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VP, Atomlab, Cycle Dog - Interbike 2014

Sep 11, 2014
by Mike Levy  
VP

The new Aim on the left, and the gucci Harrier Altitude on the right. One costs $60 USD, the other much more.


VP's New Pedals

VP usually has ton of pedals on display at Interbike, and this year was no different. There was an entirely new model in that range, though, with the reasonably priced Aim going for $60 USD a pair but being designed to take a beating. In fact, it's been used on the FMB tour this year, so it should be ready for any of your shenanigans. The platform size is quite large, measuring in at 104mm x 103mm, and the pedal's bearings are located apart as far as possible in the body for added support. The Aims weighs 415 grams for a set.

At the other end of the scale sits the Harrier Altitude, which is the gucci version of the standard Harrier and sports titanium axles and extra machining that shaves away even more unneeded material from the already slim design. The result is a 295 gram set of pedals, which is 65 grams lighter than the standard version. The platform size is still the same, however, at 120mm x 110mm, and they're just 12mm thick.. or maybe it's just 12mm thin? Either way, both versions of the Harrier offer a lot of real estate and not a lot of weight. VP doesn't have a price in mind for the Altitude, but it's a safe bet that they'll cost a good chunk more than the $120 USD of the regular model.

VP

VP's VX Trail Race gets an updated platform and binding mechanism for more support and easier entry.



VP isn't as well known for their clipless pedals, but they do have a bunch of different models of those as well. And even though we did show you the entire VX range awhile back, we're going to make you look at the mid-weight Trail Race model again as VP has made a few changes that make sense. The most notable is a larger and flatter section at the rear of the pedal (although not as large as the Adventure model that sports the largest platform in the range) that VP says offers more support for shoes, especially for riders who tend to slide their cleats more to the rear. There's also a new binding mechanism that sports a ramped shape to the back clasp that is said to make locating the cleat and re-entry much easier, as well as offering a touch more side-to-side float that's been added to allow for more body english without riders accidentally unclipping. Weight sits at 370 grams for the pair.




Atomlab

The Revo is Corsair's new 160mm, 27.5'' wheeled ''ride everywhere'' bike. Check out that dropper seat post as well... no details as of yet besides that it goes up and down.


Corsair's New 160mm Bike and Atomlab's 7 Speed DHR Hub

There are loads of 160mm travel, 27.5'' wheeled bikes to choose from out there, but if you're looking for something a bit different than what you see everywhere, Corsair's new Revo might be just the ticket. The aluminum bike uses a single pivot suspension layout combined with a clean looking linkage to deliver a relatively low leverage ratio, and the design has the heavy bits sitting pretty low in the frame. The anodized blue rocker compresses the shock, which is easy to see, but there's a nearly hidden pull-link that connects the swingarm to the rocker, and the whole things looks pretty damn clean if you ask me. The usual boxes are also checked: ISCG 05 chain guide tabs, a 12 x 142mm thru-axle, and there's an internal routing option if you want to use it. The bike's geometry leans more towards letting it hang out on the downs than cleaning big climbs, but Atomlab does aim to keep the Dutch and other abnormally tall people happy with a massive 25.7'' effective top tube length on the extra-large size. Actually, all of the sizes sport long-ish top tubes that are more suited towards 30mm stems than anything in the 70 - 90mm range.

Atomlab

Less gears, more width. The DHR hub fits modified seven speed cassettes.



Downhill racers have been taking apart their cassettes for years, usually turning their nine and ten speed drivetrains into a purpose built block with six or seven speeds, which is all one really needs if they're going to race their bike down a hill for a few minutes. Drop in a few spacers behind the cassette to take up that free space, and maybe some sort of spoke guard, and you're all set. Atomlab offers a cleaner solution with their new seven speed DHR hub via a shortened freehub body that is only long enough to fit, you guessed it, seven cogs. This has allowed Atomlab to widen out both the hub flanges and the hub's bearings in order to build a stronger wheel and a more reliable hub. Any ten, nine or eight speed cassette will slide onto the freehub after you've dropped off the cogs you don't need and used them as throwing stars, and there's a quick 102 point engagement clutch design. The 330 gram hub will fit both 150mm and 157mm axle spacing by way of interchangeable end caps. Price is yet to be decided on, although I'm guessing that it'll have a reasonable tag on it given Atomloab's history.




Cycle Dog

Keep your dog hydrated on the trail with this folding bowl. Could also be used as a small waterproof hat.


Cycle Dog Folding Bowl

I once wrote an article about how people should think twice about taking their dog on the trail, or at least use common sense when deciding if they should bring Fido out for a shred, and now here I am featuring a folding dog bowl from a company that exclusively sells stuff for trail dogs. Contrary to what at least 70% of commenters posted on that opinion piece, I like dogs, I even have one of my own that I'm quite fond of and might keep for a bit longer, and I even take her out on the trails every so often as a reward for not biting me or other people. The only part that I don't like is letting her slurp from my water bottle, which is why Cycle Dog's folding bowl makes a lot of sense. The fabric bowl features an FDA approved waterproof liner that holds 22oz of water, and it folds up flat enough to slip into a pocket if you're not using a backpack. Your dog won't care what colour the bowl is, but Cycle Dog offers a bunch of different patterns so you can find something you like, and it's even dishwasher-safe. The $16 USD price is worth it if it keeps me from having to swap spit with my Shiba Inu.



View entire Interbike 2014 Product Gallery Here


77 Comments

  • 43 0
 Wow super impressed with the hub, that's a really original idea. Given that it's the right price, I'm in.
  • 10 1
 Seems like a better solution than adding adapters and spacers on a 9/10 speed freehub.
  • 5 0
 I'm no expert, but would a wider hub give it more strength? Or no? Just curious.
  • 7 0
 Yep, wider hub would = more strength...technically :-)
  • 7 24
flag cameronb3321 (Sep 11, 2014 at 20:49) (Below Threshold)
 If anyone on this planet has snapped a hub i will be amazed.
  • 11 1
 I don't think a wider hub is necessarily structurally stronger because of it's width, but like they stated above, they can run wider bearings which pays dividends. The wheel itself when fully built should be a tad stronger because of the hub flanges being spaced outwards.
  • 3 0
 I've crushed a hub shell Had this idea for years also you can get 3cogs on a hope trials hub 135mm version for 4X pleeeease atom lab
  • 8 0
 I've been running Hadley single speed hubs with 6 gears for years, 11-34 cassette range on 6 gears is ideal and builds a nice stiff wheel.
  • 10 0
 It's not about the hub itself being stronger. The wider the bracing angle of the spokes, the better stiffness overall. It's kinda the idea of treks new boost 148 system. It's like if you are balancing two playing cards against each other. It holds better when they are wider apart at the base.
  • 29 0
 Thanks for the compliments guys!

@nojzilla Already something we are considering. Long live gated MTB racing!
  • 2 0
 The enduro bowl is here guys!
  • 6 0
 widen the stance of those drive-side spokes. makes infinite sense. Nice one Atomlab.
  • 7 0
 pm148 is right, it's not about the strength of the hub or axle itself. It's about the overall strength of the wheel, because the spokes are wider in the middle, the wheel will be stiffer and will be able to withstand stronger hits from the side.

Basically the same reason the Egyptians build pyramids instead of lean towers ^^
  • 2 0
 I have a 6 speed Hope pro 2 trials on my DH setup wheels for a few years now, same idea.
  • 4 0
 Thank you Atomlab! Now I won't have to machine a hub myself! Love everything about that hub, I'm thinking a 26" 729 and that'll be a perfect wheel!
  • 1 0
 i ride atomlab wheels and a set of pedals and love them but their customer service sucks i emailed them about a crash replacement or discount on new pedals cause i broke an old set and they said i was shit out of luck cause they don't carry that product anymore
  • 1 0
 Sorry to say @idahorob I've ordered and owned two sets of Pimplite wheels through the Atomlab guys direct, and every time they communicated what was going on with my builds extremely well, and the wheels have been flawless, both on the TR250 I used to own and the dirtjump rig that's still running them 4 years later with no hub rebuilds and only a minor true.

If a company does not carry an old product or a suitable replacement for that product, if it was out of warranty already well then you are SOL.
  • 1 0
 Less Dish = Stronger Wheel so yes the atomlab hub would result in a stronger build
  • 3 0
 @Idahorob Sorry to hear that, we have been working to correct the service issues we have had in the past (Cleaned house and new staff). In the USA warranty issues can be run through our supplier BTI, any other service can be run through info@atomlab.com and atomlab@singletrack-minds.com
  • 1 0
 hey mister Atomlab, i wonder if i can use lighter spokes for a dh wheel because of the wider flanges...
  • 1 0
 I don't think I have built DH wheels using anything lighter than a DT Competition spoke.
  • 1 8
flag slipnjloc (Sep 13, 2014 at 23:45) (Below Threshold)
 Will this hub break just like their 102? Also getting warranty seems to be a bitch so far after the freehub skips.....
  • 1 0
 dt revolution and dt ex471 ...
  • 5 0
 Warranty is through BTI...about 4,000 shops in the USA can take care of warranty, seems easy enough. Never had a claim on the 102's; they are a ton stronger than the previous 60 click hubs.
  • 6 0
 Finally! i will be lining up to pay what ever for that hub. ive been whining for a company to produce a hub like this for years. this really is shut up and take my money. wooooo!
  • 3 1
 www.hopetech.com/product/pro-2-evo-trials-single-speed-rear-hub
Coulda just bought that, works with 6 speed cassettes....
  • 4 0
 @tdryan242 Thanks, prepare for stoke!
  • 3 1
 @mnorris122 the hope trials hub only comes in 135 spacing..
  • 2 1
 They sell a conversion kit for 142, I converted my older 135x10 bolt on hub to 142x12 TA and it was the pro 2 trials ss version. Also fits 6 gears.
  • 3 0
 I think he wants a real DH 150/157mm hub...
  • 6 0
 What would you call that color of the Marzocchi stantions.....burnt kashima?
  • 10 0
 Espresso!!
  • 17 0
 new jersey skin.
  • 3 1
 The Jersey Shore orange coat!
  • 1 1
 You're probably talking about the "OMG I want this on my bike" color?
  • 1 0
 Dunno, but they look fully sic!
  • 2 0
 marko369: not the same coating. Your fork has Gold Race coating, this one is Espresso.
  • 5 0
 Just take my money Interbike, all of it.......
  • 4 2
 I'm throwing money at the screen but nothing is happening......was that your comment a year or two ago?? it was the best one I've ever read....
  • 4 0
 Might of been, I've said a lot of dumb stuff, hahaa.
  • 4 3
 Can someone explain the pedal market to me? I have a background in product development and industrial design, and can't wrap my head around pedals that cost more than $100. Its like bikinis for women, the less material is left, the more it costs. But is the value truly in the amount of material CNC'd away, and that makes for a good pedal?

I ride Saint flats…they are thicker than most aftermarket pedals, with less-sharp spikes…they seem fine.
  • 14 1
 you need to study marketing. then you will fully grasp the concept of the >$120 pedal
  • 2 2
 That pretty much explains it. The Dark Side. I slept through that class.
  • 2 1
 I got some felt pedals off an abandoned 90's bmx with a blown freehub. Used a tap and dye set to install 16 grub screws, I bought at the hardware store, per side in depths that made them concave and slight angles like the race face pins. Total cost was like $6. Did have to borrow a tap and die set though. If anything they have too much grip. Just did it cause I lost a clipless pedal but, I now feel less secure with my mallets than I did with those.
  • 4 1
 It has a lot to do with the machining and higher design times needed to produce a durable light pedal. A simple pedal like the saint can be extruded, making many pedals at a time that just need a little clean up work. Most high end pedal require lots of machining from a solid billet. It's just a much more expensive and time consuming way to do things. Just look at hope brakes vs avid, lower numbers and more machining. You end up with much higher costs.
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure the Saints start with a forging (like most Shimano parts) but yeah I follow what you're saying.

Plus the relatively low volumes of these kinds of pedals don't justify a higher rate of production processes.
  • 2 0
 A lower profile pedal helps to avoid pedal strikes.
A lighter pedal weights less.

If you want to combine both with similliar strength you end up with fancy materials and/or expensive manufacturing techniques.
  • 3 0
 Really like the enduro frame. Looks sweet. And about time companies are starting to do xl frames with decent sized top tubes. Being 6ft 6 I need a lengthy cockpit.
  • 4 0
 haha lengthy cockpit
  • 1 0
 Thanks, there is a complete large in the UK right now, I know not the XL but might be worth a pedal. XL's available in a few weeks.
  • 3 0
 Atomlab,thank you! That's all we been asking for.
  • 3 0
 Thank you! More to come.
  • 1 0
 How much and when please??
  • 2 0
 I would estimate around what our other rear hubs go for ($289.95) and VERY soon. We will let you guys know ASAP.
  • 2 0
 I've been running pimplite rims for a while now and they're by far my favorite rim because of how indestructible they are and how easy it is to change tires... will that 7spd hub be available on a complete wheelset? and anodized red please tup
  • 2 0
 7Spd will be available on the DHR and DHR SL complete wheels. Red is a choice on the DHR SL's. Red hub? Never know...
  • 3 1
 isn't the bike a Corsair???
  • 2 0
 looks like thats what it says on the frame?
  • 1 1
 I was wondering about that too. Maybe Corsair is producing the frames for Atomlab, and that one is just a pre-production frame with their stickers. Who knows? Not me.
  • 5 0
 Correct, that is the Corsair Revo built with Atomlab components.
  • 1 0
 I really like this atomlab rebuilt.
  • 2 0
 Like those VP pedals. Still have 559 on my rig and their going strong.
  • 1 0
 Clipless pedals with the screws holding it together like that. Longevity is suspect.
  • 2 1
 My dogs have been using the cycle dog bowl for 2 years now, its a must have for dog owners.
  • 4 0
 Mine chewed it up!
  • 1 0
 WE LOVE our cycledogs bowls and gear. They are perfect for trail dogs, fold up well, and are not as flimsy as other alternatives when the dog is using it. The leashes are fantastic also as the rubber tube materials stretch a little and it is much easier on the our dog when we have to put him on lead around roads or other appropriate areas. The bottle opener on the collar has also proved very handy more than once!
  • 1 0
 Had a collapsible bowl for the dog once. Turns out it doesn't make a very durable Frisbee. Just a gravity fed stream from the Camelbak now...
  • 1 0
 Do like the bowls and collars. Leash didn't hold up for my pup. He loved to chew on it and he ruined it before I could break that habit. Might try it again now that he doesn't try to hold the leash in his mouth when I actually leash him.
  • 1 0
 Tell your favorite dealer they can soon get Cycle Dog products from Cascade Velo Wholesale Distributor in Oregon. www.cascadevelo.com
  • 1 0
 are those VP pedals compatible with shimano cleats?
  • 1 0
 Thanks for.mentioning the tall dutch tup
  • 1 0
 Caught my attention.
  • 1 2
 I've snapped loads of hubs, hopes mainly, but nukeproof and a few other brands as well, split a king axle too.
  • 1 0
 you can't ride my bike
  • 1 0
 i get told that a lot

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