Mavic announces reduced MAP, brings mountain bike apparel back to the U.S.

OGDEN, Utah (BRAIN) – Mavic has announced reduced MAP for most of its 2017 road and mountain wheels and its wheel tire systems.

Nicolai 2014 mountain bikes – Eurobike 2013

Alternative German brand Nicolai have shown their faith in the 650b platform with a pure downhill bike, the Ion 20, which takes the medium wheel size across the entire Nicolai 2014 range.

The Helius range includes the 140mm travel Helius AC, which also features 650b wheels on all frame sizes. The model we saw has the Pinion gearbox, costing €3660 (frame plus gearbox but without shock). The Helius AC is also available in traditional transmission format.

The Helius TB is a new 120mm travel trail bike, which is available in 29er (medium and large sizes) and 650b (small). This replaces the 2013 model with its 26in wheels.

The nicolai helius tb is a new 120mm travel trail bike, which is available in 29er (medium and large sizes) and 650b (small), replacing the 2013 model with its 26in wheels:

Nicolai Helius TB trail bike

Nicolai have also joined the fat bike fraternity. The Argon Fat is their interpretation of the all-terrain bike. Its monster rims seat a 3.8in tyre and are bolted on with a 170mm standard rear axle. The Argon Fat comes with a single speed belt drive too.

Click on the gallery at right for more details on Nicolai’s 2014 mountain bike range.


Spiuk 15 road and mountain shoes – Eurobike 2012 video

They may have a name that’s difficult to pronounce, but the latest road and mountain bike shoe range from Basque accessories company Spiuk is thankfully a little easier.

Unveiled at Eurobike 2012, the 15 range includes a number of different models for on and off-road riding, including the carbon-soled, thermo-moldable 15 RC road shoe. This increasingly popular method allows you to mould your shoe to the exact proportions of your foot by sticking it in the oven 15 to 20 minutes at 60 degrees.

Check out the video to see the full range.

Gravity Light mountain bike stem review

While FSA’s standard trail/cross-country range includes various top-end lightweight SL-K and lower-budget stems, their Gravity Light brand stems should hit the spot for a lot more riders. They’re aimed at the harder hitting market, but are light enough to appeal to average trail riders.

This durable anodised 2014 aluminium offering, 3D forged with CNC machined surfaces, tips the scales at around the same point as a more costly SL-K unit we’ve been testing. Clamp height on the steerer is 40mm, with 50mm of width on the bars. If you want a longer stem, check out FSA’s SL-K range.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.