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New Bike: New British Steel Hardtail - Trillion Prime

With so many new carbon full suspension mountain bikes, hardtail is have its own place among the bikers. The sensation while riding the hardtail on the trail, make this kind of bike still have huge fans. And now, the hardtail fans will get more option when they want to take new hardtail home. A British company, a brand new company just released a new hardtail recently. Made of steel, this hardcore hardtail is called Trillion Prime, and it will be able to push all your riding skills on the trails.
Launched at London Bike Show 2017, Trillion Prime makes its debut. A steel hardtail, with 160 mm travel. The Prime is the company's first mountain bike, and they did it well. The company builds the bike from Reynolds 853 steel for the frame. With slack, long geometry, the Prime looks great. It also accept the tyres up to 3.00. 

In the future, they even ready to make carbon things and for this, thank to Liberty Group that gives them access to Rolls Royce to F1 teams. The fans who want to get the bike, the company offers the direct sales via their website. 
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New Bike: Intense Tracer 2017

Intense Tracer, one of the best enduro mountain bike, even the commpany itself says that the Tracer is their most popular bike. And for the 2017, the Tracer has been fully redesigned. But this is different, despite the bike gets Tracer name, the company says that this is trully different bike than previous Tracer model. What's the difference?
Tracer Factory Build Details:
• Frame: Tracer 275 SL carbon, 165mm travel, JS-Enduro Link suspension, carbon upper-link, internal cable routing, ISCG-05 mounts, Boost axle spacing
• Fork: Fox factory 36, Kashima, 160 mm, FIT4
• Shock: Fox factory Float X2
• Transmission: SRAM XX1/X01 Eagle 12-speed
• Crankset: Race Face Next SL, 34T
• Brakes: Shimano XTR, 180mm F, 180 mm R rotors
• Wheels: 27.5” Enve M70 carbon rims, DT Swiss 240s hubs 32-spokes
• Cockpit: Renthal FatBar Carbon 20mm rise x 780mm x 31.8mm handlebar, Renthal 40mm stem, Fabric Scoop Radius Pro saddle, RockShox Reverb Stealth seatpost, 150mm.
• Sizes: Small, medium, large, X-large
• Colors: Red/orange/yellow or matte grey/black
• Weight: 13.4kg/28.7 pounds (actual)
• MSRP: $10,399 USD
That's the Factory model, and Intense builds the new Tracer in several different models. We can see above what's difference; longer, slacker, more aggressive, and better for the down way. First, the Intense Tracer 2017 frame is made from carbon material, the result from Jeff Steber, the founder, and Cesar Rojo from Cero Design Studio. We know that most previous Intense bikes are using VPP (Virtual Pivot Point) for the suspension system, but the 2017 Tracer is using different system, which is called Enduro Link System.

With all those improvements, the 2017 Tracer has amazing price for a bike, with all models from Foundation to Factory, $4,599 to $10,399. The Foundation model is the entry level bike with lowest price than others. More about this beast, visit

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New Bike: Last Clay Trail Bike

It will always interesting to hear about a (new) brand releasing a new bike. LAST but not least, I mean, a German brand LAST - yap that's the name, finally releases a new trail bike, really good looking bike in my opinion. The Last Clay is 140 mm travel bike, but the brand says that the bike gives more than "to be expected" for a 140 mm bike.
Overall, the bike looks different than another full suspension bikes, mostly the popular bikes on the market. The bike also designed well, with popular 27.5 wheels. The frame construction is made of aluminum, high strength aluminum quality. It has also Enduro Bearings, the popular and strong bearing in the market. Strong, long last, and doesn't need massive maintenance.

Last Clay Trail Bike Details (Highest Specs)
Frame LAST Clay 140 mm travel
Fork Rockshox Pike RCT3 150 mm travel
Headset Cane Creek 40
Stem Renthal Apex - optional 40 mm or 50 mm
Bars Renthal FatBar Carbon 780 mm, 20 mm rise
Grips Kore Contour
Brakes SRAM Guide Ultimate, with 200 mm and 180 mm rotors
Shifter SRAM Eagle Trigger 1x12
Rear Derailleur SRAM X01 Eagle, 1x12 carbon
Crankset SRAM X01 Eagle Carbon, 175 mm, 32T with Reset GXPlite Bottom Bracket
Chain SRAM X01 Eagle
Sprocket SRAM 1295, 10-50T Black
Wheelset DTSwiss XMC1200 Carbon 24 inner width
Tires Schwalbe Nobby Nic both Front and Rear
Seatpost Rockshox Reverb Stealth 170 mm travel
Saddle Kore Frazer Ti
Weight (without pedals) 12,5 kg

The Last Clay trail bike will be available in four different specs build, with different on several parts such as handlebars, for different riding style. The highest model of the Clay, will be using Cane Creek DB Inline, combines with RockShox Pike RCT3 150 mm of travel. Unfortunately, everyone who wants this bike should go ahead to German, or make a phone call.
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New Bike: Norco Sight Carbon 2017

With many eyes keep on them, Norco finally releases their newest popular all mountain/trail bike scene, with carbon material, the Sight Carbon 2017. For this 2017 edition, there will be two models, the popular 27.5 wheels and the bigger one, 29er. Norco said that this 2017 Norco Sight will fill the space between their aggressive enduro bike, Norco Range and the trail/cross country bike Norco Optic.

Norco Sight Carbon 2017
• Intended use: trail / all-mountain
• Wheel size: 27.5" or 29"
• Rear wheel travel: 140mm (27.5"), 130mm (29")
• 66.5º (27.5") or 67º (29") head angle 
• Frame material: carbon front triangle and seat stays, aluminum chainstays
• Metric shock sizing
• Boost hub spacing
• MSRP: $2,599 USD (frame w/ RockShox Deluxe RT), $3,899 - $6,499 USD (complete bikes)

Like said above, that the price for fullbike is various, between around $3,900 to $6,500 because there are several models of this new Sight 2017. The fans will also have a choice to build a custom as the company also offers the frame only, with $2,599. More information about the Norco Sight Carbon 2017 model, please visit


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New Bike: Core Bike 2017 - Hope Tech Trail Bikes

Hope Tech is a really big brand, with their awesome mountain bikes part, and most of them are popular - from hub freehub, cranks, brakeset, and wheelset. And they also build a trail bike, though previous information told that the bike is staff only bikes. But now, at Core Bike 2017 event, Hope introduces the Hope Trail Bike again, as they ready to build the bike as mass production.
At first, Hope will build the bike in a limited size, just in medium and large. And the brand will build the bike in limited amount, about four bikes a week. Despite that, Hope have plan to produce the smaller size later. Unfortunatelly, for the fans who want to build the bike custom, there will be no frame only option. But, the full bike option will get the best parts such as the option of Ohlins or Fox Suspension, with Hope parts.

At the Core Bike 2017, Hope Tech also released a carbon handlebar, a 780 mm wide with 20 mm rise only. For the availability, the carbon Hope Tech bars will be available this year, in the spring 2017. So, for Hope Fans, wanna try them? pic:
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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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