NBD: US-only Santa Cruz Skitch, Uncaged 11 YTs, Canyon Neuron AL LTD…

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… new Mycle The Cargo, Esker x MRP Colab and something called the 3D Mountain Bike Configurator! Here’s a roundup of this week’s most interesting inboxings…

Santa Cruz website (NB: this bike is only available in the US – soz!):

Santa Cruz Skitch

Land speed records every day

The Skitch is the ultimate city-slicking, traffic-flicking, alleycat-slipping, rat race-escaping teleportation device. The powerful and light motor gives you a nudge to spend less time behind a glass windscreen and more time with your knees in the breeze. You’ll look for even more excuses to get on your bike because even a city commute can be as much fun as bike park laps.

Available in: CC Carbon
Wheel Size: 700c
Battery Size: 430 Wh

santacruzbicycles.com (NB: not available in the UK #sadface)

YT press release:

UNCAGED 11: Performance Perfected

Access to high performance products is a founding principle at YT Industries. From the approach of delivering everyone best in class bikes across all categories, all the way to supporting athletes on their journey to greatness – high performance is an integral thread to the mission. The Swedish suspension gurus might agree with that statement too, and collaborated with YT to make something special. Take a bow as there’s a new benchmark for performance in the trail, enduro and downhill categories; the UNCAGED 11 Izzo, Capra and Tues are here.


Fast by rights. Sharp by design. Agile by nature. IZZO UNCAGED 11 embodies the katana sword and lays claim to your local trails with ruthless efficiency. At the heart of the Ultra Modulus Carbon frame is the Öhlins TTX1 air shock, delivering 130mm of controlled rear travel through the V4LR kinematic, while up front is revered RXF36 M.2 with 140mm of travel. Both these units utilize Öhlins’ world – renowned twin-tube damping technology with rebound and high and low-speed compression adjustment. New for 2023, SRAM’s latest groupset release is in the mix – GX Eagle AXS Transmission. Robust ratio changes under maximum power are now possible, allowing you to dig deep with confidence.

Crankbrothers Synthesis XTC carbon wheels are another standout specification. The Synthesis philosophy utilizes unique front and rear carbon layups, rim widths, and spoke counts, improving handling, maximizing grip, and enhancing speed. Grip is further improved through a move to capable Maxxis Minion DHR II tires, while SRAM G2 RSC units bring dependable control. Completing the finishing kit is a Race Face Next carbon bar and turbine stem combo, ODI grips, an SDG Bel Air 3.0 saddle, and a RockShox Reverb AXS dropper post.

Capra MX

If you seek a mixed-wheel hitter that brings traction and composure to the trail, the CAPRA UNCAGED 11 is for you. Continuing the electric yellow theme, the High Modulus carbon frame features 170mm of travel at each end – this time with the Öhlins RXF38 M.2 fork up front and Öhlins TTX22 M coil shock in the rear. Borrowing technology from its bigger DH brother, the RXF38 M.2 uses a triple air chamber to tune beginning, mid, and end stroke characteristics, while the damper enables all forms of compression adjustment. Crankbrothers provide the Synthesis Enduro carbon wheelset, wrapped with a robust Maxxis Minion Assegai and DHR II tire combo. This model packs premium rubber straight out of the box too – a Double Down rear casing and sticky MaxxGrip compound up front. For shifting, SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed Transmission features, and the wireless theme continues with the proven RockShox AXS dropper post. YT isn’t one to cut corners, and this rider-focused spec rounds out with an E*Thirteen TRS Plus chainguide, SRAM Code RSC brakes, and a factory spec Renthal cockpit.

Tues 27

After some pure unadulterated downhill fun? There’s no replacement for displacement when it comes to travel – sporting 200mm of suspension all round with 27.5” wheels, the TUES UNCAGED 11 is here for huge hits at lightning speed. Featuring a hydroformed aluminum frame available across 5 sizes, this Tues is built for an extensive height range of big hitters and speed seekers. The flagship ÖHLINS DH38 dual crown fork uses the same triple air chamber and damping technology as it’s little RXF38 brother, as well as the TTX22 M coil sitting at the heart of the bike for maximum performance. Commanding the cockpit is a Renthal Fatbar and Integra stem combo, with SRAM Code RSC brakes, ODI lock on grips and SDG I-Fly saddle. Protecting the SRAM XO1 7 speed downhill specific groupset and keeping shifting sweet is an E*Thirteen TRS chain device with bashguard. This time Crankbrothers Synthesis wheels are rocking an aluminum material too, suited and booted with MAXXIS Assegai ’s in the stickiest MaxxGrip compound front and rear.


Canyon press release:

Confidently capable – NEURON AL LTD

Trail adventures await

Meet the Neuron AL LTD, a full-suspension trail bike built to perform. The anodised aluminium frame features laser-engraved highlights for a sleek look, and comes equipped with the all-new SRAM GX AXS Eagle transmission for fast and accurate gear changes on any terrain.

Triple phase suspension

Our signature suspension setup is designed to deliver exceptional traction, speed, and stability with its dialled three-stage compression curve.

Integrated chainstay protection and chainguide

Our innovative chainstay protector uses special ridges to protect the rear triangle and dampen chain slap while the chain guide keeps your drivetrain on line through rough trails.

Quick-release through axle

Unlike traditional through-axles, the Quixle through-axle used on the Neuron AL can be quickly and easily removed without tools, thanks to its clever quick-release design.


Mycle press release:

Mycle Refreshes The Cargo

Affordable E-Cargo Bike

  • Mycle has launched a refreshed version of its cargo E-Bike, the Cargo
  • The Cargo now features hydraulic disc brakes and full digital display as standard
  • 60km rated version costs just £2299, with a long range 120km option available for £2,799

Mycle Bikes, the British company on a mission to put the feel good back in cycling, has today announced the launch of its refreshed E-Cargo bike, the Cargo. The updated Cargo range includes a new colourway, upgraded components and an entire ecosystem of accessories ready to grow with your family. All at a competition beating price of £2299 for the 60km version or £2799 for the long range 120km option.

Top of the list of upgrades are brand new hydraulic Tektro disc brakes, a first for the Cargo. Offering increased stopping power, reduced daily wear and tear and greater peace of mind whatever precious cargo you choose to transport.

Next up, a digital display (previously available as a £150 optional extra on the original cargo) is now included as standard. Keep track of your speed, distance travelled and five assistance levels using a high contrast display that also offers the ability to control the bike’s integrated lights and walking mode assist.

Designed to easily enable both passenger and cargo transport, the Cargo retains its modular front and rear racking system which is compatible with a huge variety of accessories from the Mycle ecosystem and compatible third parties. With a rear rack load of 125kg the Cargo can be adapted to carry almost anything you can think of including child seats, cargo baskets, deckpads, cabooses and more with ease for a truly versatile car alternative.

The Mycle accessory ecosystem has also been expanded to include the new WeatherShield – a response to requests from the Mycle community asking for a full body covering that ensures young passengers stay warm and comfortable whatever the weather conditions. With a high quality wind and waterproof construction, transparent side panels and reflective strips the Weather Shield will mean you can still transport the little ones when the weather doesn’t want to play ball.

A 250w hub motor with five levels of pedalling assist and 7 speed Shimano gears feature from the original Cargo, ensure you’re able to tackle hills no matter what you are carrying. A high capacity 15Ah battery keeps you pedalling for up to 60km as standard, but if that’s not enough riders have the option to select a second battery, doubling the range to 120km.

Choose the Mycle that suits your style best with three colour options – a Jackson Pollock inspired Speckled White, a sleek Black or the new Canary Yellow. An aluminium frame helps keep the weight down while a low standover height and adjustable handlebar makes sure the bike is comfortable for riders of most heights. The bike is completed with integrated front and rear lights, durable componentry and 3.0” puncture resistant tyres from CST to make sure nothing stops you from keeping rolling.


Esker Cycles press release:

Esker Cycles X MRP Colab

Esker Cycles is excited to announce a collaboration with MRP, with a limited run of Japhy frames to match MRP’s Cerakote “ShredKote” forks.

ShredKote is a ceramic coating that MRP provides as option on their forks and shock coils. It is thinner than yet more durable than paint. The result is a coating that is slightly lighter, more impact resistant and won’t flake off. We decided to make a limited run of Japhy frames in “Wild Purple” to match their Raven fork.

What’s in a name?

Japhy Ryder is character from the book “Dharma Bums” by Jack Kerouac. Kerouac created his characters based on real people from his real life experience, and Japhy Ryder is Gary Snyder, the Beat Generation poet.

All Esker hardtails are named after characters that are strong defenders of wild spaces, and Gary Snyder has led generations of nature writers to pen countless volumes on the defense of our natural world.

The Esker Japhy drew much inspiration from Gary’s poem “For the Children”

The rising hills, the slopes,
of statistics
lie before us.
the steep climb
of everything, going up,
up, as we all
go down.
In the next century
or the one beyond that,
they say,
are valleys, pastures,
we can meet there in peace
if we make it.
To climb these coming crests
one word to you, to
you and your children:
stay together
learn the flowers
go light


3D Mountain Bike Configurator email:

3D Mountain Bike Configurator

The emersive 3D mountain bike configurator designed to provide mountain biking enthusiasts with a way to visualise how different components would look on their bike.

“Only two frames at the minute, but we’re hoping to have another two by the end of the week, along with a range of new components. Feel free to check back.”


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  • NBD: US-only Santa Cruz Skitch, Uncaged 11 YTs, Canyon Neuron AL LTD…
  • kelvin
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    this bike is only available in the US – soz!

    Pretty sure they announced Canadian pricing and cut out speeds in the launch material.

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    Only available in N America. Planet X Sketch coming soon….

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    Planet Sketchy?

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    Does that Skitch have mudguard brackets at all? I can’t see from the photos and, quite honestly, I would be disappointed if it did not. I mean, it’s a city bike ffs.

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    It’s a Californian city bike though.

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    (It is currently pissing with rain in California right now)

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    Planet X Sketch coming soon…

    Planet X A Sketch. In red only with two white twirly knobs.

    And away from discussions about electric city bikes the UK isn’t getting (yes I know STW is worldwide…), that Cerakote purple… yes please.

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    does it rain in Cali @willard :0)

    i’d love a hybrid bike like that but in the UK, some c*** would rob it..

    28 mph

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    Got a friend out there that is currently shocked at the wet ‘end of days’ that is happening… Normally it is dry between March and November. Apparently this year (before now), it rained in MAY!!!!!

    Getting off topic slightly, but maybe the lack of mounting options is just because there’s no space for them, it doesn’t look cool and they genuinely don’t expect/want to sell it outside hot/dry countries. I’ll admit that it looks a lovely bike (in that colour: yes please!), but I’d want to put something on there to stop me getting sprayed every puddle.

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    Only available in the US

    How will the UK dentists commute?

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    wondering whether SC will have to ship with the speed limited to the max speed for the destination state?

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    How will the UK dentists commute?

    An Isuzu D Max I assume.

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    Looks like the most niche of niche markets!

    If I understood the launch video correctly, it’s available in a “one size fits all” geometry – ie “we are only making one size because we probably aren’t going to sell many and have you seen the tooling cost of 5 sizes?!”.

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    Looks like it comes in 5 sizes… that video is full of, er, jokes.

    Oh, here’s the original thread on this bike.

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    Love the colour schemes of those YT’s. 😍

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    Just had a test ride on the Skitch courtesy of Mikes Bikes in San Fran – strong want 🙂

    Could also do with UK e-bike laws changing too 😜

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