Tech Briefing: June 2023

Jun 28, 2023 at 6:58
by Christie Fitzpatrick  

Industry Nine Expands S-Series Wheel Range

The S-Series Classic wheelset is now available with conventional j-bend spokes and Industry Nine's Hydra hubs. (Learn more.)

Formula Releases MOD DH Coil Shock

The Mod is now available in a wider range of sizes to include DH bikes. (Learn more.)


Daysaver Announces New 'Incredible' Multi-Tool

The new tool is customizable and can be stored inside a handlebar. (Learn more.)


HQ Tour: Suspension Tech International's NZ-Made Coil Shock

The moto-inspired shock was designed with durability and tunability as the top priorities. (Learn more.)

Suspension Tech International HQ Tour

Title MTB Releases New Connect Flat Pedal

Title's catalog continues to grow with a new set of flat pedals available in five color options. (Learn more.)

Title MTB Connect Pedals

Reynolds Introduces New Enduro and Downhill Wheels

Reynolds claims the new wheels have improved compliance and durability. (Learn more.)

Title MTB Connect Pedals

Video: Bluegrass Releases Vanguard Lightweight Full-face Helmet

The 725-gram helmet has a Mips liner and a 5-star Virginia Tech rating.(Learn more.)

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North Shore Billet Announces New Canadian-Made Talon Cranks

Machined from 7075 aluminum in Whistler, and available in 155mm–170mm lengths. (Learn more.)


Chromag Launch 2023 Summer Apparel Collection

New pieces, bestsellers in new colorways, and their biggest women's line to date. (Learn more.)


Context Ridewear Expands Gear Line

New additions include enduro pants and product bundles. (Learn more.)

Chris Bayliss Pinkbike Thumbnail Enduro Combo Blue Black

Prologo Release Ultra-lightweight Saddle for Gravity & Light E-bikes

The Proxim saddle line expands with a new ergonomic and ultra-light model designed for light e-bikes and riders seeking maximum performance. (Learn more.)

Proxim W850

Orange Bikes Release The New Stage 7

The latest chapter in Orange's story comes with the Stage 7 - a 29" wheeled, 170/165mm travel enduro race bike that's built for the world's fastest courses. (Learn more.)


Pinkbike Gear Guide: 10 Summer Riding Kits for Women

Whether you need new riding pants or just like to view the latest and greatest, there's something for you here. (Learn more.)


Leatt Releases 3-in-1 Enduro Helmet

The 3.0 Enduro helmet can be worn as a half shell, a 3/4 helmet, or configured as a full face. (Learn more.)


Pinkbike Gear Guide: 9 Summer Riding Kits for Men

Nine new outfits ready for some summer shredding. (Learn more.)


Specialized Releases Levo SL HT - An eMTB Hardtail for Kids

The groms are going electric.(Learn more.)


ALT/ALT Releases New Hub & Suspension Bearing Press System

ALT/ALT's latest is designed to install and remove the majority of bearings in hubs, freehubs, and more. (Learn more.)

ALT ALT Hub Suspension Bearing Press System

Sixpack Announces New Internal Cable Routing System

The ICR System is designed to provide a better solution for bikes with thru-headset cable routing. (Learn more.)


SQlab Releases New Version of the Classic 611 Saddle

Swiss carbon rails, Infinergy material & made in Germany - this new saddle has a lot going on. (Learn more.)

SQlab s 611 Infinergy Ergowave active 2.1 Carbon Made in Germany Only foreign part Swissmade Carbon Rails new semi automized manufacturing process Using BASF Infinergy material with outstanding damping rebound characteristics All in the proven 611 Ergowave shape with active 2.1 technology the 611 has been SQlab s first and most popular MTB saddle first version launched back in 2005 Coming in 5 different sizes 13 to 17cm effective sitting area Unisex like all SQlab saddles

Norco Announces New Fluid VLT eMTB

The bike will use Bosch's new Performance SX motor that delivers 55Nm of torque, with up to 600 watts of power. (Learn more.)


Saracen Launch New Mantra LSL Hardtails

LSL stands for low, slack, and long. (Learn more.)


Fast Suspension's New Ride D & Ride E Coil Shocks - Eurobike 2023

Two new products from the French suspension manufacturer. (Learn more.)


Peppermint Cycling Announces New MTB Apparel Collection

Designed by women, for women. (Learn more.)


Vitus Releases New Dominer 297 DH Bike

The Dominer is very well spec'd considering its $3,700 price tag. (Learn more.)


Hutchinson Releases WYRM Downcountry Tire

The WYRM bridges the gap between a fast rolling cross-country tire and a burly enduro tire. (Learn more.)


Cushcore Introduces New E-MTB Insert

Building on their growing lineup of foam tire inserts, Cushcore is introducing their most robust option yet: the E-MTB. (Learn more.)


SR Suntour Launches Tom Pidcock's Olympic Winning Electronic Suspension for €4999 - Eurobike 2023

No guarantees that this will make you as fast as Tom Pidcock or Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. (Learn more.)


RHEON Labs Announces Curved Protectors For MTB Pads

Previously only released via partners Chromag and Rapha, the specialist RHEON™ technology will now be available to the wider MTB apparel community. (Learn more.)


Kokopelli Releases Maternity Mountain Bike Shorts

Designed with the adventurous expectant mother in mind, these shorts combine comfort, durability, and functionality. (Learn more.)


Devinci Announces New Canadian-Made E-Troy

A new Bosch-powered, mixed wheel option in the all-mountain eMTB space. (Learn more.)


ND Tuned's New Coil Shock - Eurobike 2023

The new shock will be custom built at the ND Tuned factory for each rider's weight, riding style, and bike. (Learn more.)


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 I could use a pair of those maternity shorts
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 *ebike specific shorts
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 The dad bod is always growing, sadly we can’t get rid of it in one big push
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 I prefer the term "father figure".
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 Comment section off to a great start!
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 @Grady-Harris: still try to every morning though
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 @warmerdamj: the E-ternity
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 @weirc: sadly my one push-up I’m capable of won’t burn of 100lbs of fat immediately.
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 The title pedals and Reynolds wheels look oddly similar…
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 Same article too. Must be something to do with P O N ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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 New type of wheels
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 FFS, kids don't need ebikes.
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 Nobody does.
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 Kids these days are having fun wrong!
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flag fabwizard FL (Jun 28, 2023 at 12:40) (Below Threshold)
 Tell that to all the kids riding moto. No difference.
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 @fabwizard: At least they're on proper moto trails and courses.
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 @Mike-on-a-bike: get off ma lawn!
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 in british columbia you need to be at least 16 to legally ride an ebike
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 Yeah, but then who really "needs" an ebike for that matter?
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flag dirtyburger FL (Jun 28, 2023 at 15:09) (Below Threshold)
 @sanchofula: who needs an MTB then? Nobody. It’s funny when people stop this line of thinking at whatever arbitrary point they like XD
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 @dirtyburger: I need one, that’s for sure
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 @mariomtblt: You may well do, or perhaps you’re misunderstanding the meaning of words.
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flag devlincc (Jun 28, 2023 at 19:54) (Below Threshold)
 @warmerdamj actually, kids and ebikes are a great pairing. Younger kids can keep up with their older much stronger riding partners ie. mum/dad/siblings etc. It takes the load of their growing bodies, which can be a real issue, and still get fitter and stronger in a way that means they are less injury prown as they get older.

It's like @dirtyburger says above. Define your own fun, not somebody elses.
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 @fabwizard: exactly.

And that there folks is why some of us protest loudly about ebikes on mountain bike trails. No difference from an electric to gasoline motorcycle. Just a sliding scale perfectly connecting one to the other.
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 @devlincc: or you could be a good and decent parent and BE A DUCKING PARENT! FFS.
This idea that kids need this to keep up with uncaring, lousy adults is horrific reasoning.
Be a good parent, ride kid appropriate trails, wait for them, take breaks, you know, be a decent riding partner, but for your kid.

The fact I need to say this says so much about the priorities of some of the riders on here.
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 @devlincc: get real, what do you think kids and parents have been doing since... Hmmmm.... Forever? Electric assist isn't making kids stronger or less injury prone, that's laughable. Most kids in any kids racing program would crush their parents on a bike. You think little johnny wants to get a real bike after having his ass towed up the hill by a motor for 5 years? Nope.
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 @dirtyburger: unless you know another way to go mountain biking, you’re gonna need a mountain bike.
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 @theredbike: because British Columbia understands they aren't really bikes.
Once you have age limits you should realize it's a motorcycle...
Bicycles don't have age limits anywhere in the world.
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 @no-good-ideas: Would not really agree, friends father has pretty much completely destroyed knee from a motorcycle accident with some 20% mobility left so he has to use custom ~80mm crank and now that he is over 70 ebike is the only thing left for him... so one in about 1000 justified!
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flag devlincc (Jun 29, 2023 at 1:53) (Below Threshold)
 @BarryWalstead: @warmerdamj wow, way to completely misconstrue (sp?) the intent. I never said about taking kids on mega hard rides but you stick a 6 or 7 year old on a mtb and go on a ride and they don't last long. Not until they've built up some resiliance. An ebike allows everybody to get a good ride in and for the same reason adults of varying fitness levels can ride together when the weaker rider is on an ebike.

Seriously stop with the hate of ebikes. They enable people to get out and ride together. The fact you can't just let peope enjoy themselves and you judge the way the spend their time says more about you guys than anything about the people who ride ebikes and there is certainly nothing wrong with their choice. You do you.
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 @devlincc: no, they don't 'enable people to get out and ride together' unless you're talking a motorcycle ride. Which is fin, but it's not riding bicycles.

And you obviously aren't willing tk ride mellow trails, take the breaks needed and be a good parent. And you're butthurt because your selfishness got called out.
But it's okay, we can all learn, and you can learn to be a better parent while riding bikes.
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 @devlincc: what's also interesting is the desire of the 'motors on bicycles' crowd cries really loudly about 'letting us all do whatever is fun' but you want to inherently change this sport into a different sport. Well that sport of motorizing recreation already existed, why you feel the need to hijack this sport into something else is the insanity.

I choose to ride bicycles in the woods, not motorcycles. And I choose to ride on trails built for bicycles, hence the dislike of motorcycles on my trails.
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 @devlincc: I want to go running with my friend who is really experienced at it but I can't quite keep up with him. Too bad I cant get eshoes. Or maybe some cross country skis with a motorized track on the bottom since I can't ski that fast. If those sound ridiculous to you then so should ebikes. As @BarryWalstead says it's not the same sport, just because you want to go faster or further doesn't mean you just strap a motor on. It means you work harder at it. For commuting or people who physically require it to enjoy the sport- I support that. For everybody else, put some more effort in. I have a ton more respect for somebody who suffers out 10k and is nearly on their death bed from the effort vs somebody who motorized themself to hit 20k.
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 @BarryWalstead: do you feel better now? Really? You know so much about me. Yeah sure, I'm the selfish arse that held my kid back from the tougher trails so he could progress without hurting himself. Kept rides shorter so he could not be exhausted for the rest of the weekend. Took him to BMX racing and pit crewed for him. Chose to ride with him on instead of going racing or riding with my mates because I wanted to pretend I was a good dad instead of the obvious dick that I am. He now races MX and is bloody good at it and his coaches credit some of his skill from what I taught him riding bmx and mtb. But sure, jump on here and go your hardest at me mate. You obviously know everything about my life.

No one is stopping you from going out and riding your bike in the bush. You're so wound up by teh idea of someone doing it different to you. They aren't the same thing as a motorbike. Way lighter and way slower. You should try to just do your thing. If you come across 'one of those' just comment on teh weather and keep going where you are going. Then you can ride to the top of teh hill under your own steam and be as smug as you like knowing your better than 'one of those' cheaters.

If you value the glory in the suffering then go at it. You can't define someones else enjoyment by setting rules that you want to abide by. Who cares if it isn't the same. Seriously what does it take away from your riding by 'one of those' going about there own business.

I can tell you after 35 years of riding bikes no one cares that you did it the hard way. Theres no envy from others that you are on your death bed just getting to the top of the hill. I don't own an ebike. Just not interested in the extra faffing around with them and the weight. I've ridden them a bit though and they are a hoot. I ride with mates who have them and we have a great time together. We aren't judging each other because of what we choose to ride. We just get out there and ride.
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 All these new coil shocks...there must be something about the profit margin on those things that I don't know.
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 When you just copy someone else's tech and don't have to spend any money on R&D it goes a long way.
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 It's cuz coils rule dude!
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 More options is good.
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 There is a big market to replace all the Fox X2 and DHX2
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 Those Chromag shirts really look Nukeproof....
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 was thinking the same thing
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 So the women's shorts come in Ti purple-blue fade, and the men's in grey. Gotcha. Lads like fun colours too.
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 I prefer to watch VdS Junior DH RAW practice video at this particular point in my workday.
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