The Revoloutionworks Revos is an affordable and very efficient electric bike conversion kit that will fit most bikes, can be fitted at home in around half an hour and weighs so little that you can happily ride without it being powered up. We first featured the Revos when it had just been launched on Kickstarter back in May 2018. The e-bike conversion kit has seen some substantial updates since then and is now in full production. It is available direct from Revolutionworks for £495 or £595, depending on the battery pack you opt for. Best electric bike 2019: 12 e-bikes you should be considering Best commuter bike 2019: what’s the best bike for commuting? How does the Revolutionworks Revos e-bike conversion kit work? The kit only comprises three main components: the drive unit, pedal-assist sensor and battery. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The beauty of the Revos is that it consists of only three main components: the drive unit, pedal-assist sensor and the battery. Its design also means that it can be fitted to most bikes within minutes using just a couple of tools and a few cable ties. There’s also no controller at the handlebar to worry about, and switching assistance on and off requires nothing more than a slight backpedal at the crank. Unlike most motor conversion kits, which place a motor at a hub, the Revos — which is assembled in Revolutionworks’ HQ in Bristol — uses a driven roller that wedges between a frame seatstay and rear wheel. The sensor essentially ‘counts’ the teeth on the cassette. Jack Luke / Immediate Media A magnetic sensor, which is affixed to the chainstay, essentially ‘counts’ the teeth on the cassette — if you stop pedalling, the system will disengage. The updated control unit then determines exactly when and how much power will be delivered from its bottle cage-mounted 100 or 209Wh battery pack. This powers the roller, which turns directly against the bike’s rear tyre and provides pedal assistance right up to the UK’s limit of 15.5mph / 25km/h. The internals of the roller unit have also been updated, losing the planetary gears of the first model and switching to a custom-specified direct-drive system. This is claimed to have drastically reduced the noise and drag of the system, and also increased efficiency. On that note, Revos claims the system draws just 4 to 8Wh/km. A typical e-bike drive system has a claimed power draw of between 10 and 20Wh/km. Riding around the most vertiginous locales in Bristol, the Revos team claims it has a typical real-world power draw of around 4.5Wh/km. This is key to making the most of its, relatively speaking, low battery capacity. The system is also particularly light — just 2.1kg for the 100Wh battery pack option, or 2.7kg for the larger 209Wh option. Once converted, your bike will be good for around 20 to 40km of riding, depending on the size of the battery pack you choose. That’s hardly a class-leading range, but Revos is confident that, with the UK’s average cycle trip lasting a little over three miles, it’s a range that will suffice for most of its customers. Should you end up with a flat battery then the Li-ion cell will be able to be charged to 80 per cent in just one hour, and will be fully charged within two hours. But if you can’t reach a charging point the roller of the drive unit can be manually retracted with a hex key to remove any drag from the bike’s drivetrain. The new battery also has a USB port for charging phones etc. Both the 100Wh and 209Wh battery packs attach to a frame bottle cage mount. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media What bikes will the Revolutionworks Revo e-bike conversion kit work with? The electric bike conversion kit will work with most bikes. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The Revos won’t fit every bike, but will work with most. To make it work you’ll need room for at least a 50mm x 50mm space between the seat tube and rear wheel of the bike it’s being fitted to. The clamp also has a maximum external seat tube diameter of 35mm. The roller also works best with a relatively slick tyre, so a knobbly tyre would have to be switched out. Full guidelines for fitting the system can be found on the Revos website. Where can I buy the Revolutionworks Revo e-bike conversion kit? The Revos is the work of father and son duo Mark and Hugo Palmer, who started the project back in 2006 and have since left their careers to devoted all of their time to getting the Revos to mass production. After a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, the system has now been brought into full production, with pricing set at £495 for the 100Wh kit and £595 for the 209Wh kit. The kit can be ordered directly from Revolutionworks, but it is also actively seeking a distributor for the brand. This article was last updated on the 12 September 2019
Pick up this month’s mag and relax as MBUK brings you pages of awesome mountain biking content. Legendary photographer Dan Milner reveals how that adventure you’ve been dreaming about may be simpler to tackle than you first imagined, while Thomas Vanderham and Scott Laughland explore Ecuador’s best riding spots and Ed earns his turns in the remote west-coast of Scotland at Torridon. Plus, you’ll discover MBUK’s top picks for your perch with a saddle group test; four sub-£700 hardtails get tested; and find out everything you need to know about Dyfi bike park from a guided tour around Dan Atherton’s masterpiece. Log out drop in MBUK’s features editor Ed explores the mag’s top-voted UK mountain bike destination – Torridon – to discover what all the excitement is about in this remote and unspoilt Scottish wilderness. As a bonus, he takes in the Isle of Skye too. Fortunately, the famous Scottish midges are there to keep him from gloating too much. Features editor Ed takes a trip up the west coast of Scotland to see why Torridon became MBUK’s top-voted UK bike destination. Andy Lloyd Adventure unpacked With three decades of travelling the world to some of the most isolated places, photographer Dan Milner busts some myths about adventuring. He passes on his wisdom which shows it’s perhaps more straightforward than you believe and even reveals how to turn a regular ride into a beautiful adventure. Dan Milner knows how to pull off a great adventure, and he reveals it may not be as daunting as you believe. Dan Milner Sub-£700 trail rippers Four hardtail trail bikes from Marin, Voodoo, Vitus and Pinnacle get put through their paces to see just how much bike you get for less than £700, and, which is likely to put the biggest smile on your face for the riding you prefer. You can get a lot of bike for £700 these days. Four bikes from Vitus, Marin, Pinnacle and Voodoo get tested in this month’s bike test to find out just how much. Steve Behr Dyfi bike park Find out everything you need to know about the UK’s newest bike park, built by none other than Dan Atherton and his digging crew. This mid-Wales spot certainly reflects Dan’s vision of mountain biking and is a potential paradise for those looking to get loose. Dan Atherton lives and breaths Dyfi. He also shreds it harder than anyone. Steve Behr Wrecked and rated 14 saddles, unisex and female, go head to head in this month’s group test, providing you with the best advice for your backside. Having the right saddle can make a world of difference to your riding comfort. Check out 14 saddles in September’s group test. Georgina Hintern Six of the best lightweight full-finger gloves also get reviewed, along with heaps of the latest gear and kit to offer you the most reliable buying advice. First rides Santa Cruz’s downhill smashing v10 29, NS’s new enduro beast the Define 150, and Devinci’s latest Django Carbon get the first ride treatment where their initial flaws and highlights are revealed. The new Santa Cruz v10 29, NS Define 150 and Devinci Django Carbon receive the first ride treatment. Find out what the MBUK testing team thought of these new rides. Steve Behr Free gift Just in time for the new season, this free mudguard will help keep any fresh trail gloop out of your eyes. MBUK Ride More mudguard" title="MBUK Ride More mudguard"> Just in time for autumn, pick up a copy of the mag to get the free MBUK Ride More mudguard.
Prineville, Oregon (September 9, 2019) – Deep in the heart of Oregon’s western wilderness a freeride competition concluded today with Reed Boggs, Juan Diego Salido and DJ Brandt atop the podium, their performances earning them the last three qualifying spots for the 2019 edition of Red Bull Rampage. The man-made course featured multiple lines to let athletes choose their own path and style, with huge drops, massive doubles, berm presses and rhythm sections that allowed the rider to showcase their creative line selection and capacity to go big when it means qualifying for the biggest show in freeride. 22-year old, Bend native Reed Boggs set the tone early in the day with a big first run featuring two backflips, a frontflip and a 360. Shortly thereafter rain and wind blew in and put a temporary hold to the competition, but after patiently waiting a few hours the course dried enough to conclude a full second round of competition. 2019 PROVING GROUNDS RESULTS Reed Boggs – 73.50 Juan Diego Salido – 72.00 DJ Brandt – 71.75 The first run out of the gate after the wind hold was Juan Diego Salido, a young talent out of Mexico who put in a huge run in front of an anxious crowd. “I can’t believe I’m going to be the first Mexican to compete in Rampage, carrying the flag!” said Salido shortly after stepping off the podium. “I’ve always seen Red Bull Rampage as my main goal! I’ve got Red Bull Hard line coming up and then it’s time to head to the desert and get ready.” DJ Brandt’s day nearly ended before it had even begun. At the very beginning of his first run he blew a tire coming off one of the start drops and was forced to abort his run. “I can’t believe it actually happened, it was a hell of a road to get [that second run] in” said Brandt after securing what will be his second trip to Red Bull Rampage. The Marzocchi Proving Grounds is supported by: Marzocchi, Five Ten, GoPro, BFGoodrich, Magura Brakes, Clif Bar, Fast House, RaceFace, Alpine Bike Parks, 10 Barrel Brewing, Camelbak, Smartwool, CBD Plus, PinkBike and Oregon Dirt Park. ABOUT THE MARZOCCHI PROVING GROUNDS The Marzocchi Proving Grounds presented by Five Ten will be the first official athlete qualifier for Red Bull Rampage. The event will take place at Oregon Dirt Park, just east of Bend, OR – go to www.h5events.com for more information. ABOUT RED BULL RAMPAGE Featuring a world-class broadcast team including Sal Masekela, Pat Parnell, Tina Dixon and freeride mountain biking legend Cam McCaul, Red Bull Rampage coverage begins Friday, October 25th at 9:00am PST/Noon EST, live and on-demand on Red Bull TV. Red Bull TV is distributed digitally as an app across mobile phones, tablets, consoles, OTT devices, Smart TVs and online at www.redbull.tv.
The Cycle Show kicks off on Friday 13 September at Birmingham’s NEC, and it’s packed full of shiny bikes, new tech and inspiring talks. 9 reasons to attend The Cycle Show 2019 BikeRadar Awards launched ahead of 2019 Cycle Show Alongside the main stage, BikeRadar is sponsoring the Komoot Cycle Advice Stage and we’ve got an array of speakers lined up to discuss a range of topics. Whether you’re looking for practical maintenance tips, advice on how to buy a bike, or how to bring everything but the kitchen sink on a bike tour, there’s bound to be something for you. You’ll also get to hear from BikeRadar‘s tech editors about what they do. Here’s the full line-up of talks at the Komoot Cycle Advice Stage sponsored by BikeRadar, as well as featured speakers on the Main Stage and V12 Retail Finance stage. Komoot Cycle Advice Stage – Friday 13 September Bike maintenance — front gear adjustment This demo will cover everything you need to know about adjusting your front derailleur, from alignment to cable tension and routing. You’ll learn about the different styles of front derailleur as well as how to set up, maintain and troubleshoot them. Time: 10:10–10:40 Speakers: Jules Thrasher, technical manager, Shimano There will be bike maintenance demos teaching you how to index your gears. The Cycle Show New product showcase The team from BikeRadar have picked their favourite products from this year’s The Cycle Show. Find out what they chose and why, and ask them your questions on buying cycle gear. Time: 10:50–11:20 Speakers: Robin Weaver, technical editor-in-chief, BikeRadar, MBUK, Cycling Plus and Rob Spedding, content director, BikeRadar, MBUK, Cycling Plus How do you design a bike? Ribble’s Jamie Burrow gives an insight into how his road racing career launched his career into bike design. Time: 11:30–12:00 Speakers: Jamie Burrow, head of product, Ribble Cycles Komoot route planning workshop Whether you’re off on a bikepacking trip or just want a change from the same local loop, this workshop will show you how to use Komoot to discover, plan and share your rides. Time: 12:10–12:40 Speakers: Eleanor Jaskowska, community manager, Komoot Are e-bikes a force for good? Do e-mountain bikes make the sport more accessible or do they ruin it for everyone else? Olly Wilkins, known for his jumps and downhill racing, will be talking openly about his opinions on this often divisive topic. Time: 12:50–13:20 Speakers: Olly Wilkins, British MTB legend Olly Wilkins is a British MTB Pro and columnist for MBUK. The Cycle Show The truth about bike fit Experienced physiotherapist and bike fitter Phil Burt joins Rob Spedding for a frank and honest discussion around the bike fit industry, which has grown rapidly in the last 10 to 15 years. Time: 13:30–14:00 Speakers: Phil Burt, lead physiotherapist, British Cycling Lifestyle, Vlogging and Cycling Adventures — a Q&A with Keira McVitty Since taking a sidestep from pro racing, Keira McVitty has used YouTube to promote her passion for cycling. In this Q&A, we’ll explore the adventures from her racing career and how she grew her YouTube channel, plus more. Time: 14:10–14:40 Speakers: Keira McVitty, pro cyclist and vlogger Strength training tips for cyclists Having coached Olympians and Paralympians with British Cycling, Scott Pearson knows exactly how to minimise injuries and maximise performance. He’ll be answering all your strength and fitness questions, and giving some valuable tips that you can take with you. Time: 14:50–15:20 Speakers: Scott Pearson, strength and conditioning coach, British Cycling Bike maintenance – rear gear adjustment This demo shows you how to set up and adjust the rear derailleur, check for damage and recognise misalignment. You’ll get to know the different types of rear derailleur and how they relate to cassette sizes, and learn how to replace the cable. Time: 15:30–16:00 Speakers: Jules Thrasher, technical manager, Shimano Main Stage – Friday 13 September If you’re at The Cycle Show on Friday 13 September, don’t forget that there’s an array of guests lined up for the main stage too. Sir Chris Hoy — Olympian, business owner, author, mental health advocate, motivational speaker, family man — will be sharing his inspirational story on the main stage at 12.30pm. Be sure not to miss it. Sir Chris Hoy will be appearing on the main stage on Friday. The Cycle Show Komoot Cycle Advice Stage – Saturday 14 September Bike maintenance — front gear adjustment Another chance to see this demo, which will cover everything you need to know about adjusting your front derailleur, from alignment to cable tension and routing. You’ll learn about the different styles of front derailleur, as well as how to set up, maintain and troubleshoot them. Time: 10:10–10:40 Speakers: Jules Thrasher, technical manager, Shimano Breaking barriers — increasing women in cycling Join some of this year’s inspiring 100 Women in Cycling to celebrate the fun, friendship and freedom that cycling provides. Time: 10:50–11:20 Speakers: Anna Glowinski, TV presenter, Anna’s Legs designer Anna Glowinski is a cycling polymath, and radio and TV presenter. The Cycle Show How to buy a bike BikeRadar’s experts explain what to look for when you pick your next bike, and answer all your bike-buying questions. Time: 11:30–12:00 Speakers: Warren Rossiter, senior technical editor – Road, BikeRadar, Cycling Plus and Rob Spedding, content director, BikeRadar, MBUK, Cycling Plus How you can use Tour de France science to be a better rider The training secrets of the world’s best cyclists and how you can benefit from them too. Time: 12:10–12:40 Speakers: James Witts, author of The Science of the Tour de France Tales of endurance racing and bikepacking Come and hear Jenny Tough’s tales of ultra-racing. As well as being the first woman in the inaugural Silk Road Mountain Race she’s had plenty of bikepacking adventures, and you can learn about the mistakes and discoveries she’s made along the way. Time: 12:50–13:20 Speakers: Jenny Tough, adventurer, writer, film-maker Jenny Tough is an all-round adventurer. The Cycle Show Are e-bikes a force for good? Another chance to see this talk that asks whether e-mountain bikes make the sport more accessible, or do they ruin it for everyone else? Olly Wilkins, known for his jumps and downhill racing, will be talking openly about his opinions on this very divisive topic. Time: 13:30–14:00 Speakers: Olly Wilkins, British MTB legend Komoot route planning workshop Whether you’re off on a bikepacking trip or just want a change from the same local loop, this workshop will show you how to use Komoot to discover, plan and share your rides. Time: 14:10–14:40 Speakers: Eleanor Jaskowska, community manager, Komoot How do you design a bike? Ribble’s Jamie Burrow gives an insight into how his road racing career launched his career into bike design. Time: 14:50–15:20 Speakers: Jamie Burrow, head of product, Ribble Cycles Bike maintenance – rear gear adjustment This demo shows you how to set up and adjust the rear derailleur, check for damage and recognise misalignment. You’ll get to know the different types of rear derailleur and how they relate to cassette sizes, and learn how to replace the cable. Time: 15:30–16:00 Speakers: Jules Thrasher, technical manager, Shimano V12 Retail Finance Stage – Saturday 14 September BMX legend Bob Haro will be taking to the V12 stage on Saturday. The Cycle Show At 1pm, BMX legend Bob Haro will be talking about his extensive career: from pioneering freestyle riding back in the seventies and eighties, stunt riding in that infamous BMX chase scene in E.T., through to founding Haro Bikes and collaborating with Nike for the 2008 Olympics. At 1.45pm, Paul Jones will be in conversation with Michael Broadwith, who currently holds the End to End record. Paul photographed Michael’s ride, and his forthcoming book End to End explores the social and racing history of this iconic route. Michael Broadwith, who holds the End to End record, will be talking with photographer and author Paul Jones. The Cycle Show Komoot Cycle Advice Stage – Sunday 15 September Bike maintenance — front gear adjustment This demo will cover everything you need to know about adjusting your front derailleur, from alignment to cable tension and routing. You’ll learn about the different styles of front derailleur, as well as how to set up, maintain and troubleshoot them. Time: 10:10–10:40 Speakers: Jules Thrasher, technical manager, Shimano How to buy a bike BikeRadar’s experts explain what to look for when you pick your next bike, and answer all your bike-buying questions. Time: 10:50–11:20 Speakers: Warren Rossiter, senior technical editor – Road, BikeRadar, Cycling Plus and Rob Spedding, content director, BikeRadar, MBUK, Cycling Plus How do you design a bike? Ribble’s Jamie Burrow gives an insight into how his road racing career launched his career into bike design. Time: 11:30–12:00 Speakers: Jamie Burrow, head of product, Ribble Cycles A day in the life of a bike tester It sounds like the dream job, doesn’t it? Hear first-hand from one of our bike testers about the reality of the work and whether testing bikes for a living is as glamorous as it looks. Time: 12:10–12:40 Speakers: Alex Evans, technical editor, BikeRadar BikeRadar Tech Editor Alex Evans gives an insight into the life of a bike tester. Andy Lloyd How not to pack light Kate Rawles cycled the length of South America on a bamboo bike to raise awareness and inspire positive action on biodiversity loss. In this talk she explains why she chose to travel heavy, while offering valuable long-distance touring tips. Time: 12:50–13:20 Speakers: Kate Rawles Are e-bikes a force for good? Do e-mountain bikes make the sport more accessible or do they ruin it for everyone else? Olly Wilkins, known for his jumps and downhill racing, will be talking openly about his opinions on this often divisive topic. Time: 13:30–14:00 Speakers: Olly Wilkins, British MTB legend Fuelling your ride: Michelin Star nutrition advice Former Michelin starred chef Alan Murchison explains how he’s used his culinary knowledge to improve the performance of some of Britain’s best riders, plus he’ll be sharing the nutrition tips you’ll need to take your cycling to the next level. Time: 14:10–14:40 Speakers: Alan Murchison, author, The Cycling Chef Bike maintenance – rear gear adjustment This demo shows you how to set up and adjust the rear derailleur, check for damage and recognise misalignment. You’ll get to know the different types of rear derailleur and how they relate to cassette sizes, and learn how to replace the cable. Time: 15:30–16:00 Speakers: Jules Thrasher, technical manager, Shimano V12 Retail Finance Stage – Sunday 15 September Don’t miss the Q&A with 7x Paralympic and 19x World Champion Jody Cundy OBE. The Cycle Show At 11.15am there will be a Q&A with Jody Cundy OBE, seven-time Paralympic champion and 19-time world champion. Not to be missed!
“On this trip we hit up British Colombia to ride some legendary mtb spots, we all grew up watching the legends ripping these areas so it was a pleasure to see them in real life and to get to ride spots like Kamloops is a serious buzz. Cheers Dylan Siggers and Ollie Jones for the guiding, photos, additional angles, shuttles and good times.”
It’s the start of spring here in Australia. The birds are singing, native flowers are blossoming, and the sun is coming out to warm and dry out the wet and mucky trails left behind after a cold and dark winter. Well, unless you’re one of those lucky Far North East Queenslanders, who have been enjoying beautifully warm and dry conditions over the past couple of months. We had a brief taste of their tropical paradise when we travelled up to Cairns for the Reef to Reef – a cracking 4-day MTB stage race that (most) competitors race together in pairs. Wanna know what it was like and whether you should plan a riding holiday for next year? Make sure you check out the story on the event here. JERONIMOOOOO! Giant unveiled its new Reign E+ e-MTB last month, and that’s got a lot of people excited. You might have also enjoyed yourself a winter escape to the northern hemisphere, like Jon Odams, who enjoyed a riding trip of a lifetime at the BC Bike Race in Canada. We are not jealous at all. Nope. Not one bit. For those looking for a little further inspiration through the tail end of winter, there’s been a swag of new bike releases to get plenty excited about too. Giant Bicycles continues its re-embrace of 29in wheels with the launch of the burly Reign 29er – a bike that we were lucky enough to test out at the launch. Trek has also released its brand new Fuel EX, which we reckon is the US brand’s best trail bike to date. Then there’s also that brand new $12K women’s specific superbike from Liv Cycling, the rollout of the 4th generation Santa Cruz Tallboy, and the debut of Giant’s longest travel e-MTB to date; the new Reign E+. Along with all the new bike releases popping off left, right and centre, we’ve had a load of new test product arrive at Flow HQ. To get you up to speed with some of the new gear we’ve got on the rotisserie wheel, here’s the early spring time edition of Flow’s Fresh Produce! 2020 Focus O1E 8.8 The Focus O1E 8.8 might just be the best-looking model in the 2020 Focus mountain bike range. Classy! Mick has just come back from rAdelaide, having caught up with the Focus Australia crew to see what’s new for 2020. We’ll have a separate highlights article coming soon to cover off some of the 2020 models, but we just couldn’t resist showing you guys this bike – the 2020 Focus O1E 8.8. Finished with a gorgeous slate-blue paint job and Maxxis tanwall tyres, it was easily one of the standout lookers from the show. Would you agree? Using a full carbon mainframe and swingarm, the O1E is Focus’ lightweight XC race bike. It has 110mm of rear wheel travel via the amusingly-titled F.O.L.D suspension design, and that’s paired to a Fox 34 Step-Cast fork with 120mm of travel. Along with the Shimano XT M8100 1×12 groupset, Mavic wheels, and the KS Zeta dropper post, it’s a mighty fine race package for $6K. From: Focus Bikes Australia Price: $5,999 Bontrager XXX Mountain Bike SPD Shoes New toe-tappers from Bontrager in the ‘Nautical Navy/Radioactive Pink’ colourway. How’s that for a statement! Bontrager has updated its flagship XC race shoes, giving them a rather bold look thanks to the ‘Radioactive Pink’ coloured upper and outsole. The outsole itself is 100% OCLV carbon fibre, which is designed to be both extremely lightweight, and extremely stiff. As in, 14/14 on the arbitrary stiffness scale. It’s then lathered with Tachyon rubber tread blocks for walking/hiking/tap-dancing traction, and there’s the option to run toe spikes for the cyclocrossers out there. To help mitigate heel-slip, there’s a hard plastic heel cup on the outside, and a no-slip lining on the inside. The XXX Mountain Bike shoe will be available in Australia in sizes from EU 39 through to 47. Each size features the inForm Pro LAST, which means they’re designed to be more snug and secure than a comparable trail shoe. To help you dial in the fit, you’ve got dual BOA IP1 ratchets. Bontrager has dropped the Velcro strap from the previous version, and instead routes the lower BOA cable further down the shoe. From: Trek Bikes Price: $549.99 Lazer Impala MIPS Helmet Lazer has a new trail helmet called the Impala, and it’s available in both MIPS and non-MIPS versions. The Impala is a new-school trail lid from Lazer, and it’s designed with more coverage around the sides and back of the head to increase protection over a typical roadie/XC helmet. Lazer has wrapped the EPS foam core with a generous polycarbonate shell that wraps around the underside of the helmet’s rim to protect the foam underneath. Being a modern trail helmet, the Impala comes with all the modern accruements; a big adjustable visor, goggle compatibility, and a plug-in GoPro mount that is supplied in the box. Our test helmet is the MIPS-equipped version, which comes in three colours as well as this Fire Engine Red. There’s a non-MIPS version for $179 that comes in five colour options. All Impala helmets come in Small, Medium & Large sizes, and feature the 360° TurnFit adjuster system. From: Shimano Australia Price: $219 Fox Float DPX2 Volume Spacer Kit Keen to fettle with your Fox DPX2 shock? This spacer kit allows you to alter the air volume inside, and therefore change how linear or progressive your rear suspension is. Tuning air volume is a relatively easy way to alter the feel of your bike’s suspension. Fox, RockShox and others employ plastic spacers or ‘tokens’ that are designed to clip inside the air spring chamber to reduce the volume inside. The concept is simple – the more spacers you have, the more progressive the spring curve is, and the less spacers you have inside, the more linear the spring curve is. Arriving in time for some suspension fettling with our Canyon Spectral AL 6.0 test bike, this particular kit is specific to the Fox Float DPX2 shock, and comes with five different sized spacers inside. From: Sola Sport Price: $59.95 Giant Control Tower Boost Tubeless Pump Giant now has a pump to match its name – this guy is bloody yuuuge! Spotted a couple of weeks ago at the 2020 Giant & Liv launch, this Control Tower Boost is a new floor pump from Giant that’s designed specifically for tubeless tyres. Using a secondary chamber that you can charge to 200psi, the Control Tower Boost can apply a huge rush of compressed air through your valves and into the tyre to help seat the beads onto a tubeless compatible rim – all without need for a separate compressor. The pump gets a huge analogue pressure gauge, and it’s constructed with an all-alloy barrel and a steel base for the most vigorous of pumpers. The Autohead will clamp down on both Presta and Schrader valves, with no need for any small parts to be swapped around. Just fit, flip and pump away. From: Giant Bicycles Price: $189.95 Specialized 2FO Clip Mountain Bike Shoes Specialized has unveiled its new 2FO Clip 2.0 shoes – designed for World Cup DH racers and trail riders. Released mere days ago, the new 2FO Clip 2.0 shoes from Specialized are designed to be lighter, sturdier and better ventilated than their predecessor. These feature a lace-up construction, a SlipNot rubber outsole, and long cleat pockets for getting your clip pedals in your preferred location. What are they like to ride? Check out Mick’s review of the new 2FO Clip 2.0 shoes right here. From: Specialized Bicycles Price: $220 Pirelli Scorpion MTB Tyres Pirelli is aiming to cover a wide range of riding conditions with its high performance Scorpion MTB tyres. Italian tyre manufacturer, Pirelli, has launched into the mountain bike game for 2019 with the new Scorpion MTB tyre. Aiming to simplify things for the consumer, the Scorpion MTB range splits into four unique tread patterns that are designed to excel in specific applications: Hardpack, Mixed, Soft and Rear. All tyres use Pirelli’s SmartGRIP rubber compound, which it reckons has some serious special sauce. For the rundown on the range and a closer look at the tyres we’re using, check out our first look of the Pirelli Scorpion tyres here. From: FE Sports Price: $89-$95 Bontrager Ion Pro RT Front Bike Light Bontrager’s 1300 Lumen Ion Pro RT light has a few neat tricks up its sleeve. It might be the start of spring, but that doesn’t mean night riding season is over – far from it in fact! To get us through some cool spring evenings, we’ve got a 1300 Lumen head light from Bontrager called the Ion Pro RT. Designed for either handlebar or helmet use, the Ion Pro RT has a single CREE LED that pumps out anywhere from 400-1300 Lumens, while featuring several flash modes too. The included handlebar bracket will fit handlebars from 25.4-35mm in diameter, while the internal lithium-ion battery can be recharged via a standard micro USB cord. Perhaps the coolest function of the Ion Pro RT light though is its Bluetooth/ANT+ connectivity, which means you can pair it to your Garmin head unit to keep track of battery life and power levels, or control it via a wireless Bontrager Transmitr remote (see below). From: Trek Bikes Price: $169.99 Bontrager Flare RT Rear Bike Light The Bontrager Flare RT is a compact tail light that can also be controlled wirelessly. The matching tail light is this Flare RT, which possesses 90 Lumens of power in a tiny little package that attaches to your seatpost or frame via an adjustable rubber bracket. Bontrager reckons you’ll get up to 15-hours of run time from this light on the lowest setting, though there’s a bunch of modes to choose from, including a daytime flash setting that we’ve been using religiously on our commute to the trails. Like the Ion Pro RT front light, this guy can be paired wireless too… From: Trek Bikes Price: $79.99 Bontrager Transmitr Wireless Remote …a handlebar remote that Bontrager calls the Transmitr. Using a CR2032 watch battery, this Bluetooth/ANT+ remote is designed to pair wireless with up to seven compatible lights. In our case, we’re just running it with the Ion Pro RT front light, and Flare RT rear light, and it’s come especially in handy while running the Ion Pro RT on the helmet. As well as turning the lights on and off, the remote can run through the various power and flash modes, all while keeping your hands on the grips. From: Trek Bikes Price: $69.99 Maxxis Dissector 27.5×2.40WT 3C Maxx Terra EXO Tyre The Dissector comes in both trail and DH versions, and in both 29in and 27.5in sizes. More new tyres here at Flow HQ! This time it’s the Dissector – the newest tread pattern from Maxxis, which was codeveloped with Troy Brosnan as a speedy rear tyre for racing World Cup DH. Maxxis is also producing the Dissector in a lighter EXO trail version, which is the one we’ve got on the back of the Canyon Spectral test bike right now. For further specs, confirmed weights and dimensions, check out our first look story on the Dissector here. From: Lusty Industries Price: $89.99 Curve Dirt Hoops 29 Wider 40 Wheels Curve Cycling has recently rolled out its newest mountain bike wheel called the Dirt Hoops. Melbourne-based Curve Cycling has two new sets of carbon mountain bike wheels: the Dirt Hoops Wide 35, and the Dirt Hoops Wider 40. Referring to the external rim width, the new Dirt Hoops feature enormously thick hookless beads for greater impact protection, and a substantial inner width that’s designed to support modern high-volume tubeless tyres. There’s a load of neat details on show with these locally-designed carbon wheels, so you make sure you keep your eyes peeled on the website for a detailed story on these coming very soon! From: Curve Cycling Price: $2,198 The post Flow’s Fresh Produce | Fancy Shoes, New Lids, Fresh Rubbers, Lights & A Giant Tubeless Pump appeared first on Flow Mountain Bike.
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