Things are just better blackened. Case in point, the new SRAM XX1 black group. All that tonal range, minus the red and white accents. Sure to bring a reign of darkness to your most sinister steed, or something. Also as a new addition to the XX1 line, SRAM has a neat little plate that takes the place of your old front mechanism, as well as carbon crank boots to protect the ends of your crank arms.
See more in-depth specs and information at SRAM.
SRAM’s X-SYNC™ rings just got more versatile, with the announcement of the new Direct Mount option. With options from 26t all the way to 40t, these 1x rings will fit on any MTB bike in your stable.
Check out the full press-release below and more information at SRAM.
Yes, it’s true… CX1 is the best cross group I’ve ever used and yeah, it’ll save your life.
Up from the 36 chambers!
Any numerologist will tell you that 36 is highly significant. It is both the square of 6 as well as what is referred to as a triangular number, resulting in a square triangular number. To top that, 36 is the smallest square triangular number other than 1.
Religious scholars will note its significance throughout early doctrine. In the Midrash, God created light on the first day and it shined for 36 hours. Since we’re near Hannukah, observe the 36 candles. The Māori believe the god Tāne commanded 36 gods to assemble the first human before he would breathe life into her body.
… and of course Wu-tang.
Maybe SRAM is onto something here? Or maybe your cross bike’s CX-1 kit just got a lot more versatile. The CX1 11-36t cassette hits your local bike shop in January, just in time to bring it to Austin for Cross Nats… You’re gonna need it!
I’m pretty adamant in believing that out of any bike you own, your MTB deserves carbon wheels more than the rest. Now, my point that I’m trying to make – without getting too far off-topic – is out of all your bikes, your MTB gets abused the most and is required to do the most. With road and even cross wheels, you’re rarely taking big hits off-axis and you’re certainly not charging rock gardens. Regardless of tire size, a MTB benefits from a carbon wheel, both in durability and performance. Just ride a set and you’ll see what I mean.
That said, I’ve never been convinced that a set of proprietary wheels is a worth while investment, when compared to a set of hand laced wheels. The problem is, those hand-built wheels get expensive when you’re talking carbon fiber rims, laced to a DT, King, White Industries or the like hubset.
If you do decide to pull the trigger on a set of carbon hoops, there are so many options out there. Do you want XC race-light or “trail” wheels? Well, SRAM made it easy with the Roam 60. They’re nearing the weight of an XC wheelset (1650 grams for a 29r) with the durability of a legit trail wheel. I tend to over compensate my inability to connect what I see myself doing in my head, to what actually happens on the bike, with products that are engineered for even gnarlier undertakings. In short: I like riding beefy products on my XC rig, because it’s not just a XC rig.
It’s hard sometimes to visualize a bike’s potential from just a frame photo, which is probably why Thomas built up one of those 29’r framesets as a complete for a photo shoot. I still think this is one of the nicer 29’r production frames I’ve seen on the market and at that price, who can complain? Lovely. See more at the Horse Cycles Flickr and pricing at Horse Cycles.
I’ve ridden my share of 29’rs and up until recently, I was sold that the Tallboy and Tallboy LTC had the market cornered as far as geometry is concerned. Now, let me say that I’m an enthusiastic reviewer and that can be a double edged sword at times. I’d also note that I don’t particularly like doing reviews, not because they’re not fun, but I couldn’t really care for technical adverbage.
That said, I can tell naunces in geometry and component groups quite well and when something’s good, it’s good. Also, believe me, when it’s bad, it’s bad.
Luckily for me – yay new review bike – I’ve been in absolute love with the new S-Works Stumpjumper FSR EVO 29 – which has been replaced by the standard FSR 29 – and who wouldn’t be? This is a 29’r fans dream bike. Once you strip away the plush, crispness of XX1, the tunability and stability of the Rock Shox PIKE and the Fox Float rear shock, you’re left with one crucial element: geometry…
It is, indeed, always summer somewhere on Earth and SRAM headed down under to New Zealand for a bit of sun chasing…
“We always dream about journeys to places like this, but for most mortals these reveries rarely become a reality. When it was decided that a group of us would spend seven days on the roads and trails of New Zealand’s South Island, hovering largely around the Craigieburn and then Nelson area, most of us were in disbelief until the moment we landed on Kiwi soil.”
Check out some photos by Adrian Marcoux and Sven Martin below.
With Rapha Travel heading to OZ for the Tour Down Under, they contacted one of Australia’s finest framebuilders to create a commemorative road bike. This black, yellow and green Corretto just screams Baum, with Busyman bar tape and Rapha insignia, it’s bound to be someone’s dream bike.
See more at the Baum Flickr!
In the world of custom hardtail mountain bikes, there exist a few key factors that determine shredability. The most important, at least in my opinion, being the head tube angle. Next, is the rear chainstay length and both of which, affect wheelbase and thus how flickable the bike is. I knew I wanted Seth Rosko to build it…
Follow the key measurements, or increments with a solid build kit and you’ve got a hardtail that can behave like a trail bike, under the right rider of course…