Ripping Irish Loam with the Big Bad Wolfe – Video

Ripping Irish Loam with the Big Bad Wolfe – Video

Dan and Bike

The Big Bad Wolfe“I’ve never ridden a pair of wheels this stiff out of the box, with zero adjustments so far” – Dan Wolfe

The Afterburner WideR wheelset is a delightful choice to feed your inner wolf.
• Available in 27.5″ or 29″ Boost 148, or standard 142 spacing (135mm QR end caps also provided for standard 142).
• Boost 148 (27.5″ – 1,745g / 29″ – 1,830g) – $628.99
• Standard 142 (27.5″ – 1,666g / 29″ – 1740g) – $628.99

Hookless AsymetricalTubeless compatible (FSA rim tape provided) and complete with a hookless bead, these 27mm (inner rim width) rims are easy to mount any type of tire too.

The Big Bad Wolfe

The Big Bad WolfeDan’s Transition Carbon Patrol complete with Afterburner WideR wheels, SL-K Modular carbon cranks, and Grid tool free chain guide.

The Big Bad WolfeThe Wolfe lurks in the shadows…

The Big Bad WolfeWaiting to pounce…

The Big Bad WolfeAnd claim your seat at the big boy’s table.

XC Trail Coronet Peak. Queenstown .“What fine wheels you have!”

Cornering XC trail Coronet Peak. Queenstown “All the better to corner with, my dear…”

bigquotes There are those who are charming, quiet, polite, unassuming, complacent, and sweet, who pursue victory on the trail. And unfortunately, it is these gentle wolves who are the most dangerous ones of all.Dan Wolfe
The Big Bad Wolfe

MENTIONS: @FSA-MTB

Shimano Announces Affordable Deore M6000 Group and a Wide Range SLX Option

Shimano Announces Affordable Deore M6000 Group and a Wide Range SLX Option

Shimano 2017

Shimano’s latest press release reminds us that, as much as we would all like to own a ten thousand dollar trail bike, many avid riders, and some first-time mountain bikers will be hitting the trails this season aboard far more modest steeds. The new M6000-level Deore component ensemble is targeted at the entry-level enthusiasts and cash strapped shredders who would much prefer XTR, but have not yet purchased a winning lottery ticket.

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Clutch-type rear derailleur in long and mid-cage options.
Highlights of the new group are a clutch type Shadow plus rear derailleur, a four-arm XTR style crank spider, Centerlock brake rotors and hubs, and while the Servo-Wave brake levers and ICE-compatible calipers are modeled very close to the ergonomically pleasant XT and XTR stoppers, you’ll have to pony up for the finned brake pads, because they are not standard fare.

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Mid-length levers and servo-wave actuation.
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The 6000 calipers accept XTR finned brake pads.
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Choose a two or three-ring crankset with XTR styling.
Equally newsworthy was what was not included in the press release: No eleven speed for M6000, so it won’t be cross-compatible with its pricier siblings. The basic Deore will remain a ten-speed transmission, and there is no mention of a one-by (single chainring) option. Instead, M6000 customers can choose from a number of two and three-chainring cranksets (no surprise there) paired with a new wide-range 11 by 42-tooth cassette, or Shimano’s longstanding 11 by 32, 34, or 36-tooth cassettes. To assist OEM customers, Shimano will offer front changers with every possible cable and clamping arrangement.
Shimano 2017
Side-swing front mech for the entry level Deore group.
Shimano Deore M6000

Shimano 2017
SLX One-By and a Wide-Range Cassette

On the heels of the M6000 Deore ensemble, came the announcement that an SLX-level one-by drivetrain has finally been approved for production, and with an eleven–speed, 11 x 46-tooth, wide-range cassette – both of which will be released this Spring. The affordable one-by transmission, big-boy cassette and the concurrent release of XT-level wheelsets with Boost axle spacing reflect a large-scale adjustment in the Japanese parts maker’s range, presumably, to pull alongside SRAM in the OEM market and to ensure that those customers have the proper tools to outfit mid-priced performance mountain bikes with tip-to-toe Shimano componentry.

Shimano Deore M7000
Entry Level Trail Pedal

Shimano also added an SPD Trail pedal to its range that is reportedly priced to match the M6000 ensemble. The PDED500 pedal once again, puts one of Shimano’s most-wanted products into the hands of entry-level riders. Expect to see the 500-level pedals on demo fleets world wide. No price was available at the time of the press release.

Shimano 2017
Boost Wheelsets

Wheels have gradually become a staple product for Shimano and, while wide rims are still on the horizon, to keep in step, their wheel range is now available in Boost-width as well as standard-width axles. Two new 29” and 27.5” Deore XT wheelsets have wider axle options – a 110x15mm e-thru front- and a 148x12mm rear-axle spacing. Shimano says that the new wheelsets increase stiffness. Also new are rear thru axle hubs (AX-MT700 and AX-MT500) with smaller housings and lighter weights that feature greater clearance for frames and brake calipers.

Shimano Deore M8000
Shimano 2017

MENTIONS: @shimano

SRAM Announces New Roam 50 Carbon Wheels

SRAM Announces New Roam 50 Carbon Wheels

SRAM Roam 50
SRAM Roam 50
SRAM’s extremely versatile trail wheel extends its reach this year by adding a carbon rim to the mix. Backed by the rapid engagement of our Double Time hub, the new Roam 50’s stiffer, wider-profile carbon rim offers a whole new level of responsiveness, predictability and speed to every ride. The new Roam 50 is a true mountain biker’s wheel set, whether you’re racing the clock, your friends, the setting sun—or just out enjoying the view.

Roam 50 Features

• Fully featured carbon wheels designed for trail riders
• Sizes: 29”
• 25mm internal rim width
• Hookless, tubeless-ready rim
• Double Time, four pawl hubs for quick engagement
• Includes 6-color sticker pack to match your wheels to your bike—red/blue/ green/yellow/orange/red-orange
• Entirely designed and manufactured by SRAM
• Weight : (Front 15×100 765g) (Rear 12×142 XD 890g) (Pair 1,655g)
• Price: $1298 USD. Front/Rear: $599 / $699 | €653 / €763 | £554 / £646

SRAM Roam 50
SRAM Roam 50
Additional Details

Spoke count: 24
Spoke pattern: 2 cross
Spoke type: Bladed, Double-Butted 2.0 to 1.8mm
Finish: unidirectional carbon fiber / matte clear coat / bake-on labels / decal pack included
Rim: carbon clincher, hookless tubeless-ready asymmetrical profile
External nipples: aluminum
Cassette compatibility: SRAM XD, SRAM/Shimano MTB
Front axle compatibility: QR, 15x100mm—regular or torque caps, Boost 15x110mm—regular or torque caps, Predictive Steering
Rear axle compatibility: QR, 12x142mm. Boost 12x148mm
End caps available separately for QR or 12x135mm

www.sram.com

Solid Reverse Factory Racing 2017

Solid Reverse Factory Racing 2017

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.

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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.

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Riders

Julian Steiner – Elite

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bigquotes 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

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bigquotes 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

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bigquotes 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.
Sponsors:

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.

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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.

SRF 2017

MENTIONS: @solidbikes / @schwalbe / @oneal

Stans Debuts S1 Affordable Wheel Range – Eurobike 2016

Stans Debuts S1 Affordable Wheel Range – Eurobike 2016

Stans S1 wheels 2016

Stans No Tubes may have forged tubeless tires into a reality for mountain bikers with its breakthrough sealant and tape systems, but wheel goods are now the highlight of its business. Stans’ quiet and persistant march towards perfecting the tubeless mountain bike wheel has gained the brand industry wide respect – and a busload of international victories in every mountain bike discipline. This week, Stans announced the culmination of a project which took over a year to bring to fruition: The S1 series wheels, which are made from 6061-alloy aluminum rims, extruded using the same durable profiles as its Crest and Arch designs. S1 rims are available in inner-widths, from XC/trail 28-millimeters, to Plus-width, 38-millimeters and are laced to Stans’ Neo rapid-engagement hubs. Spokes are still Sapim – just like their high-end wheels use – and all S1 wheelsets will retail for $455 USD. Stans’ press release is repeated below. – RC


Stan’s S1 Wheelsets

NoTubes is proud to introduce a new series of wheels designed to bring their patented tubeless technology to an even wider range of riders. Built for long life, low maintenance, and outstanding value, the new S1 series wheels feature 6061 series alloy rims and are available in six different widths suited to more types of riding. With an emphasis on value and durability, the new S1 alloy wheelsets join a mountain wheel lineup that currently includes Stan’s successful MK3 premium alloy wheels and innovative Valor and Bravo carbon series wheelsets. While MK3 wheelsets are built to balance strength, light weight, and stiffness, S1 wheelsets will focus on maximum strength and durability. The deeper profile and thicker walls of the new S1 rims result in a 50 to 70 gram weight increase over MK3 rims, but offer greater impact strength for an even wider range of use.

Stan s rim profiles
Stan’s low-flange rim profile stabilizes the tire laterally and lowers rolling resistance for all types of tubeless tires.
bigquotes The goal was to take everything we’ve done for tubeless technology, and put it into a truly bombproof and affordable wheel. – Chris Currie, Stans Creative Director
Construction and Features

Designed according to Stan’s WideRight rim and tire fit system, S1 series wheelsets will be available in six different rim models, with internal widths ranging from 23mm to 38mm. Combined with Stan’s low-profile, high-volume Bead Socket Technology rim design, these widths let the new S1 range accommodate tires from 2.0- to 3.5-inches. All S1 wheelsets will be built with 32 spokes, front and rear, Sapim’s proven Race spokes and Secure Lock brass nipples, and Stan’s faster engaging Neo hubs. Hubs will be available to fit most axle systems, including Boost. All models will be available in 27.5 and 29-inch rim sizes, and select models will also be available in 26-inch.

The new S1 series includes reinforced versions of the classic Crest, Arch, and Flow – names already familiar to fans of Stan’s tubeless rims. In addition to the new Crest S1, Arch S1, and Flow S1, three entirely new, wider wheelsets will be available. The Sentry S1, Baron S1, and Major S1 offer Stan’s patented Bead Socket Technology, bringing tubeless performance to the largest mountain and Plus tires.

Stans Neo rapid engagement hubsets 2016
Stans’ Neo rapid-engagement hubsets support almost every axle type and width, as well as Shimano HG and SRAM XD freehub styles.
Crest S1

• Use: Aggressive Cross Country and Trail
• Internal Rim Width: 23mm
• Optimal Tire Size: 2.0″ to 2.25″
• Hubs: Stan’s Neo 32hole front/rear
• Spokes/Nipples: Sapim Race Black 2.0/1.8/2.0mm, Secure Lock Brass Silver Nipples
• Wheel Sizes and Weights: 26″ – (1,649g), 27.5″ – (1,731g), and 29″ – (1,813g)
• MSRP: $455 USD

Stans S1 wheelsets - Crest 2017
Stans S1 wheelsets - Crest 2017
Arch S1

• Use: Trail and Enduro
• Internal Rim Width: 26mm
• Optimal Tire Size: 2.25″ to 2.5″
• Hubs: Front/rear Stan’s Neo 32hole
• Spokes/Nipples: Sapim Race Black 2.0/1.8/2.0mm, Secure Lock Brass Silver Nipples
• Wheel Sizes and Weights: 27.5″ – (1,882g) and 29″ – (1,974g)
• MSRP: $455 USD

Stans S1 wheelsets - Arch 2017
Stans S1 wheelsets - Arch 2017
Flow S1

• Use: Aggressive Trail, All Mountain, Enduro, and Downhill
• Internal Rim Width: 29mm
• Optimal Tires Size: 2.35″ to 2.8″
• Hubs: Front/rear – Stan’s Neo 32hole
• Spokes/Nipples: Sapim Race Black 2.0/1.8/2.0mm, Secure Lock Brass Silver Nipples
• Wheel Sizes and Weights: 27.5″ – (2,034g), and 29″ – (2,134g)
• MSRP: $455 US

Stans S1 wheelsets - Flow 2017
Stans S1 wheelsets - Flow 2017
Sentry S1 Wheelset

• Use: Plus Tire Performance and Adventure
• Internal Rim Width: 32mm
• Optimal Tire Size: 2.5″ to 3.0″
• Hubs: Front/rear – Stan’s Neo 32hole
• Spokes/Nipples: Sapim Race Black 2.0/1.8/2.0mm, Secure Lock Brass Silver Nipples
• Wheel Sizes and Weights: 26inch – (1,972g), 27.5″ – (2,034g), and 29″ – (2,134g)
• MSRP: $455 US

Stans S1 wheelsets - Sentry 2017
Stans S1 wheelsets - Sentry 2017
Baron S1 Wheelset

• Use: Plus Tire Performance, Adventure, and Trail
• Internal Rim Width: 35mm
• Optimal Tire Size: 2.8″ to 3.2″
• Hubs: Front/rear – Stan’s Neo 32hole
• Spokes/Nipples: Sapim Race Black 2.0/1.8/2.0mm, Secure Lock Brass Silver Nipples
• Wheel Sizes and Weights: 26inch – (1,998g), 27.5″ – (2,060g), and 29″ – (2,162g)
• MSRP: $455 US

Stans S1 wheelsets - Baron 2017
Stans S1 wheelsets - Baron 2017
Major S1 Wheelset

• Use: Plus Tire Adventure and Trail
• Internal Rim Width: 38mm
• Optimal Tire Size: 3.0″ to 3.5″
• Hubs: Front/rear – Stan’s Neo 32hole
• Spokes/Nipples: Sapim Race Black 2.0/1.8/2.0mm, Secure Lock Brass Silver Nipples
• Wheel Sizes and Weights: 26inch – (2,030g), 27.5″ – (2,094g), and 29″ – (2,198g).
• MSRP: $455 US

Stans S1 wheelsets - Major 2017
Stans S1 wheelsets - Major 2017

Price and Availability

All S1 series wheelsets have an MSRP of $455. Complete wheelsets will be offered by distributors and available via independent bicycle dealers in early spring of 2017. For more information, visit Stans No Tubes.