It's official – the SB6c, the 27.5" wheeled replacement for Yeti's venerable SB66, is on the way, with bikes expected to arrive at the beginning of October. Despite not being available for another month, the SB6c has already amassed an impressive race resume, racking up wins at both the Winter Park and Whistler stops of the Enduro World Series under Jared Graves. The bike has a 65.5° head angle, 442mm chainstays, and uses the same Switch Infinity suspension design as the SB5c
for its 157mm of travel. The two Kashima coated rods located just above the bottom bracket help control the rear wheel path, moving upwards at the beginning of the travel to provide better pedalling performance, and travelling downwards as the bike goes deeper in its travel to give the bike better square edged bump absorption. Claimed frame weight is 5.78 pounds, and the bike will be available in black, green, and the classic Yeti turquoise. An X01 build kit build kit that includes a FOX Float X rear shock, a FOX 36 front fork and Shimano XT brakes will be $7399 USD (that price is with aluminum wheels - the ENVE carbon wheels pictured are an additional upcharge
The SB6c has all the features you'd expect on a frame of this caliber - internal cable routing, downtube protector, and a 12x142 thru-axle.
Giro's Feature helmet will now be available with a MIPS liner. The Blok goggle is designed to offer the maximum amount of peripheral vision.
The big news from Giro for 2015 is the addition of a Multidirectional Impact Protection System (MIPS) on a number of their road and mountain helmets. MIPS is intended to reduce the amount of rotational energy that reaches the brain through the use of a low friction liner that lets the outer shell of the helmet slide along it during an impact. Giro uses the example of throwing a tennis ball at the ground to illustrate how the system works. If the ground were covered in gravel, the tennis ball experiences a good deal of rotational force due to the amount of friction between the ball and the ground. If the ground were covered in ice, the ball would twist much less due to the reduced friction, which is what the MIPS liner is intended to achieve. The Feature is the first helmet in Giro's line to get the MIPS liner, an upgrade that brings its price up $20 to $95. MIPS will be offered on additional helmets in the coming months.
Giro also unveiled a mountain bike version of their popular Blok snow goggle, which will retail for $65, a price that includes a flash lens and a clear lens, plus a package of tear-offs. The goggle is designed to integrate well with their Cipher full face helmet, which gains a number of new colors for 2015, including matte glowing red / highlight yellow color shown. New colors are also on the way for the Quarter dirt jump helmet and the Chamber shoe, which are both coming in an eye-catching blue.
There are new colors throughout Giro's line for 2015, including the highlighter yellow Cipher and the bright blue Quarter helmet and Chamber shoes.
HT X1 Clipless Pedal
HT's X1 clipless DH pedal is now in production, and should be available at the beginning of October. Designed with input from Aaron Gwin, the X1 weigh 470 grams and spins on three sealed bearings and a bushing, with five replaceable traction pins on each side of the aluminum body. The final retail price is expected to be between $175 and $165 USD. A titanium axle will be available that's claimed to drop the weight down to 416 grams.
The X2 pedal is still a few months out, but should be available in December. The X2 has an even thinner and more low profile design than the X1, a design that's achieved by using two bushings and a bearing.