Onboard the winning chainless race run of Fabien Cousinie on McNearly Gnarly.( Photos: 4 )
Clip in with Fabien Cousinie on his winning rung at the chainless race at McGazza Fest. Come onboard the winning chainless race run of Fabien Cousinie on McNearly Gnarly, the flowiest trail of NZ. This was filmed at the Mcgazza Fest in Queenstown and organized to celebrate the legacy of Kelly Mcgarry. Couscous dressed up in his old skin suit to go full Frenchy mode for the preparation but no french lines were taken on track this time.
Intense Tazer Action Photos: Pat Carrigan When the history books of pioneer mountain bike design and downhill racing are written, there is no doubt that there will be several chapters dedicated to the decades-long relationship that Intense Cycles has with crafting championship-winning bikes. Ever since the first Intense showed up at the races back in 1993, if there is one thing that separated company founder Jeff Steber’s effort from the crowd, it’s been his willingness to design and build high-performance bikes from the ground up. When it came time to design their first e-bike, Jeff was not willing to just slap a motor into just any existing frame sourced from Asia. No, they started experimenting. They made the first three prototypes in aluminum before moving to carbon. In taking a tour of their Temecula, California-based factory, we saw a prototyping room where a detailed process helps them dial in the geometry and suspension kinematics. While mountain bike historians would be correct in pointing out that Intense had a non-assist hardtail mountain bike (now discontinued) by this same name years ago, Jeff decided that it was a more appropriate name for a new full-suspension e-MTB bike, so back the name came. Intense worked around the battery to have room in the front triangle for a bottle cage while still maintaining the suspension setup they wanted. THE BIKE From the sloping top tube to the box-section chainstays, the carbon frame is a thing of beauty, and it is aided and abetted in trickness by the Fox Factory e-bike-specific suspension. The original colorway for this bike matched that of its namesake stun gun, the Taser. It came in yellow/silver. For 2020 it’s available in black/silver. THE PARTS This bike was designed around a staggered set of wheel sizes, with a 29-inch front wheel mounted to a 27.5-inch rear, both mounted with Maxxis Minion tires. The advantage here is that the 29er front wheel rolls over obstacles better and is more precise, and the 27.5-inch tire offers a wider contact patch for better traction both in pedaling and braking. Wheels are DT Swiss H1700, and the front 29er features a 30mm inner width, and the rear 27.5-inch is 35mm wide to allow for the plus-sized tire. There is a lot of travel in the Fox Factory Series Transfer dropper post, as in 150mm. The suspension is courtesy of Fox 36 Float fork with 160mm of travel, with the rear duties capably handled by a trunnion-mount Fox Factory Float DPX2 shock with a three-position lever and 150mm of travel. Intense opted for a long-travel Fox Factory Series Transfer dropper post, which offers one of the widest ranges of seat-height changes we’ve yet ridden. To keep pedal strikes at bay, they use a Shimano XT 165mm crank. THE MOTOR The Tazer uses a Shimano STEPS E8000 motor. It’s small, quiet and packs a serious punch in the top levels. It’s protected by a metal skid plate underneath to protect it from rock and log strikes. Interestingly, they mounted an external battery internally. Intense isn’t the first company to do this, and there are some advantages and disadvantages inherent to the idea. First off, the down tube is massive. There’s a cover on the side that you must remove to not only remove the battery (if you ever do), but for the daily task of charging the battery. There’s no external port for this. This configuration does offer some weight savings over the internal batteries with all of their support hardware. “If there is one thing that separated company founder Jeff Steber’s effort from the crowd, it’s been his willingness to design and build high-performance bikes from the ground up.” The battery is also mounted upside down, and the reason for this was twofold: First, it lowers the bike’s center of gravity for better stability. Second, it allows Intense to engineer the front triangle to hold an optional water bottle cage for riders who prefer carrying water that way. An external battery is inserted inverted internally. The battery cover has to be removed to charge the bike. Battery capacity is a solid 504 Wh, allowing for long rides with little “range anxiety.” It’s mounted to make it lockable or removable without keys for those who want to carry an extra battery and swap it out on long rides. The feature-filled Shimano STEPS display is small and mounted behind the bars and almost completely protected in case of a crash. It shows mode, power use, battery and one other item of the rider’s choice, such as range, cadence, etc. Some mountain bikes add Di2 shifting with a manual shift lever to also control the power mode. Possibly to keep costs down, Intense instead went with a Shimano SLX mechanical setup and used a STEPS controller for mode control. WHO IT’S MADE FOR The Tazer is aimed squarely at experienced off-road riders who want an e-bike with great geometry and suspension. It’s also a good way for experienced moto riders to get into mountain biking. THE RIDE Powering up the bike is done with a silicone-protected button located on the downtube. Remember how the battery is mounted upside down inside the downtube? That means you’re simply pressing a protected button on the battery itself. After you press it, you can’t move the bike or touch the pedals until the motor system has fully started up and zeroed out the torque sensor, lest you get the dreaded “W13” error from the E8000 system. The first thing you notice when you take off is that the bike doesn’t feel heavy. At 48.5 pounds, it’s heavier than some we’ve tested, but still lighter than many other bikes aimed for this category. The medium we had actually fit some of our riders who normally like a large. It seems to cover a lot of people with only three sizes. Shimano 4-piston disc brakes proved very effective at keeping things from getting out of hand. The suspension felt really great, really plush, with ample progression in the stroke. We never bottomed out. The ride was lively, and the 64.9-degree head angle was forgiving when we’d be a little too aggressive into a technical section. The staggered wheels really work well. We rolled over obstacles we’d normally pull up over, and the back wheels have tons of traction, making controlling speed easy and keeping the rear wheel biting on fast corners. We loved the power of the quad-piston Shimano XT brakes, and there were a couple of times they kept us out of trouble when the plush suspension drew us into corners faster than we liked. Steering is precise, and the bike responds well to rider inputs, whether that’s steering, weight shifts or lifting the front wheel. Even bunnyhops are surprisingly easier than you’d think with an e-MTB. POWER All motors have a preferred cadence. The STEPS is no different, providing the best power in any combination of gearing and power mode at 80–90 rpm. There are three modes: The first is Eco, and it provides just enough support to compensate for the weight of the bike. The second is called Trail, and the third is called Boost, which gives you a neck-snapping 90 N/m of torque. It’s almost too much. We always ride the bikes with stock programming first. Then, we tweak them. Shimano has an app called eTube that allows you to customize the power levels. We left Eco and Boost where they were, but bumped Trail up a notch or two (you can do this in the field) to make it a more usable mode. From there, we kept it in Trail almost 90 percent of the time. The Tazer comes with a nicely boxed kit with all kinds of goodies—from tools to a shock pump to all the different guides for the bike, the motor, etc. Climbing was made easy, and the Tazer made its way up the steepest trails we could throw at it. Despite the short rear end, it didn’t have a tendency to loop out. They nailed the bottom bracket height as we rarely spiked a pedal. THE VERDICT The Tazer is a lot of bike for the money. The geometry is nimble yet forgiving. The way this bike is set up makes for a confident rider over everything—dirt, rocks, logs, singletrack. It takes it all in stride. Without a doubt, the Tazer is definitely aimed at the more experienced, hardcore rider, but thanks to the handling and suspension, it is also a bike that would be the perfect tool for the less experienced rider to get better. SPECS INTENSE TAZER Price: $7590 Motor: Shimano StEPS E8000, 250W Battery: Shimano STEPS E8010, 504 Wh Charge time: 4–5 hours Top speed: 20 mph Range: 20–40 miles Drive: Shimano SLX, 11-42, 11-speed Brakes: Shimano XT 4-piston hydraulic discs, 203mm (front and rear) Controls: Shimano STEPS Fork: Fox Factory e-bike 36 Float, Kashima, 160 mm, Fit Grip2, 15QRx110 BOOST, 51mm Offset Rear shock: Fox Factory Float DPX2, Trunnion Mount, EVOL, 3-position Lever 185x55mm Frame: Tazer Optimized Carbon 29” Front and 275+ Rear Triangle, Enduro link Pivot System, Downtube Flak Guard Armor, Internal Derailleur, Brake, Dropper Post, and Display Unit Routing, ISCG 05 Mount, 150mm travel. Tires: 29X2.60, Minion DHR II front, 27.5X2.8, Minion DHR II rear Weight: 48.5 lb. (medium without pedals) Color choice: Silver/black Sizes: S, M, L www.intensecycles.com THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. 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Canyon and DT Swiss celebrate their long-standing collaboration with the creation of a special edition of Lux, the XC race rocket from the German brand, available today in a limited edition of only 32 available. KOBLENZ, 21 JANUARY 2020 – engineering meets Swiss precision with the launch of the all-new Canyon Lux CF SLX 9.0 DT LTD. Kitted out in the latest line of DT Swiss 232 One parts, this limited-edition Lux, restricted to just 32 examples, celebrates the longstanding partnership between Canyon and Switzerland’s premier component manufacturer. DT Swiss components have been a mainstay across the Canyon product range for years thanks to their engineering-first approach and strong reputation for outstanding reliability and race-winning performance. The close relationship between both brands’ engineers, designers and product mangers has influenced product development on both sides of the German-Swiss border. For evidence, look no further than the brand new 232 One XC component line. Canyon was integrated in the project from the off, playing a key role in the development of the striking, inverted D 232 One 60 mm dropper post, which at just 369 g sets a new benchmark for progressive XC riding and racing. The Lux CF SLX 9.0 DT LTD is built around the World Cup-winning Lux CF SLX frame. SRAM take care of the shifting with their top-end XX1 Eagle AXS groupset driving DT Swiss XRC 1200 carbon wheels with 30 mm internal rim widths wrapped in 2.35″ Maxxis rubber up front and 2.25″ out back. As the first production bike in the world featuring the new DT Swiss 232 One platform, this build comes complete with a 110 mm travel F 232 One fork, R 232 One rear shock and the D 232 One inverted dropper post. Tipping the scales at just 10.1 kg, the Lux CF SLX 9.0 DT LTD embodies the versatility of modern XC, at home on flowing singletrack or tackling the World Cup circuit. A similar setup will be raced by Lukas Flückiger throughout 2020. Long associated with DT Swiss components, Flückiger has been one of Switzerland’s top XC riders, and in 2020 he’s targeting a strong World Cup season as well as qualification for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. All 32 Canyon Lux CF SLX 9.0 DT LTD will be available from Thursday 23 January on the Canyon website at a price of €7,499.
Canyon has celebrated its longstanding partnership with Swiss component manufacturer DT Swiss by producing a limited-edition version of the LUX cross-country bike. Officially named the Canyon LUX CF SLX 9.0 DT LTD, the model takes the World Cup-winning Lux CF SLX frame and dresses it in a smattering of top-end, brand new bits from DT. Scott Scale 900 WC long-term review Everything you need to know about mountain bike groupsets Just 32 examples will be produced at a price of €7,499, making the bike more costly than the flagship Lux CF SLX 9.0 Team model. Canyon says each of these bikes “embodies the versatility of modern XC” adding they should be “at home on flowing singletrack or tackling the World Cup circuit”. The DT LTD also stands as a showcase for new tech from DT by being the first production mountain bike to feature components from DT’s all-new 232 One cross-country line. Aesthetically, the bike appears to go without specific badging and uses the same black and white colour scheme seen on the Lux CF SL 7.0 and all aftermarket LUX CF SLX framesets. Rather than using RockShox or Fox suspension like the rest of the Lux range, the LTD gets a 110mm F232 One fork at the front and an R232 One rear shock that delivers 100mm of rear wheel travel. Also from DT is a curious new D232 One dropper post, which uses an inverted design to offer 60mm travel with a claimed weight of just 369g. Canyon has specced DT’s carbon XFC1200 wheelset to deal with rolling duties, and the 30mm internal width provides a healthy spread for the staggered Maxxis tyre configuration. SRAM’s top-drawer XX1 Eagle AXS groupset completes the 10.1kg (in an undisclosed size) build. According to Canyon, DT Swiss-sponsored athlete Lukas Rückiger will be racing a bike with a very similar build during this year’s World Cup season. The 32 bikes will appear on Canyon’s website today, where we won’t expect them to hang around for long.
Yuba Bicycles Launches Three Transformative Products To Kick Off 2020 Information provided by Yuba Bicycles Yuba Bicycles (Yuba), a global leader in cargo bicycles and accessories, today announced three new product additions to further define its position as a forerunner in the cargo space. Designed by the team in California, these products include a new feature-packed compact cargo bike for the entry-level market, an industry-first weather-protective rear canopy for longtails rear canopy for longtail weather protection and an entirely new kickstand design to increase bike loading and unloading safety and stability. Yuba’s Pop Top Cover is the first and only longtail cargo bike rain and snow cover for kids. One of the most requested items from customers, the Pop Top Cover shields precious cargo from rain, snow and frosty winds when riding around town. It also protects passengers from strong sun in the summer and includes front/rear windows (with zippers and hook and loop straps) and easy-open side panels to let in fresh air. The new Kombi compact cargo bike was designed for those seeking to join the cargo lifestyle at the entry-level with a high-quality product that is in line with Yuba’s stellar reputation. Melding the functionality of the Yuba’s Boda Boda and Mundo models, the Kombi was designed in-house by a veteran team of engineers to give the end user the highest level of confidence in ride quality and safety. Priced under $1K and loaded with strong features, including mechanical disc brakes, puncture-resistant tires, the ability to be stored upright, and a carrying capacity of two to three kids or up to 440 lbs (including rider), this bike has already seen incredible momentum in Europe since being launched there last fall. “Our mission has always been to create the highest-quality, game-changing products that let people commute by bike and carry cargo without compromising ride quality or safety,” said Justin Gottlieb, sales and marketing director and US business leader of Yuba. “All three of these innovations are aligned with our ultimate reason for being – to limit environmental degradation by making distinct, active, boundary-pushing mobility solutions – and we’re confident about their success in North America.” Finally, the other problem Yuba solved this year is the tippy cargo bike conundrum. With a cargo bike fully loaded with stuff and/or kids, it becomes more difficult for some riders to keep the bike balanced when mounting and dismounting. Enter Yuba’s new Roots Double Kickstand.The widest longtail kickstand on the market (at 30 inches) now makes loading and unloading a heavy-laden cargo bike a breeze. Controlled by a cable-actuated hand lever within the cockpit, the Roots’ unique design eliminates the need to step off the bike to set the kickstand, increasing rider balance and safety. When ready to park, pull the lever down and each leg of the Roots drops down simultaneously, “rooting” the bike and offering unprecedented support for little riders who want to climb on and off all by themselves. When ready to ride, roll the bike forward and the Roots folds up and out of the way. See the Roots Kickstand in action! The Kombi, priced at $999 MSRP, is available in two colors, gold and blue. The Pop Top is priced at $200 MSRP and is compatible with all Spicy Curry and Sweet Curry models. The Roots Double Kickstand is priced at $200 and is compatible with all Yuba Spicy Curry and Sweet Curry models. All three products are available for shipment to retailers now. ABOUT YUBA BICYCLES Everything we do at Yuba Bicycles is done to help change the way people commute while carrying gear, humans, pets and more. Our bikes put smiles on people’s faces as the wind hits their cheeks, as they reduce their carbon footprint and as they realize a more economical and sustainable alternative to a motorized vehicle. With more than 19 years of experience solely focused on the cargo bicycle category, Yuba Bicycles designs and manufactures award-winning bicycles and accessories, and is considered a global leader in its niche. Visit yubabikes.com to learn more about our lineup of premium cargo and e-cargo bicycles, or to find a dealer near you. 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 Yuba Bicycles Launches Three Transformative Products To Kick Off 2020 appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
Perhaps you have yet to hear of Joystick Components, but if you’re a fan of Loic Bruni, or Finn Iles, chances are you’ve seen them accomplishing feats such as winning World Champs aboard a Joystick cockpit. Curiosity about the product led us to get our hands on a full cockpit for Winter testing. Read on for out thoughts on the Analog bar, Binary stem, & Imprint grips from Joystick Components. Specs – Analog Bar 31.8 (Tested) & 35mm clamp sizes Width – 800mm Rise – 20mm (tested), 30mm Bend – 9th Upsweep – ° 6 Weight – 223 g – 20mm, 212 g – 30mm Full Carbon $ 165 USD, £ 129.99 The bars use Joystick’s signature ‘Analog Carbon’ meaning they’re based off a mold and design unique to Joystick, that’s designed to enhance ride control and dampen vibration from trail feedback. Clean and distinct lines on the handlebars help massively with stem alignment, both horizontally and vertically. A clean but unique aesthetic seems to be Joystick’s MO as all their products are in black color-ways, something we’re a huge fan of. Specs – Binary Stem 31.8 (Tested) & 35mm clamp sizes 35 (Tested) & 50mm lengths Weight – 125 g (35mm) 0 ° laughed 40mm Stack Height $ 119 USD, £ 89.99 The Binary stem has a large clamp / bar interface, and a clean zero gap design for the top two bolts. The Binary stem is fully CNC’d and uses Joystick’s ‘8-Bit Alloy’ a blend of alloys that supposedly combined, creates the strongest and best feeling stem. Specs – Imprint Grips 132mm long 31.8 single locking clamp closed bar ends $ 25 USD £ 19.99 The Imprint grips are made from a durable yet tacky compound that we found to be soft on the hands. The single clamp is carbon friendly and easy to install. On The Trail We were immediately impressed with the ride quality the Joystick cockpit offers. The Analog bar’s 31.8 clamp makes for a stiff, but responsive feel, and seemed to dissipate vibration greater than an alloy equivalent. We cut the Analog bar down to 790mm, and felt that was the best length for our local trails. Weight falls right in at that of the competition, and the up / backsweep numbers are fairly neutral. The Binary stem served to be a good match for the Analog bars, setup and fitment was very easy. The short 35mm length worked well for our larger bike to keep a nimble front end. Well done CNC work, and precise bolt locations made for a worry free stem that never moved from it’s place, or loosened up. A great weight to strength ratio makes the Binary stem a top choice. The Imprint grips, made a, well made an imprint on us! After the first few rides, we grew to really enjoy the grips. Typically we’ve got a select few favorite grips (Sensus mostly), that seem to find their way onto all of our bikes. Most grips have an ‘off the shelf’ design, and usually don’t bring anything new to the table, but the Imprint grips on the other hand, have some thought behind the ribbed, single clamp design. The rubber compound falls right in the sweet spot of not overly dense, but not soft and sponge-like, while the small ribs are the perfect depth for hanging on to. Overall After some time riding the Joystick cockpit as a whole, we found the parts are clearly designed by riders, and are made with an attention to quality. Sure athletes and teams need a paycheck, but the likes of Loic Bruni simply don’t put up with parts lacking a high level of performance. If you’re looking to spruce up your front end with some stealthy and attractive parts, Joystick components are certainly worth your consideration. More at: Joystick
YT’s Jeffsy Base is, as the name might suggest, the entry-level bike in the company’s Jeffsy trail range. The aluminium-framed Jeffsy Base uses trickle-down geometry and aesthetics from the most recent carbon Jeffsy bike, which was launched in 2019. YT hinted heavily at the addition of an updated aluminium option to the range when the brand recently revealed its 2020 range, so it comes as little surprise to see the Base model brought up-to-date. 2020 YT Bikes range overview Propain’s latest Tyee enduro rig There are some significant changes to the new aluminium Jeffsy compared to the previous version: front suspension travel increases by 10mm (totalling 150mm for the 29er, 160mm if you opt for 27.5in wheels), it has a slacker head angle (66 or 65.5 degrees in the slackest setting for the 29er and 27.5in respectively), longer reach (470 or 462mm for a size L) and, amazingly, the already bargain price has also been cut by £100 to £1,999. The Jeffsy remains YT’s 140mm rear suspension travel trail bike, but the changes to its geometry, YT says, give the rider a “comfortably aggressive position on the bike during technical descents”, while a steeper seat tube angle “allows great pedalling characteristics”. Geometry, aesthetics and technology have transferred from the 2019 carbon Jeffsy, including linkage and shock hardware access from the non-driveside. YT Industries In addition to the above changes, the frame linkage bolts and shock hardware have been made more easily accessible on the driveside of the bike, plus the bearings have been better sealed, according to YT. All this has, of course, been proved effective on the 2019 carbon Jeffsy, a bike we gave a four-star review. Components on the new bike have been revised. The Jeffsy Base features a RockShox Yari RC fork and Deluxe Select rear shock, as well as a SRAM SX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain and SRAM Guide T Brakes. The DT Swiss M 1900 wheelset is known to be solid and it is shod with ever-reliable Maxxis Minion tyres. Finishing parts by RaceFace, SDG and YT make it a very enticing spec. Finally, the new bike is available in two fresh colours: Twotone Blue or Black Magic. There are five size options from S to XXL and the components and pricing remain the same whether you choose 29in or 27.5in wheels. The bike is available in two colours: Twotone Blue (pictured) and Black Magic. YT Industries 2020 YT Jeffsy Base aluminium trail bike. YT Industries YT Jeffsy Base 2020 in Black Magic colour. YT Industries The new Jeffsy Base is equipped with a host of solid components. YT Industries DT Swiss M1900 wheelset and Maxxis tyres are a dependable combination. YT Industries Its SRAM 1×12 drivetrain has a wide gearing range for those technical uphills. YT Industries Geometry, aesthetics and technology have transferred from the 2019 carbon Jeffsy, including linkage and shock hardware access from the non-driveside. YT Industries YT Jeffsy Base 2020 specification Frame: YT Jeffsy AL Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL Wheel size: 29in or 27.5in Fork: RockShox Yari RC Shock: RockShox Deluxe Select Headset: Acros AZX-576 Stem: Race Face Aeffect R 35 Handlebar: Race Face Aeffect R 35 Grips: ODI Elite Motion V2.1 Crankset: SRAM SX Eagle Cassette: SRAM PG1210 Eagle Rear derailleur: SRAM SX Eagle Shifter: SRAM SX Eagle Wheels: DT Swiss M 1900 spline Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHR II Brakes: SRAM Guide T Seatpost: YT Postman Saddle: SDG FLY MNT Price: £1,999 / $2,299 / €2,299
Narrow Streets, big crowds and stray dogs, it can only be the return of the urban downhill season.( Comments: 1 )