Five First Ride Films for Friday – Mountain Bike Action
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Mountain Bike Action First Ride Video Series
Mountain Bike Action’s First Ride on the all-new Devinci Django 29. Sporting Boost 157 hub spacing, an updated geometry and a 120 millimeters of Split-Pivot suspension, the Django sets its sights on being a well-rounded trail bike built to handle it all.
First debuted in 1981, the Specialized Stumpjumper is one of the most iconic mountain bikes in the world. In fact, it was the first full production mountain bike to be sold to the general public. The original Stumpy with its steel frame and 26” wheels is unrecognizable to the high tech carbon model that sits in front of us today.
Born in 2013, the Santa Cruz Bronson shook up the mountain bike market with its in-between wheel size, known as 650B. Promising the best qualities of the two the most popular wheel sizes of that time, 27.5″ wheels became the the obvious choice for that versatile trail machine. With a nod of the hat to Santa Cruz’s roots and the industries most talked about wheel size, the Bronson grew into the well regarded bike it is today.The Bronson received further updates in 2016, but it wasn’t until 2018 when the Bronson’s styling and geometry really began to get shaken up.The all-new Bronson was drastically redesigned with a new low-link mounted shock, mimicking the Nomad, but in a shorter-travel package.The new linkage allowed Santa Cruz to give the Bronson a more linear feel aiding in small bump sensitivity while retaining a supportive mid-stroke and progressive bottom out. An additional upright was added to the rear triangle to enhanced the bikes ability to track the trails and increase torsional stiffness when sliding the rear end into berms. Along with these changes the Bronson’s reach grew by 15mm per frame size and its standover lowered by 10mm. The seat tube was pushed 1-degree forward to 75.3-degrees, aiding climbing performance and the seat tube was shorten by a full inch to allow for long-travel dropper posts. Additional features include a threaded bottom bracket, internal cable routing, the ability to run a bottle cage inside the front triangle and a rear shock cover for added protection. Shuttle Junkies need not to worry about scratching up their frames as Santa Cruz added a protective guard under the top tube for riders who like to shuttle their bikes lap after lap.
Niner, founded in 2005, established their brand around building bikes with big wheels long before it was even cool to do so. One could argue that Niner’s passion and commitment to the larger wheel size helped paved the way for the growing popularity of 29er’s today. The RIP 9 was introduced to Niner’s fleet in 2008 claiming to be a trail bike for every occasion. After rebuilding the company from bankruptcy, Niner launched the all-new RIP 9 RDO in early 2019, with the hopes of revitalizing the brand using their flagship model. The new RIP 9 RDO received a complete update from frame design and geometry to a list of top notch components. Featuring 140mm of travel and a long, slack and low geometry, the new RIP is the most capable one to date. Additionally, Niner added flip chips allowing riders to adjust bottom bracket height by 7mm and head tube angle by a full degree. Up front the RIP received a 150mm travel fork and a longer reach to enhance high speed stability.
The Strive has long been known as an enduro race weapon, and while Canyon didn’t want to give that up, the designers did want to make this bike more friendly for everyday trail riders. The most notable feature is its new Shapeshifter 2.0 sys-tem, which makes the previous Strive look almost prehistoric. So, let’s see what this new Canyon is all about.