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The Remote 160 is a different bike to everyone. Whether you’re a busy mom taking advantage of your sparse free time, someone out trying to explore as much as possible, someone coming back from illness or injury, or someone who is just curious about what it feels like to ride an eBike, we think you’ll find a familiar place on the Remote 160. Born from Process geometry, and powered by a Shimano e8000 motor, the Remote 160 is dedicated to letting you ride more and letting you ride longer. Riders: Sherry Staples, Trevor Porter, Jim Brown, Caleb Holonko
Gocycle claims the bike was designed to match the dimensions of a 700c bike. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The drivetrain is fully covered to avoid getting clothes dirty. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The PitstopWheels allow easy access to change tyres or fix a puncture. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The Gocycle has two hinges and folds in a matter of seconds. Gocycle We think the single-sided fork should be called the Righty. Gocycle Once folded, the GXi is easily wheeled along. Gocycle Gocycle claims the bike was designed to match the dimensions of a 700c bike. Gocycle British brand Gocycle has unveiled its latest folding e-bike at The Cycle Show, and it’s clearly had a lot of thought put into it. Building on the foundations of its other models — including the GX and the G3 — the GXi combines much of the brand’s patented proprietary technology into one neat, fast-folding package. Best commuter bike 2019: what’s the best bike for commuting? Top tips for improving your commuter confidence The GXi follows a simple design that can be unfolded in mere seconds, then easily wheeled around for convenience. In its folded state, with the centre kickstand lifted, it measures 880 x 370 x 750mm, making it easily stored under a desk or in a cupboard. With an integrated 375Wh battery that’s claimed to have a four-hour charge time and a range of up to 50 miles (80km), the Gocycle GXi could well be the commuter’s choice for folding e-bikes. And we haven’t even talked about the innovative custom tech that’s slapped all over it yet. 10 things to consider when commuting Bespoke technology With the exception of the Magura brakes, pretty much everything else on the GXi is custom designed from the ground up. It’s not often you see a bike that’s fully equipped with a whole suite of proprietary technology, which has a lot of pros, but also some cons. Electronic gear shifting The drivetrain is fully covered to avoid getting clothes dirty. Jack Luke / Immediate Media While the GXi shares many qualities with its cheaper siblings, its big advantage is Gocycle’s predictive electronic shifting technology, paired with a Shimano Nexus 3-speed hub gear. This downshifts automatically when you slow down, eliminating the old stopped-too-suddenly-in-the-wrong-gear scenario. With this innovative approach to electronic shifting, you should always start off in your lowest gear. Of course, this isn’t the first example of automated shifting we’ve seen, it’s more tailored to commuting in its simplicity, unlike other previous models designed specifically for road or mountain bike use. This doesn’t mean it brings the price down, of course, since research and development doesn’t come cheap. In addition to this, the GXi features a bespoke front hub motor, separating the powered drive from the pedal drive. This also means that the weight is distributed across the bike, rather than in one place. It may still weigh 17.5kg, but it’s not all in one place. PitstopWheels The PitstopWheels allow easy access to change tyres or fix a puncture. Jack Luke / Immediate Media One of the most innovative aspects we saw on the bike were its side-mounted PitstopWheels. Unlike traditional bicycle wheels which are mounted upon an axle threaded between two dropouts, the Gocycle PitstopWheels actually bolt onto the non-driveside of the frame. A 5mm Allen key is all that’s needed to remove them, though the exposed area created by the side-mount means you can remove the tyre without unbolting the wheel. This would make punctures a much quicker nuisance to deal with. This is achieved by having a single-sided fork up front — think Lefty, but on the right. Righty. At the rear, the wheel bolts onto the back of the fully contained drivetrain, with the hub gear sitting separately. The beauty of this is that with the gearing removed from the wheel altogether, the front and rear PitstopWheels are actually interchangeable. LED cockpit Gocycle claims the bike was designed to match the dimensions of a 700c bike. Gocycle Up front, there’s a full LED cockpit display that’s built into the handlebars as opposed to being housed in a separate unit. This keeps the cockpit simple and minimal. With its red light display, you can keep tabs on your battery level, driving mode, speed and gear position. In addition to this, Gocycle has added its patented automotive-inspired Daytime Running Light, which automatically shines when the bike is moving. The one drawback We think the single-sided fork should be called the Righty. Gocycle Of course, while it’s exciting to see a lot of innovation going into this bike, it does need to come with a word of warning. Bike standards may vary greatly, but in general when you stick to the traditional stuff, it’s a lot easier to replace parts when needed. The Gocycle GXi on the other hand, only works with the brand’s own components. If you need the bike serviced and parts replaced, you’re relying on a single company to have them available to you at a reasonable cost. Not only that, but should the Gocycle range not garner the success it hopes to, and the company goes in a new direction, you could find yourself landed with an expensive bike that you can’t have serviced anymore. That’s the risk that always comes with any bike that features proprietary parts, and it’s down to the consumer to decide where to place their bets. Rider-focused design The Gocycle GXi is clearly the result of a lot of research and development, and the brand claims that it’s the best possible design to do the job. From its incredibly quick and convenient folding mechanism to the smaller details that make life easier, it’s clear someone has thought hard about what a folding e-bike really needs to be. Fast folding mechanism The Gocycle has two hinges and folds in a matter of seconds. Gocycle We can confirm — we’ve seen it for ourselves — that it takes just seconds to unfold the Gocycle GXi. The process is simple, thanks to two hinges that join the stem to the headset and the down tube to the bottom bracket. Just fold the frame in half and pull the bars down. You can then use the saddle to wheel the folded bike along or compress it to store the bike. A centre kickstand allows it to stand by itself, though it does raise the height of the final folded product. Fully programmable If all that isn’t enough, the Gocycle GXi is fully programmable thanks to the Gocycle Connect app. It can be used to personalise your ride, fine-tune the amount of motor assistance you require, monitor your battery life, track your fitness progress, set your riding mode and view your ride stats. Once folded, the GXi is easily wheeled along. Gocycle Gocycle GXi specifications Frame: Hydro-formed 6061 T6 alloy Wheels: Magnesium PitstopWheel with center hub mount Riding modes: City, Eco, On-Demand, Custom Motor: Gocycle proprietary front hub motor gear drive 500 watt (US) and 250 watt (EU) Battery: 17Ah/22V/375Wh Shifting: Gocycle electronic Predictive Shifting Transmission: Patented Cleandrive Shimano Nexus 3-speed Brakes: Magura hydraulic disc Tyres: Gocycle All Weather Tyre (20 x 2.25in) Front motor fork: Gocycle proprietary, single-sided, 6061 T6 Rear suspension: Gocycle Lockshock 25mm Saddle: Velo D2 Comfort Seatpost diameter: 34.9mm Pedals: MKS EZY Grips: Gocycle Ergo Comfort Gocycle GXi geometry Head angle: 70 degrees Seat tube angle: 68 degrees Wheelbase: 1,065mm Bottom bracket height: 275mm Dimensions (folded): 880 x 370 x 750mm Weight: 17.5kg Gocycle GXi pricing and availability The Gocycle GXi is available to preorder. £3,699 / €4,199 / $4,799
Kinesis has launched its first e-bike, with the Rise entering the fray at The Cycle Show as an aluminium hardtail with a Fazua motor, 29-inch wheels and progressive trail geometry. Electric bikes have dominated the two trade shows of early autumn – Eurobike and The Cycle Show – but typically fall into one of three categories: road, commuter/utility and full-suspension. It’s rarer to see a properly sorted trail hardtail with a motor, but Kinesis is a brand that has long tapped into the British fascination with hardtails, so it’s no surprise to see the Rise emerge as the Sussex-based brand’s first e-bike. (Interestingly, however, Kinesis says an electric gravel bike is also in development, with an expected launch date of January 2020.) “We have a fascination with hardtails,” says Kinesis UK’s Tom Catton. “This is a bike for people who are curious about e-bikes but who don’t want to lose that elemental sense of mountain biking – riding singletrack, hitting berms and doing drops – or if you ride with faster people and want a leveller, but at the same time it’s not too powerful.” Best electric bike: 12 e-bikes you should be considering Cycle Show 2019 highlights | New bikes from Condor, Shand, Vielo, Ribble and Genesis Kinesis Rise key details and tech specs Kinesis’ first electric bike Trail hardtail with a reach-focused geometry Fazua motor and battery system Claimed range of approximately 55km / 1,000m of elevation Shimano SLX (£3,200) and SRAM GX Eagle (£3,500) build options Available from December 2019 The Rise uses a Fazua drive system with a 400W motor and 250Wh battery. Rob Spedding/Immediate Media Fazua motor for ‘natural’ assistance A Fazua drive system with a 400W motor and a 250Wh battery sits at the heart of the Rise, chosen over more powerful systems due to its low weight and natural, progressive assistance, according to Catton. “The Fazua system is very natural,” he says. “You still retain the playful qualities of a mountain bike.” The system offers three modes: Breeze (up to 125 watts of power), River (up to 250 watts) and Rocket (up to 400 watts). The Rise has a range of approximately 55km or 1,000m of ascent using mixed modes, according to Kinesis, and you can change modes using the neatly integrated top tube unit, as opposed to a rudimentary control on the handlebar. The one-piece battery and motor can also be removed from the down tube and replaced with a blanking plate if you want to run the Rise as a conventional hardtail, although Catton admits that’s unlikely. Claimed weight for the Rise is 18.9kg with the Fazua system in place and 16kg without. Fazua now offers an integrated control panel. George Scott/Immediate Media Reach-focused trail geometry The Rise has also seen Kinesis follow the likes of Specialized in adopting a reach-focused approach to geometry, with the four sizes available labeled as L1, L2, L3 and L4. The progressive geometry combines a long reach with a short seat tube and XL dropper post, giving buyers more flexibility in choosing a bike to match their fit or riding style, according to Catton. “It’s important that a hardtail has really good geometry,” he says. “We’ve focused on pushing a long bike and a short seat tube, so there’s flexibility about how you size it up. If you’re an old-school rider who likes a short bike, you can go smaller, but if you want a longer bike, the seat tube is small enough to allow that.” To take an L3 bike as an example, you’ll find a 485.2mm reach, 440mm seat tube and 170mm dropper post (a 150mm post is used on L1 and L2 bikes). Head tube and seat tube angles are 66.7 degrees and 75.5 degrees across all sizes, keeping things relatively slack at the front-end and aiming to ensure the Rise remains a capable climber through the rear. This may be a prototype but the ‘galactic blue’ paint will carry over to production machines. Rob Spedding/Immediate Media Kinesis Rise specs, pricing and availability The Rise will be available in two builds, with a SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain for £3,500 and Shimano SLX 11-speed parts for £3,200. Both builds will share TRP Slate T4 brakes, an FSA crankset, a X-Fusion E-Slide 34 130mm fork, Sector 9E E-Specific wheels and 2.5-inch Maxxis DHF/Aggressor front/rear tyres. The SRAM bike gets an FSA cockpit, while the more affordable Shimano machine gets Kinesis own-brand parts. The ‘galactic blue’ paint featured on the prototype displayed at The Cycle Show will carry through to production bikes – and it is very nice indeed. The Rise will be available to pre-order in October, with delivery expected in December. Kinesis Rise sizes and geometry Kinesis Rise L1 Reach: 436.6mm Seat tube: 400mm Head tube angle: 66.7 degrees Seat tube angle: 75.5 degrees Head tube length: 120mm Stack: 634.4mm Kinesis Rise L2 Reach: 461mm Seat tube: 415mm Head tube angle: 66.7 degrees Seat tube angle: 75.5 degrees Head tube length: 120mm Stack: 634mm Kinesis Rise L3 Reach: 485.2mm Seat tube: 440mm Head tube angle: 66.7 degrees Seat tube angle: 75.5 degrees Head tube length: 125mm Stack: 639mm Kinesis Rise L4 Reach: 510mm Seat tube: 465mm Head tube angle: 66.7 degrees Seat tube angle: 75.5 degrees Head tube length: 140mm Stack: 653mm
By Zap The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame celebrated its 31st annual induction ceremony with the induction of a four new members (L-R); framebuilder Tim Neenan, World DH Champ Myles Rockwell, multi-time National & World Champ (among so many other accolades) Rebecca Rusch, and OG freerider filmmaker Derek Westerlund. The star-studded affair took place at […] The post Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Inducts Four More appeared first on Mountain Bike Action Magazine.
Bernard Kerr battled through heavy mist to become the first person to ever win the world’s toughest mountain bike downhill race for the second time. Gee Atherton and Joe Smith completed an all-British podium. Here is all you need to know: – Built by local legend Dan Atherton in Wales, the course combines tricky technical downhill features with huge freeride-style jumps including the breathtaking final fly off which sees riders fly 65ft towards the finish line. – Saturday’s qualifying for the sixth edition of the gruelling race took place on a near perfect track in bright sunshine amongst the hills of Dyfi Valley. – Kerr, one of the best all-round riders in the world, dominated qualifying with a time of 2m50s as Atherton showed he was also in form just two seconds behind. – Sunday’s weather, though, turned in front of a sold-out crowd of 3,000 as heavy mist and tricky wind peppered the track to make life difficult for the riders. – Former world junior champion Kade Edwards, Charlie Hatton and Kaos Seagrave all suffered in the conditions before Welshman Smith’s incredible run was marred by a rear tyre puncture that forced him to go round the final jump – losing three vital seconds in the process. – Reigning champion Atherton’s run was messy, however it was fast and enough to take the lead by 2.5s with Kerr then looking to repeat his 2016 triumph. – He attacked the course with clean lines and made up speed on the open sections, where other riders crashed, to power into the final section where he held his nerve. – Kerr revealed: “It was a tough day with all the weather, but I tried to carve new lines. I found it easy to focus today. Winning twice is unreal. I broke my hand a few weeks ago, so I missed half the season. It makes me feel really good, after missing races and knowing I was going quick this year, to come back and win it.” – Two-time world downhill champion Atherton added: “The rain rolled in, the mist rolled in and we went back to classic Red Bull Hardline with dark, Welsh conditions which always makes for a tough race. I enjoyed it. I had a few slips on the run, but it wasn’t a bad run.” 2019 Red Bull Hardline course features Rock drop: 13ft drop Cannon: 57ft travelled Step Up: 40mph speed required to clear jump Dirty Ferns: 45ft travelled Road Gap: 55ft trajectory Out of the woods: 45ft travelled The Final Fly Off: 65ft travelled – biggest jump ever at Red Bull Hardline