Author: Matt Stenson

New Aluminum Jeffsey With Updated Geometry for 2020

YT recently refreshed their 2020 bikes, but noticeably absent was a refreshed Jeffsey aluminium version. Year after year the Jeffsey aluminium has presented a compelling value for the budget conscience trail / enduro bike buyer. Well the Jeffsey aluminum is now back and it has undated geometry, bringing it back in sync with it’s carbon counterpart. Both 29″ and 27.5″ versions of the bike are available in a single base build. Unlike some other manufacturers that offer higher component specs to those that still want a metal frame, YT has opted to make this a decidedly budget build. That being said, the Jeffsey spec is no slouch and will punch above its price tag in many respects. Suspension In regards to suspension, a RockShox Yari RC is up front in either 160mm (27.5″) or 150mm (29″). The balance of the suspension is handled by a RockShox Deluxe Select rear shock with 160mm (27.5″) or 150mm (29″) of travel. The rear suspension also includes a flip chip that makes the head angle 0.5 degrees steeper and …

New Marzocchi Coil Fork and Conversion

Marzocchi has a long history with coil forks and they are bringing back the magic with a new BOMBER Z1 Coil suspension fork. The new fork shares the 36mm chassis and the GRIP damper from the air sprung Z1. But, it swaps out the air spring for a new coil system. The new coil is an ultra-lightweight tempered silicon-chromium steel spring. Even with this “ultra-lightweight” coil the starting weight is 2,525g which is fair bit heavier than the air sprung equivalent. It is availible in both 29 and 27.5 configurations with travel that can be adjusted in 10mm increments from 150-180mm (depending on wheel size) via included internal spacers. Beyond your damper settings and your selected spring rate when you purchase the fork, you do get an external preload adjuster to adjust sag and firmness off the top. The spring side also includes an integrated air assist for progressivity and bottom out control. This is pre-configured and not adjustable. The fork is available in 4 spring rates. Marzocchi provides a guide for choosing the right …

SixSixOne Reset MIPS Helmet Review

The longer I’ve been riding and the more injuries I have seen on the trail, the more have been convinced that the two most important things to protect are your brain and your neck while mountain biking. Broken collarbones, arms and legs will all heal and usually full function will be restored. But, a traumatic brain injury can change you forever. That’s why I was excited when SixSixOne announced that they were adding MIPS technology to their Reset full face helmet. The SixSixOne Reset MIPS helmet is not just another full face helmet. I think it’s important to note up front that this helmet retails for only $149. That kind of price-point won’t get you even near a full face MIPS helmet from many other manufactures. Features For the uninitiated, MIPS is a rotational force reduction system that is designed to reduce the chances of concussion during a impact. While some may argue that MIPS doesn’t make a big difference, I would argue that any advantage I can get to avoiding a concussion is well …

Mag-Tank™ From Revelate Review

The Mag-Tank™ from Revelate has come up with an ingenious solution to stowing gear securely on your bike while still leaving that gear easily accessible. The solution in this case is magnets. The Mag-Tank’s main selling point is it’s easy open latch and we’ll explore in this review if magnets really can make a top tube feed bag both secure and convenient. Top tube bags while not always familiar to trail riders have been around for a long time in the bike touring and bike packing scene. As more riders look to get equipment off their backs and onto their bikes the top tube is an obvious location to consider. Attachment The Mag-Tank™ attaches with two Velcro straps. One around the spacers in between the stem and the head tube and the other around the top tube itself. The Velcro straps make for a surprisingly secure fit and once attached, I didn’t run into any issues with the bag moving or sliding around. So far the Velcro has held up well, though I do worry …

5 Mountain Bike Stocking Stuffers

What to get the shred-head in your life? We’ve got some great gift ideas that the mountain biker in your life will be sure to love. All of these picks are designed to work with a wide variety of bikes and appeal to a wide range of mountain bikers. Without further ado let’s get into our picks! #1 – Genuine Innovations Tubeless Repair Kit – $5.99 This affordable kit has saved me on multiple occasions. A tubeless plug can turn a bad day back into a good day very quickly. No mountain biker should be without one. The Genuine Innovations kit comes with plugger tool and 5 “sides of bacon”. It weighs almost nothing and will fit almost anywhere. #2 – HandUp ColDER Weather Gloves – $34.00 These cold weather gloves are the perfect thing to keep the stoke going as the weather gets colder. The HandUp ColDER gloves not only provide great insulation, they also have a fun and playful style. You can check out our full review of these gloves over here: Handup …

Niner RDO Rip 9 Ride Review

Bike Niner RDP Rip 9 Trail System Crested Butte Bike Park, Crested Butte Colorado Testers Weight 150lbs Testers Personal Bike Kona Process 153 In the past couple of years Niner has gone through a number of changes. They’ve been bought by the same parent company as Huffy and they’ve opened up their minds to producing bikes that are not 29ers. Their first foray into this market is the Niner Rip 9 which is offered in both 29 and 27.5 wheel sizes. The Rip 9 is also Niner’s most aggressive bike. It feature 150mm of travel up front and 140mm of travel in the back. The Rip 9 also features a new frame look for Niner while maintaining the same CVA suspension platform. We got a chance to ride the 29er version of this bike and put it through its paces. The most striking part of the Rip 9 are the Rib Cage struts across the front triangle that encase the shock. This extra bracing is designed to reduce bottom bracket flex while allowing the rest …

New Norco Torrent “S” Steel Hardtail

Norco has dropped a new “All Mountain” hardtail in one of the oldest bike manufacture materials, steel. This is not going to be your XC race bike. The builds are equipped with 4-piston disc brakes, long-stroke dropper posts and aggressive Maxxis Assegai 29er tires. Even though it shares the Torrent name with Norco’s already aggressive 27.5 alloy trail bike, this bike is a different beast. As a 29er with 2.5in tires the Norco Torrent S is not your standard entry level 27.5 plus trail hardtail. Featuring a massive 150mm of travel up front on a slack 64 degree head tube angle, a reach of 450mm on a medium and an effective seat tube angle of 76 degrees, this bike has enduro like numbers without the rear suspension. Build Options The Norco Torrent S comes in two build options and a frame only option. The base build comes in at $2,199. For this, you’ll get a SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain (the lowest Eagle option available from SRAM) combined with TRP G-Spec Trail S 4 piston brakes. …

Top Sub $3000 Enduro Bikes for 2020

Enduro is becoming a more popular racing format, but more than that we continue to ask our bikes to go faster down more gnarly terrain. Even if you don’t plan on racing, an “enduro” bike may be the right next bike for you. If you visit lift access bike parks, jump lines and like to go on 4-5 hour rides, modern enduro bikes can do it all. Today we’ll be looking at a number of great enduro bike options at the lower end of the price spectrum. Best Spec 27.5 Option – Canyon Spectral AL 6.0 The Canyon Spectral AL 6.0 is a 160mm by 150mm travel enduro bike. Equipped with a FOX 36 Rhythm fork, Float DPX2 rear shock, SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, SRAM Guide R brakes and DT Swiss M1900 wheels this bike comes with the most complete build in our list. With this great spec though you may not be getting the most progressive geometry. With one of the shortest reaches and slackest seat tubes in our list the Spectral AL 6.0 …

New Ibis Ripmo AF

Ibis has released a new Ripmo 29er enduro bike, this time in Aluminum. This is the only Aluminum bike in the Ibis lineup and the material change isn’t the only trick it has up its sleeve. The new Ibis Ripmo AF has slackened the headtube angle when compared with the carbon Ripmo from 65.9° to 64.9°. The wheelbase has also in turn increased and the reach has as well. What results is an even more aggressive bike on paper. The travel has been kept the same at 160mm up front and 147mm in the rear. To go along with these geo tweaks, the Rip­mo AF is com­pat­i­ble with both coil and air shocks due to a more pro­gres­sive lever­age rate on the DW-Link™ suspension. All of the builds come stock with a DVO Topaz T3 Air, 210 x 55 and are up-gradable for $100 DVO JadeX coil shock. As someone who writes about writes about and rides more “budget” oriented bikes having the same shock spec across all builds is really exciting. Often finding a build …

Fezzari La Sal Peak Ride Review

Bike Fezzari La Sal Peak Comp Size Medium Trail System Crested Butte Bike Park, Crested Butte Colorado Testers Weight 150lbs Testers Personal Bike Kona Process 153 The first bike I checked out at Outerbike Crested Butte 2019 was the Fezarri La Sal Peak. This bike is a 160mm/150mm trail/enduro 29er bike. I was riding the base spec version that starts at $3,599 with a full carbon frameset. That frame features Fezarri’s “Tetra Link” suspension that at its core is a Horst Link. The suspension layout itself is quite simple and you’ll find the minimum number of pivots needed for this type of system. The Tetralink is tuned to have a progressive leverage ratio so it can be paired with a coil shock if desired. The frame will also clear a 29×2.6in tire and features CleanCatch™ rattle-proof internal cable routing. In addition, 2 water bottles will fit in the front triangle which is an achievement few bike makers can tout in this travel range. The frameset does have some odd angles and it is in the …