Tech Briefing: Hubs with Magnets, Longer Droppers, Colourful Pedals, & More - February 2022

Feb 4, 2022 at 10:58
by Sarah Moore  

Tech Briefing is a feature for new stuff that we spot every month, but haven't gotten our hands on yet. An eclectic serving of tech, from revolutionary products to traditional novel gear, with some wacky stuff thrown in for good measure.

Foes Racing 2022 Mutz Fatbike Frame
$2,699 USD

The new Mutz has modern angles and 150mm of rear travel. (Learn more.)

Animoz MTB Apparel Range
29,95€ - 149,95€

The new Wild range consists of pants, shorts, long and short-sleeve jerseys, and gloves. (Learn more.)

Race Face Atlas Pedal
$179.99 USD

The new flat pedal is backed by a lifetime warranty. (Learn more.)
Race Face Atlas Pedal 2022

RideWrap Protection Film
$105 USD

RideWrap proves their point that you don’t treat your bike like a car in an edit with the Rocky Mountain Enduro team. (Learn more.)

Reeb Cycles Sqweeb V4
From $5430 USD / $650 rear end update kit

Reeb Cycles has updated the Sqweeb with a new rocker link and added the option of a mullet configuration. (Learn more.)
SQWEEB v4 Mullet

OneUp 240 and 90mm Dropper Posts
90mm $199.50 USD / 240mm $229.50 USD / Remote $59.50 USD

OneUp dropper posts are now available in 10mm increments from 70mm all the way up to 240mm. (Learn more.)

PNW Components Loam Pedal
$99 USD

Color options include Fruit Snacks, Nickleback, and Black Out. (Learn more.)
PNW Components introduces the Loam Pedal the perfect intersection between grip comfort and durability. Shop the Loam Pedal on the PNW Components website.

Stan’s Wheels with M-Pulse Hubs
From $965 USD

Stan's new M-pulse hubs are based on Project 321's magnetic pawl design. (Learn more.)

Haf-Clip Carry Mount
$29.99 CDN

Strap your helmet, chinbar or knee pads to your handlebar with the plastic mount. (Learn more.)

Magicshine Bike Light with Colorful Casing
$89.99 USD

Magicshine will be offering their $89.99 RN 1500 front headlight in three anodized colors. (Learn more.)

Turnon Components Bunker Dropper Post
$269 USD

Turnon Components is a new brand from Taiwan. (Learn more.)
Bunker dropper posts

Guerrilla GravityRevved Carbon Rear Triangle Kits
From $1195 USD

The kit allows riders on all Guerrilla Gravity bikes built on the Modular Frame Platform an upgrade option. (Learn more.)

Chickadeehill LFB6 Shock
1279 €

A new suspension maker enters the market. (Learn more.)

Fezzari Signal Peak XC / Trail Bike
Completes starting at $3799 USD

The new Signal Peak receives updated geometry, a lighter frame, and is available with either 115 or 100mm or rear travel. (Learn more.)

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  • 66 1
 I am going to take the "lifetime warranty" on those Race Face pedals with a huge grain of salt. My SixC cranks had a "lifetime" warranty as well, but when the pedal inserts failed (despite no obvious damage to the cranks, and having worn crank boots their whole lives), RF's response was "Oh, lifetime is only 3 years, and you're at 3 years and a couple months. Here is our crash replacement policy".

Now, if their warranty had been communicated as 3 years, I wouldn't have been as pissed off, but I also might not have bought the cranks in the first place. Anybody that's not a RF warranty rep. thinks of lifetime as "the rest of my life", and we all hope it's longer than 3 years.

As a counterpoint, I had my Chromag Scarabs for so long that they had changed the spindle design by the time I needed to do a rebuild. When I tried to order replacement spindles, they let me know the new ones weren't compatible, and shipped me NEW PEDALS for the price of the spindles. My new bikes since have all had Chromag pedals ever since.

I don't have a single RF part on my bike now.
  • 16 1
 Lifetime warranty works 3 years of the time, all the time.

Raceface is another one of those brands where a lot of their stuff has been crap for a looong time. Isis bottom brackets, chainrings that didn’t shift, one-by rings that wore out in a couple of months, fragile carbon cranks, crap hubs, soft rims and pedals that disassembled themselves under load.

I am constantly perplexed by companies that make so many crap products yet succeed.
  • 3 0
 I had RF carbon cranks with the same pedal insert problems. Sent them back to RF for warranty in early June, and RF replaced them. 4 months later in September! They said they were backed up.....By that time I had obviously bought another crankset, so while I did get a warranty replacement, I wouldn't say this inspired any confidence in their service or their products. The turbines will hopefully be more durable.
  • 6 0
 I’ve pretty much wrote Race Face off my product choices after Easton bought them. I do have an Atlas stem, but there’s not much Race Face ID buy now. Besides, didn’t their good engineers leave and start Oneup?
  • 4 0
 @wyorider: they're a legacy brand. All the RF soft goods I've ever owned have completely fallen apart in an unreasonable amount of time I'll never buy any of their garbage product again.
  • 2 0
 Yeah Chromag have been homies
  • 2 0
 from working in a bikeshop in whistler, i can attest to raceface cranks being the absolute worst piss poor quality cranks
  • 1 0
 Man.. by the time you pay for the crash replacement on the carbon cranks you are 75% of the cost of a set of eeWings..
  • 33 1
 did anyone else shudder when you saw that photo of the dropper shaft on the rock...
  • 31 0
 I find it a Turnon
  • 10 0
 I shuttered when I read "Reed Cycles"
  • 7 0
 @ReformedRoadie: Reed backwards spells deeR.
  • 38 0
 @ReformedRoadie: I shuddered when I read "shuttered".
  • 1 0
 @noapathy: he may have just closed himself off from reality
  • 16 1
 I love my stupid Salsa Bucksaw, and for a long time it was the most progressive FS fatbike around (mine has a 66.8 HA with a 120mm Mastodon up front, although the reach shortened up a lot).

Nice to know that the Mutz has finally caught up if I ever want to replace the Bucksaw with something even stupider.
  • 2 0
 I too rode a bucksaw, and man what a bike.
  • 3 0
 Me too, love my Bucksaw. Could this be a quiver killer for trail riding? Yes, esp. with different wheelsets for summer. But is it? No.

The Foes does seem a tad big and heavy compared to the cf Bucksaw frame, but at least you know the seatstays will hold!
  • 16 0
 More simple, quality flats for $100, please. Thanks @PNW
  • 5 6
 If you love concave pedals. It isnt the most grip-inducing format
  • 2 1
 Of all the hub failures I've had, and I've had a few... it's never the springs. Cracked drive rings, axles consuming themselves, catastrophic bearing booms... never a spring. And I hope we're enjoying even more colorful pedals showing up while stock on everything still sucks.
  • 3 0
 lol tried to order a ride wrap just now but couldn't get past the "invalid billing phone number" error....
  • 2 0
 if you're impatient like me they're a challenge, but if you follow their guides/youtube it's not bad
  • 12 0
 I’d rather pay to have my bike repainted than ever do that again.
  • 3 0
 it was a huge pain the a** to get it to look nice, I honestly gave up on the complete wrap, the basic kit is more then enough protection, the compete coverage is overkill
  • 2 1
 I did a dyded bros wrap on my bike and really took my time and it came out awesome. Took about 3 hours. Youtube helped a lot as well
  • 1 0
 @Caligula1620: right on.
  • 22 0
 @spaztronaut: Yeah but now it said ⚡dyedbro⚡ all over your bike.
  • 2 0
 @Pinemtn: have a super sharp exacto knife handy and a hair dryer
  • 2 0
 @jackylegs: I've done 3 frames and 4 forks now. Really helps to have a bare frame with no parts, with the bike locked into a good stand and lots of good light. Spray bottle with lots of barely soapy water and a hair dryer. The stuff is hard to kill, use lots of soapy water and just keep at it until it's good. The learning curve is steep... first frame took me about 6 hours to get right... but by the end I was already pretty good. Second frame - 3 hours. Last frame took about an 1.5 hours. I can knock off a fork in about 30 mins now.

I do the full protection because I sell my bikes every year and the value it adds is well worth the cost and headache. It actually works really well and does make keeping the bike clean easier. Last bike and new bike are raw aluminum frames so didn't need to bother... just did the forks. But if I get a painted frame again, I will definitely use a complete kit again.
  • 7 0
 @islandforlife: You're not wrong. First frame I did looked like shit and took me 3 hours with much swearing. With a lot of patience, a bit of experienc and a few beers, the second frame I did still looks like shit but only took me 1.5 hours.
  • 1 0
 @pisgahgnar: haha too true how sad would you be
  • 1 0
 @Caligula1620: ahh thanks for the pro tip. will do.
  • 1 0
 @pisgahgnar: Exactly the reason i've looked at their website for every bike i've bought in the last couple years, and never ordered something.
  • 3 0
 Just picked up my 1st pair of race face atlas v2 pedals upgrade over my shimano deore xt. Man these are nice...
  • 2 0
 No crank flip...they stick like glue...shin guards... than Crank flip
  • 3 0
 I’ve always wondered how to strap my knee pads to the bars ….sorted !
  • 2 0
 Bungee ball tensor
  • 3 0
 I've been doing okay with OneUp Components EDC straps for the past three years. Jacket (for the climb in autumn and spring) being the usual strap on.
  • 3 1
 can someone dumb down why magnetic hubs are a good idea?
  • 6 0
 less friction..or is that bad?? Short answer, maybe.
  • 5 0
 @Caligula1620 pawl springs can wear out.

Not sure if Stan's will be offering the dead-silent version of these Project321 hubs.
  • 4 0
 No springs behind the pawls to break.
  • 2 4
 @krka73: I mean, isn't there some sort of limit on the durability of magnets too? I guess I'm just missing the value added
  • 2 0
 @Tmackstab: hmm, so more of a durability enhancement more than performance?
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 @Jerobertson4: haha I'd imagine less friction is the goal.
  • 3 3
 @krka73: your blinker fluid is low
  • 27 0
 There's a lot going on in even the most basic hub, but if we had to list the top two things that attracted us to Project321's magnetic design (damn, I'm sorry--I swear I didn't mean to do that), it'd be consistent alignment and low drag.

With regular pawl springs, you're pushing pawl teeth against ratchet ring teeth, and trusting everything to generally mesh and align properly when you mash on the pedals. Magnets are super reliable and consistent when it comes to that critical moment. Compared to mechanical springs, the magnets basically let the pawls self-align.

Mechanical springs also use a "push" force, so they're weakest when full extended and are pressing the hardest when compressed. That just means there's less force holding your pawl in place when it's engaged than there is when it's disengaged and compressing the spring more. Magnets are the opposite: they're a "pull" force, so when the pawl is engaged and the teeth are meshed, the magnetic spring is at its strongest. The further you move the magnet away from what's attracting it, the weaker it gets, and that tends to help reduce drag.

To be fair, these are all small differences, but because there really aren't any downsides to the magnetic design (the Neodymium magnets tend to outlast mechanical springs and held up great as we tested over the past few years), we basically said yeah, we'll take the updsides here.
  • 3 0
 They work great for pedals so why not hubs?
  • 5 0
 @krka73: Not gonna do the silent version that uses oil as acoustic damping in ours, no, but stay tuned for some sound comparison videos we made to help compare our new hub sound to other popular hubs . . and other things Smile
  • 4 0
 @StansNoTubes: wow thanks for the response and break down!
  • 1 0
 @Caligula1620: from a demagnetization physics perspective, not really as long as you don’t put them in the oven or next to a more powerful magnet.
  • 2 0
 @Caligula1620: No problem, thanks for asking about them!
  • 1 0
 @sspiff: I think I was thinking of the magnets actually breaking, not losing their polarity. I guess I have just had some weak ass magnets in the past, but very interested now in the early reviews!
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flag calarco68 (Feb 4, 2022 at 17:00) (Below Threshold)
 @StansNoTubes: they suck for hub paws. stan is a tire and component maker. HUBS...Industry Nine, Chris King or what we ride Profile Racing MTB hubs.
  • 9 0
 @calarco68: Stan's it a tire producer? Since when?

Project 321 is a hub manufacturer, a pretty good one at that, and they make the new hub internals for Stan's. So ol' Stan can focus on building tires and not have to worry lol.
  • 6 0
 @privateer-wheels: Yes, full attention on tires and cranksets now. Smile
  • 3 0
 @Caligula1620: From personal experience (P321 not Stans hubs but more commenting on the magnets & pawls):

1. Hub very smooth and low drag
2. Good engagement (not Onyx instant but fairly close to)
3. One can quieten down the buzz with precise application of tiny amounts of Dumond grease rather than oil.
4. The weak point in the design WAS (hoping that they have improved this part of the design or assembly process) the glue used to stick the magnets to the pawls - I had a six magnet munch fest, not a sound one ever wants to hear again, at the top of Howler and can confirm that riding a steep, tech, black trail with no chain tension (and no free hub engagement) is NOT fun and potentially dangerous. Incredibly, on strip down, the pawls and the ring drive were almost undamaged despite reducing the six magnets to neodymium dust (well more a slurry when mixed with the free hub lube).
So in theory magnets do not weaken over time like springs will but I have never had a ride ruined (or lost a wheel to warranty process - the non ride time is what pisses us off about warranty processes) nor a hub fail because a pawl spring tossed itself into the ring drive mid ride.
  • 1 0
 @StansNoTubes: any accurate ETA on wheelset with the new hubs? They are in the website but not available.
  • 1 0
 @nogirlsatgt: they are available at the distribution level. Or were last week. Talk to any shop.
  • 1 0
 "That's a sick bike! What is it?'
"Thanks, its the Reeb Sqweeb."
"Oh, nevermind."
  • 1 0
 REEB went for the deluxe package i see. dont sleep on Ferrazi.
  • 1 0
 ig better than turnoff components?
  • 2 2
 Reed backwards spells Deer.
  • 22 1
 Dnuop kcid backwards spells Dick Pound
  • 1 0
 GG, lol
  • 2 3
 Fatbikes are still there?
  • 5 0
 What about fat riders?
  • 1 0
 There’s sure to be a market for them if people want to ride in snow. I’m looking at a plus tyres bike (surly low side) atm for scooting around my work campus. But I’m probably going to chicken out and get a Sunday high C or cult devotion. 1/3 the price and hopefully as much fun.
  • 3 0
 Beleive it or not some places in canada have ALOT snow for 6+ months a year and fat bikes are the only way to keep riding 12 months a year. Our local club even has a groomed and it's a blast

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