Zerode bikes came to market offering a downhill bike with a high pivot and a modified Shimano Alfine located just above the BB. The bike proved to offer incredible bump absorption, pedalling ability and great reliability. Now 6 years later Zerode is about ready to launch The Taniwha a 160mm travel all carbon trail bike that is using a 12spd Pinion at the BB. The bike went away from the high pivot model to help keep it lively and is now using a modified Single Pivot with a link up high above the rear hub on the stays. Keeping the chain line constant will help to make the bike maintain a constant pedaling platform throughout the travel.
The Evil Calling
Have you ever wanted a bike that wasn’t like a bike at all? More like your favourite snowboard, or your funnest surfboard, the one that catches all the waves or trashes [pillow] lines faster than Kate Moss in the '90s. The Calling is your answer. This bike-shaped-skateboard has enough travel to keep you honest, while encouraging you to irresponsibly hit every extra-credit line on the trail.
Wilderness Trail Bikes has been around a long time. They came to creation in Marin county what many consider to be the possible birthplace of Mountain Biking. The scene in the late 1970's and early 1980's was much different in Marin. The times have changed and WTB has evolved and is now making tires, saddles, grips and their own rims. We gave them a call to get a some tires to test out. Our terrain is about 85% rock with spatterings of soil the dusty kind with no traction and marbled out high speed loose trails with no berms. It takes a hell of a tire to perform well in San Luis Obispo. Using a semi slick on the back helps get me up the hill a bit easier so The Riddler was the rear tire we chose to use first.
The mountain bike market as we know it has changed and become much more specialized over the last five years. Bikes are now broken down into very specific categories and the only bike that now seems to cover two genres is the Enduro bike. It is a climber as well as a descender with a stronger emphasis on going down.