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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 …

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.

PNW Has a New $150 Dropper

PNW Components has a new dropper post called, “The Ridge” that just popped up on their website. PNW is known for their their high performance yet affordable droppers. The $150 price tag though is especially enticing. Thanks to TrailFeatures for the tip on this one. The Ridge dropper post has 125mm of travel and comes in both 31.6mm and 30.9mm diameters. This dropper uses a sealed hydraulic cartridge and a coil spring to reduce cost and hopefully make it very reliable. The routing is internal and it utilizes a front derailleur compatible lever design. The kit includes the lever, cables and all required hardware to install. What’s even more exciting is this $150 dropper comes with the same 3 year warranty that other PNW droppers come with. For $150 this may set a new bar in the budget dropper market. You can order you own here. The PNW product page can be found at: https://www.pnwcomponents.com/collections/affordable-trail/products/the-ridge-dropper-post

New Fezzari Wasatch Peak XC Hardtail for 2019

Direct to consumer brand Fezzari has announced a new hardtail bike, the Wasatch Peak. The Wasatch Peak is designed for 29″ or 27.5+” wheels and features 120mm of travel out front. Fezzari stayed relatively conservative in the geometry department with a 68 degree head tube angle, a 418mm reach on a medium and 435mm chain stays. These numbers make me think more of a XC bike than a modern trail hardtail, which is a fine thing for those that need this type of bike. The frame is constructed of F29B formed alloy and features internal cable routing. The bottom bracket is threaded and the hub spacing is 148mm-boost. Dropper post routing is also provided for internal droppers. The base model is an affordable $999. For this price, you have the choice of 29 or 27.5 plus wheels. You also get a Shimano Deore 10 speed drive train, Shimano MT-200 brakes and SR Suntour XCR 34. Unfortunately, the $999 spec does not include a dropper post. Fezzari is unique though, in that it offers a dropper …

Canyon’s New Strive 2.0 Is Here for 2019

Canyon has released its new shape-shifting enduro bike, the Strive. This year though, it sports 29er wheels instead of 27.5 wheels and comes only in carbon builds. The most unique feature of this bike though is it’s Shapeshifter Stage 2.0 suspension system. The shapeshifter is a gas spring integrated into the suspension pivots that allows the rider to adjust the rear travel from 135mm up to 150mm. Along with this the geometry of the bike is modified in the longer travel mode. The bottom bracket height is lowered and the wheelbase is extended. Because the shapeshifter physically changes the suspension pivots it also changes the kinematics. Switching from 150mm to 135mm mode increases anti-squat. This in theory should help the bike be a more spritely climber. Beyond the shapeshifting the geometry numbers are pretty standard and are comparable to other bikes in this category like the Specialized Enduro. With the shapeshifting technology come some inherent complexity. It will be interesting to see if the more complex system really provides benefits a standard 3 position lockout …

The New YT Jeffsey Is Here

After a strikingly unique teaser video featuring Christopher Walken the new YT Jeffsey MK2 is here. Much has changed with both the 29er Jeffsey and the 27.5 Jeffsey. The geometry of the bikes is revised and build kits are revised as well. We won’t try to go over every change of every build in detail here. But here are some highlights of the geo changes. The 29er version of the Jeffsey has seen the most dramatic changes. The seat tube angle has been steepened from 74.5 to 77 degrees while the headtube has been slackened out by 1 degree from 67 to 66 degrees. The reach has also been lengthened for each size. On the 27.5 version, the changes have been less drastic but you do still get a seat tube that is steeper by 1 degree and a head tube slackened out half a degree from 66.5 to 66. degrees. The reach has been bump up slightly as well. The the build kit side the base aluminum model no longer comes with a mix …