We take one more walk around the pits at Laguna Seca to highlight this year’s most promising gear.
Answer DH Stem $70 / answerproducts.com Answer Products’ lightweight (150-gram) direct-mount DH stem is crafted from 7075-series aluminum and features a wide faceplate for maximum stiffness and even clamping force. What’s more, the innovative stem possesses three offset positions (45, 50 and 55 millimeters), enabling you to fine-tune your cockpit.
Giant Contact Switch $250 / giant-bicycles.com Giant’s Contact Switch post offers infinite travel adjustment and 4 inches of total drop. The post is available in the increasingly common 30.9 seatpost diameter and sells for about a hundred bucks less than the competition. Despite the checking account-friendly price tag, the Contact Switch packs the goods, which […]
Renthal Fatbars $90 / renthalcycling.com Renthal has gained quite the reputation in the moto world for making durable, high-quality parts designed, developed and manufactured at its facilities in Stockport, England. The company’s Fatbars come in at 780-millimeters wide (with cut lines down to 680-millimeters) and three different rises. The 38-millimeter rise versions, shown here, weigh in at a respectable 365 grams (claimed).
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.
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.
Most freeride-worthy stems are as light as elephants and as svelte as bricks. And then there’s the new FRIC: a mere 123 grams of industrial-design sexiness. Though the sleek FRIC is weight-weenie light, Syncros claims its new stem is also big-hit tough, thanks to its forged construction and innovative clamp design.
After recently closing its doors this past March, Race Face has been brought back by a couple of its own employees. Securing enough money from outside investors to buy back the company from bank, the company has re-enterd the industry with nary a hiccup. Here’s a look at some of their lineup for the coming […]
By: Kevin Rouse Last week the folks at Shimano took the time to herd a group of journalists around Lake Tahoe and let us get our hands on the 2012 Deore XT M780 groupset for the first time. While first impressions aren’t everything, we can definitely say we were quite pleased. In fact, nearly all […]
Words: Ryan LaBar Photos: Anthony Smith and Ryan LaBar Video: Ryan LaBar Acros showed up to this year’s Sea Otter with quite the shocker–a fully hydraulic shifter and derailleur system dubbed A-GE. The A-GE kit comes in about 175-grams lighter than Shimano’s XTR system. It’s not cheap though–the full kit will run you somewhere about […]
WHAT: Seven Custom Ti Stem HOW MUCH: $350 WHERE: www.sevencycles.com While most of us can’t afford to shell-out more than $2,000 for one of Seven’s meticulously crafted frames, we can reach for a more attainable goal—the company’s new Custom Ti Stem. I know, 350 bucks is a boatload of money, but it’s the closest thing […]
WHAT: THE Flight bar-stem WHERE: www.the-industries.com HOW MUCH: $400 When you think of bike parts with sex appeal, certain bits come to mind: ultra-light XC wheelsets, carbon cranksets, disc brakes. Chances are, its not images of gleaming stems and handlebars that dance in your head like proverbial sugarplums. But take one look at THE’s Flight […]
WHAT: Bontrager Big Earl Bar & Stem WHERE: www.bontrager.com HOW MUCH: $60 (stem); $80 (bar) Oversized exudes that feeling of confidence and strength the way only oversized can. Like Paola Pezzo’s quads, Pamela Anderson’s boobs, a Dodge Power Wagon’s hemi engine…oversized is good, especially when rocking the oversized airs and gnarl of the world. Bontrager’s […]
WHAT: Bontrager Race XXX Lite OS Carbon Riser WHERE: www.bontrager.com HOW MUCH: $130 The latest craze in handlebars is sort of a two-headed fashion beast: oversize mid-sections and carbon fiber construction. Bontrager has conveniently wrapped up both trends in a single handlebar. The Race XXX Lite OS Carbon Riser is Bontrager’s top of the line, […]
WHAT: Race Face Atlas seatpost WHERE: raceface.com HOW MUCH: $54 Atlas is Race Face’s upper-end “All Mountain” component group. All Mountain, for those of you who (understandably) refuse to pay much attention to the latest marketing lingo, is shorthand for “Lighter than full-on freeride gear, but a little burlier than the garden variety, cross-country racer […]
WHAT: Cane Creek Double Xc (conversion) headset WHERE: canecreek.com HOW MUCH: $95 First off, this is a bit of a specialty item. Cane Creek’s Double Xc headset enables riders with 1.5-inch headtubes to run suspension forks with the more conventional 1-1/8 inch steerer tubes. Folks, in turn, who have 1.5-inch headtubes are either people who […]
WHAT: Selle San Marco Azoto MTB Gel Saddle WHO: Selle San Marco/www.sellesanmarco.com HOW MUCH: $90 Most of the reviews you’ll find on BIKEMAG.COM are just that—reviews. You know, stuff we’ve personally been riding for a few months or more. We are, however, also debuting a new column called “On Our Radar”. These are products that […]
Steeped in 25-year history, Chris King headsets are with out doubt the finest in existence. And, how can you argue with a 10-year warranty? That’s right. Ten years of guaranteed performance. As one of the pioneers of threadless headsets, King offers all standard sizes as well as Devolution, which allows 1 .25″ headtubes to accept […]