Randoms - Eurobike Media Days, Kirchberg 2016

Jun 30, 2016
by Paul Aston  
Simplon Bikes

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Relatively unknown, Simplon Bikes from Austria have a cross country and road heritage dating back to 1961. For 2017 they have introduced 140mm and 160mm travel versions of their new Rapcon platform. Interestingly, Simplon's business model works with distribution through conventional dealers in central Europe, but shops hold very little stock. Order an off the peg bike or create a custom build with colour and componentry of your choice, it should be available to collect at your local dealer within four days. www.simplon.com

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Flip chips are used to adjust chainstay length and clearance for 27.5" or 27.5"+ tires.

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Cable routing is mostly internal but exits the frame at the main pivot point. Routing passes through a guide on the pivot meaning no stretch and no need for a large loop of housing underneath the bottom bracket.




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Do we really need more stem bolts? Mountain bikes are over-complicated enough already.

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I'm not sure what's going to make the trolls most angry? This small grey sticker...

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..or this small embossed number?

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That aforementioned embossed figure is found on Rose's updated 140mm travel, 29" wheel Root Miller chassis.



Rotwild's Updated E1

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Rotwild has refreshed their E1 enduro machine with 165mm of travel, smoother lines, and tubing, plus an updated kinematic. Medium, large or extra large frames with 430mm, 455mm and 480mm reaches respectively. The chainstays are super short with a flip chip system to swap between 421mm and 433.5mm. Not a bike for Instagram addicts, though, the superb bright orange colourway defies the contrast on any camera. www.rotwild.com

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Stealthy internal cable routing sneaks through the bottom bracket shell directly into the chainstays.
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A full 1.5" headtube and angled cups supplied with the bike mean a head angle adjustable between 64.6, 66, or 67.5 degrees.



Magura / WP Boltron Fork

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WP are well known for their motocross suspension and in conjunction with Magura, have created this Boltron upside-down, single crown fork. Details were few and far between, but there will be 150mm and 160mm travel options in what is basically a scaled down moto fork and damper, a full release will happen this summer. www.magura.com

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Stanchion guards for safety with handy sag indicators.

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The axle is hexagonally shaped to prevent twisting.
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We'll be here for a few more days, so stay tuned for additional coverage from Eurobike Media Days, Kirchberg 2016


MENTIONS: @paulaston / @Magura



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83 Comments

  • + 69
 Those magura forks! you had my interest, but now you have my attention.
  • + 21
 I always hoped Marzocchi would make an upgraded version of the Shiver single crown.
  • + 5
 Magura suspension stems from WP. WP had the Rond line of mountain bike forks a bit as a hobby. Magura cooperated with their FIRM tech brake mounts, but wasn't happy with how seriously WP was about these forks and adopted the line in 2003 or so. Interesting to see they cooperate again. Looks cool.
  • + 4
 I'm fairly certain I can find some rocks around here that can find their way around those stanchion guards.
  • + 20
 That's an octogon
  • + 8
 @ryan83: So no motorbike aroud your parts I guess.
  • + 9
 On a fucking e-bike...
  • - 2
 @rideonjon: A) that is a motorbike B) Look at moto guards, they are more comprehensive. Those don't cover the whole side. It's an easy fix for them though. The Manitou Dorado guards do a good job of fully covering the sides of the stanchion.

Otherwise that fork should be an interesting addition to the market.
  • + 6
 And it has a 20mm axle!!! If it's not too expensive I'm getting one!
  • + 1
 I would love to try it. I wonder when the revel is out. That's meant to be released soon.
  • + 2
 @vinay: Lets hope that WP fork is a cone valve cartridge and not 4CS (Ohlins TTX copy).
  • + 1
 da avengers : age of boltron
  • + 1
 @ryan83: I'm fairly certain I can find rocks that'll gouge the stanchions on your conventional a lot easier.
  • + 30
 There are two grey stickers on that fork to annoy everyone.
  • + 28
 [Bruce Banner sitting quietly at computer] [begins reading article]

"Little grey sticker, let's see... oh, it says E-bike... op...tim..i....zzzzz........ AHHHHHH...... "

[shirt & pants rip apart]

RRRAAAAAAAAAARRRRR!!!!!

[Hulk appears, grabs all e-bikes and begins smashing them into little bits]

Hulk does not like the term "E-bike Optimized"
  • + 11
 Eh, I've long thought tire size would one day settle out in the 2.6-2.7 range for most riding. Good to see some development that way (though could we get it in a smaller diameter?).
  • + 2
 Check out the WTB Breakout. They are really wide and tall. I've been running them for a few months and have decided they are about as big as you can go before things get unruly and heavy (1100 gram tires). I'm running the Tough/High grip BTW.
  • + 1
 @ryan83: They just came out with a new front tire in 2.5 to go with the Breakout in 2.5, the Convict
  • + 3
 I agree. I'd be excited to get a pair of these tires on my 29er
  • + 2
 Same here! For trailriding I feel 3.0 is just too much but I get really annoyed that my Hans Dampf is just 2.35. Can't wait to see a 2.5 HD/RoRa combo.
  • + 1
 @ryan83: loving my vigilante but only 2.3
  • + 10
 Oh My God, three stem bolts how will I EVER deal...

REALLY? All that shit going on and your going to take the time, space and photo opportunity to complain about an extra stem bolt....
  • + 9
 I know. Media are the first to big up e bikes but apparently 3 bolt stems are a step too far.
  • + 8
 That cable routing at main pivot is awesome idea!

USD fork = here we go again Wink BTW: Magura is a strange company. They made the fabolous Gustaw M but since then they have a constant problem to prove to the world that they are worth it. I wish them best of luck and a breakthrough to the wide world Smile
  • + 2
 The cable routing is a good idea for this design indeed, where the links are long hence rotate over small angles. Don't try to do something like this on a bike with VPP type rear suspension Smile .

As for USD forks, the concept has some great advantages but some challenges as well, expecially with a single crown fork. Hence most bicycle suspension brands have at some point had one or at least experimented with it. Fox also had a USD prototype a few years ago. Magura inherited the Mid and Big Ego (dual crown) USD forks when they took over Rond forks from WP, so they're no stranger to the concept either. Also, the crowd seems to love it so it is definitely worth exploring despite the disadvantages.

Look at this 1x thing. The crowd and media has been all over it at least since 10sp was introduced. You'll going to have a bigger cassette so you're going to have be longer derailleur cage. Then you need a clutch mech to keep that long cage at bay. And a narrow wide chainring because such a long cage allows for obscene amounts of slack in the chain that could derail it. A narrow wide chainring does wear faster but it has all become simpler, hurray! I'm being skeptical here but recently I noticed these oval chainrings and definitely see the advantages there, if you only run a single ring up front that is. So a hurray from me as well Smile .

As for Gustav M, imagine it would be released today. Twice as heavy as a modern brake and a lot of drag inherent to the two piston floating caliper design. Sabrina Jonnier has been running it as a front brake on the steeper tracks back in the day so it is definitely competitive stuff, but I'm pretty sure the specs alone would scare the media and potential buyers away Wink .
  • + 1
 @vinay: Think about upgraded Gustaw M according to present times - it might be great Wink
  • + 8
 I don't like that little gray sticker... But I like the black 36 behind it.
  • + 9
 Simpleons look sweet
  • + 6
 That first bike!! So sick!
  • + 1
 Veeeeery sexy!
  • + 4
 WP has been in the Motocross business forever and only now in 2017 do they finally have a fork that works decent. Might want to hold off on their MTB fork a year or two or twenty.
  • + 3
 They're well know in the moto industry...for being shitty, harsh pogo sticks. But, WP just put they're Aer 48's on the bikes so we'll see how it goes. I hope they're mtb offering is better.
  • + 1
 Yeah I've also heard people in the motorcycle world are disappointed with the stock WP forks on bikes like the Duke.
  • + 5
 The nerve of fox to put on a little grey sticker, especially about E-Bikes! This is outrageous, now I feel compelled to switch brands and standards!
  • + 5
 So you are telling me my bicycle and my moto can now have matching his and hers WP forks?! Oh my god, call the mall and schedule some Christmas card photos!
  • + 3
 Magura WP fork - hope it's got what your alluding to b/c the pike, lyrik, and 36 all miss one thing or another (if RS could've just done an RC2 damper... And somebody figure out how to prevent internal pressure from building up) just think for a grand maybe they could work for an entire ride without a zip tie and maybe have a useful HSC and separate LSC and not require constant lube to run well.

That said I love riding a bike at 50% function ore than not riding so...
  • + 8
 I have a DVO Diamond...never look back
  • + 2
 @bman33: just got a pair....they are THE NUTS!!!! Lovely coil like initial stroke. So so supple and sensitive
  • + 3
 @bman33: Second that, the adjustments actually work and the OTT neg spring tuning allows high air pressure for good support without sacrificing small bump compliance. It's a great fork.
  • + 2
 I hope that black coating on those Fox forks is actually DLC, rather than SRAM's "DLC is too expensive for you customers-the one's that pay our bills- so we're saving it for the people who we PAY to use our products instead.
Magically Showa and Kayaba have managed to equip Kawasaki MX bikes for years with DLC'd forks, and these forks are ONLY sold on new KX 250f/450s.. there is NO aftermarket support like MTB forks have.
My long-winded point is that I hope Fox stepped up with the DLC as opposed to simply copying SRAM.
  • + 5
 I'd actually be interested in a 2.6" Nobby Nic if it came down to a 27.5" size, it would make a sick front trail tyre.
  • + 5
 That scaled down moto fork will blow some minds
  • + 2
 Why complaining about a extra stembolt. Probably this is a smarter way to handle the stress within the stem at a lower weight. This is a old fashion mechanical trick used everywhere.
  • + 2
 Simplon should have a model called the "Jack"

Also, I love the Rob Schneider character-from-waterboy quote on the top tube. "YOU CAN DO IT!"
  • + 3
 I've said for a long time that they need a 2.6" or 2.7" tire. Bravo Schwalbe
  • + 2
 The Magic Mary comes in 2.5 (65mm) but only in DH casing in 559 and 584mm diameters.
  • + 2
 I read it wrong! Thought it said Simpleton. Loving the look of the Rotwild.
  • + 3
 So... how do you optimize a fork for e-bikes?
  • + 6
 1. put a sticker on it 2. pray the e-bike haters don't see it
  • + 3
 Ah! the new SLX. looks great!
  • + 1
 Shame they went away from 104 4 bolt sizing. Ah shimano always changing so that we have buy shimano rings or wait a while until other brands catch up and make aftermarket chainrings. Having said that it DOES look good!
  • + 0
 "Nice looking bike."" I like what they're doing." 2 things I thought I'd never say about a rotwild. Don't think they sell them in NA but I'd like to see a review and full geo, price, weight .
  • + 1
 In search of animal chin?
  • + 1
 @savage47: Have you seen him?
  • + 1
 @savage47: the Rotwild Animal Chin. Sick!!
  • + 2
 @Miller16SD: Yes !!!!
  • - 1
 That rotwild E1 looks like a sassy version of a trek etc. Simplon may have the worst name brand in mtb history which is saying alot. I mean the bikes look good, design solid but Simp, what are you riding? A Simplon...... You could name it almost anything else and would gain interest.
  • + 5
 Just checked their page.
In the 1950s customer were running for swiss bikes because of the swiss quality. He decided to call his austrian quality bikes SIMPLON which is a village and a pass (2005 meters above sea level) in Switzerland.
  • + 4
 For the 25 people that live in simplon this is the bike for you.
  • + 2
 "Make coffee, not war" words I can get behind .... while I let the 29+ hate build :-)
  • + 1
 Euros
  • + 1
 It's actually 29+, -
  • + 1
 I would not be surprised if there has been blood shed over coffee !
  • + 3
 @somismtb dude look at that KTM e-bike. Let the hating commence...
  • + 2
 KTM motorcycles...KTM bikes Only seems natural they'd make e-bikes.
  • + 3
 @ReformedRoadie: separate companys that makes the motos and the bicycles.
  • + 5
 @parallaxid: ....or are they?.....(read mysteriously)
  • + 1
 @parallaxid: yes, I am aware of that
  • + 1
 not sure how I feel bout that sneaky internal-to-internal cable routing. It looks super clean, and probably very low maintenance, but is it something I could service myself?
  • + 1
 Wow, that old VW is in really nice condition. Would love to hear it running! @paulaston Did you get to see the VW up close?
  • + 1
 if i have the money im buying those forks... even if they don't come in my tire size... ill just look at them and be happy
  • + 3
 The fork look badass.
  • + 1
 Dag yo, that Mag' is a mean lookin' mofo. I would revise the guards though.
  • + 1
 "You can do it all night long!"
  • + 1
 Make Coffee Not War For the WIN !!!!!
  • + 1
 Produce/Show more XXL bikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 "You can do it"
"Dammit!"
  • + 1
 What is the stand called which the Rotwild is standing on?
  • + 1
 I'd love tp put some 2.6's on my 29er
  • + 0
 .........and the award for the best Transition copy goes too ........
  • + 1
 And the award for the best Specialized copy goes to...
  • + 1
 "...introduced 140mm and 160mm travel versions of their new Rapcon platform. Interestingly,..." that for me it's exact copy of Trek (although I really do not know if Transition was not the first)
  • + 1
 Simpleton

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