It’s getting closer 26″ vs 29″

Biggest complain about 29ers have been weight but now it’s getting closer to the older 26″. A 26″ full suspension that where used in races was Cannondale Scalpel, I had one at 7,98kg:

Eliflap who built the role model built this one at just 7,59kg:

Now there is riders using the new 29er Scalpel, Scott spark BMC fs… but no other bike has been as successful as Specialized Epic.

So here we have a really light Specialized Epic World Cup 2015:

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8,5kg with paint 😉 but without bottle cage.

When are we getting 29er full suspensionbikes under 8kg?

Shimano XTR Di2 9050

Shimano has released their new electronic groupset for mtb:

Available as 1×11, 2×11 or 3×11 gearing with a 11-40T cassette. Just like normal new XTR 9000.

The parts is a rear and front derailleur as for road. A battery mount to hold the seatpostbattery as it’s harder to integrate a battery on a mtb. Then you got a display showing gearing, battery and suspension setting if it’s used together with FOX Di2 dampers.

The biggest new thing is the lever:

No matter how many chainrings you have in front you only need one lever. It has a synchronized gearing so calculate if it needs to change in front, rear or both to come to next gear. The system gives standard 15 gears with 3×11 and 13 gears with 2×11. If you don’t like the standard configuration you can change it in the E-Tube program on your computer. Pretty cool but how good it is I don’t know.

Another cool thing is that PRO is coming with handlebars and stems made for Di2 so junctionbox inside the stem and cables inside the handlebar. Clean.

Weights:

Front derailleur for 2×11: 117g

Rear derailleur: 289g long cage

Lever: 64g/lever

Formula R1 Racing 2014

Formula R1 Racing sits pretty tight to the rotor but when it’s perfect it’s the best brake available I think, and lightest. But the lever is far from the handlebar compared to a Avid Elixir brakes, not the best for us with small hands. But Formula thought of that too when they upgraded the brakeset. For 2014 is even lighter, more compact so closer to the handlebar and awesome enough to be the brake to have, on all mtb’s.

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R2-bike got 25 sets. Can you buy them all before I’m getting money to buy a pair?

Norco 650b

Many brands coming with 650b all mountain bikes with around 150mm travel. Like Rocky Mountain Altitude and this Norco Sight carbon with 140mm:

Cool thing with this is that it talks about a XX1frame without front derailleur moutns, serious. Then the category I think is missing and dreaming of Cannondale to find. 120-130mm like the Norco Fluid alu with 120mm:

Think a Cannondale Trigger with 650b, 120/70mm travel rear and 130 in front. Just good speced because at the moment even the Trigger Carbon 2 makes me want to have a Trigger. But it says that it’s too tight for 650b so went with a Liteville 301.

But back to Norco. The go all the way and wants to beat Scott Scale 710 with a Norco Revolver, just shot them all down from the podium?

Sub 1000g hardtail frame. Seems pretty nice. More about them here: Bikerumor

 

Formula Customisation

Maybe you’re getting tired on the red parts on your brakes, or black or gold or whatever. Maybe you would like less colors on your bike or more colors. Maybe you want your bike more personal, more awesome and more you. Then you can customize your brakes with different bolt colors and the cool thing. Different colors on the Caliper Cap that is usually red (like everything that supposed to be light usually is) and instead going blue?

 

or some other color. As Italians know design, know color they provide it. Not always best looking but always looking and now it’s up to you do decide how good your brake will look for 2013. Parts you can find here for example: Mountainbikebitz

Silverback Scalera

Sometimes you can feel that it’s just to many bikemodels on the market, and many of them looks the same, same features and maybe same frame, just different paint and price depending on brand. But you can also find the odd, cool bikes. Like Silverbacks new Scalera and specially the topmodel Scalera Pro with Shimano disc brakes:

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Look compact and straight. Made for better aero but not with to much materials. Toptube is really flat and a sleek look with disc brakes. Frameweight around 1000g isn’t so special but like it. What do you think? You can watch Bikeradar interviewing Silverback about it and their 27,5″ mtb here: