Kore Magnesium Flat Pedals
| Kore's magnesium flat pedals weigh only 266 grams a pair, with 40, removable six-millimeter pins, a chromoly axle and sealed ball bearings. The mid-width flat is concave, and you can get a pair in natural magnesium, or black. If you ride XC with flats, Kore's Mg option should be the trick.|Kore
Casco Speed Airo Helmet
| In the interest of safety, and to prevent an unfair advantage, many Olympic sports, such as ski racing, require a spec helmet that all competitors must use. We saw the Casco Speed Airo helmet, with its full-vision flip-up visor and extra protection around the back of the skull, and immediately realized that this was the future of Olympic Enduro racing. Pinkbike sent a memo to the UCI and to the International Olympic Committee to get the ball rolling.|Casco
Syntace and Liteville
| Syntace W40 MXS wheels are based upon a 40-millimeter OD rim. The rim allows riders to choose one size smaller tire and achieve the same air volume, at a lower overall weight. The big benefit, however, is the boost in lateral support that the wheels give to the tire. Cornering stability is remarkably better.|
Syntace pioneered the lightweight, ultra-wide rim movement that broke through the surface at Eurobike. SRAM, DT Swiss, American Classic, and Alex had cross-country/trail rims in excess of 30 millimeters wide on display. Syntace's widest rim is 40 millimeters at the OD and measures 33.5 millimeters between the flanges. The science is that aluminum is lighter than rubber, so the wider rim adds volume to the tire at a lower weight penalty, and also better supports the tire laterally, which boost cornering performance. The W40 MXS wheelset weighs only 1840 grams and is rated for all-mountain use. Syntace makes a range of widths from 40 millimeters to 28 millimeters, with our favorite being the 35-millimeter-wide W35 MXS that weighs under 1700 grams in the 26 inch diameter. All wheel diameters and axle options are supported, and MXS wheels are tubeless ready.
| Liteville is also part of Syntace, and this year, the 190-millimeter-travel 601 was boosted with 27.5-inch wheels. Reportedly, the big-mountain trailbike weighs around 28 pounds. Syntace offers the 601 in semi-custom form with 26 or 650B wheel diameters.|
| The creative force behind Syntace's component range and now, Liteville, is Jo Klieber. Jo was on hand to explain in simple terms, how all three wheel diameters could be used more effectively to produce a lightweight bicycle that rides with equal efficiency for riders of tall and short stature. Jo used the pizza cutter to depict how the front and rear wheels of a bike roll over the same bump quite differently. |Syntace
Giant Reign XPinkbike
covered Giant's leap into the realm of 27.5-inch wheels
last month, and the announcement that it will only be offering 26 inch wheels in its Glory and Reign X models evoked some ire from PB members. That said, when we came across the 26-inch wheel 2014 Reign X and its component pick and burly geometry stood out. Up front, the Reign X has a 170-millimeter-stroke RockShox Domain fork - replete with a 20-millimeter axle. The matching, 170-millimeter rear end is damped with a RockShox coil-over shock. Wheels are Giant's wide, house-brand P-AM hoops, rolling on huge Schwalbe Hans Dampf rubber. The handlebars are wide, the stem is short. The bike's name doesn't do the bike justice. Giant should rename it the Reign FTW.
| One of the two remaining elite-level mountain bikes in Giant's stable with 26 inch wheels, the Reign X is nearly a downhill bike - but a lot more playful.|
| The Reign X's Domain fork is well established favorite among park riders. No questioning the purpose of a bike with 170-millimeter-travel Maestro rear suspension, an MRP G2 chain guide and a straight-block cassette. |
| Formula's latest R1 Racing disc brake system features an innovative pull-type master cylinder that reportedly reduces friction in the system under hard braking efforts. The forged, one-piece caliper houses redesigned pistons with seals that retract farther to further eliminate dragging - and aluminum-backed metallic brake pads which are domed to curb noise. The reservoir has been moved from inside the radial master cylinder to the back of the perch to provide better access.|
Formula Brakes revealed two new models, the R1 Racing and the more-affordable C1, which is targeted at the OEM market. The new R1 Racing brake features a low-friction pull-type master cylinder and its reservoir has been moved to the back of the lever body. Gone is the carbon fiber lever option - replaced by a lighter weight forged aluminum blade, and the lever's geometry is improved to deliver a very linear feel. The C1 is built with a conventional in-line master cylinder configuration, and to keep the critical moving parts at precise tolerances, the master cylinder is a cartridge unit that slips into the cast-aluminum body. Both the new R1 Racing brake and the C1 can be flip-flopped for moto-style riders. Weight for the R1 Racing brake is stated at 260 grams with hardware and the price is $389 per side. Weight for the C1 is stated at 337 grams and the price is $149 per side. As with all Formula brakes, rotors are priced separately.
| Formula's C1 brake has a cartridge-type master cylinder that enables the critical moving parts to be manufactured at higher tolerances for enhanced reliability. The conventional lever body is cast and it is designed to be flip flopped without altering accessibility to its bleed ports for easy maintenance.|
Formula Thirtyfive Fork
The Italian brake maker also showed us a sweet looking XC/trail fork called the 'Thirtyfive,' that features 35-millimeter stanchion tubes and independent rebound, compression and lockout functions. Formula designed an adjustable blow-off valve for the lockout system as a protection for the internal valving and also as a tuning option for those who use lockout extensively. The damping unit is a cartridge system and the air spring is enhanced with a two-stage negative spring to boost its low-speed and small-bump compliance. Travel is 160-millimeters in the 27.50-inch-wheel version, and 140-millimeters in the 29er version. Reduced travel version are available. Weight for the 27.5 fork is stated at 1650 grams, with the 29er version at 1700 grams. North American prices are being determined.
| Formula's Thirtyfive fork has adjustable travel from 100 to 160 millimeters in the 27.5 ich wheel size, and machined aluminum controls on the left crown adjust compression. lockout and lockout blow-off threshold. Rebound damping is tuned below the left slider. The air-spung system uses coil type negative springs. Formula's 15-millimeter axle has a pull-out lever that tightens the axle with an Allen key.|
| Kraftstoff's fat-bike hardtail looks like any other bike from a distance - but up close, it becomes readily apparent that the Edelbock is a man's machine. |
Kraftstoff's fat-bike hardtail looks like any other bike from a distance - but up close, it becomes readily apparent that the Edelbock is a man's machine. For starters, the seat tube extends over 200 millimeters above the top tube junction before the seat post begins. The Head tube is over 300 millimeters tall and it simply dwarfs the 100-millimeter stem that caps it. Who knows where they got the fork to go with it, but it appears to have a 160 millimeter stroke. Kraftstoff may have had Pinkbike's founder in mind when they made the Edelbock. Radek, who is six-foot, six-inches and an in-shape 300 pounds, would fit it perfectly.
| A close-up look at the one-off Kraftstoff Edelbock reveals its monster proportions. Kraftstoff made this bike custom, but it offers a range of fat bikes as well as conventional hardtails and dual-suspension models.|
| Novatec has been upping the ante for value-priced high-performance wheels and the carbon fiber Factor wheelset breaks into the elite realm, with a stated weight of 1550grams a pair in 26-inch, with a full, 23-millimeter ID/28.5-millimeter OD rim profile. The Factor wheel looks beautiful, with stainless steel, ovalized spokes and its hubs are toolless-compatible with quick-release or through-axles (15QR front and 142/12-millimeter rear). Rim width for 29 and 27.5 sizes are 21 millimeters ID. The rims have a special inner profile that seats the beads of tubeless-ready tires. Rim strips are required to seal the spoke holes. Novatec's rear hub has six pawls to provide three degree engagement points at the freehub. Bearings are stainless steel from Japan and Novatec offers the SRAM XD drive for eleven-speed cassettes. Weights for 29-inch wheels are pegged at 1625 grams, with 27.5 coming in at 1600 grams. Novatec says the MSRP will be below $2000 USD. Wheels will be shipping early 2014.|Novatec
makes more elite-level bicycle chain than any manufacturer in the world - often for other high-profile brands. KMC had a wide variety of chains, from industrial-strength half-link BMX types, to feather-light eleven-speed chains for Campagnolo road drivetrains. Thank KMC for spearheading the removable master link for derailleur chains. Perfecting the two-piece snap-together link to work in such a compact space was no small feat - and it was a small revolution.
| KMC worked out a painting process that almost turns its high-end chains into jewelry. This eleven-speed ultralight series chain was aptly displayed. There was also a turquoise blue chain behind glass. |KMC Chain
Shimano's Hands-on DisplayAll eyes
and ears were on Shimano for any news of its 2014 11-speed one-by XTR group, but in spite of the fact that Big Blue was hard at work at Eurobike, staging meetings with large OEMs and prominent dealers, nobody spilled the beans. We expect Shimano to announce the news before October, but the writing is on the wall. Mid and large-size bike brands are beginning to produce bikes without any provision for a front changer - something they would not do if they were not informed that BOTH leading component makers were committed to one-by drivetrains.
| Ever wonder how Shimano gets those cooling fins on its ICE brake rotors? The fin is actually a skirt formed by the aluminum sandwich that is 'welded' between the rotor's stainless steel braking tracks.|
| Shimano had a number of cutaway items on display, including a transparent Trail Brake caliper, a look at the bottom bracket to crank attachment and a transparent internally geared hub.|Shimano
Commencal DH Bikes for Youth
| Commencal's Ramones push-bike was the smallest of its youth DH series - a range of gravity-oriented park bikes that included every wheel size from 12 to 26 inches. |Commencal
made the switch to 27.5 inch wheels this season, but it didn't stop there. The Andorra based bike maker debuted a range of youth DH machines that began with a 12-inch wheel push-bike for toddlers (complete with a mechanical disc brake)
and continued upwards with 20, 24 and 26-inch-wheel mini DH bikes - each more sophisticated than the previous model. Cheers to Commencal for focusing its attention on the next generation of riders who will be fighting for podium spots on the World Cup DH circuit. This is how to invest in cycling's future. Commencal officially opened its online store
give customers an opportunity to buy Commencal bikes and accessories where dealers do not stock their products.Commencal
Mavic Wheels and Gear
| Mavic's new Crossroc wheel system includes Mavic's Roam tires, tubes, axle conversion parts, and a tubeless conversion kit for $500 USD.|
Mavic partnered with French tire maker Hutchinson to produce the first mountain bike specific tire and wheel system. The Crossmax Enduro wheels, with Mavic-designed matching Roam rear and Charge front tires, captured the 2013 Enduro World Series overall title under Cannondale's Jerome Clementz. For 2014, Mavic will offer a lower priced wheelset called the Crossroc, matched with Roam tires for both the front and rear of the bike. Crossroc tires and wheels will come in all three wheel diameters, 26, 650B and 29. Rim widths vary, with the 26-inch Roam at 23-millimeters, while the 650B and 29er rims measure 22 millimeters between the beads. Wheels are built up with 24 stainless steel ovalized spokes and aluminum nipples, laced cross-two, and while the rims are tubeless ready with a UST bead profile, they require a plastic rim strip that is included with purchase to seal the exposed spoke holes. The rear wheel offers quick release or 142/12-millimeter options, while the front wheels are convertible to quick release or QR15 through-axles. Published weights are 1755 grams for 26-inch, 1825 grams for 27.5-inch and 1930 grams for 29-inch wheels. Price for all Crossroc options is an affordable, $500 USD - and the wheels come with Mavic Roam tires and tubes.
| Gravity oriented and trail worthy, Mavic's Stratos H2O rain short is long enough to get over knee pads, and its breathable two-way stretch fabric is comfortable enough for all-day trail riding.|
Mavic expands its clothing range to include a sharp looking baggy short called the Stratos H2O, with a lengthened inseam to get over knee or shin pads. The water resistant fabric is two-way stretch and very breathable and construction is reportedly tough enough to handle gravity riding. That said, the Stratoe short feels lightweight and comfortable against the skin, underscoring its intended use as a do it all garment for enduro-style trail riding s well as go-to gravity gear for warm and cold weather riding. Construction is pro-level throughout, with taped seams inside to eliminate chaffing and welded pocket reinforcements. The legs have elastic, hook-and-loop cinches and the adjustable elastic waistband is fixed with a pair of strong snaps. Pockets are minimally sized and all the external seams are flush or welded. Price is $199 USD and sizes are small, medium, large X-large and XX-large. Mavic
| Corratec had a test mule on display that bristled with accelerometers and linear-travel measuring devices. The crank was outfitted with a SRM power meter, so that researchers could compare a rider's watt-output against suspension data. |
Corratec, one of Europe's leading brands, showed a carbon test mule that was outfitted with a dizzying array of measuring equipment. I lost count of accelerometers, and noticed that the bike's front and rear suspension had telescoping, linear-measuring devices - all hooked up to a transmitter, presumably linked to a satellite, that downloaded real-time data to Corratec's research and development engineers. If you wanted to know how the big boys measure the effects of suspension and braking while a bike is bouncing over a trail - this is it.
| The results of Corratec's space age experiment was this beautiful looking, carbon fiber, short-travel, cross-country trailbike with 650B wheels - that, um, looked very similar to everyone else's carbon fiber, short-travel, cross-country trailbike with 650B wheels. Nothing revolutionary to see here.|
Sugoi RSX NeoShell Rain Jacket
| Sugoi Marketing Director Jaime Williams takes Pinkbike through the features of its 'North Shore certified' RSX NeoShell rain jacket.| When the chamber below the two fabrics is pressurized slightly, the leading brand shows no
evidence of air passing through. Polortech's NeoShell fabric on the right bubbles the air,
while the fabric is dry to the touch on the opposite side.
RSX NeoShell rain jacket was developed specifically for use in the sopping wet forests of the Pacific Northwest near Sugoi's headquarters, and it introduces Polartec's most breathable NeoShell fabric. NeoShell fabric is a laminate like Gore-Tex, but unlike its competitor's breathable waterproof fabric, NeoShell has a two-way stretch function and it passes significantly more air
through its internal membrane. The result is a truly waterproof jacket that stretches and conforms to the body like the 'water resistant' soft-shell jackets that most riders would rather wear.
The RSX Neoshell is designed to be a lifetime investment, with taped seams on the inside, welded seams on the outside and with waterproof zippers throughout. The side pockets are curved so their contents settle securely towards the back of the garment where they will not pendulum with every pedal stroke. Rubberized ports in the inside of the pockets allow access to personal electronics. Construction is as good as it gets and reportedly, user feedback unanimously supports Sugoi's claim that this is the most breathable all-day waterproof rain jacket that a hard core rider can buy. Sugoi offers the RSX jacket in black and sized in small, medium, large and X-large for $300 USD.
| (From left) Sugoi used a small, but effective stretch-cord adjustment at the waist. Waterproof zippers and welded seams are used to keep the rain out. All inside seams are taped and rubber ports are installed for personal electronics.|
What is behind the Screen?
| I was hoping to show you Lapierre's 140-millimeter-travel e-powered mountain bike, but, just as I snapped the shot, the entire bike was obscured by a rude man named Hugh Jass. The fleshy beast floated like a storm cloud in front of my lens for what seemed like eternity.|
Lapierre Overvolt FS
| Lapierre's entrance into the burgeoning e-bike marketplace was this sharp looking Overvolt FS. Lapierre must have intended the bike to be ridden off road at the highest level, because it outfits the Overvolt with 140 millimeters of suspension travel on both ends, and chose the powerful Bosch motor assist, backed up by a Shimano XT drivetrain. The single-pivot suspension and capable chassis design was one of the better spec'ed e-bikes at the show.|
| Hutchinson put on a presentation at Eurobike, where we met Simon Andre, a young tire designer who has been working with Hutchinson sponsored athletes to develop the French manufacturer's next gen racing tires. We spoke about wide-rim/high-volume tire development and Simon was all-over the concept - and indicated that Hutchinson was well into the research and development phase of the emerging trend. He was on hand to introduce Hutchinson's fast-rolling Taipan tire, which is intended to bridge the gap between aggressive XC and all-mountain.|
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