Push Industries' Elevensix coil-sprung shock caused a stir when it was released in 2015, in part due to its industrial / futuristic appearance, and also for its performance out on the trail. Not content to rest on their laurels, Push recently updated the Elevensix with a new coating on the body and shaft, a revised piston valve shape, and a larger reservoir body.
The larger ports can be seen on the piston valve on the right.
Increasing the oil reservoir size makes it even more unlikely that any performance changes will occur on long, non-stop runs.
The new coating, called Micro-XD, is only produced in the United States, and is said to be slipperier and stronger than what was used previously.
The new piston valve shape has an greater port volume, which allows for increased high speed rebound. This should allow the shock to maintain the plush, ground hugging feel that it's known for, while also feeling a little more lively as it goes deeper into its stroke.
An 11.6% increase in reservoir volume seems like more than a coincidence, but Darren Murphy, the owner of Push, swore that ending up with that number was purely by chance. The decision to increase the reservoir size came about when Push realized just how many of their customers were bolting the shock onto their all-mountain bikes and heading to the bike park, where the heat generated by those long runs can affect a shock's performance.
The new features will be standard on all new Elevensix shocks, and for the lucky individuals that already own an Elevensix, Push will be offering them as an upgrade at a to-be-determined price.
Push are now offering tools for bike shops or home mechanics, including these 7000 series aluminum sockets.
They also have a new fork seal press, a fitting complement to their line of seal kits.
White Industries may be better known for their square taper cranksets (yes, those do still exist), and smooth rolling hubs, but it was the new 12-speed compatible MR30 cranks that were getting all the attention. The cranks spin on a splined 30mm spindle, and use a narrow-wide chainring that's .005" narrower than an 11-speed chainring to allow it to work with SRAM's Eagle chain. There will be Boost and non-Boost versions of the rings, with prices ranging from $75-95 USD; the cranks and spindle are $300. The final weight is expected to be between 700-800 grams.
Silca's new T-Ratchet and Ti-Torque kit was a runaway hit when the company debuted it on Kickstarter, receiving 1200% of their funding goal. The tool can be used as a mini-ratchet (10 bits are included), and with the addition of the Ti-Torque attachment it turns into a torque indicator that reads between 2-8Nm. That indicator relies on a what Silca call a "ti torsion beam", a titanium rod that holds the bit, and then twists the same amount each time the tool is used in order to produce a torque reading. This isn't a 'click-type' tool - you do need to keep an eye on the tool's markings to see when the proper torque is reached, but the simplicity of the design means that it should produce accurate readings for years and years.
Once the Kickstarter orders are filled, the T-Ratchet is expected to be available in January for $98 USD.
Silca also debuted their Seat Roll Premio ($49), which uses a BOA closure to attach it underneath a seat.
It's aimed at the road crowd, but it did look like a mountain bike tube might be able to squeeze into one of the tool roll's three pockets.