It's been awhile since we've returned from Vegas and we are almost all caught up...almost. After everything was uploaded, edited, written about, and whatever else we do, we are left with some tasty leftovers. Check 'em out!
Inside you'll find more info on... -GT's all carbon Fury DH bike
-A new 7" travel gearbox bike from Rotec
-Crank Bros. Opium DH wheels
-The same picture everyone has of Specialized's DownHILL bike
-New suspension to the MTB world, ELKA shocks
-Schlumpf's planetary gearbox front shifting systemGT Fury DH bike
For a company that has been around for so long, GT
is still pushing the limits and turning peoples heads. Slated for a 2010 release, the new Fury DH did just that. I pretty much had to beat the on lookers away with a pedal wrench to get a clear photo of this machine. The guys at GT are doing some amazing things with carbon fiber, check out the article and video on their Force Pro Carbon
to see what I mean!
2010 GT Fury
Who out there remembers the thermoplastic Lobo's and LTS's that were raced by the GT factory honch's back in the day? Those things were wild!
I've read that GT isn't using carbon to shave any grams, but instead for ultimate strength on the bikes that need it most. Most carbon bikes use a relatively thin amount of material to exceed the strength to weight ratio of aluminum while still being lighter. The Fury uses much thicker carbon walls and more material and that should make the Fury over the top strong!
Rotec 7" gearbox bike
Sully had his Rotec
booth hiding way off the beaten path and in a far corner of the Sands Convention Center, and I don't blame him as it sure was nice and quiet over there. He also had his new 7" gearbox bike on display!
I gave it a rip on the carpet and was impressed by the bikes shifting abilities while not pedaling. This was a rather hefty over built proto but expect the bikes to drop weight and get even more dialed. Hopefully it won't loose the rad orange paint job tough!
Crank Bros. Opium DH wheels
The XC and All-Mountain crew have been enjoying Crank Bros.
wheels for a while and now it's our turn. The new Opium wheels come in 20 mm front and 12/150 mm rear and use Crank Bros. spoke and rim system.
Crank Bros. Opium wheels
One easily identifiable advantage to the Crank Bros. setup is not having to run a tubeless rim strip with your non-tubed tires, or or regular tire and tube system either! The extra ridge that the spoke "nipple" runs through should make the rims very stiff and strong as well.
Not exactly news anymore, but here it is regardless. I've heard rumors,only rumors
, that Specialized
will be working on a new DH platform or maybe a highly modified Demo for Hill to race on. True or false, I have no idea!
A Demo with all of Hills parts and stripes on it
Elka SuspensionElka Suspension
is a good 'ol Canadian company that produces suspension for motorbikes and atv's. They had their Stage 5 shock bolted to the back of a Demo for everyone to give a push-push. Simplicity is their goal, just the right amount of dials to turn and shocks valved for the rider and bike. Oh Canada!
Schumpf's Tribewerk FR
I saved the most interesting for last! What you are looking at is a planetary gear system hidden within the guard and BB unit, not unlike the much ballyhooed HammerSchmidt. The Swiss made Tribewerk FR
is from Schlumpf Designs
and is pretty nifty. This was a prototype with some rough edges but it should give you the general idea as to what is going on. Before you get your panties in a knot Sclumpf has been making commuter versions of these things for years and years in Europe, long before anyone else!
The Tribewerk will mount up to both ISCG 05 and 03 guide mounts and uses a massive splined steel spindle for strength and stiffness. The gear ratio is easily changeable by swapping out drive rings and there is no bar mounted shifter
. That's right, no shifter on the bar. Look at the picture and on the driveside where a crank bolt would usually sit you'll find a rounded button. As you're riding along you hit that with your heal and you will either drop or gain a gear. I jumped on a demo bike and found that even with sandals on, the button was easy to press and shifting was instant. While it would be hard to hit as you are pedaling it sure would be nice to loose that shifter from the left side on our bars.It's the cool things like this that make Interbike such a rad time!
-Mike "Kakah" Levy