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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Royal Racing Tech Tee $30 / royalracing.com Operating under the premise that jerseys needn’t look like enormous neon flags, Royal Racing’s Tech Tee gets the job done in simple fashion. The jersey is finished with an enzyme wash that helps the jersey wick sweat away from your skin and resists funk.
Multi-tools are great on occasions when things rattle loose, but when you mangle your derailleur hanger, you’re generally SOL. Unless, that is, you’ve got this multi-tool in your pack. In addition to sporting allen wrenches, screw drivers and a T25 torx wrench, it also packs a universal emergency derailleur hanger that attaches to any dropout and lets you get back home without turning your bike into a singlespeed.
Formula claims its clever new R.O. brakes offer the power of a four-piston caliper in a stiffer, more compact two-piston package. The secret lies behind the O in the R.O.’s name—a special oval-shaped caliper piston. Formula says these brakes are 15 percent more powerful than their venerable The One model, and they reportedly tip the scales at just 337 grams.
Cyclists often face a paradox: Dress in functional clothes that make you look like an escapee from a Jazzercize-themed gulag or wear stylish clothes that chafe and pinch things that should never be chafed or pinched. DZR’s new line of clipless-compatible shoes are an exception to the rule: They sport semi-rigid soles that offer plenty of power transfer to the pedals, yet also allow you to walk around, minus the pregnant-duck waddle.
Mavic has done some major renovations on its venerable ‘trail’ wheelset. The most noticeable feature is, perhaps, the quicker hub engagement—improved from 17 degrees to 7.5 degrees. The wheels are also now convertible to fit any axle standard front or rear. On top of all that, the rims lose about 20-grams apiece and have been tweaked for easier tubeless setup.
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.
Crankbrothers went back to the drawing board with its popular Mallet pedals. The top-tier Mallet 3 now sports a two-piece aluminum-polycarbonate platform, investment-cast steel wings, adjustable traction pins and both needle (inner) and cartridge (outer) bearings. The new pedal weighs in at 435 grams and is backed by a five-year warranty.
There are several Bike staffers who own Mission Workshop packs, and each of us all have great things to say about them–they are durable, have a smart layouts and can fit a surprising amount of gear. This is why we are always excited to see the new products they come up with. Mission Workshop’s newest […]
Source: Inspired Bicycles Inspired Bicycles recently announced the launch of Danny MacAskill’s signature “Skye” 24-inch street bike. Named after the small Scottish island where MacAskill grew up, the Skye has been developed to meet the specific demands of today’s progressive street and trials riders. Continual testing and feedback from MacAskill, as well as Inspired’s prior […]
DT Swiss XMM 120 29er – $1350 (w/ carbon crown/steerer) dtswiss.com New for 2012, the XMM 120 29er is DT Swiss’s go-to option for those seeking a highly adjustable, lighweight suspension package. The top-tier XMM 120 29er features a carbon crown and (tapered) steerer which are paired with 32-millimeter stanchions that are housed in magnesium […]
Jon Kennedy, Diamondback’s marketing guru and mastermind behind the Dixon, runs through some of this new bike’s features. Diamondback’s view of the 29-inch-wheeled future–a bike tailor-made for aggressive descenders who want to take full advantage of the larger wheel size. Expect a production version of this bike as soon as 2013. You heard about this […]