Terrapb mikelevy's article
Jul 4, 2014 at 5:12Jul 4, 2014
First Look: KS Electronic Wireless Dropper Post - Taipei Show 2014
Would love wireless electronic rear shifting, dropper post and 'smart' e-shocks. Pod on the right bar grip with up/down shift. Pod on the left grip for dropper post control and on-the-fly shock tuning. Guessing it's the future, and will make for a tidy bike.
Terrapb RichardCunningham's article
Jul 1, 2014 at 17:35Jul 1, 2014
First Ride: RockShox RS-1 Fork – Carbon, Inverted, Expensive and for 29ers Only
When I look at how things are going in MTB and the history of evolution in MTB there is not a lot to complain about. Remember when the first RS1 came out... I remember thinking that thing was for racers and 'merchant bankers' only. But then competitors came on board and now any $100 bike has suspension forks of some kind. They say the best you've ridden is the best you know... I've ridden motorbikes on racetracks, enduro trailbikes etc and the big thing I notice lacking on my 29er MTB is front end stiffness and tracking. Let's face it, most XC-trail 29er front ends are woeful in this regard. Up until now if you wanted an XC-trail front end that actually tracks really well you had to go carbon rims and a lefty fork. This new USD RS-1 is going to put the spotlight on 'front end tracking' for 29er MTB. Plus its wide hub might help builders get more stiffness out of the 29er front wheel. Note that rockshox isn't licensing the hub, so Fox, Marzzochi, Magura, Manitou etc can have at it... Can't wait to see what Fox do. It will force the industry to raise the bar on front-end tracking. The RS-1 will become cheaper (quickly) and more hub manufacturers will get on board... Plus the weight will come down a bit and there will be more adjustment options. We just need to hold our breath for a while. Let the 'merchant bankers' show up with the new toy, I hope they all buy one, and let the sponsored racers do well on them. RS will have more confidence in the direction of the market and will up the scales of economy - so next year's model becomes cheaper. Yep it's stupid expensive for a fork. But far from bleating about not having a meal ticket to play with the new expensive toy, I'm happy for the advance from one of the big players and will be patient until it trickles down to my price point.