Interbike 2009 Update #5

Interbike 2009 Update #5

Check our main Interbike 2009 content page for links to more updates and videos.

Kenda

Kenda had a few new tires on display that will be available in the spring.

BBG

The BBG is designed as a fast rolling tire that can transition from the center to the side knobs more efficiently. The center isn’t totally void of traction like some tires of this type. They’ve kept a good amount of tread for braking and climbing. A 2.35 dual-ply Stick-E compound tire will be available for DH (wire bead) with 2.35, 2.1, and 1.9 single-ply versions available for XC and AM with their DTC compound.

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Happy Medium

The Happy Medium is a lot like the BBG as it’s designed to be a fast rolling tire with a more aggressive side knob. It’s also designed to transition well from center to side knobs. Sizes and compounds are the same for the Happy Medium as the BBG.

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H-Factor

The H-Factor gets its name from the H’s in its tread pattern. The H-Factor is designed for All Mountain riders that often need an aggressive tread design that still rolls fast. It will be available in a dual-ply DH (wire bead) version in 2.5 and 2.35 sizes with Stick-E compound. Single-ply versions will be available in 2.35 and 2.1 with DTC compound.

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Slant Six

The Slant Six is a mixture of two of John Tomac’s designs, the Small Block 8 and Nevegal. Basically using the ramped knobs from the Nevegal in a smaller size and using lots of them for the pattern. It is designed for intermediate to hard-packed terrain. It will be available in a myriad of sizes and tread compounds for DH, XC, AM, and even 29’ers. The dual-ply DH (wire bead) version will be available in 2.5 and 2.35 sizes with Stick-E compound.

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Kore

Torsion Direct Mount Stem

Kore had their new direct mount stem on display. It is a fully CNC’d piece from solid billet aluminum. It has a 31.8mm clamp with 50mm of reach and 15mm of rise. It will be available in RockShox and Marzocchi standards. Claimed weight is 166g.

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Check the gallery for more photos of Kore’s 2010 products.

X-Fusion

X-Fusion had their newest forks on display at Interbike. The Vengeance HLR was released back at Sea Otter and can be seen being rode by many of the Black Market Bikes’ riders. They had a Vengeance on a 2010 Black Market KillSwitch, which looked stellar.

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Vengeance HLR specs:

  • 160mm of All Mountain travel
  • 20mm axle
  • Super Stiff 36mm Stanchions
  • HLR External Adjustments for High & Low Speed Compression
  • External Rebound
  • Aluminum Steerer and Stanchions
  • Machined Knobs with Wide Range of Adjustment
  • Sealed Cartridge for Reduced Weight & Maintenance
  • Air Sprung
  • 4.9 LBS (claimed)
  • Colors: Gloss White, Gloss Black

Velvet RC

We’ve rode the Velvet R on some of our previous dirt jump builds and were impressed with it’s performance. For 2010 X-Fusion has come out with a new version called the Velvet RC.

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Velvet RC specs:

  • 80mm, 10mm, 120mm of travel (120mm travel works with 650B)
  • 32mm stanchions
  • Lockout adjustment
  • External Rebound adjustment
  • Forged Hollow Crown
  • Magnesium lower legs
  • Sealed cartridge design
  • Air spring system
  • 3.35lbs (claimed)
  • Colors: Gloss Black or Gloss White

Check the gallery for more photos of X-Fusion’s products as well as Black Market’s Kill Switch.

Gravity Components

Gravity Light Pedals

A new product for 2010 is Gravity’s Gravity Light pedals. They spin on 2 internal Norglide bushings for added durability and the axle is secured with 2 C-clips for added security. Claimed weight will be under 454g. They use standard pins for easy replacement and feature a thin concave platform.

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Gravity Light Chainguide

The Gravity Light Chainguide looks similar to other products we’ve seen on the market but the materials used are a little different. The material used in the guide is a bit softer than other manufacturers allowing the guide to flex a bit under impact as well as be a bit more quiet due to the dampening qualities of the plastics. The guide is adjustable and should come in at a competitive weight.

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Whip Cap

For those that are more into tricks Gravity has a slick product for you. They now offer a pre-drilled and chamfered top cap for their Gravity stems. This makes front brake routing much cleaner for those looking to do tangle free barspins.

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Check the gallery for more photos of Gravity’s 2010 products.

Jamis Bicycles

Dakar BAM 2

The BAM 1 and 2 both have new redesigned hydroformed frames. They still offer 200mm of travel but have tuned the MP3 suspension system a bit for 2010 to make for a better ride. The BAM offers a 1.5 headtube with 83mm bottom bracket and 150mm x 12mm Maxle rear end. The shock duties will be handled by a FOX RC4 with 10mm hardware and cartridge bearings in all of the pivots.

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Six Fifty B2

A rather odd find at the Jamis booth was their Six Fifty B models. With 650B still being a rather rare commodity it was interesting to see that Jamis built a whole bike around the standard. The main frame triangle is Kineslum alloy offering riders 130mm of rear travel. Both versions of the bike will feature White Brothers’ Fluid 650B specific fork with 130mm of travel.

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Check the gallery for more photos of Jamis’ 2010 bikes.