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Nicolai Ion GPI – the gearbox MTB of the future?

With the Ion GPI, Nicolai has melded properly forward thinking geometry with a revolutionary drivetrain that does away with the derailleur. So does this add up to a bike that lights the way for things to come? Based on a test day aboard the strange beast, the answer to that question is both yes and no.

Related: Mojo/Nicolai’s GeoMetron plots a future for mountain bike design

We’ve written before about the GeoMetron, the fruit of a collaboration between German frame builders Nicolai and the boundary-pushing boss of Mojo Suspension, Chris Porter.

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A 12 speed Pinion gearbox delivers power to the rear wheel via a Gates Carbon belt drive

In a nutshell, the GeoMetron takes the basic outline of Nicolai’s 155mm rear travel Ion 16 and pairs it to geometry that’s slack enough be on the more radical edge of current World Cup downhill bikes despite only running a 160-180mm fork and being firmly designed as a do-it-all trail bike. It also has a much longer reach than most bikes on the market paired to a very steep seat angle.

Utterly different suspension performance

Shifting snags bar the path to greatness

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Cervélo Bigla will be wearing Endura for the 2016 race season

Scottish company Endura is the new clothing sponsor for Swiss women’s pro cycling team Cervélo Bigla, providing the team with kit for the 2016 season. 

Endura has an extensive catalogue of products, producing road, mountain bike, triathlon and custom kit, and pedigree when it comes to producing kit for professional teams. The company is also clothing sponsor for men’s pro-cycling team Movistar, and provided the aerosuit for Australian Bridie O’Donnell’s successful UCI Hour Record attempt. 

“We’re all really excited to partner with Cervélo Bigla. The project is an exciting one and it’s an exciting time for women’s cycling with the establishment of the UCI Women’s WorldTour and more exposure in the media for women’s racing,” said Endura founder Jim McFarlane. “We’ll be using the riders of Cervélo Bigla as an elite group of high mileage performance product testers to help build our range of market-leading performance wear for female riders.”

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Cervélo Bigla are currently ranked fifth in the world by the UCI, with the team lineup featuring riders like Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, currently ranked sixth in the world, and former world time trial bronze medallist Carmen Small. 

Endura has introduced a range of new techniques throughout its clothing range as a result of designing products for pro teams and sponsored athletes. This includes using the Drag2Zero facility at the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 wind tunnel to improve aerodynamics, developing a new pad fitting system with German bike fitting experts gebioMized, and making use of climate chambers to test new fabrics on riders that will help them keep cool. 

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Lids, locks and more at third edition of PressCamp Winter

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.

Electric Bike Expo organizers hope to draw 1,500 consumers to inaugural Phoenix event

TEMPE, Ariz. (BRAIN) —?Organizers of the Electric Bike Expo , which debuts Jan. 15-17 in the Phoenix metro area, are betting that offering free test rides on a large scale can entice thousands of Americans to try e-bikes.

Steven Harad joins North America Cycles as director of sales

AMES, Iowa (BRAIN) —?North America Cycles has hired Steven Harad as its director of sales. Harad will oversee the formation of a national sales force to begin selling parts, accessories, and bicycles to IBDs.

Accell Group reports growth in third quarter revenue

Sales of higher priced e-bikes in Europe continue to drive revenue and profits. HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) — Accell Group reported growth in revenue in the third quarter, which the Dutch conglomerate attributed to healthy sales of the company’s German and French bike brands. Accell owns several European brands including Batavus, Sparta, Koga, Loekie, Ghost, Haibike, Winora, Lapierre, Tunturi, Atala and XLC.

Mojo/Nicolai’s GeoMetron plots a future for mountain bike design

When it comes to mountain bike geometry, what would have seemed extreme a few years ago is now commonplace. Bikes have been getting longer and slacker, while stem length has quite literally been cut in half.

So does that mean there’s no room left for development? UK based suspension expert and Fox Shox distributor Mojo would disagree.

In collaboration with German master fabricator Nicolai, the ‘GeoMetron’ project is a radical departure from what even the most progressive mainstream brands are offering. Driven by head-honcho Chris Porter, the GeoMetron bike takes geometry trends of the past few years and extrapolates them decades into the future, combining rulebook-flouting geometry with the latest in suspension technology to create a truly unique bike.  

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Never content to rest on groundbreaking laurels, the latest machines coming out of this hothouse of ideas takes two further strides away from convention.

One model incorporates a derailleur-free Pinion gearbox, while the other combines super-slack geo with 29er wheels. Now that’s a bold recipe.

We ventured into deepest darkest Wales to ride these bikes back to back to see whether the hype lives up to reality. Does either of these bonkers bikes actually ride well? Could they really be the future?

What the hell is a GeoMetron anyway?

Isn’t a long, slack bike rubbish in the corners?

So what’s special about the suspension?

Doesn’t that mean it’s a pig on the climbs?

What’s with the big-wheeled one?

Okay, but a ridiculously long, slack 29er must handle like a barge…

So the 29er is better then?

Didn’t you mention a gearbox bike? What’s that one like?

What’s the point of a gearbox?

Should I buy one then?

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

YT Industries names McCann international business manager

FORCHHEIM, Germany (BRAIN) — YT Industries has hired Duncan McCann as international business manager. McCann comes to the German consumer-direct mountain bike brand from Accell Group, where he served as international business manager for a year and a half and, before that, as European manager for Accell brand Diamondback for four years. The hire of McCann marks the first time YT has appointed an international business manager.

YT Industries names McCann international business manager

FORCHHEIM, Germany (BRAIN) — YT Industries has hired Duncan McCann as international business manager. McCann comes to the German consumer-direct mountain bike brand from Accell Group, where he served as international business manager for a year and a half and, before that, as European manager for Accell brand Diamondback for four years

Vittoria Group appoints Michael Marx as senior executive manager

HONG KONG (BRAIN) —?Vittoria Group has appointed Michael Marx as its new senior executive manager and member of its executive management team. Marx is German, a former world champion in team pursuit and has a broad experience in the cycling industry