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Ritchey WCS Kite Dropper Seatpost review


With the aim of minimizing the reliability concerns that often plague other droppers, the 125mm Ritchey WCS Kite Dropper Seatpost utilizes a simple three-position mechanical low pressure air system.

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ENVE M7 cockpit review


The gravity/enduro-focused ENVE M7 cockpit features 35mm, 50mm, and 65mm stems paired with trimmable 800mm bars in a variety of rise configurations.

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  • Mike says:

    No thanks, I’ll keep using Deity stem and their enduro carbon bar and save about half the cost of the ENVE combo. The quality is great with ENVE, but the price point is steep.

  • tim says:

    Whatever the marketing spins, this is just a stem. At this length it can’t do nothing to reduce front end harshness and thicker handlebars don’t help either. Diminishing returns (or just a placebo) for crapload of money. Monster cables for your derailleur are next.

  • dickachu says:

    Like always two years, too late.

    Stem isn’t lightest as it’s mentioned in some reviews (not hire). Some German made “ENDURO” stems are lighter and twice cheaper and coming in nice anodized colors.

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Ibis Hi-Fi and Lo-Fi handlebars unveiled


When it comes to handlebar width, one size fits all doesn’t work. That’s where the new Ibis Hi-Fi and Lo-Fi handlebars come in.

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  • minh says:

    really, this is what we’ve come to in mountain biking now? pretty anodized bar widgets and extensions…

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Shimano XTR first ride review


Though we’ll need to log far more ride time before we can make any assertions about durability, Shimano’s new XTR group appears to be a home run in both form and function.

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  • Andy says:

    Find me a brake that will descend 403 and not fade. A single top to bottom run there will cook whatever braking system you are using. Back in ancient times we would have to stop to let the rims cool so we didn’t blow the tires.

  • a says:

    XTR shifter and derailleur with Eagle cassette – I wonder how that would work.

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SRAM NX Eagle Drivetrain first look


The low-cost 12-Speed Eagle is here with an 11-50 splined cassette and a groupset price of $375.

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  • Justin says:

    Is splined just the shimano HG standard?

  • Plusbike Nerd says:

    Sram just made 1×11, 2x, and 3x obsolete! When the old stuff wears out and you need to replace a chain, a cassette, and maybe a new chainring anyway, it doesn’t cost much more to convert to 1×12 NX.

  • dickachu says:

    Shitmano: we made new cassette body because it’s impossible to build new 12speed cassette HG capable
    Sram hold my beer.

    Just curios how US taxes on china made products effect on product final piece??

    • zdus13 says:

      thats not why they changed the body… they changed it because the new XTR cassette is 10-51, emphasis on 10. this one is 11. so uh dont talk shit if you cant back it up.

  • Chuck says:

    NX cassette seems awfully awfully heavy.
    Won’t that be really really noticeable when manualling or accelerating ?

    Totally agree Joe & Nerd – oldies like me running 9 spd 2X take notice of freehub compatibility and have me thinking, but that cassette weight !

  • chuckchuckbobuck says:

    You guys are overthinking it. The splined cassettes are cheaper to make. This group is designed to be as affordable as possible.

  • josh says:

    “The NX cassette gives riders every bit of the climbing range that the Eagle ecosystem and it now works with the widely used splined-drive body wheels.”

    I can’t make heads or tales of this sentence, but for sure 11-50 is not every bit of the range, as mentioned later in the article.

    As for the “why no XD drive cassette” question, it’s simple: How many OEM bikes come with Jalco, Joytech, and other cheap, non-XD hubs? Almost all of them.

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Nino Schurter riding new Syncros Fraser iC SL cockpit


Reigning Olympic and World Champion Nino Schurter will debut a new one piece Syncros cross country cockpit at the third round of the World Cup.

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New Shimano XTR 12-speed: What you need to know


Shimano’s new race-ready drivetrain boasts a 10-51 cassette (510% gear range), smoother shifting, and a host of other improvements.

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  • p brig says:

    If cassettes on these 1X drivetrains that were forced upon us continue to get ridiculously larger, then 29er wheels will be the only viable option simply to keep the derailleur and all of that chain from scraping the ground.

  • wally says:

    Looks awesome ! cant wait for XT version SO….you know what that means !?
    Sram will not take this laying down! expect an XX1 8-54 24K gold plated,titanium billet, NASA APPROVED cassette for just under $1000.00 in 2020 !!!

  • Curmudgeon says:

    Who wants the smoothest shifting ever? I still miss the positive kerchunking of my old 6 and 7 speed drivetrains. I also shudder to think of the costs of this junk.

  • Plusbike Nerd says:

    Looks like Shimano got back in the game. For years they’ve been eating Sram’s dust. With a 10-51 cassette they actually made a drivetrain that has better range, 510%, than the 10-50, 500% Sram Eagle. I’m now expecting Sram to come out with the 555%, 9-50 cassette. Competition leads to better products. The old 10-42 Sram and 11-46 Shimano cassettes just don’t have enough range. I want a 1×12 cassette with the widest range possible that still performs well.

    • Sean Ragot says:

      I’m running SRAM 9 spd.
      Been to BCBR, Moab multiple times, Whistler, Fruita, Sedona on that drive.
      Works well and 2X…

  • Juan Ghuy says:

    Is this compatible with my e-bike? Kidding…

  • Derek says:

    “And while most riders will default to the standard 10-51 12-speed set-up…” Sure, I can see them crowds lining up with $380 in hand (and signing mortgage for the rest of the groupset). Those that actually ride will stick to “budget” 9 and 10 speed options for years to come. Plus, this huge UFO looks like a dork disc on a Huffy

  • benito says:

    I’m always interested that the rear mech, the most fragile and damage-prone part of the bicycle, continues to be the focus of all this innovation. We’re definitely seeing benefits (including drawbacks in complexity and durability), but I keep waiting for some belt drive / internal gearhub setup to really change the game. That’s still a leap from today’s bikes, especially designing suspension systems around a tensioned belt drive, but I have to believe eventually we’ll end up ditching the derailleur completely.

    • Sean Ragot says:

      Agreed needs to “level up” in drive & reliable no flat tire tech rather than just larger pizza gears in order to get me to buy-in.

    • MathIsFun says:

      Not if physics has anything to say. The current chain and gear system has friction losses of 1%. It’s really amazingly efficient. No one has ever done any type of internal system where the loss is under 5%, most are over 10%. No one will wants to lose 5% to 10% of their power on a high performance bike.

  • Euls says:

    E13 Trs+ 11 speed cassette, 511% range, $249.00.

  • dave says:

    +1 to Benito and Sean Ragot. File this under “because that’s the way we’ve always done it”. Yawn.

  • peter chapman says:

    hmm wonder when it will be available on DI2? i can see a nice setup of 10-51 rear with a dual front DI2 🙂

  • Jason says:

    Man, this looks really really nice, but seems impractical in terms of cost, incompatibility with existing hubs and potential maintenance. For example, I wonder how much of a bump to a derailleur hanger it takes to throw the shifting off given the tighter spacing on 12 speed cassettes. Seems like the spacing would also be less happy about mud and other debris, too. It would be one thing if my 3x and 2x XT 9 and 10 speed groups didn’t function fantastically, weren’t easy to maintain and didn’t cost less than one of these 12 speed cassettes, but that’s not the case. To swallow the cost of the new group plus have to abandon a couple sets of really nice wheels because of the new hub standard is a tough ask. I guess everything changes at some point, though. SRAM Eagle seems pretty popular, too, so maybe this will get traction.

  • MathIsFun says:

    10-50 vs 10-51 is basically the same, only a 2% difference, like the article says. But Shimano does get the bragging rights, so kudos to them. The real game changer here is the silent freehub. We’ve never had one before without a significant weight or durability penalty. Looking forward to some quiet rides. Now nothing can drown out my Taylor Swift rocking in my earbuds

  • Bruce says:

    Will the new 10-45 11 speed cassette be compatible with the current XT/11-speed/M8000 shifter, chainring, and derailleur? The gearing ratio, weight and looks would certain be better than the current 11-42 and 11-46. Any information on MSRP?
    Thanks

  • Bruce says:

    Hub aside (I know i need a new freehub and should have been clear in my first post). My concern is the 11speed cassette has the same spacing as the 12 speed cassette which I think implies at a minimum a new shifter and 12-speed chain. Not sure about the chainring and derailleur?

  • tony a says:

    “Shimano did not adapt SRAM’s XD Driver standard (they don’t make one-piece cassettes was the rationale given), and instead they created something of their own.”

    Yet e13’s 11 sp cassette runs on an XD driver and you have several pieces so you don’t need to replace the whole thing. “Both parts of the TRS+ cassette are individually replaceable and available individually, which means that replacing worn parts is possible without buying a whole new cassette.” I’ll just wait for e13 to come out with a 12sp cassette that you can swap worn parts.

  • Not Again says:

    The bike industry shafting us again. 11-speed forced obsolescence in 3-2-1…

  • Spiro says:

    Will the cassette still be compatible with SRAM derailleurs/shrifters?

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New Shimano XTR hubs, pedals, and more


To complement its new 12-speed XTR drivetrain, Shimano has launched a host of new hubs, plus new XTR-level pedals, a slick dropper post remote, and a new chain keeper.

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Formula Cura 4 gravity brakes launched


Formula has launched a new gravity-oriented brake, the Cura 4. Highlight features include four 18mm diameter pistons aimed to provide the rider with immense stopping power.

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Praxis Girder Carbon cranks now available


Praxis has yet another entry into the carbon cranks realm – and this one won’t break the bank.

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Rotor unveils new power meter and lightweight cranks


Spain’s Rotor Bike Components has an ever-expanding product range that now includes a dual-side measuring MTB power meter and new XC race cranks.

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Magura MT1893 brakes, updated Vyron, and more


Magura has updated multiple product offerings for 2018. Arguably the most noteworthy is their 1893, a collector’s edition MT7 brake that features the HC3 levers and a sparkling chrome finish.

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OneUp travel adjustable dropper post – video


If you want the most drop that will fit your bike, OneUp is confident they have the best solution for you.

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New SQlab grips and saddles


Personal preference is a good starting point, but it should come as one of the last parts of the decision-making process after all the science and ergonomics are taken into account.

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Kogel brings precision ceramic bearings to mountain bikes


Kogel has made a name for themselves in the road and cyclocross worlds. Now they have products geared to the mountain biker seeking frictionless spin.

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  • eb1888 says:

    The ‘impressive’ warranty on bbs is 2 yrs. And ceramic balls wear out the races unless you use super hard nitrogen ss like Enduro does in the XD15. I’m not a buyer until they give out the specs for the races.

  • afro says:

    Been using Kogel on my mountain bike for 2 years now with ZERO problems, both in BB and pulleys. Amazing quality with no hassle. It’s impressive in the Texas terrain for sure.

    Have Kogel on my road and CX bike as well. Top Notch company with above quality parts.

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Box Components revamps drivetrain offerings


Box Components has redesigned and expanded its drivetrain offerings. Options coming soon will include 11-speed, 9-speed e-bike specific, and 7-speed DH.

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  • lance Salot says:

    can’t they make one derailleur that fits all? you have 11 speeds on your shifter, ok. You have a 7 speed cassette. Stoppers on the derailleur will prevent the derailleur from shifting any further and from farther movement of shifter lever. My Point…you only need the 11 speed derailleur and shifter without the others unless you might worry shaving off a few grams of weight by the smaller, shorter derailleur.

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FSA K-Force Light WideR 25 carbon wheels launched


FSA (aka Full Speed Ahead) is moving full steam ahead with two new XC-focused mountain bike wheels, plus something unofficial and wider.

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MRP unveils dual-crown fork and coil shock


Colorado-based suspension specialists showing off a new Bartlett double-crown fork and Hazzard coil shock at Sea Otter.

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Wolf Tooth Precision Headsets unveiled


Wolf Tooth’s new range of Precision Headsets deliver tight-tolerance U.S. manufacturing, best-in-class sealing, and high-quality Enduro bearings.

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Crankbrothers Mallet DH SuperBruni pedals debut


Crankbrothers has announced a partnership with two-time downhill World Champion Loic Bruni to bring the latest signature edition pedal to the Mallet DH range.

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OneUp dropper post video review


OneUp introduces a dropper post that maximizes the amount of drop a bike can use and even allows the amount of drop to be adjusted.

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  • Ben says:

    SOLD!

    Just order a 31.6 x 170 with remote, due to drop in mid May, looking forward to trying another low budget option from the folks who brought us an inexpensive big cog option.

  • EC says:

    completely sick of my dropper.

    get this one or the BikeYoke?

    • Will Urich says:

      Hiya EC, what dropper do you have currently? What’s good about the BikeYoke? I have the one that came with my 2016 Specialized enduro and….it’s not my favorite and I just crashed at Pacifica the other day and ripped off the lever so I’m in the market anyway.

  • tony says:

    What is the warranty? I’ve got the Bikeyoke Revive and I am completely confident that it will last a long time because if the air/oil mixes it can be reset in about 5 seconds..

    • Will Urich says:

      I don’t understand enough about the design and mechanical workings of dropper posts, what makes the BikeYoke better/more durable than this dropper for $200 more as far as I can tell?

  • EC says:

    been running this dropper for a few months now. Love the 170mm drop and the price.

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Magura 125th anniversary brakes launched


Commemorative MT1893 feature polished chrome 4-piston calipers, and masters engraved with the founding year of 1893.

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Cane Creek eeWings titanium crankset released


Cane Creek’s eeWings cranks are made from high-grade titanium, will fit most BB standards, and weighs a mere 400 grams.

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ENVE M Series mountain components launched


ENVE has announced a range of M Series components, including ENVE’s first 35mm cockpit, that align with the M Series core philosophy of real options and true confidence through crafted carbon.

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Fox updates category leading line-up for 2019


No other component group influences a bike purchaser’s decision as much as suspension. Now the brand preferred most by Mtbr readers is revamped and improved.

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  • Highway Star says:

    Are there any 26″ options? I was considering picking up a fox 36 next year or a long travel 34. Only interested in 26″ specific forks.

    • David says:

      Just go with a 27 fork. You’ll have 1/2″ additional mud clearance compared to the 26 and actually have some resale value in a couple years.

  • Chan says:

    Limited choices, but check out the fork builder on the Fox site.

  • charles matheu says:

    No coil options yet ???? Come on fox and rock shox, you know a lot of people want coil !!!

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