The Bicycle PressCamp, held in the beautiful mountains surrounding Park City, Utah is truly a unique opportunity. Every year, a huge list of the best bike and component manufactures gather to show off their wares to a select group of journalists. When they invited us to come check it out, we simply couldn't resist. While this is only a snippet of the things we had a chance to see, touch, and ride, keep your eyes peeled to the future pages of Mountain Bike Action for the full report.
The GT crew were on hand to show off their new line of trail bikes. Dan Atherton was also on hand to show us how to get it done on the trails with them. Their 2 newest models feature an updated version of their popular iDrive suspension, and 27.5 inch wheels front and rear.
Reynolds is stepping up this year with some very new innovative carbon offerings. As a surprise to us, their latest crop of super wheels will no longer be available in the 26-inch wheel size. Every 27.5 and 29-inch wheel Reynolds offers comes with peace of mind that it was carefully hand built by one of Reynolds highly experience techs.
While nobody would ever pump a tire to 370 PSI, this demonstration made it very clear that Reynolds is serious about their testing. Their internal testing standards are much higher than any other standardized method they know of.
This year's PressCamp was all about 27.5-inch bikes, and Fezzari has this all-new offering for 2013 dubbed the Timp Peak. The bike features 5.9 inches of travel, full carbon construction, and many, many build kit options.
The Timp Peak's carbon construction allows the designers to keep lines smooth with things like their trick internal cable routing.
Marzocchi has gone through some serious changes in the last year, but that didn't stop them from producing a snappy-looking lineup for the upcoming year. Our personal favorites were the 380 downhill fork and Moto C2R rear shock.
The 380DH features an all-new chassis that sports 8 inches of travel. The damper is also very adjustable with external high and low speed dials for both rebound and compression. The fork is also claimed to weigh in at a scant 6.2 pounds.
The Moto shock should fit as the perfect compliment to the 380DH fork with external high and low speed compression adjustments, and a claimed sub 1-pound weight without a spring.
The Niner boys are no stranger to the trails around Park City. Check out the specs on their new Ros 9 hardtai and Jet 9 trail bike here
Turner bikes brought their 27.5 Burner prototype to the PressCamp last year, and it turned out to be one of our favorites we rode. Fast-forward a year, and the the 'tweener wheelsize has migrated to the shorter-travel and lighter-weight Flux frame.
With 4.7 inches of travel and a .75-pound weight savings over the 5.5-inch travel Burner, the Flux should be the choice for the rider looking for a bike that can do more than just win cross-country races. The frame sports an all-aluminum construction and Turner's own take on a dw-link suspension design.
Well-hydrated riders are happy riders, and the Camelbak crew is doing their best to spread the word. In fact, this year, our talks with Camelbak stressed the importance and effects of proper hydration, rather than giving us the hard-sell on their latest packs. Nevertheless, we can't wait to fit more of their hydration systems into our regular rotation.
Stan's rims have long been the choice for riders looking for performance, and now they'll be available at a lower cost. While the ZTR Rapid rim is currently only available as original equipment on complete bikes, it still sports the Bead Socket Technology that made their rims famous. This rim is slightly wider than the Crest series, and features a sleeved construction rather than a welded seam to bring the rim to the more affordable price point.
On the other end of the spectrum, Stan's hubs are now compatible with XX1 drivetrains via this nifty little freehub body.
Hutchinson is expanding their Squale line of tires to take it from a dedicated downhill tread, to a smaller 2.3 inch wide tread. We've already spent much time of the downhill versions, and can't wait to try the smaller size on a trail or all-mountain chassis. While we can't let the cat out of the bag just yet, the full review of the Squale will be in the upcoming pages of Mountain Bike Action. Watch for it.
While we're always sad to leave this great town and trail network, all great things must come to an end. Big thanks the town of Park City and Deer Valley resort for having us up. Hope to see you next year, and don't forget to check the October 2013 issue of Mountain Bike Action magazine for the full report.
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