Randoms - Bike Connection Summer 2019

Jun 28, 2019
by Brian Park  

The Dolomites in the small town of Andalo, Italy, make an incredible backdrop for a media camp. In between coffee, gelato, and uplifts we found a few new tech and apparel bits.

Trends come and go, but purple ano is forever.

I wonder if anyone good still uses flat pedals? Sam someone or other maybe?

Nukeproof has added purple ano options to their Horizon (or HZN? Vowels are hard) lineup of components. Their SPD-compatible clip-in pedals now have an improved engagement mechanism for more security, and they've got update kits available as well.

Nukeproof Nirvana women's long sleeve jersey.

Cordura patches at the elbows.
The shorts have a goggle storage bag that flips out of the right pocket.

They also introduced women's cuts to their high-end Nirvana line of clothing. The enduro-ish long-sleeve jersey has welded seams, four-way stretch fabric, laser-cut vents, an anti-bacterial finish, silicon shoulder grippers, and Cordura arm patches. MSRP is €70.99.

The matching shorts are a four-way stretch Cordura, have a DWR finish, and use triple-stitched inner leg seams. They also have waist adjusters, silicon grippers in the waistband, and a detachable goggle bag. MSRP is €93.99.

Heart of darkness.

SRAM's Alex Rafferty had his Megatower looking fresh.

Super Deluxe Coil.
UK heritage on display.

The Cosmopolitan jersey.

Small Italian women's clothing brand Chicken Line had a bunch of their wild (and mild) clothing on display. Started by Elena Borroni with the familiar catalyst of not being able to find the fit, quality, and colors she wanted, their clothes are 100% made in Italy with Italian fabrics.

They're looking for online distribution in North America.

Hidden zip.
The fabric on the Cargo Plus shorts feels pretty robust but still stretchy.

Luigi Sestili Bike Connection Summer 2019
Elena in one of her most popular colorways. Photo courtesy Luigi Sestili / Bike Connection Summer 2019.
Luigi Sestili Bike Connection Summer 2019
Photo courtesy Luigi Sestili / Bike Connection Summer 2019.

SO clean.

For all the new stuff on display (lots of which we can't share yet), Nukeproof's 1997 Reactor hardtail got a lot of attention. It's near mint and near original, with a 70mm coil-sprung linkage fork and a lot of eBay finds completing the package.

The Nukeproof Reactor was their original hardtail with a linkage suspension fork, built with a coil spring integrated into the headtube. For the time, it had forward-thinking ideas, like smooth coil-sprung travel and a Knock Block-esque headset that prevented the linkage from nailing the frame in a wreck. This sample somehow survived the past 22 years in pristine condition, so they’ve been scavenging eBay to rebuild it with a top-tier spec of period parts and original Nukeproof components that you’re sure to enjoy seeing again…

"Parallel Push" XTR brakes made the brake pads contact the rims straight on.
Out for a rip are ya bud.

Linkage forks, so hot right now.

Period-correct XTR post.
Nukeproof carbon hubs. Not sure they were any lighter or stronger, but who cares... carbon.

Regions in Article


  • + 107
 What on earth is with these tags in the articles. They're obnoxious.
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 Yeah they're pretty loud, sorry about that. They're useful for finding related stories all in one place.

For example, you can see all our reviews and tech here: www.pinkbike.com/news/tags/reviews-and-tech

Or all the stories from EWS Val di Fassa here: www.pinkbike.com/news/tags/ews-val-di-fassa-2019

  • + 23
 @brianpark: I love the tags, but the colors! My god, just turn em down a bit! They break the nice clean flow of these webpages.
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 @spinko: the dev team assures us they'll get toned down soon. Smile
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 @brianpark: I actually like them as they are now. Change is bad, see? Don't change them again Wink .
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 @brianpark: Thanks man!! Appreciate the reply.
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 They are atrocious. Immoral. And I don’t know that I’ll ever click on one.
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 @BiNARYBiKE: Oh go on. We all know that - just like the rest of us - you lock your bedroom door, turn off the lights, and click those tags like a rabid monkey.
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 @number44: BAHAHAHA!
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 @number44: I’ve been outed!
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flag marxbix (Jun 28, 2019 at 15:01) (Below Threshold)
 This is proof people on PB will bitch about anything. Leave tags as-is just to ruffle this armchair graphics expert’s feathers
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 those tags are ridiculous, from the user perspective, w3 perspective, UI perspective any other perspective
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 @brianpark: alignment of the text on the tag is wrong, colors are unforgiving, there nothing wrong with tags, however, you can use, smaller, greyer colors with proper text alignment with text hints that will improve user experience and remain the same functionality.

Plus your audience I believe use mobile devices at least 50% of the time, in general tagging is a good idea
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 @brianpark: The tags or the devs? Razz
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 Why the stupid pedal question?
Flat pedals outsell clips by a wide margin.
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 You know when you are old when you read the bit about how XTR brakes are parallel push and are thinking like “well of course they are, can these people not remember?!”
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 Yeah! I had them bad boys!
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 I felt old writing it.
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 I’ve still got a set.........sigh.....
  • + 9
 The day that the tech trickled down to XT I was breaking down the front door of my shop yelling "shut up and take my money"
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 It wasn't just XTR. I was on Deore V brakes at the time and I thought my friends on XT and LX (you know from before LX and Hone merged into SLX) had so much better brakes with their parallel push. Of course hydraulic rim brakes really were the shit, hydraulic disc brakes were unattainable Wink .
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 @vinay: Does anyone remember Shimano SLR? My Dad's mid 1990's two-tone blue rigid Rocky Mountain Fusion with a quill stem had SLR brakes. If I recall correctly, the front brake was a canti, but the rear was a U-brake.

Wasn't Hone the predecessor to Zee?

Also, I remember agonizing over the benefits of "parallel push" on Shimano's v-brakes versus the angular contact from Avid. The avid levers were so nice though. You could twist a thumb screw to increase or decrease leverage from the lever-blade upon the cable. The Shimano XTs had an oblong slot with little half-pucks you switched around much like modern flip chips on axles to accomplish the same leverage customization of the Avids. Upgraded the SLX canti's to XT brakes on my 1997 Rocky Mountain Hammer Race. Then my Brodie Rocket (few years later) came with the Avids. Both sets of v-brakes were awesome! Shit, I'm still impressed by the Paul v-brakes on my cyclocross bike. Good (clean) v-brakes are better than cheap discs most days of the week.
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 @big-red: how long did they offer the parallel pull on the XT? I had them and loved them, but I’m quite sure they stopped the parallelograms, or am I mistaken.
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 @vinay: Hydraulic rim brakes were the shiz. Still hold up today, I know some trials guys that still prefer them.
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 @kurt2: Hone was the "all mountain" group introduced in 2005 whereas Saint was the gravity group introduced in 2004. Both had an axle mounted rear mech but in case of Hone it was just a longer axle of a regular hub it screwed onto, quite clever (as it was supposed to be at the LX price point). I think they ditched LX and Hone together to create SLX as a middle ground. So a bit burlier than LX but not as strong initially as Hone was intended to be. Though of course the only stronger thing about Hone was the rear mech. Not sure when Zee was introduced much later and it really is a gravity group, just intended for the younger rider with less money to spend. LX is still there I think, just no longer aimed at mountainbikes.

I'm not familiar with SLR. There used to be STX at some point IIRC but that was still slightly before I went into mountainbiking.

@krashDH85 : Yeah, though the thing that I didn't like about them was that the huge brake booster caught so much mud. Back then I'd love to have one of those WP/Rond forks with FIRM-tech (dedicated mounts) that didn't need the boosters. I've got some later Magura forks with those mounts but never installed FIRM-tech brakes on those. I do have their rim brakes on my commuter and on my mountain unicycle. The unicycle has the direct mounts that trials bikes use too. Definitely great stuff indeed. Back in the days I also wanted a Woodman Elite which had those same trials mounts. Even by todays standards, that frame just looks like so much fun!
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 @kurt2: I went down to the States with my girlfriend to Sedona and I had my 97 bike of the Year Rocky Hammer race. We went down the Pacific Coast Highway and we stopped in at Cambria bikes which is somewhere right around the Hearst Castle. I got XT 8-speed derailleur, Avid ultimate levers, Avid brakes and I also bought XT V brakes for my friend. I didn't buy the XT because they were too expensive. I cracked that frame and Rocky gave me a replacement Blizzard which I still have. That's the bike that I look at because I still love that steel double diamond. I still use those levers and the rear brake but the front I have an avid cable disc. That's my favorite bike and I own a Banshee, a Turner, a Kona, and an Ironhorse.
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 @vinay: you are RIGHT! It was STX, not STR. My mistake. Thank you for the correction, and clarification on evolution of the other groups
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 You know you're old when you're thinking "I remember when the paralell push V-breaks were new and groundbreaking!"

Remembered someone tried my bike with XT paralell push brakes, and I had to warn them about the powerful breaks.
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 Okay let's go generation or two before that. I bought Nishiki Bushwacker in 1987. The bars and stem or one piece and thumb shifters and canty's. I'm not sure if it had a U brake down below. If I remember correctly that drivetrain was Suntour and it wasn't indexed but the upper echelon bikes were starting to get index shifting. Full rigid of course. The bike to lust after was the Nishiki Alien, designed by . . .. this Cunningham guy if I remember correctly
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 @kurt2: yeah and I had some STX RC kit too! Brakes and hubs. The glory days!
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 @vinay: One of my riding buddies had the Elite. That was an awesome frame for sure. Not sure if it's still in his garage or not.
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 @big-red: i got the SLX or LX ones when they came out, significant improvement over standard v-brakes, but errmmerrggerrd where v-brakes just a pain in the ass in general, always pulling one side more than the other and requiring constant tension adjustment, worked great in the dry but reduced to no brakes in the wet
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 SLR was one of the Shimano acronyms from the 80s-90s.

It was not a groupset.

SLR - Shimano Linear Response (brakes)
STI - Shimano Total Integration (underbar shifters)
SPD - Shimano Pedalling Dynamics
HG - Hyperglide (gears)

Anyone got any more? No Googling!
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IG : Interactive Glide... basically a variant of HG which had ramps on the side of the cogs that face the spokes, to speed upshifts to harder gears and required an IG chain also. Shimano has revived the IG technology with the new XTR 12 speed cassettes and chains. It debuted with STX and STX-RC in a 7 speed 11-28 cassette that was very light (as like as the 8 speed 12-28 XTR cassette).

UG : Uniglide... the predecessor to HG. Non ramped, the spline pattern was slightly different, and there was no lockring. The freehub body had external threads at the end that the final cogs threaded onto. You needed a pair of chain whips to remove a cassette. Some of the teeth with angled and had cut down teeth to improve shifting and mud evacuation (technology copied from motocross cogs).

SLR Plus : Aka servo-wave... ramps and guide bearings inside the lever body changed the leverage / pull ratio of the cable as the lever got closer to the bar, for better brake performance.

correction on STI... it isn't just the intergrated underbar shifters. Its also the road lever/shifters. Any shimano brake lever and shifter combination with one mounting clamp is an STI unit and has a part code that begins ST- on it.

SG : Super Glide, chainrings with angled and bevelled teeth to improve shifting by making it easier for the chain to move on/off the ring.

SG-X : addition of ramps/pickup teeth to SG rings to lift the chain faster to larger rings. Debuted with the XTR group in 1992. Now called HG-X.
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 @chickenlassi: I'm way old schooler too. Actually, I ended up going directly from full rigid/canti/thumbies to 10+yrs later, grabbing a 5x5 dually with hydro's...It was great! haha
...and non-indexed thumbies were the shit, especially around here with lots of super punchy transisitions...grab a whole rack of gear change in one swoop!
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I still use thumbies on all my bikes. It went from Suntour XC Pro/Comp/Expert shifters when I only had 7 & 8, then to Shimano BarCons on Paul's thumbie mounts with 9 & 10 speed bikes, and now Microshift MTN series with 10 and 11 & shimano dyna-sys clutched derailleurs. The only bikes of mine without them are the two loaner builds (with shimano triggers) and my cross bike (Shimano STI).
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 Had the STX group on my first bike and was super excited when I had saved enough money to upgrade the derailleur to LX. I’m also still riding my 1996 Rocky Mountain Vertex TO with Magura brakes and almost entirely the original parts. Though admittedly much less since I discovered, to my surprise, that modern trail bikes are much better at everything...
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 @vinay: Don't forget the bright red DX's! Still fetch a premium over the LX's despite being the exact same brake and lever.
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 @squirrelking: Wasn't DX the BMX race group, like what DXR is now? Yeah red definitely was the color of cool back in the days, just like the huge Grimeca brake calipers.
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I had this nice long history thing written and then decided to shorten it to the spaceballs short short wedding format.

DX has been an off and on used component name at Shimano. Sometimes part of the mountain lineups (Deore DX and later the red-powder coated DX being popular on freeride bikes in the late 90s) but yes its primarily been a BMX component group. The current DXR is sort of a cross between the late 90s DX (when the red and black powder coats were a thing) and the current Deore XT. Reinforced hollow tech II crank arms with single ring spiders, hubs with 1-speed freehub bodies, V-brakes and Brake levers, and a clipless pedal basically copied from the current Deore XT Trail series.
  • + 11
 Fact: Purple ano instantly adds 96 extra horsepower and ages you 23 years....
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 Did you mean 69 horsepower?
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 @Session603: MY MAN!!
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 If someone were to build a modern linkage fork like this with a monotube style air damper in the steer tube, with modern materials. It could catch on. The look is clean, and we all know deep down the looks are whats really holding back linkage forks.
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 With the "gravel" trend, it can works his way up.
For MTB, I'm a little more skeptical as the travel can't be that much.
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 Won't Cannondale sue you for having the spring element inside the headtube?
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 Nope it's the price. Those trust forks are looking sick
  • + 2
 I'm so old that I actually really really really like normal bike colors like navy blue and red! These dayglo fluoro wtf colorways these days are not my bag baby. Many times I read about the numbers etc for a new bike that ticks off all the boxes only to see the horrendous colorway the company used for the spec I would buy from that model line.

Wtf was that nuclear pepto pinky color that Santa Cruz had for the Bronson a few years back? Blech.
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 Looking at the clean small tyre logos I agree in a way. Compare the Smoke and Dart logos on these tyres with a modern Schwalbe tyre, or a Michelin.
  • + 5
 I had those Nukeproof carbon hubs on my 1994 Dean Colonel! Flite Ti saddle and XTR V-brakes too.
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 Had one on a wheel I bought at a Performance tent sale in 94. Mavic sunset rim, fancy spokes of some forgotten sort, but it was that carbon hub I loved best.
  • + 5
 The Chicken Line clothing looks nice. Hope they release a Cock Line someday for us blokes.
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 How about 'Rooster'?

Agreed. Simple design but ever so stylish.
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 Those hubs are back from when Nukeproof was a Michigan-based outfit. They also made (heavier and pricier) hubs with titanium shells instead of carbon.

They looked cool, but they were junk. Under hard use, the shells separated from the flanges, leaving only spoke tension holding the hub together.

While new Nukeproof is Asian-made stuff for CRC these days-the parts are good and now they're PURPLE. So.....RAD!!!!!
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 110 CAD$ for a jersey! Just imagine crashing and tearing it on the first ride like a 8 dollar t-shirt form wall mart, damnnn!
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 Might have to get some of those Nukeproof clipless pedals in purple if I ever decide to go back to clipless
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 I owned every single part on that Nukeproof Reactor at one time or another. I wanted the frame and fork so bad, just couldn't swing it at the time.
  • + 1
 Mother of God I hated the Girvin fork... it felt like the front wheel was diving under the down tube and was terryifying on steep loose descents.
  • + 1
 That Nukeproof frame is freaking sweet. There's something about large-diameter aluminum. And it's so CLEAN and uncluttered.
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 Sweet. Pretty sure I still have a DART tire hanging in the shop somewhere
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 Wow, the Reactor is quite the shit! What a look!
  • + 1
 bring back cream coloured tyres. Smoke and Dart Magic ooh suits you sir
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 Purple is so out of fashion that it's fashionable again.... apparently.
  • + 4
 Purple ano is great until it gets paired with anything else purple.
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 @Honda750: What about haze though?

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