Stans No Tubes’ Sentry, Major and Baron
Stan’s No Tubes has brought three new wheels to its lineup. The Sentry, Major and Baron. Each of these models were released last year as S1 wheels, but they have now gotten the upgrade to MK3. That means they are lighter and have received Stan’s proprietary bead socket technology – BST for short. What BST does is allows the rim to grip the bead on the tire without constricting the sidewall, allowing the tire to inflate to its full profile. That means you get better performance out of your tire with a lighter wheel. The Sentry is an aluminum rim with a 32 millimeter inner width, uses Stan’s WideRight technology to optimize for wider wheels and weighs 1,876 grams for a 27.5-inch wheelset, or 1,963 grams for 29ers. The Major is the Sentry’s beefier cousin, with an internal width of 38 millimeters, being designed for 3 to 3.5-inch tires and weighs 1,932 grams for 27.5 and 2,041 grams for 29″. The Baron falls right in the middle, with an internal width of 35 millimeters, 2.8 to 3.2-inch tire optimization and 1,928 or 2,017 grams for 27.5 or 29-inch wheelsets, respectively.
The Zerode Taniwha
The Zerode is the only modern full suspension bike to use a Pinion gearbox, which takes the cassette and derailleur out of the equation and moves your gears centrally between your cranks. Using the new C-line model gearbox, which is smaller and lighter at the cost of a narrower gear range, the Taniwha is certainly doing something different. That smaller gear range is still bigger than anything you’d find on a 1x setup. The odd looking gearbox houses 12 speeds that offer a range of what would be equivalent to a 10 to 60 tooth cassette. Combined with the Pinion gearbox, the Taniwha is a carbon 160 millimeter travel all-mountain rig with 27.5-inch wheels, a 74.5 degree seat tube angle and a 65 degree headtube angle.
The Marin B17
For folks looking to get a full suspension bike without dropping a ridiculous amount of cash, Marin has been making quality options. They continue this trend with the B17, a new plus-sized 130-millimeter front / 120 rear platform. This mid-level SLX-equipped B17 Two offers Boost thru-axles front and rear for just $2650. Or, with a 1 x 11 Sram NX drivetrain, an internally routed dropper post and a metric-sized RockShox Monarch R Debonair. The entry-level B17 One goes for an unheard-of $2,100.