TRP has a brand-new 7-speed, downhill-specific derailleur and shifter, the DH7, and there are heavy hints that wider-ranging groupsets will appear in the not too distant future. Mountain bike groupsets – all you need to know Ceramic Speed’s crazy drivetrain works and is MTB compatible For a couple of years now, Aaron Gwin’s bike has been decked out with a groupset seen little elsewhere, and certainly without ‘big S” logos etched on to the cage. We’ve known for a while that it was made by TRP (Tektro’s performance-level brake company) and, at Eurobike, a working, production-ready set of components were there and waiting to be fondled. TRP’s DH7 mech. Tom Marvin / Immediate Media The DH7 mech and shifter have had very heavy input from Gwin and his engineer John Hall. Hall has helped design the mech to be as quiet as possible, a requirement (Gwin even races with earplugs in, apparently), with the so-called ‘Hall Lock’ being key to this. The unique Hall Lock prevents the mech swinging back, once it’s locked, for a quiet ride. Tom Marvin / Immediate Media From the sound of it, TRP is investing heavily in this project, with very strong hints that more will follow shortly. We believe that it’s opened a new production line just for this product. TRP joins Box Components and Sunrace in its production of alternatives to SRAM and Shimano. TRP DH7 derailleur The Hall Lock is a lever in the mech’s body that locks the position of the B-knuckle (the bit that you screw into the derailleur hanger). By locking it in position, rather than it being spring-loaded, the derailleur is said to move back and forwards less, creating less noise over rough terrain. Were the mech left in this locked position, getting the wheel out would be a nightmare, hence the lever function, which allows the mech to swing freely. Furthermore, this lever’s ‘lock’ can be adjusted, changing the feel of the mech – dependent on bike design and rider preference. The clutch is adjustable, and can be turned on or off. Tom Marvin / Immediate Media The next feature is the adjustable ratchet clutch, which, in some ways, is also found on Shimano derailleurs. Again, this can be turned off for easy wheel release, but its tension adjustability is there to work with bikes with more or less chaingrowth. Furthermore, it is there to let riders who can feel the resistance of the clutch on bigger impacts to tune this feeling out, assuming chain security isn’t compromised. The mech’s construction is largely alloy and carbon, with the cage and upper link being made from carbon. The pulleys have sealed cartridge bearings and the pivots are spaced wide to ensure stiffness. TRP has also added a small chain-length icon to help set your chain length with the derailleur. TRP claims the derailleurs (in silver, gold and black colourways) weigh 272g, and will retail at $180. TRP DH7 shifter TRP has eschewed the usual arc-like movement of the shifter levers in favour of more linear lever paths. This, it says, gives a better feel on rough tracks, with the paddles getting ridged profiling to also improve feel. The paddles are designed to be pushed forwards rather than in an arc. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The cable-pull lever gives five clicks of shifting and can have its position adjusted by 40 degrees. The shifter allows for adjustment of the main paddle’s position. Tom Marvin / Immediate Media The shorter cable release lever is made from carbon fibre, as is the upper housing, contributing to a claimed weight of 120g. The levers rotate over ball bearings for a smooth feel.
It’s fair to say that this year’s event was something extremely special Featured Image: Syo van Vliet Bangers. Wall to wall bangers. Nothing but bangers. Bang tidy bangers. Bang, bang, you’re dead bangers. Cillit Bang(ers). Audi Nine MTB 2019 bangers. Bangers ‘n’ Mash. So many bangers Nearly 4,000 spectators went to the Ellweiler stone quarry near Birkenfield to watch the conclusion of The Audi Nines MTB 2019. And boy, oh boy, were they treated to a spectacle. 28 of the world’s greatest mountain bikers, at an event put on in collaboration with Bikepark Idarkopf, gathered together with the aim of progressing their sport to brave new heights (sometimes literally). The invited riders, a hand-selected group of absolute rippers, wowed the crowd with sessions on the spot’s Big Air Jump, Freeride, Slopestyle lines, and the iconic “Perfect Hip” at the quarry’s bottom. “The level we saw today was just crazy” Germany’s Nico Schloze and Erik Fedko took the wins in the Big Air (DH Bike) and Best Line (Slopestyle) respectively while American Nicholi Rogatkin placed first in Big Air (Hardtail) and Spaniard Bienvenido Aguado Alba claimed top spot in the Big Line (Freeride). The day’s excitement ended with a crowd-wowing session on the site’s gargantuan hip, with riders soaring to jaw-dropping heights. “This was the best public display we’ve done in 25 events,” said Audi Nines creator Nico Zacek. “Usually it’s more about the video and photo shoots for us. But the energy from thousands of cheering fans is amazing for the athletes. It gave them extra motivation to perform their best, and the level we saw today was just crazy.” Video Highlights From The Audi Nines MTB 2019 Banger’s ‘n’ Mash Edit Nicholi Rogatkin, Twister No Hander Bienvenido Aguado, Tsunami Front Flip Jackson Goldstone, Double Backflip Tom Isted, Double Barrel Roll Credit: Klaus Polzer Credit: Klaus Polzer Credit: Klaus Polzer Credit: Klaus Polzer You May Also Like Raw 100 V5 | 100 Seconds Of Brandon Semenuk In Utah Mountain Biking In Nepal | Riding The Gosainkunda Trail In The Himalayas The post The Audi Nines MTB 2019 | Highlights appeared first on Mpora.
There was something very wrong about this poster on the Corima stand. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Treadmills for bikes are now totally a thing. Jack Luke / Immediate Media We’re struggling to think of a bike that this lairy Supercaz tape would look good on. Jack Luke / Immediate Media These jazzy pink, knitted, ultralight kicks from Pearl Izumi are set to cost a whopping £399.99. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Electric beach cruiser, anyone? George Scott / Immediate Media Are e-bike docking stations the future of urban transport? George Scott / Immediate Media Park Tool’s new HCW-16.3 is a 15mm pedal wrench and chain whip compatible with 5-speed to 12-speed mountain and road bike cassettes. It looks rather nice, too. George Scott / Immediate Media The Leg & Go is an adaptable bike that grows with your child. George Scott / Immediate Media It can even transform from a load-lugging trike… Oli Woodman / Immediate Media …to this incredibly cool little ski bike. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media It’s sold as a 3-in-1 balance bike as standard (€295), but has eight build options in total, including a tricycle, ‘downhill’ balance bike with a footrest and a fully-fledged pedal bike, providing you’re willing to stump up extra. George Scott / Immediate Media Tool-free adjustment should make it easy to assemble and adapt. The frame is made from Baltic birch plywood. George Scott / Immediate Media Vee Tire’s Apache Fatty Slick fat bike tyre looks almost cartoon-like. Alex Evans / Immediate Media The 26in version of this tyre measures a wholesome 4.5 inches across. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media The all-carbon Pure saddle from Beast Components is about the shiniest thing we’ve ever seen. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Plenty of flex has been built in to keep things more comfortable than you might think for a saddle with zero padding. At 87g it’s also very light. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media This is the Flying Hunstman, and the people behind it (Project Kahn) are well known for making some of the craziest bespoke 4x4s out there. Rob Spedding / Immediate Media Starting from £4k (!) the carbon fibre tank houses the battery which powers its Bafang motor. Much like one can with the company’s cars, you can go crazy with customising items such as the leather. Rob Spedding / Immediate Media The Skoda Klement is an electric bike concept that aims to provide sustainable transport around city centres. Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media BikeRadar’s Alex Evans reporting for duty. Definitely the strangest place that we’ve seen Shimano’s GRX groupset to date. Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media Someone went and strapped a motor to a bamboo bike, suppose it was inevitable really. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media The Vello is an electric folding bike design that looks particularly well thought out. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media The Vello folds down impressively small for a bike with a motor, hydraulic disc brakes and rear suspension. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media HiRide had its full-suspension road bike prototype available for test rides. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media At the back is an elastomer based damper that can lock/unlock in a fraction of a second. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media HiRide’s front suspension is a coil sprung component with hydraulic damping, it’s contained in the head tube area like a Cannondale Headshock. Kona’s sasquatch had to feature in this gallery. Oli Woodman / BikeRadar.com Alive or quality taxidermy? We’ll never know. Tom Marvin / Immediate Media Thumbs up if you want to appear in a BikeRadar gallery. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Yorkshire brand Restrap has created a line of Brompton specific bags. Oli woodman / Immediate Media They look particularly well thought out and nicely made. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media We’ve already brought you a taste of the weird and wonderful side of Eurobike — the world’s largest bike show — in our first gallery. The top 5 cross-country bikes of 2020 This is the most beautiful bike from Eurobike 2019 All of BikeRadar’s Eurobike 2019 attendees have since fished through their memory cards for more miscellaneous marvellousness. Flick through the above for everything from questionable fashion choices to casualties of the show itself.
This Yasujiro Svelte weighs just 5.42kg, which we reckon makes it the lightest steel road bike in the world. Yasujiro is the in-house bike brand of tubing manufacturer Tange. This frame is constructed from the brand’s premium double-butted Ultimate tubing. The walls of this tubing are a mere 0.35mm thick (!) at their thinnest point. This ultralight tubing is at the heart of this remarkable bike and we are utterly in love with it. Eurobike 2019: latest news and highlights from the world’s biggest cycling show How Joe Norledge built his 5.1kg hill climb bike Yasujiro Svelte — world’s lightest steel road bike specs We’re in love with this pastel pink beauty. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Frameset: Yasujiro Svelte, Tange Ultimate tubing, Be King carbon fork Groupset: SRAM Red eTap with RED 22 crankset and Be King chainrings Brakes: Cane Creek EE brakes Finishing kit: Be King carbon Wheels: Be King tubular Unpainted, the 52cm frame weight just 1,240g. Yasujiro The Svelte frame is delightfully simple, with only a few small modifications made to the frame components to reduce weight, bringing this 52cm frame down to just 1,240g (unpainted weight). The build of the bike is (no surprise) fairly premium, but it doesn’t feature nearly as much crazy carbon exotica as you might imagine. The finishing kit has been painted to match the frame. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The shallow tubular wheels, seatpost, saddle, bars and stem all come from Be King, which appears to be an OEM frame and component supplier based close to Yasujiro. Details on the seatpost and handlebars have been painted to match the delightful salmon-y light-ish pink colour of the bike. Svelte by name and nature. Jack Luke / Immediate Media As the most millennial-y millennial on the BikeRadar team, it should come as no surprise that I immediately fell for this pastel hue when I first glanced at it from across the hallowed halls of Eurobike 2019. There are not enough bars wrapped with cotton tape. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The bars are wrapped in a lovely thin, black, cotton bar tape. Running no bar tape would, of course, be lighter, but I appreciate this nod towards practicality. The bike is built around a SRAM Red eTap groupset. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The bike is built around a previous generation SRAM eTap 11-speed groupset, though, curiously, Yasujiro has opted for an older RED 22-era crankset. These are finished with a set of lightweight chainrings, which also come from Be King. In a most welcome but rather rare move for a weight weenie bike, the bike features a threaded bottom bracket shell. Most press-fit bottom bracket systems are lighter than traditional threaded bottom brackets but, as we all know by now, these can be a nightmare to live with. The complete guide to bottom bracket standards The bike has small cutouts in the base of the bottom bracket to reduce weight. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Small windows have been cut out from the base of the bottom bracket shell to shave precious grams. Simple slimmed-down external stops for the rear brake cable are also used to shave weight over internal routing. The straight 1 1/8in steerer matches the tubing perfectly. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Yasujiro has opted for a traditional straight 1 ⅛in steerer with an external headset for the Svelte. I personally welcome this because it complements the skinny profile of the bike’s main tubes better than a modern chunky, tapered head tube. Cane Creek’s EE brakes offer super strong braking in a lightweight package. Jack Luke / Immediate Media No lightweight build is complete without a set of lightweight brakes and Yasujiro has opted for a set of Cane Cree EE brakes. We’re big fans of these feathery calipers here at BikeRadar because they offer remarkably strong braking in a ludicrously light package. The true weight weenie in me sees plenty of opportunities to trim weight from this build — a 1x drivetrain, a lighter crankset and removing the steerer bung are all obvious places to start. However, I appreciate the practicality of the bike as it currently stands. It was refreshing to find such a simple and beautiful frame at Eurobike. Jack Luke / Immediate Media It was also a breath of fresh air to see such a simple and handsome bike among a sea of ‘dropped seatstay this’ and ‘aero formed that’ at Eurobike. Tange Ultimate tubing is some pretty special stuff. Jack Luke / Immediate Media That it’s such a lovely looking thing while pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with a steel frame is nothing short of remarkable. The Yasujiro Svelte frameset is available now and will cost approximately $1,600. International pricing and availability is not available but the bike will be available through the brand’s network of international distributors. Note: I have searched extensively to make sure this really is the lightest steel road bike. However, it is entirely possible that in some hidden corner of the internet, reports of something even lighter exist. Please let me know if you’re aware of something lighter in the comments!
Could this crazy concept from CeramicSpeed be the drivetrain that kills the derailleur?( Photos: 4, Comments: 6 )