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Tech Briefing: New Trail Bikes, Hardtails, Winter Clothing & More - December 2020

Dec 7, 2020
by Ed Spratt  

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 traditional novel gear, with some wacky stuff thrown in for good measure.

DMR Releases a New V11 Composite Pedal
£50 / €49,99 EURO / $59.99 USD / $79.99 AUD

DMR presents their latest pedal the V11 composite which uses the same shape as their Vault pedals. (Learn more.)
V11 Turquoise Closeup

Stif Launches New Squatch 29" Steel Hardtail
£599 - Frame // Builds from £1899

A short travel trail slayer from Stif. (Learn more.)

Nicolai Launch Gearbox Equipped Saturn 14 GPI Trail Bike
€4,249 - Frame // Builds from €6,499

Want a belt drive gearbox trail bike? Nicolai have you covered. (Learn more.)

Specialized Announces New Trail-Series Apparel Collection

Specialized's latest apparel collection is designed to keep you warm and dry throughout the fall and winter. (Learn more.)
Constructed with breathable fabric Polartec Neoshell the raindrops and water crossings will repel the sweat will breathe out and you won t be scared of a wet ride ever again.

Canfield Bikes Brings Back Chrome Nimble 9 Steel Hardtail for 2021 with Complete Builds

With new colors available in complete, frame only, or partial builds, Canfield's Nimble 9 has a variety of options for riders to choose from. (Learn more.)

O’Neal Launch 2021 Riding Apparel Collection

O'Neal launches its updated range of apparel for 2021. (Learn more.)

Cascade Components Announces Evil Offering Link
€249 USD

Cascade Components keeps on churning out the aftermarket links. (Learn more.)
Offering link colors

Pipedream Release New Sirius Hardtail
£649 - Frame

The Sirius is Pipedream's new do-it-all steel hardtail. (Learn more.)

Calibre Introduces the Triple B Pro

Calibre has launched the 4th generation Triple B trail bike building upon their success with the Bossnut. (Learn more.)

Vitus Release New E-Sommet eMTB
€ 4,200 to € 6,300

There's a new electrified Sommet in the Vitus lineup. (Learn more.)

WTB Announces All-New Carbon CZR and E-Ready HTZ Rims

WTB adds new carbon rims for mountain and gravel riders, and beefed up aluminum rims for the e-bike crowd. (Learn more.)

Outbound Lighting Launch Trail Evo Light
$245 USD

Outbound's Trail Evo is designed to handle aggressive trail riding with consistent performance. (Learn more.)

Cotic Launch 140mm Jeht 29er Trail Bike
£1,799 - Frame // Builds from £3,499

Cotic add a new steel all-rounder into their lineup. (Learn more.)

Cascade Components Announce Yeti SB140 Linkage
$269 USD

The link increases progression to 20% and bumps the travel to 145mm. (Learn more.)
SB140 link colors

Manitou Introduces Limited Sterling Silver Edition of the Mezzer Pro Fork
$1099 USD

The Mezzer gets a new colourway limited to 250 pieces. (Learn more.)

Ergon Launches Aftermarket Oil Slick Grip Clamps
$19.95 USD

A $20 upgrade on Ergon grips. (Learn more.)
ERGON GE1 Oil Slick clamps.

Ducati Widens Its e-MTB Range with New 170mm Travel TK-01RR

The Italian motorbike brand releases a new enduro e-mtb. (Learn more.)

Canfield Bikes Introduces Lithium and Tilt 29ers
$1,699.99 - Frame // Builds from $4,599.99

A new trail bike and an enduro bike have been added to the Canfield lineup. (Learn more.)

Esker Cycles Releases Japhy Steel Hardtail 29er
$750 - Frame // Builds from $2000

The Japhy is designed to work with a 120mm fork, and has clearance for up to 2.8" tires. (Learn more.)

Shotgun Releases Tow Rope for Mountain Biking Parents
$90 USD with the hip pack or $60 without

Also suitable for towing adults. (Learn more.)

Lone Bicycles Announce Updated 2021 Parabellum

The Parabellum frame gets several updates, including more room for a water bottle and a mixed wheel size option. (Learn more.)

PYGA Launches their 160mm Slakline Enduro Bike in Europe
£2299 – €2299 - Frame

PYGA's handcrafted Slakline is now available for European riders. (Learn more.)

Viral Bikes Updates Skeptic & Dérive Titanium Gearbox Hardtails for 2021
$4795 - Frame Kits

While this may not be the year for a "the ride is contagious" tagline, Viral's gearbox-driven ti bikes are getting updates for next year. (Learn more.)

Muc Off Launches a New Stealth Tubeless Puncture Plug Kit
£30 // €35

Some colourways may be more stealthy than others. (Learn more.)

Ninja Mount Looks to Silence Chain Slap with the ChainFin

Ninja Mount has launched its new ChainFin to help silence your drivetrain.. (Learn more.)
ChainFin Set

Sender Ramps Announces New Ramps, A Cycling Balance Board, & More

Tools to help you dial in your skills on the bike. (Learn more.)

Cane Creek Celebrates 15 Years of Twin Tube Technology With the DB Heritage Shock

To celebrate their 15 year anniversary of twin tube technology, Cane Creek announces the DB Heritage shock. (Learn more.)

Oakley Launch Sutro Lite Glasses with an Increased Field of View and Improved Ventilation

The new glasses from Oakley combine a lightweight design and their Prizm™ Lens Technology. (Learn more.)

Fox Announces 'Elevated Future' Special Edition Collection

Brighten up your ride with this wild kit. (Learn more.)


  • 32 0
 I wanna see a Stif /Pole colab
  • 54 4
 You ever hear of Pornhub? There's your arena.
  • 1 0
  • 13 0
 "Shotgun Releases Tow Rope for Mountain Biking Parents. Also suitable for towing adults."

Been trying to convince my fitter friends that this is a reasonable solution for us both getting to the top at the same time. No luck so far.
  • 14 0
 Needs to come with some sort of lasso to catch a lift off passing e-bikers!
  • 21 5
 Y'all will buy anything that has oil slick huh
  • 44 1
 I’ll pass on anything with the oil slick finish.
  • 32 0
 Yea, you know. My plan is to buy 136 SRAM power links to "build" my own oil slick chain. That way if i ever break the chain I can replace it with ease and it'll still be oil slick. And Just to troll the crap out of the Pinkbike community, I would also be assembling the most expensive bike chain. $12.99 for a set of 4 on jensonusa. I need 34 sets but I'll purchase 35 total so I have a set spares links. $454.65 chain.
  • 41 0
 @kroozctrl: if you start a GoFund me I will support simply because you took the time to research and do math.
  • 3 1
 NS bikes were using oil slick years ago on various components. It was subtle and it looked good. Not sure why the trend is to hate on it all of a sudden. It's certainly not a new thing.
  • 3 0
 That Chainlink in my drivetrain is more than enough
  • 5 1
 @SeanC1: It was a thing on BMX 5-10 years ago, it went out of style years ago and now mtb companies are catching up, it never looked good in the first place.
  • 4 0
 @gnarlysipes: My brake rotor developed some cool oil slick looks. I definitely prefer it without.

@kroozctrl: Did you include the price of the inner links with rollers etc?
  • 1 0
 @vinay: i honestly don’t know where to just “buy” the inner links, my plan was to a) snag it from another “pinkbiker” since the many people get stock kit, and eventually swap to shimano or b) buy a fresh chain off jensonusa.

Either way I think I still have to do the tedious effort of disassembling the stock chain just to build a complete master link chain.

I might just ask SRAM if I can buy several inner links and pin.
  • 1 0
 @SeanC1: it's been a thing in the scooter world for ages. I don't mind oil slick on tiny things like clamps but when it's a pedal set or an entire SRAM cassette... that's pushing it
  • 1 0
 Kinda funny that 2020 is the “oil slick” year... I guess it fits, most of the year has felt like an ocean liner has crashed and spilled oil all over the world.
  • 1 0
 @seanb4: and it's been in the automotive world as Neo Chrome for a long while too.
  • 1 0
 @kroozctrl: Well, here you go: Seth just did a bike chain with only XX1/Oil Slick links lol.
  • 7 0
 I wanted to get a Stif Squatch frameset and was ready to order, but it took them a while to get back to me for shipping prices to Canada and ignored my question about lead times (both of these are questions they request you contact them on the website, so I did), I responded with the request for lead times again and haven't heard back in almost two weeks. Ended up going with another frame. Really wanted to build one.
  • 3 1
 What with COVID-19, Lockdown II and Brexit you think anyone in this country has time to reply to questions like that? We're practically a third-world country now.
  • 8 1
 Look at all those lovely, beautifully designed bikes made of steel and aluminum. They look amazing and bet they ride great too. Such a breath of fresh air to see these instead of the constant stream of bloody carbon fibre bikes on here. More of this in the future please.
  • 3 0
 I am never the one to comment on outrageous prices for bikes and accessories...Every hobbie is expensive and you are free to pick what works for you and your wallet..but the fact someone would pay 90 bucks for a tow strap to pull a small child.. you could literally stie a slip knot on a rope.. for free.. you have youtube and a piece of rope somewhere in your garage.
  • 5 0
 We all went over this last week after product release. The guy from Kids Ride Shotgun was very keen to point out that it's a $60 strap and $30 bum bag. The he got all attacky when I pointed out that I made my own, using the same materials I bought retail for $8.
Long story short, use an innertube. Save $80, buy a $10 six-pack, get drunk, still have $70, use $70 to buy your kid new shoes to replace the ones they ground the soles off of riding the $1000 carbon kick bike.
  • 5 0
 Notify me when Specialized release a carbon doorstop and paperweight holiday gift pack.
  • 5 0
 A carbon paperweight would be so fast. I'm waiting for Specialized to make carbon toilet seat, so I can "own the throne!!"
  • 1 0
 That Lone bike, does it require extra heavy compression damping? With all this talk about anti-squat etc, the rear axle rotating around the bb may not quite cut it against those with a higher pivot. The DMR Bolt is a good bike though but I do recall people said you did need a lot of compression damping. Those running the Vector shock were happy, those on the more simple O2 shock were underwhelmed.

That said, the bike does look cool!
  • 4 0
 I need a “shred till bed” stem cap
  • 2 0
 If you're gonna come out with a LE fork calling it sterling silver, it should at least look sterling silver not gray...
  • 2 0
 That Canfield logo is so shockingly bad and dated that it almost looks good, it makes me nostalgic for the 90s and word art.
  • 1 0
 Esker please get a UK importer/seller.
Looked into getting a frame from them.....$250 shipping on a $750 frame......ouch
  • 1 0
 The link for the Calibre goes to the Pipedream article
  • 1 0
 even better, those DMR pedals are listed at £45 everywhere
  • 1 0
 I need to get some sender ramps
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
 The Sirius and Japhy definitely have my attention.
  • 1 0
 Specialized launches its kiddie carbon fiber trail hoodie for only $600
  • 1 0
 I really can't wait for gearboxes to get a generation or two better.
  • 1 0
 Talking about winter gear, any idea for real winter shoes for flat pedals?
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 It's a tech briefin, G At least on my iPad haha
  • 1 0
 Damn that's an expensive flashlight
  • 1 0
 Lots of skinny tubes,me like
  • 2 2
 Bye-bye carbon monopoly.

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