Archive for August, 2013

2014 Transition bikes Sneak Peak from Eurobike!

Since it’s officially Day 1 at Eurobike, We thought we would give our real fans a lil sneak peak before the gates opened on what we’ve been working on this year. A few of the new models we are unveiling including the only Prototype of the completely redesigned TR450 with a fresh ANVL Components trim kit!

Stay tune for more updates!

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Bike Checks: New Build on a Cove Hummer Ti!

We will be featuring bikes that are build at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete set up!

Bike Checks on a Titus Cove Hummer Ti!
A hard tail bike isn’t light enough? The Cove Hummer Ti is even lighter!

We do provide Race Shield protections on your bikes with additional cost on the labour charges too!

Read on..


Complete build of a Cove Hummer Ti.


Upfront of the complete set up.


Xfusion Velvet for the shock.


15QR for the stiffer front end.


The Ti finish head badge.


Cockpit with Shimano XTR shifter and brakes.


Servo Wave technology on the XTR.


Front drive train with Shimano XTR crankset.


Rear transmission with Shimano XTR shadow rear derailleur and cassette.


Hope pro 2 evos hubs with ZTR flow rims.


Cooling fin in the Shimano XTR caliper.


The Hummer.


Fizik Ti rail saddle and Thomson Elite seatpost.

Components List
Frame: Cove Hummer Titanium Medium
Fork: XFushion VelVet RL
Headset: Chris King Nothreadset
Wheels: Hope Pro 2 Evo hubs on ZTR Flow rim and DT Swiss DB spokes
Tires: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.25 Front and Rear
Bar: Ragley Wiser riser bar
Grip: Soft Grip
Crank: Shimano XTR crankset in 175mm
Brake: Shimano XTR Disc Brakes
Rotor: Braking 180mm front and 160mm rear
Stem: Point One 31.8 clamp diameter stem
Seatpost: Thomson Elite Seatpost
Pedal: Shimano XTR SPD pedals
Cassette: Shimano XTR 11t – 34t
Shifters: Shimnano XTR Shifters
Rear derailleur: Shimano XTR Shadow
Front derailleur: Shinao XTR
Chain Guide Device: Nil
Chain: Shimano XTR chain

Stay tune for more upcoming new builds and bike checks!

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Pivot’s All-New Mach 6: Any shock down the road!

While the new Pivot Mach 6 uses the dw-link rear suspension, this version is optimized for longer travel and signals a big departure that isn’t like anything else in the current Pivot line. Designed around the use of 27.5-inch wheels, it is built with the singular purpose of riding high-speed aggressive terrain (both up and down). The Mach 6 features a new generation of the long travel dw-link design. That rear suspension delivers 6.1-inches of travel, a 13.6-inch bottom bracket height, longer top tubes, lower standover, and a 66 degrees head tube angle, built around a carbon frame.

Little touches you expect from Pivot include internal top tube cable routing, internal dropper post routing and ISCG 05 tabs.

FEATURES:

  • 6.1-inches travel from the next generation dw-link suspension design with position-sensitive anti-squat.
  • All New upper linkage design provides additional control over the suspension curve.
  • This new Mach 6 linkage design also eliminates the rear shock bushing; replacing it with two large Enduro max cartridge bearings. This is compatible with most shocks so it does not require a proprietary shock design.
  • The new Mach 6 linkage design was one of the keys to achieving short 16.9-inch chainstays and 6.1 inches of rear travel while clearing 27.5” X 2.35” tires.
  • Pivot exclusive hollow box, high-compression internal molding technology.
  • Pivot specific, custom tuned Fox Float or Float X CTD shock technology.
  • Internal top tube shift cable routing and down tube dropper seat post routing.
  • Rubberized leather chainstay, inner seat stay, and down tube protectors.
  • 142mm X 12mm thru-axle, ISCG05 tabs, Press Fit 92BB, direct mount front derailleur, post mount brake tabs.

This is a very cool trick. By rotating the shock body (1), Pivot connects it to a wishbone link (2) to the dw-link rear suspension (3). Where other designs have used a similar link, it required a proprietary shock (a shock designed just for one model). Pivot’s trick, one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas, allows the Mach 6 owner the freedom to swap to pretty much any production shock down the road.

Available in stores soon.

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Bike Checks: New Build on a Titus Motolite TI EXO!

We will be featuring bikes that are build at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete set up!

Bike Checks on a Titus Motolite TI EXO!
A legend Motolite frame with Titanium and Carbon bits from the USA.

We do provide Race Shield protections on your bikes with additional cost on the labour charges too!

Read on..


Complete build of the Titus Motolite TI EXO.


Upfront of the complete build.


Front damper with Fox Float.


Shimano XTR crankset and SPD for the pedaling.


Rear transmission with Shimano XTR rear derailleur and cassette.


Wheels on Chris King hubs.


Hope tech brakes and floating rotors.


Chris King ceramic bottom bracket.


The Titanium EXO gride carbon.


Cockpit with Shimano XTR shifter and Hope tech brakes.


Titus USA head badge.

Components List
Frame: 2010 Titus Motolite TI EXO Medium
Fork: 2010 Fox 32 Float RLC
Headset: Chris King Nothreadset
Wheels: Chris King hubs on DT Swiss XR4.2D rim and Wheelsmith DB14 spokes
Tires: Continental Race King 2.2 Race Sport Front and Rear
Bar: Easton Monkey Lite riser bar
Grip: Spank lock on Grip
Crank: Shimano XTR crankset in 175mm
Brake: Hope Tech Disc Brakes
Rotor: Hope Tech Floating Disc 180mm front and rear
Stem: Thomson Elite 25.4mm clamp diameter stem
Seatpost: Thomson Elite Seatpost
Pedal: Shimano XTR SPD pedals
Cassette: Shimano XTR 11t – 34t
Shifters: Shimnano XTR Shifters
Rear derailleur: Shimano XTR Shadow
Front derailleur: Shinao XTR
Chain Guide Device: Nil
Chain: KMC X9 SL gold chain

Stay tune for more upcoming new builds and bike checks!

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Bike Checks: New Build on a Transition TR250!

We will be featuring bikes that are build at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete set up!

Bike Checks on a Transition TR250!
Free ridding with a DH platform.

We do provide Race Shield protections on your bikes with additional cost on the labour charges too!

Read on..


Complete bike of the Transition TR250.


Upfront of the build.


FSA tapered headset.


Shimano Saint hubs.


MRP Min G2SL chain guide with Shimano Saint crankset.


Shimano XT rear derailleur.


Rear Hope hubs.


The one and only TR250 linkage for the aggressive feel.


Avid juicy 7 brakes for the stopping.


Fox DHX RC4 rear shock.


Details on the decals.


Marzocchi 888 fork.

Components List
Frame: 2013 Transition TR250 Medium
Fork: 2006 Marzocchi 888 RC
Headset: FSA tapered sealed headset
Wheels: Front Saint hubs with Rear Hope hubs on Mavic 729 and DT Swiss competition spokes
Tires: Intense 909 2.5 Front and Rear
Bar: Truvativ riser bar
Grip: ODI Ruffian lock on Grip
Crank: Shimano Saint single ring crankset in 170mm
Brake: Avid Juicy 7 Disc Brakes
Rotor: Shimano Saint front 203mm centerlock and Hayes V8 rear 203 6 bolt rotor
Stem: Direct mount stem 31.8mm clamp diameter stem
Seatpost: Titec Seatpost
Pedal: Atomlab Trailking pedals
Cassette: Sram 11t – 25t
Shifters: Sram Shifters
Rear derailleur: Shimano XT
Front derailleur: Nil
Chain Guide Device: MRP Mini G2SL
Chain: KMC 9 speed chain

Stay tune for more upcoming new builds and bike checks!

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Pivot’s New DH Bike!

Pivot team manager and DH Pro Bernard Kerr received the first production version of their 2014 frame – air-freighted from the factory – and it is a huge departure from the Phoenix it will soon replace. Bernard built it up immediately and was returning from his first hot lap on the bike when we caught up with him. The new chassis is designed specifically around 27.5 inch wheels, for starters, and it features X-Fusion suspension front and rear. Bernard said the graphics and component spec was not production and that Pivot was still settling on a proper name for the bike. He was impressed with the bike’s performance from the start and was keen to get back on the mountain. The following is as much of the story as we could piece together in the brief time we had to get some spy photos.


The profile of Pivot’s new DH bike is much simpler than that of the Phoenix. The dual-link rear suspension is retained, but the shock is now driven by a large yoke and mounts to the down tube instead of at the bottom bracket junction, presumably to flatten out the suspension’s leverage curve. The long-stroke X-Fusion Vector HLR shock suggests that the suspension also has a lower leverage rate than the Phoenix as well.

What We Know About the Frame Design

The new chassis is longer, lower and slacker than its predecessor. Reportedly, the top tube is a half-inch longer, the bottom bracket is slightly lower than the Phoenix, and the head angle is slacked out to 62-degrees. The seat tube is a stub, welded to a large, two-piece welded forging that carries the pivot locations for the rear suspension and also forms the bottom bracket shell. Pivot pioneered the technique of manufacturing critical parts of the frame from thin, matching halves that are then welded together to form a lightweight structure with precise locations for key components. The dropouts are bolted to the rear suspension and the left-side dropout incorporates the brake caliper mount – all suggesting that a 26-inch-wheel option may be available in the form of a different shock and dropout combination. The through-axle screws into a machined nut on the drive side that also integrates the derailleur hanger. Up front, the tapered head tube has no form of adjustable cup, which seems to be a growing trend now that slack steering geometry has moved from trend to science. Cable routing is external, but all cables and hoses run cleanly through a tunnel on the down tube formed by the shock mount. As a nod to the future, the down tube has a port to route a Reverb Stealth-type dropper seatpost.


(Clockwise) A look at new DH bike’s oversized suspension linkage. No news on the bearing strategy, although Pivot is a fan of large ball bearings and wide, rigid pivot locations. Unlike the similar yoke setup that Specialized uses, which requires a dedicated shock, Pivot’s yoke arrangement attaches to a conventional shock eye, which means that the customer has more options for future upgrades. The last run of derailleur housing is routed through the right chainstay to keep it out of trouble. The bolt-on dropout incorporates the brake caliper mount.

Suspension Notes

Mechanically, the suspension linkage creates an instant center that is high and forward at the beginning of the suspension travel, suggesting that the new configuration is intended to perform better than its predecessor on square-edged bumps. Rear travel is listed as 207 millimeters. The nature of the suspension curves was not known, but the bike feels very plush through the first half of its travel. X-fusion is the suspension sponsor of the Pivot Team, so we got an up close and personal look at the new RV1 DH fork. The lowers looked like production items, although both crowns were CNC-machined prototypes – a tipoff that the fork offset was adjusted for 27.5-inch wheels at the crown and not by altering the dropout castings. Bernard says that he and the other team members have been impressed with the performance of X-Fusion’s shock and fork, and also by the support that the X-Fusion factory has provided them.


A few details of the X-Fusion RV1 DH fork showing the prototype machined crowns. Spank Components is a co-sponsor of the team, so the direct-mount stem, handlebar and prototype DH rims were all Spank’s Spike-level items.

We were not told who was going to be racing the new Pivot – either Austin Warren or Bernard Kerr – but from all accounts, the bike is ready to do battle in its present form, and with Whistler’s trail network in rougher shape than it normally is at this time of the year, the big wheels should play a supporting role in the race this weekend. Pinkbike will keep you updated as we get more information on Pivot’s new DH weapon. – RC

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Cratoni MTB Helmets are in!!

2013 Cratoni C-Blaze Helmet
Our C-BLAZE is characterized by an attractive prize performance ratio and an outstanding finish. Perfect fit and wearing comfort is achieved through our reliable 360° adjustment system and additional height adjustment sidewards.

2013 Cratoni C-Smart Helmet
The advantages of this all-round helmet become clear when it is worn. The Cratoni C-Smart Mountain Bike Helmet impresses with the high level of comfort and the extremely streamlined design. That certain look of understatement in elegant colours makes this light helmet an ideal companion for travel in urban areas or a weekend trip on a trekking bike.

2013 Cratoni C-Stream Helmet
12 air vents, Inmold construction, a removable visor and an insect protective net speak for itself. Due to our 360° adjustment system and the additional available XXL size (59–65 cm) perfect fit is guaranteed. A particular feature of the C-STREAM is its already mounted rear light with a transparent cover against rain and dirt.

2013 Cratoni C-Tracer Cycle Helmet
The C-Tracer is THE alternative for ambitions hobby-bikers with an unbeatable prize. 21 oversized vents, detachable visor and state-of-the art design make the C-Tracer an ideal companion on your way to the peak. High quality Coolmax® pads allow optimal wearing comfort also on the way back to the valley.

2013 Cratoni Rocket Helmet
The ROCKET is one of the lightest Mountainbike helmets CRATONI has ever developed. The fact alone makes the helmet the first choice for demanding cross country and marathon bikers. Mountain bikers can keep a cool head on hard climbs thanks to the good ventilation performance and the breathable COOLMAX inner lining. A polycarbonate reinforcement at the rear of the helmet make up for additional safety. The style and hip design follow current trends to strike the right tone among mountain bike enthusiasts.

Grab yours in stores now!

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