Initially developed for their Exploro aero gravel bike, 3T created their Sqaero tubing profile a bit differently. It was designed for improved aerodynamics at lower speeds and for use with wider tires. It also took water bottles in consideration, thinking of the real world performance in terms of aerodynamics. Now, 3T is launching a new fork with a similar focus on aerodynamics for wider rims, tires, and disc brakes. It also makes the move to emerging “standards” to stay compatible with the latest components…
Almost as if it’s sticking it’s leg out in some Elvis Presley inspired dance move, the 3T Fundi has a funky appearance from directly front or rear. This seems to be the result of profiling the legs for lower drag around the disc brake caliper and rotor area. It also provides a solid mounting point for the new flat mount disc brake tabs. Tire clearance is said to be 30mm with a 355mm axle to crown measurement and 346.5mm of vertical tire clearance. Built with a 43mm offset, the tapered steerer appears to have an integrated crown race for IS42/47 headsets.
Like a lot of disc road and gravel forks moving forward, the Fundi is equipped with a 12mm thru axle. 3T says a dedicated thru axle will be available in the future which will probably see the light of day when the fork becomes available around August. Front brake hose or cable routing is internal through the left fork leg, and weight is claimed to be 400g with a retail price of $575. No word if this will replace the fork on the Exploro – though it may suggest we’ll see an updated Exploro frame in the future with flat mount disc brake tabs as well. What is known is that the fork will be standard equipment on TRed’s steel disc road bike, the Aracnide Acciaio OOL. It will also find its way onto bikes from Sarto and others this Eurobike.
Looking for a high-performance carbon fiber fork for cross, gravel, and adventure bikes and supports 700c or 27.5″ wheels? 3T came out with it’s second-generation Luteus II which builds around its forerunner that’s been extensively proven in top-level cyclocross racing, and is now fitted with a stiffer 15mm thru-axle.
The left blade is reinforced around the brake mount posts to counteract torsional braking forces even from 180mm diameter disc-brake calipers. While the Luteus II gets a tapered 1.1/8″ — 1.5” steerer provides ultimate strength and stable, accurate steering in even the most challenging terrain. And it has clearance for 700c gravel/cross tires up to 44mm width, or 27.5″ mountain bike tires up to a 2.1” width.
Luteus Team Stealth Pricing is £424.99 RRP £449.99 SAVE 6%.
Borrowing ever more from their motorsports division, the all-new BOS Deville gets a ton of new internal tech to handle the ups and downs of enduro racing, a new crown to make it stiffer, and optimized lowers to shave grams and, more importantly, make it stiffer.
The fork will offer external high and low speed compression and low speed rebound, but there’s a lot more adjustment available. A third lever up top creates platform, and air volume (but not what you expect) can be adjusted with spacers…
On top of the fork you’ll find three knobs. The silver one handles low speed compression, which is what you find on most forks these days. It works by compressing the spring that pushes a needle into the low speed flow orifice. More spring compression means it’s harder for oil flow to push the needle out of the way, which adds more damping to the system for slower low speed compression under normal ebbs and flows of rolling along. It also reduces sensitivity to the little stuff. Or open it up to make it react faster and feel more sensitive.
The black one under it handles high speed compression and works by raising or lowering the end position that the low speed needle can push back to. Lower the stop point and it can’t open as far under a big hit because oil flow is more limited, so the fork will feel harsher on big hits. Raise it and it lets the needle push back farther to open the port wider, softening the blow. There’s also a non-adjustable high speed compression shim stack in the system.
These two work in conjunction with a Frequency Control Valve (FCV) to inhibit rider-induced motion. Essentially, the FCV Mass appears to be an inertia-based piece that’s kept covering a flow port under soft movements (like those you’d place on the fork when standing to pedal), but then opens as soon as the lowers start moving from an impact. Sounds similar to the Brass Mass Fox used to have, but it’s located much higher up in the damping system here.
Lastly, there’s the Rapid Platform Adjustment Barrel, which is controlled by the red lever under the LSC/HSC knobs. This one opens or closes a port behind the compression needle, essentially blocking most of the oil flow and making the fork drastically firmer. Not fully locked, but very firm.
On the bottom is the low speed rebound adjustment knob, which works by moving a needle in or out of the return port…pretty much standard operation.
A few other things make this fork different than before…and different than most of what’s out there. First, there’s two methods of bottom out control – a hydraulic rebound stop that drastically slows the fork through the last 15mm of travel and helps provide mid-stroke support; and a foam bump stop using a special material that they say virtually eliminates any feeling of bottom out.
Second, it uses a pressurized damping cartridge that relies on a spring-backed piston to maintain oil pressure inside the system. SR Suntour has something similar in their Durolux R2C2 PCS cartridge, and it uses the spring in lieu of a fully sealed bladder system or nitrogen backed IFP like what’s typically found on rear shocks. And BOS’ system can be fully bled with minimal effort.
Third, there are negative air spring spacers. There’s been a lot of attention paid to increasing the size of the negative air spring in forks lately (Fox and Rockshox both announced such things just before Sea Otter), but this is the first time we’ve seen volume spacers for the negative air chamber. BOS offers three different spacer sizes, letting you fine tune the first third of travel without affecting the mid- and end-stroke like a positive air chamber spacer would. It’s a clever way of adding user-friendly tuning. To balance the air pressure between positive and negative, they’ve moved the check valve to the “zero” spot, so both chambers equalize when the fork is under no compression…you know, like when it’s leaning against your bike rack and you’re pumping it up. No more cycling it through its range to get the pressures set correctly.
The 27.5″ fork will come with 110mm Boost axles only, gets 35mm stanchions, and has travel options of 150mm, 160mm and 170mm. Should be available early summer.
Magura has a new inverted suspension design. But don’t get too excited just yet – this Magura Fork isn’t meant for most mountain bikes. No, instead you’ll see the new Magura Boltron gracing the front of mountain bikes that also include a battery. While other suspension companies have been adding more material and stronger steerers to compensate for the increased stress they exert on the front end of the ride, the Boltron is an entirely new beast for sure.
The eMTB is partnered with WP Performance Systems, Magura claims WP’s USD technology has been proven on the moto side, which is a natural fit with the performance of modern e-bikes.
To make the Boltron specific, it’s simply built with a higher degree of strength and stiffness, with less emphasis on weight. Not only are they heavier, but in many cases they can be faster as well which is harder on the components, especially under braking. Along with the stiffer 35mm chassis, apparently different bushings are used to increase overall stiffness. Following that rationale, the Boltron uses a 20 x 110mm thru axle with their trademark T25 tool stashed inside.
The Boltron eMTB steerer tube is a standard tapered model measuring 1.5″ to 1.125″. While the Boltron will also be offered in 120 and 150mm sizes, both meant for 29″ or 27.5+ wheels. Inside you’ll find internally adjustable compression damping with externally adjustable rebound damping as well as an air spring with automatic negative spring balancing. Given the need for improved braking performance on these rides, the post mount brakes will accept 180mm rotors at a minimum.
We should have more on the Boltron Fork and what would happen if you put it on a regular MTB after Eurobike.
The brand new RXF 36 builds on Öhlins known TTX technology, made for 29, 650b+/27.5 and some 650b frames this fork covers a broad range of different bikes.
The Öhlins RXF 34 from last year was a huge success, it was the fork that revolutionized mountain biking, so now it is time to go even stiffer and wider. Öhlins is now releasing the bigger brother, RXF 36, building on the same technology as the RXF 34, implementing TTX technology in the front fork. The RXF 36 is cross-compatible between Boost 29” and 650b+, as well as some 650b frames. Expanding the capabilities of the modern trail bike, adding even more traction and stability without adding unnecessary weight.
Available in 120mm, 140mm, 150mm, and 160mm travel, the RXF 36 covers the lot. The fork features a twin tube design, enabling parallel and separated oil flow to ensure optimal pressure at all times. Controlling the pressure levels ensures initial smoothness and staying high in travel with maintained bump absorption, traction and stability. Low and high speed compression are externally adjustable. The unique forged uni crown enhances stiffness and stability while reducing chassis flex.
Why boost? With the wider hub flange, and the stronger spoke-bracing angle, the stiffness and stability of the wheel is massively enhanced, at a tiny RXF weight penalty, resulting in more effective and more precise bike handling.
The 2016 Fox 32 Float 120 Factory 29 series is witin Fox’s lightest fork offering and is designed for those who want to dominate the XC circuit. 2014 World Champions Julien Absalom and Catherine Pendrel continue to choose these Fox forks for their racing endeavors. The Float’s low weight and lockout allow for very efficient climbing and the new Fit4 Factory damper handles and adapts to the floating trail conditions. Settings give the Float user the options of an Open, Medium, or Firm platform along with 22 clicks of low speed compression adjustment. The Float Air spring has been updated to be lighter and given the ability to react with more sensitivity, giving the rider a superior ride and outstanding control. Just like the Float rear shocks, this fork has a positive and negative spring that equalize automatically and can be fine-tuned with volume spacers for that ultimate, dialed-in feel.
See more info on the Fox 32 Float 120 Factory reviews, pricing, for sale info and more at Jensonusa.com
The super fun DVO packs all the high punch of a DH model, but giving you a reasonable 130-160mm travel for trail bike manners. The team of Diamond engineers also upted the ante with bigger 35mm stanchion tubes. The DVO Diamond also features the Industries First Compresssion Bladder Cartridge, along with DYNAMIC TUNABILITY. Also featured is a TOP ADJUSTABLE NEGATIVE SPRING, to make the Diamond the ULTIMATE TRAIL setup out there.
EXPERIENCE THE DIAMOND AND FOREVER ELEVATE YOUR EXPECATIONS OF WHAT A TRAIL BIKE IS CAPABLE OF. To see more Diamond Review info and more, check out the Jensonusa.comwebsite, for purchase info as well!
130-160mm DVO adjustable travel via internal fork spacers. Video and Text instructions available
The Enve team are amazing at keeping things simple. Which lends to the highly sought after Enve easthetic. So it’s safe to say the ENVE MTB was designed to be the best tool to do the job.
Knowing that sometimes the best tool for the job is the simplest one, the MTB C employs their renowned composite construction and combines them with clever MTN features like an interchangeable fender, disc hose retention clips, and an adjustable rake via an axle flip chip. This gives the MTB rider options to fine tune the rake for the particular frame. Their carbon makeup is laden with high end strength and stiffness that gobbles up the rough, while providing some of the lowest weights achieved. The fork is perfect for converting any 29er hardtail into a rigid rig for dominating the short track or an all-road fun machine, all while lightening things up a bit. Stiff, strong, slim, simple; the four S’s that sum up the setup.
To see more MTB Review info and more, check out the Jensonusa.com website, for purchase info as well!
Wheel size: MTN 2niner
Scale: 711g w/fender, 686g w/clasps
Rake: Adjustable between 44 and 52 with included reversible axle inserts
Axle to crown: Adjustable 470mm (44 rake), 472mm (52 rake)
Ritchey has a strong following from a consistant brand, that has always been tried and true! And the WCS models are well known within the cycling industry for creating luxury Ritchey components that are both fully functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. And this Ritchey WCS mountain setup follows suit.
WCS series of components are there to provide comfort, be prepaired for precision steering, and reliable performance in any terrain. To achieve this durability, they started with one- piece monocoque construction with full carbon drop outs. Also this WCS setup has been suspension corrected based on a 100mm suspension model. Rigid forks require much less maintanence than suspension. Get on the trail faster, for longer.
To see more WCS Review info and more, check out the Jensonusa.com website, for purchase info as well!
Before now RockShox’s flagship enduro model topped out at either 27.5″+ or regular wagon wheels. But now Rockshox have added another 2016 option for those looking for even bigger rubber. The new Rockshox Pike will be available in the top of the line model shown here, and also in the Pike RC and even their more affordable Yari RC. That means all three Pike models levels come in both 27+ and the combined 29-plus versions. Check out details and availability below.
While the Pike’s have been available with standard 100mm spacing for 26″ & 27.5″ wheels, these new versions are now Boost only with 110mm spacing, all with 15mm Maxle thru-axles. The new bigger 29+ gets bigger flexibility than the smaller wheeled forks and can be set for 120/130/140/150/160mm travel.
The Yari offers the look, 35mm uppers, and proven tech of the Pike, just with less adjustability and standard alloy lowers to keep the price down. And now it adds the same Boost option for fat tire trail riders.
Availability for the Pike & Yari is essentially said to be within the next month, as they are making their way now through distribution channels. Pricing for the premier RCT3 should be $1110/1160€, with no more details yet on the Yari at the moment.
One interesting new entry is the 32 SC (Step Cast) suspension fork.
Fox aimed it at the XC racer, but they took several approachs to shaving weight. As the 2017 Fox 32 employs both a narrower crown and stepped lowers. The Fox internals have been reworked to save weight, too, which all comes together in a fork that hits 1,379g (3.04lb) on the scales for a Boost 29er version.
To compare, a 2016 Factory 32 hits the scales around 1,734g (3.82lb), so you’re saving more than 3/4 of a pound! Claimed weights for the 27.5″ are 1,355g (2.98lb) and 29er is 1,360g (2.99lb), both with 165mm steerer, star nut and Kabolt axle. While the 32 only comes with 100mm travel, and only with a tapered steerer, but you’ll get several cartridge options for controlling compression damping.
The new 32 will be available in both 27.5″ and 29er sizes, with Boost 110mm and standard 100mm axle spacing options for both. But, both Boost and standard use the same 120mm crown spacing. While the lowers get two different shapes, one to accommodate Boost’s 110mm axle spacing, and one to fit the standard 100mm axle. The stepped design on the 32, which is simply the indent that you see at the bottom, creates clearance for the spokes and disc brake rotor, which is why they could make the crown narrower.
The 32 will come to your door with a tooled Kabolt thru axle, which saves about 40g off their standard thru axle with lever.
With a smaller air chamber, they claim the spring curve for the new SC is the same as the standard 32. The damping cartridge also gets a few updates to save weight and improve performance. Compared to the 2015 unit, this newer 2016 cartridge uses a larger RC2 10mm shaft diameter to move more oil, it gets a new machined aluminum piston, intricate material removal and consolidation of parts to make it lighter.
While the compression circuit’s valving has been tuned specifically for this version, giving it a lighter compression damping at mid and high speeds, but preserving the active low speed compression of their standard 32.
Extensive shaping and material removal around the dropouts and throughout the lowers leaves even more weight on the casting room floor.
Also new, you get three color options to from in orange, black and white, all will be available this upcoming May 2016.
Also the max rotor size will be 180mm for 27.5″ and a bigger 203mm for 29er. Rake is 44mm on 27.5″, and 29ers get a choice of 44m or 51mm.
SR Suntour RUX Downhill & Durolux R2C2 PCS Enduro Forks are here
images courtesy of SR Suntour. photo by: Paul Humbert
To develop higher performance forks in the gravity arena, SR Suntour engineers came up with the all-new R2C2 Piston Compensator System. They first released details of the new Durolux enduro model last fall. And now the tech is ready to hit the market, as Suntour released info, pricing, and full details on the Rux downhill version that is now available for dropping in. Plus some cool riding and cartridge movement in a video below.
Suntour has stated they wanted to deliver a sensitive ride, but make the package extremely durable so it would stand up to the extreme abuse of gravity riding and the racing world.
To define what the R2C2 cartridge is and what Suntour developed on. It’s basically a dual-adjust Rebound, dual-adjust Compression cartridge. Giving the rider the ability to adjust both high and low speed damping and rebound, which means you have a fork that can be easily adjusted for any type of riding and lets it eat up the bumps no matter how fast they come or how big they are.
The Piston Compensator System (PCS) separates oil and air in the damping cartridge to prevent either the formation of vacuum or bubbles. The result then is constant and reliable damping, while still letting the cartridge use its full potential and range of travel.
With durability high on Suntour’s radar, the new PCS cartridge was engineered to be especially robust. At the same time regular service and proper maintenance are what make suspension components last long and perform like new, the PCS system was kept simple so it can be easily and quickly broken down, serviced, and put back to work.
Available now and rated for enduro, the new 36mm stanchion Durolux PCS is 27.5″ only, and comes in fixed travel version at 160, 170 & 180mm, or a 140-180mm travel adjust option. While the 26″ versions are still available in the older RC2 cartridge. The fixed travel version sells for 700€, while the travel adjust bumps it up to 750€. The 20x110mm Q-loc axle, 180mm post mount also comes with an integrated and removable fender.
And for the Rux R2C2 PCS with 38mm stanchions, they have rated for proper downhill and big mountain descending. It’s also 27.5″ only now with 26″ also relegated for the old RC2 cartridge. It hits with 200mm of travel, a bolt on 20mm axle, and retails for 1330€.
actual weight: 4lb 10oz, 2140g for the uncut version
Front travel options: 120mm /140mm /160mm travel
Mountain bike suspension has always been cause for excitement, and once again the meter get’s a rev by none other than Öhlins Suspension. Yes Öhlins just unveiled the RXF 34, all thanks to their partnership with Specialized, in which they are now offering both the front and rear suspension options for bikes.
The Öhlins RXF 36 was also co-developed for the Specialized Stumpjumper, Camber and Enduro models. All being in the trail/AM 29er category which demand lower weight and high performance.
The fork is available here in the 120mm, 140mm and 160mm versions, it also features a twin tube design and implements the Öhlins TTX technology to the front end of the bike. The twin tube design enables parallel and seperated oil flow so the fork provides optimal pressure at all times. Controlling the pressure levels ensures initial smoothness and staying high in travel with maintained bump absorption, traction and stability.
Low and high speed compression on both the RXF 36 and the RXF 34 are externally adjustable and fully independent. Contrary to most of the forks currently available on the market, the shape of the spring force on the RXF can be adjusted, such as increasing sensitivity without bottoming out. Everything is brought together by a unique forged uni crown for high stiffness and the highest tire control with less chassis flex. It all means it is a RXF 34mm setup that is more rigid than 35mm forks and makes it comparable with a standard 36mm fork.
The RXF 34 is also only available at the moment with a 15x100mm thru axle. Even with the non-Boost spacing, they were able to create one of the stiffest forks on the market with loads of tire clearance – the arch is wide enough to possibly work for 27+ wheels and smaller plus tires as well. Air settings for the RXF 34 are provided for rider weights up to 265 lb(120kg).
// Build Specs: 2016
15mm through axle
TTX Damping technology.
Low friction seals and bushings
High and low speed external compression adjustment, with External rebound adjustment
It may seem like plus size bikes are just now springing up overnight, but for the new Manitou Magnum the project has been in the works for the past 18 months. Billed as the first purpose built suspension fork for plus size tires, Manitou wanted to be sure that the end product performed just as well if not better than any of their other options. In order to prove that bigger is indeed better, Manitou designed the fork from the ground up, rather than just stretching a 29er fork to fit.
At this point the inclusion of Boost sizing for the axle spacing should come as no surprise and as expected the Magnum touts all of the benefits we’ve heard to this point. Wider spacing results in wider hub flanges and improved spoke bracing angles for a stronger and stiffer front wheel. The added room also boosts tire clearance allowing for a 3.4″ tire in both a dedicated 27.5 and 29″ chassis. Unlike the Rockshox Bluto which started with 32mm stanchions, the Magnum goes with 34mm tubes hinting towards the aggressive nature of the fork.
Plus sized wheels and tires have been gaining momentum, but now with a proper suspension fork it’s expected for them to really gain some traction.
The plus size category has been growing for quite some time but without a dedicated suspension fork, but all that’s in the history books. Sold in both 27.5 and 29″ chassis, each fork uses a specific offset with 48 and 51mm respectively. Substantially different than the original fork by the same Magnum name, the 2016 forks are stuffed with all of their latest technologies. On the outside the reverse arch lowers and new 15x110mm Hemlock QR15 axle provide the stiffness for the bottom end while the hollow crown, tapered steerer, and 34mm tapered 7050 aluminum stanchions stiffen up the rest. Bigger wheels need bigger brakes so the Magnum fork is built with 180mm post mounts.
Starting with the air spring, the Magnum borrows from the Dorado but with an air volume optimized for the plus sized tires. One of the biggest challenges to designing a fork for plus sized tires is the fact that the input forces from impacts are lessened by the high volume tires. That’s a good thing for the rider, but it makes the suspension slow to react. Through tuning of the Dorado air cartridge which uses a single valve to fill both the positive and negative air chambers, the fork offers a balanced spring which makes it really responsive off the top.
Other challenges are faced with the additional unsprung weight of the bigger wheels and tires which can make damping the stroke of the fork difficult. Manitou approached the issue with D.O.S. or dynamic overstroke which prevents the extra mass from causing the fork to top out excessively or dwell at full compression by actually allowing the lowers to compress into negative travel and then settle back to the original position.
Rebound and compression damping makes use of the MC² damper with HBO which is extremely adjustable. Packed with IPA platform adjust, high and low speed compression adjust and TPC rebound damping, the entire system is modified to work with the bigger wheels and tires. Inside the damping cartridge, the oil is under pressure at all times and it is pushed through the system rather than pulled. According to Manitou that prevents the oil from cavitating which is responsible for the break down in damping performance thanks to the air bubbles in the fluid. Additionally, the move to a 15mm rebound cartridge results in a 100g weight savings. The compression cartridge is kept the same size so that the larger volume of oil is less susceptible to changes from environmental factors.
The Magnum also pulls the Hydraulic Bottom Out feature from the Dorado which offers 6 positions of externally adjustable bottom out resistance. Physical bottom out bumpers on both sides of the fork are added protection against huge hits in the last 5-7mm of travel. On the air side, the fork’s air volume can be adjusted with the Incremental Volume Adjust cap. Instead of using caps that thread together like the RockShox Bottomless Tokens, the IVA uses a piston mounted to a short rod that can be moved up or down by rearranging the spacers. Moving the piston up or down changes the position of the o-ring and increased of decreases the air volume of the fork.
On the review scale at Sea Otter Classic, the 27.5″ model with all the travel spacers installed came in at 2,030g.
As an aftermarket product, the fork will only be offered in the $900 Pro. However you will be seeing a lot of the OEM only Magnum Comp on bikes like the Specialized Fuse, Rocky Mountain Sherpa, Trek Stache, Airborne Griffin, and many of the other plus sized bikes on the way. The Comp model lowers the price with an ISO air spring, and ABS+ and TPC damping.
If you want to go Plus, you’ll need new wheels to do it so Manitou’s sibling Sun Ringle has stepped up with new hubs, rims, and complete wheelsets. After adding 15×110 and 12×148 Boost compatible hubs to the SRC line, Sun Ringle will have an option for nearly every modern axle width. The Boost hubs combine a redesigned flange geometry with an oversized rear axle to build a hub that will contribute to a super stiff wheel build.
Inside, sealed cartridge bearings are meant to withstand sloppy conditions and a special winter weight free hub body lube is added to keep the 3 pawl springs (1o degrees of engagement) from seizing up in the cold. The six bolt hubs are listed at 515g per pair and retail for $75 and $135 front and rear and in Shimano or XD free hub bodies. With the exception of complete wheels, all of the new product is in stock and ready to ship.
You’ve seen the MuleFut 80, now Sun Ringle is adding the MuleFut 50 SL. The pinned, 6061 aluminum rim is a single wall extrusion but adds box section reinforcements at the sidewall for stiffness. Measuring 44.4mm internal, 50m external, and 13.8mm tall, the 50 SL rims are tubeless compatible with the STR system (Sun Ringle Tubeless Ready). Designed with the same bead humps in the fat bike rim, the plus rim is optimized for tubeless use at low pressures and is actually ETRTO tubeless compliant. The STR kit will include a nylon inner rim strip, tubeless tape, valves, and eventually their own sealant for a complete tubeless system.
Sold in 27.5 or 29″ diameters, the MuleFut 50 SL rims will also be a part of the complete wheels with matching SRC hubs. Laced 3x with 32 WheelSmith DB spokes and brass nipples per wheel, weights are given at 1090/1210g for the 29″ and 1050/1170g for 27.5. Front wheels will be priced at $204, rear wheels at $360, and individual rims will sell for $140.
It may not be the new Bluto based on a 34mm Pike chassis you were hoping for, but RockShox has a number of smaller additions that are sure to make a number of riders excited. Starting with the Monarch RT3, RockShox’ popular air shock receives a number of internal improvements to make the ride even better. Meant to give the shock more control, adjustment range, and better traction and lockout feel, RT3s will see a new compression piston, poppet valve, and rebound circuit. Thanks to the new piston, compression forces are lessened at high speeds allowing better control over the oil flow. Rebound is improved as well with an additional shaft port for the beginning of the stroke and a dual taper rebound needle which again increases the oil flow for more adjustment over a wider range. The new poppet valve includes an o-ring and riveted shims which makes a better seal and results in a more positive feeling lockout.
Available in May in all standard Monarch RT3 sizes and air cans, the new RT3 design is just one of a number of new additions…
At first glance we thought this might have been a replacement remote for the Reverb to compete with the recently introduced remote from Novyparts, but it turns out the new OneLoc is a replacement for the PushLoc remote and is designed to integrate cleanly with the Reverb remote and Gripshifts. Available in right/left and above/below mounting options with tall or standard clamps, the OneLoc provides more leverage than the PushLoc and uses separate levers to lock or unlock your suspension fork. Suspension forks will ship with a right/above remote which doubles as the left/below version as well.
The OneLoc joins the PopLoc and XLoc remotes to cover the spectrum of RockShox remote lockout products.
Find the Maxle Lite too heavy and bulky for your liking? Make it disappear with the new Maxle Stealth. Offered in 15×100, 15×110, and 15×150 sizes, the standard size comes in at 37g which is nearly half that of the Maxle Lite. Featuring simple installation/removal with a 6mm allen wrench, Maxle Stealths will be available as upgrades for SID, Reba, Revelation, Bluto, and Pike.
Last but certainly not least, the RS-1 is getting a new coat of paint. It’s also dropping in size to include a new option for 27.5″ wheels. Bringing all of the RS-1 technology to the middle weight wheel class, the new version is a dedicated 27.5″ version that includes a 42mm offset and 100 or 120mm travel options. Saving just 20g off the weight of the 29″ version, the 27.5″ inverted fork has identical specs other than the offset numbers.
Both 27.5″ and 29″ versions get a new Gloss White color option with red/black or grey decals. Available in June.
All versions for the RS1: USA, $1,865 GBP: 1,492 Euro: 1,946
Arguably Rockshox has created the most famous fork in cross-country racing, the 100mm-travel SID with MaxleLite15, at only 3lbs, is almost an unfair advantage. However, a light suspension fork is no good unless it is also stiff. Rockshox delivers a sturdy fork by utilizing an integrated tapered carbon fiber steerer tube, 15mm thru-axle, and Power Bulge. Power Bulge for the Sid design bulks up the interior bushing, instead of simply adding weight and size to the stanchions, like some of the other manufactures do.
Rockshox’s Solo Air™ technology also makes fork set up simple and easy. Dial in the right feel and with only one valve. One valve simultaneously fills the positive and negative spring chambers. Keeping them in perfect balance. On the damping side, Rockshox puts the XX DNA Motion Control damper system to work. It allows the fork to be sensitive to smaller chatter while on the trail, but also be able to soak up the big hits as needed.
Product Specs: Rockshox Sid World Cup 29
MotionControl DNA XLoc remote right Carbon steerer Sid 32mm Black upper tubes with low friction anodized finish New Mid-valve low and high speed compression damping Rapid Recovery tuned rebound New seals – better sealing, better friction, better looking Sid than ever before!
Axle to Crown Length (mm): 506 mm Brake Style: Disc Mac Rotor Size: Color: Black with Niner Green Crown Race: 39.7 Fork Rake (mm): 46 mm Front Axle Type: Maxle Lite 15mm Thru Front Hub Spacing (mm): 100 mm Lockout: Handlebar Remote S.H.I.S. Stem Clamp Diameter: 28.6 Spring: Solo Air Steerer Type: Carbon Tapered Sid specific. Travel (mm): 100 mm Weight (g): 1485 g
Matching embossed Sid color is not only for the Niner brand of bikes out there, it’s also the perfect compliment to that all black setup.
Sale Price for the Fork with free shipping is $1189.00, now $799.00 while supplies last!
Designed to match the Borealis Echo trail/fat bike, the fork has specific dimensions that match the Rockshox Bluto that the frame was designed around.
While weighing a mere 640 grams, and exceeding the Borealis strength standards, the setup seems to be the first model on the market that matches the Rockshox Bluto’s hub width and axle-to-crown length, as we thought would happen soon. This means it will work for a whole lot more bikes than just the Echo, being an easy swap in for bikes that were designed around the Bluto, or already have one installed. Using 150mm spacing and a Rockshox Maxle means there will be no end cap switching, it will plug right in for rigid use on these bikes.
The owner Adam Miller, of Borealis has sent out a press release stating, “Fat bikes are all about versatility, and are used in so many different terrains by riders of all types. My goal is to create products that allow people to ride their fat bikes wherever and however they want. Many riders love their Bluto suspension setup, but many also want a lightweight rigid option as well.”
The Echo Fork is shipping now for $499, and is available with blue or silver graphics. Axle to crown length is 490mm, which is the equivalent of a 100mm travel Bluto at sag, and offset is 51mm. You can see the fork installed on the infamous Fixie Dave’s personal bike….
As the first entry beyond bicycle brakes, the TRP thru axle fork, now gives you a great choice. Because as of late there’s not many options to be had, with the exception of the Whisky No. 9 fork, there are very few ways to upgrade the front end of your bike to run carbon and a 15mm axle.
While the additional availability will be nice, TRP also points out it should be lighter than most of the competition with a total claimed weight of 450g. That weight of course is for the 15mm thru axle version – though TRP is also working on a 12mm thru axle option. That little detail is crucial – much like TRP was on the leading edge for the implementation of road and cyclocross disc brakes, the company feels that 12mm thru axles will soon become the standard for road and cross bikes. Eventually they will be offered in both standards, but for now 15mm will be the only option since it is the current standard.
Along with offering more options for the consumer, they also took fork design as an opportunity to better learn the relationship between disc brakes and what their mounted to. Being able to study the interaction between the two and make changes has given them the ability to advance their other products with studying fork dynamics.
They have pointed out the graphics on the fork shown in the picture will change, but all of the features should remain as shown. Using a DT Swiss RWS thru axle system, the forks will have clearance for a 40mm tire. Due to the built in 160mm post mount brake fitting, 140mm rotors will not be applicable for the front.
The brake hose or housing will be routed through the fork leg internally, with an optimized path that ends up right at the caliper. By the numbers, the fork has a 350mm 1.5″ tapered steerer, 397mm Axle to Crown measurement, and a 47mm offset. They will be aiming to have the carbon setup available for sale by mid-February with price TBD.
After taking a several year hiatus, the updated PIKE RCT3 returns to the RS lineup, this time around though, it’s the ultimate in trail forks. Your trail could be a silky smooth ribbon of singletrack, or a rock-infested goat trail in the Alps. Either way, they have thankfully prepared a PIKE version for you.
As RockShox didn’t want to leave anyone out. In doing so they have all wheel sizes available, with three different options of 26”, 27.5” and 29” options, and 160mm and 150mm travel models, plus a 130mm version for the 29” platform shown above. Additionally the RCT3 damper is available in either Dual Position Air or a Solo Air version to complete the offering.
For info on the Danny Macaskill video shown above.. He’s a Scottish trials cyclist with a serious flair for extreme mountain biking to say the least, and was sporting the Pike on his sweet-ass-Santa-Cruz bike during the incredible breathtaking footage. “The Ridge,” by Macaskill’s Cut Media, is a brand new film featuring this Scottish daredevil as he hops on his Pike equipped mountain bike and returns to the Isle of Skye, Scotland – his native home. Watch as he takes on the death-defying Cuillin Ridgeline.
Specifications for Pike RCT3 Travel: 26”/27.5” – 150mm, 160mm; 29” – 150mm, 140mm, and 130mm Weight: 26” – 1835g (4.05 lb), 27.5” – 1861g (4.10 lb), 29” – 1876g (4.14 lb) Available Springs: Dual Position Air, Solo Air Adjustments: External rebound, low speed compression, 3-position compression (Open/Pedal/Lock) Steerer Options: Tapered Aluminum Crown: Forged, hollow 7075 Aluminum Lowers: Magnesium, disc only Maximum Rotor Size 200mm Color Options: Pike Black, White AXLE: Maxle Lite 15mm, the Pike Scale measurement is based on a 265mm tapered aluminum steerer.
Not well known yet, but the Italian bicycle brake gurus at Formula have also been producing wheels since back in 2010. And new to that line up this year are the Formula AM and XC HyperLights will bring the weight down by employing their carbon rims so you can reach hyper-speeds on the singletrack. The 2015 Hyperlights will be available in both AM 27.5 and XC 29 configurations, the wheels bring wider rims to Formula’s wheel line along with several new axle configurations.
Also the Formula ThirtyFive and ThirtyThree forks were released at the Interbike show as well, shown at the bottom of the article..
The new Hyperlight setups carry on the Volo naming structure (which means flight in Italian), the rims are constructed from 12k UD carbon with a tubeless ready bead hook. The measuring specs include 22/28.8mm for the cross country HyperLights while the all-mountain Hyperlight model is 24/30.8mm, they are both held together with 24 straight pull double butted spokes in a 2x pattern with self locking alloy nipples.
The Hyperlight 29″ model utilizes either a QR9 / 15mm thru-axle for the front, while the rear is compatible with either standard 135QR / 142 TA. And spinning on cartridge, needle bearing hubs, the Shimano or SRAM XD freehub bodies provide a secure 4-pawl/60 point engagement.
Fans of the 20mm axle will be happy to see that the all-mountain HyperLights provide 15/20mm TA front compatibility and 135QR/142TA rear, along with a weight of 1,574g for the 27.5, and 1,421 grams for the 29, these wheels are competitive with many of the wider carbon options on the market.
2015 ThirtyFive And ThirtyThree Forks
As one of the first forks to be seen with Formula here in the U.S., the Santa Cruz above is rocking the new custom graphics for the ThirtyFive fork. Available for either the ThirtyThree or the ThirtyFive, custom graphics will be sold through them though pricing has yet to be determined.
Other touches that received attention was a piston bore headset cap, as a great detail.. Enjoy!
After keeping everyone wondering mercilessly for weeks with only a partial image of the fork, alongside the fantastic while scenic lifestyle videos, with all too brief slow-mo closeups of the fork in action – the new Rockshox RS-1 is finally here to lust after.
See what’s inside, along with how it works, and how many body parts will you need to sacrifice?
There’s a lot to cover here, so let’s start with the basics. The 2015 inverted design was built specifically for 29er bikes, although you could probably squeeze a 27.5″ wheel within the arches, it’s assumed the fork trail would be off just slightly until SRAM develops a set of dropouts that employ a more middle wheel size friendly offset. The company is currently offering the fork with two different offsets, so there is still hope. That said, this Rockshox fork was intended to help win World Cup XC races, where most of the field are aboard the 29er platform.
The setup will be available in three different travel sizes (which are reflective of it’s XC pedigree) – 80, 100, and 120mm, and will have 32mm stanchions sliding aboard it’s tapered carbon steer tube. The Claimed weight is 1,666 grams (0r 3.67 lbs).
Not only is this setup light, but Rockshox claims it’s stiffer than anything else available on the market for 29ers. To achieve this stiffer chassis with an upside down travel design, the engineering team had to think outside of the box. Their solution is called predictive steering and features a stock 15mm Maxle Ultimate paired with an oversized solid axle dubbed the Torque Tube. When the 27mm tube is clamped down into the dropout, it acts as a structural part of the fork and helps maximize stiffness. Because the system only ads extra material around the hub/axle/dropout, the overall weight gain is minimal. The hub will be available and priced as a stand alone product, or bundled with the new SRAM Rise XX, Rise 60 -29″, and Roam 50 – 29″.
Part of the journey during 2014 RS1 product development was identifying and understanding the consumer needs, so the internals and chassis have been rethought to offer XC riders the maximum amount of comfort and efficiency. In the past, Rockshox noted that many racers would run their suspension with the maximum amount of compression, in order to increase pedaling performance, which sacrificed small bump sensitivity and ride quality.To negotiate these two opposing forces, the technology behind the popular new sealed cartridge bladder found in the Pike – called the Charge damper, was reworked for XC racing. This newest accelerator damper completely separates the air from oil to provide consistent damping using an independent floating piston, which allows them to create the highest lock out force of any Rockshox product.
In order to further tune your ride, Rockshox has also released a 32mm version of the 35mm bottomless tokens found in their Pike model.
The tokens are easily installed by unscrewing the air spring and threading the spacer onto the bottom of the air cap. Each will make the spring rate more progressive and you can run up to three tokens.
The pricing will be $1,865 (or € 1,658) and available here, for purchase.
The Fox Racing Shox company was formerly known as one of the early mtb component manufactures to quickly respond to the new 650b wheel size release in the mountain bike industry with their new 34 Float CTD FIT front suspension fork. This newest suspension model has a real 160mm of buttery smooth travel that is also adjustable down to 140mm, for making the navigation on steep terrain a whole lot easier. This mtb version also utilizes air for the spring to keep the overall weight of the model down. The suspension engineers have reported that the Float’s 34mm stanchion tubes ended up being around 20% stiffer than what are currently on their 32mm diameter version. But yet the actual weight ended up nearly a half pound less than their Float 36 millimeter stanchion tube setup.
They have also reworked the rest of the Float lineup in 2014 as well to reduce the breakaway force while in climb mode. They also upgraded the rest of the models by setting them up with longer negative springs, along with a reduction to the compression chamber to give them a bit more linear feel.
The highly anticipated Fox 34 Float suspension fork for the 27.5 mountain bike crowd takes on all of their most current technology that includes a FIT cartridge, stanchions that are Kashima coated, an adjustable trail setting along with newest CTD Technology to rock the trail on. Have Fun..!
160mm model with 15QR thru axle 4.38 lb / 1.99 kg (with 1.5″ tapered steer tube)
4.7 inches or (120)
6.3 inches or (160mm)
1.5 tapered alloy
Recommended MTB Use
All-mountain and Trail
CTD (3 different positions)
Trail adjust tuning range
Air spring pressure
TALAS Model two position travel adjustment
Lower Leg Design
15mm thru-axle, with a post style disc brake mount
One Color Available
Pricing is stated at $990.00
“Have fun riding with friends railing new trails on Saturdays and Sundays…. Enjoy!”
Fox designed the newest 34 Talas 160 and 140 Fit Forks with several improvements over the prior year models, they designed new SKF seals to compliment the forks’ already super slick Kashima coating. This model in particular also utilizes their world cup proven Linear Air Spring that has adjustable travel, which means the preload setting stays the same regardless if you have it set at 160mm or lowered to 120mm. What’s new as well for 2014 are the in between size upper stanchion tubes that were solely developed to have less lateral flex than their 32mm model. Thus making for sweet traction by cornering solid, braking harder and overall better tracking with the bigger 650b wheel size. They have also reworked the damping as well by applying their CTD compression damper to aid with putting the 34 Talas through its paces and getting every ounce of suspension travel out of it.
Their definition for CTD is a break down of three separate riding modes, being (Climb-Trail-Descend). This technology replaced last years RLC model that used an adjustable low speed compression lever and the integrated high speed compression that was pre set at the factory. The new Talas CTD now has five compression settings that were pre-set, the Climb, three different Trail settings, along with the plush Descend model.
The Talas also comes available with different travel modes either the full travel of 160mm or is adjustable down to 120mm travel which will make it way easier to climb steeper climbs without the front of the mountain bike being jacked up in the air. The suspension fork also utilizes the venerable 15mm thru axle to make it plenty stout between the wheel and fork. Bring fun back into your riding again with out having to always adjust this or that with suspension, the Fox 34 Talas employs the 27.5/ 650B wheel size, while this fork enables you to not have to deal so in-depth with proper suspension fork setup, thus spend a lot more time out ripping on the trails. Have Fun..!
160mm model with 15QR thru axle 4.57 lb / 2.07 kg (with 1.5″ tapered steer tube)
4.7 inches or (120 mm)
6.3 inches or (160 mm)
1.5 tapered alloy
All-mountain and Trail
CTD (3 different positions)
Trail adjust tuning range
Air spring pressure
TALAS Model two position travel adjustment
Lower Leg Design
15mm thru-axle, with a post style disc brake mount
Pricing is $1050.00
“Have fun riding with friends railing new trails on Sundays…. Enjoy!”
For all the riders out there who are done making compromises with their mountain bike equipment and enjoy the thought of a full day of sweet trail riding, DT Swiss has come to the rescue with the XMM 120 Alloy 29 suspension fork. The designers dialed this model in specific for cross country racing and all day trail riding and racing on a 29er bike. Regardless of where the day and the terrain might take you, the XMM front suspension can deal with anything that gets dished at it. For all of the great performing XMM aluminum models DT has used their damping cartridge called the Single Shot. They did a great job set it up, to make it easily reachable by any rider, male or female. The Swiss designers have also placed the damping cartridge unit within the upper right stanchion tube, which made for the perfect cooling scenario for the oil to perform optimum. Due to this design setup they figured out that they could get away with utilizing less oil to dampen with, which also made for an overall reduction of weight for the new XMM setup. The Single Shot set up is similar to the XMM Twin Shot which has a couple of features, the main setting is the Open Mode for full travel, the second setting is the Climb Mode which lowers the travel by 30% for tough technical climbing, along with a Lockout setting to climb and buzz on the roads with. One note for the lock out setting it does have a great blow- off feature, for all those times of predicament that all of us get into by forgetting the fork is in lockout mode going through something that should be ridden with suspension travel, so DT Swiss made sure the XMM 120 29 will blow off and absorb such an occurrence… Enjoy! XMM Price: was $.00$989.00
For all the mountain bikers out there who might be getting tired of making compromises with their mtb equipment and like the prospect of a full days worth of perfect single track riding, DT Swiss stepped up to the plate and has you covered with the XMM 100 29 suspension setup. They set up these forks for cross country all day riding and racing on the big wheel 29er platform. Regardless of where the day and the terrain might possibly take you, their newly designed XMM can flawlessly handle any of it with ease.
For the newest XMM aluminum models DT has applied their nicest damping cartridge the have made to date, which is the Twin Shot. The Swiss designers did an incredible job with the dial portion of the setup, to make it easily reachable by any rider, male or female. They have also placed the damping cartridge unit within the upper right stanchion tube, which made for the perfect cooling scenario for the oil to perform optimum. Due to this design setup they figured out that they could get away with utilizing less oil to dampen with, which also made for an overall reduction of weight for the XMM suspension fork. The set up for the Twin Shot has a couple of features, the main setting is the Open Mode for full travel, the second setting is the Climb Mode which lowers the XMM’s travel by thirty percent for those tougher technical climbs you are occasionally faced with, along with a Lockout setting to climb and buzz on the roads with. One note for the lock out setting it does have a great blow- off feature, for all those times that all of us get into by forgetting the front suspension is in lockout mode going through something that should be ridden with plush travel, so the wise DT Swiss XMM 100 29 Twin Shot will blow off and absorb such an occurrence to save your butt… Enjoy! XMM Price: was $.00$1,213.00
“Please note that the sale price is listed when this DT XMM article was written, but it actually gets updated regularly due to supply, so there’s a great chance the price is reduced even more than what I have listed here. So the best way to see what the current price is, to check out the purchase info link below.”
The newest suspension fork from Marzocchi is the super tough 44 Micro Switch, and was specifically developed to enjoy medium sized objects that might get in your way, along with the perfect rake to set you up nicely on steeper style slopes, to shred with all abandonment. The creative Marzoochi 44 engineers have also applied the Switch TA technology on this highly durable model, to make it super easy and simple to adjust the actual travel from its regularly set height of 140 millimeters, knocking it down a bit to 110mm to climb steeper terrain way more efficiently. Enjoy the Single track World of Fun!
New slotted bushings to allow oil flow
Nickel coated tapered stanchion tubes
Trail Travel Adjustment
Full Travel: 140mm
Stanchion Size: 32mm diameter
Damping Style: TST , with Lockout and Adjust Compression, and Rebound
Brake Setup: post mount with max rotor size of 180mm
Fit’s the 29er specific wheel size platform, with the correct amount of offset
model: provided travel spacers/adjust from 80-12omm
TWO PRIORITIES 1. Fun. 2. Race.
For 2013, Marzocchi’s new Corsa RC 29 Carbon is very light weight and loaded with numerous cool features, to make it a perfect high performance option for all the 29ers out there. The first thing is all the adjustable features on the suspension fork, you have a nice range of options from the 100mm preset travel it comes out of the box with, to optional spacers for 80mm or 120mm, to absorb anything that gets in your way.
Marzocchi has also put a fair amount of energy into their TST Micro technology which ensures keeping the air and oil completely separate, so their is no degrade in performance. Basically it inflates when the shaft travels inside without allowing any air to get in. They have set up the rebound adjustment knob on the lower leg and anodized it with a nicely contrasting red aesthetic touch. They also set up the new micro controlling compression adjustment knob on the top of the leg and trimmed it out in black. And there’s another Micro adjustment knob as well to adjust the forks threshold valve for maximum cornering control for any trail and any style of mountain biker on the planet. The dials are activated easily and quickly to put it exactly where you need it on the fly.
They most recently worked over the bushing style to rework its performance. The new design incorporates some vertical slots to allow oil to flow through and lubricate the new bushings, keeping the fork feeling fantastic on race day in the second hour, or the third/ forth hours of operation. So it’s widely known that the more grams you shave off of the 29er mountain bike, the easier it is to perform better. Thus the designers have responded here as well on the Marzocchi Corsa SL RC, by styling it out with a composite tapered steer tube and composite crown crown as well, simply sweet… Enjoy! Tech Specs:
New slotted bushings to allow oil flow
Upper Stanchions are tapered internally and Nickel coated on the outer surface
AER, Light as Air
29 inch Platform
Composite steer tube and crown
Adjustable Travel: 4 inch (100mm) or (120mm / 80mm with additional adjustment spacers)
Damping Style: TST Micro with remote control lockout, Adjustable Compression and Rebound
Spring Style: AER air, Negative Spring
Axle Style: QR15 thru-axle
Stanchion Tubes: 32mm diameter, with Nickel Coating
If your thinking about possibly upgrading your mtb suspension fork, the Marzocchi engineers have created the Corsa Superleggera at a nice lightweight, super reliable option. The designers have styled the 29 inch fork out with different travel options, it comes set at four inches (100mm), but there are travel spacers supplied to set it at 120 or 80mm, to your personal liking.
They have geared the Corsa toward XC style riding, and it utilizes their AER technology. The key advantages for the combined sealed air style system inside the right stanchion tube along with the negative coil spring, are simple integration to create one system that makes it butter smooth and lighter numbers on the scale. They have also made the lockout simple and convenient as you climb and descend steep rolling trail styles. The new Superleggera rolls out nice on hilly terrain to suck up small objects and bumps like never before. The designers have applied a nickel coating to the upper stanchion tubes. This stanchion treatment is new, and is reported to greatly enhance the smoothness along with it’s durability by resisting all the dust, sand, snow and anything you could possibly encounter on your 29r.
Without any compromise with stiffness and durability, they have also tapered the stanchion tubes internally as well that has provided a nice reduction in weight compared to last year’s similar tube setup. For the next season they also changed out the forks’ bushing style. The new ones have vertical slots designed in them to allow oil to flow in and keep them lubricated, keeping it butter smooth out on the trail. The ultimate suspension goal for the Marzocchi Corsa Superleggera was to provide you with the most supple feel possible… Enjoy! Tech
New Slotted style bushing oil flow enhancement
AER, The stuff that literally makes you fly
29 inch platform
Hollow Style Crown
Adjustable Travel 100mm (or 120mm or 80mm w/ supplied spacers)
Damping Setup: (LR) Lockout, Rebound
Spring Style: Corsa AER Air along with a Negative Spring
Axle Style: QR15 thru-axle
Stanchion Size: 32mm, with new (Nickel Treatment)
Steer Tube: Tapered 1- 1/8”
Disc Brake Setup: is post mount style, w/ a max disc rotor size of 185 mm
The Rockshox SID XX WORLDCUP’s very lightweight and stiff Black Box carbon crown and steer tube, along with the 15mm thru axle style Maxle Lite and the integrated structure design create a product that has all the stiffness you’ll need for fighting hard on race day at the weight you want to go back the next day and do it all over again.. but in SID style!
The SID suspension fork has the historical stature of being possibly the most famous in XC racing history, but is now finally widely available for the 29r rider. To reassure steering precision for the big wheels they applied a 15mm Maxle Lite along with the BlackBox carbon crown and tapered steer tube for the SID setup. For the season upon us this model of XX Worldcup provides all the stiffness you need at a weight you can love. Weighing in at 1572 grams the Rockshox front suspension model is the ultimate race package that some would consider it the unfair advantage on race day… Enjoy the Sid factors!
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“Have fun riding with friends railing new trails on Sundays…. Enjoy!” – The Sid 29 item also comes with free shipping available at the purchase info link below.
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100mm (4 inches)
1485 grams, *The SID Weight is based on a 265mm length steer tube with XLoc Remote and MMX shifter mount, 9mm QR model
Motion Control DNA
External rebound, open and lockout with Floodgate via SID XLoc remote
The Reba RLT is far from a prima donna. Even though Rockshox decked it out with a large list of race-worthy technology, like Black Box Motion Control, Air U-Turn, XX Motion Control, this XC front fork doesn’t warrant a promise of the podium in order to give its all. The Reba loves to be hammered on a daily basis. Which is where you’ll be once you get a taste of its unbelievable versatility. Are you up for it, everyday riding that is? With quad-burning climbs and grin-inducing descents on the horizon, the model will satisfy the ultimate trail warrior in you and then some. The RLT 29 has become quite loved by bike shops, along with everybody else, too. The logic to this is the Reba models are basically super consistent, durable along with very simple to service.
Reba Color: Available
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“Have fun riding with friends railing new trails on Sundays…. Enjoy!” – free Reba shipping available below
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(or 4 inches)
Rockshox Motion Control
External Rebound / Lockout Threshold/ Low Speed Compression to Lock / Air pressure via Schrader valve
1-1/8″ aluminum and Aluminum 1.5 to 1 1/8″ Taper
Forged, Hollow AL66 TV Aluminum
32mm, 7000 series straight wall aluminum
Magnesium, post mount disc brake
Max Rotor Size
(this model is Black)
Price: $535.00 Rockshox Reba RL 29 100mm (four inch) travel version Color: Available
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Have fun with the friends this coming summer…. Enjoy!
– This REBA RL item also qualifies with free shipping here at the Jensonusa purchase link as well.
The Rockshox SID XX’s very lightweight and stiff BlackBox carbon crown steer tube, and the 15mm thru axle style Maxle Lite along with the integrated structure design create a product that has all the stiffness you’ll need for fighting hard on race day at the weight you want to go back the next day and do it all over again.. fight hard with XX on your side.The SID suspension fork has the historical stature of being the most famous fork in XC racing history, but is now finally widely available for the 29r rider. To reassure steering precision for the big wheels they applied a 15mm Maxle Lite on the XX along with the BlackBox carbon crown tapered steer tube. So ultimately for ’13 the Sid XX 29 provides all the stiffness you need at a weight you can absolutely fall in love with.
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“Have fun riding with friends railing new trails on Sundays…. Enjoy!” – free shipping is also available below
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Sid Fork Travel
29″: 1633 grams, *Weight is based on 265mm tapered steer with an XLoc Remote and MMX shifter mount, 9mm QR model
Motion Control DNA, Rebound: Dual Flow
External Beginning Stroke Rebound / External Floodgate and Lockout via XLoc Remote / Spring via Air Pressure
Steer Tube Size
Aluminum 1 1/8″
Forged, Hollow AL66 TV Aluminum
32mm diameter, Sid 7000 Series Straight Wall Alloy, Low Friction Anodized With Sag markings
Rockshox Magnesium, post mount disc brake with carbon Power Bulge, 15 x 100mm Maxle Lite (+87grams)
The Rockshox SID’s very lightweight and stiff BlackBox carbon crown steer tube, and the 15mm thru axle style Maxle Lite along with the integrated structure design create a product that has all the stiffness you’ll need for fighting hard on race day at the weight you want to go back the next day and do it all over again.The Sid suspension fork has the historical stature of being the most famous fork in XC racing history, but is now finally widely available for the 29er rider. To reassure steering precision for the big wheels Rockshox applied a 15mm Maxle Lite along with the BlackBox carbon crown tapered steer tube, for 2013 the RCT3 29 provides all the stiffness you need at a weight you can love.
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“Have fun riding with friends railing new trails on Sundays…. Enjoy!” – free shipping available below
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100 or 120mm
1588 grams, *This Sid weight was based on 265mm long tapered steerer, with a 9mm QR model
Motion Control DNA RCT3
External rebound, low speed compression, 3 position compression (open/platform/lock)
Steer Tube Options
1-1/8″ alloy and 1-1/8″-1.5″ tapered alloy
Forged, Hollow AL66 TV Alloy
32mm diameter, RCT3 7000 Series Straight Wall Alloy, Low Friction Anodized With Sag markings
Magnesium, post mount disc brake with carbon Power Bulge, 15 x 100mm Maxle Lite (+87g)
For ’13 the new Formula mountain bike suspension forks have added some 35 millimeter lower stanchions to adapt specific to the bigger 29er and the 650B wheels. These bigger diameter stanchions will handle the longer suspension travel as well. New Formula options will be offered up to 140 millimeters of travel. They also have a spacer option so you can place the travel at whatever you wish. These spacers were designed in 10mm increments but can be reduced down as well, with handy power tools. They will probably be included in the box.
Formula has kept the air spring similair to the older 33 model, the damper cartridge also holds the rebound settings at the bottom of the fork, but there are three new knobs at the top of the fork – one for the lockout lever, one for the lockout blow-off threshold, and the last one for the compression adjustment. They have designed the mtb suspension forks with 15mm thru-axle only, and they are currently developing a Maxle style QR to go with their cool hex wrench hub axles. The price is slated at $1,000 with an additional $100 for the remote lockout that has the option of aftermarket addition, that will have a threshold adjustment that’s inline. With the weight Formula has targeted 1550 grams, but that weight hasn’t been reported to which wheel size that is yet. It will available with a tapered steerer only and ready to purchase in March.
The newest 2013 Lefty Super Max attains all the new technology of Cannondale’s most recent update of the regular Lefty fork model, but is completely blown up and beyond. For example the regular Lefty’s stanchion diameter is 32mm, their new Super Max model is a downhill worthy 36mm in size. Cannondale reports the stanchion growth as having an massive increase, (over the already well-known strength of the regular lefty) with its stiffness. The new forks weight is 1850 grams and duplicates the strength testing of any model of dual-crown down-hill forks.
With the standard Lefty it was always hard to use a stem that was shorter than 80 millimeters. But Cannondale has reworked these issues, they moved the Super Max’s stanchion back a bit and moved the front hub axle out at the same time. They changed the geometry just slightly to give it quicker handling abilities.
When moving the stanchion tubes back, they had to move the fork out slightly to get the best toe and frame clearance. They also created more width at the front hub, this ended up giving the front hub an additional 1cm between the spoke flanges, which made the lefty wheel stiffer laterally.
These Cannondale Super Max 130mm 29er forks will be available early November for aftermarket purchase. But for the Cannondale lineup the fork will only be available on the new Cannondale Trigger 29er bikes for the moment. They are expected to be allocated to other mountain bikes in the C-dale model lineup soon, and these forks now have 1.5 inch head-tubes, so they are finally compatible with regular mtb stems, (not just Cannondale).
Reba is the most popular 29er cross-country fork for RockShox, and this Reba XX 29″ Dual Air 100mm Fork should be considered the must have for the big wheeled crowd. It utilizes their tried-and-true Motion Control damping technology to control compression and rebound forces in order to keep your mountain bike tire on the ground for optimum traction no matter what the terrain throws at you.
Rockshox XX Reba 29 Mountain Bike Fork has the XX Motion Control damper assembly, which makes it possible to use hydraulics instead of a cable to control the remote lockout. This is the one big difference between this model shown here and the other Reba models — the XLoc. Being a hydraulic remote that is actuated with a light click at the handlebars, you simply press to open, and press to lock. The button is made from 6061 aluminum and is attached a flexible hydraulic hose that’s filled with 5W suspension fluid already factory bled. It comes ready to operate, so all you’ll have to do is tighten the aluminum housing to your handlebar with the supplied Titanium bolts. This complete hydraulic system is 60g lighter than the cabled type system. You have a choice to either install the XLoc onto its own clamp, or it will be the top portion of a Match-Maker XX clamp system setup so you can put the lockout, shifter, and brake lever all into one unit.
This Rockshox Reba XX 29 Fork is designed for bigger wheels and has 100mm of travel. They supplied it with spacers so you have the option to add or remove internally to adjust the travel down. Its travel range goes down to 80mm or up to 120mm if you prefer. The XX Motion Control damper is located in the right leg, and low speed compression adjustment can be done with the XLoc remote. It also has a floodgate adjustment to control the lockout threshold and an external beginning stroke rebound adjustment. They designed the crown to be hollow forged from 66TV aluminum. Its aluminum steerer has two options — 1-1/8″ straight or 1-1/8″ to 1.5″ tapered. The 32mm stanchions are 7000 series aluminum tubing. They are anodized for low friction, and feature sag and travel gradients printed right there for easy adjustability on the trail. The Reba XX’s White powder coated, magnesium Power Bulge lower legs use post style disc brake mounts and are designed to accept wheels with standard quick release axles.
Have Fun Ripping Singletrack on Your 29er Bike With It!
Rockshox holds their World Cup products at the tip top of their totem pole. These SID components are the pinnacle of SRAM’s research and development, that feature the most recent race-proven designs. Their SID platform has always been allocated to 26-inch race mountain bikes, but as the Reba 29 gained popularity to conform to the longer travel bikes, more aggressive 29er racers have been pushing for a lighter front end. These guys have answered the call of XC racers on bikes rolling twenty niner wheels with the Rockshox SID XX World Cup Solo Air 29 with a MaxleLite 15.
Last years model hit the weight scale just over 3lbs, 1628 grams to be exact, while this years SID XX World Cup is now at 1,485 grams making it one of the lightest forks available for big wheels, but lightweight is only half the equation that makes a suspension fork race-day worthy. Essential for the 29er is stiffness. The fork legs are inherently longer combined with more leverage that a big wheel generates can cause deflection during steering and braking. This makes the handling disruptive and inconsistent. They solved the flex issue with three integrations to the World Cup fork. They integrated a carbon fiber tapered steerer and crown structure, thru-axle, and Power Bulges.
A secret to superior strength and stiffness is a hollow, one-piece carbon fiber crown and tapered steerer. Plus it drops a fair amount of baggage compared to its aluminum brothers. The one-piece crown is bonded to low stiction, anodized 32mm aluminum upper tubes with gradients to measure sag to assist with finding the sweet-spot in the adjustment. They also made this SID stiff with some PowerBulges around the lower bushings. These will ensure smooth action and less wear on the stanchion and bushings. Pulling it all together is the 15mm Maxle Lite, an easy-to-use quick release thru-axle that boosts stiffness.
The final pieces to a race-ready 29er mountain bike fork are the damping and preload systems. For the SID World Cup, they spec the XX Motion Control Damper system. It uses Rockshox’s Dual Flow technology, giving you separate circuits for high- and low-speed compression and begin and ending-stroke rebound damping. The result is a fork that is sensitive to stutter bumps while soaking up bigger hits, so you’re always comfortable on your mountain bike.
tory set to simplify setup and to ensure the best performance after install. It also includes the XLoc remote, which uses a hydraulically-actuated lockout and has an adjustable threshold control. The XLoc remote button is 6061-T6 aluminum and is pre-bled, so all you’ll have to do is clamp it to your handlebar with the titanium bolts. You can install the XLoc by itself, or it can become the upper piece of a MatchMaker clamp system — mating the shifter, lockout, and brake lever all into one. This hydraulic system is 60g lighter than the older cable operated PushLoc system.
The left leg houses a Solo Air spring. The Solo Air system allows fine tuning of the spring characteristics. Which means you can change the shape of the spring curve. Meaning you can create a supple ride quality for washboards, or firm it up for bigger bumps and G-outs. The positive and negative air chamber combinations are infinite, and thoughtfully they provided an air pressure chart on the left leg to test it out first hand on your 29er Bike.
The Rockshox SID XX World Cup Solo Air 29 100mm Fork comes in one color with White lower legs and a clear-coated carbon fiber crown with a 1-1/8in to 1.5in tapered steerer. The lower legs have a post-style disc brake mount.
Have Fun Racing With It!
Price: sale $750.00 was $1220.00. This 2014 item – has one color option available:
White w/ Carbon Accents
Key Note: The SID Maxle Lite 15 fork models are available for purchase at the Backcountry link below… Enjoy!
The XMM 100 29 Carbon suspension fork is what the official DT Swiss team riders are using. They are available as Twin Shot or Single Shot damping system. DT’s Twin Shot model is their highest level of damping they offer. These systems provide completely open, or locked out, the fork also has an alpine style climbing mode where the suspension travel is reduced 30 percent on the roughest and steepest of mountain climbs. The XMM carbon front fork models come decked out with a tapered 1 1/8 or steer tube, 15mm thru-axle style dropouts along with a carbon tube for the steerer and fork crown as well. If your searching for the perfect fork for your 29er, look no further than the super durable XMM 29 Carbon suspension fork that is ideal for not only those cross country race days but works awesome for everyday use for that matter with anything you can find to ride out on the trail.
The total Weight is: 1540 grams Fork Travel: 4 full inches Wheel Sizing: Twenty Niner Lower Tube Material: Magnesium (torsion-box) Damper Style: Twin-Shot Spring Style: ABS Brake Style: Disc only, max rotor size is 210 mm Fork Crown Material: Carbon Fiber with UDI finish Max Rider Weight: 242 pounds
DT XMM Carbon 29 cross country fork for your hard tail or full suspension twenty niner. Have fun destroying the cross country field on race day with this…. Enjoy!
– this 100mm front suspension fork also comes with free online shipping available as well. While the warehouse and inventory supplies last..
Electronic shifting has taken over the road biking industry in the past few years, and the Di2 technology from Shimano, that has proved very reliable, has officially been unveiled in the mountain bike world.
Fox Racing Shox has turned out their latest development which is to utilize the Shimano’s Di2 electronic technology to make their new Intelligent Ride Dynamics (iRD) development program possible. Fox describes the technology being “for electronic products employing non-traditional solutions to help customers improve their ride experience.”
What they have is a Float iCD using the Shimano Di2 battery and cabling to utilize electronic lockout for the fork and rear shock, simply by pressing a remote button the handlebar. The two settings are described as ‘Climb’ and ‘Descend’, and can be utilized for the fork only or both fork and rear shock together.
Fox says it makes for easier switching between fork and shock settings, with way less effort needed to press the button compared to the classic cable lever. “The front and rear suspension are controlled with a single remote switch and activation requires minimal hand movement from the grip, allowing the rider to quickly adapt to sudden changes in trail conditions. The ease of use and very low remote activation force equals less rider fatigue and encourages increased use over other systems.”
What do we make of it?
So, it’s a glorified fork and shock lockout, then? It does seem a bit like they are going after a small market here. They have spent a lot of hours of development, testing and production have produced a product that so few people will actually be going after, in our opinion. It obviously will work awesome for those who lockout a lot during a ride or race. I personally don’t use my lockout that much.
The first negatives that come to mind. There’s the higher expense for starters weighing against it. And the weight penalty is an obvious one when you lug around a battery to lock your forks out on average half a dozen times per ride or race? Maybe more or less. There aren’t any mountain bike frames on the market with holes to mount the battery. And there’s the visual appearance of it, the large device strapped to the shock – it’s hardly appealing.
Looking into the crystal ball
However, as a little glimpse into the future, it’s an exciting day in electronics, anythings possible to dream up from here on out. A claimed weight for a Float iCD fork with a FIT damper will be around 1,555g (3.43lb). The same factory series shock with a Kashima and air sleeve will be near 1,860g (4.10lb).
There is a choice of mounting the remote switch on either the right or left side on the handlebars. The system comes with all the hardware of battery with bracket and remote switch with three cables to link the the system together.
Fox claims the battery life will be good for 2.5 months!
The new suspension fork series (120mm, 150mm) will aim to be the right setup for every mtb wheel. MAGURA has completely changed their mtb suspension fork range. They are now featuring new internals and a complete design overhaul. The new forks answer to the name of TS8 and TS6 150mm. Whether your personal flavor is a 26″, 29ers or the newer 650B/27.5″ for the latest trend, for this 2012 season they will offer a matching model for every possible mountain bike wheel diameter and a wide range of applications for it. 29er wheels promise a smooth ride at high speed, but to make the most out of their potential you need to have a matching fork. That is why the component specialist MAGURA has expanded its product range for 2012 to cater for the new 29er crowds and 650B/27.5″ mountain bike trends. The 2012 new product range will also include a new TS8 120 version for 26″ wheels, with 80 to 150mm of travel for cross country, marathon and all mountain type riding applications.
M15 thru-axle The new TS6 and TS8 29er specific forks are available with a travel options of 80 up to 120mm. The new design is engineered without any compromise for high stiffness. The new DAD arch (Double Arch Design) and the new M15 thru-axles make a major contribution to stiffness here. The steerer tube options offered are the standard 1 1/8″ and a 1 1/8″ to 1 1/2″ tapered version. Models for 650B/27.5″ MAGURA also has stepped it up with front forks to match the new trend of 650B/27.5″ mtb wheels with a travel of 120 to 150mm. They are compatible with almost all 650B/27.5″ tires currently available on the market. The TS6 design has been weight optimized. DAD (Double Arch Design) and QR15 thru-axle to ensure high stiffness for this 150mm travel breed of bike as well. The complete series The TS8 and TS6 have been engineered based on the (Stiffer, Lighter, Easier) SLE concept. This means optimum stiffness at the lowest possible weight ratio, very low maintenance, and extremely easy to set up. With the Fork Master Concept it is possible for them to manufacture with a sensitive response where special bushings, seals and surfaces work together with the Fork Master Grease to deliver an exceptional ride. They feature progressive type suspension characteristics that will prevent over responsiveness even in the steeper type terrain. The TS8 R 150 will be offered wit two options, as a fixed travel version or with the Lift Select system. M15 thru-axles with an integrated tool The new M15 thru-axles have been especially developed for their TS8 and TS6 front fork versions specific for 29ers. Simply tighten the axle and the wheel is safely secured. The specific Tool for Torx T25 bolt is concealed within the thru-axle. This system of axle and integrated tool weighs only 58 grams. Protection Caps Protection Caps at the lower end of the forks. They prevent damage from occurring to the drop outs and the rebound dial while the wheel is removed. These are fitted to all their TS6 models that utilize thru-axles. About MAGURA (Gustav Magenwirth GmbH & Co. KG) With its headquarters in Bad Urach/ Germany, the MUNZ-MAGENWIRTH Group has four business sectors operating at international level: bicycle components, power sports, controls and injection moulding. The company is backed by a tradition of more than 100 years of competence in hydraulics and materials. In addition to brakes and suspension forks for bicycles, the company develops and manufactures industrial controls and injection moulding components. The name MAGURA (founded 1893) stands for the name of the founder – Gustav Magenwirth – and the name of the town in which the company is based – Bad Urach. TS8 and TS6 series
SLE design (Stiffer, Lighter, Easier)
Travel of 80 to 150mm
29 model with PM7 mount for disc brake and for disc diameter of 180 mm and above
Weight taken at 165mm steerer length with star fangled nut and disc brake guide installed.
4.3 inches / 110 mm
5.5 inches / 140 mm
1.5″ taper aluminum
Climb/Trail/Descend (3 positions)
Trail adjust tuning range (1, 2, 3)
Air spring pressure
TALAS 2 position travel adjust
15QR thru axle system, post style disc brake mounting
Buttery-smooth, Genuine Kashima Coat is available only from FOX Racing Shox. Its distinctive gold color is backed by its high performance attributes—properties that provide an exceptionally smooth feel and extreme durability.
FIT (FX Isolated Technology)
Air and oil do mix, and in the world of suspension, it degrades performance. Our isolation technology employs a bladder system that simply keeps the oil and air from mixing to provide optimal performance in all riding extremes.
Don’t sacrifice performance by going with a pinner skewer.
Now available on the entire 29er mountain bike Factory Series fork lineup. Buttery-smooth, Genuine Kashima Coat’s distinctive gold color is backed by its high performance attributes — properties that provide an exceptionally smooth feel and extreme durability. Genuine Kashima Coat is available only from FOX — the Kashima Coat logo is individually pad-printed on each stanchion.
Smooth like Butter!
FOX Isolated Technology
Air and oil do mix, and in the world of suspension, it degrades performance. Our isolation technology employs a bladder system that simply keeps the oil and air from mixing to provide optimal performance on your twenty niner mountain bike in all riding extremes.
We worked with FOX sponsored athletes to test the system and fine tune the damping. The first production FIT dampers were produced in the 2005 model year in our 40 RC2 and 36 TALAS RC2 models.
Since then, we’ve utilized the single wall expanding bladder and inverted damper technology originally found in our 29er 32 RLC and RL dampers, created an RLC damper for our 36 160 line, and developed the 36 180 RC2 damper.
Don’t sacrifice performance on yourtwenty niner by going with a pinner skewer. We teamed up with Shimano to create an axle that is extremely light and stiff, in a tool-free design. You’ll gain a ton of confidence on your twenty niner mountain bike when you’re deep in the rocks, roots, and ruts.
15QR is available in the 29er 32 and 29er 34 forks.
9mm open drop-out 3.81 lb / 1.73 kg (1 1/8″ steerer) 3.78 lb / 1.72 kg (1.5″ taper steerer)
15QR (includes axle) 3.99 lb / 1.81 kg (1 1/8″ steerer) 3.96 lb / 1.8 kg (1.5″ taper steerer)
This measurement from the factory was taken at a 165 mm steerer length with star fangled nut and disc brake guide installed.
4.7 inches / 120 mm
1 1/8″ aluminum
1.5″ taper aluminum
29er XC, or Trail
Climb/Trail/Descend (3 positions)
Trail adjust tuning range (1, 2, 3)
Air spring pressure
15 QR thru axle system, post style disc brake mounting
9mm open drop-out, post style disc brake mounting
Float Fork color
Buttery-smooth, Genuine Kashima Coat is available only from FOX Racing Shox. Its distinctive gold color is backed by its high performance attributes—properties that provide an exceptionally smooth feel and extreme durability on your twenty-niner mountain bike. How Kashima works »
FIT (FOX Isolated Technology)
Air and oil do mix, and in the world of suspension, it degrades performance. Our isolation technology employs a bladder system that simply keeps the oil and air from mixing to provide optimal performance in all riding extremes. How the Damper works »
Don’t sacrifice mtb performance by going with a pinner skewer.