Tech Briefing: Wheels, Enduro Bikes, Frame Protection & More - May 2020

May 7, 2020
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.

Bluegrass Releases Downhill & Enduro Back Protectors
130€ / £120 - 190€ / £170

The Armour B&S D30 and Armour Lite are designed to keep you safe when lockdown is over. (Learn more.)

Ergon Enduro Saddle Collection
$79.95 to $179.95

The SM Enduro saddle is offered in three models, with two sizes available in each. (Learn more.)

Traction Coffee Roasters Collaborates with Yeti Cycles & Donates to Road2Recovery
From $15 USD

Traction Coffee Roasters is offering Yeti Cycles coffee until May 31st, with a percentage of the profits benefitting Road2Recovery. (Learn more.)

Hunt Mountain launches E Specific Wheelset
£429 / €496 / $539 USD

E-specific rims that are designed to take the battering of e-mtbs. (Learn more.)

ENVE's New AM30 Wheels
$1600 USD

Enve announces their new wheelset at their lowest pricepoint yet. (Learn more.)

Guerrilla Gravity Gnarvana Enduro Bike
From $3895

Guerrilla Gravity unveils their new 160mm enduro bike. (Learn more.)

50% of Each Going In Kendams Sale Goes Toward WHO

Kendamas says their product is not only fun and addictive, they are also a great way to improve hand-eye coordination. (Learn more.)

Dyedbro Steve Smith Tribute Frame Protector

Dyedbro created a special frame protector that honors Stevie Smith's career and raises funds for the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation. (Learn more.)

RideWrap Universal Fit Bike Protection Options
$20 USD / €20 to $65 USD / €70

RideWrap has updated a slew of the products that are ready to bear the brunt of destruction while riding your bike. (Learn more.)

Shred Zeppelin
$20 USD / €20 to $65 USD / €70

Lyne Components is hoping this solves all your trailside tubeless needs. (Learn more.)

Industry Nine 2021 Alloy Wheels
From $1,325

Updated rim profiles are designed to reduce pinch flats and prevent impact damage. (Learn more.)

Broken & Coastal Volume 05 of Print Magazine
$20 USD / €20 to $65 USD / €70

Volume 05 of Broken & Coastal is dedicated to the badass women, trans, and non-binary folks that are leading the way in creating change in the cycling industry. (Learn more.)

Cane Creek 165mm eeWings, eeWings Raven & Color Anodized Preloaders
$29 - $1049 USD

There's now an eeWings Raven titanium crank painted deep black, 165mm eeWings Mountain cranks, and five different colours for the Cane Creek Preloader. (Learn more.)

Knolly 2020 Warden
$4720 to $5350 US

The new Warden has 27.5" wheels, a 77 degree seat tube angle and 64.5 degree head tube angle. (Learn more.)
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CushCore's New Tire Lever
$20 USD

CushCore has reimagined the tire lever. (Learn more.)

ENVE's Tool to Build Custom Decals
$40-80 USD

Take matchy-matchy to the next level. (Learn more.)

PYGA's New Carbon Trail Bike

Pyga are working on a new marathon / light trail bike that's produced in South Africa. (Learn more.)
Pyga Mobu

Motion Instruments' Shop-Oriented MotionIQ Coach App
$99 per year

Motion Instruments have expanded the MotionIQ app capabilities with the addition of the Coach platform. (Learn more.)

Andreani Group ProImpact Suspension Tuning System

Andreani's new polymer kit allows fine-tuning of air and coil forks. (Learn more.)

Privateer Enduro Race Bike
£2,989 / €3,399 / $3,075 USD

After unveiling their prototype Enduro bike at Eurobike last year, Privateer have a production model ready with some neat tweaks. (Learn more.)

Cotic RocketMAX Gen3
£3,649 / EUR 4,160 / US$3,770 and up

Cotic release the third generation of their UK made 29" enduro bike. (Learn more.)
Cotic RocketMAX Gen3 160mm 29er Enduro Bikes UK Made Reynolds 853 radical Longshot geometry

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  • 42 0
 I'll take the $29 Warden, please.
  • 14 0
 May as well throw in a set of $20 I9 wheels while yer at it!
  • 20 0
 speced with the $20 i9 wheels of course, and the $20 eeewings, total price $69, NICE
  • 5 1
 @ifindbikesinteresting: I think I'd rather have the $3895 kendama but you do you
  • 11 1
 Me too... Oh wait, corrected Wink Thanks!
  • 1 0
 Finally an enduro bike according to my budget!
  • 1 0
 I'd think about paying $29 for a good review on this bike. Come on PB lets have it. And a real review for an AM bike. Yeah, we know it goes dh, but can it climb steep tech?
  • 1 0
 @sarahmoore: Can I still get the $29 eeWings? Smile
  • 14 0
 Not trying to be funny at all but I think it's an unfortunate choice of name for the vinyl company. For marketing purposes it's supposed to be easy to remember and associate but instead it just sounds awkward.
  • 2 0
 Agreed it’s terrible. Bad juju
  • 5 0
 Ride wrap? Or Do you even drift bro (Dyedbro)?
  • 9 0
 Agreed, someone mentioned them to me and prefaced it with "it's a terrible name, but check out Dyedbro..." And all their designs have DYEDBRO in big letters the center of the top tube. Hard pass.
  • 6 0
 @Drew-O: Yes, it's too bad because I would actually get the Steve Smith design and it would work really well on my bike. However, I don't want their name on my bike.
  • 3 0
 They’ve got some great graphics and I’ve been reallly close to ordering them a couple of times, then you see the awful dyedbro logo scrawled right across it and it’s a nope.
  • 12 3
 Seems like you guys are only upset because you don’t even drift bros..
  • 18 0
 @ipreferdirt: Steve Smith Dyedbro... yeh that's not great actually...
  • 13 1
 Hunt Wheels - Ebike wheels - "for the extra stresses and strains..............."

So if I (285lb powerlifter in my birthday suit) ride my 15kg enduro bike off my usual 4' drops, through rock gardens, over gaps, through fast bermed corners hard blah blah (check me out I'm SO Endurobro) and then my 150lb borderline malnourished mate on his 23kg Ebike rides the same ubertrail, does he still need the E-specific wheels whilst I don't?

Being a qualified gym thug, I can put down some decent power whereas my featherweight friend can barely carry a shopping bag home. Does his bike still need mega wheels to match the extra power that his bike produces?

I don't own an ebike and have nothing against them but I'm trying to understand why they need specific wheels and those of us who weigh a bit more and / or can produce a few extra Watts of power on analogue bikes don't.

Is it just another marketing wank or should I consider buying E Everything?
  • 7 3
 Yes it's marketing let's all just get over it and move on please
  • 6 3
 You definitely do not produce anywhere close to the power of an ebike in boost mode. And generally you won't notice the weight penalty half as much.

Because of the weight and stability they allow you to plough through rock gardens, and it is a bit harder to unweight the bike, so a little extra toughness helps.

Finally, even on a quick lunch time spin, you could easily end up 20km from your car/house/office, so you really want to prioritize reliability, as pushing one of these things back is not much fun at all.
  • 3 0
 Whoa there! What are you doing bringing actual maths and logic to an argument???
  • 3 0
 @Mugen: How much power do ebikes produce in boost mode? I'm pretty sure it's less than a stacked human giving it the beans.
  • 2 0
 @jaame: it depends where you live. In the Europe it's 250W, which, if Strava is to be believed, is about what I put out on a road bike climb over about 5 minutes, so am e bike can double it. And we have a top speed of 16mph. In the USA, you can have 750W(!) and 20mph. Even the top pros can only sprint for a relatively short time at that power.
  • 1 3
 Lose a bit of weight yourself , you'll get faster and then you definitely wont need those wheels so you wont need moan about it being marketing.
  • 1 0
 @mountainsofsussex: I think those are constant power numbers and peak power output can be even significantly higher, but I'm not sure.
  • 1 0
 @kanioni: that is also what I thought. I've put out a max of over 1200w on my mate's smart trainer. I researched it once. Chris Hoy was putting out something like 2700w. Graves and Rude are in the high teens. Mark Cavendish's sprint finish was 1600w. It's a lot more than an ebike, even from the likes of normal blokes like myself.
  • 2 0
 Its a little marketing, a little simple physics with additional inertia and bike weight but also a level of insurance/warranty issues that come into play. Power has nothing to do with it. The force an ebike puts through the wheels from pedalling doesnt require specialist rims. Im a similar weight to you and always prioritise getting stronger wheels. If i had a heavier bike by choice, then I would make sure its matched with suitable wheels. Forgot the riders weight for a minute in your example of bike weights thats an additional 8kg spread between the wheels when hitting the ground on objects. Lastly all companies will try to de risk any product sold to the market so if you had non specific wheels and they failed causing a signifcant accident where your actions did not create an environment in which you were already at risk then it would be a pita for all in involved and you could forget any warranty.
  • 1 0
 @jaame: this article claims "Fit recreational cyclists can hammer out about 250 to 300 watts for a 20 minute power test. The pros average 20-minute power pushes at 400 watts". Either way, even a euro spec ebike is a big help, and an American one must be borderline scary!
  • 2 1
 @Mfro - you've got roughly 55# on me, and I probably don't produce anywhere near the same sort of raw power numbers you do. Yet I keep finding that regular spec parts simply don't stand up to my use - and that's even though I roll/pump more than I huck. Hubs seems to have a really hard time with me, for example. So I can imagine the issues you must be dealing with.

I think in MTB, there's this unfortunate tendency for "better" parts to go lighter, rather than stronger. Yes, you can go DH everything for outfitting your trail bike - but that's still a compromise. So I, for one, am glad that e-MTB has all of a sudden brought burliness into focus in a way that it simply hasn't been. The extra awkwardness of a heavier bike ridden more and at higher speeds than normal by pencil necks translates into stresses and impacts that are at least a little closer to what an analog bike experiences under a right-sized person with a bit of strength. And the need to then make parts for those requirements that don't break the bank for mass-market products means now you and I can get those parts to replace the wimpy shit that came on our stock bikes. Win-win, I'd say.
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 @jaame: 250 nominal in Canada anyways. i believe the levo maxes out at 565 watts at peak power. So not that much relative to some of our Clydesdale riding buddies. I guess the argument could be made thats an assist and the rider could contribute whatever their sprint numbers are. Some of the not so legal bikes will have significantly higher numbers but most will be hub mounted and wouldn't need those wheels? Rims possibly? But those ones shouldn't be on the trails.
  • 4 0
 @AverageAdventurer: lol I was going to say 250w is nothing...if you are 6'4+ lol
  • 2 0
 @clink83: 6'4 on the dot here!
  • 7 0
 Hey, whatever happened to the super test of all the tire insert offerings that was supposed to happen last year? Would love to see it. I have the Vittoria Airliners and love them to death, but tough to try out others without big financial commitment.
  • 4 4
 Cush Core is a heavy pain in the ass. I went back to tubes on the dh bike...
  • 2 0
 @DHhack: you should look into tannus tire inserts (for tires with tubes)
  • 2 0
 I also got the Vittorias after much hand wringing and review and comment reading. Put them in the rear on both sets of DH wheels & tires (28mm wheels with DD casing, probably overkill, and 30.5mm wheels with WT EXO casing). I have to say, removing/mounting these inserts is cake.. think I got both wheels done in about 5 mins.
  • 1 0
 @skidrumr: Yup, once you know the trick, super easy. I haven't had to ride flat out, but knowing I can is pretty cool too, especially on big trips to big mountains I don't know.
  • 1 0
 @skidrumr: @chuckolicious:

What size insert are you guys using for what size tire? I use 2.5s on i30 rims, which is right on the fence between medium and large inserts.

Also, I don't feel like I really need the rim protection up front. Do you notice much other benefit with these inserts? Damping or tire stability?
  • 1 0
 @thegoodflow: I have them on two bikes. Both i30, one a 2.6 and the other 2.8. I use large for both. I’m so addicted to the “dead” feeling with so little high frequency that I couldn’t imagine not having them front and rear. Rode high end rentals without and it bugged the crap out of me. I ride 17-18 psi front and rear, both bikes.
  • 1 0
 @Chuckolicious: thanks for the reply! I'm going to give them a try.
  • 10 0
 Fun fact: the cotic steel frame weighs the same as the aluminum privateer
  • 1 0
 I wonder if tange ultimate is still available for bikes. Nail hitting the frame sounded thin as soda can
  • 1 1
 That's amazing... but doesn't change the one I want! I don't see the attraction in steel frames myself. The Privateer and Knolly are a lot more appealing in my opinion. I think it's the thin straight tubes with the bulbous tubes welded on the ends for shock mounts and pivots etc that puts me off.
  • 6 0
 Bluegrass back protector gives you four boobs
  • 6 0
 dont need a vest for that... =(
  • 3 1
 So stoked to see kendama making its way into Mtb! It’s a good way to get your eyes off a screen and great for after ride beer / parking lot / nobody wants to go home and be an adult time.
  • 1 0
 Just ordered my copy of Broken and Costal today!!! If you haven't read any of the previous issues you should check them out, it is always a great read and gets you stoked to go ride.
  • 8 5
 Yeti coffee? I hope it's not ground-up old cracked rear triangles...
  • 3 1
 Green initiatives, my man. Traction coffee is dialed, and they’re giving back to injured athletes. What more could you ask for?
  • 2 0
 You'll also need to look out for "pre-production" beans.
  • 3 0
 Can you put a spare tube and some snacks in the hole of that ergon saddle?
  • 12 0
 No, just a CushCore's New Tire Lever...
  • 4 0
 @jkalis: That made me laugh pretty hard. Thanks for that. Actually the lever with that saddle would make it a sort of clipless saddle.....
  • 3 0
 I want a cotic but the frame and shock is 4500$ CAD after its landed....
  • 1 0
 yea the struggle is real
  • 2 0
 I'll get the $3800 kendama!
  • 2 0
 Man those eeWings are more and more tempting
  • 1 0
 The only thing holding me back is my PF92 bb on my bikes. The bearings are too small with a 30mm axle. If they made a 24mm spindle version I'd be in the market.
  • 1 0
 Had me at the mesh covered nipples. Is that the fresh look in the Whistler Bike park this season?????
  • 1 0
 Cant wait to buy I9 wheels for $20
  • 1 0
 TE BRI FIN G May 2020 Love it hahaha
  • 2 2
 Enve needs to retire
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