Truvativ's Carbon Fiber Components And More - Taipei Cycle Show 2011

Mar 23, 2011
by Mike Levy  
The Taipei Cycle Show coverage continues inside with more photos of new 2012 products, including:

• New carbon components from Truvativ
• Magura's impressive MT8 brake
• Tomo's Adjuststack adjustable headset spacers
• A new bash guard from Syntace
• Mac Mahone's neat looking 150mm Pluriel all-mountain bike
• More photos from our travels around Taiwan
Truvativ used the Taipei Cycle Show to debut their Noir range of wider carbon handlebars, as well as an impressively light carbon post. The revamped  Noir lineup in aimed squarely at those riders who are looking for light weight parts - the T40 riser bar comes in at just 180grams - but may be putting them on their trail or even all-mountain rig. Noir is separated into three different categories for 2012: the top end T40 bar and post (<i>complete with titanium seat clamp bolts</i>), the T30 lineup with two carbon bars, one being a 700mm flat bar, and a carbon post, and finally the T20 680mm wide carbon bar.
Truvativ used the Taipei Cycle Show to debut their Noir range of wider carbon handlebars, as well as an impressively light carbon post. The revamped Noir lineup in aimed squarely at those riders who are looking for light weight parts - the T40 riser bar comes in at just 180grams - but may be putting them on their trail or even all-mountain rig. Noir is separated into three different categories for 2012: the top end T40 bar and post (complete with titanium seat clamp bolts), the T30 lineup with two carbon bars, one being a 700mm flat bar, and a carbon post, and finally the T20 680mm wide carbon bar.
Flat bars are alive! Truvativ's carbon Noir T30 bar measures out a full 700mm wide, that's quite a bit more length than most flat options, and may be a great choice for trail or all-mountain riders who want to lower their front end without resorting to a stereotypical skinny no-rise bar that would be better at home on the front of a Euro XC bike. Expect to see more than a few five inch travel 29'ers rocking these as well.
Flat bars are alive! Truvativ's carbon Noir T30 bar measures out a full 700mm wide, that's quite a bit more length than most flat options, and may be a great choice for trail or all-mountain riders who want to lower their front end without resorting to a stereotypical skinny no-rise bar that would be better at home on the front of a Euro XC bike. Expect to see more than a few five inch travel 29'ers rocking these as well.
The Noir carbon post uses a one-piece aluminum head with dual opposing seat clamp bolts, those being titanium on the top tier T40 post model. Marked angle gradients make adjustments easier, and both clamp bolts are set at an angle that makes them easier to adjust with hex keys (<i>as opposed to vertical and butted tightly up against the post</i>)
The Noir carbon post uses a one-piece aluminum head with dual opposing seat clamp bolts, those being titanium on the top tier T40 post model. Marked angle gradients make adjustments easier, and both clamp bolts are set at an angle that makes them easier to adjust with hex keys (as opposed to vertical and butted tightly up against the post)
Those looking for light aluminum components shouldn't feel left out though, Truvativ also ups the ante in that department as well with the retooled Stylo range. Just like the Noir components, the Stylo lineup is split into three categories: T20, T30, and the titanium equipped T40 selection. The butted 7050 alloy T40 bar pictured above is available in two rise options - either a low rise 15mm or a higher 25mm model - and measures out at 700mm wide. The T40 stem and post both use titanium hardware just like the high end carbon Noir components, but will no doubt retail for less than their carbon cousins.
Those looking for light aluminum components shouldn't feel left out though, Truvativ also ups the ante in that department as well with the retooled Stylo range. Just like the Noir components, the Stylo lineup is split into three categories: T20, T30, and the titanium equipped T40 selection. The butted 7050 alloy T40 bar pictured above is available in two rise options - either a low rise 15mm or a higher 25mm model - and measures out at 700mm wide. The T40 stem and post both use titanium hardware just like the high end carbon Noir components, but will no doubt retail for less than their carbon cousins.
Magura had their new brake lineup on display, including the top of the line MT8. This bad boy uses a master cylinder and perch built entirely from a  carbon and thermoplastic mixture, a carbon lever blade and alloy hardware to bring the total weight down to 278 grams - and that's including the 160mm Storm SL rotor. I gave them a quick squeeze in the booth and the lever shape feels to be spot on, which isn't surprising given the amount of time that Magura have been putting into dialing in the proper ergonomics on the new brake. I'll be heading South this May to attend Magura's 2012 ride camp in Sedona, Arizona, so expect some feedback shortly after that.
Magura had their new brake lineup on display, including the top of the line MT8. This bad boy uses a master cylinder and perch built entirely from a carbon and thermoplastic mixture, a carbon lever blade and alloy hardware to bring the total weight down to 278 grams - and that's including the 160mm Storm SL rotor. I gave them a quick squeeze in the booth and the lever shape feels to be spot on, which isn't surprising given the amount of time that Magura have been putting into dialing in the proper ergonomics on the new brake. I'll be heading South this May to attend Magura's 2012 ride camp in Sedona, Arizona, so expect some feedback shortly after that.
If you saw my Sea Otter coverage from last year, you'll no doubt be familiar with these nifty adjustable headset spacers from my Japanese friend, Tomo. These new spacers are made from plastic, and are half the weight of the older aluminum versions. A single stepped spacer set allows you to choose from 10, 12, 13, and 15mm heights simply by rotating the two halves. There are a ton of different colors to choose from, and they sell for $6 each. I managed to convince Tomo to let me leave with a few sets that you'll surely see on Pinkbike test bikes throughout the year due to them making bar height adjustments quite easy.
If you saw my Sea Otter coverage from last year, you'll no doubt be familiar with these nifty adjustable headset spacers from my Japanese friend, Tomo. These new spacers are made from plastic, and are half the weight of the older aluminum versions. A single stepped spacer set allows you to choose from 10, 12, 13, and 15mm heights simply by rotating the two halves. There are a ton of different colors to choose from, and they sell for $6 each. I managed to convince Tomo to let me leave with a few sets that you'll surely see on Pinkbike test bikes throughout the year due to them making bar height adjustments quite easy.
German company Syntace was showing off their new bash guard, the Grinder 36. It certainly looks to be one of the more intricate chain ring guards around, with CNC'd ribs and reliefs around it's entire circumference. Total weight is just 72 grams.
German company Syntace was showing off their new bash guard, the Grinder 36. It certainly looks to be one of the more intricate chain ring guards around, with CNC'd ribs and reliefs around it's entire circumference. Total weight is just 72 grams.
Mac Mahone had a number of great looking bikes on display but their Pluriel is the model that caught my eye. The 150mm travel bike looks to be quite beefy, although it is sold as a all-mountain/light freeride rig, and sports an interesting rear suspension layout. The swingarm rotates around a single pivot point at what looks to be about level with the height of a 32 tooth chain ring, while a compact linkage at the top is used solely to keep everything stiff and in line. A pull style linkage actives the rear shock via two links, one on the underside of the down tube.
Mac Mahone had a number of great looking bikes on display but their Pluriel is the model that caught my eye. The 150mm travel bike looks to be quite beefy, although it is sold as a all-mountain/light freeride rig, and sports an interesting rear suspension layout. The swingarm rotates around a single pivot point at what looks to be about level with the height of a 32 tooth chain ring, while a compact linkage at the top is used solely to keep everything stiff and in line. A pull style linkage actives the rear shock via two links, one on the underside of the down tube.
'Champion of Others' - Who out there was in the 'special' class at school where every student received an award, no matter what? There seemed to be an award for nearly everything possible at the Taipei Cycle show, including this prize for the best 'Nonpaint Water Transfer'.
'Champion of Others' - Who out there was in the 'special' class at school where every student received an award, no matter what? There seemed to be an award for nearly everything possible at the Taipei Cycle show, including this prize for the best 'Nonpaint Water Transfer'.
Pinkbike is in Taiwan to show you upcoming products long before anyone else gets wind of them - see the prototype Maxxis DH tire, X-Fusions air sprung DH shock, or the new KS seatpost - but we're also here to take a closer look inside the factories that manufacture many of the products that we all use. We've brought the VOD machine that is Aaron Larocque with us to document what goes on behind those closed doors, so stay tuned for some very interesting videos.
Pinkbike is in Taiwan to show you upcoming products long before anyone else gets wind of them - see the prototype Maxxis DH tire, X-Fusions air sprung DH shock, or the new KS seatpost - but we're also here to take a closer look inside the factories that manufacture many of the products that we all use. We've brought the VOD machine that is Aaron Larocque with us to document what goes on behind those closed doors, so stay tuned for some very interesting videos.
What is a random story without a photo of Mike petting a small dog? There are an amazing amount of dogs nearly everywhere you look. You see them sitting side-saddle on scooters as their owners buzz around town, and nearly every shop seems to have one at it's storefront. Most factories have some sort of dog to discourage trespassers, and even the littlest ones get a job, as seen here. Snowball may not look threatening, but she could easily lick a person to death within minutes if given the chance.
What is a random story without a photo of Mike petting a small dog? There are an amazing amount of dogs nearly everywhere you look. You see them sitting side-saddle on scooters as their owners buzz around town, and nearly every shop seems to have one at it's storefront. Most factories have some sort of dog to discourage trespassers, and even the littlest ones get a job, as seen here. Snowball may not look threatening, but she could easily lick a person to death within minutes if given the chance.
Taipei 101 stands an impressive 1670 feet above the ground, and is an amazing sight to behold. We drove into the capital city on a cloudy day and the building's top few floors and spire could actually be seen <i>above</i> the clouds while the rest was hidden from view. Inside you'll find a mix of retail stores on the lower levers and business units as you go higher up. There are also a number of restaurants within the building as well, including the Observatory Restaurant on the 86th floor. The building is lit up a different color depending on the day of the week - the orange lights in this photo means that it was taken on a Tuesday - and it is known for being home to an incredible fireworks display every New Year's. Anyone want to meet up in Taipei for a massive Pinkbike New Year's celebration?
Taipei 101 stands an impressive 1670 feet above the ground, and is an amazing sight to behold. We drove into the capital city on a cloudy day and the building's top few floors and spire could actually be seen above the clouds while the rest was hidden from view. Inside you'll find a mix of retail stores on the lower levers and business units as you go higher up. There are also a number of restaurants within the building as well, including the Observatory Restaurant on the 86th floor. The building is lit up a different color depending on the day of the week - the orange lights in this photo means that it was taken on a Tuesday - and it is known for being home to an incredible fireworks display every New Year's. Anyone want to meet up in Taipei for a massive Pinkbike New Year's celebration?
As much as I don't like to play the part of the tourist, it was pretty much mandatory that we get ourselves up to the top for a good look around. Unfortunately, the highest outside observation deck was closed during out visit and not even my PB credentials could get me past the mean looking, square shaped security fellow. This certainly isn't a terrible view from this height, though, don't you think?
As much as I don't like to play the part of the tourist, it was pretty much mandatory that we get ourselves up to the top for a good look around. Unfortunately, the highest outside observation deck was closed during out visit and not even my PB credentials could get me past the mean looking, square shaped security fellow. This certainly isn't a terrible view from this height, though, don't you think?
I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. You're looking at about one quarter of the tuned mass damper that is suspended inside the Taipei 101 building. All 728 tons of it hangs between the 88th and 92nd floor, and is held in place by massive steel cables from above and gigantic dampers from below. The steel sphere counteracts high winds to keep the building from swaying and being damaged in a typhoon.
I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. You're looking at about one quarter of the tuned mass damper that is suspended inside the Taipei 101 building. All 728 tons of it hangs between the 88th and 92nd floor, and is held in place by massive steel cables from above and gigantic dampers from below. The steel sphere counteracts high winds to keep the building from swaying and being damaged in a typhoon.
For a guy who does his best to avoid crowds, I found myself quite smitten with Taiwan's capital city, Taipei. That feeling is no doubt partly due to the city's wonderful people (<i>see above</i>), but also it's amazing array or colors, sights and sounds. I'm talking about architecture that will stop you in your tracks, neon lights and signs that are very likely responsible for a high number of seizures, and amazing food like you've never had before. I can't wait to come back for next year's show to see the city again and reconnect with new friends that I've made.
For a guy who does his best to avoid crowds, I found myself quite smitten with Taiwan's capital city, Taipei. That feeling is no doubt partly due to the city's wonderful people (see above), but also it's amazing array or colors, sights and sounds. I'm talking about architecture that will stop you in your tracks, neon lights and signs that are very likely responsible for a high number of seizures, and amazing food like you've never had before. I can't wait to come back for next year's show to see the city again and reconnect with new friends that I've made.



54 Comments

  • + 11
 That Mac Mahone bike look interesting, deffinatly a one of a kind suspention linkage
  • + 30
 yup, but 7 pivot points? f*** me if i'd like to service it.
  • + 4
 Every company is going to have to STEP UP now that Raceface is gone!
  • + 1
 every company has been stepping up... far more than race face, not that race face needed any improvements.
  • + 2
 Look again, 9 pivot points! Four of which are just waiting for mud and water off the front wheel, nice.
  • + 1
 not as had as a dh920/720 on the bearings front!
  • + 1
 theres way more pivots than the DH920/720, that has 4 pivot points, so in total 8 bearings, but the macmahone has 9 pivot points, so thats 18 bearings!
  • + 1
 The design is just stupid... Yes, sometimes you need to do some wild stuff to get ultimate performance. But adding weight and a shitload of mechanical solutions to fail and break on the track... Thumb down.
  • + 1
 @melonhead, i was referring to 2011 pendbox system dh920/720 as they have 14 in total, but due to floating bb it will have more stress on bearings, and since the top bearings on the mac mahone are stress relief bearings i can see them lasting longer.
  • + 1
 So the point of the extra pivot points is to change the leverage ratios right? Otherwise, why? It will be funny when next year when they release a single pivot bike and call it their best ever.
  • + 1
 who? lapierre?

you can achieve same ratios with sp as you can with links. its all about placing things in right place. links are normally used to can have the shock where its needed for weight distribution.

besides, most of it is marketing rubbish any way. and shouldn't really be listened to.
  • + 1
 @bxxer-rider sorry, i was thinking of the 2010 models, my bad.
  • + 1
 If what you say is true, bxxer-rider, then this bike could do without half its links easy.
  • + 1
 yep, but more tech, even useless tech put into a design, the more marketing hype you can create, and therefore sell more Wink

welcome to the world of marketing bullsh!t!
  • + 3
 The MacMahone is a basic, single-pivot suspension. The upper scissor link is exactly what Brent Foes has been using successfully for a decade to arrest lateral flex upstairs. The lower linkage is, as a few have pointed out, used to define the shock rate. The shock linkage is isolated from the swingarm pivots, so it can run relatively sloppy and still function well
  • + 1
 that is as i stated above. (just different terminology)
  • + 1
 How many scary taxi rides did you have - they're mental out there with their fish tanks on the dash board et al!!

I remember one particualr road that runs N-S that must have been 8 lanes wide and at any time can have 8 lanes of traffic travelling in each direction head on playing chicken with each other :-o
  • + 1
 since were looking at new stuff. dad was reading an article in some magazine the other day, and in 5 years time it is expected that the raw materials to make 1 kg of carbon fiber will cost about $12. at the moment it costs $300 per kg. i think we might be seeing a lot cheaper carbon fiber bikes and bike parts in the years to come.
  • + 2
 I don't think anything will be cheaper. Just bigger profits for the company making the product
  • + 1
 Competition will bring prices down over time, no company that tries to pocket that extra $288 per kg will last...
  • + 2
 Cool shot of that damper... I interviewed at RWDI in Guelph for a job with the two guys that designed it! Right here in Canada, baby Wink

whoops repost
  • + 3
 that set of legs with those black boots looked fuckin sexy..... forget the numbers!
  • + 4
 That tuned mass damper was engineered in Canada! ...FYI
  • + 1
 Hell yes (mech eng student.)
  • + 1
 You forgot to add the smells are also amazing and the stars look amazing at night too!!!
Was your trip paid for by tourism Tiawan???
  • + 3
 How many comments about the girl were deleted...
  • + 1
 More some years and the entire bike will be made of carbon fiber. Well, I hope...
  • + 1
 The aerial pic of the city is depressing. Looks like the opening titles of Bladerunner....or hell.
  • + 2
 Mmm, Asian Persuasion
  • + 1
 what was the site that sold the adjustable headset spacers?
  • + 1
 I dont know if they are the same but dirt unity dirtunity.wordpress.com also sells them.
  • + 1
 those ones are very similar but probably arent as light.
  • + 5
 who cares about weight?...its a frickin headset spacer! id rather have a metal one anyway
  • + 1
 personally i would just buy the cheaper ones and by the looks it seems like the plastic ones are cheaper and the lighter weight is just a bonus
  • + 1
 you're missing the other point of having these spacers. aside from being affordable and lightweight, its easy to adjust the amount of spacers you need below the stem. instead of removing the stem entirely and adding or removing spacers, you just lift the stem a bit, lift and twist the top half of the spacer to choose the appropriate height. a very clever product.
  • + 2
 DAB - check www.funfancy.jp
  • + 1
 right on. thats the site ive been trying to remember....it just seems they dont sell them directly
  • + 2
 D@B - you are likely correct there, dang. I know that we met them at Sea Otter last year as Tomo was wandering about with those in hand. Only spotted one rider thus far with a set and I am sure Tomo hooked him up in person. If I hear more, I'll let you know.
  • + 1
 awesome. thanks
  • + 1
 Not sure i entirely understand those spacers, do you have to run one set above and one below your stem? Or do you use normal spacers on top? Otherwise you're gonna have this spacer below the stem and then a gap between the stem and the topcap.
  • + 1
 they work together as one. like one goes on the bottom and another locks into that one with the little notches at the height you want
  • + 1
 You put one above, and one below the stem. You crank one taller, the other shorter. Bam, fast adjust, and you don't need to remove the topcap or anything.

Mind you, seems like a great product for dialing in a bike, but I would way rather depend on aluminum (or hell, even carbon) spacers for real riding.
  • + 1
 they both go on the top or bottom of the stem... you do not separate them. just look at the photos
  • + 1
 Magura MT8 brakes are going to be my next brakes,stunning brakes
  • + 1
 What's up with the numbers on the crosswalk?
  • + 10
 I think you can cross diagonally between those hours. However, if you noticed the numbers before you noticed the girl, you're probably gay.
  • + 10
 Haha i didnt even notice the numbers i had to scroll up for another look.
  • + 1
 Nothing hot or attractive about that girl.. I guess out of town standarts are down..
  • + 2
 How would you know?
  • + 3
 @buildandride - girls are the same everywhere, and there are lots of places to get better pictures of them than that on the internet. You'll figure that out one day.
  • + 2
 One day someone should write an article that includes a hot girl, wait for all the poeple to comment on the hotness, and then the author can post a comment informing us that that 'girl' was actually a boy. My money is on Scott Sharples doing this.
  • + 1
 Hahaha trannys.
  • + 1
 I hope you have more stuff because I love reading about new stuff.
  • + 1
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