Components Reviews and News

RoadBikeReview’s Coverage of the Sea Otter Classic 2012

Besides hot mountain bikes and gear, there were plenty of new road and cross bikes and components shown for the first time at the Sea Otter! We have more Sea Otter Classic coverage on our sister site: RoadBikeReview.com. New this year was the addition of a bonafide cyclocross race, we’ve got some photos from this

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ENVE Exclusive Partnership with Zyvex Technologies

Enve Composites and Zyvex Technologies Announce Exclusive Licensing Partnership to the Technology Used to Create the World’s First Nano-Enhanced Carbon Fiber Downhill Rim April 30, 2012 – Ogden, Utah, USA – ENVE Composites is pleased to announce an exclusive partnership with Zyvex Technologies, the world’s first molecular nanotechnology company. This partnership provides ENVE access to

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Praxis Works Conversion BB Kits

Adam shows us one of Praxis Works Conversion BB Kits on a new Look BB30 bike. 68mm and 73mm shell widths for both Road or Mountain

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X-Fusion 2013 Product Line – New Forks, Shocks, Seatpost

X-Fusion Shox is just one of the many great members of the bike industry local to us here at MTBR. Based out of Santa Cruz California since 1999, they just recently expanded into a new facility with great access to trails for R&D so I was excited to join them for the launch of their

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KS LEV Adjustable Seatpost

Kind Shock had their new KS LEV remote cable actuated adjustable seatpost on display, and it will be available in the next couple of weeks, in lengths of 100, 125 or 150 mm, and diameters of 27.2, 30.9 and 31.6 mm for $395. They were selling a few of them at Sea Otter to a

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FOX D.O.S.S. Adjustable Seatpost – Sea Otter 2012

The trick FOX D.O.S.S. or Drop Off Steep Sh*t adjustable seatpost was on display at Sea Otter, and it will be in production in May with a retail price of $439, in comes in 30.9mm and 31.6mm sizes. The DOSS comes in either a 4 or 5-inch model, and has three positions, in what they

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Shimano 2013 Gravity Components – Sea Otter 2012

Shimano has been busy lately, and the bleeding edge technology that came out on their XTR wonder child, has been slowly morphing itself into their other groups. The XT group was the initial candidate, then SLX recently got it for 2013, and now the downhill and freeride oriented Saint receives some tidbits of that engineering

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Ashima AiNeon

The technical virtuoso at Ashima, Wayne Moore, had a couple of interesting multi layer rotors on display in his booth at Interbike 2011, including the Matrix and Spider Rider. He is always poking around with new brake designs and lightweight brake rotors, and I was surprised at the simple design of the AiNeon rotor. The

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All-New SRAM Grip Shift XX and XO

Introduction by Mtbr: Ahh, remember the good old days when we had choices when it came to shifters. One of earliest poll/vs. sections of Mtbr was ‘Trigger shifter vs. Gripshift’.  It was fairly evenly split but most were just happy that there was choice and competition.  The old XRay shifters were, trick and light but

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Fyxation – Mesa MP Pedal and More for 2012!

A few highlights of the new Mesa MP pedal from Fyxation as well as the Accela tire, Classic Leather saddle, Loop EVA Foam bar tape, Ano Bar End plugs and the original Mesa pedal We recently received a batch of Fyxation products for testing, including their recently released Mesa MP flat pedals. The Mesa MP

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New Truvativ NOIR T40 720mm Wide Bars

Hot color selection seems to be in this week. Following the Santa Cruz Bikes news about a whole new customer selectable color palette, Truvativ has just announced some very eye catching colors for the their NOIR T40 bars. And the trend for wider handlebars just continues! Although we featured the 1000mm wide Syncros bars in

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Introducing the All-New SRAM Type 2 Rear Derailleur

SRAM just announced details today on their new Type 2 rear derailleurs. They feature a bearing clutch and the primary purpose is to reduce chain slap and chain drops as well as allow for easier wheel removal. The clutch design is purported to be maintenance free. The idea is similar to the adjustable tension on

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Crank Brothers Kronolog Seatpost Revealed

We had a chance to do some great rides with the new Crank Brothers Kronolog dropping post. This post is the latest entry in this important and competitive category of Dropping or Height Adjustable Seatposts. Here’s a quick video reveal we shot on location at the San Juan Trail in Southern California: The vital specs

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Shimano 2013 SLX

Shimano has always pushed their technology down its food chain, and last year the Deore XT got the trickled down engineering from its XTR brethren, and this year the SLX group gets the same sort of treatment. The SLX 2013 gets a plethora of trickery, including the Ice Tech brake pads and rotors, the Shadow

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Win a Kore Bar/Stem/G​rip worth $150- Reg Up for the VP Components Dirt Club Enduro

VP COMPONENTS DIRT CLUB ENDURO REGISTRATION IS OPEN AND PRIZES ARE ALREADY BEING AWARDED! SANTA BARBARA, CA., (February 24, 2012) – The VP Components Dirt Club Enduro registration opens Friday February 24th. Every week until the week of the race, we will give away an awesome prize to one of our lucky pre-registered riders. This

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Grip Shift – Reengineered from the inside out.

10 speed Grip Shift is here. Ever since we covered the SRAM offerings from Interbike in 2010, there were a flood of comments asking about Grip Shift for 2×10. The original comments can all be seen in the Mtbr SRAM Virtual Trade Show Booth from Interbike 2010. Apparently, SRAM was listening. And developing. And answering.

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Discover German Precision Bearing Technology-Driven Hubs, Headsets, Hydraulic Shifting Systems, and More

Bloomington, MN (CFEpr+) February 17, 2012 – Produced in the German region that brings us the market leading designs of Porsche and Mercedes, cycling technological powerhouse Acros (pr. AK-ros) will be showing its product line at QBP’s Frostbike dealer extravaganza from February 17-19th. Acros specializes in CNC machining and precision bearing technology that translates into

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ENVE Composites Launches the First All‐Carbon DH Rim

Ogden, UT, USA – ENVE Composites is pleased to announce the release of the firstfull carbon downhill rim. For the last five years ENVE has been at the forefront of the bicycle industrypushing the limits of what is achievable with carbon fiber. This has been highlighted by the Santa CruzSyndicate’s success on the World Cup

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Have You Felt the Frequency?

Have You Felt the Frequency? (Rims, that is…) First 50 Rimsets Were Nabbed in 15 Minutes! WTB Still Wants to Get Some in Your Hands Mill Valley, CA (CFEpr+) February 8, 2012 – Didn’t get one of the fifty free sets of WTB Frequency Tubeless Compatible System (TCS) Rims that we offered up a few

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Syntace P6 Carbon HiFlex seatpost, Vector Carbon handlebar and Megaforce 2 stem Review

Syntace had a few new tidbits they announced at the 2011 Interbike and Eurobike shows, and I’ve been testing them over the last couple of months. The two new trick components are the Syntace P6 Carbon HiFlex seatpost and Megaforce 2 stem. The carbon post has an interesting layup which provides some fore-and-aft flex, but

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KustomCaps.com Custom Laser Etched Top Caps

Add some flair to your ride and maybe a bit of inspiration, too! I found out about KustomCaps while surfing the Mtbr forums, recently. These are a neat, little way to dress up your rig with some flavor and style from a new company. KustomCaps.com just started up around late summer of last year and

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SRAM Upgrades X9 Trigger Shifters with Ball Bearings

SRAM is excited to announce that, starting in January 2012, production of all X9 10-speed and 9-speed trigger shifters (front and rear shifters, all current colors and speeds—2×10, 3×10 and 3×9) will be upgraded, using the same pull lever ball bearing technology used in XX and X0 shifters. The ball bearing replaces a bushing, resulting

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New AngleSet Installation Video is Live

The award-winning AngleSet is not your regular headset, it truly did change the game.  It is a component that performs on a higher-level and requires a very precise installation process in order for it to function properly. Earlier this year, we placed a  step-by-step instructional video on our website.  This video walks viewers through the detailed

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CrankBrothers iodine 3 stem and iodine 11 bars Review

The aluminum stem is stiff, well-made and has a unique stem clamp, and has an assortment of hidden technologies and features. The carbon handlebars are light, strong, with a nice resiliency and feel, and have an optimal rise, and come in several extended All Mountain widths. Crank Brothers has been realigning their product suite, and

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Just In – New Ashima Ai2 Lightweight Rotor

Ashima sent along a set of their new 2012 Ai2 lightweight rotors for testing to coincide with its product launch at the Taichung Bike Week, which is taking place in Taichung Taiwan this week. Ashima has been making some very trick lightweight rotors for quite some time, and I have used their AiRotor product since

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