Carbon fiber and 27.5'' wheels take the new Dare to the next level, with the old bike's aluminum tubing and 26'' wheels being discontinued for 2015. The frame is entirely new from front to back, including a revised ICT suspension layout that employs a shorter rocker arm and sports a sleeker look, but it's the bike's built-in adaptability that is most interesting. Rear wheel travel can be set at 222mm, 180mm, or 160mm by swapping in different length shocks, but doing only that would result is some pretty messed up geometry numbers - Ellsworth got around this by manufacturing a multi-position aluminum lower mount that compensates for different eye-to-eye length shocks. The bike pictured here is actually the first carbon prototype, but the final production model, which will be available by early January, will sport a removable front derailleur mount for those who don't need a triple 'ring setup when in 222mm travel mode. MSRP will be $3,695 USD.
Kappius KR-29 Carbon Rim
Kappius makes some of the most interesting hubs on the market, something that they've been doing for years now, but the small company is also branching out with a new carbon fiber rim that will be available in both 29'' and 27.5'' sizes. The width and weight figures look impressive: just 355 grams for the 29er rim, with a big-tire friendly internal width of 26.4mm (30mm external
). Throw on some high-volume tires and you're set! They require a wrap of tubeless tape to seal the rim bed, and they sport an interesting sidewall design that isn't quite the full-on bead hook of a traditional rim, but also not the thick and vertical walls of the latest hookless-bead rim - it's somewhere in the middle, which Kappius says offers the best tire retention and damage-limiting abilities. They aren't inexpensive, though: $599 USD per rim.
ENVE Mountain Fork
The carbon specialists in Ogden, Utah, have been working on a brand new rigid mountain bike fork that actually has some pretty nifty things going for it. How interesting can a rigid fork be, though? Pretty interesting if it's from ENVE, it turns out. The one-piece fork sports an axle-to-crown length that mimics a 100mm travel suspension fork, meaning that you can put it on your hard tail without creating an artificially steep head angle that would completely mess up its handling, and ENVE has also designed-in adjustable dropouts that can be flipped to offer either 44 or 52mm of steering offset. The aluminum inserts, which are held in place tightly by way of o-rings that give them an interference fit so they don't fall out when the axle is removed, means ENVE only has to create one mould rather than two, and it also gives the rider the ability to tune the fork to suit different bikes and applications - it can do 29er+ and standard 29" wheels. ENVE will ship the Mountain Fork with their own thread-in 15mm axle that requires a hex key, but it's also compatible RockShox's Maxle system if you're looking to speed things up a bit, and it will also come with the nifty clip-on carbon fender that's pictured here (carbon clip-on blanks fill the space when the fender isn't required
). Weight sits at 711 grams with the fender, or 686 grams without, and MSRP is $625 USD. View entire Interbike 2014 Product Gallery Here