Indoor wrap up - Interbike 2009

Oct 27, 2009
by Tyler Maine  

In just it's first season on the race circuit and now hitting stores, XX has already won pretty much everything one can claim on 2 wheels on dirt. Heck Lance Armstrong even threw down at the Leadville 100 on an XX equipped Trek Fuel and Steve Peat won DH worlds on some XX components. Needless to say it's looking like a good year for SRAM's XX line up. XX is the highest level of XC components that SRAM has ever produced and they pulled all their brands together (Avid, SRAM, Truvativ and RockShox) to make it happen and work in unison. The 10 speed cassette is nothing short of a work of art and to quote SRAMbassador, Tyler Morland "It's RAD!" The cassette will be available in 2 configurations, 11/34 and 11/36, while the 2 chainring crank set will also come in 2 options, 26/39 and 28/42. This will give you all the same ratios you've learned to love, while delivering better chainlines and an all around nicer shifting package. The complete set up uses T25 bolts, so universal was one thought process that is nice to see, instead of having to use 3-4 wrenches while working on parts. There are 42 variations of the front derailleur, so expect it to fit EVERY bike out there! You'll also find Hydraulic Lock Out (X-Loc) on XX versions of the SID, Reba and Revelation. Brake rotors will be available in both 6 bolt and center lock too.

SRAM XX Groupo:
Cranks
Cranks
Rear Derailleur and Cassette
Rear Derailleur and Cassette
Cassette Magic
Cassette Magic
Sexy
Sexy
Front shifter with Hydro Pop Loc
Front shifter with Hydro Pop Loc
On Guard Duty
On Guard Duty



POC came from snow, but are making some serious headway in the bike rider protection department. Their Cortex DH and Flow full face helmets were popping up at resorts and shuttle areas all over Canada last year and we foresee more of this trend in 2010. For 2010 the Cortex DH will have a MIPS option too - first of its kind in MTB.


POC makes DJ lids that are called the Receptor. Check out our look at them from last season here. Their Iris goggles, like the rest of their line up are clean, simple and bold designs. The POC logo just pops really well.

Receptor Flow with
Receptor Flow with
Joint VPD Elbow
Joint VPD Elbow



Jordi Lunn, or should I say what's left of him was at the Jamis booth and we here at Pinkbike.com would like to say congrats man on all the hard work and training so far. Besides the changes to Jordi, Jamis has been busy working on their 2010 line up too. For 2010 the BAM has received a big once over resulting in more stand over height and increased rigidity through a newly hydro formed down tube. The Parker is Jamis' do it all bike, from the bike park to the trail, this 4" travel bike light enough for all day rides, but sturdy enough to throw down in the park. The Krono is Jordi and fellow team mate George Ryan's go to play bike for DJs, skate park, street riding that they have had a lot of input into.

Jordi and the Dakar BAM 2:
-7005 aluminum frame
-200mm travel mp3 platform
-1.5" headtube
-83mm BB
-12 x 150mm rear end with MAXLE
-Small (15"), Medium (17"), and Large (19") sizes.


The Kromo:
-S/S or geared capable 4130 Chromoly dirt jump frame
-integrated M5 seat post clamp positioned below the top tube/seat tube joint
-horizontal drop outs
-Grape Jelly, Sour Apple, Candy Apple or Gloss Black
-Medium or Large sizes


The Parker II:
-7005 aluminum frame
-100mm travel mp2 platform
-Small (15"), Medium (17"), and Large (19") sizes.




Morewood bikes from South Africa pride themselves on the slogan "Bikes that DH built", well it's no longer all about DH for them. For 2010 you will find the Zula (full suspension) and the Kwela models (hard tail) for the cross country riders in all of us.

Morewood Bike's XC Offering - the Zula:

*The following text is direct from Morewood's Blog:*

"The third new offering from Morewood for 2010 is the much anticipated Kalula, based on the success of the Makulu, Morewood’s premier downhill race machine, the Kalula has an adjusted leverage progression ramping up through the last part of the stroke making the bike more suited to its shorter 7″ of travel. Still using a low leverage design the frame will be available in three sizes; a first for Morewood on the gravity side of things who usually only offer small/medium and medium/large. Word from Mr.Morewood himself is that this is to allow for smaller riders to have access to the performance offerings of the Makulu.

The compact design of the Kalula will certainly suit bike park frequenters as it will make for a great shuttle machine. A tapered head-tube design opens the compatibility and build options up to allow the use of many single crown and triple clamp fork combinations. With both Bos and Fox RC4 offerings the frame should also meet a critical price-point somewhere in-between the Izimu and the Makulu. A park bike for some and a mini DH for others?

Very interesting colouring is used on the blue frame shown in the gallery, it's actually a translucent powder-coat allowing the raw aluminum to shine through the paintwork highlighting any blemishes in the frame, tubing and welding making every frame 100% unique. Certainly one of my favorites for 2010."

7" Kalula:

Mitch Delf's piloted his Morewood Makulu all over the world while following the World Cup DH circuit this past year. Below is his World Champs model:

Mitch Delf's DH Machine:

See ya next year!


69 Comments

  • 20 3
 wow i'm not a fan of jamis all that much, btu there bikes arn't looking to bad Wink morewoods are looking nice as well!
  • 21 4
 sweet stuff im liking the poc helmets
  • 29 2
 Jordie looks like he has been hitting up Jenny Craig...
  • 6 4
 Fricking stole the words out of my mouth
  • 3 2
 sram knows whatsup
  • 10 0
 dude that bright purple jamis parker looks awesome but can almost garantee it wont be sold in uk coz we only get the shit stuff these days, poc helmets are pretty cool simple and stylish, and morewood looking more like the insides of an F1 car than a bike :-) some sweet gear is coming out for 2010 but how much will actually be available on the uk market? oh and RUSTYBONES: GIVE UP TRYING TO CLASS EVERY SHORT TRAVEL BIKE AS A BOTTLEROCKET COPY!
  • 5 0
 The sram XX group looks pretty sweet, but come on... what rider would want to spend $328 on a cassette alone?
  • 2 0
 The same people that spent several thousand dollars on the XTR stuff a few years ago. The 2x10 idea isn't new. It was tried a long time ago but the strength wasn't there in lightweight products to handle the extra chain tension.
  • 1 0
 don't expect the 2x10 to catch on, like alot of other things it will be down to who actually will want it, and pay for it.
  • 1 0
 haha yeah the xtr group was a joke, xt stronger, basically same performance, have you seen the gold accessorie kit for the XTR stuff?
  • 1 0
 bikerdhill you're a fool. 2x9 has been around for years and 2x10 is a natural part of the evolution of the drivetrain system. Now that XX flat bar shifters are available, I can guarantee that you will start seeing AM/FR bikes with SRAM Red derailleurs and 2x10 drivetrains.
  • 1 0
 ah huh just like the bio pace chain rings was a natural evolution, and I never said anything about 2x9, I am running 2x9.
  • 1 0
 Yeah, in case you hadn't noticed, there are companies who still produce elliptical chainrings for road and cross country racing, namely Rotor. Like I said, 2x10 is in the natural evolution for XC racing. It basically a mountain compact, much like a road bike with a 34x50 instead of a 39x53.
  • 1 0
 so why did the component makers do away with the granny gear? The extra large rear cog would still give the same gear reduction for climbs as running a say 22 front, and 36 rear, yes?, no? well fairly close anyway.
  • 1 0
 No self-respecting XC racer uses a granny gear. Plus a 36 tooth rear cog almost makes up for the lack of one.
  • 1 0
 so, for the last two or three dacades, or longer there was no self respecting xc racer I take it. the fact that now people have to spend more money on a 10 speed shifter, rear deraileur, cog set, and maybe a chain, I don't know, just to reap the benefits of evolution, doesn't make sense to me, the performance advantages, aren't worth the price of admission to me, just another way for component makers to make money, just like the 1.5/1.125 upper, and lower head tubes, it's a money thing, can't deny that, and also the 650 wheel set, come on really. I am all for evolution of the sport, without it we would still be riding 1-3 inch "long travel" bikes. remember those days. Thats just my opinion, and take it as such.
  • 1 0
 XX isn't really designed for the average consumer, just the same way that ceramic bearings and carbon fiber bits aren't for everyone either. XX is a top end high performance groupset with the competitive XC racer in mind. X.0 and X.9 are still around and going strong. Companies like FRM and FSA have been making double-specific cranks for XC racing for a long time, XX is what happens when a component manufacturer decides to make a drivetrain to best utilize the design.

Also your example of the tapered headtube is not a very good one. A 1.5" lower and 1 1.8" upper setup is stiffer, lighter, and stronger than a standard 1 1/8" setup. There are certain designs that I believe are somewhat marketing tools, like the new 142mm "standard" for rear hubs. I mean come on, is an extra 7mm of OLD increase really going to make a huge difference?
  • 1 1
 I don't want to argue about your points so I won't.
  • 1 0
 personally im not an xc racer but, i have seen alot of xc racers lately running NO front derailleur just like a 38 or 40 tooth
  • 2 0
 Those clean, classy graphics on the POC helmets sure do stand out from the demons and skulls and stuff we've seen from everyone else. I would guess that a plain helmet from Troy Lee would sell better than any one of their other graffiti-like designs. Something tells me that next season everyone else's graphics will imitate POC's. Mark my word.
  • 1 0
 The first thing I do with, for example, film izle a new XT crankset, is swap film izle out the Torx bolts for gool ol' 5mm hex/Allen bolts. I don't want to deal with that shit in the field.
  • 2 1
 nope on the jamis distribution iv been trying to get a parker for the last couple of months and they only have one english distributor who only stock their road bikes havnt answered phone calls almost every other day and not replied to about 5 emails. But their stuff looks pretty hot Frown
I just love POC because its so simple and clean looking.
  • 2 2
 sounds like a great company!
  • 2 0
 its jamis' fault for not having a decent english but its the dealers fault for not answering the phone/emails
  • 2 1
 surely its the companys fault for employing such a sh*tty dealer then also
  • 2 1
 its not the company's fault at all, they dont just decide o we should have 1 english retailer and thats it. retailers have to be interested in carrying their bikes and if they want to they contact the company and then they go from there. jamis is actually a great company i havent had any problems with them at all and their bikes are pretty nice too
  • 1 0
 indeed, but the company allows them to stock their items thats their choice! and it sounds like as the guy states above that they are impossible to get in touch with to actually do there job and supply the bikes. end of
  • 1 1
 its the store hes having troubles with not jamis from what he said the store is the one thats useless if he contacts jamis i'm sure they could work something out with him
  • 1 2
 btw: what's so special in the POC products? they're making something like 661's d30 material or something??
  • 1 0
 POC's mission statement to make the safest protective gear in cycling, they have taken over ski/snowboard by demostrating their products are the safest in race or freeride. Now in cycling they are redesigned the way helmets are made to ensure the helmet dampens impacts, slows down head speed, protects against penetration with a kevlar sleeve through out the helmet, multiple impact foam in helmets, MIPS technology and inventing VPD for padding which is a dough that diffuses the energy away from the body after an impact (unlike the other guys)
  • 5 0
 WTF happened to Jordie? Looking good bud, nice work on the weight loss
  • 4 0
 i said the same thing. he's lost alot!
  • 1 0
 T25 bolts? Why?

The first thing I do with, for example, a new XT crankset, is swap out the Torx bolts for gool ol' 5mm hex/Allen bolts. I don't want to deal with that shit in the field.

EVERYONE has a 4, 5 and 6mm hex key. Why change the standard? Next, someone will be suggesting a new front through-axle standard, like 15mm or some shit ; ).
  • 1 0
 "There are 42 variations of the front derailleur, so expect it to fit EVERY bike out there!"

There are 42 variations of the front derailleur, so expect a whole world of hassle selecting the right one for your bike. Wink
  • 4 0
 What on earth happened to Jordie Lunn? He looks really thin.
  • 5 1
 I'm loving the new Jamis Parker!
  • 1 0
 Really a very nice post. This game is very interesting but very risky to performer. Because their always risk in every movement.

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  • 3 0
 wow, some real nice kit there, Moreowood looks stunning
  • 3 1
 yes it does, but for that money i'd rather go for a commençal supreme...
  • 3 0
 I think that morewood DH is my next bike.
  • 3 0
 I'm proud of jordie. He started eating low fat poridge
  • 2 0
 does anyone distribute jamis bikes in the uk?
  • 3 0
 what happened to jordie?
  • 1 0
 hey dont suppose anyone no's how much the morewood kalula is going to cost?
  • 1 0
 Dudes....... that poc fullface is almost $600.00us holly crap that is a lot of cash!
  • 2 1
 What are the forks and Shock on that Morewood DH bike?
  • 3 10
flag Craiglers (Oct 27, 2009 at 0:17) (Below Threshold)
 BOS ryde ( i think)
the rear shock is a cane creek double barrel
  • 11 1
 BOS idylle up front, and s*toy in the back for the makulu
and a lyric up front and a cane creek double barrel in the back for the kalula
  • 3 8
flag p2person (Oct 27, 2009 at 0:34) (Below Threshold)
 actually the rear shock is BOS also thats going to be one expensive ride.
  • 9 0
 Yer, a BOS S*toy ^^^^^^, chernobyl knows what he is talking about
  • 1 0
 On the Kalula: Cane Creek Double Barrel & Lyrik
On the Makulu: Bos S**Toy Rear Shock and Bos Idylle Rare Fork

btw the Stoy works really well Smile
  • 3 3
 POC's helmet looks awesome but something about the visor is not right...like its too big or something..
  • 1 0
 yea! digin the poc helmet, morewood n jamis...
  • 1 1
 all the jamis bike ar sorrta ugly except for the purple one that one looks sick
  • 1 1
 the kalula looks like the older sx trail
  • 2 1
 kool halmets
  • 2 2
 i want money for something like taht Frown .....
  • 1 0
 SICK STUFF
  • 1 0
 nice bikes
  • 1 0
 sick bikes.
  • 1 0
 morewood3
  • 2 2
 i want that dh bike
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