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Taipei Cycle Show 2017: New DVO Suspension and Production Privee

Taipei Cycle Show 2017 is on the way and tons of new product spread from parts and new bikes are there. While some new forks are currently released by several companies, another brand also showing up their new forks on the event. DVO brings two new forks to the event with Onyx and Beryl. While the popular steel bike maker, Production Privee releases their limited steel full suspension frame, the Shan Nº5. Check them out.

DVO Onyx and Beryl

DVO is one of the popular suspension maker, with its famous characteritics, the green color and use the name of precious stones, such as topaz, diamond, etc. And again, they are using another stones for their newest forks, the DVO Onyx and Beryl.
The first one, DVO Onyx is a downhill fork, with 203 mm of travel and the brand says that the Onyx is the bigger version of Diamond, their enduro/all mountain fork. But that's reasonable because the Onyx uses the same compression bladder. The Onyx has high-low speed compression damping, rebound damping, air volume adjust and their Off the Top adjuster. The OTT allows the riders to increase or decrease the suppleness of the fork. Sounds awesome, but the Onyx DC is priced about $1,700 which is pretty good if compared with Rockshox or Fox suspension. 

And what about the second one? The DVO Beryl (the original is Beryllium) is an enduro/all mountain fork, available for both 27,5 and 29 wheels, with 170 mm of travel. The Beryl is basically the Diamond, but with lesser feature; minus external adjuster. It has 35 mm black stanchion, which seems now getting popular, and 15 mm Axle. The Beryl is using the simpler damper which called the D2. On the market, the Beryl will be priced at $750, way cheaper than the Diamond, and will face to face with Fox Float 34 Grip and Rockshox Yari.

Production Privee Shan Nº5

Most people known the company as the steel hardtail maker, with their popular Shan, Shan GT, and another. But, the company just makes a big surprise few times ago when they build a full suspension bike prototype. And the show continues, they really build a full suspension bike and showing it in Taipei Cycle Show 2017, with the Production Privee Shan Nº5.
With the carbon trend on mountain biking industry, the steel bikes still there with their fans. It may heavier than the carbon, but surely the steel bike will be last longer than the carbon. For the Production Privee, this Shan Nº5 is really inspired by their hardtail Shan with more development in various parts. And the result, a 138 mm of travel suspension bike, all around bike, more fun, simple, and reliable. 

The Shan Nº5 is adopting the single pivot with Fox Shock DPS on the rear shock. The main pivot has the same size with the BB shell, pretty big and different than others. As all around bike, the Shan Nº5 accepts the fork from 140 mm to 160 mm of travel. The Shan Nº5 also compatible with 27.5 or 27.5+.  For the fans, the bike is available in frame only option to allow fans to build as they want, but it comes with Fox DPS Shock, about 1,899 Euro. For now, it only fifty frames to be produced for the first production, and it all come in Bahama Yellow paint job.

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New Forks: New 2017 Forks - Rockshox and MRP

The companies are busy, and some of them are building new parts and yes, it finally done. When the Taipei Cycle Show is happening now, some products also need to be seen. Rockshox, as one of the pioneer on mountain bike suspension once again give a life for their old product, the Rockshox Judy. But, not only that, another company responds the new competitor fork with their new product, MRP Ribbon. So, let's check them out.

Rockshox Judy
Yes, Rockshox gives a life once again for the Judy, one of their old product. Surely with many developments and updates, the Judy is now available in both 27.5 and 29 wheels. The brand says that the new Judy is stiffer and lighter, available in Boost which means ready for plus tires up to 2.8.

Rockshox builds the new Judy in two versions, the Gold RL and Silver TK. Both models are available in 27.5 and 29 wheels with Boost. The new Rockshox Judy Gold RL features such as: Motion Control
Solo Air
Maxle Lite/Stealth
Torque Caps
Judy Gold RL Details
• Intended Use: XC/Trail
• 80-120mm travel
• Fast Black aluminum upper tubes
• Performance-based Motion Control RL damper
• Compatible with OneLoc remote
• Solo Air spring
• 2.8” maximum tire compatibility for both 27.5” and 29” models (27.5”x3.0” tires fit in the 29” model) 
• All new Boost-specific chassis: light yet stiff 
• New low profile integrated remote spool
• New air pressure guide maximizes performance for E-MTB applications
• Availability: OEM only, select aftermarket options to be announced - price $380 - $450

Judy Silver TK Details
• Intended Use: XC/Trail
• 80-120mm travel
• Proven TurnKey damping
• PopLoc remote compatible
• Lightweight Solo Air spring
• 2.8” maximum tire compatibility for both 27.5” and 29” models (27.5”x3.0” tires fit in the 29” model)
• Steel upper tubes with Satin Nickel finish
• All new Boost-specific chassis: light yet stiff
• New air pressure guide maximizes performance for E-MTB applications 
with Poploc, Turnkey, Solo Air, Boost, Maxle Lite/Stealth, and Torque Caps.

MRP Ribbon Fork

Released at Eurobike last year, the MRP Ribbon is now available for the fans. Some things must be highlighted about this fork: high performance all mountain forks, most adjutability and features in class, and deliver jaw-dropping weight. The company tested this fork in Colorado.

MRP Ribbon Fork Details
• 27.5" Travel: 140, 150, 160, or 170mm
• 27.5+ / 29" Travel: 120, 130, 140, 150, or 160mm 
• Weight: 4.15 lbs. for 27.5", 4.2 lbs. for 27.5+ / 29"
• External Adjustments: Positive air-spring pressure, negative air-spring pressure, 8-position low-speed compression, 16-position Ramp Control, and rebound.
• Internal adjustments: Travel (in 5mm increments)
• Colors: All black chassis with 9 decal color options.
• Wheel size options: 27.5" or 27.5+ / 29”
• Boost spacing - 15x110mm
• MSRP: $989 USD

MRP puts some best features for this enduro-all mountain forks, such as the air spring, which offers negative and positive air chambers. This gives the riders more control. One of the technology for this air spring is Ramp Control, a part to adjust the forks based on the trail. While the damper, the Ribbon is using the EssenTTial damper, a twin tube damper that gives more advantages in performance, ride control, efficiency and durability.
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Look Closer: Meet the New Bird Aeris 145

Talk about unpopullar bike is always interesting. While many people talk about the same bikes everywhere, a good bike but not many people looking at is really interesting. The UK factory, Bird Cycleworks is one of them. They are about to release their new bike; the New Bird Aeris 145. This is a 150/160 mm travel bike on the front, and 145 mm of rear travel.
With that travel, the new Bird Aeris 145 is supposed to be all mountain/enduro bike. Despite the new Aeris is underrated bike, it equipped with best parts in class; the highest spec comes with SRAM Eagle. The bike will come in five different builds. To give different experience, the company also send the bike as frame only option. The frame only will be priced about € 1041 (£ 900), and the highest spec comes in € 4283 (£ 3700).

Bird Aeris 145 Update
145 mm rear travel, 150/160 mm front
All new 6066 tube set, designed to give best stiffness to weight ratio
New self-locking mini-collet axle system
One-piece hollow section yoke
148 mm boost rear end for maximum tyre clearance and stiffness
One piece brake/axle assembly for maximum precision and minimum squeal
Metric shock sizing
Double bearing shock mount, to give smoothest shock movement
One by specific rear end for maximum stiffness
ISCG05 mount
Bottle cage mounts

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New Product: Cane Creek Helm Fork

Rockshox and Fox Suspension have been dominating the mountain biking sport especially in suspension, mostly fork. It doesn't mean that another suspensions are not good, but it's something hard to explain. But as the time goes, there are so many good competitors for those two, and they deserve to be worried. After the comeback of SR Suntour a while ago, and another forks like BOS, DVO, Manitou, and the recent, the moto-suspension Ohlins, now another new competitor is coming: Cane Creek Helm fork.
Yes, Cane Creek gets massive success with their shock, the DB range and now they are producing the fork. Not only usual fork, but really high end fork to give serious competition not only in the track but also in the market. The Cane Creek Helm fork will face againts, such as the Rockshox Pike, Fox 34 and 36, and also the Ohlins RXF.

Cane Creek Helm Details
• Intended use: trail / all-mountain / enduro
• Travel: 100 - 170mm (internally adj. in 10mm increments)
• Wheel size: 27.5'' 
• Spring: air
• Manual negative spring
• Air volume adjustment for ramp-up
• Mono-tube damper
• Damper adjustments: low-speed compression, high-speed compression, low-speed rebound
• Stanchions: 35mm
• Steerer: tapered only
• 7'' post mount 
• Axle: 'D-Loc' 15mm QR Boost thru-axle
• Colors: black, blue (limited release option)
• Weight: 2,010 grams / 4.43lbs (w/ axle, 205mm steerer)
• MSRP: $1,100 USD
As listed above, for now the fork is available only in 27.5 inch wheels but the bigger one is also under development. To take the people's attention, Cane Creek builds the fork in two color; all-black and the combination blue-black stanchion. The second color is limited edition, but maybe one day the company produces this color for the fans.

But can this fork give serious challenge? The fork comes at competitive price and there are several forks at the same or similar price. But one thing, if your bike has Cane Creek Double Barrel, so this Cane Creek Helm will be good match for your bike. And the fork is now available on their website. More information about the fork, please visit Cane Creek Helm Fork.

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New Products: Shimano Deore M6000 Groupset and Wide Range SLX

Shimano has a various products for mountain biking parts, and with their latest update for the 11 speed SLX groupset, now Shimano brings the latest entry level but affordable groupset the Shimano Deore M6000. Despite this groupset is not 11 speed, but Shimano claims that the new Shimano Deore M6000 is more affordable than previous version.
Shimano Deore is long known as the entry level group with great performance, and it is used in many different bikes. For the new Shimano Deore M6000, the updates are mostly seen on the crankset. The new Deore cranks is now similar with another higher level groups that have been released before: XTR, Deore XT, and SLX. 
Shimano keeps the center lock style for the new Shimano Deore M6000 hubset and rotors. And the new Deore brakeset, the updates are more similar with the XT, with the Servo Wave brake levers and Icetech compatible calipers. All the new Shimano Deore M6000 will be available on May, include the:

Front Chainweel FC-M6000-2
Sprocket CS-HG500-10
Discbrake Assembled Set BL-M600 (Front and Rear)
Front Derailleur FD-M6000
Rear Derailleur RD-M6000 (GS or SGS0
Shift Lever SL-M6000-IL, Left (I-Spec II)
Shift Lever SL-M6000-IR, Right (I-Spec II)
Freehub FH-M6000 Center Lock
Front Hub HB-M6000 Center Lock

But not only that, along with the new Deore M6000, Shimano also released new Wide Range for SLX, and a one-by drivetrain. The wide cassette is now available as 11x 46 tooth. Is that enough? Not yet. To follow the market trends, Shimano also released a boost compatible wheelset, the Shimano Deore XT Wheelset, with both 27.5 and 29 inch.

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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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