The pride of the Scottish west coast and a mainstay of the DH World Cup series.( Photos: 6 )
Inside we take a look at some e-MTB products on display at Sea Otter from Bosch, Bulls, and Specialized. The prevalence of Electric Mountain Bikes has increased at Sea Otter again this year. Many attendees were very interested in swinging a leg over these bikes from what we saw. Bulls had a huge presence at Sea Otter this year and have many options for those looking for an eMTB. The two below were highlights of their massive booth. Many attendees swung their legs over a Bulls e-bike for the first time and we heard plenty of praise from exuberant test riders. The E-CORE EVO AM Di2 27.5+. The big Bulls bike that is most appealing is the E-Core EVO EN Di2 27.5. It is powered by Shimano’s new 250watt E-8000 eMTB motor and two 275WWH power packs. Having 750WH onboard is no small amount of battery juice. It boasts a big e-bike range of 90-100 miles. Check out the detailed shots below to see more on this 180mm travel enduro/downhill weapon. Bosch has been steadily improving their e-MTB technology and they released their KIOX system that looks quite impressive. They’ve partnered with a number of brands to utilize their motor and Kiox system. The Gorilla Glass, bluetooth connectivity, and full color-screen are impressive in person. With the Kiox on-board computer, you can keep track of the battery charge level, as well as your speed, heart rate and performance. Robust and small, the compact Kiox is the perfect training partner for ambitious riders. Cube had their Stereo Hybrid 160 (Action Team 500 27.5) in the Bosch booth. The 160mm bike is designed to offer an enduro suspended bike with the power of a Bosch CX drive system. Specialized’s Turbo Kenevo is a popular offering in the e-mtb space and they had an Ohlins dual crown fork bolted to one in their booth. Range anxiety is a thing with heavy e-bikes and Specialized has a Mission Control App to give you full control of your Turbo Kenevo to tune it to the proper level and assistance in the e-MTB to ensure your ride goes as planned. See more of our 2019 Sea Otter coverage
FOX sent over details of their new video series that will be showcased during the 2019 World Cup season. Details inside from FOX. Behind every podium is the multi-faceted story of grit, preparation and support. Beginning April 22nd, FOX will take viewers behind the scenes of the 2019 UCI World Cup race series, providing an insider’s view on what it takes to support a team of world class athletes. The Dialed series will be creating daily content in the week leading up to each race and will be present for all DH events and select XC stops: Date Event Venue Apr 21–28 DH Maribor, Slovenia May 26 – June 2 DH Fort William, Scotland June 3-10 DH Leogang, Austria July 1-8 DH/XC Vallnord, Andorra July 9-15 DH/XC Les Gets, France July 28 – Aug 5 DH/XC Val di Sole, Italy Aug 5-12 DH/XC Lenzerheide, Switzerland Aug 25 – Sept 1 World Champs Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada Sept 1-8 DH/XC Snowshoe, United States When the margins of World Cup victories are often measured within hundredths of seconds, the perfect suspension tune can be the difference between a career-defining result and mid-pack disappointment. Dialed will follow seasoned FOX Factory Race Tech Jordi Cortes from stop to stop as he helps dial in athletes’ suspensions while handling the potential pressure of his work having a direct impact on the make or break of their races. As FOX supports many factory teams and elite athletes, there’s a unique psychological relationship between Jordi, the athletes he works with, and between teammates themselves. Dialed offers a window into these relationships, as well as pulls back the curtain on the tips and techniques used to tune suspension for various riders and terrain. Dialed will be hosted on FOX’s new MTB-specific Instagram channel: @RideFoxBike, with the first episode dropping on April 22nd from Maribor, Slovenia.
Intense Factory Racing won't be the only World Cup team on the M29 this year.( Photos: 5 )
Inside we take a look at some new products from TRP Brakes, Marzocchi, and Pivot Cycles. TRP Brakes have been a staple for racers like Aaron Gwin for many years so you know they’ve got what it takes to compete with the bigger brands everyone is familiar with. At Sea Otter they brought out their full range of brakes and boy do they feel good. The G-Spec DH brake is their main gravity brake that you will see on most of their World Cup gravity teams. It uses mineral oil, has a nice lever feel thanks to Aaron Gwin, detented adjustable reach adjuster, forged 4 piston caliper, sintered pads, and weighs in at 320g. Look for riders selecting to run bigger rotors this year on the World Cup circuit as the bigger 29″ wheels are carrying more weight and speed. The G-Spec DH caliper features four hybrid pistons (ceramic/steel) help to dissipate heat during long descents while providing power and modulation as needed. At $199 this is a hard brake to not consider if you’re looking for a World Cup gravity brake. If you’re a bit more budget minded but still want similar benefits as their G-Spec DH brake, take a look at their Quadium brake. It’s delivered in flat black and isn’t quite as light but offers many of the same benefits at $149.99. Four hybrid pistons, forged caliper, ergonomic lever, 329g, and more. Looking for a trail brake? TRP has you covered there as well. They have a G-Spec Trail SLC and a G-Spec Trail SL brake (312g). The SLC version offers a lighter Gwin designed carbon lever (292g). The G-Spec Trail gets the same finned caliper body as their downhill brake but different sized pistons(2x14mm, 2x16mm) to allow for improved modulation. The Aaron Gwin lever blade gets mounted to the lightweight trail lever body and offers both direct mount shifter options. For E-MTBs riders may initially question brands coming up with specific e-branded products but many of these products actually are designed to handle the torque, power, or additional weight these bikes yield. TRP has a G-Spec E-MTB brake that features 4 pistons, robust forged/cnc caliper design, and a wider 2.3mm rotor to help aid in cooling these bikes. TRP uses a wider rotor on the E-Mtb brake versus their other brakes (2.3mm vs 1.8mm) and sintered Full Metallic Pads. Marzocchi has been delivering a lot of quality suspension product that often gets overlooked but is very compelling for many riders. They had a sweet looking Custom Candy Bomber 58 Tyler McCaul custom candy on display to highlight his video project called “Builder”. The Candy version will be available in a special edition release. In addition to that the new Marzocchi CR shock offers a lot for its $329 price. It offers a quality ride with adjustable low speed compression and rebound in a wide range of shock sizes. Paired with the new Z1 or Z2 fork this offers a formidable package that is sure to have any ripper happy without breaking the bank. Check out more details and the impressive pricing on the Marzocchi range at https://shop.marzocchi.com/ Pivot Cycles had their prototype 29er Phoenix on display. Check out some of the detailed shots of it below. Their World Cup team will be racing on it this year so keep an eye out for it on the race course. Check out some of the detailed shots below of the bike to get an idea of what the production bike may offer when available.