INTERBIKE 2013: COMMITMENT

LETS TALK COMMITMENT

Commitment is a big word for some people, some will run from it, some will half commit and not fallow through, and some will go head long into it all the way knowing they have done their homework believing in what they are doing.
Now a lot of you may know already that GIANT BICYCLES has done just that, they have went head long into the 27.5 tire size for just about all their 2014 mountain bike line and have all but sent the 26″ mountain bike way of the Dodo (for our younger readers this is a saying referring to an extincted bird) except for their DH Glory and Reing X which I would bet will fallow next into the 27.5 line, after all their are others that are doing DH and Freeride bikes in 27.5 with some success.
For those who know GIANT this wouldn’t be the first time they have done this. In 2006 GIANT was the first manufacturer to bring the tapered headtube to market, known as OverDrive2. So you can bet that when Giant decides to do something big it won’t be on a whim.
Here is a look at why GIANT feels the 27.5 is superior performance without compromise and cool pics of the 2014 27.5 line.
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Overall Bike Weight
Compare the weights of identically equipped bikes with different wheel sizes and you’ll see substantial weight differences. As expected, the 26-inch-wheel bike is somewhat lighter than the 27.5, and substantially lighter than the 29 (up to two pounds of overall bike weight savings from 29 to 27.5). Every gram saved helps you ride faster.

Wheel/Tire Weight
The overall weight of a 27.5 wheel set (wheel, tire and inner tube) is only 5% greater than that of an identically built 26-inch wheel set. Compare this to the 12% increase of a 29-inch wheel set and you can see how a seemingly small increase in diameter results in substantial weight gain—and poorer performance when climbing or accelerating.

Weight Comparison
Static wheel weight
Lighter wheels/tires result in a quicker acceleration and lighter overall bike weight – a win-win combination.

ANTHEM ADVANCE O TEAM

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Snappier acceleration and a reduced angle of attack for a smoother, more agile ride.
Rollover
Increased wheel diameter decreases the angle of attack (the angle in which a round object intersects a square object). This is a good thing. A 29-inch wheel rolls over a 6-centimeter square-edge obstacle 14% more efficiently than a 26-inch wheel does. In comparison, a 27.5-inch wheel rolls over the same obstacle 9.8% more efficiently than a 26-inch wheel does.
Another way to analyze angle of attack is the degree of impact—where 26-inch equals X degree, 27.5 equals X-4 degrees and 29 equals X-6 degrees. Again, a shallower angle is better—so 29-inch takes the win, with 27.5 exhibiting nearly the same performance but without the weight penalty.

TRANCE ADVANCE O
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Acceleration
Arguably the most important benefit of 27.5 over 29 is quicker acceleration. This is the “snap” that a rider feels when they push hard on the pedals. It is affected not just by overall static weight but also where the weight is distributed throughout the wheel. The farther the weight is from the center of the hub, the slower the acceleration. So a similarly constructed 1000-gram 29-inch wheel is slower to accelerate than a 1000-gram 26-inch wheel—because the larger diameter rim and longer spokes place weight farther from the hub. The key to snappy acceleration is minimizing the weight of the outermost components (rim, nipples, spokes, tire, tube). As you can see, a 27.5-inch wheel is only 1.5% slower to accelerate than a similarly constructed 26-inch wheel, but a 29-inch wheel is 3.6% slower than a similarly constructed 26-inch wheel.

TRANCE ADVANCE SX
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A larger tire contact patch, increased stiffness, and optimized frame geometry improve traction, braking and handling.
Traction

The larger the diameter of a wheel, the greater the contact patch of the tire. A larger contact patch results in better traction, which leads to improved acceleration, deceleration and cornering. As you can see, a 27.5-inch wheel has a similar contact patch to the 29.

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Frame Stiffness
Lateral (side-to-side) frame stiffness can be affected by wheel size. To accommodate larger wheels, frame dimensions must be elongated. Therefore, a size medium 29-inch wheel frame has more lateral flex (bottom bracket and headtube) than a size medium 27.5 or 26-inch wheel frameset. Additional flex compromises handling under heavy pedaling or sharp cornering
Frame Geometry
The larger the wheel, the more difficult it is to optimize geometry, especially on smaller frames. As the frame size decreases, headtube heights become higher (in relation to saddle height). On 26 or 27.5-inch frames, it’s less of a problem, but geometry limitations can affect smaller 29-inch-wheel frames.

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Their was quite the buzz around the GIANT both and it was great to see them back at Interbike. The Advance line was beautiful to look at and people were very interested in the bikes, with the reps super busy and questions being ask I have to say GIANT may have a very good year in 2014.
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FINAL NOTE
So you got a glimpse of the 27.5 tech and a look at GIANT’S Advanced Composite line, but if you don’t want the Advance bike GIANT also has their ALUXX SL aluminum framed 27.5 Bikes, and Frame sets for the ANTHEM XC and TRANCE in Advance composite, as well as ALUXX aluminum, so they have your taste cover one way or the other.

Commitment, a big word for most brands out there. Most will want to wait and see what and where the current trend will go before they commit major resources and time to something as big as this. GIANT has the resources, takes the time, and has always brought their brand one step further then most I have seen with a lot of bang for the buck.
You could go to GIANT’s website at giant-bicycles.com or see your local GIANT dealer today.

We want to say thanks to GIANT for the 27.5 Tech provided on their website and Mark Helms for the time at DirtDemo going over the 27.5 bikes.

Interbike 2013: We still have a few more articles

Yes I know that Interbike was about 2 weeks ago, but we still have quite a bit of content to publish. Between MtnBikeRiders.com and our sister site: BikeCommuters.com, we’ve already published at least 40 articles. So while we get the rest of the articles up and ready, check out our sponsor, Black Tiger Jerky, they make really good jerky!

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INTERBIKE 2013: COMMENCAL 2014

COMMENCAL LINE UP

COMMENCAL has always been a bike that looks cool to me. If you have never heard of this little company from Andorra, they have had such riders as Anne-Caroline Chausson, Cédric GRACIA, and the powerhouse cycling family “the ATHERTONs on their bikes. Winning races all over the world cup circuit. Since 2000 this small company has made a big impact in a short time.

SUPREME DH WORLD CUP
The flag ship SUPREME DH WORLD CUP leads the way with all the bells and whistles you need to take on any World Cup course. Top of the line Fox suspension, Formula Disc brakes, SRAM XO, RaceFace cranks, and E-13 Chain Guide you are ready for that rainbow jersey. IMG_9439

SUPREME DH : CAN YOU SAY PRETTY FAST IN PINK
Now don’t take this one lightly, the SUPREME DH may not be the top of the line, but it will take you to the top of the podium if you have what it takes. It shares a lot of the same company components, but just the the next step down.
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A closer look at the rear suspension gives you a super plush ride in the rough.

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META SX FACTORY

This is badass 6″ Enduro entry with Fox Float CTD with remote lever, Fox 34 Float Factory CTD FIT Remote. Both fork and shock have the KASHIMA Coating for smooth action, Formula Brakes, SRAM XO, and to top off a Rock Shox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost.IMG_9435

FOR THE LITTLE DOWNHILLERS IN THE FAMILY

COMMENCAL didn’t forget the little one’s in you clan. They are one of the few if not only manufacture that makes a 24″ and 20″ mini DH bicycle called the SUPREME24 and 20. This is the coolest thing to see out at your local races and I just love it. Makes me want to go have a kid just so I can buy one. “WOW I didn’t say that!!”
Also COMMENCAL has their Push Along called the RAMONES 12, which is disc brake compatible.IMG_9433
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The colors may be a little bright, but one things for sure you will be noticed when you cross that finish line and to see more about the COMMENCAL line go to commencal.com.

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Interbike 2013: SEVEN iDP TACTIC SERIES PROTECTION

NEW PROTECTION COMPANY SEVEN??
I haven’t seen anything new come out to really impress me when it comes to protection, but when I was told about SEVEN iDP at the ROYAL both I had to check it out. I ran into Jason Schippers and he was kind enough to go over the new line.

TACTIC SERIES KNEE & ELBOW

The Tactic series of pads is the high end line in the SEVEN iDP line up. Their will be three in this line up, elbow, a short knee, and a longer knee/shin version.
Here is a quick break down of the features they share. All three use the boa system ( if you are not familiar with this system its a twist system that will tighten up around the area intended and release by simply pulling up on the knob), X-Profile cap (Curv low weight, high strength 1mm cap), floating sockets for the knee and elbow witch allows the movement while pedaling and moving on the bike, a double layer perforated  custom foam for increased air flow, on the fly micro adjustment, TPR flex supports protecting the knee in conjunction with the X-Profile cap, custom Seven polygon neoprene offer great ventilation.
The knee/shin offers the ability to quick release the pad for removal without taking off your shoes, which is a plus in my opinion.
All pads are designed beyond normal CE EN 1621 ratings and will come in sizes from S/M/L/XL.
SEVEN iDP looks to not have missed a beat with their pad design next to the other guy who has the boa system.

Look for their full line up soon.

THE TACTIC KNEE WITH BOA SYSTEM, X-POFILE CAP, AND MORE.
THE TACTIC KNEE WITH BOA SYSTEM, X-POFILE CAP, AND MORE.
TACTIC ELBOW WITH BOA SYSTEM
TACTIC ELBOW WITH BOA SYSTEM
KNEE/SHIN PADS COME WITH THREE QUICK RELEASE STRAPS FOR EASY REMOVAL FROM THE LEGS.
KNEE/SHIN PADS COME WITH THREE QUICK RELEASE STRAPS FOR EASY REMOVAL FROM THE LEGS.
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ART’S INTERBIKE DIRTDEMO DAY

 

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Well were at the 2013 Interbike DirtDemo and it’s time to show you all the upcoming 2014 gear, bikes, funny stuff, and all things mountain biking or cycling, so lets show you all the cool thing for your Christmas list.

THE PASSING OF THE ARCH OF THE DEMO IS FULL BLISS FOR SOMEONE THAT LOVES CYCLING
THE PASSING OF THE ARCH OF THE DEMO IS FULL BLISS FOR SOMEONE THAT LOVES CYCLING

 

ENERGYLAB ENDURANCE SCIENCE AT IT'S FINIEST
ENERGYLAB ENDURANCE SCIENCE AT IT’S FINEST
DVO SUSPENSION HAS BEEN TESTING FOR THE LAST YEAR AND IS NOW IN THE PRODUCTION FAZE. LOOK FOR THEIR FORKS AND SHOCKS SOON.
DVO SUSPENSION HAS BEEN TESTING FOR THE LAST YEAR AND IS NOW IN THE PRODUCTION FAZE. LOOK FOR THEIR FORKS AND SHOCKS SOON.

 

 

GIANT HAS FULLY COMMITTED TO A FULL LINE OF 27.5 LIKE THEY DID WITH 29", WITH ONLY TWO 26" IN THE LINE UP FOR 2014
GIANT HAS FULLY COMMITTED TO A FULL LINE OF 27.5 LIKE THEY DID WITH 29″, WITH ONLY TWO 26″ IN THE LINE UP FOR 2014
SMITH  HAS A NEW HELMET OUT THAT HAS SOME STATE OF THE ART TECH. MORE ON THIS LATER.
SMITH HAS A NEW HELMET OUT THAT HAS SOME STATE OF THE ART TECH. MORE ON THIS LATER.
NEW SMITH SPORT GLASSES. MORE TO FALLOW.
NEW SMITH SPORT GLASSES. MORE TO FALLOW.
GIANT'S GLORY IS AS BEAUTIFUL AS EVER AND JUST AS FAST
GIANT’S GLORY IS AS BEAUTIFUL AS EVER AND JUST AS FAST
Liv/Giant WOMEN'S LINE IS A LINE JUST FOR WOMEN THAT COVERS SIZE AND FUNCTION.
Liv/Giant WOMEN’S LINE IS A LINE JUST FOR WOMEN THAT COVERS SIZE AND FUNCTION.
ELLSWORTH HAS ALWAYS MADE NICE FRAMES AND THIS IS NO EXCEPTION. THIS CARBON FRAME WAS AMAZING TO SEE.
ELLSWORTH HAS ALWAYS MADE NICE FRAMES AND THIS IS NO EXCEPTION. THIS CARBON FRAME WAS AMAZING TO SEE.
ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CARBON FRAMES I HAVE SEEN.
ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CARBON FRAMES I HAVE SEEN.

 

THE LONE RANGER WAS WITHOUT HIS HORSE OR BIKE.
THE LONE RANGER WAS WITHOUT HIS HORSE OR BIKE.
ALPINESTARS WAS AT THE DEMO SHOWING OFF THE GOODS.
ALPINESTARS WAS AT THE DEMO SHOWING OFF THE GOODS.
ONE OF MY ALL TIME OPTICS FAVORITES SPY WAS AT THE DEMO LETTING YOU KNOW WHAT THEY HAD.  LOOK FOR A UP COMING REVIEW SOON.
ONE OF MY ALL TIME OPTICS FAVORITES SPY WAS AT THE DEMO LETTING YOU KNOW WHAT THEY HAD.
LOOK FOR A UP COMING REVIEW SOON.
PIVOT CYCLES ENTERS THE CYCLOCROSS GAME WITH THIS COOL LOOKING CX BIKE.
PIVOT CYCLES ENTERS THE CYCLOCROSS GAME WITH THIS COOL LOOKING CX BIKE.
ONE OF THE WOMEN SPECIFIC SANTA CRUZ JULIANA LINE.
ONE OF THE WOMEN SPECIFIC SANTA CRUZ JULIANA LINE.
2014 GT FURY DOWNHILL BIKE
2014 GT FURY DOWNHILL BIKE
THE NEW GT 27.5 PRO FORCE CARBON
THE NEW GT 27.5 PRO FORCE CARBON
OUR EDITOR FROM BIKECOMMUTERS.COM, JACK SWEENEY WAS SUPER EXCITED, BUT I'M NOT SURE IF IT WAS BECAUSE THIS WAS HIS FIRST DIRTDEMO OR IT WAS THE OUTHOUSES.
OUR EDITOR FROM BIKECOMMUTERS.COM, JACK SWEENEY WAS SUPER EXCITED, BUT I’M NOT SURE IF IT WAS BECAUSE THIS WAS HIS FIRST DIRTDEMO OR IT WAS THE OUTHOUSES.

Well more to come, so stay tuned here on MtnBikeRiders.com and on our Facebook page. Till then see you from Interbike 2013


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Interbike 2013 in one week!

Once again Interbike is here. Well technically it starts next week. But we’ll be heading out there to provide you some Dirt Demo and Interbike Coverage of the shows. So many companies are coming out with the latest and greatest products and truthfully I just can’t keep up! So here’s what we’re planning on doing, anything we find interesting, that you the consumer (AKA: Joe MtnBiker) could find useful or make riding more fun and easier for you, then we’ll publish articles on it.

Extensive coverage during the shows can also be found on our Facebook Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/mtnbikeriders. So there might be things on Facebook that don’t necessarily make it on here and vice versa.

So this week we’re getting prepared to head over to Vegas. We’ve got our ample supply of beer, energy drinks, beef jerky and sun block…what? You need to protect your skin when you’re out in the desert riding bikes. Oh yea for forgot to mention, our Team for Media Coverage: Art Aguiliar who will mainly be providing coverage for MtnBikeRiders.com and Jack “Ghost Rider” Sweeney of BikeCommuters.com. Jack is our Editor at our sister site, BikeCommuters.com and he’ll be providing media coverage for that site. I’ll be bouncing back and forth between both sites publishing as many articles as I can.

One thing I forgot to mention, Art is currently in Italy. Yep, Mr. World Traveler is at Dainese checking out their factory and hopefully he’ll come back with some photos of then new elbow and knee pads they are offering. Art has been practicing his Italian in hopes he can communicate well enough to at least find the restrooms. He took some lessons from Peter Griffin.

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