Sea Otter 2012: SRAM, Rockshox, Avid 2013

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The SRAM presentation always has a few juicy things to get the average mountain biker excited, though this year’s presentation was slightly tempered by the fact that we’ve seen a lot of it’s new goodies already. See here for some and here for more and more here.

However, SRAM did dig some more 2013 goodies out of the secret cupboard.

 

SRAM’s Rize wheels were introduced in October 2011 in both 26in and 29in but have now been joined by ‘the medium size’ wheels.There’ll be a Rize 40 level 650B wheel which SRAM reckons will see service on 130mm-150mm bikes. Greg Herbold reckoned that the 27.5 size ‘Has the roll-ability of 29in and the snapnicity of 26in’.  There’ll also be tubeless kits arriving for all of the Rize series.

Rise 40, now in the medium size...

There’s been a change to RockShox’ air forks too. The Revelation, Reba and SID will all have a new simplified air spring. One valve fills both the positive and negative air springs and automatically balances them. This will replace the Solo Air and the Dual Air cartridges in future.

Revelation's new Solo Air spring has been simplified

There’s also been a change to the mechanical PushLoc lever. Rockshox has changed it based on its XX lever so that now it’s going to be a push-push knob for locking and unlocking.

 

 

 

Next up on the RockShox agenda was the Monarch RT3. Rather than having a lock or not lever, there’s now a three way lever that offers open, pedal platform and lockout. The rear shock knob rotates a third for ever position, so it’s easy to feel which mode the shock is in.

And I'd like to dedicate this next song to the RT3

We’ve covered the XO trail brake in a previous story, so there’s not need to go over that again, save to mention that Avid has made a 170mm rotor size. It’s for those in-between jobs like XC rotors for 29er bikes and anything else where you need ten more than a 160…

I'd like to thank the Academy...
The Spinal Tap Rotor, only this one goes up to 170
And Truvative's Noir carbon series comes in colours. Woo! Ahem.
We always look forward to the Greg Herbold singalong.
Danny Hart couldn't wait for his go on the mic...

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (3)

    170mm rotor size? Is it just me that sees that as a solution looking for a problem?

    “Monarch RT3. Rather than having a lock or not lever, there’s now a three way lever that offers open, pedal platform and lockout.”
    My 2012? RT3

    has 3position, would be nice if it had lockout ..

    “new simplified air spring. One valve fills both the positive and negative air springs and automatically balances them. This will replace the Solo Air and the Dual Air ”
    Isn’t that what current Solo Air does?

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