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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

Friday
Dec142018

Nicolai Brings You The G1 Not Sure If You Want 650b or 29" It Doesn't Matter Anymore

Finally finished! After one year of work and many tests and optimization we are very proud to present our new Enduro Bike named G1. The completely new designed frame is modular and can be mounted with 27,5 or 29 inch wheels. The adjustment is done by the headset and different screw-in elements, which we call mutators. The round tubes made of high-strength 7020 aluminium underline the puristic appearance. The thicker down tube paired with a lower top tube provides an aggressive look and more legroom. Today we achieve more safety, traction and speed in all situations thanks to the GEOMETRON geometry. With the new EXT damper the suspension reaches a new dimension. All in all, the bike has an unrivalled and incomparably good riding performance. The reason lies in the sum of all the big small details, which we would now like to explain further:

EXT Shock

The new Nicolai G1 and its suspension is the result of co-operation between the manufacturer NICOLAI and two other European specialists, EXTREME Racing Shox and GeoMetron bikes. Italian company EXT are known worldwide in professional racing and motorsports for their high performance suspension and our friend and partner Chris Porter from GeoMetron Bikes is recognised for creating and being at the forefront of the current trends in geometry and kinematics.

Geolution

Tuesday
Dec042018

Santa Cruz Announces The New V-10!

At the 2017 World Cup season opener in Lourdes, Loris Vergier, Luca Shaw, and Greg Minnaar qualified 1, 3, and 6 aboard the ‘controversy machine’—a V10 with a new swingarm rolling on 29-inch wheels.

The clouds broke open before the top qualifiers, soaking the track, and the question of technological supremacy would have to wait…for five weeks, when Greg Minnaar climbed to the top step at Ft. William for the seventh time.

The arms race was on.

Over the next winter, using what we learned during the 2017 race season, we set about designing an entirely new V10—longer reach, better shock rate, and better frame and cable protection. All three frame sizes (and Reserve carbon DH wheels) were designed and manufactured in time for a week of testing before the Ft. William World Cup in 2018. Greg crashed in those sessions, breaking his arm, and effectively ending his season. A few days later, Luca qualified first and Loris third on the new bike. Loris put down a scorcher in the finals that only fellow Frenchman Amaury Pierron could top, but Luca flatted high on course and had to cruise down.

The new school had arrived, and they had new wheels.  

Testing continued throughout the 2018 season, usually in the form of link sets designed to tweak the shock rate or make minor alterations in geometry. We had the big variables figured out, but fine-tuning the suspension under the Syndicate during World Cup season guaranteed regular, high-level feedback and lots of high-stakes puzzling. The result is perhaps the most refined suspension performance available outside of a World Cup pit.

That brings us to now—kind of.

Pairing 29-inch wheels with 215mm of travel makes a juggernaut of a race bike, but racing isn’t everything. Depending on the type of trails or riding style you’re into, breaking out the biggest artillery might not be ideal. Rider height also looms large when deciding which wheel size is optimal and a lot of people may opt for smaller wheels.

So we decided to make a 27.5 V10, too.

No compromises, no gimmicks, no shortcuts—it was designed in parallel to the 29er V10 as an original suspension platform and chassis. The 27.5 bike comes in Small, Medium, and Large, while the 29 comes in Medium, Large, and XL. Make your choice according to your size or riding style, and you’ll be the recipient of every bit of work and puzzling that’s gone into the Syndicate’s race bikes.

The most successful bike in downhill history shows no signs of slowing down.

 

More details for the realest puzzlers:

  • Adjustable chainstay length to optimize front/rear balance
  • Lower leverage rate for optimal shock performance
  • Internal derailleur cable routing on swingarm to protect housing from chain damage
  • Looking for some aftermarket DH wheels? Check out the new Reserve Carbon DH 29 Wheels
  • Want an email when V10s are available at retailers? Sign up here.

Santa Cruz V-10 650B Geometry

Santa Cruz V-10 29r Geometry

Santa Cruz V-10 Builds

Learn more on new The Santa Cruz V-10 here.

Thursday
Oct252018

Trust Introduces The Message Linkage Fork

Years in the making, the Message is the beginning of multi-link front suspension design from Trust Performance. The Message is a mind-blowing reset of what you think a front suspension should do; it’s something you feel the instant you start riding. If we tell you how good we think the Message is, you probably won’t believe us. For us, it’s simple. It’s a lack of chatter, more traction in corners, and predictable steering. It’s a level of small bump compliance that’s usually reserved for elite athletes with world-class, suspension-sponsored race support. It’s a stability under braking that’s usually only possible with jackhammer-hard compression settings.

By employing a trailing multi-link design, the Message allows the front of the bike to realize the benefits the rear has enjoyed for years — an easy actuation feel early in the stroke and progressive ramp through the mid-stroke. The result: ground-hugging traction, increased confidence when pushing through berms and more bottom-out resistance at the end of the travel to handle large impacts and botched landings. Additionally, our linkage design means that the axle path on the Message isn’t forced to travel in-line with the steering axis. Instead, it counteracts the natural steering angle change with a corresponding adjustment in offset. The Message maintains caster through the range of travel, giving you predictable handling in a wider variety of trail conditions.

Our in-house designed twin-tube, thru-shaft damper is securely housed inside a stiff carbon chassis. The chassis design provides unique stiffness and significantly isolates deflection to the linkage portion of the system, virtually eliminating stiction in the damper. A three-way mode adjust provides on-the-fly adjustments to control compression performance. The most notable difference about the Message is its ability to accept multiple 29” and 27.5” disc brake mountain bikes. Because the Message's contour travel and static structure is more versatile than telescopic travel, one product is suitable for a wider range of axle-to-crown lengths and travels. While the Message performs best on 29" and 27.5"+ designed for 110mm to 150mm of travel and 27.5” bikes designed for 130mm to 150mm of travel, you’ll find you can push the limits in either direction with surprising success.

Features

  • Trailing multi-link front suspension
  • 130mm contour travel
  • 1980 grams
  • Full carbon chassis, steerer tube and linkages
  • Three-way mode adjust - Firm, Mid, Open
  • Trust engineered twin-tube, thru-shaft damper
  • Fits both 29/27.5"+ (110-150mm) and 27.5" (130-150mm) bikes
  • Tire widths up to 29 x 2.6” (762 x 66mm) max or 27.5 x 2.8" (744 x 78mm) max
  • Easy setup with air pressure equal to rider weight
  • 535mm axle-to-crown
  • Fits existing mountain bikes with tapered head tube
  • Boost 15x110mm thru axle (or with torque caps)
  • Direct mount 180mm rotor (203mm max)
  • 250 hours between service intervals

Who Is Trust?

If you know us, you know that we’ve built our careers on making the ride better — in finding unconventional solutions to some of the industry’s biggest challenges. We’ve created new standards and set benchmarks for innovation. We’ve been doing things differently for a long time. But it’s never been about being different for different’s sake — it’s always been about generating an effect that improves the overall experience.

DAVE WEAGLE
Founder & Technical Director

He’s been described as a mad scientist, a trendsetter, and a whiffle ball champion; he is the suspension authority, Dave Weagle. His rear suspension designs have more than a few World Championship, World Cup, and EWS Stage wins to their name, which makes him arguably the most qualified bike suspension designer around. So when he emerged from his barn with a wild look in his eye, and a new invention that blew our minds when we rode it, the fuse was lit for Trust Performance to take flight.

Dave oversees Trust's advanced development.

JASON SCHIERS
Co-founder & President

There are composites engineers, there are carbon fiber technicians, and then there’s Jason Schiers. Part anarchist, part artist, Jason has developed a long list of firsts with carbon fiber. Before he set his sights on making the Message a reality, he founded ENVE Composites, which single-handedly proved that carbon fiber mountain bike rims were not only lighter but better.

Jason manages Trust's brand and communication.

HAP SELIGA
Co-founder & CEO

If anyone on earth can be correctly described as a force of nature, Hap Seliga most certainly fits the bill. Equal parts unshakably optimistic and eternally pragmatic, Hap is a ray of sunshine in human form. He co-founded Competitive Cyclist, growing it from a scrappy brick and mortar bike shop into the premier online bike retailer long before internet shopping hit the mainstream.

Hap oversees Trust's sales and operations.

Find out more about Trust at the link below.

TRUST