OPEN Cycle O-1.0 CARBON 29er Frame And Complete Bike

OPEN O 1.0 29er mountain bike frames and complete bikes


OPEN CYCLES O-1.0 29er frame and complete bike


The visual experience of this bike is worth marveling at without a doubt, but the factor of which you’re viewing one of the most technologically advanced carbon 29er mountain bikes in the cross country spectrum, sets it over the top. The team of designers with the company OPEN created some difficult goals to out perform any of the carbon hardtail rides currently on the market. Their result ended up being the prestigious O-1.0 model.

They began the mountain bike process at the core, with the actual carbon fiber itself.  Most builders believe that the more ‘high-modulus’ composite material you use to construct with, the better. But its become well known that the stiffer high-modulus composite is a bit more brittle making it a little weaker. So they utilized it only where it made engineering sense on the O-1.0 frame, they then blended the stronger composite where it was needed, for example in the tapered head tube and bottom bracket areas. This approach netted OPEN one of the lightest mtb designs to date, at 900 grams which also passed the most rigorous German structural integrity testing available.

OPEN’s other big motivational goal was to produce their carbon 29er to have that total compliant feel for the rougher trail sections. Visually if you check out the side profile of the hardtail, it’s very apparent how the design of the tubing gets smaller from the front head tube area to its rear seat stays that are nice and thin, giving it vertical flex in the seat stays only to add a little comfort without a sacrifice to the lateral rigidity for pedaling or off-camber sections of trail.

In the twenty niner geometry department for the O-1.0, the goal was a nimble feeling ride. So they worked in some shorter 17.3 inch chain stays to make it feel agile, along with a steeper 72° head angle. They also made the seat tube angle a slacker 72.5° setup, so that you can utilize a zero setback style seat post to save yourself some weight by not having to use a set back style post.

Full internal cable routing has been designed to get that clean modern appearance. Everything is routed through a single multi-cable stop integrated into the layup design. Nicely done Open, if we must say so!

Open O-1.0 29er Bike
Open 1.0 29er Mountain Bike

OPEN have also integrated the BB right style bottom bracket design which is technology the Cervelo road models use. The style uses the same 30 millimeter spindle used with the BB30 systems. For the U.S. market the Open Frame will come decked out with a Rotor 3D+ crankset that has a 38 X 24 tooth chain ring set which seems about perfect for most rides.

Rotor Mountain Bike Cranks

Several other nice design touches on the O-1.0 are the location of the rear brake caliper mounting post on the chain stay to make it stronger with less flex, and the use of a direct mount S3 front derailleur so its not necessary to use a clamping style front mechanical that can be over tightened and cause damage to the tubing. And some other forward mountain thinking by including what Open Cycles term as a Saver style rear derailleur hanger, it’s bolted the opposite from the norm, locating the actual threads of the mounting bolt in the hanger rather than the rear dropout itself.

The new O-1.0 mtb model will accommodate 2.25″ width tires. The color available is JET Stealth Black with sizes ranging from Small up to X-Large. The Open O-1.0 Price and specifications for both frame and complete bike are available at the link below… and come withfree shipping 50 header

Open Cycles O-1.0 29er logo



Boardman Elite CXR 9.8 Review


Start racing at your potential with the amazing Boardman Elite!

Boardman Elite CXR 9.8 frameset 2014



Elite CXR Frame

Superior in multiple ways by being ample light, with stiffness only exactly where it’s needed, while sure footed control and handling are just a few ideas to get you going on Chris Boardman’s 9.8 cyclocross ride. With plenty of comfort as well to name off just a select few of the attributes designed into the frameset. Then top it off with added versatility from items like a mudguard and rear rack mounts to provide you with a chassis that is equally at home on the International Elite race circuit as it is in the toughest local venue.


To reach the Elite status as the ultimate CX setup, you will want it to be blessed with all the latest and greatest technology whether it be Shimano’s powerful Di2 11 speed electronic gearing all combined and integrated ergonomically with hydraulic disc brakes.. or maybe your flavor is SRAM, it’s fully compatible and will work with any drivetrain you decide to go for. Complete your dream-ride by attaching it all to the full carbon CXR 9.8 setup. You will instantly see your racing, and training skyrocket to the top of the Elite podium because regardless whether it’s on road, or off road this is the top of the tier model in arguably the best Cyclocross range on the planet.


Spec highlights include:

  • New superlight Boardman full carbon monocoque chassis.
  • Mudguard compatible.
  • Customized tube profiles were Boardman designed specifically for the forces and performance criteria of offroad riding.
  • The key oversized box section chainstays are there for one purpose – increased power transfer.
  • While the asymmetric chainstays with rear disc brake caliper mounts are also there for increased power in braking performance.
  • Handy internal cable routing is an absolute must for Cyclocross to keep the cables away from all the nastiest and harshest of mother natures elements.
  • Full carbon fork is disc brake specific with a tapered steerer for increased stiffness and steering precision.
  • A simple PF30 bottom bracket to not only reduce frame weight but increase stiffness as well.
  • Profiled wishbone seatstays for enhanced comfort.

– Compatible for both Mechanical or Di2 cable routing

Ultralight Elite full Carbon monocoque
Complete Weight including the 9.8 fork w/ headset and seat-collar:
1.8kgs or 1800 grams for the size medium 56cm.
Front Fork:
Elite full Carbon, tapered steerer
Head Set:
FSA Integrated – supplied w/ Carbon Spacers.
Seat Clamp:
(in-house brand) Carbon – 31.8mm

This Boardman chassis is ready and waiting to be built up, available at one of my favorite store’s.. see many more detailed photos along with the updated pricing and specs at the info link below.

   Pricing is $2199.00

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Santa Cruz Tallboy LT Carbon

Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy LTc Carbon R AM with fox shock


A new long travel MTB to join the Twenty Niner family:



The twenty niner community recently has been expanded by two more excellent model choices to throw into the mix.  Santa Cruz has developed their longer travel versions of their Tallboy model calling them the Tallboy LTc and LT models. Here is some material that was released by the SC factory that we got our hands on to share with you.

Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc R AM


Longer Travel Tallboy 29er mountain bikes:
Changed from their original ride and transformed on the new Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc is a 142 X 12mm rear through axle, and a 135mm rear travel shock, making it compatible with either a 135mm fork or a longer all-mountain travel 150mm fork. Another notable feature with the new model is their process of using a one piece layup to manufacture the composite frame. The engineers have reported they get superior strength, stiffness,  and an overall lightweight setup by using this process, which yields a product that is feather light at 5.2lbs including the shock. Extremely impressive for a longish 135mm travel twenty niner mountain bike.

LT Carbon R AM with fox shock



Another notable change up was redesigning the lower linkage area from the original version, offsetting it a little to make for great clearance if you choose to run a chain guide. The 2014 LTc  model is available in Solar Yellow and also Matte Black with leather protectors for the seat stay, chain stay, and down tube.  The ride also comes standard with a replaceable derailleur hanger, but having the option to utilize Shimano’s new direct mount rear derailleur.

Tallboy LTc 29" Mountain Bike with tapered headtube


Here is what S.C. has to say about their newest long travel carbon Tallboy 29ers:
“This is where we fully embrace the flagship of flagships. We have given a ton of focus on the performance of the suspension and the ride characteristics of our VPP suspension-design tune ability of shock rates for individual mountain bikes, amazing pedaling and bump absorption together, awesome frame stiffness and 29er ride dynamics, shorter stiffer links with great hardware, and durability, with actual ease of service—but we really get all geeked out when we can design all those characteristics into carbon fiber 29er mountain bikes. The processes with carbon are not all equal, and this is not all just some everyday black metal. We are honored with what we can achieve with composite material, and the way we do our layup gives us the advantage to build the LTc bikes that are lighter AND stronger than just about everyone else. That said, this is the Tallboy LT Carbon twenty niner. Same geometry, same suspension, same intent as the aluminum version, but crafted from composite material using our proprietary one piece layup process. This also is our first jump into 142×12 rear axle models. For lack of any better hyperbole, this bike is siiiiiick! 135mm travel, all the good juicy features of the LT aluminum that have been mentioned in the other post, but also stiffer, stronger, and really, really effing light.”

29er Tallboy LTc Mountain Bike with 142mm rear thru axle




Tallboy long-travel sizes will be Medium, Large, and XXL.

Lowest R AM Complete Bike Price, use the link below for free shipping.


LTc and LT Geometry Chart

Additional Spec info

  • Proprietary one piece composite layup
  • Tapered head tube
  • 142x12mm rear axle
  • Replaceable derailleur hanger (optional Shimano direct mount rear hanger available)
  • ISCG05 mount
  • 135mm rear travel
  • Custom tuned Fox Float RP23 Kashima shock
  • Collet axle pivot hardware
  • Offset lower link (better chain guide clearance), recessed grease ports to keep them from harm
  • Continuous cable, dropper post routing
  • Leather chain stay, down tube and seat stay protectors
  • Standard threaded bottom bracket shell
  • Color for the Complete Bike is available in Matte UDI /Orange
  • Two other colors available are Solar Yellow/Black, or Matte Orange
  • Frame Only Price: 2899.00


Tallboy LT Carbon yellow


Sombrio Drift Bike Shorts – Women’s

Sombrio Drift Short - Women's Black 29er Mountain Bike Shorts



Women’s All-mountain Drift.

What does a girl have to do to find an all-mountain worthy pair of shorts, without having to sacrifice simply between a great style of shorts and a  high performance short. The Northwest locals company Sombrio builds a short that they have incorporated both, in what they are calling the Women’s Drift.

Sombrio designed the Drift to have a long freeride or all-mountain cut, and built it with very tough materials, and stacked it up with quality features that you’ll enjoy without having to think about it.

  • Durable Cordura construction with DWR finish shed mud and water
  • Fully mesh lined promoting airflow for cooling
  • Mesh-lined Air flow thigh vents allow you to lose heat quickly
  • Four way stretch construction for added durability and unlimited range of motion
  • Zippered pockets on Drift waist and back pocket to carry the essentials  securely
  • Seamless crotch panel for reduced chafing
  • Sturdy bar tack stitching throughout stressful zones

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Sombrio Drift Short - Women's Black 29er Mountain Bike Shorts





Sombrio Drift Short - Women's mountain bike Shorts Royal Blue

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Osprey Zealot 10 Mountain Bike Hydration Pack

Opsrey Packs with the Zealot in Pitch Black color


All Mountain and XC Performance oriented Zealot MTB packs

For 2014 Osprey built the new Zealot mountain bike hydration pack to ultimately be the AM/ XC mountain bikers dream come true. Mainly due to the Osprey’s narrow super comfortable profile, but yet it still has ample storage capacity to get you there with everything you need. The extra storage capacity enables for a removable roll-out tool pouch and ability to carry body armor along with either cross country style or full face helmets.
The Key Features include,
* 3-Liter Osprey Hydra-Form™ Reservoir is included, and replaceable if you happen to lose it or the dog chews it up.
* Total weight does not include the reservoir.

Colors available for the Zealot 10 are: Pitch Black, Octane BlueZealot in Pitch Black color

Zealot 10 Blue

NEW! Features


  • Air-Scape™ Suspension:

    Osprey also employed what they call Air-Scape™ Suspension, which utilizes a ridge molded foam system to create a supportive yet lightweight and ventilated back panel.

  • AirScape Suspension Backpanel
  • Back Panel Zip:

    The back panel offers a wide zipper access to the main compartment without having to remove gear that is attached to the front.

  • Back Panel Zip
  • Bio-Stretch™ Harness:

    EVA foam has been perforated with large holes to create enhanced breath ability and comfortable stretch. Breathable spacer mesh wraps up over edges of foam to create soft, non irritation surface of contact. A zippered MP3/Media/Phone pouch is within easy reach on one shoulder strap while the other contains a stretch mesh gel pocket.
    bio-stretch harness

  • Blinker Light Attachment:

    They provided an additional attachment point on the Zealot for blinker lights.
    Blinker Light

  • Front Compression Pocket:

    A padded front compression pocket combines with stretch mesh side pockets for hauling your safety body armor and or other bulky items you might need to have with you.

  • Full Face Helmet Attachment:

    Padded front compression pocket combines with stretch mesh side pockets is also used  for carrying your full face helmet or your body armor.
    Full-face Helmet Attachment Straps

  • Hydration Sleeve:

    It has a sleeve that is built-in for the reservoir with an elastic compression cord to keep the water stabilized on your back.

  • Lid-Lock™ 1:

    Lid-LockTM provides a simple and convenient place to carry your helmet when your not wearing it. It quickly secures a vented helmet to your Osprey series pack easily with the Lid-Lock™ helmet attachment.
    lid-lock to be able to carry your helmet

  • Media Pocket:

    It is now possible to keep your phone or MP3/i-pod media player protected and quickly accessible in the zippered pouch on both shoulder harnesses.

  • No-Scratch™Top Slash Pocket:

    A quick access top zippered pocket is lined with a soft, easy to clean heat embossed fabric near the top of the Zealot.


  • Tool Pouch 1:

    It has a roll-out tool pouch that can quickly be removed and be used without unpacking other items.

  • Tool Pouch :

    Elastic bungees keep tool-pouch contents secure and organized whether they are in or out.

  • Tool Pouch 2 :

    The Zealot also has a removable, roll-out tool pouch that is located in the zippered compartment low on the pack for easy access and a lower center of gravity.
    Zealot main tool pouch

  • Hip belt :

    The model uses a 20mm webbing waist strap to keep it stable while the Zealot 16 adds padded spacer mesh hip wings with zippered pockets on a 40mm Straight Ergo Pull™ hip belt.


Volumes and Weights

Size cu. in. liter lbs/oz kg.
S/M 549 10 1/11 0.76
M/L 610 same as above 1/12 0.80


The Dimensions are shown as length (height) x width x depth
51 x 26 x 24 cm
20 1/16 x9 1/4 x 9 7/16 in


The Zealot is available at Backcountry.

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Stevens Sonora SL Carbon Hardtail 29er Mountain Bikes

Stevens Sonora-sl cabon hardtail 29er


Have a personal best on all your fitness routes?? – The 2012 Stevens Twenty Niner is here to change that.

Stevens Sonora SL 2012 carbon hardtail 29er



With a butter smooth Fox RLC twenty niner fork with Kashima coating and with lockout, powerful no compromise  Shimano XTR BR-M985 disc brakes, and Easton EA 90XC 29er system wheelset, the 2012 Sonora Sl carbon 29er mountain bikes are prepared for racing any mountain trails and urban jungles you want to through at it.

Frame Carbon Monocoque HMF SL
Front fork Fox 32 Float 29er 100 RLC, 100 mm, FIT Kashima, Lockout
Headset Ritchey WCS Logic Zero Drop In 1 1/8″ – 1 1/2″
Brakes Shimano XTR BR-M985 Disc 180/160 mm
Crankset Shimano XTR FC-M980, 42-32-24
Derailleur r Shimano XTR RD-M980
Derailleur f Shimano FD-M981
Chain Shimano CN-HG94
Cassette Shimano CS-M771-10 11-36
System wheelset Easton EA 90XC 29er wheelset
Tires Schwalbe Rocket Ron Evo 29×2.1″
Handlebar Ritchey Superlogic Carbon 10° Bar, 620mm
Stem Ritchey WCS C260 Carbon Matrix, 31.8mm
Saddle Oxygen Neso Carbon
Seatpost Ritchey Pro Carbon 400mm
Shiftlever Shimano XTR M980
Brakelever Shimano BL-M985
Weight 9.3 kg
Sizes 18″, 20″, 22 “
Color Team
Highlights 2012
Highlight 1 Ultra-lightweight hardtail 29er mountain bikes with hybrid (Tube-2-Tube and Monocoque) construction
Highlight 2 Shimano XTR Premium equipment
Highlight 3 Comfortable 27.2 mm carbon seat post
Highlight 3 Ritchey Superlogic Carbon Cockpit
Highlight 5 Fox RLC 29er mountain bike fork with Kashima coating
  • Geometry


Stevens geometry mtb hardtail

Seattube length Seattube length Top tube lenght Top tube horizontal Headtube angle (°) Seattube angle (°) Wheelbase Chainstay length Headtube length Bottom bracket drop Bottom bracket height Fork rake Slope Wheel radius Standover height Fork build height
Frame height (“) 18 20 22 Measuring mode
Seattube length A1 623 629 643 nominal
Seattube length A2 457 508 558 bottom bracket to top of seattube
Seattube length A3 385 437 489 bottom bracket to top of top tube
Seattube length A4 365 418 469 bottom bracket to center of top tube
Top tube lenght B 582 597 617
Top tube horizontal C 600 620 640 center headtube to center seatpost/seattube
Headtube angle (°) D 72 72 72
Seattube angle (°) E 74 74 74
Wheelbase F 1088 1109 1129
Chainstay length G 445 445 445
Headtube length H 90 100 115
Bottom bracket drop I 70 70 70 distance of bottom bracket to hub level*
Bottom bracket height K 301 301 301 distance to ground*
Fork rake L 44 44 44
Slope M 235 184 148 top tube level distance front to rear
Wheel radius N 371 371 371 incl. tires
Standover height O 748 783 820 top of top tube to ground**
Fork build height P 486 486 486 incl. lower headset cups*
Front wheel – bottom bracket Q 653 673 693
Seatpost diameter 27.2 27.2 27.2


Shimano Disc Brakes

Shimano XTR BR-985 race Disc Brakes

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model: XT BL-M785 Hydraulic Disc Brake

Shimano XT Disc Brakes



These  XT Disc Brakes M785 are a huge improvement over the older XT brakes. The first thing you’ll notice is how they use an in-line master cylinder as opposed to the radial design of past years M-775. This allows a lighter weight system and an easier bleed process. They still use mineral oil as a hydraulic fluid. The great part is that it’s non-toxic and non-corrosive. If you spill some when you bleed your brakes, there’s nothing to worry about.

They take their design cues from the new XTR M988 Trail Brakes. And though these might not be as visually refined as the highly polished XTR units, the performance speaks for itself. This is hands down the best XT brake we’ve ever ridden.

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Shimano Saint Hydraulic Disc Brake BR-M810 – Assembled

Shimano Saint Disc Brakes


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Shimano XTR BR-988 Trail Brake

Shimano XTR trail Disc Brakes


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model: XTR BR-985 Race Brakeset

Shimano XTR BR-985 race Disc Brakes



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Shimano Saint/ XTR/ And XT Cranksets

Shimano XT Dyna-Sys FC-M77010 Crankset – mountain bike Triple

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Shimano Saint FC-M815-2 Crankset

Shimano Saint FC-M815-2 Crankset

36×22 Tooth

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XTR Dyna-Sys FC-M980 Trail Crank – Triple

Shimano XTR triple mountain bike Crankset

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XT Dyna-Sys FC-M77010  – Triple

Shimano XT Dyna-Sys FC-M77010 Crankset – mountain bike Triple

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Rocky Mountain Hammer 29er XC Bike

Rocky Mountain Hammer Single Speed 29er Mountain Bike

Hammer 29er XC Hardtail

Rocky Mountain Hammer Single Speed 29er Mountain Bike

The Hammer SS by driving a nail through your daily routine

Rocky Mountain’s Hammer 29er SS is for breaking up the sit-and-spin life on the bike everyday. As a basic tool of many professions to change up the routine. The Hammer is best utilized as a weapon for delivering strikes to geared counterpart friends. Riding down the descent of a single track is fun, but passing your best friends and putting them in the pain box on a climb is even more fun. Hearing them frantically clicking through the drive train to locate the optimum gear… well, that is the pure essence of riding a single speed.

  • ST3 Geometry for control and agility
  • The ST3 incorporates a sloping top tube as well to provide a lower stand over height to make crazy dismounts easier
  • Geometry dialed in for the steep descents, and the tight single track
  • Reynolds 725 cromo tubing

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Fuji SLM 29er 1.3 Mountain Bike 2014

Fuji SLM 29er 1.3 Mountain Bike 2014



Rapidly transforming into the new Standard go to platform, the 29″ Wheeled Mountain bikes are the key selection for both savvy backcountry weekend warriors to many a Single-Track-Racer across the globe. Which is where the like of rides like the Fuji SLM 29er 1.3 Mountain Bike come into the picture with it’s C15 Carbon hardtail setup that is not only lightweight but extremely durable to boot. The SLM comes to your door with high quality features like the Fox 32 FLOAT 29 Factory Fit w/ remote lock out, 15mm thru axle,  tapered Alloy Fork and a super reliable Shimano Deore XT build kit.

Fuji decked it out quite generously to say the least with all the specs listed below.


SLM Frame:
C15 Superlight High Modulus Carbon, Integrated T-T Construction with Internal shift Cable Routing, Shaped Oversized Ride Tuned Down Tube, Integrated Cupped style headtube, Water Bottle mount, along with 29er specific geometry.
Suspension Fork:
Rock Shox Recon Gold TK Solo Air with Tapered Alloy Steerer and a handy PopLoc Remote Lockout, 100mm Travel, and custom SLM graphics.
Front Derailleur:
Shimano XT
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Deore XT SGS Shadow Top normal 10-Speed
Total number of Gears:
Shifter set:
Shimano XT Rapid Fire, 30-Speed
Shimano M552 Hollow Tech
24/32/42 tooth Chain-rings.
Bottom Bracket:
Shimano Press-Fit style.
Shimano XT, 11/36 tooth 10-Speed
KMC, 10-Speed
Front Brake:
Tektro Auriga Pro Hydraulic Disc, 180/160mm Rotor
Rear Brake:
Tektro Auriga Pro Hydraulic Disc, 180/160mm Rotor
Braking Levers:
Tektro Auriga Pro Hydraulic Disc
Oval M650 Alloy flat Bar, +/- 5mm Rise, 710mm Wide, 31.8mm
Oval 600 reverse Bolt Technology, Alloy, 31.8mm
Oval 1 1/8-1 1/2″ Semi-Integrated, 30mm Spacers
In house brand- Dual Density Kraton
Rim bands:
WTB Speed Disc All Mountain 29 Rims
Front Hub:
In house brand- Custom Mountain Disc 32 Hole Hubs
Rear Hub:
In house brand of- Custom Mountain Disc 32 Hole Hubs
Front Tire:
WTB Prowler SL 2.1″ width w/ Wire Bead Folding
Rear Tire:
WTB Prowler SL  2.1″ width w/ Wire Bead Folding
Oval M200 with CrMo Rails
Oval M600, 31.6×350mm
SLM Weight:
Approximate at 12.16kg / 26.83lbs

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Intense Hard Eddie Hardtail 29er

Intense Hard Eddie 29er mountain bikes

Intense Hard Eddie 29er Expert XT Build Complete Bike 2014

Intense Cycles has finally unveiled  its all new Hard Eddie which is the company’s first 29er that’s a hard tail. The new ride is intended to bridge the gap from their extensively cool downhill  and gravity full-suspension mountain bikes. The new twenty niner is designed for the discriminating x-country rider that appreciates high quality without any compromise. The first new Hard Eddie carbon fiber 29er mountain bikes were displayed at eurobike late last summer. During the bike show, the new ride caught a ton of attention because it was the first twenty niner design to come out of Intense. At the same time they launched two other composite models in their 26″ full-suspension range, the carbine, and carbine SL. And now a Carbine 29 X01 for 2014! So they are both built using the same carbon fiber technology. They were designed by the iconic artisan Jeff Steber. They decided to outsource and have the composite hard tail models engineered by SEED Engineering transforming them into amazing composite art.

Jeff Steber’s Press Release,“When they started two and half years ago, they saw what was starting to happen with high end carbon fiber manufacturing and the trend towards stronger mountain bikes and more aggressive trail riding,” Steber said. “We built a huge factory here to keep our alloy production in the U.S., but we saw the trend was moving toward carbon fiber even for the more aggressive mountain rides. Basically, Intense decided they had to jump on the carbon thing and do it the best possible. They are aluminum experts, and immediately realized they needed an expert in composites and found the SEED guys.”

With similarities to the engineering design of their first versions that were built out of carbon the Carbine model, the new Hard Ed also received the same G1 rear drop out system that comes with the option of standard QR, or changeable to a 142×12 rear axle dropout, which is shown in the photos below. There is one difference between the two, for the Hard Ed it also has the option of single speed as well. With a 100-mm fork the Hard Tail MTB stands on a 70° steering angle and 72 ° seat angle. The PF30 bottom bracket and integrated headset both aid to keep the ride stiff and feather light. The claimed weight for the frame is right around 2 lbs 7 oz  or approx. ( 1,100g). The Intense model is also available in two color options: naked and naked red. They have also designed a matching rigid composite fork option that they say lets you build a bike right in there at 18lbs.

It was about time Intense made a fast h…tail in the wonder material.
They have stated their idea was that they had to change with the times, or get stagnant. The Southern California Company has always gone huge with their downhill mountain  bikes and the gravity scene, but now Intense is placing some energy into 29ers to give their dealers more option and their customers more available option as well.

Sticking to the successful formula of the Carbine, the hard tail 29’s ride quality comes from the refined Intense geometry and quality construction.
The Price for the Expert XT Complete Bike is: $4,999.00

The Hard Eddie frame is available for $1,899.00 with free shipping, click on the buy /configure link below..

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Naked / Red color way


MTB shown with XT build kit
hardtail mtb
Naked / Red color
Intense bikes
Shown with rigid fork option
Shown with rigid fork option
twenty niner mountain bikes
Naked composite colorway
rigid hard eddie 29 Bikes
Naked composite colorway
29er mountain bike
Naked composite colorway
Intense Cycles Hard Eddie Frame
Naked / Red color way
Hard Eddie frame
Naked / Red color way
Intense carbon 29er mountain bikes
Naked composite fork colorway
Intense Hard Eddie Carbon 29 Rigid Fork
Carbon 29 Rigid MTB Fork

Naked / Red color way                                                                     G1 qr 142 X 12 drop out system
29e mountain bike rear axle detail



Single Speed MTB Drivetrain

E-thirteen singlespeed cranks-BlacK



Cutter Asymm Single Speed Chain

Cutter singlespeed chain red

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Cutter singlespeed chain silver


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Cutter singlespeed chain black


e*thirteen components XC Single-Speed Crank

E-thirteen singlespeed cranks Black

Spin to win.

Whether you’re running a 1×9 or a 1×10 setup on your MTB, or you’ve committed to one gear all the time, the e*thirteen XC single-speed crank will help keep your drivetrain spinning fast.

  • A 104 BCD gives you a wide variety of chainring compatibility options
  • The 7075 aluminum machined crank arms are lightweight and ultra-burly
  • Polygon-shaped arm and spindle interface provides stiffness and strength
  • Has a 50.9-millimeter chainline

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This is by far the best crank I’ve handled. I went back and forth on using a stripped down XT crank, a Stylo OCT 1.1, and a stripped down Noir for my 1×10 conversion. But when I saw the price and specs on the e.thirteen I bought it. I am running a Race Face single speed ring with MRP bb mounted 1.x guide and its great. The 30mm spindle with polygon interface translates to a very solid feeling set-up, I’ll use it on future builds, can’t be beat for the price. Its lighter than an XT at the same price and not much heavier than the XTR that cost $200 more.<br /><br /><br /> Plus, it looks badass.”>

Tech Specs

Arm Material: 7075 aluminum
Arm Length: 170 mm, 175 mm, 180 mm
BB Threading: English
Spindle: aluminum
Weight: 575 g
Compatible Components: 104-millimeter bolt circle diameter chainrings
Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years
Recommended Use: mountain biking, cyclocross, commuting

Shimano XTR PD-M980 Pedal

Shimano XTR trail pedal


PD-M980 XC Version

Shimano XTR pedals

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20% Off, Regularly $269.95

Sale from $145.96

XTR Tech Specs

Material: [body] aluminum, cro-moly
Float: 6 deg
Cleat Type: 2-bolt, SPD
Wrench Type: 15 mm
Weight: [pair] 308 g
Recommended Use: xc mtb
Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years



PD-M985 Trail Version

Shimano XTR trail pedal


20% Off, Regularly $269.95

Sale from $145.96

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Tech Specs

Material: [body] aluminum, [spindle] chromoly
Cleat Type: SPD
Spindle Diameter: 0.625 in
Wrench Type needed for installation: 6 mm allen head
Weight: [for the pair] is 398 grams
Recommended Use: freeride and more



Shimano PD-M647 SPD Dual Platform Pedal

Shimano M647 SPD dual platform pedal

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Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp

Big Travel 29ers Rock The House

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp


Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp 29er Enduro!

Carbon MTB |

The new style of carbon, Specialized is calling it NewFACT Carbon. The new Stumpjumper FSR has 130mm of plush rear suspension, with a Fox Evolution F130 RL air-sprung fork,  Avid Elixir 7 SL hydraulic disc brakes that are custom, and a Fox Triad II shock  that is custom with AUTO SAG and a Roval 142mm rear / 15Qr front wheelset.


  • Specialized FACT 9m carbon front triangle with Stumpjumper 29er specific geometry and M5 alloy rear triangle with 130mm of rear travel, full-cartridge bearing pivots, PF30 BB, and 142mm rear dropouts makes an impressively stiff, light, and agile all-mountain mtb
  • The Comp uses a Custom Fox Triad II with the ground breaking AUTOSAG function and on the go, three position damping adjustment between a plush fully open, or a more firm style ProPedal and a lockout, for ideal performance over different terrain
  • Fox Evolution series F130 RL fork has open bath damping, 130mm of travel, 15QR axle and a tapered steerer tube for precise and reliable handling
  • The Comp also sports Roval 29er rims mated to their own  Hi Lo hubs, a 142+ rear hub spacing, and 12mm thru-axle increase wheel stiffness for more confident riding.
  • Custom SRAM S-1250 XC Trail double cranks for better ground clearance and an alloy guard for chain keep during fast descents
  • SRAM PG-1030, 10-speed 11-36t cassette compliments the 2×10 XC Trail drivetrain




Stumpjumper FSR FRAME FACT IS 9m carbon main triangle, 29er geometry, M5 alloy rear triangle, tapered HT, carbon PF30 BB, ISCG ’05, internal dropper Post cable routing, 142mm rear dropouts, pivots with sealed cartridge bearings, replaceable derailleur hanger, 130mm rear travel
REAR SHOCK Custom Fox Triad II with AUTOSAG, custom on the fly 3-position compression switch 1) Lock out 2) Open 3) ProPedal, rebound adj., 197x48mm
FORK Fox Evolution F130 RL, air spring, 1-1/8 to 1-1/2″ tapered steerer, LO and reb adj., 15mm thru-axle, 130mm travel
HEADSET 1-1/8 and 1-1/2″ Threadless, Campagnolo style upper with 1-1/2″ lower bearing for tapered integrated HT, cartridge bearings
STEM Specialized XC, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 31.8mm bar clamp diameter, adjustable rise, sizes- S: 60mm, M: 75, L:90, XL:105mm
HANDLEBARS Specialized XC Low-Riser, 7050 alloy, width 720mm, 10mm rise, 10º back sweep, 6º up sweep, 31.8mm stem clamp diameter
GRIPS Specialized lock on, S/M: Grappler, and Grappler XL
FRONT BRAKE Custom Avid Elixir 7 SL, hydraulic disc, alloy backed semi-metallic pad, HS-1 rotor S/M:180mm, and 200mm
REAR BRAKE Custom Avid Elixir 7 SL, hydraulic disc, alloy backed semi-metallic pad, HS-1 rotor S/M:160mm, and 180mm
BRAKE LEVERS Custom Avid Elixir 7 SL hydraulic, tool less reach adj.
FRONT DERAILLEUR SRAM X7, 10-speed, S3 direct mount for DMD, bottom-pull
REAR DERAILLEUR SRAM X9, 10-speed, mid cage length
SHIFT LEVERS SRAM X7, aluminum trigger, 10-speed
CASSETTE SRAM PG-1030, 11-36t, 10-speed
CHAIN KMC X-10-speed, w/ reusable Missing Link, nickel plates
CRANKS Custom SRAM S-1250, 7050 alloy arms, 10-speed XC Trail double, PF30 spindle, S: 170mm, Others: 175mm
CHAINRINGS 36/22, w/ alloy guard
BOTTOM BRACKET SRAM PF30, OS press-in bearing, sealed cartridge
PEDALS Resin Test Ride Pedals with toe clips, CEN std.
RIMS Roval 29, alloy disc, 26mm wide, 32h
FRONT HUB In house brand- Hi Lo disc, sealed cartridge bearing, 15mm thru-axle, 32h with laser-etched logo
REAR HUB In house brand- Hi Lo 142+ disc, laser-etched logo, double-sealed cartridge bearing, 12mm thru-axle, 32h
FRONT TIRE In house brand- Purgatory Control, 60 TPI, 2Bliss ready aramid bead, dual-compound, 2.2″
REAR TIRE In house brand- Ground Control, 60 TPI, 2Bliss ready aramid bead, 2.1″
SADDLE Body Geometry Henge, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm width
SEAT POST 2014 butted alloy, single bolt setback, 30.9mm, S/M: 350mm, and 400mm
SEAT CLAMP 7050 hard anodized alloy collar w/ QR, black 34.9mm clamp ID

Diamondback Podium Optum Road Bike Team



Diamondback Podium Optum Team

Podium Optum

For Diamondback Podium bikes, they have redefined what racing road bikes at the highest level is all about with the newest Team setup.

Diamondback is currently rewriting the books on how to integrate racers and everyday riders into the same group. Which is where this exotic Podium bike stands in the mix, to be a performer no matter what your licensed category number says. When the racing concept came to be Diamondback jumped on board taking all the past knowledge they have experienced over to the high-end carbon and started working on this Team project. This bike is designed around it’s own fork with aggressive racing geometry, giving it all of the technology found on the other high-end carbon Diamondback road bikes, but where the bike takes things to another level is the employment of Continuous Fiber Technology.

For the Optum it’s all about hightech carbon here, and loads of it to ultimately develop the best ride of your life. To not only work awesome on raceday but has durability for everyday use. They ultimately wanted a bike that is far from the fragile, raceday only spectrum.


Through extensive field and computer testing they found the conclusion for what makes frame so light, so stiff, so compliant, and ever so innovative is the Podium’s use of full-length carbon strands to manufacture the fork that extend from the top of the steer tube to the bottom of the drop outs. With that same AMMP technology utilized in the frame, they created one of the stiffest forks ever before seen. A lower integrated crown race is completely carbon eliminating the need for a separate aluminum race, and making the overall Podium system lighter, stronger and much more responsive.


Diamondback Podium Optum carbon

The Diamondback also employs a HED Stinger S4 carbon tubular wheelset with HED Stinger carbon hubs offers a slightly wider, stiff and exceptionally light ride that will perform in a broad range of race scenarios. At 1380g for the pair, this wheelset is one of the market’s lightest and is certainly totally at ease in the realm of the pros–carbon spokes sweeten (and lighten) the deal even further.

For the spec on the Podium drivetrain is SRAM Red 22, what makes “New Red” so groundbreaking is the YAW front derailleur, that revolutionized front shifting. While the shifters and rear derailleur have also been upgraded with the latest innovations of ZeroLoss and Exact Actuation shifting so the chain moves effortless across the cassette. Lastly, the crankset has been completely redesigned to be stiffer and lighter than ever before. Red 22 is claimed to be the lightest weight Team setup out there.

Podium Optum Team Saddle

The Podium Team also sports a full high end cockpit. With Easton EC90 SLX3, Carbon bar and 7050 alloy stem to keep the front end stiff and responsive. The optimal density carbon seatpost holds a Prologo Zero-II Carbon railed saddle that lends to aggressive positioning, lightweight, and race-long comfort, to finish out the 2014 Podium, in true style.

Pricing is on Sale from $8,000 down to $7,499.00
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Focus Black Forest 1.0 Complete Bike 2013

Black Forest 1.0

2013 Focus Black Forest 1.0


The amazing FOCUS-ED world of mtb


This 29er Hardtail is one of the top models in the new twenty9er series for the Focus cycling folks out of Germany. This is due in part to a great combination of proven parts like for example the light weight top end SRAM front and rear derailleur, durable and light Alex wheels mounted up with Continental tires, along with RockShox suspension to roll rough sections on the trail with no issues on the Focus Black Forest ride.

Falling in there as one of Germany’s top brands in the cycling industry, Focus has worked hard to build a key reputation for the development of high performance rides for many sectors of the cycling world. Whether that be XC, All-mountain, Road, Cyclocross, Focus is the undisputed leader for new innovation. They have worked hard on creating that outstanding ride, but all to come with an incredible price-to-performance ratio.

For this Black Forest 29er hardtail setup, they put it in the XC line with an aim at performance. While the lightweight models take full advantage of aluminum frames to yield higher performance numbers, they were also crafted in such a way to meet exacting specifications to ensure there is high quality throughout. It’s only fitting that the Black Forest designers set the bike out in the correct direction with a performance frame, outfitted and decked to the hilt with the likes of Rockshox and Sram components. This group fully equips the ride to be 100% trail ready, with both performance and durability, similar to what the twenty9er frame is all about. All designed together to produce an amazing experience out on the trail. Having reliability is key for everyday use, because by simply knowing you can count on your mountain bike to do the job you need is paramount.

To complete the build, is Sram XO twister shifters and rear derailleur to set that pace of reliable shifting with spot on performance byway of the X9 front derailleur for performance and reliability. The lightweight and stiff Sram S1000 cranks are a complete power house when it comes to performance and design. The entire group has been developed to provide you with the best experience possible. The bike with the SRAM group complement each other in ways you can only understand by hopping on and taking one for a ride for yourself.

The Black Forest line may be a hardtail line but suspension is still a must. Keeping up with the quality standards they have set the aim on a suspension fork that would complement the rest of the build. As a Rockshox Reba RL with 100mm of travel and remote lock out was a nice selection. Feature rich and race ready are just a few words to use to describe the Black Forest setup. If you’re looking for high performance and excellent quality then you have come to the right place. They have teamed up with industry leaders to bring you race ready and race proven performance.

‘Key Features

Whyte X-401 kids mtb 2014


  • They were generous in providing a Pro 29 MTB worthy triple butted aluminum 1.0 frame.
  • Hydraulic disc brakes are Avid Elixir version
  • SRAM XO two by ten shifter set
  • SRAM XO rear derailleur ten speed version
  • SRAM S1000 cranks with 39/26 tooth rings
  • RockShox’s super reliable Reba RL suspension fork, with 100mm of plush travel
  • Continental Race King tires
  • DT Swiss 370 hub set
  • DT Swiss M520 rim set
  • Fiz:k Tundra 2 seat
  • Concept EX for the seat post, stem, and handlebar

This complete bike is an absolute screaming deal at one of our favorite online shop’s..

With the twenty niner ride discounted at 30% Off, Regularly  $2300.99 Sale  $1249.00

Please note that the Black Forest 3.0 version is shown below is also on sale..  it’s slightly down the list of pricing and worth checking out! Color is Matte.

Black Forest 3.0

2014 Whyte 401 Kid’s 26 Hardtail Bike

X 401

Whyte X-401 kids mtb 2014


401 price – £899

■ The Whyte X-401 mtb is actually the first Kid’s bike they have made. Driven by the passion for great bikes they decided to ditch the usual route of making a 24” wheel bike and instead they have created a 26er with a 13” frame. So now your son or daughter can keep up with you on your Whyte 29er.


■ SRAM’s X0 10-speed Grip Shift combined with a 1 by 10 drivetrain gives a totally up-to-date set up that helps reduce unnecessary weight. SRAM’s Type 2 rear derailleur keeps the chain under control and a chain guard keeps little fingers safe.


Whyte X-401 26 inch

Whyte’s first ever kids’ mountain bike, the X-401 26er, is built to the standards most have learned to expect from Whyte’s award winning adult trail bikes. This makes it probably the best children’s mountain bike they have ever had the pleasure to build.

  • Building the frame with 6061 Hydro Formed Multi Butted T6 Aluminium tubing informs you that Whyte have cut no corners to create their first children’s bike.
  • The SR fork is trail worthy.
  • The fork’s 100mm travel can be locked out when not required, for instance when riding on smooth roads.
  • The Whyte even comes fitted with Tektro HDC 330 hydraulic disc brakes, which deliver single-digit modulated braking – i.e. all it takes is a light squeeze of the lever with a single fingertip to apply each brake.
  • Whyte wouldn’t dream of using a lesser brake on one of their adult mountain bikes so why should kids have to make do with V-brakes?
  • Fitting standard 26 inch mountain bike wheels to a small 13 inch frame means the Whyte X 401 26er will fit a similar age group (9 to 13ish) as more commonly available 24 inch wheel mountain bikes.
  • The rider gets the extra speed and trail taming benefits of a bigger tire.
  • The tires themselves are top quality Continental King 26” x 2.2 inch folding tires.
  • Another benefit of 26 inch tires is that mom and dad might only need to take one size of inner tube when going out with a Whyte rider…..
  • You will be able to choose from a much wider range of 26″ tires when you need or want to replace them.
  • Specifying single-chainring gearing keeps the transmission simple.
  • SRAM’s gripshift twistshifter is easier for many youngsters to handle than trigger or thumb shifters.
  • The 33t SRAM chainset and the 11-36 cassette deliver an exceptionally wide range of 10 gears from the single chainring transmission.
‘Whyte X-401 26er 2014

Whyte X-401 kids mtb 2014


These frames bristle with UK design features, such as extra mud clearance for all-weather usability, forward facing seat slot to keep rear wheel spray out of the frame, continuous outers for improved cable life and crud-catcher mounts on the down tube to keep the grit out of your teeth. Whyte Custom-drawn Tubing Whether it’s titanium, aluminium or steel, every Whyte metal frame is built with custom drawn tubes. This means that Whyte goes to the expense of spec’ing a different tube set for each frame size. Apparently, it’s normal practice for bike companies to save money by using the same tube set for every size. This means that a butted tube set will have to be designed around the smallest frame size. Say the smallest frame size is 16”. When the tubes are cut to size, they will have a short thicker-walled section at each end as you would expect from butted tubes. When the same tube set is used to create a 21” frame a much larger proportion of the tube will be thick walled. That’s why large frames are often disproportionately heavier than they need be. Custom tubing is Whyte’s guarantee that the frame will be as light as possible in every size.


Whyte bikes originally made their name with their ‘UK-proof’ mountain bikes, expressly designed to be more rain and mud proof than the competition by featuring, for instance, lifetime guaranteed suspension bearings. In more recent years, Whyte have devoted as much attention to creating equally UK-proof hybrid bikes and road bikes – all disc brake-equipped. What sets Whyte Bikes apart? Whyte’s chief designer, Ian Alexander, replied ‘We see ourselves as a riders’ brand. When we give experienced cyclists a Whyte to try out, they almost always ‘get it’ immediately.’ Find out more reviews about Whyte bikes at their site. And more reviewing..

Spec highlights: SR Suntour Raidon 100mm travel fork with alloy steerer tube / SRAM X0 10 speed Grip Shift / SRAM X-7 Type 2 rear clutch derailleur


Weight 11.4Kg
Frame 6061 Hydro Formed T6 Aluminium, Custom Drawn and Multi Butted
Fork SR Raidon, 100mm Travel, Alloy Stanchions, Alloy Steerer, Adjustable Rebound, Hydro Lockout
Rear Shock N/A
Headset FSA No. 10 Caged Bearings
Rear Hub Alloy, Double Sealed Bearing Hub, 28 Hole
Front Hub Alloy, Double Sealed Bearing Hub, 28 Hole
Spokes WTB 15g, Black Stainless with Brass Nipples
Rims Whyte XC-20, 28 Hole
Tires Continental X-King Folding 26″ x 2.2″
Shift Levers SRAM X0 GripShift, 10 Speed
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur SRAM X-7, Type 2, 10 Speed
Cassette SRAM 1030, 11-36, 10 Speed
Chain SRAM PC3031, 10 Speed
Crankset SRAM Firex GXP, T33 Single With Chain Guard, 170mm Crank, 10 Speed
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP
Seatpost Whyte 20mm Offset, 27.2mm x 350mm, 6061 Alloy, 2 Bolt Clamp
Saddle Whyte Custom Kids
Bar Whyte Flat Kids Bar, 31.8mm, 580mm Wide
Stem Whyte Custom, 70mm -6 Deg
Grips Whyte Lock-On’s
Brakes Front Tektro HDC 330, 160mm rotor
Brakes Rear Tektro HDC 330, 160mm rotor
Brake Levers Tektro HDC 330 WDS, Adjustable Reach
Pedals VP Composite Kids



A.Head Angle 68.5°
B.Seat Angle 74.0°
C.Top Tube 563mm
D.BB Height 305mm
E.Stand Over 714mm
F.Wheel Base 1076mm
G.Chain Stay 425mm
H.Seat Post 30.9mm
I.Head Tube 100mm
J.Seat Tube 331mm