PUSH // Revel // Norco // Marin // Paul // Cadex // Salsa // Gore & more!

push industries nine-one inverted suspension fork for enduro mountain bikes

Lots of mountain bikes this week, plus the incredible looking PUSH inverted suspension fork. For gravel and road, there are new ultralight carbon wheels, an updated Marin steel adventure bike, and new Challenge Gravine tires. I also found a lot of cool little components, kit, a new Giro helmet, and more! Here’s the best new stuff this week:

  • PUSH NINE.ONE inverted fork
  • Revel Rascal 2
  • Aventon’s first eMTB
  • Norco Sight & Optic
  • Marin Four Corners 2
  • Salsa gravel e-bikes
  • FFWD RAW wheels
  • Cadex 2024 components
  • CyclingCeramic chain wax
  • Paul Klamper stem cap
  • Crank Brothers Trail BOA
  • Giro Cielo
  • Ornot women’s 4-season bib tights
  • Zwift Games are open!

PUSH Industry’s (officially) launches NINE.ONE inverted suspension fork

Completely designed and manufactured in house in Colorado, the new PUSH Industries Nine.One inverted fork boasts massive frontal and torsional stiffness to keep it pointed where you aim it, regardless of what it hits along the way. Inside, custom bushings are hand-burnished to match the stanchions they’re going on. As in, they’re not just pulled from a bin and pressed into place, they’re individually tuned on a per fork basis.

Those bushings, and the seals, are all kept submerged in fork oil, eliminating stiction and binding. The coil spring, which is also heavily lubricated to remain smooth and quiet, is aided by an bottom out air spring to manage the last 10-45mm of travel, and it’s adjustable with both air spring and piston position. Travel is user-adjustable between 140-170mm travel (10mm increments, all parts included).

The damping cartridge has an oversized piston, more like their rear shocks, with 28 clicks each of high & low speed compression damping, plus 18 clicks of low-speed rebound. Custom valve tuning is available for those wanting something extra. Pressure relief valves let you accommodate changes in altitude and weather.

The upper tubes are 44mm diameter, and the lower 38mm stanchions end in swappable, bolt-on axle caps so you can change axle offset and/or wheel size on demand. Dual brake mounts handle 180mm & 200/203mm rotors w/ no adapters. Floating axles maintain perfect alignment of the stanchions for the smoothest performance. Integrated fork guards protect the stanchions & brake hose. The one-year warranty resets with each annual service. MSRP $2,600, weight 2,790g.

Revel Rascal v2 trail mountain bike lightens up

OK, with a six-bar linkage, it’s still not “light”, but the new Revel Rascal 2 does drop 150g (claimed weight 2,810g / 6lb 4oz, size M w/o shock) thanks to a new layup that’s also 20% laterally stiffer…and titanium shock mounting hardware. Internally molded cable channels make parts swaps easy.

It keeps the 130mm rear travel & 140mm forks. New pivot hardware and larger bearings & axles keep all those links stiff and straight, and an integrated rear debris guard fender keeps some of them clean. Geo gets just a little bit longer and slacker, but with slightly steeper seat angles on the XL and new XXL size. Bikes from $5,999 to $10,499.

2024 Norco Sight & Optic trail bikes get high pivot makeovers

Same names, all-new frames. The Norco Sight and Optic both switch to their VPS-hp (High Pivot) suspension, which puts an idler pulley on the main pivot. This layout gives it a more rearward axle path curing compression, and the kinematics optimize anti-squat for lively pedaling and great bump absorption.

The 2024 Norco Sight (white/gold) has 150mm travel w/ 160mm forks with MX wheel setups, swapping the lower shock mount and link arm lets you go full 29er. Available in carbon and alloy, bikes from $3,999 to $7,499.

The 2024 Norco Optic (gray) shares the MX-and-29er wheel options but dials travel back to 125mm with 140mm forks. Also in carbon and alloy, but as of this post, only carbon are shown, from $6,999 to $9,099.

Aventon Ramblas eMTB pumps out massive 100Nm torque!

The Aventon Ramblas is their first eMTB, and they went big, developing their own mid-drive motor with 100Nm torque, full-color display, and three app-customizable modes. The battery meets UL 2849 compliant and good for up to 80 miles of range.

The alloy frame comes spec’d with a Rockshox 35 fork with 130mm of travel, SRAM 12sp NX Eagle and DB8 brakes & 2.4″ Maxxis tires. Small sizes get 27.5″ wheels, M/L/XL get 29er. MSRP is $2,699.

Marin Four Corners 2 gets “Elite” upgrades

Filed under “it’s about time”, the Marin Four Corners 2 steel gravel adventure touring bike is finally updated with thru axles & top tube mounts. It’s like the Elite version they had in 2016, but will (thankfully) remain in the line and gets a new double-butted chromoly frame and fork, 1×12 SRAM Apex mechanical drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, and tubeless-ready wheels and tires.

It keeps all the good stuff, like a tall head tube for upright riding, size-specific wheel diameters (XS/S = 650b, M/L/XL = 700c). Comes with 44mm Vee Rocket Man tires, fits 50s. Dropper compatible, and has wide 440-460mm flare handlebars. MSRP $1,999.

Salsa launches Tributary & Confluence gravel e-bikes

Considering their Warbird basically kicked off the “gravel bike” category, it’s fitting that Salsa’s first e-bikes are for gravel. The full power Tributary gets a Class-3 85Nm Bosch mid-motor with builds offering carbon rigid or 120mm suspension forks and up to 29×2.6″ tire clearance, or 29×3.0 on the rigid fork! It has fender and accessory mounts, boost axle spacing, UDH, and is made for big adventures with a 625Wh battery and 250Wh range extender.

The Confluence is leaner and lighter, using a Class-1 40Nm Mahle hub motor with 250Wh battery (208Wh extender available). It fits 700×50 tires, has fender and rear rack mounts, plus 3-bolt fork mounts. Both models have a wide variety of builds available.

FFWD RAW aero wheels get lighter & stiffer

The updated FFWD RAW aero road wheels get a 10% lighter rim design and layup and are their first wheelset with carbon spokes. Those save more rotational weight and increase overall wheel stiffness by 17%. The hubs upgrade to CeramicSpeed bearings to reduce drag, and while the from hub looks small, they say it has larger bearings than a DT 180.

Available with rim depths of 33mm (1,350g), 44mm (1,395g), and 55mm (1,460g). They’re tubeless-ready, but stick with a hooked rim for non-tubeless compatibility. MSRP is €2,499 per set.

Cadex adds full-carbon road wheels, integrated cockpits, and tires

Clockwise from top, the Cadex MAX 40 pairs a lightweight 40mm deep rim with carbon hub shell and bladed carbon spokes, all molded into a single piece for the lightest weight (1,249g) and maximum stiffness. Hookless rims with 22.4mm internal width let you run 25-32mm wide tires, and 48-tooth ratchet rings give you snappy engagement. The Cadex Race GC Tire (259g) has a supple 240tpi casing with puncture protection and micro-textured shoulders for cornering grip.

The Aero Integrated Handlebar (325g) has flattened tops and full internal routing, plus narrower widths at the hoods and long 80mm reach to put you into an aero position. Drops are slightly flared (3º) and shallow (125mm). Widths from 36cm to 42cm at hoods, add 2cm at drops.

The Race Integrated Handlebar comes in at just 265g, has an 11º flare, 125mm drop, and 72mm reach. Tops are oblong, but not as flat as the Aero model, but this one also keeps the hoods narrower to keep you aero-er. Both bars include out-front computer mounts.

Challenge Gravine aggressively lugged gravel tires

Taking a cue from their cyclocross mud tires, the new Challenge Gravine gravel tires use tall, widely spaced knobs to dig into loose, wet, muddy terrain. The center knobs are slightly closer together to roll faster.

It comes in two versions, the Gravine Pro (260tpi cotton casing, black or tan wall, $89.99), and the Gravine XP (extra protection, black only, $94.99), which swaps the cotton casing for a tougher material to protect against both sidewall cuts and punctures. Both are only available in 700×40/45 sizes, both with puncture protection strips. (available now at BikeTiresDirect)

CyclingCeramic adds chain wax and starter kit

CyclingCeramic’s new chain wax uses natural and biodegradable ingredients with no harsh solvents or chemicals. Each brick is good for up to 12,000km, and it comes in singles and 3+1 packs. Never waxed before? Get the starter kit for everything you need except degreaser.

Paul Klamper Stem Top Cap matches their brakes

A ridiculously high precision, 6g, fun looking stem cap is what happens when a brake pad adjuster knob falls into the bin of Boxcar stems. Possibly while enjoying a Sierra Nevada.

If you’re a fan of Paul Component’s Klamper mechanical disc brake calipers, then you’ll appreciate their new Klamper Stem Top Cap, which comes in the same 10 anodized colors as the rest of their parts for mix-and-match fun. “Have a nice ride” is machined into each one. MSRP $25, or $40 for Polished.

Crank Brothers Trail BOA enduro MTB shoes

Crank Brothers new Trail BOA shoes are made for enduro, with an abrasion-resistant TPU front and reinforced toe bumper for protection. A rip-top rear half is more breathable and lightweight, and a stretch ankle cuff keeps grit and rocks out.

The single BOA Li2 dial combines with an upper Velcro strap to secure your foot inside, and multi-directional lugs keep it securely on the pedal. Vibration damping midsole cushioning and reinforced nylon shank support your foot. Available in Mallet (clipless, with extended cleat track and ramped entry) and Stamp (flat pedal) versions.

Giro Cielo road/gravel helmet brings all the features for $200

I never thought I’d say “$200 is reasonable for a helmet”, but with many brands’ best models topping three bills, the new Giro Cielo is at least in that ballpark. It has Mips Evolve Core, Roc Loc 5 Air, and 22 vents with deep channeling, plus reflective hits front and rear.

Its looks and compact shape are inspired by their Aries, but it’ll replace the Synthe MIPS. It has a full outer shell, including underside coverage, and their Rollcage SL structure inside the foam. Claimed weight is 290g-300g (size medium CE / CPSC). Pre-order now at BikeTiresDirect.

Gore SPINSHIFT 100% waterproof, eco-friendly cycling jacket

The Gore SPINSHIFT is their first cycling jacket with their all-new GORE-TEX ePE membrane, a thin, lightweight, and eco-friendly waterproof layer that’s 100% PFC-free. The entire jacket weighs just 147g, is ergo cut for dynamic movement without being baggy, and stuffs into its own rear zip pocket (which holds snacks or your phone while you’re wearing it).

Available in men’s & women’s, it’s also made with recycled content that’s ultra durable, so it’ll last longer, too. A shaped collar and stretch cuffs and waist keep water and wind out of the openings, too. MSRP $270.

Ornot women’s Lightweight Droptail Bib Tights

Made for year round riding (up to ~75ºF) when you don’t wanna slather up with sunscreen, the new Ornot Lightweight Droptail Bib Tights for women use a very lightweight, breathable material with UPF 50 protection. The “drop tail” design makes potty breaks quick and easy, and they’re made with bluesign-approved recycled fabric with a compressive design. MSRP $194.

Zwift Games are on, and they’re open to everyone

The Zwift Games have begun, with five stages and new routes catering to sprinters, climbers, and endurance riders. It’s free and open to all subscribers, and there’s prizes. Complete any single stage and you’ll get virtual adidas cycling shoes for your avatar. Complete two and you’ll get virtual Oakleys.

Take home the top spot in any category and you’ll not only win a Gold “Tron” bike to ride in-game, you’ll get a custom-painted gold and black Wahoo KICKR Bike to ride IRL. All routes are open to race now, and you can race each stage as many times as you want to shuttle down your times. Watch the pros race live on YouTube, too. Full details and schedule here.

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Parting Thoughts

It’s been a week… I’ve been burning it from both ends trying to wrap up several big projects and stories. This week was big, next week is huge, and the bike show and launch events travel schedule has officially begun!

Every year there’s a steady ramp up until the Sea Otter Classic, and despite what we’re all hearing about brands having a glut of inventory and sales being in the slump, I can tell you right now, it’s not slowing some brands down.

With that, have a great weekend, and enjoy the ride!

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