Part two of our final randoms articles from Eurobike 2012
• Prototype Banshee Rune all mountain frame
• Cube's updated Two15, Hanzz and the new lightweight 160mm Stereo
• Fizik's new trail shoes and seatpost
• Hutchinson's new 2.4" Squale downhill tyre
• Yeti SB family featuring carbon and 29" wheelsBanshee Rune All Mountain Prototype
This new Rune was the most striking bike on show because it's the one that's not quite in production, although with a release date pencilled in for this October it's not far away. It's a 160mm trail and all mountain bike that looks like it will be an absolute ball on the most technical and steep trails. The bike features Banshee owner/designer Keith Scott's proprietary KS Link suspension platform.
The big news is that the new frame is compatible with both 26" and 650B wheels thanks to its replaceable and interchangeable dropout design. Not only available to suit differing wheel sizes they're also available to suit 135mm, 142mm & 150mm hubs while a unique flip chip design enables the head angle to be adjusted between 65 and 66 degrees in half degree increments. Pricing is keen at €1,799 with a Fox CTD shock or €1,880 including the Cane Creek DB Air seen here. All the details are there, will this turn out to be as good as we're hoping? Time will tell.
Cube were showing some impressive bikes at Eurobike 2012 with an updated range for their downhill and freeride offerings and a new, and very light, Stereo.Superlight Stereo HPC frame laid bareStereo full build optionsHanzzTwo15
Italian brand Fizik sits under the Selle Royal umbrella, alongside Crank Brothers. Famous for their saddles in both the road side of the sport and on the mountain, they used Eurobike to launch a new range of shoes for the off road contingent alongside a new carbon seat post (also available in aluminium)
with some unique features. M1 & M5 MTB Shoes Cyrano Carbon SeatpostArione 00
Hutchinson Gravity Tyres
The biggest news is the 2.4" Squale (top)
, a smaller and re-profiled version of the 2.5" casing already available, and a tyre which has seen use by Hutchinson United Ride team over the course of the 2012 season. The 2.5" Squale (left)
remains unchanged from 2012 but features deeper tread and larger blocks than the new 2.4" size. It's already a proven all rounder and the additional size now available should open up the possibilities for its use on an even wider range of terrain and race courses.
The Dzo (right)
is an altogether different proposition, moving from all rounder to about as condition specific as you get in the tyre world. A full blown spike for the worst conditions, it comes with pre-moulded cut lines for those who wish to keep the characteristics of a spike but improve rolling resistance. If you're a racer you'll get it, if you aren't then you may not feel the need to cut away unused portions of a brand new tyre! We'd like to see this in a 2.4" version too as the 2.6" is likely to prove just that bit big for anything but the wildest of tracks in the mud.
Double thickness casings feature on all three tyres as well as the rest of the Hutchinson gravity range, and the Race Riposte compound is a super-slow rebounding soft rubber that comes in at 42ShA although feels significantly slower rebounding than other tyres at this grade which should increase grip.[/PI]
Yeti are a brand which has always enjoyed stature at the top of the sport. Numerous race victories and some fantastic bikes right back to their inception comes together to ensure that. SB66SB95 29"SB66 Carbon