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Canyon claims the Lux World Cup is *perhaps* the lightest full suspension in the world
The new Canyon Lux World Cup CFR cross-country mountain bike frame is said to weigh 1535g, which would take more than 100g off the brand’s already ultra-lightweight Lux CF SLX frame. Canyon slackened the head angle by 1.5° to 68.5° and widened the reach of all sizes by 15mm. Despite the weight loss, Canyon says the Lux World Cup CFR is still stronger and stiffer than previous models.
- Price: $7,499 for the CFR team build.
- Available at Canyon.com.
e*Thirteen Grappler Tire
The Grappler is a new gravity tire designed for aggressive riding. It comes in diameters of 27.5″ and 29″ at 2.5″ wide and buyers can choose between a lighter and softer 120 tpi casing or the stiffer DH version with 72 tpi. Either way, the proprietary compound blend is meant to be sticky and grippy for steep trails.
Lighter Formula Cura X brakes
The new Formula Cura X brakes shave 34g off previous Cura brakes thanks to a carbon lever and a new “half-clamp” design. The brakes still feature titanium bolts and a Kevlar reinforced hose for a premium finish.
- Price: to be determined
- Available in July.
Ergon SM Downhill saddle update
The updated Ergon SM Downhill saddle has been updated and redesigned to stay away from riders as much as possible. DH-specific features include a cutout/recess in the rear for wheel clearance and a design that assumes a “pitch up” saddle angle.
Kids MIPS Helmet: MET Hooray
If you’ve purchased kids’ mountain bike helmets, you know that most of them are pretty basic, but the new MET Hooray and Hooray MIPS bring many features that adults expect and appreciate for smaller head sizes, even toddlers. Available in sizes XS (46-52cm) and small (52-55cm), the helmet has some nice features like an anti-pinch chin strap buckle, 10 vents and a bug net to keep bugs out. The MIPS version also includes a rear flashing LED light.
Kaden Apparel Gryla 3/4 Sleeve Jersey in 3 new colors
Kaden’s 3/4 jerseys have been released in new colors that aren’t teal or traffic cone orange. The 4-way stretch fabric, not too tight, I’m already sweating, now comes in lovely muted shades of lavender orchid, dark khaki and dark blue (pictured, left to right).
The new Giro full-face helmet uses MIPS Spherical
Giro’s new full-face helmet, the Insurgent, uses Spherical MIPS, which the brand uses for its half-shell helmets like the Manifest. The Insurgent is designed for strong ventilation and comfort, with a claimed cooling efficiency of 50% over Giro’s Disciple helmet. The Insurgent is also 200g lighter. The Insurgent has an adjustable visor, D-ring buckle and antimicrobial padding. It comes in three sizes and costs $350.
Transition teases ‘two bikes in one’ e-bike for 2023
Transition is teasing a new “two-in-one” e-bike with plans to release the Relay in spring 2023 which will be a 160mm bike with a 170mm fork. It will work with 29er wheels or as a mixed wheel bike.
The Relay will use the Fazua Ride60 system with a lighter 430Wh battery and 60Nm motor. The battery will be easily removable with a tool-less door so riders can shed the weight of their battery if they want a lighter bike. It looks like this will be the biggest difference from their current 160mm travel 29er e-bike.
“The options are nearly endless,” read a press release. “Remove the battery and take a pedal spin on trails not open to e-bikes, or hop on the chairlift for a few laps in the bike park. Pop the battery back in and do some hot laps after work, or spend another day riding when your legs are exhausted. The Relay is a bike that really can do it all.
We don’t know exactly how that will pan out or if the bike will be light enough to ride without a battery, but we’re interested to hear more this fall when Transition says they’ll have more to offer on the bike.
- Price: to be determined
- Available spring 2023.