Tech Briefing: Storage, Suspension, New Bikes & More - February 2019

Feb 5, 2019 at 17:04
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.

Renthal Limited Edition Stealth Bars
$169.95 / £139.95

The brand is offering limited edition graphics on the Fatbar Carbon and Fatbar Carbon 35. (Learn more.)

PedalXplorer's Bike Transport Cage
4,900 kr

A unique approach to keeping your bike safe in transit. (Learn more.)
The is built from seven sub assemblies positioned on the aluminium base.

Norco Bicycles Bigfoot VLT Electric Fat Bike
Complete bikes from $3,599 USD

Move those big tires through the snow faster with electric assist. (Learn more.)

Zerode Build Kits & New North American Web Store
Various prices

Zerode Bikes and Cycle Monkey are launching a new web store and NA-specific build kits that will make it easier for riders in the US and Canada to get their hands on frames and complete bikes. (Learn more.)

BikeStow Bike Rack for Van & Home
£149 - £289

From a DIY garage project to find a safe, easy and reliable way of transporting and storing bikes into an actual product. (Learn more.)

Marzocchi Bomber CR
$299 USD + $29.95 (spring)

Marzocchi are expanding their lineup with the addition of the Bomber CR. (Learn more.)

Halo Entry Level Trail Wheelset & Tubeless Accessories Range
£ 240 / $310 USD

In addition to the new Ridge Line wheelset, Halo now offers a complete package of tubeless tape, valves and Fibre-Tech Tubeless Sealant.
(Learn more.)
Halo Ridge Line Wheels

Nukeproof Winter Riding Apparel
Various prices

Nukeproof has gone all in on foul weather apparel with a collection of waterproof jackets and shorts and Merino base layers. (Learn more.)
Winter Nukeproof shoot Photo by Laurence CE

RSD Bikes 2019 Line Up
Frames for $499 USD and up

There is a titanium MiddleChild and an all-new steel 29'er hardtail in the works for 2019. (Learn more.)

iXS Trigger AM Helmet & Knee Pads

A brand new open face helmet and protective pads from the Swiss brand. (Learn more.)

Atherton Bikes

The brand formerly known as Robot Bike Co becomes a big new venture for the Athertons as they launch their own bike company that will use additive manufacturing. (Learn more.)

Ragley 2019 Line Up
Complete bikes from £999.99

After a one-year sabbatical, Ragley is back with a new range. (Learn more.)

Vorsprung Smashpot Coil Conversion Kit
$420.69 CAD (approximately $315USD)

It's a fork coil spring conversion system for single crown enduro forks. (Learn more.)
Vorsprung Smashpot coil conversion kit

Niner RIP 9 RDO
$4500 to $8800USD

Niner has a new RIP 9 RDO... and it's available with 27.5" wheels. Go figure. (Learn more.)
Niner s new RIP 9 RDO in both colors both wheel sizes ...

MENTIONS: @halo-wheels / @CycleMonkeyPinkbike / @igge / @MarzocchiMTB / @BikeStow / @Nukeproofinternational / @RSD-Bikes / @iXSsports / @renthalcycling / @ragley-bikes / @norcobicycles / @VorsprungSuspension / @NinerBikes


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 $420.69 you say? Nice
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 You know, approximately!
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 Dinner for two ladies and gentleman.. dinner for two.
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 @MOWtown: with a terrible view.
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 @panaphonic: It's hard to tell her you love her..
  • + 12
 @MOWtown: too far dude.
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 Should be half that price.
  • + 1
 It was $419.99 then they had to add 70 cents for stickers.
  • + 24
 looks like some fun could be had on that electric fat bike.
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 Except for the fact that batteries tend to loose a lot of power when they are below freezing. Being in Canada though, you might be able to have one helluva good time rolling straight from the garage, assuming it is heated. When I lived in Calgary my garage was not and I killed every drill battery I had.
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 @aelazenby: Pesky facts... no one wants to hear about that.
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 @I hate when my power gets loose
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 As much as I hate the idea of fat bikes, and e-bikes... An electric fat bike kind of makes sense.
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 @aelazenby: duct tape some hand warmers to the battery housing. #lifehack
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 @GDPipsqueak: Scott have taken it to the next level with this concept...
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 @Mattgc: Wow! Pity its a dual suss.
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 @lowdrag: Yup, that's what I do with my battery powered chainsaw! Just make sure you don't overheat them or they could catch fire or explode!
  • + 11
 I know it is supposed to be January updates but, you have the Niner release from February but nothing on the Guerrilla Gravity release?
  • + 5
 That's what im saying... GG looks better also IMO lol
  • + 4
 The title says February, and GG was released in January.
  • + 6
 In her defence, Sarah did say "things we haven't gotten our hands on yet". The GG was so worthwhile they went and got their hands on it, and then did feature films for.
  • + 3
 @Zaff: Thanks for the quick defence. Tech Briefing is a round-up of press releases from the past 30 days or so @dtimms
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 @sarahmoore: Makes sense and I see you edited the January photo. All good, but I thought the GG release was the biggest tech release until the new SRAM release. All that said, it has been an awesome year so far for MTB!!!
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 @dtimms: It sure has!!
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 that bike transport thing looks like a bunch of PVC tubes and fittings from home despot...
  • + 5
 Man that Marzocchi on the Rocky Mountain Pope Dream... If they made a limited run of retro-looking bikes like that, I'd buy one for sure Bring back the linkage plates!! The wacky tubes!! The odd colours!!!
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 Pipe dream***
  • + 8
 @Lookinforit: pope dream somehow sounds more awesome...
  • + 2
 every Pope Dream comes with its own hat!
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 @ithomas: my old bike was known as The Bishop...cos I stripped the paint then spent a long time polishing it.
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 @ithomas: it's the popemobile!
  • + 5
 Interesting that Vorsprung has made their own coil conversion kit. I'd be very curious as to how this compares to the Push system, but am definitely biased towards Vorsprung given the quality of Steve's videos.
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 Price point is close so I'd like to see a head to head comparison between the ACS3 and the Smashpot. I bet both are good but I will be in the market for one of them very soon.
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 I’m looking forward to seeing some reviews and comparisons. Both products appear solid and have their Pros and Cons. From an outright performance perspective, the Smashpot appears to have more advantages but at a weight penalty. I wouldn’t mind either
  • + 7
 Stoked to see some hardtail love from RSD and Ragley.
  • + 1
 Damn impressed with company's like Halo and Marzocchi taking on a market that is much needed for a lot of people. In today's industry there seems to be a divide between the uber expensive and Walmart quality products. Quality parts for reasonable prices!
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 Bontrager line comp wheels. Then get the pawl upgrade if you're into the whole high POE thing.
  • + 4
 @sspiff: if you go to the closest grocery you will find much cheaper cheese... haven’t seen a single alu Bontrager wheel that isn’t dented Everywhere. Especially the Line Comp
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 The new Marzocchi shock, they have it in stock in Cali if anyone is looking to buy one. Fox SLS spring fits, so far no confirmation on if they'll make a red spring. Mine will be, probably just rattle can.
  • + 4
 More articles on axs please.
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 Is 'stealth' still a thing?
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 14 Products You Must See This February (Plus a Picture Referencing January)
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 Whoops, edited that - thanks!
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 That bike cage looks like it will be a trouble/cussing free build experience.
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 How does AXS work
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 Maybe they will make a video explaining it, and then another video, and then another...
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 Briefly. That's how it works.
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 Tech Briefing: Storage, Suspension, New Bikes & More - More, more, more, more... always MORE.
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 My last name is Moore, it's ingrained.
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 @sarahmoore: hahaha. My last name is Dios=God, and to this day I have not been to walk on water or anything like that.
  • + 3
 What? No AXS?
  • + 1
 Pays to read.
"Tech Briefing is a feature for the new stuff that we spot every month but haven't gotten our hands on yet."
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 @BrendanIVDB: I was being facetious...
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 That zerode looks sick !
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 Just when I thought I had heard of all the companies
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 When will the new turner sultan be available?
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 does it have a gear box?
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 If there's liquid water... it's not winter
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 "Norco Bicycles Bigfoot VLT Electric Fat Bike".......The face when you buy the world's worst dirt bike.
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 Is this electric week on Pinkbike?
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