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Best new mountain bike components of 2015

From stems to suspension, here are eight products you need to know about

We have already covered the best new protective gear and top value oriented products of 2015. Now it is time to find out what made of our list of best new components of 2015? You might be surprised.

The new cassette uses an XD Driver hub body in order to accommodate a 9T.

This new cassette uses an XD driver hub body to accommodate a 9-tooth cog (click to enlarge).

e*thirteen 9-44 TRS Cassette

While SRAM’s 1×11 cassettes offers users an impressive 10-42 gear range, e*thirteen‘s new cassette gives you an even wider 9-44 spread. And the innovation doesn’t stop there. They’ve actually split the cassette in two so you can replace either the higher or lower range independently depending on wear. The cassette is available for either 10- or 11-speed drivetrains. Price is $279 and $309 respectively. To learn more about how well it works, check out our first impressions here.

The Tmac comes in a number of colors, including our personal favorite - purple!

The Tmac comes in a number of colors, including our personal favorite — purple! (click to enlarge)

Deity T-Mac Signature Pedal

I’ve only logged a couple of rides on a set of the new Deity T-Mac pedals, but so far they’re living up to the hype. The huge platform, concave profile, and symmetrical shape offer an impressive amount of grip. For more technical info, check out our first look here.

A new chassis, air spring, and damper have turned the 34 into a class leader.

A new chassis, air spring, and damper have turned the FOX 34 into a class leader (click to enlarge).

FOX Float 34 Fork

After losing ground the past few years to the RockShock Pike, FOX turned things around with the introduction of its 36mm chassis. Next up for a refresh was the 34 series, which was reborn in 2015 as a lighter version of the 36. For more information on the internals and our first ride impressions, read this.

The new Mallet-E is smaller and lighter than the well regarded DH version.

The new Mallet E is smaller and lighter than the well regarded downhill version (click to enlarge).

Crankbrothers Mallet E Pedals

The Mallet DH pedal is extraordinarily popular on the downhill circuit and Crankbrothers hopes to capture some of this same magic with their new enduro version. This pedal has a 52mm Q-factor, is 12% smaller, and 50 grams lighter than the DH version. It also utilizes new internal components, which Crankbrothers claims will help increase longevity. Check out our Eurobike coverage of Crankbrother’s new line for more info.

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About the author: Justin Wages

As a stage 4 colon cancer survivor, Justin Wages got into the cycling world in an effort to increase his endurance after losing his left lung. As a California native and growing up with a skateboard and snowboard beneath his feet it wasn’t long before the thrill of mountain biking gripped him. Justin’s day job as a Land & Recreation Manager helps him understand the balance between conservation and trail use. He also works with his fiancé, Jeni, to bring more women into the mountain bike world with certified skills clinics and education. “My goal is to get more people on trails for health and enjoyment,” he says. “I want to help them overcome their mental or physical limitations and be the best person they can be, while expanding their appreciation for our natural world.”

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  • josh says:

    Any photos of a Shimona labeled part? Curious to see these. Also, that SunRun cogset is technically a freewheel, isn’t it?

  • Mac says:

    So someone in china is making cheap ass parts that are specd on very low end bikes while using a name similar to another company that also makes low end parts? Holy crap! Pulitzer material here!
    Josh – he doesn’t have any info of fake Shimano parts, that was just clickbait.

  • Dickachu says:

    what about overpriced “boutiques” made in china?

  • Dickachu says:

    just go to ali baba and by fake or real but not passed QC stuff, like 25$ nrt45 and surly tires tyres

  • MBR says:

    Wasn’t that a song lyric from the ’80s?

    Ma, ma, ma, my Shimona

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