Rain pounded Boulder City, Nevada, but the massive storm cell that hovered over Dirt Demo did nothing to dampen the spirits of bike-shop urchins and would be racers who flocked to Bootleg Canyon to test ride next year's dream bikes.
KS's air-sprung LEV hydraulic dropper seatpost comes in 27.2, 30.9 and 31.6-millimeter sizes, and in overall lengths of 300 or 430 millimeters. Lev's mid-point cable routing allows easy cable replacement and the use of a more compact, two-bolt seat clamp head (not shown) that saves 100 grams.
KS also makes a seat post head to fit the SDG Beam design. Price $395, weight: Around 460 grams depending upon options and length.
VP Crystal molded-polycarbonate plastic pedals have integrated reflectors. Price: $20.00, Weight: 420 grams. VP Components
VP will offer a titanium pedal shaft upgrade for the Vice pedal that saves 70 grams over the alloy steel version. VP will announce the price this fall.
Pinkbike featured the VP adjustable-angle headset earlier this year in its Taiwan Show coverage. VP's quick-adjust system requires only an Allen wrench to alter the head angle 1.5 degrees, positive or negative. The system works with tapered or 1.5-inch head tubes. VP's headset looks a bit chunky, but it works. Prices and availability could be as early as this fall. VP Components
Jim Wannamaker left Kenda tire to pursue a new gig at Vee Rubber. Already Vee Rubber has tubeless and standard tires for 29ers, 26-inch, 650-B and even flotation types for snow bikes.
A close-up of Vee Rubber's tire designs reveals that most of the tread block designs use a forward-spacing Vee shape - and are named appropriately. 'FB' stands for folding bead, while 'DC' designates dual-compound rubber tread. Jim says that all tire prices are close to $40 USD.
Reynolds is an early adopter of wider-is-better rim technology with the 21-millimeter ID AM Carbon rim. Special channels in the bead area assist airing up tubeless tires. The AM Carbon wheelset weighs 1719 grams for the pair and comes pre-taped for tubeless with valve stems in place. Caps on the hubs allow easy access to the bearings and quick conversion between quick release or through-axle configurations. Spokes are DT Swiss and lacing is two-cross-front and the rear is three-cross on the drive side, two-cross on the left. Price: $1800. Reynolds Cycling
Mavic went all out in designing the Stratos rain jacket. It has pit ventilation zippers, a front ram air zipper, sealed full length front closure zipper, a bonded front pocket and a removable hood. Special ports and expandable strips on the back enable the Stratos to go over a hydration pack. The soft jacket uses Coconaxcelerator technology - a process that begins with coconut fiber, which produces a super-breathable, waterproof fabric that wicks moisture away from the body. It even has a clear, sewn-in watch window on the wrist. Price:$425. Mavic
Mavic's Drift shoe is the first to use breathable, waterproof Gore-Tex uppers. A neoprene ankle sheath keeps muck and water from spilling into your shoes and tacky Contegrip rubber soles with aggressive tread blocks ensure that you'll stay upright when off the bike. SPD compatible. Cost: $200. Mavic
While Easton's Havoc stem is not new for 2012, the fact that you can get the direct-mount, 135-gram stem in anodized colors to match your Havoc wheelset is awesome. Direct Mount stems have 10 millimeters of fore/aft adjustment in three positions. Price: $100 USD. The matching orange Havoc UST Tubeless wheelset shown with the 142/12 axle option weighs 1750 grams and costs $945. Carbon fiber rims are on the way. Easton Cycling