You may be confused at the first time, but the explanation is simple. From the beginning of Shovel story, we are trying to produce high-end and lightweight products at the same time. First Eighty8 was also lightweight chain guide with only 88 grams of weight. The official name comes from that time, but the main difference today is that Eighty8 is only 70 grams, because we improved Eighty8 up to the highest level of chain guides.
There are many questions, how Shovel can produce products with that quality level and ultra lightweight at the same time? The answer is not simple, but we will try to explain the production process, design, materials and the philosophy of Shovel. Optimal design, and high-end materials, such as aluminium 7075-T651, Ti (Grade V) bolts, weight, tough plastics make this Eighty8 chain guide one of the best and most reliable products on the market.
With aluminum and titanium, important parts of finish product are top guide and taco. Taco and top guide are made of durable-polyamid plastics. The top guide is specially designed to be tough, but also lightweight and small in proportions, and absorbs all kind of abuse from chain exceptionally well.
Shovel Eighty8 chain guide made from just best and finest materials, like all others Shovel components. Backplate is made from indestructible Aluminum 7075-T651, with 4mm thickness.
Titanium Grade 5 bolts are used for connections between backplate, taco, top guide and mount process and they are playing a big role in whole Shovel story. Titanium bolts are corrosion resistant, participate in quality and philosophy of light-weight products at the end.
Each step of the production process is made in-house.
Shovel CNC manufacturing is based on our personal programming skills in CAD Solidworks. The preliminary process, from purchasing materials, design, software programming, CNC manufacturing and almost the whole product treatment is happening in Shovel Components factory. When a CNC system is activated, the desired cuts are programmed into the software and dictated to corresponding tools and machinery, which carry out the dimensional tasks as specified. In Shovel factory, we push our machines to finish the hardest of tasks, to make all of our products look and feel perfect, straight from the machine.
The last stage of the production process is anodizing. Anodizing is nothing less important process. The main point of Shovel Components anodizing process is the highest quality of aluminum surface, strong thickness and durable color, and this is only possible with hard anodizing,(type II). Customers satisfaction is always on top of our priorities as Shovel Components are made by riders, for riders, and there must not be compromises. That’s the reason why you can find so many product colors in our shop: black, red, blue, green and titanium.
Eighty8 chain guides are the result of smart and efficient design, and as such, from weight, materials, mounting time, toughness, this is the best enduro chain guide on the market.
Why to choose Eighty8 ?
We hope that you convinced yourself that we are talking about a high-end product with excellent performance at the sane price, which makes it the BEST enduro chain guide on the market.
At the end of this review, we want to repeat the benefits and reasons why to choose Shovel Eighty8 chain guide.
– Complete in-house production
– Made of high-end materials: Aluminum 7075-T651, titanium and tough plastics
– Reverse C design
– Easy mount system
– Available in several colors
– Light-weight product with 70 grams
– Compatible with oval chainrings
– Sliding top guide
– Designed to shred
• Still running either 150mm or 160mm front suspension for maximum trail hooliganism.
• Now updated to run a boost 148×12 rear wheel to increase tyre clearance
• Roomier ETT & reach sizing to match the Aeris range – 630mm ETT on the ML size with 451mm reach
• Still sporting super short chainstays for a playful ride
• Slacker head angle – 64.1 degrees static with a 160mm fork gives a confident ride in all terrain
• 27.5? x 2.8? tyre clearance
• One piece machined brake mount and dropout assembly for maximum precision and minimum squeal
• ISCG05 chain guide mount with boost/non-boost adaptor
• We’re sticking with external cable routing for easy maintenance, continuous outer gear cables for maximum cable longevity and a BSA threaded 73mm bottom bracket
• Stealth dropper seat post routing
• Tubeless set up out of the box
Acid yellow and Atomic Blue Zero AM
With full customisation, you can get the right bike at the right price. Choose from:
• Rockshox Revelation, Yari, Pike and Lyrik forks
• SRAM NX, GX Eagle, X01 and XX1 or Shimano Deore, SLX and XT drive options
• Wheels by DT Swiss and Hope
• A range of finishing parts from RaceFace, Hope and Bird
Custom Builds start from £1374:
• Bird Zero AM Frame in a choice of colours
• DT Swiss M1900 wheels (30mm Internal)
• 2018 RockShox Revelation RC fork
• SRAM 11 speed NX Groupset
• SRAM Level T brakes
• RaceFace Ride seat post, bars and stem & Half Nelson Grips
• Fabric Scoop Saddle
• Cane Creek 40 headset
• Choice of Maxxis Tyres, shipped tubeless set up
“With the Zero AM boost update we’ve brought in additional quality and refinements to the already popular design, without compromising it. The new boost spacing and revised geo brings it up to date with our Aeris full suspension bikes but doesn’t loose any of the easy to live with, great to ride characteristics of the original.
I think for sometime its been our signature hardtail, racking up multiple wins and series victories in enduro races across the UK. We’d even go as far as to say it’s possibly the winning-est enduro hard tail the UK ever has seen. Fans of the original will be happy to see the lineage continue, only even better. Dave liked the 2nd generation prototype of this new version so much he’s kept it as his own and has been riding it round our local trails for months. So much for keeping things under wraps!”
Truvativ have long been proponents of the 31.8mm clamping diameter for their handlebars, but the times are changing, and after releasing a 35mm carbon DH bar earlier this year they’ve now announced even more 35mm diameter handlebars and a stem to go with them. But don’t worry, those 31.8mm options aren’t going anywhere — the new sizes are additions, not replacements, at least for the time being. Keep on scrolling for images, prices, and specs of the new products, which will be available in January 2018.
There’s a wealth of carbon wheels currently on the market, which means that it often comes down to the little details when deciding what to buy. For that reason, we’re seeing more companies offering impressive guarantees and warranties that make it a little easier to justify ponying up for a set of fancy carbon hoops.
Race Face are no exception, and they recently announced a two year guarantee for their carbon wheels that covers damage of any kind, including moments of user error, like backing over your wheel as you drive away from the trails. Read on for more details from Race Face, as well as a visual representation of exactly what that guarantee covers.
It’s clear that people love to abuse their bikes. And coming up on 25 years of building industry leading bicycle components, we’ve seen just about every story of JRA imaginable. From botched gaps to bikes on roof racks meeting garage entrances, the tragic stories of components lost before their time get shared amongst riders like folklore. And while these can be fun for wrenches filling in some #bikeshopbingo, we want to ensure our customers are getting the full lifetime of their product, especially when it comes to an investment in ride quality like Next R carbon wheels.
Race Face believes that our carbon wheels are top of their class; they are so durable we are offering the following 2 year, no fault, guarantee to the original retail purchaser with proof of purchase. At the discretion of Race Face we will, within 2 years of your original purchase, repair or replace your carbon wheel regardless of how the damage occurred or what the damage is. This guarantee covers your complete carbon wheel, including the rim, spokes, and hub with bearings to ensure you have a fully functioning, ride-ready wheel.
Commencal says that they have been working on this one for well over a year, and it’s hard to believe that photos aren’t plastered on the interweb, considering that the prototype, with its HPP high-pivot swingarm and anti-chain-growth roller guide has been on the trails since the Meta AM V4.2 and Supreme DH V4.2 were released. Commencal’s HPP rear suspension has already proven itself on the World Cup DH circuit, and now, the bomb-hole eating high-pivot configuration has been adapted to create a 180-millimeter-travel chassis that is much more gravity capable than the Andorran brand’s Meta V4 range. Commencal posts the $3,699 USD Supreme SX as an enduro machine in their “official” white paper, but then goes on a rant about how it was actually made to go as big as possible at the bike park, or sail down your local zone’s most extreme lines. Oh, and apparently, it’s a decent climber too. Check out the official press release below. – RC
In a world where performance and competition often take over, at Commencal we still believe in fun!
We love climbing on our bikes but what we really want is to send it big on the way down. We’re not talking about race lines here, we’re talking about big lines, the ones that require “balls” as we like to say!
For those who want to ride harder and also for those who think that having fun is more important than a fast time, the Supreme SX is for you, it is for us.”
The first prototypes with a high pivot point (HPP) were developed on an enduro platform with 160mm of travel. There are numerous advantages to such a system such as optimized wheel path, reduced kickback, and anti-squat for better pedaling.
Let’s start with wheel path. When the bike is not moving it’s difficult to differentiate how the HPP will affect the suspension but in action, it’s a different story. The rear wheel moves backward and what better tool is there to absorb hits?
This rearward axle path extends the chainstay length, bringing more stability and grip. It’s simple and effective. To counter the influence of the chain, there is an idler positioned near the main pivot, which eliminates harmful kickback. The suspension is then not affected by the chain at all.
Supreme SX Black Travel: 180mm Fork: RockShox Lyrik RCT3 180mm Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe RC3 230 x 65 Crank: SRAM Descendant 32t Rear Mech: SRAM GX 11-speed Brakes: SRAM Guide RE 200mm/200mm
We’re always fired up to see kids bikes that we wish we had when we were kids. It’s no secret that if we’d had bikes like this we’d have won several World Cups already. Guaranteed. Read on to see what Propain had to say about their new 24″-26″ convertible kids bike.
The Propain Yuma is a full-featured mountain bike for everything from enduro to downhill, and optimized for small, light riders.
For the 2018 model, we worked with the Propain Gravity Kids team to completely overhaul the frame and launch it with a new suspension concept. The option to install both 24″ and 26″ wheels has been retained, giving kids many years of fun with the bike.
Until now, the Yuma was a smaller version of its big brother, Tyee, but now it is a completely distinct bike. A single pivot rear triangle, in combination with the latest generation of shocks by Rock Shox with Trunnion Mount (side mounting point), provides a sensitive, high-progression response.
The new frame concept is especially suited for children’s bikes, as the comparatively simple construction and fewer frame bearings leads to a significantly lighter frame weight. The total weight of the Yuma is just 12.3 kg (27.1 lb).
The frame geometry has also been completely reworked. Due to a lower frame height compared to its predecessor, the jump from the 20″ Frechdax to the new Yuma is no longer as significant, and kids find the transition a lot easier. The Yuma is recommended for heights of approximately 1.30 m and upwards. Test rider and Propain Gravity Kids team member Johann Schumacher (aged 9, 1.29 m) felt immediately comfortable and was able to handle the bike right from the start.
We don’t make any compromises on specs, and offer even young riders a complete package. The chassis has 140 mm front and rear suspension travel, using the Manitou Minute suspension fork and the Rock Shox Deluxe RT shock.
The Yuma is equipped with the Sram GX groupset with 1×11 gears. This wide bandwidth means that even longer rides are no problem. The bike uses the reliable Formula Cura 2 piston brake. For components such as handlebars, stem, saddle, and wheels, we rely on our own brand, FirstRide, which specializes in lightweight and functional parts for children’s bikes.
The Yuma costs EUR 1,799 in the configuration above and can be ordered now from the Propain online shop. The price of the 26″ kit, available separately, is EUR 249 (wheelset incl. dropouts).