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.
Suspension is scary stuff. I get cold sweats thinking about it despite having a front-row seat to some of mountain biking’s most educated suspension technicians and having to spend a great deal of time learning about it all because it’s my 'job' to do so. And I don’t think I’m alone, which is why I see a lot of poorly adjusted or badly setup suspension out on the trails.
The fall tradeshow season kicked off with the Eurobike show, held last week in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Fourteen massive halls housed booth after booth of shiny, new bikes and eye -candy components produced by the smallest and largest companies in the industry, and nearly every brand in between.
To run their new pogo sticks through the ringer, Fox invited a few of us media clowns up to Hood River, Oregon and pitted us against each other in our own, very handicapped "media" class at the first round of the Oregon Enduro series. Here are our gear editor's impressions of the new 34 TALAS CTD forks and Float X shocks after a weekend of muddy enduro racing.
By Vernon Felton Video by Dustin Vance CTD–that’s Foxese for “Climb, Trail and Descend”. It’s also a marked departure in the way that Fox creates forks and shocks that suck up bumps, but don’t bob and wallow annoyingly when you’re pedaling. On it’s face it’s a simpler, perhaps less tuneable, approach to tackling suspension. It […]
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 […]
Cane Creek’s Double Barrel Air has created a bit of a stir, and is finally set to be released in January 2012, with a price comparable to its coil-equipped kin. While that may entail a bit of a premium when compared to others on the market, the Double Barrel provides accordingly. Between both low- and […]
RockShox has been getting fresh with their Monarch XX rear shock, which for 2012 will feature the hydraulic-actuated X-Loc remote lockout system found already on XX-level forks. The top-end XX Carbon model lightens up courtesy of a carbon fiber air can and weighs in at a shapely 275 grams (including lockout system).
Trek Bicycles has made tuning its suspensions just a few clicks away. Trek Bicycle has now made a perfectly tuned ride available anywhere internet is available by launching an online ‘calculator’ that, when given the rider’s bike, model year and weight (in pounds or kilograms), outputs the perfect suspension settings–including optimum air pressure (or spring […]
Kona raised eyebrows when it announced its Magic Link-equipped CoilAir in 2008. After all, the company hadn’t produced a new suspension system for the better part of a decade, choosing instead to rely on the classic four-bar design. What the four-bar lacked in sexy marketing mojo, it made up for with trademark Kona durability. But […]
Marzocchi 55 ATA // $935 More info: 800-227-5579; marzocchi.com Marzocchi’s top-of-the-line, all-mountain fork weighs just 4.6 pounds, yet cranks out an impressive 6.5 inches of travel. On top of that, it comes loaded with a suspension lock-out, variable low-speed compression damping, a quick-release, 20-millimeter thru-axle, and 40 millimeters of adjustable travel. It’s a veritable Swiss […]
FOX TALAS 32 RLC $725 800-369-7469; FOXRACINGSHOX.COM I was smitten with this fork before I ever put it on a bike. With 140 millimeters of buttery-smooth action that lowers into a 120- or 100-millimeter setting at the flip of a switch, what’s not to love? On paper, it’s perfect—and in practice, it wasn’t far off. […]
WHAT: Marzocchi ROCO RC HOW MUCH: $400 WHERE: www.marzocchi.com Marzocchi’s new ROCO RC is a high-performance, downhill/freeride shock that features a conventional damping system with a half-inch steel alloy shaft and an alloy casting, and is available in four different travel lengths (the longest being 9.5 inches long, eye to eye, with 3 inches of […]
WHAT: Cane Creek Double Barrel HOW MUCH: $650 to $850 WHERE: www.canecreek.com Their hands full with a growing line of wheels and headsets, the gang at Cane Creek realized they were losing ground in the suspension market. They took a step back, evaluated shocks in the bicycle and motorsports world and noticed that a leader […]
WHAT: Marzocchi 888 RC HOW MUCH: $1,149 WHERE: www.marzocchi.com Marzocchi’s top-of-the-line 888 RC dual-crown fork is a high-tech approach to solving the world’s burlier problems. It provides 8 inches of up and down—what you automatically expect from a big daddy—while its adjustability and bomb-proof dependability make it one of the better long-travel forks on the […]
WHAT: RockShox Pike Team U-Turn WHERE: www.rockshox.com HOW MUCH: $515 Back in April, RockShox rolled out their 2006 product line for the cycling press (Click the following link for the ROCKSHOX STORY RockShox debuted a completely revamped line of forks at that press launch. 2006, it seemed, would be a year of great change for […]