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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 …

Nukeproof Announces Its 2019 Training Bike For Mountain Bikers

Nukeproof has announced its new version of the Digger dropbar bike. Generally known as a mountain bike specific company building enduro sleds for riders like Sam Hill and Elliot Heap, Nukeproof has released the Digger as a bike aimed directly at mountain bikers who want a training bike that matches their riding style. The bike comes specced with WTB Sendero 650x47C tires but the frame can clear 27.5×2.3″ or 29×2.1″ mountain tires. The frame features rack mounts, internal cable routing and dropper post routing. A removable seat stay bridge allows you to create more mud clearance or run full length mudguards. The frame is a triple-butted, hydroformed alloy paired with with a carbon fork. It features through axles, a threaded bottom bracket and geometry that is ready for gravel/singletrack/road/training adventures. The Digger comes in two builds, the Digger Pro and the Digger Comp. Both feature 1x drivetrains and hydraulic brakes. The Digger Pro gets a SRAM Rival 11-Speed speed build and includes a Brand X Ascend internal, 120mm dropper. The Comp version has a fixed seatpost and …

Handup Adds No-nonsense Riding Flannels and Pants

Handup has made a name for itself as a maker of bold, no-nonsense cycling gloves. Now Handup is expanding its line to include full kits of riding apparel, but in a unique style that fits what Handup represents. The new FlexTop Flannel and A.T. Pant combine to provide riders with apparel that fits in equally well on the trail, at work or the bar. The FlexTop Flannel is a button down flannel shirt with some unique, rider focused features. As the name suggests, the “FlexTop” is a cotton/polyester blend patch, stretching from chest to back, so the shirt flexes while riding. The FlexTop also features an extended back to keep your rear covered in all situations. Beyond this Handup has chosen to keep these shirts simple in design. Adding just enough features to make them rider friendly while keeping the cost at an extremely reasonable $44. The A.T Pant (All Time Pant) follows a similar design philosophy. Featuring zippered pockets and a super stretchy Poly/elastane blend of fabric, Handup seems to be hitting the most …

MTB Crash Detection: Two New Products

Many mountain bikers ride alone and a fear many riders (and their loved ones) share is crashing hard in the woods and never making it back out. Two new products claim to offer a digital solution to adding some safety while riding solo. Specialized ANGi A new line of helmets from Specialized will be featuring ANGi (Angular and G-force indicator). This devise, features an accelerometer and gyroscope as well as a bluetooth radio to connect to your phone. Without that phone connection it appears that the ANGi won’t really do anything. The key is the Specialized Ride app that connects to the ANGi sensors alerts your loved ones when a crash is detected. This feature of course relies on your cell phone having signal in order to send a text. Many areas where I ride, cell signal is spotty at best. To try to get around this the Specialized Ride app allows you to also set an expected ride time. If you go over your ride time, the app will alert your loved ones with your …

Ride Concepts Launches Session Series of Flat Pedal Shoes For Men, Women and Youth

There’s a new kid on the block in the world of flat pedal footwear. Ride Concepts is launching its session series of shoes November 30th. The Session series will be available in four different models for Men, Women and Youth. It looks like Ride Concepts’ offering will line up squarely against a market dominated by FiveTen. The Session shoe series starts with a standard flat shoe, the Livewire. It’s followed up by a hightop design, the Wildcat and is rounded out by a more hardened shoe, the Hellion and a sandal, the Coaster. On each of these shoes, Ride Concepts has teamed up with Rubber Kinetics to create rubber compounds for the tread. The shoes have been designed with the strikes and impacts that mountain bikers experience on the trail in mind. In another collaboration, Ride Concepts has teamed up with D3O, a design and technology company that makes high performance impact protection products. The shoes feature, D3O High Impact Zone Insole Technology along with custom molded toe and heel guard protection. The proof will of …

Giant Releases Another 29er. The Trance.

There was a time not long ago when you could hear Giant’s marketing department tell you that 27.5 was the perfect wheel size for mountain bikes. All mountain bikes. In the past year though we are seeing a change in tune from Giant. They have now added two full squish 29er bikes back into their lineup. The latest is the Trance 29er. Earlier this year, Giant introduced the Anthem 29er which is 100mm/90mm xc race platform. Now, the Trance 29 adds a 130mm/110mm trail bike platform to their lineup. The 130mm/110mm combination is a bit of a head scratcher and I honestly wonder if the rear end will feel under gunned. It may be that this combination will work out well, but other manufactures such as Specialized with the StumpJumper ST and Niner with the Jet 9 have chosen to have a bit more balanced 130mm/120mm combo. Even though the Trance 29 shares a the name with the Trance, the two bikes seem to be pretty different. The 27.5 Trance is a 150mm/140mm bike with …