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Santa Cruz set out to build a new Nomad from the ground up to bring it back to meet the demands of a new type of racing.

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Previewed: The Gary Fisher Roscoe

09.21.2008

Among mountain bike companies, where “innovate or die” is the rule of the jungle statements like, “This is the best mountain bike we’ve ever made,” are a dime a dozen. But when that quote comes from Gary Fisher, one of mountain biking’s originals, it makes your ears perk up. This is the Gary Fisher bike […]

9-8-08 // Previewed: Mavic’s Whistler Wheel Debut

09.08.2008

Mavic introduced some significant improvements in its mountain bike wheel line at Crankworx last month. All the usual suspects are there–decreased weight, increased performance, new graphics. Expect to start seeing these wheels on bikes and in shops soon. Given the nature of the Crankworx venue–Whistler’s bike park–Mavic only showed its four newest big-hitter gravity and […]

Previewed: Specialized 2009 Product Launch

09.02.2008

Page 1 of 4, make sure you scroll down to read the other pages. The new Epic is lighter and stiffer. No big surprise there, right? I mean, aside from having more travel, that’s kind of always been the aim of mountain bike design. The real story, however, is how they got there in the […]

Previewed: Aaron Chase’s Proto FS Street Bike

08.19.2008

Aaron Chase was showing off his new full-suspension street bike at Crankworx. It’s really nothing like we’ve ever seen before and is just in the development stages, only two prototypes currently exist, but could potentially turn into a new FS frame style. Aaron provided all of the design input and the Cannondale engineers got creative […]

Previewed: Unveiling Truvativ’s Hammerschmidt

08.13.2008

Since spring, we’ve been subject to a barrage of ambiguous ads and various clandestine activity from the folks at Truvativ all in the name of Hammerschmidt. Thankfully the veil of secrecy has been officially lifted and Truvativ is publicly revealing its secret product. Hammerschmidt is a crank and bottom bracket combination with an integrated planetary […]

Previewed: Norco’s 2009 Lineup Revealed

08.01.2008

The Whistler Bike Park recently played host to the 2009 product launch from Norco Bicycles. As expected, Norco took the opportunity to show off their more aggressive, gravity inspired bikes. Two team-inspired bikes highlighted the new lineup. With the help of last year’s Crankworx Slopestyle event winner Ben Boyko, Norco this year is offering the […]

Previewed: Salsa El Kaboing and Big Mama

07.30.2008

Since the early fillet-brazed frames of Salsa Cycle’s heyday, the brand has enjoyed success in niche markets with its cyclocross, commuter, 29-er and steel hardtail frames. But Salsa has developed two new frames—one built around 26-inch wheels and the other 29ers—that should have mainstream riders salivating. The El Kaboing and Big Mama may have colorful […]

Previewed: The New Scott Genius

07.23.2008

The Genius is back. A patent dispute with Specialized had prevented Scott from selling its Genius bikes in the U.S. for years, but the company has completely redesigned the bike for 2009 and will soon offer six versions of this new 150-millimeter trail bike. It’s an important step for the company. Until know, the company […]

7-22-08 // Previewed: Fox The Main Goggle

07.23.2008

What: The Main Goggle How Much: $40 Fox has long been synonymous with motocross gear, but now they are making a push to get their eyewear in the display case at bike shops, too. They’re taking a step in the right direction: optical offerings include The Main goggle, a no-frills design to get the job […]

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 […]

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