In a months time the years first big mtb stage race is starting in Spain. Andalucia Bike Race and here’s a nice video with Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos showing how to ride it:
Will this be the year of Specialized S-works bikes with Rock Shox RS-1 forks? Like this Camber:
Or which fork is the thing for 2015? Is it a Marzocchi 320 LCR Carbon that should be lighter than Rock Shox SID and got the super cool Espresso Coating?
It’s not so common but it seems like Marzocchi developed som good forks again.
What will be your dreamfork for XC/AM 2015?
Thought of writing a list about 2014 but this is so much more interesting and a bit history.
Only used hardtails and Cannondale Scalpel and just XC except a test of a boring Lapierre Zesty. But the 4th november 2014 I borrowed my good friend John’s Liteville 301:
130mm travel rear, 100-140mm in front. 27,5″ and 5 years old. It was super fun and a great bike.
Bought John’s frameset for a nice price.
Like a true weightweenie I built it light, 10,04kg trailbike:
Didn’t work all perfect so changed some parts after a while and tuned the bike more right.
Joined CK Henie for their club championship race and ended 4th, best fs and best 27,5″. Making same times as with a Cannondale Flash Ultimate 29″. My Liteville was fast:
Ended at 10,9kg with 150mm fork, Rock Shox Reverb seatpost and a bit other parts:
Was some guys from CK Henie that built the best singletrack I’ve ever ridden downhill. Joined them for a training and KOM hunting. Great time:
Then I moved to Tønsberg, sold my Liteville and Scalpel and got a Trek Remedy 9 27,5″:
The Remedy had a bit modern frame and geometry but was never as fast as the Liteville, not as snappy.
The Remedy is sold, I’m working at a Specialized Concept Store but can never stop thinking of Liteville 301. Like their Marathon model they presented at Eurobike and is available to buy for 4850€ now.
It’s not in carbon, it’s not the lightest, not cheap, not same wheelsize (29″ front, 27,5″ rear), not a cool brand worth extra, not oversize pressfit bottom bracket. It’s just good. That’s the most important thing that many people misses and just get’s the coolest, best brand, best parts without knowing how it rides. Like saying 29er wheels are too big until you tried a Specialized Enduro 29er.
I wrote a long post about this bike, it always have a place in my heart and it will always be in my mind getting a new bike. Thinking outside the box and really getting the bike that feels right.
Sram got a new 29er wheelset. Carbon fibre tubular rims at 325g and their new hubs with the option so use their new 27mm Predictive Steering axle:
And then the biggest news from the Sram group. Rock Shox RS-1 inverted fork is now released:
Only for 29″ at the moment
New Accelerator damper
Predictive Steering axle.
So to explain it easy it’s a Lefty with two legs and without needle bearings. Cost over 300€ more and is over 400g heavier. I don’t really understand. It also needs a new special hub with the 27mm Predictive Steering axle to stiffen things up. Much more choices for Lefty 😉 Here is a video about it:
And more info: Bikeradar