Eurobike 2014: Hey! You Gotta See This...

Aug 30, 2014
by Richard Cunningham  
Protective Powerthongs for men 2014

(Clockwise) Slytech protective gear heralds the return of the chicken wire DH suit and introduces "Powerthong Superbriefs" for men. Fabric's transparent sport-bike saddle is nearing production. Wolf Tooth and OneUp have been copied by a dozen or so parts makers. Despite the popularity of the 40 and 42-tooth conversion kits for ten-speed cassettes, SRAM and Shimano just don't get it. Scool's XXFat 20-inch-wheel fatbike won a Eurobike award. Continental Tire's big-man, Ulf Gunzel, was visiting at their stand.

Ritchey P-650b 2015

Tom Ritchey is traveling back in time, but with modern geometry and materials. His P-650b is crafted from butted alloy steel and features a carbon-tube rigid fork, 27.5-inch wheels and a beautiful carbon rendition of his circa-1979 Bullmoose handlebar.

Industry Nine PIllar carbon wheels 2015

Industry Nine displayed its Pillar carbon wheelset, with 29-millimeter OD rims made by Reynolds. Outside of the bearings, the wheels are entirely made and assembled in the USA. Industry Nine was also showing off its first fatbike hubs and rims, as well as the internals of its super-quick-engagement freewheel system.

Shimano 3D Cycling Trainer 2014

Shimano had a three-D virtual training device on display that would be cool to ride if they could add a couple of World Cup XC courses - or maybe the crusher EWS race at Whistler Crankworx 2014.

Shimano Sport Cam 2-14

Shimano's long-awaited Sport Camera was immersed in water. The CNC-machined mounting bits were a huge step up from the crappy plastic hardware that most POV camera makers offer.

Contential Baron Projekt 2.5 prototype tire 2015

Continental brought its prototype 2.4-inch Baron enduro racing tire and it looks more grippy than a London shop-lifter. Dan Atherton and Martin Maes are two of the athletes who shaped its development.

Continentak Der Kaiser Projekt tire 2015

Conti's massive 2.4-inch Der Kaiser is now available in all three wheel sizes. We expect it to be popular among the 29er enduro crowd.

Mavic Crossmax kits 2015

Mavic has branded a comprehensive range of AM/trail/enduro products under the CrossMax name - beginning with color-matched kits that pair up with its CrossMax wheels.

Mavic Croossmax XL wheels and Quest tire 2015

Mavic's CrossMax XL wheelset and Quest tire combination are designed to be more durable for the rowdier AM/trail riders among us.

Mavic Crossmax Shoes 2015

The CrossMax shoe is sold in yellow or black, and features a ratcheting buckle, as well as a grippy sole and a reinforced toe box. Laces under a protective flap ensure a customized fit.

Mavic Crossmax helmet. 2014

Mavic's Notch helmet is now available in blue, white and black - in addition to Mavic yellow. The good-looking and comfortable half-shell is rapidly becoming a favorite among North American enduro racers and trail riders.

Formula 35 fork 2015

Formula Italy now offers its top-performing 35 trailbike fork in a longer-travel, EX version. The 35 series refers to its use of 35mm stanchion tubes for stiffness, and the longer-stroke, 160mm fork has wider bushing spacing and slightly thicker walls inside its hollow aluminum crown. Formula's compact remote lockout lever is an option.

Garmin Virb camera 2014

Garmin's Virb POV camera was hard to get near to at the show. We have yet to review it, but the Virb has bike friendly features like external controls and switches, and an LED monitor. While the camera is not 100-percent remotely operable, it does sync with smart phones for viewing and recording functions.

Alan Cooke

Allan Cooke is the new athlete and sports marketing manager at Santa Cruz. This man is a hero on and off the track. Allan says this is his first gig that takes him out of BMX and almost exclusively into the mountain bike end of the sport. Don't let that fool you though, Allan is a force to be reckoned with on anything that has two wheels. Look him up up.

Pivot Phoenix 2014

Pivot's new Phoenix carbon DH bike is usually found in bright green team colors. The natural carbon version, however, looks absolutely wicked.

Liteville 301 Sytnace 2014

Jo Klieber, the man behind Syntace and Liteville bicycles, has done extensive testing to evaluate the roll-over effects of each of the three popular wheel diameters. His conclusion is that big wheels are 80-percent more effective up front, and that the benefits of a larger, heavier rear wheel diminish as the rider becomes shorter and the bicycle's center of mass is much lower in the frame. Klieber's response is to mix and match wheel diameters among the five frame sizes that Liteville offers. To demonstrate his findings, Klieber devised a 'pizza-cutter' model. By pushing the tiny bike over scaled obstacles from each of the three holes in the 'rider,' the effects of the different centers of mass become easily apparent.

SRAM X01 2014

With the addition of Guide trail brakes, SRAM's most dangerous weapon in the present battle for trail supremacy is its X01, one-by-eleven drivetrain. Presently, Germany seems to be the last holdout - with almost every bike seller still demanding two-by and three-by systems, and Shimano is gripping tightly to the Hinterlands as if it were a life vest in a stormy sea.

SRAM Bar 2014

Club SRAM was a refreshing oasis and a refuge from the a sea of rollerbag-tuggers and stogie-chuffing Eurobikers that journos had to contend with for four days.

SRAM shift test machine 2014

SRAM brought a shift efficiency testing machine from its German drivetrain factory. A powerful gear-drive motor turned the chainring while a linear actuator meted out shift after shift. Magnetic resistance kept the chain tension near the breaking point and each shift shook the machine slightly. Load cells record the force and number of gear changes.

First Rider youth MTB 2015

Early Rider is a small group of cyclists who came from outside the industry. They make lightweight and intelligently crafted kids bikes. The belt-drive mini mountain bike depicted here reportedly weighs less than 7kg and costs about $400 USD. They had one with a one-meter seat post for adults to try.

First Rider 2015

Early Rider also makes wooden striders that are works of art - and a mini road bike for father and son spandex bonding sessions. Early Rider scales down its forged cranksets, pedals, handlebars and brake levers for child-sized hands and feet.

Bike Ahead Carbon spoke wheels

The return of carbon spoke off-road wheels was inevitable. Bike Ahead's six-spoke carbon wheelset looked stunning - as did the carbon chassis they were attached to. More are sure to follow.

Pearl Iziumi X Shoe 2015

Pearl Izumi's Project X trail shoes are super comfortable, wth a seamless, one piece upper for no-hot-spot pedaling, a reinforced toe, and a carbon stiffened sole that is curved and tapered for walk-ability. The sole lugs are two compound constructs, with a hollow plastic base, co-molded to thick, grippy rubber on the outsoles. A double Boa lacing system is bonded to the tongue of the shoe so that it pulls the laces taught, evenly from both sides of the shoe. They felt like gloves on our feet. $320 USD.

Pearl Izumi Shorts 2015

Pearl Izumi's Summit baggy short is tapered slightly and tailored for a comfortable, non-chaffing fit. The Summit range is paired with matching Jerseys in short and long-sleeve versions. We are testing them at present with excellent results to report.

Peal Izumi Jacket. 2015

This newly-released rain shell is cut to fit the rider in a cycling position. Pearl Izumi uses live fit models to construct its patterns, who are on its payroll. This is how the designers there discovered that the hood needs to fit over a helmet, and that the rear of the hood should be vented. The fabric has a bonded waterproof membrane, although the seams are not sealed nor taped.

Fizik Tritone 5.5 Kium saddle

What is the message here? Is Fisik's Tritone 5.5 Kium saddle a design revolution, or are they telling us that even a man's most trumatic body injury will some day heal?

Adidas X King enduro AM shoes with Continental tread rubber

Adidas and Continental partnered to produce a trail running shoe based upon Conti's popular Trail King mountain bike tread pattern.

Geoff Kabush s 2014 US XC national championship Winning Scott Spark on display at Syncros

Geoff Kabush's Scott Spark 29er was on display at Syncros, sporting the number one plate from his overall victory in the 2014 US national XC series. Kabush uses a Fox iCD electronically controlled shock and fork, while the drivetrain and brakes are Shimano XTR.

Geoff Kabush got a WWF-style belt for winning the US Cup XC national championship overall this year. Way better than a gold medal

Geoff Kabush got a WWF-style belt for winning the US Cup XC national series overall this year. Way better than a gold medal!

Hall-of-Famer Joe Murrray was one of the sport s cross-country crushers who carved a successfull career as a bike designer and remains one of Shimano s most trusted product testers.

Hall-of-Famer Joe Murrray was one of the sport's early cross-country crushers who carved a successfull career as a bike designer and who also is one of Shimano's most trusted product testers.

Maxxis Mammoth tire

Maxxis debuted its Mammoth fatbike tire alongside five of the most popular mountain bike tire designs ever made.

Nino Schurter s Scott Spark 27.5-inch XC racer 2014

Nino Schurter's 27.5-inch wheel Scott Spark at the DT Swiss expo. Shurter likes carbon - carbon bars, carbon brake levers, carbon wheels, carbon seatpost, carbon seat rails, carbon shock, carbon fork, carbon stem and even a carbon bottle cage. His late season dominance of the World Cup XC was not enough to nip Julian Absalon for the number one plate, but he will be a force to contend with at the upcoming World Championships.

Kali Helmet

Kali Protectives says that research indicates that significant reductions in the thickness of a helmet may equal the rotational impact reduction benefits of thicker helmets which are designed to make room for internal rotational impact devices. Kali intends to incorporate both schools of thought in an up-and-coming design.

Ralph Naf s BMC Four Stroke FS01-29 on display in the Fizik booth.

Ralph Naf's BMC Four Stroke FS01-29 World Cup XC racebike on display in the Fizik booth.

Ralph Naf s BMC Four Stroke FS01-29 also uses electronically controlled Fox iCD suspension with internal wiring. The Fox system shares the same battery and wiring as Shimano Di2

Ralph Naf's BMC Four Stroke FS01-29 also uses electronically controlled Fox iCD suspension, with internal wiring. The Fox iCD system shares the same battery and wiring as Shimano Di2.


  • 134 2
 The pivot is so clean
  • 15 1
 Ya, so sick. At first glance i thought it was single pivot, but that linkage has one of the best designs I've seen in a while.
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  • 15 6
 You mean you packed one of it for the shipment this morning?
  • 8 20
flag HairyLegs (Aug 31, 2014 at 4:36) (Below Threshold)
 That Pivot had great looking pivots Razz
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  • 5 0
 "looks more grippy than a London shop-lifter". Blahahaha!
  • 7 1
 that wooden kids bike pretty much looks like da new demo
  • 3 1
 anyone notice the crotch buster bike? 10th from the bottom
  • 2 0
 dw link is life ....
  • 1 1
 Wow 11 neg votes for a play on words of the Pivot frame having nice pivots. ....There are clearly 11 very upright people out there
  • 58 3
 So, I work at a bike shop. And the most common question asked is "What is this for?", as they point at the fat bike. I'm going insane. its slowly happening. But I'm a few fat bike related topics away from going nuts.
  • 6 0
 I feel your pain man
  • 27 0
 Sand and snow. That is the only answer. And beer-trips. You know when you need to go fill up your growler?!
  • 17 24
flag WAKIdesigns (Aug 30, 2014 at 23:14) (Below Threshold)
 In less than 3 years it is going to be bigger than you can imagine Smile think outside of the trail box. It may be the end of expansion of machine dug trails.
  • 16 3
 Why doesn't the store manager place somekind of a brochure or informative poster to educate clients upfront?
  • 10 6
 When i'm heading out on my bike to get a beer I like to get a little loose and in any dirt i can find Im cranking the bars and sliding the rear wheel doing a "Cutty". These fat bikes dont look like they would get that loose, kinda boring perhaps. Am I wrong?
  • 1 6
flag PedroVieira (Aug 30, 2014 at 23:27) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah, and they lack fox dhx rear shocks too!
  • 19 0
 Pedro, because as a shop manager you actually want your staff to engage with customers in a meaningful way. When done properly it's beneficial for both sides.
  • 3 0
 How does the outside diameter of the 20inch fat bike compare to that of a 26? Looks like a way to ride over sand while reducing tyre weight. Yeah look for fat bikes not so much as something cluttering the trail but as something making its own trail.
  • 3 0
 I travelled 850kms on my Moonlander in july earlier this year... and oh boy oh boy did only 2 people out of 100's know what my bike was for. One guy wanted one, so he knew what they were meant for and the other one was an American from Minnesota and had a Surly himself.

In Germany I head people yelling "geil", "hammer" and "krass". Also 1 time "verrückt".

I thought Germans liked undestructable transportation devices... hahaha
  • 8 0
 well said ka-brap. i work in a bike shop too and answer the "what the hell are these enormous tyres for" question at least ten times per any other question. i pretty much slip into the same tried and tested little speech every time now. which then generaly leads to a whole string of other questions about all the other interesting stuff in the shop. if we just put up a poster saying "its for soft terrain" then people would mostly walk in, read the poster then walk straight out again. not good...
  • 13 4
 I heard a good answer by a shop employee, when asked a similar question: this a super fun bike, it is weird but that's what makes it super fun. It is not so fast on uphills but is rolls over everything! Plus nothing else rides better in the snow. Everyone should try one!

It intrigues people and as gabrielmission says, it leaves them intrigued. You can't have any good conversation with a bloke asking "WTF is this?!" anyways. You just take a guy like that to the most expensive road or xc bike right away. Then they nod a bit and pretend they can afford it, then they buy a tube or Pearl Izume jersey and leave
  • 20 1
 I admit to feeling fat-curious
  • 36 4
 Customer: "What's this for?"

Sales: "c*nts"
  • 2 0
 In California and the UK they probably make little sense. Here, we are off normal bikes for almost 6 months due to snow and then mud as the snow melts. These can roll on during that time.
  • 1 0
 And then, as if by magic, this appears on the BBC web site. When mainstream media start their Eurobike coverage with this, I get the fear.
  • 3 0
 Fat-E-Bike needs a gearbox. Fat-E-Gearbox-Lefty-29er Bike is more of a mouth full. They should make one of those.
  • 3 1
 I would love to own a fat bike, it snows here six months a year. I will purchase one the day any local winter lift access resort allows fat bikes on the chairlift. I'll play on the groomers while my kids take their skiing lessons.
What's with all the bitching anyway? They are terrain specific ffs. Half of you don't even live near a real mountain anyway so try to look at the bigger picture instead of hating on a potentially fun bike.
  • 1 3
 29ers & fat tires make for easier trail. They widen corners, smooth out techy areas, and beat down the trail. I'm not complaining, I just noticed my local trails are changing and the only thing I can think is because all the fatty's this year.
  • 2 2
 If I lived in middle of no where and had lots of snow and no one to see me I'd buy a fat bike lol!
  • 5 1
 are fat bikes like scooters and fat girls...? fun to ride but you dont want your mates to find out?
  • 1 2
 Suth17 yep.
  • 2 1
 I ride my fatbike with pride, though I never admit riding a fat girl. They're not the same... :p
  • 1 0
 Lol I admit I have but never a Fatbike...
  • 14 0
 The crappy hardware made by POV camera companies is actually designed to be crappy, so it would brake way before de camera housing and the actual camera. Both of which are ridiculously strong and durable. Really, there's a video of a Gopro falling from a plane and landing while it is still recording. There's another one where a guy put his Gopro on a boiling water filled pan to film a egg cooking. It is just that ridiculous.
  • 20 4
 Yet they still rattle like a pile of crap.
  • 10 16
flag elong801 (Aug 30, 2014 at 23:20) (Below Threshold)
 Good ol' plastic.... Seriously tho gopro, The little screw handles that dont even reach past the housing are so dumb!
  • 25 1
 elong801 those little screw handles are made for pivot mounts and other accesories that don't require them to reach past the housing. The long screws are made for mounting the actual housing to whatever attachment you may be using... User error is so dumb.
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flag lukachadwick (Aug 31, 2014 at 0:51) (Below Threshold)
 There are long and short screws but even the long ones don't extend further then the casing so it's really hard to get enough torque on it. However I can imagine people would tighten them up too tight if the screws were longer which would mean That on impact it could rip off the adhesive pad or da made whatever it's mounted too.
  • 7 1
 I broke my Gopro on my brothers arm as I was filming him past me down a trail. Just at a mellow pace, the plastic mount broke as it should, but so did the LCD and sensor. Tried to get something out of Gopro and all I they offered me was 5% off my next Gopro camera.. I know they couldn't replace every single camera that gets broken, but I'm sure somewhere in their multi-million dollar profits they could afford some kind of better service. A company as successful as theirs should be more loyal to their customers. Just my 2 cents.
  • 4 0
 you broke the mount, lcd and sensor? on someones arm? something isnt quite right there....about a week ago i bailed hard and slid down a rocky landing at about 30mph on my chest. with a go pro strapped to my chest. when i eventually got up and brushed myself off, wiped off the blood, realised i had badly hurt my wrist and retrieved my bike from about 15 ft from where i landed, i simply turned the go pro off and walked to the bottom of the track. camera has worked flawlessly ever since. my only complaint is that the blow must have rattled the memory card and that particular video was sadly corrupt. shame. woulda been amusing watching it. similar story of an aquaintance of mine who put his motorbike into a gravel trap at 140mph. when he eventually found the camera about 500ft from his ruined bike he simply turned it back on and bolted it to his spare bike.
  • 2 5
 I'm talking about the longer ones... Not everyone has tiny girl fingers
  • 5 0
 They have crosshead screws inside the thumb/finger handles, you can tweak them up a bit more there...
  • 5 0
 @jclnv That little piece of rubber taped to the lid of the box.... That solves the rattle...*Huuuuurrr duuurrrr instruction manual*
  • 2 1
 bisky. nothing stops that bloody rattle. its incredibly annoying. i have put bits of inner tube in the case, i have put electrical tape around the clip, i have done the strap up tighter, i have tightened every last god damn nut and bolt on there and the rattle is still there. it hasn`t even got remotely quieter. seriously it drove me nuts until i just gave up and accepted it. I can only imagine its the actual internals of the camera rattling or something. i do have the original gopro 1 tho. they may have sorted it by now on the 3+ edition.
  • 1 0
 @gabriel-mission9 My incident had a similar problem with the video, but instead of corrupting the whole video it cuts out about 3 seconds before the impact, this is because cameras don't instantaneously write the video to the memory card. Hence why memory cards have classes and different write speeds. The 3 seconds that I lost were still in a temporary form in the processes about to be written to the card. I wish I had the impact footage to show Gopro how mellow the crash was..
  • 3 1
 The more you look at GoPro's the less they make sense. I have one so I'm not trolling. It's a general sports camera, which is why it looks like a camera!, rather than a cycling specific camera. They stick up or out stupidly high on helmets, which puts lots of leverage on the mount (and sometimes your neck!) and causes the creaky rattle. They're well built but I would buy something else next time.
  • 2 1
 Look all I'm saying is it's stupid that they use plastic mounts.... And then charge you $25 for something that cost 5 cents to make.
  • 1 1
 Totally with chap I am going for the sony
  • 10 1
 Would it be possible for you guys and gals at Pinkbike to get hold of Jo Klieber and do a proper technical article on his findings re. wheel size? It would solve not only arguments, but the headaches the consumer has when looking to purchase a new bike. For example, I'm 6ft 5 and now thinking that a 29er would be bob-on for me (which is something I have always kind of thought) but never committed too and would love to know the different between a 26 running a high profile tyre and a 650 running a lower profile etc.

Cheers, Sam
  • 7 4
 Such explanations never solve anything because the main purpose of babbling is babbling itself. The differences in opinions are normal, however some part of society feels the urge to convert others to their visions. Ever heard that devil is more happy with a new fallen soul than with a thousand of worshippers?
  • 1 0
 I still have my Trek 69er SS that works really well. It would be interesting to see Liteville bring that concept back.
  • 6 0
 I buy stuff that's proven to work. I switched to Narrow wide, wider bars and clutch deraillers as their effectiveness is uncontested. The wheelsize debate is a mess and my first hand experience was inconclusive. I'm not making a move on that front until the dust settles.
  • 4 1
 I'm happy to see how rider size has finally entered the fray on this issue. like many components, the good or bad rating has everything to do with rider size, weight, and aggressiveness. too many times guys are looking for the "one right answer" when there IS NO one right answer for anything in the world, every moment in time is dynamic and should be considered and evaluated in the moment. As 6'9" 235 lb. rider I've learned to make my own choices, as the advice of a 5'10" 175lber doesn't count for much.
  • 1 0
 Rider size is a variable (emily batty on a 29er...) but I find the biggest variable of all is often the most overlooked: terrain. All wheel sizes have their advantages and drawbacks. They will sell you everything they churn out of their chinese factories as the ultimate bike but truth is there is no ultimate bike, they all shine on a particular terrain and get eclipsed somewhere else. There's a reason they don't make much DH 29ers or XC marathon 26ers. To each their purpose.
  • 1 2
 Everything is variable, there are many unknowns in the equation, there is no perfect solution for given conditions, even in a sport like F1. That's why you must choose a strategy, one of few good ideas, and behave according to it. Human factor IS dominating in any discipline of cycling, a person denying that simply lacks experience in riding. Only a poor rider, seeing good riders too rarely, thus lacking perspective is able to form such conclusion. No matter how much knowledge you have and how much information and input you can gather, you must be able to manage that information, then you must be able to make use of it. And here is the problem, this is what geeks do not get - human factor in decision making. There is only one thing that is certain - we are highly unreasonable creatures, and further we are from actual racing experience, the less we should care about what wins races, because that stops us from progressing. Nobody ever become good at driving or riding a bike by studying physics of a machine. If it is physics that one is interested in, he may want to put a lot of effort in understanding kinetics of his body over the bike going over terrain features, there are some PHDs to write about there. Shim stack and attack angles are good for engineers working in bicycle industry.
  • 1 0
 too long explanation WAKI ! just tell us which wheel size is the best in a sentence Wink
  • 1 0
 it depends...
  • 2 0
 Could anyone explain why his test cut out rider has his seat in the non technical uphill position? I know people do ride like that, but their, like, well road riders on dirt. And probably went otb before they left the house this morning. Wouldn't that prove that seat posts in the sky, were all going to die.
  • 1 0
 I am going to have to add in here, I disagree with Waki a little bit. I now physics and that makes me a better rider, kind of, I understand the forces and by theory I can understand how to do better in a curve or so after doing it quite a few times and trying to analyze the weak spots. You just have to analyze what might be better for you.
  • 11 1
 Mavic, kits that match your wheels?!...and I thought I was being silly matching my helmet to my hydration pack.
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flag Extremmist (Aug 31, 2014 at 2:21) (Below Threshold)
 What's silly about trying to not look like a clown? I ordered a custom built sunglasses from Oakley to match my white Crossmas SX wheelset.
  • 1 0
 Glad those shoes come in all black now. Once my terraduros wear out, ill be lookn at these and new shimano shoes out 2015.
  • 6 1
 Shimano and SRAM really need to get on with some 10 speed 11-40 cassettes, I know they sell want us to buy into their ridiculously expensive 11 speed setups but while one up, hope etc are producing range expanders we can stick 2 fingers up at them
  • 11 0
 Screw them let some smaller companies make some money. As long as they still make 10 speeds who cares?
  • 1 0
 I'm strongly considering getting a 40t-42t setup and considered all options as my drivetrain is getting old. It would be under 350$ to get an x9 setup with a 40t cog. Its about 1000$ for x01 setup. Despite knowing that a x01 derailleur probably shifts a lot better than an x9 on a 42 tooth setup, for a 650$ish difference, I'll take my chances with a 40t cog...

Now maybe it would be different if it was a 1 time deal, but knowing that chains/cassettes/derailleurs are consumables, screw that, especially considering that the 350$ X01 derailleur could get destroyed any time with a little bad luck.

With the third party 40-42t cogs, I feel sram/shimano are wasting precious money by not trickling down the tech faster and being inflexible with their initial business plan.
  • 9 1
 That Phoenix! Oh my...
  • 8 0
 Dat Ritchey P-650b!!
  • 4 0
 I concur sir. That Ritchey is gorgeous.
  • 5 0
 Indeed, out of all the bikes I've seen so far at eurobike, that Ritchey is by far the most elegant, and those handlebars take me back a bit, just beautiful.
  • 2 0
 It looks absolutely amazing. My old boss has an original P20 in mint condition standing in his garage. I am a bit envious of that.
  • 1 0
 Any idea on the dimensions of those Bull Moose Bars? Are they XC-centered 740s, or real-world 780+? With that backsweep it seems they maybe tough to cut down but I'd love them if they were on the long end of the spectrum, with a new-school "stem" length. Bonus feature: looks like a nice centrally-located perch for a GoPro.
  • 7 1
 is that slytech protection your wearing or are you just happy to see me?
  • 7 0
 oh wait, the mannequins are facing that new phoenix frame. dats why...
  • 5 0
 Asa Akira i'm really sorry. I think i've fall in love with Phoenix Carbon.
  • 2 0
 The Pivot reminds me of a stealth fighter, super sick! I wonder how the new Contis are, the old ones weren't the best, but i've read a few times that the new Kaiser is pretty awesome...
  • 1 0
 I love those carbon fiber Ritchey Bullmoose handlebars! I read somewhere they will offer them in various stem lengths, however what doesn't make sense is that the shorter 70mm comes with a shorter bar length of 720mm, while the longer 90mm up comes with 740mm. Wouldn't you want a wider bar with a shorter stem and a narrow bar with a longer stem length? Why don't the just make them all 740mm and let the buyer cut it down to a size they prefer?
  • 1 0
 One-by drivetrains sure are light and quiet, but I refuse to sign on for $300 cassettes and derailleurs, $100+ chainrings, and carbon cranks that fail. Don't be brainwashed. Don't be a sheep.

I'll be over here on my porch. So stay offa my lawn.
  • 4 0
 It's crucial that one's Mavic kit matches one's Mavic wheels.
  • 5 0
 Oh pivot. Thank you.
  • 4 0
 I like the the pearl Izumi shoes Sick
  • 2 0
 Seriously RC, how many times can you write "First Ride" while posting pictures of Early Rider bikes. Pay attention next time!
  • 1 1
 Three, If I counted correctly, Give us some slack. We work the show, hit the post show product debuts and then stay up all night writing. We proof each other's stuff, but by then, the words are swimming all over the screen. Fixed, Thanks for the catch.
  • 3 0
 I reckon Jared Graves outputs more power than SRAM's motor on their shifting rig Smile
  • 2 0
 Just to point out, SpecialitesTA made that 40T cog before WTC released theirs Smile
  • 2 0
 I bet Allan Cooke never thought he would be pictured in the mix of a bunch of random MTB parts.
  • 1 0
 Since I've known him from when he was born, and he knows my sordid history, I'll wager that Allan thinks it's more funny that I ended up as a journalist.
  • 2 0
 Always thought it makes sense to have larger diameter front then back ala MX
  • 1 0
 So then the next big MTB fad is an FS MTB with a 27.5" up front and a 24" in the rear, with the rear sporting a 180/203mm rotor!

I'll ride it!
  • 1 0
 Is there really anyone who buys a bar arrangement where you can't tune the bar angle even one degree? Or am I just too fussy?
  • 3 1
 Whoever designed that pivot frame desereves a cookie
  • 2 0
 Yeah, that Ritchey looked nice
  • 1 0
 those carbon spoked wheels...drool. just make them all black. lose the branded green spoke
  • 1 0
 One of my friends at Twinsix who races team metal got a set of the industry 9 fatbike-hubs awhile back, they're awesome!
  • 1 0
 I really should drop the wedge for head to toe izumi. Actually, maybe not the £200 toes.
  • 2 1
 That training device is awesome. Especially for those keyboard rider.
  • 1 0
 Damn, that Pivot frame...!
  • 2 1
 are there 26" and 27.5 bikes together now? 27 up front and 26 back?
  • 1 0
 I swear that's going to be the next thing you see out there. In the old days when we ran 24 / 26 combo on our Dh rigs.
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 where can i get the jacket from ??
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 Who is buying all these Fat Bikes?
I mean really
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 I wouldn't buy one myself, but I think they're pretty cool. Love to try one for sure
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 That's a 20inch fatbike. Stick some bmx bars on it and 60psi in them moon tyres and you'd be destroying!
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 Real simple answer. Anyone who lives where there is snow for half the year and is a hardcore rider who wants a hell of a workout. They are taking off big in the interior of B.C. (we are looking at building a groomer for snowy singletrack where I live), Alberta, the rest of Canada, the north eastern US, Montana etc. The bikes get sold out fast, suppliers can't get enough stock.
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 What is that blue bike below the pivot frame? I can't tell
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 It's a Liteville 301. Probably the Mk 11. I've got the Mk9, which I absolutely love! If you got the cash, get one. You won't regret it.
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 I have one and it is an impressive ride. Aluminum, and its lighter and stiffer than most carbon bikes in the 150mm trailbike class.
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 those are some sweet bikes
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 for 320$they better feel like sex on your feet.
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 Look at the state of Schurter's bike, he could have cleaned it!
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 dat Formula 35 fork doe
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 Joe Murray is GOD!
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 urgh. gripshifters make me puke. why the f*ck do sram still make them?
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 They still make it primarily for the XC crowd. The ability to drop so many gears in one direction or another is actually pretty sweet. I actually have a hard tail with 3X9 grip shift that never needs a tuneup. Those shifters have so few moving parts that they just never need any work done on them. Makes them perfect for bike packing or other adventure riding in my opinion. That being said, I would not use them on any bike designed around fun over efficiency.
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 You puke easily. Gripshifters are cheap, never break, and can shift an entire cassette in 1 pedal stroke. Why does anyone run triggers?
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 @ scottzg , I neg propped you by error. +2
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 Gripshifters are also very popular with the Fat Bike crowd.....the grip shifts are much easier to shift when you have bulky winter gloves on.
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 Jerme Clementz uses a left-side GripShift to operate the Dyad shock of his Cannondale Jekyll. It eliminates the confusion of another shift-type lever movement on th H-bar, and it is super quick to operate.

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