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Look Closer: Solid Strike Black Star DH Bikes

Solid bike has been exist in Europe in most years, but now they are trying to penetrate their existension to the world. One of their plan is having the direct-sales system out of Germany; and they have new downhill bike for the competition both in market and in the race, with Solid Strike Black Star DH Bike 2015 which is a 200 mm travel bike.
Solid Strike Black Star DH 2015 will be equipped with good parts on it such as Rockshox Boxxer World Cup 204 mm travel, combined with CCDB shock for the rear suspension. SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain will also support the bike. Something interesting, another parts are the parts from their sister's brand, Reverse, include the wheelset and cockpit.
Solid Strike Black Star Details
• Intended use: downhill
• Rear wheel travel: 200mm
• Wheel size: 27.5"
• Centre Force Suspension
• Full 7005 aluminium frame
• ISCG chain guide tabs
• RockShox BoXXer World Cup / Cane Creek DB Coil
• SRAM X01 DH drivetrain
• Adjustable geometry and wheelbase
• Weight: 35.9lb
• MSRP: €3680 ($4,222)
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Strike Black Star frame is using full aluminum material, and the frame is looking a bit complicated but basically this is really good frame. The Strike Black Star is adopting the suspension system called "Centre Force Suspension", which is also adjustable geometry and wheelbase. The independent suspension system, connects the swingarm to the front triangle.
Solid Strike Black Star Complete Specification
Rear Shock   CANE CREEK Double Barrel Coil, 240/76 mm  
Fork    ROCK SHOX BOXXER World Cup 2015 27,5"  
Headset   REVERSE Twister 1.5-1.125"  
Cassette   SRAM XG795 XO1-DH 7-speed 10- 24T  
Crankarms   SRAM XO1-DH 34T with bashguard, carbon, black  
Chainguide   REVERSE X1-RB MINI ISCG black  
Bottom Bracket   SRAM  
Chain    SRAM PC1170, 11x  
Shifter Pods   SRAM Trigger XO1 DH black  
Handlebar   REVERSE RCC-810 carbon  
Stem    REVERSE Fast Lane direct mount  
Grips    REVERSE Stamp black  
Brakes    Magura MT-7, 203 mm  
Hubs    REVERSE EVO-9 Disc Pro  
Spokes    SAPIM D-Light  
Rim    REVERSE 650B DH, yellow, 32 h  
Tires    Schwalbe Magic Mary SG, 27.5x2,35"  
Seat    REVERSE Fort Will black-yellow  
Seatpost   REVERSE RCC 309 Carbon 
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New Bike: Patrol 671 Enduro Bike

Patrol again build a new enduro bike and has been introduced on Castle Enduro Series 2014 event and participated on the event, with the name Patrol 671 Enduro, and get the first podium on that event. This enduro bike will follow up the previous bike from the same brand, the Patrol 871 DH bike.

Patrol 671 is adopted the normal wheels 26 inch, while another new bikes adopted the 27,5 inch. The frame is the aluminum alloy, and available in three size, the small, middle, and large. On the Castle Enduro Event 2014, the Patrol 671 Enduro is supported with the high end parts, such as Fox suspension on both rear and front. 
But for the mass production, Patrol 671 Enduro will be equipped with various parts to push the price. Another good news, this enduro bike has been available since August 2014.

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New Bike: Rotwild E1 FS 27.5 Enduro Bike

If popular bike brands are too mainstream, there are still many awesome bikes out there with awesome bikes also, and for the mountain bike fans this will be a different experience when you are riding an unfamous brand with awesome products. Rotwild, maybe some of the mountain bike activists are never heard about this brand, but basically this is a good brand with good products.

Rotwild E1 FS 27.5 is their new enduro bike that already running in 650b wheel size just like its name. For this E1 FS, Rotwild creates this bike as elegant bike with raw color, ready to be used both climbing and downhill or technical riding. The Rotwild E1 FS is a bike with 165mm or rear travel and will be fit up to 170 mm travel for the front suspension.

Besides the awesome frame, the E1 FS also built up with awesome parts to support the bike such as Fox racing shox suspension both rear and front kashima series, the famous Shimano Deore XT brakes, E13 cranks combined with SRAM X01 11 speed and also Crankbrothers cockpit.

Another interesting, Rotwild really concern about building the E1 FS, so it can also be seen that there are some cable protector to protect the frame from cable movement to avoid the scratch on the frame. Despite, the scratch or dent or even crack on the frame is normal because this is enduro mountain bike, and it means that the riding will be crazy. (Photo: Enduro MTB)
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New Bike: Pole Rinne Yla from Finlands

A really brand new bike manufacturer from Finland is coming with new bike, a really good bike with different suspension system called "Pole Link Suspension" and this is really good progress in mountain biking sport scene. This brand is called "Pole" and this company is created by Leo Kokkonen which is an engineering and also a rider. And about the bike which be called Rinne Ylä, is basically an enduro bike, with a 27.5 inch wheels, 65 degree of head angle.

Pole Rinne Ylä Details
• Intended use: Enduro Race / Adventure
• Wheel travel: Front 160mm / Rear 153mm
• Wheel size: 27.5"
• 'Pole Link' Suspension
• Full 7005 aluminium frame
• ISCG-05 chain guide tabs
• Rockshox Pike RCT3 / Monarch Plus RT3
• SRAM X01 drivetrain
• Reverb Stealth dropper seat post
• SRAM Maxle 12mm X 150mm
• Weight: 13.35kg (Large size tested)
• MSRP: $4970 USD (approx) / €4390 Euro
• www.pole.fi, @polebicycles

The "Pole Link" Suspension system is an independent suspension system from Pole, and this is really new and fresh suspension system, though this suspension platform is not really new platform but Pole created this platform and that's good progress and development. This suspension system - the suspension parts are the combination of the Pike RCT3 and Monarch Plus RT3 - is working well both climbing and descent. (Photo: Pinkbike)

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Look Closer: Orbea Rallon X30

Orbea bike is a Spanish brand which many awesome products of various scenes of mountain biking such as cross country to all mountain bike, and one of their popular all mountain bike is their Rallon models and they have new Orbea Rallon X30 to be discussed more, what about its performance, the build, and many more. Orbea Rallon X30 fullbike is weight about 14.63 kg and that's not a lightest bike out there, but this new all mountain bike have also many positives aspects as the weapon to go out to the trail.

The Orbea Rallon X30 is a modern all mountain bike just like others; 160 mm of travel and 27,5 inch wheels, better geometry for all mountain bike scene, and great suspension. What else? Rallon X30 also be able to climb better. Orbea adopts the similar-look-suspension sytem with Trek's ABP on their Rallon, but on the Rallon it has concentric pivot which reduce the effect of braking to the suspension. To handle this, Orbea puts the Fox suspension on both rear and front; the FOX CTD rear shock and FOX 34 Evolution 160 mm of travel.

One of the negatives part on the Rallon X30 is, this new Orbea all mountain bike is still using quick release model on the rear wheels, while most of new bikes, cross country to downhill is adopting the thru-axle model - despite Orbea may have their own reason why they are adopting the quick release model on rear wheels. It has no dropper post on it, so if possible the first upgrade is putting the dropper post on it. 

This new all mountain bike from Rallon is supported by great parts such as Fox suspension combo, RaceFace cockpit, and also Mavic wheels with Maxxis tires. Shimano SLX offers the perfect and smooth shifting for agressive type of riding. And when the bike is rolling so fast, the Formula brakes are ready to stop the bike. For the fans who want to get this bike must prepared some money about $3,699 Australia. (Photo: FlowMountainBike)
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