Rocky Mountain, Ryders Eyewear, X-Fusion, and KORE - Interbike 2013

Sep 19, 2013 at 2:52
Sep 19, 2013
by Mike Levy  
 
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Rocky Mountain's new Thunderbolt might be just the ticket for a rider who puts in the cross-country miles but has an eye out for fun hits on the side of the trail as well. The 650B-wheeled platform features 120mm of travel via Rocky's SMOOTHLINK suspension design that places the rear chain stay pivot above the rear axle, a layout they claim remains neutral to chain forces while also allowing them to build-in enough progression to keep the bike from bottoming harshly, always a good thing on a short travel bike that is likely to be rallied hard. The Thunderbolt 750, pictured above, features a FOX FLOAT 32 CTD fork with 120mm of travel, a custom tuned FOX FLOAT CTD shock, and cranks, bar, stem and seatpost from fellow Canadian brand Race Face. The $3,299.99 USD bike looks nearly ready to shred right off the showroom floor, with a dropper post the only thing that we'd add before hitting the trails.


The Thunderbolt lineup includes three other models, with the top-end 770 going for $3,999.99 USD and coming in a sweet looking matte black finish with green Race Face cranks and handlebar. Sitting one step below the 750 pictured above, the 730 goes for $2,599.99 USD, and the entry level 710 can be had for a reasonable $2,099.99 USD.

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Half goggle, half sunglasses, the new Face GX (the GX stands for "goggle crossover") from Ryders Eyewear is a hybrid concoction that could be ideal those enduro race setting where a full fledged goggle is too hot and cumbersome - If you've ever kept your goggles on during even a short mid-stage climb you'll know what we're talking about, and these clever cross-breed glasses are also likely a hell of a lot cooler in hot weather. They are based on Ryders' Face glasses, but feature a foam-backed gasket that attaches to their frame and acts to keep air flow out at high speeds, as well as preventing water or grit from getting behind the lenses and into the rider's eyes. The whole setup is fairly stealth, with them looking very much like a standard set of sunglasses, and the gasket can be removed in seconds if you want to run them without the added protection during a ride or for post-ride lounging. There are two versions available: one with either light yellow or orange photochromic lenses for $89.95 USD, and the other with either either grey or brown standard lenses for $59.95 USD.


Ryders also had this amazing DeLorean DMC-12 on display in their booth that was attracting quite a bit of attention, with its open gull-wing doors and stainless steel body panels taking onlookers back to the early 80s. We asked about using it to travel back to a time before electric mountain bikes became accepted in Europe but, sadly, its flux capacitor isn't in working order. We likely would have had a hard time getting up to 88mph in the halls of Interbike, anyway.

www.ryderseyewear.com





X-Fusion plans to manufacture just two hundred examples of their Revel HLR inverted fork, with a retail price of $1,776 USD. If you think those two facts will make the gold fork a rare sight on the trail, how about the even more limited run of a fat bike version? The large tire-compatible model, which is pictured above next to the regular version for comparison, features a much wider crown that spaces the fork's legs apart for more clearance, and a downsized 15mm axle that uses machined shims pushed into the fork's 20mm axle clamps. The rest of the fork is the exact same as the 650B and 29er models, with X-Fusion's patented Gold-E-Locks keyway system, HLR damper, and Dual-Spring Air system. With the recent availability of carbon fat bike frames and rims, and now a fat bike-compatible Revel HLR, one could build up quite the trick snow rig... if you're into that sort of thing, that is.

There is seatpost news from X-Fusion as well, with some important updates to their Hilo telescoping post that bring it more in line with other options on the market when talking about performance and setup. This includes updated internals that see X-Fusion add an internal floating piston to separate the air and oil within the post, a change that they told us will eliminate both the sometimes inconsistent travel and slightly soft feel of the original design. An internally routed actuation cable will be an option as well, with X-Fusion referring to this new design as the Hilo Straight due to how the cable now enters the post straight into its bottom.

www.xfusionshox.com




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KORE is adding some new pedals to their 2014 catalog, with the Jive being offered in both a 330 gram (pair) aluminum model and the magnesium bodied Jive Mags that weigh in at just 266 grams for a pair. Both versions use the same mid-sized body shape that features a good amount of concave and 6mm setscrew style pins, as well as the same chromoly steel spindles. Colour options include either black or silver bodies for the standard aluminum model, while the magnesium Jives will come in black or raw.

The Mega range from KORE strikes a middle ground between lightweight XC components and heavier DH gear. KORE says that the line is aimed at the ever growing enduro segment, which we'll translate to mean mid-weight bars, seatposts, and wheels that make a lot of sense for the everyday rider who rides hard and doesn't want their stuff to fall apart. The group includes two handlebars, the carbon fiber Mega K1 and the aluminum Mega, with the aluminum bar being available in five colour options. The 230 gram K1 bar is made from unidirectional carbon, measures in at 760mm wide with a 5° upsweep and 8.5° backsweep, and can be had with either 20mm or 35mm of rise. The aluminum version shares the same geometry, but weighs in 21 grams heavier.


www.kore-usa.com
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63 Comments

  • + 34
 No new DH bike from Rocky? Spy shots here and there - been hoping it'd make an appearance in these Interbike stories...
  • - 6
 If it was there i doubt it would be in the first post anyways
  • + 17
 The proto Rocky isn't at the show.
  • + 7
 Ah cool. I'll stop trawling the web...
  • + 5
 They are only having one low end model of the Flatline this year... For resorts to buy as demo fleets. Lets just say that's a sure sign it won't be to long before the big reveal of the new model.
  • + 6
 theres a team on the bc cup circuit with greeen alpine star kits and raw dh bikes thats the bike your thinking of theyre supppppper nice
  • - 1
 any photos of proto??
  • + 1
 probly ook at elite men at all the bc cup races
  • + 1
 Re rocky, who specs a triple these days? Don't get me wrong, I like mine very much but that's because it suits the riding I do, but not many manafac's doing this these days!
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  • + 27
 "...X-Fusion referring to this new design as the Hilo Straight due to how the cable now enters the post straight into its bottom..."


Should've called it the X-Fusion Hilo Anal Smile
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  • + 10
 keep getting the feeling that all the fork and shock companies that are making golden sus are trying to kill of how fox can charge so much extra for cashmia?
by making it feel more 'normal' and look less valuable
any thoughts?
  • + 1
 ha i dont think this fork is really gold but the way that chart looks it would probably be cheaper if it was
Smile
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  • + 9
 I am loving the stealth look of the Kore carbon bar. Grey graphics really giving it a classy look. Fully gold xfusion forks are looking HOT too.
  • + 28
 Surely those to statements contradict each other. 'I really like my handle bars to be stealthy and my forks to be bright gold' said no one ever
  • + 0
 What are you, like, five?
  • + 6
 imagine a bike in full stealth-grey finish and the shiny gold fork up in front. What an eye-catcher it would make. Someone should do this Big Grin
  • + 4
 Actually that would look pretty damn cool, and remember everybody has different taste when it comes to how they want their bike to look.
  • + 4
 you forgot to mention that it should be a Stealth Fat Bike with gold fork Wink
  • + 4
 That fork need to go to a Saracen Ariel Frame (black/gold combo)
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  • + 6
 Strangely enough the fat bike version of the Revel forks looks much nicer! I guess that weird crown on the standard version has to be blamed!
  • + 8
 That tube crown just makes me think of department store suspension.
  • + 3
 Exactly... But for 1800$!
  • + 2
 Reminds me of the old Psylo race fork with the bling gold, and I'm sure the Psylo had a tubular crown as well.
  • + 5
 So a US made fork for a price of 1776... i see what you did there X fusion.
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 Those "hybrid goggles" are not a new thing at all. Daisy (yes the air gun people) sunglasses have come with that feature for a couple years now. You can buy them on ebay for cheap with multiple lenses. I own several sets myself. Some even have inserts for prescription lenses so us blind as batfolk can ride with normal looking sunglasses.
  • - 1
 Oakley Factory Pilots FTW Wink
  • + 2
 But isn't the point of having goggles is to keep it on your face where as opposed to sunglasses, where it can sometimes fall off?
  • + 2
 Many of these hybrids include a strap that attaches to the arm ends, to hold it securely in place.
  • + 1
 those are called safety glasses! we have a bunch of them at work ahhahah mainly used for drilling concrete and things like that.
  • + 1
 Oakley Windjacket's as well
  • + 1
 Unfortunately those cheap Daisy sunglasses/goggles from China don't fit my humongous European nose Frown
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  • + 6
 use the delorean to travel back in time to prevent 650b from happening.
  • + 0
 You're gonna have to go back a loonnnggg time.
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  • + 5
 That rear shock on the thunderbolt sits at a funky angle. Just doesnt look right. But who am I to question Rocky Mountain?
  • - 4
 that bike has been beaten with an ugly stick
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  • + 2
 You know what's awesome with Rocky this year? Probably the best looking Slayer of all, with Lyrik and Monarch. It's lined up in the window of Different Bikes North Van next to the Altitude Rally addition. I run both wheels sizes, like them both, but between the Slayer and the Altitude, Slayer please for the Shore! If PB wants to ramp up the fever in the comments section, post a pick of that bad boy!
  • + 1
 Theres gonna be allot of buyers for that thunderbolt, looks clean cut, good colour, 5 inches of travel and 650B, and prices are affordable, that bike will sell
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  • + 3
 I'm really a big fan of Ryder's Eyewear, and Deloreans. I bought some Ryders Trappers sunglasses, and they are the best I have ever had. My neighbor also has a Delorean.
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  • + 1
 Love what x fusion are doing, inverted and fat bike inverted!? Go x fusion, they don't need to do it, but hey, why the hell not, everyones been screaming for inverted forks and if no one else is guna do it, why not go batshit crazy about it and do crazy forks.
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  • + 4
 I love the look of the rocky! its so... aluminium... straight
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  • + 2
 Man I wish I could get those Ryders glasses in with prescription lenses. I ride with Rx Oakleys and they're nice, but those would be sweet.
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  • + 1
 "the cable now enters the post straight into its bottom" ooo'err x-fusion Wink
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  • + 2
 the crown is better on the fat tire version of the revel.
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  • + 1
 Nice job Rocky mt. And ryder for making killer stuff that won't kill your savings!
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  • + 1
 Those sunglasses are the bees knees! And for only $60? I'll take a pair!
  • + 2
 This type of glasses have been sold for years too the tactical and motorcycle crowd. You can find them for cheaper. They work great with the foam instert
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  • + 1
 I'm going to interbike tomorrow! I can barely contain myself!
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  • + 1
 those kore pedals couldn't be more generic looking.
  • + 1
 its a bloody pedal!!!!!
  • + 1
 I still really liked the color for some reason...
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  • - 3
 That x-fusion fork is soooo f*ckin hideous. That's on the front of my bike and I'm headed to the nearest freeway to play chicken with unsuspecting truckers. And when I get exploded buy an 18 wheeler full of chickens it's what I deserve because I bought a $1700 fork that's fluorescent f*cking gold.
  • + 0
 Now that's funny!
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  • + 1
 I want that car
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  • - 2
 That Rocky is a rebirth of the Commencal absolut sx...dig it!
  • - 1
 Looks like it should be a Transition bike. Think Double, Bottle Rocket, Blindside
  • + 1
 It's an XC 29er..
  • + 2
 650b** woops
  • + 2
 Yes I know it's 27.5 just boring looking
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