It’s been well over a decade since we last saw it, but the Norco Shore is finally back, and it is bigger and more terrifying than ever before. Wedging its way into the Norco full suspension lineup between the 160mm travel Range (enduro) and the 200mm travel Aurum (DH), the Shore is aiming to reignite our teenage freeride dreams with a burly alloy chassis, coil shocks and 180mm of huck-ready travel. If ever there was a bike to invoke the spirit of your local hospital’s emergency department, then this would be it. Freeride is back! Or did it never leave? Geez that’s a bloody big bike. Collarbones all around the world are twitching right now. Is It Post-Freeride? Diet-Downhill? Beyonduro™? Downhill bikes have always been highly focussed race machines, with very little concern for anything outside of lift-assisted race pursuits. Despite it being absolutely thrilling to watch, it’s no secret that purist downhill bikes represent one of the smallest segments of the market, particularly in Australia where we’re not exactly tripping over chairlifts. And that’s sort of where the new Norco Shore comes in. While it is an enormous bike, those features are likely to make the Shore more appealing to those who are still holding onto the DH dream, but know they’re not always going to be able to rely on shuttles and chairlifts to get to the trails they want to ride. Norco calls it ‘Freeride & Big Mountain’. It comes equipped with 27.5in wheels, aggressive 2.5in tyres, a coil shock and big 4-piston brakes. That’s been paired to a burly alloy chassis that features a slack 63° head angle and a truly enormous wheelbase. Unlike your typical downhill bike though, the Shore comes with a steep 77-78° seat tube angle, presenting a far more tolerable proposition for pedalling this thing up in the first place. It’s also got two different mounts inside the front triangle – one for a water bottle, and the other for a tool keg. While it is an enormous bike, those features are likely to make the Shore more appealing to those who are still holding onto the DH dream, but know they’re not always going to be able to rely on shuttles and chairlifts to get to the trails they want to ride. That said, Norco didn’t include any climbing photos in the press kit, so there’s still currently no evidence that the Shore does actually go uphills. Hmm, maybe it is only meant for going down. There Are Two Versions While there is a single frame, Norco will be offering the Shore in two different platforms. There’s the regular Shore, which features 180mm of rear wheel travel and a beefy 180mm travel single crown fork (a Fox 38 or RockShox ZEB), along with a dropper seatpost and wide-range 1×12 gearing. The other model is called the ‘Park’, and it’s exactly what you think it is. Rear travel is lifted to 190mm (thanks to a 5mm longer shock stroke) and it’s balanced out with a 200mm travel RockShox Boxxer dual-crown fork. Designed with bikepark thrashing, and very little pedalling in mind, the Park model skips the dropper post and comes with a small-block 7-speed cassette. It is for all intents and purposes, a downhill bike. Serious racers will still want to go the Aurum route, but we do see the Shore Park being popular with park-rats and for businesses running alpine rental fleets. The Shore is built around a high main pivot, four-bar suspension platform with an idler wheel. I Want To Get High (Pivot) Freeride fantasies aside, the Shore is particularly interesting for its new suspension platform, which is something of a mash-up of the Aurum HSP and the Sight. Like the Aurum, there’s a high main pivot that sits about a third of the way up the frame’s seat tube. Unlike the Aurum though, the Shore isn’t a single pivot bike. It actually uses a four-bar platform with a Horst-link on the chainstays just by the rear axle, along with a vertically-mounted shock that’s driven by the floating seatstays via a rocker link. This gives it similar bones to the Sight, and there are industrial design cues shared between the two platforms. The standard version shown here gets 180/180mm of travel, while the Park model moves to 200/190mm of travel. Why the high pivot? Norco says it creates a more rearward axle path, so that the rear wheel is free to move in the same direction as oncoming impacts. High pivots are very trendy at the moment – brands including Commencal, Forbidden and Deviate have all enjoyed commercial success with their modern take on the concept. As with those brands, Norco has added an idler wheel in order to control the chain line and mitigate some of the negative pedal kickback – an issue for bikes that have a lot of chain growth as the suspension moves deeper into the travel. Norco Shore Geometry I Think I’m Ready To Huck – How Much Is A Ticket? Norco clearly believes there’s a solid market for the new Shore, because there are four options coming into Australia for 2021. All models are built around the same hydroformed frameset, which you’ll be able to get on its own with a coil shock for a bit over three grand. Prices for complete bikes start at $5,599 AUD, with the range consisting of the A1 and A2, along with a single Park model (that’s the one with the Boxxer). The spec isn’t quite right in these photos – the Shore A1 is meant to come with a Factory Series Fox 38 fork and a DHX2 coil shock (like the bike in the images further up in the article). Love that silver frame finish, so tough! 2021 Norco Shore A1 Frame | Alloy Frame, High-Pivot Four-Bar Suspension Design, 180mm Travel Fork | Fox 38, Factory Series, GRIP2 Damper, 44mm Offset, 180mm Travel Shock | Fox DHX2, Factory Series, Coil Spring, 225×70mm Wheels | DT Swiss 350 Hubs & e*thirteen LG1 DH Alloy Rims, 30mm Inner Width Tyres | Maxxis Assegai Double Down 3C Maxx Grip 2.5in Front & Rear Drivetrain | SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 w/34T Crankset & 10-52T Cassette Brakes | SRAM Code RSC 4-Piston w/200mm Rotors Bar | Deity Ridgeline, 35mm Diameter, 25mm Rise, 800mm Width Stem | CNC Alloy, 35mm Diameter, 40mm Length Grips | DMR Deathgrip Lock-On, Thin (S/M) & Thick (L/XL) Seatpost | TranzX, 34.9mm Diameter, Travel: 150mm (S), 170mm (M), 200mm (L/XL) Saddle | SDG Bel Air V3 Sizes | Small, Medium, Large, X-Large RRP | $7,199 AUD From mild-to-wild. The Shore A2 is your entry point into the freeride favela, though with a ZEB and Super Deluxe shock, and a Shimano Deore groupset, we reckon it’s banging value for money. 2021 Norco Shore A2 Frame | Alloy Frame, High-Pivot Four-Bar Suspension Design, 180mm Travel Fork | RockShox ZEB R, Charger Damper, 44mm Offset, 180mm Travel Shock | RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate DH, Coil Spring, 225×70mm Wheels | Shimano Deore Hubs & e*thirteen LG1 DH Alloy Rims, 30mm Inner Width Tyres | Maxxis Assegai Double Down 3C Maxx Grip 2.5in Front & Rear Drivetrain | Shimano Deore 1×12 w/34T Crankset & 10-51T Cassette Brakes | Shimano Deore 4-Piston w/203mm Rotors Bar | Norco 6061, 35mm Diameter, 25mm Rise, 800mm Width Stem | e*thirteen Base, 35mm Diameter, 40mm Length Grips | SDG Thrice Lock-On, Thin (S/M) & Thick (L/XL) Seatpost | TranzX, 34.9mm Diameter, Travel: 150mm (S), 170mm (M), 200mm (L/XL) Saddle | WTB Volt 250 Sport Sizes | Small, Medium, Large, X-Large RRP | $5,599 AUD If you only ride park, there’s only one model for you. Complete with a 200mm travel Boxxer fork, a slightly longer stroke shock and 1×7 SRAM GX drivetrain, this one is only fluent in downhill. 2021 Norco Shore A1 Park Frame | Alloy Frame, High-Pivot Four-Bar Suspension Design, 190mm Travel Fork | RockShox Boxxer Select RC, Charger Damper, 46mm Offset, 200mm Travel Shock | RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate DH, Coil Spring, 225×75mm Wheels | Sealed Bearing Hubs & e*thirteen LG1 DH Alloy Rims, 30mm Inner Width Tyres | Maxxis Assegai Double Down 3C Maxx Grip 2.5in Front & Rear Drivetrain | SRAM GX DH 1×7 w/36T Race Face Chester Crankset & 11-25T Cassette Brakes | SRAM Code R 4-Piston w/200mm Rotors Bar | Norco 6061, 35mm Diameter, 25mm Rise, 800mm Width Stem | Race Face Chester Direct Mount, 35mm Diameter, 50mm Length Grips | DMR Deathgrip Lock-On, Thin (S/M) & Thick (L/XL) Seatpost | Alloy Double Bolt, 34.9mm Diameter Saddle | WTB Volt 250 Sport Sizes | Small, Medium, Large, X-Large RRP | $5,799 AUD And there’s a frameset too, for those who have much more specific freeride fantasies. 2021 Norco Shore A Frame Frame | Alloy Frame, High-Pivot Four-Bar Suspension Design, 180mm Travel Shock | RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate DH, Coil Spring, 225×70mm Sizes | Small, Medium, Large, X-Large RRP | $3,199 AUD Oh so that’s what it’s for. 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With warmer spring weather now finally upon us, Specialized has just announced that it’s rolling out a brand new Chisel hardtail for 2021. Based on the current Epic hardtail (you know, that stupidly lightweight carbon fibre one), the Chisel is essentially the alloy counterpart. Based around 29in wheels, a 100mm travel fork and a premium M5 alloy frame, the Chisel aims to pack in much of the same World Cup racing pedigree from the Epic HT, but into a more budget-friendly package. Not that you’d tell by looking at it though. Specialized has redesigned the Chisel for 2021 with a brand new M5 chassis that is claimed to be one of the lightest alloy hardtail frames on the market. Whoa – That Isn’t Carbon? We know right? How smooth are those welds! At first glance, the Chisel does a damn good impersonation of a carbon fibre frame, but there’s no plastic here – this mountain bike is all-metal from tip to tail. Specialized is boldly flexing its engineering prowess with the new Chisel frame, which is built from high-end M5 alloy that is hydroformed throughout the length of the tube to fine-tune the wall thicknesses to provide strength where it’s required, and reduce weight where it’s not needed. Furthermore, the ends of the head tube, top tube and downtube are also hydroformed to create a curved edge, so that when they’re butted up together, there’s a more seamless join between each tube. This allows for that lovely smooth shape around each junction, but it also helps to remove excess material, resulting in a lighter frame. Specialized calls this ‘D’Alusio Smartweld Technology’, and it’s found on other high-end frames in its lineup, like the Allez road bike. How Light Is It? Showcasing just how far alloy technology has come, the Chisel is claimed to be one of the lightest alloy hardtail frames on the market, coming in at a thoroughly impressive 1,350g. Not only is it the lightest alloy mountain bike frame that Specialized has ever built, it’s also knocking on the door of carbon frames from other brands. Yes, it’s still a ways off the 775g claimed weight for the Epic S-Works FACT 12m frame. But then we’re comparing a $3,900 AUD carbon frame to the Chisel, which costs just $2,500 AUD – for the whole bike. The Chisel features an elegant tapered head tube, and internal routing through the downtube. All-Metal Mod-Cons Despite the modest price point and the fact that it isn’t made from carbon fibre, the Chisel still boasts plenty of fine features throughout. You’ll find a tapered zero-stack head tube up front, internal cable routing through the downtube, and a tidy 148x12mm bolt-up axle at the rear dropouts. The rear brake calliper mounts directly to the frame with no adapters necessary with the 160mm disc rotor, while the chainstay is wrapped in soft rubber armour to help quieten down chain slap. Oh and as per all new Specialized bikes of late, this frame gets a good ol’ fashioned threaded bottom bracket. Nice. Epic styling courtesy of a tidy bolt-up thru-axle and post-mount brake calliper. Epic Inspiration Specialized used the current Epic HT as inspiration for the Chisel’s frame shape, and many of the same geometry figures carry over – albeit with a few key differences. For a start, the Chisel is available in five frame sizes down to an XS (the Epic only comes in four sizes from S-XL). The Chisel is also a touch slacker with a 68° head angle, producing more trail and a slightly roomier front centre. The chainstays are also a smidge longer, giving it a broader overall wheelbase than the Epic. In theory, that should give it more stability, particularly at speed and on the descents. Here are the key geometry figures; Head angle: 68° Seat angle: 74° Reach: 385mm (XS), 405mm (S), 430mm (M), 455mm (L), 480mm (XL) Chainstay length: 432mm BB drop: 63mm No press-fit cups here! Metal frame, metal threads, metal BB cups. There’s Just One Model Coming To Oz Though And that’s the Chisel Comp – a $2,500 AUD hardtail that comes with a RockShox Judy Gold fork, Shimano Deore brakes and an SLX 1×12 drivetrain. In the Specialized range, the Chisel Comp sits smack-bang in between the Rockhopper Expert ($1,700 AUD) and the Epic Comp ($4,000 AUD). For someone who’s getting into mountain biking, or for riders who would simply prefer a metal frame and not carbon, it certainly appears to have a lot of the right ingredients. You get tubeless compatible wheels and tyres as standard, and the lovely M5 alloy frame is surely worthy of any upgrades you might throw at it over time. Read on for a closer look at the specs, and if you’re feeling the hardtail vibes, check out our story on the budget Rockhopper range and the latest Epic hardtail. The Chisel Comp will sell for $2,500 AUD and comes in five sizes and two colour options. 2021 Specialized Chisel Comp Frame | Smartweld M5 Alloy Fork | RockShox Judy Gold, 42mm Offset, Remote Lockout, 100mm Travel Wheels | Shimano MT410 Hubs & Specialized Alloy Rims, 25mm Inner Width, Tubeless Ready Tyres | Specialized Fast Trak 2Bliss Ready 2.3in Front & Rear Drivetrain | Shimano SLX 1×12 w/MT511 32T Crankset & Deore 10-51T Cassette Brakes | Shimano Deore M6100 2-Piston Bar | Specialized Alloy Minirise, 10mm Rise, 750mm Wide Stem | Specialized XC, 3D-Forged Alloy, Length: 60mm (XS-S), 70mm (M-XL) Seatpost | Specialized Alloy, 30.9mm Diameter Saddle | Specialized Power Sport RRP | $2,500 AUD It might not be made of carbon, but we’re kind of into that – it’s a good looking bike hey? Mo’ Flow Please! Enjoyed that article? Then there’s plenty more to check out on Flow Mountain Bike, including all our latest news stories and product reviews. 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Factor has officially announced its new all-round, lightweight aero bike, the Ostro. Recently spotted by BikeRadar at the Criterium du Dauphine, the bike has since been used by Israel Start-Up Nation team riders during the first week of the 2020 Tour de France. As we speculated originally, the Ostro incorporates features from Factor’s One aero road bike and its O2 VAM lightweight climbing bike, to make one all-round bike that Factor says is ‘ready to win sprints, mountain stages and cobbled Classics’. Alongside the new Ostro frameset, Factor has also announced a new set of Black Inc wheels, the Black Inc Forty Five. Like the Ostro, Factor says this new tubeless-ready wheelset is optimised to be both lightweight and aerodynamic. No compromises Continuing a big trend for 2020, the Ostro sees lightweight and aero bike features converge into a singular package. Graham Shrive, Factor’s director of engineering, explains its sponsored professionals have always asked for an aero bike with no weight penalty (or a lightweight bike with no aerodynamic compromises, to put it another way), as well as an aero bike that’s comfortable enough for the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix and similar races So, instead of trying to build specific bikes for each situation (as Factor has done previously), Shrive says Factor has focussed on making one bike that can do it all. The Factor Ostro is already being used by Israel Start-Up Nation at the Tour de France, with climbers like Dan Martin riding it during the mountainous first week. Jered and Ashley Gruber Factor Ostro key features Claimed 780g frame weight (size 54cm, Flicker paint job) Truncated aerofoil tubing throughout A wide stance fork that is aerodynamically optimised for 26mm tyres but has clearance for 32mm tyres A seatpost and rear end tuned for comfort ‘Weight neutral’ fully internal cable routing Electronic shifting and disc brake only T47 threaded bottom bracket Identical geometry to the Factor O2 and O2 VAM It’s lightweight Key to the Ostro’s lightweight credentials is its claimed 780g frame weight for a size 54cm, with the Flicker paint job (which is essentially a clear coat over carbon with painted graphics). That’s 20g lighter than the new Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 frame (though given these things are always subject to small error margins, we’d say that’s about even), and only a hundred grams or so heavier than Factor’s own, recently updated O2 VAM lightweight climbing bike. The Flicker paint job is the lightest Factor offers. The carbon structure of the bike can be seen under the clear coat lacquer. Factor Trek’s new lightweight aero bike, the Emonda SLR is apparently capable of hitting sub-700g figures for an unpainted frame, but Trek doesn’t specify what size that applies to, so it’s slightly harder to make comparisons. Whoever truly wins in the lightweight-disc-only-aero-bike wars, Factor says the key thing is that the Ostro can ‘easily’ be built to the weight limit of 6.8kg for bikes used in UCI-sanctioned events, even when equipped with a power meter and its new mid-depth Black Inc Forty Five wheels. …and aero As expected, the Ostro doesn’t use the wild, split-downtube design seen on Factor’s One aero bike, and instead uses more traditional truncated aerofoil tubes throughout the frame. Originally seen on Trek’s Speed Concept time trial bike way back in 2009 (Trek called them ‘Kamm tail’ virtual aerofoils), the theory is that they trick the airflow into acting like there is a much deeper aerofoil present, yet allow bike designers to stay within the UCI’s strict regulations of bicycle tube shapes and sizes. The Factor Ostro has a wide, truncated aerofoil shaped downtube. Factor The truncated aerofoil tube shapes also tend to display much better stiffness and weight characteristics than more traditional aerofoil shapes, as they have larger cross sections. Because of this they’ve since become de rigueur on road bikes that want to be both lightweight and aero. This design convergence has led to a certain amount of negative commentary in recent years though, with many lamenting that ‘all bikes look the same these days’. Generally, blame for this has been laid at the UCI’s door, but radical designs like the Hope/Lotus HB.T track bike and Factor’s own One aero road bike, have shown that there is still significant room for individuality in bike design, even within the UCI’s design regulations. Hope and Lotus have created a track bike for Team GB that is unlike anything we’ve seen before More integration and don’t forget about comfort Helping it’s aero credentials, the Ostro also takes advantage of a fully integrated handlebar system, which means cables are routed completely internally (instead of being exposed to the wind), although a non-integrated handlebar and stem can also be used (with cables routing under the stem). Factor says its integrated system is weight neutral – meaning it doesn’t add any weight compared to an externally routed cabling system – but it is only compatible with electronic drivetrain systems, such as Shimano Di2, SRAM eTap or Campagnolo EPS. The integrated handlebar routes all cables internally into the frame, to hide them from the wind. Factor As mentioned, the fork has a wide stance design that is said to reduce the turbulence caused by the rotation of the spokes in the front wheel, and also allows clearance for up to 32mm tyres on wheels with a 21mm internal rim width. This extra tyre clearance, combined with the Ostro’s new seatpost and thin dropped seat stays, are what Factor says make it an aero bike capable of taking on the cobbled classics too. A race like Paris-Roubaix is 260km long and is ridden at an average speed of around 45kph, so aerodynamics will account for a lot of energy expenditure over the course of that race. How Paris-Roubaix bikes have evolved The fork also has what Factor calls a ‘reversing flow energising channel’. This is a channel built into the underside of the fork crown, which is said to decrease aerodynamic drag in that area by relieving the pressure build up due to ‘stagnant airflow’ created by the front wheel. Home mechanics may also be happy to know the Ostro has a T47 threaded bottom bracket, which is essentially a super-sized version of a traditional threaded bottom bracket. There’s much to like about this bottom bracket standard, especially from a user-serviceability point of view, but we’ve also previously argued that it’s a solution to a problem that shouldn’t exist. Six reasons to like the T47 bottom bracket standard The Ostro has a T47 threaded bottom bracket and clearance for up 32mm tyres. Factor Factor Ostro builds and prices The Factor Ostro is available to pre-order now in two builds (with SRAM eTap wireless drivetrains) or as a frameset, in three different paint jobs; Flicker, Soho Mix & Sicilian Peach. Factor Ostro with SRAM Red eTap AXS The Ostro with SRAM Red eTap AXS is, as you’d expect, the more expensive of the two builds. Factor Frameset: Factor Ostro Groupset: SRAM Red eTap AXS Wheels: Black Inc Forty Five Finishing kit: Black Inc integrated handlebar and seatpost, CeramicSpeed bottom bracket Price: £9,250 / $10,099 Factor Ostro with SRAM Force eTap AXS This build with SRAM Force eTap AXS uses the same frameset, wheels and finishing kit as the top-of-the-range build. Factor Frameset: Factor Ostro Groupset: SRAM Force eTap AXS Wheels: Black Inc Forty Five Finishing kit: Black Inc integrated handlebar and seatpost, CeramicSpeed bottom bracket Price: £7,850 / $8,199 Factor Ostro frameset The Ostro is also available as a frameset, which includes the frame, fork, integrated handlebar, seatpost and CeramicSpeed bottom bracket. Factor Frameset: Factor Ostro Finishing kit: Black Inc integrated handlebar and seatpost, CeramicSpeed bottom bracket Price: £5,400 / $5,499 New Black Inc Forty Five wheels Alongside the Ostro, Factor has also announced a new set of wheels, the Black Inc Forty Five. Tubeless-ready and disc brake only, the new Forty Five wheels by Factor’s sister company Black Inc feature 45mm-deep carbon rims, with an internal rim width of 20.7mm and an external rim width of 27mm. According to Factor, this means the wheelset is optimised for 25-28mm tyres, with a 26.4mm Maxxis tyre (inflated width) being the ‘perfect’ size, aerodynamically. The Black Inc Forty Five wheels are optimised for yaw angles below 10 degrees, as Factor says these are what riders actually experience most of the time. Factor The wheels have 24 spokes front and rear, and the Black Inc HU-07 hubs run on CeramicSpeed bearings. Based on the NACA 0018 aerofoil shape, the Forty Five wheels have been designed primarily around what Factor describes as ‘real-world conditions’. Experiencing yaw angles (the angle of attack of the wind on a cyclist) above 10 degrees while riding is, according to Factor’s research, ‘very rare and not a use case for which performance in other conditions should be compromised’. Given this, Factor says the wheelset has optimised for yaw angles of 0-10 degrees. The Black Inc Forty Five wheels are available to pre-order now, at an RRP of £2,170 / $2,349. Best road bike wheels in 2020 | 15 road wheelsets tried and tested by our experts
Belgian brand Ridley has announced an all-new carbon aero gravel bike with a unique gearing arrangement. The Kanzo Fast combines standard 1× groupset components with a 2-speed wirelessly-operated internal gear hub from Classified, another Belgium-based brand and one that’s new to the market. While the Kanzo Fast borrows aero features from the Noah Fast road bike, the Classified system aims to combine the best features of 1× and 2× systems, with the downsides of neither. The Kanzo Fast will be available this September in Shimano GRX RX800, GRX Di2, and SRAM Rival 1 builds as standard, with pricing to be confirmed. We’ll be updating this story when we have more details on the Kanzo Fast, but here are the key facts. Related reading How Ridley’s new Noah Fast will live up to its name The best gravel bikes Shimano GRX is here: gravel-specific and 1× components for Ultegra, 105 and Tiagra Kanzo Fast: the “fastest gravel bike in the world” The Kanzo Fast is a gravel bike meant for speed. Ridley The F-Surface channel on the seatpost is clearly visible. Ridley The one-piece cockpit is gravel-specific. Ridley There’s a lovely smooth transition from fork to down tube. Ridley The F-Wing fork nubbin is there for aero too. Ridley The Kanzo Fast is designed to be comfy and fast on mixed surfaces. Ridley The Kanzo Fast borrows various aerodynamic features from the Noah Fast including ‘F-Tubing’ profiles, where channels are used to create an aerodynamic tripwire that delays separation of the airflow, thereby reducing drag. The bike also features the Noah’s F-Wing fork nubbins, along with fully-internal cabling and a distinctive fork-to-down tube transition. Ridley claims that, at an unspecified speed, the Kanzo Fast saves 17 watts over an “ordinary gravel bike” and is within 4 watts of the Noah Fast “across all the yaw angles”. The brand calls the Kanzo Fast “the fastest gravel bike in the world”. The Kanzo Fast shares aero features with the Noah Fast road race bike. Ridley We’re used to seeing dropped seatstays on the latest bikes, but the Kanzo Fast’s are particularly low, in aid of rear-end comfort according to Ridley product manager Bert Kenens. Compliance is further enhanced by the D-section seatpost, which is intended to allow additional flex. Because it’s designed to work with the Classified rear hub, the Kanzo Fast’s frame is 1×-only. We’re awaiting confirmation, but from the press photos it appears that, despite the bike’s racy intentions, it may feature mudguard mounts, a welcome bonus. The Kanzo Fast features “smooth gravel geometry” (we’ve not seen the numbers yet), clearance for 42mm tyres, and it’s matched to a one-piece gravel-specific cockpit with short drop and reach and a 16-degree flare on the drops. Claimed weight for the frame is 1,190g (for a medium with lacquer), plus 490g for the fork. A complete bike with Forza Vardar wheels and Shimano GRX Di2 is said to weigh 8.55kg. Classified rear hub: a unique front derailleur alternative Classified likens its shifting mechanism to clockwork. Classified The special thru-axle houses the battery and wireless receiver. Classified Ridley partner Classified reckons its system offers “the same functionality as the front derailleur and way more”. Its 2-speed rear-hub based system is controlled wirelessly and claims to be able to shift in just 150 milliseconds, and under full load up to 1,000 watts. It offers ratios of 1:1 and 0.7:1, giving a total gear range of between 358 per cent with an 11-27 cassette and 451 per cent with an 11-34. Incidentally, there’s no conventional freehub, the Classified hub accepts proprietary cassettes that are machined from solid steel. The hub itself contains no battery but the “smart wireless thru-axle” does. Shifting is activated by induction coils in the axle, and a single charge is claimed to allow over 10,000 shifts. Where conventional internal gear hubs are usually fairly heavy, Classified claims combining its system with a 1× drivetrain makes for bikes that are as light or lighter than conventional 2×-equipped bikes. The brand also believes its system is more efficient overall than a conventional 1× setup because it reduces the amount of cross-chaining. Efficiency is said to be similar to that of a 2× drivetrain, helped by the fact that there’s no smaller chainring up front – smaller rings are inherently less efficient. Ridley Kanzo Fast pricing and availability The Kanzo Fast will be available from 1 September, with pricing to be confirmed. In addition to two standard paintjobs, buyers have the option of going fully bespoke with Ridley’s Customizer programme.
Our personal vision is clear: we want to get more people on bikes and with that, make positive change in society – for more fun, safety, fitness, quality of life and good times. In the second part of our New Generation series, we take a closer look at off-road cargo bikes, eSUVs, connectivity and software solutions as well as eMTBs for kids. In part 1 of the series, we presented our E-MOUNTAINBIKE Theory of Evolution, which provides context for several articles in this second part, as well as offering new perspectives and broadening horizons. You can find it in issue #021, which you can download, just like the latest release, through our app. In addition, we have a group test of four exciting E-trekking hardtails and tell you more about for whom a trekking ebike might be a suitable alternative to an eMTB. Do you know how to crash and avoid getting injured? Which innovations, trends or developments exist to protect your eMTB against theft? For all those who want to get out on the trails, our individual reviews of the SCOTT Genius eRide 900 Tuned and FOCUS JAM² 6.9 NINE 2021 could be of interest. The highlights of this issue Four exciting E-trekking hardtails on test eSUVs – eMTBs as the new status symbol The potential of off-road cargo bikes Theft protection 2.0 – Connectivity for your ebike How to crash You can download the new issue now in our magazine app, as usual, completely free! If you don’t have our app yet, you can download it for free in the App Store (iPhone/iPad) or Play Store (Android smartphones and tablets). Our free, digital magazine is the centrepiece of our work and the most exciting way to experience our articles. With lots of interactive features, high-resolution photos and videos and a unique design, we’re sure that if you already like our website, you’ll love our app. By the way: you can also find all our previous E-MOUNTAINBIKE issues in the app too. Lots to read then! If you’re looking for even more to get your teeth into, we can only recommend our recently released, over 250 page thick Annual Print Edition. Inside, you’ll find everything you need to know, including buying advice, tests and reviews of 35 bikes as well as several exclusive stories like our big motor test, that is only available to read in the Print Edition. The bikes in this issue Ben-E-Bike TWENTYFOUR-SIX E-POWER FS | Canyon Pathlite:ON 8.0 | CENTURION Backfire Fit E R811i DualBatt EQ | FOCUS JAM² 6.9 NINE| Haibike FLYON XDURO AllMtn 10.0 | Kalkhoff Entice 7.B Excite | NICOLAI G1 EBOXX E14 | Riese & Müller Load 60 Rohloff | Riese & Müller Supercharger2 GT Touring GX | Riese & Müller Superdelite GT Touring GX | SCOTT Genius eRIDE 900 Tuned | Urban Arrow Family Performance CX Disc ZEE 500 W | Woom UP 6 What can you discover in this issue? Are you looking for an easy-going bike for long, relaxed rides, off-road commuting or a pack mule for everyday life that doesn’t shy away from unpaved paths? Then a modern trekking ebike could be just the thing! We tested four of the hottest E-trekking hardtails of 2020 and tell you what to look for. Separation hurts. But sometimes, it can also be refreshing, even needed. It’s for the best, they say. When editor-in-chief of E-MOUNTAINBIKE, Robin, handed over the keys of his beloved Jeep in return for a rather special cargo bike, it was the beginning of a new chapter. Here’s his story of the Riese & Müller Load 60 Rohloff. Big, brash, extravagant and controversial. SUVs are a common sight in big cities and wealthy suburbs. Lending a sense of superiority, safety and prestige to their owners, all-terrain 4x4s have been domesticated by urban dwellers. Is the same happening to eMTBs? ‘SH¡T… where’s my bike?” Let’s be honest, bike theft is still a major issue. But how can you prevent your two-wheeled darling from disappearing and, in the worst-case scenario, what can you actively do to get it back given the current (and utterly ridiculous) clearance rate of 10% for thefts? Moreover, in the event of an accident, who calls for help if you’re knocked unconscious? Boom! You’re a parent, well there’s a little more to it than that, but you know what we mean. It’s not easy transitioning from carefree adventurers, with all the time in the world, to sleep-deprived baggage handlers who need at least two hours notice just to leave the house. We tell ourselves that we won’t lose track of the things we used to love, but it’s easy to slip into the ebb and flow of family life. Being a parent is tough, being a cycling parent is even tougher. Crashes are part and parcel of riding. It’s a matter of ‘when’, not ‘if’. However, with the right knowledge and practice, you can drastically reduce the chances of injury. This guide will give you the knowledge you need to make your next crash safer. And who knows, it might end up looking hella cool on video too… The 2020 FOCUS JAM² NINE already convinced us with its 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? If you have already installed our free app, simply open it and download the latest issue right now. If not, first download the free app from the App Store (iPhone / iPad) or the Play Store (Android smartphones & tablets) and then download the latest issue in the app. All you’ve got to do then is sit back and enjoy (ideally with a cold beer or a delicious cup of coffee)! #qualitytime Der Beitrag Out now! E-MOUNTAINBIKE Issue #022 – Visions of a better future erschien zuerst auf E-MOUNTAINBIKE Magazine.
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Spanish trainer maker, Oreka, has announced its latest direct-drive smart trainer, the Oreka O5, which it claims lets you move around on your bike as you would outdoors, for a more realistic ride feel. The Oreka O5 uses a patented balance system, which Oreka calls Ergodynamic. This allows you to sprint and ride out of the saddle as you train, lowering the risk of injury inherent in training in a single seated position. A damper system allows the bike to rock from side to side as you ride, while two hefty side legs ensure stability. Related reading Best smart trainers: top-rated turbo trainers Zwift: your complete guide Buyer’s guide to indoor bikes | Everything you need to know about smart bikes The Oreka O5 doesn’t need a power source either; resistance comes from a mix of permanent magnets and electromagnets and is automatically adjusted, so it’s hands-free once you start riding. The power generated by riding is also used to power up the trainer’s comms to apps and regulate the resistance level. Since there’s no external power source, you can transport the Oreka O5 to use for warm-ups before races. It weighs 30kg, but comes with detachable trolley wheels at the rear, while the side legs fold together to form a handle to make moving it around easier. It also folds up, making transport and storage easier. The trainer ships with adaptors for all common axle types. Oreka You can hook the trainer up to bikes with 130mm, 135mm, 142 x 12mm or 148 x 12mm axles and it ships with all of the necessary adaptors. In-built training functionality includes the Autowatt function, regulating resistance to let you ride a simulated route either at fixed speed or fixed power output. When used in fixed power mode, the trainer’s software estimates your power output and adjusts resistance to keep it constant regardless of the speed and cadence you are using. The 2,000-watt maximum resistance will be enough for… well, anyone really. Oreka Maximum resistance at 40kph is 2,000 watts and you can simulate gradients of up to 25 per cent. There’s ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity to bike computers, smartphones and tablets and you can hook up a heart rate monitor too. As you’d expect, there’s a companion app. This is free and available for both Android and iOS. The app gives you stats as you train including power output and cadence, and controls the resistance level and lets you update the trainer’s firmware. You can also use it with Zwift and other training apps. Oreka has yet to announce prices for the new trainer, but says to expect it to be competitive with other high-end direct-drive trainers such as the Wahoo Kickr, Tacx Neo and Elite Drivo. Launch date is also still to be confirmed. Oreka O2 cycling treadmill The Oreka O2 is basically a treadmill for bikes. Oreka A large band holds the rider in place. Oreka Oreka is based in the Spanish Basque country and already has the O2 trainer in its line-up. It is essentially a treadmill with a band that you attach to your rear axle to keep the bike in place and stop you shooting off the front. There’s a sturdy sidebar you can hang onto to help you keep your balance. At 90kg and 2 metres long, the Oreka O2 rather lacks the portability of the new O5, although it shares some of the other tech such as the Autowatt functionality, while the band linkage to the bike also means that you can move around as you ride, as with the O5.
Best known for its popular tubeless sealant and standalone rims, Stan’s NoTubes also offers a vast selection of complete mountain bike wheels. Though most of those models feature alloy rims, NoTubes has been steadily growing its carbon fibre offerings, which at present includes the Podium SRD, Crest CB7 and Arch CB7. Joining those are NoTubes’ widest and toughest carbon mountain bike wheelsets to date; the new Flow CB7 and Baron CB7. Both of these wheelsets are built with brand new carbon fibre rims that feature a very shallow and asymmetric rim profile – a first for NoTubes. To find out what that means, here we’ll take a closer look at the NoTubes Flow CB7 wheelset we’ve just received for review. Stan’s NoTubes has brought out a carbon version of the venerable Flow rim – this is the new Flow CB7. The Flow Goes Carbon The Flow CB7 is the first ever Flow rim to be offered in carbon fibre. Compared to the Flow MK3 alloy rims, the new carbon version offers notable weight savings of 60-72g per rim depending on the diameter. Claimed weight for the Flow CB7 rim is 420g (27.5in) and 455g (29in). Being the next step up from the Arch CB7 wheelset, the Flow CB7 is of course wider and tougher. Inner rim width grows to 29mm, which NoTubes says will accommodate tyres between 2.35-2.80in wide. Like all NoTubes rims, the Flow CB7 features super-short sidewalls and the BST (Bead Socket Technology) tubeless profile. Each bead is 3mm thick, which isn’t quite as fat as the 3.75mm beads on the Zipp 3Zero Moto wheels, or the 4.64mm beads on the new Bontrager Line Pro 30 wheels. However, because the sidewalls are so short, NoTubes says they’re both stronger and less vulnerable compared to taller sidewalls. They’re also not meant to ‘pinch’ the tyre’s sidewalls as tightly as a conventional rim, allowing for a more rounded profile that effectively emulates a wider rim bed. To mitigate this, NoTubes uses a shallower and more blunt rim profile, which it calls RiACT. The idea is to allow the rim to compress radially for a more forgiving ride, while still offering the lateral stiffness benefits of a carbon rim. Less Depth, More Compliance Ever since NoTubes released the original Valor and Bravo carbon wheelsets, radial compliance has been a big consideration for the company’s rim designs. While carbon fibre rims offer weight savings, handling and durability benefits over alloy, they can also create an overly stiff wheelset that feels harsh on the trail. To mitigate this, NoTubes uses a shallower and more blunt rim profile, which it calls RiACT. The idea is to allow the rim to compress radially for a more forgiving ride, while still offering the lateral stiffness benefits of a carbon rim. On the Flow CB7 rim, the depth is just 18.3mm, which is the shallowest of any carbon fibre rim from NoTubes. To put that in perspective, it isn’t quite as shallow as the Zipps (14.8mm) but it is a lot shallower than the Bontragers (27mm). The Flow CB7 rim has a super shallow rim depth that encourages radial compliance for a smoother ride, and greater impact resistance. Off-Centre For Better Balance Additionally, the Flow CB7 is the first rim from NoTubes to feature an asymmetric profile, with the spoke holes drilled 4mm from the centre of the rim. The offset spoke drilling allows for wider spoke bracing angles at the hub, which results in more balanced spoke tensions and, in theory, a stronger wheel. On our 29in test wheelset with Boost hubs, it also results in the same 292mm spoke length for both the front and rear wheels, drive and non-drive side. Many rims on the market already use an asymmetric rim profile – there’s nothing new there. However, NoTubes has apparently invested a load of development time into coming up with an asymmetric rim design that would provide the same ease-of-inflation and security of its existing tubeless rims. According to NoTubes, one of the challenges with an asymmetric rim profile is that during inflation, the beads don’t pop into place simultaneously. We’ve experienced this with Race Face and WTB rims, which have presented their fair share of frustrations with tubeless tyre setup, especially when you’re fitting a used tyre without a compressor on hand. We’ve experienced this with Race Face and WTB rims, which have presented their fair share of frustrations with tubeless tyre setup, especially when you’re fitting a used tyre without a compressor on hand. So, does the Asymmetric BST profile do the job? Well, we’ve only setup our test wheels with one set of tyres so far – a 2.6in Specialized Butcher and Eliminator combo. Both tyres fitted to the rims without levers required, and both inflated easily with a floor pump, which is what we’ve come to expect from Stan’s NoTubes rims. We’ll be trying out many more tyres on these rims over the coming months though, so we’ll see if that experience carries on. These feature CNC machined alloy hub shells, sealed cartridge bearings, tool-free end caps, and a 6-pawl freehub mechanism with 10° engagement. Nothing Weird About Those Spokes While the Flow CB7 is offered as a standalone rim, NoTubes also offers a complete wheelset option too. Refreshingly, the wheels are built with external nipples and regular J-bend Sapim stainless steel spokes, which are laced in a conventional three-cross pattern. Also nice to see is that the rims come pre-taped and are fitted with tubeless valves. At the centre you’ll find NoTubes own Neo hubs. These feature CNC machined alloy hub shells, sealed cartridge bearings, tool-free end caps, and a 6-pawl freehub mechanism 10° engagement. Our test wheelset arrived with a SRAM XD freehub body, though at the time of ordering you can choose a Shimano HG or Micro Spline freehub body. If you need to change down the line, spare freehub bodies are available separately for $179 AUD. You can get the Flow CB7 rims on their own, or as a complete wheelset built with Sapim spokes and NEO hubs. Stan’s NoTubes Flow CB7 Wheelset Specs Available in 27.5in & 29in sizes Asymmetric BST carbon fibre rims 18.3mm depth 29mm internal width Designed for 2.35-2.80in wide tyres Neo hubs w/CNC machined hub shells 6-pawl freehub mechanism with 36pt engagement Available with SRAM XD, Shimano HG & Micro Spline freehub bodies 32x Sapim Laser double butted J-bend spokes per wheel Sapim Secure Lock alloy nipples 113kg rider weight limit Available with a 7-year warranty and lifetime crash replacement Claimed weight: 1,674g (27.5in) / 1,761g (29in) Actual weight: RRP: $2,199 AUD The Flow CB7 differs from NoTubes’ alloy rims in its heavily offset profile. This allows for wider spoke bracing angles, and in theory, a stronger wheel. We’ll be riding the Stan’s NoTubes Flow CB7 wheelset over the coming months on a variety of bikes to see just how well they hold up to their claims. Stay tuned for the full review, though if you’ve got any questions in the meantime, give us a hoy in the comments below. Mo’ Flow Please! Enjoyed that article? Then there’s plenty more to check out on Flow Mountain Bike, including all our latest news stories and product reviews. And if you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel, and sign up to our Facebook page and Instagram feed so you can keep up to date with all things Flow! The post ON TEST | Stan’s NoTubes Flow CB7 wheelset goes carbon with new asymmetric rims appeared first on Flow Mountain Bike.