Colorado-based company that blew everyone away with a 21-pound fat bike last year, is set to release its new model, the Echo this weekend at Sea Otter. And as Steve Jobs would say, “there’s one more thing”—it will be available with the brand new RockShox Bluto fat bike suspension fork.Tweet
The new line consists of four models, each targeted at a specific type of rider’s needs.Tweet