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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 norco.com.

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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: Pinkbike.com
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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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