We spotted this on the Devinci booth: a full carbon, 145mm trail weapon. Wow. Word is that it's in testing now and you won't see these out on the trail until next year at the earliest, but... yeah. The words, 'lighter,' 'stiffer' and 'stronger' were mentioned.
We noticed this on the Devinci stand as well, "Monocoque Carbon Wilson"... A typo? A full carbon DH bike in the works? Someone just teasing us? We don't know, the guys were keeping tight-lipped on this one, but we'd love to see a carbon Wilson...
Cane Creek launched a new website to help owners set up their Double Barrels. Put in your bike and riding style and it will recommend settings for you to work with - a welcome move for what is undoubtedly the most complicated, but rewarding, shock on the market to get the most out of.
We loved the Pinion gearbox when we had a play with one last year and think it has the potential to be the one, so we were pleased to see Sanfa engineering offering both frames with the gearbox and the hardware to build the gearbox into a frame.
Catalogue frame giants, Astro Engineering had this funky carbon DH frame on display. We wouldn't be surprised if you see this pop up under someone else's name in the next few years.
HT Pedals had these insanely light platforms on show. 235g a pair. They've got a proper concave platform and some evil-looking pins, so we'd stake a fair bit that these will grip like hell too.
Reynolds was keen to show off their new super-stiff, super-light carbon AM wheelset. Our very own Mike Levy has just received a set of these and will be bringing you his verdict on them soon...
E13 was excited to tell everyone that their uber-pimp, uber-grippy pedals were ready to start shipping, so you should be able to get your hands on the very soon!
Maxxis is helping big wheel riders get ugly by releasing the popular Minion DHF and High Roller II tyres for 29 inch wheels.
This is some of the biggest news in the road world right now. Formula is releasing disc brakes for road bike. Sure, most mountain bikers will probably be asking what took someone so long to do this? Nonetheless, these are sexy brakes and the machining on the combined shift/brake levers is lovely.
When we saw there was a Kashima booth, we were intrigued. It turns out there are two companies called Kashima: one that does high-end coatings for Fox Racing Shox, and another that produces cheap, forgetable components. We'll leave you to guess which one this was.
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