The folks at Gates say the new design offers all the advantages of their existing Carbon Drives, but with 20 percent more tensile strength, a slimmer profile and even better dirt- and debris-shedding.
Fox has revamped its Terra Logic "intelligent" damping system, expanded the Boost Valve to more rear shocks, rethought the Talas travel adjuster, lightened and lengthened the 36 forks, introduced more 29er forks and a new 4-cross/dirt jumping/dual slalom fork model, lightened and beautified the 15QR through axle and added a low-friction coating to its upper fork legs.
Readers ask bike guru Lennard Zinn about running a new suspension fork on a 15-year-old bike as well as an external bottom bracket on an even older rig.
An over-stretched chain will usually wear your cassette and chainrings to the point of incompatibility with a new chain, causing the need for an entirely new drivetrain. Singletrack.com's Zach White takes a look at a new precision chain guage that makes keeping track of your chain easy.
Full-carbon 29ers just keep getting lighter and are appearing more often atop the podium domestically, and, finally, internationally as well. Want proof? World XC champ Nino Schurter and his Scott Swisspower teammate Florian Vogel are checking out two-niners.
Find out the pros and cons of Specialized's Command Post, Crank Brothers' Joplin 4 and Rock Shox Reverb.
Technical editor Zack Vestal tries out the Lazer Tardiz time trial helmet.
Singletrack.com Tech Editor Zack Vestal takes a look at two bars with big backsweep: Ritchey WCS Carbon 10D flat bar and Bontrager Race Lite Big Sweep flat 12 degree handlebar.
SEA OTTER: Singletrack.com's Zach White reports from the Sea Otter Expo area with what's new, improved and just kinda cool.
The question was not "if," but "when" and "how" Shimano would go about creating a 10-speed mountain bike drivetrain. Now those questions have been answered. That's right — at the Sea Otter this week, Shimano finally revealed its 10-speed off-road drivetrain.