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OSET MX-10 ELECTRIC DIRT BIKE We had the unique opportunity to test something a little different out at Milestone MX Ranch in Southern California. We had our mini ripper try out the MX-10 from Oset. This bike features variable speeds for different levels of riders, safety lanyard, disc brakes, long lasting motor and more. Check out what managing editor Daryl Ecklund from Motocross Action Magazine has to say about this bike. osetbikes.com THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post FIRST RIDE VIDEO: OSET MX-10 ELECTRIC DIRT BIKE appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
ARC8 uses the direct-mount standard for its rim brakes The hidden seat-clamp is well executed The fork was designed to get the maximum allowable tyre clearance There’s plenty of space in there even with a 28c tyre The ARC8 ICS stem is a neat alternative to a complex one-piece bar and full-cable integration The underside of the ICS stem is designed to take cables centrally, or if you use a bar with a rear centre exit, keep the cable fully internal through the headset The wheels on the test bike are prototypes of something else that ARC8’s Jonas is working on DT Swiss’s dependable 340 hubs are at the centre of these prototype wheels The rims brake track almost looks like a camo pattern The ‘top cone’ on the Escapee is available in three heights The finish on the Escapee is impressive Neat cable exit port on the Escapee’s minimal rear dropout The seat tube is D-shaped and cut out to keep the back-end very tight with 402mm chainstays ARC8 worked extensively on the carbon lay-up to provide stiffness or compliance where needed The stem eschews a traditional clamp for this ovalised double-clamp system, though it works with standard round 31.8mm bars This is ARC8’s take on a 160mm enduro chassis, we think it’s got potential! This prototype carbon stem looks the business ARC8 tells us the stem uses a carbon process rarely used in bike manufacturing ARC8 designed the new enduro and hardtail to have minimal head-tube heights The hardtail uses the same stem design as the road bikes ARC8 won’t use anything but BSA bottom brackets on its chassis This carbon enduro chassis looks nicely put together The ARC8 hardtail looks like a minimal lightweight rig Like the rest of the range, it’s a good old BSA bottom bracket This mock-up shows how the ICS routing works in conjunction with the head-set splitting the cables either side of the bearings New brand ARC8 is the brainchild of mechanical engineer Jonas Mueller, who has teamed up with long-time friend Serafin Pazdera. So far, so good. But the way Mueller arrived at his two-model starting line-up is a little different from the norm. SRAM announces new Level Ultimate and TLM stoppers Zwift’s Watopia goes west with Fuego Flats update Mueller’s CV is strong, being part of fellow Swiss brand BMC for six and a half years and the man behind the Alpen Challenge, Trail Fox, Speed Fox, 4 Stroke, BMC GF01 and part of the team behind the TM01. After that he worked at Santa Cruz on the long-travel 29er Hightower. So, when he got in touch about the new ARC8 venture we wanted to find out more. Finding the resources Initially, Jonas and Serafin didn’t have the resources to start a new brand, or the resources required to enable the three-plus years of development behind the new Escapee road bike, not forgetting the 120–140mm travel Essential they are launching with. In order to proceed, Jonas consulted with some key manufacturers in Taiwan (where he’s lived for the past four years) to create mountain and road frames using his expertise and engineering knowledge. Jonas tells us: “I designed frames in conjunction with a particular carbon factory, we wanted to take the idea of an ‘open’ frame [a frame design any company can buy and brand, often seen on direct-to-market, or shop-branded machines] and elevate it to a higher level than the average.” Jonas also developed a new stem design and collaborated on a headset that gives the advantages of one-piece aero integration and full internal routing, but without the complexity seen on some proprietary systems. FSA also introduced a similar, but more complex, off-the-peg solution. The design routes the cables under and through the stem and into channels running either side of the headset. Jonas says his solution allows for more freedom in cable lengths, no binding and less aggressive cable angles that can affect shift performance. Surprisingly, his integrated design also features on ARC8’s upcoming hard-tail mountain bike. On the 120/140mm bike, it’s a variation on this design (the short stem doesn’t work so well with this sort of routing) and combines a special headset with a new sharp-looking carbon stem that’s both stronger and lighter than anything previously seen. Integration and standards When it comes to integration and standards Jonas says he’d prefer his solutions on things like integration to make compatibility better across the bike world. It’s apparent Jonas is often frustrated by standards changing all the time: “If it’s accepted that a frame’s production life is three or four years, I don’t think it’s right it can become obsolete just through changing standards for no real benefit.” Across the board on ARC8’s bikes Jonas has stuck to the dependable BSA standard (something his ex-paymasters at Santa Cruz have also stuck to). Alongside the two launch bikes Jonas showed us his prototype carbon hardtail, a true monocoque frame (it is moulded completely in one-piece, a rare thing indeed) and a new 160mm-travel enduro 29er chassis. ARC8 Escapee first impressions With production frames finalised Jonas was able to get a 60cm Escapee frameset built in time for my arrival in Taiwan, so I’ve been able to get a few miles in on the bike. At first glance the Escapee looks quite traditional — there are no dropped stays, the triangles are fairly conventional (it’s not a super compact design), but it’s only when you look at the tube shapes and the junctions between them that you see a lot of complexity in the design. Jonas explains, “I wanted to ‘tune’ the bike aerodynamically using truncated air foil shapes and shaping the junctions and profiles, but I didn’t want to compromise mechanical performance such as weight or stiffness at the expense of aero. “We’ve hit a mark where the aero advantages haven’t compromised the mechanical potential by more than 5% overall.” In non-engineering speak that means the frameset is smooth and slippery but still tips the scales at 780g for the frame and 350g for the fork. When Jonas joins me on a ride, you can see our bikes look similar, but his is less evolved, with some repairs and modifications to carbon sections where he’s been on the development path, even things like a cracked headset top cone — it’s not a final product just a 3D-printed mock-up. A versatile bike Jonas was looking to make a versatile road bike, with geometry somewhere between a full-on race bike and an endurance bike. The geometry on the 60cm I’m riding (which is closer to the traditional 58cm I usually ride) has a pretty aggressive 580mm stack and a reasonable reach of 405mm. The low stack is due to the integration of the headset into the frame, and the frame is designed to work in conjunction with the top cone of the headset, which is available in three different heights — the lowest adds 8mm, the tallest 47mm, which along with aero-shaped spacers means masses of front-end adjustment. My rim-braked model uses the direct-mount standard. Jonas says he’s been pretty flexible with the positioning to max out the tyre clearances. He thinks it’s important that a modern road bike has clearance for more comfortable bigger volume tyres, so the Escapee will accept all 30c tyres and many 32s. On the road the Escapee is a well-judged design, smooth yet stiff and with nimble handling too. My test bike weighs 6.7kg, which is impressive seeing as the build is a slight mish-mash (it’s a production chassis, but not a production bike). The build features Jonas’ stem design with an alloy bar up front, a 185g ARC8 carbon seatpost (in a standard round 27.2) topped with a mid-range cro-mo railed San Marco Mode saddle. Onza’s 28c Lavin tyres wrap around a development set of carbon wheels, which Jonas is also involved with. Jonas says the rims are around 400g in this 40+mm deep guise and are built onto DT Swiss 350 hubs with J-bend spokes, and he puts the all-up weight around 1,550g a pair. The groupset is a last-generation Campagnolo Super-Record set-up with a 50/34 chainset and an 11-28 cassette. So, you could certainly build a lighter machine fairly easily. The Escapee has a great pick up, flows in the corners with a smooth stable feel, yet feels nimble thanks to the super-short 402mm chainstays and that ‘tucked in’ rear-wheel design. This chassis offers a smart piece of design, which combines road smoothing compliance with rock-solid stiffness when sprinting. Before deciding on an overall score I want to get my hands on a full production bike, on home soil and thankfully one should be shipping our way by the time you read this. The frameset kit is priced at 1,820CHF, but early birds get a 300CHF discount, and you can find more info’ on the Escapee and Essential at ARC8 ARC8 Escapee specifications Weight: 6.7kg (60cm) Frame: ARC8 carbon Fork: ARC8 carbon Wheels: ARC8 prototype Tyres: Onza Lavin 28c Stem: ARC8 ICH Bar: Alloy Seatpost: ARC8 SP carbon 15mm setback Saddle: Selle San Marco Mode cromo Gears: Campagnolo Super Record 11spd Brakes: Campagnolo Super Record direct mount rim brake
Here’s our roundup of the best bike boxes The Evoc Bike Travel Bag Pro packs small, is light, and is easy rolling There’s a plastic block with Velcro to attach the frame to the moulded base The GPRS Race from BikeBoxAlan is a benchmark in the world of hard cases It contains a GPRS tracking device so you can monitor its location The Buxum Tourmalet is certainly a looker It’s constructed from 6061 aluminium panelling There’s a ton of space, and a crush pole for added protection The Pro Bike Bag from Chain Reaction Cycles is great value It’s a padded soft bag that isn’t the easiest to drag, but master it and you’ve got a bargain The Polaris Bike Pod Pro is supremely rigid and crack resistant The frame sits between the wheels, with plenty of padding to keep it from getting scuffed The Pro Travel Case Mega hits the sweet spot between low weight and protection It has an inner foam lining and foam blocks to keep your bike safe The Scicon Aerocomfort TSA 3.0 is pricey, but it packs down and rolls wel It comes up pretty heavy though, so keep an eye on airline weight limits If you take your bike on holiday with you, the right bag or box can make the difference between it arriving safely or in several pieces. Here’s our pick of the best travel cases we’ve tested so far this year. How to fly with your bike Tips for planning the best bike holiday ever Choosing the right bike box or bag Choosing the right case for bike travel is important if you want it to arrive in one piece. There’s always some anguish when you hand over your pride and joy at the airport and see it disappear into the unknown, so having faith in your choice of box or bag can make a difference. More of us than ever are travelling with bikes, whether it’s for a holiday, training camp or a race, and it shouldn’t be difficult as long as you do your research when choosing which airline to travel with and how to transport your bike. Just because an airline charges to take a bike, it’s no guarantee your ride will be cared for as you might hope. Some don’t have a separate bike allowance, but will let you take it as part of your luggage allowance, and some charge by the kilo. A bike box is an invaluable piece of equipment for any travelling cyclist. There’s no perfect answer as to which is the best, because they all have their trade-offs, so it’s important to weigh up your needs before you buy. 8 reasons why your next riding holiday should be a package trip Things to consider when choosing a bike box 1. Handles Handles can make a huge difference to transporting your bike. One handle might work well for pulling it along, while others make lifting easier. It’s a small addition that can make a big difference. 2. Hard cases These are made from tough plastic or aluminium. They’re the most robust, offering good protection. The trade-off is that they’re usually heavier and more cumbersome than soft cases. 3. Soft bags These are made from soft hard-wearing fabric and usually feature added padding and hard bases for extra protection. They’re lighter, which makes it easier to hit airline weight limits. 4. Portability When you have a week’s worth of luggage, your bike bag/box needs to be as portable as possible. Wheels are a must, and having at least two that steer is helpful. Drag handles make life easier too. 5. Size Make sure the box will fit in your car/hire car and check airline size restrictions. Not all bike boxes are easy to carry, but if yours is, it might mean it’s less likely to be dropped by airport staff. 6. Supports and crush poles Crush poles, made from aluminium or carbon, are used in the centre of a hard case to avoid crushing your frame and components. Supports in soft bags help them keep their shape. How to plan a cycling holiday on a budget 6 tips and tricks for boxing a bike 1. Deflate your tyres Most airlines require you to deflate your tyres because of potential changes in pressure that could cause them to go bang. They don’t need to be pancake flat, but it’s worth reducing air just in case. Some airlines check, some don’t. If you carry CO2 inflator cartridges, check your airline’s policy — some allow them in limited quantities while other won’t take them at all. 2. Know your setup The last thing you want to be worrying about is whether your bike is set up the same as before you left. A piece of electrical tape around the seatpost before you remove it will mean you get the same saddle height. Use a marker pen or take a photo before removing the bars so you know how many spacers you need above and below the stem. 3. Make the most of your box Whatever your choice of bike box it’s worth making the most of the space and weight available. Your bike box is the perfect place for packing tools, a track pump, shoes and nutrition products. Remember these can get thrown around during transport, so pack smartly for damage limitation, especially if you have a carbon bike. Clothes can also be packed for added protection in soft bags. 4. Protect it Foam lagging (used by plumbers to insulate pipes) is cheap and ideal for wrapping around your bike’s tubes for added protection during transportation. Alternatively, some quality bubble wrap or similar will help keep your bike safe and shiny. Also, both will avoid scuff marks from securing straps or other things floating around in your box. If you’re in a rush and don’t have either, an old t-shirt should do. 5. What to remove All the bike boxes here require the removal of wheels, which is easy. Some also require removing pedals, bar and stem, saddle and seatpost, and derailleur. When packing, it’s important to make sure the items you’ve removed are protected and secure, so as not to do damage to them or other parts. Be considerate when it comes to any cables, (electronic or not), making sure to avoid any kinks or stretching. 6. Use baby wipes A pack of baby wipes is a useful item to have in your bike box. They’re brilliant at removing any dirt and grease from your hands after working on your bike, and equally good for cleaning your bike if the need arises. How to pack your road bike for a trip abroad Best bike boxes and bags Evoc Bike Travel Bag Pro 4.5 out of 5 star rating The Evoc Bike Travel Bag Pro packs small, is light, and is easy rolling Tredz £469 / $TBC Buy the Evoc Bike Travel Bag Pro from Tredz Size: 147 x 85 x 36cm Weight: 8kg Highs: Packs small, light, easy rolling Lows: You pay a premium price Evoc’s Pro offers a good balance of protection, low weight and portability. This robust bag is given extra in-use support with removable composite canes and PVC tubes. The frame sits on a plastic block that uses Velcro to attach it to the moulded base, while the fork is housed in a padded sheath. Everything is held securely with Velcro straps. It’s easy to pack once you’ve done it a couple of times. Read our Evoc Bike Travel Bag review BikeBoxAlan GPRS Race 4.5 out of 5 star rating The GPRS Race from BikeBoxAlan is a benchmark in the world of hard cases BikeBoxAlan £570 / $TBC Buy the BikeBoxAlan GPRS Race direct Size: 105 x 90 x 30cm Weight: 11.74kg Highs: Solid, neat packing, easy rolling Lows: Fewer grab handles than some BikeBoxAlan has become the hard case benchmark, offering excellent protection without excess weight or costing a fortune. But the USP of Alan’s top-end GPRS is its tracking device that can be monitored by SMS or smartphone app. The wheels use a skewer to attach to one side, with Velcro securing the frame and components to the other. The fixing clamps work well and have provision for a padlock or zip ties. Buxum Tourmalet 4.0 out of 5 star rating The Buxum Tourmalet is certainly a looker Buxum £744 / $TBC Buy the Buxum Tourmalet direct Size: 113 x 78 x 30cm Weight: 12.6kg Highs: Beautifully finished, easy to pack Lows: High price loses it a mark The Tourmalet is a work of art with its cool-looking 0.5mm-thick 6061 aluminium panels, which are riveted to supporting skeletons. Wheels fit around the frame in the bags supplied and QR and thru-axle adaptors are available. There’s lots of space and a crush pole to keep everything solid. The top is held secure with quality latches while sealed bearing wheels and sprung handles make it easy to manoeuvre. Read our Buxum Tourmalet bike box review Chain Reaction Pro Bike Bag 4.0 out of 5 star rating The Pro Bike Bag from Chain Reaction Cycles is great value Chain Reaction Cycles £249.99 / $TBC Buy the Chain Reaction Pro Bike Bag from Chain Reaction Cycles Size: 140 x 79 x 28cm Weight: 8.7kg Highs: If you can handle it it’s good value Lows: A little unstable, fixings are crude This padded soft bag fits a range of bikes and does a good job for the money. Attaching the bike to the base is crude with lots of Velcro, blocks and ties but it works well. It’s quick release and thru-axle compatible. Zipped wheel compartments keep your hoops safe, plus there’s hard plastic hub protection. Dragging the Pro isn’t easy because the low handle lifts the bag high, making it a little unstable. Polaris Bike Pod Pro 4.0 out of 5 star rating The Polaris Bike Pod Pro is supremely rigid and crack resistant Chain Reaction Cycles £524.99 / $TBC Buy the Polaris Bike Pod Pro from Chain Reaction Cycles Size: 116 x 86 x 30cm Weight: 11.4kg Highs: Superior build quality, very secure, compact size Lows: Requires significant dismantling of the bike The Polaris Pod Pro is constructed from polypropylene and it’s not only supremely rigid but also very crack resistant. All the hardware, handles, wheels and clasps are bolted into place and fully replaceable. Of the four clasps, two are lockable for added security. Inside, on each side of the box, are fitments for the wheels that allow the hubs to centre. These are locked into place with integrated position guides and reusable zip-ties. The frame is then sandwiched between the included foam and plenty of straps are included to lock it down. Pro Travel Case Mega 4.0 out of 5 star rating The Pro Travel Case Mega hits the sweet spot between low weight and protection Cycle Store £379.99 / $TBC Buy the Pro Travel case Mega from Cycle Store Size: 94–134 x 80 x 30cm Weight: 8.5kg Highs: Spacious, easy to tow and lift Lows: Lacks the protection of a hard case The Pro Mega is a good performer both in terms of its low weight and — for a soft bag — the protection it offers. Inside, an alloy base frame with sliding adjustable clamp brackets copes with a wide range of wheelbase lengths. The wheels slip into side pockets with hub protectors and there’s plenty of room for shoes, tools and a pump. This bag features a protective inner foam lining and foam blocks to keep things safe, while four removable rigid rods help keep its shape. Below, four independently steering wheels and plenty of grab handles make it easy to tow and lift when necessary. Scicon Aerocomfort TSA 3.0 4.0 out of 5 star rating The Scicon Aerocomfort TSA 3.0 is pricey, but it packs down and rolls well Wiggle £569 / $TBC Buy the Scicon Aerocomfort TSA 3.0 from Wiggle Size: 109 x 103 x 50cm (top) / 103 x 93 x 25cm (bottom) Weight: 8kg Highs: Packs down small, light, smooth-rolling Lows: Price is the biggest one The Aerocomfort 3.0 uses an integrated stand with adjustable wheelbase that’s compatible with quick-release and 12-mm thru-axle systems. The bike’s held securely using straps across the saddle and bar, wheels slot into side pockets and there’s a stash pocket for skewers. The bag is secured using straps across the top tube. Balanced packing stops it tipping and its 8kg weight allows you to pack additional kit.
Pivot Shuttle Two years ago European bike dealers told Pivot Cycles founder Chris Cocalis that if he didn’t bring an electric mountain bike to market, they would stop carrying the rest of the Pivot bike line. Ouch! When Chris returned a year later with his Shuttle e-MTB, it developed much fanfare. American bike shops suddenly jumped to the fore and said that if he brought that bike to the U.S., they’d stop carrying Pivot. Holy opposites, Batman! What a paradox. Fast-forward to 2018 and the bike finally made its U.S. debut at the Sea Otter Classic in an exclusive new colorway for the U.S. market. Funny thing, but now that it’s available, all the open-minded American bike shops that ordered the $10,000 bike can’t keep them in stock (as the old saying goes, “He who laughs last, laughs best!”) THE BIKE The Shuttle is actually based on two non-e-bikes—the Firebird and the Switchblade. They re-engineered the dw-link suspension to handle the added weight and power of an electric bike, resulting in a Fox component setup with 140mm of travel. Pivot experimented with several motors before deciding on the Shimano STEPS E8000, partly because it was the smallest and lightest solution to provide the best power. Quad-piston binders make controlling speed so easy, you’ll end up going faster because you can. One major weight savings, besides the carbon frame and STEPS motor, was using the 504 Wh battery designed for external applications as an internal battery. The reason was that the internal battery is designed with a more rugged exterior with a built-in skid plate for being mounted in the underside of the downtube, weighing a full 2 pounds more than the external battery. This type of outside-the-box thinking pays off in spades. “American bike shops cannot keep it in stock.” Cocalis spent some time prototyping the rear triangle; first in aluminum to be able to make tweaks easier. He wanted it short enough to make it agile, but with the extra power, it had to be slightly longer to keep it from wanting to loop out. On a couple of really steep climbs, it kept the front wheel on the ground and made the climb easier. Although the bike comes with 27.5-plus-inch tires (Maxxis 27×2.8-inch tires, Minion front and Rekon rear), but it’s designed to welcome the use of 29-inch wheels/tires per rider preference. THE PARTS The Fox Float DPX2 shock was tuned specifically for e-MTB use with firmer mid-stroke compression damping, and it reacted well for anything we could throw at it. Small-bump compliance was good and allowed us to go confidently faster over rutted sections and kept the Maxxis Rekon 2.8-inch tires in contact with the ground. The grip on those tires, especially in conjunction with a well-dialed suspension, is outstanding. The bike feels planted and rails through turns confidently. This dropper seatpost offers an ample amount of adjustability to get your saddle out of your way while descending and right up where it needs to be instantly for climbs. The wheelset is one that Pivot worked directly with DT Swiss on and is exclusive to the Shuttle. Their Super Boost Plus 157mm-wide hubs allow for better wheel clearance and spoke angles for stronger wheels while not increasing Q-factor. Shifting is done with state-of-the-art Shimano Di2 electronic shifting powered straight from the battery. The motor cuts almost imperceptibly during shifting, the interruption is so short that it’s not really noticeable, yet enough to be gentle enough on the drivetrain to cause less strain on your chain. THE MOTOR The Shimano E8000 motor is simply one of our favorites. It’s small, light, relatively quiet (sounds a bit like a sewing machine when running) and has a narrow-enough Q-factor to make it feel like a regular mountain bike. Range from the 500 Wh battery is outstanding, allowing us to go 25-plus miles on rides with lots of elevation gain and not using eco at all. We don’t think too many will need to have a second battery or even have range anxiety. The dw-link rear suspension with a Fox DPX 2 shock that has been custom-valved for the Shuttle. “Plush” and “supple” are only two of the words we can use to describe the ride quality. As with any E8000 motor, the very first thing we do after an initial test ride is to go into the E-Tube app on our phone and custom-tune the motor settings. Eco is fine, but trail is only a slight notch above eco at the factory setting. Our advice is to bump trail up to around the 50-percent mark (it feels like 25 percent, so there’s a ridiculous jump from trail to the 100 percent of boost). It’s easy, though the user interface could use a little more work to make it more usable and well worth the five minutes it takes to set that tweak in place. Trust us. Shimano engineers, are you listening? WHO IT’S MADE FOR? The Shuttle is a no-holds-barred, top-level and top-dollar e-mountain bike for cross-country or all-mountain riders who want a very capable bike. Even stock, this thing is expert level and one of the lightest full-suspension e-MTBs on the market, coming from an incredible lineage of mountain bikes. The 1×11 gearing is controlled by a state-of-the-art Shimano Di2 electronic derailleur. THE RIDE The lighter weight of this bike is palpable. It’s easier to flick around, and the geometry is fantastic. We test new bikes every week, and rarely have a good chance to get to know any bike. Almost instantly the Shuttle feels like an old friend. It’s very comfortable from the get-go. Cocalis spent some time prototyping the rear triangle; first in aluminum to be able to make easier tweaks. He wanted it short enough to make it agile, but with the extra power, it had to be slightly longer to keep it from wanting to loop out. On a couple of really steep climbs, the front wheel stayed planted on the ground and made the climb easier. Bouncing around, you can’t hear anything but the tires on the dirt. The fit and finish of the bike is as you would expect on a bike of this caliber. Cocalis compares this to what you get on a higher-end Mercedes AMG or BMW M-series car. The battery compartment is well-sealed with an automotive-quality gasket around a window that exposes the top of the battery for access to the power button and indicator lights. All of this comes together in an amazing package that provides ride quality and a fun factor greater than the sum of its parts. It does as well on the smooth, flowy parts of the trail as it does on the technical, pucker-inducing ones. We felt like better riders than normal on it. The 140mm of travel proved to be plenty, even over substantial drops and a few fun hits we took. The bike is a favorite at work; it rarely spends the night in the warehouse. Whenever someone at the office wants to ride it, there’s a queue to borrow it! During testing we had both the medium and the large frame, and depending on the size of the rider, it’s a noticeable advantage to have the right-size frame. THE VERDICT The Shuttle is easily one of the best e-bikes we’ve ever ridden. It felt like home from the first few minutes of riding. It isn’t cheap, but it will instill more confidence in even a less-experienced rider. It’s easier to control because of the light weight, also a little easier to stop when needed. The suspension is fantastic, the E8000 motor is one of our favorites, and the battery range is more than enough for longer rides. SPECS PIVOT SHUTTLE MSRP: $9999 Motor: Shimano STEPS E8000 Battery: Lithium-ion Charge time: 4–5 hours Top speed: 20 mph Range: 30–50 miles Drive: Shimano Di2 Brakes: Shimano XT 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes Controls: Shimano STEPS E8000 Fork: Fox 36 Performance Elite 29/27.5+, 150mm Rear shock: Fox DPX 2, custom valved Frame: Pivot carbon fiber Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF 27.5×2.8” (front), Maxxis Rekon 27.5×2.8” TR Silk Shield (rear) Weight: 43 lb. Color choices: Charcoal (U.S.), Blue/gold (EU) Sizes: S, M, L http://pivotcycles.com THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? 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Marin is on a real charge at the moment — it’s been hard at work developing a new range of bikes that include everything from the funkily-suspended Wolf Ridge and Mount Vision bikes through to the dropper-equipped go-anywhere Gestalt X. Marin Gestalt X11 review Marin Mount Vision 9 first ride review Niner’s MCR 9 RDO magic carpet gravel bike is almost here We took a look at its brand new drop bar bikes that are available now but designated as 2020 model year bikes. Marin Nicasio Plus details, specs and prices Marin’s Nicasio is made of steel and looks sleek Ben Duke The new Nicasio Plus builds on the original Nicasio’s go-anywhere credentials and is based around the Series 1 frame that’s been designed to be beefy and strong to help tackle the tribulations an adventure or endurance cyclist might encounter on long rides. The Nicasio has plenty of mounting options and the steel look is simple and elegant Ben Duke The bike’s party pieces include mounts for bottle cages and accessories, pannier racks and mudguard mounts both front and rear. Using a 9-speed MicroSHIFT 1x drivetrain with an 11-46 tooth cassette range that’s mated to a 42-tooth chainring, Marin hopes that there are enough gears to take you wherever you want to go. The tan wall tyres match the bike’s colour scheme perfectly Ben Duke There are WTB Horizon 47mm wide 650b tyres that are wrapped around Marin’s own 25mm internal width rims. The Nicasio Plus is due to retail for a budget-busting $849.99. Marin Lombard 2 details, specs and prices The Lombard 2 is a new entry into the drop bar market for Marin. It has a totally new frame that’s been designed for commuting during the week and gravel riding at the weekend with geometry that’s claimed to be fast and stable. The bike has been designed to tackle both on- and off-road adventures and could be a budget beating one-bike quiver for the casual commuter and weekend adventurist. The simple colour scheme looks great and it only costs $1,449.99. Ben Duke Standout features include 40mm wide 700c Vee Tire G-Sport tyres, Shimano’s 10-speed Tiagra groupset and Tiagra hydraulic disc brakes. The bike’s got mudguard and pannier mounts and the frame and fork feature bolt-thru-axles. The frame’s graphics are reflective to help you be seen in the dark, too. The Lombard 2 uses Shimano’s Tiagra brakes Ben Duke The Lombard 2 is going to cost $1,449.99. Marin prototype carbon fibre adventure/gravel bike The prototype is made from carbon fibre. Ben Duke Marin’s lips were fairly well sealed about this brand new all-carbon adventure-come-gravel bike we spotted at the show. We couldn’t help notice how many different mounting options there are on the bike’s frame and after a quick count, we spotted seven individual options. We think there might be just enough bottle cage mounting options! Ben Duke So for those of you who don’t like to travel light, this could be a bike for you. Release dates, prices and even a name are yet to be announced but we’re sure it’ll be reasonably priced and perform well — a theme for Marin Bikes at the moment. Marin staff coupler bike This particular coupler bike was set up for bikepacking Ben Duke Details were even thinner on the ground for this one-of-a-kind Marin staff ride, but we can tell you that it’s a coupler bike which means it can be folded down to be no bigger in size than its wheels. The coupler bike had all of the essentials bolted to it including whisky and gherkins Ben Duke It has 100 percent more gherkins and whisky than any other bike on the market at the moment and is made from steel. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the gherkins and whisky make it as a standard feature on all of Marin’s bikes in the future. One of Marin’s staff rides, this coupler bike looks unique! Ben Duke