Dirt Demo Tech Tour - Interbike 2011

Sep 15, 2011
by Richard Cunningham  
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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.

Crystal pedals
VP Crystal molded-polycarbonate plastic pedals have integrated reflectors. Price: $20.00, Weight: 420 grams. VP Components

Ti axle conversion
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.

Angle-adjust headset
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
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.

Tires from Vee
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.

AM Carbon wheel
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

stem multi
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

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  • 40 0
 Wow, not a fan of the Vee tire tread.
  • 11 0
 completely half- assed I agree
  • 7 0
 Hahah! Those tires look absolutely BOOTLEG
  • 4 0
 they look like those ones you get on a bottom of the range specialised that last about 5 minutes
  • 4 0
 $40 for them, really?
  • 3 0
 the "flying v" actually looked like it would be a pretty good slope tire..
  • 1 0
 I want to try the 3rd from left in the Vee's closeup shot. Wanna try that on my P.3 for less rolling resistance!
  • 3 1
 the test should be what matters
  • 2 0
 I'm having troubles seeing any tread?
  • 21 2
 The stratos rain jacket is cool and all, but really...425 bucks for a jacket.
  • 3 5
 This is a far cheaper option to purchasing a gore-tex Jacket to ride in.

I think even though it is exspensive from a riders budget POV, it is a fantastic jacket for the price tag. Especially if it can take a beating.

Removable hood is clever too for those that wear a Leatt

I would much rather buy this than have spent the $800 I did on my goretex shell that I dont want to wear incase I ruin it (but I have and its all sorts of ripped now)
  • 4 0
 Believe it or not, $425 is about on-par with waterproof breathable jackets from other manufacturers. Even cheaper in some cases. You get what you pay for. I have ridden in cheap waterproof breathable stuff and I usually end up wetter from my sweat than from the rain.
  • 14 0
 did you really spend $800 on a jacket that you're using for biking? goddamn. how much did you spend on your bike?
  • 2 1
 I would never spend 800 on a cycling jacket. Let alone, 425...
Also, breathable fabrics (cheap or otherwise ) are still going to cause you to sweat more. They don't actually inhale and exhale.
  • 1 0
 I have the previous Gore Tex version of the Stratos, called the Creek. If you have the means, I highly recommend it. It breathes that well.
  • 1 0
 what's up with putting "napoleon" pockets on the left side? Sometimes I want to keep my throttle open while changing glasses or whatever. If I have to use only one brake, I want to use the rear for a panic stop, so I keep the rear brake lever on the throttle side. They should have a pocket on the right side to open easily with the left hand. I have never seen such a pocket on a tech jacket.
  • 1 1
 Dear Baron,

Most people are right handed.


p.s. That pocket also has an elasticised hole for iPod/MP3 player headphones.
  • 12 0
 does anyone else not want reflecters built into their pedals?
  • 1 1
 I think they'd actually look pretty good on my schwinn cruiser
  • 1 0
 Not me... 'specially on my street rig. It's blacked out for a reason!
  • 8 0
 V tires look kind of.... Verybad
  • 1 0
 Goretex for non-winter shoes... yes, but only as a total-gloop-fk-up shoe which sounds as a rather exclusive addition to the shoe collection. Otherwise especially on long rides in above +5C, things get sweaty and stinky, so your shoes end up wet inside anyways. Just get shoes that have less mesh and a material that does not absorb water.

Goretex is great, best thing out there, but when it's COLD, and the membrane can actualy work properly thanks to outside/inside temperature difference that is pretty much a precondition for it's breathability. Otherwise it's just water proof and does not breathe so you might as well wear a plastic bag instead of the sock.
  • 4 0
 1719grams for a AM carbon wheelset? wowsers
  • 1 0
 You could spend another $600.00 for the Easton's but then people complain the price is ridiculous. Damn, no one is happy.
  • 1 0
 or save $800+ and go with the countless aluminum wheels out there with a similar weight
  • 2 1
 Not a fan of the small forward clamping area on the havoc stem. Wider bars more torque needs a wider clamp face. Seen these at bike BLING and too skinny for wider bars.
  • 1 0
 I'm surprised we aren't seeing any info on the new direct mount set-up Easton showed off a couple months back. 35mm bar/clamp interface, and a much wider direct mount stem to go with it...
  • 1 0
 Easton needs to make crowns for dual crown forks that would be a good stiff way and probably lighter
  • 3 0
 the eastern stem and hub look sick!
  • 2 0
 You mean Easton? Blank Stare
  • 1 0
 yeah. my bad
  • 1 0
 does anyone else think that VP are gonna become major players in the pedal market very soon?

their prices, customer service, and quality are great...
  • 2 0
 I agree, those vice pedals look large and grippy. Wonder how the price/weight will turn out?
  • 1 0
 If my VP-59s are anything to go by then they'll be light and well priced tooo
  • 2 0
 I bought the Easton Havoc wheels May and August all bearingĀ“s and freewheel is broken. Not Good !!
  • 1 0
 I'm sold... once KS comes out with a Mid Point cable routed 100mm ibeam post.
  • 1 0
 integrated reflectors, nuff said.
  • 1 1
 I have a set of VP pedals and like them just fine, but why must they leave out the slot for a pedal wrench?
  • 3 0
 Saves weight, cleaner, and gets the pedal closer to the crank
  • 1 0
 i remember kenda at mtsnow in 96 now look at them
  • 1 0
 The day I drop $400 on a seat post, Satan's balls will have frozen off
  • 1 2
 The Mavic shoes use the Contagrip sole (by Salamon) not Contegrip. Wink
  • 1 0
 No merit there anyways, Salomons sole always sucked when it came to grip. Back in the days Salomon made exceptionaly great hiking shoes in terms of durability and comfort, I still have two pairs going strong. (now it's a mass crap after they nearly failed) But the sole was never grippy, both the compound and the "thread" pattern. I think it was made more to last than to grip.

I would love to see a lightweight and skinny 5.10 XC shoes for flats with sole wrapping around like on impacts. Nuschool XC barefoot pedalling YES!!!
  • 1 0
 Disagree...rockin' Mavic Mantras now with the same Contagrip and it works really well. Great grip on rock and wooden features, even when wet.

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