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Tech Briefing: Fancy Suspension, Carbon Wheels, Spring Apparel & More

Apr 4, 2024
by Sarah Moore  



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




Rimpact Updated Portable Bike Stand
£129.99

Rimpact has launched a new version of its bike stand. (Learn more.)
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Commencal Lifestyle Collection

Chill in style like Amaury Pierron. (Learn more.)
COMMENCAL 2024 LIFESTYLE COLLECTION





Race Face All New T3 Tailgate Pads
$259.00 USD

The new T3 is compatible with tonneau covers, uses a two-panel design for exact fit and has more padding than ever before. (Learn more.)
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Newmen Phase 30 & Beskar 30 MTB Wheels
€680 - €1290 per wheelset

New carbon and aluminum options from the German wheel specialists. (Learn more.)
Newmen Beskar 30 Base MTB Wheel





Ari Lightweight Nebo Peak All-Mountain eMTB
$5,999-$7,999 USD

With 140mm rear / 150mm front suspension, Ari says that the Nebo Peak is for those that want a do-it-all, fun, lightweight ebike. (Learn more.)
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MTB Hopper Updated Ramps

Maximize your airtime no matter where you are! (Learn more.)
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WTB Tire Plug Kit, TPU Tubes, & Tubeless Valves
From $17.95/€16.75/£20.00

A different take on tire plugs, and some lightweight brown tubes. (Learn more.)
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Swagman Summit Vertical Rack
$1099 CDN/$899 USD

The Summit can be expanded to carry up to 6 bikes with the optional Add-On Kit. (Learn more.)
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Black Math Bike Dropper Frame

This is one of the wildest concepts we've seen lately. (Learn more.)
 szachimat





CrossWorx SRAM UDH on Dash & Lite Models

CrossWorx has new drivetrain and bottle mount options for their Dash and Lite models. (Learn more.)
CrossWorx DASH290 with XX Transmission Drivetrain





Tailwind Nutrition Rapid Hydration Electrolyte Mix
12-serving pack - $18.99 USD

Tailwind says Rapid Hydration is ideal for everyday hydration or short workouts. (Learn more.)
Tailwind Nutrition launches Rapid Hydration





Ninja Mount Coil Assistant
€5.49

A new way to measure sag on your coil bike. (Learn more.)
NINJA MOUNT Coil Assistant on Santa Cruz Nomad





Revel Rail29

The Rail29 has been updated with fresh colors and a longer travel fork. (Learn more.)
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Manitou Limited Edition Mattoc

The new Manitou Mattoc Pro Limited Edition borrows its iconic look from 1992 yet takes all the technology from 2024 and packs it in a 34mm stanchion 29” wheel package that spans multiple riding disciplines. (Learn more.)
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MTB Hopper Street Ramp

The Street ramp has adjustable legs and weighs just 8.4kg / 18.5 lb. (Learn more.)
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100% SP24 Gear Collection

100%'s latest range of technical riding apparel. (Learn more.)
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Norco Carbon Fluid VLT eMTB

The Fluid features a complete carbon frame, updated geometry and a Bosch motor. (Learn more.)
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Commencal XS Meta HT

Coached by Cécile and Cédric Ravanel, Ava Chaumet-Lagrange rides the XS bike and has a bright future ahead of her. (Learn more.)
COMMENCAL META HT XS PHOTO NICOLAS BRIZIN





Park Tool BRK-1 & 1971 Aero Clamp
$1995.95 USD + $7.73

The ultimate mobile mechanic tool kit and an accessory for your bike stand. (Learn more.)
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Bolt-On, Quick-Swap Mudguard System Adapted to the 2024 RockShox BOXXER

Keep the debris out of your eyes with this mouthful of an acronym. (Learn more.)
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Alpinestars Spring 2024 Protection

The chest/back, knee and elbow protection use a new technology. (Learn more.)
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We Are One Arrival Rolling Chassis Option
$7249.99 CAD / $5599.99 USD

Some additional parts required. (Learn more.)
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Newmen Phase 30 VONOA
€1590 per wheelset (Front: €755 / Rear: €835)

1250 grams for a 29" wheelset. (Learn more.)
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iXS Trigger X Helmet
€239 / $249 / CF249

For those rides when you want a bit more than a half shell... (Learn more.)
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7mesh Spring 2024 Apparel Line

New colours, a new do-everything trail pant, and a new base layer. (Learn more.)
7Mesh 2024 Spring Summer collection Riders Iago Garay and Zoe Zamora





Fox Racing New Union Boa Flat Shoe
$224.95 USD

Fox says that then new Union Flat with a Boa offers enhanced fit and performance. (Learn more.)
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Devinci Ewoc FS 24’’ Kids' Trail Bike
CAD $2,699.00 | USD $2,099.00

The 125mm travel bike is also compatible with 26-inch wheels. (Learn more.)
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Deviate Cycles Claymore MX
£2999 GBP (inc VAT) / $3,200 USD / €3,499.00 EUR / 4500 CAD / 3,200 CHF

This long-travel high-pivot enduro bike has a reworked rear triangle, designed to accommodate a 27.5” wheel out back. (Learn more.)
Claymore MX in Moss Green angled profile





Crankbrothers S.O.S. On-bike Tool Range
$/€ 99.99

The S.O.S tool is equipped with a multi-tool, chain-tool, spoke wrenches, CO2 inflator, tire lever, tubeless plug kit and more. (Learn more.)
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Kavenz Adds More Options To Their VHP Platform
Frame from 2795€ incl. VAT / 2645$ excl. VAT)

Kavenz's VHP frame can morph from an enduro bike into a XC machine. (Learn more.)
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Formula Belva Dual-Crown Enduro Fork
€1850

Available in black and Formula's signature ultra violet. (Learn more.)
The Formula Belva





Race Face Era Carbon Wheel

Race Face says the Era is their most durable and compliant carbon wheel. (Learn more.)
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Sklar Opens Pre-Order for Tall Tale Hardtail

The Tall Tale is a steel hardtail designed around 29 x 2.6" tires. (Learn more.)
Sklar tall tale hardtail mountain bike





Bike Ahead Composites' The Frame & The Hypersaddle

Two new lightweight products from the German carbon specialists. (Learn more.)
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58 Comments
  • 25 0
 Anybody knows if that MTB Hopper ramp is huck to flat compatible?
  • 8 47
flag vinay FL (Apr 4, 2024 at 0:31) (Below Threshold)
 How is that a performance of the ramp? You intend to leave it folded, put it flat on the street and huck onto it from your rooftop?
  • 14 0
 You too can huck-to-flat at home with these simple, easy-to-setup, lightweight huck-to-flat ramps.
  • 21 3
 @vinay: Tell me you are new to Pinkbike without telling me you are new to Pinkbike.......
  • 2 10
flag vinay FL (Apr 4, 2024 at 9:07) (Below Threshold)
 @powderhoundbrr: I just didn't tell you I'm new on Pinkbike.
  • 2 7
flag kroozctrl FL (Apr 4, 2024 at 9:18) (Below Threshold)
 @powderhoundbrr: he’s been in the comment section longer than you have. Pretty worthless comment you’ve since you and 23+ other people magically didn’t comprehend vinay joke. R/whoosh
  • 2 0
 Not comparable with carbon cranks tho
  • 1 3
 @vinay: IDK where all the downvotes are coming from- I couldn’t stop laughing!
I’ve been trying to sum up the “performance” over a board and a few cinder blocks.
..you nailed it!!
  • 1 1
 @Untgrad: those people don’t get the joke. They probably cased the s*** out of the drop to flat.
  • 1 1
 @kroozctrl:..so it’s no laughing matter to them now!
Thanks Man.
  • 13 0
 What happened to building ramps out of plywood and stuff you found on construction sites for free?
  • 22 0
 kids still be doing that. Off to the side of the bike path behind my house someone recently nailed a piece of scrap wood onto a log. Looks like a truly horrendous jump, but I bet the kids who made it love that dumb thing
  • 3 0
 @mtmc99: can confirm. We had a few "jumps" like that as 4th and 5th graders that were amazing.
  • 1 0
 I made a jump the other day. Jumped over my prius. I can post video if yall want
  • 21 11
 This is the most Outsidey article Pinkbike has done so far...
  • 3 2
 Nailed it
  • 6 2
 "article"
  • 6 2
 Advetorial
  • 19 3
 We've been doing Tech Briefings since 2017! You can see them all here. They're just a round up of all the brand-submitted press releases from the past month, some of which get approved to the homepage as well and some of which just appear here.
  • 11 10
 @sarahmoore: Hi Sarah, Yes pinkbike has been doing "tech briefings" for years. A more authentic title for this regular content could be "brand submitted press release round up". What thinks you, your fellow pinkbike staff and your corporate overlords?

Cheers.
  • 2 0
 @omnidogmatist: product briefing
  • 7 0
 That Commencal Lifestyle Collection will go out of shape and fall apart after the first wash if it goes through the same QC as their bikes.
  • 3 0
 I like how mtb brands wait until a fad is completely over to start following it…grey tie dye is so 2021.
  • 1 1
 Crackencall
  • 5 0
 $259.00 USD for a padded mat that folds over the back of a tail gate is ridiculous. No justification for that price point at all. I like RF kit too.. but man MTB is really out of reach now.
  • 5 2
 130gbp for a bike stand? titanium?
  • 1 1
 I paid more for a track pump.
  • 1 0
 I’m really not into complaining about prices all the time, I still feel stuff for our hobby is kind of reasonably priced compared to some other, and I tend to see the engineering that has gone into many products…
But that one is really impressive.
  • 5 3
 Wow! That Ari looks great! That rebrand must have done something great for them Wink
  • 12 0
 Each bike comes with a Fez hat to complete the look.
  • 1 0
 Curious to the moto guys out there that ride bikes.
What would the equivalent to you be for A Kit suspension in the Mtb world?
  • 1 0
 In my experience it’s EXT. they can build a robust kit well tuned to the rider and bike specific application. They do need a DH specific fork though. A dorado sent to a tuner would fill that gap though.
  • 3 0
 Coil sag-o-meter is neat. Just bought the 3D file.
  • 2 0
 Thanks!
  • 3 0
 The 90s throwback Mattoc looks awesome.
  • 2 0
 "Tailwind Nutrition." Just a clever name or the generator of scent you leave in the air behind you after consuming it.
  • 2 0
 Nice Tacoma, most noteworthy really.
  • 2 0
 The 90’s one. Well both are nice I suppose.
  • 1 0
 @Tigergoosebumps: that is an early 2000s Tacoma in the pic w the vertical rack. Know, because that is my dream truck.
  • 3 0
 @RBalicious: I had a 96. Great truck. I
Always wanted to make a “TRDam” but the new stupid nomenclature for bike disciplines has ruined the correct intention/interpretation of that idea for a pun sticker.
  • 2 0
 @Tigergoosebumps: Haha! I love my 01 Tacoma. Plan on maintaining it as long as I possibly can.
  • 5 1
 Always thought those TRD trucks were nice until my wife said ‘I don’t know why anyone would want to drive around with turd written on their car.’ That’s all I see now.
  • 2 0
 @Djodayton: It's how I've always read it.
  • 3 0
 You can’t even MTB
without a TACO
  • 3 1
 Wow- MTB gear/bikes/tools are fr*cking expensive
  • 1 15
flag Superboost (Apr 4, 2024 at 8:29) (Below Threshold)
 @ehfour feel free to quit the sport. No ones forcing you to ride bikes or buy “fr*cking expensive” gear/bikes/tools. That might actually be ideal for the rest of us. Less people in the sport would hopefully drive prices lower.
  • 1 0
 @Superboost: lol you’re kidding right

Less people in a sport does not equate to cheaper. Less people = more niche = more expensive.
  • 1 1
 @joecrosby: Not necessarily
  • 1 0
 For some reason my comment commented twice, so im editing this one away to avoid confusion. They should allow you to delete comments.
  • 1 0
 Spring apparel is for dressing up that prototype enduro rig you got cooking in the garage.
  • 2 1
 I made a "portable" bike stand out of copper pipe for $7. Works great.
  • 1 0
 nice recap thanks
  • 1 0
 Skylar bike for the win!
  • 1 0
 **Sklar
  • 1 0
 Smashpot Belva anyone?
  • 1 2
 Lists!
  • 1 4
 Anyone know when the Forbidden Dreadnought v2 is being released????
  • 1 0
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