The Women’s Slopestyle Tour will be partnering with the Freeride Mountain Bike Association to bring the addition of women’s Dirt Jump, Freeride and Slopestyle events to multiple locations across North America.( Photos: 4 )
Launch Gallery SRAM‘s Level Ultimate brakes sees a redesigned caliper and high-performing lever SRAM has just announced its latest Level brakes SRAM put the Level brakes on a diet The TLM levers and calipers offer serious performance for the money The design team at SRAM has been busy over the past few months and there seems to be new gear launching almost constantly from the US company. And now, on the back of the updated four-piston G2 Ultimate and RCS brakes, the brand has just lifted the veil on new iterations of the Level Ultimate and TLM brakes. Best mountain bike disc brakes: 6 top picks Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you The G2 series brakes are suited to trail and enduro riders who are less concerned with counting grams, and SRAM has stripped the new Level levers and calipers to remove as much weight as possible, while still offering plenty of stopping power. While the levers only see minor functional changes, the calipers now use a two-piece, two-piston design, claimed to make for superb heat management and smooth actuation. Both the levers are compatible with the Matchmaker or Matchmaker X clamps too. SRAM Level Ultimate SRAM’s Level Ultimate brakes have a redesigned caliper and high-performing lever As you would expect from a top-of-the-range brake, the updated Level Ultimates are as excellent as ever, and complete with titanium hardware, they have a claimed weight of 318g. The lever itself is carbon and runs on bearings for a silky smooth pull, and features tooled reach adjustment and Direct Link action for a positive lever feel, SRAM claims. While SRAM prioritised performance on the scale, its retained the hinged bar clamp but now has the brand’s Bleeding Edge ports. SRAM says these ports make the bleeding process easier and faster by allowing the DOT 5.1 fluid to flow through the callipers more smoothly — they do however require a special adaptor. SRAM has just announced its latest Level brakes The new Level Ultimates are sold with the CLX two-piece rotors and are compatible with up to a 180mm disc at the front and a 140mm at the back, have a top loading pad holder and will retail for $300 (international pricing is to be announced). SRAM Level TLM Pitched as the brand’s high-value cross-country brake, the TLMs still sit second from the top in the Level range. They don’t get the titanium hardware, a carbon lever or the two-piece rotors on offer with the Ultimates, however, most of the technology in the flagship brake has trickled down into these stoppers. They get the same updated caliper, the lever still has a bearing in the pivot, and there’s tooled reach adjusters too. Also trickled down are the hinged bar clamps and Direct Link actuation. The brakes are claimed to tip the scales at 356g. The TLM levers and calipers offer serious performance for the money Running on Dot 5.1 fluid, the TLMs come with Centerline Rotors and the calipers take up to a 200mm disc in the front, and 140mm at the back. They’re also about half the price and set to retail for $170 (international pricing to be announced).
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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
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.( Photos: 6 )
The pride of the Scottish west coast and a mainstay of the DH World Cup series.( Photos: 6 )
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.