New Tech from Fox, iXS, X-Fusion, Goodyear, & More - Eurobike 2023

Jun 24, 2023 at 6:03
by Matt Beer  
Eurobike 2023
IXS had a sample of the new downhill helmet that the Pinkbike Racing Team has been rocking this season. The helmet has a fixed visor, double D-ring closure and the padding quickly pops out.

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IXS was silent about specifics but inside are two different foam layers and shock absorbing pieces.





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Fox's new Speedframe RS uses the MIPS Split Integra with EPS/EPP foams and a BOA dial, like their Proframe RS full-face. The $275 USD helmet will launch in the spring of 2024 in three sizes and six colors.

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Topeak's Tune-Up Station is a compact solution for any cyclist who is short on storage at home. All three models come with a 5L storage zone and start at $109.95 USD.

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Have a 13-speed drivetrain and need a chain tool? The Chain Master Pro has a small double-hooked clip to hold the chain after the pin is removed and goes for $29.95 USD.

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The E-Torqbar is a digital torque wrench set that ranges from 1-10Nm and sells for around $149.95 USD.
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The ratchet driver is now available in a lighter aluminum body and weighs





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Pirelli is adding coloured hot patches to their Scorpion Enduro M and Scorpion XC-M (blue excluded) - there's even a gold option to add to what we assume is an obscenely massive SKU matrix.





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X-Fusion is working on launching an array of suspension for long-travel bikes. They had this H3A air shock on display in a 250x75mm length and say that new forks are on the way too. Their RV-1 dual-crown fork will be updated to fit 29" wheels and 38mm stanchions. They hinted about a larger single-crown fork is coming as well. Tech specs, pricing, and timelines are all TBD.

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Goodyear launched two 26" dirt jump tires with straightforward names; the Wingfoot Park and Wingfoot Dirt. They're both 2.2" in width and will retail between £35-40. No weight was provided at this time.They also shared that their Newton downhill tire will soon be available in a super-soft compound.

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Yes, a new 26" tire in 2023.


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74 Comments
  • 97 1
 New 26” tires? It is a GoodYear..
  • 7 1
 Yep good tread pattern and width for all the Adventure bike folk doing conversions from old 26er fully rigid mountain bikes.
  • 2 0
 Or another DJ option
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 @deeeight: good to have more options Wink - went with the 2.4" Holy Roller - +5000km on them & old chromoly klunker and still going!!
  • 1 0
 @thustlewhumber: It is specifically a DJ option
  • 3 0
 @GLOB-2018:

there's a reddit thread for such bikes. I have several builds underway, both old school conversions and some newer things. I might even put a drop bar on a somewhat modern XC hardtail (mid 2000s RM Vertex) and see if it magically sells that way after nobody wanted it, as a mountain bike with a standard bar setup.

www.reddit.com/r/xbiking
  • 1 0
 Im With Ya Dude.
  • 1 0
 @deeeight: Exactly. Will keep them in mind for future rebuilds (though I will probably go for something a bit cheaper, lol). All black, nice and simple one color logo, suitable thread… nice!
  • 26 2
 That torque bar is the headset cable routing of tools.
  • 9 5
 I like the added detail that it sells for around $149.95 USD. As in between $149.92 and $149.99 USD? Or, around $150 USD?
  • 1 1
 Ha! Yes, the thing to do would be to embed the digital gauge in the aluminum handle of the tool itself. Otherwise, good concept and I hope they keep at it.
  • 1 0
 @thomasjkenney1024: good luck packing a digital strain gauge in such a small area.
  • 1 0
 @seraph: The one they show looks about the same length as the handle, and 2-2.5x the dia.
  • 1 0
 Looks absolutely perfect for those hard to reach bolts…
  • 1 0
 @thomasjkenney1024: yeah it's the double diameter that's the issue.
  • 4 0
 I bought a bike a few years ago that came with a cheap pistol grip, beam style 0-12Nm torque wrench that had all the bits I needed stored in the handle.. To this day that is my hands down favorite torque wrench for working on bikes.
  • 2 1
 @mi-bike: Countless studies have proven humans are easily fooled into buying things which are priced a few cents less than an even dollar amount. Logically they're saving a nickel or a penny, but to their weak wills and poor intelligence they think its so much cheaper than it is.
  • 19 1
 The bike industry is going to blame the covid bubble, etc. for slower sales, but my takeaway from eurobike thus far is that the industry is simply out of good new ideas.

If I had a thousand dollars that was going to disappear tomorrow, I seriously don't know what I could buy that would be an actual, material performance upgrade for my bikes.

I've got zero interest in electronic shifting/droppers or any more things with batteries, and the industry seems unable to engage in any actual innovation that doesn't involve a battery.
  • 8 0
 shorter cranks
  • 1 0
 @c1olin: That's a good one. Generally that'd be something worth considering.

Personally, I'm 6'2" and mostly arms and legs. Have long run 170s on my real bikes and have 165 on my ebike. Might be interested in 165s on the enduro, but not sure I'd notice that much given my experience swapping between 165 and 170. BB not that low.

But more to the general point, I'd buy a SRAM GX or Shimano XT, and the design of those is at least 5 years old.
  • 1 0
 @dancingwithmyself: I run 175 on all bikes apart from my gravel bike i think. If I ran shorter cranks i would need a longer dropper and I already could do with a longer one.
  • 4 0
 @dancingwithmyself maybe everything is so good now that coming up with something new, just to appease us weekend warriors, is actually not good for the sport. Bikes are so damn good now that any improvements are going to be incremental and not really affect performance. Bringing out gimmicks in teh guise of performance mods is a waste of resources. Lets face it, unless your fighting for every last fraction of a second at high level racing, the gains are neither here nor there. Sure, it's nice buying the cool stuff and it's fun tinkering but unless stuff is wearing out then it doesn't need replacing.

For a thousand dollars you could but new lot of wear parts ie. tyres, cables, cassette, chain, chainring, rotors and pads and that in itself will be a performance upgrade from your current worn stuff. Even if it's only a little worn. Then it's up to you how you measure that. Better Strava time or bigger smile. Win win.

Instead of focusing on something new and evolutionary put pressure on teh companies to make stuff even better with higher quality control and design refinement so break downs are minimised
  • 2 1
 @devlincc: That's an incredibly massive misconstruction of my comment.

FWIW, I'd like to see
- a rethink of the fork's crown interface that would actually fix the problem (just warrantied a 2023 Lyrik),
- a decent, adjustable clutch for my rear derailleur,
- a hall lock on every single rear derailleur everywhere,
completely even, every-single-f'ing-time hydraulic piston retraction in every single brake that comes off the assembly line,
- a decent solution the whole tire/insert conundrum,
- sealant that doesn't glob up or dry out, but also actually still seals,
- bars with a wider variety of back sweep,
- more reliable rear air shocks,
- a 5.10-sticky flat shoe that's high-quality and designed to be resoled,
- really slick solutions for changing HTA and rear center,
- a rethink of the bike bottle for mountain bikes (why are we using roadie bottles? you drink from your bottle while pedaling?)
etc.

A true advance in any of those areas would make a difference in how much I enjoy riding.

Finally, after thinking about it some more, I think I'd spend a chunk of that thousand to try an ochain on my enduro bike, which is a true piece of innovative thinking aimed at an actual weak point.
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 @dancingwithmyself: some good stuff here. I feel bad about wearing out the bottoms of my 510s while the rest of the show is still okay

My buddy said when he used to go to sea otter he would take his 510s and they had a place to refresh them there
  • 1 0
 @Dogl0rd: I've heard or read somewhere that five ten used to offer resoles but stopped.
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 @dancingwithmyself: noted. I see all of those as refinements rather than outright performance gains which is what I read from your first comment. Some are definitely achievable but the patents, enigineering and materials would mean an even more expensive product.

I disagree on a couple of those but we all have different priorities in our own riding. Smile
  • 2 1
 @dancingwithmyself:

Jesus wept....

FWIW, I'd like to see
- a rethink of the fork's crown interface that would actually fix the problem (just warrantied a 2023 Lyrik), Heavens, I think we are all aware by now that this isnt actually much of a problem, just a lot of creaky wheels. honestly, there was even a PB pole on it

- a decent, adjustable clutch for my rear derailleur, What is the issue with the current orrerings from both Sram and Shimano, genuine questions?

- a hall lock on every single rear derailleur everywhere, www.pinkbike.com/forum/listcomments/?threadid=220975 Just look around a little, theres solutions everywhere. Why dont you just run a TRP rear der?
completely even, every-single-f'ing-time hydraulic piston retraction in every single brake that comes off the assembly line, Maintain your bike, its a performance instrument, and you dont do it enough, you know you dont

- a decent solution the whole tire/insert conundrum, What conundrum, Cushcore Pro, and mid weight tires, it offers the best feel, and durability you could ask for, end of convo.

- sealant that doesn't glob up or dry out, but also actually still seals, You have a grasp on what it is that sealant does, and how its meant to work, yes?

- bars with a wider variety of back sweep, Theres plenty of options, just not by the regular bar manufactures, again, do some looking......https://sqlab-usa.com/collections/handlebars
- more reliable rear air shocks,
- a 5.10-sticky flat shoe that's high-quality and designed to be resoled, Have you actually asked a cobbler about resoling some 5-10 shoes. I've done mine before, I'm not sure what issue youre having....

- really slick solutions for changing HTA and rear center, How about purchasing the correct bike for yourself? And is there a reason the Trek Fuel, or Stumpy EVO dont work? Or how about Nicolai?

- a rethink of the bike bottle for mountain bikes (why are we using roadie bottles? you drink from your bottle while pedaling?) Youre aware Camelback has been around for ages right? And what is the issue with bike bottles, they work great, are convenient, and a "standard" that can be purchased at any town in the whole world everywhere anytime, so you can always have one....
etc.

A true advance in any of those areas would make a difference in how much I enjoy riding.

Finally, after thinking about it some more, I think I'd spend a chunk of that thousand to try an ochain on my enduro bike, which is a true piece of innovative thinking aimed at an actual weak point. What weak point are you talking about here? An anomalous sensation that cant be detected by most, that only affects some bikes, sometimes? Im not saying its a bad or useless product, but it seems fairly niche.

Heres my suggestions
-Cascade Component links, for most they are a real improvement in rear suspension, in ways that arent highly publicized or marketed.
-Aenomaly Switchgrade, If youve never tried one, they are a real treat, and excellent quality. I've lent mine out several times to people who said they were stupid, they came back believers www.aenomalyconstructs.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwtO-kBhDIARIsAL6LordfOE0W1OFFZRvDiV_M3DUsApH-nlO6_vIP4oI00uhdn2mbvP8pZSQaAueOEALw_wcB
-Cascade Components Nothfork/Slab brake calipers, More power, less strain, all the bike bling you could want, nuff said.
-finally, some proper bike coaching, spend even $400 there, and you'll be faster, you'll climbe more efficiently, you'll be better at braking, cornering, etc.
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 @onawalk: I love the switchgrade. Only use it in climb mode and regular, but it's great for long steep climbs, big fan
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 @onawalk: I didn't mean to extend an invitation for someone to come along and try to prove how smart they are. I was simply trying to clarify my frustration with the ideas and focus we are seeing from the industry at the moment. I don't lie around at night worrying about how the lack of better solutions on these items are going to affect my next ride. That wasn't my point.

And maybe try a little less arrogance. For example, I've had homebrew hall locks on all my bikes for at least a couple of years. I run CC Pro and EXO+ tires. Ride great, but not a perfect solution by any means. And I'm aware of some good solutions on other issues.

Interesting on the Aenomaly. A pair of the Cascade calipers would definitely be a good purchase.

And skills development is almost always the best way to spend money, but that again misses the point.
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 @Dogl0rd: I bought it for the descend option, kept it for the climb option....
It makes slack seat angles much more bearable on steep climbs. I cant say enough about it
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 @dancingwithmyself: I dont need much of an invitation, and I'm all about arrogance. Whats interesting is you dont seem to think you are as well? Either way

What isnt a perfect solution to CC and EXO tires? I find EXO+ to actually be a worse tire, as in my experience it results in more pinch flats (I attribute it to the 60tpi, rather than the more supple 120, but I think the new ones are 120, but you know, extra weigh for no reason, blah blah) Excellent ride feel, vibration damping, and good rim protection, in an easily replaceable, cost effective format that works in every rim and tire combination. Whats not to love?

The Cascade Components stuff is beautiful, and works well, so its a Win-Win for me, however, I recognize its not for everyone, so YMMV
The Switchgrade, same as the Cascade stuff, beautifully made, well thought out, and actually works great. I know people bach at the idea, but in your first lesson on how to climb more efficiently, we will work on body position, and that Switchgrade is a game changer when your taint is riding on your nose. Youll actually notice it more when you go back to a flat saddle, its more uncomfortable than you remember....

If you purchased the calipers, and the Switchgrade, youd have your money spent, both offer excellent fit and finish, and offer real upgrades to your riding experience. If you want, a 4 pack of Night Gallery, or Hammer Pants from 88 brewing in Calgary should round out your expenditures, and will undoubtedly be a better purchase than whatever watery swill you yanks seem to drink
  • 18 0
 What is the working temperature window of Pirelli pirelli super softs? Graining? Will I need a pit crew at the trailhead? So many questions.
  • 4 6
 Pirelli MTB tires are terrible
  • 5 0
 Let's go down to the pits and ask our tech guy, Steve Matchett...
  • 3 0
 So much deg on temporary courses.
  • 5 1
 more importantly...do we need tire blankets
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 @therealnobody: the trek dh team seems to be doing alright on them.
  • 11 0
 @crustin: They've also been seen with some sharpies if you know what I mean.
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 @midwest-mtb: Just found a pic of Vali's winning race bike, and it has continentals on it. They didn't even bother with a sharpie haha! www.pinkbike.com/photo/24986349
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 @crustin: her team is sponsored by continental?
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 @jokullthor: I'm a dummy and forgot she's on the rockshox/trek team, not trek factory. And yes, rockshox/trek is sponsored by Continental, who are killing it these days. Will be interesting to see if Pirelli step up like Continental did when Atherton started working with them.
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 @crustin: the trek dh team is sponsored by pirelli. Riding a brand new tire once and running tire on your bike for the season are 2 different animals
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 @crustin: this comment did not go over well
  • 8 1
 You know what some tire company should do instead of colored hot patches, offer tires without logos. I swear people will buy them even if they aren't better than the alternatives because they aren't ugly.
  • 4 0
 A big reason I like specialized tires, minimal branding.
  • 2 0
 Ethirteen's latest low video patches are pretty nice
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 Low viz, stupid autocorrect
  • 4 0
 Maxxis could make a killing selling these to DH teams with other tyre sponsors.
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 @CustardCountry: I think currently Continental could make more money selling non-branded tires to Maxxis-sponsored teams.
  • 1 0
 I want colour tyres back! Buttescotch, greys, blues... the 90s was much more diverse
  • 2 0
 @MuddyFoxCourierComp: Panaracer is making a killing selling their Gravelking tires in an assortment of "limited edition" colors lately, so there is hope.
  • 6 0
 Pirelli really needs to name some tires other than Scorpion. Variety is the spice of life.
  • 7 0
 new X-Fusion is good news, I've always wanted to try their high-end stuff
  • 2 1
 Their dropper is hands down the best I have owned, I have high hopes for their suspension!
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 @ShredDoggg: Their fork dampers worked like a dream, everything else about their forks were problematic, flexy chassis leading to binding bushings, stanchion wear even with regular service, ... had a RV1 hlr and liked it a lot! Tried out a trace 36 with the same hlr damper, worked a dream but the bushings have developed tons of play, also no spare bushings available to get, fox 36 do not fit and neither do any other aftermarket ones so if the fork is under warranty then you take a gamble with new lower legs ... If they fix up these annoying issues then i'm on board!
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 I've been running X-Fusion's good kit for many years, highly recommended!
  • 6 0
 That PB livery'd IXS helmet looks HAWT as does the Good*Year 26er
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 Party like its 1978, baby.
  • 1 0
 @SJP: That was probably the first year I did hallucinogens riding my Sims Lonnie Toft snubnose with clear griptape.
  • 5 0
 That repair stand already has my back aching just by looking at it.
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 XFusion high end suspension is so underrated. I had a McQueen RCP HLR fork and the damping was top notch. Yes, as good as the other 2. I'd venture to say even better than 1 of the 2.
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 What’s the blue stuff in the helmet? Looks like Kali protection LDL stuff.
  • 2 0
 looks like ERT that is used in urge, 7idp and others. kinda like kali's ldl but jot quite?
www.erttechnology.com
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 @mypinkbikeself: Looks like Kali is on their website so same shtuff, thanks for the link though.
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 ye, im not sure. maybe it's the same material but just different shape
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 I'm sorry... a 13 speed drivetrain? Who does have one of those?
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 Rotor and Campagnolo Ekar are the only ones I know of.
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 Who wants one... MTB drive trains peaked at 10speed
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 People that care more about how the tire looks than how it performs.
  • 1 1
 Welcome to the modern mtb industry. It's barely got anything to do with skidding around on off road pedal bikes any more.
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 Looks like Kali is on their website so same shtuff, thanks for the link though.
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 Wrong comment oops.
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 That IXS lid needs a big ol' Toyoda logo.....
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 In for the "Double D"..............ring helmet







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