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Monday
Sep092019

Pivot Cycles Announces The Phoenix 29

 

The Phoenix 29 rises from the success of its predecessor to be the next evolution in downhill speed and performance.  Working alongside the Factory Race Team, our engineers started with a blank sheet of paper in order to build the downhill rig of their dreams. Everything needed to change – chassis, geometry, suspension design, and of course, wheel size. The team wanted an ultra-fast, low slung speed machine that’s ready to blaze down the gnarliest of World Cup tracks. It also needed to be capable of sending it big on countless bike park laps. Well, we have good news – you don’t have to dream. The Phoenix 29 is real. And it’s really fast.

Geometry

From the wide-open ski slopes of Les Gets to the treacherously steep roots and rocks of Val di Sole, the Phoenix 29 let our Factory Race Team push their personal limits like nothing else. That’s because from day one our race team was highly involved with the Phoenix 29 design. Working closely with our engineering team, the racers provide direct feedback after testing prototypes in the best way possible: World Cup racing. Initial goals of keeping the ride feel as similar to the 27.5 version they loved so much were quickly superseded with advancing a bike that is even better. The Phoenix 29 is quite simply the fastest, most capable World Cup DH bike on the planet.

The legendary performance of dw-link suspension is now packaged in a lower, more compact 190mm travel design. This increases overall stiffness, lowers the center of gravity, and looks rad. A short upper link also plays nice with both coil and air shocks by reducing side loads and overall friction in the system. We’ve always offered a wide range of sizes in our bikes and this linkage layout allows the same on the Phoenix 29. Standover height is even lower than the 27.5 model, and it’s available in sizes ranging from S-XL. Riders of all heights and genders can get sendy and feel the raw speed of a Phoenix 29.

Without a doubt, 29er wheels roll faster, smooth out rough courses and carry a ridiculous amount of momentum. They offer improved tracking and braking in turns too. Short 17” (44.3mm) chainstays add ‘playful’, ‘flickable’ and ‘manuals for days’ to its repertoire. This makes it incredibly fun in a bike park, and extremely quick in tight, technical wooded sections. Whether it’s your job to win races at the highest level or you want to session the bike park with friends, the Phoenix 29 is insanely fun and always fast.

We sweat the small details so you can ride fast and work less. The frame has a low Q-factor design that can run trail bike width cranks for cornering pedal clearance. A Pivot innovated Super Boost Plus rear hub enhances rear wheel stiffness and durability too. And when the time comes to work on the Phoenix, our cable port system with integrated fork bumpers makes routine maintenance easy peasy. Not only does the new linkage layout makes shock swaps a snap, but you’ll have to service them less often as well. Painstaking attention to detail is just one of the many factors that make the Phoenix 29 the most advanced DH race bike we’ve ever created.

More about the Pivot Phoenix 29

Thursday
Jul112019

Scott Introduces The Gambler Tuned

The all NEW Gambler Tuned was designed for one thing and one thing only, pure, unadulterated speed. We made it to get you to take lines you’d never thought imaginable, to make you want to go to the bathroom before your race run - twice. We made it so that when you drop out of the start gate, the only aspect holding you back will be, well, you. Taking years of racing development and mixing it with our carbon expertise, this bike is our answer to the needs of white-knuckle downhill racing.

Adjustability

Our downhill bikes have always pushed the boundaries of adjustability. Both a rider and a bike need to be able to adapt to tracks, weather conditions and choice of shock (air or coil.) The new Gambler allows you to switch between wheelsizes without changing any other components on the bike.

Chain stay length can also be adjusted, independent of wheelsize choice. Short with 29”, sure thing. Long with 27.5? Yep, that too. The Gambler also comes with spare angled headset cups, so that you can adjust head angle relative to wheelsize, fork choice etc.

We also have a 4-way chip to allow not only bottom bracket height adjustment relative to wheelsize, but more importantly for geometry/kinematic tweaks depending on tracks, shocks or rider preference. We want the bike to be optimizable for each shock and rider given the track.

All this adjustment allows us to focus on balance. And by balance, we mean on the perfect combinations to find traction. Geometry and shock curve options help get a rider’s center of mass in the perfect spot between the wheels for optimum levels of balance and traction. However, as race tracks change, this balance point changes, and not all bikes can change with it – we wanted to be able to do so.

For instance, a bike with geometry for a steep track will roll slowly and push wide in turns on a flatter track, whereas a bike set up for flatter tracks will make it difficult for a rider to keep their center of gravity far enough back for steep tracks.

Geometry

Compared to previous Gambler platforms, we now offer 4 sizes – S, M, L and XL. All sizes have been upsized and modernized with regards to geometry, providing an option for riders of all sizes. We don’t need to tell you any more about how the bike’s geometry is dialed for the job it has, but we do have some interesting points to mention. Saddle position is often very critical for racers, especially shorter ones. If a saddle that CAN give enough extra tire clearance to lower, or slide back the saddle by 10mm, it can make a huge difference. With the Gambler, we steepened the seat tube angle on the small and medium sized frames, which allows smaller riders to keep their saddle low and to avoid the dreaded tire buzz. For larger riders, we made sure to keep the saddle out of the leg area leaving riders free to move around in the air, in corners etc.

SCOTT GAMBLER TUNED

Tuesday
Jul092019

Zerode Announces The All New 29" Katipo

We didn’t hold back on this one.

Re-think what you thought you were capable of on a bike, this big wheeled weapon will infect you with a dangerous amount of confidence and leave you waiting for your mates at the bottom of the trail.

It’s been a long time coming and for good reason. We have meticulously poured ourselves into every detail of this beauty. It is through and through a manifestation of the philosophy that guides us at Zerode - to give you the best possible riding experience.

Slack? Yes. Long? Yes. Capable? F*** yes.

With a 64° head angle, 160mm front and rear travel and 29” wheels the Katipo is ready to inspire your confidence and make you ride the best you ever have.

Built around the Pinion Gearbox system, the Katipo has a number of benefits (not just features) that will give you the best possible riding experience.

The Katipo features our Custom / er build, so choose the components you want to complement two striking new colorways.

Zerode Katipo Geometry

Zerode Katipo Specs

TRAVEL: 160mm
FRAME: Carbon Fibre with Internal cable routing for dropper post
WHEEL SIZE: 29”
SEATPOST: 31.6mm
SEATPOST CLAMP: 34.9mm
REAR SHOCK: 230mm eye to eye x 65mm stroke (160mm)
22.2mm x 8mm reducer
HEADSET: 44mm top/56mm bottom
BRAKE MOUNT:  160mm Post
DRIVETRAIN: Pinion C.Line gearbox
REAR HUB: Wide Flange Single Speed 142mm x 12mm 

Find out more about The Zerode Katipo 29" 

Wednesday
Mar272019

YT Announces The Decoy E-Bike Line

Forchheim, Germany: With the DECOY bike manufacturer YT Industries brings their first E - MTB to the market and pro ves that the brand can also build toys with batteries that own the steeze. With an iconic design, innovative technologies and an unbeatable performance on the trail , YT interprets the E - MTB topic in its very own way and guarantees customers even more fun while riding.

Three models of the DECOY can be pre - ordered from today on via the webshop www.yt - industries.com . T he fir st batch will be available mid of M ay. An E - MTB from YT? Seriously? Those don’t g o together. Forget about it! Whoever thinks that E - MTBs are for old or lazy people has really missed the boat. Until now! The drop of the brand new DECOY will be a wake up call even for the hardest doubters, will demonstrate the mountainbike world what's possible with an E - MTB and that they are incredibly fun to ride. And for that reason alone they are a perfect fit for YT.

“ It's like downhill with a built - in shuttle" The DECOY opens up a new world of mountain biking. It lets you go further and discover new trails that you would never have ridden before, and it also lets you really make the most of your time on the bike – all of which means more fun. With the DECOY you will mast er climbs that you have never even attempted with another mountain bike, promised!

It's a YT: downhill - genes uncaged An E - MTB from YT must first and foremost be able to prove itself worthy of its downhill genes. That's why, just like on all bikes, YT relies on their proven and award - winning V4L (Virtual 4 Link) rear suspension linkage t hat literally sticks your bike to the ground, but still has enough pop to launch off every root and enjoy the airtime. The 165 mm of rear travel combined with our new - school geometry creates a trail weapon with extra power, the likes of which you have neve r seen before. Additionally, YT have minimized the pedal kick - back to avoid any negative influences on the suspension action.

New - School - Geometr y unites ergonomics and performance The geometry of the DECOY delivers consistent performance on long rides and on every trail, whether uphill, downhill, technical or steep. The steep seat tube angle and the long chainstays ensure awesome climbing performance while the slack head angle settl es the bike’s handling and gives you a feeling of control when things get steep and fast. The dynamic reach balances the bike perfectly and makes sure the overall length is kept in check. As a result, the center of gravity is deep and leaves you feeling li ke you’re sitting in the bike, with a perfect mix of stability and agility at your disposal. The Flip Chip lets you adjust the BB height as well as the head tube and seat tube angles to adapt the geometry to your preferences and your type of terrain.

YT Decoy Geometry


Technical features: creative solutions The 540 Wh battery of the DECOY is YTs own development. For dependable performance and long lasting power, it comes with thirty battery cells of the very latest technology – in fact the very same type of cells that Tesla features in their cars. The battery is fully integrated in the downtube, held in place by two dedicated bolts and can be charged both on and off the bike. Powering the 250 watts Shimano STEPS E8000 engine the DECOY masters even the steepest trails. The eng ine runs silent, is one of the lightest engines on the market (2.8 kg) and, thanks to its slim design, is ideally integrated into the frame. The lightweight and compact Shimano STEPS E7000 display lets you choose between three support modes and achieve a r ange of about 100 km (Eco) with the DECOY. As usual, YT also put a lot of love into the details that really make the difference. Technical features such as internal cable routing, double - sealed bearings and integrated frame protection not only emphasize th e high quality standards of the brand, but also simplify the handling and maintenance of the bike and extend the lifetime of the DECOY.

29” & 27,5”: Best of both wheels Just like on a motocross, the DECOY makes use of two different wheelsizes on the same bike – the best of two worlds. The 27.5” rear wheel is fitted with a 2.8” tire that can be run with lower pressure without becoming unstable, which creates a larger contact patch that in re turn generates massive grip. Up front, the 29” wheel with its 2.4” tire is sharp and direct enough to let you carve through every turn with precision.

Progressive design Design plays an important role in the development of new models at YT. Just look at the DECOY: With the E - Enduro you can join any group of mountain bikers without sticking out like a sore thumb. It just looks damn good! The design language is progressive, clean and expresses perfectly both the technological competence and the high quality standards of the brand. From the integrated recharg eable battery to the volume - matched tube sets, the compact display and the material and color design: The DECOY bears the distinctive signature of the YT designers, both inside and out, and thus blends in optically with the existing YT range.

DECOY range Three built kits of the DECOY are available, each in five frame sizes from S to XXL. Every model is equipped with YTs custom 540 Wh battery, Shimano's STEPS E8000 engine and E7000 display.

CF Pro Race At the very top of the range, the DECOY CF Pro Race is the right choice if you are looking for a lightweight E - MTB with high - end components, and maximum adjustability. The FOX 36 Float Factory 29” E - Bike+ fork featuring 160 mm of travel and the FOX Float X2 Factory are Kashima - coated and offer first - class d amping, control, and adjustability. The electronic XT Di2 transmission provides lightning quick and precise shifting across the 11 gears of the e*thirteen TRS Plus cassette. The lightweight e*spec Race carbon wheels keep the weight down while ensuring stab ility, traction and security at the same time thanks to the 29”/27.5” size combo. SRAM’s powerful Code RSC brakes have been paired up with 200 mm Centerline rotors to guarantee the best possible braking performance, while the seamlessly adjustable FOX Tran sfer Factory dropper post and Renthal’s 800 mm wide Fatbar 35 handlebar round out this top - shelf build in style.

CF Pro The DECOY CF Pro is equipped with the high - performance FOX 36 Float Performance Elite 29“ E - Bike+ fork with 160 mm of travel as well as the FOX Float DPX2 Performance Elite shock. The Shimano XT transmission ensures precise shifting across the wide - range, 9 - 46T TRS Plus cassette from e*thirteen, while SRAM’s Code RS brakes provide reliable stopping power in any situation. E*thirteen‘s e*s pec Plus wheels deliver speed, stability, traction and security at the same time thanks to the 29”/27.5” size combo. The SDG Tellis dropper post and the 800 mm Renthal Fatbar 35 complete the build of the CF Pro and make it the right choice for those who ar e looking for an E - MTB with a high - performance motor as well as high - end components, but who prefer mechanical shifting.

CF Base The DECOY CF Base marks the entry into the YT E - MTB category. Featuring a carbon main triangle with an aluminum rear end, the CF Base comes equipped with the RockShox Yari RC 29” DebonAir E - MTB fork with 160 mm of travel and the RockShox Deluxe R shock. Th e XT transmission from Shimano ensures precise shifting, while the SRAM Code R brakes with their 200 mm Centerline rotors can always be counted on to slow you down when you need to. Up front, the DT SWISS HI900 SPLINE wheels in 29” size bring speed and sta bility, while the 27.5” Plus version out back provides extra traction and security. The SDG Tellis dropper post and the 800 mm Race Face Aeffect R 35 handlebar complete the DECOY CF Base build.

Sounds to o good to be true? Just watch the riding edit of Y T team rider Adolf Silva who teamed up with Rupert Walker. No more words needed

 YT DECOY

Wednesday
Jan302019

Guerrilla Gravity Is Going Carbon in 2019!!!

Here at Guerrilla Gravity, we dream big. Driven by our mission to “make mountain biking more awesome,” we’re always looking for better ways to do things. We've always stood true to our values of efficiently building tough, easy to work on, and fun to ride bikes. Our testing and personal ride preferences lent themselves to the qualities of steel and aluminum while keeping our eye on material advancements being adopted by the bike industry, notably carbon fiber.

While incremental advancements were made, carbon fiber still had many pitfalls like cost, durability, and environmental impact. So we got to thinking… how can we design and manufacture a mountain bike that blends the best qualities of aluminum and steel with the best qualities of carbon?

The requirements

This question led us on an arduous three-year journey, guided by three key requirements:

  1. Tough. After all, what good is a bike you’re afraid to shred on?
  2. Efficient. This sport is expensive enough as it is, and we don’t want to contribute to pricing riders out of badass bikes.
  3. Made in America. Because it matters.

 

These efforts culminated in the development of our proprietary Revved™ Carbon Technology. Revved combines the next generation of frame material and our new, patent-pending manufacturing process that is all made right here in the USA, exclusively by Guerrilla Gravity.

We never thought this was going to be easy. Building a production line from scratch without a rule book has been a monumental challenge filled with late nights, precise planning, and a lot of good-old-fashioned grit. 

In the amount of time it’s taken us to develop this material and manufacturing process, we could have contracted an overseas factory to cut molds, make prototypes, and build production-ready bikes in the traditional carbon fiber methods. But that’s not how we roll at Guerrilla Gravity. We found a better way to make bikes and got to work.

In a world where new model years only see nominal gains accompanied by rising costs, Revved will kick off a revolution of making mountain biking more awesome for more people. A world where carbon fiber performance isn’t a badge of exclusivity but a welcome invitation to every one of you that wants to ride harder. 

From everyone at the Guerrilla Gravity Team, we can’t wait to show you what’s possible with Revved Carbon Technology.

 Check out more over at The GG Website