Archive for January, 2006

Orbea To Unveil First Carbon 29er

January 31, 2006

From an Orbea USA Press Release:

Orbea USA is blazing new trails in the mountain bike world with the introduction of the world’s first carbon monocoque 29-inch mountain bike. It is the most advanced big wheel bike ever made. It is a bike with soul.

“With the introduction of the Alma 29 we are making our mark on the US mountain bike market. We wanted to create a bike unlike anything else. You get the benefit of the bigger wheels, but it steers quickly, is ultra-stable and is an unbelievable climber,” said Tony Karklins, Orbea USA’s managing director.

Read the whole release…


29" Redline Monocog Upgrades?

January 30, 2006

I’m thinking about getting a Redline Monocog 29er when they’re available. Can I make this bike into a 1×8 or a 1×9? What kind of upgrades are possible with this bike?

— Steve

Got a 29er question? Email me!

Slingshot Farmboy 29" Mountain Frame

January 29, 2006

I just posted a press release from Slingshot Bikes about their 29″ Farmboy frame that’s available. It discusses different Slingshot technology including the “Boomtube” and Sling Power Technology (SPT).

And the pictures… click on them to see a larger version.

Slingshot Farmboy 29
Slingshot Farmboy 29
Slingshot Farmboy 29
Slingshot Farmboy 29

Salsa Delgado 29er Disc Rims have come and gone

January 27, 2006

So that didn’t take long…

Another update out of Salsa is their Delgado 29er disc rims arrived yesterday and were promptly sold out a half hour later.

If you’re waiting in anticipation for a set of these, the next shipment is due in the middle of February.

You can check out some notes from the Delgado designer on their blog.

New Dos Niners in stock

January 26, 2006

The new Very Verde Green Salsa Dos Niners are in stock and already shipping out through QBP. Here’s some pics of one about to ship out…

The Crow 29er Tires

January 24, 2006

I got some more concrete info on the new 29″ tires from NoTubes. The Crow’s original due date was this month, however it’s been pushed back indefinitely.

Here’s some more stats for you:

  • Pre-production weight was right at 500 grams
  • has a proprietary feature that makes the folding beads 20% stronger then anything else currently on the market
  • features on the production run will make the tires easier to inflate and seal
  • shorter tread design

Here’s the picture I was sent and it’s on the NoTubes’ new ZTR 355 29er rim.

New 29" tires?

January 23, 2006

I got a tip in my inbox today saying Stan’s NoTubes has come out with a new set of 29″ tires called “The Crow”. I’m still tracking down more info, but this is what a reader sent me so far…

No Tubes The Crow Tire. Features Semi-slick design, dual compound rubber, and extra strong folding bead.

  • Semi-slick design is fast-rolling and cuts down on wind resistance
  • Dual compound rubber has harder, faster rolling center and softer sides for better grip while cornering
  • Requires sealant to run tubeless
  • Folding bead is extra strong to keep the tire seated in the rim

Tire Use: Mountain
Color Tread/Side: Black/Black
Tire Type: UST Tubeless
Tire Diameter: 29″
ISO Width: 50 mm
ISO Diameter: 622
Tire Bead: Folding
PSI: 20 – 40 PSI
Weight: 500.0 g

They’re not on the website yet and apparantly they aren’t in stock either. Anybody heard anything else?

Thanks to Eddie for the tip!

Gary Fisher Supercaliber 29er Mockup Image

January 20, 2006

UPDATE: As Guitar Ted commented and the FisherGuy corrected in the original post… the pic is of the 26″ design. Hopefully the 29″ image will follow shortly.

Ryan Atkinson, the “Fisher Guy”, posted over at the MTBR forums a drawn up image of what the Supercaliber 29er is gonna look like.

I’m working my contact over from Fisher to see if I can get some real pictures of it. Hopefully soon.

Redline Monocog 29 date?

January 12, 2006

Between my LBS telling me they can now order them from Redline and the rumor I’ve been hearing that the Monocog 29er is supposed to be here by the end of January, I had high hopes for these being available pretty soon.

However, I called my contact at Redline and he’s still saying early to mid March is the due date.

Anybody else hearing anything different?

Specialized 29er Tires Sold Out

January 11, 2006

I talked to my guy at Specialized today and he said the first run of the Fast Trak 29 inch tires “sold out rapidly” and it’ll be 6 to 8 weeks before they get another shipment in.

Hopefully this’ll help convince them there’s a market for a Specialized 29er bike.