Components Reviews

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: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.

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