In 2011 the RUX was born to enter the DH suspension world. Its test pilots, Garett Buehler and James Doerfling, were dropping big lines in British Columbia in preparation for their first big show at Rampage 2012. The RUX chassis was solid and dependable, but refinement was needed. For three years the WERX team refined the details, and in 2015 things were changing with a Women’s Junior World Championship under Marine Cabirou and a Rampage win under Kurt Sorge.
Last season saw the addition of our R2C2 PCS (piston compensator system) damper earning a bronze medal under Frenchman Florent Payet at World Championships, another Rampage podium, and Best Trick under Carson Storch.
With solid products, we turned to build our WERX support team to match the needs of a growing world-class family, and the Polygon UR team was a great test of it all. A few laps in Whistler and some pre-season testing at Bailey Mountain, North Carolina, with Mick Hannah showed what the RUX could do. After these tests sessions, the Polygon UR team made a comment, “Wow, it’s surprisingly good.” Most companies would not share this, but we are not them.
We know what the RUX can do, and it’s about to change people’s perception of what SR SUNTOUR is doing. We would like to thank the Polygon UR team for their support, trust, and commitment to us. We welcome you to the family, and good things shall come.
||I’m excited to develop a new relationship with SR Suntour! So far the performance has been very impressive! It has a good balance between comfort and support, and I love how tunable it is which means we can have a great setup on any course. – Mick Hannah
||I am so excited to be partnering up with SR Suntour for the upcoming season. The fork is very comfortable, and from the first run I felt at home; I believe the partnership compliments my goals for this season and I can’t wait to start racing. – Tracey Hannah
||The team is really stoked to partner with SR Suntour for the coming years! When the team decided to work with SR Suntour we didn’t judge by the reputation, nationality or the size of any company. We are taking the decisions on real facts with the goal of working with the right people to develop the best products that will make us ride faster in the long run. – Polygon UR Team
||Looking at the SR Suntour background, you wouldn’t think they would be the first choice for a World Cup team. But the reality is when you put together hard work, motivation, and humble people and you give them the means to achieve their goals good things will happen! – Fabien Cousinie, Team Manager Polygon UR)
||This is exactly what happened with SR Suntour over the last few years, and the podium at World Champs from our good friend Florent Payet is unquestionable proof of performance, especially on a track like Val di sole. – Polygon UR Team
||This is where SR Suntour is at now, and haters are going to hate but we believe that adding the suspension experience of the team, and with more hard work with an awesome group of people, we will hopefully have more podiums but for sure more fun. – Polygon UR team
Following on from the SHAN 26, the SHAN 27, the OKA and the SHAN GT, we bring you our fifth frame, the SHAN N°5. We first outlined this project two years ago, but the developmental pace picked up rapidly at the beginning of 2016.
Once the design had been confirmed, the fabrication of the first two prototypes was left to our Pyrenean friends at Milc, a small company specialising in prototype production.
We’ve been intensively (and discreetly) testing the N°5 since May. After 8 months of trail testing, adjustments, suspension tests, and general weeding out of any issues, the SHAN N°5 was born.
As with all our frames in the SHAN range, we’ve created a playful bike with superb versatility, but without sacrificing the comfort and performance a modern full-suspension bike can bring. Throw a steel frame into the mix and you’ve got something very special indeed. The compliance, energy and feel you get from 4130 CroMo tubes is just… magical.
The first pre-series arrives around April, with the first production bikes scheduled for June. We’ve still got a bit of work to do before then, but we will let you know about some tech, specs and price in March.
Like all of our frames, the paint job is chosen with pride at Production Privee. We will release it in March, but be sure SHAN Nº5 will take inspiration from iconic cars like our previous bikes…
This video will hopefully allow you to imagine yourselves by our sides during the last few months of the project.
As good news never comes alone, we are also launching our brand new website at the same time:
After a successful three years on the World Cup Circuit, Solid Reverse Factory Racing sees some exciting changes for 2017, continuing their commitment to developing and supporting talented riders who are breaking into the World Cup scene.
Bad Wildbad, a notorious Downhill track in the heart of the Black Forest, brings Solid Reverse Factory racing back to where it all started. Three riders, all from within two hours of the Solid / Reverse Headquarters – form the DH racing team that will compete in German national rounds, iXS Cup and World Cup events. We welcome O’Neal onboard as a new sponsor for 2017 along with Solid Bikes, Reverse Components, Magura, BOS, SAPIM, and Schwalbe.
Julian Steiner – Elite
||2016 was the first year for me riding on the Strike for the Solid national squad. Looking forward to spending nothing but good times with my teammates Joshua Barth and our junior rider, Jan Flor at the races all over in Europe. At the moment I’m living in New Zealand getting ready for the new season I never prepared better for a season than this year. So I can’t wait to get out there with the team and see what we can do at the races.
Joshua Barth – Elite
||2017 will be my 5th year with Solid Bikes and Reverse Components! For me it’s great to be on a team with two guys I know so well and enjoy riding with. I’m looking forward to helping push each other to ride faster this year.
Jan Flor – Junior
||It’s amazing to be part of SRF! Since I was a young boy one of my dreams was to ride for a big team. Solid Reverse Factory Racing have made my dreams come true. I’m very excited for the upcoming session and racing around the world with best friends and the Solid Reverse Factory Team.
Solid Bikes will be providing framesets, with their newly designed Strike EVO, an incredible mix of durability, strength, and stiffness.
SRF will be running a Reverse Components cockpit, drivetrain and finishing kit setup, including wheelsets complete with SAPIM spokes.
BOS Suspension will be continuing to provide their high-performance dampers for 2017. The team will be running the BOS Idylle Rare FCV fork aboard the Strike EVO.
O’Neal will be providing all clothing and protective equipment for the riders, including their new Element Fr Blocker kit which will also be worn in 2017 by fellow O’Neal World Cup rider, Greg Minnaar.
Magura will be providing stopping power in the form of the awesome MT7 Carbon brakes and Schwalbe will be the official tire sponsor.
We would like to thank all our sponsors for their support for the 2017 race season and we’re looking forward to seeing our riders on podiums across Europe and beyond.
MENTIONS: @solidbikes / @schwalbe / @oneal
Fox Factory Holding Corp today announced the filing of a voluntary recall for certain bicycle FLOAT X2 shock absorber products due to a potential failure hazard.
Consumers should immediately stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. Retailers, distributors, and OEM customers should hold this product and stop sales and distribution until further instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
FOX has learned that under certain conditions, some bicycle FLOAT X2 shock absorber air sleeves can rupture due to the increase in internal air pressure which occurs during shock absorber compression. In response to this information, FOX has filed a Section 15(b) report with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) requesting the CPSC’s permission to conduct a voluntary recall of all Model Year 2016 FLOAT X2 bicycle rear shock absorbers and certain Model Year 2017 FLOAT X2 bicycle rear shock absorbers. The shock absorbers subject to this voluntary filing were shipped on or before September 9, 2016 and DO NOT have a “250 psi max” label directly under the air fill boss on the outer sleeve.
FOX is currently working with the CPSC to determine the scope of the voluntary recall and other details, including the remedial plan. A more comprehensive notice issued by the CPSC should be forthcoming in the near future. Meanwhile, if you are a reseller and have the subject rear shock absorbers in stock, please stop selling them immediately.
If you have any questions or comments regarding this announcement please contact FOX, toll-free: 855-360-3488 (M-F, 8am – 5pm, PT).
BikeYoke REVIVE Details
• Self-serviceable dropper post with reset function
• Non-IFP design.
• 125mm and 160mm options
• 30.9mm and 31.6mm diameters
• ‘Triggy’ One-By remote or regular push button
• Weight: 470g (125mm x 30.9mm), Triggy remote 25g
• Available January 2017
• 125mm – 293€
• 160mm – 310€
• Free shipping worldwide
• Titanium saddle clamp bolts (original: stainless steel)
• Free I-Spec B or I-Spec II adapter
What if there was a dropper post that solves and not just improves reliability issues, saves cost and time, and does not let you worry about time at service centers anymore? Or how about ‘bleeding’ your seat post within a few seconds while it’s still installed in your bike?BikeYoke presents its new REVIVE dropper post featuring one of the most brilliant design features in dropper design in many years. Revive will start with 125mm and 160mm options, infinitely adjustable travel and in 30.9 and 31.6mm diameters. More than ten years of experience in dropper design went into the Revive, and the development has finally paid off. Of course, just as many other companies BikeYoke would say, that Revive is reliable, strong and smooth…
And yes, Revive is all of that, but not because we tried to improve current designs, but because we were thinking outside of the box and created a new concept, that is different from everything before.
To understand the benefits over other posts, you have to know about the problems of many current designs first. Many of the traditional current designs are based on a hydraulic lockout-system that relies on a perfectly sealing IFP (Internal Floating Piston), separating oil from air to prevent the seatpost from getting that suspension feeling. There are a lot of difficulties to overcome when using an IFP because an IFP has to maintain 100% sealing function. If air can go to the oil side, your post will start becoming springy. This happens to a lot of posts on the market already and is the main issue why they need servicing. Just to mention a few of the issues an IFP design comes with:
• An IFP design requires a perfect finished surface of ID and OD, of both, inner and outer tubes in the hydraulic circuit. There is a high defective rate during production and is also difficult to keep the quality stable. This means those tubes are very expensive to produce.
• IFP designs require perfect concentricity of those tubes to ensure the IFP can move smoothly.
• An IFP is a dynamic seal with high preload/squeeze. This causes a ‘stick-slick’ effect on many posts, which you can feel, when your seatpost gets stuck and you need to break it loose manually because only pushing the remote won’t make it start moving.
• IFP’s are usually kept as short as possible to save on build height. But this means they can tilt inside the tube more easily and cause overly extensive wear and/or leakage. Long tubes and long travel will make it worse because the IFP has to follow not a straight line inside the tube, but a bent tube, since longer seatposts will obviously have more flex.
• An IFP usually requires a complex or difficult bleeding procedure, where the IFP has to be set to a certain position. Too much or too little oil also can cause malfunction of the seatpost.
This is why BikeYoke’s Revive features a non-IFP design because we think it is too difficult – if not impossible – to make a reliable design using an IFP.
The Revive only requires two dynamic seals in the hydraulic circuit (RS Reverb, KS LEV and Fox Transfer use four dynamic seals) with those two seals being the ones that are known to cause the least problems in sealing application: The inner shaft sealing and the piston sealing for the lockout mechanism. The highly critical IFP is removed and with it the need of perfect concentricity and finish of the sealing surfaces of the tubes. The lack of an IFP also results in the smoothest action of any hydraulic drop-post on the market.
REVIVE VALVE – The Reset-Feature
Even Revive can get air somewhere where it does not belong. This can happen for example, when you actuate your seatpost for a few times, while its upside down. And here is where the patented Revive Reset Valve comes into play: The Revive valve is located underneath the seatpost-head (same as a Reverb and KS LEV for example) and serves as regular air-valve for pumping up the post. However, pushing the Revive valve opens ports between chambers and activates the Revive-function:
Insert a 4mm Hex Key into the Revive hex port, turn it and push down the post by hand. This will automatically reset your hydraulic circuit to “new.” Whenever. Wherever. This can be done within a few seconds and only by the turn of a 4mm Allen key, without even having to remove your dropper post from your bike.
We made a video to show how simple this is:
Here is the REVIVE-feature in real-life action:
One Piece Lower
Next to creating a completely resettable hydraulic system, Revive also features a one piece lower tube, whereas many posts have the upper bushing (which experiences the biggest load) installed on a separate top cap, which is threaded on top of the lower tube. Installing the upper bushing directly into the lower tube does not only increase the structural strength of the lower assembly but also provides better load displacement. Perfect concentricity with the lower tube and it’s keyways that house 6x pins to eliminate rotational play, is also an attribute that comes in hand with a one piece lower tube. Due to the extra wall thickness at the collar area, Revive is also less prone to be affected by high seat-clamp squeeze.
So, now one might already understand that:
1. No air will want to go inside the post’s hydraulic circuit since it’s charged with higher pressure than its surroundings.
2. No oil will go out (or at least very very little oil over the course of a long time) because of very stable sealing – external sealing has never been a real problem of current post design
3. The hydraulic system can be reset to “new” via the unique “Revive-valving.”
This makes the hydraulic circuit into a stable closed system and basically maintenance free. Still, there are parts that need to servicing sooner or later and when designing Revive we put a lot of attention to maximum user-friendly serviceability: Bushings and keyway pins will wear over time. Usually, the pins wear first, and you would want to replace them to reset your rotational play. Exchanging the pins and the lower bushing is simple and does not require any opening of the hydraulic system and can be done within less than 5 minutes. You can watch how to do a full service here.