Andi returns to Newsdesk this week with new product news from YT, RockShox, Orange, Motion Ride, Intend and more news from Atherton Bikes and Cedric Gracia!
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The big news today is that YT has jumped into the e-MTB market with the YT Decoy carbon full-suspension bike. We won’t go into the full details as I’ve already reviewed the bike over on Singletrack Charged, what We will say though is this is one very clever bike.
We’re not sure why nobody is talking about the RockShox 35 fork, because it’s a pretty nice looking model and it’s likely to be very affordable. Based on the original Pike chassis, the 35 has 35mm stanchions, 100-160mm of travel, Motion Control damper and will come in both 27.5in and 29in options.
2020 Orange 5
Orange announced the updated Orange 5 this week after releasing the new Alpine 6 last week. The new Orange 5 might look the same as before, but it features a lot of nice improvements, updates to the geometry and now finally has a bottle cage mount. Full details here.
Are we closer to seeing Cedric Gracia’s new bike?
Cedric Gracia has been posting teaser photos of himself on a new bike on Instagram. The new bike appears to have an adjustable head tube just like his old Commencal VIP frames, leading some people to speculate that he might be moving back to his old team, but not us! We believe he has something completely new on the horizon.
Atherton’s DH bike already on the podium.
Gee Atherton Portugal has already podiumed on the Atherton DH bike. He came 3rd behind Danny Hart and winner Amaury Pierron in Portugal. Anyone hoping to see the Atherton DH for themselves should get down to the London Bike Show where the Atherton’s will be speaking.
SICK Bicycle Co. name change?
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It’s been a turbulent time, but you guys have kept us inspired and grinding away. This is such a big year for us, we are starting to get over the challenges we faced, the times we let people down made us doubt ourselves. It gets hard to open emails when you know you have let people down, even if it was out of our hands. I know some of you are waiting for updates, we’ll try to get them completed and make them meaningful. Your kindness and generosity has kept that energy. The light is at the end of the tunnel. We’ve always been about the rider, now we want to make sure we can take care of our customers. We’re one big family. Thank you for your trust. If I could buy you all a beer I would.
We’ve heard on the grapevine that Sick Bicycle Co. may have to change the name which they trade under. We don’t have the full details but we do know of a couple of other ‘Sick’ brands including a component company based out of Andorra. Apparently Sick is at the London Bike Show so we can catch up with them there and ask what’s going on.
Motion Ride releasing a rear shock
French brand Motion Ride has announced a new rear shock that they plan to unveil at the Taipei Bike Show. Unlike their unique looking linkage fork, the Flow Evo rear shock uses a more traditional looking design with a coil spring. A piggyback separates the oil from the main body of the shock and offers low-speed rebound and low-speed compression settings. The big claim here is that Motion Ride says that the shock can never be bottomed out.
Intend BC also working on a new shock
And if rear shocks are your thing you’ll be excited to learn that German brand Intend, famous for their single crown USD forks, is working on a rear shock. The Intend rear shock will weigh just 454g. Other than the fact it appears to be an air shock and will come in various colours we don’t know much else about it.
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Holy shit my new @commencalbikes Meta Am 29 is fast. Maybe a little too fast😂🤣 Thank fook for my @tld_bike A2 helmet . 📸@rossdemain1 . #mtb #mountainbiking #mountainbike #instamtb #bikelife #instamtb #crash #commencal #metaam29 #singletrackmag . @saddleback_ltd @singletrackmag
And in other news, I didn’t race at Vallelujah last weekend because I did this…. So I’ll be off my bike for a little while…