Tech Briefing: 7 New Bikes, A Downcountry Fork, Italian Shoes & More - August 2019

Aug 1, 2019
by Sarah Moore  



Tech Briefing is a feature for the new stuff that we spot every month but haven't gotten 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.





Diamondback's 2019 Mission Carbon
USD $3,999-$4,999


There's a slacker Mission Carbon in town with 27.5 wheels, 180mm up front and 160mm on the rear. (Learn more.)
Mission Control





Transition TR11 Downhill Bike
USD $5,299-$7,2999 ($3,299 frame)


The new Transition TR11 is longer, uses a different shock length, has a straight 56mm head tube, and... (Learn more.)
For TR11 press release





MET Terranova Open Face Helmet
100€, £80, $120 USD


MET's new trail helmet was inspired by their Parachute enduro helmet. (Learn more.)






Únic Customizable Apparel
Kits from 198€, items from 109€


Únic, founded by Cedric Gracia, offers top-quality mountain bike wear that is personalized by you. (Learn more.)





Identiti Mettle Enduro Bike
£1,799.99 frame


The British workhorse gets a refresh for 2020. (Learn more.)
Mettle R - 2020





Sidi's Gravity-Focused Dimaro Shoe
$224.99 USD


The Italian brand known for high-end XC, road, and triathlon shoes is entering the gravity market with the Dimaro shoe. (Learn more.)





O'Neal Pike Open Face Helmet
€119.99 - €139.99


A new offering that aims to stand out in the crowded trail market. (Learn more.)
The all-new Pike Helmet from O Neal. 2 years ago in development. The result For the price possibly the best looking safest and best fitting open-face MTB helmets on the market. A compact 2-piece racing shell with 2 outer shells alongside our new 3D Multi-Positioning System means the Pike not only looks the business but also has an amazing fit.





Sklar Sweet Spot All-Mountain Hardtail
USD $2850 frame


Made in the USA from 4130 steel tubing, each Sweet Spot is built to order with a three month lead time. (Learn more.)
Sklar Sweet Spot Hardtail https www.sklarbikes.com sklar-sweetspot-steel-hardtail





Alchemy nine7five 29/27.5 Mullet Bike
USD $5,399 and up


Based on the Arktos 29 platform, Alchemy's new nine7five has a 29" wheel up front and a 27.5" on the back. (Learn more.)





Propain Rage CF in XL
From 4,410 €


The XL Rage that Rudy Cabirou has been testing on the World Cup circuit is now on sale. (Learn more.)





iSSi Thump RP Composite Pedal
USD $50


Initially introduced as an SPD-compatible clipless pedal specialist, iSSi continues to add to their flat pedal lineup. (Learn more.)





Norco Bicycles Rampage Dirt Jumper
USD $899-$2399 ($449 frame)


Three new models in three sizes with geometry and components aimed at dirt jumping. (Learn more.)





FSA PowerBox Power Meter Crankset
$1,150 USD


FSA's new PowerBox carbon power meter crankset allows the user to pick and choose from multiple data upgrades. (Learn more.)
Conor rides the FSA Carbon PowerBox Crank





HUNT Carbon All-Mountain, DH Privateer & Race XC Wheels
$429 - $799 USD


Hunt Mountain release three new wheelsets. An XC, DH, and unique carbon all-mountain option with a lifetime warranty, provide options for a variety of riders. (Learn more.)





Ride Concepts New Lineup of Flat & Clipless Footwear
$150-160 USD


Ride Concepts' Powerline, Skyline and TNT flat pedal models and Transition and Traverse clipless are available now. (Learn more.)





Hutchinson Skeleton Racing Lab XC Tires
MSRP TBD


Hutchinson is rolling out the Skeleton, a new 2.15" XC race tire. (Learn more.)
New Skeleton Racing Lab tan walls





RAAW Mountain Bikes Available Worldwide
Starting at 1,757 € (≈1,970 USD / ≈2,586 CAD)


RAAW bikes now available to customers in the U.S and Canada. (Learn more.)





MRP Ribbon SL Fork
USD $899.95


MRP bring out a slimmed version of the Ribbon for downcountry rippers. (Learn more.)





Drift Innovation Waterproof Ghost XL Video Camera
USD $299


Drift Innovation celebrates its 10th birthday with the launch of the waterproof Ghost XL camera. (Learn more.)



36 Comments

  • + 44
 shoot me if i ever say downcountry.
  • + 39
 BANG.......
  • + 3
 Did I miss something over here? What is downcountry? Gravity XC?
  • + 15
 Bruh, is your trucker cap's brim even flat? We all threw our all-mountain bikes out with the trash years ago.
  • + 1
 Wow it is the WORST!!!!!!!!
  • + 28
 I assume the “Unic” crew was looking for a play on the word Unique. . . But all I can see when I see that spelling is “Eunuch.”
  • + 10
 Terrible name for a brand.
  • + 3
 Yeah.... could have thought that one out better.
  • + 18
 Nino is on 2.4 with foam insert for xc. 2.15 is more of a gravel size these days
  • + 5
 And thats the difference between industry leaders and the other companies trying to keep up.
  • + 2
 A maxxis 2.4 is just everyone’s 2.25...
  • + 13
 That diamondback is the best looking Santa Cruz on the page. Does sexy. I mean man, what a lovely nomad that mission is. DB is making a pretty lineup these days. Got some Ibis in there too.
  • + 1
 I thought it looked like a nukeproof mega..but now that you mention SC...
  • + 2
 Hmm and I thought that 'looks like a session' kind of comments hype was a thing of the past
  • + 2
 My thoughs exactly. SC layout but Ibis curves. Very pleasing to look at, well done!
  • + 2
 @fitjoani: you are right, and I like DB. I had a mission a while ago.
  • + 10
 That diamond back is a thing of beauty. Never thought I’d say that.
  • + 4
 Crazy huh! Saracen made it back from the abyss.. maybe DB are coming too.
  • + 8
 That Alchemy is as ugly as satan's genital warts. Please remove it's picture off your website before it pops up somewhere and I vomit all over my desk...
  • + 1
 You speak the truth sir
  • + 1
 Some design manager was really drunk to give this abomination a green light to go to production
  • + 1
 While this may receive a lot of negative criticism I find it endearing when bike designers don’t go to great lengths to try a fit a water bottle on the top side of the down tube - aka that DB looks sick and if it’s comparable ‘big bike’ to how good a trail bike the release is it ought to shred #myhydrationpackfitsalotofshitandhelpprotectmyback
  • + 5
 $2850 for a steel hardtail frame, has the world gone mad?
  • + 1
 Its artisan
  • + 1
 I used to ride complete bmx builds of 4130 chromo that never cost me more than $500 per bike... $350 per frame. Madness!
  • + 1
 Buyer Beware, Diamondback only provides spare parts support for a few years. If you break something on this bike, you may be out of luck. From DB-Raleigh corporate to me trying to get a spare derailleur hanger for my 2015 DB8:

"We have had most of our bikes for years and years with parts and support, like our Release and Mission lines. The DB8 was more of a one off at the time and parts may be found online used."
  • + 4
 56mm straight headtubes?! Great idea. Fits +/- 10mm reach adjustable headsets. The future, tuneable reach
  • + 3
 Can’t wait to finish work and go for a thrash on my downcountry all-mountain enduro mullet.
  • + 3
 $$$ for "high end XC" sneakers/shoes, ehhh!
Would you care for some Grey Poupon Sir?
  • + 2
 Sklar. Yes. That is the sound I would make when I see something nice that I can't afford...
  • + 1
 That Ghost only records in 30 fps??? No point if the use is for action sports. You need 60 fps min to catch those wicked Friday Fails in slow-mo.
  • + 2
 Anyone else expecting the new Enduro to drop any minute? I’m betting August sometime.
  • + 1
 Cant even tell the difference between wheel size on the alchemy.
  • + 1
 MuLLeT bIkE
  • + 1
 Make DJs steel again

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