Tioga has been working nights and Sundays on two radically different downhill concepts that are sure to rock the status quo. The first shot over the bow is the MT-Zero Pedal first featured in Pinkbike
earlier this Summer. Less than ten millimeters thick and cast from chromoly steel, the MT-Zero places the sole of the rider's shoe nearly on center with the pedal axle. Actually, the Zero doesn't have a true pedal axle. The pedal platform is cantilevered from a stub-shaft that rides in a single ball bearing.
Tioga's clever design took a year to perfect. Reportedly, the machining tolerances required to manufacture the steel housing that threads into the crankarm on one end, and supports the bearing and all of the pedal's bending moments on the other end. Tioga MT-Zero pedals sell for $99 USD in black or white. Weight is reported to be only 135 grams a pair.Tioga MT-Zero Pedal
Tioga MT-Zero Pedal is only 7 millimeters thick in its center-section. The pins are replaceable through the back side of the platform, and the super-low foot position it offers stabilizes the foot while riding choppy trails.Tioga Psycho Genius Venture Tire
Triangular tread blocks are thinned at the tire crown to keep the Psycho Genius Venture tire rolling fast on pedaling sections.
Taking the lead from its Psycho Genius all-mountain/XC tire, Tioga put in a year's development to translate the shape-shifting triangular tread block design of the original into a viable downhill racing tire. The Psycho Genius Venture's large-volume, 2.5-inch casing provides a tactile feel where traction is delicate, while sturdy edging tread blocks are designed to bore through loose topsoil and find traction for cornering. Tioga gave the Venture a low, fast-rolling center tread with widely-spaced triangular blocks, split three ways with deep grooves engineered to distort under driving and cornering pressure. The grooves cause sections of the tread blocks to lift, which offers up extra edges when the tire is hard pressed for traction.
The cross pattern molded into the Venture's casing adds a degree of side-wall protection for the tire.
Tioga says that in spite of the fact that the Venture downhill tire benefits from knowledge garnered during the original Psycho Genius development, it took four molds and a year of testing to get its performance tuned to perfection. To maintain the tire's supple, fast-rolling feel, the Venture's side wall casing is molded with a cross-hatch rubber pattern that adds a degree of abrasion resistance without robbing the casing's flexibility. Tioga says that it is presently working on a large-volume 29er version and a 2.35-inch sized Venture for 26-inch all-mountain use. Psycho Genius Venture tires will hit the stores around December 2011.The weight is coming in at 830 grams, while the MSRP has yet to be fixed.Tell us what you think of Tioga's Psycho Genius tires and that thin-profile MT-Zero platform pedal design.