Tech Briefing: Dropper Posts, Handlebars, Bikes & More - August 2018

Aug 1, 2018
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.





Commencal's 2019 Line Up
€1,499 and up

Next season, an expanded range of 29ers joins Commencal's stable of shredders. (Learn more.)





Giro Aether Helmet
$325 USD

The BMC Mountainbike Racing Team and the Clif Pro Team wore the Giro Aether MIPS, which integrates MIPS between two layers of EPS foam in the helmet's liner, at the Andorra World Cup. (Learn more.)





Fox LOFI Jersey
$64.95 USD

Loris Vergier took his first ever World Cup win in the Limited Edition LOFI jersey from Fox MTB, a jersey inspired by the decade that spawned the sport of DH racing—before Loris was even born! (Learn more.)
Fox





ShredMate Jump Tracking Computer
£70 / $94 USD / $122 CAD

We're not sure why we want to know how much time we spend in the air, but—oh, wait, yeah we do: we're dorks. This little piece of tech might be just the ticket to settle post-ride shit talk. (Learn more.)
Shredmate mtb jump sensor on bike





YT Limited Edition Play Slopestyle Bike
€2.999,00 / £2.699,00

YT released the limited edition carbon slopestyle full-suspension bike to celebrate their 10 year anniversary. Just 25 bikes are available in Europe. (Learn more.)
YT Industries PLAY Heritage Edition




Devinci Troy
$3,199 - $8,799 USD

The 140mm Devinci Troy is now available with 27.5 or 29" wheels, updated geometry, a full carbon frame... and it has SuperBoost. (Learn more.)
Devinci Troy 2019





KS 27.2 Dropper Cartridge
Pricing TBD

KS's all-new cartridge makes their dropper posts compatible with 27.2mm seat tubes. (Learn more.)





Ibis Adjustable Width Carbon Handlebar
$169.99 USD

When it comes to handlebar width you can cut shorter, but you can't cut longer—or at least you couldn't before Ibis released their new bar. It might be pricey, but experimenting with different bar widths is an oft-overlooked step in bike setup. (Learn more.)





Renthal Fatbar Carbon
$164.95 USD / £134.95

Increasing in width to 800mm but retaining the same weight as the previous bar at 225g, Renthal's new Fatbar Carbon aims to be the benchmark for handlebars. (Learn more.)
Renthal





Pro 170mm Koryak Dropper Post
Pricing TBD

Amidst the Eurobike tech frenzy, Shimano's component brand just added 4 new dropper posts to its lineup. We're not sure about that head clamp, but another 170mm dropper option is a welcome addition. (Learn more.)
2019 Pro Bikegear Koryak Dropper Post





OneUp EDC Plug & Plier Kit
$35 USD / $45 CAD / €31.50 / £28

There are few things more demoralizing than the walk of shame down pristine singletrack you climbed for hours to access. OneUp claims you can fit a flat in under a minute with their tool so you can keep on riding. (Learn more.)





Polygon Siskiu N
$2,699 USD and up

The Polygon Siskiu N is an affordable enduro bike that uses 27.5-inch wheels for small and medium frames and 29-inch wheels for large and extra large sizes. (Learn more.)





Swarf Cycles Contour 29er Frame
£1950 - £2250

Swarf Cycles' hand-made beauty full-suspension frame ticks a lot of boxes: steel, threaded BB, affordable, progressive geometry, etc... Pre-orders are open now. (Learn more.)
Swarf Cycles Contour 29er





Box Components 'Box Two' Drivetrain
From $279.96 USD

No, Box's new "Two" drivetrain is not a 2x drivetrain. It sees a variety of updates and comes with a new lifetime warranty—no proof of purchase necessary. (Learn more.)
Box Two Drivetrain





Kona Big Honzo
$1,699 / CAD $1,899 and up

Kona's new trail hardtail can run 27.5+ or 29" wheels, and comes in your choice of carbon, aluminum, or steel. (Learn more.)
Big Honzo CR DL





Lezyne Mega GPS Cycling Computers
$199 USD

Lezyne introduces two new GPS cycling computers with full mapping capabilities and over 30 hours of battery runtime. (Learn more.)





Race Face Cinch Oval Direct Mount Rings
Pricing TBD

Race Face says they locked their best junior engineer in a North Shore lab to develop the 'next best thing.' new Cinch Oval Direct Mount Rings. (Learn more.)
RF Introduces Cinch Oval DM Ring



MENTIONS: @COMMENCALbicycles / @Fox-Head-Inc / @GiroSportDesign / @lisashredmate / @devinci / @KS-USA / @ibiscycles / @renthalcycling / @OneUpComponents / @Polygonbikes / @swarfcycles / @boxcomponents / @konaworld / @Lezyne / @raceface




57 Comments

  • 91 0
 What about that 1972 Porsche 911 Targa? Price? Availability?
  • 65 0
 20 unno’s
  • 18 11
 @gcrider: and then you can send it to Singer...
  • 7 0
 @gcrider: how many Panda 4WD, the readers of Pinkbike want to know bra !?!?
  • 1 0
 @gcrider: hmmm...could be right Frown www.unno.com/ever
  • 5 1
 My friend had one, and before the engine he had fully rebuilt caught fire and totaled the car, he was fond of saying "A 1969 911 is a $25,000 car. You can pay 10k or 25k, but it's gonna end up costing you 25k to make it go'
  • 3 0
 @crashtor: Nice. Some Italians (who have an espresso machine company) in my neighborhood have a beautiful one in the colors of ITA. F.I.A.T. Panda FTW
  • 7 0
 @endlessblockades: Good luck finding a $25k air cooled Porsche
  • 3 0
 @focofox37:

My friend found one for 15 and put 10 into the engine. It was tight. It was a Targa though - less desireable IMO.
  • 3 1
 @WAKIdesigns: How the hell did you get downvoted? Singers are some of the most beautiful cars ever built.
  • 2 0
 It’s not a ‘72, but nice early 911 nonetheless.
  • 3 0
 @endlessblockades: The air cooled market has since lost it's mind. Not just 911s, the 914 and 916 are also skyrocketting in price. You can now get a 996 911 for around $25k as PCA has shunned the liquid cooled motors as a community.
  • 1 0
 @focofox37: My experience/info was probably outdated - good to know.
  • 21 2
 Honzo, so hot right now, Honzo.
  • 3 0
 Hahahahaha. Look at my profile pic Wink
  • 2 0
 Merman!
  • 12 0
 “Polygin.” Yep, I’m a fan of more than one gin, too.
  • 11 0
 LOL what YT isn't limited edition? They stock like 5 of every sized bike.
  • 4 0
 One up EDC is def in my list of things to get this year - but the flaw seems to be that you have the option of EITHER the plug kit OR the CO2 cartridge, and not both. Seems to me if you need one, you’d need the other. So you’d have to store it somewhere else on the frame...
  • 1 0
 You still have the inflater head either way. Just stick a CO2 in your pocket.
  • 1 0
 This is why I bought the pump instead of the head tube version. I now have a large pump to refill my tire after I plug it with the tool that's inside said pump.
  • 1 0
 @Tmackstab: Same here. Best gimmicky wonder product I have ever bought!
  • 2 0
 Get the 100cc EDC pump, it's awesome. I notice my 29er rear tire had gone flat and realized my floor pump was ALL the way out in the truck, at least like 40 feet away. So I grabbed the EDC pump off my other bike sitting 2 feet away and just aired it right up. It was less effort than walking out to the driveway to get the floor pump.
  • 3 0
 Nice to see that I don't have to spend almost $500 for a Thomson dropper post if I want more than 100mm of continuous travel. I am an old school (read: poor) rider with a Cannondale Prophet that has 27.2 seat tube so the KS 27.2 cart is a big plus for me.
  • 7 0
 I clicked on just hoping to see more of the 911 Frown
  • 5 0
 That jersey has it's own backpack straps. Every time I saw Vergier in race coverage, I kept thinking he had gone full freeride. Fox should call it the Dora .
  • 4 0
 I had to spend 26,47€ for OneUp EDC Plug & Plier Kit just to get a plug tool!! (((
I don't need those f...g pliers, only plug!!..
  • 2 0
 I feel you, man. The edc tool already has master link pliers!
  • 2 0
 Steel is real and so are BB threads, thanks Swarf. Wheel sizes proportional to rider and frame size with + tire clearance is how the industry should be using all three wheel sizes. Thanks Polygon. I'm sure RF didn't feed that engineer o until he ensured you could only use their chain rings with it so they can keep it.
  • 3 1
 Correction for the Shredmate comment : we're not dorks...we're geeks. Webster dictionary: Geek = "an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity computer geek" ....and "a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked"
  • 10 11
 Hm... so many people on Pinkbike say they want playful bikes in the era of #sonotfuntoride 29ers... bad in tight corners they say... I guess that ltd edition YT should have been sold out within first seconds of release. But is it?

If money were no object I’d take that Swarf.
  • 1 0
 If money were an object I'd take it and that Swarf.
  • 2 0
 Man... buy one of these... www.pinkbike.com/photo/15543811
  • 5 2
 Race Face, where engineering = copying WT and AB.
  • 5 3
 What you don’t say is that Commencal is almost completely dropping their 27.5 models for 2019. That’s a shame...
  • 11 14
 It's a shameless moped company that puts press fit bottom brackets on everything, so not really a surprise. Companies are only cool when they're new, then they turn to shit.
  • 9 8
 @casman86: Kumbaya my lord...
  • 2 0
 @casman86: I think the am ht has a threaded bb.
  • 8 1
 I'm confused. Meta trail, Supreme DH, Meta AM are all available in both wheel sizes. The Furious, and Clash are 27.5 only.

The Meta AM HT is the only 29er only bike that they have, and that's not that unusual for a hardtail...

Do you just not like that they have 29ers? Or do you just miss a particular bike that they got rid of?
  • 1 3
 @JaredHarzan: the Meta AM27 (formerly Meta AM V4.2) and Trail 27 (formerly Meta TR V4.2) are only available in one version (race). Clash, Furious and Supreme SX are in deed in 27.5, but they are way too much bike for 90% of people!
  • 6 0
 @Minikeum: oh come on, down country sickness is great indeed.
XC bike? g*y!
110-120 slack and long trail bike - perfect of the perfectest!
150-180 overbiked!
DH bike - rad super sick.

The Enduro guilt is strong here...
  • 1 0
 They're not though. Their 27.5 Meta AM, TR, Supreme, Clash, and Furious are all there. Check their site. Not positive about the old Meta 3s and 4.0s, but them bikes is old.
  • 2 0
 @Minikeum: The bikes you're mentioning were not revised for this year, and they still have 2017/2018 models that they haven't sold. I'm guessing they're trying to force you to buy up their old stock before they release more 2019 models.
  • 1 0
 @casman86: ya, affordable bikes with decent builds. What a bunch of turds.
  • 1 0
 People get pissy when the small wheeled models don't get updates. If it really bothers you, run 275x2.6 tires on a 29er and shred the piss out that low BB.
  • 2 1
 @Minikeum: SO basically wagon wheels for people who can't ride for shit, 27.5 for the shredders that need proper bikes. Sound about right to me, the only bikes I'd consider in Commenca line-up is Clash for enduro and then Suprem/Furious for the real business. Anything else is good to go get the bread and ride along the canal
  • 3 0
 @Balgaroth: I often wonder, what sits in the mind of a person who looks at someone's bikes wheel size and goes: loser. 29ers for people who can't ride? Pardon me but that sounds like people on 26 are good riders by default... I personally can't often tell, like with my friends Slash... unless you show up in the skatepark with Enduro 29, I wouldn't really bat an eye.
  • 1 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Sure I couldn't give a flying F*** at what people ride or even at people in general. But to me people going for 29er is because they try to gain some speed advantage through gear rather than improving their technique. Sure I'm on a 27.5 too but that only because no 26ers for what I do are available nowadays. And I can garantee you that puttng Clementz on a entry level 26er from 10 years ago he still beats any of us fair and square, showoing that instead of trying to get faster by buying gear we shoould just hire a coach and improve our skills.
  • 3 0
 Can I have a Box of Contoured Swarf with my KS dropper?
  • 1 0
 Who made that aluminum handlebar with extender plugs, like eight years ago when 30" was considered super wide?
  • 4 0
 ODI
  • 2 0
 Don't forget, you can still get ControlTech plug extensions which will add 40mm to any bar. Probably the longest running, cheapest, and simplest solution for messing with bar width.
  • 1 0
 So I'm 5'10" or 177cm & Polygon says I don't deserve a 27.5 bike? Only making those bikes in small & medium? WTF???
  • 1 0
 @sarahmoore : small copy/paste error on the BOX components prices
  • 1 0
 Whoops - thanks for catching that!
  • 1 0
 nice loris looks like a stormtrooper on a v10

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