Marin is on a real charge at the moment — it’s been hard at work developing a new range of bikes that include everything from the funkily-suspended Wolf Ridge and Mount Vision bikes through to the dropper-equipped go-anywhere Gestalt X. Marin Gestalt X11 review Marin Mount Vision 9 first ride review Niner’s MCR 9 RDO magic carpet gravel bike is almost here We took a look at its brand new drop bar bikes that are available now but designated as 2020 model year bikes. Marin Nicasio Plus details, specs and prices Marin’s Nicasio is made of steel and looks sleek Ben Duke The new Nicasio Plus builds on the original Nicasio’s go-anywhere credentials and is based around the Series 1 frame that’s been designed to be beefy and strong to help tackle the tribulations an adventure or endurance cyclist might encounter on long rides. The Nicasio has plenty of mounting options and the steel look is simple and elegant Ben Duke The bike’s party pieces include mounts for bottle cages and accessories, pannier racks and mudguard mounts both front and rear. Using a 9-speed MicroSHIFT 1x drivetrain with an 11-46 tooth cassette range that’s mated to a 42-tooth chainring, Marin hopes that there are enough gears to take you wherever you want to go. The tan wall tyres match the bike’s colour scheme perfectly Ben Duke There are WTB Horizon 47mm wide 650b tyres that are wrapped around Marin’s own 25mm internal width rims. The Nicasio Plus is due to retail for a budget-busting $849.99. Marin Lombard 2 details, specs and prices The Lombard 2 is a new entry into the drop bar market for Marin. It has a totally new frame that’s been designed for commuting during the week and gravel riding at the weekend with geometry that’s claimed to be fast and stable. The bike has been designed to tackle both on- and off-road adventures and could be a budget beating one-bike quiver for the casual commuter and weekend adventurist. The simple colour scheme looks great and it only costs $1,449.99. Ben Duke Standout features include 40mm wide 700c Vee Tire G-Sport tyres, Shimano’s 10-speed Tiagra groupset and Tiagra hydraulic disc brakes. The bike’s got mudguard and pannier mounts and the frame and fork feature bolt-thru-axles. The frame’s graphics are reflective to help you be seen in the dark, too. The Lombard 2 uses Shimano’s Tiagra brakes Ben Duke The Lombard 2 is going to cost $1,449.99. Marin prototype carbon fibre adventure/gravel bike The prototype is made from carbon fibre. Ben Duke Marin’s lips were fairly well sealed about this brand new all-carbon adventure-come-gravel bike we spotted at the show. We couldn’t help notice how many different mounting options there are on the bike’s frame and after a quick count, we spotted seven individual options. We think there might be just enough bottle cage mounting options! Ben Duke So for those of you who don’t like to travel light, this could be a bike for you. Release dates, prices and even a name are yet to be announced but we’re sure it’ll be reasonably priced and perform well — a theme for Marin Bikes at the moment. Marin staff coupler bike This particular coupler bike was set up for bikepacking Ben Duke Details were even thinner on the ground for this one-of-a-kind Marin staff ride, but we can tell you that it’s a coupler bike which means it can be folded down to be no bigger in size than its wheels. The coupler bike had all of the essentials bolted to it including whisky and gherkins Ben Duke It has 100 percent more gherkins and whisky than any other bike on the market at the moment and is made from steel. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the gherkins and whisky make it as a standard feature on all of Marin’s bikes in the future. One of Marin’s staff rides, this coupler bike looks unique! Ben Duke
Prevelo Bikes has re-designed their kids MTB line this after only one year in operation...amazing. A successful first season, they managed to improve on an already great frame a part spec. In the case of the new 16 inch hardtail, the Zulu 2 Heir, Prevelo have gone beyond any other bike manufacturer big or small to develop a kids specific 16 inch travel air fork. Here we look at this amazing little machine and see how it stands out from other 16 inch bikes. Thanks to Prevelo Bikes for providing a bike to review. Prevelo Zulu 2 Heir Details: Intended Age- 4 to 6 years Weight- 18.0 lbs Features- Custom carbon lower air fork with 60 mm travel, hydraulic disc brakes, 2.1 inch Innova tires, 95mm cranks, 67 HA MSRP- $799 USD, Rigid fork $469 Available- Prevelo Bikes The Bike Dads' Take: "This bike is exactly what we were looking for. The fork is truly incredible with its ability to soak up bumps with lightest of weight riders. Wide rims and wide tires offer amazing traction and enhance the shredability with its longer wheelbase, 67 degree HA and hydraulic dis brakes. The kids specific handlebar, grips and cranks are welcome features for these tiny rippers. If your little 4/5 year old loves to descend MTB flow trails with you...this bike is the answer." -Colin Recent Blog Posts Picking The First Pedal Bike Prevelo Zulu 2 Heir Review Early Rider Trail 24 Review Extending Ride Time in the Winter The Raise Riders Family Bicycle Weekend Saracen Mantra 2.4 Review Burley D’lite Trailer Review Tout Terrain Streamliner Review Woom 1 Plus Balance Bike Review Rocky Mountain Reaper Review Opus Nix 20 inch Review The post Prevelo Zulu 2 Heir Review appeared first on The Bike Dads.
Every rider should carry on the trail compatible with their entire B-Rad system just in front of the shock or at the bottom some essentials, ranging from a spare tube to a tire boot and even a master link. While some riders prefer to carry these essentials in their hydration pack, there are others looking for clever storage on their bikes. Wolf Tooth Components (WTC) is a company that specializes in problem-solving and doing it in a clever and practical way. Recently, WTC released their B-Rad system that’s designed to allow riders to carry more water bottles and other essentials on their bikes. New for 2018 was their Roll- Top bag for added storage. Tech info: The B-Rad Roll-Top bag was made to be a versatile storage option for riders who may want to carry more than a spare tube but have it be a little more streamlined. WTC uses a durable, water-resistant, PVC-backed, 420D nylon material with sealed seams. This 1.1-liter bag uses a roll top with a secure buckle and a heavy-duty strap with grippers for versatile storage. WTC designed this bag to be and offers it with an adapter plate to mesh with the whole system. Retail price on this bag is $32, and it can be found online or at your local bike shop. On the trail: We stocked our Roll-Top bag with some key essentials, including a spare tube, CO2 system, multi-tool, master link and a 20-dollar bill in case we needed a boot. Loaded up, the bag was only at about capacity and wasn’t overly bulky. The buckle has a secure lock and didn’t feel like it would snap once we hit rocky trails. The single-strap design did offer a secure- enough fit on the trail where the bag didn’t slide or move around when riding. We experimented with the placement of the bag on various places on the frame. Wolf Tooth designed this bag to be dropper-post-compatible, and on all the test bikes, we didn’t have any issues with it hitting the rear tire. There may be some bikes, though, with shorter seat tubes where it may not clear. Whether mounted bracket shell, the Roll-Top bag fit just about anywhere. Overall, the B-Rad Roll-Top bag is a high-quality option with a clever design for riders looking for some extra storage on their bikes. www.wolftoothcomponents.com Hits • Sleek yet roomy design • Very few places it won’t fit on a frame • Secure fit Misses • None Star Rating: ★★★★★ THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post Product Test: Wolf Tooth Components B-Rad Roll-Top Bag appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
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We first spotted the Trust Message fork last year and have been dying to get a hands-on look at it. Finally, at Sea Otter 2019, the wait was over. Interestingly, our very own Seb Stott designed his fantasy bike of the future with a rather funky-looking linkage fork. So, how does a version of his futuristic fantasy shape up in reality? Have a break with Yeti: Colorado-based brand launches SB130 Lunch Ride YT has solved the box vs bike bag dilemma with the Body Bag Niner’s MCR 9 RDO magic carpet gravel bike is almost here Trust Message fork design and theory We can’t wait to test a pair of the forks to see if they’re worthy of the $2,700 price tag Ben Duke As the first port of call before reading this article, it’s certainly worth familiarising yourself with Seb’s fantastic bike geometry guide to help you understand some of the terms mentioned below. The Message fork’s party piece has to be its trailing linkage design. A trailing linkage fork means the wheel’s axle is behind, rather than in front of the linkage system. In theory, this means the forks have better stability by preserving handling during suspension compression. The forks cost $2,700! Ben Duke To do this, the wheel’s axle path as the suspension compresses isn’t travelling in line with the fork’s steering axis like traditional forks. Instead, the linkage acts in such a way that as the suspension compresses there’s a corresponding change in fork offset to help maintain the bike’s handling. The linkage design also means the fork can now have a variable leverage ratio like we’ve found on rear suspension systems for years. The Message, Trust claims, has a supple beginning stroke ratio that changes as the fork goes through its travel, hardening to help increase bottom-out resistance. The linkage helps to maintain its caster throughout the fork’s travel Ben Duke The Message’s design also claims to help reduce friction that’s caused by stanchions sliding through seals and bushings. Normally the fork’s moving parts have to do two things — make the fork stiff and provide the telescopic movement to absorb bumps — in order to be stiff they need to have larger diameter stanchions which creates more friction and a less supple action. The forks can take both 650b and 29-inch wheels and have a 535mm axle to crown length Ben Duke Trust has separated these two attributes. The linkage provides the movement of the suspension and the fork’s chassis helps with structural stiffness. Trust claims that this helps to improve the feel of the fork. Another benefit, Trust claims, is the fork’s ability to resist diving under braking, which helps to maintain the bike’s geometry and therefore improves your ability to control the bike. Although this isn’t a mechanical ability to resist dive, ‘anti-dive’ is created by the fork’s leverage ratio. Trust Message fork details and specs There’s a pushrod attached to the trailing linkage to actuate the fork’s damping and spring Ben Duke The forks have 130mm of travel, weigh a claimed 1,980 grams, are constructed from a carbon fibre chassis and have a carbon steerer tube and linkages. They’re compatible with 29-, 27.-5 and 27.5+-inch tyre sizes and can accommodate up to 2.8-inch wide tyres. They’re best suited to 29er frames with between 110 and 140mm travel and 650b frames with between 130 and 140mm of travel. The fork’s got plenty of tyre clearance Ben Duke They use 15X110 Boost axle spacing and are compatible with tapered head tubes. There’s a 180mm direct mount brake system, but with an adaptor it’s possible to run a 203mm rotor. The damper has a three-way adjustable compression lever which means you can run the forks in firm, mid or open modes depending on what or how you’re riding. The fork’s air pressure (in PSI) is set up on a one-to-one basis with your weight in pounds. Simply weigh yourself with your riding kit on and input the corresponding amount of pressure. There’s a small peephole on the side of the Message fork so that you can adjust the medium and open mode settings Ben Duke Both the open mode and mid mode have finer compression adjustments that are located through an access port on the side of the fork. The forks chassis, steerer tube and linkages are made form carbon Ben Duke The forks also have a token-based bottom-out resistance tuning system called ‘Huck Pucks’. It’s possible to add up to six tokens to adjust how the fork behaves towards the end of its travel. But it’s important to include the same number of Huck Pucks in each fork leg. We’re hoping to get a set of forks in to test in the near future so stay tuned for a full review.
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