Storck Rebel Nine Carbon!
frame price :£1,749
While the true nature of singletrack might happen to be your singular focus in life, here are some common questions we all like-minded types ponder.. when can I head out to ride? How many hours do I have to work to build enough cash to get to the next mtb race? How is it that I could make myself go farther and pedal faster? Well for the first two questions, I don’t really have the answers for, but in relation to that third question, the answer is GT’s newest ride for 2014, the Zaskar Carbon CRB 9r Elite hardtail. With a full composite frame and a 100mm front fork with lockouts.. with high and mighty style!
GT is stepping it up more and more in the design department, as the Zaskar Carbon Niner 29″ hardtail bike is highly capable, by existing within the upper sphere of higher performance while lighter weight. The designers left nothing to chance on the new Zaskar 9r, which deals out some of the highest end composite fiber technology. To compliment all that composite madness used on the frame, they also stepped out there with a wicked set of cross-country-ready RockShox goods, with a full list of blemish-free mountain bike components, quite lust worthy if we must say so ourselves.
The GT ride also comes aboard with stout stiffness in all the key areas like the BB, headset, and chainstay areas, which keeps the ride ultra-responsive for the steering, climbing, and acceleration departments. But where the composite technology here takes it to a higher level, is the capability to eliminate trail buzz, to make for a smooth ride qualities. Now tack on the 100mm travel RockShox Recon front fork to the highly capable Zaskar CRB platform, and your setup for any ride or race scenario you wish to throw yourself in.
To further make all the most extreme of XC endeavors possible, the new Zaskar Carbon CRB 9r utilizes other key benefits from trusted companies like Shimano, outfitted with full SLX to include both the derailleurs and shifters, Deore 2×10 cranks. They are among some of the best for making things reliable, smooth, and low-maintenance for all your shifting and pedaling needs, all the while it’s becoming known that the SLX group is among the top tier of better systems. This 2×10 setup will provide you with 20 gears to rapidly shift through for all situations from climbing to super fast top end speeds.
GT also equipped the situation adequately, with Alex’s XD-Lite Wheels to provide total trail dependability. These wheels were developed to stay true in the face of high-speed encounters of roots, rocks, and the toughest landings you might happen to accidentally dish out. All mounted up with Conti RaceKing MTB Tires to keep you out in front with aggressive style side knobs for cornering.
To stop the Zaskar is equally important, so outfitted with Formula’s highly reliable RX Hydraulic Brakes which have incredible stopping power as well as excellent 1-finger modulating at the lever so you can slow as needed to keep yourself on the bike and ahead of all the racers way back in the pack of wolves.
This version also gloats on some of the great names in mountain biking components, CrankBro’s for the seatpost, handlebars, with Easton’s EA50 stem. They left no details unattended on the ride, it’s locked and loaded to quench the thirst of the most discriminating of mtb enthusiast.
There’s a reason the Triple Triangle frame design is GT’s fave, because it’s perfect for a hardtail bike, the performance and stability have been proven many times over. But now their using 29er specific geometry, making the Karakoram Elite 2014 Women’s Mountain Bike a choice ride for riders like you, riders who like to roll it out…
GT is one of the few mountain bike companies that seem to produce some the best rides on the planet for your buck. A great example is the Karakoram GTW 29ers, they were able to calculate how to design a whole lot of mtn ride for a whole lot less money than one would anticipate. They used the same hydroformed 6061 alloy material, to produce the same lightweight frame as the upper level versions in the same hardtail family, this version will be awesome for getting to know the experience of riding on taller 29 inch wheels. For the 2014 Elite GTW version they have set it up with a Rock Shox’s XC28 front suspension fork with 4 inches of terrain taming travel, and a Shimano 27 speed drive system that uses Rapid Fire for the shifting. For confident stopping power they have Avid DB1 hydraulic disc brakes, and some durable Jalco twenty niner wheels for rolling the bike for a long time to come. This Karakoram model is ultimately a big roller to provide a ton of fun factor to your time out on the trail — not to mention the even smaller impact to your bank account.
Here’s an article update: the 2013 model is now on sale…
If you’re wanting to ride awesome, you should ultimately be as comfy as possible to meet those trail expectations. Which is where the Karakoram GTW 2.0 women’s mountain bike delivers on it’s promise with not only great technology, but a specific component spec to make it all possible for the female side of things, which all translates into bringing your confidence up as high as possible out on your local trail.
Similar to the article above this GTw (GT Women’s) 6061 aluminum frame is designed out of hydroformed tubes to move that material around and put it where it’s needed. Which minimizes flex near the chainstays, and bottom bracket areas for a better quality ride. This design equates to increased power and speed but with less effort spent. The frame also features a taller head tube and shorter top tube to cater naturally to the woman’s ergonomics, and body shape, which places you in a more upright position for greater comfort and control.
The 2.0 model utilizes RockShox for the suspension fork with 4 inches of travel, perfect for XC riding… review the 2.0 purchase info –> read more ->The online purchase price is on SALE NOW! $799.00
As the mtb industry is ever evolving, creative companies continue to lead the charge with kick-ass designed bikes like the latest Niner single speed. The One 9 was meant to fill the roll in their lightweight racer ready rigs, that is perfect for epic cross country days with the gals or bros, or fully equipped to take on race days with ease. The Niner bike will literally land you back in those teenage stardom days of being One with the mountain bike with not a worry in the world.
It’s known that Niner has a habit of revisiting some of their classic models and occasionally injecting them with a huge dose of FUN. For the case in hand of the newest model, they developed a completely new ride – that melds all of the single-minded thought the legendary One 9 brings to the trail, but merge in the element of the award-winning Air 9 getup. The end result being super quick, super strong like a gorilla but sexy as they possibly get. So case in point, the newest ride will make you forget all about your other rides…
As of last season Niner engineers have worked hard to come up with a plan to fix all the past issues of the SS One 9 model, with annoying creaking sounds from the B.B., thankfully their BIO-CENTRIC II BOTTOM BRACKET SETUP is now here to save the single speed planet! The key design change with the Bio-Centric system is new cups, they now lock to the shell’s flange. Once you get the EBB positioned exactly where you need it, there is only One bolt that handles tightening both of the eccentric pieces to the flanges, which then provides a full 360 degrees of purchase to the flange, thus eliminating those past annoying creaks, and even completely sealing it off so that no dust or debris get in to contaminate the inner surface. Ultimately making it the true Zen-machine you’re longing for. The Bio-Centric II is now the cleanest possible solution for SS mountain bikes, it allows you to make easier adjustment to a wider range of gearing choices thus eliminating any need for old school adjustable dropouts. There is also no longer the need for chain tension, or bolt on hubs to clutter up your ride, along with not having to readjust the rear brake caliper when you opt for different gear combos.
The latest generation brings the EBB bottom bracket shell, but with a 12×142 rear axle with no front derailleur mount.
The initial design called for a pure single speed race machine, but they figured out it would be killer as a One 9 X01 or XX1 1×11 geared bike, too. So, you can swap in their derailleur hanger dropout and CYA BB inserts that allow you to run any standard by simply pressing it in.
The weight for the One 9 frame is 1235 grams, which is due to the additional alloy shells needed for the bottom bracket and threads.
The complete 2-star bike is priced at $3499 for the single speed bike with Niner’s Biocentric II EBB, while the complete 3-star bike at $4,599 will set you up nicely with 11 gears employing the X01 build, that is shown a couple photos above in the Blaze Yellow color.
Thru-axle technology for both front and rear. The torsional stiffness on the new setup is improved by an astounding 26% all thanks to the changes shown, they have reported the rigidity mainly comes from the addition of the Maxle in addition to the increase of the bottom bracket shell size. They also kept the same head badge, which means you can use the open port, generally for the front derailleur, as your internal routing for a stealth dropper post.
In years past, usually in the early summer Santa Cruz has been notorious for unveiling all their latest goods they have been hard at work developing, and this year is no different. Hot on the heels of their four new Juliana 29er mtb models and the first 27.5″ Bronson ride, they are adding a fair amount of depth with the launch of the newest Santa Cruz 5010 trail bike. It will slot in at 125mm of travel in the btweener sized wheel platform assured to put a huge grin across your face. The 5010 (formerly the Solo) is reported to have it all, by way of snap, climbs, light footed through both aluminum and the carbon model shown here. Continue below for pricing on all four Solo models and a purchase info link at the bottom of the article…
Santa Cruz is definitely going for it to climb into the ranks of the big three mtb companies in North America, but if you are perusing this XX1 spec’d machine, the experience is likely to be summarized with a small bout of sticker shock. Thankfully, though, S. C. is far from being an exclusive manufacture for the world of elite athletes and bank accounts out there. If so, you can check out the links below to “in our humble opinion a great range of pricing” to ultimately get you on the 5010 whether it’s the dream build decked out with Enve and company or with the other creative build kits the designers pulled off to give way into the newest 27.5-inch arena still at a highly competitive level.
To soldier on with this 5010 trail sled in particular you will part with SRAMs’ highly sought after 1x part kit. And as a added bonus, it retains the same front and rear Fox Racing suspension as the other priced builds. To put these pricey high end components aside for moment and focus on the sheer joy here, is a full composite bike with mid-size wheels and the dedicated geometry it took to get there. Hmmm…., you will take full advantage of the Solo’s rolling stock.
They modeled the 5010 with several features akin with the 26″ little brethren, the TRc. Which gives it a lower ~13.1″ bottom bracket height, the same 68 degree head tube angle, and nice middle ground chain stay numbers.
A key virtue for the xc race crowd is two water bottle mounts, making it nice to not be forced to have hydration on your back for those two hour cross country soul festivals. To also round the 5010 out they opted for ISCG05 tabs for the other end of the Solo’s rider spectrum.
For both the aluminum and or the composite rides, Santa Cruz manufactured the rides in four different sizes shown below, and will come down the pike in either Black with mean green shown above or the more vibrant Mountain Rescue Orange shown at the top of the article page.
It’s also been reported this complete bike retail prices are slated to start at $3,299 for the alloy and $4,199 for the R AM’s composite setup, and $5,999.00 for the SPX AM model, and $9,519.00 for the Santa Cruz Enve XX1 high end build shown in this article.
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The smaller 26″ Occam mountain bike, was touted for last years season as being the superior endurance racer due to its meticulous craftsmanship, very comfy active style suspension, and lively feel due to overall frame lightness. But only up until just recently though there was unfortunately not a tall-wheeled version of that particular composite full susser setup, thankfully now 29er racers and fans alike can get their full finger gloves on a trail-taming option from the Orbea Spanish cycling company– the Occam 29 S10 Carbon!
Having similarities to Orbea’s 26″ Occam version, the new 2onine S10 frame actually employs the Silver grade carbon material. They molded the front triangle with one piece, having no joints anywhere. This key one-piece process increases strength total strength but also reduces the frameset weight as well. Another similarity to the 26″ setup, they built the seatstays out of hydroformed aluminum. Simply because the stays on any mtb setup are constantly being subjected to lots of compressive force, and composite material is at its weakest during compression, so they opted for a great substitution of materials.
Despite having these several parallel lines between the two models, the Occam 29er is in no way shape or form a simply tweaked version of the 26″ setup, — it was developed with a completely new 20nine platform utilizing the new technology called Advanced Dynamics. During its earliest stages of development, the Orbea engineers put their computers to work analyzing the performance with computer simulation using virtual riders. Why did they feel this had such importance for this version in particular? Because the variables and dynamic forces exerted into a taller mtb wheel size by the rider become an integrated part of how the mountain bike can accelerate, stop, and track over uneven surface, so this makes perfect sense that they have considered all these dynamic forces in the Occam 29 development process right from the very beginning. And of course when the prototypes were ready, they ditched the virtual riders to replace with real mountain bikers for exhaustive single track testing.
Ultimately it utilizes Orbea’s competition-ready composite chassis with a mixture of components that hover nicely on the lighter end of the weight spectrum — thankfully without any race day compromise. So you’ll find a great assortment of Shimano XTR 2×10 for the ultimate in drivetrain departments. Along with alloy bits and pieces via Race Face, and both ends of the suspension department pushed out plush by Fox Racing with Kashima treatments.
In some mtb social circles, the phrase used as “single pivot” has become synchronized with “unrefined” or “archaic technology”. This is unfortunate and nonsense. Single pivot rear suspension design such as what is found on the Occam setup is still completely relevant, and is often preferred, for very good reason. When the design is executed properly, they are predictable, tough, and very lively, — when matched with an excellent shock — making it very simple to set up and tune it. For this ride in particular the main pivot-point has been located on the seat-tube, sitting above the BB. This makes for a very neutral location striking an excellent balance between plushness for freewheeling the descent, and pedal efficiency for the climb or finish-line sprint. Orbea has incorporated the new Fox Float CTD RP23 rear shock to take care of all the squish duties and it provides 105mm of butter smooth travel. This Fox shock has a new climb, trail, descend, called CTD. This damper makes changing the tune of your shock for the terrain as simple as flicking the switch.
One often discussed negative characteristic of the single pivot full-suspension mountain bikes is called brake squat, where the suspension compresses when you grab the rear brake hard. This rear brake induced compression might be felt by the mountain biker similar as stiffening of the rear travel. An important note to point out that almost all modern day full suspension designs, even the hyped-up linkage designs, have some form of braking squat. However the single pivot suspension designs have a reputation for stiffening even more, and to some, this is not a desirable trait to have.
For Orbea to minimize brake squat, the new Occam utilizes a concentric pivot placed at the rear-axle. This allows the rear brake caliper to have freedom of movement that results with a more active rear-suspension while braking hard, and produced the ride qualities of a more complicated four-bar suspension design. The end result becomes — with hard rear braking, the mountain bike will stutter far less over bumps and get a big improvement in traction.
There are two measurements we examine up-close when looking at a 20nine-inch geometry. They are chainstay length and headtube angle, and we are liking what we see with the Occam. We feel that a 69° head angle with a 120mm fork is right-on, because it not only creates higher speed stability, but also allows for any minimal steering correction that can sometimes be required to keep the momentum carrying taller wheel on track. And at 17.5″, the chain stay length is sufficiently short enough to make for nimble traverses in the inevitable tight switchbacks.
The newest Occam 29 S10 Carbon Bike has the option to run the setup with 100mm or 120mm, it comes stock though with a 120mm travel Fox Fit CTD front fork. They designed the rear dropout to accept either a 142 x 12mm axle or a standard 9mm quick release. The rear disc brake tabs are post mount style. Which allows the stopping power for the set of XTR hydraulic brakes to shine brightly as high quality stoppers. The ride also utilizes high quality Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels mounted with Geax AKA XC tires for shredding the off-camber sections with aplomb.
Orbea designed a system for their cable routing called the ” cable down tube highway”. Which turns out to be an impressively clean take on cable routing. By doing this they chose to run the rear derailleur and rear brake housing in two grooves designed for the cables to run along the top of the down-tube, kept secure with nicely done bolt-on guides. And they internally routed the front derailleur cable inside the tube set to keep it away from mud and water. They have also applied a super-hard plastic chain stay and down-tube protectors to reassure the composite finish in these areas is not marred by any chain slapping or kicked-up boulders.
Available in the sizes Small, Medium and Large. While all the mtb frames have a lifetime warranty toward any Orbea manufacturing defect, with the original owner of course.
The US cycling company named Specialized has been at it creating dedicated bikes for women for several years now, but unfortunately the impressive mtb lineup was missing the key niche of a 29er full susser model. So none the less all the ladies now have a tall wheeled version of their past years Safire 26er setup.
Which is where the new Rumor 29 falls into the Specialized lineup, while in review it’s a complete reworking of what the modern “trail” bike characteristics are all about, but made solely on the female spectrum. With many attributes from the suspension dynamics to the frame shape and sizing are well worked to be perfect for the ladies who like to rock the same sections of single track that their boyfriends rip down.
For all the frame engineering basics, they employed a new M5 hydro-formed alloy frame-set that sports a solid 4.5 inches (or 110mm) for the rear wheel travel. They also broke the Rumor ride into two different component build options for a cockpit chalked full of fun with all women’s specific parts.
Which happens to be good on both, the models shown below that will include a Fox CTD suspension setup, with a super quiet clutch rear derailleur that is the newest direct mount style, alongside a stiffer 142×12 rear axle for lateral stability, and a bash ring with several other key modern amenities to boot. While the lower priced Rumor Expert and Comp models shown below that..
For the women’s Specialized setup they have dubbed the Rumor Expert version that is shown above, the cycling gurus decked it out to be well equipped to climb very well, and shift like a dream with SRAM’s X7/X9/X0 drive train along with a set of custom carbon fiber cranks. The designers also included a key feature for the single track world these days, a durable Black-lite dropper post built by the designers at Command Post. The Fox CTD fork and shock also provide that ideal travel range of 110mm, to compliment the super fast Roval Control wheels, and some of the best hydraulic brakes on the market by way of Formula’s new super light T1 setup. For the rest of the cockpit, they employed all their quality products and technology built in house. At $4,200, the Expert is truly a trail ready rig, set to shred whatever gnar gets in your way.
For the next level down Specialized did an awesome job making the new Rumor Comp model pricing a fare bit lower at $2,900 for the same exact 110mm of rear travel on the frame, but it comes supplied with a very dependable Rock Shox Monarch RL shock w/ and a matching Reba RL fork, to compliment each other perfectly, alongside a mix of SRAM’s dependable X7/X9 drivetrain parts to compliment the Avid Elixir 5 brake setup perfectly. Truth be told there’s plenty of Rumor Comp’s caged up in storied singletrack nirvana..?
For more of the tech detail breakdown on the suspension they basically kept it somewhat similar to the tried and true designs found on the rest of their mtb model line. The Rumor chain stay length is at a reasonable length of 449.5mm (that converts to 17.7″), along with three specific frame sizes available of – Small, Medium and Large to go anywhere the trails take you… Oh and by the way just want to take a second to say enjoy the good single-track-times to come, and thanks for visiting and supporting my 29erCafe site, it hugely appreciated!
If your curious, Devinci actually has quite the 2013 lineup of fantastic full suspension twenty-niners for their inventory of bigger wheeled rides, a total of 8 models to select from, and the Atlas Carbon SL is the creme de la creme of the composite tier of that selection tree. But the Devinci pricing is actually quite reasonable compared to the outlandish coin some of the most recent composite models are going for, for example is an article on the 10k Santa Cruz Bronson we reported about, just thought it was worth noting..
The setup though employs a full carbon DMC-G frame that utilizes several of Devinci’s key technologies to get that same high performance quality done accordingly, a bb92, tapered head tube, 12×142 rear-axle, along with more hi-tech components from leading brands than you can shake a root at. Also in the frame engineering department they constructed the Atlas Carbon rig with an exclusive Monocoque technology that’s proprietary and also uses multi-directional layers of composite material that are superimposed in a layup pattern that is highly technical and ride specific. Hi-tech Nano Powder is then used as well during this process, which aids greatly with reinforcing the resin and creating higher durability and strength numbers.
The other key features to Devinci’s full susser is the application of Dave Weagle’s highly sought after and utilized by more boutique mtb companies than any other out there, the split-pivot rear suspension platform is a wonder drug on technical climbs, by staying plush but yet accelerating amazingly well. And “descending”, well — dig into some of the countless reviews out there, let’s just say these bikes rock supremely in the toughest of terrain! The off road engineers have also given the frame a ton of stand over clearance to allow you to feel stable when the slope turns steep, to compliment the BC style geometry they are calling FRG, or full response geometry, which places you in the optimum position for attacking the terrain both up or down. The ultimate goal for the Devinci Atlas was to end up all business, so the bike can do all the work, and you’re able to kick back and enjoy the mighty fun ride in store.
They have done an awesome job of capturing several key qualities, like that ultra-fast acceleration feel you get from the lighter weight 26 inch race-day setup. But putting it all together with that renown butter-smooth ride over quality that ultimately put 29ers on the map and are so world famous for. All while using industry leading components and high level technology, along with the execution of the world renown split-pivot platform mated to a lightweight composite bigger wheeled frame with some tremendously cool graphics, all spells Devinci love at first sight and trouble indeed for your friends trying to hang with you on the endless single track this summer.
The great Price for the Atlas SL model is $5,499.00,
Schwalbe’s super fast and supple Racing Ralph 2.25 mtb tires
Shimano 10 speed 11-36 tooth cogset
Enjoy the super fun video below..
If your wondering, Devinci actually has quite the inventory of sweet full suspension twenty niners for their lineup of tall wheeled rides, a total of eight 29er models to choose from to be exact, and the Atlas Carbon RC is the bottom of the composite tier of that selection tree, (four of the alloy models are below it though). Thus placing this Atlas in a great price range if I must point out..
The tucked away but ever present Canadian Devinci company has applied all the research they attained during the design of their award winning past years cross country mountain bike that was a performance goal oriented 26 inch full-suspension version, thus creating a true monster on the alpine track, a taller wheeled trail monster to be exact. Similar to Devinci’s other model , they constructed the new Atlas 29 with the exclusive proprietary Monocoque technology that employs multi directional layers of composite material that get superimposed in a pattern that is highly specific. Nano Powder is then used as well in the process to reinforce the resin with creating more strength and durability with the additional microscopic composite tube-set, that’s integrated.
The Atlas ride runs on both Fox and Rock Shox for handling the 100 millimeters of travel at the front and 110mm for the rear of the bike. Devinci set up the hotrod..(oops, I mean)– bikes drivetrain with very reliable SRAM X7 2 X 10 gearing, and Elixir 3 stopping power with a lightweight Easton XC wheelset. The Atlas full susser is ideal for doing it all with either trail riding or cross country if you prefer. Devinci did an excellent job of capturing both the ultra-fast acceleration feel of the lighter weight 26 inch race-day bike along with the renown butter-smooth ride over qualities that made bigger wheels famous.
Discounted 2013 Online Pricing for the Atlas RC model is$3,999.00,
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For the exclusive first official look at what Niner will be showing off at the Sea Otter bike festival this upcoming weekend that’s already upon us, a new Licorice Black color and graphic layout on the recently new RIP 9 Frame to drool over! Nice… so many sweet rides with big wheels so little time.
So now you truly have a tough choice on your hands with the original Rally Blue model color to say the least, it has also been reported with some actual weights on the rides, so good luck on picking through two stellar choices.
When Niner unveils a new model, many of the consumers and competitors alike are quick to take notice. This is due to their persistent research and design that squeezes every ounce of performance from the ever expanding and popular 29er platform. With 125mm of travel, the RIP continues their tradition of shaking up the market by pushing its rides up to the next level.
As big wheels are becoming more dominant, they’re proving themselves on more and more technical terrain, and the demand for longer-travel options is growing. Which is where, it smartly strikes a perfect balance between too little, and not too much travel.. to make it happen!
Niner did an awesome job with the RDO’s deep gloss Licorice Black on the entire frameset with the exception of key spots like the down tube and on the seat stays where they allowed the natural carbon to surface through. The other key update and improvement that has gone on is a change in where the rear derailleur cable housing exits on the down tube. On the Jet model it exits much lower causing a not so direct path for it to travel, as shown in the photo above it’s a much cleaner and simpler method to get to the back derailleur. Which ultimately makes the lever feel lighter when your shifting.
It also appears they have changed the hose guide configuration on the rear brake to slightly tuck the hydraulic line under the seat stay farther to clear your foot better.
As with the new Racing Blue model. This Niner guy shown here follows suit with 125mm of plush Fox Kashima Float travel with all the CTD amenities of climb, trail descend with a very innovative lower linkage, to say the least.
Also all of the main pivots employ 1″ sealed cartridge bearings for strength, durability, and lateral stiffness. To also enhance that rear end stiffness is a 142 x 12mm thru axle (a Maxle version) to tie the complete package together incredibly well out on the trail where it ultimately matters the most.
So for the reported weight on the RIP 9 complete bike shown below utilizing a Fox TALAS 34 CTD fork and shock, Shimano XTR transmission with Race Face composite 2×10 cranks, NoTubes ZTR Flow EX rims with Schwalbe Nobby Nic’s (with no tubes), and Niner’s own complete cockpit of Carbon handlebar, alloy stem with a standard composite seat post. The seat is also from WTB to complete the build.
Weight has been reviewed at: 26lb 10oz (~26.65lbs)
If your going to Sea Otter, Niner will have several surprises there along with this model available to demo if you wish to check out what a longer travel composite 29er is all about. If that’s not the case, check back here next week, because 29erCafe will have you covered on anything new that comes out of the crazy festival weekend.
The Licorice RDO Carbon fiber Frame is now available, at the purchase link below, and thank you so much for supporting the site!
Its been a long time coming, and the old adage of (good things come to those who are patient and wait) holds all to real with IBIS’ newest ride the Ripley. They simply were extremely patient with prototyping on the full suspension that uncovered some issues with the first version that utilized a unique Norglide contact bushing setup. That ultimately failed when put through extremely muddy race conditions, so they were faced with two choices – either redesign the NorGlide bushing setup they were working with, or switch back to a standardized cartridge bearing setup that they were also developing as a backup.So here it is nearly 2014 and IBIS obviously picked a direction for it, opting for the cartridge bearing system which has proved to be a great call for several reasons, one being the girth that was reduced, along with the complexity being reduced at the same time. Due to a bearing design that gets mounted within the setup, while they are the same standard cartridge bearings for a BB30 bottom bracket, while the rear swing arm uses an everyday common skateboard wheel bearing that are easy to find and replace if needed.
The Ripleys’ end result is amazing with a nearly invisible rear suspension linkage, all drawn up by the suspension guru Dave Weagle, also allowing for somewhat shorter chain stays at 17.5″, along with increased front derailleur clearance that is mounted to the swing arm. During and through all the intense IBIS development they have also come up with a new way to increase strength and reduce weight by utilizing a technology called (lightweight syntactic foam glass micro sphere core) that was employed for the swing arm tubes because they were not able to use a removable bladder. IBIS reported that this new core is half the weight of a traditional foam core that is employed in composite construction, when a removable bladder can’t be used.
The engineers have designed the 29 model to mate comfortably with a choice of either 120 or 140mm travel fork, but IBIS recommends the fork have a 51mm offset, for the bike to perform at it’s highest level. They also built it to use a high direct mount front derailleur that is mounted to the swing-arm, a press fit style BB92 bottom bracket, a post mount style brake caliper attachment to fit 160mm disc rotors, internal cables, a 142×12 Maxle style rear-axle, tapered head tube, along with accommodation for two bottle cages. It sounds like small bottles will work great inside the IBIS main triangle for one of the mounting points, where as the other location is on the bottom of the down tube shown in the picture above. They have also made sure the Ripley is 1x compatible, reporting that built up with an XX1 group hit the scales right at 23 pounds. They have also given out a claimed weight for the frame only as well at 5.0 lbs equipped with an X Fusion Microlite rear shock, and a bit heavier at 5.2 lbs using Foxs’ RP23 CTD shock. Which will compliment XX1 beautifully… ah the wonders of XX1! With Shimano XT is listed below..
They really did a spectacular job this time around with the suspension linkages and to actually disguise them– we are calling it out here at 29erCafe the Ripley will be the first of many frame models from other full suspension manufactures who will take this style to very high levels of not only aesthetics but making them virtually maintenance free as well, because they will be out of harms way contained in composite coolness.
As of five days ago, IBIS made it now available with two choices for the colors, either Black with green accents or solid Blue, and is offered for purchase at the links below. The Black w/Green, is actually available as both the frame only option or with a complete XT build setup, which will be provided in both SRAM or Shimano XT, as well as utilizing E*thirteen’s double TRS+ 24-34T cranks. For the purchase and updated pricing info, check it out at both the links below.
“Have fun riding with friends exploring and railing new trails this Spring and Summer… Enjoy!”
Frame Purchase Info Here..
– Funner, ..erCafe
Cube has as in many years past hit their high-performance carbon hardtails spot on for the upcoming 2014 mountain biking season, like the Reaction GTC, due in part to the amazing value that’s packed into the trail performance. As with all the hardtail models in the German line of bikes, they utilize the key advantages for what larger diameter hoops are all about, but some how were able to keep the same trail agility as the Reaction 26 inch versions.
The carbon engineers have also been quite creative with the rear disc brake area and cooling for the caliper, they constructed a support arm connecting the rear stays together but also acts as a unique way to redirect cooler airflow straight at the rotor and caliper. For developing the carbon frame Cube 29er creatives have utilized Twin Mold Monocoque Tech. That also includes key features like making the tube diameters over sized for the PressFit bottom bracket and tapered head tube areas to guarantee amazing lateral stiffness. The areas where Cube were able to shave weight were the integrated headset and post mounts for the rear caliper.
To make the mtb trail worthy, Cube used a mix of Shimano XT and SLX 3×10 parts that are very sound performers on any given trail situation you can throw at them. For front suspension the Reaction GTC ride is hooked up with a retro style matching Rock Shox Reba air fork for soaking up rough chunder sections in style! It also comes with 100mm of travel and poplock with adjustments for damping. Cube have also rolled the model out on Sun Ringlé Radium wheels that meet that fine balancing act of durability and lightweight. If your looking for a ride where your in the bike, and not perched on top, here you go.. with an awesome price to Race it on!
As always Cube seems to nail their high-performance carbon hardtails season after season, and for 2014 the Reaction GTC is no different, because of the unbelievable value that’s packed into the trail performance. As with all the hard tail versions in the German stable they use the key advantages of the larger wheeled hoops, but were able to keep the same agility as their Reaction 26-er bikes.
Cube has also been quite creative in regards to disc brake cooling for the rear caliper, by building a support arm connecting the rear stays that also acts as an air-wing to redirect airflow toward the rotor and caliper. For producing the GTC carbon frame Cube is employing a Twin Mold Monocoque carbon Technology. Which includes key features like over sizing the tube diameters for the PressFit bottom bracket and tapered head tube areas to guarantee amazing lateral stiffness. The areas where they were able to shave weight was with post mounts for the rear brake, along with an integrated headset.
To make the mtb trail worthy, Cube used a mix of Shimano XT and SLX 3×10 parts that are very sound performers on any given trail situation you can throw at them. For front suspension the Reaction GTC ride is hooked up with Manitou’s sweet matching Lime Green, Marvel TS air fork for soaking up all the rough chunder sections in sheer style to say the least! It also comes with 100mm of travel and adjustments for remote lockout and damping. The Cube Pro model rolls out on Sun Ringlé Radium wheels that meet that fine balancing act of durability and lightweight. If your looking for a ride where your in the bike, and not perched on top, here you go.. with an amazing price to boot!
The Open Cycle company as of late media press releases, that have just recently opened it’s doors in late 2011 with a super exotic O-1.0 carbon 29er hardtail mountain bike frame, have been utilizing all their extensive background history and deeply rooted composite techniques that were used with Cervelo, to be put to great use on the dirt side of things. And to fast forward through all their extensive history and the full season of 2012 as well, they have now introduced some spectacular product once again, and this round was for Eurobike ’13, but this round that same O-1.0 frame is creatively built up as a Limited Edition AXX1 version that hit the scales at a mere 17.1lbs, or converted to (7,756.4 grams/ 7.756kg) with a sexy SRAM XX1 build kit on it. But the designer and Co-Founder of Open, Gerard Vroomen had more hardtail big wheel exotica up his sleeve to unveil for the next 2013 season. While for this round it’s been reported in the media once again, that the build and specs involve a Cannondale Lefty XLR C Fork along with other crafty exotic carbon bike treats. Which is said to shave the newest version down a full pound to a claimed 16.09 lbs, or 7.3 kg weight! The changes that Gerard and crew made to this amazing bike also include new graphics from the component manufactures to make it truly a Limited Edition ride, along with a specific THM BBright crank that was engineered to fit the bike.
As an article update: I need to send a huge thank you to all those at Open in the tech staff who have listed 29erCafe under their great list of articles.. so Thanks Again for all the support, and for bringing to the market such sweet rides for everyone across the globe! You guys/gals rock the house down..
Lefty’s have been the go to fork for the bigger wheeled platforms, not only for added front end stiffness but their are several other key traits involved. One of those being to shave a fare amount of weight off the front end, while the other is the amazingly butter smooth feel, due to it’s hybrid needle bearing technology. As I personally own the ’13 model and it is hands down the smoothest front suspension fork I have personally ever used, making it perfect for the Open ride.
Which ended up being one of the bigger changes to the new AXX1.
Open obviously kept the rear XX1 shifter and derailleur, but reworked some of the other ingredients with the highly refined German company AX Lightness to spec the parts throughout the majority of the mtb, which includes the handlebar with custom graphics. They also have incorporated a RockShox X-LOC remote located on the handlebar for making the lock out controls convenient on the Lefty fork, that is shown in the LTD photo above.
Nice touch with special Clavicula cranks with a BBright bottom bracket assembly. At Open’s website they have also listed a “green” XX1 rear derailleur on the AXX1. Which might be new color available from SRAM in the near future, we will have to wait and see what surfaces in the media?
The other big change for Open from the previous ’13 Eurobike model that sported a handsome set of DT-Swiss tubular wheels, has been changed out to another stratosphere, that being AX Lightness and their LRS tubular rims that were mounted on Tune’s hub set along with some new tubular’s byway of Tufo, that are dubbed the Colle XC2 Plus 2.0 29 tubular model mtb tires. The are several pricing options but $9,240 will set yourself up with the complete bike as shown. For the O-0.1 frame’s purchase info in North America, check out Competitivecyclist..
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Want a great high-performance 29er hardtail to shred the trail network with, Cube’s newest Reaction Pro will get the job done perfectly. Not only suitable for fast riders in the cross country race field, but ideal for professionals wanting to thrash the competition on some alpine terrain as well. The designers built the frame with Advanced Hydroformed HPA 7005 triple butted tubing to make it lighter weight than the LTD hardtail models, it also utilizes a tapered head tube for increased steering response and no flex out of the front end when navigating tough switchbacks and the like out on technical trail networks.
They have also stepped it up a notch by applying internal cable routing to ultimately clean up not only the aesthetics but provide increased protection from dirt, mud, slush, or whatever you might have to ride through while racing. The one similarity that is carried through all the hydroformed frames, are cross-ovalized down tubes for the highest possible stiffness. Cube has also applied a cold forged rear brake caliper mount to increase the overall rigidity when the brake lever gets pulled hard and you need to shut things down in a hurry, no energy will be lost due to rear triangle flex, it also acts great to dissipate heat as well. To make the mtb race worthy the German designers used a sophisticated Fox 32 Float CTD fork with 100mm travel, allowing nothing to stand between you and the track. To slow the Reaction down they used Shimano XT brakes, that are world renown for outstanding stopping performance. The Shimano mix of XT and SLX 3×10 equally hold up their end of the stick as well by providing both great shifting performance and reliability. To roll the bike at race speeds, Sun Ringlés’ 29 Radium wheelset works awesome with
Schwalbe’s Rapid Rob mt tires.
Cube did a great job with applying the best component pick for the money on their LTD SL 29, the Shimano XT for example really puts the model in a great spot in regard to a couple of key things, one being single track performance, and the second being longevity and durability, which compliments the big wheel platform perfectly on Cube’s mtb, making it ideal for long days in the saddle. With several similarities to their other hardtail models, they are aiming a little more toward the higher performance spectrum with superlight 6061 double butted tubing, to be fast and sporty. This newest alloy frame also utilizes the high tech machine work by way of hydro forming the cross ovalized downtube, to make it engineered for the highest possible strength and durability. The frame also runs with AGR geometry to ultimately make it ride nearly identical to the 26er version.
The higher quality components are comprised of an RFR handlebar, along with Easton Ea30 post and stem. To finish out the SL package, the version uses a 100mm Fox Float CTD suspension fork, with Magura taking care of the stopping duties with their MT2 hydraulic brakes. The other notable items are XT Center lock hubs, and DT spokes with RFR ZX24 rims that excel quickly on Schwalbe’s Rapid Rob mt tires.
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By applying the best component pick for the money, like Shimano XT for example really puts the LTD Race 29er in a great spot in regard to a couple of key things, one being single track performance, and the second being longevity and durability, which compliments the big wheel platform perfectly on Cube’s mtb making it ideal for long days in the saddle. With several similarities to their other hardtail models, they are aiming a little more toward the higher performance spectrum with superlight 6061 double butted tubing, to be fast and sporty. This newest alloy frame also utilizes the high tech machine work by way of hydro forming the cross ovalized downtube, to make it engineered for the highest possible strength and durability. The frame also runs with AGR geometry to ultimately make it ride quite similar to their 26er version.
The higher quality components are comprised of an RFR handlebar, along with Easton Ea30 post and stem. To finish out the package, the version uses the Rock Shox Reba RL Air 100mm fork. Magura takes care of the hydraulic brake area with MT2 stoppers, along with XT Center lock hubs, and DT spokes with RFR ZX24 rims that roll out fast on Schwalbe’s Rapid Rob mt tire.
If your looking for a balanced hardtail for the trails this summer, Cube decked the Attention out with amazing Shimano SLX components for a spectacular build perfect for the single-track. Similar to their other hard tail models, they made it more comfortable, by relaxing the seating position to be fun for hours on end. The Cube frame also uses their high tech machine work by hydro-forming a cross-ovalized down tube, engineered for the highest possible strength and durability. The 6061 alloy frame was also built specific for disc brakes.
For the high quality components selection Cube have been detailed in their selection, by using Easton to handle the details nicely with an EA30 handlebar, seat post, and stem. To finish out the package, the ride uses a Rock Shox XC 28 100 mm travel fork with Pop-Loc. Shimano also handles the hydraulic brake area, along with Center-lock hubs, and DT Swiss spokes with RFR ZX 24 rims rolling on Schwalbe’s Smart Sam tire.
To not only cover a ton of ground on the single track with bigger 29 inch wheels, but all the select price points as well, Cube created a solid performer with the Analog hard tail model, providing high potential gain of comfort and confidence for those ambitious leisure mountain bikers out there. Their newest RFR geometry specific to bigger diameter hoops, promises to deliver that comfy, but yet sporty seating position to rail the cross country trail sections, all due to making the top tube slightly shorter. Similar to the Aim model the Cube creatives have utilized hydro-formed machine techniques to create an advanced down tube design which is cross-ovalized to meet high durability figures. It also uses the same light weight 6061 aluminum for the frame construction that was engineered to meet the demands of disc brake usage, along with what they term as frame saver design features like the removable threaded derailleur hanger. The frame also sports a top quality multiple-layer finish to give it that cool wet paint look.
For the component side of the spectrum Cube’s choices for the Analog are mainly Shimano and more Shimano, for great reliability and braking performance the BR-M395 hydraulic model provides solid stopping power. The ride also uses a 3×9 setup with a Deore rear derailleur, for snappy shifting under any trail condition. Cube designers have also been most gracious to spec it out with a nice 100 mm travel Rock Shox XC 28 with features like Pop-Lock, for added climbing efficiency. More quality was also applied through the wheel department by using Center-lock hubs, and durable DT Swiss spokes laced up to RFR ZX24 rims, that roll out on Schwalbe’s Smart Sam 2.25 width, 29er mtb tires.
Having a great component pick such as Shimano XT really puts this great LTD big wheeled ride in a great spot in regards to several key things, one being durability, and the second being trail performance, which compliments the big wheel platform on the Cube mtb making it ideal for long days in the saddle. With several similarities to their other hard tail models, they steer in little higher toward the performance spectrum with super-light 6061 double butted tubing. It also utilizes the high tech machine work by way of hydro forming the cross ovalized down tube, engineered for the highest possible strength and durability. The design of the Cube frame also runs with AGR geometry to ultimately make it ride quite similar to their 26er version.
The higher quality Cube components are comprised of a very nice RFR handlebar, along with Easton’s kick butt and take names later, with the Ea30 seat post and stem. To finish out the package, the version utilizes a Manitou Marvel TS Air XC32 100mm fork. Shimano also handles the hydraulic brake area, along with Center-lock hubs, and DT spokes with RFR ZX24 rims rolling on Schwalbe’s Rapid Rob mountain tires.
SyCip Cycles displayed some amazing work with their very tricked out Unleaded that they were still constructing for a customer. It utilizes carbon fiber for both it’s seat stays and top tube as well, the uniqueness here is due to their creativeness to be innovative in order make the bike look cleaner, the junction sleeves that connect the titanium to the carbon tubes together are placed on the inside. Indeed a great looking single speed hardtail model.
Nice touch, and a great use of older copper pennies.
A great use of the new Kettle SiCCC carbon ceramic brake rotors on the bikes display, it’s been reported the frame similar to this one will retail around $2,500 retail for the frame. Please note these photos came from Bikerumor, so give those guys a thanks by visiting..
I truly feel that hardtail 29ers are the coolest thing since sliced cake, sorry for the pun, but they have revived the old and tired 26er hardtail of yesteryear into these amazing carbon creatures that just keep evolving year after year, morphing into super fun race and trail day bikes like Devinci’s new and creative Wooky SL Carbon 29 hardtail bike for example. Now I am a pretty conservative guy, so bikes above the 4+ thousand dollar mark, I hold caution toward, but when they are so damn fun, and the daily gratification you can get out of a carbon mtb is through the roof, thus warranting a price tag as such, especially if you relate to how automobile prices have escalated over the years as well. The added technology elevates the fun factor none the less!
Some of the most recent mountain bike test reviews are dubbing the Devinci Wooky Carbon SL as similar to the sports car “supercar” world of performance. Every key detail put into the bike, breathes fire fast. With the exception of the geometry where the goal was to make it descend like a rocket on fire as well, so the head angle is slightly slacker compared to other race bikes. Thus showing the deep Canadian roots? 🙂
What can I say, Shimano’s XT brakes and drive system perform flawlessly with it’s 2×10 configuration. The 29er also rolls on Easton’s EA70 XCT wheelset.
They have really put together the entire package perfectly to make the bike accelerate quick, roll super-smooth, and handles aplomb to literally tear up fast single track. The perfect bike tool at your disposal to dissect the many variations of XC race courses.
We have the 29er mtb listed through Performance at the purchase link below.. Enjoy!
“Not just pretty fast, but Pretty and fast…Enjoy!”
– pricing for the complete bike is $
3,999.00, now $2,499.00
Wooky SL 29er Bike/PerformanceBike..
– Funner, 29erCafe
I truly believe that the carbon fiber hardtail 29er is the sweetest thing since sliced cake, sorry for the pun, but they revived the old and tired 26er hardtail rides of yesteryear into these amazing carbon setups that continue to evolve at a rapid pace year after year transforming novice mountain riders and racers alike. A great example of the madness is Devinci’s new 2013 Wooky RC Carbon 29er hard-tail bike for super fun race and trail days.
Now I am a pretty conservative guy, so bikes above the 4+ thousand dollar mark, I hold caution toward, but when they are so damn fun, and the daily gratification you can get out of a carbon ride is through the roof, thus warranting a price tag as such, especially if you relate to how automobile prices have escalated over the years as well. The added technology elevates the fun factor none the less!
Some of the most recent mountain bike test reviews are dubbing the Devinci Wooky Carbon RC as similar to the sports car “porsche 911” world of performance. Every key detail put into the ride, spells out fast. With the exception of the geometry where the goal was to make the 29er descend rocket fast as well, so the head angle is slightly slacker compared to other race bikes. Thus showing the deep Canadian roots. 🙂
They have equipped the Wooky RC’s comfortable and lightweight DMC-G carbon frame, with SRAM’s mix of X7 and X9 drive-train parts, X9 handling the rear derailleur department, to simply perform flawlessly in the 2×10/ 24-38t chain-ring configuration. It also utilizes an 11-36t cassette for rolling mach 9 down debris strewn forest service roads, and climbing super steep wall sections on the single track. You will not be disappointed. The 29er also rolls on Jalco’s XCD22 wheel-set, that feature durable Formula sealed cartridge bearing hubs, mounted true with Schwalbe’s Racing Ralph 2.25 width mtb tires. With a Rock-Shox 100mm suspension fork to deal with the rough trail department, the Reba RL Solo Air model to be exact, that has been proven year after year with 29 inch bike owners to have that perfect balance in regards to weight and front-end stiffness, as well as shear smoothness out of the suspension travel.
They truly put together the entire package perfectly to make the setup accelerate quick, roll butter-smooth, and handle any surprises thrown at it, to literally tear up fast single track. The perfect tool at your disposal to dissect the many variations of XC race courses.
We have the Wooky Carbon RC mtb listed through Performance at the purchase link below.. Enjoy!
“Not just pretty fast, but Pretty and fast…Enjoy!”
– pricing for the complete ride is $
2,699.00, now $2329.00
Devinci Wooky RC /Performance..
– Funner, 29erCafe
Hardtail 29er bikes are the best thing since sliced cake, they truly revived the tired 26-incher hardtail mountain bikes of yesteryear into these amazing big wheel creatures that just continue to evolve year after year. Transforming mountain bikers with confidence laden setups that are perfect for trail or race days alike, as with the new Devinci Wooky XP 29 hardtail bike for 2013 for example.
For what makes the Wooky XP model so promising is not only the 29″ wheel size, but the component spec is well thought out. For instance the SRAM X7 2X10 drivetrain, along with an X9 rear derailleur, that utilizes gearing that is adapted perfectly for a bigger diameter wheel. The front chain ring configuration is a 22/36 tooth, combined with a Shimano 11-36 tooth cassette. I have a racing history with a lot of depth, thus stating that I like to ride fast, which I do on regular basis, but the one thing I would complain about with 29ers, was the over gearing you were forced upon due to manufactures just selling you what was cheapest to make. Which was their standard components for 26″ bikes. Thankfully SRAM gets it, and is changing their ways by offering a different spectrum of gearing, and the Wooky XP 29er mountain bike takes advantage!
For the remainder of key details for the mtb, Devinci styled it out with a Rock Shox 100mm front fork, the Recon Silver TK model to be exact. Four inches is also a perfect combination for the 29inch hard-tail platform, allowing for the geometry numbers to balance nicely for a bike that is not only going to climb awesome, but descend equally well. For rolling attributes the bike is equipped with a Jalco XCD22 29″ wheelset built with a high quality Formula sealed hubset. They also went above and beyond to make sure the tire spec was ideal by using Schwalbe’s Racing Ralph 2.25 width model.
Devinci frame designers that are based out of Canada, have a depth of history for utilizing high quality materials to manufacture their bikes out of. With the Wooky XP model not falling short on this promise, they employed their advanced G04 aluminum they have optimized with a special 6066-T6 grade, to balance rider comfort, durability, and most of all the overall trail performance.
29erCafe has the complete mtb listed through Performance at the purchase link below.. Enjoy!
“Fun and fast…Enjoy!”
– pricing for the complete bike is $
1,699.00, now $1599.00
Wooky XP 29er Bike/PerformanceBike..
– Funner, 29erCafe
Merida designers opted to apply their world cup proven «Bio Fibre Damping Compound» along with the new innovative «Flex Stay» design on the new Big Nine XO Edition MTB, similar to their Big NINE Carbon Team model we have reported about. Both mountain bikes use a key mixture of flax fiber that they have woven into the matrix of the carbon compound, thus truly allowing for the seat stays on the Big models to provide superior damping qualities. To take the overall comfort a step farther they focused on the Nine’s seat tube area by tapering the tube down from a massive BB-30 area, to be able to employ a 27.2 mm seat post diameter that is far more compliant on rough terrain, thus getting the Big Nine hard tail’s comfort level as some of the best in the industry. For this particular season on the Merida Big Nine XO Edition they have also applied the «X-Taper» technology, to tapers the head tube from 1.5 to 1 1/8″, really making for a super fun Nine ride that is comfortable not only on the trail but on the podium as well!
For the ’12 mountain bike race season, the Big NINE 29er bike was the MULTIVAN MERIDA TEAM’s most successful mtb. While Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå posted the biggest benefits after switching out from her 26er to a 29″ hard tail. Thus giving this extremely impressive ride shown above a permanent spot on the 2013 bike racing roster.
Weighing a mere 1090 grams, the creative Merida designers built the BIG NINE frame out of «Nano Matrix Carbon» to not only achieve extraordinarily light numbers, but most importantly to make the bike super comfy on rougher terrain. It’s now literally easy to feel the frame absorbing small vibrations and dished out surface hits, making it easier for the mountain biker to save power.
By combining their proven «Bio Fibre Damping Compound» and their innovative «Flex Stay», which utilizes a mix of flax fibers that are woven into a compound matrix, thus allowing for the seat stays on the NINE to provide superior damping qualities. They also focused on the seat tube area to ultimately taper it down from the rigid BB30 area into a seat post that is a smaller 27.2mm diameter, to compliment the Big Nine’s comfort once again. For the head tube of the bike, they utilized an «X-Taper» setup that tapers down from 1.5 to 1 1/8″, thus combining max stiffness and low weight. They also stepped the hard tail up a notch by employing a 12 mm thru axle, which is one of the key parts for the 29er concept.
Part of their integrated sponsorship comes from the likes of SRAM/ Rock Shox which has decked all the members bikes out with a super lightweight SRAM XX1 11-speed drive system along with SID XX suspension forks.
The Merida Big Nine Team has also received the other portion of it’s support from the likes of great items like Fulcrum wheels to round it out. The wheels are available for both tubeless clincher and tubular tire models. These 29 inch wheels provide some of best qualities regarding air tightness, lower weight, and above all stiffness during intense racing conditions. This model is also equipped with a Prologo saddle for the current racing season, utilizing their «Slide Control System» to provide incredible grip and support while climbing.
Diamondback did an amazing job building out the Recoil Pro 29 mtb to make for a pretty ideal beginner model for those who are just getting their feet wet with trail riding and are searching for an entry level full-suspension mountain bike. As with all of their Recoil full suspension models, they were designed with a solid platform in mind making them completely upgrade able if you should opt to go up with your components to another higher performance level.
The foundation for the Recoil was based firmly around a Trail 6061 T-6 Alloy frame that provides 4 inches of rear suspension travel. These new Diamondback frames utilize butted and formed tubes that were shared from their nicer Sortie models. They also have sealed cartridge bearings at the pivot points. The engineers also designed the Recoil 29 frame around a single pivot platform to keep the full suspension part less complicated, which will require much less maintenance for you down the road, simply because of fewer moving suspension parts to wear things out quicker.
This new 2014 aluminum frame platform wasn’t the only improvement to be had on the new Recoil mtb. Diamondback applied a Rock Shox Monarch R rear shock that matches perfectly with Rock Shox’s new plush Recon Silver 29, Solo Air front suspension fork that also has the same 4 inches (100mm) of travel, that has a remote lockout along with adjustment for rebound dampening.
For the Pro drive train and components department Diamondback used a 9-speed Shimano SL-M430 Alivio Rapidfire shifter set to control the derailleurs. The rear derailleur is a Deore SGS model, along with an Alivio for the front. For the Cassette it’s a Shimano HG30 (11-34t) model that is paired up with some Shimano FCM Octalink cranks ( chainring sizes are 22/32/42t) to provide 24 mt’n crushing gears to pick from. Their is also some awesome and reliable hydraulic disc brake stopping power here with the M395 with 6″ rotors, to provide all of the breaking you could possibly need if you get yourself in a pinch while trying something new… last but not least are the DB SL-7 M-Series Double wall wheels to provide a stable yet tough 29″ platform for the mountain bike to roll out on for years to come.
For the cockpit Diamondback used their signature aluminum 6061 stem and SL318b over-sized Riser bar to create a perfect point of steering, along with an SL309p aluminum Micro Adjust seat post and a WTB VOLT Comp seat to make sure you can pedal your ride all day long, if so desire. Anythings possible pedaling 29ers!
The model is available with the Black color and sizes of: Small (16″), Medium (18″), Large (20″)
RECOIL Pro 29er. Enjoy the experience of the day with this one….Ride Safe!
– this item is available with free shipping at the Jensonusa purchase link below.. Purchase Info Here..
– Funner, 29erCafe
Sale Price: $1500.00
This online item usually ships the next business day
|Three Sizing Options||16″ SM 18″ MD 20″ LG|
|Frame Material||Recoil 6061 T-6 Aluminum with 100mm travel, Single Pivot, replaceable derailleur hanger|
|Front Fork||Rock Shox’s new plush Recon Silver 29, Solo Air 100mm travel with rebound damping adjustment|
|Rear Shock||Rock Shox Monarch R, with external rebound adj.|
|Crankset||Shimano Alivio 9-speed Octalink with replaceable rings, 22/32/42t|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano BB-ES25 with Octalink spindle|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Alivio dual pull, top swing, 34.9mm clamp|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Deore SGS 9-speed|
|Shifterset||Shimano SL-M430 Alivio 9-speed Rapidfire|
|Brake Levers||Tektro Alloy with easy tool free finger reach Adjust|
|Disc Brakes||Shimano M395 Hydraulic brakes with 160mm disc rotors both front and rear|
|Cog Set||Shimano HG30 Cassette (11-34 tooth)|
|Chain||KMC 9 speed|
|MTB Tires||WTB Wolverine 2.2 inch width|
|Pedals||DB’s own in house Sound Aluminum model with molded traction pins|
|Handlebar||DB SL318b Oversize 31.8mm Mid Rise|
|Stem||DB AL6061 Ahead 7° 31.8mm|
|Seat post||DB SL309p Aluminum Micro Adjust, 30.9mm diameter|
|Saddle||WTB VOLT Sport SE|
|Headset||Zero Stack Ahead 1 1/8″|
|Color Available||Red with Black /Silver graphics|
|Rims||32h Weinmann SL-7 Double wall for plenty of trail durability, no matter what you might encounter|
|Hubs||32h SL-7 Alloy Cassette w/ CNC Disc mount|
|Spokes||Silver 14g Stainless Steel|
|Grips||Recoil 4L 135mm Kraton|
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For the 2012 OHBS show, the Ti Cycles booth had some killer titanium welds going on, with their new hardtail and full-suspension 69er mountain bikes. It appears they have updated them with some modern features along with shedding some weight off of the frames. These handmade bikes are eye catchers for sure.
Enjoy the photos along with the full-rigid hardtail mountain bike below….
Ti Cycles utilized a 44mm head-tube to make it possible to use a tapered steer front fork, along with a BB386EVO BB area for added frame stiffness.
Ti Cycles has licensed from Santa Cruz, the Blur XC carbon rear end for their 69er rear suspension needs. Making for a proven, light-weight VPP rear pedaling platform.
The new Ti Cycles 69er was set up with a sweet mix-and-match set of Rolf Ralos 26″/29″ combination wheelset, that use the Stan’s NoTubes BST technology, the combined estimated weight is 1565 grams.
Also in the booth was their 69er hardtail, that is a belt drive design. Ti Cycles did a great job with this fork design having an integrated direct mount stem. Looks like a rock’n dirt crit racer. Enjoy…
Several months ago Giant first released the news that they would be including a 29er model of their all-mountain Trance X model for 2013.
Giant didn’t go with carbon fort he first run out of the gate. The Giant Trance X 29ers sport aluminum frames, being Giant’s ALUXX SL grade. Surprisingly the weight however, won’t be in the army tank range—the Trance X 29 medium frame deflects the weights and measures at a respectable 5.89 lbs with shock. Which is only about 1lb heavier than Giant’s lightweight Anthem X 29er Advanced carbon frame.
As of yet there’s no media buzz of a carbon fiber version on the drawing board, but more than likely since Giant holds the title of the largest producer for carbon bike models across the globe, one would suspect that there will be a version with at least a carbon front triangle in the near future.
Giant’s Anthem 29ers have longer chainstays than whats common these days, with an 18.2″ stay, which for reference, is a solid 1/2″ to 3/4″ longer than other manufactures building 29ers with 4″ travel mountain bikes. To combat this Giant has designed the new Trance X 29 with a new single-spar swingarm which pushed the rear wheel in closer to the mountain bike’s center. The Trance X 29 chainstay length is 17.8″—nearly 1/2″ shorter than Giant’s Anthem X 29er. Which should technically give the mtb better maneuverability in those tighter areas of trail. They set the head angle at 69°, so the bike will be fairly neutral on technical descents.
The Allux frame has internal cable routing and dropper post cable guides. They fit the bikes bottom bracket with a press fit BB86 style. They opted to not utilize a rear through axle, Giant feels that a 142×12 system would stiffen things up, but in the other basket add unnecessary weight and cost to the mountain bike.
The question gets asked, who would this new 29er mtb be aimed at? Even though the Giant Trance X 29 has its roots already planted with enduro racing, with Adam Craig winning 2012 super-d nationals on it. It will basically be aimed at any mountain biker who loves to ride aggressive singletrack and is looking to update to a lighter weight, quick maneuvering sled. In shorter terms, like most of the all-mountain bikes to date, it will be a mountain bike that makes perfect sense for a very large range of riders.
Giant will provide three different Trance X 29er models for 2013. All three will have the same Aluxx frame, with changes to the drive trains and suspension as described below.
The Giant Trance X 29er 0 will be outfitted with some sweet Shimano XT driver and shifter goods, and a Fox 32 Float 29 FIT CTD front fork, with a Fox Float CTD shock for the rear. The 29er mountain bike is also sporting some new P-TRX 29 1 wheels with 28mm width, alloy tubeless ready rims weighing 1,795 gr, designed by Giant.
The Giant Trance X 29er 1 also utilizes the same Fox suspension components with a Fox 32 Float fork and a Float CTD shock, but they changed up the drivetrain a bit putting a SRAM X9-X7 component mix on it. Braking details are delivered with Avid Elixir 3s. These mid range 29er bikes also bear the same dropper seatpost as the higher end Trance X 29 0 –Giant’s own Contact Switch dropper post.
The Giant Trance X 29er 2 is sporting both the RockShox Recon Silver front fork and Monarch shock. The drive is a SRAM X7-X5 combination with the Shimano M395 brakes bringing the 29’r to a halt.
The only hardwood twenty niner mountain bike we have seen at 29er–Cafe that actually appears that from the factory testing it can shred single track. So we have done a little research to look at how this unique bike performs on the trail. Does it ride as good as it looks?
The bike company Renovo is unique. While some bike manufactures have gone the route of bamboo, these guys have used a series of hardwoods to design and build their wooden mountain bike like these 29er hardtails. The Badash twenty niner came out of the Red Stag series of frames made of New Zealand pine and hickory.
The quality of craftsmanship is nothing short of amazing. The amount of research and development that went into making sure this Badash wooden mountain bike frame is as much of a work of art as it is a ride able bike is huge. Having a $2,550 price tag and a 5.5 pound frame weight, it would be expected this bike to be a high end, boutique piece, but it over produces on the wow factor. From the way the construction of the hardwood is joined together to the internal cable routing, every ounce of this frame is thought out and completed to perfection the same way any hardwood furniture craftsman would accomplish.
The Renovo Badash twenty niner has been through rigorous testing – results revealing that Oak and Hickory can withstand extreme forces while still providing ride qualities which allow for long lasting service and durability where other materials would fail. When they first came up with the concept of creating an MTB their comprehensive experience working with wood was renowned, yet they’d taken a long time before making the decision to create the 29er bikes using Hickory. After testing their road bike frames for impact resistance against aluminium, steel and titanium, gradually the MTB transformed from concept to reality.
In the geometry department, the Renovo Badash has a HT angle of 71 degrees. This falls right in line with most twenty niner hard tails in the industry.
It sounds like from early rider reviews of the wooden mountain bike are given that the Renovo hardwood frame does a great job of softening stutter bumps on the trail. While the frame doesn’t feel as dead as one might ponder, it felt a little bit softer than steel. The hardwood on the Badash has the capacity to absorb the vibrations so you don’t feel it in the saddle and grips. Normally when a frame deadens the trail chatter it comes at a price in the stiffness of the rear triangle. The Renovo’s rear end tracked very well keeping traction through off camber and turns g-outs. The stiffness of the frame in hard load situations was there a bit more than a steel frame but not quite as much as aluminum. It was almost like a well built carbon frame from that aspect.
These twenty niner bikes are probably not for everyone. If you are looking for something unique that still can be pushed like a real mountain bike, the Renovo Badash 29er is exactly that. I am a sucker for works of art. When you roll up with the wooden Badash twenty niner MTB, you are going to get a lot of questions from other riders. It truly is a unique piece of art that can take the abuse on the trail. It might not be a race bike, but it will be an incredibly fun bike that you can not see anywhere else.
Mountain bikes are made to be ridden and it looks like a great time can be had with the Badash twenty niner from the creative woodworkers. It is the only woodenmountain bike we have found that gets ridden that people enjoy riding as much as looking at it. The Badash hardwoods are a simple alternative to absorb vibrations.
These CrankBrothers Candy 2 MTB Pedals are some serious eye candy. Their new design with a two-piece aluminum body is a gorgeous piece of modern style CNC machined and ano’ed mountain bike art, we like them- can you tell… They improved them to be stronger, more durable, and they are still as light as the older resin body of the Candy pedals. The Candy 2 body simply gives you a lot more purchase to hit than the standard Eggbeater when you need to get clipped in fast. They also offer more support for your feet.
Similar to the Eggbeater versions, these very intuitive Pedals have 6° of float and are supplied with two-bolt cleats that fit all mountain bike shoes. The have brass cleats that are slightly asymmetrical. So depending on which cleat you use, you’ll get either a 15° or 20° release angle. Another benefit of the use of brass for the cleat is that they are softer than the steel used in the retention parts of the pedals. which will make sure that the inexpensive and easy to replace cleats will wear out before the pedal parts do.
Crankbrothers designed their MTB pedals to be easily serviceable. They’re so simplified, they can be disassembled, re-greased, and put back together in a few minutes. This model comes with a forged chromoly spindle, a stainless steel retention spring, and stamped and plated steel retention wings. The pedal body spins on their very long industry proven serviceable bushing/cartridge bearing system.
These Candy 2 Mountain Bike Pedals come in Orange and Natural Allow. They’re included with one set of cleats, two shims for protecting the bottom of your MTB shoes, and all the hardware needed for installation. This Crankbrothers version of the Candy 2’s claimed weight hits the scales at a mere 296 grams for the pair.
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Your thoughts of a Steel Single Speed mtb hard tail may evoke mental perception of tradition and simplicity. But, if you happen to look closer at the Spot Brand Rocker, it’s utilizing some advanced technology under its belt. But in reality, its belt is what sets this boutique steel 29er hard tail apart from the normals. Instead of using a chain drive, the Rocker transfers your power with a carbon belt drive.
The Gates Carbon Drive system found on the Rocker has some big advantages over a traditional chain. It needs very minimal maintenance for the first item. Where your chain needs to be cleaned and lubed every ride, the belt drive requires nothing. Once you get the tension properly adjusted, it will be good to go — and for a crazy long duration. Two, it is way quieter. Until you actually try it out, you probably haven’t noticed that chain drives are actually very noisy. And last but not least it’s lighter. Your rotational weight includes the chain, so with a lighter belt, you’ll enjoy faster accelerations.
Gates has also redesigned the belts into the new CenterTrac design; they designed a ridge along the center of the pulley so the belt will not be able to become misaligned. It comes stock with a 46T front and a 28T rear pulley to make a ratio somewhere between a 32 x 19T and 32 x 20T, ideal for hilly terrain.
Steel is always going to find a place among hardtail aficionados. Simply because it’s light, reliable, and lively. On the Spot Brand Rocker mtb, you get articulate welds connecting its true Temper OX Platinum tubing. An optimized mixture of vanadium, chromium, and molybdenum give this tubing unprecedented tensile strength, allowing thinly butted tubes for an amazingly fun-to-ride attitude.
Up front on the Rocker setup, you get a Rock Shox Reba RL 29er suspension fork utilizing the stiffer 15 mm through axle; it has 100mm (4 inches) of travel along with a lockout for climbing. WTB Laser TCS Trail wheels take care of rolling goods, with a set of WTB Bronson mtb tires for superb traction with the least amount of rolling-resistance. You’ll get the Rocker stopped via Avid Elixir 9 hydraulic disc brakes. To finish out the build are TruVativ Stylo T20 components for the handlebar, seatpost, and stem. With the size large frame option the Rocker weighs in at 24.1 lbs.
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The Spot Brand Rocker Steel Single Speed 29er mountain bike comes in the lone color of Pearl White along with size variations of Small through X-Large. Enjoy all the good times ahead out on your local single track! And thanks for visiting 29erCafe!