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.
Canyon had their new Strive featuring on the fly travel adjustment from 135 to 150 mm. Keep an out for our full review of the Strive in the next few months. I don’t know about the rest of you but when I was a kid, I never had a bike half as cool as anything Commencal had on display at Sea Otter. Short stems, wide bars, and fat 12″ tires, the Ramones series striders have to be some of the raddest bikes without pedals out there. Viathon bikes were also on hand showing off their new consumer direct models. Viathon is actually a Walmart brand selling consumer direct at viathonbicycles.com. So while Walmart is behind the brand, bicycle industry veterans are behind the designs and you won’t see one of these in your local Wallyworld. At $6000, the top spec M1 carbon hardtail ticks all the boxes for a high-end carbon XC hardtail. Highlights include full XX1 Eagle, RockShox SID, and Stans carbon wheels. If a $6000 hardtail sounds a little over the top for the new brand, GX models will sell for a modest $2400. In addition to a mountain hardtail, Viathon launched a gravel bike and a road bike. The G.1 gravel grinder is available as a frame only for $2000 or in complete builds ranging from $2,300 to $3,550. The R.1 road bike is also available at a range or price points, from a budget conscious $2,300 105 build up through a $5,850 Dura Ace build. Consumer direct brands like YT and Canyon have really shook up the industry lately, will Viathon be able to join the party?
Electric bikes and racing stole the show at the 2019 Sea Otter Classic. From Class 1 (pedal-assist) to Class 2 (throttle) and Class 3 (28 m.p.h. approx. top speed) — take a look at all the e-bike products on display, on and off the Laguna Seca racetrack. Innovator: The newest Specialized Turbo Levo was on display, looking sleek and ready for the dirt. Ultra-modern: The CAKE street-legal electric motorcycle from Sweden. Townie bikes: The BMC Alpenchallenge AMP Cross bike is just one of the Swiss brand’s electric offerings. Off-road: Another beautiful electric offering, the 150mm rear travel BMC Trailfox AMP SX. German brand BULLS had their complete line on display. Ghost Bikes were offering test rides on their e-bikes. The Gazelle Arroyo C8 HMB Elite is one of the many e-Bikes powered by the tried-and-true Bosch power plant. From city to off-road, Haro Bikes had all their electric bikes on showcase. Mini e-Bike: Specialized’s Robert Egger created this Hodaka-inspired electric mini bike called the Road Toad. The Decoy by YT Industries received the lion’s, errr, duck’s share of attention in the enduro electric bike category. The Trek Domane+ is just one of a complete range of electric bikes from the Wisconsin-based company. The Devinci AC XT is the Canadian brand’s flagship off-road electric model with 170mm of rear suspension travel. Road: Donnelly Cycling offers one of the most discretely-packaged e-Bikes on the market. Wildsyde were displaying their line of beach cruiser e-Bikes. Saturday’s e-Bike race get ready to go with the pros staged in front of the amateurs, all racing at the same time on the same course around the tarmac and trails Laguna Seca venue. France’s Caroline Mani was the sole pro woman entered in the electric category. But Caroline wasn’t immune to a first straightaway crash that collected several riders… Caroline was able to quickly re-mount and begin picking through the men’s e-Bike field on her way to victory. Hang loose: E-Bikers have more fun, thanks to electric pedal-assist. Some riders had their hands full with “Turbo” mode: Men’s 15-18 competitor Shan Agan hangs on for the ride. Lovers and hecklers: The sidelines of the electric bike category were filled with both. Overall, the e-Bike category was all about fun. Pro electric bike racer Edwin Bull’s Hawaiian shirt and gravel e-Bike helped keep things electrically eclectic. The Pigman, Jeff McGrath in denim and leather, helped make the e-Bike race the most enjoyable to watch at Sea Otter 2019. Charlie Mullins grabbed the lead early in the electric bike race and took the pro men’s win. The utility power of electric bikes was most noticeable at Sea Otter. The Benno Boost E is outfitted to be one of the most utility-driven electric bikes in its category. The Tern GSD line is a small, yet resourceful, electric bike option. Need to cart kids around town? Yuba Bikes have several pedal-assist electric models. Xtracycle has a long reputation in the utility bicycle game and are now offering electric models. Yamaha is officially back in the bicycle game with a full line of power-assist bicycles that includes the YDX Torc mountain bike. The post All Things Electric at Sea Otter 2019 appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
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Born from picturesque Henley on Thames England, Early Rider designs and builds are thoughtfully procured with the littlest riders in mind. Light weights, innovative frame design and cool belt drive trains come in a full line of kids bikes from Balance bikes on through to 24 inch hardtail mountain bikes. Here, we look at the T24 Works edition 24 inch trail slaying 24 inch hardtail. Thanks to Early Rider for providing a demo bike for us to review. Early Rider T24 Works Details: Intended Age- 8 plus Weight- 24.0 lbs Features- RST Snyper Air Fork with 100mm travel, Sram Level T hydraulic dis brakes, Maxxis Synper 2.0X24 tires, 11 spd 1X Shimano drivetrain with 10-42 Cassette and GX clutch derailleur, 155 mm Sram NX Cranks MSRP- $1400 USD, Trail build is $1099 Available- REI | Early Rider The Bike Dads' Take: "An absolute trail slaying hard tail for the hard charging 8-11 year old. The ER T24 works is a very balanced bike with great geometry and a top notch build spec. The fork is amazing and can really gobble up what the trail offers even with light weight riders. Combined with a slack Head angle (my iphone angle meter puts it at 66/67 degrees), this is a perfect upsize from a 20 inch hard tail for those kids who want to climb higher and descend faster" -Colin Recent Blog Posts Picking The First Pedal Bike 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 UNCHAINED: A weekend guide for Whistler and the Bike Park The post Early Rider Trail 24 Review appeared first on The Bike Dads.
This week’s best new bike gear Restrap offers practical luggage in a variety of sizes and configurations This dinky frame bag is perfect for portage This £30 inner tube makes a surprisingly compelling case for itself The Corky is one tidy little mirror Snapped shut, the Corky is quite unobtrusive Burgtec is offering a more affordable version of its Penthouse Mk4 pedal Pursu’s bars tick a lot of eco-friendly and health boxes The eeWings cranks are astonishingly lovely The Hirth joint is precisely machined The Ninja Pouch+ Road holds a single road inner tube Yep, that’s a tyre lever The Ninja Cage Z can be combined with a tidy multi-tool in a case The QuickClick mount accepts various accessories The Sonder Santiago is a rather handsome do-it-all machine Reynolds 631 is an evolution of the iconic 531, a durable steel that’s ideal for touring bikes Avid BB5s are a bit primitive by today’s standards, but they’ll still stop you Are you edgy enough for the Smith Trackstands? The Maya 2.0 includes Kali’s LDL impact absorption tech We hope this upsetting and unsettling image doesn’t sully a completely lovely seatpost It’s been a bouncy week at BikeRadar: we’ve got all hot and bothered about a brand new Specialized Roubaix with an adjustable Future Shock, we’ve discussed just how much suspension you need on your MTB, and Pinarello has brought out a full-suspension Dogma just in time for Paris-Roubaix. We’ve mused on the quiet delights of bikefishing, which is like bikepacking but with fish, while the UCI has started a turf war with the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme over electric mountain bike racing. Read on for the latest bikes and gear to land at BR HQ. Sonder Santiago Rival 1 Mechanical The Sonder Santiago is a rather handsome do-it-all machine Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Practical is beautiful at BikeRadar, and this is certainly a handsome machine with the potential to be very versatile. The Santiago’s frame is Reynolds 631 steel and it’s bristling with bosses to bolt things to. Cable routing is fully external, the bottom bracket is threaded, and there’s room for 650bx47mm or 700cx37mm tyres. Reynolds 631 is an evolution of the iconic 531, a durable steel that’s ideal for touring bikes Matthew Allen / Immediate Media This build is no featherweight at a chunky 12kg (size medium) with SRAM Rival 1x shifting and Avid BB5 cable disc brakes, which aren’t exactly generous for the money. Avid BB5s are a bit primitive by today’s standards, but they’ll still stop you Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Nevertheless, it’s an appealing thing that looks perfect for touring, gravel or heavy-duty commuting. £1,299 Buy now from Alpkit Restrap bags Restrap offers practical luggage in a variety of sizes and configurations Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Leeds-based Restrap makes all sorts of ultra-practical bike luggage and this week the brand has sent us its small Rando Bag, small Frame Bag, and 8-litre Saddle Bag. This dinky frame bag is perfect for portage Matthew Allen / Immediate Media All are constructed from tough cordura fabrics and are handmade in the UK. Restrap offers all of its luggage in multiple size options, so if you’re on the hunt for bikepacking or commuting luggage then the chances are it’ll have something for your bike. Expect to see these particular bags gracing our Mildred’s Surly Bridge Club. Rando Bag (small): £130 Frame Bag (small): £40 Saddle Bag (8l): £95 Buy now from Restrap Holdsworth Gran Sport seatpost We hope this upsetting and unsettling image doesn’t sully a completely lovely seatpost Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Modern components can look very out of place on retro-styled builds, but this Holdsworth seatpost from Planet X looks the part completely. Available in 27.2mm only, it’s not light at 301g on our scales, but the finish is absolutely lovely and it’s particularly impressive given how cheap the post is. The head has a straightforward two-bolt clamp and there’s a polished black option that’s even cheaper. What’s not to like? £24.99 Buy now from Planet X Tubolito inner tubes This £30 inner tube makes a surprisingly compelling case for itself Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Premium inner tubes are a bit of a hard sell in the age of tubeless, but Tubolito’s curious looking tubes are interesting. We’ve actually covered them before, but they’re available in the UK now and we’ve got our hands on a few. It’s likely that most riders aren’t going to want to spend £30 per wheel to shave a few grams off their inner tubes, but these make a compelling case for themselves as emergency spares. This 29er tube, for instance, weighs just 80g, a good 140g or so less than a standard butyl tube. That’s a significant saving if you’re a weight-conscious XCer who needs a spare. Perhaps more importantly, the tubes are also tiny. This rolled 29×1.8–2.4in tube measures about 45mm in diameter, small enough that you could quite easily slip it in a pocket or hide it under your saddle. Despite the plasticky feel, Tubolito claims rolling resistance figures similar to those of latex tubes. The brand offers tubes in all the major sizes and even offers an extra-light spare-only version for some of its tubes called S-Tubo. The lightest S-Tubo road tube weighs a claimed 23g — madness! £29.99 / $35 Buy now from Tredz Topeak Ninja cages The Ninja Pouch+ Road holds a single road inner tube Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Topeak’s Ninja range includes all sorts of handy accessories that integrate with your bike in a variety of clever ways. The Ninja Pouch+ Road has a bag permanently attached to its base that’s big enough to take a standard road inner tube. Stealthy tyre levers clip to the sides of the cage and the whole assembly weighs 104g. Yep, that’s a tyre lever Matthew Allen / Immediate Media The Ninja Cage Z has a ‘QuickClick’ mount on its base which accepts various Topeak accessories including a tidy little multi-tool that sits snugly in a case. This particular combo weighs in at 175g. The Ninja Cage Z can be combined with a tidy multi-tool in a case Matthew Allen / Immediate Media The QuickClick mount accepts various accessories Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Ninja Pouch + Road: £19.99, Buy now from Wiggle Ninja Cage Z: £TBC Find out more at Topeak.com The Beam Corky drop bar mirror The Corky is one tidy little mirror Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Rear-view mirrors aren’t the sexiest of bike components, but some riders find them invaluable. There aren’t many options that integrate cleanly with drop bars, but the Corky is better than most. Snapped shut, the Corky is quite unobtrusive Matthew Allen / Immediate Media This little mirror replaces your bar-end plug and flips open to reveal a slightly convex mirror that’s about 30mm in diameter. It weighs 20g on our scales and a ball-joint lets you set its position precisely. It can be clipped shut when not in use. £21.99 / €24.99 Buy now from The Beam or Condor Cycles Kali Maya 2.0 MTB helmet The Maya 2.0 includes Kali’s LDL impact absorption tech Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Aimed at trail and enduro riders, the Kali Maya 2.0 bundles the features with a view to providing a safe, comfortable cover for your noggin. First up, protection. Helmet companies are keen to address the effects of low-G and rotational impacts using clever tech. MIPS is probably the most well-known system and Kali has its own called LDL — Low Density Layer. It’s a system of gel pads within the more usual in-moulded shell and EPS foam liner that can compress and deform in all directions, which in turn — Kali says — reduces forces by a significant amount. On the comfort front, there are all the features you’d expect including antimicrobial pads, 12 vents, a sliding buckle fit-adjust system and a visor. There’s also a bug liner because no-one wants to be riding down a mountain wondering if that bee that bounced into your helmet is actually about to start stinging your head. The Maya comes in three sizes, XS/S, S/M and L/XL, and of course a range of colours, including black, white, blue and an incredibly loud yellow. This S/M weighs 392g on our scales. £87.99 / $129.99 / AU$TBC Buy now from Amazon Cane Creek eeWings cranks The eeWings cranks are astonishingly lovely Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Prolonged exposure to bicycle bling means it’s hard to raise eyebrows with new components in the BR office, but these cranks from Cane Creek are pretty extraordinary. The eeWings are made almost entirely from titanium and are breathtakingly light — 403g including bolts but no chainring, to be precise, for the All-Road version shown here. (There’s also a slightly wider mountain bike version.) The Hirth joint is precisely machined Matthew Allen / Immediate Media They are exquisitely made, with gorgeous welds, lovely machined details and laser-etched graphics. The right-hand arm accepts three-bolt direct mount chainrings and joins to the spindle and left arm with an almost sensually satisfying Hirth joint, much like the one used on Campagnolo Ultra-Torque cranks. The spindle is 30mm in diameter and is BB386EVO standard (BB392EVO for mountain bikes), meaning it can be adapted to most bottom bracket shells. £999 / $999 Buy now from Tredz (UK) / Buy now from Jenson (USA) Burgtec Penthouse MK4 Composite pedals Burgtec is offering a more affordable version of its Penthouse Mk4 pedal Matthew Allen / Immediate Media The Penthouse MK4 pedals have been a staple of the Burgtec pedal offering for years now, but the brand wanted to develop a more affordable option. Enter the Penthouse MK4 Composite pedals. They look, well, pretty much exactly the same as the originals but are about half the price. Composed of a nylon and fibreglass body and a cromo axle, they have 16 replaceable pins each and weigh in at a very reasonable 375g a pair. To be fair, there are a few little differences: the composite pedals are slightly more concave and thicker, so they’re more likely to stand up to the tough treatment they’re designed for. They’re also serviceable, and for those environmentally minded riders out there (which should be all of us) the platform is also recyclable. They come in a range of colours from the beautiful Purple Rain pictured above to Race Red, Deep Blue, Iron Bro Orange, Kash Bronze, White and Electric Yellow £39.99 / $TBC / AU$TBC Buy now from Stif Cycles Pursu natural sports nutrition bars Pursu’s bars tick a lot of eco-friendly and health boxes Matthew Allen / Immediate Media There are a number of reasons you might choose these bars from Pursu: you prefer your sports nutrition to be made from recognisable ingredients, you’re vegan, you’re trying to avoid added sugar, or you’re fed up of sports nutrition product wrappers littering the ground. On that last point, if this bothers you, you aren’t likely to be the person leaving such things about but you’ll likely still be concerned about the plastic waste these things create. So the fact that Pursu bars have wrappers that are plastic-free and compostable is an extra win. The brand also donates 16p per box to Re-Cycle, a bike recycling charity that ships donated bikes from the UK to Africa. The bars themselves come in three flavours: sun-dried banana and cacao, sour cherry and almond and the more unusual beetroot and date with seeds and nuts (ideal for when you want something a bit earthier and less sweet). £28.50 per box of 16 Buy now from Pursu Smith Trackstand glasses Are you edgy enough for the Smith Trackstands? Matthew Allen / Immediate Media The nineties throwback trend for sunglasses continues with this vibrant pair of performance specs from Smith, though thankfully a little less in-your-face than others we’ve seen (Oakley, we’re looking at you). A neat and lightweight frame and lens combo, it comes packaged up in a nice protective storage box with a spare lens. In the case of this model, the ‘matte citron’ frame with Chromapop Contrast Rose lens, the spare set is the Chromapop Black, which is suited to bright light conditions. By the way, Chromapop is Smith’s name for its lens system, which is designed to increase definition and clarity. If you don’t want your glasses this loud (or want them even louder) then there are a range of different frame colours from a subdued matt black to a bright matt jade, which looks particularly and wonderfully lairy with the Chromapop Green Mirror lenses. £139 / €169 / $169 / AU$TBC Buy now from Chain Reaction Cycles
The Hayes Bicycle Group had a variety of new products at Sea Otter on display. The Dominion brakes are well thought out and they introduced a 2 piston model at the show. In addition to the brakes they have also designed a lot of kids specific (6-10yrs) items in 20/24″ through a variety of components they’ve calling JUNIT. Learn more about it all inside. The Hayes Bicycle Group has clearly been busy developing new products and more lately. They recently acquired Reynolds Wheels and had many quality new products on display. Check out the videos and pictures below for details. Dominion Brake Video JUNIT Video The Dominion brake family grew at Sea Otter with a 2 piston brake offering called the Dominion A2. It packs many of the same features as the Dominion A4 but in a lighter XC/Trail/Enduro format. You can mix/match the calipers to suit your needs as well. The Dominion brake as a whole is pretty impressive and has very a good lever feel. Hayes includes a lifetime leak proof warranty as well. The brake lever features an adjustable deadstroke adjustment, cartridge bearings in the lever, internal teflon glide ring, tool-free reach adjust, DOT 5.1 fluid, as well as sintered & organic pads included in the box. Check out the cutaway pictures below for details into the brake lever. Deadstroke adjustment is done via an allen bolt you see behind the lever blade. The rotor is 1.95mm still but they’ve redesigned it to help dissipate heat better. Both the A2 & A4 are available in the usual rotor sizes as well (160,180,203). When it comes time for service, the dual sided bleed ports on the Dominion A2/A4 will be much easier since each side of the caliper can be bled where air bubbles often like to hide in disc brakes. Hayes also worked on some rebranding this year as they’ve acquired Reynolds and helped develop a number of 6-10yr old kid friendly products they’ve labeled JUNIT across their lineup. They worked with the Outlaw Team to develop kid specific components in 20″ and 24″. For stopping power on these bikes they paired the Dominion A2 / A4 brake with a smaller single finger lever (SFL) option for the kids. To go with their smaller hands this single finger lever is paired onto a ProTaper JUNIT specific handlebar that is much narrower at the end of the handlebars for their smaller hands. The Manitou Machette JUNIT fork is available in 20″ or 24″ options and utilizes a modified Dorado Air spring to give these riders the support they need on the trails. They adapted a Sunringle DUROC30 tubeless rim (STR) in a few wheel options or as rim only. Details below and in the pricing section. JUNIT [pronounced jay:unit] components feature youth-sized 20” and 24” suspension, wheels, hydraulic brakes, and a unique handlebar/grip system, specifically tailored for youth riders. A key component of the JUNIT system is that the Manitou Machete 20” and 24” suspension forks offer complete adult functionality and adjustability, yet specifically tuned for kids. Our team was able to apply our extensive suspension expertise and knowledge to create something truly unique. Finally, young riders have the option of either a 20” or 24” fork to shred on a lightweight, high-quality Manitou chassis. Another component of the JUNIT system is the new SUNringlé Düroc wheels. Offered in both 20” and 24”, JUNIT Düroc are high-quality, tubeless ready wheels for kids. Our wheel engineers applied their experience in designing rim profiles, materials, as well as applying SUNringlé Tubeless Ready (STR) technology yielding a premium youth wheel system. Building off our award-winning Dominion A4 hydraulic brake, our product development team set out to design a brake system specifically for any rider with smaller hands. Dominion SFL (Short Finger Lever) maintains all the power and feel of our proven A4 design, fitted with a specifically smaller designed and narrower brake lever optimized for small hands. JUNIT ProTaper MTB handlebar and grip is the final part of this system. Engineering began by researching anthropometric data from a NASA database. We determined the average hand size of a 6-10 year old which set the team into motion. Normally, grip diameter is a result of adding material to a standard handlebar size. For the JUNIT ProTaper handlebar system, we flipped the script. We began by determining the ideal grip diameter and worked inward. The result is a handlebar and grip with a 23mm outside diameter that’s ideal for a smaller ergonomic profile. The JUNIT ProTaper handlebar and grip are specifically designed to be used together. Pricing Dominion A2 (2 piston brake) $229.99 Dominion A4 (4 piston) $229.99 D Series Rotor (160/180/203mm) $49.99 Dominion A2 SFL (Single Finger Lever for Kids/JUNIT) $229.99 Dominion A2 SFL (Single Finger Lever for Kids/JUNIT) $229.99 Manitou Machette JUNIT – 20″ Boost in 120mm or 100mm of travel $449.99 Manitou Machette JUNIT – 24″ Boost in 145mm, 120mm or 100mm of travel $449.99 ProTaper JUNIT Handlebar and Grip Combo $84.99 ProTaper JUNIT Grips Only (Only compatible with JUNIT handlebar) $28.99 Sunringle DUROC30 JUNIT Wheel (Front 100×15/QR or 110×15) $239.99 Sunringle DUROC30 JUNIT Wheel (Rear 142/QR or 148×12) $359.99 Sunringle DUROC30 Rim Only JUNIT 20″ or 24″ 129.99ea Learn more at www.hayesdiscbrake.com See more of our 2019 Sea Otter coverage