BIKE gear editor Ryan Palmer puts the new 2016 Fox 34 FLOAT and DPS Shock to the test on the world-class trails of Rotorua, New Zealand.
This itty-bitty Cane Creek has all the same features as their full-grown Double Barrel models. Have you seen the schematics for this shock? They look like a freaking M.C. Escher wet dream. There are an ungodly number of damping pathways squeezed into something the size of a walnut. Crazier still, it works.
At Cane Creek, we strive to make best-in-class products that provide exceptional performance and rider experience. During the initial production of the DBinline rear shock, we did not live up to this promise. We have determined that certain DBinline shocks manufactured from May 23, 2014 through September 15, 2014 have graphics that incorrectly identify the adjustment directions for High Speed Rebound (HSR) damping. We are extremely sorry for the confusion this may have caused and have corrected this mistake
Photo Gallery II: The Bike test crew has assembled in Bend, Oregon, for the 2015 Bible of Bike Tests. For two weeks, a dedicated crew of nine testers puts next year’s most promising bikes through the paces on the expansive trail systems of Central Oregon.
Photo Gallery I: The Bike test crew has assembled in Bend, Oregon, for the 2015 Bible of Bike Tests. For the next two weeks, a dedicated crew of nine testers will put next year’s most promising bikes through the paces on the expansive trail systems of Central Oregon.
For the next two weeks, 34 bikes will get poked, prodded, ridden hard, and put away wet, dusty and rattled. Then the crew will cuss, discuss, love, hate and debate until the truth behind each bike is sifted to the surface—on camera—in the annual ‘Roundtable Reels’ video debates.
For the better part of a week, Interbike is a hustle of bodies moving about, taking quick glances at the latest gadgets of the cycling world and exchanging business cards, and the majority of this happens under great, giant florescent bulbs and artificially cooled air. But for the first two days of the week, the convention attendees head south to Boulder City for the Outdoor Demo. This is what I stumbled upon, during our perusing on first day of the demo days:
Just one day after the most grueling round of the Enduro World Series, held in Whistler, British Columbia, I experienced winner Jared Grave’s and second place Nico Lau’s bikes exactly as they were set up during the race.
It's been just over three years since Yeti Cycles unveiled its 'Switch Technology' suspension, and they're already introducing a new system called 'Switch Infinity'. We visited their headquarters in Golden, Colorado, to learn about the new design and create this Blueprint video to explain its intended benefits.
We're not one to blindly accept new technologies or drink the so-called company Kool-Aid, but sometimes it’s hard to tell when getting flown to amazing riding locations, like Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina, if there’s something besides water in the bottle.
Mike's garage is basically a collection of my old bikes. I'll ride a bike for a year or so and hand it off to Mike, where he'll spend the next decade squeezing every last drop out of it. The day before heading to Moab to test a brand new version of the Fox 36 RC2, I stopped off in Denver for a brief visit with my buddy–and my old bike parts.
For three days we were able to dial in the DB Inline on the rocky, rooty terrain in Pisgah and Dupont, Cane Creek's stomping grounds. The employee-owned company shared with us its passion for riding and making the finest products they know how to.
We got another look at Magura's eLect electronic suspension system at this week's camp in Sedona, Arizona. The system relies on 3D Auto Ride Sensors in the fork and rear shock to automatically toggle the suspension between open and locked out, with a handlebar-mounted wireless remote for switching between manual and auto modes.
WHEN I WAS DAYDREAMING ABOUT THE COMPONENTS I wanted to put on my editor’s choice ‘Dream Build’ for Bike’s December 2013 issue, there was only one option I considered for a rear shock: the Cane Creek DB Air. My dream bike, a Banshee Spitfire, was a perfect match for that shock: A mid-travel, aggressive-geometry trail bike that is an absolute animal on the downhills.
We take one more walk around the pits at Laguna Seca to highlight this year's most promising gear.
In news today, RockShox has released a new, higher volume air can for Monarch and Monarch Plus air shocks. Offered standard on Monarch Plus RC3, or as an upgrade to Monarch RT3, DebonAir adds a more linear spring rate, improving small bump compliance.