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New Bike: YT 2017 Gravity Line Up

This year YT got new riders and he's not just a name. We already who's the man so we don't talk about that. But, the brand has another good news this year, as they already released their best bikes in new color scheme and surely they are more awesome because YT adds more sizes!


Soon to be popular bike, the aggressive 29er Jeffsy gets some improvements for 2017. With the new edition Pro Race CF, the 2017 Jeffsy also gets new color scheme and better parts to support its performance. The Pro Race CF comes with FOX Kashima suspension, SRAM Guide Ultimate brakes, and a ton of carbon thing; Renthal bars, Carbon crank. But YT also build the entry level of the Jeffsy, the AL One version. 


But the Capra is the bomb before the Jeffsy. And the good news, in 2017 the Capra is also refined. YT is really concern about the bike, so they built three different highest models; CF Pro Race, CF Pro, and CF. Like the Jeffsy, this enduro legend machine also equipped with the best parts, FOX Suspension Kashima coated, and ton of carbon things. But they also offer the aluminum version with AL Comp and AL.


With Aaron Gwin in the cockpit, YT Tues now becomes new hardcore downhill machine. YT needs to make the bike better so they refined the Tues for the 2017, and adds new size for the bigger riders. YT introduces a model of Tues with FOX Suspension Kashima coated, and TRP Brakes like Qwin used for racing. And like others, the Tues also available in aluminum version, with AL version.

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New Product: Cane Creek DB Air [IL] Shock with OPT and DROPT Remotes

Cane Creek shock slowly but sure become one of the serious challenger for the duo big suspension brands in mountain biking. With the massive attention on their previous products, Cane Creek just finished in developing their DB Inline Shock, which in this newest product this shock will get some improvements, such as the OPT and DROPT Remotes. Beside the more bling-bling.
Yesterday, Cane Creek just released the Press Release about their new product. They said on the PR that this new InLine shock will be used for trail to enduro riding, from 100 mm to 160 mm. Some aspects have been improved, such as the new design of oil seal head, and reconfigured air piston. But not limited to that, there are some improved features, such as LineAir Spring, Twin-Tube Design, Four-Way Independent Adjusment, and Climb Switch Technology.

But what about the OPT and DROPT Remotes? 
Here's about the OPT Remotes, taken from their Press Release:
"Introducing OPT – the Climb Switch handlebar remote that is optimized throughout its travel from off to on. Thus giving riders the option to tune their Climb Switch to their desired riding preference. OPT offers two mounting options (Top or Bottom) to allow for a variety of fitment orientations and costs $49 USD."

And here's about DROPT Remotes:
"The DROPT dropper seat post remote – designed with OPT in mind, is a universal remote that is compatible with any cable actuated dropper seat post. DROPT can be easily mounted on the same handlebar clamp with OPT to reduce handlebar clutter, and holds several adjustment features to create the ideal dropper post handlebar set up for all types of cable orientations and requirements. The $69 USD DROPT remote will be available for purchase and shipment February 1st."

The new DB Air [IL] is available today and ready for shipping, just prepare $475, and for the older DB Air InLine can be upgraded for DB Air [IL] with the addition $65, under warranty. Without warranty, users can upgrade their shocks with $225.
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New Technology: Canyon's Dis\Connect Project

Canyon bike is one of the most popular bike brand with various products in various scenes. Their mountain bikes get huge attention, moreover when they release their downhill bikes the Sender. Now, in the early 2017, Canyon again releases a news innovation in the mountain biking sport, sure, we could see this technology in their bikes further. But, there's no much information about this innovation yet, but we know this innovation will be called Canyon Dis\Connect Project.
The only information about the Dis\Connect Project can be seen on the Fabien Barel's page that describe a bit about the technology. In the short words, the Dis\Connect technology is about technology that be able to boost and improve the chassis performance from a single button. This technology originally introduced last year on Eurobike event.

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New Bike: Merida One-Sixty

Seems that Enduro mountain bike scene will still be the most popular, which can be seen in the amount of new enduro bikes recent. This scene is not only for the big brands, but also for not so popular but surely a good brand. Merida is one of them, maybe an underrated bike but still build good bikes. And for the 2017, they already released a really stunning bike, the new One-Sixty. The new One-Sixty provides all new geometry which is really different with the older model. Combining the carbon material in front triangle and aluminum in the rear, the new One-Sixty looks better. The One-Sixty 2017 is available in three models, the One-Sixty 5000, One-Sixty 7000, and One-Sixty 8000, and this article will talk about the last one, the One-Sixty 8000.

Merida One-Sixty 8000 Details:
• Carbon frame with an aluminium swingarm, Merida "Float Link" suspension
• Wheel size: 27.5”
• Rear-wheel travel: 160mm 
• RockShox 170mm Lyrik fork
• RockShox Super Deluxe shock
• Sram X01 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain
• Sizes: Small, medium, large
• Complete bike weight 13.8kg (30.4 lbs)
• MSRP: £3,300 to £5,500 (not available in the US)

On their previous bikes, they build the suspension system with the VPK, but for this new One-Sixty 8000, they made it more simple with Float Link Suspension. But this suspension system firstly used on their cross country bike. It said that Float Link suspension is better than VPK in certain point, such as the Float Link will be easier to be tuned from both end of the suspension. It also makes the frame lighter, beside the carbon material also.
As said above that the new One-Sixty 8000 is combining the carbon and aluminum for the frame, it also uses the internal cable route like another new bikes today. The internal cable runs out under the bottom bracket, with the protection from a bash guard.

Beside all of that, the new One-Sixty 8000 derives few recent features such as metric version for Rockshox Deluxe suspension. Merida builds the new One-Sixty 8000 as longer, slacker, and lower than the previous model, and most all modern enduro bikes adopt those three geoetry. The new Merida One-Sixty 8000 will be available in three sizes, from small to large. (For now) It's not available in the US. More about the bike, visit Merida Bikes.

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New Product: Five Ten Freerider EPS High Winter Edition

The biggest mountain bike shoe company, Five Ten already announces their new product for the winter, which is variant of their famous Freerider shoes: Five Ten Freerider EPS High Winter Edition. With their famous Stealth rubber sole, which is also installed in this shoes, Five Ten wants to give everyone a pair of great shoes for riding in the winter. 
Five Ten Freerider EPS Highlights
PrimaLoft insulation from the instep forward, including the tongue
Single piece leather on forefoot to reduce seams and water intake, keeping feet warm and dry
Fully gusseted tongue prevents water and mud intake
Additional foam insulation in the sock liner and vamp plus an insulated, heat-reflective footboard
Stealth® S1™ rubber outsole
Weight: 575g each (Size 12US, verified)
Colors: Auburn, Midnight, Black
MSRP: $150.00 USD

The name EPS here is not only a name, but it stands for Elements Primaloft System. The overall look of the shoes is just awesome, simple and stunning. The Primaloft system is said be able to keep the foot still warm and dry, so this technology is able to prevent the water penetrate to the shoes. But beside that, the Stealth rubber still give the best grip to the pedals. 

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New Bike: Saracen Killi Flyer Elite

Saracen is a brand with big attention from many people, mostly in downhill and enduro scene. Their downhill bike is success with their great riders. To fill the gap between enduro and downhill, Saracen  just released a new trail bike with new Saracen Killi Flyer Elite. With so many enduro and trail bikes in the market, what about the chance for this bike?
Saracen Killi Flyer Elite Details
– Kili Flyer Elite Complete Bike
– 130mm Toray Carbon Frame with Tapered Head Tube.
– Fox 34 Float Factory / 130mm / 15 x110
– Fox Float DPS Factory Rear Shock
– Shimano XT shifters and Derailleur pushing an SLX 1×11 Chainset.
– Shimano XT Brakes
– Raceface Affect 35 Handlebar and Stem
– Kore 27.5 Durox rims laced to Formula Hubs.
– WTB Trail Boss and Beeline Tyre combination.
– KS Lev 120mm Dropper post
– Available in 15”, 17”, 19” and 21” Frames
– Price: £3699.99

Not many information about the bike, except that the bike will be equipped with latest parts. The brand also gives opportunity for various rider weight with four sizes up to 21". So, what more? Carbon frame, sweet and nice geometry, good parts, and anti mainstream brand. 

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New Bike: UNNO Bikes

Not many people know about a bike brand named Unno Bikes. Sure, because they are really new brand in the mountain biking industry. But wait, they are new that's fact, but please take a closer look of their bikes. Yes, they have some good bikes, spread in various models - full suspension and also hardtail, with carbon framed material. Ready? Let's check them out.

More detail, Unno Bikes builds two cross country bikes which is a hardtail and short full suspension bike, the popular 27.5 160 mm travel bike, 130 mm 29er full suspension, and a hardcore downhill bike. Different than another bike brands, Unno chooses Europe to produce the frame rather than in Asia. Unno claims that their frame is the combination between strenght and comfort. And below are their bikes. And they haven't name already yet. 

Unno Hardtail 29er Cross Country Bike

Probably one of the lightest hardtail in the world. As captured in the picture above which has medium size, is about 790 gram. But as said above that they have two cross country bike, a hardtail and a full suspension bike, here is the hardtail one. This hardtail has 67 degree head angle, 440 reach that will be good with 50 to 60 mm stem.

Unno 29er Trail Bike

Unno also build a 29er trail bike with 130 mm travel bike, but it also work with 140 mm travel. The bike has 455 mm reach. It has two link option that placed under the bottom bracket, and this link will be change the frame geometry to be slacker.

Unno Enduro 27.5

With all of those bikes, Unno won't forget about the most popular mountain bike scene, the Enduro. And Unno build an enduro machine, with 160 mm travel fork and 27.5 wheels. It has 65 degree up front, and 455 reach to be combined with 30 mm stem. The fullbike of this enduro bike takes 12.39 gram, pretty light.

Unno Downhill Bike

And this is their beast, 200 mm travel downhill bike with very good looking. This downhill bike has the most different suspension system with another bikes. The top tube is looking thin from the side but it looks awesome. The cable route is normal outside the tube, such a dfferent decision while another bikes build a bike with internal route.

There's no review about the bike yet, but sure the bike will be reviewed sooner because this brand gets big attention. So, let's wait for the review! (pic -
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