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.
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.
On the horizon John introduced his new Carbon XC frame. Clean looks, we can’t wait to see this built up.
ALPINESTARS IS AN “A”
Alpinestars knee and elbow protection is top notch.
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.
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)
NEW KALI KNEE PADS
You may think these look like someone else pads, but they are made different and have added protection.
Well its that time of the season again, where the holidays are fast approaching. The days are getting shorter, the trees are changing color, and its getting colder outside. Well maybe not so much in Southern California where we have cool 68 to 75 degree days during fall and winter most of the time.
Who am I kidding, anything under 68 can be down right COLD!! I’m talking the tundra here.
So what can one do to spice up that ride around your local area trails. How about dressing up for the occasion and have a little fun on your ride with a group of friends.
I’m not talking about your riding gear your wearing here and I’m not saying go out and buy some all new gear ( well that is always fun to do, right).
No what I’m talking about is getting together with your buddies and dress for the holidays on your group ride. Its always fun to see a group of people dressed in costume for Halloween, fall Thanksgiving, or Christmas.
Being creative with your costume is great to see when your on the trail, its always a pleasure to see a group of riders dressed up on a ride having fun, I just don’t suggest the crazy clown suits this year if you know what I mean. Man those things freak me out.
So get out there and have a great time dong the Halloween ride this weekend, Christmas get out that Santa hat, or elf cap, maybe some antlers for your helmet perhaps. Have fun and be safe, unless you decide to go with the crazy clown thing, I say good luck on that one.
Have fun and dress up that ride this weekend or during the next couple of months.
MtnBikeRiders.com Staff wishes you a safe fun Halloween.
This just in!! Dainese USA is going to be having HUGE sale this week starting September 9/8 Thursday and Friday 9/9 11AM -7PM Friday, Saturday 9/10 9AM to 4PM.
If your a Downhill racer, shuttle rider, Freerider, into Enduro racing, a hardcore trail rider, heck even a Cross Country rider that want’s to protect themselves from a crash. Look no further for some of the best mountain bike gear out there at what could be some of the best prices ever.
MtnBikeRiders.com just got wind of this and we want to pass this on to our readership. As you know we have tested Dainese gear as well as AGV in the past and even been sponsored by them with our DH team a few years ago and this gear still holds true today with great quality and protection.
We don’t know what will be on sale and if your looking to get some new gear for what ever your discipline may be this may be something to check out, because it’s not everyday Dainese USA opens up their doors for a warehouse sale.
If you have a motorcycle or ski Dainese will be having some moto wear and winter ski wear for sale also.
So come out, tell your friends and get some deals on the best stuff out there.
All info details are in the posted flyer.
It’s been that long work week or a long day of work and the pressures of that boss, your bills, family matters, whatever it may be that’s weighing down on your shoulders to the point that you feel like you will never get that monkey off your back.
What do you do to get rid of that stress, drink? Eat? Maybe a little of both, but that may help for a minute (NOT) and it won’t give you clarity of the mind and body. What about getting on the bike you have in the garage or on the other side of your bed? That is if you sleep with her /him (“wink”).
Getting out on your bike and going on a long, heck even a short ride will do wonders for getting your prospective back. It makes you feel good about yourself, plus you know you’re getting some benefit from it too.
I myself like to go on a ride just by myself, no chit chat with others, just you, your bike, and the outdoors. Don’t get me wrong riding with a buddy or two is great too, but when you want to just get out and be in your thoughts of the world around you it’s kind of nice to be out there with just you.
THERAPY FOR THE MIND AND BODY
I will typically take my XC bike or my Enduro if I want to have a little bit of fun on the descents. Going on your DH bike would be a little much unless you like pushing the big beast for your therapy.
When you’re out there, wherever it may be its worth all the time in the world no matter the length of time you’re riding. I have friends that have their little trailer or their campers and they travel from spot to spot. I see their pics on Facebook and you just know it’s a daily dose of prospective and well being for the mind and body.
For most we may not have that luxury to get out like that, but maybe once in a great vacation. Just going to your local hills is always a great thing to do. My training backyard when I raced heavily in the day was Turnbull Canyon, just 10 minutes away (even closer when I lived down the street) was my go to therapy center to ride my problems away or just think things through.
Now one may think, why ride those same old trails I know it like the back of my hand. Not true at all.
When I’m on my rides I will stop and find a place that might connect to me for some reason, something to look at or even feel at the time of the ride. You have to open yourself up to your surroundings and let it all permeate to your soul. Get off your bike and soak it all in to the core. Take off your gloves, helmet, and sunglasses. Quiet your mind and breath in deeply and feel, hear, and see everything around you.
For myself I will close my eyes because I want to feel things without my eyes, heightening my other senses.
Doing these exercises brings calm to my mind and soul. My body feels alive and awake. This will take time to master as we generally tune into only what we see and when we see more with our eyes it send those feeling to the other senses, clouding them. That’s why I say use all the senses you have first to find the calm, as you progress then close your eyes and only use your hearing touch and smell.
The clam you will feel will let you relax and feel better about yourself. You will feel that those pressures you have will feel less stressful and let you deal with them better.
You know like “SERENITY NOW, SERENITY NOW…”
As your riding, look at all your surroundings you will be surprised at what you miss by just riding a trail and not seeing where you ride. From animals, to the sounds around you, smells that carry from a distance that could give you a lunch or dinner idea for the day. You would be surprised.
THE RIDE BACK
Once you have found that center and you feel relaxed there is the ride back to the car or home, don’t start to dwell on the pressures you had going into the ride, stay focused on what you experienced on your ride and keep it close to your thoughts for as long as you can, why because it was what made you feel good about being there, made you realize that yes there are things to deal with on a daily basis.
You have given yourself the time needed to bring “YOU” time to yourself to see mentally you needed that time to refresh your mind and in doing so your body as well. Breathe in deeply and let it flow through you.
One last thing to do to keep the feeling alive in you during this time is to stop at say your favorite spot for a bite and your favorite libation. It’s that last me time as you tackle the next day with a fresh mind.
I love to do this as my last thing to do when I can.
YOU!! YOU!! YOU!!
Remember to go out and get that me time for yourself, this is what its all about when things might hit the wall for you. You’re not only exercising your senses, but freeing your minds soul and in the process not only exercising the body, but bringing in all that’s around you to help relax you in a whole.
Well if you try this I hope you feel better the next time you go out and need that prospective and relief from the everyday things that may weigh on our shoulders. Breath, feel, and open up you to the world around and relax.
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.
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.
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.
Static wheel weight
Lighter wheels/tires result in a quicker acceleration and lighter overall bike weight – a win-win combination.
ANTHEM ADVANCE O TEAM
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
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 A larger tire contact patch, increased stiffness, and optimized frame geometry improve traction, braking and handling.
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.
TRANCE ADVANCE O
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.
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.
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.
KOALA BOTTLE & CAGE I know why test a water bottle, its just a water bottle. Well you may say its just another water bottle, but that’s just a little far from the truth here. This is a whole new twist when it comes to a water bottle and its not so much the bottle, its also the cage.
You see this is a team, a combo. You can’t have one without the other, a team that goes hand in hand like cake and ice cream, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, The Three stooges, or Batman & Robin, The list goes on. The water bottle and cage have been together since the dawn of cycling time.
When we go to events its quite easy to miss things as well as not miss things and I must have walked by the Koala Bottle booth several times while at Sea Otter, but when one of the guys called me over to their booth, why not I’ll hear the spiel.
After I was explained how it works I was impressed with this product and just had to get our hands on one to test for MtnBikeRiders.com and our sister site BikeCommuters.com.
CHANGING THE WHEEL
Well I thought you really couldn’t do any thing different to a bottle/cage combo, but the guys at Koala Bottle did.
If you look at the cage ( photo to the left) it has no arms around the cage to hold the bottle in and to look at it one would think it should just fall out, you ask why doesn’t it. Well I’m glad you asked. What makes this cage and bottle unique is the cage, the top of it is equipped with two strong earth magnets that are molded into the top of the cage and the bottle comes with a metal ring that once installed around the bottle’s neck will engage the magnets as you place the bottle close to them.
With a loud snap you will know that the bottle is locked in and will not come off. These magnets are very strong. The bottle has such a positive hold it almost feels like it won’t come off, but rest assured with a tug on the bottle it will snap off with no problem.
Another thing to tell you about in the cage design and it’s ability for mounting, if you look at the photo of it (on the left) you will notice the slots as well as the hole positions which is great for a many number of frames, also on the mounting slot or rib area there are slots molded into it so you can use zip ties to mount the cage to a frame that may not have cage screws. I mounted the cage and bottle to my Giant Reign frame (see pics) to show you how it works. With four zip ties on the top tube it made for a very solid mount and on my trail ride the bottle and cage didn’t budge, even with a ride down eight flights of stairs.
FIT TO FRAME Now depending on you frame this could be a problem. I have a small Giant Trance and the cage mounts are in a tight area. I could only use a 21oz bottle in this area and using a standard bottle and cage makes it very difficult to pull out. I do have to take my eyes off the trail at times to pull the bottle out or put it back into the cage due to how tight it is.
A blessing in disguise with the Koala Bottle. The fit was still tight, but that has nothing to do with the Koala Bottle and more with the frame lay out. This is what makes this set up great if you have a small frame like me. It’s just a side pull out and whoopy it’s out.
TRAIL TEST TIME
Now is the moment of truth, where we go and hit the trail and give the product the test of a life time. At MtnBikeRiders.com we take a product and test it to make sure it will stand up to guys and gals like you. We jump, ride, go over the roughest trails, smack, and trash to the best of our ability, because we know this is what you do when your on a trail
My first test was the mellow test on my Cross bike to see how it feels to use the bottle while pulling it on and off multiple times.
I found that after getting a feel for pulling it on and off I didn’t have to look down to see what I was doing. At first you will feel like its to hard of a pull, but it really isn’t and its a lot easier to use then the standard cage design.
If you have ever ridden a cross bike it can be quite bumpy, enough to rattle your teeth loose and to no avail the Koala Bottle stuck like a fly to fly paper. Test one complete. Test two was on the Trance doing XC riding and with the bottle in the upright position as you see in the pics the Koala Bottle preformed great ( just like on the Reign) with know problems, test two was know complete, but the ultimate test, my go to trail to kill just about any product with multiple runs or just one, “ROCKIT”.
I pulled out the Mach 5 for this one ( my old DH rig ) a Giant Faith freeride bike. This frame is equipped with water bottle cage screws and the location is on the down tube facing the ground, which would serve as the perfect test to see if it would come off with ease. Most bikes will come with two bottle screw set ups, one on the down tube facing the inside of the triangle and one set on the down tube facing the ground.
The Mach 5 has it’s cage screws facing the ground and with 8″ of travel and one of the roughest trails in OC lets see what will happen.
RL and I set up on the rough sections of the trail, RL took up the camera and me on the bike. I set out to see if I could shake the Koala bottle off. On the first pass I went for the most bumps I could find starting off with a small jump, then pointing my tires for the roughest spots I could find. When I finished the first pass the Koala bottle was with me. My thought “AWESOME!” I couldn’t believe it was still on after that first pass. I do have to say this test would be far beyond what most riders would most likely take this bottle and cage through, but just to see how much force it would take to make it come off we had to know.
The second pass again no problem. The third pass though was the breaker. I hit a set of deep ruts and popped up and landed so hard it was enough to wake me up. The bottle hit the floor and survived with a few scratches. The ring on the neck did snap loose from the joint, it is loose on the bottle, but seems not to be a problem.
After taking the Koala Bottle and cage on several test rides ranging from cross, XC, and DH (which is a test beyond what most would do) it proved to be worthy indeed. Great mounting ability, easy to get in and out of the cage is what this is all about.
True the water bottle and cage have not changed much, but if you could improve on one of the oldest cycling combos around and make it better the guys at Koala Bottle have done it.
The bottle and cage combo come in two set-ups, one in a 21oz. bottle and cage for $27.99 and one in a 24oz. for $29.99. Now this may sound like a lot, but when you consider a price for a high end cage or insulated water bottle, then the Koala Bottle and cage is a not a bad deal.
A couple weeks ago, I got the opportunity to drop by the Paul’s Ride for Life event, which centers around a charity ride that raises money for life-saving organ transplants. While I found out about it too late to join in the ride (which seems like it might be a cool thing to do next year), there was also a Cyclefest event sponsored by a local shop, the Bike Lane. As part of that, there were not only tables and booths for cool local organizations like MORE and FABB (join one or both if you’re in the area!), but demo bikes on hand from Niner, Felt, and Trek. I got to try out the Trek Superfly Al (geared) and the Niner S.I.R. 9 (singlespeed) for a few minutes each.
I tried the Niner first, and man… it was a fun bike! You can probably trust the word of a man who owns one more than mine, but in the few minutes I got to tool around on it I was very impressed. The geometry felt really natural – the bike was responsive without being twitchy – and it didn’t feel too hefty despite the steel frame (853 Reynolds, for those who might be wondering!).
When I got on the Trek, I noticed immediately that it had a different approach than the playful Niner. The Superfly (in all editions) is billed as a race-oriented XC bike, and it shows in how it rides and handles. It was a nice bike, but I didn’t really get that grin on my face that I look for when testing a bike out. To be fair to Trek, part of this may have been because the brakes on my test bike were REALLY dirty and noisy, so I was distracted by that for much of my ride.
This was my first real experience testing out multiple bikes at a demo event (I was supposed to have a 2nd a couple days ago, but it got rained out), and it was a lot of fun! I’m sure many of you do this when you can, but I’d encourage everyone to attend demos when possible – it’s an easy way to check out one or several bikes fairly quickly, whether you’re looking for a new ride or not!
I was out of town this week for work, and when I came home I had package waiting for me from Airborne Bicycles.
I was planning on meeting up with RL and several other riders first thing Saturday morning for a ride at Whiting Ranch, so I spent some time to get the Goblin assembled and ready for a ride the next day. For those of you out there who have never built a bike, here’s a quick look at how the bike came, and how much assembly was actually required. I took pictures of each part as I unwrapped it and it came out of the box. Upon opening the box, the wheels were on top and the first thing to come out.
As you can seen the the photo, the ends of each hubs had plastic guards to prevent them from damaging any other components in the box during shipping. The wheels were also zip-tied together to prevent any unnecessary movement while still in the box. The wheels are equipped with SRAM’s new 10-speed cassette. This is the number one thing I have been looking forward to about this frame is being able to spend some extended time with the 2×10 system. I have demo’d it before on several other frames, but only a ride here and there. The wheels both have 160mm Avid rotors. Having removed all of the protective packaging, I set the wheels aside for later.
Individually wrapped were a few smaller components such as the skewers and the saddle, already mounted to the seat-post.
The last and largest part left in the packing was the frame itself. This was definitely the longest part of the unpackaging process in that there was lots small pieces of wrapping attached to the frame. Each tube has its own wrapping to protect it from damage. The frame in its entirety was also attached to cardboard supports in the box to keep it from moving during shipment. The frame already had the fork, bottom bracket, cranks, headset, stem, seat clamp, grips and brakes installed as well as the the derailleurs mostly installed. The rear derailleur still need to be attached to the frame, but all the cables and hydraulic lines were already run and in place.
I attached the rear derailleur to the frame and straighten/aligned the front fork and the stem. While the stem was already install the bars were in installed on the stem, so the stem needed to be opened up to put the bars in place. Next the skewers needed to be placed in the wheels, so the wheels could be set into the frame. Once the skewers where in place, the protect plastic parts to keep the brake caliber from compressing needed to be removed. Once that was done the wheels were ready to be installed. FYI- Be very aware when seating your wheel that they are fully recessed into the dropouts. Losing a wheel while riding really sucks!
With the wheels installed that left the saddle and drive-rain as remaining parts in the box to be installed. I took a quick stab at the estimated saddle height and tightened down the collar. Then I completely removed the chain from the frame and wrapped it around the two largest cogs to confirm it was the appropriate length. I ended up taking a couple of links out. Once the chain was installed the rear derailleur needed to be adjusted. The only must have tool to put the bike together was really just my allen-wrench set. Two things that are not included in the box, were pedals and a water bottle cage. I stole those parts off another bike. I made some adjustment to cockpit of the Goblin to make it ready for me to ride. I moved the brake levers to the inside of the shifter and also moved both the shifters and levers much further in toward the center of the bars so that the brake lever is position so that I can brake with solely the index finger. I tend to do all of my shifting with my thumbs, and positioned the shifters accordingly as well. After spinning around in front of my house the final adjust I made was to the position of the saddle by sliding it futher back, away from the bars.
The Goblin was now ready for it first time in the dirt!
The full specifications and geometry for the Goblin can be found here on Airborne’s site. Stay tuned for for more pics and info on the Airborne Goblin!
Sometimes we here at MTNBikeRiders receive letters from Santa about this time of year. Usually it’s kids writing to Santa wanting to get a new bike for Christmas but let’s face it, Santa ain’t got a clue when it comes to bikes. Santa will usually forward the letters to us to read and make a suggestion for a new bike. Below is a perfect example of just such a letter. Billy, from the USA, wrote Santa asking for a new bike that he could race! Well we just happen to get in a new Sette Serum Pro for a long term test.
Billy, here is a video I shot just for you. If your a good kid, maybe, just maybe you’ll get a new Sette Serum for Christmas.
Quality is priority #1. The tubes fade in several places from a visible carbon weave to a flat black which is completely different their older frame the Phantom. The carbon is 3k High Modulus which means high quality. There are only a few carbon bike manufacturers in the world and you can be sure that this frame was produced in one of them. With a 5 year warranty, you can’t wrong.
Full spec kit is priority #2. The bike has Shimano XT everything except for the brakes which are Avid Exlir CR. Tires are Kenda Small Block 8, a great all around choice. Front suspension is provided by a Fox 32 F RL which is indubitably one of the best.
Stiff. Lightweight. Fast. I will be testing this bike on real trails but during the neighborhood test, all the kids got smoked. I have seen others weigh the frame by itself at 2.7 lbs and this bike weighs 22.5lbs, really light!
The bike is available for purchase now at a retail price of $2250 and the forums are already abuzz about the new frames. If your a good kid like Billy, maybe Santa will bring you one too.
I’ll be testing this bike for a while and my first order is to fine tune the cockpit. Once that is completed and this heat wave we are experiencing fades, I’m gett’n on this thing for sure.
Sea Otter Twenty Ten presented Jer and I with a world of carbon framed bikes. One striking design was the Titus Racer X Carbon with its “X” shaped frame and its modified four bar suspension design. Designed as a pure XC race bike designed for those racers not looking to get beat up by the common Scandium framed hard tail and still looking for a stiff, efficient frame that can take the edge off the rough stuff. Titus was represented in a big way with lots of demo bikes available to the public and media to ride on the buff trails of Monterey.
I demo’d the Carbon “X” with a mid level build kit. As with any bike, set up is quite a personalized thing. The cockpit was certainly not set up for me and the tire choice did not suit me at all. The demo bike came set up with a negative rise stem and a riser bar, weird. Tire choice on the demo were Continental Mountain King, I’ve ridden these tires before and do not like them. These are all personalized items and I will focus just on the frame and its qualities.
The bike was extremely light, no official figures were available but if I had to guess I would say it was around 24-25 lbs. First thing I noticed was how it accelerated. The bike would move forward with no hesitation with each pedal stroke. Climbing was easily accomplished with the rear suspension maintaining traction at all times even with the very worn Mountain Kings. While climbing I did notice the front wheel was very light and would easily lose contact with the ground. Could be the frame was slightly to small for me or just the overall set up. Descending scared me with the cockpit setup, negative rise stem and riser bar; I was too far over the front wheel. One section we took was a very sandy descent with many stair steps; Ya I took it slow.
Overall the bike was very stiff, light and efficient with very little bobing but it was there. The trails around Sea Otter are pretty smooth with very little rocks; unlike what I am use to with our very rocky San Gabriel / So Cal trails. I really need to get a long term demo and set it up for me and my riding preferences. I wouldn’t recommend running out and buying this bike w/o first demoing it and having it set up for you. This bike is race specific and shouldn’t be the only bike you own unless you are a racer only and have no need for a trail bike. In my opinion, there are bikes out there can hang with the “X” on the race course and be allot more versatile on the trails with your buddies.