New DH Parts from Interbike

Forks, Wheelsets, Stems, and more!

By David Peacock

We’ve gone through the DH Bikes, as well as the kits and helmets, and now we’re getting around to some of the other cool parts we found hanging about the show floor at Interbike. Below you’ll find photos and some info on the new Enve and Gravity carbon bars, the RockShox Vivid Air, White Brothers’ DH fork, the Groove, and much more.

Shimano’s new Zee components are being marketed as the price-point gravity rider’s dream, the derailleur is ready to rock a 28T ring, and is a 10 speed only rig. This derailleur had already been put through the dust and rock at the Dirt Demo, coming out no worse for wear.

The SR Suntour Rux fork has been under James Doerfling and Garett Beuhler (See Where the Trail Ends to get an idea of their antics) for a year or so, and the brand is getting ready to launch the DH fork. 38mm stanchions, high- and low-speed compression adjust, rebound control and magnesium lowers make this an interesting new product.

The Maxxis Minion DHR was labeled as their “new” tire at the show, it’s a bike park/race dream with its 2.35-inch casing and weighs 825g in Maxxis’ SuperTacky compound with a wire bead.

If you want to run a 650B DH bike like this one at the KHS booth, look no further than the Dorado up front.

The new MRP guide is built for convenience and ease of installation. They’ve got a reputation for making some of the best guides and supporting great teams, and the only tool required to get this guide operational is a 4mm allen key.

White Brothers’ Groove will even fit a 29″ tire, if you’re feeling adventurous. The top-crown is compatible with Boxxer direct mount stems, and it comes in either 180- or 200-millimeter options.

The Havoc Carbon DH bar (top) is Easton’s lightest downhill offering, and is also marketed as the “strongest ever”. 750-millimeters-wide might not be enough for some, but 235 grams is impressive to say the least. ***CORRECTION: The pictured bars are the Havoc 35 Carbon bars, which are 800mm wide and weigh 220g. The standard Havoc bars will also be available in the coming season.

Easton’s 31.8mm direct-mount stem to complement the Havoc series.

This one probably should have been in the apparel post, but we missed it, so here it is. 100% has been designing and testing some new gear to better serve the needs of DH riders, and the results look good.

Enve Composites had an uncluttered, open booth, where visitors were greeted by one of Steve Peat’s carbon V10s, equipped with a set of their 800-millimeter-wide, 245-gram DH bars…wow.

Gravity’s new Gradient bars are 777-millimeters-wide, with 10 degrees of backsweep and 4 degrees of upsweep, and weigh 336 grams.

RockShox’s Vivid Air rear shock has Dual Flow rebound and compression adjustments, comes in 200×57, 216×63, 222×70, and 240×76 millimeter options. Claimed weight on the 216×63 is 520 grams.