BH – Lynx 650b Carbon
Spanish brand BH have worked with suspension guru Dave Weagle for a couple of years now and we first saw their Lynx trail bike using his Split Pivot suspension system at Eurobike 2012. For their 2015 bikes they are releasing a carbon version of their Lynx 6, which they describe as their bike for "aggressive AM/light-enduro" riding - what we'd generally refer to here as a "mountain bike". The new bike is an evolution from the current aluminium version, sharing the same basic suspension layout and kinematic, but losing a signifcant amount of weight to bring the frame weight down to 4.6lbs (without shock) and upping the travel from 140mm to 150mm. One of the most important changes in the bike is the move away from the pierced seattube layout, this means the bike can now run the new generation of piggyback-equipped airshocks to help the bike cope with aggressive riding and long descents. Shifting the layout also means the frame can take an internally-routed dropper post - something you cannot do with the old design. Carbon also means they could completely re-profile the tubing with a dramatic, curving headtube and flowing lines all the way through the bike.
Geometry remains unchanged from the aluminium version. It also retains the same features as its aluminium brother, with a huge PF92 bottom bracket, ISCG05 mounts for a chainguide and a burly 142x12mm rear end. For the new carbon bike they are now coming specced with a 160mm fork at the front, which rakes the headangle out to 66 degrees, and the topline model features SRAMs XX1 drivetrain and DT Swiss' Spline Two wheelsets. The aluminium version will still be available too and both version will be available with three spec levels. Retail pricing is to be confirmed.
Onza – Ibex and Citius with EDC – RC2
Onza's different casings. From top to bottom: DH, EDC, FR and XC
Onza are introducing a new casing for their gravity tires. Sitting in between their 850g lightweight, folding "Freeride" tires, and their 1,100g dual ply downhill casing will be their EDC casing, designed for enduro racing. Weighing in at around the 1kg mark it has a lighter, folding bead than the wire-beaded DH casings, with reinforced casing at the sides and a butyl layer. This means it should offer substantially more protection than a regular folding tire, at a noticeably lower weight than a full downhill tyre. The tread will use a dual compound, with a harder 65A compound for the side tread, and a softer, grippier 55A in the centre. This looks set to be noticably harder than many of its competitors, which although means a small compromise in terms of grip, should mean the tires last well out in the real world - an important consideration with the cost of tires these days. The new casing will be available for their Ibex, Citius and Greina tread patterns - offering a good variety of profiles for different conditions.
The Ibex, their best selling tire is now available as a 650b. It is their all-arounder tire, mostly for more wetter conditions. The Citius is a faster rolling tire than the Ibex, designed for dryer conditions
We were nothing but impressed when we reviewed DT Swiss' Spline One wheelset
, and at the show they unveiled two new additions to the range. The big news is an entirely new wheel the FR950, the burliest version yet of this wheelset. Featuring a 27.5mm internal width and an external width of 33m, they are the biggest member of the lineup in every sense. In terms of technology, they use all the same technologies - such as the Squorx nipples, the modular hubs and the updated freehub body. One noteable addition is compatibility for a 20mm axle at the front, something we'd love to see trickled down through the range (DT hinted we may be in luck with our wishes at some point in the future). Seeing as the lighter EX471 rim that graces the EX1501 version of the wheels is the rim Gwin rode bareback down Leogang this year, we would expect these to survive all-out nuclear war. Weight for the full wheelset will be 2,200g and retail pricing is to be confirmed.
The other addition to the range is the EX1501 wheelset upped to 29 inches. In the last few years there have been a good number of aggressive 29ers, like Specializeds Enduro 29 and BMCs Trailfox, and this wheels is a recognition of that advance in 29er development. Other than the diameter, they are identical to the smaller versions in the range, with a 25mm internal width. They tip the scales at just 1810g and look set to be some of the toughest big hoops money can buy.Check out all the images from Eurobike here.