Spotted at Bike Festival Garda – Part Three

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Here’s Dave’s last update from the 2015 Bike Festival Garda…

Sun shone briefly...
Sun shone briefly…

In the last report let’s start with Italian company Axevo who had this pretty sweet Pinion geared and belt driven XC 29er drawing a lot of attention from the mainly marathon focussed crowds.

Xc Pinion
Xc Pinion

Inside the booth was the impressive looking Response Free Ranger 11 – 42 cassette which offers a nice wide gear range for those riders who want the luxury of the new 11 speed offerings, while sticking with their 10 speed set ups.

10 speed wide range
10 speed wide range

The cassette is constructed with 3 alloy sprockets 42-36-32, and a cromoly 28-24-21-18-15-13 with a steel 11t .

Split
Steel and alloy sprockets

The cassette weighs in at a claimed 258g and with fairly open machining on the bigger sprockets should offer pretty good mud clearance.

Pretty open design
Pretty open design

Need moar gears? Help is on hand with this 45t expander cog which should allow you to winch up anything vaguely vertical.

45?
45?
Do you want to go commando?
Do you want to go Commando?

Ritchey has a triple butted Ritchey Logic II tubed fat bike on offer in the form of the Commando. 135mm front and 170mm rear spacing, rack mounts and room for 4″ tyres gives all the right options for the modern adventure biker. Retail is $999.95, UK pricing to be confirmed.

A worthy bike
A worthy bike and cause

SRAM believe strongly in the ‘Power of Bicycles’ and had this Buffalo bike on display to publicise World Bicycle Relief.

It can be easy to forget amongst all the hype of this year’s latest product that the bike can have such a profound effect on someone’s life, so it was good to see such a basic life changing tool take centre of the stage on their display.

Legacy bike
Legacy bike

We thought this might be the last surviving GT STS, but of course there’s a Facebook Owners Club. Who didn’t lust after one of these carbon and aluminium beauties when they first came out back when 80mm of travel was downhill spec.

How long
It was long, ago
Interesting adaption
Interesting adaption

ESIgrips  display reflected the popularity of the Bike Festival with the various Euro nations. No Red, White and Blue due to the dearth of UK visitors.

No Uk colours?
No Uk colours?

Weighing in around the 1500g mark are DT Swiss’ new OPM forks. OPM stands for One Piece Magnesium as sees a move away from their ttrademark carbon lowers.

The forks are available in 27.5 and 29er flavours and two models O.L and ODL. OL stands for Open Lock, whilst ODL gets a Drive on the fly damping.

DT Swiss fo OPM
DT Swiss go OPM

The forks get new wiper seals thanks to SKF.  Travel comes in 100 -130mm options for 29er and 100 – 150mm for 27.5.

New SKF seals
New SKF seals
Neat levers
Neat levers on the ODL forks.

Tucked away on the E*Thirteen booth on a very natty stealth Nomad we spotted the new prototype  TRSr carbon cranks, which looked to be aimed at the enduro and all mountain markets.

E Thirteen go carbon
E Thirteen go carbon

Although we could get no confirmed weight, we’re told they should give Race Face SixC’s a run for their money and we’re guessing pricing will be in that ballpark too.

Proto only still
Proto only still

The cranks will be direct mount ring only. No further details were available  but we’re guessing on a Eurobike official launch

trsr
trsr

And lastly there’s always something suitably weird and whacky if you search hard enough and this year’s show didn’t disappoint. Want to hike up mountains but hate the long descent down the fireroad? You’ll be needing the Mountain Skyver then. It’s like a bike but with all the good bits removed to make it just big enough to be uncomfortable in your rucksack…

Best name ever
Best name ever
Fancy coming for a Skyve?
Fancy coming for a Skyve?

That’s it, we ‘re done.

See all our coverage here: http://singletrackworld.com/tag/bike-festival-garda/

Comments (1)

    It looks like the Ritchey and the Buffalo bike use the same top tube! 😉

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