Vote Now: Most Innovative Mountain Bike Product – Singletrack Reader Awards

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In a world where incremental improvements are the norm, who has actually brought something new and worthwhile to the bike world? Who has taken a leap of innovation that solves a problem we’ve all been moaning about, or turned our world upside down with a new perspective on how things can be?

Lal Bikes Supre Drive

The only thing dangling is a stick

It’s not often that a small independent inventor makes it past the freak corner of a trade show. The Lal Bikes Supre Drive has taken the problem of the vulnerable rear derailleur, offered a solution, and caught the attention of more than one established manufacturer. It’s so far been shown on the Nicolai Nucleon 16, and is expected to be released by another manufacturer in due course. Since it needs a specific frame construction, it’s not going to be retrofitted to your bike, but perhaps in the future it could be a common sight?

SRAM AXS ecosystem

A full set of batteries

The SRAM AXS system brings flexible wireless technology to your bike. As well as the benefits of crisp shifting, the potential absence of cable routing offers frame designers some new options. You can go all in for the full set of SRAM AXS gears and dropper (and maybe add Flight Attendant on the top?) or just take advantage of the oh-so easy to fit AXS Reverb dropper post. Buy a bit now and add more later, switch it up from GX AXS to XO1, reprogram your shifter, and even swap your battery between components – take your road bike’s battery out into the mountains if you like. Functional benefits in a flexible pick ‘n’ mix package – it’s nice to see innovation that’s built to grow without a need to buy a whole new version, and with the introduction of the GX AXS spec level, it’s crossed the fence from chi-chi to popular.

TQ motor (as on the Trek Fuel EXe)

It’s so subtle, would you know it’s there?

Super light, super quiet, super slim… the new TQ motor offers a natural ride with just enough assistance to take the sting out of the climbs. The super slim battery and compact motor means that bikes with this system fitted – for now, that’s exclusively the Trek Fuel EXe, though other companies will be able to access it next year – can be designed with geometry and looks just like any other mountain bike. The relatively restricted power and low weight means it rides like any other mountain bike. When this motor makes its way into the wider market, there’s every chance that an e-MTB will become the norm.

Two electric things, two shifting things, a whole stack of integration and frame design possibilities. Which gets your vote for most innovative product?

Voting closes 25th October!

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  • Vote Now: Most Innovative Mountain Bike Product – Singletrack Reader Awards
  • sharkattack
    Full Member

    Sorry…none of the above.

    thisisnotaspoon
    Full Member

    Just a thought, these are some very short shortlists?

    dangeourbrain
    Full Member

    Innovative or desirable?

    colournoise
    Full Member

    sharkattack
    Sorry…none of the above.

    Sorry STW, that’s probably my thoughts too. None of those are really innovative? Two are evolutions of stuff already out there, and the other appears to have been heavily influenced by some old technology that never really caught on (even though it arguably should have?)…

    Mark
    Full Member

    Don’t apologise to us. The nominations were open for three weeks. Who did you nominate?

    Mark
    Full Member

    Just a thought, these are some very short shortlists?

    I’m confused. These aren’t shortlists – these are the finalists. The nominations were open for three weeks last month.

    vinnyeh
    Full Member

    curious how many people voted for the Lal Bikes Supre Drive, to bring it onto the list in top three places.
    Out of curiosity Mark, can you confirm that these lists are the three most nominated items in each category, and that they’ve been nominated by punters, not industry/staff?
    Not having a go or anything- I can understand if you guys have chosen them due to lack of input from the community- tbh I hadn’t even noticed that it was nomination time.

    thisisnotaspoon
    Full Member

    tbh I hadn’t even noticed that it was nomination time.

    That +1?

    dangeourbrain
    Full Member

    curious how many people voted for the Lal Bikes Supre Drive

    Odd you picked on that, it’s the only one on the list I’d think of as innovative

    stwhannah
    Full Member

    @vinnyeh We asked for nominations back at the end of August, and there were a few weeks of opportunity to put nominations in. We go through those and suggestions by the staff too, and look at where there are clear multiple nominations and/or persuasive reasons given. Sometimes the same nomination comes up in a few different categories so we’ll take a view on which category suits it best. We also look back across the year and take note of things like relevant forum threads and comments sections on stories. That gives us the finalists. From here, it’s all down to you to vote. No staff discussion or debates on the merits of different candidates. It’s a straight vote from here on out. Same process as it’s always been, no money changes hands or anything like that! Hope that clears things up a bit.

    johnnystorm
    Full Member

    As derailleurs have only got better and more reliable as my cycling career has progressed the Supre drive just looks like a lot of faff to solve a problem I don’t have. AXS seems like a nice thing to have to have but I can live without it. I’ve haven’t got an eBike but one that’s light and quiet appeals, Trek/TQ it is then!

    ayjaydoubleyou
    Full Member

    Innovative – I’ve gone for the lal
    It’s seen a problem with the status quo/ current standards and fixed it.

    Although it’s the one on the list I’d least want to own. It just fills a niche I’m not interested in.
    However cool the TQ motor is, and yes I do kind of want one, that is an ebike product not a bike product.

    BruceWee
    Full Member

    I think the Lal drive goes part of the way to fixing arguably the only remaining problem with mountain bikes (while punctures still cause problems on DH and Enduro races I personally haven’t had an issue in years unlike derailleur problems and lets not get into the compromises that have to be made to suspension design to make a derailleur work).

    Saying that, I still think the Phaser would be a better solution for single high pivot full suspension bikes but I’m not sure if STW would’ve accepted nominations for a company that went out of business in 2007.

    tomhoward
    Full Member

    Saying that, I still think the Phaser would be a better solution for single high pivot full suspension bikes but I’m not sure if STW would’ve accepted nominations for a company that went out of business in 2007.

    Perhaps not, but one for next year…
    Williams Racing Products Gearbox

    stanley
    Full Member

    I think that TQ motor needs a bit more proving before it will be widely adopted.
    On paper it’s very impressive, and launch reviews sang its praises. However, many earlier adopters seem to be already experiencing problems: grinding noises and replacements already. If it proves reliable, then I agree it will move the light(er)weight e-bike market in the right direction.

    I just placed an order for an E-MTB this week…at the last minute I bottled it and swapped the EXe for an Orbea Rise. Maybe next time!

    vinnyeh
    Full Member

    Same process as it’s always been, no money changes hands or anything like that!

    No intention of implying anything like that!!

    I’d not been aware of the lal  (although don’t really follow news closely), and wondered how, what seems to me a pretty obscure and unpublicised thing ended up in the top three.

    Given my time to nominate again, I’d probably have gone for the Fillmore valves, though not sure whether they’re from this year.

    I just placed an order for an E-MTB this week…at the last minute I bottled it and swapped the EXe for an Orbea Rise.

    going through this at the moment, and if I push the button, I think I’ll be following you.

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