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New Bike: Kingdom Vendetta Boost Hardtail Bike

Titanium material isn't popular enough in full suspension bikes, but in hardtail, titanium mostly chosen because of its power and strenght. Like this Scotland bike brand, Kingdom, that just released new hardcore hardtail made of titanium material and this bike is real beast in hardtail mountain bikes. The bike is called Kingdom Vendetta Boost, and let's check the bike.
First of all, we know that Vendetta bike takes first appearance few years ago and since of that, Kingdom Bikes have been putting some upgrades to the new Vendetta, such as the tire size option which available in three option, 27.5, Boost 27.5+, and Boost 29+. Beside the tire size, the Vendetta frame now has lower bottom bracket, closer to the ground than before. It combined with more agressive angles of the bike.

Kingdom makes the Vendetta Boost as frame only option, so the fans can fully build this animal in very own style, and make it full custom for their own. The Vendetta frame will be priced at €1599, and it has three different sizes, start from Medium, Large, and Extra Large. Kingdom makes this frame to be special, and you can see few detail parts on the frame. In other words, this hardtail will not be 'dissappear' between full suspension bikes.

It has inner cable system, which is built very clean. The internal cable routing makes the bike accept the stealth dropper post which become one of the 'must-have' part for enduro/all mountain bikes today. Overall, the Kingdom Vendetta Boost is very serious bike, you can see the spirit inside, as the frame is built so serious to make great frame. For more information about the bike, the availability or another information, please visit Kingdom Bike. (pic Enduro-Mtb)
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New Bike: Limited Edition Bold Linkin Trail WBC Edition

Bold Cycles, a Switzerland mountain bike brand just releases a new model of their great bike the Linkin Trail, with several new updates and surely new look. The Linkin Trail WBC Edition, is a limited edition bike from Bold and it's quite different with previous Linkin Trail that have been released few times ago. (Read: New Bike - Bold Linkin Trail
The Linkin Trail WBC Edition is a result from the cooperation with Women's Bike Camp and woman rider Sabrina Morell. As stated above, the Linkin Trail WBC Edition will be produced only about 30 bikes around the world. Compared with the previous Linkin Trail, the WBC Edition is a woman specific bike and specially built for female riders. For the availability information, the bike will start to be shipped in May.

The Bold Linkin Trail WBC Edition will be equipped with Rockshox Suspension in the front with Pike and combined with DT Swiss shock with 130 mm of travel that hidden under the saddle. The fans can choose the drivetrain option with Shimano XT 2x11 speed or SRAM GX drivetrain. All those parts will be completed with Raceface parts, the Next or Turbine. The price is about 4780€ for the Shimano XT's kit, and 4684€ for the SRAM GX kit.

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New Product: SRAM Eagle 1x12 Speed Drivetrain

The 11 speed drivetrain is still on the way but SRAM makes a big step by releasing bigger ring and a bit different with their drivetrain lineup. SRAM takes different approach for their newest drivetrain. Now they use the name Eagle, rather than using X series like their all drivetrain products before. The SRAM Eagle is a 1x12 speed drivetrain and will be known as "front derailleur killer."
SRAM Eagle 1x12 Drivetrain Highlights
Available in XX1 and X01 groups
Fits existing bikes with XD drivers
New 12-speed 10-50 tooth cassette provides 500% gear range (10-12-14-16-18-21-24-28-32-36-42-50 teeth)
New direct-mount carbon crankset designs tailored to match your riding needs
New chain designed to reduce noise, friction, and wear while being stronger than ever
New X-SYNC 2 chainring is quieter and more durable
New derailleur with improved Type-3 clutch mechanism and revised B-plate for more secure mount
Meets ISO standards
Group Weights: XX1 - 1456g, X01 - 1502g including all but bottom bracket (add 60-120g)
MSRP: XX1 - $1,502 US, X01 - $1,417 US
Available June, 2016
SRAM claims that the Eagle is smoother, quiter, and more durable. Beside the chainring upgrade, SRAM also make a new updates for the chain. Even the brand says that the Eagle's chain is one of the best part of this new drivetrain. SRAM makes the new chain with new design and it makes the chain will smoother and quiter because there is no sharp edges inside. The chain also stronger as this built from flatter plates.
But surely the big attention will be on the chainring. SRAM also develops the new X-SYNC 2 tooth profile, which is different with their previous version of X-SYNC. This profile offers better performance, it can avoid the hook, reduces wear, improves retention at the same time, and able to clean up the mud. As it first appearance, the ring will be available in direct mount model. And the good news, the 1x11 SRAM component will be fit with the Eagle.

From all parts, the new Eagle rear derailleur will be there to get most people attention. It gets new design on the finishing, with the black and orange combination and a small Eagle logo along with XX1 logo. The new thing used in this RD is a Type 3 Roller Bearing Cluth mechanism which offer more consistent operation. The lower pulley also bigger with 14 tooth. The Eagle RD is also has long cage, different from any SRAM X series RD which is mostly available is short or medium option.
The Eagle's cassette will be fit perfect with 1x11 XD driver, so the fans don't have to replace their XD driver to the new driver to use the Eagle. As 12 speed, the cassette is now bigger, tooth counts are 10-12-14-16-18-21-24-28-32-36-42-50 with progressively larger 2-2-2-2-3-3-4-4-4-6-8-tooth jumps. And SRAM makes it a nice finishing with gold rings, looks very luxurious though it will be same after it brought to the track; muddy track. (pic: vitalmtb.com)
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New Bike: Patrol Mountain 871 DH and 671 Enduro Bike

Simplicity is the best. The new brand Patrol Mountain seems adopt this principle too well. As their participation at Crankworx Rotorua 2016, they release their newest downhill bike, which is the update version of the previous version of the same downhill bike. The Patrol 871 DH bike is ready to down on the competition this year. Let's check about their bike.

For you who haven'r heard about Patrol Mountain, they are Indonesian brand, and they use United Bike before change to be Patrol Mountain. Few times ago, they released few bikes in any ranges, from cross country to downhill. This year, they come again with two new bikes the Patrol 871 downhill bike and 671 enduro bike.

PATROL 871 Downhill Bike

The biggest update of the new Patrol 871 DH bike is the revised geometry, and also the paintjob. As their entrance to North America market, they bring better parts to support the bike; 27,5 inch DT Swiss wheels, aluminum frame instead of carbon with 215mm of travel, Four Bar Horst Link suspension, Shimano Saint Groupset, and Fox suspension on both rear and front, with Kashima. Again, this bike looks simple but handsome.

PATROL 671 Enduro Bike
The Patrol 671 is an enduro/all mountain bike, and this year the bike also get few updates from previous version. Same with its bigger brother, the 671 also get new style with new paint on the frame. White bike means clean. It is now longer than the older version. The frame is now looks better with better curve line.

It also be equipped with 27,5 wheels from DT Swiss, 160 mm of travel both rear and front with Fox suspension; Fox Float EVOL suspension and Fox Float 36 fork, both Kashima coated. The Patrol 671 is using 1x11 speed Shimano XT, and Magura MT7 four piston to stop the bike. It also be equipped with Rockshox Reverb Stealth post, and Patrol parts. (photo: Pinkbike.com)
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New Product: 100% New Helmets and Googles Collection

100% is one of the popular company that provides high quality products, especially on helmets, googles, gloves, and some apparels. This year, as the year going, the brand announces the new helmets range and googles for the new season. As usual, 100% build some attracting design on their products; helmets and googles.
Their new helmets and googles range have been updated in some parts, mostly more attractive design. The helmets also provide the maximum security, world safety standard that will make the riders feel safe in the track: from BMX to Downhill. The Downhill Champion Loic Bruni this season will wear the 100% helmet as his ultimate protection.

• Ultra-light design featuring aerospace Carbon/Kevlar composite shell.
• Active cooling system maximizes airflow offering more ventilation than any other helmet.
• Washable, antibacterial comfort liner, cheek pads and chin strap covers.
• Emergency release cheek pads for quick, safe removal.
• Integrated compartment accepts inflatable emergency release systems.
• Compatible with most popular neck brace systems.
• Titanium D-Ring buckle provides a secure fit while saving weight.
• Engineered with 2 shell sizes and 3 EPS sizes to achieve the perfect fit.
• Adjustable visor with machined light-weight aluminum screws.
• Durable helmet bag with integrated goggle pocket included.
• Accessories: replaceable visor, mouth piece, comfort-liner, cheek pads, and visor screws
• MSRP: $400 USD.

To complete the protection, 100% also releases the googles. The new googles from 100% is the Racecraft and Accuri series. More information about the helmets, or googles, visit 100% website.

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Taipei Cycle Show 2016: RST New Inverted Fork and Dropper Post

Taipei Cycle Show has been here for few days, and there are many new interesting products from various brands. Not only the famous and popular brands, another brands also make some attraction to make people see them. RST or Rapid Suspension Technology might be not as popular as another big brands suspension company but this year they have been work to finish their new stuffs. And for the Taipei Cycle Show 2016, they bring the brand new Rebel fork which is an inverted fork. They also have dropper post.

RST Rebel Inverted Fork
RST has some products in mountain bike suspension which spread in various scene; from slopestyle to downhill. But this year they just finished their newest fork, an inverted fork that have been developed since last year. Today, on the event, this fork is available and ready to be used and installed on any bikes, because RST build this fork with various travel, start from 80mm, 100mm, and 130mm for 29er, and 100mm, 130mm, and 150mm for 27.5 bike.

RST Rebel Details:
• Travel: 80, 100, 130 (29er); 100, 130, 150mm (27.5+)
• Spring: air
• Adjustments: compression, rebound, lockout
• Inverted design w/ magnesium upper
• Tapered steerer tube
• 32mm stanchions
• Keyed 15mm Boost thru-axle
• Weight: 4.6 - 4.85lb
• MSRP: $925 USD

To be noted here that it has high price, and this brand is not so popular. It is interesting to know about the fork's performance on the track, is it worth as the price, or another thing will happen. But overall, RST is brave to build different fork than the competitors with this fork.

RST Elev8 Dropper Post
RST also releases the dropper post which can be alternative of the existing dropper posts on the market, because the Elev8 from RST is lower in price than others. So, if you want to try or want to start to use dropper post, the RST Elev8 is good choice. There will be some models of the post, the Elev8 8A which is the lightest, Elev8 8H, and Elev8 8H-S.

(pic: pinkbike.com)
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New Bike: Ibis Releases New Mojo 3

This year is about to begin but tons of fresh products are available in the market. Taipei Cycle Show also be held, but let's forget all for a while because we have interesting news for you. Ibis finally announces the third generation of Mojo, the new Ibis Mojo 3. Since its first appearance in the 90s as hardtail bike then the company makes a big change for the Mojo 2 in 2005 as full suspension bike, now the Mojo 3 will be available to the Mojo fans around the world.

Ibis Mojo 3 Details:
130mm rear travel, 140mm front travel
27.5 and 27.5 plus compatible with the same wheelset
latest generation dw-link
27.5 Plus compatible with Schwalbe or Maxxis 2.8”
Boost 148 rear/Boost 110 front
Frame weight 5.5 lbs with shock
66.8º head angle with 140mm Pike Boost fork
BB height at sag is the same with 2.3″ or 2.8″ tire
1x or 2x compatible
Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large sizes

There's no much information about the bike yet, as the only source about the new Ibis Mojo 3 is only the official press release. But the great news related to this is that the bike is already available in stock and ready to be shipped. You can choose the red or black color. As you waiting the bike, just enjoy the awesome bike in those pictures. (photo: Ibis)
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