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
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Mountain Bikers Take on Electric Bike World Championship The UCI E-MTB World Championship brought a batch of talented riders to the table including Rocky Mountain’s own Andreas “Dre” Hestler. Dre spent 13 years racing the cross-country World Cup Circuit before finding his current role at Rocky Mountain Bicycles. Andreas also plays a large role in the BC Bike Race. After his electric bike racing experience, we felt compelled to ask him what the event was all about. Scroll down and see what Dre had to say. Q: We’re curious to hear your thoughts about racing the first-ever E-MTB World Championship. Was it everything you thought it would be? A: Was it everything I thought it would be – It was more, not lame in the least. They put on a great course — physical and technical both up and down. This was no place for someone who isn’t a real mountain biker – full gas the whole time and puckered properly in the descents! And fun! The climbs required every skill under the sun from singletrack climbing at speed, with heavy breathing thrown in, But mostly hard and a bit scary! Riding like that was pretty sick, like being part Nino and part Melamed. The race time was around an hour and twenty minutes. It was just enough to be a real throttle cracker, but not a death march. I would certainly consider doing the race again. 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 Mountain Bikers Take on Electric Bike World Championship appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
Prevelo Bikes re-designed their kids MTB line this after only one year in operation...amazing. A successful first season, they managed to improve on an already great frame a part spec. In the case of the new 24 inch hardtail, the Zulu 4 Heir, Prevelo has created a descending oriented hardtail MTB that is versatile in its ability hit the trails and the neighborhood. We often state its tough to beat the suitability of a well designed Hardatil for most kids in this age range, case in point...The Prevelo Zulu 4 Heir. Prevelo Zulu 2 Heir Details: Intended Age- 8 to 11 years Weight- 24 lbs Features- Custom carbon lower air fork with 80 mm travel, hydraulic disc brakes (rear calipers tucked away), Alex rims, 140mm cranks, 67 HA, 11-46 T rear cassette MSRP- $1299 USD for Heir build, $899 regular build Available- Prevelo Bikes The Bike Dads' Take: "This bike is a descending machine on the singletrack. The efficiency of a hardtail and geo of an all mountain bike, this is a great option for the thrill seeking 8-11 year old who also like to ride to school and around the neighborhood. A class leading fork and great build bring the bike into the very respectable 24 lb mark." -Colin Recent Blog Posts Prevelo Zulu 4 Heir Review woom OFF Mountain Bikes Propain Kids Range 2020 Updates Trailcraft Blue Sky 20 Review Shotgun Kids MTB Seat ToutTerrain Singletrailer Bike Trailer Pello Reyes 24 Review Prevelo Zulu 2 Heir Review Early Rider Trail 24 Review Extending Ride Time in the Winter The post Prevelo Zulu 4 Heir Review appeared first on The Bike Dads.
BONTRAGER KOVEE PRO 30 WHEELS The most desired upgrade to existing bikes has always been wheels. The Bontrager Kovee Pro is a 29-inch cross-country wheel with a 29mm internal width and a hook bead that is compatible with tires from 2.0–2.6 inches. They weigh in at a combined a weight of 1610 grams with valves and no cassette, disc, axle or tires. Bontrager started in 1980 as a garage brand in Santa Cruz, California. Founder Keith Bontrager tested unique construction methods with a clear focus on attention to detail and commitment to quality. Today, Bontrager is under the Trek umbrella, designing and testing together and supplying the brand with quality OEM products. TECH INFO Bontrager uses the same OCLV carbon as Trek on this 29mm internal width, 28-hole rim. The Rapid Drive 108 hubs are Boost 110/148mm, with a 6-bolt disc and Shimano 10-/11-speed driver (SRAM XD driver is offered separately). The Rapid Drive hub offers 108 points of engagement utilizing a six-pawl, 54-tooth drive ring for durability and easy servicing. The hook-bead rim outers are 36mm wide, tubeless-ready, and come with the tubeless valves and valve-core removal tool. The wheels are laced up with quality DT Swiss Aerolite 14/17-gauge spokes and Alpina alloy locking nipples. ON THE TRAIL The Kovee wheels had a comfortable mix of stiffness to compliance, unlike some carbon wheels that have a rigidity only beneficial on smooth surfaces. The tires beaded up easily, and a few weeks later when we uninstalled the tires, they were sealed on extremely tight, telling us the hook bead works really well. Our wheelset held up well to fire roads and technical singletrack that you would find on a typical trail ride. The Kovee 30 wheels are designed for cross-county racing. If you are looking for a more aggressive trail-worthy wheel, for a little over 100 additional grams, Bontrager’s Line Pro 30 TLR is another option in the same price point. The cassette has a distinct, loud ratcheting sound that only some appreciate; your riding partners will let you know. Neither wheel came out of true or needed tensioning during or after the testing process. The best thing about this wheelset is that they soared up the trail. The lighter weight of the carbon paired with the stiffness to make for a very efficient ride. HITS • Lightweight • Fast • Priced right MISSES • XD driver upgrade (not a stock option) Star Rating Four stars out of five www.trekbikes.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 PRODUCT REVIEW: BONTRAGER KOVEE PRO 30 WHEELS appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
Part video game and part training tool, and now with some singletrack.( Photos: 5, Comments: 9 )
While the concept of gravel riding originated on the hard-packed dirt roads of the United States, exploring on bikes specifically designed to take you off the beaten track has captured the imaginations of riders the world over. In part four of our Adventure Addicts series, we set out to find six of the best British gravel riding routes. Britain may not have the extensive network of gravel roads found in the US and other parts of the world, but there’s still plenty of opportunity to head out into the wild, from the prehistoric Ridgeway route in the south of England, to the forest tracks of the Trossachs in Scotland. Gravel riding explained: Adventure Addicts part 1 How to have a gravel adventure: Adventure Addicts part 2 How to ride gravel: Adventure Addicts part 3 John Whitney’s Ridgeway The ever-changing terrain of the Ridgeway. Joseph Branston In austerity Britain the road network has lapsed into a pothole-strewn wreck, so picture what state the country’s oldest road, the Ridgeway, is in. Circa 5,000 years old, it’s at least got an excuse. The road predates the stone circles of Avebury, Wiltshire, which is its starting point in the west; in total, the Ridgeway stretches 140km, all the way to Ivinghoe Beacon in the Chilterns. It’s now a National Trail, open to cyclists all the way up to the river Thames – beyond that, there are fewer opportunities for two wheels, so our route ends in Goring-on-Thames. The Ridgeway is more popular with walkers than cyclists, and you’re still more likely to see mountain bikers than gravel bike converts. Without suspension and with narrower tyres, it’s always a thorough examination of gravel skills, and the ever-changing terrain will keep you on your toes. Navigating the Ridgeway will keep you on your toes. Joseph Branston Unless you’re one of those oddities who embraces wet weather, it’s best to ride the Ridgeway on a dry, bright day because the chunks of actual gravel are sparing and, on soggy days, it’s infamous for turning into a hellish quagmire of Glastonbury-on-a-wet-year proportions. If you’re interested in the ancient stones of Avebury, there’s plenty else along the trail for history buffs, including the Iron Age forts of Barbury Castle (where the National Trail and original Ridgeway diverge for a period) and Liddington Castle. Wayland’s Smithy burial tomb, just off the main track just beyond Ashbury, has 1,000 years even on Avebury’s stone circles, built in around 3,590 BC. Avebury has a National Trust car park, costing £7 all day. We’d recommend being self-sufficient as places to eat are few and far between along the route, unless you dip into nearby towns and villages. John Whitney is Cycling Plus’s features editor and new gravel convert 44.4 miles / 71.4km Get the route Ridgeway Sam Dansie’s Kielder Forest Kielder Forest has an extensive network of gravel roads. Mick Kirkman When a cycling event itemises a survival blanket and a whistle on its list of essential gear, it means business. Yet the oversubscribed 200km Dirty Reiver, four years old and more popular than ever, demonstrates that the UK’s growing legion of gravel enthusiasts want a challenge. The ride fulfils that want well by sticking to the limitless web of access roads in Kielder Forest, the UK’s second largest, and which carpets the remote low-hilled borderlands between England and Scotland. The roads are probably just uncomfortable if you’re in the back of a four-ton military lorry – besides being Forestry Commission, this is firing range territory – but 10 hours being bounced and pinged off angular rocks on a bike thrashes parts of the body other gravel rides can’t reach. Despite the highest point being 475m, the course also packs in around 3,800m of climbing, about the same as the Fred Whitton Challenge. Just let that sink in. The Dirty Reiver is not a race, but there is a timed sector, sponsored by Lauf, who make suspension forks. The prize was a piece of its produce and an invitation to experience more discomfort at The Rift, a big gravel race in Iceland. Those forks are probably great, but not even a hovercraft would have been comfortable on the sector, which was by far the worst-surfaced and came after 180km, when most of the field had already been humbled by the distance, climbing and aggregate. Ten hours of being bounced off angular rocks… fancy it? Mick Kirkman Kielder is hard to reach and amenities are scarce, but there’s a campsite and plenty of welcoming guest houses within a half-hour drive of the start. Be prepared to sign up early though, 2020 registration is already sold out. The Dirty Reiver’s roads are open all year round, but on the day of the event, the organisation makes a point of taking you away from harvesting and industry going on at the time. I saw one moving vehicle all day, but just note that it might not be that way at other times of the year. Sam Dansie is a contributor to Cycling Plus magazine and a Northumberland native 119 miles / 191.5km Get the route Kielder Sven Thiele’s London to Brighton This largely flat route is one of the UK’s most popular. Michael Blann I first rode this whole route in October 2017 but it came together bit by bit over the previous year, just exploring trails, using maps and routing tools such as Komoot, realising there are paths here and bridleways there and connecting it all together. The final half of the route, the Downs Link, is well documented, but the challenging bit was connecting that with our start at Hampton Court and it took some trial and error to hook it up. The route below is an almost entirely flat route along towpaths, old railway line, a bit of singletrack and gravel roads, though we do a hilly route with another 800m of climbing that goes over the North Downs, rather than skirting around. On Easter weekend, when we last did the flat route, we had the most glorious weather, and the surface was bone dry. I’ve ridden it in decidedly damper conditions and the weather makes such a difference. There’s a section around Guildford through farmlands that gets very squishy in the wet and you need the most grippy tyres you can find. When it’s wet, bumps are shaped and when they dry out they’re like skiing moguls. Ride along towpaths, old railway lines and gravel roads. Michael Blann Given the nature of the ride you don’t see much in the way of cafes or pubs along the route, so take the opportunity to refuel at Stan’s Bike Shack in Horsham. It’s a point-to-point route, so unless your legs are feeling good and you fancy a ride back to London from Brighton, you’ll need to get the train. It’s a very popular service with cyclists heading back to London, so there’s no problem getting the bikes on the train (at non-peak times), even if there’s a bunch of you. I’ve often considered riding home but once you sit down on the sea front and enjoy a few beers the urge to ride back subsides exponentially! It’s just over 100km from Hampton Court, which I think equates to 160km on the road. It’s a different way of riding, and as well as the pain you get in your arms and neck, the concentration that riding on these trails demands takes it out of you. One day I’ll ride home. I love the route, it’s one I constantly come back to and it’s a great showcase for what we have in the British countryside. Sven Thiele is the founder of event organiser and cycling club HotChillee. These days, when he’s riding, he’s likely to be on his gravel bike 64.6 miles / 103.9km Get the route London to Brighton Andy Mccandlish’s Trossachs A picturesque viaduct supplying Glasgow’s water. Andy McCandlish Blessed with endless miles of forest and estate tracks threading their way through hills and glens, the Trossachs are a gravel paradise. It’s so good that the locals here built a gravel extravaganza around it, the Duke’s Weekender. Named after the formidable Duke’s Pass that rises high above the town, this gravel enduro has a meagre 2km of road across its entire 70km route. There’s much more besides that too, so you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to a gravel deep dive. This ride is based in Aberfoyle, 32km north of Glasgow in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. With cafes, shops, a great pub (Forth Inn) and plenty of parking, it’s a perfect starting point to kick-start your adventure. Take note of the facilities because this figure-of-eight ride passes back through the town at the halfway mark, allowing you to stock up on supplies before you embark on round two. The first half makes use of National Cycle Route 7 north as it winds up through magnificent, towering mature woodland on forest tracks, topping out after a stiff 250m climb at the summit of Duke’s Pass. Staying on forest tracks and keeping your eyes glued to the wonderful views over the Trossachs ahead, you drop past the brilliantly-named Loch Drunkie to Loch Venechar for yet more speedy gravel trails along the waterfront. This picturesque route takes you past several lochs. Andy McCandlish In fact, the only short section appears as part of the climb back over the Duke’s to Aberfoyle, and even that is a beautiful and scenic road in its own right. It’s here that you also pick up the trickiest section of singletrack in the route – a challenging trail from the old slate quarry back towards town. Narrow and occasionally rocky, it demands attention, so make sure that you’re ready for it. After a quick (or not so quick depending on your legs) feed in Aberfoyle, you take to the open tracks again heading south for the second half. Highlights include the ‘Alp Duchray’ switchback climb up to meet Glasgow’s water supply flowing through a picturesque viaduct and a punchy section of singletrack by Rob Roy’s Cave on the side of Loch Ard. Andy McCandlish is a freelance photographer and gravel enthusiast who’s a lucky man indeed to call the Trossachs home 43.9 miles / 70.6km Get the route Trossachs Deborah Goodall’s North York Moors A route that takes in a magnificent moor panorama. Mick Kirkman I’ve been mountain biking in north Yorkshire for over 20 years and the arrival of gravel bikes has taken me back to those early days. It’s good to have to use your skills again, because modern mountain bikes are skill compensators. It’s about exploration, too, just going anywhere, and that exploration has led to us setting up our own gravel event, Yorkshire True Grit. We want to show off how great the gravel riding is here. I think it’s the sheer variety as to why it’s so special. One minute you’re in forests, the next onto the moors and back again – you can be looking at a panorama stretching 96km, or at the tree in front of your face. True grit gravel: a showcase in varied landscape. Mick Kirkman The route I’ve shared below has elements of the Yorkshire True Grit course, but we can’t share the whole route because it’s pieced together with bits of private road that aren’t open at any other time of year. Land access in Yorkshire generally isn’t that good and we work really hard to convince landowners that we’re not going to cause any damage or that there’ll be issues with grousing birds. We’ve moved our event this year to Hutton-le-Hole so that we can show off the eastern side of the Moors, but our original plan A route got a big fat, ‘No!’ from landowners. So we cooked up plan B, which I’m actually happier with now. We’ll take riders up Newtondale and Cropton Forests, which are unique due to being on hillsides, so you have these amazing vistas. It’s amazing gravel country, with fun, fast descents and grind-it-out hills. There’s no single tough section, its difficulty is with the cumulative effect of all the climbing. We save some of the punchiest stuff for the end because we want to make it a real test – for you to show your true grit! Deborah Goodall co-created the Yorkshire True Grit gravel event, which this year has moved to Hutton-le-Hole 45.9 miles / 73.8km Get the route North York Moors Nick Craig’s Peak District Hone your mountain biking skills on this beautiful route. Mick Kirkman This Hayfield route is not what I’d call a beginner’s route. Then again, this is the Peak District – there aren’t that many of them here! Nevertheless, this route starts off nice and gently on the Pennine Bridleway, on a section of the path that’s a disused railway line that once connected Hayfield and Manchester. There are a couple of sections early on that you shouldn’t cycle on and my advice, generally, is that if you’re in doubt, get off and walk. After a ride on a canal towpath, we turn off and begin climbing into the high peaks, joining back onto the Pennine Bridleway. It slowly morphs from gentle gravel riding that anyone could do to a point where you really need to think about your bike and equipment – it’s wide, tubeless tyre and mountain bike shoe terrain. I don’t think it’s that challenging, but, hey, I have been riding it for 30 years. I would do it on my cyclocross bike before even mountain bikes existed, and we’d jump off and carry our bikes over any bits that they couldn’t handle. For a newcomer, though, it will be undoubtedly tough. The Peak’s magnificent heather moorland. Mick Kirkman Gravel bikes have made the job much easier though, the control you get with disc brakes and what bike gurus can do with modern carbon fibre works like magic. During the easier early sections, it’s best to get into the flow of gravel riding. Once the terrain gets trickier, into the Peaks, it requires more mountain biking techniques, standing up on the pedals with knees and arms slightly bent, letting your bike move around. You need that to get back down to the Pennine Bridleway into Hayfield. Once there, you’re not quite done, as you turn off up a cobbled climb towards Kinder Reservoir. It’s really quite steep at its lower part: 1:1 gearing is essential, so a 34t chainset with a 34t big rear cog. Once you’re over that you’re into typical Peak District heather moorland. On the way back down, try to avoid the sheep. There are lots of them and hitting one is to hit a brick wall. Nick Craig is a former British cyclocross champion who was riding gravel decades before the bike industry got around to inventing it 16.3 miles / 26.2km Get the route Peak District