Preview: Ibis Mojo HD3 Special Blend

Ibis sells the Special Blend version of their latest, carbon all-mountain bike–the Mojo HD3–for less than plenty of comparable aluminum bikes. That, for the record, is crazy. Here’s the report from the trail.

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Preview: Fulcrum Goes Deep With New Wheel Lineup


“Where’s Gilberto? Has anyone seen Simoni,” asks one of the marketing representatives of Fulcrum wheels to the crowd of 30 or 40 riders gathered around the Canazei Bike Park tram station, near Val Gardena Italy. He is referring to legendary road racer Gilberto Simoni, who is somewhere on the mountain, dressed in full knee and

Previewed: Marin’s 2010 Mountain Bikes


After an almost a year-long delay, Marin bikes launched its new 4-inch bike, the Alchemist. “We wanted to be sure we got things right the first time,” said Marin’s marketing manager Mark Vanek. “We needed the bike to pass European testing standards, which are tougher than the U.S. standards.” The Alchemist is Marin’s stab at

Preview: 2010 Troy Lee D2 Carbon Shaun Palmer Replica


In an early release of its 2010 product line, Troy Lee recently unveiled the D2 Carbon Palmer, the latest installment in an arsenal of replica of helmets to pay tribute to some of the greatest legends in racing. Palmer helped Troy Lee develop the D2 helmet for downhill mountain biking almost a decade ago, when

Previewed: Garmin Oregon 550 series


Garmin today unveiled two brand-new GPS devices—the Oregon 550 and the 550t—both of which incorporate a feature never before seen: a 3.2 megapixel digital camera. The 850-megabyte capacity camera makes storing and uploading GPS-coordinate-enabled images easier than ever. For mountain bikers, the lightweight (6.8-ounce) Oregon unit works with Garmin’s existing heart-rate monitors and speed/cadence sensors,

Previewed: The new Contour HD Helmet Camera


There’s been another volley in the compact point-of-view camera wars—this latest round coming from VholdR (formerly known as Twenty20), which is staking claim as the first company to offer HD capability in a helmet camera. The new design uses the same basics chassis as Vholdr’s previous design but adds high-definition capability and a wide-angle lens

Preview: Santa Cruz Blur LTC


Santa Cruz has announced it is adding a second carbon fiber bike to its collection—the Blur LTC. The new bike keeps its 140 millimeters of travel, but still manages to lose a full “LB” to bring it down to a fighting weight of 5.6 pounds with a RockShox Monarch shock. Even with the weight loss,

Previewed: Garmin Forerunner 310XT


Garmin today revealed its latest multi-sport-specific GPS device, the 310XT. Available starting in June, the new device will be sold packaged with a new waterproof, soft-strap heart rate monitor, which will be more comfortable than previous models, or on its own as a standalone unit, for a price of $349. The 310XT is the next

Previewed: Santa Cruz’s New Jackal Jump Frame


Santa Cruz bike has lifted the veil on their new Jackal jump bike. It’s freshly redesigned after two seasons of input by Syndicate riders Jamie Goldman and Kirt Voreis, the all-new Jackal is built to do one thing – Jump. Gone is the gas tank of a formed top tube and one-piece seat stays. Even

Online Exclusive: Giant’s New Glory


Last weekend Giant Bicycles introduced its 2009 factory riders at Woodward West in Tehachapi, California. Over the course of two days an assembled group of bike media folks met and mingled with the team riders and took turns trying to hurt ourselves on Woodward West’s giant foam pit. Giant put the weekend event together to

Previewed: RASE Black Mamba Rapid Adjust Seatpost


Most of the adjustable seatposts on the market today are limited to only a few inches of travel, but the RASE Black Mamba boasts an impressive 9 inches of indexed adjustability. While many companies use an air system to actuate their adjustability, the RASE is all mechanical—using a pin-and-hole system to lock the post at

Tech: Installing Truvativ’s HammerSchmidt


You’re totally pumped on the new Truvativ HammerSchmidt. You rush out to your bike shop the day it arrives and run home with a box-o-HammerSchmidt under your arm like it’s Christmas morning. Now all you have to do is put it on your bike and go shred, right? Well, sort of. SRAM’s Eric Schutt stopped

Previewed: Fifteen.G Cranks and Bottom Bracket


After more than two years in development the new Fifteen.G cranks are going into production and will be available for sale early in the spring. Fifteen.G is the mountain bike brand of a product design collective known as The Hive. The cranks come in the triple-ring setup, shown here, or a single-ring configuration with a

Previewed: Fisher Bikes’ 2009 HiFi Pro


Last summer Gary Fisher announced its newest all-mountain bike—the Roscoe—to great fan fare and fireworks. But beyond the din of all the ooohs and aahhhs, there was another ’09 introduction from Fisher lurking in the shadows—the significantly redesigned HiFi platform. No, it doesn’t have the custom DRCV (which is code for way-cool modified Fox RP23).

Previewed: Bionicon Golden Willow Video Preview


Biconicon’s Mic De Min recently dropped off a new scandium Golden Willow at the Bikemag mothership. While he was here, he took some time to explain the mountain goat origins of the company’s founding concept—which basically involves use of robotics-grade pneumatic hoses to radically alter bike geometry at the push of a button. CLICK HERE

Gear Preview: Intense Cycles Launches The 2009 Uzzi


Intense Cycles is starting 2009 with a flurry of new-bike activity as they have announced two new bikes in the last month. 2009 promises to be the most exciting year ever at Intense Cycles as Intense’s owner, Jeff Steber, continues to innovate his line of made-in-the-USA mountain bikes. Hot on the heels of the new

Gear Preview: Intense Cycles Launches Spider 2


Intense Cycles is filling the gap between its 4-inch Spider FRO and the longer-travel Tracer VP trail bike with the new Spider 2. The new bike will have adjustable rear travel from 4.5- to 5-inches and is designed for riders who want an XC bike they can abuse. “We designed the bike to be between

Online Exclusive: Foul-Weather Clothing Essentials


Today’s foul-weather gear is lighter, more breathable and offers better protection against the elements than ever before. Check out some of the season’s best new riding gear. Seattle Sports Aquaknot /// $75 800-632-6163; SEATTLESPORTSCO.COM Seattle Sports designed the Aquaknot pack to keep your belongings dry on wet rides. The 1,600-cubic-inch pack can seal three different

Gear Preview: Chrome’s Champ Cycling Jacket


Chrome’s new wind- and water-resistant Champ jacket is designed to be stealthily functional and blatantly fashionable. It boasts a lined collar, zippered armpit ventilation, mp3 player pocket with internal wire routing, hidden back pocket and articulated elbows. What really makes this jacket shine are the reflectors (no pun intended). The reflective material on the cuffs

Previewed: SRAM Develops XX Group


SRAM is good at marketing. Its quiver of brands (SRAM, RockShox, Avid, Truvativ) feature some of the best graphics around. The ads are great. Even their catalogs win design awards. The company is also pretty skilled at viral marketing and isn’t afraid to tease riders in the hopes of building anticipation for new product. Well,

Previewed: Twenty6 Rallye Limited Edition Pedal


Looking to add some unique bling to your bike? Twenty6 Products is making a super limited edition run of it’s Rallye pedal dipped in chrome. There will (aptly) only be 26 of these pedals made—each one is numbered, in limited edition packaging. The thin 5/8 inch thick pedal will come with five full sets of

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