New Enduro Bikes, an EWS Book, Handmade Carbon Fiber & More - Tech Briefing, March 2018

Mar 1, 2018
by Alex Evans  

Tech Briefing is a feature for the new stuff that we spot every month but haven't got our hands on yet. An eclectic serving of tech, from revolutionary products to novel traditional gear, with some wacky stuff thrown in for good measure.

Rock Shox Budget-Friendly Forks
$169-$849 US / €189-€939* | £169-£839* (*Includes VAT)

New technology, new chassis designs and fresh new looks for everything from 30 to Sektor, Pike DJ to Bluto. (Learn more.)

Saracen Ariel LT and Traverse
Ariel LT £4999.99, Traverse £2,999.99

Saracen recently launched a brand-new Ariel LT designed around a 160/170mm chassis with a custom headtube that allows you to adjust the front centre +/-5mm. While the Traverse, Saracen claims, should be fast and playful on the trails without breaking the bank. (Learn more about the Ariel and learn more about the Traverse.)
Saracen 2018 Carbon Ariel Latest Myst and Revamped Kili Flyer

Urge Bombair Helmet

The new Bombair helmet shares the same mould and EPS liner as the more expensive Down-O-Matic lid but costs considerably less. Urge claim the medium lid weighs 975g and it comes in 5 sizes from XS to XL. (Learn more.)

Pivot Phoenix

While Pivot hasn't changed their Phoenix for 2018, they have given it a new paint job. (Learn more.)

The World Stage

With 208 pages of mountain biking-goodness, you can relive the 2017 Enduro World Series race season with this coffee table book. (Learn more.)
The World Stage book the complete unofficial Enduro World Series yearbook.

Unno Burn
€5,000 (frame and shock)

The carbon fibre 160mm travel enduro superbike is now available to buy, but in limited numbers only. Unno plans to deliver 50 bikes during 2018.
(Learn more.)
Unno Burn

Sombrio Custom Program
USA & Canada Only

Fancy riding in custom kit? Sombrio's new custom program allows you to create jerseys of your own design. (Learn more.)
Sombrio Custom

Knolly Fugitive 29er
$4,300 to $6,900 (complete bike)

Knolly Bikes announces a new addition to their line-up, and their first 29er, which is also compatible with 27.5” Plus x 3.0” wheels/tires. (Learn more.)
fugitive knolly

Cotic FlareMAX and Rocket
FlareMAX £2486, Rocket £2699

The new FlareMAX is designed around 29/27.5+ wheels and has 120mm travel, while their new flagship Rocket enduro machine is a longer and slacker version of the previous bike. (Learn more about the FlareMAX and learn more about the Rocket.)
Large size. New FlareMAX featuring longshot geometry. 120mm trail scythe. Integrated chain device larger main pivot bearings uprated fork length for 120 to 140mm options.

HxR Components Easy Shift Crankset

This wacky system lets you change gears without pedaling by moving the freewheel from your hub to your crankset. The hub's freewheel is fixed, while your cranks are isolated from the drivetrain. (Learn more.)
Easy Shift Kit

Intense M29 FRO
Pricing TBC

Limited to only 15 bikes, Intense is launching an exact replica of their race-proven M29 bike. It'll be hand assembled in the US by their factory racing tech, Chappy Fiene. (Learn more.)
Intense M29 FRO


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 Struggling to see how the pivot Phoenix made it into the tech briefing with only a different paint job.
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 Perhaps it's a highly technical paintjob. Or perhaps it's not a technical brief as much as it technically is a series of brief ads...
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flag AutumnMedia (Mar 1, 2018 at 6:55) (Below Threshold)
 Pivot didn't do anything - so let's give them a feature for doing nothing other than paying for ads - Pivot and YT loooove their ad placements - even when it makes no fuckin sense...
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 They paid for space...
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 @MTBlegand @AutumnMedia Fair point that a new paint job maybe shouldn't have been included, but it was a bit of a slow month for tech to be honest. Just to be clear: Pivot isn't paying for placement, and we label sponsored stories.
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 @brianpark: Away wtih you and your facts.
  • + 23
 constant bitching about 'new standards' or 'changes common too fast/ruining resale'. Here Pivot keeps it the same, more bitching. Can't win on Pinkbike
  • + 9
 @g-42: Perhaps the new paint is 28.99nm thick.
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 @endlessblockades: this is a clever comment #DUB
  • + 23
 Those steel bikes keep getting sexier and sexier in my eyes. Must be the carbon beer goggles.
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 carbon just isnt sexy.
  • + 4
 Pivot needs to step up their color game... same goddam colors every year in all the same bikes. Last year the Phoenix was blue and yellow.. now it’s the exact same blue and red that’s on the switchblade!!!! Do something different!!! please!!!!
  • + 6
 It's not Pivot's fault they ordered 23550 gallons of blue paint and 23550 gallons of red instead of 2355 gallons of each! Gotta use it up before it goes bad!!
  • + 7
 For a moment I thought that Unno is on Pinkbike online deals...
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 Handmade carbon? Please explain- was it hand weaved on a loom by a guy with a SRAM Mustache and tattoos or was it hand made like every other carbon frame?
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 Easy shift system primary benefits = less sprung weight in the rear hub, plus freewheel system packaged in larger area where the parts can be bigger and more durable. Shifting while coasting seems like a side benefit.
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 I'd guess there's a lot of extra drag since it's basically a fixed gear and when you coast your momentum keeps the chain moving and turning the cassette/chainring. I'm not sure how much sprung weight you're really removing when all you've done is replace the freewheeling mechanism in the hub. You still have that big cassette back there. I'm pretty sure I saw a video of this system and when the rear wheel was coasting (the bike was in a stand) the cranks started turning so there's clearly some inherent drag in the system.
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 Imagine the chain suck that crankset would cause...
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 Like you can see in some ebikes most resonable thing is to keep freewheel as it is, just add that crankset, the result is awesome.. you can see your chain moving only when pedaling... thats nice for trial moves!
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 This is an old and failed idea. Drop your chain and things get ugly fast. Ratchet friction at the front has to be appropriately balanced with derailleur spring tension at the back, otherwise the top run of the chain gets slack.
  • + 3
 Somebody is having fun with "babby's first photo editing program" in that header image.
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 939€ = Budget Friendly
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 The should just say in the press release they'll be on CRC for half the price....
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 I was just thinking yesterday that 500$US was a LOT of money for a single crown suspension fork ~20 years ago. I know as much as anybody how far the tech has advanced since then, but still. Man. More than twice the money these days for something decent. Are we having twice the fun? Hmmm
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 @DavidSA: no, its called inflation. Everything in the world minus wages in the U.S have inflated.
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2001 Civic Type-R - ~£16/17k.

2017 Civic Type-R - £31k+.

My top spec DH fork back in '06 was £700. That barely gets you a decent single crown these days.

Tech improvements and inflation have a cost across the whole consumer market.
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>Are we having twice the fun? Hmmm

are you buying fun or new better features?
also inflation
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 @gibbon-on-an-orange: Mattoc is £350 on crc so...
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 @DavidSA: To be fair, $500 twenty years ago is more like $800 today, and then there's the increasing complexity of the forks. We all know today's $1k forks are leaps and bounds ahead of the old top-end stuff.
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 @gibbon-on-an-orange: You can't really compare the 2001 and 2017/18 Civic, now it's grown almost 0.5 meters and got 50% more power. If you compare the new and 10 years old VW Golf GTI the price is maybe 20% up.
But for the cycling tech you can see the prices going up with each new generation.
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 Unno has become already a superbike before even getting into the market. OK.
  • + 1
 Unno please give me one of your frames as I would never spend 5 grand on one.
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 H&R compinents caught my attention for sure!!
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 How ugly is that rs fork in the pic?
Common sense says if it looks ugly don’t make it shiny.
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 Waiting for a Pivot Firebird Aluminum with threaded BB, decent spec and price..........won't hold my breath on the latter.
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 Intense FRO, You can use a DH bike for enduro afterall!
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