Burly New Rims, Lightweight Gloves, and a New DH Air-Sprung Shock - Eurobike 2017

Sep 1, 2017 at 7:53
by Mike Levy  
Eurobike 2017


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Chromag's two new aluminum rims were on display, both of which are, unsurprisingly, intended for a spot of rowdy riding. The burlier of the two is the BA30, with its welded seam, internal bracing, and a thicker than normal bead wall that's meant to stand up to impacts better than other rims. A big hit may not crush your rim but it might cut your tire's sidewall, so Chromag has given the BA30's a wider, rounder edge that's less likely to act as a knife when it's smashed into the rock.

The BA30 is available in a 570-gram, 27.5'' version, as well as a 29er model that weighs 610-grams, and only in a black finish.


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If you're looking for something burly but maybe not quite as burly as the BA30, you can go with its little brother, the Phase30. This rim sports the same external shape as the heavier BA30, a welded seam, and a thicker than normal bead wall with a round top, but it forgoes the internal bracing in the name of saving some weight. The result is a 27.5'' rim that weighs 480-grams, and a 29'' rim that comes in at 510-grams. Black only, of course.





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G-Form now has gloves in their catalog, meaning that they must now have protection for nearly every part of your body from your shoulders down. The new Pro Trail gloves are all about combining minimalism with G-Form's RPT padding over top of the knuckles. Have you ever smashed your hand into a tree? Yeah, that's exactly what the padding is for. G-Form says that their 'Reactive Protection Technology' is able to stay pliable under normal use but firm up in an instant when struck; quick enough, they claim, to offer some real protection.

So, your hands are safer but what happens if your phone rings? The thumbs and pointer fingers have conductive tips so you can still answer a call or upload your selfie to Instagram, if the need arises. Color options are white or black, both with black RPT padding, and sizing runs from small to extra-large.





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The big news in SR Suntour world is their new downhill and all-mountain air-sprung shock, the TriAir. The long-stroke shock includes a three-position pedal-assist lever to dial on the compression when it's needed, as well as an eight-position low-speed rebound clicker. Internally, it employs SR Suntour's Piston Compensator System (aka PCS) that's essentially an internal floating piston (IFP) in the shock's piggyback to provide back-pressure and room for oil displacement. That might sound familiar as it's the same layout that most high-end shocks use.

The new TriAir shock will be available in Metric and normal sizes, as well as trunnion mount if that's what your bike calls for.

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42 Comments

  • + 22
 Something to match my durolux forks, if suntour bring out a dropper post that would be amazing
  • + 5
 My Durolux has been great. I can't wait to see if they bring out a coil shock or to see what their DH teams use next year.
  • + 2
 I 3 my RC2. I just may have to spend some more money here. :-)
  • + 2
 @retswen: whats your take on the Durolux? a lot of the MTB media seems to be complaining that they are noisy but when I talk to you regular every day rider they seem to absolutely love them. Have you had any issues with them? Which model are you using?
  • + 4
 @BEEner: I have the 2016 R2C2. I have Hope hubs so I can't really hear anything else. What I like about them are they are cheap, burly, low maintenance, and performance is on par with RS and Fox. Cons are they are difficult to tune since there is not a lot of information is out there due to the lack of popularity.
  • + 1
 @retswen: lol if thats the case then they can't be as noisy as everyone loves to claim they are. Ya i hear you on the lack of info part. Apparently they come shipped with grease for lube instead of oil so I have heard of some people switching. Did you end up doing this or just leave it at the factory set up?
  • + 1
 @BEEner: tbh mine are 2015 and they are unused, I got them 2 months ago as they were on offer, 160mm travel. I am building an all mountain bike with them upfront, just need more money. If that shock comes in 200x57 ill buy 1, they feel stiff and plush but cant tell much yet until I ride them...cant wait
  • + 1
 @BEEner: Yes I put in Fox 20 WT Gold in the lowers (10 mm on each side). Didn't even have to pull the lowers off due to the ports. I basically followed the instructions on the following website which was the best resource I could find at the time:

nsmb.com/articles/suntour-durolux-r2c2
nsmb.com/articles/srsuntour-durolux-r2c2-review
  • + 0
 you own more than one?
  • + 2
 @retswen: Put in a plunger shaft from a vanilla and a k=7.1 custom ti spring on the right side of mine, and on the left side removed one of the compression shims and replaced one with a slightly lower diameter (17mm), rebuilt the damper with motorex 15wt. Now have a firm durolux setup that opens up once the speed is up, and remains controlled in low speed techy situations
  • + 1
 @Ynotgorilla: Thats sick. Glad to hear custom tunes like this are so easy!! I want a coil conversion for the Rux but 38mm is not very common. Madey an old Marzo plunger... Or just beg Push for a custom ACS3!
  • + 1
 @BEEner: I had the 2014 rc2, they performed exactly not quite as well as pike or 36, but for the price I was ok with that. They would often get sticky which was an easy fix, just drop the lowers to swap oil and lube it all up again and they were good as new for another 20 hours. Maintenance is easy, tuning is easy, the damper is your typical spring backed shims for easy custom tuning and maintenance, or just use the nice external knobs if you're not as picky as me. Great fork for the money, not as plush as 36 but a bit simpler to pull apart. So it really depends what you need from a fork but I recommend them.
  • + 9
 From the look of the stickers, Triair will be super cheap.
  • + 1
 Lol you dick.
  • + 1
 I was thinking, I hope they spent more in R&D on those shocks than they paid for the stickers
  • + 4
 If a coil is not your liking .
Triair.
Seriously i have two Durolux rear shocks.
They work great but i guess they have too much of a liniar spring for what people expect out of a rear air shock.
The Durolux is a dual air can very plush.
Got two years out of the shock .its getting a rebuild soon if Suspention works can fix it.
I bet the price will be significantly lower than Fox or Rock shox.
I wonder if they will have a 2.75 and a 3 inch stroke version for DH?
  • + 5
 Would be nice to know the internal width of the rims. Likely 30mm but that could be the external width as well.
  • + 1
 The internal width is 30mm
  • + 5
 Metric and normal size haha...more metric and weird size..
  • + 1
 Hey Sun Tour! Is the Durolux 29er coming to a shop near me anytime soon?

www.pinkbike.com/news/suntour-goes-long-with-160-travel-durolux-29er-fork--taipei-cycle-show.html
  • + 1
 Contact me I could bring them to Finland as I'm their ambassador there. Also forks, wheels and brakes from Formula
  • + 4
 Chromag everything.
  • + 3
 Tri Air? Thats the best name they could come up with?
  • + 18
 might as well have some fun and go with TriAiritops at that point.
  • + 1
 @literally: Yeah like that is just funny. Why didnt they do that?
  • + 3
 less time spent thinking of a name the less it costs to develop. Man hours are man hours........ but it is a shit name.
  • + 3
 What hubs do the chromag wheels come with?
  • + 2
 almost describes it like it is rim only.
  • + 1
 Need some MSRP info on this stuff.
  • + 1
 @endlessblockades: yes, pricing for those is of great interest to me
  • + 2
 First mod to the shock that comes to mind is that the sticker must go.
  • + 1
 Why bother? If you ride a lot its gonna get covered with mud in the end
  • + 1
 @carfreak2000: Because unlike some, some of us like to keep our gear in clean and very good condition.
  • + 2
 "In metric and 'normal' sizes"

Lol
  • + 2
 Like the gloves, don't like the velcro
  • + 1
 I don't understand how they are "lightweight"
  • + 2
 Get out of my ass! G-form is making gloves and Suntour has a dh shock?
  • + 4
 Your comment has left me speechless.
  • + 2
 @WaterBear: Clearly it hasn't.
  • + 4
 @expensivepen: I didn't say comment-less. Smile
  • + 1
 CHROMAG RULES. finally new options for more bike lust.
  • + 1
 Why Chromag, why?

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