The Hayes Group is the umbrella names for Manitou, Hayes and Sun/Ringlé and, after a quiet year or two, it seems to be cranking some more new stuff out.
Let’s start with a nice controversial number…
Answer's new direct mount stem offers a 1in drop over regular direct stems for riders looking to lower their front end. There's a regular stem too.
Comes in all the lengths: 50mm and 55mm
One of the most venerable names in mountain biking, the Answer ProTaper bar is now going to come in carbon, along with the new snazzy graphic ally version.
Flat pedals with removeable pins. Get them here too.
Answer also has a new All Mountain stem. 60-100mm lengths.
The new Manitou Marvel fork is very deconstructed in looks.
I-beam crown and a tapered-only steerer, it'll come in 100-120mm lengths and QR15 or 9mm.
This is an exclusive peek at the prototype QR15 Manitou dropout that it had hidden out the back of the booth. It'll use Manitou's signature hex axle, but in a QR form. This prototype is using and older DH style 20mm dropout, but you get the idea.
Ignore the pinch-bolts, this'll be a true QR setup using a bayonet style engagement and a smaller, 15mm hex axle.
Expect to see more Sun/Ringlé wheelsets like this Black Flag XC set
...and the Charger Pro All Mountain set
Straight pull spokes and those two white spokes.
Two white spokes. How else can you differentiate wheels?
Here's the new Hayes Prime Pro brake. It's new doncha know?
385g a brake with a split clamp and reach and stroke adjust.
Another prototype - this time a new finish Answer is trying on its ProTaper bar. It's a way of anodising graphics onto a handlebar. Initial results look great.
Posted on: September 28, 2010
pjt201 said on September 28, 2010
aren’t the white spokes so you can identify the valve location more quickly when you’ve got a puncture in a race?
chipps said on September 28, 2010
I hadn’t thought of that (and obviously you’d have lined up your tyre logo with the valve as in the picture) but that’s a very good point.
Hairychested said on September 28, 2010
Next year they’ll have pink spokes instead.
BTW lovely Answer bars, can I have the gold ones please?
Sponging-Machine said on September 28, 2010
kimbers said on September 28, 2010
oh look another company are using rebranding the kona wah wah/ superstar pedals
schmiken said on September 28, 2010
Any idea of the weight of the Marvel?
I_Ache said on September 28, 2010
Want those scull bars!
TamSpeed81 said on September 28, 2010
Great name from Park
Whats a HMR-4? Hitting things with…
oxym0r0n said on September 28, 2010
What pjt21 said – the American Classic’s have a red spoke for the very same reason 🙂
veedubba said on September 28, 2010
Mmmm, Pro Taper
retro83 said on September 28, 2010
Those new manitous look good. If it gets the TPC+ damper that could be a very competitive fork.
The skull bars are amazing 😀
brakes said on September 28, 2010
I never thought I’d ever ever want bars with skulls on
now I’m not so sure
rOcKeTdOg said on September 29, 2010
maybe custom bars instead of the skulls have your own face etched on….or simonbarnes or somfink
messiah said on September 29, 2010
It’s good to see Answer making a comeback… I’ve been watching their website as the new bars have trickled out over the year… nice!
Azonic make the Skulls look cheap but somehow Answer make it classy?
I wish Manitou would address the 36/Lyrik market again. The Sherman/Nixon/Travis forks were mostly good; just ditch all the bells and whistles which nobody uses and give us great performance.
flamejob said on September 29, 2010
what the messiah says… Most forget Manitou were making long travel single crowns before anyone else.
And 29″ DH. I’ll eat my helmet if…
ChunkyMTB said on September 29, 2010
Mavic crossmax’s have a patterned spoke next to the valve
Ben_Haworth said on October 1, 2010
Nice stuff. Contemplating a Answer/Hayes/Manitou build for my next bike.
D0NK said on October 1, 2010
“this’ll be a true QR setup using a bayonet style engagement and a smaller, 15mm hex axle”
Is this licensed from Charlie (forget his last name, met him @ switchbacks, nice bloke) who patented a bayonet design yonks ago and had some manitou protos setup? Looks a bit similar.
Which of these bikes do you aspire to own next?
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