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Swagtron adds three e-bike models, including folders and youth fat bike

COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Swagtron, best known for its electric rideables, is expanding its cycling line with the introduction of three new electric bikes, including two folding e-bikes and a youth electric fat-tire mountain bike

Mavic’s Larry Burke leaves company to take a VP sales role at Polartec

BOSTON (BRAIN) — Larry Burke, an 18-year veteran at Mavic, has had a front-row seat during some of the most tumultuous changes in the global wheel business.

Garmin acquires cycling aerodynamics company, Alphamantis Technologies

OLATHE, Kan.

Troy Lee Designs offers new A2 MIPS mountain bike helmet, lowers price on A1

CORONA, Calif.

Best dropper posts: a buyer’s guide

A dropper seatpost is without doubt one of the best upgrades you can make to your mountain bike.So we take a look at what to consider and some of the best seat dropper posts on the market.

  • Dropper post vs fixed post. Which is faster for XC racing?
  • Best enduro bike: 9 we recommend

Put simply, they allow you to lower you saddle height while riding, giving you much more space to move around on the bike while descending.

How much travel the post has dictates just how far out of the the way you’ll be able to get your saddle

When it’s time to go back up, you let it pop back to the correct height for efficient pedalling, all without having to stop.

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Of course, this makes them ideal for enduro-style racing, where being able to quickly switch from sprinting uphill at attacking down a descent is essential.

However, even trail and XC riders can reap the benefits of using a dropper post.

There are a huge number of different styles on the market, so we’ll run though the main differences before showing you the best ones we’ve tested.

How much travel do I need?

Stepless posts give you much more freedom to have your saddle wherever you want

What’s the best kind of adjustment?

Fixed or stepless travel?

What’s also very important is where you adjust the post from

Remotes

An interesting development has been the introduction of wirelessly operated dropper posts

Best dropper posts

Fox Transfer Factory

  • Fox Transfer Factory review

Thomson Elite Covert Dropper

  • Thomson Elite Covert Dropper review

RockShox Reverb Stealth

  • RockShox Reverb Stealth review

Specialized Command Post IRcc

  • Specialized Command Post IRcc review

Budget dropper posts to consider

RSP Plummet

  • RSP Plummet review

Nukeproof OKLO Air

  • Nukeproof OKLO Air review

KS eTen Remote

  • KS eTen Remote review

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Shimano grows S-PHYRE line with high-end apparel

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Following the introduction of high-end road and mountain bike shoes under the S-PHYRE brand last fall , Shimano is expanding the collection with performance cycling apparel including a racing skin suit, short-sleeve jersey, bib shorts, gloves and socks. WorldTour team LottoNL-Jumbo will race in S-PHYRE custom clothing and footwear this year. The company says the new apparel was designed using proprietary knowledge gained from Shimano’s acquisition of Bikefitting.com and studies with hundreds of pro riders with the goal to maximize power transmission

Year in review: the most important mountain bike tech of 2016

This year saw many product introductions worth remembering and as 2016 winds down let’s take a look back at some of the general trends in mountain bike tech and what they might mean for 2017.

SRAM goes big with Eagle

It was inevitable that the industry would add another cog sooner or later. SRAM fired first with its two new Eagle groups. With 12 cogs and a 10-50t spread, these new 1x groups mean we’ll see fewer mountain bikes designed for front derailleurs in the coming years.

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This is the final nail in the coffin of the front derailleur, but it will take a few more swings of the hammer to close the casket.

If I were a betting man I would wager that 2017 will see the introduction of more budget-friendly 12-speed groups at the X1 and perhaps even the GX level. Once this happens the front derailleur will look as dated as bar ends.

Shimano Di2 trickles down to XT

Fat bikes stumble

Plus rolls onward

A new low for dropper seatposts

What do you think? 

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Our 10 most anticipated mountain bike products of 2017

As 2016 winds down, it’s time to look forward to new advancements in mountain biking. Here are some of the model year 2017 products and general trends that our team of mountain bikers is most looking forward to riding in the year ahead. 

  • The top 5 mountain bike trends for 2017
  • Five exciting cross-country race bikes for 2017

Liv Hail – Aoife Glass, women’s cycling editor

The brand new Liv Hail is one of my most hotly anticipated products for 2017. 

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This 160mm-travel aggressive trail bike is designed for the rigours of enduro racing, with some pretty bling kit at the high end of the range. It’s also one of an increasingly rare number of bikes with a geometry specifically designed for women. Liv bases its bike geometry on data gleaned from a global body dimension index, refined with comprehensive testing from riders and racers. I’m very interested to see how this bike feels in action on big terrain!

More affordable 1×12 drivetrains – Josh Patterson US technical editor

Many of our test team, myself included, have been impressed with the shifting and range of SRAM’s new XX1 and XO1 Eagle drivetrains. While they’re impressive, they are also extremely expensive for the average rider. 
What I’m looking forward to in 2017 is the introduction of 1×12 groups at more affordable price-points. I don’t know for certain that this is in the cards for the new year, but given the high level of aftermarket competition for 11-speed cassettes and add-on cogs that outgear SRAM’s own 11-speed mountain groups, it seems very likely that SRAM will push forward with an X1 level 12-speed group to maintain a competitive advantage. Once this happens, the front derailleur will become as outdated as bar ends. 

Focus Vice – Reuben Bakker-Dyos, videographer

Coming from a road and cyclocross background, I naturally gravitated toward hardtail 29er mountain bikes, but I found fear was a major barrier in progressing. So with the assistance of a Focus Vice, I’m hoping to gain confidence when the trails get steeper and the terrain gets gnarlier. With the 120mm travel shock, 130mm travel fork, burlier-than-I’m-used-to tyres and a SRAM NX groupset, the Vice is a middle-of-the-range trail bike perfect for building skills.

More aggressive 27.5+ tyres – Seb Stott, technical writer 

Shimano Steps – Tom Marvin, technical editor, What Mountain Bike magazine

Nicolai Gemetron – Rob Weaver, technical editor-in-chief 

Fox Live Valve – Jon Woodhouse, technical editor 

Cannondale Scalpel – Joe Norledge, videographer 

Giro Privateer – Jack Luke, staff writer 

Long-travel 29ers – Ed Thomsett, staff writer, Mountain Biking UK magazine

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Serfas joins The Bike Cooperative’s supplier network

MANCHESTER, N.H. (BRAIN) —?Parts and accessories brand Serfas is the latest to join The Bike Cooperative’s growing network of supplier partners. Effective immediately, members of the retail co-op will earn rebates on their purchases of all Serfas-branded products

Seattle’s Evo.com buys Denver’s Edgeworks and The Bicycle Doctor

DENVER (BRAIN) — Seattle-based action sports and outdoor retailer Evo has acquired two Denver businesses owned by Matt Hupperts: the Edgeworks ski shop and The Bicycle Doctor bike shop. Hupperts has been operating the two stores from Broadway Avenue for more than 25 years. The companies said the new structure will create an omni-channel shopping experience where customers can shop in person or order online with in-store pickup.