Tech Briefing: 2020 Bikes, New Dropper Posts, Purple Stems & More - September 2019

Sep 11, 2019 at 14:47
by Sarah Moore  

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

Hope Carbon HB 130 Trail Bike
£6299 / €7500 / $8400

Hope adds a second bike to its carbon arsenal with the UK made HB 130. (Learn more.)

Industry Nine A318 Stem
$145 - $160

Industry Nine has a new stem for 31.8mm handlebars and it comes in all the colors. (Learn more.)
A318 stem

Maxxis Troy Brosnan’s Signature Tire, the Dissector
$75 USD for EXO, $90 USD for DH

The Dissector comes from a collaboration between Troy Brosnan and Maxxis engineers and includes all the features that Brosnan believes are required for dry, loose conditions. (Learn more.)

Propain's Updated 2020 Kids' Range
749,00 € - 1799,00 €

Yuma, Frechdax, and Dreckspatz. At this point, they're just mocking our attempts to pronounce model names. (Learn more.)

Knolly's New Wardens and Delirium
From USD $5159

The Warden, Warden LT and Delirium have all been updated for 2020. (Learn more.)

Race Face Aeffect R Cranks, Dropper Post, & Lever
Various prices

Race Face expands their range of products with the mid-range all mountain and enduro focused Aeffect R crankset, dropper post, and lever. (Learn more.)

Crankbrothers' Expanded Highline Dropper Post Range
USD $199.99 - $299.99

The Crankbrothers Highline Dropper Post is now available in 27.2, 30.9, 31.6 and 34.9 diameters, with travel options between 60mm and 170mm. (Learn more.)

Lezyne's Expanded Collection of GPS Computers
USD $79.99 - 149.99

Lezyne has overhauled their line-up and introduced a new, simpler device in the Macros Easy GPS. (Learn more.)

Cotic's FlareMAX 132 Pack
From £3249 / EUR 3,550 / USD $3,350

The FlareMax gets a little more travel thanks to a longer stroke shock. (Learn more.)
Cotic FlareMAX 132

Bontrager Rally Clipless Flat-Soled MTB Shoes
USD $149.99

Bontrager has released their first-ever clipless flat-soled mountain shoe, the Rally. (Learn more.)

Cycle Dog Dog Accessories
From $15.99 USD

Cycle Dog is preventing hundreds of thousands of tubes from being left in landfills by repurposing them into dog leashes and collars, and we designed our own Pinkbike one. (Learn more.)
Emmy showing off her new Pinkbike branded collar and leash.

Revonte Stepless E-Bike Motor

Revonte's new motor is fully customizable, and doesn't require a derailleur. (Learn more.)

Commencal's 20th Anniversary 'XX Edition' Meta AM 29

Only 99 of them are available from the 20-years young brand that's given rise to some of the sport's biggest stars. (Learn more.)

Ken Paul Mount Fromme Trails Tribute Poster
$39.95 CDN

Ken Paul has a limited-edition run of 100 prints paying homage to the classic mountain bike trails on Vancouver's North Shore. (Learn more.)
Mount Fromme Trails Poster

Radon's Revised 2020 Slide Trail Lineup
2,499€ - 3,799€

Same frame, new specs. (Learn more.)

Pivot Les SL XC Hardtail
USD $3,799 to $8,199

The LES SL is up to three-quarters of a pound lighter than its predecessor. (Learn more.)

Cane Creek's Lifetime Guarantee on 110 Series Headsets

Cane Creek Cycling Components announces its new 100% lifetime guarantee on all 110 series headsets. (Learn more.)

Magura's E-Bike Optimized Components

Magura launches new two-piece rotor and stronger-stopping, heat resistant friction compounds to match the braking demands of eMTB riders. (Learn more.)

Calibre Bikes Bossnut

The Bossnut goes 12 speed and gets new geometry for 2019. (Learn more.)

Kona's 2020 Process 134 Lineup
Various prices

Riders now have the choice between six variations of frame material and wheel sizes. (Learn more.)
Miranda Miller

Trail Boss BMX Video Game

Trail Boss is an extreme biking game in which players navigate through increasingly tricky sets of jumps, pulling off wild stunts and completing fiendish challenges. From the safety of their living rooms... (Learn more.)


  • 10 0
 That Trail Boss video game is the best $3.99 bike product I have purchased in a long time. The previous games of Pumped BMX were so fun but this version with transfers, berms, skids and crazy long lines adds to the fun level.

I just wish they had maps/levels of real trails. I never be able to ride Posh or Woodyard but it would be pretty rad to pretend to ;D
  • 2 0
 might be the first game i ever pay for.
  • 2 1
 Some slope courses/bikes would be worth an in app purchase too...
  • 2 0
 This game is my jam.
  • 4 0
 I bought it and LOVED it. I just finally beat it 100% yesterday. The level of difficulty is just perfect that it keeps you struggling but progressing!
  • 1 0
 @marseer: damn! I just have a couple of more things to do to finish it but they have been beauts! That 4 second skid is killing me!!
  • 2 0
 @keatonistheguy: I feel like if they made more levels and charged for them it would be a good model to keep them coming. I'd skip a coffee one day to get some new courses.
  • 2 0
 And Fridays productivity level just went to zero...
  • 2 0
 Game's as hard as nails :'(
  • 2 0
 I can't speak for Woodyard, but if you're ever in northeastern PA, it's very much worth stopping by Posh and Catty. They've done a lot of work in recent years adding more beginner friendly lines, and are pretty chill about new people stopping in. Just offer to help tarp/watter, and ideally hit up the locals on insta or something before you show up to make sure they will be around when you get there!
Even if you don't ride anything they're both amazing places to see in person!
  • 1 0
 @gibspaulding: Thanks - I've been to Catty for the Halloween Jam's. Lots of fun but a little stressful trying to figure lines with a bunch of people riding. The place is amazing tho! My buddy just hit up Posh for the high air contest and ran some lines - he said that place is crazy rad! If I ever get enough time I'll make it back out there - trying to finish some lines at the local trail spot!
  • 2 0
  • 2 0
 They're using the cat/laser pointer method for linking today. Luckily, that's also available for the low low price of $2999-4299.
  • 1 0
 Same for the Pivot and Revonte Motor links.
  • 3 0
 @Loche: They're all updated now.
  • 16 10
 Just bought a PNW dropper and Loam Lever. Dont waste time with another dropper. This thing is butter smooth.
  • 9 2
 Neg props for giving a great review. Damn, must be from KS and Raceface.
  • 25 0
 They're all good when you just buy them. Come back after a year of hard use with no servicing then we'll see...
  • 6 5
 Just bought a Crank Brothers Joplin! This thing rocks!
  • 3 2
 9point8... 2 plus years and it’s been phenomenal! @freerider11:
  • 1 0
 @freerider11: Three years later on a KS Lev Integra that hasn't been rebuilt in that time. Yep, can say it's a pretty good post. Wasn't a fan of the stock lever, but the puppertoof one is just fine.
  • 1 0
 @stormracing: Yes, my 9Point8 has been solid for a year now too. But, I know it will need seals eventually when it starts losing air. Happens to all of them. Fortunately they make it relatively painless to do with a great instruction video and readily available parts.

@sherbet: Good to hear! My very first dropper almost 10 years ago was a KS i950r. It was actually pretty good but sticky and it did not like bad weather at all (mud/snow/ice). No experience with KS since.
  • 1 0
 Yes, agreed. Mine has needed seals once after a super horrendously muddy ride! But other than that it’s been a freaking rad dropped post @freerider11:
  • 5 0
 The Hope HB130 is amazing - tested the Ohlins shock version and it was incredible. Selling my children to fund one
  • 4 0
 How much?
  • 2 0
 @Mntneer: Creepy.
  • 3 0
 @sherbet: danger! Danger! Danger!
  • 2 0
 @sherbet: You’ll never be President now with that in ur comment history. Oh wait... who wants that sh$t job anyway?! Carry in...
  • 4 0
 The link to the e-bike motor is the same as the dog equipment
  • 1 0
 There´s also a much more recent article available about the Revonte Drive System for those interested.
  • 2 0
 Anyone else notice the Lezyne GPS appears to be on a Pole with adjustable reach?
  • 1 0
 Wow, that looks crazy!
  • 1 0
 It’s Cedric Gracia’s new prototype Forestal E-Bike check out his Instagram to see it.
  • 2 0
 Daaad, my friends got the $1799 one, why do I only get the 799 poor kids bike? Should stick with bmx for kids imo
  • 2 0
 How about the new banshee bike? Saw some pics on another forum
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Yeah give up the goods!
  • 2 0
 Oh my that looks sick!
  • 2 0
 Wait, what?! Thought 26 was dead?
  • 3 0
 i9 stem are very coooool
  • 1 0
 I have the 35 version in purple on my bike. SO nice. Machining is impeccable. The threads are clean and sharp. The anodization is perfect.
  • 1 0
 @jmhills: yep, such a great quality! mine is orange, and i love it :o
  • 1 0
with a hard tail that sells for $10,000.00CDN.
this is lunacy.
  • 1 0
 That Race Face dropper post lever looks just every bit like a rebranded Brand-X Ascend v1. The post also seems to be.
  • 1 0
 Cotic bikes are simply beautiful, sexy, fun, friendly aggressive, and made out of steel. HOPE I would get a COTIC once Smile
  • 6 4
 $40 for a poster?
  • 13 3
 and $145 - $160 for a stem? I'm sure they're very nice, and I will never need them.
  • 4 1
 The Poster is super Aero and uses cutting edge thintech paper for the lowest weight totally makes you faster.
  • 1 0
 Anyone notice how the Cane Creek link sends you to the Radon page?
  • 2 0
 Not anymore!
  • 1 0
 The link for more info abouth the Revonte Stepless E-Bike Motor is wrong.
  • 1 0
 Pinkbike editor didn't remove her gloves before typing html!!!
  • 1 0
 Tell her about copy paste.
  • 4 1
 Why would anybody need to click that link though? This is a mountain bike website, not moto.
  • 2 1
 The dissector is fake news. Not available for sale anywhere.
  • 1 0
 @JediJiJi: But like @jwrendenver said, they're not available to buy, on the Maxxis site or elsewhere...
Worldwide had some for a bit, but are sold out. The ol' Google isn't turning up anyone who actually has these for sale. Would love to try one.
  • 1 0
 26 is a new tech, innovation of the year right there!!
  • 11 11 the opt out of ebike news feature broken?
  • 12 15
 You'd rather miss 19 normal MTB articles just because of 2 that you don't like? Grow a pair, E-MTBs are here to stay, so better get used to it. Don't like it? Don't buy one, simple as that. But don't put down others because you don't like people being able to climb up hills easier.
  • 6 10
flag gorideyourbikeman (Sep 12, 2019 at 13:45) (Below Threshold)
 @matt-15: well said. what a bandwagon thing to wine about.
  • 1 1
 There's... a motor in a list of a dozen other things. And Magura's announcement, but that isn't really e-bike news.
  • 2 4
 The knollys tankians and what is the process w putting the pivot on the seat stay?

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