Product Launch Reviews and News

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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Magura Forks Will Now be Available in 29er and 650b.

Introduction by Francis Cebedo: Every year, at Magura Media Camp in Sedona, the first question is “When’s the 29er fork coming out?” The Magura crew squirms as they respond that the Germans are not quite ready to adopt the new wheelsize. Obviously, Europe has not been as quick to adopt 29ers and Magura did not

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Yakima Aces Features with the DoubleDown Ace

New hitch-mounted bike carrier features tool-free installation and integrated locking Beaverton, OR – March 8, 2012 – Yakima, the innovation leader in cargo management solutions, has expanded its top-selling bike carrier line with the new, hassle-free DoubleDown Ace™. The DoubleDown Ace is a breeze to install, thanks to the unique and ergonomic SpeedKnob™, which attaches the rack

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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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Santa Cruz Superlight 29 Full Suspension 29er

Introduction by Francis Cebedo: The Superlight is the bike that launched Santa Cruz into the stratosphere. It was a combination of low weight and capable full suspension performance. It blended technology and reliability and offered it at reasonable price. Well those qualities are still important so Santa Cruz is offering the Superlight with 29er wheels

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Santa Cruz Highball AL Revealed

Highball Aluminum Hardtail Introduction by Francis Cebedo There is no doubt the  Highball Carbon is cool.  At 2.5 lbs, it delivers a fast yet comfortable ride.  It is low to the ground and it handles like a champ. But the frame alone costs $1900 and it is not singlespeed friendly. Well Santa Cruz has answered

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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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Intense Carbine SL Announced!

The much anticipated Carbine SL from Intense Cycles was announced today. This bike has been in the works for a while and is the SL version of their Carbine model. The Carbine SL joins an ever growing list of carbon fiber all mountain/trail bikes like offerings from Santa Cruz, Ibis, Yeti, Pivot Cycles and of

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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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Review: GoPro HD HERO 2

GoPro released the new HD HERO2 on Monday, but I got to spend some quality time with the camera over the past couple weeks, and I am pretty impressed. The HD HERO2 has quite a few new features, the most prominent being the addition of an 11 megapixel sensor and a wholly upgraded user interface

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Yeti Cycles SB-66 All Mountain Bike

Chris Conroy of Yeti Cycles shows us the new All Mountain Chasis, currently known as the SB-66. Featuring the new Switch Technology, an eccentric link above bottom bracket that creates a stiff pedaling platform in the front end and gets more plush further into travel. Yeti Cycles SB-66 New trail bike In development for the

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Felt 2012 Nine Series Mountain Bikes

Andy Holmes from Felt shows us the line of Nine Series bikes for 2012. The Felt Nine line includes the new Comp with a higher end alloy frame and good quality componentry, the Team, Elite, Race, Sport and Trail models. Felt Nine Comp New for 2012 10-speed drivetrain Higher end alloy frame Hydroformed tubes Good

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i-Shifter Integrated Shifting System

Ross Mitchell shows us the i-Shifter system. The i-Shifter employs an optimal shift sequence to operate both front and rear derailleurs simultaneously so that the overall gear ratios change at an even rate. iShifter System Integrates front and rear derailleurs Even progression of gear ratios through the entire gear range Eliminates cross chaining and redundant

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Ritchey Vantage II 29er Carbon Wheelset

Sean Coffey from Ritchey Design gives us a first look at the first carbon 29er wheelset from Ritchey, the Vantage II. Tubeless ready and weighing in at just 1,537g, this new for 2012 wheelset features carbon monocoque frame construction, WCS hubs, and DT spokes. Ritchey Vantage II New for 2012 Carbon monocoque frame construction (only 2 manufacturers

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2012 Manitou Fork Lineup

Ed Kwaterski, the chief engineer and product manager from Manitou, highlights the Tower, Marvel, R7 and Circus forks at Dealer Camp 2011. Ed shows us some of the new features you can expect from Manitou in their 2012 lineup of suspension forks. Manitou Tower 29er Fork Available in Pro and Expert models New 1.5 crown

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Pivot Cycles Mach 5.7 Carbon

Chris Cocalis from Pivot Cycles introduces the Mach 5.7 Carbon at DealerCamp 2011. In development for 2 years, the new Mach 5.7 carbon frame version of their popular Mach 5.7 trail bike, weighs in at just 5 lbs. Pivot Cycles Mach 5.7 Carbon In development for 2 years Most popular bike in their line All new frame

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ScottWeek a Tremendous Success

ScottWeek in Deer Valley a Huge Success  SCOTT Sports US Bicycle Division has wrapped up it’s hugely successful ScottWeek event in Deer Valley, Utah. This year SCOTT chose to integrate both its national sales meeting and private dealer presentations, bringing 118 buyers from approximately seventy dealers to Deer Valley Resort for a series of presentations

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Niner JET 9 RDO Carbon Bike – Video Added!

Introducing the Jet 9 RDO, Niner’s first carbon full suspension frame. One of the most anticipated bikes from Bike Press Camp has just been announced. The Niner JET 9 RDO is a full carbon fiber full suspension bike from a company dedicated to ONLY 29ers and with a long history of cutting edge ideas and

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GT 2012 Bikes – Zaskar 9r Pro, Fury Alloy & more!

In this video, Chris from GT show us 5 new bikes from the 2012 GT line. Featured are the Interceptor, Performer, Zaskar 100 Carbon Expert, Zaskar Carbon 9R Pro and the Fury Alloy. ZASKAR CARBON 9R PRO (also available as a frameset) The latest twist on an old classic. The Zaskar hardtail gets modern updates

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Fox Racing Shox 34 29er Fork, Float Ti and RP23 with Adaptive Logic

Jim Noonen from Fox Racing Shox shows us the new 2012 34 29er fork with 2 version, the Float Ti and the RP23 with Adaptive Logic. Fox Racing Shox 2012 34 29er Fork with 2 Version: New for 2012 34mm outside diameter tube 29er only Float model 140mm travel RLC Also Available in Talas with

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2012 Cannondale Ryker Mountain Biking Helmet

Michael DeLeon shows us the new 2012 Cannondale Ryker mountain biking helmet. Cannondale Ryker Helmet Takes Cannondale’s approach to form, function, saftey, comfort and overall usage Dual density foam – impact is dispersed and redirected Cone shaped foam act as “crumple zones” and allow for added safety and protection Cones are in the front and

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New 2012 Hutchinson 29er Tires

Hutchinson has some exciting new 29er tires for 2012. Shown here are the Toro 29 (now available in 2.35 width) and the Cobra 29. Also announced is the all new Convert’ air (Tubeless Conversion Kit).   Toro 29 -wider 2.35 width -stiffening ribs -new compound -hardskin sidewall -tubeless ready More photos and info>>

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CamelBak New 2012 Hydration Packs: Agent & Asset

CamelBak showed a few new products at Bike Press Camp this year, highlighted by two new hydration pack from their AMF collection. The Agent and Asset will be replacing the Don, Capo and Consigliere freeride line. The Agent features: -100 oz bladder -overflow storage -cable carry for full face and armor -vented NVis (pronounced “envious”)

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2012 Crank Brothers

Their new product line includes redesigned mallet and 5050 pedals, wider handlebars, a level 1 group, saddle, new or redesigned tools, wheels and packs. Crank Brothers has been realigning their product suite, and they have divided it up into collections (cobalt-Cross Country, iodine-All Mountain, sage-Freeride and opium-Downhill), and then levels within each product line (11-Best,

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3 New Bikes from Santa Cruz – Blur TR Carbon, Highball, and Tallboy Al

Santa Cruz has just announced 3 new bikes, just in time for Spring (and the Sea Otter Classic)! Check out this preliminary info, we will be filling in more info and photos as we get it. ******************** Spring 2011 Blooms New Bikes! It is springtime, and just as sure as the blossoms are going to

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