Product Launch Reviews and News

GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac and Remote Available Now

GoPro® Celebrates Launch of Wi-Fi BacPac™ and Wi-Fi Remote with Short Film: “New York City” World Renowned Skateboarder, Ryan Sheckler, Captures Personal “Streets of New York” Experience with 50 Wi-Fi Enabled GoPro Cameras Half Moon Bay, CA (June 4, 2012) /PRNewswire/ — GoPro, maker of the world’s most versatile cameras and producer of some of

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Announcing the 2013 Rocky Mountain Element 29 RSL

Following the success for our 2011 and 2012 carbon Element RSL and MSL models and our 2012 Element 29, it was only natural to follow up with the Element 29 RSL. The reception in 2012 of our new 29er geometry called RTC-29™, has finally and firmly established 29ers simply the faster and better option for

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Shimano 2013 Saint and Zee

New video just added! Saint M820 first impressions from Santa Cruz’s Syndicate, Trek’s World Racing and Team Yeti. Find out what the top racers and their mechanics think about Shimano’s new Saint! Shimano gave a media only shindig for their Saint and ZEE gravity oriented group, before opening the tent door to the general public.

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Audi Introduces New E-bike – Wörthersee Electric Bicycle

Besides recently acquiring Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati, German auto manufacturer Audi has recently announced a new electric bicycle dubbed the “Wörthersee”. As you can see from the photos, the Wörthersee features a prodigious amount of carbon fiber construction and also features disc brakes and Acros hydraulic shifting (with the cables run internally). It also features

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Optrix Unveils Wide-Angle iPhone Action Sports Case

Optrix Wide-Angle iPhone Action Sports Case Available for Pre-Order at Kickstarter Rugged weatherproof case and mount transforms the iPhone 4, 4S and iPod Touch into a panoramic extreme sports camera Marin, CA – May 17, 2011 – Optrix, designer of action sports video cases, announces the pre-order availability of the Optrix Wide-Angle at Kickstarter, the

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Introducing Osmo Nutrition

Introducing Osmo Nutrition Cutting edge nutrition company launches hydration and recovery product-system based on proven, peer-reviewed science Fairfax, CA (May 11, 2012)–Conventional wisdom in the endurance sports drink world holds that it’s optimal to have both electrolytes and carbohydrates in the same formula, to essentially turn a fluid into a fuel. Launched today and founded

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New MTB Videos from Mavic

Mavic has released a couple of cool videos featuring their team riders and their new wheels. Be sure to check out Fabien Barel’s video diary as he travels the world with new friends and new locations each month. Also, watch the new Mavic Crossmax29 wheels being tested, developed and raced on the World Cup Circuit

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SRAM MTB 2013

SRAM has been busy lately, and at Sea Otter they were showing off new and improved components. The new products included the 650B Rise wheel, Avid X0 Trail brake, Grip Shift, Type 2 Rear Derailer and Reverb Stealth, while the RockShox forks and Monarch RT3 shock got some hefty tweaks. Grip Shift One of SRAM’s

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2012 Marin Rift Zone XC 7 29er

Jason from Marin shows us the new 2012 Rift Zone XC 7 29er, featuring their new Quad-Link Version 3 suspension system. Marin has really made some changes with their rear suspension for this 29er specific design. Marin Rift Zone XC 7 29er Quad-Link 3.0 suspension system Moved rear shock out from within the linkage of

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Reynolds New 29er, All Mountain and 650b Carbon Wheels

Len from Reynolds Cycling shows us a few new wheels coming from Reynolds this year including their carbon 29er wheels, carbon All Mountain wheels and carbon 650B wheels. 29er Wheelset Full carbon rim Tubeless compatible rim Reynolds hub with interchangeable caps DT spokes $1950 1588 grams

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Magura 2013

As reported in mid-March, Magura has a new line of forks for 2013, with a plethora of sizes and travel options. The TS (Team Suspension) series will include a 29er with travel options of 80,100 and 120mm, a 650B with 120 and 150mm, and 26er with 80,100,120 and 150mm. There is a slew of versions

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FOX Shocks 2013

FOX is revamping their forks and shocks again this year, and they are introducing the new CTD damper. The CTD stands for Climb, Trail and Descend modes, and will be available on all 32 and 34 forks, with 100 to 160mm of travel, and the FLOAT rear shocks. The CTD will work in synergy with

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Norco Fluid 9.2 29er and Aurum DH

Dustan from Norco shows us their new 2013 model 29er – the Fluid 9, which features 100mm of rear travel and is a less expensive option than either of the other full suspension 29er offerings (the XC Marathon race oriented Revolver and the All Mountain oriented Shinobi). Although the amount of travel is the same

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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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Norco 650b Prototypes – A.R.T. with Gravity Tuning

I got to chat with Norco’s Engineering Manager PJ Hunton about two brand new 650b prototypes. Shown here is the 160mm bike that is NOT the Range 650b. This bike has been completely designed from the ground up as a new model. This is a very early prototype and there are only 5 of these

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Mavic Crossmax SLR 29, Crossmax ST 29 and Crossride Disc 29 Wheelsets

Mavic held a special media luncheon for the launch of three new 29er wheels: the XC oriented Crossmax SLR 29, the trail oriented Crossmax ST 29 and the budget oriented Crossride 29. The wheels were designed with specific development goals in mind. The Crossmax SLR 29 features thicker spokes versus the 26″ wheeled version of

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Foes FXR, Shaver 29, Hydro and SSV Prototype

I chatted with Brent Foes about a few new bikes he has coming out this year and a few updates to already existing models. The Foes FXR has been completely redesigned for 2013, the popular Shaver now comes in a 29er version and there is a new slopestyle bike that is still in prototype right

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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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BMC Global Launch – teamelite TE01 carbon 29

Every year just before the Sea Otter Classic, many bicycle manufacturers launch new bikes and products and lucky media outlets (like us) get to attend these product releases and pass on the information to you. More often than not, we get to ride the new hotness, too! Mtbr attended the Global Launch of a brand

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The New Olympia Blast

Olympia introduces Blast, the full suspended dedicated to the XC competition. A model that sits on the top of Olympia full suspended mtb range. Dedicated to the XC competition, the Blast is characterized by an unidirectional UD carbon fiber monocoque frame. The aesthetic look of the tubes is new and features gear and derailleur cableways

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What Do Craft Beer and Biking Have in Common?

Quite a lot really – At least at Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon New Chainbreaker White IPA Named After Famous Mountain Bike Race We here at Mtbr first learned about Deschutes Brewery ( www.deschutesbrewery.com ) when we went to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) in Portland in 2008. Being located in Bend, OR

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Two New AVID X0 Brakes Take the Trail by Storm

New Four Piston XO and XO Trail Brakes Just Announced! The guys at SRAM, Truvativ, Avid and RockShox have been busy! Following on the heels of the new SRAM 10-speed Grip Shift, SRAM Type 2 Derailleurs and the Truvativ NOIR T40 handlebars, Avid announces the new XO and XO Trail Brakes. Introducing the new AVID

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Incase Range Collection

Explore Anywhere with the Incase Range Collection Featuring enhanced weather resistance and reflective details, the Range Collection is built for everyday excursions in the city, on the trail and anywhere in between New this season, the Range Collection represents the latest iteration of innovative, functional bag designs from Incase. Inspired by the spontaneity and freedom

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Free Air Station Public Tire Inflation

Air Just Got Better – Free Air Stations Make Bicycle Tire Inflation Fun and Easy for All Free Air Company’s Free Air Station transforms public bicycle tire inflation from an often daunting chore to a simple, fun and safer process, for the first time in the history of cycling. Redondo Beach, CA (3/7/12) — Free

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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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