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9/23/16

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Interbike 2016: New Enduro Bikes Parade

After we take a short tour to the Interbike 2016 with these two bikes - Alchemy Arktos and Patrol 672, now we have more bikes to see. Here at Interbike 2016, most companies show their latest bikes and some of them are upgraded version of their previous, but some are completely new. So, let's check them.

NORCO BIKES 2017 LINEUP
Norco is ready for 2017 with their most popular bikes - the Aurum, Range, and Sight. Except that they have got the latest parts, they also get new color scheme to make them more fresh. For their DH monster the Aurum, Norco offers both frame only option and also complete build. They also build the Aurum in carbon and aluminum. The Aurum price is about $2,699 to $7,299. The aluminum version will be priced at $2,899 to $3,399.



Their Range, comes in aluminum only and it will be priced around $2,599 to $3,799. This 160mm travel bike is also equipped with high end parts to support its performance. While the Sight, which is a trail bike, gets 140 mm travel and the highest version of the new Sight is about $3,799.

FUJI BIKES 2017 LINEUP
Fuji maybe is not a big player on mountain biking, but they are already updated their line up for 2017 season, the Auric and Rakan. The Auric now gets high parts such as Rockshox Lyrik and also carbon crank. The geometry is still same with the previous but they updated it with the new bars and stem, and new parts. The Auric will be priced at $4,749.

Fuji also build the new Rakan 29er and Rakan 27,5+ version. The 29 version Rakan will be priced around $4,949 and it will be equipped with Fox suspension and SRAM drivetrain. While the Rakan 27,5+ is cheaper than its 29er version. The 27,5+ Rakan will be priced about $2,499. It also equipped with Fox suspension and SRAM drivetrain.



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9/20/16

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Interbike 2016: Alchemy Arktos and Patrol 672


Interbike 2016 just began after the Eurobike 2016. The Interbike 2016 event be held in Las Vegas. Some new bikes that has not shown in Eurobike 2016 appears here. So, let's start with these two new bikes - Alchemy Arktos and Patrol 672. This is not Transition Patrol, but only Patrol, yes Patrol, a brand new company that start to enter the mountain biking worldwide.

ALCHEMY ARKTOS 
Alchemy Arktos is one of the most interesting enduro bike today, but it comes in a bit high price. The frame - front triangle is carbon and made in United States, while the rear triangle comes from Asia. One of the most interesting part of the bike is the suspension system, which is called Sine Suspension - a bit similar with Switch Infinity's Yeti. This 150 mm of rear travel bike comes in $3,799 with Fox Float X Shock.
Alchemy Arktos Details
• Intended use: trail / all-mountain
• Travel: 150mm
• 27.5" wheels
• Carbon frame
• 66.5° head angle
• 438mm chainstay length
• 12 x 148mm rear spacing
• Sizes S, M, L, XL
• Frame price w/ shock: $2,999 USD
• Made in Asia
So what's different with this Arktos? It is said that this Interbike 2016 Arktos is less expensive but what do you think? The frame will be available in yellow and blue color - they said yin-yang color.

PATROL 672
This is not Transition Patrol, but only Patrol. Patrol is another Indonesian brand that trying to enter the world mountain bike. Their bikes are spread from cross country to downhill. But now we will see their all mountain/enduro bike, the Patrol 672. This is the update version of their previous 672 version.

Patrol 672 Details
• Intended use: all-mountain / enduro
• Rear wheel travel: 160mm
• Wheel size: 27.5''
• Aluminum frame
• Internal cable routing
• ISCG 05 chain guide tab




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9/1/16

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Eurobike 2016: New Shoes Parade

As mountain biking sport starts to be one of stylish kind of sports, some apparel brands are using the Eurobike 2016 moment to show up their new products. Shimano, noted as one of the most productive company as they release various products, from bike components to bike apparels. The riders now have various choices for them to look more stylish.

ION NEW SHOES

Ion is releasing several new shoes, the Rascal and also The Raid Amp. The Ion Rascal is specially made for enduro riders. The Rascal is using velcro strap and has assymetric design. The Rascal is also available as clipless, so the riders can choose which one is suitable for them. Ion Rascal is priced at 140 Euro. 

Ion Raid Amp is a way cheaper than the Rascal, with 120 Euro and it's a flat shoes. It has rubber from Suplest, a Swiss company. 

SHIMANO NEW SHOES

Shimano AM Shoes is very popular shoes out there, but in this Eurobike 2016 event, they brings two new shoes to the event. The first is Shimano ME7, which is specially build for aggressive riders - from enduro to downhill. The new ME7 is usng Michellin rubber and Velcro cover. The Shimano ME7 is priced about $200. Another new shoes from Shimano is Shimano AM5, which is really brand new shoes. It comes with camo color scheme that make it looks awesome. 

MAVIC NEW SHOES

Like Shimano, Mavic is also big company that build various goods on mountain biking sport. Their wheels are awesome, but their shoes also amazing. In this Eurobike 2016, Mavic releases two shoes, the Mavic DeeMax Pro, which retails about 189 Euro. With the same name as their popular downhill wheels, the shoes also gets same color patterns. While the DeeMax Elite (140 Euro) has colorful appearance and it's not as stiff as its Pro DeeMax. 
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8/31/16

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Eurobike 2016: New Dropper Post Parade

Since its first appearance, dropper post becomes one of the important parts in mountain biking sports, especially enduro riding. In today's Eurobike 2016, there are several new dropper post. Let's take a look closer to them. 

E*THIRTEEN TRS PLUS DROPPER POST
E*Thirteen is one of the fastest growing company for providing goods for mountain biking. They make various parts such as wheelset, cranks, and also now dropper post with TRS Plus. The TRS Plus post is available in two size 30,9 mm and 31,6 mm diameters, and 590 grams lightweight.

The post now is shown in Eurobike 2016 event but the post will be available for the fans in January 2017. What about the price? E*Thirteen gives it a price $279 USD, such a good value. Besides a dropper post, they also release 11 speed TRS Race Cassette.

X-FUSION NEW MANIC DROPPER POST
X-Fusion has already dropper post product with Hilo, but once again they build new dropper post, the Manic Dropper Post. This is really new dropper post, and like no other, the New Manic will be priced at $199, such really good value.


NEW MANIC DROPPER DETAILS
• Travel: 125mm 
• Replaceable sealed cartridge
• New ultra-adjustable remote
• Actuation linkage to reduce lever force
• Reduced overall length compared to Hilo
• Internal cable routing
• Sizes: 30.9 and 31.6mm 
• Availability: October 2016
• Weight: 630-grams
• MSRP: $199 USD

SHIMANO'S PRO BIKE COMPONENTS KORYAK
Many people said that Shimano is too late to enter in dropper post competition, as usual, but really? With under their brand, Pro Components, Shimano launches Koryak Dropper Post, a really really new dropper post. We all knew that Shimano is popular because its quality in each products. But, what about the Koryak?


SHIMANO KORYAK DROPPER POST DETAILS
• Construction: Anodized aluminum shaft and body, rebuildable seal-head, keys and bushings, single-bolt, zero-offset saddle clamp
• One-piece replaceable air/hydraulic cartridge
• Travel: 120mm, infinite-adjustment range
• Cable actuated mechanism, using Shimano's Optislick wires and housing
• Internal cable routing
• Remote levers: Universal vertical lever, or I-Spec II compatible horizontal "Firebolt" style option
• Diameter options: 30.9mm or 31.6mm
• Claimed weight: 520 grams, including cable assembly and remote lever
• MSRP: TBD
• Available: October/November, 2016


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8/19/16

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New Bike: Pivot Firebird 2017

Firebird is reborn. Just few days since some big brands release their new bikes, Pivot also reveals new bike in Crankworx Whistler 2016 with old but new, the Firebird. The new carbon Firebird still using DW-Link suspension system with 170 mm travel (up to 180 mm), with 7,1 pound. The company says that this new Firebird is much better than older version of Firebird, despite the old version is also capable.
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Pivot Firebird 2017 Details
• Purpose: enduro / park
• Frame: Carbon front section and swingarm, DW-Link suspension, ISCG mounts, internal cable routing. 
• 7.1-pound frame weight (size Medium)
• Di2 and front-derailluer compatible
• Wheel size: 27.5-inch, with room for 2.5-inch tires.
• Boost 148 spacing
• Wheel Travel: 170mm (rear), 170mm (front, capable of running 180)
• Updated geometry: 65-degree head angle, 74-degree seat angle, longer reach (445mm/17.52" in size Medium) and shorter (430mm/16.9") chainstays 
• Four sizes: Small, medium, large and X-large
• Nine different build kits 
• Price range: $4,999 to $9,899 
• Available: Now
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Despite the new Firebird is still using DW-Link, the rear suspension position is different with the older. The bike shock is running with air shock, which is Fox Float X2, but the company also recommends if the fans want to go with coil shock, the Push ElevenSix is the best choice. For more information about the bike, availability and full features, visit pivotcycles.com.
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8/16/16

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New Bike: New Bikes 2017 Parade

Tons of new bikes already released this year, but just few of them will get our attention. Some big brands are really concern to give better touch for the 2017 bikes. What bikes? Let's see.

SPECIALIZED ENDURO 2017
First, we start the parade of new bikes with Specialized Enduro 2017. What's different? While the "X" frame still there, the Enduro 2017 is more stylish than before. Specialized really gives the energy on the bike, and four models Enduro, both 29er and 27.5 is available: S-Works, Pro, Elite, and alloy framed, the Comp. The bike also available in four different size, S, M, L, and XL. The Enduro 2017 almost gets all the latest technology, except Metric Shock. Why? It seems that Specialized have their own reason.

Specialized Enduro 2017 650b Details
• Rear wheel travel: 170mm 
• Wheel size: 27.5''
• 65.5º head angle w/ 170mm fork
• 2.6" tires front and rear
• Threaded bottom bracket
• Boost hub spacing
• SWAT door on carbon frames
• Compatible only with 1x drivetrains
• MSRP: $3,000-$8500 USD (complete) 
• S-Works frame w/shock: $3,500 USD

Specialized Enduro 2017 29 Details
• Rear wheel travel: 165mm 
• Wheel size: 29'' (27.5+ compatible)
• 66º head angle w/ 160mm fork
• Threaded bottom bracket
• Boost hub spacing
• SWAT door on carbon frames
• Compatible only with 1x drivetrains
• MSRP: $3,000 - $8500 USD (complete) 
• S-Works frame w/shock: $3,500 USD
More information about the bike, visit specialized.com.

DEVINCI DJANGO 2017 29er
The trend seems now turn to the trail big wheeled bikes. There are many trail bike with 29er out there now, and Devinci also tries to get in to the competition. They finally there with Devinci Django 29er 2017. Its sibling, the 27.5 Django, regarded as one of the best all-rounder bike. So, what's about the younger bike? 

Devinci Django 29 2017 Details
120mm Rear // 130mm Front Travel
29-inch Wheels
Split Pivot Suspension
Frame Materials - Carbon frame: DMC-G Carbon with EPS molding // Alloy frame: Optimum G04 Aluminum tubing
Short 434mm Chainstays
Internal Cable Routing
Asymmetrical Construction
Low Standover Height
Tapered Head Tube
2.35-inch Maximum Tire Clearance
Boost 148mm // 110mm Spacing
Dedicated 1x Frame
Same Geometry Between Alloy and Carbon Frames
Weight: Carbon - 6.75-pounds (3.06kg) // Aluminum - 8.07-pounds (3.66kg)
Headset Spacer / Geometry "Chip" Compatible (Retails for $20 USD)
Frameset MSRP: Alloy - $1,769 // Carbon - $2,479
Complete MSRP: Available in four builds ranging from $3,099 to $6,819

INTENSE RECLUSE 2017 27.5
Intense also doesn't want to late to release new bike. And the result, they already placed a new bike for 2017, which is called Intense Recluse 2017 27,5. The full carbon frame bike will be available in four different build kit options. The Recluse also gets some latest features such as Boost-equipped with JS Tuned Suspension. The highest build will be Factory Model with $9,499.

Intense Recluse Elite Features and Spec
Frame: Recluse 275 SL Carbon Front and Rear Triangle, i-BOX Pivot System, Downtube Flak Guard Armor, Internal Derailleur, Brake & Dropper Post Routing, ISCG05 Mount, Ti Hardware
Rear Travel: 140mm
Fork: 150mm travel FOX Performance Float 36, 27.5, 3-position GRIP, Matte Black, 15QRx110 Boost
Rear Shock: FOX Performance FLOAT X2, 2-position Lever with Open Mode Adjust, 200x57mm
Hubs: 28 Hole DT Swiss 350, 15 x 110mm Front Hub; 148x12mm Rear Hub, XD Driver, 6-Bolt
Rims: Intense Carbon 30mm
Tires: Maxxis High Roller II 27.5x2.3 3C EXO TR
Shifter: SRAM X1, 11-speed
Rear Derailleur: SRAM X01, 11-speed
Cranks: Race Face NEXT, DM32T, 175mm, 11-speed
Cassette: e*thirteen 9-44 tooth, 11-speed
Saddle: Fabric Scoop Radius Elite
Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth, 31.6mm x 420 mm, zero offset, 150mm of travel
Handlebar: Renthal Fatbar 20mm rise x 760mm width
Stem: Thomson X4 50mm
Brakes: SRAM GUIDE RS with 180mm front, 160mm rear rotor

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SLAYER 2017
The information about Rocky Mountain Slayer 2017 is still limited, as the bike appears in Enduro World Series. Their riders, Remy Gauvin and Florian Nicolai is seen with the bike. At the first sight, the new Slayer offers similar formula with their bigger machine, Maiden, with Smoothlink suspension system with RIDE-4. Keep an eye to watch the bike closely.
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8/5/16

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New Bike: Trek Stache Goes Carbon

Trek Stache makes its first appearance last year, with the mix of big wheels and short chainstays. And now, the company just updated this big wheels machine into a carbon frame. Trek just releases the Press Release for the Stache. For more complete information and anything about the Stache, please visit trekbikes.com. But please note that the Carbon Stache will be available in September. And here's the release:

Press Release 
A year ago, Trek took a flyer on Stache, a unique 29+ trail hardtail with oversized 29x3.0˝ tires and a remarkably nimble frame that would allow hardtail diehards to experience the thrill of the most technical terrain. Stache won over riders around the world for its confidence-inspiring handling, capability, and sheer fun. And now, we've packed all the best parts of the previous platform into an expanded lineup with lightweight carbon options and key spec upgrades, setting a new benchmark in the trail hardtail category.
The newly expanded Stache lineup includes two OCLV Mountain Carbon models (Stache 9.8 and 9.6), along with two Alpha Platinum Aluminum models (Stache 7 and 5). Stache will also be available as a carbon frameset.

The new OCLV Mountain Carbon frame of Stache 9.8 and 9.6 weighs about 400 grams less than its alloy counterpart, and also benefits from a more aggressive geometry with a 15mm longer reach and a bottom bracket that’s 5mm lower.

Stache 9.8 is equipped with the all-new Rock Shox 29+ Pike fork, Bontrager Line Pro 35mm cockpit, and Bontrager Drop Line dropper post. Bontrager's Line Pro 40 OCLV Carbon wheels complete the lightweight carbon package. The ultra-capable Stache 9.8 tips the scales at 27.2 lbs.

All carbon and alloy models feature additional travel, with an increase in suspension from 110mm to 120mm. 

Prices
• Stache 5: $1,579.99 USD 
• Stache 7: $2,099.99 
• Stache 9.6: $2,999.99 
• Stache 9.8: $4,699.99 
• Stache C F/S: $1,579.99
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