Hazzard Racing #2 – On The Job

After some compromising information comes out surrounding Hazzard Racing, Jesus warns Joe and Lachlan to keep a low profile until things blow over. Being discreet doesn’t work so the boys have to go undercover as workers for the firm “Hazzard Contractors”, specialising in serpent control, slop extraction and skid mark prevention. Find out how they get on with their newly assumed identities in this moving picture, “On The Job”.

Check out Hazzard Emporium to stay up to date with the boys!

Dangerously Fast! – First Ride Review on the Pole Stamina 180

If you’re planning on riding the new Pole Stamina 180, make sure you have a big strong coffee first! The Finnish luxury bike with radical geometry and 180 mm travel unleashes an onslaught on your nervous system – and provided some interesting surprises during our test!

POLE Stamina 180 | 180/180 mm (f/r) | 14.28 kg (29” Size L) | € 7,950

It looks like the people at Pole haven’t had much sleep lately. Just a few weeks after causing a stir with their new Pole MACHINE, the Fins have followed up with two more exciting entries: the new Stamina 180 and Stamina 140. The two new frames are built using the same unique manufacturing process and implement the same radical geometry concept developed by Pole’s mastermind, Leo Kokkonen. Uniquely, the frames are machined in two halves from solid aluminium billet and then bonded together using an aerospace grade glue. Since the process is almost entirely performed by machines, there’s no need for additional manpower to carry out monotonous welding work or time-consuming carbon layup. Machining the frame using CNC means no expensive carbon fibre moulds need to be produced and revisions to the design only require simple and inexpensive updates to the machining protocol. This means Pole can make adjustments immediately, giving them flexibility in prototyping and testing concepts. Last but not least, this method allows them to use the stronger 7075 T6 aluminium, which is hard to weld using conventional methods and thus not commonly used elsewhere.

Suspension and geometry form a solid unit and provide outstanding riding characteristics!


Speed is the answer to everything

Leo Kokkonen has an obsession with speed. Every time he’s out testing a bike or new component, there’s one essential tool in his pocket: a stopwatch. His addiction to speed led to him developing the radical geometry we already know from the EVOLINK and MACHINE models. With the Stamina 180, Pole continues this approach, combining the same extreme, long and slack geometry with a massive 180 mm travel front and rear. The Pole Stamina 180 is available in three different build kits and as a frame kit. For our test, Pole provided a prototype frame with a 180 EN Kit and there’s really not much to complain about on the spec of our € 7,950 test-bike. All components are thoroughly proven and perfectly suit the intended purpose, with just one exception. The thin EXO casing of the tires can’t withstand the performance of the bike, and despite running an additional Huck Norris insert we had to deal with several flats.

Fork ROCKSHOX LYRIK RC2 180 mm
Shock ROCKSHOX SUPER DELUXE RCT 180 mm
Brakes SRAM CODE RSC 200/200 mm
Drivetrain SRAM XO1 Eagle 1×12
Seatpost BIKEYOKE REVIVE 125/160/185 mm
Stem TRUVATIV DESCENDANT
Handlebar TRUVATIV DESCENDANT CARBON 800 mm
Wheels MAVIC DEEMAX PRO 29″
Tires Maxxis MINION DHF/DHR II 2.50″/2.40″

Unique
The machined look of the Stamina 180 is unique. Whilst the two halves of the main frame are still glued together, the additional bolts found on the MACHINE are a thing of the past.
Balance is everything
One of the Stamina’s greatest strengths is its extremely well-balanced geometry. Despite the radical numbers, the bike is good-natured and easy to ride.
More travel = more performance
With 180 mm of travel front and rear, the new Pole offers enormous reserves for the hardest trails. Despite the huge amount of travel, the handling is still incredibly directly.
Pragmatic
The cables are routed externally. This allows for easier servicing but comes at the expense of aesthetics.
Improved
Pole has revised the strut between the seat- and chainstays (see picture). On our version, the chain was repeatedly hitting the additional bracing. Customers who already bought a Stamina 180 will receive a replacement free of charge.
Lots of room
There’s room for up to two large drinking bottles in the main frame triangle. If you still need more water, you can place another bottle cage on the bottom of the downtube.
Asymmetrical
Pole offers their new bike with a number of different suspension setups. Depending on the spec, the bike comes with different shock mounts.
Overwhelmed
On hard landings and big compressions, the chain loses tension. When the rear end of the Stamina extends again, the derailleur clicks back in place and puts the chain under tension and damn, it’s loud! In our opinion, however, this doesn’t really affect the riding performance but is still very annoying and noticeably dents your confidence.

Form follows function

Anyone who knows Leo, knows that he’s a pragmatic guy. He doesn’t beat around the bush and follows his convictions – the Stamina 180 is a clear reflection of that. If you’re a fan of internal cable routing, you’ll be disappointed. All cables are routed externally for ease of maintenance and are held in place by zip ties. Nor is there an elaborate chainstay protector – simple and functional Slapper Tape will do! It’s all about practicality and the bike allows for up to three large bottles, which you can fill with either water or tools. The Stamina 180 LE top-spec version comes as standard with a OneUp Components EDC tool integrated in the steerer tube – nice!

Redefining the concept of speed

Despite looking incredibly radical in its proportions when stationary, once you get on the saddle, the Pole Stamina feels surprisingly tame – at least for the first few metres. Considering the massive wheelbase (1,336 mm), super-slack head angle (63.5°) and the enormous reach of 510 mm (size L), once you sit on it, the bike doesn’t feel as huge as the numbers would suggest. With a nicely integrated riding position, the bike implements steering inputs willingly and accurately. As soon as you drop into the trail, one thing becomes clear: not only does the Stamina break all conventions, but it also has the potential to crush KOMs and induce a whole new kind of speed rush – and not just on challenging downhill tracks. With its generous rear end and aggressive geometry, the bike generates an insane amount of traction. During our test laps, we had to increase the tire pressure by around 0.2 bar, because the bike pushed us to carve through the corners with considerably more speed than expected, increasing forces that could have caused tires to burp or even pop off the rims at lower pressures.

Size S M L XL
Seat tube 400 mm 400 mm 420 mm 440 mm
Top tube 570 mm 600 mm 630 mm 660 mm
Head tube 110 mm 120 mm 120 mm 135 mm
Head angle 63.5° 63.5° 63.5° 63.5°
Seat angle 78.3° 78.3° 78.3° 78.3°
Chainstays 455 mm 455 mm 455 mm 455 mm
BB Drop 385 mm 385 mm 405 mm 425 mm
Wheelbase 1,276 mm 1,306 mm 1,336 mm 1,
361 mm
Reach 450 mm 480 mm 510 mm 540 mm
Stack 636 mm 645 mm 645 mm 658 mm

However, if you really want to exploit the full potential of the bike, you’ll have to adapt your riding style a little – especially when railing around corners. Comparing the Pole with a ‘conventional’ Enduro bike, we would say that the Stamina likes to be leaned over into the bend in typical ‘moto-style’. Furthermore, the bike benefits from an active riding style and conscious use of the suspension. In other words, you get a lot more out of the bike by actively weighting and unweighting the wheels. Once you get the hang of it, the Stamina feels agile and nimble, effortlessly carving through the tightest of corners, despite its unusual length. But since the active riding style also requires greater physical effort, describing the bike as playful would be a little far-fetched. The one drawback of the massive wheelbase becomes evident when you have to lift the rear wheel on very narrow trail sections – here the rear end tends to get stuck on the edge of the trail. However, this will likely only bother a handful of riders.

The Stamina 180 opens up a whole new dimension of trail speed and literally makes the trees fly past you. Naturally, this also requires a great deal of concentration – we actually crashed a few times, simply because the sheer speed the bike develops is overwhelming at first. The Pole is extremely stable and sticks to the trail while inspiring huge amounts of confidence. This feeling is enhanced by the massive freedom of movement provided by the low top tube. The suspension filters out bumps sensitively but feels supportive and lively at the same time. The Pole is eager for airtime off ledges and jumps and offers good support through tight berms. All in all, the Stamina is well-balanced in corners and its long rear end always helps build enough pressure on the front wheel. If you like popping manuals out of corners, you’ll need a lot of strength though.

We developed a deep respect for the Stamina 180 – it’s just brutally fast!

Our test bike weighs a very reasonable 14.28 kg, no doubt aided by the light tires. The light weight combined with the steep seat angle and the resulting centred riding position allows for very capable climbing performance. The front wheel never threatens to lift off the ground which means that you can lean back, relax and still keep the bike on track. Only on very technical climbs on narrow trails do the massive wheelbase and the slack head angle affect the climbing performance of the Stamina.

Note on our own behalf

For this test, Pole provided a prototype frame which, in our opinion, still had a few minor issues. After talking to Leo and discussing them with him, he told us that he would revise the frame before sending the bike into production and provide all customers who had already bought the frame with an updated version. One of the problems with our test bike was the strut that connects the chainstay with the seat stay. This design causes the chain to rub against the brace and to hit the strut repeatedly. Furthermore, some dimensions are very tight and the prescribed tolerances and clearances are on the limit. These issues will be remedied in the production model.

Our first conclusions on the new Pole Stamina 180

Since our test bike features a prototype frame and the final production bike will get some updates, it’s too early to draw final conclusions. What we can say, however, is that we’ve never come across an Enduro bike that generates this much downhill speed. Whilst the Stamina shifts your horizon on the way down, it is still a very decent climber. A true superbike for all riders aiming for maximum speed!

Tops

  • redefines the concept of speed
  • extremely smooth and confidence inspiring
  • still “agile” and not at all sluggish

Flops

  • feels bulky in very tight trail sections
  • loud chain slap with hard knocks
  • on our prototype, the chain grinds against the reinforcement brace (this should be fixed for the production model)

For more information head to: polebicycles.com

This article is from ENDURO issue #039

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OUT NOW! ENDURO Issue #039 – QUALITY TIME

On a scale of 1–10, how pissed off do you get when your date arrives late, you’re stuck in traffic, or you accidentally miss your flight? If you’ve got a score of five or more, then we’ve got something to keep you calm: The latest issue of ENDURO, # 039 is out now!

Die Highlights

  • 8 affordable enduro bikes head-to-head
  • Tire-Test – all the biggest brands and models on test
  • Reviewing the Pole Stamina 180
  • Kids special: how to find the right bike!
  • Portrait: at home with Joe Barnes
  • What’s up with the #Vanlife?

The latest issue is available now in our free magazine app. If you haven’t installed our app yet, now’s your chance to download it for free in the App Store (iPhone / iPad) or in the Play Store (Android smartphones & tablets).

Our free, digital magazine is the centrepiece of our work and definitely the best way to experience our content, with interactive features as well as beautiful photography and videos all packed into a unique design. If you like our website, we’re sure you’ll love our magazine app. By the way: the app even gives you access to all of our back issues – hours upon hours of first-class content!

All the bikes in this issue

Canyon Strive CF 5.0 | FOCUS SAM 8.9 | Propain Spindrift Performance | RADON SWOOP 9.0 | SCOTT Ransom 920 | Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Comp Alloy 29 | Trek Slash 8 29 | YT CAPRA 29 AL Comp | Pole Stamina 180 | Canyon Spectral WMN AL 5.0

What to expect in this issue

We deliberately chose “Quality Time” as the title for this issue, because every time we’re on holiday, we realise that it’s less important how long your holiday is and more about what you experience. Often it is the shortest trips that are most memorable. And what is quality time if not family time, which is why we’ve created a guide to help you find the right bike for your kids and compiled a list of the coolest products for little shredders. If you need a little inspiration to get you started, our editor Trevor embarked on an unforgettable trip with his one-year-old son Brook and his 70-year-old father Rick. You’ll have to download this issue to find out how it went.

Of course, you’ll also find loads of exciting reviews! We compared eight enduro bikes and carried out the largest and most complex tire test we’ve ever attempted. However, instead of a Best in Test, we’ve created a detailed buyers guide to ensure that you’ll find the right tire for you.

If you live for the descents but like to get to the trailhead under your own steam, you need an Enduro bike. But how much does a good Enduro rig cost and what do you have to pay attention to before buying? We reviewed eight affordable bikes and learnt a lot in the process.


We all want our kids to follow in our footsteps, to love what we love. Therefore, it’s no surprise that any self-respecting bike-mad parent will do everything they can to encourage their little ones to take up a life behind bars. It’s a fact – choosing the right bike will help lure them away from the evil clutches of the Xbox. We tell you how to choose the perfect bike for your kids!


Schwalbe, MAXXIS, Continental, Michelin, WTB, Kenda… The range of mountain bike tires on offer is huge and sometimes confusing. We tested more than 50 tires and although we couldn’t agree on a clear favourite, we can tell you how to find the perfect tire to suit you and your bike.


If you’re planning on riding the new Pole Stamina 180, make sure you have a big strong coffee first! The Finnish luxury bike with radical geometry and 180 mm travel unleashes an onslaught on your nervous system – and provided some interesting surprises during our test!


For many female riders, the Canyon Spectral WMN AL 5.0 could be the golden ticket to a whole new world. For beginners who are just starting out on their mountain biking journey, Canyon’s women-specific trail-bike will be a loyal and steadfast companion – but there’s also a little drawback!


How does the birth of a child impact the life of an elite EWS rider racing at the highest level? How do they find the balance between family life and training? And is it even possible for them to walk the fine line between risk and reward, knowing that they have a family to look after at home? We spoke to Joe Barnes to find out.


There are more than 5.1 million hits for #vanlife on Instagram. Social media is brimming with self-confessed adventurers that traverse the world in their vans. Our friends Magdalena and Paul are authentic embodiments of this lifestyle, so we sat down with them to get the full scoop – what exactly is the fascination with #vanlife?


This ENDURO issue is even more special, ushering in a new era for smartphones as we launch a brand new app. The smartphone-specific launch makes reading the magazine even easier, making for an even better ENDURO experience and getting you more stoked than ever. So, whether you’re chilling on the sofa, secretly reading at your desk, waiting for your date, or cursing because you missed your flight, there’s no reason to get bored.

If you have already installed our free app, simply open it and download the latest issue right now. If not, first download the free app from the App Store (iPhone / iPad) or the Play Store (Android smartphones & tablets) and then download the latest issue in the app. All you’ve got to do then is sit back and enjoy (ideally with a cold beer or a delicious cup of coffee)! #qualitytime

Sitting or Standing? – How to Setup MTB Suspension Sag Correctly

Do you know how to set your sag on your suspension? Of course, we all know that. You jump on your bike, set the O-ring and then… “but do you stand up or sit down?” …. Hmm…

If you read our suspension setup guide, you will know how important it is to understand how much sag you are running on your suspension. But should that be sitting down on the seat, or up in your standing ‘descending’ position? While we do know that you must stand up when measuring the sag on your fork, when it comes to the rear shock things get a little more confusing. There seems to be no hard and fast rule, even among the suspension professionals. We take a closer look at what’s happening when you sit and stand on your bike.

Standing or sitting,…
…that is the question?

Is there a difference between sitting and standing?

So is there a difference between the amount of suspension sag when you move from sitting to standing? To find out, we placed a scale under both the front and rear wheel of a test bike and then measured how the weight of our 77 kg tester was distributed front and rear in both the sitting and standing positions.


In a sitting position, the wheels were weighted 28kg on the front and 49kg on the rear, which is a 36 / 64 % distribution. The YT Capra we used as an example is a very slack bike, so we expected the front wheel to be lightly loaded in the sitting position.


Moving into the standing position transferred an extra 4 kg over the front wheel, weighting the front wheel 32kg, leaving 45 kg on the rear and a more balanced 42 / 58 % weight distribution, but how was this affecting the sag measurement?

How does this effect SAG?

So does this weight shift affect the sag settings, and if so, how much? To find out, we optimised the rear shock sag of our test bike to 30% for our 77kg rider while in a seated position. Using a Shockwiz to aid demonstration and keeping the pressure the same, you can see that when you assume the standing position, the sag drops 4% to 26%. Therefore the measured sag will differ by around 13% while sitting and standing with the same shock spring pressure.


So should you set suspension sag sitting down or standing up?

So does it matter? In the words of suspension guru and perhaps one of the most qualified guys on the circuit, Fox’s Jordi Cortez. “It doesn’t matter how you measure sag, just that you do it. Sag isn’t an absolute. It’s a place to start and work from. What matters is that you are consistent in how you do it.” There is no right and wrong, but it is essential to be consistent in how you measure the sag on your bike. Whichever method you choose, set the recommended sag (typically 25 – 30% in the rear) and ride the bike to see how it feels, then make any adjustments as needed. Our test team prefers to measure initial sag sitting down as the measurement process becomes simpler and it’s easier to replicate.

Do not pull both brakes when measuring sag

We must mention one last thing, as we see many people falling into this error. When your bike sags into its suspension, often the wheelbase gets longer as the angles change. If you hold both brakes on, the fixed tire contact patches restrict changes in the wheelbase and will reduce the accuracy of your measurements. When measuring sag, make sure you only hold one brake.

Conclusion

When it comes to setting rear shock sag, you should use manufacturers recommendations (or 25-30%) as a starting point, and then adjust your suspension so it is optimised for you. It doesn’t matter if you stand up or sit down when measuring rear shock sag, however, it’s essential that you always perform the measurement the same way as percentage sag differs considerably from sitting to standing.

NS Bikes Nerd 2020 kids mtb announced – small bike for little mone

The new Synonym is the Polish brand’s absolute product highlight, but in addition to the high-end carbon bike, NS Bikes remain true to their roots by developing a new entry-level range. The aluminium Nerd range serves as the basis for several Park and Trail bikes as well as the NS Bikes Nerd JR for kids, of which we’ve already gotten the first information and pictures.

NS Bikes Nerd JR | 120/120 mm (f/r) | 24” or 26” | € 1,799
One size fits all: The NS Bikes Nerd JR can be adapted to the size of your child by changing from 24″ to 26″ wheels and using a flip chip. It grows with them, so to speak.
Air suspension provides 120 mm travel up front …
…and at the back, specially designed for lighter riders
For the components, NS Bikes rely on affordable, proven and robust technology …
…making for cheap replacements if necessary
Custom made: the grips are made in-house and unfortunately, they’re only available in combination with the Nerd JR: too bad!


More info can be found soon on nsbikes.com

New NS Bikes Synonym TR 2020 Cross Country-MTB announced

With their brand new Synonym, NS Bikes introduces a new frame platform which promises to score with extreme geometries, a lightweight frame and lots of versatility. They’ve also added new kids and budget bikes.

NS Bikes Synonym TR 1 | 120/120 mm (f/r) | € 5,999

NS Bikes’ new frame platform can be set up as an XC or light Trail bike. The NS Bikes Synonym RC comes with 100 mm travel on the front and rear. While the developers at NS Bikes went for 120 mm travel at the rear and paired it with a 120 mm FOX 34 Stepcast fork on the Synonym TR. The fork and shock of both versions of the Synonym can be simultaneously locked out from the handlebar.



A lot of adjustment options on the handlebar also always result in cable clutter

The geometry of the NS Synonyme

In terms of geometry, the boys at NS Bikes haven’t held back. The Synonym is extremely long, not only for an XC bike. With a reach of 500 mm (size L), a steep seat tube angle and relatively slack head angle, it sets new standards for ultra-light trail bikes.

NS Synonyme RC

Size S M L XL
Seat tube 410 mm 440 mm 490 mm 540 mm
Top tube 579 mm 612 mm 640 mm 664 mm
Head angle 67° 67° 67° 67°
Seat angle 77° 77° 77° 77°
Chainstay 438 mm 438 mm 438 mm 438 mm
BB Drop 45 mm 45 mm 45 mm 45 mm
Wheelbase 1159 mm 1193 mm 1223 mm 1251 mm
Reach 445 mm 475 mm 500 mm 520 mm
Stack 583 mm 592 mm 606 mm 624 mm

NS Synonyme TR

Size S M L XL
Seat tube 410 mm 440 mm 490 mm 540 mm
Top tube 582 mm 615 mm 644 mm 667 mm
Head angle 66° 66° 66° 66°
Seat angle 76° 76° 76° 76°
Chainstay 438 mm 438 mm 438 mm 438 mm
BB Drop 38 mm 38 mm 38 mm 38 mm
Wheelbase 1167 mm 1201 mm 1232 mm 1260 mm
Reach 436 mm 466 mm 491 mm 511 mm
Stack 590 mm 599 mm 614 mm 632 mm
Thanks to its flexing stays, the rear linkage of the Synonym does without a Horst link. This is to save weight and increases stiffness.

The size of the rear brake rotor is limited to a maximum of 180 mm.

The NS Synonym models at a glance

NS Synonym TR 1

Fork FOX 34 Factory StepCast 120 mm
Rear shock FOX Float DPS 120 mm
Brakes SRAM Level TL 180/180 mm
Drivetrain SRAM X01 Eagle
Seat post FOX Transfer Performance Elite
Stem NS Synonym Race 60 mm
Handlebar NS Licence Carbon Mini Rise 760 mm
Wheels NS Enigma Lite 29″
Tires MAXXIS Ikon 2.35″
Price € 5,999

NS Synonym TR 2

Fork FOX 34 Performance StepCast 120 mm
Rear shock FOX Float DPS Performance Elite 120 mm
Brakes SRAM Level T 180/160 mm
Drivetrain SRAM GX Eagle
Seat post X-Fushion Manic
Stem NS Synonym Trail 60 mm
Handlebar NS Licence Mini Rise 760 mm
Wheels WTB St Light 29″
Tires MAXXIS Ikon 2.35″
Price € 4,699

NS Synonym RC 1

Fork FOX 32 Factory StepCast 100 mm
Rear shock FOX Float DPS 100 mm
Brakes SRAM Level TLM 180/160 mm
Drivetrain SRAM X01 Eagle
Seat post KindShock LEV Ci Carbon
Stem NS Synonym Race 60 – 80 mm
Handlebar NS Licence Carbon Flat 750 mm
Wheels NS Enigma Lite 29″
Tires MAXXIS Ikon 2.2″
Price € 6,999

NS Synonym RC 2

Fork FOX 32 Performance StepCast 100 mm
Rear shock FOX Float DPS Performance Elite 100 mm
Brakes SRAM Level TL 180/160 mm
Drivetrain SRAM GX Eagle
Seat post X-Fushion Manic
Stem NS Synonym Race 60 – 80 mm
Handlebar NS Licence Flat 750 mm
Wheels WTB St Light 29″
Tires MAXXIS Ikon 2.2″
Price € 4,799


More info can be found soon on nsbikes.com

Check out this SRAM x YT dream build!

YT and SRAM collaborate to build the ultimate JEFFSY, and you could take it home!

The ultimate trail bike, framed by a YT Industries JEFFSY CF 29 high modular composite canvas, with a fully loaded SRAM palette. SRAM Eagle AXS drivetrain, RockShox Pike Ultimate fork and Deluxe Ultimate shock, RockShox Reverb AXS seat post, Zipp 3ZERO MOTO wheels, SRAM G2 Ultimate brakes and Truvativ Descendant bar and stem.


The bike will be on show all around Europe including Eurobike and the XC/DH World Cup at Les Gets before being auctioned at the end of the season, with all proceeds going to World Bicycle Relief.

The announcement for the auction will be made very soon. Good luck!

Hype This! 9 new Items of MTB Bling

Below you’ll find 9 of the finest MTB related products and bling to feast your eyes over! Continue on reading or head over to issue #038 to check out the original article.

100% Knee Guard

Remember those times when we used to strap on hard knee protectors before going into battle, about as flexible and comfortable as an ice hockey goalie. Those times have changed, now we have soft pads that slip on comfortably, are as fitted as a coat of paint and offer up good levels of protection, but in a crash, some of the lightest are nothing more than glorified knee warmers. 100% have now stepped into the arena with their FORTIS Knee Guard, their first slip-on design. Not only does the pad feature a comfortable perforated sleeve with a pre-curved design, elasticated flex joint and silicone elastic webbing to prevent slippage. But, there is also an injection moulded plastic shield that could help you slide rather than impact in a crash. CE EN 1621-1:2012 Level 1 impact protection adds reassurance to a nicely thought out product. Aimed more at the crash-and-burn downhill rider, we can also see these being a great choice for the safety conscious enduro racer.

Price: € 89.90
Info: ride100percent.com


Fox Racing Rampage Pro

If you’re going to name a helmet after the iconic Rampage event – where a crew of the world’s best riders compete to be the biggest lunatic – then it better be upto some abuse. For high speed air-to-ground battles, the new Fox Racing Rampage helmet is bristling with cutting edge technology. All the usual sexy sounding safety features are there, a Dual-density Varizorb liner, CAGE chin bar protection, MCT shell, tick, tick and tick. The 1230 g flagship helmet helmet also features not one, but two, rotational safety systems. The ‘Fluid Inside’ system is claimed to mimic your body’s natural cerebral spinal fluid, while a Magnetic Visor Release System (MVRS) allows the visor to spring free in the event of a crash. 19 large vents stop your brain from boiling on hot days, while the premium X-static liner helps wick away moisture. Acronyms aside, the helmet looks so good it must surely be illegal somewhere. Available in a Pro model or Comp model for those with shallow pockets, it looks great to us.

Price: € 500
Info: foxracing.de


Espressogrips

Are you suffering from arm pump in the office? Does the lunchtime coffee making leave your palms in tatters? If so you will love the new Espresso grip. Made of solid aluminium and with an M12 standard thread, the grip should fit 90% of machines on the market, and allows you to fit whatever grip is your favourite. If you want an ultra-tacky coffee making experience, now you can. Roadies who are desperate to show the world they are roadies can use their favourite brand of bar tape, the possibilities are endless. Espresso Grip supply a food-safe Ergon GE1 grip to get you going. If you love your coffee like we love our coffee, you will love the Espresso Grip, giving you a quick slap of riding feel, before delivering a massive uppercut of caffeine.

Price: € 29
Info: espressogrips.de


Leatt Velocity 6.5 Goggles

The average muzzle velocity of a .22 calibre bullet is 450 m/s, so even though the latest Leatt Velocity 6.5 Goggles meet a Military Ballistic Impact standard that demands the lenses can withstand a bullet fired at 170 m/s, we wouldn’t recommend riding across a firing range in them, but they are certainly up to fending off even the most kamikaze fly. If you don’t need to protect yourself from stray bullets, there’s still a lot to like about the latest Leatt Velocity 6.5 Goggles. The WideVision, 170-degree lens, has a permanent anti-fog function built into the inner lens polymer, with a self-draining design should it get wet. Outriggers with an anti-slip coated strap keep the goggles comfortable in a full face, and the lenses can be interchanged quickly. For riders who use glasses, the Leatt Velocity 6.5 goggles are designed to fit over comfortably and have a triple layer, dual density foam backing with an anti-sweat fleece lining.

Price: € 89.90
Info: leatt.com


Pole Stamina 140

When Pole first hit the scene, the innuendo meter blew its top. “Can I ride your Pole”, “that’s a long Pole”, trailside banter was never easier. With the release of the 140 / 140 mm 29” Pole Bushmaster, it’s clear that Pole wants to join in the fun too, but now they have changed the name to the Stamina 140. Names aside, Pole’s innovative construction process lets them build, develop and produce their bikes at an astounding rate. The Stamina 140 is the latest model from Pole, machined from 7075 T6 aluminium, short travel, but with the now iconic Pole geometry. Aimed at shredding technical but flat trails, the Stamina 140 has a long 1290 mm wheelbase, long 500 mm reach (size large), steep 78.6-degree seat tube and slack 64-degree head angle, and is anything but conventional. The design too has many interesting features, with clever bearing covers, space for three, yes three bottles, and huge tire clearance.

Price: starts at € 3,200 (pre-order)
Info: polebicycles.com


Revel Bikes

Every Revel bike ordered is delivered to the customer in an EVOC bike bag, how awesome is that! It’s clear that the Colorado-based bike company startup has some great ideas when it comes to customer satisfaction. Fresh on the scene as a brand, but with years of experience within their team. Revel bikes have just launched two exciting new twin-link suspension bikes, the 140/130 mm Revel Rascal, a 29” trail bike, and the 170/165 mm Revel Rail, a big-hit 27.5” wheeled charger. Both bikes carry a lifetime warranty on the frames and are available in three build kits. Showing their focus, customers can specify their seat height, and Revel will fit the longest matching dropper seat post. Pricing starts at $4,999, right up to $8,699 for the super-bling XX1 models with ENVE wheels. We have already had the chance to test the Revel Rascal and were super impressed with the ride and details.

Price: from $ 4,999 to $ 8,699
Info: revelbikes.com


Rimpact #Sendnoodz!

For years we tried to get the inner tube out of our wheels, now everyone is racing to put something back in. There is now a new player in the field, and in homage to the ‘pool noodle’ DIY models that fill the forums, they have named them the Rimpact #Sendnoodz. Made entirely in Bristol, UK, from high density, closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam, the inserts do the same as everyone else’s, protecting the rim against the biggest hits, and helping minimize snakebites. Rimpact can be used in operating temperatures between -70c and +105c, so if you are planning a trip to Mars you will be good. Weighing just 90 g for the 29er version, they won’t break the scales and at only £36.99 they will not cause a rift in your marriage either, you can probably even tell your partner what you ‘actually’ paid for them. Available in all wheel sizes, and for tyres up to 3”. #Sendnoodz.

Price: £36.99
Info: rimpactmtb.com


Stumpjumper Evo Pro Carbon

The Stumpjumper Evo surprised us all, why, because it’s batshit crazy. We don’t know what the designers were drinking when the original Evo was penned, but we want some. Just look at the numbers, a 63.5-degree head angle, a low-slung 328 mm bottom bracket and 490 mm reach (in size S3). The Evo is as different from the normal Stumpjumper as a rabid lion is to a pet tabby cat. We loved the alloy version, but it was a bit porky. Specialized, have now released the animal in carbon, using their FACT 11m carbon, there is just one model, the Evo Pro. Available with 27.5” or 29” wheels, and in two frame sizes, S2 and S3. It has 150 or 140 mm rear travel (for the 27.5” and 29” respectively) controlled by a FOX FLOAT DHX2 Performance Elite rear shock and SRAM CODE RSC brakes with 200/200 mm rotors have enough power to peel the skin from the earth. If you want a DH bike dressed up as a trail bike, this is it.

Price: $ 6,700 (available only in the US at the moment)
Info: specialized.com


SRAM AXS

The first wireless signal was transmitted over the transatlantic back in 1901, Guglielmo Marconi confirmed the receipt of a letter “S”. Surprisingly, it took over 118 years until we could get an MTB rear mech to communicate wirelessly to a shifter. With AXS, SRAM has finally brought wireless technology to MTB, available on the XX1 Eagle and X01 Eagle drivetrains and also on the Reverb dropper post. Steampunks will complain about the need to charge the batteries, but for most, the two-year shifter interval and 20-hour ride time of the rear derailleur will be ample, and spare batteries are very compact to stash. Push-button operation brings lightning fast shifts with total precision. To protect your significant investment, a second clutch in the AXS derailleur lets it swing in in response to an impact, before returning to the selected gear. New technology is always expensive, but we expect to see it trickle down quickly.

Prices:

  • RockShox Reverb AXS € 800
  • SRAM X01 Eagle AXS € 2,000
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS € 2,100

Info: sram.com


This article is from ENDURO issue #038

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Just damn fast – Juliana Maverick 2020 announced

So, if the new Santa Cruz Hightower is for men, then what’s new for women? The Juliana Maverick is! With pretty much identical features and specs as the Hightower, the Maverick is sized down slightly and only available in carbon. We have everything you need to know right here:

Juliana Maverick CC X01 29 | 150 mm/140 mm (f/r) | € 8,599

You’re not here to be whatever somebody else thinks you should be… and neither is the Maverick. You’re here to get down. You’re here to go fast. Not fast for a girl. Just damn fast. So is the Maverick. Did someone say smile more? No problem. Tell ‘em to look closer as you set your quads on fire churning up the last brutal climb that makes the downhill taste that much sweeter.

All Maverick-models in detail

When you live for that magical space between pleasure and pain, the Maverick is the bike that won’t say no when you say yes. With 140mm of supportive rear travel complimented by 150mm of front suspension and obstacle eating 29” wheels, this bike isn’t measured by what it can do. It’s measured by what’s left to do. The lower link VPP suspension soaks up big bumps with a pedal efficient design that’s easy to tune exactly how you want it. Whether you’re hauling down root waterfalls, biting into big ledges, or soaking up the chatter, the Maverick isn’t here to tell you how to ride – she enables you to ride wherever you decide.






Want to change the geometry? The integrated flip chip means all you have to do is grab an Allen key and in under a minute you can slacken the headtube and drop the bottom bracket for an extra planted feel no matter how steep the descent gets. Every size frame fits a water bottle inside the front triangle. After all, some days are made for riding lean. Other days are made for dusk-to-dawn solo sojourns that require an extra bottle in addition to a rucksack.

It’s time to escape the shoulda’s and the coulda’s. Write your own rules and explore trails until you run out of water or daylight (whichever comes last). The Maverick is just the pen. MAVERICK

Juliana Maverick C R 29

Fork RockShox Yari RC 150 mm
Rear shock FOX Float Performance DPS
Brakes SRAM Guide R 180/180 mm
Drivetrain SRAM NX Eagle 1×12
Wheels WTB ST i29 TCS 2.0 29″
Tires Maxxis Minion DHR 3C EXO TR 2,4″
Seatpost Race Face Aeffect
Price € 4,699

Juliana Maverick C S 29

Fork RockShox Lyrik Select+ 150 mm
Rear shock RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
Brakes SRAM Code R 180/180 mm
Drivetrain SRAM GX Eagle 1×12
Wheels RaceFace AR Offset 30 29″
Tires Maxxis Minion DHR 3C EXO TR 2,4″
Seatpost RockShox Reverb Stealth
Price € 5,499

Juliana Maverick CC X01 29

Fork RockShox Lyrik Ultimate 150 mm
Rear shock RockShox Super Deluxe Select Ultimate
Brakes SRAM Code RSC 180/180 mm
Drivetrain SRAM X01 Eagle 1×12
Wheels RaceFace ARC Offset 30 29″
Tires Maxxis Minion DHR 3C EXO TR 2,4″
Seatpost RockShox Reverb Stealth
Price € 7,399

Juliana Maverick CC X01 29 RESERVE

Fork RockShox Lyrik Ultimate 150 mm
Rear shock RockShox Super Deluxe Select Ultimate
Brakes SRAM Code RSC 180/180 mm
Drivetrain SRAM X01 Eagle 1×12
Wheels Santa Cruz Reserve 30 29″
Tires Maxxis Minion DHR 3C EXO TR 2,4″
Seatpost RockShox Reverb Stealth
Price € 8,599

The geometry of the Juliana Maverick

Size S (Low/High) M (Low/High) L (Low/High)
Seat tube 380 mm 405 mm 430 mm
Top tube 567 mm 596 mm 619 mm
Head tube 90 mm 100 mm 110 mm
Head angle 65.2/65.5° 65.2/65.5° 65.2/65.5°
Seat angle 76.7/77.1° 76.6/77.0° 76.5/76.8°
Chainstay 434 mm 434 mm 434 mm
BB Height 340/344 mm 340/344 mm 340/344 mm
Wheelbase 1,179 mm 1,208 mm 1,232 mm
Reach 425/428 mm 450/453 mm 470/473 mm
Stack 603/601 mm 612/610 mm 621/619 mm

For more information head to julianabicycles.com