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Look Closer: GT Pantera 27.5 Plus - Full Specification and Price

GT Bikes just released some of their new bikes for 2017, and there is a bike that have potential to get massive attention among the new bikes. It's not the Sanction or the bigger downhill bike the Fury, but a hardtail named GT Pantera. Wait, with the 27.5 plus behind the name.

Read also: New GT Bikes 2017

Talk about the Pantera 27.5 Plus, it is such an good looking bike. It comes with T6 alloy Triple Triangle Frame which is offer durability and stability. It has longer front center and this makes the Pantera looks progressive. To make it up-to-date bike, the company build this as plus bike.

The GT Pantera 27.5 Plus comes in three models, the Expert, Elite, and Comp. As we can see, the Expert will be get the high spec and will be priced at $1620. This is really good price for the high spec bike from good company.

GT Pantera 27.5 Plus Spec (Expert Model)
Sizes XXS, XS, S, M, L, and XL
Frame All New 6061 T6 Aluminum Frame w/Triple Triangle, Replacable Derailleur Hanger, Disc Brake Mounts, and Zerostack Tapered Head Tube, 27.5 Plus Design
Fork Rockshox FS Revelation RL-AS 120 mm travel Crown Adjust 29/27.5+ Boost 15x110 MXL Stealth Solo Air 120 Taper
Crank FSA Comet MegaEXO MTB, 30T 1x Boost 148
BB FSA BB-7100
Pedals  GT Slim Line Flat Pedals, Cast Alloy
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT 11 speed
Shifters Shimano SLX
Rear Cogs Sunrace CS-MS8, 11-42T, 11 speed
Chain KMC X11
Rims All Terra DB-X40 Double Wall 32 Holes 27.5+, Disc Specific 40 mm wide
Tires F+R Schwalbe Rocket Ron Performance 27.5+ x 2.80
Hubs All Terra Center Lock QR (F) Alloy Disc with Boost 110, (R) Alloy Cassette Disc with Boost 148
Brakes F+R Shimano Hydraulic Disc with 160 Rotors
Brake Levers Shimano Hydraulic Disc Brake Levers
Handlebar All Terra Riser Bar, Double Butted 710mm Width 15mm Rise, 31.8 Clamp
Stem All Terra
Grips GT Statement
Headset Integrated Seal Bearing
Saddle WTB Silverado
Seatpost All Terra
Seat Clamp All Terra

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New Bike: Transition Scout Carbon Press Release

Since its first appearance few times ago, together with its siblings, the Transition Patrol and the bigger Transition Smuggler, the Scout also gets big attention. And now, since they come in alloy version (Patrol has Carbon), the company announces the press release about Transition Scout Carbon. Here's the press release:
Press Release: The Scout has been one of our more overlooked bikes in our line. People are now just starting to catch on to how fun and capable this little bike is and now it's available in carbon. Touting all the great features and geometry of the aluminum Scout with a large reduction in weight and no compromise in strength. The carbon front triangle, seatstays and chainstays provide an amazingly playful feel on the trail or playground. Featuring the same dialed geometry and GiddyUp suspension as the alloy version, the carbon Scout is even better at turning trails into playgrounds. The fully guided internal cable routing for rear brake and derailleur are easy to use and rattle free. The collet main pivot keeps the rear end stiff and the threaded bottom bracket is a mechanics dream. All with around a 600-gram weight savings over the aluminum Scout.

Loaded With Features Such As:
    Not 27.5+ Compatible. Fit's up to 2.5" tire with plenty of clearance for mud.
    Playground Specific Geometry - Long, Low and Snappy
    Giddy Up Link Suspension, 125mm Rear and 140mm Front
    Integrated Rubber Chainstay Protection
    Collet Style Main Pivot Hardware
    ISCG05 Chainguide Mounting
    Full Size Water Bottle Fits Inside Front Triangle
    User Friendly 73mm Threaded Bottom Bracket
    Tubes Inside Tubes Internal Cable Routing for Easy Setup
    Medium Frame Weight With Rear Shock: 6.2lbs.
More information about the bike, please visit transitionbikes.com.
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Look Closer: Canyon Sender Downhill Bike

When Specialized releases their new generation of Demo, people are shocking with its assymetrical frame, and curious about its performance. Beside of that, the new Demo offers slacker frame which is at the first sight the bike looks so hot.
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After a while with the euphoria of the new Demo, Canyon fights back and releases the sexiest downhill bike, with their new downhill bike Canyon Sender. While their all-mountain/enduro machine the Strive is known as one of the best machines, the Sender comes with different sensation.

Let's look closer to the Sender.

Based on the company, Sender is using four-bar suspension system which they called as MX-Link Suspension System. This system inspired from motocross setup, and the link will enable to tune the leverage ratio. This moto-inspires link is also known as Triple-Phase-Suspension, i.e:
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Phase 1: Air shocks require more force for activation than coil shocks. The MX Link transmits high power at the start of the stroke to overcome this. The result is outstanding responsiveness, small bump sensitivity and traction around the sag point equal to riding a coil shock.

Phase 2: Lower power through the mid-stroke provides a stable platform to reduce momentum loss. This enables the rider to actively pump for more track speed and make pinpoint line choices. 

Phase 3: We combine the progressiveness of air shocks with a moderate progression at the end of the stroke to avoid blowing through the travel and give the suspension its bottomless feel.
(source - Canyon web)

Canyo calls the geometry of the Sender as Geo-Tune, which might be the combination between geometry and tuning. As we know, tuning is a way to adjust or make it 'in tune'. That's the concept and Canyon builds this geometry to be able to match with the terrain or tracks.
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In the faster and steeper terrain, it can use the standard 63 degree head. The chainstays also can be adjusted based on the rider's riding style. For technical race with tight corners, the shorter chainstays 430 mm setting can be used. While the riders want to get more speed, the longer 466 mm chainstays can be used.

It's a bit different with another flagship machines from other brands, Canyon builds the Sender with the combination of carbon in the front triangle and alloy in the rear triangle. Some brands also use this combination like Polygon on their newest DH9 machine.
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They have their own reason for using this combination, but they said that they don't seek for saving weight, but for the strenght and vibration damping. While the aluminum 6066 T6 material claims can handle the rough crash and damage.
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Those materials then joined with high quality bearings, an industrial grade bearings to make it performs in the high level. The Sender has oversized bearings on the main triangle to deal with the high lateral force that may happen in this part.

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New Product: Dialed Tuning Apps from Cane Creek

If you are mountain biker, forget about Pokemon Go when you are in the bike. Even, it might be better for not installing it. Despite this very popular game is very fun to play, but it will be dangerous in a bike. You-Know-Why.
Rather than Pokemon Go, you better try this apps. This is very useful apps for mountain bikers. Cane Creek Dialed Tuning Apps. Yes, this apps is from Cane Creek. With this apps, everyone of you can turn the smartphones into tuning tool, to help the riders in the setup. Both iOS and Android can install this apps.
To use the apps is quite simple. Users will be given simple questions such as selecting user's bikes - more than 6.000 bikes, shock type and also user's weight. As this information is used for the tuning, better to give real information. Users can choose their bike based on the brand name, and the model. But, like its name the available shock is shock from Cane Creek only.
But still, this apps is very useful for Cane Creek shock users. The users can choose base tuning or even personal tuning. This apps is designed to be easy to be used, so the beginner riders will be able to turn into "expert" riders. Overall, this apps is very useful for riders who have Cane Creek shock in their bike.

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New Bike: Commencal's 2017 Range and Rocky Mountain Prototype Enduro Bike

Commencal finally releases their new range for 2017, with several new bikes. Not really new, because they are the bikes that already exist before, but Commencal makes them better than before. Like others, Commencal also sell the bikes directly to the customer, that gives more advantages, both for the company and the customers. So, the fans, please welcome the new Commencal bikes for 2017.

This is the bike that already exist few times before, and it makes a comeback for 2017. With new finishing details and also the latest parts. The new Meta SX V3 comes with 160mm rear travel combined 170 mm front travel. The fullbike version offers the combo Rockshox Lyrik Solo Air and Monarch R Plus. It also equipped by SRAM's kit, Level T Brakeset and NX 1x11 drivetrain.

The shorter version of the first bike. It has 130mm rear travel and 140mm front travel. Commencal says that the Meta TR V3 is their entry level, but later they continue with "But that doesn't mean it's low-end!". Same with the higher version, it also equipped by SRAM's kit - Rockshox Sektor 140 mm, Monarch R, SRAM X5 2x10 speed. The brakeset is the exception, with the Tektro brakeset.

One of the most fun hardtail bike out there, the Meta HT TR also gets updates. The brand says "With the Meta HT TR, we’ve concentrated primarily on the frame, then the forks and then finally, the transmission. Equipped with SRAM and RockShox components, the new Meta HT TR is ready for the trails..." For more information about those bikes, keep watching their website.

While Commencal is on their press release, another big brand in mountain bike industry the Rocky Mountain seems also ready to build a new enduro machine as their prototype bike is spotted in La Thuile. There are not many information about the bike, but at the sight it seems that the Maiden DH is the inspiration. This photo taken from a forum in VitalMTB web.
This Rocky Mountain enduro prototype has similar Smoothlink suspension design just like their DH machine. As this prototype comes with carbon material, it maybe needs no long time to see the complete bike of this prototype. Keep watching it, guys.
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