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News: Specialized introduces all-new Demo 8

The Specialized Demo 8 has been an eye-turner since the original with its distinctive twin seat stays and spider web shock enclosure. The bike has gone through several redesigns since then, but none as transformative as what you see here.

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Previewed: Santa Cruz Nomad “Redux”

07.15.2008

The Santa Cruz Nomad frame design broke new ground by practically defining the “all-mountain” category of mountain bike. Now Santa Cruz has redesigned the Nomad using many of the same revisions that we saw them use on the new Blur LT (TESTED HERE). The Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) revision results in a flatter shock rate, […]

Previewed: Avid Elixir CR Disc Brakes

07.09.2008

Avid introduced the all-new Elixir R disc brake at April’s Sea Otter Classic event. The Elixir R lacked the contact adjust feature pioneered by the Juicy model so it was easy to predict additional Elixir models would follow. Avid is now introducing the Elixir CR model with tool-free pad contact and reach adjustment. The Elixir […]

Previewed: GT’s 2009 Lineup From Livigno

06.26.2008

The radical new carbon fiber Fury downhill bike from GT Bicycles will undoubtedly stir up lots of controversy, but there are lots of other GT bikes being released here in Livigno, Italy that we can actually ride. Here’s an overview of the new GT quiver. Force The Force premiered a year ago as the big […]

Previewed: GT Fury Downhill Race Bike

06.25.2008

The single biggest news from the GT Bicycles 2009 product release, currently underway in Livigno, Italy, is the new Fury downhill bike. Kept under wraps until its unveiling yesterday, the new all-carbon fiber monocoque-framed machine will replace the DHi model currently being sold by GT. The most important point about the frame that GT engineers […]

Previewed: Tomac DB10 Limited Edition

05.02.2008

It’s easy to get swept away by all the excitement and technospeak that surrounds full suspension mountain bike designs. There are a lot of exciting bikes on the market these days. But while I was cruising the pits at last month’s Sea Otter Classic, one model stopped me in my tracks. It was steel, didn’t […]

Previewed: 2009 Shimano Saint M810

04.25.2008

Shimano Saint components have been around since 2004 and since that time have become renown for their strength and reliability under extreme use. It’s very exciting then to announce the second generation of Saint. Shimano has given the group a complete top-to-bottom redesign taking into account current riding trends in aggressive mountain biking. Mountain bikers […]

Previewed: Diamondback Scapegoat

04.24.2008

Diamondback’s Knuckle Box suspension design, used on their Mission and Sortie mountain bikes, is being expanded into the slopestyle and all-mountain arena with a new and very limited edition bike called the Scapegoat. Originally a concept bike developed for Interbike, the production models were created as interest in the show model increased. The Scapegoat’s frame […]

Previewed: Kona’s New “Magic Link” Bike

04.11.2008

Brian Berthold, the man behind Therapy Components, which makes custom floating brake arm kits for full-suspension bikes, has teamed up with Kona this year to develop the brand new, highly unorthodox “Magic Link” bike. The platform appears on new CoilAir models and the premise is simple: When climbing or pedaling on flat ground, the bike […]

Previewed: Shimano’s New SLX Group

03.19.2008

After making significant changes to XT and XTR, Shimano has begun trickle down their component kung fu to more affordable groups. The new SLX group was recently introduced, which is designed to replace both LX and Hone. LX has not been eliminated, but has been overhauled to target the European trekking crowd so you aren’t […]

Previewed: e.13 Direct Mount Bashguards

03.06.2008

e.thirteen continues to push the envelope of product development with the release of more groundbreaking products for 2008. e.thirteen is proud to announce the worldwide aftermarket availability of its direct mount bashguard technology. Over the past several years, e.thirteen has worked along with some of the world’s top riders to develop and refine their worldwide […]

Previewed: Freelap Timing Comes To America

03.05.2008

TerraLogic Park Industries, operators of Diablo Freeride Park in Vernon, New Jersey, announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership with Swiss timing innovators, Freelap SA to be the United States distributor of the unique Freelap product line. The Freelap Timing System is hailed by many as an innovative tool that is revolutionizing performance […]

Previewed: SRAM Teases Reba and Colors

02.29.2008

The Sea Otter Classic this April 17-20 already promises to be chock full of new product goodness. SRAM has even decided to give everyone a sneak peak at some of the hardware they’ll be debuting. Rockshox plans to show off a new Reba fork that should be noticeably lighter than the current design. It’s expected […]

Previewed: Santa Cruz Blur LT 2

02.22.2008

There are plenty of people willing to claim that the existing Blur LT is the best bike ever made. But none of them work at Santa Cruz. As soon as the current model was released in 2005, engineers went to work picking it apart, dissecting it, and concocting an even better machine. The agent of […]

Previewed: Cannondale Rize and Moto

02.20.2008

After nearly two years of planning, Cannondale last weekend called a global summit in Gran Canaria to announce the release of two new bikes—the 130-millimeter travel Rize and the 160-millimeter Moto. The two new platforms split duties of what Cannondale has identified as “all-mountain” and “big-mountain,” and the long-awaited additions round out the company’s full-suspension […]

Previewed: Riding SLO with WTB and Rocky Mountain

02.06.2008

For a photo gallery of images from this trip go HERE One’s Canadian, the other American, but Rocky Mountain Bicycles and WTB are two companies with a lot in common. For starters, each has been around for more than 25 years—an impressive run considering the sport of mountain biking isn’t much older than that. Both […]

Previewed: 2009 Fulcrum RedCarbon Wheels

02.01.2008

Fulcrum has just announced the details of their 2009 RedCarbon wheelset. This cross-country wheelset was designed with racing in mind as Fulcrum is aiming to build a lighter and faster wheelset than the RedMetal Zero models ridden by Julien Absalon, which he rode when he won the rainbow jersey at the 2007 World Championships. The […]

Previewed: Magura’s MX-Series Air Shocks

12.28.2007

Jude Monica, Magura’s resident road warrior and master of all things race pit, was sighted in our parking lot a few days back, his diesel Sportsmobile van idling almost imperceptibly while he brewed morning coffee. Monica is an ace wrench and all-around nice guy, and his tales from the road immediately got us desk jockeys […]

11-30-07 // Previewed: Twenty20′s New VholdR

11.30.2007

Watch the video that Anthony Godoy and the Bike mag crew made HERE. About a year ago, Jason Green and Marc Barros, owners of Twenty20 helmet cameras, paid a visit to the Bike magazine SoCal Romparoom. They were checking up on their video camera unit that we were testing for last year’s March issue, but […]

Previewed: Viva La Remedy!

11.20.2007

A photo gallery with images from this trip can be found HERE. After offering a quick sneak-peak of its new Remedy, a 6-inch All-Mountain bike, at Interbike’s Outdoor Demo back in September, Trek recently officially christened the new bike with a 3-day mass beating in the rugged terrain around Mexico’s Copper Canyon. Before we get […]

10-16-07 // Previewed: ’08 Sid Takes On 24 Hrs Of Moab

10.16.2007

Celebrating the 10th year of the Sid suspension fork, RockShox has completely redesigned their popular XC race fork for 2008. The folks at SRAM took advantage of last weekend’s Granny Gear 24 Hours Of Moab mountain bike race to officially release the new fork, which we also had a peak at last month during Interbike. […]

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