Arguably the winningest mountain biker in history's bike was on display at the SRAM booth, sporting a host of products including the new Pike 27.5 fork. This bike looks fast just standing still, and we're not just saying that because of the number plate.
Get your fix for cheap:
The XO1 group from SRAM is more affordable than the XX1 group, and the best part is, it doesn't give up many features. For example the cassette features all the same sharp shifting properties of its more expensive brother, but it's only 10 grams (that's about 2 average sized paperclips) heavier. The black coating is said to be just as durable and will add a mean look to any bike.
Arrest this tire:
The Vigilante tire from WTB sports a 2.3 inch wide casing and a tread pattern that's specifically designed for enduro-style riding and racing. Jason Moeschler, the marketing guy for WTB regularly rides and races everything enduro, and this is his choice for most trails. According to him, this is one versatile tire.
2014 Norco Sight:
This mean looking little number for Norco sports 27.5 inch wheels and 5.7 inches of travel. The bike also uses a sub-68 degree head angle and a Horst-link style rear suspension design. The SRAM X01 kit is just icing on the cake.
Total preparation... More than just fancy wheels:
Mavic has already gone in head first to Enduro style riding and racing by sponsoring athaletes like Jerome Clementz and Fabien Barel. Now they're taking what they've learned to a complete line of products. Keep an eye peeled to future pages of Mountain Bike Action for the full review on these products from Mavic.
The scale says what?
This hardtail from Storck weighs in at just 6 kilos, or just over 13 pounds. That's enough to catch our attention. Could it stand up to a test with the wrecking crew? Maybe... We will bet it would be the first to the top of the hill though. The bike uses super slender carbon chainstays and custom carbon cranks to pull off the crazy-low weight.
On the other hand:
E-bikes are so heavy that some of them require a lift to work on. No joke.
Jamis Dakar XCT: Jamis is going all-in with their carbon XCT bike. The bike is designed for trail riding and features. The ‘tweener wheel size that Jamis played a big role in pioneering is clearly here to stay now that most fork, rim and tire makers are offering a plethora of component choices.