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The Uptimizer is available with up to 185mm of drop, and is easy to service at ho...

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The 2020 Norco Optic is a heavy hitter in a small ...

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12pts - 03/08/2020 17:17:13

We put the

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10pts - 03/08/2020 17:00:38

An all-new lightweight enduro helmet when the ter...

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14pts - 03/08/2020 10:17:13

The 2020 FOCUS JAM² NINE already convinced us with it’s great handling, but ...

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E-Mountainbike Magazine
10pts - 03/08/2020 05:51:13

A couple of years ago, Troy Lee Designs launched a premium race apparel collaboration alon...

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The € 6,999 AtomX Carbon Lynx 6 Pro-S from Spanish brand BH Bikes stands out in ma...

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8pts - 28/07/2020 19:51:12

This summer’s Bible of Bike Tests is underway, and we’re staging it in our home state of Cali...

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6pts - 28/07/2020 07:17:14

When justifying pricetags, sometimes isn’t not about options and extras. Sometimes is just ab...

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In 2021, the Moustache Samedi Trail will be rolling out of the factory on 29” whee...

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10 - 04/08/2020 20:34:14

The 2020 Norco Optic is a heavy hitter in a small package💪 The post Mountain Bike Action First Look: Norco Optic C2 Trail Bike appeared first on Mountain Bike Action Magazine.

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12 - 03/08/2020 17:17:13

We put the Harley-Davidson Livewire through its paces for a full review. This video showcases the sheer power and fun of riding this 533 lb rocket ship of a motorcycle.   Please feel free to watch it on YouTube, where you can like, comment and subscribe, as well as checking out our other electric bike videos and podcast interviews. The post First Look: Harley Davidson Livewire appeared first on Electric Bike Action.

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10 - 03/08/2020 17:00:38

An all-new lightweight enduro helmet when the terrain demands it The post First Look at New Product Launch: SMITH Mainline Enduro Helmet appeared first on Mountain Bike Action Magazine.

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14 - 03/08/2020 10:17:13

The 2020 FOCUS JAM² NINE already convinced us with it’s great handling, but it had a few weaknesses regarding its spec. Focus promise to have addressed this, presenting their latest eMTB with a new, proprietary C.I.S. stem and sensible componentry. Can the JAM² 6.9 NINE deliver? FOCUS JAM² 6.9 NINE | Bosch Performance CX/625 Wh | 200/200 mm (f/r) 25.58 kg in size L | 5,499 € | manfacturer website googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1408638783102-0'); }); The 150 mm travel JAM² is positioned between the THRON² touring bike and the downhill-oriented SAM², making it the most versatile eMTB in FOCUS’ portfolio. Whether with an aluminium or carbon frame, Shimano E8000 or Bosch Performance CX motor, 29″, 27.5+ or as a mullet setup with 29″ up front and 27.5+ at the rear, the JAM² is available in nine different versions. Whatever your flavour, you’ll find a jam you like! The FOCUS JAM² 6.9 NINE in detail The 2021 model has a few innovative features up its sleeve. The fourth-generation Bosch Performance CX motor as already fitted on the predecessor now comes with the latest software update pre-installed, offering you 10 Nm more torque. However, you’ll only notice a difference when pedalling at a very slow cadence. We’re much more excited about the improved eMTB mode, which is tuned even more progressively and remains easy to control in rough terrain thanks to the so-called Extended Boost. The speed sensor is inconspicuously and securely integrated into the brake rotor and the Powertube battery offers a capacity of 625 Wh. FOCUS came up with a neat solution for the cockpit and developed their own stem featuring C.I.S. cable routing. The cables enter the stem and are then routed directly into the frame. It doesn’t get any tidier! Our test bike weighs 25.58 kg, offers 150 mm travel and rolls on 29″ wheels. Greetings from the octopus The new stem keeps your cockpit looking clean, routing the cables directly into the frame Cleverly positioned The charging socket is cleverly positioned on the top tube, but the battery can still be removed and charged externally if necessary Inspired by a door stopper The fork stopper on the down tube looks a bit rudimentary. There are much neater solutions that are integrated into the headset. Here I am! The Bosch Performance CX motor is put on display in the frame and is hardly covered FOCUS JAM² 6.9 NINE€ 5,499SpecificationsMotor Bosch Performance CX 85 NmBattery Bosch PowerTube 625 WhDisplay Bosch PurionFork FOX 36 FLOAT Rhythm 150 mmRear Shock FOX FLOAT DPS 150 mmSeatpost Kind Shock RAGE-i 150 mmBrakes Shimano XT 200/200 mmHandlebar Race Face Chester 780 mmWheelset DT Swiss H1900 29""Tires Schwalbe Magic Mary Super Trail/Super Gravity 29" x 2,6"Technical DataSize M, L, XLWeight 25,58 kgPerm. total weight 120 kgMax. payload (rider/equipment) 94 kgTrailer approval noKickstand mount noSpecific FeaturesC.I.S. cable routing Closed off The old cable inlets in the down tube are no longer needed thanks to the new stem, so they’ve been closed off Changing wheel sizes made easy Thanks to the flip chip, adjusting the geometry to suit the respective wheel size is easy Integration first: the Bosch sensor in the dropout … … and the associated Shimano sensor in the rotor have been perfectly integrated. No one around here misses the spoke magnet! The bike is well-specced with components that are appropriate for a trail bike as capable as the JAM². We’re happy to see that our criticism from the previous review was taken to heart and the latest JAM² 6.9 NINE has been improved where it needed to be. The new Schwalbe Magic Mary tires with the Addix-Soft compound offer sufficient traction on every kind of terrain, featuring the Super Trail casing up front and Super Gravity casing on the back. Particularly heavy and aggressive riders will be happy about the significantly stiffer FOX 36 fork instead of the 34 on the previous model. Although it’s only the low-end Rhythm model, it responds very sensitively and offers enough reserves even on rough terrain with 150 mm travel. The 12-speed Shimano XT drivetrain performs as reliably as expected and the Shimano XT 4-piston brakes provide all the stopping power you need in combination with the 200 mm rotors. Grip at all times: the new Schwalbe tires with the Super Trail casing up front … … and Super Gravity casing on the rear. An excellent upgrade from the predecessor! With the new, fully integrated C.I.S. cable routing, you’ll no longer have to deal with that nest of cables in front of the head tube. There are very few Bosch equipped ebikes with such a tidy cockpit! The geometry of the FOCUS JAM² Größe S M L XL Sattelrohr 400 mm 420 mm 440 mm 490 mm Oberrohr 565 mm 592 mm 622 mm 652 mm Steuerrohr 110 mm 115 mm 130 mm 150 mm Lenkwinkel 65.5° 65.5° 65.5° 65.5° Sitzwinkel 75° 75° 75° 75° Kettenstrebe 447 mm 447 mm 447 mm 447 mm Tretlagerabsenkung 19.5 mm 19.5 mm 19.5 mm 19.5 mm Radstand 1,183 mm 1,210 mm 1,241 mm 1,274 mm Reach 412 mm 437 mm 462 mm 487 mm Stack 607 mm 612 mm 625 mm 643 mm googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1408638783102-1'); }); Since the frame is the same as the previous model, nothing has changed in terms of geometry. FOCUS clearly don’t want to experiment, relying on their tried and tested geometry. The JAM² frame is rather compact with a tall front end and a relatively slack seat tube angle. This should make for a comfortable riding position, but will that actually be the case on the trail? The FOCUS JAM² 6.9 NINE in review We took the FOCUS JAM² to the Alps in search of some single track where we could put it through its paces. As expected, the riding position is very relaxed and upright. Those who enjoy long rides will appreciate the comfort generated by the sensitive suspension and the wide 29″ x 2.6″ tires. Bring on the all-day epics! It makes sense to activate the climb switch as you ride uphill, otherwise, the rear suspension tends to wallow when things get steep, further slackening the seat tube angle. Thanks to the powerful Bosch Performance CX motor, the eMTB climbs with ease and excels in technical terrain. With its agile handling, even hairpin bends don’t pose a problem and the eMTB mode is excellent at keeping the bike’s momentum going through rough terrain. Once you’ve arrived at the top of the trailhead and eaten an energy bar to replenish yourself, the JAM² will already be looking forward to the descent. With the tall front end that FOCUS’ bikes are known for and the powerful Shimano XT brakes, the bike instils you with confidence on steep terrain and never has you feeling like you might go over the bars despite its rather compact geometry. Nevertheless, FOCUS’ eMTB remains agile and easy to manoeuvre through tight and fast corners, weaving back and forth like a hare. The bike is lively and playful as you chuck it through corners and it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Its playfulness is less the result of the suspension, but more the result of the compact geometry, specifically the short rear triangle. However, you should avoid heavy compressions as these will quickly bring the JAM² to its knees and make it bottom out. It feels most at home on natural trails. The FOCUS handles rocks, roots, and even larger chunks without batting an eyelid. Helmet Giro Manifest Spherical | Glasses Smith Wildcat | Shirt DHaRCO Gravity Jersey | Pants DHaRCO Gravity Pants | Shoes ION Rascal Select Conclusion Thank you, Focus! The previous JAM² 6.8 NINE was a great bike and with the updated componentry on the latest 6.9 NINE model, it’s become even better, making it the right choice for even more riders. It’s a comfortable bike that instils you with confidence and offers lots of room for error on rough trails. However, the rear linkage struggles with big bikepark-type hits. Steer clear of heavy compressions and you can just send it and have a lot of fun thanks to this trail bike’s intuitive handling! Topsagile handlingconfidence-inspiring on the descentscomfortable in every situationtidy C.I.S. cable routingFlopsrear suspension isn't supportive enough for hard compressionsthe fork stopper is a bit ugly For more information about the FOCUS JAM² 6.9 NINE visit focus-bikes.com Der Beitrag 2021 FOCUS JAM² 6.9 NINE in review – A tidy trail rocket erschien zuerst auf E-MOUNTAINBIKE Magazine.

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10 - 03/08/2020 05:51:13

A couple of years ago, Troy Lee Designs launched a premium race apparel collaboration alongside Adidas for both bike and motocross. Using new fabrics with a strong focus on increased stretch and ease of movement, a great deal of TLD’s athletes were quite happy with them, Brendan Fairclough for example, and eventually the Sprint Ultra line was born. We were fortunate enough to get ahold of a set of the pants from the lineup for long term testing – here is what we thought of them. Specifications Low-rise waist, articulated and slimmer fit TLD Ultra Tech fabric Cowhide leather for chain abrasion Fabric is certified Bluesign approved $185.00 USD Size 30, 32(tested), 34, 36 Three colors – Black, White, Red Details A two button closure and a sturdy zipper serve as the front closure. Plenty of stretch in the knee meant anything from light duty sleeve style pads to DH pads fit just fine. Above, you can see the angled cut of the waist – this is key for keeping crud out of your pants and not bunching up front. It also prevents the pants from riding up or slipping down. The silicone branding on the waist band also provides some additional protection from slippage. A leather panel on the right leg protects your investment from the evil drivetrain. There are two velcro tabs at the sides for waist band adjustment. Fully taped seams for longevity plus stretch. There is loads of generous ventilation throughout the entire landscape of the pants. On the trail Starting with fit, the 32″ was pretty spot on in terms of size accuracy. I’m actually more like a 31″ waist, which means I’m usually cinching up 32″ riding shorts and pants. This means that I’m always getting to be critical or congratulatory of how poorly or how well that apparatus is designed, respectively. In the case of the Sprint Ultra, the velcro tabs at the sides of the waist are well thought out, low in their profile and very effective. Speaking of the waist, TLD nailed the cut with the back sitting substantially higher to keep dirt out of your pants. Up front, they’re lower cut so when in a seated or aggressive position, there are no issues with material bunching up and becoming an irritation or a distraction. On the topic of fit, it’s safe to say that TLD’s inseams were generally on the short side in the past, but with Sprint Ultra that has been remedied with a couple of additional inches in length. Should you find it necessary, you could always hem or cuff pant legs, but you can’t extend them, so moving in this direction was a good call. Regarding materials, this is probably where Troy Lee scores the highest points. The fabric chosen for the Sprint Ultra is amongst the best I’ve worn. What makes it so great, you might ask? Well, with many of TLD’s offerings in the past, you could expect to see thicker, tougher Cordura style panels mixed with more flexible material with more of a mesh feel to them for flexibility and breathability. The Sprint Ultra have a very tough feel to them, but they’re also unbelievably flexible and stretchy, feeling very much like a high performance board short for surfing. Perhaps the biggest pitfall of these pants is the fact that they don’t have one single pocket. Yes you read that correctly. Initially designed as super high performance, minimalist race attire, the design team decided to forgo having pockets. After some feedback they have decided to introduce stowage for next year’s Sprint Ultra pant in 2021. Personally, I did find this annoying on pedal powered days – shuttles, not so much. But, because even if I was to ditch my phone on a ride, I would still generally want somewhere to stash my truck key or store a snack. Generally, I just opted to wear SWAT bibs with these pants. Riders who use a hydration pack likely won’t be fussed, but this oversight can’t be overstated enough. Not including a pocket was a mistake and correcting it for 2021 is the right move. As far as breathability is concerned, I wore these pants for most of the Winter, all of Spring and even into part of Summer for pedal missions. The abundant and rather large perforations are well placed, encouraging air to keep moving through the pants. At speed you can feel the air flowing, which is pleasant on warmer days. I also suspect that the thinner, stretchy material is also somewhat porous, which also aided and helping them run cool. While I tested the black colorway, the red and/or white colorways would likely run even cooler still, although I’m not sure how practical the white ones are, despite looking quite cool. Another feature worth mentioning is the leather panel on the inside of the drive side pant leg running from the ankle to mid way up the calf. This is to prevent premature wear as pants can tend to get roasted by the drivetrain in that area. The fact that the panel is fairly light weight, low profile and non-inhibiting is a bonus. Last but not least, the seams are fully taped inside, which prevents fraying and improves long term durability. Again, on the topic of surf, this is a technique used in high end wetsuits – it’s effective in that realm and proved effective here, on dirt. Overall If you can forgive the lack of a pocket of any sort, you’ll be hard pressed to find any other shortcoming with the Sprint Ultra. The fabrics used are absolutely impeccable as is the cut and sew. It’s difficult to gauge how durable they are compared to thicker and less flexible offerings, but I can say that have had a few small crashes with no issues. I’ve also seen a handful of TLD athletes and friends have some pretty big diggers while wearing Sprint Ultra pants without them giving way or tearing. Based on their feel in both a tactile sense and on the bike, I think Troy Lee aced it with materials, striking the perfect balance between flexibility, durability and breathability. All in all, they’re damn good riding pants for anything from Trail to DH. If the pocket thing is a dealbreaker, just wait a few more months until the 2021 version comes out.

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