Source

pinkbike.com

Published

9 months ago

Review: Specialized Stumpjumper EVO 29

Tags , ,

The new Stumpjumper was released earlier this year, ushering in the next era of a model that’s been in Specialized’s lineup since the very beginning. There are three different versions: the Stumpjumper, the Stumpjumper ST, and the Stumpjumper EVO. The standard and the ST versions aren’t really drastic departures from the previous models; yes, they have a new one-sided frame, and they’re a little longer and a little slacker than before, but the geometry is still on the conservative side of things. But then there’s the aluminum EVO model…

Source

pinkbike.com

Published

11 months ago

Opinion: Why Have Bike Makers Ignored this Grassroots Fix?

Tags , ,

Why does it take so long for corporate bike brands to address popular grassroots trends? Wide bars, short stems, dropper posts, one-by drivetrains, chain guides, 29ers, wide rims, tubeless systems… the list of user-generated improvements that were widely adopted years before mainstream bike and component makers committed to production goes on… Rather than answer that question, I’ll give you another yet-to-be-addressed grassroots example that has been ‘trending’ for over a decade.

How many riders wrap their bikes to protect their frame finishes from gouging and scratches? Yeah, a lot, and the practice isn’t limited to fastidious dentists who can’t live with the sight of a scratched up Hightower perched on the back of their recently detailed BMW X6 M.

I took a straw poll while I was skulking around the Whistler bike park that suggested that as many as one in four riders had wrapped their frames. A little more poking around revealed that a large number of bike brands and shops religiously wrap their demo and rental fleets as well.

You don’t have to search far for a compelling reason to protect a frame. Pinkbike’s Buy/Sell pages are filled with close-up images of minor frame blemishes, posted by sellers to assure potential buyers that their bikes look close to new.

Source

singletracks.com

Published

11 months ago

Why Europe Warmly Embraces the Electric Bike, While the USA Remains Chilly

Tags , ,

While the debate broils hot in the US over e-bike access to trails and to the overall cycling market, sales and representation in the EU continue to grow rapidly. Brands like Fox are seeing 35% of their OEM (direct to producer) sales across Europe go to e-bike models, and those numbers are growing steadily every quarter. In France, e-bike sales increased by 50% in 2017, while Italy saw a 25% increase of electric-assisted sales throughout the peninsula.

The 2018 Eurobike floors were carpeted with e-bikes from wall to wall. Brands fought hard to get their latest electric offerings ready for the show, occasionally at the expense of analog bike models. This year’s Eurobike theme was aimed at enhanced mobility and transportation alternatives, and batteries were decidedly a means toward those ends.

Source

pinkbike.com

Published

11 months ago

Evil Releases New 140mm 29er – The Offering

Tags ,

The Offering is the newest addition to Evil’s lineup, a 140mm 29er that’s intended to sit nicely between the 120mm Following and the 161mm Wreckoning. According to Evil, “the Offering ended up being a unique specimen featuring some attributes and ride qualities we have been wanting to add for years but needed to wait for the right moment.”

The big news is the Offering’s steeper seat angle compared to Evil’s previous models – with a 140mm fork it sits at 77-degrees, a number that taller riders will be especially happy to see. It’s also possible to run the Offering with a 150 or even a 160mm fork depending what type of terrain a rider is planning on tackling.

Source

bikeromor.com

Published

11 months ago

Sub 19lb Mondraker F-Podium prototype full suspension XC Race bike is F-ing light

Tags , ,

We’ve been hearing from Mondraker for a bit now that they had something revolutionary in the works. It would be ultra light weight, and most likely made in Germany. Well, after months of speculation, we finally got the first look at the F Podium Prototype, and it seems to have been worth the wait.

Source

reviews.mtbr.com

Published

12 months ago

Review: Yeti SB150 29er launched

Tags ,

If you’re already a fan of Yeti’s current crop of trail and enduro bikes (and there are many), then the only thing you really need to know about the new Yeti SB150 is that it has space inside the main triangle for a full-size water bottle. Indeed, while the Colorado-based bike maker’s widely acclaimed Switch Infinity suspension system has put Yeti near the top of the mountain bike world in recent years, the lack of non-cow-poop-catching hydration stowage has been a deal breaker for some riders. Now, though, you can have your proverbial Yeti cake and drink it, too.