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… Liv Intrigue X, SRAM Stealth brakes, BikeYoke Revive 272 dropper and Canyon Exceed. They’re are here in this week’s collection of Most Interesting Stuff Launched Since Last Week.

Cane Creek press release:

Cane Creek Introduces Cane Creek Electric Wings

Cane Creek introduces their next offering of titanium cranks, the Cane Creek Electric Wings, to join their iconic eeWings. A crankset designed specifically for the rigors eMTBs face, the innovative Electric Wings are 3D-printed from 6/4 titanium, resulting in a product that is both incredibly durable and lightweight.

With the Electric Wings, riders can experience the weight-saving benefits of carbon cranks, without the fear of damage from rock strikes. Electric Wings are as light as carbon, yet as durable as heavy aluminum cranks, making them the perfect choice for those looking to maximize their ride time with confidence.

Compatible with electric bike drive units that use an ISIS motor spindle, Electric Wings are the best upgrade option for performance eMTBs on the market. The Cane Creek Electric Wings fit Bosch/Yamaha, Brose, Fazua, TQ, Bafang, Specialized motors and more, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of eMTB models.

eMTBs are known for taking a beating on rough terrain, which can compromise the integrity of carbon cranksets. With the Electric Wings, riders can now enjoy peace of mind, knowing that their cranks are up to the challenge. Whether riders are climbing through a rock garden or hucking to flat , the Electric Wings will give riders the confidence needed to tackle any obstacle.

These 3D-Printed Titanium eMTB Cranks are £1449.99 and shipments of 165mm length cranks are expected to begin in March.


Marin press release:

Marin Updates Alpine Trail E Family for 2023

A staple of the Marin eMTB lineup for the past three model year, our big-hit, hard-charging Alpine Trail E models get a refresh for 2023, as well as a new entry level model.

As before, all Alpine Trail Es are built on our Series 4 MultiTrac aluminum frame, with 150mm rear travel, balanced by slightly longer 160mm all-mountain/enduro forks up front. Shimano STEPs drive units give the models a boost, with the E2 utilizing the latest EP801 model, and the E1 and E powered by the new EP6, all producing up to 85Nm of torque.

All models now utilize the same frame, with a capacity of up to a 630Wh battery, as used on the E2 and E1 models. The Alpine Trail E (base) is paired with a 504Wh battery with the same size and shape as the larger capacity version, but can be upgraded to a larger battery in the future, if the rider is so inclined. Additionally, CushCore inserts and Marin tire sealant are now standard equipment across the range.


Alpine Trail E

We’ve created a big-mountain-capable eMTB that’s probably the best value eMTB on the planet and packed in the awesome Shimano EP6 drive unit, X-Fusion suspension, 10-speed Shimano drivetrain, Vee Tire Co. rubber, plenty of kick-ass Marin components and a long-lasting internal 504Wh battery. Rounding out all this goodness are powerful 4-piston Shimano brakes with 203mm rotors.

• Series 4 MultiTrac frame, 150mm travel
• Shimano STEPs EP6 drive unit, 504Wh internal battery
• X-Fusion Trace 36 RC fork, 160mm travel
• X-Fusion O2 Pro RXC shock
• Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrain
• Shimano MT420 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes
• Vee Tire Co. Attack HPL 29×2.5” front & Crown Gem 27.5×2.8” rear tires
• $4499 US/$5649 CAD/£4355 GBP/4999€

Alpine Trail E1

The Marin Alpine Trail E1 sits squarely in the middle of the Alpine Trail family, packing performance and value in equal measure. Go E1 and you’ll get an upgrade to a 630Wh battery, X-Fusion Trace 36RC / RockShox Super Deluxe Coil R suspension and a long-lasting, tough and reliable Shimano 11-speed Deore drivetrain.

Key upgrades from Alpine Trail E

• 630Wh internal battery
• RockShox Super Deluxe Coil R shock
• Shimano Deore 11-speed drivetrain
• $4899 US/$6149 CAD/£4795 GBP/5599€

Alpine Trail E2

The Marin Alpine Trail E2 is our top-end Alpine Trail, ready to tame the roughest and toughest of trails. For the best of the bunch, we’ve packed in the big-dog Shimano STEPs EP801 system and the long-lasting 630Wh battery, Fox 38 Performance Elite/Float DHX2 suspension and a blend of Shimano XT and SLX 12-speed, including powerful 4-piston brakes.

Key upgrades from Alpine Trail E1

• Shimano STEPs EP801 drive unit
• Fox Performance Elite fork
• Fox Float DHX2 coil shock
• Shimano SLX/XT 12-speed drivetrain
• $6299 US/$7899 CAD/£5895 GBP/6899€


Bosch press release:

Bosch eBike Systems and Tektro announce ABS braking partnership at TAIPEI CYCLE 2023

A further boost for the eBike ABS

Bosch eBike ABS will soon be available with brake components from Tektro

All eBike types will be supported with corresponding ABS modes

Bicycle manufacturers will have the flexibility of choosing between two brake manufacturers

Introduced last year, the new Bosch eBike ABS system makes braking safer on any surface, significantly reducing the risk of falling or being thrown over the handlebars. If all eBikes were equipped with ABS, up to 29 percent of all accidents involving eBikes could be mitigated or completely prevented each year – as proven in studies conducted by Bosch Accident Research. Bosch eBike Systems is pleased to announce that it is working with Taiwanese brake specialist Tektro to make this safety gain available to many more eBikers.

“We are firmly convinced that eBike ABS will become established on all eBike types in the long term and will become standard on high-quality eBikes,” explains Claus Fleischer, CEO of Bosch eBike Systems. “Alongside Magura, we are now working with another renowned brake manufacturer, Tektro, who are particularly concerned about the safety of eBikers*. We are looking forward to working together.”

Tektro’s braking systems will be available for all Bosch-powered eBike types – from the eCity and eTrekking bike to the eCargo bike and eMTB – optimised for specially developed ABS modes (ABS Touring, ABS Allroad, ABS Cargo and ABS Trail). For eMTB, the braking systems of the sporty Tektro brand TRP are also compatible with the eBike ABS.

Bicycle manufacturers are set to have greater flexibility to choose which braking systems they use when installing the Bosch eBike ABS. The first eBikes with the Bosch eBike ABS and Tektro brake components are expected to be available from the third quarter of 2023.


Liv press release:


Liv’s first carbon trail E-MTB is supercharged with a remarkably lightweight, powerful motor, slim battery with an extensive ride range, and mixed wheel sizes

Liv, the company dedicated to getting more women on bikes, today introduced the Intrigue X Advanced E+ Elite, its first performance carbon trail E-MTB with mixed wheel sizing featuring a 29-inch wheel front wheel and 27.5-inch rear wheel. Designed to be nimble and make easy work of rowdy descents and technical climbs, the Intrigue X Advanced E+ Elite also includes an impressively capable, slim in-tube battery, flip chip adjustable frame geometry and a powerful motor allowing riders to go farther.

Lightweight and Nimble

Made with Liv’s highest grade advanced composite and featuring a short chainstay, the Intrigue X Advanced E+ Elite is engineered to provide an ultra-light, efficient and responsive ride. The mixed wheel configuration, 29-inch front wheel and 27.-5-inch rear wheel, paired with 150mm front suspension and 140mm of rear travel, give riders the ability to charge through rock gardens and fast, open terrain with confidence and control.

Powerful Motor with All New Battery and Advanced Controls

A potent 85Nm of torque delivered by the lightweight SyncDrive Pro 2 motor on the Intrigue X Advanced E+ Elite series provides a natural, yet powerful E-bike experience and ensures riders can easily ascend even the most difficult climbs. Featuring assist modes up to four times a rider’s effort, the SynchDrive Pro 2 motor also leverages proprietary Smart Assist Technology that replicates a natural riding style using six sensors to add a seamless acceleration and power boost exactly when needed.

The all new EnergyPak 400 InTube battery is hidden in the down tube which minimizes weight and provides the perfect balance of efficiency and range. Co-developed with Panasonic, the robust 400Wh battery uses 22,700 cells exclusively used by Liv E-bikes. It’s the first E-bike-specific battery cell in the world and results in a full-power motor in an ultra-slim battery. It also has an optional 200Wh extender and offers one of the best ranges in the industry to take riders farther faster. Range variation depends on a number of factors including terrain, elevation, acceleration, and weight.

RideControl Ergo 3 and RideControl Go

The Intrigue X Advanced E+ Elite features the RideControl Ergo 3 which is fully integrated into the handlebar grip. With a user-friendly and ergonomic design, riders can use the three buttons to power up, power down and activate Walk Assist. Riders can easily configure it to their own personal preferences using the RideControl App.

In addition, RideControl Go is integrated into the top tube and features a button to activate the E-bike. Two rows of lights display, at a glance, the riding mode and battery level.

Customized Riding

Incorporating class-leading Maestro suspension technology, the Intrigue X Advanced E+ Elite’s state-of-the-art rear suspension system offers 140mm of rear travel and boosts riders performance and confidence with more traction, control, comfort, and acceleration. From high-frequency trail vibrations to big-hit compressions, Maestro soaks up the impact for a smoother ride.

Flip chip Maestro provides ultimate customization by allowing riders to adjust the geometry of the bike to suit how and where they ride. Riders can easily change the head tube angle, seat tube angle, and bottom bracket height using eccentric hardware located in the upper rocker arm.

Designed For Women, By Women

Liv is the only comprehensive cycling brand that is committed solely to women. By investing 100% of its resources, focus and commitment into engineering bikes and gear that optimize the ride experience for women, Liv is creating more product options for women who ride.

To deliver the ideal geometry for most women, Liv relies on the decades of experience of its engineering team. Every size of the Intrigue X Advanced E+ Elite is custom-designed using only women’s body dimension data and riding experience. Liv selects components that complement each frame size and match the bike’s intended use to offer as close to a perfect fit as possible from the first ride.

The Intrigue X Advanced E+ Elite is available in XS, S, M and L sizes.


SRAM press release:

SRAM Stealth Brake Collection

Hidden in plain sight, SRAM MTB brakes now feature Stealth levers. The all-new lever body design brings the hose closer to the bar, allowing for a sleeker, more modern ride. Available on a simplified line-up with Level and Code, the levers feature aesthetics to pair with those of Eagle Transmission.

  • Stealth body design to complement our AXS cockpit
  • Available for both Code and Level series
  • Ultimate and Silver variants
  • New Level 4-piston


BikeYoke press release:

REVIVE 272 – Do you Downgravel?

It’s time. It‘s time that BikeYoke’s launching a 27.2 dropper.

Many customers have been asking for it since the introduction of Bikeyoke’s first dropper, the REVIVE, in 2016.

The thing is, it’s not particularly easy to make a 27.2 dropper , because the limited space for hydraulics is narrowed down even more, compared to the already not very spacious 30.9/31.6 sizing.

But the Gravel boom hit and, well, most Gravel bikes still widely use the 27.2 standard and with the insane trend of ripping actual MTB trails on Gravel bikes, there is big calling for 27.2 droppers, which gave enough reason to justify the investement of R&D work and rethink the 27.2 concept to actually make it happen. Without any doubt, the REVIVE 272 was the most difficult design for BikeYoke so far and it would not have happened without the Gravel community, because it would have been simply too consuming in both time and monetary invest to design a post for a disappearing niche in the MTB market.

Yet, here we are, the REVIVE 272 is ready for your trails, and it was a long way.Gravel was absolutely new for BikeYoke and we ad to learn a lot about geometry, handlebars, cable routing, riding style – basically everything.

The learning and understanding of the Gravel department of our sport, is also he reason why the post is ready, but a matching dedicated drop-bar remote needs to come later. Even after several types of drop-bar remote prototypes, we were still not 100% happy, and so we decided to keep working on it until we are. It’s not as simple as we thought a remote should be.

The good news is: There are a lot of decent drop-bar remotes out there already (Fox, X-Fusion, Pro, Wolftooth, …) so there is no need to hold back the REVIVE 272 for just the remote.

And of course, the REVIVE 272 is compatible with any BikeYoke remote and any other cable actuating remote clamping the cable at the remote end.

Needless to say, the REVIVE 272 also features the namegiving clever and patented bleeding system, and the extremely smooth function that has already made the REVIVE the reference in many dropper reviews.

The chassis design is a hybrid between REVIVE and DIVINE SL, featuring the forged and then CNC machined one piece upper mast unit and the precision-machined lower leg, both made of high strength aerospace-grade aluminum.

The REVIVE 272 comes in 400mm length for a reason. While it may not be needed for the typical Gravel bike geometry, the extra length does come in very handy when using it in traditional MTB-XC bikes and their noticeably shorter seattubes, where more seatpost extension is required.

Should you not need the full length or want to save some weight you can simply cut the lower tube up to 100mm for a total length of 300mm, landing at less than 340g.

The drop was defined for 80mm as a result of feedback and measurements we got from Gravelers we had previously interrogated – a very similar feedback to the one we received when we designed the extremely popular, world cup and Cape Epic winning DIVINE SL post a few years back. With the long Gravel seattubes, 80mm travel and 125mm of extended stack height sound like a good compromise for a fit for most riders and frame sizes. The gravel bike geometry typically does not leave a lot of exposed seatpost for the intended ride height, which means more travel would limit the potential audience heavily.

Last but not least, of course the REVIVE 272 is fully serviceable for customers, spare parts are available for every customer. Even full rebuilds can be performed without any special tools or complicated bleeding procedures.

We don’t advertise sustainability. We live it.


  • Drop: 80mm (infinitely adjustable)
  • Length: 400mm
  • Weights uncut: 385g/375g (standard/Ti-bolts)
  • Weights cut (300mm): 340g/330g (standard/Ti-bolts)
  • Remote compatibility: any cable remote with cable clamping on remote side


  • US: $370 US
  • EU: 370€


Canyon press release:


It’s that time of year again: spring is on its way, and cross-country race season is rapidly approaching. And with it, one of the most outrageously fast XC bikes on the planet is back and flaunting a fresh new style. The Canyon Exceed is the embodiment of raw speed. And now it’s more aesthetic and accessible with fresh colours and a new entry-level model.

The ’23 Exceed line-up is based on the existing Exceed frame, a proven performer at the pinnacle of XC racing in the hands of generational talents such as Mathieu van der Poel, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, and Andreas Seewald to name just three. The new bikes combine fresh new artworks and race-proven components with all the signature design innovation that has taken the Exceed to the very top for season after season – incredible stiffness-to-weight, superlight carbon construction, and a perfectly balanced geometry.

Exceed CF SLX: World Cup DNA in a privateer race package

The Exceed CF SLX is a bike made for serious competition, taking the pro-level design of the World Championship-winning Exceed CFR and making it available on a privateer racer’s budget. For 2023, Canyon are slimming down and simplifying their Exceed CF SLX offering, with one CF SLX model available. The Exceed CF SLX uses the same race-proven 1015 g (size M) frameset from last year’s bike, now with a dash of extra eye-catching style.

Two sleek colourways are available – classic Canyon-style Race Black, plus a blue-and-black pro team-inspired Team Alpecin-Deceuninck design. The CF SLX is fully fitted to mix it up at the sharp end of the pack with a FOX 32 SC Factory fork with remote lockout, Canyon carbon cockpit, wireless SRAM GX Eagle AXS shifting, and superlight DT Swiss XRC1501 carbon wheelset.

Exceed CF: a more accessible entry-level build

The Exceed CF is all about taking the Exceed’s World Championship-winning, Leadville-smashing, podium-dominating design and making it available to more riders than ever before. Just like the CF SLX, the Exceed CF range features new paintjobs across the board for 2023, with highlights including the CF 6’s gorgeous Quick Silver colourway and the understated class of the Sandstone Fire design available on the CF 7, 5, and 4.

Available at an unbelievable price point of only €1,599, the CF 4 is a new addition to the Exceed CF range for 2023, making the Exceed’s trademark performance available to more riders than ever before.

The Exceed CF 4 is built around a lightweight 1312 g (size M) carbon frame, and features components that racers can rely on to take them to the finish line race after race – RockShox Recon Silver RL 32 fork, one-by SRAM SX shifting, Shimano MT200 hydraulic brakes, and grippy Rocket Ron tyres from Schwalbe.


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    Why do only e-bikes need ABS?

    Surely the speeds and situations that MTB’ers encounter are the same for powered and non-powered bicycles?

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    These 3D-Printed Titanium eMTB Cranks are £1449.99

    How much? You could buy a whole transmission for that!

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    Why do only e-bikes need ABS?

    Surely the speeds and situations that MTB’ers encounter are the same for powered and non-powered bicycles?

    I suspect because they have a readily and easily available power source.

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    Why do e-bikes need ABS when it isn’t used on off-road motorcycles.

    As I  understand it, ABS reduces braking effectiveness on loose surfaces .

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    I think ABS is being brought in for EMTBs as there are a lot of older riders using them. Some of them are well into their 40’s!! Obviously at that age their mental faculties are starting to decline and they are not as strong as they once were.

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    Why the obsession with lighter weight on an E Bike? 🤔🙄
    Dropper on a gravel bike ? Just by a 29er and be done with it 🙄

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    @oldfart – I think the lighter e-mtb’s are so that owners don’t injure themselves when lifting them up on to bike racks 🙂

    I picked up a mates HT Cube e-mtb recently and couldn’t believe the weight, nearly caused a hernia, god only knows what the FS version weighs! He says the weight doesn’t matter, it has an engine so why worry about how heavy it is.

    – ABS on cars is all about being able to steer and manoeuvre while still braking, don’t see how this applies on an e-MTB. It also has a computer which monitors wheel speeds and applies the brakes accordingly, making it an even more complicated bike. I guess ABS means you may not go over the handle bars as the front wheel is (possibly?) still turning intermittently, but you probably get to that tree that you are trying to avoid a bit quicker.

    To me ABS on bicycles just sounds like a Marketing Dept idea to make even more profit on already very expensive bikes.

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    It may be considered too much extra weight on a normal bike. Also, while top speeds might be the same on an e-bike and normal bike, the e-bike has more mass to stop.

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    Seeing as no-one else has, feels wrong
    not to say HOW MUCH FOR SOME CRANK-ARMS?????!!!!!

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    Too long as well; all the dentists want 160mm cranks to save learning how to read the trail.


    Those Marins look pretty good value for money, just a shame about the motor.

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    Comparable to other 3D printed Ti options?

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    Ahh yes, Ti cranks. Long tried idea, all resulted in cracking.

    ABS. Oh dead God.
    Heres the funny thing though. I dont know of anyone who has been pitched over the bars by the brakes locking up, and if that were in fact a reality and there have been cases, just how many would be needed to warrant such an idea.

    Tektro. A brake long known for its raw and unbridled power.

    Perhaps they should just stick to the standard formula, as shown on the £5000-£6000 bikes above, and just continue to fit them with mincey Shimano m420 brakes.
    No chance of those locking up, unless of course the bike is stationary.

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