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Giant Drops A New Affordable Stance 29

Giant has long been a powerhouse in producing bikes that are a good bang for you buck. Recently though their lower end offerings seemed to be falling behind in component spec and geometry. The new Stance 29 looks to change that with an update geometry, two formidable build under $2000 and the look of a modern trail bike. The Stance 29, as the name suggests is a 29er platform with 120mm of travel in the rear and 130mm of travel up front. The rear linkage is not the usual Maestro link that Giant’s more expensive bikes do. Instead, the Stance 29 follows in the footsteps of the old 27.5″ Stance and uses Giant’s FlexPoint suspension. This suspension is a single pivot design that uses a flexing chainstay/seatstay junction. There are two builds to choose from a that come in at $1500 and $1750. They both share SRAM’s lowest end SX Eagle drivetrain. The drivetrain uses a traditional Shimano driver instead of the SRAM XD driver. Unfortunately, the rear end of the bike uses a weaker …

DZR Sense Pro Flat Pedal Shoe Review

Arguably the most important connection between you and your bike is the interface between your shoes and your pedals. The DZR Sense Pro flat pedal shoes promise to provide this interface while providing an everyday look that is at home on or off the bike. This FiveTen Freerider diehard rider recently got a pair in for testing and I was pleasantly surprised by their performance. Construction and Features The Sense Pro shoes are constructed from DZR’s full grain leather. The padding around the shoe and tongue is substantial. Traditional laces provide the closure for the shoe and a highly visible reflective badge is sewn into the heel for rear visibility if these shoes are tasked with commuting duties. All this is well and good, but flat pedal riders know that the real difference is made where the rubber meets the pedals. The Sense Pro shoes utilize SAP Rubber. This sticky rubber has been an ongoing development for years. DZR says that it is designed to balance the needs of pedal traction, durability and foot position …

New 2020 Trek Top Fuel Gets a Downcountry Treatment

Trek’s full suspension XC race bike, the Top Fuel, has been revised for 2020. Going from a 100mm by 100mm bike, the new Top Fuel has 120mm of travel in the front and 115mm in the rear. The Top Fuel has undergone geometry revisions with this new design. All of the changes follow the same trends that other manufactures have made to their XC race bikes. The frame design itself now borrows the Knock Block system from the trail bike Fuel line. This system utilizes a straight downtube which is stiff and lighter combined with a steering limiter and prevents the fork crown from contacting the frame. The suspension linkage has been revised and includes a “Mino link” flip chip. The flip chip and be rotated to provide a 0.5° change to the head tube angle and seat tube angle, while changing the BB height by about 6mm. On the components end, the Top Fuel builds include TwistLoc suspension lock outs. This system simultaneously locks out front and rear shocks with a Grip Shift-like motion. …

New Fox Dropframe Helmet

First seen a few weeks ago, the new Fox Dropframe helmet delivers some additional protection over most traditional half-shells. It also delivers some interesting looks. Fox’s M.O.RE. (Mandibular Occipital Reinforcement) Guard design provides coverage somewhere in between a full face helmet and a traditional half shell. M.O.RE. provides more coverage for the ears, jaw, and back of the head. The M.O.RE design gives a distinctive look by leaving most of the ear uncovered and opes to build a frame around that portion of the head. Interestingly there is no mention of MIPS or other concussion reducing technologies. The helmet does come with a Fidlock® SNAP magnetic helmet buckle to provide quick entry and exit while wearing gloves. The look of the Dropframe will definitely be polarizing. Time will tell if the additional coverage and new look will catch on with riders. You can pick up the new dropframe today for $169.99.

Norco Fluid FS1 Ride Review

Ride Info Bike Norco Fluid FS 1 Size Medium 29″ Trail System 18 Road, Fruita Colorado Trails Ridden Prime Cut, Joe’s Ridge, Mojoe Total Distance 5.2 Miles Testers Weight 150lbs Testers Personal Bike Kona Process 153 The Norco Fluid got some major updates this year and I got to try them out at the Fruita Fat Tire Festival a couple of weeks ago. The Norco Fluid for 2019 has new geometry. Some of the highlights include a slackened headtube angle by 2 degrees from 68.5 to 66.5. The reach on my size medium is stretched out by 8mm and the wheelbase is stretched out from 1125mm to 1169mm. The most felt changes for me though, were the addition of 10mm of travel in the fork and a steepened seat tube angle from 74.5 degrees to 76 degrees. I’ll cover more on these changes in a little bit. The aluminum frame itself is extremely sleek looking. From afar, you could easily mistake it for a carbon bike. Norco adapts its wheel size based on the size …

Marin Rift Zone Ride Review

I recently visited the Fruita Fat Tire Festival and got a chance to ride the Marin Rift Zone 3. The Rift Zone 3 is a 29″ full suspension trail bike. Designed around a 120mm rear suspension and 120mm fork the Rift Zone sits squarely in the short travel trail bike category.

OneUp’s V2 Dropper Gives Wider Range of Options

OneUp’s newly revised dropper post now has a wider range of options to fit the smallest to the largest riders. Now available in 120mm, 150mm, 180mm and 210mm lengths there should be an option for pretty much everyone. In addition, all of the length options can be shimmed down in travel by 10mm or 20mm. This means that if you need a 140mm dropper you can take a 150mm dropper and turn it into a 140mm dropper instead of having to compromise with a 120mm dropper. OneUp has also made other design changes. They have shaved off some total length and claim to have achieved the shortest total length and shortest stack height of any dropper. In addition they have revised their bushing designs to increase bushing overlap and durability. The OneUp dropper will be available in 30.9 or 31.6 sizes and still retails for $199 (without lever). You will need a cable clamping remote as the post requires cable stop to be assembled at base of post. The new OneUp dropper will be available …

WTB Launches New Verdict Aggressive Tires

Billed as the tire for, “days where relentless traction takes priority over rolling efficiency”, the new Verdict and Verdict Wet are the latest, extremely chucking looking tires from WTB. The Verdict and Verdict Wet feature WTB’s TriTec compound and have a very wide knob spacing to allow the tire to clear mud quickly while enhancing traction. Designed as a front-specific tire, WTB recommends matching the Verdict with their Judge tire in the rear. The Verdict Wet features slightly higher center knobs for added traction in wet conditions. Both the Verdict and Verdict Wet come in 29 and 27.5 sizes. A single width of 2.5″ is available. The Verdict will have two casing options while the Verdict Wet will only be available in TCS Tough, which is WTB’s heaviest casing. The TCS Light Verdict tires feature Slash Guard technology, which incorporates a protective nylon insert spanning the entire sidewall to provide extra protection without the weight of a dual ply casing. All levels of the Verdict 2.5 and Verdict Wet 2.5 will be in stock by …

Giro Renew Series Clothing Made From Recycled Materials

Giro has announced a new line series of bike clothing as part of its push towards sustainably sourced materials that utilizes recycled fishing nets as a core material. The Giro Renew Series cycling apparel is made with recycled nylon, polyester and elastane, including Econyl® Lycra®. The new line is not just eco conscious though. Clothing in the line offers UPF 20-50+ protection and has the same high performance, quick drying properties that have been present in Giro’s clothing. The series currently includes several mountain bike jerseys and some chamois as well as road bike wear. For those items that are not part of the renew series, 100% of Giro’s mountain bike line use bluesign® materials. The use of bluesign approved materials means that the those materials are evaluated at every step in the supply chain from resource use, emissions, and pollution control, to consumer and occupational health and safety. You can check out the new renew collection on Giro’s website here: https://www.giro.com/en/collections/renew/c/renew

PNW Ridge Dropper Post – First Impressions Review

PNW has released a $150 dropper called the Ridge. We couldn’t wait to get one in and try it out. The Ridge features 125mm of drop. This may not sound like a lot but in actuality for most average sized individuals (5’8″) 125mm works pretty well. In fact on the size medium Stumpjumper we mounted the Ridge on any more drop would have been too much. The PNW Ridge is internally routed and comes in two seatpost diameters: 30.9 or 31.6. It uses a sealed hydraulic cartridge for nice, consistent raising of the saddle but just has a slightly different internal design that relies on air more than just the coil spring. Rebound damping built in ensures the post rises smoothly instead of shooting up in an uncontrolled manner The post is infinitely adjustable across the 125mm of drop. It comes with a thumb lever that is 2x compatible and all the required hardware and cables for mounting. I was immediately impressed by the packaging and the feel of the dropper itself. This does not …