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Interbike 2011: New models from Moots

September 19, 2011 Josh Patterson 0

If you’ve picked up a copy of issue #159 then you were one of the first to get a sneak peak at Moots’ two new full suspension bikes. The Divide (above) is a 26-inch bike, while the Divide MX (below) is its big-wheeled brother. The Divide and Divide MX will be replacing the aging Zirkel and Cinco in the Moots full suspension line.

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Interbike 2011: Yeti SB-66 versus SB-95

September 16, 2011 Josh Patterson 0

Yeti unveiled the SB-66 earlier this summer, and now its big-wheeled brother is almost ready for prime time.The SB-95 we rode was a pre-production version. Small changes, like water bottle bosses on the underside of the down tube and routing for a dropper post were absent on this bike but will be included in the production version, which should be available in early 2012.

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Interbike Demo Ride: Marin Rift Zone 29er

September 14, 2011 Josh Patterson 0

Like many other companies, Marin dipped their toes in the 29er pool several years ago with the introduction of their 29er hardtails. This year Marin is introducing their first big-wheeled full suspension bike, the Rift Zone 29. The Rift Zone has 100mm of front and rear travel supplied by a Fox RL fork and RP23 shock. There will be two aluminum and two carbon models in the Rift Zone 29er line.

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Interbike 2011: Breezer introduces 29er steel hardtail

September 13, 2011 Josh Patterson 0

The new Breezer Lightning looks much like steel the Breezers of years gone by but with the incorporation of modern technologies.

The Lightening Team uses a BB92 bottom bracket. The wider bottom bracket shell allows the use of an offset, and quite large, non-driveside chainstay. This is necessary to provide tire and chainring clearance with the frame’s short, 439mm chainstays.

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Interbike 2011: Easton introduces two new wheelsets

September 13, 2011 Josh Patterson 0

EA70 XCT

Easton took the lightweight UST rims of their EA90XC wheelset and paired them with the more affordable hubs used on the EA70 wheels to create a performace-oriented wheelset at a price that is within the reach of most weekend warriors. They will be available in 26 and 29-inch versions, weights are 1,620 and 1,750 grams respectively. Price is $725 for the 26-inch wheelset and $750 for the 29-inch version.

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Interbike 2011: Diamondback adds big wheels to the Sortie line

September 13, 2011 Josh Patterson 0

Building on the success of the Sortie line Diamondback is introducing four 29-inch versions of the Sortie in 2012.

The new 29 models will be available at four price points from the $2,600 Deore-equipped Sortie 29 4 to the $6,500 XTR-spec’d Sortie 29 Black pictured here, with XT and SLX bikes in between.

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Interbike 2011: VP Components introduces adjustable angle headset

September 13, 2011 Josh Patterson 0

It was easy to miss if you we’re looking for it. VP Components is showing off an adjustable angle headset that can be adjusted on the trail with 4mm Allen key in about two minutes. Unlike Cane Creek’s Angleset, which uses gimbals to adjust the orientation of the steerer tube in the head tube, VP’s adjustable angle headset uses conical bearings to change a bike’s head angle by +/- 1.5 degrees.

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Interbike Demo Ride: Jamis Dragon 650b

September 13, 2011 Josh Patterson 0

The Dragon has been in the Jamis line for 15 years. Although it has undergone many updates the Reynolds 853 steel tubing has always been the frame material of choice. For 2012 the Dragon will be offered in a 650b, as well as the current 29-inch version.

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Interbike Demo Ride: Salsa Horsethief

September 13, 2011 Josh Patterson 0

Twenty niner trail bikes are proving to be the hot item at Interbike this year. Salsa’s Horsethief sports 120mm of front and rear travel—and the Fox 34 fork is internally adjustable to 140mm. On the surface the Horsethief looks like a Spearfish on steroids, but it actually has a very different personality.

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Interbike trends we’re watching, what do you want to see?

September 9, 2011 Josh Patterson 0

By Josh Patterson

I’ve always loved Interbike. I may not always be in the market for a new bike but I enjoy seeing the direction the industry is headed and how they are attempting to get there. This year, there are two trends I’m watching with selfish curiosity.

Disc Brakes for Cyclocross

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Review: Kali Avita helmet

July 29, 2011 Josh Patterson 0

By Josh Patterson

The Avita is Kali’s take on an XC/all-mountain helmet. Despite its burly appearance, the Avita is quite breezy—15 forward-facing vents and nine exhaust vents move air through the helmet. A removable, but not adjustable, visor keeps late afternoon glare to a minimum. The shell is constructed from four pieces of in-molded fiberglass.

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First look: 2012 Scott Spark

July 20, 2011 Josh Patterson 0

By Josh Patterson

The trails surrounding Sun Valley, Idaho are the stuff of legend. Hundreds of miles of singletrack wind up and down the mountainsides. The lung-searing climbs and scorching descents are the perfect terrain to get acquainted with the completely-redesigned 2012 Scott Spark.

Changes for 2012

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Tom Ritchey’s unique Scott Spark setup

July 13, 2011 Josh Patterson 0

By Josh Patterson

 

Today was my first day at the Scott Bicycles press camp, in Sun Valley, Idaho. Accompanying our merry band of journalists was none other than Mountain Bike Hall of Fame’er, frame builder, and founder/component designer of Ritchey Designs, Tom Ritchey.

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GT shows off new models for 2012

June 30, 2011 Josh Patterson 0

By Josh Patterson

The Zaskar 100

The Zaskar 100 is new for 2012 and replaces the Marathon in the GT lineup. GT designed this bike as a race-ready bike for the weekend warrior looking for a performance-oriented ride with that requires a minimum of maintenance.

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New shock, fork tuning options from Fox

June 27, 2011 Josh Patterson 0

By Josh Patterson

Fox is introducing two changes for 2012: one that makes their suspension forks even smoother, and one that makes their shocks more adjustable.

Up front, Fox forks will be using new low friction wiper seals manufactured by SKF.  Aftermarket seals are now available to for your fork.