Posts Tagged ‘News’

Making Some Changes!

August 23, 2009

Hey there folks! I just wanted to let you all know that in the coming days you will be seeing an updated Twenty Nine Inches site. We are currently working behind the scenes on the new, leaner, meaner Twenty Nine Inches.

What You Can Expect: There will be the same editorial bent, the same style in the News, Rumors, and Reviews, but some of the “fat” is going to be trimmed off that this old site had/has going on. (Actually, you might notice that some stuff is already gone.) Expect a “cleaner” look with an easy to use front page. The site should have all the pertinent data you all want and expect, but things like the Classifieds, and a few other little used features are going to be cut from the new edition in order that I and Grannygear can concentrate more on doing the job better and have more focus.

As of now, it looks like the new site will go live in the next week or two. So, if you click your link and see something vaguely familiar, but different, it is still us. I just wanted to give you all a heads up.

Note: All the old material here will not be moved over to the new site, which would be a monumental task, since Twenty Nine Inches went live back in 2005. The old material will live on and we will be providing a link to that on the front page of the new site for your reference.

Stay Tuned………….

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Cannondale To Introduce A Carbon 29"er For 2010

June 16, 2009

Twenty Nine Inches has learned that Cannondale plans on introducing a carbon hardtail 29″er to it’s current line up of aluminum hardtails for 2010. The line, which will be introduced at a sales meeting in Park City, Utah next week, will include two versions of the bike. Dubbed the “Flash”, the hardtail will be offered in a “Flash 1” version and a presumably lower spec’ed “Flash 2” option. We also have learned that one of the versions will be white, the other red.

Cannondale apparently will continue to offer its four aluminum models as well, but at this time there is no word on whether the Scalpel 29″er we have heard is roaming the planet as a prototype will be offered as a model for sale to the public. Stay tuned as more information becomes available.

Cannondale To Introduce Carbon 29″ers In 2010

June 16, 2009

The Cyclist has learned that Cannondale plans on introducing a carbon hardtail 29″er to it’s current line up of aluminum hardtails for 2010. The line, which will be introduced at a sales meeting in Park City, Utah next week, will include two versions of the bike. Dubbed the “Flash”, the hardtail will be offered in a “Flash 1” version and a presumably lower spec’ed “Flash 2” option. We also have learned that one of the versions will be white, the other red.

Cannondale apparently will continue to offer its four aluminum models as well, but at this time there is no word on whether the Scalpel 29″er we have heard is roaming the planet as a prototype will be offered as a model for sale to the public. Stay tuned as more information becomes available.

Sneak Peek: Gary Fisher's New Carbon Fiber Full Suspension Rig?

May 28, 2009

So rumors have been spreading like wildfire that Gary Fisher Bikes was developing a new 29″er full suspension device. Even Gary Fisher himself was found to be hinting around about it on Twitter a few days back. Now it seems that a couple of images captured at a Wisconsin cross country event have surfaced that show the bike in question. Not much is known at this time for sure, but speculation is that this is the lightest frame Gary Fisher Bikes has yet produced and that it is full carbon fiber produced in the U.S.A. Stay tuned for more as we learn it………….

The bike on the right is the one in question.

The bike on the right is the one in question.

Again, look to the rider on the right side of the photo.

Again, look to the rider on the right side of the photo.

Editor’s Note: The original photos are sourced from here, and are credited to “mountaingoat 99”.

News And Rumors

May 20, 2009

Brant “Tweaks” The Name: Due to a technicality, Brant Richards of Shedfire Design has decided to go from using the name ‘tweak” for his new line of bicycles to “Ragley”, which was the working model name for the titanium frame we reported on earlier. So far, Ragley has three versions of it’s long travel hardtail in the works. One each in aluminum, steel, and titanium. These bikes are 26″ers, but a 29″er model is in the works. Stay tuned.

Santa Cruz Confirms Carbon 29″er: In this report from Bike Radar, Santa Cruz Bikes owner, Rob Rosokopp confirms that the 29″er, (or at least one model) will be made in carbon fiber. Stating that chassis stiffness was a main priority with regards to designing a 29″er, we can expect a stiff, solid frame with the signature VPP suspension to be seen “sometime before Interbike”. Stay tuned for any further developments.

Scott To Enter With 29″ers For 2010: From an anonymous source, I have learned that Scott has two hardtail 29″ers in the works to be released in the fall. These two bikes will be in aluminum and are just the tip of the iceberg for Scott and 29″ers. I am told that there exists a very strong possibility that a geared carbon fiber hardtail is in the works that would tip the scales at well below 20lbs. Look for more details to surface in the coming months.

RST Revamps M-80 29″er Fork?: I have heard also that RST has a new pre-production version of a 29″er fork going out to testers soon. Is it the revamped M-80 picked as one of the Top Ten Products by this site for 2007? We will be very interested in this development. If the new RST fork makes some improvements over the old model M-80, it would be a welcomed product and most likely a big hit. As always, we will bring you any further news as it is received.