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Fox launches redesigned Flux trail helmet

CALABASAS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Fox Racing introduced its deep-coverage Flux trail helmet back in 2006

Fuji introduces new offroad touring bike, the Jari

PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — Fuji has launched a new bike for loaded off-road touring, the Jari. The aluminum-framed bike will be available in four models and as a frameset.  The company said the frame was designed for staibilty in rough conditions and when fully loaded. Its seat stays were designed for vertical compliance

Niner introduces RKT 9 RDO, a short-travel endurance race bike

FORT COLLINS, Colo.

Marin recalls kids’ bikes due to handlebars

NOVATO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Marin Mountain Bikes is recalling 450 kids’ bikes because the handlebars can loosen or separate. The recall involves Marin 2014 MBX 50 and Tiny Trail boys and girls bikes with 16-inch knobby tires

Orbea recalls 715 Avant road bikes because of fork concerns

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Orbea is working with the U.S.

Scott recalls four road bike models over steerer tube concerns

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Scott USA is recalling about 2,000 road bikes in the U.S.

Tern recalls some frames

EMERYVILLE, CA (BRAIN) — Tern is conducting a voluntary recall of some bike models because the company has discovered a weakness in the frame welds. Affected bike models are Verge S11i, X10, X20, X30h, and Eclipse S11i, produced between September 2011 and March 2012 . P-Level Verge and Eclipse frames are not affected

Tern recalls some frames

EMERYVILLE, CA (BRAIN) — Tern is conducting a voluntary recall of some bike models because the company has discovered a weakness in the frame welds. Affected bike models are Verge S11i, X10, X20, X30h, and Eclipse S11i, produced between September 2011 and March 2012

Pinarello enter MTB market wtih Dogma XC

After decades as a road-only brand, Pinarello have jumped into the mountain bike market with the Dogma XC hardtail.

The Dogma XC features a unique seat stay design that Pinarello calls “ONDA XC Asymmetric Twin Arms.” These stays attach to the seat tube above the top tube, at separate points from one another, and they also serve as the seatpost clamp.

Pinarello say this design dissipates vibrations well across a large surface area.

Also notable: the rear brake is mounted on the chain stay.?

To protect the down tube from the fork —?while also maintaining a lower dodwn tube —?Pinarello developed “ForkStopper” technology, which appears to be a bumper bolted to the underside of the down tube.

The frame has internal cable routing with options design for SRAM and Shimano.

The Dogma XC 9.9 is made with 60HM1K by Torayca carbon fiber with Nanoalloy technology. Torayca Nanoalloy technology has nano-particles embedded in the carbon fiber mesh that Pinarello say explode upon impact, preventing the fiber from breaking. The new Dogma XC will be on display for the first time to the public at the Granfondo LaPina in Treviso, Italy?on the 15th of July.

And a new Dogma for the road, too

Pinarello has updated its Dogma 2, as well, with internal cable routing for electronic transmission systems and a stronger, lighter carbon fiber.

The Dogma 65.1 Think 2 is available in 12 sizes and customizable on the company’s website with the MyWay program.



Shimano XC60 mountain bike shoes review

The XC60s are a new addition to Shimano’s crowded footwear range for 2012. As you’d expect at this price, these high-end, race-ready off-road shoes come highly specified, with carbon reinforced soles, ratchet fastening and plenty of bling styling appeal.

The first thing that strikes you out of the box is the classy pearl finish of the white synthetic uppers. This is offset with bold red and black accents, a plush red lining and reflective splashes on each heel.

The plentiful areas of mesh ventilation are predominantly black, with the exception of one panel which is, for some unfathomable reason, brilliant white. After a few muddy rides these sections are already morphing into an unsightly shade of beige. The rest of the shoe cleans up really well and seems impressively well made.

Closure is handled by two lower Velcro straps and a low-profile ratchet fastener for the top strap, which allows precise tightening and quick release. The carbon reinforced soles have blade style grips, similar to those on a soccer boot, designed to give good grip and shed mud quickly. A pair of low-profile studs under each toe completes the underside. Cross-head screws allow you to replace worn studs or upgrade to something more aggressive.

Fit is relatively narrow, particularly across the middle of the foot, and out of the box the XC60s had a little less support around the heel than we’d like. Of course, sizing is always subjective and personal, and after a bit of playing around with the straps we found a comfortable fit and once riding there were no issues. 

The soles feel impressively stiff on the bike, with no hot spots developing on longer rides, but they’re also comfortable and stable enough for the odd spot of walking. The toe box feels well protected but we resisted the temptation to kick any rocks to prove this.