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Inside Line: Continental releases new Baron Projekt enduro tire

Continental showed this tire last year at Eurobike, but it seems it is finally ready for production. We’ve been a fan of Conti’s Black Chili rubber compound, but have been noticing the casing and tread widths of its tire line aren’t matching up as well as we’d like with modern wider internal rim widths. The new Baron Projekt should change that. This is the only image supplied by Conti:


The “Baron 2.4 Projekt” is an extremely grippy, agile and universal enduro race tire with high durability and puncture resistance. During the development period, Continental’s tire engineers optimized the tire tread as well as the size and the structure of the carcass. Its deep-tread, relatively exposed profile is the modification of the BlackChili compound, which has been adjusted to match the needs of enduro and freeride tracks, ensures reliable grip while not comprising the low rolling resistance, even on mud or lose ground. The 2.4″ carcass combines good rolling characteristics with inherent damping without gaining weight. An additional protection layer is incorporated around the entire carcass to reduce risks of punctures. The stable Apex inlay at the lower part of the carcass prevents it from collapsing in fast corners and helps protect the sides from slicing on sharp features in rocky or rooty sections.

I’m extremely interested in getting on a set of these as we enter the wet and slippy seasons. No prices or wheelsize info yet, we’ll update after we get in touch with Continental.



Inside Line: Lazer Revolution enduro helmet

With the capabilities of modern trail bikes increasing every year, it makes sense to up the level of protection for the rider. This new helmet from Lazer allows the rider to choose just how much coverage is wanted or needed.

This isn’t an entirely new concept (see Bell’s excellent Super 2R), but the Revolution adds a few more features.

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As shown in the picture above, the ear pads are removable, in addition to an optional bolt-on chinbar. The top of the helmet has what Lazer calls SMS: “The SMS (Safety Mounting System) for cameras and other accessories has been fully crash tested to assure that Revolution still passes all safety certifications when these items are attached and in use.” Lazer claims this is the only helmets to pass all the safety tests with accessories mounted.

The rest of the features are as expected: a visor that pushes up enough to park goggles below, a dial-adjust retention system and lots of vents. Lazer expects this helmet to pass ASTM-DH certification, which is not common for helmets with removable chinbars. Price is not announced yet, helmets should go on sale in early 2016.

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Inside Line: Magura introduces Vyron dropper post with wireless remote

While we’ve seen a few prototypes from other companies, Magura is first to market with a dropper post with a wireless remote. While the dropper itself uses a conventional hydraulic mechanism, it is controlled via a small servo motor at the head of the post. We haven’t seen it first hand so we’ll let Magura explain it:

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“The first of it’s kind, Vyron wireless dropper seatpost from Magura uses the proven eLECT, cable-free, remote with ANT+ wireless technology—the same remote already utilized on Magura suspension forks and shocks. The exclusive wireless remote operation adds significant functionality and user-friendliness. With a quick press of the button on the handlebar remote, the saddle height drops smoothly by up to 150 mm—another quick press returns it to its optimal position for pedaling.

Because the Vyron needs no cables—an exclusively unique feature—it is incredibly easy to install or even switch between bikes. The seatposts battery only needs recharging after approximately 400 actuations or typically around two months’ use. A motion sensor in the seatpost puts it into sleep mode to save battery power when the bike is not moving, and Magura’s engineers have ensured that even if the remotes battery or the main rechargeable pack in the seatpost are almost empty, there are still up to 20 emergency actuations. A full recharge from empty is around 3 hours via a micro-USB port.

The Vyron’s eLECT remote can be mounted to your preference on the left or right side of the handlebars, placing the operating buttons close to the grip for instinctive on-trail operation and maximum ergonomic efficiency. The Vyron’s remote can also be easily mated with Magura eLECT suspension fork and/or shock units. All three buttons can be used to remotely control each eLECT unit used. Vyron uses Magura Royal Blood hydraulic fluid for a particularly maintenance-free system—and if it ever becomes necessary, bleeding the Vyron’s hydraulic system is remarkably easy.

The Vyron will be available early 2016 in two popular diameters–30.9 mm and 31.6 mm. Recommended retail price will be $460.

Technical details

  • Adjustment via air spring, hydraulic clamping via Magura Royal Blood
  • Remote operation: ANT+ wireless radio transmission from the handlebar – via an eLECT Remote, either just for the dropper seatpost or as a combined remote for seatpost, forks and/or shock.
  • Power supply: Remote: CR-2032 button battery. Seatpost: NiMH rechargeable battery with micro-USB charge socket. Charge time approx. 3 hours. A full charge is sufficient for around 400 actuations of the dropper, or around two months.
  • Travel: 150 mm (stepless)
  • Length (overall): 446 mm
  • Installation height (top of seat tube to saddle rails): 57-207 mm
  • Saddle clamp: 2 bolt system
  • Seatpost offset: 0 mm
  • Weight: 595 g including remote
  • Diameters available: 30.9 and 31.6 mm
  • Color: Black with laser markings

Inside Line: Devinci Enters the Plus-Size Market with the Hendrix

I might be speaking prematurely here, but in a few years this new bike from Devinci might just be what most trail bikes look like.

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Boost spacing, 120 mm front travel, 110 mm rear travel, 27plus tires, single-ring drivetrain, aggressive geometry, and an affordable price put the new Hendrix in a good position for 2016. Like all Devinci suspension bikes, the Hendrix uses the Split-Pivot suspension design.


The Hendrix uses a chip to adjust between high and low geometry, both of which are quite slack for a 120 mm bike. While I can’t call 433 mm (17-inch) chainstays “ultra-short” as Devinci does in the press release, I also can’t call them long. How about “just right” chainstay length? Top-tube lengths are obviously designed around short stems, and the bottom bracket height seems ready to carve.


Not a bad spec for $3,000, although I would budget for a dropper post too, this bike could use one.

Bikes will be ready to go November 2015.

Frameset will set you back $1599.

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First Look: Transition Bikes’ redesigned 2015 lineup

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In the information age, it is rare to be surprised by a new product release. But this is one of those rare cases. Transition redesigned all of its trail bikes for 2015, with new model names as well: Smuggler, Scout and Patrol. For right now, all bikes are aluminum, with carbon frames in the works, and all three use Transition’s take on the Horst Link/chainstay pivot suspension design, the Giddy-Up link.

Get all the details here.

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