Components Reviews

Best new mountain bike components of 2015

From stems to suspension, here are eight products you need to know about
The shortest PDent stem available at launch will be 25mm.

The shortest PDent stem available at launch will be 25mm (click to enlarge).

Pacenti 12mm PDent Stem and Handlebar

As frames have gotten longer, many riders have turned to shorter stems to help liven up steering. The shortest stem we’ve seen using traditional construction methods is 30mm, but by using a dimpled bar for more clearance, Pacenti’s new PDent system has produced stems as short as 12mm. Check out our Sea Otter coverage for more info.

Each ElevenSix shock is tuned for riders specific frame, weight, and riding style.

Each ElevenSix shock is tuned for riders specific frame, body weight, and riding style (click to enlarge).

Push ElevenSix Shock

Best known for its aftermarket suspension tuning, Push entered the suspension game in a big way with the new ElevenSix shock. The dual overhead valve design allows two independent compression settings that can be switched on the fly. Each shock is hand built in Colorado and costs $1,200. To learn more read our launch post here.

Rinsing off any accumulated dirt will restore the tackiness of the Renthal Sticky Grips.

Rinsing off accumulated dirt will restore the tackiness of Renthal’s Sticky Grips (click to enlarge).

Renthal Sticky Grips

There isn’t a ton of room for innovation in the grip market, but Renthal’s new Sticky Grips are an interesting new offering. Using the same material used to manufacture the sticky hand toys you played with as kids, these grips produce a sticky compound to help improve bar grip. The more you sweat, the tackier they get. Retail is $33. For more info, check out our Interbike coverage here.

The inverted design of the Revel was heavily influenced by moto technology.

The inverted design of the Revel was heavily influenced by moto technology (click to enlarge).

X-Fusion Revel Inverted Fork

Originally released a few years ago as a limited edition model, X-Fusion has now created a production version of the inverted Revel suspension fork. It will use the well-regarded Roughcut HLR Damping system found in their 34mm platform and is available for both 650B and 29” models. Price is $1000. For more info, check out our Interbike coverage here.

What do you think of our choices? Did we leave something out? Let us know in the comments section below.

To see the rest of our favorite products and videos, check out the other articles in our Best of 2015 series:

Best New Protective Gear of 2015

Best New Value Priced Products of 2015
Best Mountain Bike Videos of 2015

About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.


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  • Chicken Rider says:

    Always wondered when you talk about grip, why you don’t try to match glove palm compounds/materials that match up well with the grip.

    • jordan.villella@gmail.com says:

      That’s a good idea chicken rider! Mostly I’m in my Hand Up gloves and on cold days I’ll rock anything from ski gloves to neoprene.

  • Chris says:

    TOGS work great. My thumbs are hooked around them 90% of the time when climbing.

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