Niner R.I.P. 9 RDONiner
has been working overtime to capture the mid-travel trailbike market for 29ers and this time they have built a bike that PB riders can get excited about. The R.I.P. 9 RDO (Race Day Optimized) is a carbon trailbike with 125 millimeters of rear-wheel travel. Boosted by its 29 inch wheels, the carbon R.I.P. 9 should be able to run with 140 or 150-millimeter-travel 26ers. The R.I.P. 9 RDO has an ISCG 05 chainguide mount and a bash guard beneath its lower link. The bike looks positively stunning and it should be an equally good performer.
Three years in the making and extensively tested, Niner's carbon AM/trail 29er is warranted for five years. The CVA rear suspension is a proven performer and is also designed to guide big wheels away from the seat tube as the suspension compresses to full travel. Niner keeps the stand-over height of its long-travel designs quite low and a full range of sizes are available.
Internal cables keep the R.I.P. 9 RDO looking clean, with the head badge doubling as a handy housing stop. The upper link is carbon and the angular-contact bearings found at both upper and lower rocker links are said to be as large as those in some sealed-bearing headsets.
Niner bills the R.I.P. 9 RDO as tough enough to handle anything - at a bike park or on an epic trail ride. Front travel is set at 120 to 140 millimeters, the frame accepts tires up to 2.4 inches and there is a 142/12-millimeter through-axle in the rear. First items are said to be shipping next Spring, with a limited amount of complete bikes offered with their top-level build kits. Frames with Fox CTD Kashima shocks will run $2899, and in 'Rally Blue' with a matching RockShox Revelation RT3 fork, $3550. Complete build prices TBD.Niner Bikes
. has been refocusing on its core customers with a solid helmet lineup, beginning with the Thirty 3 full face. The Thirty 3 is offered in carbon for $399 or in figerglass at $275 - both quite reasonable for full-featured lids. The name comes from the classic '33 deuce coupe and its forward vent is styled to look like its radiator grille. The paint and graphic schemes are also more on the classic side of the design curve. T.H.E. decided to build to the more rigorous DOT standard for its Thirty 3 helmets, so its vents must be designed to handle the penetration phase of testing. The vents must be molded so there are no vertical openings in the upper part of the shell. Internal venting channels air from the front, across the head and out through dedicated exhaust vents in the rear. Two size shells fit six different head sizes via snap-out padding, and all Thirty 3 helmets are'Eject' ready.
T.H.E. put a lot of work into its less-expensive Thirty 3 fiberglass helmet. The graphics look great. The goggle strap is guided with a grooved side plate and a molded relief around the rear. The large visor helps force feed cooling air into the upper vents.
(Clockwise)The Thirty 3 gets its name from the stylish grille in the face guard vent. Frog-eye vents under the visor are made to channel ram air into passages molded in the helmet's EPS foam liner.Snaps ensure that the removable pads can be serviced or removed easily in an emergency. A look at the molded goggle strap relief in the rear of the shell.
The Thirty 3 Carbon shares the same technology as the fiberglass model, but it weighs significantly less - and looks pretty sharp as well.
T.H.E. joins the rest of the helmet makers on the planet with a take on the classic skate lid. The Stamp and Postal Stamp helmet liners are in-molded into the shell to keep them as thin as protection will allow. The $59 Stamp is the basic model with the $79 Postal Stamp getting an adjustable head band as well as a distinctive two-tone paint scheme. The name came from Freestyler Andrew Taylor who helped design the helmets. His words were: 'Put it on before you send it.'
Hey, Nice Ink
The cycling industry is a showcase for tattoo and piercing - which helps to make Interbike one of the best people-watching opportunities in the world of bike. Saw this woman at the Broken Bones booth. Couldn't get a word out of her.
One Industries - Name the Riders
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One industries sponsors some famous racers on the DH circuit - each with a different bike brand. Can you name the owners of each rig in this picture? The GT Fury carries the number four plate.
Ben Capron is a massively talented rider with a long resume' developing products for one of the sport's most influential bike brands. Ben has thrown his future with Osmo nutrition - a new take on preparation, restoration and recovery supplements that is based upon the body's natural balance of osmosis - the function that allows fluids and solids to pass from one organ to another, or through the cell's membranes.
Zoic Cycling ApparelZoic
was on the vanguard of the anti-spandex revolution, and it continues to preach comfort and a relaxed style without sacrificing the performance of modern fabrics with movement-oriented cuts and design elements. We showcased a few pieces for both male and female riders from Zoic's fall collection.
(From left) Antidote plaid short, 14-inch inseam, includes RPL Essential liner. Ether Premium short - lots of pockets, zipped air vents and taped seams. Stretch, water-repellent fabric with a 12-inch inseam and RPL premium liner. Torsion short with a higher back and a long, 15-inch inseam is more DH oriented with room for knee pads and mesh lining inside. Stretch panels in the back and vented sides for range of motion. Includes a RPL premium liner. Prices from $79 to $129.
Zoic's long-sleeve Woodsman flannel (left) is outfitted with disguised pockets in the rear and front and vented in back for a hydration pack. The V-neck DNA short-sleeve jersey (right) and long-sleeve Guru are Zoic's more technical styles designed for aggressive riders Prices range from $54 to $80.
Zoic's Women's lineup is more extensive than its men's. The Collins Plaid is made from a quick drying fabric with ventilation panels in the back and hidden side pockets. The front snaps closed, and the bottom seams are taped so the garment holds its shape. $60
TRP Quadiem Four-Piston Disc BrakeTRP
has been quietly gaining popularity as a value-priced, high performance brake maker. Some may claim that those four words cannot share the same sentence, but TRP has proved many naysayers wrong. This show, TRP debuted a sweet looking DH/AM disc brake that features a four-piston caliper that weighs a reported 340 grams per wheel (no rotors) and could be an alternative to the typical XC brake with a big rotor that pops up so often on mid-priced AM and gravity machines.
(Clockwise) TRP's Quadiem lever nests perfectly with Shimano shifters and shares similar archetecture. The simple four-piston caliper is a two-piece arrangement which uses through-bolts to hold tension. A closeup look at the lever's reach adjuster and its tactile O-ring. The post-mount caliper is configured for larger, 180 to 203-millimeter rotors.
The Quadiem brake is a straight-forward design powered by mineral oil and armed by a familiar-looking shorty lever. Adjustment at the lever is only for reach, and the red-anodized dial is easy to manipulate. The caliper pistons are of similar diameter, and the brake pads are sintered metallic material. TRP offers only 180 and 203-millimeter rotors - attesting that the Quadiem brake is specifically designed for gravity use. Price is $200 per side, which is qjuite reasonable if the Quadiem performs as promised.TRP Brakes
Lizard Skins Celebrity GripsSteve Peat
and Darren Berrecloth have both designed their favorite lock-on grips under the Lizard Skin brand. Peaty's grip is a mid-diameter, 30.5 -millimeter design with moto-inspired rectangular gripping blocks. The Claw's grip is one of Lizard Skins' thinnest at 29.5 millimeters, and he prefers a diamond pattern. The two newest grips, the Moab and Northshore are celebrities in themselves, however, because some of your purchase price goes to the Moab Trails Alliance, or to the North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA). MSRP is $24.99 USD.
The Moab grip is 130 millimeters long and a relatively thin, 31.25 millimeters in diameter with a grippy rounded tread pattern modeled after the stone archway that looks over the valley in Arches National Monument. The Northshore grip is one of the larger diameter grips that Lizard Skins makes, at 33 millimeters and its tread pattern is a widely spaced checkerboard that is very moto inspired. Four great reasons to make Lizard Skins your next grip purchase.Lizard Skins
Chrome makes its edgy stylized bags and gear in the USA and to underscore its we can-make-it-here pride, Chrome brought part of its factory to Interbike, where its craftspeople were sewing messenger bags and silk-screening clothing for all to see. Impressive.
Cycle Dog makes collars and accessories for your best friend from recycled innertubes and other rubber cycling products, The top line collars have a seatbelt type release and a 'man's best friend' bottle opener sewn in. Cycle Dog just released their 'Retread' ball made from 50-percent ground recycled rubber, molded with a popular tread pattern. The Metal latching collar shown runs about $25 USD.
A'ME Heated GripsA'ME
grips has perfected its heated grip system just in time for winter. The waterproof system is powered by a lightweight lithium ion polymer battery. The connectors are waterproof and the heat can be turned off or set to one of six temperature settings with a remote button and LED indicator on the grip. Runtime is about two hours and temperature settings range from body temperature to about 150 degrees F. Price for the kit, including battery, charger and grips is a tough sell at $350. If you have a good lighting system battery, A'ME sells pigtail adapters to the top brands' batterys, and that will save you a bundle (the kit without the battery is about $125), as the lithium polymer battery is the most costly item in the kit.
If you live where the temps meet or exceed freezing, you will find A'ME's heated grips well worth their price. The kit weighs less than a pound. Many riders who laughed at the concept have been converted to owners after a single winter's ride. A'ME makes a full linep for OHV use too and Moto and snowmobile riders in the know, won't ride without them during the peak winter months. A'ME Heated Grips
Foes Racing F275Foes Racing F275
was one of the heavy hitters in the mid-size wheel category. With 650b being the buzz among mid-sized bike brands, Brent Foe's entry into the balloning trailbike class was anticipated. That said, the new bike is placed squarely in the center of the market, with a beautifully crafted aluminum chassis that features progressive geometry, hydro-formed and CNC-machined components, and plenty of rear wheel travel with which to take full advantage of faster-rolling wheels shod with meaty knobbies. Frame sizes are small, medium or large and prices run $2399 for the frame and Fox Float CTD Kashima shock, or $2649 with the Cane Creek Double Barrel Air shock.
Foes designed its 650b trailbike for aggressive terrain and a high-volume riding style. The F275 sports the new Fox 34-millimeter stanchion Float CTD fork and had the optional Cane Creek Doubel Barrel air-sprung shock. The smooth leverage rate control afforded by Foes' two-stage linkage supersedes any limitations of a single-pivot swingarm suspension - imagined or real. Foes interlocks the CNC-machined nut for the 142/12-millimeter through-axle in the swingarm.
The F 275 has Foes' race-proven single-pivot scissor-linkage with adjustable travel from 5.5 inches to 6 inches. The low-leverage, 2.3:1 suspension get the most out of its Fox CTD Kashima shock. Those who want further adjustability can opt for the Cane Creek Double Barrel Air damper. The F275s head angle is 67 degrees, and its seat angle is a trail-ready, 73 degrees. The magic of the mid-sized wheel, however, is that its 13.1-inch-high bottom bracket is still .65 inches lower than the axles, which is a significant boost over any dual-suspension 26er in both cornering and especially for covering rough terrain efficiently. Foes Racing
Club Ride ApparelClub Ride
was founded by riders who wanted to distance themselves as far as possible from cycling's horde of spandex prancers. Club Ride's styles surf the edge, but the company's secret weapon is a designer named Patty Davidson. Davidson recently came on board and she has the ability to make cloth fit the human form with a minimum of cuts and seams, and has a second sight for style.
Hers: Queen Bee jersey: $74.99, Cross Wind Jacket: $84.99. His: Bolt Jersey: $89.99.
Men's technical stretch-denim Ray Jean: $129.99. Go Long long-sleeve jersey $89.99. And a selection of colors for the Bolt and Go Long jerseys.
Women's Queen Bee jersey, details of the Wheel Cute jersey: $74.99 and Freedom mid-length short: $79.99.
Club Ride's clothing is styled to look the casual part, but is constructed with up to the moment fabrics and fittings that give the garments breatheablity and freedom of movement that matches the more utilitarian-looking technical gear worn by most of us. Unless you party with other riders, it is a rare garment that can be trusted on the trail and still look good should your cycling kit be the only clean clothes you own when you need to fulfill a dinner date.Club Ride
Calfee Africa Bike
Craig Calfee is a name synonymous with alternative materials and construction methods. His latest project is Africa Bike - a bamboo frame joined with fibers harvested from ficus tree bark (relatives of figs). The raw fibers are mixed with epoxy resin and wrapped around the bamboo and various metal bits to join the frame, which is then sanded smooth and painted with a clear coat.
The construction methods for the burden-bearing Africa BIke, says Calfee, can be replicated in developing countries with a minimum of tools and investment. The Africa Bike used the Nuvinci 360 variable-speed hub transmission.
Nuvinci Constantly Variable Hub TransmissionNuvinci's 360
CVT transmission is unusual because its planetary reduction system contains no gears. Four steel balls are tilted on their axis, causing the transmission to seamlessly increase or decrease the hub's rate of speed. A special fluid acts like lubricating oil until it is compressed at high pressure, when it actually reverses its nature and provides traction so that the balls will not slip under load. Watch the Video.
Nuvinci's CVT (Constantly Variable Transmission) hub was featured on the Calfee Africa bike as well as a this belt-driven 9:Zero:7 big-tire expedition bike. There are no gears inside - four steel balls are tilted on their axis to create a planetary, variable-speed reduction.
Nuvinci's 360 CVT hub is disc brake compatible, and can be driven by chains or belts. The twist shifter (upper right) can be operated when the vehicle is stopped. The shift indicator graphic is quite original - the gradient of the hill steepens as the transmission eases into a lower gear.
was not completely satisfied with the clothing options it had, so it set out to make its own lineup. To be successful in technical apparel, one must consort with dieties, so Yeti hired a top designer from Patagonia.The tag line is: 'Rider Driven, for mountain bikers, by mountain bikers.' Their short range is a system with three liners available: an unpadded technical boxer, a mid-weight padded liner and an epic-ride-weight padded liner. The choice is up to the customer: padding , no padding or commando - it's about rider comfort and preference. The female lineup is completely different than the men's offering in look and cut, but sensible in every respect and that's probably long in coming.
Yeti 02 Downhill jersey under 01 Smuggler Performance Hoody: $120. Padroni DH Short: $105. (Right) Como padded liner: $60 above Morley lightweight padded liner: $60.
Yeti female riding shorts: Lightweight Caddoa XC short: $75 (left) and Norrie DH short: $89 (right). Padded Ruby liner: $60 not shown.
Men's riding shorts:Yeti Padroni DH, Freeland trail: $89, and Teller lightweight XC short: $75.
Yeti's pricing is pretty fair considering that the garments are well constructed with just-right stretch panels and ventilation, glide strips on the underside of the leg openings and pockets only where one may carry items without the frustrating pendulum effect that (as a side note) pisses me off and makes me wonder if baggy designers EVER rode a bike on trail with their phone in a cargo side-pocket? Yeti gets it. Yeti Cycles
Madness at Surly
The Surly crew built a crude set of log rollers and offered up a big-tire bike to challenge all comers. Some left defeated, those who triumphed made it to facebook. It looks easier than it is. It took me a few tries to get going.
Paul Components GoPro Mount
Paul Components builds a stem-cap mount for the GoPro camera. The machining is beautiful as usual. Turn the camera on yourself or set it an any angle to catch another rider in action. Email for prices.
Kali Protectives figured out how to in-mold an EPS foam liner into an ABS plastic shell.Why is that important? First, because the helmet dissipates energy better when the shell is part of the foam. Second, the color is in the plastic, so the helmet can take a pounding and not look like the paint is scratched off on the first weekend of use.
Elastic Interface Pads
My psychologist showed me these pictures and asked me to speak about any imagery that came to mind. 'Well' I said. 'That green feller is an MTB Carbonium Chamois pad for men. And that little red guy? I think he's a road racer.' Elastic Interface makes em' - they can be found in the world's best riding shorts.
GravityDropper - It Lives!
Wayne Sicz co-invented the GravityDropper and eventually changed the face of trail riding. The latest version of the 'Turbo' uses a low-profile actuator that allows users to insert the post another centimeter lower. The original dropper post still uses a simple spring to extend it and a pin that indexes into a series of holes in the sliding element. Order yours with drops from two to five inches and a number of indexing positions in between for $299 USD.
Ortlieb packs are made in Germany to a standard that is out of reach of most bag makers. When Ortlieb says 'waterproof' it means you can probably put your laptop inside and go diving. With the popularity of multi-day back-country trail excursions on the rise, Ortlieb should be on your radar.
Fi'z:ik XC Shoes
My friend Steve Delacruz has been spending most of his life lately in Italy designing Fizik's new shoe range. Steve has done enough laps on the dirt to earn the cred' and Fizik's new M5 (left) and top-drawer M1 reflect it. M1 details (clockwise): replacable dual-compound heel block; carbon fiber sole tipped by a molded nylon flex member for walking; replaceable cleat bed; carbon fiber reinforced sailcloth on the instep straps; armored toe box to fend off rock strikes. The ratcheting buckle (not pictured) has a one-click tension release.
Syntace X-Fix Through-Axle
Syntace X-Fix is a three-head Allen Key driver that snaps into a modified collar that retrofits all Syntace X-12 through axles. X-Fix can also be ordered with the Torx 25 head that fits may SRAM components. Syntace says that the X-Fix axle system is lighter in total than a conventional quick release type axle. MSRP is 18 Euros including the conversion parts (USD TBD).
Good Bye For Now
Guess where these guys live? (hint: T.H.E.) Well it's bye bye to Las Vegas until the next Interbike. Can't say I'll miss the town all that much, but the bike part of it was entertaining!. Peace out - RC