Author: Matt Stenson

Specialized Click & Collect Allows Online Bike Purchases… Kinda

Specialized announced that it is starting a “Click and Collect” program available immediately on https://www.specialized.com/. The program allows bike and equipment purchases online and then have them delivered to your nearest dealer. When you select “click and collect” as a delivery method, products will be available for pickup in 2-4 days for equipment and for bikes, 6-8 days. “Today, with over 50% of the purchase journeys initiated online, we have to evolve and adapt the ways we work together with our retailers to serve the rider,” said Jeff McGuane, USA Market Leader. “Over the past 3 years, we have invested significantly into technologies that enable our marketing to drive more riders into our retailer’s doors. You’ll still need to get to your nearest specialized dealer in order to pick up your bike or equipment. For some this is not a big deal. For others, in less densely populated areas this still may be a major stumbling block. For instance when I went through the checkout process to locate my nearest participating dealer I found that …

100% Launches Their Protection Collection

100% has launched it’s protection collection for 2019 that includes 4 different lines of pads. Each line includes both elbow and knee pad options and offer varying levels protections. Ridecamp is the lightest duty pads in the lineup. They feature a slip on sleeve with ventilated rear mesh. The pad is pre-curved to be in a natural riding position and the protection itself is lightly padded nylon for abrasion protection. These pads are geared toward XC and light trail use. Knee pads and elbow pads are $59 and $49 respectively. Stepping up in the amount of protection provided, the Teratec line features a moderately padded with nylon anti-abrasion outer skin. This pad is impacted tested with Level 1 CE Protection. Like the Ridcamp line, Teratec features a slip on sleeve with ventilated rear mesh. The Teratec knee pads and elbow pads retail for $69 and $59 respectively. The Fortis is a non-slip on design that features a injection molded protective shell for abrasion resistance and Level 1 CE impact protection. It is attached with a …

2019 Diamondback Release 29er

Coinciding with Sedona Mountain Bike Fest Diamondback has brought a 29er version of it’s popular Release trail bike to market. Coming in two versions this alloy bike fills a obvious hole in Diamondbacks line of trail bikes. Up until this point Diamondback did not have any 29er full suspension bikes in it’s lineup for those that wanted to run bigger wheels. The Release 29 shares the same suspension platform, Level Link, with the 27.5″ versions of the release. It also share much of the same geometry numbers with only small tweaks to accommodate the 29″ wheels and make them perform well. The rear suspension stays at 130mm while the fork is reduced by 10mm to 150mm of travel. There are two version of the Release 29 available, the Release 29 2 and the Release 29 3. Both are alloy frames with with fox suspension. The 29 2 is the base model at $2,699.99. Highlights on the build are a Fox Float DPS EVOL LV rear shock, Fox Rhythm 34 fork and Shimano SLX drivetrain and …

Salsa Introduces 2019 Line of Full Suspension Bikes

Minnesota based Salsa Cycles has unveiled it 2019 line of full suspension mountain bikes. Most bikes in the lineup are available in carbon and alloy with a variety of build options. With the travel ranging from 150mm/130mm all the way down to 120mm/100mm bike the Salsa lineup covers quite a range. All of the bikes feature a split pivot rear suspension design that Salsa has used in past. However, Salsa has made refinements to this platform. Salsa redesigned the leverage rates and worked to improved braking and pedaling performance. They also added metric shock comparability and a Flip Chip that allows riders to adjust the bottom bracket height and head tube angle. Spearfish This is Salsa’s most XC oriented bike. Equipped with 100mm of rear suspension and a 120mm fork it’s the design most targeted at all out efficiency. The spearfish happily comes in both alloy and carbon configurations. Four different builds are available: Spearfish Carbon GX Eagle, Spearfish Carbon NX Eagle, Spearfish SLX and Spearfish Deore. Prices range from $2,399 up to $5,199. Features …

OTTOLOCK Introduces New HEXBAND Extra-Tough Cinch Lock

OTTOLOCK has released a new version of it’s locks that are even heavier duty. Intended to balance portability and security, the OTTOLOCK HEXBAND uses the same basic design as the original OTTOLOCK, but adds six stainless steel band layers instead of the three. It has a unique coiling band that is very compact when stowed. Even with this added strength the lock is still light and compact. It is available in 3 lengths: 18” (190g), 30” (250g), 60” (375g). When stored it coils to a 3 inch diameter. This means that the HEXBAND can fit in a jersey pocket, small pack or using one of their on bike mounts. The locking mechanism itself is a 3-dial combination lock that can be reset, combined with a unique strap closure mechanism that makes the entire package compact and sleek. OTTOLOCK is very clear that this is not a perfect solution for every bike security situation. OTTO DesignWorks notes that all bike locks can be defeated by a motivated thief with proper tools, technique, and time. Even so, …

New Framed Bootlegger XC Bike

Minnesota based Framed Bikes has long been associated with a whole slew of fat bike options including full suspension fat bikes and to a lesser extent 27.5+ hardtails and road and adventure bikes. Now framed has launched in a new direction with their Bootlegger Carbon, full suspension XC bike. The Bootlegger features a horst link 4 bar linkage suspension system with 100mm of travel. It’s also designed to be run with a 100mm fork up front. The geometry chart checks out as being in line with the latest crop of XC race rockets, 68 degree head tube angle, 438mm chainstays and 428mm reach on a medium. The Framed Bootlegger comes in 3 different builds. The base model is the “NX 1×12 – Rockshox with Alloy Wheels” build and retails for a very tempting $2,299.95. The next build up is the NX 1×12 – Fox with Alloy Wheels build that goes for $2,599.95. The final build that goes for $2,999.95 is the NX 1×12 – Fox with Carbon Wheels. A Carbon XC bike with for 3000 …

MicroSHIFT Announces a New 9 Speed System With Clutch

Hot on the heels of SRAM announcing the $2000 AXS system, a relatively unknown drivetrain maker, Microshift, has something on the other end of the spectrum. The $125, 9 Speed, Microshift Advent. This is definitely not a drivetrain that you’ll be trying to impress your mates at the trailhead with and no it doesn’t have it’s own app. But, the Microshift Advent does present an extremely affordable, clutch drivetrain that offers a 381% range. For comparison’s sake that’s the same as SRAM’s NX 11 speed offering. So what does $125 of drivetrain buy exactly? Well you get a $59.99 derailleur, a $39.99 cassette, and a $24.99 shifter. The most interesting part of this drivetrain is probably the derailleur. It features a clutch that uses a proprietary ratchet-and-pawl tension assembly. The clutch features a modular design that is also easily adjustable and fully repairable. Having a clutch at this pricepoint means 1x retrofits are in theory much more affordable while still being reliable. The cassette provides an 11-42 range which as noted, is the same range …

Handup A.T. Pants – My New Favorite Pants

Handup is a bike apparel company known mainly for its gloves. They even have “hand” in their name. Recently though they’ve branched out into other apparel as well. Handup sent us over a pair of their new A.T. (All Time) riding pants for review, and boy am I glad they did. Finding pants that work well for mountain biking can be a challenge. It seems many apparel companies spend 90% of their energy working on shorts. Pants, if even included in a line, are an afterthought. I must say I’m not at all a fan of the shorts with tights underneath look. So, I don’t consider that a solution for mountain biking under 50 degrees. Pants often are not flexible enough, have too wide of legs or are made of the wrong material. The Handup A.T. pants has answers for all of these concerns. Features The Handup A.T. pants are made of a super stretchy Poly/elastane fabric. While not waterproof these pants are not clammy, horrible cotton. The pants are inspired by the skinny jeans …

SIXSIXONE Adds MIPS to its Affordable Full Face Helmet

SIXSIXONE has been known for offering protective equipment for mountain biking at a reasonable cost. Their RESET helmet has been one of the more affordable options available for full-face coverage. Now the company has added MIPS technology to the RESET helmet. MIPS Technology adds a low friction layer that allows independent movement between the outer shell of the helmet and the wearers skull. This ability to absorb rotational forces helps to reduce the change of head injuries in the event of a crash. The RESET MIPS is available in two colorways and seven sizes (yes, you heard that right, seven). Claimed weight for a medium is 1100g (size medium). They are available today for $150.