Rocky Mountain's Altitude 799 MSL
Matte carbon and blue simply works, doesn't it? Rocky's 150mm travel go-anywhere bike looks about as clean as a bike can get thanks to its internal cable routing and matching decals, and we know that it has the trail manners to back up those good looks
. 2015 FOX suspension, a mix of SRAM and Race Face for the drivetrain, and a set of high-volume Maxxis tires mounted to Reynolds' BlackLabel carbon wheels doesn't leave you with much to upgrade, either. Spank Spike 25 / 30 Director Stem
Spank's had their 50mm Spike Director stem available for awhile now but riders have been asking for shorter and shorter direct mount stems as the front ends of downhill bikes have grown over the last while, a change that has created a need for even shorter stems that compensate for the length added in the top tube. The 2D forged and CNC'd Spike 25 / 30 Director stem offers, as its name suggests, either 25mm or 30mm reach mounting positions, and also comes with a set of Spank's Ultralite stem risers that take it from 28mm to 33mm of rise. Spank has put some good thought into the Spike, with a massive 62mm wide bar clamp to offer more support, and have also taken the time to chamfer all of the edges so as not to create an stress risers that could effect the bar. Weight sits at 125 grams. Giant's TRX 1 Composite 27.5'' Wheelset
Giant probably isn't the first name that comes to mind when thinking about wheelsets to upgrade to, but their new TRX 1 Composites do look pretty damn nice if you're going for a more understated appearance. The 25mm deep carbon fiber rims sport an internal width of 21mm - we'd like to see them wider, to be honest - and come from Giant with the required rim tape and valves to make tubes a thing of the past. Giant assembles them with 28 Sapim Race spokes done up in a two-cross pattern and finished off with alloy ProLock nipples, and the hubs can converted to fit either quick release or thru-axle configurations front and back. Claimed weight sits at 1,590 grams. 100% Goggles
Goggles, anyone? 100% had their entire range on display - the Racecraft, Accuri and the Strata - in pretty much every colour option under the sun.Unior Tool Kits
Blue tools but not the ones that you're thinking of, Unior manufactures their lineup in Slovenia, with a massive range of products that to look after everything from axle to axle on a bike. They're all available individually, of course, but Unior is also now offering complete kits that come equipped with pretty much everything you need to get very specific jobs done and dusted. The box pictured above is for pressing bearings, be it into a bottom bracket shell or suspension pivot bore, and it comes with different sized adapters that Unior says will work on most of the bearings sizes common in the industry - they press on both the inner and outer races to evenly distribute pressure during installation so as not to damage the bearing. The kit also comes with Unior's clever Slide Lock handle that lets you release its tension to position it quicker rather than having to spin it all of the way up or down the rod. It works by utilizing twin sliding mechanisms that, when pushed forward, bring the two halves of the threaded insert together, or back them out instantly when the pushed back.
Unior also has a suspension service kit that comes with all of the doodads to get you into most forks, and even some shocks, that are on the market. This includes sockets to fit the top caps of most common suspension forks, the right hex key sizes to fit the set screws that hold on the compression and rebound knobs, and even a strap wrench for when you need to perform an air can service on your shock. Four different bullet tools have been added as well that will make seal installation jobs a snap - pretty clever.
Like to build your and maintain your own wheels? This kit comes with everything you'll need to do exactly that: spoke ruler, a bunch of different nipple drivers (both socket and flat blade style
), and three top quality spoke wrenches. That's not all, though, because there's also a slotted puck that can be used to keep bladed spokes from twisting as you turn nipples, and tools to fit both Shimano's and Mavic's oddly sized nipples. No excuse now, right? Easton's Havoc 27.5'' wheelset
Those who were paying attention might have spotted Easton's new 'tweener wheelset on Damien Oton's Devinci Spartan race bike when we profiled it
during Crankworx, but here's an even closer look. Just as with other rims in Easton's range, the new Havoc's features a UST certified rim design, complete with the requisite sealed rim and bead hook shape, and also comes with the proper valves to get them rolling sans tubes. The rear wheel fits both 12 x 150 and 142mm axles, and the front can be swapped between 20mm and 15mm adapters as needed. Internal rim width measures in at 23mm, and the set weighs 1,940 grams.View entire Eurobike 2014 Product Gallery Here