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Chrome Kursk Pro
$95 / chromebags.com
If a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors became sentient beings with access to a time machine, they’d go to the future, get all hopped up on technology and return to the present day as a pair of Chrome Kursk Pros. Burly Cordura uppers lend these stylish shoes amazing durability. Beefed-up soles contribute to pedaling efficiency and eliminate pedal hot spots. But the most important aspect of these shoes is the fact that they’re Chrome’s first SPD-compatible kicks.
Tioga Psycho Genius
$35–$60 / tiogausa.com
Riffing off their storied Psycho series tires, the new Tioga Psycho Genius is designed to excel in medium to hard-packed conditions. The dual-compound tire is available in 1.95-, 2.1- and 2.3-inch versions, and in both steel and folding-bead models. If you’re all about the tubeless systems, you’ll be happy to know Tioga will offer a 2.2-inch UST version. For 29-inch lovers, a 2.2-inch tire
is also in the works.
Thule TRCU-1 Rolling Carry On Bag
$290 / thule.com
Thule recently branched out into the world of luggage with its smartly-designed Crossover series. The TRCU-1, shown here, is a combination backpack and rollerbag that meets airline carry on regulations. The divided interior keeps funky socks from fouling fresh shirts, plus there’s a locking, crush-proof compartment for sunglasses, iPods and fragile sundries. At 38 liters, it’s the perfect size for day trips and if you’re heading out for weeks at a time, Thule also offers gargantuan versions.
The Specialized AllRide crew heads to the Western Open at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, BC
Before testing the Dakota D29 hardtail for this year’s Bible of Bike Tests, I hadn’t climbed aboard one of Jamis’ offerings for a long time. In fact, the last time I can remember goes all the way back to when this magazine was a toddling two-year old. I enjoyed the company’s hardtail 29er so much that I jumped at the chance to see what they’re capable of in the full-squish department. Jamis did not disappoint.
Answer Products Rove FR Pedals
$80 / answerproducts.com
The Rove FR is Answer Products’, er, answer to the growing rider demand for flat pedals that don’t weigh a ton or smack into every possible root and rock on the planet. The aluminum platform is just 16-millimeters thick, nicely concave and loaded with 10 hex pins per side. Weight? An impressive 467 grams.
e*thirteen DH Crank
$300 / e13components.com
E*thirteen brings its innovative crank and bottom-bracket design (check out the polygon-shaped spindle) to the gravity set. The result? A seriously light (870 grams with bottom bracket) crankset that’s perfectly at home on a downhill or freeride rig. The arms are forged 7050 aluminum, the spindle is heat-treated chromoly and the price tag includes the crank, bottom bracket and installation tools.
Here’s some eye candy. Cyclepassion 2012 – Maja Włoszczowska
One of the newest additions to the growing Tomac line is the Supermatic 120. This new trail bike wrangles 4.7 inches of rear suspension out of an all-carbon frame that weighs just five pounds (including rear shock). So, yeah, it’s damn light. The real motivator, however, behind building the Supermatic out of carbon was to boost stiffness. Joel Smith, Tomac Bikes’ owner and principle designer, has said that his goal with the Supermatic 120 was to create “a trail bike with cross-country sensibilities and downhill capabilities.” It took just a few miles of particularly nasty singletrack to confirm that this is more than just idle talk.
Truvativ Noir T40 Riser Bar
$172 / truvativ.com
Truvativ’s lightest riser bar to date now comes in a 700-millimeter width and weighs a scant 190 grams. The T40 is made from unidirectional carbon fiber and sports a “traction finish” in the stem-clamp area to help minimize slippage. The bar sports a nine-degree back-sweep and five-degree up-sweep and is available in both 15- and 30-millimeter-rise versions.
Chromag Moon Saddle
$130 / chromagbikes.com
The company originally known for burly-as-hell hardtails continues to broaden its product line, as evidenced by the lightweight (240-gram) and low-profile Moon saddle. The Moon features a seamless leather top, light foam padding, titanium rails and a drop nose to aid those fore-and-aft weight shifts.
From the Designer
The Element MSL is designed to be one of the stiffest and lightest 120-millimeter bikes on the market while still retaining the qualities that Rocky Mountain is known for: race pedigree, rough-and-tumble durability and technical descending prowess. By developing some new technologies, we were able to hit our performance targets and create a bike that rides like a Rocky should. —D’Arcy O’Connor
Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Race Gold
$950 / notubes.com
If you like looking for excuses, these 1,345-gram wagon wheels are probably not for you. The ZTR Race Gold wheels were designed around being the lightest, and consequently fastest, wheel system possible. Leave the heavier UST-specific tires behind, because these were made for lighter, standard-bead tires. Oh, and you might want to lose that spare tire too, as these have a rider weight limit of 170 pounds.