Bikerumor All the best cycling news, tech, rumors and reviews Thu, 13 Jul 2023 01:42:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bikerumor 32 32 190730048 Hunt Proven Carbon Race XC UD MTB Wheels are Just 1254g (Plus New Alloy Hoops, too!) Wed, 12 Jul 2023 20:10:38 +0000 Wicked light, super wide, and fast as heck, the new Hunt XC MTB wheels use more than just carbon spokes to upgrade your bike's performance!…

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Hunt has unveiled two new XC mountain bike wheels, both with ultra-wide 30mm rims (internal), but one’s for riders on a budget, and the other is for weight-weenie racers looking for the ultimate wheelset (and a little more to spend).

Both are 29er only, but the top-level Hunt Proven Carbon Race XC UD brings more than a long model name along with it’s UD carbon fiber spokes. There’s a new hub, front- and rear-specific layups, and a lifetime crash replacement warranty, too. We’ll start with those…

Hunt Proven Carbon Race XC UD

hunt proven carbon race XC UD wheels

Available in 29er only, the new 1254g XC Race wheelset hits its ultra-low weight without giving up a really wide rim. Both front and rear have a modern 30mm internal rim width, but a shallow 22mm depth.

Weight savings come from using UD carbon fiber spokes that weigh just 2.7g each, but Hunt says they’re 30% stronger than a comparable steel spoke, which allowed them to reduce the spoke count to just 20 in the front and 24 in the rear. Front wheel weight is just 552g, rear is 702g with XD Driver Body.

hunt proven carbon race XC UD wheels

Yet they’re user friendly, using the same replaceable, true-able design as standard spokes thanks to a “Taperlock” design that places an alloy sleeve around the hub end and a threaded steel mandrel at the rim’s end that has a square shape so you can hold it in place (preventing rotation) while truing it like normal with standard nipples.

The front rim is tuned for compliance and traction, while the rear is a bit stiffer for better impact durability and responsive acceleration. There’s a 21g difference between rims thanks to those different layups.

hunt proven carbon race XC UD wheels with quick engagement hubs

The new S_RapidEngage hubs have a snappy 2-degree engagement angle, and with 30% less “stretch” from the carbon spokes, they say the wheels accelerate very quickly.

hunt proven carbon race XC UD wheels being raced at World Cup event

They’ve been racing them in prototype form on the UCI World Cup circuit for two full seasons, garnering a podium spot and proving the lightweight design was up to the task. All that, and the MSRP is just $1,699 (€1749 / £1349). They’re available for pre-order now, shipping in late August.

Hunt XC Wide Alloy MTB Wheels

Hunt XC Wide alloy mountain bike wheels

At the other end of the spectrum and retailing for just $479 (€499 / £379) are the all-new Hunt XC Wide Alloy wheels. These, too, get front and rear specific rims, but instead of layup, it’s in the width and shape.

Both use a new FEA-optimized 6069-T6 alloy that’s been hardened and shot-peened to improve durability, and they tested them against other popular alloy wheels to ensure they’d hold up equally well or better against impacts.

Hunt XC Wide alloy mountain bike wheels

The front rim has a 28mm interior width and is designed to maximize the tire’s traction and remain compliant over the bumps. The rear is 26mm wide inside, and stiffer to handle the torque and impacts.

Spokes are 28-count front and rear, using triple-butted (2.2-1.6-2.0) black anodized Pillar spokes that expand to 2.2mm at the head for increased strength.

Hunt XC Wide alloy mountain bike wheels

The hubs come with EZO stainless steel bearings, oversized alloy axles, and their H_Ceramik treatment on the freehub bodies to resist scratching and marring from the cassette. Inside is a 6-pawl (3×2 arrangement) setup with 36 teeth for a 5º engagement.

They’re designed with 2.2-2.4″ tires in mind but work with anything from 1.6″ to 2.6″. Claimed weight is 1,693g, available in Boost and Non-Boost hub spacing.

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The Grand Tour, Battaglin’s 1st Custom Italian Steel Endurance Road Bike Fits All-Road Tires Wed, 12 Jul 2023 19:25:26 +0000 Battaglin brazes their 1st endurance road bike with a new limited edition steel Grand Tour, custom handmade in Italy with 35mm tire clearance…

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Custom Italian frame builder Officina Battaglin has just released their first true endurance road bike – the new limited edition steel Grand Tour – and it’s built to go the distance with all-road tire clearances. While Battaglin is best known for their shiny chrome finishes, unique lugs, and classic road racing roots… most buyers of their premium handmade-in-Italy bikes will benefit from modern high-volume tires too…

Officina Battaglin Grand Tour custom endurance road bike

Let’s not forget that the namesake and founder of Officina Battaglin,1981 Giro-Vuelta back-to-back double Grand Tour winner Giovanni Battaglin is now 71-years-old himself. And while many of Battaglin’s customers are younger than the man himself, lovers of classic handmade Italian steel road bikes tend to be quite a bit older and less race-focused than those young guns racing around France right now on carbon super bikes.

Officina Battaglin Grand Tour custom Italian steel endurance road bike in shiny cromovelato red, headtube detail
studio photos c. Battaglin

If you are going to have a modern steel road bike custom-made for you these days, there’s little reason not to add the comfort of modern wide road slicks on top of that classic forgiving steel frame ride. And really if you buy a custom Italian steel road bike, it deserves to be ridden on a bit of strade bianche gravel too, right?

For many of us, the sense of freedom that comes with exploring unfamiliar and unbeaten roads is what makes a long ride worthwhile. We designed the Grand Tour to satisfy this craving for exploration.

– Alex Battaglin, Officina Battaglin CEO

Tech details

Officina Battaglin Marosticana SLX road bike frame, limited edition Italian lugged steel chrome cromovelato road frame Columbus SLX tubing

The new Grand Tour is fillet brazed from a custom-drawn oversized Columbus GB81 tubing in Officina Battaglin’s Marostica workshop in northern Italy. Its signature feature beyond that shiny custom steel is clearance for up to 700c x 35mm tires. That’ll surely boost rider comfort, all-weather grip, and reduced rolling resistance, plus it makes it a capable all-road bike that can move from smooth asphalt to fast dirt & gravel roads, too.

Officina Battaglin Grand Tour custom Italian steel endurance road bike, Marostica, Italy inside the workshop

You get fully-internal cable routing through the oversized 1.5″ DCR headset, slightly dropped seatstays below a classic round seatpost with its regular external clamp, a threaded bottom bracket, flat mount disc brakes, and 12mm thru-axles.

Officina Battaglin Grand Tour custom Italian steel endurance road bike in shiny cromovelato, stages
workshop photos by Cory Benson

True to Battaglin form, the Grand Tour comes in one of two high-gloss polished cromovelato colors standard, and with the most simple subdued logos we’ve seen on one of Officina Battaglin’s bikes. Just the pantograph painting of the headbadge logo, a simple Officina Battaglin label on the top tube, your limited edition number plate on the top of the downtube, and a little bas-relief Italian flag on the chainstay.

Battaglin Grand Tour – Pricing, options & availability

Officina Battaglin Grand Tour custom Italian steel endurance road bike in shiny cromovelato red, ltd ed. badge

The limited edition Battaglin Grand Tour frame kit sells for 4000€ – including Officina Battaglin’s Certificate of Authenticity signed by Giovanni Battaglin – but only 50 will be available this year. That gets you the custom-sized (following a remote consultation with Giovanni & Alex) steel frame its individually numbered plate and carbon fork finished to match in your choice of ultra-shiny red or blue cromovelato. Plus, the frame kit also includes a Deda Superzero carbon seatpost, Superzero DCR carbon handlebar, Superbox stem, DCR headset with full internal routing guides, plus lightweight alloy thru-axles.

Officina Battaglin Grand Tour custom Italian steel endurance road bike in shiny cromovelato red, detail

Battaglin is always happy to work with buyers to put together a customized complete bike build and can deliver it worldwide. This sample build with Shimano Ultegra Di2, Deda carbon finishing kit, and 30mm Conti GP5000 tires is said to weigh in at just 8.5kg complete.

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Reynolds Rolls Out Deeper, Lighter 60mm Aero Road Wheels Wed, 12 Jul 2023 18:07:40 +0000 Reynolds new BL & AR 60 DB aero road wheels promise less drag and better crosswind stability with feathery weights.

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Hot on the heels of their 46mm series of wheels, Reynolds’ new 60mm wheels go deeper and claim to be the most stable wheel at that depth, using their DET 2 profile and optimized layup to deliver a deep aero wheelset as light as 1,500g.

Offered in three variations, all have the same rim profile with a 21mm wide tubeless-ready interior that’s optimized for 28mm tubeless tires. They keep a hooked bead, maximizing tire options and allowing you to run it with tubes, too.

closeup details of reynolds BL60 DB aero road bike wheels

The rims max out at a very broad 34.25mm width about 1/3 of the way down the rim from the tire bead, then curve inward toward the tire with a constant arc. It’s surprisingly distinct from the varied profile of the 46mm models, and Reynolds says it provides excellent crosswind stability, letting you stay in the aero tuck longer and easier, improving overall aerodynamics for a faster overall ride than with wheels that might suffer more from wayward gusts.

reynolds BL60 Pro DB aero road bike wheels

The top-level BL60 (for Black Label) Pro DB and Expert DB models use the same CR6 carbon rim layup for the lightest weights, while a budget-friendly AR60 DB uses a lower-level CR3 carbon.

The Pro model (above) uses their custom Industry Nine Torch Road hubs with Sapim CX Ray spokes (20 front, 24 rear) with alloy nipples to come in at just 1,500g for the set. MSRP is $2,299.

reynolds BL60 Expert DB aero road bike wheels

The Expert bumps it to 24 spokes in the front and switches to the latest Ringle Super Bubba X Road hubs, which have a slightly faster 4º engagement (versus 6º), but weigh a bit more at 1,540g. MSRP is $1,899.

reynolds AR60 DB aero road bike wheels

The AR60 DB get Sapim Sprint spokes with brass nipples and their Ringle SRX Road hub (12º engagement) with a 1,640g weight. Price is $1,499. available soon.

All three come with tubeless tape pre-installed, and the top two models get alloy valve stems while the AR model gets a brass stem in the box.

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Parcours Paniagua Brings Wide, Aero Carbon Road Wheels Down a Price Notch Wed, 12 Jul 2023 16:15:37 +0000 Parcours' new carbon road wheels more affordable, but still bring their aero shaping and quality build to the table at a respectable weight.

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Parcours’ “Think Wider” aero road wheels were already comparatively affordable for a lightweight, fast wheelset. But the new Paniagua wheels cut the price by a third without giving up much of their tech.

The Paniagua is a 42mm deep aero road wheelset with a 21mm internal width designed around 28-30mm tires. The key difference from the higher end Parcour Ronde wheels is the layup and carbon, and the symmetrical rims used front and rear.

parcours paniagua budget carbon aero road bike wheels on a bike

Parcours’ signature feature is their use of different front and rear rim profiles to optimize aerodynamics based on what the air is actually doing on each end of the bike. Check our podcast interview with founder Dov Tate to get into the weeds on their design and testing.

The Ronde wheelset uses a 35/39mm deep combo, with varying rim profiles with a wider 22.5mm interior. The Paniagua sticks with a 42.1mm deep rim using the same shape front and rear and comes in at 1600g for the set (745g front, 855g rear), about 200g heavier than the Ronde (but also a bit deeper).

closeup detail of parcours paniagua budget carbon aero road bike wheels on a bike

The weight difference comes mainly from the T700 carbon and use of bladed Pillar 1423 spokes versus Sapim CX Ray. Bearings are EXO Stainless Steel.

parcours paniagua budget carbon aero road bike wheels

Rated for road or gravel, MSRP is $999 (£759/€989). They’re available now with their standard Disc hubs or Classified Powershift-ready rear hub. Ceramic bearing upgrades for $290 additional are also available.

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Superior simplifies with XF cross-country + trail, iXF eMTB & X-Road road + gravel bikes Wed, 12 Jul 2023 16:13:17 +0000 Superior rebrands with 3 versatile new bike platforms XF cross-country & trail, iXF lightweight eMTB & X-Road road & gravel bikes…

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Czech bike maker Superior is expanding focus for the next year with three new versatile bike platforms that can blur the lines between going race fast or simply enjoying the ride. With a new toned-down aesthetic across the board and new lowercase sans-serif branding, Superior is returning to the basics where their bikes can stand alone on solid value and performance.

Superior XF MTB, iXF eMTB & X-Road road+ bikes

What I noticed first when I looked at the new Superior bikes, was their lack of over-the-top logos. For years Superior has been building race-winning XC & sprightly road bikes all the way down to affordable entry-level hardtails, but outside of some camouflaged prototypes, they all had big blocky graphics that didn’t even seem easy to read. Now with a new look to the brand, Superior is dialing it back and letting their new bikes stand for themselves again.

Their new full-suspension XF mountain bike still has its eyes set on XCO & XCM World Cup wins in carbon, but a stretched out longer-travel DC version in alloy will make for a much more affordable trail shredder too. On the ebike side of things, the completely new iXF extends travel even further combined with the latest lightweight Bosch SX powertrain for a nimble & natural eMTB ride. And round that up on the road with one X-Road bike that can be built up as an endurance kilometer crusher with high-volume race slicks, or as a fast gravel race bike with 40mm low-profile knobbies.

New Superior XF carbon cross-country race bike

The new XF is Superior’s top race-tuned carbon cross-country bike which already has had a soft roll-out on the World Cup mountain bike circuit this spring & summer. Now upgraded with more travel to 110mm front & rear, the new XF generally features the same proven linkage-controlled flex-stay single pivot suspension design tweaked with much more modern progressive geometry to face ever more difficult XCO & XCM racecourses.

New Superior XF carbon cross-country race bike, geometry

Now with a slacker 66.5° head angle, steeper 76.3° seat angle, and more than 1cm longer Reach across all sizes, the carbon XF is a more capable race bike. Superior keeps most of the overall look to the XF, but has redesigned the upper suspension linkage so the shock is now driven off an extension of the chainstays via a new forged alloy link. The result they say is a full 172g of weight savings over the outgoing XC race bike – down to ~1550g.

New Superior XF carbon cross-country race bike

The new carbon XF will be offered in 5 complete bike builds starting with alloy wheels & mechanical XT. Next to the top is this 8200€ Superior XF 9.8 Team build with mechanical XTR, DT 232 One suspension, and DT XRC carbon wheels. But there’s also a 9.9 Team build that goes full SRAM XX Eagle AXS Transmission to take advantage of the direct mount UDH style derailleur mounting.

New XF DC carbon or alloy downcountry trail bikes

New XF DC carbon or alloy downcountry trail bikes, aluminum

Lastly with the same platform – and maybe even more interesting from my point of view – is the XF DC, a longer travel trail version of the cross-country race bike in either carbon or aluminum. The 130mm XF DC adds twenty millimeters of travel front & rear, with the rear simply increasing travel with a longer stroke shock of the same eye-to-eye length (190x45mm for the XF DC vs. 190x40mm for the new XF).

New XF DC carbon or alloy downcountry trail bikes, trail geometry

The resulting move to a longer 130mm fork sits the XF DC a little bit higher, raking out the front end to a 65.6° headtube angle while also raising frame Stack and shortening Reach a tiny bit.

There are three 9-series XF DC trail builds with the same exact carbon frame as the XF race bikes (all with mechanical Shimano groups & RockShox suspension. But there are also two much more affordable 6-series bikes with all aluminum frames. This 3500€ Superior XF 6.6 DC is the top-tier alloy bike, built up with a Pike Select fork, Deluxe Select+ shock, and a mixed Shimano XT build.

New Superior iXF lightweight eMTB

The carbon iXF is an all-new segment for Superior, who hadn’t really devoted so much effort into ebike development since they were mostly focused on bikes targeting race-oriented riders. That meant their urban, touring & eMTB lineup seemed more like an afterthought. But now with more lightweight motor options, improved natural ride feel, and rider acceptance of lighter, smaller batteries, Superior looks to be fully onboard with the light eMTB movement.

Superior iXF lightweight eMTB, geometry

Their new iXF stretches out the same 4-bar suspension of the XF platform again, now to 140mm of rear wheel travel paired to 150mm up front. Geometry looks pretty capable for a trail/all-mountain ebike with a 64.5° head angle, 78° seattube, 450mm chainstays, and long frame Reaches (490mm for the L).

Powertrain for the Superior iXF is the new Bosch SX motor powered by a small 400Wh internal battery in the slightly oversized downtube, and expandable with an extra 250Wh via a range-extending external water bottle battery.

Superior iXF lightweight eMTB

The top-spec iXF 9l8 retails for a cool 9999€ with the newest DT Swiss F535 One & R535 One suspension, a new SRAM X0 Eagle AXS Transmission, and carbon DT Swiss HXC1501 wheels. But there are also a couple of versions with more affordable XT or Deore mechanical groups and alloy wheels that can bring the cost down, too.

X-Road road and gravel bikes

X-Road road and gravel bikes

The Superior X-Road is probably best described as a fast carbon all-road bike – just in the middle between road & gravel. With fast endurance road geometry – 72° head angle, 73° seat angle, 70mm of BB drop & 406mm chainstays – paired with clearance for 40mm slick or semi-knobby tires, the X-Road builds up into a solid long-distance gran fondo endurance road bike or a fast-paced gravel racer. Either option gets all the core modern carbon dropbar bike tech, including: fully internal cable routing, aero-optimized shaping, 1x or 2x compatibility, flat mount disc brakes, 12mm thru-axles, a BB86 PressFit bottom bracket, an integrated clamp for the aero seatpost, and hidden mounts for full coverage fenders.

X-Road road and gravel bikes, geometry

Superior offers many build options, but the top X-Road 9.8 GF road build with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset and 30mm Schwalbe Pro One slicks on wide DT Swiss ERC1400 aero carbon wheels sells for 6300€. Or pick a high-value gravel build at just 3500€ with the exact same frameset paired to a mechanical GRX group and 40mm Schwalbe G-One Allround tires on alloy DT ER1600 wheels. There’s even a more affordable alloy version of the X-Road available in gravel builds.

Check with your local Superior dealer for exact availability dates, coming soon this autumn.

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Deviate Expand Project Tilander to 145mm Titanium High-Pivot Wed, 12 Jul 2023 15:50:31 +0000 At Eurobike 2023, Ben Jones and Chris Deverson of Deviate Cycles gave us a preview of their prototype high-pivot downcountry bike made from titanium and…

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At Eurobike 2023, Ben Jones and Chris Deverson of Deviate Cycles gave us a preview of their prototype high-pivot downcountry bike made from titanium and carbon – a bike we now know as the Lowlander. The stunning frameset was produced as part of Deviate’s exploration into how they can bring manufacturing to the UK at a price that is competitive with the Asia-made carbon frames.

Now, we learn there is a second prototype titanium bike from the Scottish brand, aptly named the Tilander. It’s a 145mm travel high-pivot bike, very much based upon the 145mm Highlander. Here’s a closer look at the Deviate Tilander, along with some insight into the Cold Metal Fusion process used to produce it.

deviate tilander 145mm travel high pivot titanium trail bike made in europe
Credit: James Vincent

Deviate Tilander Prototype

The Deviate Tilander is one of the most attractive titanium mountain bikes we’ve laid eyes on. Sadly, it is not available to purchase, and indeed it may never be. Its creation was something of a proof-of-concept, an early-phase prototype produced as a learning tool for Deviate whose ambition, ultimately, is to manufacture frames in the UK.

Currently, the Claymore and Highlander frames are produced in Asia from carbon fiber, but the brand see a future where some, or all, of their frames are produced from titanium in the UK, or more specifically, Scotland. From a technological standpoint, it is entirely possible; there are plenty of boutique brands offering UK-made titanium frames, but costs are somewhat astronomical.

There will always be a small portion of the market willing to pay the price for titanium’s high strength-to-weight ratio, its isotropic properties and of course, its strikingly beautiful aesthetic. But, Deviate want to do things differently, producing titanium frames at a price competitive with Asia-made carbon frames.

It is a bold ambition. Working with titanium is infamously difficult, requiring much more tightly-controlled manufacturing conditions than those needed for steel or aluminum, and oftentimes tens of hours of manual post-processing. Those are two factors that contribute to the high costs usually associated with titanium bikes, not to mention the cost of the material itself.

But, Ben and Chris from Deviate Cycles believe they may have stumbled across a more economical, cost-effective method of manufacture. Admittedly, they aren’t anywhere near the production cost they’re aiming for just yet, but forecasting that considers the scalability of the method suggests it’s certainly not impossible.

The 125mm travel Deviate Lowlander is not strictly-speaking a rideable prototype; it was produced as a proof-of-concept for both the manufacturing method and the downcountry frame design that Chris has had on the back-burner for some time. Credit: James Vincent.

How were the Deviate Tilander and Lowlander produced?

Their titanium lugs were created via a method of 3D printing referred to as Cold Metal Fusion, or CMF. And, it is executed by Element22, a company based in Germany that uses a process developed by Headmade Materials.

It uses uses a powdered form of titanium, each particle of which is coated with a polymer. The 3D printing process melts the polymer, and then the sintering process removes it while simultaneously annealing the metal. The method is said to produce titanium parts that have around 97% the density of a machined block of titanium, and at a significantly reduced cost.

deviate tilander seat tube lug titanium 3d printed cold metal fusion surface detail

“The surface finish is smoother, so we don’t need to spend as much time finishing. We can print those parts floating in a powder bed with no support. We only need minor supports to hold everything together during the sintering – before we sinter it, the 3D printed part has roughly the texture of chocolate”

Johannes Schaper, Element22 Operations Manager

Of course, fewer supports also means less waste.

Johannes is referring to the structures that are created in conjunction with the part that necessary to hold it in place as it comes into being. You can see examples of these structures in this half-finished build plate of Atherton Bikes titanium lugs.

“When it comes to material, we only use what’s needed. In aerospace they call it the “buy to fly” ratio – we have a buy to fly ratio of nearly one, which is as good as it gets. We’ll have a tiny amount of loss in loose powder but if something goes wrong, we can actually reuse that loose powder that we take off, and we can also reuse broken parts before they’re sintered.” – Johannes Schaper.

Deviate’s efforts are certainly to be applauded, but they’re wasted if the bike doesn’t ride nicely. On this, Chris Deverson says, “Well, it’s beautiful to ride a titanium bike, of course and the Ti-lander acceleration response is totally unlike the carbon frame! There’s a certain spring to your inputs that’s difficult to describe. But it’s certainly a good feeling“.

We’ll be staying in touch with the guys at Deviate to follow the evolution of Project Tilander. For the time being, you can follow their exploits on Instagram @deviatecycles.

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KMC Gears Up for Cassette Production, Teases New Chainrings as Well Wed, 12 Jul 2023 14:00:00 +0000 Hidden in a box hanging on the wall of their booth, was KMC’s newest product range. Already known for being one of the main producers…

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Hidden in a box hanging on the wall of their booth, was KMC’s newest product range. Already known for being one of the main producers of quality bike chains, now KMC is aiming for the gears as well.

Their new React cassette line will be e-bike compatible, and will initially be offered in 8, 9, 10, and 11-speed options (12-speed is in the works). Full details aren’t given yet, but each will use a Shimano HG freehub spline, and has a black coating on each cog. These are aimed towards the mid-level cassettes, similar to Shimano Deore. No pricing has been given yet, but with Deore-level as the target, these should be pretty affordable.

Cassette Gearing

8-speed: 11-13-15-18-21-24-28-32T

9-speed: 11-13-15-17-19-21-24-28-32T, 11-13-15-18-21-24-28-32-36T

10-speed: 11-13-15-17-19-21-24-28-32-36T, 11-13-15-18-21-24-28-32-36-42T

11-speed: 11-13-15-17-19-21-24-28-32-36-42T, 11-13-15-18-21-24-28-32-36-42-50T

Chainrings, Too

KMC has offered chainrings for Bosch ebikes for a while now, but it seems that there are plans to expand that range. Some rings will use what they call an “R-Shape” tooth pattern for chain retention, though KMC mentioned that even without it, they were not seeing dropped chains thanks to the tooth profile. Previously, the chainrings were only for Shimano or Bosch ebike motors, but one of the chainrings we were shown was clearly for a more standard BCD which indicates use on a typical crankset.

More when we have it.

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Scarab Cycles Santa Rosa Disc Integrated Road Tells the Story of Colombia Wed, 12 Jul 2023 13:00:00 +0000 Based in the Colombian Andes, the bicycle frame builder Scarab Cycles announces the release of the Santa Rosa Disc Integrated steel road bike, complete with…

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Based in the Colombian Andes, the bicycle frame builder Scarab Cycles announces the release of the Santa Rosa Disc Integrated steel road bike, complete with Campesina paint designs.

Scarab Santa Rosa Intigrated Campesinas man holding

The people of El Reterio, Antioquia, Colombia, have created their own way of living among the challenges of the Andes Mountains, by building some of the most charming houses in often-remote places. These homes are said to be a true reflection of the people that reside in them.

The homes have beautiful facades that tell stories all their own, and that is what Scarab Cycle’s new Campesina paint option does, it tells a story about who Colombians are.

The colors of the Campesina homes connect its inhabitants, “Campesinos” to the earth, as well as the homes’ humanity. Using colors that are vivid, made of trodden earth, wood, baked clay, and stones. The houses are made to eventually return to the earth, concluding their service.

Centuries before any kind of “sustainable” movement, generations of Colombian “Campesinos” (people from the countryside) knew how to live without leaving a permanent scar on the land. In Colombia, these houses are referred to as Casas Campesinas.

The Campasina paint option is an homage to the amazing people that live in these beautiful homes. They are friendly, welcoming, and definitely a fundamental part of our country.”

Scarab Cycles and the Santa Rosa Disc Integrated

CaScarab Santa Rosa Intigrated Campesinas on bench

According to the Scarab Cycles website, they “firmly believe in the scientifically proven principle that if a bike looks good, you’re going to want to ride. That’s why every bike we build is designed and painted to order in-house with specific information from its new owner”.

We have our very own style when it comes to designing bikes, especially with our in-house paint schemes. We don’t simply make colorful bikes because we want them to stand out. We are loud, our culture is colorful, our music is authentic, our biodiversity is huge, and we are tough and resilient. Our bikes reflect that. They reflect tradition, they reflect tenacity, and they reflect joy“.

Sscarab’s new paint theme is being displayed on their most recent addition to their line-up. The Santa Rosa Disc Integrated is a new version of the popular Santa Rosa road model. It is a disc-specific platform, with fully integrated cable routing, adding tt the bikes cutter free aesthetics of the bike’s front end.

Scarab Santa Rosa Intigrated Campesinas in front of house

It will come equipped with ENVE’s integrated fork, allowing clearance of up to 700×35 tires. The tire clearance possibilities, paired with Scarab’s custom geometry program, “allow them to fine-tune the riding characteristics of every bike with the singular focus of building the best frameset for our riders”.

Santa Rosa Integrated Retail

  • Frameset: $3,600 (standard paint, ENVE fork, headset, thru axles)
  • Complete: $6,800 (shipping to the US included)
  • Campesina limited paint scheme: add $600 (offered on any frameset)

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State Bicycle Co. Completes Affordable Carbon All-Road APEX AXS Bike Wed, 12 Jul 2023 12:32:24 +0000 Back in January of this year, State Bicycle Co. announced the launch of its first carbon road frameset. Today, they announce the release of the…

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Back in January of this year, State Bicycle Co. announced the launch of its first carbon road frameset. Today, they announce the release of the complete Carbon All-Road/Gravel bike – a bike that continues to honor State Bicycle Co’s “more bang for your buck” commitment.

SBC Carbon All-Road White sitting
Photo c. State Bicycle Co.

With the discipline of gravel cycling continuing to be one of the fastest-growing segments in our industry, it makes sense that SBC brings its dedication to accessibility and affordability to that segment. With SBC, all cyclists of all abilities can take advantage of the bikes, components, and accessories without huge financial sacrifice.

The SBC Carbon All-Road has everything you’d want in a modern gravel bike and will come as a frameset, or a complete bike. If you choose the complete bike, you also get to choose the in-house groupset or upgrade to the SRAM Apex AXS group. The ability to upgrade to the Apex AXS group will be extended to SBC’s entire line of All-Road bikes, aluminum or steel.

State Bicycle Co. Carbon All-Road

Being diverse and able to span many disciplines, the Carbon All-Road caters to riders that are looking for a lightweight and responsive cycling experience. The versatile Carbon All-Road could be the ultimate companion to tackle any terrain.

SBC Carbon All-Road spin

States says that this purpose-built bike has been “ridden and tested by the State Bicycle team and is lightweight enough to hang on a road ride and sturdy enough for trans-American bike-packing adventures”.

Built with adventure in mind, the Carbon All-Road is a high-performance bicycle constructed of T800 carbon fiber that strikes the optimal blend of low weight and strength making it exceptional on gravel surfaces.

The Carbon All-Road frameset uses a dropped driverside chain stay and is compatible with both 650b and 700c wheelsets with tire clearances of 55mm and 45mm respectively. There are fender and rack mounts allowing for versatility when the weather gets rough, or you want to pack up for an all/multi-day adventure.

All of the Carbon All-Road’s performance is available to you at a price point that is more than reasonable. With abundant tire clearance, mounts for three water bottles, and front and rear racks, it offers an excellent amount of versatility.

Carbon All-Road Features & Retail

Retail: $1999

  • Lightweight: 2.5lb T800 carbon frame
  • Versatile: 650b and 700c wheelset options with 700×45, or 650×55 tire clearances
  • Mounting points: top tube, down tube, fork, and rear
  • Affordable: Possibly one of the best values out there for a carbon gravel bike
  • 2 Colorways: Black/Ember and White/Ember

Carbon All-Road Geometry


When purchasing the SBC Carbon All-Road there are a lot of options that can be upgraded. For an extra $999 you can choose to upgrade the existing group to the SRAM Apex XPLR AXS group.

  • 12-Speeds
    All-Road XPLR AXS is the perfect choice for riders who want to add a little dirt to their daily rides. With its 440% range and optimized shift features, this cassette provides smooth gear progression when you’re sweating up gravel climbs, and tight jumps on the high end for when it’s time to drill it on asphalt.
  • Electronic Precision
    Looking for a derailleur that can do it all? Look no further than the XPLR AXS. With wireless and eTap shift logic, advanced chain management, and AXS connectivity, this derailleur will have you shifting gears with ease on whatever terrain you choose to ride. Whether you’re hitting the pavement or exploring some singletrack trails, the XPLR AXS is up for the challenge.
  • Hydraulic Disc Brakes
    SRAM Apex XPLR AXS provides the best braking experience for all riders. Sure, there’s power when you need it, but the pinpoint control and reach adjustability for different hand sizes set our brakes apart. The upgraded hydraulic brakes on the new bikes will give riders peace of mind when traversing the most challenging terrain.
SBC Carbon All-Road bench

As mentioned before, this upgrade is available to the entire All-Road line of bikes, the aluminum-framed 6061 All-Road with a carbon fork is coming in at only $2399 with the Apex XPLR AXS upgrade. Check out more about all of the new upgrades, like new brakes, compressionless cable housing, and a clutched rear derailleur.

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EcoFlow Prime Deals: Save Up to 30% on Its Latest Tech Wed, 12 Jul 2023 05:02:45 +0000 EcoFlow's latest cooling (and heating) tech works with the brand's line of portable power stations. Here's how to save a bundle on all of it…

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It’s that time of the year when online shoppers expect special savings from Amazon, aka Prime Day(s) and EcoFlow is in on the deals.

This week, you can save on the brand’s 3-in-1 electric refrigerator and its updated AC/heater. Additionally, if you’ve been looking for portable power stations, those are marked down, too.

Prime Days are July 11-12 but you can also save at EcoFlow through July 16 with the code JUNKIEPD..

Check out our brief rundowns on the GLACIER and WAVE 2 units below or our previous coverage for more details.

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Deals on EcoFlow

WAVE 2 with Extra Battery

EcoFlow introduced this novel approach to cooling and heating with the WAVE2. It’s wireless and works inside a small room, RV, van, or even a tent with no installation required. That said, it comes with exhaust duct adapters for more efficient climate control.

The WAVE 2 is 20% smaller than its predecessor and has 27% more power.

The compressor creates 5,100 BTU of cooling power that can lower a room’s temperature by 18 degrees in 5 minutes. Likewise, it cranks 6,100 BTU heating to raise the temperature by 18 degrees in 5 minutes. It runs for as long as 8 hours of cooling using an add-on battery. Plugged into an EcoFlow portable power source (like the Delta Max or Delta 2) it can run up to 18 hours.

Lastly, it runs at a library-quiet sound level. A little white noise may just help you sleep more soundly.

For more information, read our coverage.

Save at Amazon July 11-12, or at checkout on EcoFlow’s site through July 16 with promo code JUNKIEPD.

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GLACIER Portable Car Refrigerator, Cooler & Ice Maker with Extra Battery

This is a 3-in-1 refrigerator, ice maker, and power station on wheels. It can run up to 40 hours nonstop and has two compartments with dual temperature control so you can keep some things colder than others, like beverages vs. produce. The ice maker runs on top, separate from the internal storage.

There’s also a companion app that lets you monitor and adjust the temperature and power usage. For more information, read our review.

This particular deal comes with an extra battery so you can charge one while the other continues to cool (and make ice).

Save at Amazon July 11-12, or at checkout on EcoFlow’s site through July 16 with promo code JUNKIEPD.

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Prime Day Deals

From Prime Deals to Deals of the Day, there are several ways to save on EcoFlow products at Amazon. Amazon’s Prime Days are July 11-12.

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This post is sponsored by ECOFLOW. Look for all its featured deals on portable power stations and more during Amazon Prime Days. If you miss the deals on Amazon, you can also save at EcoFlow’s site through July 16 by using our promo code JUNKIEPD.

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All-new Canyon MTB Flat Pedals, Serious Grip on 2 Platform Sizes: Ridden & Reviewed Tue, 11 Jul 2023 18:41:45 +0000 Review: Canyon gears up for trail riding with premium alloy MTB Flat Pedals that deliver stellar grip & solid value…

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Canyon is gearing up for more technical trail riding with some all-new premium alloy MTB Flat Pedals that deliver stellar grip on the bike without breaking the bank. Developed together with their sponsored pro freeride and gravity mountain bike & eMTB riders, the new aluminum flat pedals are built tough, with lots of traction pins, plus two big platform sizes to deliver the best contact between shoes and pedals.

Plus, more affordable platform pedals are on their way, too…

Canyon alloy MTB Performance Flat Pedals

Canyon alloy MTB Performance Flat Pedals

When mountain bike riders go big, they want a set of solid grippy platform pedals they can rely on, and that’s exactly what Canyon has delivered with their new aluminum MTB Performance Flat Pedals. Designed to be strong, grippy & affordable, Canyon’s first flat pedals are a solid debut – offering a secure platform to keep rider and bike connected.

Riding Review

Canyon alloy MTB Performance Flat Pedals, photo by Roo Fowler, greasy freeride grip
c. Canyon, photo by Roo Fowler

The alloy Canyon flat pedals have severed me well since I started riding them early this spring. They’ve offered me all the grip I could want while riding in reinforced Leatt gravity flat shoes & wet weather boots, lightweight Northwave x Michelin trail shoes, and even some silly slippy riding in Vibram-soled Chaco sandals.

Canyon alloy MTB Performance Flat Pedals, photo by Roo Fowler, Chaco climbing grip
c. Canyon, photo by Roo Fowler

Reasonable price, reasonable weight, and a generous 200kg rider+bike weight limit thanks to heavy-duty axles.

Canyon alloy MTB Performance Flat Pedals, trail riding

Ten pins per side dig deep into most soft rubber soles. There’s plenty of support from a big platform area. They are still spinning smoothly after 3 months of riding, and have fully user-serviceable axle, bushings & bearings.

Canyon alloy MTB Performance Flat Pedals, photo by Boris Beyer, descending
c. Canyon, photo by Boris Beyer

What more can be said about a good flat pedal?

Tech details

Canyon alloy MTB Performance Flat Pedals
Large (top) vs. Small (bottom)

Canyon says their goal was to “make the best pedals on the trail” and they did so with “one of the largest surface areas you’ll find in any MTB pedal”. Two sizes are available.

Canyon alloy MTB Performance Flat Pedals, Large pair 436g actual weight

My Large pedals weigh in at a real 436g for the pair (430g claimed), optimized for size 43-48 shoes. They get a 110mm wide platform that is 109mm long front-to-back – while the overall pedal is actually 117mm long when you factor in the forward sloping edge that helps glide up over obstacles.

The Small pedals are designed for 36-42 sized shoes, with a 380g weight claim. They are less than a centimeter narrower at an even 100mm wide, but a centimeter and a half shorter at 95mm long.

Canyon alloy MTB Performance Flat Pedals

Both sizes of pedals are ever-so-slightly concave – 17mm thick over the outside of the axles, 16mm in the center over the axle, and 18mm thick at their leading edge. But they feel a bit more concave than that with sharp 4mm tall pins front & back and shorter 3mm grub screw pins closer to the axle – 10 thread-in replaceable pins per side, per pedal. The idea is to let your foot sink into the middle for a planted feel without having to be ultra-thin sacrificing on toughness.

They spin on strong 15CrMo axles, with sealed DU bushings on the inside and tiny sealed bearings on the outside. Canyon assures that they will sell service/rebuild kits, replacement pins, and longer pin kits so you will get long life out of your pedals.

Review thoughts on pedal platform size

Canyon alloy MTB Performance Flat Pedals, photo by Roo Fowler, muddy grip
c. Canyon, photo by Roo Fowler

I’ve been riding the Large pedals (which are only in stock now in Silver) for four months, and never really questioned if I should have sized down – I’m a size 43, the low end of Canyon’s recommend range.

But for comparison, my Leatt MTB 3.0 Flat Pro shoes measure 111mm wide, my new Northwave Tailwhip Eco Evo shoes are just 105mm wide, and those old Chaco Chong sandals top out at 118mm wide. With a 110mm wide platform for the Large, the rear middle pins are 94mm apart.

Canyon alloy MTB Performance Flat Pedals, traction pin overlap on size Large

That’s essentially how wide the Northwave shoes are midway back toward the instep where the pedal sits. So when I shift my foot just slightly while riding, I end up missing out on engaging 2 of 10 pins. I never really noticed a lack of traction – I tend to ride the more supportive Leatt shoes for more aggressive gravity & eMTB rides – but with the narrower shoes, I would probably get even more secure grip from the Small size pedals.

Based on Canyon’s weight claims, you’ll likely save around 50g with the small pedals over the ones I’ve been riding.

Canyon MTB Flat Pedals – Pricing, availability & options

Canyon alloy MTB Performance Flat Pedals, photo by Roo Fowler, greasy turns
c. Canyon, photo by Roo Fowler

Canyon’s MTB Performance Flat Pedals sell for 100€ in either Small or Large sizes, rated for gravity mountain bike riding with a 200kg weight limit making them also suitable for eMTB riding, as well. Both sizes come in either Silver or Black anodized finishes.

Canyon alloy MTB Performance Flat Pedals, photo by Roo Fowler, in black too
c. Canyon, photo by Roo Fowler

The Large black pedals will apparently not be available until October.

Canyon alloy MTB Performance Flat Pedals, photo by Roo Fowler, rainy riding grip
c. Canyon, photo by Roo Fowler

Coming soon, more pedals. Canyon also teases that 2 new reinforced nylon composite flat pedals are in the works for later in 2023, too. One will be an analog of this one with the same axle tech for lower-cost platform mountain bike riding, and the other with be an urban flat pedal with a grit-based grippy surface for city commuter bike riding.

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Camelbak Straps On M.U.L.E. Bikepacking Bags, Fills Stainless & Titanium Podium Bottles! Tue, 11 Jul 2023 17:00:00 +0000 It seems like it was only a matter of time before Camelbak brought their bag expertise to the world of bikepacking & long-distance gravel. That’s…

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It seems like it was only a matter of time before Camelbak brought their bag expertise to the world of bikepacking & long-distance gravel. That’s exactly what they brought to Eurobike in their new M.U.L.E. On Bike bag range. However, it was the metal podium bottle on the wall behind the bags that first attracted our attention.

For those who prefer a metal bottle to plastic, Camelbak will soon offer their Podium bottle design in Stainless Steel and Titanium. While Camelbak already offered stainless steel bottles in their Everyday collection, this is their first use in the Podium series.

The bottles use a dual-wall insulated construction that is said to keep drinks cold for 14-18h. Inside is a flexible straw, however, the straw is the vent, not something you drink out of. If you turn the bottle upside down, water will simply flow out of the valve without needing to suck.

Stainless steel podium bottles will be offered in two sizes, 18 ($35) and 22oz ($40), while Titanium will only be offered in the 18oz size for $100. Yes, a $100 bottle. It is titanium though.

M.U.L.E. On Bike Bags

The new M.U.L.E. On Bike Bag line is a five-piece collection that covers the bases for most bikepacking & long-distance gravel rides. The standout for us is the M.U.L.E. Frame Pack with Hydration, which includes the new 2L Quick Stow bladder with a QuickStow Cap on the other end with an on/off valve for easy water dispensing at camp. It’s also compatible with the Lifestraw filters, so you can filter the water at camp directly into the bladder. 

The bag itself has two sizes and multiple attachment points along three sides so you can place the velcro straps where you need them. Built with a water-repellent fabric and waterproof zippers, the water compartment has two zippers to make it easy to load the bladder, and the other side has a separate pocket for other goods.

There are also two sizes of saddle packs with the M.U.L.E. 1 and M.U.L.E. 9, the 9 being the 9L bikepacking variant.

Up front, the M.U.L.E. 12 Handlebar Pack is a cavernous bag to run on your bars. There’s also a M.U.L.E. stem bag with the option to run an additional bottle or have quick access to food or gear. Expect to see these for sale around March 2024, with pricing below.

M.U.L.E. On Bike Pricing:

M.U.L.E. Frame Pack with Hydration 70oz LG – $150

M.U.L.E. Frame Pack with Hydration 70oz MD – $140

M.U.L.E. 12 Handlebar Pack – $100

M.U.L.E. Stem Bag – $30

M.U.L.E. 9 Saddle Pack – $90

M.U.L.E. 1 Saddle Pack – $40

Quick Stow 2L Reservoir – $50

New Chase Vests + Podium Flow 2

If that wasn’t enough, Camelback also has two new Chase hydration vests and a new hip belt as well. The New Chase Race 4 ($115) includes a 1.5L hydration bladder and is meant for racing. The Chade Adventure 8 ($130) has a 2L reservoir and a lot more storage for adventure riding where less than a full hydration pack is still desired.

Finally, the Podium Flow 2 Belt gets the same revised middle bottle position as the recently revamped Podium Flow 4 Belt. The new positioning makes it easier to get the bottles in and out, and the Flow 2 will sell for $55.

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Cheaper, Lighter, Cooler: Specialized S-Works Torch Shoe Gets Lace-up Treatment Tue, 11 Jul 2023 16:00:00 +0000 If you’re into a lace-up shoe’s timeless look and feel — listen up. The new Specialized S-Works Torch shoes are now offered in a Lace-up…

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If you’re into a lace-up shoe’s timeless look and feel — listen up. The new Specialized S-Works Torch shoes are now offered in a Lace-up version that is lighter and about $100 cheaper than its BOA counterpart.

Specialized S-Works Torch Lace-up shoe

Specialized has been adding lace-up options to most of the S-Works shoe line for some time now. It usually takes a few months (or, in this case, almost a year), but it’s like clockwork, and they always look very cool.

Specialized S-Works Torch Lace-up shoe pair

Check out our full review of the S-Works Torch here.

Specialized S-Works Torch Lace-up shoe unlaced

Why Laces?

Why add a lace-up version to a shoe that many already deem comfortable? Well — first off, laces look cooler. What better way to show everyone on the group ride you’re most fashionable? But seriously — Eliminating the BOA enclosure removes the ability to overtighten and cause hot spots, which gives a level up in comfort.

Specialized S-Works Torch Lace-up shoe tounge out

For some, the BOA dials don’t sit in the most comfortable place, and laces do not require any extra plastic molding to keep them in place. Eliminating the molding means a very pliable and supple shoe, especially considering the upper material.

Specialized S-Works Torch Lace-up shoe toe box

The S-Works Torch Laceup has a new upper with reinforcement in critical zones, redesigned from the BOA removal. Eliminating the asymmetrical BOA bed gives the shoe a super clean symmetrical look, with a striking line down the middle of the toe box.

Specialized S-Works Torch Lace-up shoe close up

How is it different from the S-Works BOA Torch?

The lace-up version of the S-Works Torch carries overall (except the BOA) technology and features, including the new wider base plate, 4mm wider (than the previous S-Works 7 shoe) at the ball of the foot.

Specialized S-Works Torch Lace-up shoe i beam

The sole and last are the same as used in the S-Works Torch (BOA), with a full carbon sole and internal ‘I-Beam.’ The I-Beam construction allows the sole to be super lightweight without excess carbon. This process makes it 20g lighter (than the S-Works 7) while maintaining the same stiffness profile.

If you want to know all the tech details of the S-Works Torch, check out our new piece here.

Like the S-Works Torch, the new lace-up version uses an asymmetrical heel. This design counter supports the medial side of the foot while removing material from the lateral side, allowing for a lower collar.

Underneath, Specialized uses titanium alloy cleat nuts to keep the shoe as light as possible along with a replaceable heel pad.

S-Works Torch — Color Options

The S-Works Torch lace-up arrives in different colorways than the original; White (tested), Black, Dune White, and Dark Navy.

Specialized S-Works Torch Lace-up shoe thin fabric

S-Works Torch Laceup Pricing and Availability

The all-new S-Works Torch Laceup is available online and at your local Specialized dealer.

Available sizes: 36-49 with half sizes from 38-46

Weight: 198g/shoe 43* (without insole)

Price: $350

Look for a full review as we get more time in on these, but if you’re looking to get some of your own, check out

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SRAM Announce Budget-Friendly Bronze Stealth Code & Level Brakes Tue, 11 Jul 2023 14:01:00 +0000 Launched in conjunction with the new, more affordable GX T-Type drivetrain are the SRAM Bronze Stealth Brakes for Code and Level models, with a matching…

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Launched in conjunction with the new, more affordable GX T-Type drivetrain are the SRAM Bronze Stealth Brakes for Code and Level models, with a matching Dark Polar anodized finish to complete the aesthetic. Like the high-end options in the Stealth range, a new master cylinder is positioned flush against the handlebar to give a sleeker looking setup that routes hoses closer to the bar.

sram bronze stealth code caliper dark polar anodized finish

SRAM Bronze Stealth Brakes for Level and Code

Stepping up as a budget-friendly alternative to the Stealth Ultimate and Stealth Silver brakes launched earlier this year are the new Stealth Bronze brakes for Code and Level. There are no updates to the calipers, save for the Dark Polar anodized finish – it’s the lever bodies that are of concern here. Even then, there is no major functional update, only the more streamlined cockpit setup that results from the master cylinder positioning against the handlebar.

Worth mentioning though, is the fact that the pivot on the levers of the Stealth Ultimate and Stealth Silver brakes run on a bearing, while the Stealth Bronze levers pivot about a bushing.

All SRAM Stealth brake levers utilize the same MatchMaker X handlebar clamp system that Code, G2, Level, and DB8 currently use

The Stealth Bronze brakes are the most affordable brakes in SRAM’s lineup that get a lever body positioned so neatly. Caliper and lever bodies are made of a forged aluminum, while the lever blades are stamped aluminum. Meanwhile the Silver Stealth and Ultimate Stealth brakes are made of lighter weight materials, especially the Ultimate which sees a carbon lever blade and titanium hardware.

The Stealth update is not only beneficial for bikes where the cables are routed through the headset. SRAM ship the Stealth brakes with stem clips for use with stems that have a specified gap between the stem body and face-plate on the two lower bolts; these will help keep any rattling to a minimum.

The most powerful of the Bronze Stealth brakes launching today is the Code variety, a 4-piston brake utilizing Swing Link technology in the lever for a progressive braking feel. The lever sees a tool-free reach adjustment, and the calipers come with the longer-lasting metallic pads.

Next up is the Level 4-piston, positioned as a brake that offers power worthy of trail riding, but in a more weight-conscious package for XC riding. Last but not least is the Level 2-piston offering that is the least powerful, but most lightweight of the lot. These too see a lever body with tool-free reach adjustment.

While the Code and Level 4-piston offerings get the Bleeding Edge port, the Level 2-piston brakes get a threaded bleed port.

Of course, these are budget-oriented brakes – if you want the same power in a much lighter weight package, then you’ll want to take a look at the more expensive Stealth Silver and Stealth Ultimate options.

Pricing & Availability

SRAM Stealth Bronze Code brakes retail at $185 USD per end, as compared to the $265 USD MSRP of the Code Silver, and the $300 USD MSRP of the Code Ultimate.

Similarly, the SRAM Stealth Bronze Level offerings are significantly cheaper than their Ultimate and Silver counterparts, retailing at $165 USD per end for the Level 4-piston, and $108 USD per end for the Level 2-piston. Full details on pricing, including hose lengths and clamps, can be found in the below image.

sram bronze stealth brakes price list

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SRAM GX Eagle Transmission Drops T-Type at $1,099 USD | First Ride Tue, 11 Jul 2023 14:00:00 +0000 SRAM has improved the affordability of the all-new Transmission, bringing the price of entry down to $1,099 USD with the launch of the GX T-Type…

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SRAM has improved the affordability of the all-new Transmission, bringing the price of entry down to $1,099 USD with the launch of the GX T-Type Eagle. And, so far, it’s excellent. We are pleased to report the vast majority of technology debuted on the $2,199 XX SL, $2,049 XX, and $1,599 XO models earlier this year, does trickle down to the less expensive GX T-Type announced today.

Like those lighter, pricier options, the GX T-Type derailleur mounts directly to the hanger-less interface of all* frames that have a SRAM UDH dropout. This so-called Full Mount design mounts the derailleur to the axle, ensuring spacing is always spot-on, regardless of variations that may exist between manufacturers’ frames and dropouts. Because of that mounting style, SRAM has been able to create a derailleur that has no need for upper and lower limit screws, or even a B-screw for dialing in chain gap.

Tyler has previously covered the SRAM Transmission in great detail – we direct you to that piece for a deep dive on exactly how it all works, and why they overhauled the mountain bike drivetrain in the first place.

Here, we have a detailed account of how the new GX Eagle T-Type differs to the higher-end offerings, with the actual weights of all components. We look forward to providing a long-term review on the components, but for now, here are some comments on how the Transmission has performed on our first few rides.

sram gx transmission drivetrain price weight review
Credit: Finlay Anderson

SRAM GX Eagle T-Type | An Overview

The benefits of Transmission over traditional drivetrains, both electronic and mechanical, are also relevant to the SRAM GX Eagle T-Type announced today. Along with the incredible ease of setup, with the aforementioned elimination of adjustment screws, it is claimed that the GX Transmission is every bit as crisp and precise as the other derailleurs in the Transmission family and that it:

  • Performs shifts under high load
  • Performs shifts quietly
  • Tolerates side-on and frontal impacts, within reason

We are in the midst of testing these claims and have some experience to share from our first few rides below.

An important benefit of the GX T-Type derailleur is its serviceability. If, in the sad scenario your derailleur doesn’t tolerate the unintended abuse you send its way – during riding, crashing, transit, or otherwise – it is entirely possible that you won’t need to replace the whole thing. The two-piece outer link of the parallelogram, battery fastener, and pulley cage assembly with clutch are all replaceable – the latter in a super easy tool-free fashion. It simply twists off, so assuming the threads aren’t damaged during the offending incident, you can just screw on a new ($129 USD) cage.

Even at the reduced price of $400 USD (the next most affordable one costs $550), that’s going to be a relief when you find your precious derailleur has been somewhat disassembled by a trailside object.

sram gx t-type transmission drivetrain actual weights
The cumulative weight of the components you see here is 2,025 grams; that includes the 492g derailleur with battery, the 733g 165mm DUB Wide crankset with two bash guards, the 447g cassette, the 283g chain with 126 links, and the 70g AXS shifter. Note: the GX Transmission comes with the Standard Transmission pod controller, not the Ultimate Transmission Pod Controller pictured here.

How is GX T-Type different from XO, XX, and XX SL T-Type?

As you move up the tiers of a given manufacturer’s drivetrain, the constituent components switch to lighter offerings, often with more features packed in that either improve performance or make the component more durable. The SRAM Transmission offerings are no different.

As such, the GX Eagle T-Type Transmission gets slightly heavier components, with the cranks and derailleur home to a distinct grey-ish Dark Polar finish that immediately sets them apart as belonging to this more affordable groupset. The good news is, if you’re buying a complete bike with the GX Eagle T-Type, some of its parts can be upgraded to the XO, XX, or even XX SL equivalents. Let’s dive into how each and every component of the GX T-Type Transmission differs from its higher-end counterpart. Starting with…

sram gx t-type derailleur actual weight with battery
The SRAM GX T-Type Derailleur has an MSRP of $400 USD / 480 € / £430 (without battery)

The SRAM GX Eagle T-Type Derailleur

At 492g (with battery) the GX T-Type derailleur is the heaviest of the lot, but not by much. It is just 18 grams heavier than the XO T-Type, and 48 grams heavier than the XX SL T-Type (we don’t have a weight for XX). The steel inner cage is largely responsible for that, with the higher-end cages made from lighter-weight aluminum.

Functionally, it is almost entirely equivalent to both, and it mounts to the hanger-less interface of the frame dropout in the very same way, requiring no post-install adjustments. However, we are told this one has a reconfigured gearbox. Just how it has been reconfigured, and why, we are waiting to learn more. It also houses the battery in a less vulnerable position, as compared to the battery location on the higher-end options.

Sadly, the Magic Pulley Wheel seen on the XX SL and XX T-Type Derailleurs is not present on the GX option. The lower pulley on the aforementioned is constructed of two parts that have the capacity to rotate independently to one another in the event that a stick gets stuck in the cage. That independent movement means that the chain can continue running through the derailleur regardless. On the GX T-Type, such an unfortunate event would cause the pulley, and the entire drivetrain, to grind to a halt.

*Earlier we said that the T-Type derailleurs can mount to any frame that runs a UDH dropout. There is only one exception that we are aware of; while the Hope HB916 does run a SRAM UDH, it is not compatible with T-Type derailleurs.

sram gx t-type crankset actual weight
The SRAM GX Transmission Crankset with chainring and bash guards has an MSRP of $200 USD / 240 € / £215 (BB not included)

SRAM GX T-Type Crankset

Each group gets its own crankset, too. On our Park Tool scale, the 165mm GX T-Type crankset with DUB Wide spindle, 32T T-Type Chainring with two bash guards installed, weighed in at 733 grams. I don’t have a direct comparison with the other cranksets in the Transmission family but, for context, the 175mm version of the higher-end XO T-Type weighs 748 grams.

The crank arms themselves are made from a forged aluminum, and they lack the eye-catching cut-out portion seen on the XO offering. Meanwhile, the much lighter XX and XX SL T-Type cranks are of course made from carbon fiber.

Importantly, the GX crank is not available with a DUB-PWR spindle-based power meter but can be upgraded with a spider-based power meter. And, for anyone wanting to run Flight Attendant, the GX crank can accept the pedal sensor necessary for the system to function.

SRAM offers the GX T-Type cranks in 165mm, 170mm, and 175mm lengths, with 30T, 32T, and 34T chainring options. All the chainrings have a 3mm offset, producing a 55mm chainline which is said to deliver a more moderate chain angle with more precise shifting in a longer-lasting package (as compared to the 52mm chainline which has been the standard on Boost spacing frames for quite some time). That brings us to…

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.The SRAM GX T-Type Cassette has an MSRP of $250 USD / 300 € / £270

The GX Eagle Transmission Cassette

The 10-52T GX Eagle T-Type cassette weighs in at 447 grams; that’s 65 grams heavier than the XX equivalent, and 66 grams heavier than the XO equivalent. They each share a 10-12-14-16-18-21-24-28-32-38-44-52T cog stack with the long-standing X-SYNC tooth profiles, but they differ in their construction and materials.

The aforementioned higher-end options get a machined steel X-DOME design for the cluster, with stamped steel 38T and
44T cogs pinned to the lighter-weight aluminum 12th gear. Meanwhile, the GX T-Type cassette sees a Pindome design for gears 1-8, and a single-piece Mini-Cluster for gears 9-12. All are made from hardened steel, hence the additional weight and all get Nickel-plating which is said to make for a quieter and more durable cassette.

sram gx t-type flat top chain weight 126 links
The SRAM GX T-Type Chain has an MSRP of $50 USD / 60 € / £55

The Flat-Top GX Eagle T-Type Chain

Shipped with 126 links, the GX Eagle T-Type Flat-Top Chain weighs in at 283 grams; that’s just a single gram heavier than the electroless nickel-plated, PVD-coated chain of the XO Transmission group, which is said to have “unbelievable resistance to corrosion and wear”. The GX option doesn’t get the aggressive anti-corrosion PVD coating, but its links are nickel-coated to reduce premature wear.

While the GX and XO chains get solid pins, the XX gets hollow pins that reduce weight by just 9 grams. Meanwhile, the XX SL chain goes one better with hollow pins and cut-outs in the outer plates, bringing the weight down to just 264 grams. They also both see a hard chrome finish for even more durability.

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The SRAM Transmission Ultimate Pod Controller has an MSRP of $200 USD

What about the Transmission Shifter?

For SRAM Transmission, there are two AXS Pod Controllers for shifting. The GX T-Type comes with the Standard Pod Controller that has non-customizable concave buttons. Meanwhile, the Ultimate Pod Controller comes with concave buttons installed, but these can be popped out and replaced with convex buttons, dependent on rider preference. On both variations, you can change which button performs a down-shift and which performs an up-shift by customizing in the AXS App.

On our Park Tool scale, the Ultimate Pod Shifter weighed in at 70 grams with its non-rechargeable CR 2032 battery and the MMX clamp (+ bolt) for pairing with SRAM brakes.

sram gx transmission first ride review
Credit: Finlay Anderson

SRAM GX Eagle Transmission | Install & First Ride

I fitted the SRAM GX Eagle Transmission to a YT Capra MX, which is a UDH-compatible frame. That’s the only requirement for compatibility – the only exception being the Hope HB 916 which has UDH rear-end but is not compatible with T-Type derailleurs.

The setup key doubles up as the cage lock for easy wheel removal. Credit: Finlay Anderson.

I digress. Following the below video from SRAM, installation of the T-Type derailleur went swimmingly. Inputting info on your frame model, frame size, flip-chip position, and chainring size into the AXS App (or this calculator), gets you the specific chain length required, and the specific setup cog, and it tells you to use either the A or B position for the setup key on the derailleur.

SRAM has done a great job on communication around T-Type installation, so go ahead and follow the instructions to the letter. They say it in the video, but I’m going to say it again here: care should be taken to tighten, loosen, and re-tighten the derailleur and axle in the order instructed in the video.

As you’ll see, the rear axle is the final component to be tightened to the manufacturer’s torque. Prior to this, you’ll have bolted the T-Type derailleur’s full mount portion to the dropout, ensuring that the line on the knurled ring (silver) lines up with the line on the inboard arm of the full mount.

And, you’ll have tightened it to the 35 Nm specified. SRAM tell us that some of their first production models include a mounting bolt marked with a 25 Nm torque specification – this is not correct. Go ahead and torque it to 35 Nm – SRAM says it helps the Transmission have a lower probability of losing chain tension.

You do not need to re-adjust the T-Type derailleur when replacing your rear wheel. In fact, you’ll only need to touch it again if you change your chainring size, change the bike’s rear-center length or flip-chip position, or indeed… you break it. Credit: Finlay Anderson.

Like the 12-speed GX AXS group this GX T-Type replaced (on the YT Capra Core 3), there is scope for micro-adjustments after installation, allowing you to move the derailleur inboard or outboard at 0.2mm increments. Our newly-installed Transmission does shift a little roughly in the stand, and one might be tempted to fine-tune the derailleur position at this stage. Hold off doing so. Under sag, the chain gap between the upper pulley and cassette increases, reducing noise.

By the way, whenever you do remove the rear wheel for whatever reason, you might notice some lateral play in the derailleur at the point where the full mount hangs off the dropout. This was the case on our setup with the YT. Chris Mandell of SRAM reassures us this is to be expected, as the derailleur is actually mounted on the rear axle. So, without it, it sort of just hangs there, and it is possible to rotate it backward (clockwise) even when the bolt is torqued to 35 Nm.

GX T-Type Riding Impressions

Shifting while riding was perfect right off the bat, and there was no need to make use of the micro-adjustment feature. It’s not silent, but it is very quiet most of the time. Pedaling up technical climbs, I did not need to back off in order to shift. The derailleur transfers the chain onto its neighboring cog with no hesitation, regardless of how much load I was able to apply to the chain.

sram gx t-type review steep climb shifting under load
Credit: Finlay Anderson

The only scenario in which I am able to force a big clanging noise is when shifting shortly after pedaling off from stopped, up a hill, with the chain in one of the smaller descending sprockets. That said, the derailleur still performs the shift, it just doesn’t sound too healthy while it does it.

I really like the tactility of the Pod Controller buttons for shifting. While there’s no real “throw” as such, the buttons of the Pod Controller compress a little further than the buttons of the GX AXS Rocker that gave way to it. More force is required, delivering way more positive feedback through your thumb to reassure you that the command has been sent.

Credit: Finlay Anderson

The adjustability of the Pod Controller is very good; while there is some left-right adjustment available at the bar clamp, you can also adjust the rotation of the Pod itself to give you the best angle for your hand position. I would say, though, I do find the buttons are a little bit too close together, and I haven’t yet developed the muscle memory of where each one is. I’m sure it will come in time, but it hasn’t been super easy to just smash down on the correct button in the heat of a fast descent.

On the Ultimate Pod Controller shown here, you can pop out these concave buttons for convex ones, which could go a long way to helping the rider know which button they are pressing. If I had the convex buttons to hand, I’d probably switch out the lower one for a convex one to further help differentiate them on the trail.

There is another option here if you are running a second Pod Controller on the left to operate Flight Attendant suspension or an AXS Reverb dropper. You can program it such that one of the buttons shifts the derailleur. For example, you can configure it so that the top button actuates your dropper seat post, while the bottom button shifts the derailleur to a larger cog. Certainly, it makes sense to have control over both of those functions on the same side of the bar, especially when you hit a surprise incline mid-stage of an enduro race.

sram gx t-type review clutch strong quiet

Credit: Finlay Anderson

So far, i’ve had only three short rides over which to test the GX T-Type, and so far it has been flawless. It is much quieter while descending than the GX AXS derailleur it replaced, indicative of a more efficient, well-damped clutch mechanism controlling cage movement.

I am pleased to report zero dropped chains, and still, I see no need to make any of those micro-adjustments. The derailleur’s position hasn’t moved at all; chain tension seems unchanged and the marker on the knurled ring still lines up with its corresponding marker on the inboard arm of the full mount.

I don’t believe I have smashed the derailleur into any trail-side objects yet, but plenty of opportunity lies ahead. I look forward to bringing you a long-term review of the GX Eagle T-Type.

Can you Combine SRAM GX T-Type Derailleur & Cassette with a Road Crankset?

The gravel contingent may well be wondering if they can mullet the GX T-Type with a Road Crankset. The answer is, yes! So long as your gravel bike runs a UDH dropout, providing that all-important hanger-less interface.

SRAM 1x AXS Road chainrings are compatible with T-Type chains. For the best chainline, you must use the wide version of the Road 12-speed crankset and DUB bottom bracket.

sram gx eagle t-type transmission first ride review

Pricing & Availability (+ Replacement Parts)

The complete SRAM GX Transmission, with 165mm, 170mm, or 175mm cranks, has an MSRP of $1,099 / 1,300 € /£1,180. That is $500 cheaper than the XO T-Type, $950 cheaper than the XX, and $1,100 cheaper than the top-of-the-range XX SL.

On GX T-Type, the battery has a slightly different position, said to be less vulnerable. The fastener is able to click into place even when the battery is not present, preventing it from flapping about. If you do accidentally snap it off, you can replace it for $15 USD.

Pricing for the individual components can be seen in the image below. The cost of replacement parts is as follows:

  • Battery fastener – $15 USD /16 € / £15
  • GX T-Type cage assembly, including pulley wheels, cage, and clutch – $129 USD / 139 € / £125
  • Full Mount Bolt, including frame bushing, knurled ring, and derailleur mounting bolt – $63 USD / 70 € / £62 GBP
  • Outer parallelogram/skid plate assembly, including new mounting hardware – $22 USD / 24 € / £21 GBP
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Price list for the individual components of the SRAM GX Transmission
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Price list for the complete drivetrain options for SRAM GX Transmission

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Whyte Bikes Shows Off Prototype Light Weight Trail eBike Tue, 11 Jul 2023 12:35:58 +0000 Whyte Bikes has been around since 1999, but two years ago, they got a little boost. That boost came in the form of a new…

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Whyte Bikes has been around since 1999, but two years ago, they got a little boost. That boost came in the form of a new “strategic partnership” and investment from the UK investment firm Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP.

That investment has also given a boost to their bicycle development, which is being shown in the form of their new prototype eMTB. According to Whyte Bikes, this is the first bike developed end to end under the new ownership, and they’re coming out swinging.

While the brand is no stranger to eBikes, this is their take on the light weight, mid-torque, full power trail ebike. Built around the new Bosch SX motor system, expect 55Nm of torque, and around 600w of peak power. Complete bikes will include a 400 Wh internal battery, and an optional range extender will push that to 650 Wh. The prototype above weighs in at 16.9kg, but Whyte tells us the production models will be a bit lighter thanks to a mostly UD carbon finish.

This bike will be built around a 140mm suspension fork with 130mm travel at the rear, while a more burly 150/140mm version is also in the cards. The lower shock mount hides a geometry adjustment allowing you to run high or low BB settings. There’s also an aftermarket shock link if you want to run mixed wheel sizes – the bike is built around 29/29″, but with the link swap you can run 29/27.5″.

Being a British company, Whyte Bikes need to survive properly wet conditions and this bike will be no different. We’re told that everything is sealed – from the seat tube, to the head tube, to the charging port which is positioned inside the frame on the front of the seat tube to protect from spray. All of the bearings are phosphate coated and packed with marine grease, and they’re also covered bike a lifetime pivot bearing warranty.

The cable routing is another interesting feature. Production bikes will come shipped with the rear brake line routed through the headset (with ports on either side depending on your brake orientation). But what if you don’t want headset routed hoses? The frame also has internal routing ports on either side of the headtube that are sealed from the factory with rubber plugs. If you want to use them, you can open the correct plug and then switch out the headset cover for a sealed version. It will still take some work to reroute it, but once it’s done you will have your preferred routing.

Expect complete bikes to be built with full length dropper posts, four piston brakes, and 800mm bars. Expect to see limited quantities of the bike available for sale this December, with full availability expected in early Spring 2024.

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Thok Project 4 eMTB is World’s First 3D-Printed Alloy Full-Suspension eBike Tue, 11 Jul 2023 11:21:49 +0000 Thok Project 4 lightweight eMTB prototype is world's first 3D-printed alloy full-suspension mountain ebike...

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This new Thok Project 4 eMTB prototype claims to be the world’s first 3D-printed metal full-suspension mountain ebike, and signals a new design direction for the ebike maker. Project 4 is the first real lightweight eMTB for Thok, powered by the latest Bosch SX motor and designed to plug-and-play any of 4 different smaller batteries under the downtube to keep weight to a minimum and tailor pedal-assist range to individual rider needs.

Thok Project 4 lightweight 3D-printed alloy eMTB

Thok Project 4 eMTB prototype, lightweight 3D-printed alloy all-mountain ebike, studio complete
studio photo c. Thok

Both in carbon and aluminum, the existing Thok eMTB lineup has relied almost exclusively on powerful motors and large capacity batteries to give ebike riders as much support off-road. But the Thok Project 4 signals a new shift in focus to also include the option for a more natural style of trail riding in a lighter full-suspension ebike platform.

3D-printing development

Thok Project 4 eMTB prototype, lightweight 3D-printed alloy all-mountain ebike, headtube

Taking advantage of the almost limitless design possibilities of additive manufacturing with Belgian partner Materialise – the same people who printed this sustainable Canyon hardtail – the Thok ebike development team used Selective Laser Melting (SLM) to quickly 3D-print AlSi10Mg aluminum to create the unique shapes of the Project 4 ebike. Working directly with alloy, SLM allowed Thok to more quickly create a functional prototype of their next generation of eMTB that they could ride test, also with less material waste.

Thok Project 4 eMTB prototype, lightweight 3D-printed alloy all-mountain ebike, suspension linkage

As we’ve seen with a number of 3D-printed alloy track and road bikes, SLM allows for unique complex frame shaping, as well as sophisticated structural design not always outwardly visible. But in the case of a full-suspension bike, Thok was also able to print each individual element of the frame and suspension as 1-piece, then machine their interfaces – all while also incorporating features like flip-chips, internal routing, more integrated electronics, and the ability to use modular battery and powertrain protection covers.

Tech details

Thok Project 4 eMTB prototype, lightweight 3D-printed alloy all-mountain ebike, rear end

Project 4 is still officially in development, but Thok sees light ebikes as a key market they plan to expand into for next year. The plan now is to power the Thok Project 4 with the newly launched 2kg Bosch Performance Line SX motor that cranks out 55Nm of mid-drive torque with a more natural pedaling sensation.

Thok Project 4 eMTB prototype, lightweight 3D-printed alloy all-mountain ebike, Bosch SX motor

Thok will deliver this new lightweight eMTB platform with max battery modularity and weight kept low under the downtube. Buyers will be able to choose from 400Wh, 500Wh, 626Wh, or 750Wh batteries each with their own specific secure cover to integrate into the frame’s design – plus any ebike rider will be able to add on a 260Wh range extender bottle battery for longer pedal-assist support.

Thok Project 4 eMTB prototype, lightweight 3D-printed alloy all-mountain ebike, downtube battery cover

Technical details aren’t yet set in stone, but this prototype is built up with 29″ wheels, 150-160mm of travel between a RockShox Lyrik Ultimate fork & Deluxe Select+ shock, and a flip-chip at the upper sock mount to either tweak ride height or rear wheel travel. Final geometry is still being refined too, although we’re told it will be a bit longer and more progressive than current Thok all-mountain ebikes.

Thok Project 4 – Availability

Thok Project 4 eMTB prototype, lightweight 3D-printed alloy all-mountain ebike, complete

Thok hasn’t yet revealed a concrete timeline for when the Project 4 prototype will transition into a commercially available ebike – whether that is 3D-printed in metal or molded in carbon. But they have said that their lightweight full-suspension eMTB derived from this development project is expected to officially launch in 2024.

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Ekoi Road Helmets Get Unique Koroyd Protection Debut at the Tour de France Mon, 10 Jul 2023 17:38:44 +0000 2 new Ekoi road helmets debut at 2023 Tour de France with Koroyd protection tech – aero Aerodinamica and lightweight Stradale…

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In the biggest race of the year, four Pro Tour teams have been racing for the past week and a half with a couple of new Ekoi road helmets equipped with Koroyd protection tech – Cofidis, Arkéa Samsic, Lotto Dstny & Israel – Premier Tech. The iconic plastic honeycomb layer tech will now boost impact protection in the new aero Aerodinamica and lightweight Stradale, while providing increased heat dissipation of the rider’s head.

Ekoi Koroyd-equipped road bike helmets at the Tour de France

Ekoi aero road bike helmets at 2023 Tour de France, Stage wins
2023 TdF Stage 2 winner Victor LaFay Cofidis & Stage 9 winner Michael Woods of Israel – Premier Tech, c. Ekoi

Two stage winners at this summer’s Tour de France have already crossed the finish line first wearing Ekoi helmets – Victor LaFay of Cofidis on Stage 2 and then Michael Woods of Israel – Premier Tech on Stage 9 – albeit with the current non-Koroyd AR14 aero helmet.

Ekoi Koroyd road bike helmets at 2023 Tour de France, sprint finish
TdF Stage 4 finish c. ASO

But Caleb Ewan of Lotto Dstny has going hard and been close to victory – sprinting to 3rd in Stage 3, then 2nd in Stage 4 in sprints behind Jasper Philipsen – wearing the latest Koroyd-equipped Ekoi Aerodinamica aero road helmet.

Ekoi Koroyd road bike helmets at 2023 Tour de France, lightweight Stradale
TdF Stage 7 c. ASO, photo by Jered & Ashley Gruber

When the race entered the mountains, we also spotted a number of Israel – Premier Tech riders with the lighter, more open-vented Stradale.

Koroyd tech inside

Ekoi Koroyd road bike helmets at 2023 Tour de France, aero Aerdinamica x-ray

Ekoi says they partnered with Koroyd to benefit from increased rider protection over conventional light in-mold EPS foam construction, without sacrificing on weight or ventilation.

Ekoi Koroyd road bike helmets at 2023 Tour de France, aero Aerdinamica side
c. Ekoi

There’s a lot of stress in the peloton, especially during major events such as the Grand Tours or the Classics, which is why we wanted to work on safety in the event of a crash,” said Jean-Christophe Rattel, Ekoi CEO. “We approached Koroyd because we saw their concept to be the best way of optimizing the protection in our helmet.”

Tech Details – What do we know?

Ekoi Koroyd road bike helmets at 2023 Tour de France, aero Aerdinamica

Ekoï describes the new Aerodinamica as their “pinnacle aero helmet, integrated with KOROYD for the ultimate in impact protection and advanced breathability”. Developed together with Italian aero specialist design firm Pininfarina, the Aerodinamica features just three vertical vents across a smooth front, no top or side vents, and a chopped-off aerodynamic tail cone shape revealing a large rear exhaust port. It looks a lot like a scaled-back aero TT helmet adapted for more versatile road riding.

Ekoi Koroyd road bike helmets at 2023 Tour de France, lightweight Stradale gets new tech inside

The new Stradale on the other hand, opts for a fully open approach for maximum ventilation – with a new Koroyd Connect Integration Solution. Here, you can see the plastic Koroyd honeycomb as it sits under the outer polycarbonate shell and top layer of EPS foam – but is also cut away at some fully open vents to allow direct airflow cooling vs. the Koroyd solutions we’ve seen with Smith & Endura helmets in the past.

New Ekoi Koroyd helmet availability

Ekoi Koroyd road bike helmets at 2023 Tour de France, aero Aerdinamica & lightweight Stradale,

Ekoi have technically debuted the two new Koroyd-equipped road helmets now that they’ve come out of hiding at the Tour de France, yet it’s really mostly just a teaser. We’ll still have to wait a while to get the full details, and you’ll have to wait a while until you can buy them direct from Ekoi. Official consumer availability is slated for September 2023, when we should get key data like pricing, weights, colors & sizing.

Ekoi Koroyd road bike helmets at 2023 Tour de France, aero Aerdinamica
TdF Stage 1 c. ASO, photo by Jered & Ashley Gruber

Until then, we just have to enjoy le Tour.

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Woom Announces Voluntary Recall of Select Original Kid’s Bikes Mon, 10 Jul 2023 15:07:04 +0000 If you own a recent woom Original kid’s bike, you’re going to want to check out the latest recall. Don’t panic though – the recall…

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If you own a recent woom Original kid’s bike, you’re going to want to check out the latest recall. Don’t panic though – the recall only includes models with a very specific stem, and the company is making it super easy to find out if your bike is impacted.

The recall window includes all woom Original models sold from 2018-2021 in sizes 1, 1 PLUS, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. However, only woom models with a single bolt stem and a silver bolt like that above are affected. If the bolts are not tightened to 10Nm with a torque wrench, there is a risk of the handlebar and stem detaching from the bike.

In the same time frame, bikes were sold with stems with a single black bolt, or two silver bolts. Neither of these stems are included in the recall.

To make it even easier to identify, woom has added a stem identification survey on their website. Simply click on the link, and compare the pictures to the stem on your child’s bike. If it is one of the affected models, then woom will send you a stem maintenance kit.

What’s in the Stem Maintenance Kit? It’s simply a torque wrench, a packet of assembly paste (5 g), a 5 mm hex key, and instructions. So even if your stem is one of the affected models, it seems like simply cleaning the steerer, adding assembly paste, and properly torquing the bolt will ensure its safety without replacing any of the parts. Just another example of why you should always properly torque your bolts!

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Privateer e161 is a New Well-Priced Enduro eBike Mon, 10 Jul 2023 10:10:11 +0000 Privateer Bikes has released its first ever eBike in the form of the e161, designed for the rigors of E-Enduro racing, and as a training…

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Privateer Bikes has released its first ever eBike in the form of the e161, designed for the rigors of E-Enduro racing, and as a training tool for the brand’s sponsored enduro athletes – like Fergus Ryan, featured. Rocking a Horst-Link suspension platform delivering, you guessed it, 161mm of rear wheel travel, this Shimano EP801-powered eMTB is a dedicated mullet. The four frame sizes on offer (P1-P4) each have a unique chainstay length implemented as part of Privateer’s proportional approach to geometry. It is pretty impressive to see this attention to detail on a well-spec’d eBike with a retail price of £5,999.

The good value proposition makes the Privateer e161 worthy of consideration for anyone in the market for an enduro-worthy eMTB. Here’s a quick overview.

Photo Credits: @jamesvincent

fergus ryan sending privateer e161 e-enduro ebike

Privateer e161

  • Intention: E-Enduro Racing
  • Fork Travel: 170mm
  • Rear Wheel Travel: 161mm
  • Wheel Size: Mixed-Wheel (29″ Front, 27.5″ Rear)
  • Frame Material: 6061-T6 Aluminum
  • Motor: Shimano EP801
  • Battery: 630 Wh
  • Price: £5,999 / 7,499 €
privateer e161 enduro ebike geometry

Frame Construction

Like all of Privateer’s mountain bike frames, the e161 is fabricated from 6061-T6 aluminum tubes that are welded in Taiwan. The brand certainly place more more focus on durability than weight in the design of their frames. That said, given the bike’s length, it isn’t a total juggernaut; claimed weight for the e161 in P3 (490mm reach) is 25.5 kg (56.2 lbs) with the 630 Wh battery.

privateer e161 rocker
For durability purposes, the main pivot of the e161 is serviced by two bearings on the drive side and one bearing on the non-drive side

The rocker driving the 65mm stroke Fox Float X2 is forged and cnc-machined one-piece affair. We are told the forging process maintains the alloy’s grain structure, enhancing overall strength while eliminating the need for welding and heat treating. Privateer say the construction method ensures accurate alignment of the bearings for long-lasting performance and ease of maintenance.

The frame’s 630 Wh battery is removable via a doorway in the downtube. Underneath that are the guides for the internal cable routing, said to make maintenance an easy affair, and noise levels to a minimum.

Extra protection is conferred to the Shimano EP801 motor with the addition of a UK-made 4mm hard-anodized bash guard. Then, on the drive-side, rubberized protection is added to the chainstay to reduce noise produced by chain slap.

Privateer e161 Geometry

As you might imagine, the geometry of the e161 is roughly based upon the geometry of the Privateer 161 enduro bike. That’s a 64° head tube angle and generous reach figures spanning a 445mm to 515mm range, with equally generous chainstay lengths specific to each frame size; that range spans 446mm in P1 to 466mm in P4. Indeed, this is lengthy eBike, with a wheelbase of 1332mm in P4.

privateer e161 geometry non drive side view horst-link

Importantly, the e161 sees a slacker seat tube angle of 78.7° (versus the 80° of the 161). That is still relatively steep, but should go some way to improving rear wheel traction in steep climbing scenarios by biasing weight a little more rearward.

privateer e161 geometry
fergus ryan climbing steep singletrack privateer e161 e-enduro bike
Fergus Ryan making light work of steep, rocky singletrack on the Privateer e161. Credit: @jamesvincent

e161 Kinematic

Pricing & Availability

The Privateer e161 is available in the following build only, retailing at £5,999 / 7,499 €. It is available to pre-order in Black or Raw now, with shipping expected in the first week of August.

  • Frame: Privateer E161 6061 T6
  • Fork: 170mm Fox 38 Performance Elite E-Bike+ 
  • Motor: Shimano EP801 
  • Battery: Shimano 630Wh  
  • Display: Shimano SC-EM800  
  • Shock: Fox Float X2 Performance
  • Handlebar: Custom Privateer 35mm diameter. 30mm rise, 800mm wide  
  • Stem: Privateer 40mm
  • Grips: Propalm 130mm Lock-On
  • Saddle: DDK Privateer Custom PK
  • Seatpost: OneUp 31.6mm P1 = 150mm, P2-P4 + 180mm  
  • Brakes: Hayes Dominion A4
  • Rotors: 203mm front and rear  
  • Shifter: Shimano 12-speed 
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX, 12-speed  
  • Cassette: Shimano SLX 12-speed, 10-51t  
  • Chain: Shimano M6100 12-speed  
  • Crankset: Shimano FC-EM600, 165mm  
  • Wheels: HUNT E All-Mountain, 29” front, 27.5” rear  
  • Front Tyre: Maxxis Assegai 29 x 2.5”, MaxxGrip, 3CG/TR/DH  
  • Rear Tyre: Maxxis Minion DHRII 27.5 x 2.4”, MaxxGrip, 3CG/TR/DH

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Factor Shows Off New O2 VAM – Its Fastest Climbing Bike Yet Mon, 10 Jul 2023 09:00:00 +0000 Climbing-specific bikes are becoming less and less of a focus, pushed out by “do-it-all” superbikes that are becoming the industry norm. Factor re-examined its pure…

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Climbing-specific bikes are becoming less and less of a focus, pushed out by “do-it-all” superbikes that are becoming the industry norm. Factor re-examined its pure climbing machine, the O2. Giving it a stiffer pedaling platform, updated geometry, and shaving weight where it matters.

Factor O2 VAM IPT testing

Before we pick through the new Factor O2, we should look at the history of this super climbing machine and the subtle design changes through the years…

Pure Climbing — Factor O2  

Factor first introduced the O2 to the world in 2017. It was one of the first Factor bike offerings and achieved a Tour de France podium under AG2R La Mondiale and a silver medal at the World Championships. 

The Factor design team updated the O2 in 2019, introducing a sub-700g frame equipped with disc brakes, and led the charge for ultra-lightweight disc brake machines. 

For 2021 the Factor O2 received a slight tweak, with entirely internal cable routing and a D-Shaped steer tube more of a hold over the year than anything substantial. For 2023 however, the Factor O2 VAM gets more than a slight refresh…

Factor O2 VAM full bike close up

All New Factor O2 VAM 

The all-new edition of the Factor O2 VAM boasts the most updates to the line since its inception, with a new carbon layup, seat mast, and much more. Firstly the idea of the O2 was revisited by the design team at Factor. Most of the riders from IPT (Israel Premier Tech) still reach for the Ostro VAM for most, if not all, races. Why? The current (2021) model of the O2 wasn’t aero enough on the flats or stiff enough compared to the Ostro VAM. 

Factor O2 VAM full 3:4

 Factors engineering department took all the feedback from their athletes across the globe. It landed on an updated definition of the O2—a climbing bike with uncompromising lightweight features that is stiff as the Ostro VAM, with aerodynamic shaping. 

Factor O2 VAM bar set up

Reexamining what the O2 VAM took the Factor team in a different direction for design. Eliminating some excess frame material and adding features that will pay dividends for a high mountain finish in the tour — or your local KOM. 

Factor O2 VAM routing

Factor O2 — New Factory 

Factory created a new production facility to make the new O2 VAM. Why a new facility? The new Factor O2 VAM carbon layup utilizes complex and proprietary mixtures. In all efforts to keep the “secret formula” to themselves, Factor controls the process. 

Factor O2 VAM RED

The new factory in Taichung houses state-of-the-art carbon manufacturing equipment. Factor says the molding is so efficient that frames in production require nearly zero finishing, hence the clear coat finish and lightweight. 

The tube shapes and wall thickness is a flex from Factor, stating the max carbon wall thickness on the new O2 is 2.2mm at clamping (seat mast area) and as thin as 0.5mm at less structural areas.

Factor O2 VAM saddle

Factor O2 VAM — What’s New? 

The first (and most notable, IMO) is the new seat mast and tube shapes. Eliminating the seatpost and excess material allowed the Factor team to lighten the frame and make the rear one piece. 

Factor O2 VAM seat post

This unified rear gives the bike a bit of compliance but also helps create an ultra-thin tapered top tube. How thin? The UCI rules state, “tube dimensions must not exceed 8cm in height or be under 2.5cm in width,” and that 25mm happens to be the size of the new O2 top tube when it joins the seat tube junction. 

Factor O2 VAM seat bridge

The seat stay also pushes the rules to the millimeter, with updated NACA-style seat stays at the UCI-mandated minimum of 1cm. The seat stays have a slight yoke at the top before traveling to the dropouts. This joining point helps give the O2 a snappy stiff feel without compromising the 1cm seat stays. The updated O2 now has the same stiffness as the current Ostro VAM — pretty impressive for such a lightweight frame. Our demo bike weighs 15lb 4oz out of the box, with SRAM Force AXS shifting and tubes in the tires.

Factor O2 VAM head on

Regarding aerodynamics, the new Factor O2 boasts “real world aero,” but not as you might think. Aerodynamics and speed while climbing is the metrics we’re talking about here. The speeds on the flat and descents differ from that of a rider rolling up a mountain pass, which is the speed the O2 is for. Yes — it’s meant to perform well in all conditions, but the climbs are where this bike was meant to fly, and the updated geometry reflects that. 

Factor O2 VAM Geo

Factor O2 Geometery and Sizes 

Factor likes all its bikes (Ostro, Ostro Gravel, and O2) to have similar handling and geometry. The updates to the O2 are in the same vein. The most significant update to the O2 geometry is the stack height is increased by 1cm. 

Factor O2 VAM heaerset

The change is in response to feedback from the IPT team and bike fitters for setting bikes up for climbing. The IPT riders prefer a slightly higher hand position and a relaxed back angle when out of the saddle. 

Factor O2 VAM full bike

The seat tube has changed slightly, moving up half a degree. This uptick accommodates different saddle profiles, and more forward seat positions riders are adopting. The O2 will have a zero offset seat post cap and a 25mm offset for those looking to get the right fit. 

Factor O2 VAM front

In addition to the geometry changes, Factor offers the new O2 in a 45cm frame size. Factor takes smaller sizes very seriously, offering a different fork offset for the 45 and 49cm sizes. That means the Factor O2 will offer four different fork offsets from size 45cm to size 61cm. Doing this gives the entire size run of the O2 the same feel, ride expectation, and, impressively — the same wheelbase. 

Factor O2 VAM fork close up

Available Sizes: 45, 49, 52, 54, 56, 58, and 61cm

Factor O2 Key Features 

  • Complete bikes from 6.2kg
  • Frame weight 730g, size 54*
  • 12W faster than the previous model, average +15/-15º sweep, 48kph
  • 35% stiffer on average across all sizes
  • External seatpost
  • D-shape truncated aero profiles
  • Optimized for 28mm tires (32mm max tire clearance)
  • 10mm higher stack, in response to customer fit data
  • Factor Prisma Studio custom paint is available immediately
  • New Black Inc 28//33 wheelset with carbon fiber spokes, 1,146g
  • Available in SRAM Force or Red AXS and Shimano Ultrgra or Dura-Ace build options
  • Frame only available
  • Available Sizes: 45, 49, 52, 54, 56, 58, and 61cm
Factor O2 VAM paint

Available Paint Options

Factor decisively chose the paint (or lack thereof) for the new O2 VAM line. Bikes will be available in Storm Grey (our demo colorway), Red Velvet, Chrome, and Raw.

The Storm and Raw colorways are a UD paint finish with no additional touch-up paint underneath. This lack of black touch-up paint means that you can see the raw carbon of the frame in certain sections — also making for a super light frame. The Red Velvet is a complete coverage paint job, more of a classic design, with a high gloss finish. 

Factor O2 VAM hub

BLK INC 28//32 Wheels 

Blk Inc is Factors inhouse wheel and component line, and like the new O2, this new wheelset pushes the limits of lightweight and functionality. Part of the reason the updated Factor O2 is so lightweight is that the wheels are also super light. The newest Blk Inc wheelset is the Blk Inc 28//32 — the brand’s first wheelset with a differential depth of front and rear rims. 

Factor O2 VAM clearance

As the naming convention states, the 28//32 is a 28mm deep front rim and a 32mm rear rim. The rims spin on new Blk Inc hubs with Ceramic Speed bearings laced with carbon spokes. The hubs are a DT Swiss 180-style star ratchet design with solid engagement.

The wheelset is 300 grams lighter than the previous Blk Inc 30 wheelset — coming in at an impressive 1126 grams bare (without rim tape and valves). The weight reduction comes from many places; the carbon spokes are light, but the most significant amount comes from the updated rim design. 

The rims are manufactured in the same facility as the new Factor O2 and boast zero paint for the finish — only a thin gloss layer for protection. 

Factor O2 VAM front wheel

Both the front and rear rims are designed around a 28mm tire and have a measure 23mm hook to hook — yes, hook; Blk Inc has not found a reason to go full hookless in the World Tour just yet. 

Factor O2 VAM spokes

The rear wheel is offset by 2mm to accommodate spoke tension and has slightly different shapes on the drive vs. non-drive sides.  

Factor O2 Availability and Pricing

The Factor O2 VAM is available now for purchase from Factor dealers and on the Factor website and shipping worldwide. 

Factor O2 VAM Pricing and spec

Look for a full review of the Factor O2 VAM in the upcoming days, and look to the Tour de France to see it in full action!

For more information on Factor and the new O2 VAM, check out

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ENVE tests new one-piece SES Aero Road Bar/Stem Sun, 09 Jul 2023 16:58:52 +0000 Pogacar is riding a new ENVE bar/stem combo in Le Tour, and it'll be available to the rest of us later this year with new…

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UAE Emirates rider Tadej Pogacar is riding a new one-piece ENVE SES Aero Road cockpit, combining the handlebar and stem into a single part.

The Utah-based brand worked with the team and riders to develop the stiffness, weight, and aerodynamics specifically to Pogacar’s wishes, starting the project in January and delivering a finished product for the entire team to use in under four months. And now they’re racing it at the Tour de France.

ENVE one-piece SES aero handlebar-stem cockpit for Tadej Pogacar in tour de france 2023
Photos: Lorenzo Fizza Verdinelli and ENVE.

It’s based on their current SES Aero Road Handlebar, but with a few geometry tweaks Pogacar requested. It also uses the fully internal IN-Route wire and hose routing, but with a twist.

ENVE one-piece SES aero handlebar-stem cockpit for Tadej Pogacar in tour de france 2023

The original IN-Route parts pair separate bar and stem, running all control lines through each, then into a Chris King Aeroset 3 headset. For these, they’re working on making additional spacers and routing options that’ll work with a wider range of headsets and frames, including the Specialized Tarmac. And, we’re guessing from the looks of things, Colnagos, too.

All of those accessories should be available when this new one-piece bar/stem goes on sale later this year.

Tadej Pogacar riding prototype ENVE one-piece SES aero handlebar-stem cockpit in tour de france 2023

While official pricing and specs are TBA, ENVE says that they’ve made them in 5mm stem length increments for the team (Tadej is on a 125mm, FYI) and hope to do the same in production, giving all of us the ability to fine tune fit even better than with traditional 10mm-increment stem lengths. They say the weight is around 340g.

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Trek Project One ICON Paint Schemes – Now with Real Smoke Fri, 07 Jul 2023 22:40:00 +0000 Just in time for Tour de France bike envy — Trek announces eight all-new Project One ICON paint schemes. These unique bikes will be under…

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Just in time for Tour de France bike envy — Trek announces eight all-new Project One ICON paint schemes. These unique bikes will be under the Lidl-Trek riders for the Tour de France. Each rider will have a different paint scheme, and we’re not talking slightly differently; these paint schemes are drastically different — and super eye-catching.

Trek Project one ICON TDF-Madone-Red-Smoke-DT-Driveside

When can you (who we’re guessing is not in the Tour) get one? Well, that’s the cool thing. The Project One ICON program allows riders to get the same frame and paint job. These all-new colorways are now ready for purchase and are featured on Treks pinnacle road offerings; the Émonda SLR and Madone SLR.

Trek Project one ICON TDF-Madone-Crystalline-Blue-HT-Macro

About Each Paint Scheme

These are all handcrafted paint jobs using an individualized, serious paint process. The designs are organic, and no two will be exactly the same, making them unique. The painters use all different materials, including but not limited to; chrome flakes, crystals, and real smoke!

Trek Project one ICON TDF-Madone-Diamond-Flake-Fork-Close-Up

All New Project One ICON Paint Schemes

The team at Trek let us know what paint each new paint scheme entailed and how they created it (unless it’s super secret like the Chroma).

Chroma Ultra-Iridescent (limited edition)

“Chroma Ultra-iridescent comes from years of trial and error — combined artistic brainpower from Project One’s most sought-after master painters. It takes a certain level of skill and know-how to create a paint so radiant. We’ve been told its recipe is top-secret and kept behind locked doors.”

Chroma Diamond Flake (limited edition)

“Millions of microscopic chrome flakes create a stunning scheme worthy of every display. No two diamonds are the same, and with this limited-edition colorway, riders will have a dream bike that shines differently in every light.”

Real Smoke (Cerulean Mist, Red Smolder, and White Ash)

“Real Smoke is a hazy, handcrafted paint scheme that uses fire as the main ingredient. Each frame catches smoke within its base paint layers for a design that never cools.”

Crystalline (Blue Prismatic and Viper Frost)

“These one-of-a-kind paint schemes are created organically by fusing thousands of tiny crystals into lattices that sparkle in any light. Like the natural phenomena they replicate, Crystalline bikes are like snowflakes — each one as unique as the next.”

Team Tie Dye

“This unique paint scheme in pro team colors complements the six additional Tie Dye options currently available through Project One, launched earlier this year.”

TDF-Trek - Project one-icon-crystaline-viper-frost-front

Look for these under your favorite riders in the Tour and swing by your local Trek shop to see them in person. For more information, check out

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Goodyear Launches 710g Peak SL XC Tire, Plus New Dirt & Park DJ Tires! Fri, 07 Jul 2023 18:26:15 +0000 Looking for a light weight XC race tire that is properly wide? The new Goodyear Peak SL looks like it will fit the bill with…

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Looking for a light weight XC race tire that is properly wide? The new Goodyear Peak SL looks like it will fit the bill with a 29 x 2.4″ size that checks in at a claimed 710g. That light weight also doesn’t come at the expense of sidewall protection either…

Thanks to the addition of ‘Mono fabric’ at the sidewall, their M:Wall Sidewall protection layer should give the 120 tpi casing a boost in durability (at the highest product level). Note that the tire will be offered in 29 x 2.25 or 29 x 2.4″. Claimed weight for the 2.25″ version is just 680g, with the 2.4″ version bumping up to 710g.

Goodyear Peak SL tread pattern

Using an updated low profile tread pattern from the Peak Ultimate tires, the Peak SL tires should also be even lighter weight. Traction is delivered through their DYNAMIC: A/T compound, meant to work in conjunction with the tread to deliver a fast tire with low rolling resistance.

The Peak SL will be offered in two versions, with the SL using a 60 tpi casing without the M:Wall protection, and the SL Race running the 120 tpi M:Wall casing. Pricing is set for $65 for the Peak SL Race.

Goodyear MTB Dirt & Park

For those who still roll around on 26″ wheels (raises hand), Goodyear has some attractive new tires for dirt jump, pump track, street, or park action.

The MTB Dirt and MTB Street tires are exactly as they sound with the Street tire running a smooth tread with plenty of siping, and the Dirt tire running a low profile knobby tread. Run them however you need – Dirt/Dirt, Street/Street, or Dirt in the front and Street in the back for the best of both worlds.

These will be offered in 26 x 2.2 initially, and are likely to sell for $45-50 each.

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Bikepacking in the Style of Wes Anderson? The Balkans Mirage: A Journey On Wheels Fri, 07 Jul 2023 14:55:59 +0000 From 7mesh: “Four friends, bound by a thirst for adventure, bid farewell to the cozy comforts of home and embark on a cycling journey through…

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From 7mesh: “Four friends, bound by a thirst for adventure, bid farewell to the cozy comforts of home and embark on a cycling journey through the Balkans. Felix and Nicolas, armed with their cameras, will stop at nothing to immortalize every moment. Alongside them, is Annie, a determined scientist on a quest to uncover the secrets of a most enigmatic species of bats. And then there’s Mathieu, who quite frankly, hasn’t a clue what he’s gotten himself into . . .”

The Balkans Mirage: A Journey On Wheels was made possible through the support of presenting sponsor 7mesh and supporting partners Apidura, Manitonga, and HLC.

Directed by Nicolas Bellavance, produced by Felix Burke.

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New Specialized P.Series DJ / Pump Track Bikes include 20, 24, 26 & 27.5″ Wheels Thu, 06 Jul 2023 21:42:33 +0000 It seems that no matter what tire size you need, the new Specialized P.Series bikes have you covered. From 20″ for the groms, to 27.5″…

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It seems that no matter what tire size you need, the new Specialized P.Series bikes have you covered. From 20″ for the groms, to 27.5″ for the (taller) grown-ups, the P.Series continues their ‘ruthless progression’ for your dirt jump or pump track sessions.

More than just new wheel sizes, the new P.Series frames include new features as well. At the back end of the bike, you’ll find new Boost 148 x 12mm hub spacing to allow for stronger wheel builds. Those Boost hubs are held in place by a new sliding dropout system that is compatible with both single-speed and geared drivetrains. Each frame will include an optional derailleur hanger so you can throw on a drivetrain of your choice to help you get to your favorite zone a little bit easier.

Specialized P Series seat stay junction

Along those lines, the frames are also now dropper post compatible if you want to be able to actually sit and pedal while still dropping the saddle when it’s time.

Specialized P Series bottom bracket

Elsewhere the frame is built with durability in mind including a threaded bottom bracket, and tapered head tube to run rigid or suspension forks.

Specialized P.Series Models

Specialized P.1 20″

Starting with the 20″ wheeled P.1, this bike features an A1 Premium alloy frame with a rigid A1 alloy fork that is suspension corrected to 80mm of travel. You’ll also find 19mm OD handlebars with smaller grips plus short-reach brake levers for smaller riders. All of the bikes including the P.1 use the new Specialized Kicker dirt jump tire with a low profile, fast-rolling tread. In the U.S., the P.1 will sell for $650.

Specialized P.2 24″

The P.2 moves to 24″ wheels, but is still geared towards younger riders with a Manitou JUnit suspension fork with 100mm of travel and a DJ specific tune. Sold in single-speed configuration for $1,250, the P.2 comes in the two colors shown above.

Specialized P.3 26″

Fans of the original 26″ wheeled P.Series bikes will want to check out the P.3. Also built with an aluminum frame, the P.3 is designed around a 100mm travel Marzocchi Bomber DJ 26″ fork and matching 26″ wheels with Specialized Kicker DJ tires. Note that the P.2, P.3, and P.4 all include single-speed-specific hubs, so if you want to run gears you’ll have to swap out the hub or rear wheel. The complete P.3 will sell for $2,000, but it will also be available as a frame-only for $700.

Specialized P.4 24″

Finally, for those wanting the ride of the P.3 but with bigger wheels, the new P.4 upsizes to 27.5″ wheels and tires. It also gets a Marzocchi Bomber Z1 fork with 100mm of travel, an aluminum frame, and single-speed drivetrain. The price is slightly higher at $2,100, but the frame is also available for $700.


Specialized P.series geometry 2023

There are four different bikes with four different geometries for the P.Series. Specialized states that while both the P.3 and P.4 frames will fit both 26 and 27.5″ wheels and tires, there are differences in geometry, and changing the wheel size will have an effect on the bottom bracket height.

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The Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2023 Thu, 06 Jul 2023 20:21:52 +0000 As a critical connection between you and your bike, finding the best mountain bike shoes is very important. Good shoes provide stability, control, and protection…

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As a critical connection between you and your bike, finding the best mountain bike shoes is very important. Good shoes provide stability, control, and protection while delivering power into the pedals and hopefully remaining comfortable in the process.

This seemingly simple piece of gear has evolved significantly over the years, and nowadays, there are as many different styles of shoes as there are subgenres of mountain biking. Different styles of riding have different demands with cross-country, trail, enduro, and gravity riders all seeking varying performance characteristics from their footwear.

We gathered a diverse selection of the best clipless mountain bike shoes on the market to test and compare. We took each pair to task on trail rides, shuttle laps, cross-country loops, and even some long gravel grinds. We assessed each model on important factors like comfort, power transfer, stability, walkability, and foot protection to find the best shoes for each type of rider.

Below you’ll find our favorite clipless mountain bike shoes for all styles of riding. To see all the models we tested at a glance, check out our comparison chart. If you need help figuring out what mountain bike shoes you need, be sure to check out our comprehensive buyer’s guide and FAQ at the end of this article.

The Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2023

The Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2023

Best Overall Mountain Bike Shoes

Crankbrothers Mallet Boa


  • MSRP $200
  • Weight (pair) 860g (size 43.5)
  • Closure Boa L6 dial and upper velcro strap
  • Intended Use Trail, enduro, gravity
  • Available Sizes 5-14 US (half sizes 5.5-12.5)
The Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2023


  • Super comfortable
  • Ample foot protection
  • Easy to walk in
  • Good power transfer
  • Comes with Crankbrothers cleats pre installed
  • Available in Speedlace and Lace versions


  • Ventilation could be better
Crankbrothers Mallet Boa mountain bike shoes testing shot
The Crankbrothers Mallet Boa shoes are made to pair with the brand’s Mallet pedals, shown here used together on a test ride. (photo: Jeremy Benson)
Best Budget Trail Mountain Bike Shoes

Specialized 2FO Roost Clip


  • MSRP $130
  • Weight (pair) 750g (43.5)
  • Closure Laces
  • Intended Use Trail riding
  • Available Sizes 36-49 EU (half sizes 38.5-46.5)
The Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2023


  • Reasonable price
  • Lightweight compared to similar shoes
  • Versatile
  • Good power transfer
  • Good walkability


  • Roomy in the forefoot
  • Difficult to tighten shoe over forefoot
  • Non-reinforced eyelets are susceptible to damage
Specialized 2FO Roost Clip action shot
The Specialized 2FO Roost Clip is a reasonably priced do-it-all trail-riding shoe. (photo: Heather Benson)
Best Overall Cross Country Mountain Bike Shoes

Shimano S-Phyre XC9


  • MSRP $430
  • Weight (pair) 616g (43.5)
  • Closure Dual Boa dials
  • Intended use XC, gravel, cyclocross
  • Available sizes 38-48 EU, (half sizes: 40.5-46.5)
The Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2023


  • Awesome power transfer
  • Super lightweight
  • Well-ventilated
  • Comfortable
  • Comes in a wide version


  • Limited foot protection
  • Very Expensive
  • Relatively narrow fit
  • Limited dampening in sole can cause fatigue over rough terrain
Shimano S-Phyre XC9 mountain bike shoes
The Shimano S-Phyre XC9 shoes are our top choice for XC racing and they also work very well for gravel riding. Our test pair saw lots of training miles and even a gravel race, and they don’t look any worse for the wear. (photo: Jeremy Benson)
Best Budget Cross Country Mountain Bike Shoes

Scott MTB Team Boa


  • MSRP $170
  • Weight (pair) 718g (44)
  • Closure Boa dial and velcro strap
  • Intended Use XC, light trail
  • Available Sizes 40-48 EU (whole sizes only)
The Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2023


  • Reasonable price
  • Comfortable fit
  • High end look
  • Solid power transfer


  • Only comes in full EU sizes
  • Not quite as stiff as high end shoes
Scott MTB Team Boa on the scale
The Scott MTB Team Boa have the looks and much of the performance of higher-end XC shoes at a fraction of the cost. They’re also pretty lightweight at 359g per shoe in a size 44 EU. (photo: Jeremy Benson)
Best on a Tight Budget

Giro Berm


  • MSRP $80
  • Weight (pair) 910g (44)
  • Closure two velcro straps
  • Intended Use General trail riding
  • Available Sizes 39-50 EU (whole sizes only)
The Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2023


  • Very reasonable price
  • Comfortable
  • Relatively casual style
  • Decent power transfer
  • Easy to walk in


  • Heavier weight
  • Not the best power transfer
  • No half sizes
Testing the super affordable Giro Berm mountain bike shoes
The Giro Berm is a very reasonably priced and comfortable entry-point to clipless mountain bike shoes. (photo: Heather Benson)
Runner-Up Best Trail Mountain Bike Shoes

Shimano ME7


  • MSRP $220
  • Weight (pair) 830g (44)
  • Closure speed laces with velcro flap, ratcheting buckle
  • Intended Use trail, enduro
  • Available Sizes 38-50 EU (whole sizes only)
The Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2023


  • Relatively lightweight
  • Surprisingly good power transfer
  • Good ventilation
  • Good lateral stability
  • Neoprene ankle gasket helps keep debris out of shoes
  • Comes in a wide version


  • Polarizing style
  • Only come in full EU sizes
  • Not the most protective
Hitting a feature while testing the Shimano ME7 mountain bike shoes
The uniquely designed Shimano ME7 shoes are impressively versatile, surprisingly lightweight, and quickly became an all-around favorite for most types of riding. (photo: Jeremy Benson)
Best Mountain Bike Shoes for Gravity Riding

Fox Union Boa


  • MSRP $250
  • Weight (pair) 876g (9.5 US)
  • Closure dual Boa dials
  • Intended Use Gravity, enduro, aggressive trail
  • Available Sizes 37-47 (half sizes 41.5-45.5)
The Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2023


  • Excellent support and lateral stability
  • Good level of foot protection
  • Reasonable weight for style of shoe
  • Weather resistant uppers
  • Good power transfer
  • Good looking


  • Stiff uppers take a few rides to break in
  • Expensive
  • Stiff sole doesn't flex much when walking
Adjusting the Fox Union Boa mountain bike shoes
The versatile Fox Union Boa shoes are burly enough for DH riding yet light and stiff enough for trail riding. (photo: Jeremy Benson)
Best Mountain Bike Shoes for Adventure Riding and Bike Packing

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Summit


  • MSRP $150
  • Weight (pair) 780g (size 43.5)
  • Closure Boa dial and velcro strap
  • Intended Use trail riding, adventure riding, bikepacking
  • Available Sizes 39-49 EU (whole sizes only)
The Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2023


  • Good blend of on and off bike performance
  • Grippy vibram soles for hike a bikes
  • Stiff enough for most types of non-competitive riding


  • Only available in full EU sizes
  • Not the stiffest
  • Can feel pedal slightly through sole
Pearl Izumi X-Alp Summit action shot
Taking the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Summit shoes and the hardtail out of their comfort zone while testing. (photo: Heather Benson)
Best of the Rest

Specialized S-Works Recon


  • MSRP $450
  • Weight (pair) 590g (43.5)
  • Closure dual Boa dials
  • Intended Use XC, gravel
  • Available Sizes 36-49 EU (half sizes 38.5-46.5)
The Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2023


  • Incredible power transfer
  • Very lightweight
  • Slick looks
  • Tunable pontoon height/pedal interface


  • Very expensive
  • Limited foot protection
  • Not great for walking
  • Lots of exposed carbon on sole

Five Ten Hellcat Pro


  • MSRP $180
  • Weight (pair) 905g (10 US)
  • Closure laces and velcro strap
  • Intended Use Gravity, enduro, aggressive trail
  • Available Sizes 4-15 US (half sizes 4.5-12.5)
The Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2023


  • Great power transfer
  • Adequate foot protection
  • Lighter than previous version
  • Reasonable ventilation


  • Soles don't absorb vibration as well as similar shoes
  • Reports of sole durability issues
  • Stiff sole is a little clunky for walking

Fizik Vento Ferox Carbon


  • MSRP $300
  • Weight (pair) 662g (43.5)
  • Closure large velcro strap and Boa dial
  • Intended Use XC, gravel, cyclocross
  • Available Sizes 36-48 EU (half sizes 37.5-46.5)
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  • Lightweight
  • Stiff – excellent power transfer
  • Less expensive than other high-end XC shoes
  • Rubber sole tread covers most of the carbon midsole
  • Well-ventilated


  • Still fairly expensive
  • Minimal foot protection
  • Limited padding in heel and on tongue could cause discomfort for those with sensitive feet

Giro Chamber II


  • MSRP $150
  • Weight (pair) 1,072g (44)
  • Closure Laces and velcro strap
  • Intended Use gravity, enduro, aggressive trail
  • Available Sizes 35-50 EU (whole sizes only)
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  • Comfortable, pillowy feel
  • Ample foot protection
  • Surprisingly good power transfer
  • Less expensive than some similar options


  • Heavier weight
  • Bulky
  • Only available in full EU sizes
  • Not well-ventilated

Giro Sector


  • MSRP $240
  • Weight (pair) 708g (43.5)
  • Closure Dual Boa dials
  • Intended Use light trail, XC, gravel
  • Available Sizes 39-50 EU (half sizes 42.5-45.5)
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  • Breathable Synchwire upper
  • Good power transfer
  • Easily adjustable
  • Less expensive than high-end XC shoes


  • Slightly heavier than more expensive models
  • Not as stiff as top-ranked XC shoes
  • Limited foot protection

Five Ten Kestrel Boa


  • MSRP $230
  • Weight (pair) 724g (9.5 US)
  • Closure Boal dial and 2 velcro straps
  • Intended Use XC, downcountry, gravel
  • Available Sizes 6-14 US (half sizes 6.5-12.5)
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  • Great power transfer
  • More protective than typical XC shoes
  • Sole lugs provide good walking traction
  • Less expensive than many XC shoes


  • Higher volume fit in forefoot – may be roomy for narrow feet
  • Slightly heavier than other XC-style shoes

Ride Concepts Hellion Clip


  • MSRP $150
  • Weight (pair) 960g (size 9.5 US)
  • Closure laces and velcro strap
  • Intended Use trail, enduro, gravity
  • Available Sizes 7-15 US (half sizes 7.5-12.5)
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  • Good power transfer
  • Great lateral stability
  • Fair price
  • Good level of dampening
  • Ample foot protection


  • Velcro seems to wear out relatively quickly
  • Ventilation could be better
  • A tad heavy

Fizik Terra Atlas


  • MSRP $160
  • Weight (pair) 758g (43.5)
  • Closure single Boa dial
  • Intended Use trail riding, gravel
  • Available Sizes 36-48 EU (half sizes 37.5-46.5)
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  • Comfortable
  • Supple uppers conform nicely to the feet
  • Good off the bike traction
  • Pretty good ventilation


  • Not the best power transfer
  • Uppers aren't the most supportive

Endura Humvee Clipless


  • MSRP $130
  • Weight (pair) 942g (9.5 US)
  • Closure Laces, velcro strap
  • Intended Use Trail, gravity
  • Available Sizes 38-47 EU (half sizes 41.5-45.5)
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  • Comfortable
  • Protective
  • Casual style
  • Reasonable price


  • Not the best power transfer
  • Cleats stand proud of sole
  • Not well ventilated

Comparison Chart

Mountain Bike ShoeMSRPWeight (pair)ClosureIntended Use
Crankbrothers Mallet Boa$200860g (size 9.5 US)Boa dial and velcro strapTrail, enduro, gravity
Specialized 2FO Roost Clip$130750g (size 43.5)LacesTrail
Shimano S-Phyre XC9$430616g (size 43.5)Dual Boa dialsXC, gravel
Scott MTB Team Boa$160718g (size 44)Boa dial and velcro strapXC, light trail, gravel
Giro Berm$80910g (size 44)Dual velcro strapsGeneral trail riding
Shimano ME7$220830g (size 44)Speed laces and ratcheting strapTrail, enduro
Fox Union Boa$250876g (size 9.5 US)Dual Boa dialsTrail, enduro, gravity
Pearl Izumi X-Alp Summit$150780g (size 44)Boa dial and velcro strapTrail, adventure, bike packing
Giro Chamber II$1501,072g (size 44)Laces and velcro strapTrail, enduro, gravity
Specialized S-Works Recon$450590g (size 43.5)Dual Boa dialsXC, gravel
Five Ten Hellcat Pro$180905g (size 10 US)Laces and velcro strapTrail, enduro, gravity
Fizik Vento Ferox Carbon$300662g (size 43.5)Boa dial and velcro strapXC, gravel
Giro Sector$240708g (size 43.5)Dual Boa dialsXC, light trail, gravel
Five Ten Kestrel Boa$230724g (size 9.5 US)Boa dial and dual velcro strapsXC, down-country, trail
Ride Concepts Hellion Clip$150966g (size 9.5 US)Laces and velcro strapTrail, enduro, gravity
Fizik Terra Atlas$160758g (size 43.5)Boa dialXC, light trail, gravel
Endura Humvee Clipless$130942g (size 9.5 US)Laces and velcro strapTrail, enduro
Review author, Jeremy Benson, spent countless hours riding many thousands of miles while testing the shoes in this review. (photo: Jeff Schertz)

Why Should You Trust Bikerumor?

For well over a decade, the team at Bikerumor has been reporting on the latest news, technologies, and products across the spectrum of riding disciplines. Writing about bikes isn’t just a job, it’s our passion, and we love trying out new and interesting products of all kinds for reviews or to find the best options to enhance our experience, enjoyment, and performance out on the roads or trails.

Our mountain bike shoe review author, Jeremy Benson, has been professionally testing and reviewing mountain bike gear for the past 8 years and has tested over thirty different pairs of clipless mountain bike shoes in that time. Having started mountain biking in the early 1990s, he’s witnessed and experienced the evolution of clipless mountain bike shoes firsthand. From gravel and XC racing, all-day backcountry epics, and shuttle runs on steep skidders, he appreciates all types of riding and understands the needs of different riders and riding styles. His extensive testing experience has also resulted in a keen ability to discern the performance differences in the products he uses. In addition to mountain bike shoes, Jeremy has tested and reviewed the best mountain bike helmets to keep your head safe and the best hitch bike racks for transporting your precious rides.

After researching the best models available in 2023, we rounded up a selection of 17 different models to test and compare side by side. Each pair was thoroughly tested over the course of several months (some models for well over a year) to determine their strengths and weaknesses and how they perform in the real world. Each pair was weighed for consistency and comparison to the manufacturer’s claims, and important performance characteristics like fit, comfort, ventilation, pedaling efficiency, foot protection, and walkability were scrutinized out on the trail.

Different types of mountain bike shoes we tested
The type of shoe that works best for you will depend primarily on the type of riding you do. Fortunately, there are loads of different models to suit varying needs and preferences. (photo: Jeremy Benson)

Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose Mountain Bike Shoes

With so many different models to choose from, finding the best pair of mountain bike shoes to meet your needs can be a challenge. We put together this buying advice that goes over the things you need to consider when making your purchase decision. Please note that this review and the information below are specific to clipless mountain bike shoes, which are shoes that accept cleats that clip in to the pedals (confusing, we know). Flat pedal riders fear not, we have tested the best flat pedals and are in the process of testing flat pedal shoes and will have a full review soon. For the roadies, we have a comprehensive road bike shoe review as well.

Types of Mountain Bike Shoes

Given the various categories that mountain biking is divided into, it comes as little surprise that we have shoes specialized to meet the varying needs of riders and riding styles. In general, mountain biking can be broken into three primary categories, cross-country, trail/all-mountain, and gravity. We explain the primary differences in design and performance between the types of shoes below.

Cross-country mountain bike shoes action shot
Shoes designed for cross-country racing and riding typically have streamlined designs, stiff soles, and light weights intended to enhance efficiency while pedaling. The Specialized S-Works Recon, pictured here, is one of the best on the market. (photo: Heather Benson)

Cross Country Shoes

While it is possible to ride cross-country in just about any mountain bike shoe, cross-country-specific shoes are the preferred tool for the job for several reasons. XC riding is about speed and efficiency, so cross-country shoes are designed with low weight and efficient power transfer as priorities. This is particularly true in XC racing, where high-end shoes can provide marginal gains that can be the difference between a podium or a mid-pack performance. Cross-country shoes typically have stiff soles, sometimes made from carbon fiber or rigid plastic, that provide a direct transfer of power into the pedals with little to no energy wasted through sole flex. They also typically have sleek, low-profile uppers that provide a snug and secure fit. Given the stiffness and support of the soles, this style of shoe works well with small, lightweight pedals that don’t have any platform or cage.

Given the prioritization of weight and sole stiffness in the design of cross-country shoes, they do make some compromises in other areas. They generally provide much less protection for the feet compared to trail or gravity-oriented models. Stiff soles also don’t tend to provide much in the way of vibration dampening, so they can be a little harsher on the feet over rough terrain and long descents. Walking and hiking also tend to be less natural and comfortable given the stiffness of the soles, and the outsole designs. Regardless, if moving fast uphill and across the flats is your goal, cross-country shoes are generally the best bet. Often, this style of shoe also works great for gravel riding and/or on the road bike. Examples of cross-country shoes include the Shimano S-Phyre XC9, Specialized S-Works Recon, Fizik Vento Ferox Carbon, and Giro Sector

Out for a trail riding testing the best mountain bike shoes
Trail riding shoes typically offer good pedaling efficiency along with features and performance that make them highly versatile and great for long days in the saddle. (photo: Heather Benson)

Trail and All-Mountain Shoes

Shoes designed for trail riding are the happy medium between the stiff, efficiency-oriented cross-country models and the protective gravity-focused options. Trail shoes tend to be highly versatile and span the largest range of riding styles and uses. Most are still reasonably lightweight and provide efficient power transfer, though it is not the singular focus like with cross-country shoes. Trail shoes also typically provide a higher level of foot protection, but not quite as much as downhill shoes. Outsole designs vary, but most now feature grippy rubber soles with flex through the toe to facilitate more natural walking and traction for those inevitable hike-a-bikes.

Shoes like these that can do it all inevitably make some minor compromises. They aren’t quite stiff or light enough to be the best option for cross-country racing. Likewise, they don’t provide the level of foot protection most riders seek for true downhill riding. Still, trail riding shoes like the Shimano ME7 and Specialized 2FO Roost Clip are typically the best option for the vast majority of riders.

Enduro Shoes

Enduro-style riding and racing is essentially a gravity-focused discipline, and the preferred shoes for this type of riding are often those designed for gravity riding. Still, with timed downhill stages and untimed uphill transfers, enduro riders do enough pedaling that efficiency is often still a consideration. For this reason, beefier and more protective trail/all-mountain shoes are often a good choice, and the new breed of moderate-weight gravity shoes are typically solid options for this type of riding.

Gravity shoes typically prioritize foot protection and durability, although many new models are less bulky and heavy than they used to be. (photo: Jeremy Benson)

Gravity Shoes

Gravity riders who spend their days riding chairlifts or shuttling the uphills to ride rough and steep trails or hit massive jumps typically seek shoes that provide more foot protection and somewhat more forgiving sole designs. Gravity shoes tend to be a bit bulkier with more cushioning in the uppers and protective zones integrated around the toes, heels, and sometimes the ankles. With less emphasis on efficiency, the soles are generally not as stiff and they usually incorporate some vibration-dampening material like EVA foam in the midsole to absorb some trail feedback and impact. These features typically result in shoes that are a bit heavier, though that is a tradeoff for the protection and comfort they provide.

Of course, gravity shoes can be worn for everyday trail riding, though they may be overkill in many situations. Still, trail riders seeking added foot protection and cushioning often opt for this style of shoe, particularly if their riding leans towards the more aggressive side of the spectrum and they don’t mind a little extra weight in exchange. Many of the latest gravity shoes, like the Crankbrothers Mallet Boa, Fox Union Boa, and Five Ten Hellcat Pro are lighter and less bulky than older models, expanding their versatility and making them viable options for trail riding as well.

What Type of Riding Do You Do?

The type of riding you do will be the primary factor to consider when choosing the right pair of mountain bike shoes. If the majority of your riding falls into a specific category like cross-country or gravity, shoes designed for that specific purpose will serve you the best. If you’re more of a generalist, then a versatile trail-riding shoe is probably the way to go. If you dabble in multiple disciplines, having multiple different pairs of shoes to match the type of riding you’re doing is not uncommon.

A selection of mountain bike pedals for various disciplines
There are lots of options when it comes to clipless mountain bike pedals. Different styles of pedals work better for different types of riding and styles of shoes. (photo: Jeremy Benson)


Much like your shoes, clipless pedals come in a variety of styles that may provide distinct performance advantages for certain types of riding. The clip mechanisms themselves vary somewhat between brands, although the general idea is the same. Clipping into your pedals secures the foot to the pedal in the optimal position. The optimal position varies by personal preference, but also by use case. Typically XC riders have a slightly more forward cleat position to optimize pedaling efficiency, while most gravity riders have a rearward-biased cleat position to enhance stability when descending. Thankfully, most shoes have a relatively wide cleat adjustment range so most people will be able to position their cleats in their desired location.

Among mountain bike pedals, the Shimano SPD system and cleat are generally the most common. Other brands like Crankbrothers, Time, HT, Hope, etc, use proprietary cleats for their pedals, but they all share the same two-bolt attachment. There are few actual “standards” in the bike industry, but the two-bolt cleat interface for mountain bike shoes is one that is actually a standard. Phew.

Examples of mountain bike pedals for cross-country riding
Cross-country pedals like the Look X-Track Race Carbon, HT M2, and Time ATAC XC 8 (left to right), are smaller and lightweight, and they work best with stiff-soled shoes. (photo: Jeremy Benson)

XC Pedals

Pedals for cross-country riding are designed to be used with stiff-soled cross-country shoes. They typically consist of a spindle and a small pedal body that is essentially just the clip mechanism, often with a small platform to either side for some lateral support. They usually prioritize light weight, and the majority of the support comes from the stiff sole of your shoes. Examples include models like Crankbrothers Eggbeaters, HT M2, Time XC 8, and Shimano XTR PD-M9100.

Examples of mountain bike pedals for trail riding
Trail riding pedals usually have small to mid-sized cages surrounding the clip mechanism like the Crankbrothers Mallet Trail, Shimano XT Trail, HT T2, and Hope Union TC pictured here. (photo: Jeremy Benson)

Trail Pedals

Trail pedals typically have a small to mid-size cage that surrounds the clip mechanism. Designs vary, but typically the cage is intended to provide a little additional support when clipped in or something to stand on if you happen to clip out. The larger pedal body is also helpful for finding and orienting the pedal beneath your foot when clipping in. Some designs feature traction pins that can add grip when used with certain shoes. Examples of trail pedals are the Shimano XT Trail, Crankbrothers Mallet Trail, HT T2, Time Speciale 8, and other similar models.

Examples of mountain bike pedals for gravity riding
Gravity pedals like the Time Speciale 12 and DMR V-Twin pictured above tend to have larger platforms surrounding the clip mechanism for additional support and stability. (photo: Jeremy Benson)

Gravity Pedals

Downhill riders typically opt for pedals that have a large platform surrounding the clip mechanism. The larger platform helps provide support for the comparatively softer-soled gravity shoes, both fore and aft, and side to side. The added support is critical and provides extra control when piloting your bike through rough terrain at high speeds. These pedals often resemble a flat pedal with a clip mechanism in the center, and they often have traction pins for added grip. Examples of gravity pedals include the Time Speciale 12, Shimano Saint, DMR V-Twin, and Crankbrothers Mallet DH.

Getting the Right Fit

Finding the right type of shoe to suit your needs and riding style is very important, but finding the right fit will enhance your control and ensure your comfort on the bike. Too loose and your feet can move around resulting in a reduction of control, while shoes that are too tight can cause discomfort, hot spots, and even numb feet. Properly fitting shoes should be the appropriate length, width, and volume, with closures that wrap the feet snugly and securely.

Mountain bike shoe sizes
Getting the correct size is super important. As you can see, there is some variance among brands’ sizing, even for shoes that are technically the same size. (photo: Jeremy Benson)


Getting the right size is the important first step. Like any other type of shoes, mountain bike shoes come in a range of sizes that are typically listed in EU, US, and UK sizes. If you are unsure of your size, you can get your feet measured at most bike shops or you can do it at home (it’s easy to find helpful tips for measuring your feet online). If you have mountain bike shoes that fit well, it’s often as easy as checking the size and ordering the same thing, especially if it is the same brand. This doesn’t always hold true, however, as there is some variance between brands and how their EU and US/UK sizes line up on the size chart. Whenever possible, we recommend trying shoes on before you buy to ensure they fit correctly. When trying shoes on, it’s also important to wear the socks you’ll be riding in, as sock thickness can directly impact how a shoe fits.

Width and Volume

Width and volume are also important considerations that can make or break the fit of a shoe. Most shoes come in a “regular” width that is intended to fit the majority of people whose feet are neither very wide nor very skinny. For this reason, people with average-width feet generally have the easiest time finding shoes that fit them properly in terms of width and volume. In general, cross-country shoes tend to have slightly narrower and lower-volume fits. Thankfully, some brands offer wide or high-volume versions to accommodate those with wider feet. Trail and gravity shoes vary in terms of width, but generally speaking, they typically have a little more room in the forefoot than the snugger-fitting cross-country models. It is also worth noting that most shoes will break in slightly over time as the uppers conform to your feet. Some shoes that feel too tight out of the box may end up being the perfect fit after a few rides.

The adjustable arch support insoles of the Fox Union Boa
Some high-end shoes include insoles with adjustable arch support, including the Fox Union Boa. (photo: Jeremy Benson)

Arch Support

People’s arches are not all the same, so arch support may be an important consideration for some people. Typically, people who pedal hard and put in long miles want to ensure their feet and lower legs stay in the optimal alignment for transferring power. Those with high arches also benefit from having an insole that provides adequate support. Some shoes, typically high-end cross-country shoes, come with insoles that have adjustable arch support. The majority of mountain bike shoes, however, tend to come with relatively basic insoles. Those with specific arch support needs and wants can often benefit from the use of aftermarket or custom insoles.

Stiff soles, like the carbon soles with a stiffness rating of 11 on the Shimano S-Phyre XC, combined with a precise fit typically result in the highest level of pedaling efficiency. (photo: Jeremy Benson)

Pedaling Efficiency

Mountain bike shoes are our connection to the pedals and how our pedaling power gets transferred into forward motion. The stiffness of a shoe’s sole is a major factor that dictates how efficiently your power is transferred, and they vary pretty significantly based on materials used and intended use. Pedaling efficiency is prioritized most by cross-country riders, particularly racers, who aim to maximize their effort, so XC shoes typically have the stiffest soles, often constructed from carbon fiber or rigid plastic. These soles flex very little, if at all, and tend to be a little less forgiving and more difficult to walk in. Price and sole stiffness often go hand in hand, with stiff, race-oriented models often employing carbon fiber in their soles and commanding a lofty price tag. It isn’t just the sole’s stiffness, however, as a precise fit is equally important to keep the foot from moving around to maximize efficiency throughout the whole pedal stroke.

Shoes designed for trail riding typically have a more balanced sole that is stiff enough for efficiency during long days in the saddle, but has some forgiveness in the design to enhance rider comfort and walkability. Trail shoes often employ stiffening plates, or shanks, in the soles that often run about 3/4 of the length of the shoe, providing structure from about the ball of the foot back to the heel. This provides support underfoot when descending and pushing on the pedals while leaving the sole under the toes and forefoot somewhat flexible for walking. Gravity-oriented shoes often employ similar designs, although some are intended to have a little more flex and forgiveness. They also typically have additional vibration-dampening materials built into the mid-soles to absorb more trail feedback.

Mountain Bike Shoe closure options
Boa dials, laces, velcro straps, maybe a combination of two. There are many different closure systems and designs among modern mountain bike shoes. (photo: Jeremy Benson)


In addition to getting the right fit, having the shoe be snug and secure around your foot is important for comfort, control, and stability. Shoe manufacturers use a number of different methods for tightening the shoe around your foot, including laces, velcro straps, ratcheting buckles, Boa dials, and sometimes a combination of two closure types. Personal preference often dictates what someone chooses, and some shoes are even offered in multiple closure options. For example, the Crankbrothers Mallet shoes come in Boa, Speed Lace, and Lace versions with the primary difference being price. It stands to reason that the fancier closure systems tend to add a little to the overall price of a pair of shoes.

Price isn’t the only difference, however, and each closure style has some benefits and drawbacks. Laces are the simplest option and they are cheap and easy to replace. They pull tension evenly over the top of the foot, but they are slower to put on/take off, and they can’t be adjusted on the fly. Velcro straps are often used on their own or in combination with laces, Boas, or ratchets either down by the toes or up at the top of the tongue. Velcro is quick and easy to adjust, but it does tend to wear out more quickly than other closures. Boa dials are typically found on more expensive shoes, and they tighten small wires over the top of the foot. Boa dials are lightweight and very easy to adjust, even while riding, but they can be more prone to damage than other styles of closures. Ratchet straps are less common than they used to be, but they are still used on some models of shoes. Ratchet straps use a small plastic ladder strap and a ratcheting buckle to add tension over the foot.

Examples of different outsole designs on mountain bike shoes
The outsole designs of modern mountain bike shoes vary pretty significantly depending on the intended use. (photo: Jeremy Benson)

Outsole Design

Outsole designs vary wildly between different models and styles of shoes and play a direct role in how easy it is to walk in some shoes and the traction they provide. Given that we’re discussing shoes designed to clip-in to your pedals, sole grip isn’t nearly as important as it is for flat pedal shoes where you rely on the sole for your connection to the pedal pins. That said, those who ride trails that require dismounting for challenging sections or who hike a bike frequently will want to consider that when choosing a pair of mountain bike shoes. Cross-country shoes tend to have stiff carbon or plastic soles, and they typically have some rubber tread lugs added to the toe, heel, and on both sides of the cleat mount area. These tread lugs add some lateral stability on the pedal, grip when walking, and protect the rigid soles slightly from damage. Many cross-country shoes can also have toe spikes added, which is common in cyclocross racing for added grip on muddy courses.

Modern trail and gravity shoes typically have full-coverage soles made from various rubber compounds. These tend to cover the entire sole of the shoe from toe to heel with only the cleat mount area left exposed. The tread designs vary from brand to brand, but most intend for the sole to provide grip on varying surfaces. The cleat sits in a recess in the sole and good designs allow for the outsole on the sides of the cleats to interface with the pedal body for lateral stability. Some trail riding shoes are designed for adventurous riding that includes pushing your bike up steep slopes, and these often feature lugged tread designs more akin to a hiking shoe’s sole.

Hiking back up to session a small feature in the Shimano ME7
Whether you’re sessioning a feature, hiking to a vista, or the steepness of the trail forces you to dismount your bike, we often end up walking/hiking in our mountain bike shoes. Fortunately, many modern shoes have grippy rubber and tread designs that perform well off the bike. (photo: Jeremy Benson)


Depending on the type of riding you do, a shoe’s walkability may or may not be a concern. If your rides tend to be on mellower terrain where you stay on the bike the majority of the time, it likely doesn’t matter much how easy your shoes are to walk in. If you ride more adventurous terrain or like to scramble up to every viewpoint along the ride, then a shoe that performs reasonably well off the bike might be of greater importance. It stands to reason that shoes with more flexible soles and rubber in the outsole design will be easier to walk in and provide more traction on rock and variable surfaces. Most modern trail and gravity shoes work well in this regard with a select few having particular emphasis on off-the-bike traction in their sole’s design.

Cross-country shoes tend to be the least pleasant to walk in given their stiff soles that inhibit a natural gait. Most have a slight bit of rocker through the toe along with raised rubber sole lugs for some grip, but they are not usually the optimal choice for those who dismount their bikes frequently.

Toe reinforcement on the Shimano ME7 mountain bike shoes
Rubber and/or TPU are often used on mountain bike shoes like the Shimano ME7, pictured here, to reinforce areas like the toes to protect them from rock strikes. (photo: Jeremy Benson)

Foot Protection

The protection of one’s feet while riding varies in importance between the different riding styles, although nearly all mountain bike shoes provide some level of foot protection in their designs. Even thin, lightweight cross-country shoes have firm heel cups and small bumpers surrounding the front of the toes, but their prioritization of weight savings typically results in shoes that provide little additional foot protection. For this reason, they are best suited to less technical terrain, where the likelihood of rock strikes and other impacts to the feet is generally lower.

Trail shoes typically offer more protection than XC shoes with thicker uppers and strategically placed padding or rigid materials to protect the feet in more varied terrain. They also generally have more cushioning integrated into the midsoles for vibration absorption on rough trails. Gravity shoes like the Giro Chamber II tend to offer the highest levels of foot protection with rigid toe caps, extra cushioning, and sometimes additional materials like D30 patches for added impact protection in key areas. Extra foot protection tends to add weight and gravity shoes are generally heavier and bulkier than other styles of shoes as a result.

The highly breathable Giro Synchwire material
Manufacturers use various methods to make shoes ventilated and breathable including perforations or mesh panels on the uppers, or the super air-permeable Synchwire material used on the Giro Sector. (photo: Jeremy Benson)


Shoe manufacturers approach breathability and ventilation in various ways with nearly all mountain bike shoes having some sort of way for air to enter or escape in their designs. How effectively these designs work varies significantly, and how important this is to you depends on several factors, of course, like the climate where you live and ride, what type of riding you do, and how much you sweat. Ventilating features include mesh panels, perforations in the uppers, or uppers constructed from air-permeable materials. Not surprisingly, lightweight XC shoes designed for high-intensity riding typically do well here thanks to thinner uppers and less bulk in their designs. The Giro Sector, for example, is one of the best-ventilated shoes we tested thanks to its airy Synchwire material.

Trail and gravity shoes, generally speaking, tend to be a little warmer on the feet due to the thicker materials and additional cushioning and protection they provide. This tends to be least important for gravity riders where the majority of your time is spent riding downhill instead of pedaling up it. Still, most models make some attempt at ventilating the feet, though the effectiveness of their designs varies.

Mountain bike shoes take some serious abuse, and none will last forever, but we always to hope to get our money’s worth. (photo: Jeremy Benson)


Like anything else in mountain biking, your shoes take a beating and they wear out over time. People who ride every day or are particularly hard on gear may easily go through a pair of shoes in a season from regular use. Less frequent riders should expect to get several seasons of use from a quality pair of shoes. Of course, there are a number of factors that will play a role in how long your bike shoes last. Terrain, weather, and even your skills make a difference and will dictate the lifespan of your footwear. Awkward dismounts, repeated scrapes against sharp rocks, or constantly being wet can result in damage to your uppers, while excessive walking on sharp rocks may result in the premature breakdown of your soles. Sometimes manufacturing defects will result in sole delamination or other issues (most brands warranty shoes with defects).

In general, lighter, thinner shoes tend to be the most susceptible to damage and can wear out most easily if not treated with care. Beefier, burlier shoes often have extra materials in high-wear areas to protect from abrasion. Velcro tends to wear out faster than other closure types, and it can’t really be replaced. Laces can tear or break, but they are affordable and easy to replace. Boa dials have a checkered past from a durability standpoint, though they can often be replaced and are sometimes covered by warranty.


The price of mountain bike shoes varies pretty significantly with the models we tested ranging from $80 up to $450. Typically, the most expensive shoes are the highest performance, although that performance will only really be appreciated by certain riders for very specific reasons. Unless you’re a cross-country racer seeking marginal performance gains from the lightest and stiffest shoes, you don’t need to spend that much. The $150 to $250 price range will be where most people find the best price-to-performance ratio. While not the highest performance, even a shoe like the $80 Giro Berm gets the job done pretty well for less frequent riders or those on a budget. Of course, we haven’t tested every single shoe on the market, and there may be other great value options not listed here.

Frequently Asked Questions About Mountain Bike Shoes

Why Should I Wear Mountain Bike Shoes?

Sure, you can ride a mountain bike in just about any shoes you want, but mountain bike shoes are always our recommendation because they are specifically designed for that purpose. If you mountain bike once or twice a year, it may not be worth it to you to spring for mountain bike specific shoes, but if you ride with any frequency, the performance benefits of shoes made for the purpose should not be overlooked. Whether you’re riding cross country, trail, enduro, or downhill, there are models designed to be optimal for each type of riding. Mountain bike shoes generally have more rigid soles to promote more efficient power transfer when pedaling and prevent foot fatigue when descending. Grippy outsoles provide traction on the pedals and when off the bike walking on varied terrain. Protective features like padding and reinforced areas are integrated into many designs to ward off rock strikes to the toes and heels. And, of course, shoes designed to be used with clipless pedals have a cleat mount area for the cleat that is necessary for clipping into the pedal.

Clipless vs. flat pedals, which is best?

There’s really no right answer to this question as it typically comes down to personal preference and the type of riding you’re doing. Each pedal style has pros and cons. Most riders choose one or the other, while some will switch back and forth to enjoy the benefits of both styles. Clipless pedals provide a mechanical connection to the pedal, keep your feet in the perfect spot, and help to maximize your pedaling effort through the full pedal stroke. For this reason, they are typically preferred by cross-country riders/racers and others who put in big miles and want to be as efficient as possible. The downsides are that they take some getting used to and awkward falls are not uncommon when learning, and you generally have less foot mobility and freedom of movement. Flat pedals offer greater foot mobility with varying support and grip depending on the platform size, pin style/placement, and sole rubber/tread design. Flat pedals can be very grippy and secure, however, they do not provide a mechanical connection to the pedals, which results in a slight decrease in pedaling efficiency. It is also possible to bounce off the pedals in rough terrain or slip a foot off while climbing, which can be potentially very painful if/when the pedal pins make contact with your shins.

Why Are They Called Clipless Pedals If You Clip In?

The term “clipless” is definitely confusing due to the fact that you actually clip in to clipless pedals. The term clipless goes back decades, to a time when most pedals had toe clips, or toe cages, that wrapped up over the toe of your shoes to help prevent your feet from slipping off the front of the pedal. When Shimano developed its original SPD pedal system, it did not have the toe clip, and thus the term clipless was born. These days, clipless pedals are often referred to as clip, clip-in, and SPD, which are less confusing.

Can I use mountain bike shoes for road or gravel riding?

Of course. While we generally recommend road-specific shoes for road cycling, there’s no reason that you can’t use mountain bike shoes for riding on the road or gravel bike. Generally speaking, cross-country style shoes will be the best fit for this as they tend to provide the best pedaling efficiency with stiffer soles and lighter weights. In theory, a shoe like the Shimano S-Phyre XC9 or the Specialized S-Works Recon could have you covered for XC, gravel, and road riding as long as you have the same pedals across all the bikes.

How Much Should I Spend?

This really depends on your budget, but also your needs and wants from your shoes. Prices vary quite significantly between the least and most expensive models we tested, as does performance. If you’re seeking the highest in performance, particularly for cross-country riding and racing, then you’ll need to be willing and able to spend a bit more for high-end shoes to meet your performance expectations. Top-of-the-line cross-country shoes can cost upwards of $400, but often brands have several versions that cost less and offer similar features and performance. Shoes for trail and gravity riding tend to be less expensive than their cross-country counterparts, although the high-end models can still cost up to around $250. That said, they have a more approachable price range with models starting around $100-$125, and performance differences being less dramatic than their XC counterparts. At the lowest end of the price spectrum, below $100, several brands make entry-level shoes that will serve more casual riders very well. These models can’t compete with more expensive shoes, but they absolutely can get the job done and they will work much better than riding in your old jogging shoes. Trust us.

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Tuned Mass Dampers for Skyscrapers, Rockets, F1 and… Mountain Bikes? Thu, 06 Jul 2023 18:57:55 +0000 Rimpact, a UK-based manufacturer of high-end tire inserts, is developing a Tuned Mass Damper (TMD) for mountain biking. Suspending a Tungsten weight between two coil…

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Rimpact, a UK-based manufacturer of high-end tire inserts, is developing a Tuned Mass Damper (TMD) for mountain biking. Suspending a Tungsten weight between two coil springs, inside a package that slots neatly inside the fork steerer tube, the TMD is strategically positioned to damp vibrations induced by bumps and compressions experienced on the trail.

A first-of-its-kind for mountain biking, this chassis-stabilizing component is still very much under development, but the accelerometer data collected by the engineers at Rimpact are showing promising trends. And, more importantly, they say it makes the bike feel better on the trail, while making riders faster at the same time – that’s from blinded back-to-back testing versus placebo, for anyone choking on their morning coffee.

Here’s the backstory, and how the development process is going so far.

rimpact tuned mass damper prototype
Rimpact’s Tuned Mass Damper lives inside the steerer tube. With the headset top cap threading into its upper portion, it replaces the star nut and removes play from the headset with a brace plate at the base of the steerer – much like the OneUp EDC Tool installation.

Rimpact is Developing a Tuned Mass Damper for Mountain Bikes

First up, it’s pertinent to answer the following question….What is a Tuned Mass Damper?

In essence, it is a weight suspended between springs, that is positioned inside a dynamic structure in order to damp that structure’s movement or oscillations. As the structure moves, the weight moves out of phase with it, removing energy from the system and bringing it back to a more neutral state earlier on. You may also see it referred to as a harmonic absorber or seismic damper, the latter conjuring up images of the famed devices found inside the Taipei 101 or Shanghai Tower, that have both become something of a tourist attraction.

The 660 metric tonne tuned mass damper inside the Taipei 101 tower is the world’s largest and heaviest example. Credit: Zach Overholt

What on earth does that have to do with mountain biking? I’m getting there, but first it is interesting to look at the use of Tuned Mass Dampers in motorsport.

While TMDs in skyscrapers serve to reduce the tower’s maximum amplitude, or how much they sway during tremors or high winds, the TMDs used in motorsport applications are designed to improve the dynamic stability of the car when it hits bumps on the road, and to hold it in a more aerodynamically favorable position thereafter. Vertically positioned on the car’s chassis, right between the two wheels, the TMD acts to bring the nose back down quickly if it is deflected up by a bump, or raised up under rapid acceleration.

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Alonso Renault F1 Car benefiting from a Tuned Mass Damper. Credit: David Acosta Allely /

We are informed that the TMD implemented very successfully by Renault offered such an advantage to Alonso that in 2006, the FIA issued a technical bulletin declaring the mass damper illegal on the grounds that it was a moveable aerodynamic device. It was this application of the Mass Damper that caught Rimpact founder, Matt Shearn’s attention.

Matt thought to himself, “if it’s good enough for them [F1 drivers], then perhaps it could be good enough for us [mountain bikers]”. And so, for the last 2.5 years, Matt has been quietly working away on a TMD for mountain bikes.

The Rimpact TMD Prototype

The Tuned Mass Damper under development by Rimpact looks much more like the F1 TMD than it does the examples used in the skyscrapers that are sub-optimally located in earthquake-vulnerable geographies. That’s because it is designed to stabilize movement through a single plane (up and down), rather than the 360° movement exhibited by a tower.

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Early stage prototypes of the Rimpact Tuned Mass Damper

Importantly, it proposes to offer similar advantages – less so in regard to aerodynamics of course, but certainly in the way of chassis stability, and subsequent ease of handling.

“I’ve been trying to decipher whether there would be any use in mountain biking – first of all trying to work out how the thing works for one – and if it did work, how would it change the way we ride bikes – whether it would make the bike better in any way, or whether it would hinder it”

Matt Shearn, Founder of Rimpact.
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A small sample of the prototype parts used in the development of Rimpact’s Tuned Mass Damper

After much thought, he concluded there was at least value in building a prototype to see what it did. The first prototype was as basic as it gets; a couple of “random springs” suspending some putty inside a clear acrylic tube. Matt strapped it onto his bike and slammed the front wheel into the ground, just to see the putty weight oscillating between the springs. Holding onto the bars, he was interested to see if he could feel any difference with or without the contraption.

It’s about as un-scientific as it gets, but you have to start somewhere, right? With his interest piqued, it was time to get serious with a more robust prototype and some accelerometer data.

Fast forward to around March/April of this year, and Rimpact had a working prototype, the influence of which on ride feel was unmistakable.

Does a Tuned Mass Damper actually work for MTB?

That’s still to be confirmed, but based on their experiences so far, Matt Shearn and the team at Rimpact are quietly confident.

“We all felt like it was making a difference, and our Strava results suggested it was making a difference. But, it was totally anecdotal but there wasn’t enough scientific rigor there to prove that it was actually working”.

Matt Shearn

With the TMD device in a jig, Rimpact have been able to corroborate with the use of accelerometers that they see a reduced amplitude of force at the handlebar with the device installed, as compared to control. At least in this very specific scenario, that arguably isn’t super relevant to trail riding conditions, it undoubtedly is having an effect.

rimpact tuned mass damper testing in jig
Rimpact repurposed their tire insert test jig to test the effect of the Tuned Mass Damper on the g-force felt on the fork crown and handlebar

Matt explains, “If you were to somehow be able to visualize the vibrations that pass through the bike during the rising of your handlebars [when the front wheel hits a bump], the vibration is travelling up through the bike and oscillating at a really high hertz, but the mass is offsetting some of those vibrations so you’re feeling them less. It is both bringing the total amplitude of force down, but also reducing the noise from vibrations coming up through the bike”.

At this stage, we want to see actual data from the trail.

rimpact tuned mass damper accelerometer data graphs

The above graph shows the total measured force through the handlebar, as recorded by accelerometers, over a three minute trail. The Y axis is G force and the X axis is time. Data from Run 3 is without the TMD, and Run 4 is with the TMD – with Rimpact’s “Medium” springs fitted.

Matt explains, “It’s hard to see visually what is happening here but Run 4 measures 19% less total G forces recorded compared to Run 3 when normalized to the same time frame (as the run took less time to complete, we removed this excess data from the slower run to more accurately compare the readouts). Run 4 took less time to complete which is evident by the force spikes on the graph running out of sync and points to a system that works to help the rider go faster. Whilst this is just one graph the results across the day of testing and other tests we’ve performed yield similar results. Currently we are conducting many hundreds of test runs to validate this analysis”.

On top of the accelerometer data, Rimpact also have a bank of more subjectively captured data in the form of rider feedback. Matt tells us that anyone who rides the TMD is able to feel a difference in the bike’s handling. They say the difference is subtle, but they feel like they ride better, that they carry more pace through corners, and they don’t feel the spikes of compression through the fork when they hit big roots. They don’t get those harsh feelings through the bike and they simply prefer riding with it, versus riding with the placebo version.

tungsten versus steel tuned mass damper prototyping
Finding the right material for the suspended weight was key; on the right is a 79 gram steel weight, and on the left is a 204 gram Tungsten weight of the same dimensions.

When can I buy one?

Alas, that is also to be confirmed. Matt is clear that he wants to prove the Rimpact TMD has a beneficial impact for mountain bike riders before he sticks it on the market. He currently has a number of TMDs out in the wild, with test riders conducting blinded back-to-back testing of the real thing versus a placebo tube.

He hopes to amass a large database of evidence – whether it is evidence in favor of the TMD or against it – from a multitude of different riders across a multitude of trails.

If the data proves favorable, and the Rimpact team can show that their Tuned Mass Damper is improving ride feel, helping riders go faster, or even simply reducing fatigue, they will certainly bring it to market.

Matt is considering offering a variety of spring rates that will each perform best over a set range of G-forces that are experienced on different terrain, but the details of that are still being figured out.

rimpact tuned mass damper mtb mountain biking prototype
The current working prototype weighs around 310 grams

Thoughts on the Rimpact Tuned Mass Damper

Personally, I think this device is absolutely fascinating. Many brands across the cycling industry are waking up to the benefits of damping vibrations – whether its Spank putting Vibrocore into their rims and handlebars, OneUp engineering flex into theirs, RockShox putting ButterCups into suspension, RevGrips with their suspended grips, or indeed the vast array of tire inserts that also claim to reduce vibrations.

There is an increasing amount of innovation going on in this space, and it’s really cool to see. It’s interesting not only from a performance perspective, but also from a health perspective, too. Realistically, the vibrations we experience while mountain biking aren’t super kind to the immune system – as demonstrated by Dr Lewis Kirkwood, so anything that can be done to mitigate them without negatively impacting the joy of riding is a good thing.

Clearly, Rimpact still have work to do in proving the efficacy of their Tuned Mass Damper. We’ll be staying in touch to follow its development, and hope to bolt one onto our own bike over the coming months for some blinded back-to-back testing. Stay tuned, folks!

Editor’s Note: Readers keen to learn more about how mass dampers work to reduce maximum amplitude and to mitigate vibrations within a system, I point you in the direction of this peer-reviewed research article, an article that Matt himself digested during his own learning journey toward development of the Rimpact Tuned Mass Damper.

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Bikerumor Best of Show Awards: Eurobike 2023 Thu, 06 Jul 2023 15:28:08 +0000 Eurobike 2023 felt a bit like a return to form. Wandering the packed halls elicited feelings of past trade shows full of excitement about the…

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Eurobike 2023 felt a bit like a return to form. Wandering the packed halls elicited feelings of past trade shows full of excitement about the future of bikes. While it was definitely e-bike-heavy as usual, there was still quite a bit to be found for any type of cyclist.

Looking back on all that we uncovered, it’s time to sum up the best of the show. Call them the Eurobike hangover awards if you wish, these are our top picks for the most interesting bit of new tech we found, and a signal of the direction of the cycling industry for the next year and beyond…

MTB: Rock Machine Whizz Modular Platform

Bikerumor 2023 Eurobike Best Of Show award, best mountain bike Rock Machine Whizz

What makes Rock Machine’s new Whizz modular mountain bike most interesting to us is that it isn’t trying to be the lightest, fastest, or burliest mountain bike – or its divisive angular looks. Instead, the aluminum Whizz concept is about building a bulletproof platform that can adapt to the rider’s needs and can be built in a more resource-efficient way. One all-mountain / enduro / park bike that can be adjusted to 140mm, 160mm, or 180mm of travel; 27.5, mullet or 29er; head angle and chainstay length can be adjusted if needed; a 200mm dropper can fit every rider and style, internal or external cable routing; a different standard of dropout could even be bolted in; and there are even SUV-style build accessory mounting possibilities. Plus, from a materials perspective, one rear triangle can be used in both pedal-only and ebike versions, and one dramatically-shaped hydroformed top tube can be used on all sizes of both bike & eMTB variations.

Road Bike: Pilot Cycles’ Seiren 3d-Printed Titanium Bike

3D-printing technology is improving all the time (just look at some of the other items in this list). But we’ve still seen just a handful of bikes that are completely 3D-printed, and even fewer of those are completely 3D-printed in titanium. The Seiren from Pilot Cycles is one of, if not the first fully 3D-printed titanium road bikes we’ve seen.

Thanks to the use of 3D-printing, the frame has a number of custom details including embossed logos, optional braze ons & accessory mounts, custom geometry options, and more. Pilot Cycles tells us that the frame is printed in 3 parts that are then bonded together which includes the Trek Madone-esque seat tube, though Pilot claims that this was the result of the need for frame alignment rather than rider comfort.

Initially, the stratospheric price tag of $18k+ will prevent anyone but the most wealthy from owning one, but this award is more about the advancement of 3D-printing tech that will eventually trickle down to more affordable levels.

Gravel: SRAM Apex 12-speed Gravel Groupset in 4+ More-Affordable Options

Bikerumor 2023 Eurobike Best Of Show award, best gravel product - SRAM Apex affordable 12-speed

SRAM’s new entry-level Apex upgrade debuted just a couple of days before the start, but it really came into its own at Eurobike where you could find all sorts of gravel bikes kitted out with this latest tech, but at more affordable prices. What makes Apex unique is that it gives you all the 12-speed gearing options of SRAM’s top-tier gravel groups – be that XPLR or Eagle cassettes – BUT it also gives you the choice of picking the easy-to-use wireless AXS electronic shifting system or sticking with a much more affordable mechanical shift setup. On top of that, the new Apex is mix-and-match compatible with all other XPLR or Eagle components, opening up the possibility for lower-cost replacements to existing groups or the ability to upgrade one part at a time as you go. Plus, that compatibility means there are flat bar options for each of the 4 build possibilities – AXS XPLR, AXS Eagle, mechanical XPLR, Mech Eagle – making this likely to be the groupset we’ll see across the widest range of ‘gravel’ bikes from commuter to race builds.

Apex is also actually the first SRAM road/gravel/dropbar groupset to get 12-speed mechanical shifting, itself an important milestone in bringing top performance to a more accessible level. Complete groupset pricing starts as low as $680 / 784€ for flat bar Apex Eagle mechanical and tops out at $1294 / 1460€ for dropbar Apex AXS Eagle.

We expect to see the new Apex on complete bikes that sell from around $1850 up to around $3000.

EBike Motors/Drive Systems: Pinion ON.E eDrive Combined Gearbox & Motor

Bikerumor 2023 Eurobike Best Of Show award, best ebike - Pinion ON.E combined motor & gearbox

What makes the Pinion ON.E so interesting is that this is a component that is both better than the sum of its parts AND has the potential to be transformative to a number of different ebike segments. Gearboxes have been around for years; and certainly, Pinion has established itself as one of the performance & reliability benchmarks for mid-drive solutions. And there are more ebike motor possibilities than you can shake a stick at. Combining a powerful motor with a gearbox (which critically doesn’t really shift under load) in a compact mid-drive solution barely larger than competitor ebike motors was no easy feat. Getting it to shift while being simultaneously loaded by ebike rider pedal input and/or motor power input is impressive. Transformative is that an ebike rider’s entire enclosed drivetrain and powertrain will only require an oil change every 10,000km when combined with a no-maintenance belt drive – all with no rear derailleur or cassette to wear or be subject to external damage. Then, from a suspension design perspective, that ~1kg of unsprung derailleur & cassette weight is moved to a more central balanced location in the frame, where it is now sprung mass that the suspension can be tuned for, opening the door for eMTB designers to have much more control on how their suspension actually performs when combined with optimized battery placement.

eMTB: Crossworx Trip 290

Bikerumor 2023 Eurobike Best Of Show award, best eMTB - Crossworx Trip 920
As seen here, the Crossworx prototype Trip290 eMTB – with Bosch SX Motor, 400 Wh CompactTube Battery, Gates Carbon Drive and Classified Powershift Hub – weighs a claimed 20.2kg

Now, it won’t be to everyone’s taste, but we are loving the use of alternative drivetrain technology on the Crossworx Trip 290 eBike. Still under development, this linkage-driven single pivot delivers 140mm of rear wheel travel on an aluminum frame that is built in Germany.

It combines the 55 Nm torque of the latest Bosch Performance Line SX motor – that itself weighs just 2 kg – with the durability of a Gates Carbon Drive. You’ll see a single sprocket at the rear, but the Classified Powershift Hub makes this a two-speed eBike thanks to the hub’s internal gearing. Yes, the Pinion Mission ON:E offers 12 discrete gears inside its neatly-packaged MGU, but it comes at the expense of an additional 2 kg and a much wider Q-Factor.

Classified have rolled out this technology for road, gravel and more recently to regular derailleur-operated 12-speed mountain bike drivetrains – making them 24-speed, of course. Word is, the Commencal Enduro Team are testing it out for use on the Meta SX V5 race bikes destined for the UCI-EDR Series.

I digress. The Crossworx Trip 290 just speaks to me (Cory). I really want this unusual collection of drivetrain parts to work well together. The relative simplicity of it is really quite appealing; there’s no derailleur to fret about, there’s a maintenance-free belt-drive, and the only gearing you have is neatly packed away inside a sealed hub.

On this bike, the 48T chainring is paired with a 24T cog on the hub to give a gear 2:1 ratio. But, the Classified Powershift Hub delivers a second gear ratio of 1:0.7, giving an effective chainring size of 24T.

I do question the ability of the Bosch SX motor to put up with the very wide range of rider cadences that a limited two-speed offering will give rise to. However, I think there is potential here for the Crossworx Trip 290 to be all the eBike that many folks could ever need.

Suspension: Motion Engineering’s 120mm Linkage Fork

Bikerumor 2023 Eurobike Best Of Show award, best suspension - Motion Engineering 120mm linkage fork

Motion Engineering are developing a 120mm travel linkage-fork that is set to weigh around the 1,200 gram mark – a weight that will make it around 185g lighter than Intend’s Samurai CC which currently holds the accolade for the world’s lightest suspension fork of that travel length.

And, its unusual linkage design that makes use of a braking torque arm is said to make it completely neutral under front wheel braking; which compares to traditional telescoping forks that have a tendency to dive a little.

In the world of cross-country where weight is a big deal, to have a 120mm fork offering that is ~ 346 grams lighter than the commonly raced RockShox SID is nothing to be sniffed at. The fork’s half-crown design and one-piece monocoque carbon steerer and crown go a long way to making its weight so competitive.

It does not have a leaf-spring, as we see on Motion’s La City fork. Though we couldn’t really get a good view of it on the 3D-printed prototype on display at Eurobike, this 120mm fork will make use of a standard air shock. In theory, that makes the design as tuneable as the vast array of rear shocks on the market – so long as they fit, of course.

In practice, Motion plan to work closely with bike manufacturers to develop forks around each frame specifically. Word is, this will initially be an OEM-only product, but we’ve no doubt that could change if aftermarket appetite proves to be high. More info on this one here.

Manufacturing: Trickstuff x Trumpf 3D-Printed Bike Parts

Bikerumor 2023 Eurobike Best Of Show award, best manufacturing - Trickstuff + Trumpf 3d-printing

We’re a little off-piste here, but it would be rude not to provide mention of Trickstuff’s 3D-Printed titanium levers for their Piccola and Direttissima. We call these out not only because they are impressively lightweight and rather aesthetically pleasing, but also because of the relative economy of the additive manufacturing method used to create them. Bare with.

trumpf titanium 3d printed brake levers trickstuff direttissima piccola levers

Trickstuff are currently working closely with Trumpf, a company that produces the laser-sintering machines that are responsible for the beautiful array of titanium levers you see before you, but also for the 6061 aluminum bottom bracket-seat tube cluster of a prototype six-link Intense downhill bike.

Trumpf approached Trickstuff with the offer of a machine on loan to allow the team to see firsthand how their additive manufacturing systems can be used to create bicycle components. As compared to CNC-machining, 3D printing has the capacity to produce a greater diversity in the shape of parts that could ultimately offer performance advantages; just think about that in terms of the oil path inside a hydraulic brake caliper, for example.

intense backbone dh bike 3d printed 6061 alloy trumpf additive manufacturing

Chris Lengwenat, a representative of Trumpf, tells us that their additive manufacturing systems offer advantages over comparable systems, both in terms of the structural integrity of the final product, but also in terms of the processing time required post-manufacture.

That’s because these machines have the ability to pre-heat the build plate to 500°C, which is said to result in a reduction in the internal stress in the parts and the deformation that would otherwise occur during the welding process by up to 80%. As a result, the dimensional accuracy of the parts is increased and their mechanical properties are such that, part-dependent, heat treatment is often not required afterwards.

The method also requires fewer support structures to be created with the part – structures that need to be removed after manufacture in a labor-intensive process. In turn, the cost of production can be reduced quite significantly. The suggestion seemed to be that this method of manufacture has the potential to bring the cost of printed titanium parts to a point at which they will be almost competitive with the cost of CNC-machined aluminum counterparts.

Urban: Riese & Müller Subscription Leasing Program

Bikerumor 2023 Eurobike Best Of Show award, best urban cycling - Riese & Muller subscription

Riese & Müller’s city commuter ebikes range from high-speed single-occupant pedelecs to slow-moving cargo ebikes designed to haul your whole family around town. But no matter how you look at it, they are expensive – you can easily 6-8,000€ on your ideal setup. Their new subscription plan means for about 100€ per month, you can subscribe to something of an ebike lease that will get you the perfect setup that fits your needs without a big outlay of cash up front, then as your needs change, you can shift to a different Riese & Müller ebike that better fits how you ride. We suspect most of Riese & Müller’s customers are urban families buying family movers. And as your family grows and your kids get bigger, we see this as a great way to always have the perfect car-free setup to haul the little ones around as you run to get groceries, and then scale up when you have more kids or your kids outgrow smaller child seats to ride on their own. Plus, our friends in Germany say it is essentially the same price or cheaper than many public transit pass options.

Components: Astral Seatpost with O.N.S.

Astral ONS seat post Eurobike Award

Do you ride into remote areas on a regular basis? Would you be prepared if you had an emergency and had to spend the night? That’s the idea behind the Astral O.N.S. package or One Night Saved. The lightweight kit packs up neatly and fits inside the Astral 27.2 or 31.6mm seat posts. Inside, you’ll find a flashlight, whistle, waterproof matches, strike paper, fire starter, water purification tablets for 3 quarts, and a space blanket. The O.N.S. package has been available from Astral for a bit, but this was the first time we’ve seen it in person, and it seems like a great idea for your bike without a dropper post.

Tires: Schwalbe Aerothan Tire Concept

Schwalbe Aerothan tire concept Eurobike Award

If, and this is a big if, Schwalbe’s Aerothan road bike tire concept delivers on its promises, it has the potential to be a game changer for road tires. With the potential for “super low rolling resistance, a more supple ride, and puncture protection on par with tubeless tires”, all of a sudden road riders have a tubed tire option that will rival tubeless. Oh, it’s also just 165g for the tire and 100% recyclable.

Clothing: Leatt All//Mntn 3.0 Tech Riding Pants

Bikerumor 2023 Eurobike Best Of Show award, best clothing - Leatt All-Mountain pants

Designed to cross disciplines as many all-mountain bikers do, the techy tapered-leg Leatt All//Mntn 3.0 riding pants (and shorts too) feature 3 or 4 different core materials to give a balance of lightweight performance and protection. Leatt’s brand is built on protection – mostly from big impacts – but their functional clothing doesn’t always get as detailed a look as helmets, neck braces & pads. These multi-colored cargo pants have abrasion-resistant panels where you are likely to scuff them up, all the cargo pockets you could hope for – but still well-placed and slim enough to ride comfortably, plus a unique stretchy loop at the back to carry the removable shin bar from their convertible full-face helmets. The light pants promise moisture control breathability via a mix of lightweight softshell fabrics then DWR coated so they will keep you dry even in some lightly rainy conditions, and SPF 50+ rated to keep the sun at bay too. They also come in two-tone grey, two-tone red/orange, and a more subtle black for riders looking to blend in.


Eyewear: Automatic Transition Lenses from Out Of & React

Out of & React sunglasses auto transition Eurobike award

Described as an entirely new category in eyewear, both Out Of and React were showing futuristic shades which instantly transition to the ambient light. Photochromic lenses are nothing new, but the process usually takes a while, which can mean that by the time your lenses have adapted, the lighting has changed again.

This new generation of adaptive lenses changes that by using an LCD screen laminated with a solar cell which provides power without the need to recharge or plug-in. Both companies seem to have similar performance, with React claiming their lenses change in 0.1 seconds while Out Of claims 0.09 seconds.

The result seems to be lenses that truly change as quickly as the lighting conditions, for a potential game-changing product in the eyeglass world. We haven’t tested either of these in person yet (we hope to), but demonstrations at Eurobike seemed to back up the claims.

Bags/Packs: CamelBak Mule On-Bike Frame Pack

Camelbak Mule On Bike Eurobike award

It’s no surprise that as more gravel racers and bikepackers are stuffing hydration bladders into frame bags, Camelbak has taken notice. It’s also not much of a surprise that Camelbak’s first hydration-specific frame pack looks really well-designed. Known for creating hydration packs that adapt to a wide range of bodies, their new Mule On-Bike Frame Pack looks like it will conform to a wide range of frames just as well.

Part of a new line of Mule On-Bike bags, the Eurobike Award-winning Frame Pack is built in tandem with a new 2L Quick Stow reservoir. The bag is also designed to use without the reservoir if you’d like, but the pack is also built with hydration in mind. The new reservoir includes a hose to drink from while riding the bike, but it also has a QuickStow Cap on the other end with an on/off valve for easy water dispensing at camp. It’s also compatible with the Lifestraw filters, so you can filter the water at camp directly into the bladder.

The bag itself has two sizes and multiple attachment points along three sides so you can place the velcro straps where you need them. Built with a water-repellent fabric and waterproof zippers, the water compartment has two zippers to make it easy to load the bladder, and the other side has a separate pocket for other goods.

Tools: Clever Standard Bacon Bullet

It’s not often that we need tire plugs, but when we do, there’s a good chance we don’t have the right size plug for the hole. The Bacon Bullet concept from Clever Standard addresses those issues by giving you multiple tip sizes with the option of mixing and matching bacon tubeless strips to best fit the puncture.

The result is a tubeless plug that uses more affordable inserts, can be inserted with almost any 2-3mm allen wrench, offers a patch that can’t be pulled out, and uses tips that are reusable once the tire has reached the end of its life.

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Summer shredding with Endura MT500 MIPS helmet, Singletrack Core Tee II & Lite Shorts Wed, 05 Jul 2023 16:01:03 +0000 While we mountain bikers are a tough bunch, comfort is always of key importance when you’re out on the trails. This spring I received Endura’s…

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While we mountain bikers are a tough bunch, comfort is always of key importance when you’re out on the trails. This spring I received Endura’s MT500 MIPS helmet, Singletrack Lite shorts, and Singletrack Core Tee II to test, and after a few months with these pieces, I’m still quite happy to toss any of them on for a ride.

I did have some small issues with the helmet’s fit (but nothing preventing me from wearing it), and found minor gripes with the shorts and jersey, but I would still say all three pieces are solid choices for MTB riders.

Endura MT500 MIPS Helmet:

Endura MT500 MIPS helmet

For complete details on the MT500 MIPS check out my launch article from this spring, but here are some key specs: Its in-molded shell is built around lightweight and highly ventilated Koroyd protection. A MIPS liner pairs up with Endura’s dial-operated retention system, and the adjustable visor offers three positions.

Overall I find the MT500 MIPS pretty comfortable. The shape of the shell fits the top of my skull nicely, and the interior padding keeps anything rigid from touching my head. For this updated model Endura increased head coverage from the previous MT500 helmet, and on my shallow head it just clears my ears, sits low on my forehead, and covers the back of my skull entirely.

The Koroyd core provides excellent ventilation – and not just from the front, but from any angle. Even at low speeds air flows through the shell and the Koroyd easily, so the MT500 is good to go for hot summer rides. 

Endura MT500 MIPS helmet from back

The MT500’s retention system offers four height positions, and since the shell fits quite deep on me I’ve kept mine in the second-highest setting. In this position, the rear dial sits low enough to provide a secure fit. The straps’ Y-shaped adjusters are easy to set up, and I am perfectly happy with the traditional chin buckle.

The MT500 MIPS is not the lightest open-faced helmet out there at 416g, but it’s not heavy enough to provoke any soreness in my neck. I’m all for lighter helmets but frankly, the MT500 MIPS fits me well enough to carry its weight comfortably. 

riding in Endura MT500 MIPS helmet

In my launch article, I mentioned how the helmet fit a bit large on me, due to my 56cm head lining up with the smaller end of the size medium’s 55-59cm range. After riding it, I’m pleased to say the retention system does keep the shell feeling more secure than I expected. Front-to-back the MT500 fits me OK, but there is more width in the shell than my narrow head needs. However, once I hit the trails with it I forgot all about the width; with the retention system clinched in, I didn’t notice the shell flopping side-to-side at all.

Endura MT500 MIPS helmet from front

Because the MT500 MIPS’ shell fits so deep on me, compatibility with eyewear is a problem. I have several pairs of sunglasses on hand and none of them work with this helmet, as there’s not enough space on my forehead. I tried my smallest pair of goggles with the MT500 and they pushed the helmet upwards by more than an inch, so there’s no way I could ride this lid with goggles.

As mentioned in my launch article, the MT500’s visor only provides shade in its lowest of three positions. In that setting it’s already barely visible, so I never moved it upwards. The upper positions are likely there to carry goggles, but I never tested this because the deep shell couldn’t accommodate a pair on my shallow head anyways. The MT500 MIPS retails for $239.99, and sizes S/M, M/L, and L/XL are available. Color options are White, Olive Green, Black, Concrete Grey, and Blueberry.

Singletrack Lite Shorts:

Endura Singletrack Lite Shorts

The Singletrack Lite shorts are made from a blended Nylon/Elastane fabric that’s light, breathable, and durable. The fabric offers four-way stretch and is coated with a PFC-free water-repelling finish. Vent holes down the insides and outsides of the legs provide some airflow.

Endura Singletrack Lite Shorts back

These shorts feature a zip fly with a two-button closure and fairly slim and small Velcro waist adjusters. The large Endura logo and stripes inside the waistline act as a gripper to ensure a solid fit. The Singletrack Lite shorts are Clickfast compatible with Endura’s chamois, so you can snap the two layers together to keep them lined up comfortably.

Endura Singletrack Lite Shorts waist

With a waist that’s a tad under a 32, I’m wearing size small shorts and they fit great. The waist and hip area are slim but not snug, and I’ve only had to cinch in the Velcro waist adjusters by a bit. That leaves hardly any bunching at the back of the waist, which goes totally unnoticed while riding. It seems the waist gripper is doing its job as the shorts stay in place very well. The cut of the shorts allows for full mobility, to the point that the fabric’s stretch rarely needs to come into play.

Endura Singletrack Lite Shorts in use

For this short Endura offers options for shorter or longer leg lengths, and I chose the longer option. The longer leg is generous but not overkill. At 5’10” the longer shorts just cover my knees, and the legs are not baggy but loose enough to hang freely over kneepads.

Endura Singletrack Lite Shorts front

The Singletrack Lite shorts offer two zippered leg pockets and one zippered rear pocket, which I like – why worry about losing things while you ride? The front pockets don’t feel very deep, but they’re big enough to fit my smartphone. My only issue with the pockets is that they are pretty square in shape, so after some riding my phone winds up shifting around and sits diagonally or horizontally across my thigh instead of staying vertical. This doesn’t limit mobility or get uncomfortable, but perhaps a deeper, narrower pocket would keep a phone lined up with your leg better. I keep a decent-sized keychain in the other pocket and it’s never felt uncomfortable during rides, and for one ride I tossed my wallet in the rear pocket and totally forgot it was there! The pocket kept my wallet completely off my saddle.

Endura Singletrack Lite Shorts detail

In terms of coolness, the Singletrack Lite shorts are pretty average. Aside from the laser-cut vent holes and breathable fabric, there’s no mesh paneling, zip vents, or anything else to make these an ultra-cool option. I wouldn’t hesitate to ride these shorts on any summer ride, but I have cooler pairs in my closet. 

I haven’t had any spills in the Singletrack Lite shorts, but I have put a decent amount of mileage on them. There is definitely no damage or excess wear to report on my shorts.

The Singletrack Lite shorts sell for $119.99, in men’s sizes S-XXXL and women’s sizes XXS-XL. Endura offers five color options for women and nine colors for men.

Singletrack Core Tee II:

Endura Singletrack Core Tee II

Keeping things light, the Singletrack Core Tee II is just a simple and thin T-shirt style top – No pockets, no goggle wipe, no zippers, just enough to keep you covered up. The thin grid-style body fabric allows for plenty of airflow and manages moisture well, so this jersey is a good choice for hot weather rides. The 80% recycled polyester fabric offers a slippy feel, and there are no nasty seams or anything else causing comfort issues.  I’m a fan of rounded collars and happy to have one on this jersey.

Endura Singletrack Core Tee II in forest

At a slim 5’10”, I’m wearing a size small tee. The jersey fits me well in the chest and shoulders. The body is just long enough to keep me fully covered in riding position; I’d take another inch or two in length but it is OK as is. I like the arm length, which nearly reaches my elbows providing good coverage and sun protection.

Endura Singletrack Core Tee II back

The Singletrack Core Tee II passes the base layer test, as it’s not too baggy in the body or sleeves to comfortably wear under other layers. It worked perfectly well under my snug-fitting Dainese AWA wind jacket.

Endura Singletrack Core Tee II wear

Every jersey I review gets the pack test too, and unfortunately, the Singletrack Core Tee II isn’t proving to be particularly durable.  After just three rides with my camera pack, I noticed wear and tear on the fabric at my hips where the waist strap sits, plus some slight wear on the lower back. Endura did leave seams running across the jersey’s shoulders, but they’re small and don’t get uncomfortable under shoulder straps.

MSRP for the Singletrack Core Tee II is $54.99. Men’s sizes range from S-XXL, and they come in Aubergine (as tested), Black, Blueberry or Tangerine colors.

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