Recently arrived in Spoke towers is the rather nice X01 drive train from SRAM. With a monster eleven speed rear cassette and a new rear derailleur that features huge jockey wheels to handle the chain and a single ring up front it’s a new look at how we should power our bikes off road.
Entries Tagged as 'Tech'
December 2nd, 2013 · No Comments
November 13th, 2013 · No Comments
Proving that dreams can come true, here is a fantastic piece of engineering to create an airbag for your head. While it undoubtedly won’t be cheap initially, could this be the face of commuting in years to come? The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.
November 12th, 2013 · No Comments
Rocky Mountain decided to create a video for their new all conquering quiver-killer bike called the Instinct. The weather didn’t co-operate entirely but actually out of adversity comes greatness… Instinct in the Monashees from Rocky Mountain Bicycles on Vimeo.
October 7th, 2013 · No Comments
Take a tour around the Team Sky Service course in Belgium. Any techie will be drooling over their keyboard with this one.
October 4th, 2013 · No Comments
Boasting video resolutions up to 4k the new Hero3+ from GoPro marks another step in the company that has a firm foothold on the adventure sports market and beyond. Now 20% smaller and lighter than the excellent Hero3 it is also neater and comes with 30% better battery life a wifi connection that is claimed [...]
September 5th, 2013 · No Comments
Saracen have been making major waves in the Downhill world with Manon Carpenter sitting in a career best third in the rankings with a second place in Fort William. The Saracen range is synonymous with quality and affordability with a lot of bang for your buck and it is with that in mind that we [...]
September 3rd, 2013 · No Comments
Component manufacturer SRAM have annouced details of their new XO hubs. Featuring angled flanges, superfast bearings and quick engagement they are sure to be popular. The rear hub features the XD drver cassette body designed to fit the 11 speed rear cassette from XX1 and X01. Aimed at XC and All mountain riders the only [...]
September 1st, 2013 · No Comments
Hero combatant of the Peloton and all around nice guy Jens Voigt gets a special bike from Trek…
August 28th, 2013 · No Comments
Shimano have issued a recall for all road racing mechanical disc brakes bearing the following monikers – BR-CX75, BR-R515 AND BR-R315. Full press release below. The bicycle component manufacturer, Shimano, is voluntarily recalling the mechanical disc brake calipers for road racing bikes BR-CX75, BR-R515 and BR-R315.
August 22nd, 2013 · No Comments
GPS manufacturer Garmin announced its first foray into sports cameras with the nifty VIRB. Aimed squarely at the GoPro market the VIRB features a HD (1080p) camera with a top mounted colour screen. Shooting up to 16mp and with a promised 3 hour battery life, the camera also comes with built in wifi. Garmin will [...]
August 2nd, 2013 · No Comments
SRAM have just announced details of the worst kept secret in mountain biking, the release of their new 11 speed X01 group. XX1 was ground breaking in providing a 1×11 platform which has proved perfect for everyone from cross country racers to Enduro/ all mountain riders. ONE. AND ONLY. SRAM 1X™ is the only one [...]
July 29th, 2013 · No Comments
Giant have annonuced a quantum shift in their lineup announcing a shift to 27.5″. 26″ is dead on all but the biggest travel bikes, 29er will be phased out eventually. Giant are putting all their eggs in the 650B market despite saying they weren’t going there a few short years ago. Okay so we at [...]
July 23rd, 2013 · No Comments
Shimano have released this rather snazzy info-graphic on the stats for their sponsored riders in the Tour de France.
July 16th, 2013 · No Comments
Here is a video for the new Pinarello Dogma XM full sus mountain bike. While the bike does look interesting the voice over is smug to say the least and voice over man seems to have been given a script from Google translate. Sit back and see what you make of this one…
June 30th, 2013 · No Comments
As the Tour de France is under way Shimano have released details of their new hydraulic disc brake systems for road bikes. Available at Ultegra level the new system works with the companies electronic Di2 system, presumably as it allows all the internals to fit together well in one package. Over to Shimano- SHIMANO [...]
June 28th, 2013 · No Comments
Shimano have released details of their new high end road shoe. Several Tour de France riders will be riding these including Edvald Boassen Hagen, Ryder Hesjedahl and Robert Gesink. SHIMANO LAUNCHES A LIMITED EDITION R320 SHOE DURING TOUR DE FRANCE Tomorrow the Tour de France will start in Corsica with a special color. Not yellow, [...]
June 27th, 2013 · No Comments
Spanish bike manufacturer Orbea have released details of their new road bike the Avant just ahead of the Tour de France Grand depart this weekend. What you should notice straight away is the disc brakes!
June 22nd, 2013 · No Comments
Finest purveyors of all things 29er, Niner bikes have just anounced their new trail oriented hardtail the ROS 9. Designed to take 120-140mm forks, it is a no nonsense thrasher that is fully suited to your needs. Want a singlespeed – check, want to run a single chain ring up front – check, want to [...]
June 20th, 2013 · No Comments
So you spend a small fortune on a fancy high end Garmin unit only to loose it in a crash and not realise. Sitting on the top of the bars it is in harms way. SRAM have just introduced a head unit that allows the discerning mountain biker to place the mount over the stem [...]
June 10th, 2013 · No Comments
Santa Cruz announced the rdesign of its popular 100mm 29er full sus the Tallboy late last week promising improved pedaling efficiency, increased stiffness and reduced weight to redefine what is their most popular trail bike. Santa Cruz Tallboy 2 from santa cruz bikes on Vimeo.
June 7th, 2013 · No Comments
GT have just released their new flagship downhill bike the Fury, built in conjunction with the Athertons and Marc Beaumont. The new aluminium version replaces the carbon model and hits the press on the eve of the World Cup opener in Fort William. It will be interesting to see how it performs, so no pressure [...]
June 1st, 2013 · No Comments
The Solo – a new 27.5″/650B bike from Santa Cruz. A sister to the All mountain Bronson, it boasts 125mm of VPP travel but moves in a different direction. A lower Bottom bracket height combined with shorter stays makes a stable but nimble ride whilst the 68 degree head angle adds climbing agility. The carbon [...]
May 30th, 2013 · No Comments
Component manufacturer SRAM have just announced details of some upgrades to their existing product line. XO, X9 and X7 have all been upgraded to XX internals, zero loss shifting and all in a smaller package. The top two lines get ball bearings for the mechanism in the pull lever and the XO shifter now features [...]
May 8th, 2013 · No Comments
Shimano has launched an 11-speed version of its popular Ultegra groupset. Muchas XT is to XTR in the MTB world, Ultegra is to range topping Dura-Ace. Durable, with great quality and many of the features of Dura-Ace but at a more accessible price point, Ultegra is a really great product. Now available in 11 speed [...]
April 28th, 2013 · No Comments
More new product news in what is a busy year for SRAM and Rockshox. The company have revamped their excellent SID and Revelation lineup. Both forks are now available in a full range of 26″, 27.5″ (650B) and 29er models with SID going from 80-120mm and Revelation from 120-150mm. They have also updated their excellent [...]
April 22nd, 2013 · No Comments
Shimano have just released detials of a revamp to their legendary XTR groupset. Now divided into XC and Trail, this release is a new brakeset for XC and a new 29er wheelset. 40 grams per wheel may not seem like a lot but to the XC set that’s a whole heap of weight and with [...]
April 16th, 2013 · No Comments
SRAM certainly have been busy. On top of the Pike, wheelset and Monarch shock announcements here are details of the companies trickle down effect in full swing with the XO trail brake being converted to X9 and X7 product levels. These new X9 and X7 trail brakesets are designed around a powerful 4 pot caliper [...]
April 11th, 2013 · No Comments
SRAM have just announced some new wheelsets, a follow on to their RISE series, but this time focusing on more trail and all mountain applications. Not before time we say, the RISE wheelset is fantastic. Their are carbon (ROAM) and aluminium (ROAM & RAIL) versions, all in 26″, 27.5″ (650B) and 29er varients. All the [...]
April 4th, 2013 · No Comments
Rockshox have just announced the reintroduction (and redesign) of their Pike fork, a new Monarch Plus rear shock and changes to the Reverb and Reverb Stealth seatpost including the aptly named ‘Connectamajig‘ quick release hose for the Stealth. Pike The Pike is back after a period of absence in a new package and available in [...]
April 3rd, 2013 · No Comments
A recent arrival in Spoke towers is this rather nice Orbea Occam 29er full sus. Packing 100 mm of rear travel and 120 mm of front suspension it is a trail oriented marathon weapon. Orbea have been on our radar for a while. Obviously Julian Absalon did them some favours but the range has expanded [...]