Cannondale has just announced two brand new electric mountain bikes: the Habit NEO and the Moterra. The Moterra name has been used before, but the 2020 version is new in all but the name. It’s built for gnarly riding with a 66-degree head angle, 160mm of rear-wheel travel and a 160mm fork — apart from the SE model, which uses a 180mm-travel RockShox Boxxer up front. Best electric bikes BMC Trailfox AMP SX review The Moterra SE is equipped with a 180mm travel RockShox Boxxer fork. Cannondale The Habit SE is more of a trail e-bike and gets a 140mm fork and 130mm travel out back, as well as a slightly steeper 66.5-degree head angle. The Habit NEO shares many features with the Moterra, but is aimed at mellower riding with 130/140mm travel. The top-spec bikes get an integrated front light. Cannondale Cannondale Moterra and Habit NEO frame features Both use the new Bosch 2020 CX Line motor, which is more powerful, more compact and lighter than previous Bosch motors. It also uses a conventional chainring (rather than a small chainring with a geared drive), which reduces drag when pedalling above the 25 km/h assistance limit. Cannondale was the development partner for this new Bosch Generation 4 system. The top-spec bikes come with a large 635wh battery (though not quite as big as the 700wh unit you get on the top-end Specialized Turbo Levo), while the cheaper models get a more standard 500wh unit. Either way, the battery is neatly integrated into the down tube. The Bosch Gen 4 motor has a conventional-sized chainring for better un-assisted efficiency. Cannondale The motor is positioned far forwards in the frame which allows Cannondale to keep the chainstays (which are often very long on some full-suspension e-bikes) fairly short. They measure 455mm on the Habit NEO and 450mm on the Moterra. The motor is compact and mounted as far forward as possible to shorten the chainstay length. Cannondale There are four models of each bike, all of which use what Cannondale calls its BallisTec Carbon Front Triangle, along with an alloy rear end. Both bikes feature a skid plate to protect the motor. Like with Cannondale’s regular Habit, the upper suspension linkage is tweaked slightly for each frame size so that the anti-rise (the effect of braking on the rear suspension) is similar for riders on all frame sizes. Cannondale calls this proportional response, and it’s designed to compensate for the fact that taller riders will otherwise experience more brake dive due to their higher centre of gravity. The upper rocker link is positioned slightly differently on each frame size so the braking response is more similar for tall and short riders. Cannondale Component highlights One (very literal) highlight is the inclusion of integrated lights in the top-spec Moterra 1 and Habit NEO 1. The Super NOVA M99 Mini Pro front light is powered directly from the battery and is controlled via a button on the bar. This allows the light to be set to low-beam (450lm) for road-riding or high beam (1,150lm) for after-dark shredding. A powerful front light is powered by the battery in the top-spec bikes… Cannondale …which is controlled with a bar-mounted switch. Cannondale Unlike most e-MTBs, which typically use 650b wheels with 2.8in tyres, at least on the back, the Moterra and Habit NEO use 29in wheels with 2.6in tyres front and rear, apart from the size small bikes which use 27.5in x 2.6in tyres. The Moterra SE comes with a dual-crown RockShox Boxxer fork, with 180mm of travel. This is rare to see on an e-bike, but the stiffer fork is sure to be a benefit when descending fast on such a heavy bike. For similar reasons, all models of both bikes get a 220mm front rotor. This is pretty much unheard of on stock bikes, but makes sense with a heavy motor and 29in wheels, which have more leverage over the brakes than a smaller-radius wheel. All things being equal, a 220mm rotor on a 29in wheel will provide just slightly more braking force than a 200mm rotor on a 27.5in wheel. 220mm front rotors make a lot of sense for 29er e-bikes. Cannondale Cannondale Habit NEO pricing Habit NEO 1: £6,999.99 / €8,249 / $N/A / CAD$N/A Habit NEO 2: £5,499.99 / €5,999 / $7,000 / CAD$$8,750 Habit NEO 3: £4,499.99 / €4,999 / $N/A / CAD$N/A Habit NEO 4: £3,999.99 / €4,499 / $5,500 / CAD$7,000 The cheapest Habit NEO 4 looks like a pretty compelling electric trail bike option for £4k. Cannondale Cannondale Moterra pricing M Moterra 1 (27.5/29 ): £ 6,999.99 / €8,249 / $9,000 / CAD$11,500 M Moterra SE (27.5/29 ): £ 6,199.99 / €6,999 / $7,000 / CAD$8,750 M Moterra 2 (27.5/29 ): £ 5,499.99 / €5,999 / $6,000 / CAD$7,800 M Moterra 3 (27.5/29 ): £ 4,499.99 / €4,999 / $8,500 / CAD$10,500 So are they any good? We’ve not had chance to ride either bike yet because, apparently, it’s been difficult for Cannondale to get one to us simply because they’ve sold so fast. We have just taken delivery of a Moterra 2 in size small, which weighs a pretty average 23.7kg, and we’ll let you know how it rides in the near future.
At the heart of the Strive is a mechanism that toggles between descend mode and climb mode. Between 150mm and 135mm of travel, it’s also the head angle, bottom bracket height and suspension kinematics that changes. See our long term test of the new Strive here: Canyon Strive CFR 9.0 Team. Read all about the new bike, from the official launch here: 2019 Strive first ride. Ines Thoma from the Enduro Factory Race Team punches out of the famous crack in Derby. Florian Nicolai, hauling ass. It’s a great system, though not without its demons. Though talking to people at races or on the trails, it seems that Canyon can still at times be unable to shake the reputation that this bike was branded with in the very early days with word of the system having sealing and durability issues, the internet wasn’t kind to them. Keen to put things right, the new Strive uses a Shapeshifter made by FOX, a good move no doubt. We were intrigued to find out more, so we reached out to Canyon for comment. A catalogue image, displaying the Shapeshifter gizmo, with the linkage removed. Daniel Oster, the director of development for their gravity bikes in Koblenz, Germany, talks Shapeshifter here. How long has the Shapeshifter concept been in development? The original concept was developed 2011/12, raced by Fabien Barel and the Canyon Factory Racing Team and brought into mass production in 2014 for the first time. Quite after that introduction, we started generation 2.0 in early 2015. There were some topics we wanted to improve like a quicker function of the gas spring and also a more intuitive function of the system. As we have quite some ideas of bikes and parts and how it should work but are specialists in making frames/bikes and not hydraulic components we talked to FOX also at that time. Have there been any experiments or prototypes that are completely different from the current final design? Any coil springs, electronics or elastomers in there somewhere? Especially for the first version there where prototypes to figure out the amplitude of geometry change and also change in suspension characteristic. Coil springs weren’t considered for the actuator just as suspension element. About electronics, we discussed but haven’t seen more cons than pros like weight, difficulty, pricing. How did the relationship between FOX and Canyon begin? We have a close relationship to FOX as suspension supplier – so it was obvious to discuss a potential partnership for this component with them. What did FOX bring to the table? Fox got a requirement sheet for the new gas spring which is the actuator of the Shapeshifter system. They developed that new gas spring with its two-way valve what is new compared to the old one and makes it possible to preselect the two modes and was one of the main requirements. Besides this, they produce the gas spring in their factory what was a really important point for us. And – we can operate service issues through their service network as well. How does the original Shapeshifter mechanism differ to the new FOX one? The original one was one way and the new one is two-way. This allows selecting between the two modes via the remote lever. Besides this, we optimised the spring curve to allow lower pressure and less stress on the system. We also adjusted the kinematic of the linkage on our side and optimized the spring according to allow a quicker change. Also, the seals are optimised for less friction and faster movement. The earlier generation Strive, same-same-but-different. Besides this, we changed how the cable is connected to what also improved an easy activation. What’s your tip for best setup and maintenance of the Shapeshifter unit? You don’t have to care so much about the system as it is covered quite well by rocker arms, frame and cover. Keep it clean – check the cable especially when riding in extremely muddy or dusty conditions and don’t put a pressure washer on the sealings as on any other hydraulic product. But in general – just ride it. The post Canyon’s Shapeshifter – A Quick Chat with Canyon Developer, Daniel Oster appeared first on Flow Mountain Bike.
Team Ineos riders have the Pinarello Dogma F12, launched in May as the successor to the F10, and Dogma F12 X-Light to choose from at the Tour de France. The X-Light drops approximately 100g from the frame weight. Pinarello As defending champion, Geraint Thomas wears the number one dossards. Note the Welsh flag next to Thomas’s name, while the Cardiff-born rider’s race transponder is tucked under the saddle. Pinarello Thomas’s F12 also has a Welsh dragon on the head tube, beneath the one-piece MOST cockpit. Pinarello Egan Bernal may only be 22, but the Colombian started the Tour as co-leader alongside Thomas. Pinarello Sometimes it’s the simple things… a sticker indicates Bernal’s saddle height. You can also see how Ineos’s mechanics have trimmed Bernal’s race number to sit flush with the aero seatpost. Pinarello MOST is a sub-brand of Pinarello, with this bike equipped with a Talon Aero 1K Di2 one-piece handlebar and stem. The out-front computer mount is integrated into the handlebar too. Pinarello The ‘fork flap’ fairings (stop sniggering at the back…) carry over from the F10, having originally been borrowed from the Bolide time-trial bike. Pinarello Shimano provides the team’s Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets and Dura-Ace wheels, wrapped in Continental Competition Pro Ltd tubular tyres. Pinarello However, Team Ineos has been spotted using Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels on climb-heavy stages. The full-carbon wheels have a scant claim weight of just 935g. Tim de Waele/Getty Images While some teams have shoe sponsors, Ineos riders are able to choose their kicks. These are Shimano’s flagship S-Phyre RC9 shoes. Pinarello The team’s bikes and Castelli kit received a makeover after Ineos took over from Sky as headline sponsor in April. Pinarello Wout Poels’ Dogma F12 X-Light gets some last-minute adjustments. Pinarello The Bolide TT is Ineos’s time-trial bike of choice, rigged up here to a Wahoo Kickr turbo trainer. Wahoo’s Headwind fan keeps things cool in the warm-up. Pinarello The 2019 Tour de France has two time-trials, a 27.6km TTT on stage two and a 27.2km individual time-trial on stage 13. Pinarello The Bolide TT has integrated front and rear brakes, while the tri-spoke front wheel is a Pro Textreme Tubular. Pinarello Ever wondered how a WorldTour pro warms up for a time trial? Pinarello Ineos finished second in the stage two team time-trial, 20 seconds behind Team Jumbo-Visma. Pinarello Will Geraint Thomas stand on the top step of the podium in Paris? Pinarello Pinarello has enjoyed something of a dream relationship with Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky) since the squad was launched in 2010, with six of the subsequent nine winners of the Tour de France triumphing on the Italian firm’s bikes. Sir Bradley Wiggins was first in 2012, before Chris Froome took the 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 titles. Geraint Thomas then became the third British winner of the Tour in 2018. Thomas is now bidding to make it two in a row, co-leading Ineos with Colombian hot-shot Egan Bernal. Who’s riding what? Here’s every bike in the 2019 Tour de France Tour de France climbs: 5 key ascents where the race will be won and last Thomas has the Pinarello Dogma F12 and F12 X-Light at his disposal in France. The Welshman won the 2018 Tour on the Dogma F10, but the F12 launched in May is said to be lighter, stiffer and, of course, more aero than its predecessor. The F12 X-Light, meanwhile, shaves approximately 100g from the standard F12’s claimed weight of 820g (unpainted frame). With this year’s Tour touted as one of the hardest in recent history thanks to five summit finishes, three of which are above 2,000m, that may come in handy. Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky) has won six of the past seven Tours de France. Pinarello Still, Team Ineos has sought to save additional weight by switching to Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels for climb-heavy stages, with riders ditching their sponsor-issue Shimano Dura-Ace hoops in favour of the uber-expensive, 935g wheels. 9 of the best Tour de France riders to follow on Strava Team Ineos races on £5k Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels Shimano still provides the groupset components, with the entire team running Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrains. While some teams, including the Deceuninck-Quick-Step squad of Julian Alaphilippe, have switched entirely to disc brakes, Ineos remains resolutely committed to rim brakes. Otherwise, Fizik provides the team’s saddles and the Competition Pro Ltd tyres come from Continental. Pinarello’s Bolide TT bike steps in for time-trial duties.
All hail First Look Friday, your weekly look at the hottest new road and mountain bike swag to land at BikeRadar HQ. This week we have some flashy Russian-made road hubs, a step-through mountain bike designed for older riders, an alarmingly light saddle and some shred-tastic goggle-like shades. If that isn’t quite enough to tickle your tech pickle, nuggets lovingly picked from the rich gold seam that is launch season in the cycling world that have made their way onto the BikeRadar homepage this week include Cervélo’s new go-fast gravel bike, Colnago’s bang-on-trend V3RS, Specialized’s first-ever foray into the world of electric bikes, Yeti’s all-new 27.5in-wheeled SB165 and much, much more. In the meantime, sit back, relax and immerse yourself into a world of true tech nerdery. Raketa road hubs Raketa, a brand based in Russia, has just released its first ever road hubs. Raketa Raketa — a Russian brand specialising in high-end hubs — has just launched these delectable road hubs. The hubs have been two years in the making and are its first-ever road offering, previously only producing track hubs. The hubs are compatible with all current axle standards and Raketa claims that, due to the hubs’ construction, adapting them to any future standards should also be possible. The hubs are built around an Alto Cycling freehub. This 4-pawl freehub is made in the USA and boasts a near-instantaneous 2.5-degree engagement. It is availble in XD, Shimano HG or Campagnolo bodies. The hubs are claimed to weigh 342g for a rim brake hubset and 421g for the disc equivalent Raketa claims that it considered developing its own freehub system but, acknowledging that it is a young company with limited resources, it decided to focus on the hub itself, leaving the whole freewheelin’ business to those who have experience in the area. The hubs are triple-sealed, with labyrinth seals on the end caps, a rubber lip on the freehub and sealed bearings rounding out the package. On the subject of bearings, the hubs are built around NSK bearings and, should these develop any play, a small bolt can be undone to adjust the preload. No special tools are required to do this and it is claimed that it can even be done with the wheels still fitted to the bike. The hubs are claimed to weigh 342g for a rim brake hubset and 421g for the disc equivalent — a respectable figure that is comparable to similar premium hubs with inbuilt preload adjustment (lighter hubs exist but they typically don’t feature external preload adjustment). The hubs are available in any spoke drilling from 12 to 32 spokes, with any custom combination possible. Raketa has in-house anodising facilities, so dozens of different colours in either a gloss or matt finish are available. Custom engraving is also offered. The hubs are also available in a disc version. Raketa The hubs are available in rim and disc brake options. 6-bolt hubs are currently available for discs, with centre lock to follow later in the year. The novelty that the hubs are designed and made in St Petersburg, Russia — a nation not widely known for its cycling manufacturing provenance — also undoubtedly adds to their cool factor. The hubs cost $468 for the disc version and $448 for the rim brake version. While certainly not cheap, they (on paper at least) present decent value for money compared to, say, a DT Swiss 240s hubset (approx $560). The hubs are due to start shipping throughout August and September, with pre-orders now open. International pricing is not available but worldwide shipping is offered. If freewheelin’ ain’t your thing, as mentioned, Raketa also produces a number of track bike hubs, chainrings and cogs, all of which look as lovely as its road hubs. Disc hubs: $468 Rim brake hubs: $448 Buy these delightful road hubs direct from Raketa Islabikes Jimi The Jimi is a MTB designed for older riders Jack Luke / Immediate Media Islabikes launched the Janis, Joni and Jimi — a range of bikes designed specifically for older riders who still want to live life on two wheels — earlier this year. We have got a hold of the Jimi — the step-through mountain bike from the range — for testing and, so far, we like what we see. Much like its expansive selection of early-life tot-to-teen-sized bikes, the Icons range features a number of touches that are designed to make cycling a more accessible and enjoyable experience for those in their golden years. Starting with the obvious, the bike is a step-through design, which makes a bike easier to mount. This is vital if age-related mobility issues begin to creep in. You’ll be able to spin up just about anything with this diminutive 26t chainring Jack Luke / Immediate Media The gearing is also generously low, pairing a 10-40t Sunrace cassette with a spin-tastic 26t chainring. This chainring is mounted to Islabikes’ own crankset, which is claimed to have a lower-than-average Q-factor. This can improve pedalling performance and comfort for some riders. The bike is fitted with SRAM Grip Shifters. Interestingly, the profile of the rims is specially formed to ease tyre fitting and removal. This means the rims are not tubeless compatible but will make life a lot easier should you get a trailside puncture. A rigid carbon fork is employed to reduce weight. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Reducing weight was also a priority with the bike, and our size medium model comes in at a respectable 10.28kg. With this in mind, given the bike is designed for those that are less likely to get their thrills from sending mad huckz, it should come as no surprise that the bike forgoes a suspension fork in favour of a lighter carbon fork. This bristles with mounts for Anything-style cages or mudguards. The whole package feels very well refined and as a general do-it-all bike — for riders of all ages, really — the Jimi appears to be a compelling choice. Stay tuned for a full review soon! £1,199, international pricing TBC Buy the Jimi direct from Islabikes Schmolke TLO saddle The saddle was so light we had to tie it down to stop it floating away! Jack Luke / Immediate Media This ludicrously light (64g!) saddle from Schmolke — the German composite expert’s first saddle to wear the TLO (The Lightest Only) crown — is said to be the result of Stefan Schmolke’s experiments in his own “secret lab”. Remarkably, this full carbon shell saddle is rated for both road and mountain biking. The saddle feels reassuringly solid despite its low, low weight Jack Luke / Immediate Media While this is, at best, anecdotal, giving the remarkably tough feeling Schmolke TLO saddle a squeeze results in considerably less concern for our undercarriage compared to similar ultralight perches. The 8Nm maximum torque value on the rails is also reassuringly high. While not the absolute lightest saddle on the market — that crown goes to Gelu’s 38g K3 saddle — it is a whopping €5 cheaper than that model. It also has a marginally more generous 100kg max rider weight compared to the Gelu’s 95kg. This is obviously a very, very niche choice that is unlikely to appeal to the vast majority of cyclists but, for those who want an ultralight option that appears to be actually usable, it could be a compelling option. €495, international pricing N/A Buy Schmolke’s TLO saddle from Star Bike Smith Wildcat sunglasses You too could look as cool as our Mallen with Smith’s Wildcat sunnies. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Smith’s lairy, large and loud Wildat goggle-like sunnies are a bold statement that is bound to delight the outgoing on-bike fashionista. The nose bridge is adjustable. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The extra-large coverage of the lenses extends way into the periphery, keeping the frames well out of sight. The replaceable nosepiece — which is coated with a tacky hydrophilic (i.e. it stays sticky when wet) rubber — is also adjustable for fine-tuning fit. The legs are coated with the same material. The hinge mechanism is satisfyingly… clicky? Jack Luke / Immediate Media The arms have a deeply satisfying indexed click when moving them into the open position. Swapping lenses is also very easy. The lenses are also coated with a hydrophobic coating, which is said to keep things clear in moist conditions. The glasses are available in three different frame colours and three different lenses, including a clear option. We have the stealthy Matte Moss frames, but the office favourite is by far the Refresher yellow-and-pink Matte Citron finish. At £165 RRP ($199.00 / AU$299.95), the Wildcat’s come in at roughly the same price as, say, an Oakley Jawbreaker, though you do get the additional clear lens and a hardshell bag for that price. £165 / $199 / AU$299.95 Buy Smith’s Wildcat sunglasses from Optimal Optic
The seemingly annual tradition was a success again this year. Let’s look at where it all started So this year’s huck over the peloton of the Tour de France has been done. Almost every year someone dons a helmet, full-suss bike, swigs a Red Bull and then sends it over the peloton in order to gain some of the biggest bragging rights in the mountain bike world – and of course, stick a middle finger up to all those lycra clad, skinny wheeled MAMILS, reminding them which discipline is still (quite literally) on top. Okay, maybe that was a bit of an over exaggeration, but you get the picture. It’s pretty damn sweet to watch these guys send it over ‘Le Tour’ and bring a little fun to an event that’s usually only ever made exciting when Sagan pulls a no-handed wheelie or a cheeky spectator gets a thorough spanking. Certainement LA vidéo de cette année #TDF2019 pic.twitter.com/n91Ye1Pis0 — Tricotte (@Tricotte69) July 14, 2019 Anyway, here’s a brief history of the best Tour de France sends of all time, first championed by the legend that is Dave Watson. This is all my 30 minutes of post-lunch research allowed for anyway – let me know if I’ve missed any out and I’ll add them on (with video evidence, of course). Canadian Dave Watson Set The Bar High At Col de Galibier, 2003 A Perfectly Executed Huck From Romain Marandet At Le Semnoz, 2013 Was This Filmed On A potato? Montée du Plateau des Glières, 2018 Huge Gap This year By Newest Member to The Club Valentin Anouilh. Saint Flour, 2019 You May Also Like Mountain Biking In Utah | Watch Reece Wallace Riding Big Lines In ‘Flight Path’ Danny Daycare | Watch Danny MacAskill’s Hilarious Attempt At Child Care The post Mountain Bikers Jumping Over The Tour De France | The History of Peloton Hucking appeared first on Mpora.
The new Fox 32 received a 20% increase in stiffness to help it take on the more technical World Cup XC courses.( Photos: 8 )
We set out to discover which cure for the common "singletrack deficiency" disease works best The post Throwback Thursday: Trek Remedy 29 vs Trek Remedy 27.5—July 2014 appeared first on Mountain Bike Action Magazine.