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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
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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.

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

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 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

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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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 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. 

• 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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Look Closer: GT Pantera 27.5 Plus - Full Specification and Price

GT Bikes just released some of their new bikes for 2017, and there is a bike that have potential to get massive attention among the new bikes. It's not the Sanction or the bigger downhill bike the Fury, but a hardtail named GT Pantera. Wait, with the 27.5 plus behind the name.

Read also: New GT Bikes 2017

Talk about the Pantera 27.5 Plus, it is such an good looking bike. It comes with T6 alloy Triple Triangle Frame which is offer durability and stability. It has longer front center and this makes the Pantera looks progressive. To make it up-to-date bike, the company build this as plus bike.

The GT Pantera 27.5 Plus comes in three models, the Expert, Elite, and Comp. As we can see, the Expert will be get the high spec and will be priced at $1620. This is really good price for the high spec bike from good company.

GT Pantera 27.5 Plus Spec (Expert Model)
Sizes XXS, XS, S, M, L, and XL
Frame All New 6061 T6 Aluminum Frame w/Triple Triangle, Replacable Derailleur Hanger, Disc Brake Mounts, and Zerostack Tapered Head Tube, 27.5 Plus Design
Fork Rockshox FS Revelation RL-AS 120 mm travel Crown Adjust 29/27.5+ Boost 15x110 MXL Stealth Solo Air 120 Taper
Crank FSA Comet MegaEXO MTB, 30T 1x Boost 148
BB FSA BB-7100
Pedals  GT Slim Line Flat Pedals, Cast Alloy
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT 11 speed
Shifters Shimano SLX
Rear Cogs Sunrace CS-MS8, 11-42T, 11 speed
Chain KMC X11
Rims All Terra DB-X40 Double Wall 32 Holes 27.5+, Disc Specific 40 mm wide
Tires F+R Schwalbe Rocket Ron Performance 27.5+ x 2.80
Hubs All Terra Center Lock QR (F) Alloy Disc with Boost 110, (R) Alloy Cassette Disc with Boost 148
Brakes F+R Shimano Hydraulic Disc with 160 Rotors
Brake Levers Shimano Hydraulic Disc Brake Levers
Handlebar All Terra Riser Bar, Double Butted 710mm Width 15mm Rise, 31.8 Clamp
Stem All Terra
Grips GT Statement
Headset Integrated Seal Bearing
Saddle WTB Silverado
Seatpost All Terra
Seat Clamp All Terra

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New Bike: Transition Scout Carbon Press Release

Since its first appearance few times ago, together with its siblings, the Transition Patrol and the bigger Transition Smuggler, the Scout also gets big attention. And now, since they come in alloy version (Patrol has Carbon), the company announces the press release about Transition Scout Carbon. Here's the press release:
Press Release: The Scout has been one of our more overlooked bikes in our line. People are now just starting to catch on to how fun and capable this little bike is and now it's available in carbon. Touting all the great features and geometry of the aluminum Scout with a large reduction in weight and no compromise in strength. The carbon front triangle, seatstays and chainstays provide an amazingly playful feel on the trail or playground. Featuring the same dialed geometry and GiddyUp suspension as the alloy version, the carbon Scout is even better at turning trails into playgrounds. The fully guided internal cable routing for rear brake and derailleur are easy to use and rattle free. The collet main pivot keeps the rear end stiff and the threaded bottom bracket is a mechanics dream. All with around a 600-gram weight savings over the aluminum Scout.

Loaded With Features Such As:
    Not 27.5+ Compatible. Fit's up to 2.5" tire with plenty of clearance for mud.
    Playground Specific Geometry - Long, Low and Snappy
    Giddy Up Link Suspension, 125mm Rear and 140mm Front
    Integrated Rubber Chainstay Protection
    Collet Style Main Pivot Hardware
    ISCG05 Chainguide Mounting
    Full Size Water Bottle Fits Inside Front Triangle
    User Friendly 73mm Threaded Bottom Bracket
    Tubes Inside Tubes Internal Cable Routing for Easy Setup
    Medium Frame Weight With Rear Shock: 6.2lbs.
More information about the bike, please visit
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Look Closer: Canyon Sender Downhill Bike

When Specialized releases their new generation of Demo, people are shocking with its assymetrical frame, and curious about its performance. Beside of that, the new Demo offers slacker frame which is at the first sight the bike looks so hot.
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After a while with the euphoria of the new Demo, Canyon fights back and releases the sexiest downhill bike, with their new downhill bike Canyon Sender. While their all-mountain/enduro machine the Strive is known as one of the best machines, the Sender comes with different sensation.

Let's look closer to the Sender.

Based on the company, Sender is using four-bar suspension system which they called as MX-Link Suspension System. This system inspired from motocross setup, and the link will enable to tune the leverage ratio. This moto-inspires link is also known as Triple-Phase-Suspension, i.e:
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Phase 1: Air shocks require more force for activation than coil shocks. The MX Link transmits high power at the start of the stroke to overcome this. The result is outstanding responsiveness, small bump sensitivity and traction around the sag point equal to riding a coil shock.

Phase 2: Lower power through the mid-stroke provides a stable platform to reduce momentum loss. This enables the rider to actively pump for more track speed and make pinpoint line choices. 

Phase 3: We combine the progressiveness of air shocks with a moderate progression at the end of the stroke to avoid blowing through the travel and give the suspension its bottomless feel.
(source - Canyon web)

Canyo calls the geometry of the Sender as Geo-Tune, which might be the combination between geometry and tuning. As we know, tuning is a way to adjust or make it 'in tune'. That's the concept and Canyon builds this geometry to be able to match with the terrain or tracks.
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In the faster and steeper terrain, it can use the standard 63 degree head. The chainstays also can be adjusted based on the rider's riding style. For technical race with tight corners, the shorter chainstays 430 mm setting can be used. While the riders want to get more speed, the longer 466 mm chainstays can be used.

It's a bit different with another flagship machines from other brands, Canyon builds the Sender with the combination of carbon in the front triangle and alloy in the rear triangle. Some brands also use this combination like Polygon on their newest DH9 machine.
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They have their own reason for using this combination, but they said that they don't seek for saving weight, but for the strenght and vibration damping. While the aluminum 6066 T6 material claims can handle the rough crash and damage.
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Those materials then joined with high quality bearings, an industrial grade bearings to make it performs in the high level. The Sender has oversized bearings on the main triangle to deal with the high lateral force that may happen in this part.

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New Product: Dialed Tuning Apps from Cane Creek

If you are mountain biker, forget about Pokemon Go when you are in the bike. Even, it might be better for not installing it. Despite this very popular game is very fun to play, but it will be dangerous in a bike. You-Know-Why.
Rather than Pokemon Go, you better try this apps. This is very useful apps for mountain bikers. Cane Creek Dialed Tuning Apps. Yes, this apps is from Cane Creek. With this apps, everyone of you can turn the smartphones into tuning tool, to help the riders in the setup. Both iOS and Android can install this apps.
To use the apps is quite simple. Users will be given simple questions such as selecting user's bikes - more than 6.000 bikes, shock type and also user's weight. As this information is used for the tuning, better to give real information. Users can choose their bike based on the brand name, and the model. But, like its name the available shock is shock from Cane Creek only.
But still, this apps is very useful for Cane Creek shock users. The users can choose base tuning or even personal tuning. This apps is designed to be easy to be used, so the beginner riders will be able to turn into "expert" riders. Overall, this apps is very useful for riders who have Cane Creek shock in their bike.

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