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Allied Cycle Works BC40 Limited Edition
Allied Cycle Works has a new edition of the BC40 inspired by rider Payson McElveen and it’s an exact replica of his bike. The BC40 Limited Edition has a SRAM Eagle XX1 AXS drivetrain, RockShox SID Ultimate with remote lockout, SID Luxe Ultimate shock, Roval carbon wheels and a paint job inspired by the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. The bike is available as a frameset or a complete build. Neither are cheap.
- Price: $7,360 frame / $14,000 complete.
- By Allied Cycle Works.
Five Ten and Adidas tackle breast cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Five Ten has partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Breast Cancer Now to raise awareness and help fund organizations. Five Ten has incorporated artwork by mountain biker Veronique Sandler into several of their shoes for a limited collectible bundle that is available from September 30. $15 from each full-price sale will be donated to the organization, with NBCF seeing US purchases and Breast Cancer Now seeing donations from UK purchases.
The new Rapha Gore-Tex Infinium jacket is designed for the worst weather conditions
Rapha has released a new rain jacket and it’s made for the worst conditions. The Trail Gore-Tex Infinium Jacket was created with Gore-Tex and features a 3L 30D hybrid ripstop nylon material with C-Knit backing. What does all this mean? Rapha says it has best-in-class breathability with a soft, stretchy interior as well as Rapha’s signature look.
- Price: $375
- Buy from Rapha.
Hunt launches a proven range of high-end carbon wheels
After years of development, Hunt has released their new line of Proven wheels and they have already seen rounds and rounds of World Cup and Enduro World Series racing. The Proven line includes the Proven Carbon Race XC wheels and the Proven Carbon Race Enduro wheels.
The Carbon Race XC wheels are designed for compliance, damping and control and weigh just 1469g, according to Hunt. These are designed for XC rigs with up to 120mm of travel and the wheels feature an updated rim profile. They have an internal width of 30mm and a depth of 22mm. These feature Hunt hubs with 5° of engagement and sell for $1,099.
The Proven Carbon Race Enduro wheels have a specific rear and front design and weigh just under 2000g. They have an internal width of 30mm and a depth of 23mm. The front rim is designed to absorb vibration and the rear rim is designed for strength and stability. The wheels feature Hunt hubs with 5° engagement and raced on the 2022 EWS circuit. They retail for $1,099 and have a lifetime replacement policy.
- Price: $1,099/pair.
- Buy from Hunt.
The Reeb Cycles Steel SST short trail bike is available to order
The Reeb Cycles SST hasn’t been a big secret, and now it’s available to order. The SST is a 120mm trail bike and Reeb says it’s the “first trail-ready indication of their investment in manufacturing experience, engineering, and aerospace materials.”
The bike uses custom steel tubing and 3D printed frame components. Reeb says, “The SST embodies the rowdy, playful character of REEB’s proven steel hardtails while providing enough suspension to hit the big lines.” The bike uses a 4-bar suspension layout combined with flex chainstays for compliance.
Reeb has incorporated more 3D printing into these bikes as it has become more cost effective, and now they plan to increase manufacturing capacity and reduce lead times. Currently, frameworks and builds are scheduled to ship from 12/2022 to 2/2023.
- Price: $3,150 (frame only) – $9,850 (XO1 version)
- Buy from Reeb.
Hope bets on short cranks
Shorter cranksets were all the rage last year and Hope wants to go even shorter. Hope started making shorter cranks for e-bikes years ago to increase clearance while pedaling through technology, but they also saw more benefits. After testing lengths up to 140mm, Hope says they found the 155mm length to be the sweet spot.
The brand claims that the main benefits include weight being more centered on the bike, the cranks accelerate faster, especially on steep and sudden climbs, there is more clearance and the cranks are lighter and stiffer. They also say it can change your final drive ratios and they recommend reducing chainring size by 2 teeth for every 10mm reduction in crank length.
- Price: $320 to $365
- Buy from Hope.
WTB HTZ Alloy Electric Bike Wheels
WTB has just announced its first set of mountain bike wheels dedicated to electric mountain bikes, dubbed HTZ. The wheels are designed to be super durable, with a tougher freehub body to keep all that torque from gouging, and a six-pawl freehub that engages all the pawls at once. They even have an additional heat sink at the rotor mount to cool the brakes on big descents.
- Price: $329.95 front, $439.95 rear.
- Buy from WTB.
MOOTS updates titanium computer stand
Anything worth doing is worth doing too much… right? The updated Moots titanium computer mount features a quarter-turn mount on the top and a GoPro mount on the bottom, and is said to be even more aerodynamic than the previous version.
- Price: $195
- Shop at Moots.