New Products From Fox Racing, Leatt, Hope, & Nukeproof - Bike Connection Winter 2020

Mar 2, 2020
by Dan Roberts  



The small Tuscan town of Massa Marittima, Italy was the host for the winter edition of the Bike Connection Agency. While it may have still been winter for the locals, who were clad in multiple jackets and woolly hats, it was nothing short of a mini-summer for the rest of us tourists. Dry and dusty trails, exceptional coffee and a bunch of brands attending to show off who they are and what new products they have to offer.







Bike Connection Agency Winter 2020 Fox Racing Photo Rupert Fowler

Fox Racing

Fox had their latest Speedframe trail helmet on show. The Pro model features MIPS and dual density EPS foam to handle safety duties. 19 vents and XT2 anti-microbial pads handle ventilation and hopefully keep your dome from stinking. Plus, there a Fidlock buckle and a 3-position visor to handle goggle storage and visor angle preference.

In Europe, the Speedframe also comes in a non-Pro version which drops some of the top tier features of the Pro, like the MIPS, Fidlock buckle and XT2 padding, but also drops the price so that everyone can take advantage of the Speedframe. The Speedframe Pro retails for 149 EUR and the standard Speedframe for 99 EUR.

Update: we've learned that the 99 EUR standard Speedframe is a Europe-only release.

Bike Connection Agency Winter 2020 Fox Racing Photo Rupert Fowler
The Speedframe Pro uses dual density EPS foam to handle head impacts of differing intensities.
Bike Connection Agency Winter 2020 Fox Racing Photo Rupert Fowler
MIPS as standard in the Pro model.
Bike Connection Agency Winter 2020 Fox Racing Photo Rupert Fowler
19 vents get the air in and out of the helmet.
Bike Connection Agency Winter 2020 Fox Racing Photo Rupert Fowler
XT2 anti-microbial pads to help keep your helmet smelling nice.

Fox’s spring 2020 clothing collection was also on show. Fox made the move away from segregating their clothing based on discipline, instead choosing to use durability, versatility and breathable mobility as the dividing factors in the Defend, Ranger and Flexair categories respectively. You can then pick and choose based on your own needs and it seems even the athletes do with DH racers often choosing the Defend pants combined with the Flexair jersey.

Fox also continue their Water, Fire and Wind segments for use in keeping you dry, warm and protected from the wind. Each segment has men's and women's specific cuts.

Bike Connection Agency Winter 2020 Fox Racing Photo Rupert Fowler
Flexair long sleeve jersey.
Bike Connection Agency Winter 2020 Fox Racing Photo Rupert Fowler
Ranger long sleeve jersey.
Bike Connection Agency Winter 2020 Fox Racing Photo Rupert Fowler
Fox's Defend, Ranger and Flexair segmentation depending on what you want as a rider.
Bike Connection Agency Winter 2020 Fox Racing Photo Rupert Fowler
Colour palettes and features trickle down through every piece in the range. Ranger gloves.







Bike Connection Agency Winter 2020 Hope Photo Rupert Fowler

Hope

Hope made the trip out with a van full of Barnoldswick bullion. In addition to the plethora of components and bikes that they manufacture they were having a bit of a focus on e-bike components in either specific ones designed for the job or highlight particular products that they already make that would also be best suited to an Ebike application.

The e-bike cranks are 165mm long and are a new forging of 7150 aluminum alloy to take advantage of the better grain structure that a forging gives, rather than just machining the pedal thread further up a current crank.

There are options for Specialized, Brose/Yamaha, Bosch and Shimano with a tweaked Q-factor to ensure clearance with most frame and motor combinations. The cranks use Hope’s self-extracting system and come in the usual array of Hope colours. E-bike cranks are 225 EUR and available shortly.

Bike Connection Agency Winter 2020 Hope Photo Rupert Fowler
Hope's Ebike cranks and rings are a new venture for them.
Bike Connection Agency Winter 2020 Hope Photo Rupert Fowler
The replacement direct mount rings are said to improve durability in the increased power environment.

Specific e-bike direct mount chainrings are also now on offer for Bosch, Shimano and Specialized systems giving a 52mm chain line for use with a 148mm back end. There’s a narrow wide tooth profile, and for the moment it’s only a 34T size, although if the demand is there then they’ll expand to 36 and 38T. Availability will be March 2020 but no word on pricing yet.

Hope also suggest using their Fortus 30 wheels with a steel freehub to withstand the increased torque output and Tech 3 V4 brakes for stopping duties with that extra bit of heft. There are options to run 200mm floating rotors or even the vented rotor option on an e-bike. Plus, there are e-bike specific brake pads on offer to further up the stopping power and heat capacity of the V4 brake when used on an e-bike.

Fortus wheels start at 530 EUR for the pair but can be purchased front and rear separately for 200 EUR and 330 EUR respectively. V4 brakes are either 240 EUR for a standard hose and 250 EUR for a braided hose. 220mm floating rotors are 60 EUR and vented rotors come in at 135 EUR. E-bike specific brake pads are 19 EUR a pair. All available right now.

All these suggested components can also be used on non e-bikes and are part of Hope’s normal line, so no need to be bitter about the people riding assisted bikes. Let’s all play together nicely.

Bike Connection Agency Winter 2020 Hope Photo Rupert Fowler
Bike Connection Agency Winter 2020 Hope Photo Rupert Fowler
Can't resist a cutaway.







Bike Connection Agency Winter 2020 Leatt Photo Luigi Sestili

Leatt

Piece by piece Leatt is expanding their range to cover you from head to toe. Their new goggles caught our eye, and with their bullet proof lenses that should be all that is catching your eyes.

There are 6.5, 5.5 and 4.5 options available and follow the Leatt culture of a bigger number being better-er. But independent of which goggle you go for the lenses remain the same and come in Velocity and Iriz versions and a myriad of colours to suit your individual tastes. This also means that all goggles are tear-off compatible... just don’t forget to go pick your tear offs up afterwards.

All lenses have a wide 170-degree field of vision and are constructed from a 2.7mm thick piece of bullet proof plastic. There’s an anti-fog coating on the inside of the lens, which we’ll be putting to test in the moist spring conditions.

Each goggle is shaped to allow water and mud to have a channel to clear off the bottom of the lens, rather than build up, and there’s roll-off compatibility built into each one.

Leatt 6.5 goggle
6.5 goggles sit at the top of the tree and are best suited to full on DH riding.

The 6.5s have non-fixed outriggers and the largest 50mm strap. There’s dual density foam used for a snug contact with your face and it’s removable to make for easy washing. A removable nose guard is included too and there’s a faster system for swapping lenses out.

Leatt 5.5 goggle
5.5 goggles cover the middle of the range and offer performance for full face helmet riders and open face helmet riders.

The 5.5s drop the strap size to 45mm and the dual-density foam now stays permanently on the goggles. The outriggers are fixed and the goggle should do well for use with both full face helmets and open face helmets.

Leatt 4.5 goggle
4.5s aren't just the "cheap version". They share much of the technology with the 6.5 and 5.5 and even have some features to make them work better with open face helmets.

The 4.5s drop the outriggers and drop the strap size down to 40mm for best use with open face or trail full face helmets, where the ventilation of the helmet can be less impeded by the strap.The price is lower than the 6.5 and 5.5 but all the same features for goggle shape and lens technology are still in there.

6.5 Iriz goggles come in at 94.99 EUR and standard 6.5s at 84.99 EUR.
5.5 Iriz goggles come in at 74.99 EUR and standard 5.5s at 64.99 EUR.
4.5 Iriz goggles come in at 54.99 EUR and standard 4.5s at 44.99 EUR.

Standard replacement lenses are 19.99 EUR and replacement Iriz lenses are 29.99 EUR.

Leatt bulletproof lens
Bullet proof lenses could be seen as over kill, but I've experienced an angry farmer threatening to shoot bikers, so these would come in handy.







Bike Connection Agency Winter 2020 Nukeproof Photo Rupert Walker

Nukeproof

Nukeproof were another brand that had a plethora of bikes and bits on show. Their recent additions of redesigned carbon and aluminum bars, updated Sam Hill signature pedals, bottom brackets, headsets and tubeless valves and repair kits were all out to see.

One new component on show was their new chain guide range. It's available in 3 versions, one full guide and bash ISCG mount, one top guide only ISCG mount and one top guide only SRAM S2/Shimano E-type mount.

Nukeproof chain guide
The U-shaped top guide is split into two and can simply rotate out of the way when loosened.
Nukeproof chain guide
For the option with the bash guard, there is a 32T max and 36T max option included in the box.

All guides use 6061 aluminum alloy backplates and stainless-steel hardware with a bunch of spacers included to fine tune the alignment. Compatibility is from 28 to 36T and the guide is designed to work with oval chainrings too. A neat feature is the co-moulded rubber portions of the top guide. According to Nukeproof, a noisy bike was like nails down a blackboard to the engineers so they designed in something to quieten the chain slap.

The full guide with bash comes with 2 separate bash guards for use with up to 32T or 36T rings.

Nukeproof chain guide
Co-moulded rubber surfaces inside the top guide should help your bike from sounding like a bag of spanners.
Nukeproof chain guide
The full guide and bash guard option comes with everything you need to get it mounted and adjusted correctly.

The SRAM/Shimano guide weighs in at 32g, the top only ISCG guide is 45g and the full guide with bash is 106g.

All fixtures in the guide are captive and only need loosening, not taking off completely, to install or adjust the guide. The top guide even splits and rotates if you ever need to remove your cranks or chain.


96 Comments

  • 276 21
 Where the shit is the grim donut ride
  • 23 2
 honestly
  • 17 4
 No shit. I think people looking for that have significantly improved PB's traffic. But also, I have a theory. I think that they're going to do a full review of the bike, as if it were a product sent to them from another manufacturer. It's not just going to be another 10-15 minute video. I think we're looking at a field-test style video, with a full write-up reviewing its capabilities and quirks. So, if it's anything like the wait times between First Impressions articles and full review articles for a bike, we're probably not going to see anything until May or June. But....that's just a theory.
  • 24 1
 @zsandstrom: One would certainly hope considering it's been almost 2 months. I wonder if the frame broke and they had to order another one or something.
  • 7 3
 The head angle was too slack maybe?
  • 12 1
 They're totally gonna string us out until we completely give up on them, and then quietly drop it on a random Monday morning with no real other news to post.
  • 3 1
 @Zimbaboi: Hang in there, man. Think of how glorious it will be for you guys when it finally happens.
  • 17 1
 The Grim Donut was on display at Pinkbike booth, at BC Bike Show, in Vancouver this weekend...

DB@EB
  • 10 1
 they're ramping up production. spy shots tomorrow, full review Wednesday.
  • 3 1
 @dlxah: frames not broken. Saw the bike yesterday at the B.C. bike show in Vancouver.
  • 2 0
 @jason114: did u eat it
  • 4 0
 @jason114: The head tube did shear off on huck-to-flat.

Head tube reattached with colour-matched icing.
  • 2 2
 I think it broke, no other reason to delay this long.
  • 2 0
 @nurseben: It's not easy to colour match metallic shades in icing.
  • 3 0
 I hope they put a Trust Shout on it so that the fork doesn't bind and found that it is the greatest thing ever.
  • 1 0
 Saw it in person at the BC bike show yesterday!
  • 2 0
 I always assumed they were waiting for a quiet news day sometime before World Cup DH racing kicks off for the season, but at this point that’s not so far away...
  • 20 1
 Love all the theories here! The first one took us an entire year to make so we aren't just going to rush the next one out. We want to take our time to make things good! Don't worry, it's coming.
  • 1 0
 @jasonlucas: praise be for a reply other than "2030"
  • 1 47
flag Boosting (Mar 2, 2020 at 21:51) (Below Threshold)
 @jasonlucas: stfu and get to work. How does one need a year to make a f*cking article? Get your head out of your ass kid
  • 5 0
 @Boosting: I thought canadians were nice
  • 2 0
 @Kimura: I bet they know each other Wink
  • 1 0
 My theory is that in APRIL 1st they will launch it as an official PB product and then they will make a raffle out of it to donate the money to a charitable organisation. Of course they will let the winner of the raffle know that he shouldn't ride it or he will die.
  • 2 0
 donut donut donut.... I think they realized they caused a huge problem, I used to be an avid reader of this site, but now I just come for the donut. If they ever release the article I might stop coming here, but goddam will they have my attention for a few minutes while I read the thing.
  • 3 0
 They're welding the head tube back on
  • 44 4
 so Nukeproof licensed the OneUp chainguide/bashguard ?
  • 2 1
 I doubt it's protected?
  • 3 1
 probably is best design ever, had e13 TRS and had to redesign upper guide plastic and printed it on my 3d printer to actually worked as it should from the factory. Then bought oneup one, and it is far better.
  • 1 1
 @dumr666: yep e13 is trash. I've replaced the top slider on mine three times now. Suck junk. Regret ever buying their stuff. This nukeproof one looks so much simpler and more robust.
  • 1 0
 How's everyone feel about the MRP bash? My bike came with one and I have had trouble keeping chain from rubbing on lower guard. I think the lower guard could fit a 36 tooth, and Im running a 32 so maybe that's my problem? I'm gonna cut it down soon.
  • 2 0
 @skerby: have one on my reign 29, 32t up front. keeps my chain on fine but I did have to fine tune with shims to get it to stop rubbing the bottom guide, also had to be rolled back a bit to stop hitting the bottom of the lower guide in the 50t.
  • 14 1
 Damn, when I read bullet proof I imagined they were using it in the way meaning "very durable and reliable", not actually bullet proof!

Any word on if they would work for airsoft?
  • 9 0
 Well if it stops with .22 as in the video then I think its taking 'milsim' lol.
  • 9 0
 Haha, these goggles are bullet proof!.... "yeh but will they handle airsoft brah!?"
  • 1 1
 @ctd07: Yeah, it stopped the bullet but it still cracked the lens
  • 8 0
 Yup I don't care if a lens is bullet proof or not, put that R&D time into a scratch proof or at least resistant lens.
  • 10 0
 Cybertruck needs these lenses
  • 14 0
 I wonder if the Fox Pro model Speedframe has MIPS or not.
  • 1 0
 haha
  • 2 0
 i thought i saw a sticker on the inside saying mips, but i could be wrong
  • 4 4
 MIPS is nothing more than yellow stickers. hashtag marketing brah!
  • 10 0
 nukeproof selling dildos now (top left main pic)
  • 1 0
 Ribbed for her pleasure
  • 4 0
 More like 40mm grenades... "Nukeproof dildos" sounds more fun tho
  • 2 0
 @Tasso75: First there was FIT4, then MIPS, and now...HEDP!
  • 2 0
 @Connerv6: High Explosive Dildo Penetration
  • 2 0
 @matt-15: or as I call it 'Thursday"
  • 1 0
 Top right for his pleasure?
  • 8 0
 Somebody should really invent goggles with 'windshield wiper' technology
  • 4 2
 Not sure if you're being sarcastic...I assume you know Smith Roll-offs.
  • 6 0
 Or a roll off system with a bluetooth handlebar trigger!
  • 2 0
 @kmag76: like the f1 cameras. they know when to roll at the right moment!
  • 2 0
 rainx
  • 1 0
 @ReformedRoadie: I was being sarcastic. I was imagining like a mini car windshield kinda thing.
  • 1 0
 @NoahColorado: Surprised a large Sunglass/Goggle manufacture didn't buy this company or licence this design.
  • 1 5
flag Poulsbojohnny (Mar 2, 2020 at 13:34) (Below Threshold)
 @ReformedRoadie: If you are using tear offs (or roll offs as you call them) on anything other than a race course, you are a poser. Sorry. For the rest of us mere mortal men/women, a quick wipe down at a trail stop is usually sufficient. That, and the fact that gigantic ski goggles have made their way into mtb makes me sad.
  • 5 0
 @Poulsbojohnny: I like goggles in dusty SoCal wearing contacts. Make all the difference.
  • 8 0
 @Poulsbojohnny: Googles are a super functional piece of riding equipment and everyone is a poser. Get over it bud.
  • 5 0
 @Poulsbojohnny: mmm, tear offs and roll offs are two different things
  • 3 0
 @Poulsbojohnny: well...the LAST thing we want to do is make you said.
The fact that you didn’t know the difference between tear-offs and roll-offs and think goggles are for posers when in fact they are almost required in certain conditions to see (kinda important in an enduro stage) doesn’t exactly make you look like you know wtf you are talking about.
  • 2 0
 @pinkbike You should check the accuracy of this article.
Both the Fox racing Speedframe and Speedframe Pro feature MIPS. The non-pro Speedframe looses the 3 piece outer shell and the fidlock. That’s it.
  • 1 0
 and the Speedframe is available in Canada. it's in my LBS now for 140 bucks. really nice fitting and nice looking lid.
  • 5 3
 Barnoldswick is the longest place name in the UK with no repeating letters.
  • 10 0
 Buckfastleigh in Devon, Buslingthorpe in Leeds & Buslingthorpe in Lincolnshire are all longer containing 13 letters, while Bricklehampton in Worcestershire has 14.
Barnoldswick is up there though at 12 letters.
  • 2 0
 @Dropthedebt: seriuously ???
  • 3 0
 @Dropthedebt: Buckfastleigh sounds like some redneck race car driver. Buck Fastly.
  • 4 0
 @JDugan: Buckfast Leigh sounds like a severely alcoholic Scotsman. Or "a Scotsman", as they're more commonly known.
  • 1 0
 @honourablegeorge: That's the one that came to my mind lol
  • 1 0
 @honourablegeorge: If you thought it sounded similar, its because Buckfastleigh Abbey, on the edge of the Devonian town is where the Neds' favourite tipple is brewed.

It's not far from the recently opened Dartmoor Bike Park in Ashburton.
  • 1 0
 @honourablegeorge: Drunken Scotsman trying to get a breakfast lay? As in "woman, I'm horny! How bout a buckfast leigh?"
  • 2 0
 @Shredtheduck @Dropthedebt : Shortest place name in UK is Ae which as one of the 7 Staines is also steeped in MTB culture, and regularly hosts enduro events. #RandomFactOfTheDay
  • 2 0
 @ROOTminus1: I love Ae Forest trails. Raced a couple of Enduro there. If the Trail Centre was sponsored by the CLLCTV how would you find it on a map?
  • 2 0
 @Dropthedebt: When I visited it was in between hosting the Ae-nduro and a stage of the TweedLove. If I remember it's got a random section of one of the highest boardwalk sections I've seen in the UK, not difficult or techy, just high, and then ends as it pops out by a turbine.
  • 2 0
 Can't Wait for Sea Otter Festival and all the Fresh Product Goodness!
  • 2 0
 Probably check on the coronavirus status in the bay area before you go? Infected numbers are growing each day.
  • 1 1
 @drivereight: I'm Good, got a side of lime disease on tap from your friendly neighborhood tick farm just in case I get Z corona
  • 1 2
 @drivereight: corona virus is a fake news hoax invented by democrats and the deep state.
  • 1 0
 @drivereight: Just got an email from Sea Otter saying they are keeping an eye out on the status of Coronavirus....it just might get cancelled if things don't get better.
  • 2 0
 I need hope to make ispec EV adapters for their brakes.
  • 8 0
 we need shimano to make mount standard that lasts more that one generation. then maybe other companies will make stuff for it.
  • 1 0
 @vemegen: yeah I could get on board with that as well. Unfortunately the industry doesn't seem to care.
  • 1 0
 Will Hope do the dm chainring for the new levo sl? Looks like a different size/spline pattern. Hope they do
  • 1 0
 I get the feeling PB writers are not allowed to mention Hope without mentioning Barnoldswick.
  • 4 0
 I'm thinking Barnoldswick is just too tasty a morsel for any copy writer to resist.

Speaking of Hope, though - for under $25, I was able to buy a 142mm-to-148mm conversion kit so my fully tricked out, burly rear wheel can now serve me on my new bike. I'll also be able to get a microspline driver for that hub. So kudos to them for supporting their product in a way that very means suggest they don't think of it as disposable.
  • 2 0
 @g-42: Yeah , I’m a big fan of their hubs.
  • 2 0
 Hope products always looks so nice.
  • 3 0
 Form & function tup
  • 2 0
 Oh, good. More flat pedal options. Industry needs more of those
  • 1 0
 There's a US version of the non pro speedframe helmet. We have it in stock at my store right now for 109.99
  • 1 0
 @dan-roberts: What, no mention of new shoes from Leatt?
  • 1 0
 Tchotchke roundup. Goyim translation: Thing Babies.
  • 1 0
 f*ckall there that I need, does anyone?

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