WHERE WE WERE AND WHERE WE ARE; THE TRAIL HELMET

MY TROY LEE EDGE COMP. IT SERVED ME WELL.
MY TROY LEE EDGE COMP.
IT SERVED ME WELL.

When I look back at all my years of mountain bike riding and racing I have done, then come across something I have kept as a memento from my early days, it makes me think just how far we have progressed with bikes, parts, and riding gear.
While reorganizing my mountain bike area of my garage I came across my first DH helmet. This was one of Troy Lee Designs first helmets that he brought out, sort of, but he did and it was the “Sh_t to have” (read on).
After strolling through memory lane in my mind of those fun DH days, it made me think about what this helmet resembles or more about what it represents today. There’s no way this would be close to a DH helmet by today’s standard. Then it hits me! It’s more like an Enduro or All-Mountain helmet.

THE FUTURE IN THE PAST
It was called the EDGE Comp, but what most of you out there may not know is, the Edge Comp started life with a well-known helmet company. My guess is they thought their name would make the sales in mountain biking, but as we all know this may not be the case and back in the early days of mountain biking this really didn’t work to often by name and reputation alone.

FULL REMOVABLE CHINBAR PROTECTION WITH ONLY FOUR SCREWS
FULL REMOVABLE CHINBAR PROTECTION WITH ONLY FOUR SCREWS

Shoei Helmets brought out their first mountain bike helmet with no chin bar at the time, it was a new cool style XC helmet. Something way different then the traditional XC helmet (which had about as much style as an all foam helmet from KMART).
We go back to 1990, Shoei helmets (big in the moto market) thought to break into the MTB market, calling the new helmet the RC3 it came with no removable chin bar (like the TLD Comp) and looking to capture the XC crowd by storm Shoei was heading in the right direction, or so they thought.
Shoei knowing Troy Lee for being a leading graphics painter in Moto race circles, thought Troy Lee could do something with it, spice it up a bit, make it look COOOOOL.
Troy Lee recognized the potential with the helmet. He tweaked the peak, added a decal graphics package with it so you could make it cool and “BAM” you have a seller.
BIG VENTS KEPT YOU COOL UNDER PRESSURE.
BIG VENTS KEPT YOU COOL UNDER PRESSURE.

Next you have some of the top pro riders at the time wear it, BAM!! Pros loved this helmet, Troy Lee eventually acquired the rights to the RC3 and Troy Lee called it the Edge Comp.
With Downhill becoming more and more popular in the mid 90’s, Troy Lee saw the need for more protection. At this point he added a chinbar that could be removed simply by unscrewing the four screws. suddenly you have the best of both worlds, a DH helmet or an open face XC helmet.
Something we call All-Mountain, Trail, or Enduro helmets today.

THE FUTURE NOW
I started noticing what made this helmet so unique in itself is that when you look at all the features it has, you see what a lot of the newer helmets have in them. The DNA of the Troy Lee EDGE Comp is evident with the new designs out there from Its full rear / side head coverage, removable chinbar, large venting and overall fit, not to mention cool style.

TROY LEE STILL MAKING COOL HELMETS. LOOK AT THE GREAT REAR PROTECTION
TROY LEE STILL MAKING COOL HELMETS.
LOOK AT THE GREAT REAR PROTECTION

I found it funny to look at it and think, “Wow, the new helmets out there today are not that much different in the style and design structure (OK structure is different, but you know what I’m talking about).
FOX ALL MOUNTAIN TRAIL HELMET
FOX ALL MOUNTAIN TRAIL HELMET

GIANT BICYCLES RAIL HELMET MIPS.
GIANT BICYCLES RAIL HELMET MIPS.

THE BELL AND THEIR SUPER 2R CHINBAR REMOVED.
THE BELL AND THEIR SUPER 2R CHINBAR REMOVED.

Just look at the Bell Super 2R, Giro Switchblade, Leatt DBX 3.0., 6D, Fox and so many more. When you compare the look of these helmets in full-face or All-Mountain mode to the older Troy Lee Edge [RC3] they share the same general DNA features. Some may be a full-face helmet with removable chinbar, big venting, or All-Mountain / trail helmets like 6D, FOX, and others. In other words you get great coverage and comfort for long rides all in one.
THE LEATT DBX 3.0 LIKE THE BELL HAS A SIMPLE REMOVAL SYSTEM
THE LEATT DBX 3.0 LIKE THE BELL HAS A SIMPLE REMOVAL SYSTEM

GIRO SWITCHBLADE LOOKS LIKE A DH HELMET, BUT NOT RATED FOR THE HARDCORE STUFF
GIRO SWITCHBLADE LOOKS LIKE A DH HELMET, BUT NOT RATED FOR THE HARDCORE STUFF

QUICK CHINBAR REMOVAL ON THE GIRO.
QUICK CHINBAR REMOVAL ON THE GIRO.

LEATT'S DBX3.0 IS A CLEAN HELMET FROM THE GUYS THAT INVENTED THE SAFETY NECK BRACE. YEAH THEY KNOW THEIR STUFF
LEATT’S DBX3.0 IS A CLEAN HELMET FROM THE GUYS THAT INVENTED THE SAFETY NECK BRACE.
YEAH THEY KNOW THEIR STUFF

LOOKING AT THE NEW
With the advent to new technologies, better materials, and better understandings of head trauma, cycling helmets have become far better safety wise these days.
Style is everything to most of us, I mean really, we have to look good on the trail. From the moment you pull up to the trail and unload your bike the style points are starting with your peers, Lol.
All kidding aside we do care about safety and the manufactures care as well, especially to the head.
You will find many companies out there using the regular old EPS designs still and there is nothing wrong with that at all, but if you have the chance to help save your head with a bit more safety, why not be smart and do this for yourself.

We may all know someone that may have had a head injury from mountain biking, I know I have and with what’s out there now makes me wonder if it would have made a difference had my friend been wearing one of these new helmets today.

THE NEW MOUSE TRAP
These new designs come in many acronyms. The most well-known of them all and I believe one of the first was MIPS. You have 360Deg Turbine Technology by Leatt, and 6D has ODS.
These new technologies have been the big game changer for off-road cycling helmets today. Manufactures are making helmets that will help the rider to better survive a nasty shot to the old noddle. Even if you may not have a whole lot up in that area, let’s keep what you do have intact, shell we.
What do these safety features do? There are two things that are being achieved here, one is the reduction of rotational acceleration to the head and brain and number two is the absorption of energy during impact at concussion level.
So, let me give a brief explanation of what these do for you, told by the companies that make them.

MIPS

GIANT SHOWS HOW THE MIPS SYSTEM WORKS WITHIN THEIR HELMETS
GIANT SHOWS HOW THE MIPS SYSTEM WORKS WITHIN THEIR HELMETS

Most of you out there may know or have heard of what MIPS is. The MIPS system is used widely by many companies.
Some will simply add this to their helmets EPS liners, while other companies will design it into their helmets for better fit with your head.
Bell uses it in their Super 2R, Giro in the new Switchblade, and many bicycle manufactures like GIANT use the MIPS systems with their MTB helmets.
MIPS PLACEMENT WITHIN THE BELL SUPER 2R HELMET
MIPS PLACEMENT WITHIN THE BELL SUPER 2R HELMET

BELL SUPER 2R WITH MIPS INCORPORATED. YOU CAN SEE IT WITHIN THE HELMET
BELL SUPER 2R WITH MIPS
INCORPORATED. YOU CAN SEE IT WITHIN THE HELMET

MIPS stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, this is a leading slip-plane system placed within the helmet to help reduce the rotational forces that result from impact.
Kind of like having a floating layer the will move when hit.

360Deg Turbine Technology

LEATT TURBINE 360 WITHIN THE EPS.
LEATT TURBINE 360 WITHIN THE EPS.

LEATT, a leading safety company known for the development of neck brace protection has developed their own system called 360Deg Turbine Technology. Turbines made of 3D molded energy absorbing material.
The best way to describe this is they look like small rubber disc that are placed within the EPS liner around the helmet.
The two advantages to this are the reduction of rotational acceleration to the head and brain and the absorption of energy upon impact at concussion level.

ODS

THE 6D ODS IN THE EPS
THE 6D ODS IN THE EPS

6D helmets is another company that takes their helmet safety seriously. They have developed their system called Omni-Directional Suspension technology (ODS for short).
What make their helmet safety unique is how it works. You will notice the word Suspension in their description of the technology.
That’s right, suspension in a nut shell or brain bucket in this case. 6D has dual EPS liners with Elastomeric Isolation Dampers in between. What this does is allow for downward and upward, rotational, and side to side impact safety.

UP CLOSE AT 6D SUSPENSION FOR YOUR HEAD
UP CLOSE AT 6D SUSPENSION FOR YOUR HEAD

SAFETY AT ITS BEST FOR THE HEAD
SAFETY AT ITS BEST FOR THE HEAD

If you look at one of their cut-away, it seems like it would be free floating within the two EPS liners with little rubber shocks so to speak. Very cool.

PICK YOU POISON
This is just the tip of what is out there when it come to new helmet safety. It blows me away to look at my old Troy Lee and see what we have today versus what we have now. It makes me think, “WOW, I rode in that thing and took a killer hit to my head in it while racing a Big Bear AM-CUP. I rang my bell for sure and it saved my head, but how would that hit have differed to my head while using one of the new helmets with this new safety technology in.
With all research in head trauma, new technology and materials, it has made one thing clear.
Companies care about their customers well-being, not just making a buck off of us.
So, when you are out there and you are ready to make that next helmet purchase give a little thanks to guys like Troy Lee and Shoei for seeing the future, pushing the envelope and making us safe.
And give thanks to all the new guys that are pushing forward on how to keep us riding everyday.

GIANT RAIL MIPS IN ACTION
GIANT RAIL MIPS IN ACTION

Ride safe and ride on….

15 YR ANNIVERSARY, GRAND REOPENING & PARTNERSHIP

FULLERTON BICYCLES HAS A WHOLE NEW LOOK!!
FULLERTON BICYCLES HAS A WHOLE NEW LOOK!!

TIME FOR CELEBRATION

March 31st was full of milestones, new looks, and great business relationships made stronger.
Mike Franze owner of Fullerton Bicycle was celebrating his 15-year anniversary of ownership. Mike purchased the store back in 2003 then shortly after he purchased Buena Park Bicycle in 2005. Family owned, Mike treats his customers just like family. Something that is unique with retail stores, but so needed in today’s E-Commerce environment where brick and mortar is going the way side.

MIKE FRANZE TAKING TIME TO GIVE A LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT FULLERTON BICYCLE WITH GIANT
MIKE FRANZE TAKING TIME TO GIVE A LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT FULLERTON BICYCLE WITH GIANT

Just to give you little history about Fullerton Bicycle, they first opened their doors back in 1967 and have been a big part of the community since. Always providing the absolute best service, in the best environment. This is a store where the staff is not only friendly, but knowledgeable at what they do.
These guys don’t just sell bikes and fix them, they are pure cycling enthusiast through an through, even Mike is an avid rider himself and this is what makes a customer come back to a place like this. They know that a shop that rides is a shop that cares.

FACELIFT

THE NEW LOOK IS GREAT
THE NEW LOOK IS GREAT

After 6 weeks of remodeling both stores, it was time for the celebration of 15 great years hard work.
The minute I walked into Fullerton Bicycle I was blown away by the changes. This was a whole new store with a whole new feel of space. Giant Bicycle gave a helping hand to the remodel and they did an awesome job of it. New paint (my favorite color, Giant Team blue), brighter lighting, new flooring, well-marked Giant kiosk for accessories and gear, plus beautiful counter tops for the sales and service areas.

NEW SERVICE AREA
NEW SERVICE AREA

THE WOMEN'S AREA
THE WOMEN’S AREA

This was truly a remarkable change. When you walk in it feels warm and inviting, a kind of Feng Shui feel to it all.
You could feel the pride in all the staff members as well as Mike Franze himself.

WHEN YOU WALK IN YOU WILL NOTICE HOW OPEN THE WHOLE STORE FEELS
WHEN YOU WALK IN YOU WILL NOTICE HOW OPEN THE WHOLE STORE FEELS
A BIG DAY LOOKING FOR THE NEW BIKE
A BIG DAY LOOKING FOR THE NEW BIKE
WELL LAID OUT KIOSK AND SIGNAGE MAKE IT EASY TO FIND WHAT YOU NEED
WELL LAID OUT KIOSK AND SIGNAGE MAKE IT EASY TO FIND WHAT YOU NEED

LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED

DEMO, DEMO ,DEMO!!!
DEMO, DEMO ,DEMO!!!

So how do you do a Grand Reopening party / Anniversary party? I’ll tell you how, you get Giant Bicycle bring out their Demo rigs for Giant and LIV bikes, but you don’t stop there. How about kicking off a morning group ride around the Fullerton Loop with all the customer’s.

GIANT TEAM OFF-ROAD MEMBER CARL DECKER AND LIV AMBASSADOR LEIGH DONOVAN POSE FOR A PIC WITH A CUSTOMER.
GIANT TEAM OFF-ROAD MEMBER CARL DECKER AND LIV AMBASSADOR LEIGH DONOVAN POSE FOR A PIC WITH A CUSTOMER.

Then you lead that ride out with none other than Giant Factory Off-road Team Rider, Carl Decker and LIV Pro Ambassador Leigh Donovan, two legends of mountain biking. Now that’s an awesome start to a long day of fun.
Let’s not forget having some food to go with that ride after you get back. Tacos with all the trimmings, rice, beans, salsa, and soft drinks to wash it all down. “Mmmmmm gooood.”

TACO TIME!!
TACO TIME!!

Throw in some great raffles for the customers, a great big sale, plus have a booth to get your drivetrain all nice and spiffy after that morning ride. Boy was this guy ever busy all day too.
The Giant demo crew was busy all day as well with demos going and coming, and the store was busy none stop helping customer with all their needs too boot.

THIS ELDERLY GENTLEMAN CAME IN ON HIS COMMUTER BIKE LOOKING FOR A HELMET . YOU COULD SEE HE WASN'T SURE OF ALL THE HOOPLA GOING ON. IT WAS A PLEASURE TO SEE THE LEVEL OF SERVICE AND PATIENCE THAT WAS GIVEN TO HELP HIM.
THIS ELDERLY GENTLEMAN CAME IN ON HIS COMMUTER BIKE LOOKING FOR A HELMET . YOU COULD SEE HE WASN’T SURE OF ALL THE HOOPLA GOING ON.
IT WAS A PLEASURE TO SEE THE LEVEL OF SERVICE AND PATIENCE THAT WAS GIVEN TO HELP HIM.

It was nice to see happy customers leaving with their newly purchased Giant bikes. From a dad with his young son and his first Giant PRE, to a young teen getting his new Trance, and a father and son both getting new Trance bikes to rip it up together.
Carl Decker and Leigh Donovan were busy chatting and posing for pics with customers also.
This turned out to be quite a day of smiles everywhere.

HAPPY CUSTOMER LOVING HIS NEW TRANCE
HAPPY CUSTOMER LOVING HIS NEW TRANCE

HIS FIRST GIANT, DAD IS STARTING HIM RIGHT
HIS FIRST GIANT, DAD IS STARTING HIM RIGHT

LIV DEMO CREW MEMBER SHARA AND GIANT DEMO CREW MEMBER SAM (NOT PICTURED) WERE THERE TO HELP YOU WITH ANY BIKE YOU WANTED TO TRY OUT.
LIV DEMO CREW MEMBER SHARA AND GIANT DEMO CREW MEMBER SAM (NOT PICTURED) WERE THERE TO HELP YOU WITH ANY BIKE YOU WANTED TO TRY OUT.

You can tell the staff and Mike Franze are very well liked. I spent the better part of all day here and it was evident just how much the customers care for Fullerton Bicycle. To the customers, this is just as much their store too and the well wishes were flowing to all the staff and Mike.
All this because of a philosophy and business practice Mike Franze believes in and shares. He Cares about his customer’s and his community.

PARTNERS

CYCLING CAN CHANGE ONE'S LIFE AND GIANT BELIEVES IN THIS.
CYCLING CAN CHANGE ONE’S LIFE AND GIANT BELIEVES IN THIS.

It was great to see all the Giant members that were there to help celebrate the Grand Reopening and Anniversary with Mike, showing their support. You could tell this wasn’t just shaking hands and saying thanks then goodbye. This was a long-time relationship that has been built into friendships. Something you may not see to often from a company. This shows the importance of partnerships between dealer and company.
Giant Bicycle recognizes this philosophy, Mike Franze has been a Giant dealer for as long time and he is clearly a dedicated and passionate person to cycling.

UNMISTAKABLE PASSION THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE FULLERTON BICYCLE WITHOUT A DOUBT
UNMISTAKABLE PASSION
THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE FULLERTON BICYCLE WITHOUT A DOUBT

Mike was none stop all day, I don’t think I saw him take a break at any moment I was there, true hard work pays off and for Mike Franze it does.
The highlight of the day came when they got him to stop long enough for all the Giant crew and customers to gathered briefly for Giant Bicycle General Manager John Thompson and Regional Manager Eric Woods to present Mike with a plaque certifying Fullerton Bicycle as a new Giant Retail Partner.

GIANT GENERAL MANAGER JOHN THOMPSON (R) AND GIANT REGIONAL MANAGER ERIC WOODS (L) PRESENTING MIKE FRANZE WITH A PLAQUE CERTIFYING FULLERTON BICYCLE AS THE NEWEST GIANT RETAIL PARTNER.
GIANT GENERAL MANAGER JOHN THOMPSON (R) AND GIANT REGIONAL MANAGER ERIC WOODS (L) PRESENTING MIKE FRANZE WITH A PLAQUE CERTIFYING FULLERTON BICYCLE AS THE NEWEST GIANT RETAIL PARTNER.

This is a big thing to have happen for any store and I’m glad to see it happen to a store that I may not be close to, but have always considered it as my local bike shop.
So that was the first plaque, a second was also given to Mike and as this was pulled out and presented to Mike you could tell he was taken by surprise.
It was a photograph with a personal message from Tony Lo the chief executive of Giant (just retired) with Mike in the photo.
Partnerships have been built, but friendships have come out of this. The massage from Tony Lo was just that.

MIKE FRANZE WAS HAPPY FOR THE PERSONAL  PHOTO AND MESSAGE TO HIM FROM TONY LO OF GIANT WHO RECENTLY RETIRED.
MIKE FRANZE WAS HAPPY FOR THE PERSONAL PHOTO AND MESSAGE TO HIM FROM TONY LO OF GIANT WHO RECENTLY RETIRED.

Yep, Mike Franze has not only built a business relationship with Giant, but a true friendship and it’s worth saying over and over because you don’t see this to often and I like this.
Mike gave a grateful many thanks to Giant for all the support and love throughout the years and mentioned how blessed he was for it all and that he is.

MIKE FRANZE HAS A LOT TO BE PROUD ABOUT
MIKE FRANZE HAS A LOT TO BE PROUD ABOUT

SAYING THANKS

THANKS TO GIANT, THANKS TO MIKE. THIS IS A GREAT PARTNERSHIP THAT WE HOPE TO SEE FOR MANY YEARS TO COME
THANKS TO GIANT, THANKS TO MIKE. THIS IS A GREAT PARTNERSHIP THAT WE HOPE TO SEE FOR MANY YEARS TO COME

Mike, Happy Anniversary and congratulations for 15 years of outstanding service and dedication to our cycling community.
Congratulations becoming the newest Giant Retail Partner. You and all your staff are professional, courteous, and there for the needs of your customer’s. With a Customer First attitude that shines through.
We at MtnBikeRiders.com thank you for being there and wish you many years to come.

INTERBIKE 2017: DAY1

Well this will be the last year in Vegas and day 1 was great, big crowds, great products to see, and it looks like the E-Bike crazy is still big here.
So sit back and check out INTERBIKE 2017 at a glimpse.

ROTEC CYCLES IN THE HOUSE

John Sullivan is one guy who has kept a dream alive in my opinion. ROTEC Cycles came into play in the late 90’s early 2000’s. With the likes of Eric Carter and Geoff Scofield (ex BMX pros and legends) at the helm racing a bike that was unique to the norm.
I’m not sure of the story of how John Sullivan took the ROTEC name and went from there ( a story for another time).
He made changes from the original adding the Mert Lawwill’s famous rear end design that was on Yeti and Schwinn at one time, which brought gold to both companies I might add.
Refined, tweaked and made to conquer the meanest World Cup courses the new ROTEC 29’er and 27.5 will do just that.
Sitting on this new ride one can only feel it has the soul to grab gold.

29'ER ANYONE?? LEAN AND MEAN JOHN SULLIVAN HAS A WORLD CUP BIKE ON HIS HANDS.  ANY TAKERS??
29’ER ANYONE?? LEAN AND MEAN JOHN SULLIVAN HAS A WORLD CUP BIKE ON HIS HANDS.
ANY TAKERS??

MERT LAWWILL IS ALIVE HERE,BUT WITH REFINEMENT.
MERT LAWWILL IS ALIVE HERE,BUT WITH REFINEMENT.

A TRUE FULL FLOATING MOVEMENT UNDER BRAKING KEEPS THE REAR ACTIVE ALL THE TIME.
A TRUE FULL FLOATING MOVEMENT UNDER BRAKING KEEPS THE REAR ACTIVE ALL THE TIME.

THIS MAY LOOK LIKE THE OLD YETI OR SCHWINN DH BIKES, BUT NOT SO.
THIS MAY LOOK LIKE THE OLD YETI OR SCHWINN DH BIKES, BUT NOT SO.
DVO SUSPENSION, TPR COMPONENTS MAKE IT A SOLID RACER ON ANY DH COURSE.
DVO SUSPENSION, TPR COMPONENTS MAKE IT A SOLID RACER ON ANY DH COURSE.

ROTEC’S OTHER BIKES

ROTEC has also has their PARK bike. You want to have fun hitting the slopes, jumping, and all around fun this is your ride.

REVERT PARK BIKE, SIMPLE FUN, SIMPLY PUT.
REVERT PARK BIKE, SIMPLE FUN, SIMPLY PUT.

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DVO HANDLES ALL THE HITS.
DVO HANDLES ALL THE HITS.
REVERT 5.0
REVERT 5.0

On the horizon John introduced his new Carbon XC frame. Clean looks, we can’t wait to see this built up.

NEW CARBON XC FRAME.
NEW CARBON XC FRAME.

REAR TRIANGLE LOOKS SMOOTH AND CLEAN.
REAR TRIANGLE LOOKS SMOOTH AND CLEAN.


ALPINESTARS IS AN “A”

ALPINESTARS HAS A GREAT SELECTION OF GEAR FOR MEN AND WOMEN. FROM DH TO XC, ENDURO AND MORE, THEIR TECH GEAR WILL MAKE YOU LOOK GOOD AS WELL AS PROTECT YOU.
ALPINESTARS HAS A GREAT SELECTION OF GEAR FOR MEN AND WOMEN.
FROM DH TO XC, ENDURO AND MORE, THEIR TECH GEAR WILL MAKE YOU LOOK GOOD AS WELL AS PROTECT YOU.
TECH WEAR SEEMS TO BE THE THING WITH MOUNTAIN BIKE WEARS FOR ANY WEATHER CONDITION.
TECH WEAR SEEMS TO BE THE THING WITH MOUNTAIN BIKE WEARS FOR ANY WEATHER CONDITION.
THIS IS THE SHORT SLEEVE ENDURO PROTECTION FROM ASTARS.
THIS IS THE SHORT SLEEVE ENDURO PROTECTION FROM ASTARS.
REAR HOUSES YOUR HYDRATION PACK.
REAR HOUSES YOUR HYDRATION PACK.
FULL DH PROTECTION COVERAGE IN ALL THE RIGHT SPOTS.
FULL DH PROTECTION COVERAGE IN ALL THE RIGHT SPOTS.
PROTECTION YOUR BACK IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE HEAD.
PROTECTION YOUR BACK IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE HEAD.
SAME AS THE SHORT SLEEVE YOU HAVE THE LONG SLEEVE VERSION, WHICH THE SLEEVE CAN BE REMOVED ON A HOT DAY.
SAME AS THE SHORT SLEEVE YOU HAVE THE LONG SLEEVE VERSION, WHICH THE SLEEVE CAN BE REMOVED ON A HOT DAY.

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THE BASIC VEST ALLOWS MAXIMUM AIR TO THE FRONT.
THE BASIC VEST ALLOWS MAXIMUM AIR TO THE FRONT.
HOWEVER YOU CAN STILL PUT IN YOUR HYDRATION PACK OR INSERT THE BACK PROTECTION. THIS CAN BE DONE WITH ANY OF THE LIGHTWEIGHT ENDURO STYLE PROTECTION.
HOWEVER YOU CAN STILL PUT IN YOUR HYDRATION PACK OR INSERT THE BACK PROTECTION. THIS CAN BE DONE WITH ANY OF THE LIGHTWEIGHT ENDURO STYLE PROTECTION.

Alpinestars knee and elbow protection is top notch.

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Alpinestars has the gear and they have the gold from champions like Gwin, with the dedication they carry over from the racing heritage, Alpinestars is here to protect you.

GREEN GURU GEAR

Look as mountain bikers we have a need to be able to carry our beer, well Green Guru Gear has solved this problem for our need to bring our favorite suds with us. Insulated or none insulated, made from reusable materials these guys got it going on and made in AMERICA in Colorado.

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KALI HELMET TECH AND SOME NEW PADS

Talking the tech on KALI helmets was one thing we have always wanted to hear and it was great to have a minute or two to hear it.
We also got to see and feel the new knee pads that KALI introduced as well.(yes they look like someone’s out there, but with a touch different)

KALI HELMETS HAS ALWAYS MADE A NICE LID, GREAT GRAPHICS AND SAFETY IN MIND.
KALI HELMETS HAS ALWAYS MADE A NICE LID, GREAT GRAPHICS AND SAFETY IN MIND.
TRAIL OR ENDURO, KALI MAKES SAFETY NUMBER ONE.
TRAIL OR ENDURO, KALI MAKES SAFETY NUMBER ONE.
THE INTERNAL CORE OF THEIR FULLFACE HELMET DOES NOT SKIMP ON SAFETY.
THE INTERNAL CORE OF THEIR FULLFACE HELMET DOES NOT SKIMP ON SAFETY.
WITH EVERYONE FOCUSING ON ROTATIONAL FORCE AND BETTER WAYS TO BUILD THE MOUSE TRAP, KALI TAKES HELMET SAFETY TO THE HIGHEST LEVELS, WITH NO COMPROMISE.
WITH EVERYONE FOCUSING ON ROTATIONAL FORCE AND BETTER WAYS TO BUILD THE MOUSE TRAP, KALI TAKES HELMET SAFETY TO THE HIGHEST LEVELS, WITH NO COMPROMISE.
THE CUT-AWAY OF KALI'S TRAIL / ALL-MOUNTAIN HELMETS. YOU GET THE SAME FEATURES AS THE FULLFACE.
THE CUT-AWAY OF KALI’S TRAIL / ALL-MOUNTAIN HELMETS.
YOU GET THE SAME FEATURES AS THE FULLFACE.
A CLOSE LOOK AT THE INGREDIENTS OF WHAT IT TAKES TO PROTECTING THE OLD BEAN.
A CLOSE LOOK AT THE INGREDIENTS OF WHAT IT TAKES TO PROTECTING THE OLD BEAN.

NEW KALI KNEE PADS

You may think these look like someone else pads, but they are made different and have added protection.

THE OUTER LAYER GIVE AN ABSORBING EFFECT ON THE HIT, AIR FLOW WHEN ON A HOT RIDE, PULL ON TO THE LEG FOR A SOLID FIT AND FEEL.
THE OUTER LAYER GIVE AN ABSORBING EFFECT ON THE HIT, AIR FLOW WHEN ON A HOT RIDE, PULL ON TO THE LEG FOR A SOLID FIT AND FEEL.
KALI ADDED AN EXTRA LAYER OF PADDING ON THE INSIDE OF THE PAD TO HELP WITH IMPACT AND COMFORT.
KALI ADDED AN EXTRA LAYER OF PADDING ON THE INSIDE OF THE PAD TO HELP WITH IMPACT AND COMFORT.
ONE OF KALI'S OTHER KNEE PADS HAS A DIFFERENT INTERNAL MATERIAL, THOUGH TOUGH, THIS ONE IS A MORE BASIC PROTECTION THEN THE NEW KNEE PAD WE JUST TALKED ABOUT. KALI PUTS IN A LOT OF EFFORT IN TO ALL THEIR PROTECTION. THIS HAS TO MADE THE CONSUMER FEEL GOOD WHEN THEY GO DOWN AND GET UP.
ONE OF KALI’S OTHER KNEE PADS HAS A DIFFERENT INTERNAL MATERIAL, THOUGH TOUGH, THIS ONE IS A MORE BASIC PROTECTION THEN THE NEW KNEE PAD WE JUST TALKED ABOUT.
KALI PUTS IN A LOT OF EFFORT IN TO ALL THEIR PROTECTION. THIS HAS TO MADE THE CONSUMER FEEL GOOD WHEN THEY GO DOWN AND GET UP.

Well more to come from DAY 1.

Art Aguilar

SEA OTTER : BELL HELMETS

If you recall we did a review on the BELL super helmet last year as a part of our Enduro product reviews. At that time BELL had not yet released the Super 2R or Super 2R MIPS. These are the latest in the All-Mountain / Enduro type line up for BELL Helmets along with the Super 2.
The Super 2R come as a standard foam type EPS liner with a In-Mold Polycarbonate Shell, while the Super 2R equipped MIPS steps up the protection in the shell. MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. This allows for better protection to the head.
The key feature to both Super 2R helmets is that they use a detachable chinbar. This is great because it allows you to remove the chinbar while say climbing, put it in your pack, and then allowing you to simply reattach it back to the helmet with three clips.
The other cool thing is the fact that you get not just a CPSC Bicycle safety rating, but also a CE EN1078 rating.

BELL Helmets was quite busy at the Sea Otter Classic showing off the good.

BELL Helmets showing off the goods.
BELL Helmets showing off the goods.

The new BELL SUPER 2R helmet
The new BELL SUPER 2R helmet

Notice the quick release on the back of the helmet. You also have two more on the left and right sides of the helmet. Easy as 1, 2, 3.
Notice the quick release on the back of the helmet. You also have two more on the left and right sides of the helmet. Easy as 1, 2, 3.

Inside the MIPS equipped SUPER 2R.
Inside the MIPS equipped SUPER 2R.

Retail for the SUPER 2R is $200, while the MIPS equipped SUPER 2R retails for $220.

Interbike 2009 – Foes Bikes

Below are some pictures of Brent Foes’ bikes. He has always made one of the best looking bikes… but I think he’s made his masterpiece. Check out the custom trike and the hottie modeling it! 🙂

2E8J0231 by you.

2E8J0230 by you.Long travel beaut!

2E8J0223 by you.check out the top tube

2E8J0224 by you.…and the custom stem/handlebar/gnurled grips combo

2E8J0225 by you.The baddest little trike – double clamp fork!!!

2E8J0227 by you.                         welding on the top tube…

2E8J0228 by you.check the axles…

2E8J0226 by you.                          Grrrr….

KHS XCT 555-The Best Bang for the Buck

I’ve been testing the XCT 555 for a few months with an intention of using this bike for EVERY type of riding that I do.
khs xct 555
Originally I asked KHS Bicycles for a frame, but when the big cheeses told me they had a complete bike, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ride it.

khs xct 555

Before I go on with the details of how this bike performs, let’s talk about the meat and veggies of this ride. Below are the specs…and if you notice, this bike doesn’t skimp on quality components.

Specs:

Cost: $2299
Frame AL6061 4-bar Horst bearing linkage, 5.5″ Travel
Rear Shock Rock Shox Monarch 3.1, Solo Air, ext rebound adjust and floodgate dial
Fork Marzocchi 44 TST2 140mm w/15mm drop outs, air preload, TST2, Lock Out, Compression & rebound adjust
Headset Cane Creek ZST2 Threadless, Zero stack
Rims WTB Speed Disc doublewall, w/eyelets
Hubs Front: Alloy disc, Rear: Shimano disc, QR
Tires WTB Wolverine 26X2.2, folding, 60TPI
Spokes 14G black, 32°
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur SRAM X-9
Shifters SRAM X-7 Trigger
Chain KMCZ9000 w/Missing Link
Crankset Truvativ Firex 3.1, 44/32/22, Alloy CNC Outer ring
Bottom Bracket Truvativ GXP outboard cartridge bearing
Cassette SRAM PG-950 11-34 9-Speed
Pedals Shimano PD-M505 clipless (not included with my test model)
Seatpost Q2 Light alloy
Saddle WTB Silverado
Handlebar Truvativ XR, 31.8, Butted, 20mm rise
Stem Truvativ Team
Grips WTB Weirwolf
Brake Levers Hayes Stroker Ryde
Brakes Hayes Stroker Ryde, 7″ front/6″ rear
Color Afterburner Gray
Frame Size S, M, L


Photos courtesy of JS3 Images

khs xct 555
Ok, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get movin’ on the ride details of this bike. If you’ve been keeping up with MtnBikeRiders.com, you’ve seen multiple articles, talking about the KHS XCT 555. One of the things I wanted to really find out was to see how versatile this bike was. KHS Bicycles designed their XCT line with the consumer in mind. They wanted a bike that someone could use for all their mountain biking needs. The intended customer for this bike would be a person that rides XC, fast single track, and even the occasional butt hole puckering gnarly and technical trails.

Photos courtesy of JS3 Images
khs xct 555
With that in mind, my heart was focused on seeing if the intent of this bike could be fulfilled. One thing I am certain about the XCT 555, it is SUPER durable and after many…many crashes with it, the wheels are true, the bike still shifts like butter and it still shines as if was new.

Photos courtesy of JS3 Images

Let’s talk about the XC side of this bike. I weighed the the XCT 555 and it came in around 27lbs. Not bad, but it also isn’t anorexic. For XC riding this bike is light enough, but if you’re a weight weenie, it may not make it on your list of light bikes. For the weight that it is, the bike isn’t sluggish. It responds well, super quick, very nimble and can climb like a billy goat. I’ve taken this bike through various trails in Southern California and I gotta tell you this bike knows XC riding like a favorite uncle.

Since we’re done talking about XC, let’s get into the real fun stuff…Downhill. Yes I said downhill. Believe it or not, but the XCT 555 makes an EXCELLENT downhill bike. Trust me on this…in fact, the KHS Factory Team often use the XCT 555 on certain downhill courses when racing…its true, I’ve seen them! Anyhow, I’ve taken the 555 to Fontana many times and I LOVE how this bike handles. I can pedal up the hill, then lower my saddle and bomb down just as fast…or faster than some guys with 8″ travel DH bikes. Oh and get this…the bike LOVES it when you take it through technical courses. The Horst Link in the rear makes for some awesome riding. The Rock Shox Monarch is buttery smooth and it has never failed on me. The Marzocchi 44 TST2 140mm fork does a great job in soaking up rock gardens, drops and single track. I almost forgot to mention that the XCT 555 comes with a 13.1″ bottom bracket clearance, which is great when needing to clear a rock garden or a log on the trail.

I know what you’re thinking…”The KHS XCT 555 only has 5.5″ of travel, how can you take that thing downhilling?” Well to answer that question, I just do and guess what… you can and its SUPER FUN! There’s nothing like riding a short travel, DH bike…I feel that you get more control and response from a little bike than you would on a big bike.

On one of the downhill shuttle runs we did, we drove to Top of the World in Orange County and dropped into Telonics. This trail is super steep and very fast. Parts of the single track is carved out like a chute. This was the first real time that I was able to test the Hayes Stroker Ryde, with the 7″ rotor in the front and 6″ rear. In previous rides, the brakes stopped me like a bad habit. No issues whatso ever. But during the ride through Telonics, I experienced brake fade. At one point, we’re going so fast that when I grabbed a fist full of brake, I’d started to slow down, but then the rotors got too hot and then the power went out. I had to feather them on the way down just so I wouldn’t over heat them again. It seems like the faster I go on this bike, the better it performs. I kid you not, the KHS XCT 555 is one serious bike!

By the way, the XCT 555 is an awesome 4x bike. I’ve spent many occasions practicing the 4x track at Fontana. All I can say is that this bike is pretty much the perfect bike…It can do just about anything you want it to do…well except make you breakfast.

Did you know that there are other brands of bikes out there that have the same amount of travel as the 555, but their frame alone cost as much as the complete KHS. Crazy eh? What’s cool about the XCT 555 is that you get a boutique quality bike but at generic prices…Plus you only need one bike to do everything you want to do on a mountain bike.

As I’ve mentioned, the KHS XCT 555 is the best bang for your buck, why? It’s simple really. The way the bike is spec’d, there’s no need to change anything out when you get it from the bike shop. The bike is ready to roll! Take it XC riding, or go to your favorite downhill trail, once your done with all that, take it to the BMX or 4X track and have some fun. This bike literally can do anything you would want a mountain bike to do, its light, fast, very flickable, and its ultra durable. You also have to consider that for the price of the KHS XCT 555…around $2300, you’re getting 3 bikes in one…a fast XC bike, 4X Machine and Downhill Rig…and that’s exactly why the KHS XCT 555 is the best bang for YOUR Buck!

Don’t waste your money on “brand name bikes” get yourself the KHS XCT 555, you won’t regret it…trust me.
khs xct 555

Kona: “We’re Seriously Stumped”

The good folks at Kona, makers of some sweet bikes, have a bike naming contest for their newest bike that has yet to be revealed. 1st prize winner gets a new Kona 6″ travel AM rig. Here’s the info:

“We’re Seriously Stumped” Name our New Bike Contest:

Over the last few months, our team of designers and engineers here at Kona have been hard at work developing a new, super light long travel all-mountain bike that incorporates our revolutionary 2-bikes-in-1 Magic Link Technology.

Imagine a six-inch travel bicycle that weighs less than 30 pounds. One that climbs comfortably and efficiently, but then—when all things start to get bumpy and quick—that same bike morphs into a wicked descender, with slacker geometry, better tracking and an additional inch of travel. No switches necessary.

Just submit your five favorite model names to us by April 15, 2009. Our currently-creatively-challenged-crew will then pick the top five entries. From there we’ll eliminate one name every four days by allowing the public to vote a name off the list. We’ll announce the winner and remaining four runner-up entries May 1st, 2009.

Click here for Official Contest page.

Trek Demo Day, Part II


Gary Fisher Roscoe III

Round number 2 was on the Gary Fisher Roscoe. I had to wait a little while for this one as some dude drove from Vegas to test ride it. That’d be 4 plus hours of driving each way!

Before we get going on the review, I have to preface my thoughts on the Gary Fisher Roscoe with this statement: My riding style is not the one that is being targeted by the Roscoe. I am definitely more of a XC/Trail type rider while the Roscoe with its five and a half inches of travel is definitely shooting for the All Mountain crowd. I have ridden AM type bikes but I am just too timid to really get the best out of them, the Roscoe included. Also, the Fullerton Loop is not an AM type trail so I’d definitely read my thoughts with this information in mind.


Wide hydroformed top tube makes for a much stiffer frame

On our second run, we hooked up with John from Jax Fullerton. He jumped on the Superfly I was riding while Full Squish Randall got on HiFi 29er and I got some seat time on the Roscoe. John, by the way, is a great mechanic and happens to be a very good road racer as well.

My first thought when I got on the Roscoe is that this baby is stout. The hydroformed tubing is thick. The first tube you notice is the top tube which is much wider than any other top tube I’ve ridden. This definitely lent a bit of stiffness to the whole bike that I’m sure is useful when you’re hucking off 6 foot drops. You really can’t tell the thickness in the pictures on Gary Fisher’s website but the top & down tube are wide. The tapered headtube is also different going from 1 1/8 inch to 1 1/2 inch at the crown of the fork. This design is supposed to increase the strength between the headtube and fork, but nothing on the loop was gnarly enough to test this.


Proprietary Dual Rate Control Valve (DRCV) shock made things plush

Coming off the hardtail Superfly I also immediately noticed how plush the suspension travel was. It was almost like night and day and rightfully so going from the racey Superfly to the AM Roscoe. The proprietary Dual Rate Control Valve (DRCV) was smooth and felt good on all the extra credit stuff I threw at it. I also got some time on the HiFi 29er later on and the 4 inches of travel on the HiFi doesn’t have nearly the plushness of the Roscoe’s DRCV shock. Not even close.

The Roscoe does not like for the rider to stand up and hammer out climbs. Every time I tried to stand and climb I immediately felt like the Roscoe telling me to sit back down. The bike is definitely more of a spin, spin, spin type climber which I think is fine and lends itself well to this style of mountain biking.


White bikes with white forks always look good to me. The beefy tires were a bit too aired up for excellent grip

The steering was not as slack as I remember other AM rigs I’ve ridden. The last time I rode an AM rig I distinctly remember that the steering was very slow which is great on the descents as it made things a bit more stable. The flipside to this is that it slowed things down too much for me on the switchbacks and tricky sections that require more finesse and less of a plow through mentality. The G2 steering on the Roscoe, however, seemed to give the best of both worlds as it still had some pep through the tight stuff but retained its stability for the downhill.

As you can probably tell I am a little high on the Roscoe. I think this is mainly because 1. the bike is really good and 2. the 10 mile Fullerton Loop is too short to shake out the bike entirely. More time on the bike is definitely needed to draw definitive conclusions.

Sette asks you to Compare

Not many people know this but along with selling bike frames, which we have extensively tested (Reken) or are testing (Razzo), Sette also sells fully built up bikes. Many times fully built bikes are a good deal because of the manufacturer’s buying power. When a big manufacturer can buy 1,000 Mavic wheelsets, the vendor is going to give them a deal compared to when we purchase the exact same wheelset. When you think about all the components on the bike being purchased in this fashion it makes some sense to consider buying a complete bike versus building up bikes piece by piece.

Sette’s mountain bike lineup includes 4 full suspensions and one hardtail. The fs bikes include a XC oriented bike called the Sette Ace to a durable X-7, Monarch 3.1 all mountain bike with 6″ of travel aptly named the Sette Flite.


Sette Ace, XC full suspension for $1,399.98

Sette Ace Specs:
Frame Aluminum 7005
Size(s) Small (16.5″)/Medium (18.5″)/Large (20.5″)
Fork Rock Shox Tora 302 Air (4.72″/120mm)
Rear Shock Rock Shox Monarch 2.1 (4″/101mm)
Shifters SRAM X7, 9-Speed Trigger
Front Derailleur SRAM X7, Low Clamp, Blk, ø 30.9 Top Pull
Rear Derailleur SRAM X7 Black Long Cage
Shifter Cable/Housing Jagwire Slick
Brake Levers Avid Juicy 3
Front Brake Avid 160mm Rotor
Rear Brake Avid 160mm Rotor
Hoses Avid Hydraulic Hose
Crankset Truvativ Firex 3.3, 175mm, Black, 44/32/22t
Bottom Bracket Truvativ Giga Pipe XR, 68mm
Cassette SRAM PG-970, 11-34
Chain SRAM PC-971
Headset FSA 1-1/8″ Standard – Black
Handlebar Lightweight Alloy – Black
Grips Durable Ergo Grips – Black
Stem Lightweight Alloy – Black
Saddle High Performance Saddle – Black
Seatpost Lightweight 6061 Alloy – Black, 31.6 x 350mm
Rims Mavic XM719 32H Black, Presta Valve
Front Hub Shimano XT M756, 6-bolt Disc Brake, 32H black, QR
Rear Hub Shimano XT M756, 6-bolt Disc Brake, 32H black, QR
Spokes 14/15 Gauge Double-Butted, Stainless Steel, Black
Front Tire Kenda Krusher 26″ x 2.1, 60 TPI
Rear Tire Kenda Krusher 26″ x 2.1, 60 TPI
Color(s) White
Warranty 5 Years
Weight 29.8lbs/13.5kg (Medium w/Pedals)


Sette Flite, 6″ of travel at $1,599.98

Sette Flite Specs:
Frame Aluminum 6061
Size(s) Small (17″)/Medium(18″)/Large(19″
Fork Rock Shox Domain 318 Coil (4.5-6.3″/115-160mm)
Rear Shock Rock Shox Monarch 3.1 (6″/152.4mm)
Shifters SRAM X7, 9-Speed Trigger
Front Derailleur SRAM X7, Low Clamp, Blk, ø 34.9 Top Pull
Rear Derailleur SRAM X7
Shifter Cable/Housing Jagwire Slick
Brake Levers Avid Juicy 3
Front Brake Avid 185mm Rotor
Rear Brake Avid 185mm Rotor
Hoses Avid Hydraulic Hose
Crankset Truvativ Stylo 3.3, 175mm, Black, 44/32/22t
Bottom Bracket Truvativ Stylo 3.3, 68mm
Cassette SRAM PG-970, 11-34
Chain SRAM PC-971
Headset FSA 1-1/8″ Semi-Integrated Zero Stack – Black
Handlebar Lightweight Alloy – Black
Grips Durable Ergo Grips – Black
Stem Lightweight Alloy – Black
Saddle High Performance Saddle – Black
Seatpost Lightweight 6061 Alloy – Black, 31.6 x 350mm
Rims Mavic EX729 32H Black, Presta Valve
Front Hub Sette 20mm Thru Axle, 6-bolt Disc Brake, 32H black, heavy-duty cartridge sealed bearings
Rear Hub Shimano XT M756, 6-bolt Disc Brake, 32H black, QR
Spokes Straight 14 Gauge, Stainless Steel, Black
Front Tire Kenda Nevegal 26″ X 2.35, 60 TPI, DTC
Rear Tire Kenda Nevegal 26″ X 2.35, 60 TPI, DTC
Color(s) White
Warranty 5 Years
Weight 34.8 lbs/15.8kg (Medium w/Pedals)

For more info on Sette’s bikes, click here.

Ibex Ignition 3: RL’s Update

It was my turn to have fun with the Ibex Ignition 3. Joe and Jeremy both had turns riding this bike and each of them had one thing in common they didn’t like about the Ignition (Iggy). The long stem and riser bar. One of the things Joe mentioned in his previous articles about the Iggy was having to lower the stem the lowest position possible. After doing so, he still felt like the rise was a bit too high.

Enter RL’s garage. I took the reigns of the Iggy a while ago. Since then I’ve made some changes to accommodate my size (I usually ride a medium) and riding style. First up was the bars and stem. I opted for a 1.5 rise and shortened the stem by using the Sette Stumpy stem from Pricepoint.com. This allowed the large cockpit area to become more compact so that my short arms could easily reach the bars. I also did away with the swooping seat post and went with a standard post and scooted my saddle in. Now this baby was getting closer to what I like as far as sizing goes.


I then did away with the front WTB Velociraptor Tires since I didn’t care for them. In its place I installed a Maxxis ADvantage, 2.4 tire. This was perfect for tackling some of the most technical trails SoCal can offer, besides, the ADvantage grip like nothing I’ve ridden before.

Here’s how the Iggy looks nice. The front tire was replaced (yes I kept the back on for now) with the Maxxis ADvantage, shorter stem, lock on Intense grips, Oh I also replaced the rear cassette with an 11-27 Dura Ace cassette. It’s the same one Priscilla has on her bike, but that’s for another article…So there you have it. This is an ALL Mountain bike that I plan on using as my DH Bike. I’m thinking about getting rid of the big ring and placing a bash guard on it since I really won’t be using it for DH purposes. Eh who knows…