Rose Pikes Peak
Standing out with its rough and unfinished appearance, the Pikes Pike is an aluminum prototype from Rose that features a nifty geometry adjustment system designed to allow for relatively quick changes between settings. The 165mm travel rear end is controlled via a relatively conventional looking four-bar design, with a rocker link that compresses a vertically mounted air shock and a Horst Link design with the axle pivot on the seat stay, but the interesting bit is the lower shock mount. Rose have employed a cam system that, when rotated, changes both the bike's geometry and suspension progression from steep and more linear, to slacker and more progressive.
This is all done with an 8mm hex key, and Rose said that all of the system's components stay attached to the frame - there's no removing, flipping, and re-installing any inserts. The difference between the two settings is a full degree - 66.5 to 65.5 - and the bottom bracket changes by 13mm. The adjustment system looks a bit rough on this aluminum prototype, but Rose would obviously tidy things up before the design hits production for 2016, likely with a carbon version.USWE Patriot 15 BP
USWE's Patriot 15 BP forgoes using a traditional strap and buckle across the rider's stomach, instead employing a four-point harness system that the company has named 'No More Dancing Monkey'. The name is amusing, but it also aptly describes what it feels like when you have a bag flopping around on your back while riding: ''A feeling of dancing monkeys, hammering their backs and heads for cruel pleasure,"
according to USWE. I've never really felt like I've had monkeys pounding on the back of my head, but I think we all know how annoying a floppy backpack can feel, which is something that USWE say they have been able to eliminate. The four-way adjustable straps are also wider than what is used by some of the competition, which should help to spread out the load, and the hose from the three liter water bladder (which is included
) can be routed on either side.
The Patriot 15 BP offers, you guessed it, fifteen litres of storage, and the twin buckles on the back can be used to carry a full face helmet or armour that you don't want to put on until you need it. The outer zippered pocket is also home to a tool roll that is slid down into a mesh pocket until you need to pull it out, and there's even a built-in CE-certified backplate between you and the bladder. The Patriot 15 BP comes in camo if you're looking to blend in, or a red option if the army theme isn't for you. BOS Deville FCV
Legendary suspension brand BOS have taken their FCV damper technology from the 208mm travel Idylle RaRe DH fork and stuffed it into a new mid-travel offering that's designed for enduro racing. The 160mm travel Deville FCV's open-bath damper is said to be able to differentiate between suspension movement that's initiated from impacts and movement that comes from the rider - think of body weight being moved around - thanks to its Frequency Control Valve. BOS says that the design allows for less fatigue, less brake dive, and more traction, all while letting the fork react better to square edge impacts. There's a built-in hydraulic bottom out system, also lifted from the Idylle RaRe, that keeps the fork from clanging off the end of its stroke. External adjustments include both low- and high-speed compression damping, as well as low-speed rebound.
BOS have also updated fork's air spring to have it provide more support in the early stages of its stroke, but also more ramp up when you need it. The fresh chassis features 34mm stanchions, and you can run either 15mm or 20mm thru-axles. Fork weight is said to be 2,050 grams, which is a bit heavier than some of BOS' competition if you go on claimed weights, but many of those who've used BOS suspension before would advise you that the performance is worth the slight weight penalty.