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Interbike Photos: Day Three from the Aisles of Interbike, Part III
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Live the “Hi-Life” this ‘cross season with Raleigh’s new $715 frameset.
Forty-nine and exactly 49 of these beautiful brown ‘cross framesets will be available at Raleighusa.com on October 19th—and only October 19th.
No 1. of 49.
Enough with the 'cross... Panaracer has inked a deal with Cedric Gracia to develop a signature line of tires. Here are the first two in the lineup.
This CG FR 2.35 model weighs 810 grams, uses a 66 TPI casing and is designed to roll fast and corner predictably. It’s slated to come in two different versions—both a 2.35-inch size: a standard-compound 58 durometer and a softer 43-durometer model.
Meat. It's what's for dinner.
Cedric’s second signature tire, the CGXC 2.1, is designed to be an all-purpose, 2.1-inch 670-gram all-‘rounder.
Like the CG FR tread, the CG XC will come in soft and standard rubber compounds. Panaracer expects to have four more tires to add to the line by next year—everything from 1.95- to a 2.5-inch models.
KS Suspension has developed an adjustable-height seatpost for the 27.2-millimeter seat-tube standard. That means Kona, Ellsworth, hardtail riders and others have another (in addition to Gravity Dropper) viable option for upgrading their rides. The new posts will be available in April and are expected to hover around the $300 price point, depending on options.
In the past, adjustable-height seatpost makers have had a hard time working with the restricted air/oil volume space of the smaller seatpost size, a problem that KS takes care of with an external reservoir.
The new KS 27.2 post will be available with a manual under-saddle lever or with a remote, and KS has developed a new handlebar lever, compatible with all its posts, which can be used in lieu of an ODI Lock-On grip clamp to save cockpit space.
Mavic has updated its CrossMax ST wheelset with some fresh graphics and some additional “inter-spoke milling” to shave weight down to 1,610 grams/set.
The rear CrossMax ST gets Mavic’s updated four-pawl freehub. In Mavic nomenclature, this is a “Cross Mountain” wheel. Translation: bombproof XC or lightweight trail bike wheels for $775/set.
The front wheel is available in either a dedicated 20-millimeter axle or a convertible 15-, or 9-millimer/QR configuration. Or, if one is so inclined, a Lefty version.
With a thick rubber toe rand and Mavic’s “Contagrip” rubber soles, the Mavic Alpine shoe provides a lightweight (435 grams) combo Velcro/lace-up SPD option for all-around trail riding.
Twenty-niner DH bikes. Don’t laugh—the revolution is here. At least, that was the word at the MRP booth, which had this behemoth on display. The bike uses a White Brothers triple-crown fork, a new MRP “Camber” crank, and, yes, 29-inch wheels, shown here fitted with WTB’s new Dissent 2.5-incher.
MRP's new Camber crank, fitted with an MRP G2 guide.
White Brothers—the off-standard standard bearer. First 650b, now 29er DH.
It's not hard to imagine that the RX—intended as an OE replceament for the Oro—will be seen in all kinds of caliper port covers next season, in order to better match OE's bikes. Blue is just the beginning.
Formula is phasing out its Oro for the new RX brake. Taking design cues from its The ONE and R1 models with a radial master cyclinder, the 351-gram brake has a one-piece caliper and 22-millimeter pistons. After some test rides at Interbike’s Outdoor Demo on an RX-equipped Turner 5.Spot, early indications are quite good.
Marzocchi’s family o’ 44 trail/AM forks. Available in 15-millimeter dropouts or standard QR.
Marzocchi 55s—the Ti-spring version on the right retails for $1,029, the air-sprung version on the left goes for $899.