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Ellsworth Demo Day – A 29er Review

Posted by thefixbikes on June 1, 2011

Big thanks to Ryan and Ellsworth Bikes for stopping by Betasso and bringing a fleet of demo rigs for our riding enjoyment.  I was stoked because this gave me a chance to test ride a couple of their 29ers in addition to an Epiphany.  Over the past few years the hype has continued to build about the big wheel 29er XC mountain bikes.  I had to check it out for myself.  Several articles have been written on the 29er subject and some speed and power tests show promising results.  Yet, I still wonder how much fun is it between my legs?

I have a bunch of friends racing 29ers and they absolutely love them.  I’ve resisted the 29er movement because of a lack of tire, fork, and wheel choices.  Now, there are many options across the board and 29ers are here to stay.

First I demoed the Ellsworth Evolve, a full suspension 29er 100mm XC trail bike.  The suspension design of Ellsworth felt supple and smooth as the bike gave me the sense I was riding a bike with much more travel.  The big wheels also could be part of this feeling as they do rollover rocks and roots with ease.  The front end felt heavier than I’m used to and the uphill acceleration was a bit sluggish.

Each lap I felt more confident and began to see the benefits of a 29er.  It rolls super smoothly and flies over technical sections both uphill and down without requiring work from the rider.  It did feel heavier uphill.  When I tried the Ellsworth Evolution, the 120mm 29er, it felt like a lot of travel for the Betasso loop trail.  Small features on the trail that used to be fun to jump off of and whip around were not the same.  I guess I would have to find other features that make the loop more exciting on a 29er.

The Ellsworth Epiphany, their 140mm trail bike, was super fun descending the Canyon Link trail although the ProPedal lockout wasn’t enough to eliminate the bob on the climb back up the hill.  This is their tried and true performer so it’s expected to ride well.

In the end, I’m still curious about the 29er and think I need more time riding one.  I’m not completely sold on them.  I like that they’re performing well and finally won a World Cup XC race as well as getting a ton of US national attention.  As an XC rider, I still struggle with its weight and handling.  Basically, my discovery is this: If you want to roll your bike over obstacles, the 29er may be for you.  If you like to place your bike and have control as you maneuver through obstacles, the 26” hooped bikes are still your best bet.

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Specialized EVO Bikes – Redefining All-Mountain Trail Bikes

Posted by thefixbikes on December 7, 2010

Specialized continues to evolve their mountain bike line-up in response to customer demands

For 2011 Specialized is introducing a new set of “EVO” bikes to complement their current lineup.  The new concept is designed into several of the standard mountain bikes Specialized has offered for years.  In recent years, many Specialized customers and riders would change or modify their bike build for a specific more aggressive/ trail focused riding style.

Combining the lightweight XC or freeride style bike with aggressive DH specifications and features is a natural progression of where the mountain bike industry is going.  Specialized is now offering their EVO lineup as a turnkey, out of the shop, ready to ride machine.  Within the Specialized EVO lineup are EVO-R, or Race, bikes that offer component upgrades, specific gearing and an overall lighter bike for the weight conscientious.

Taking trail aspects including a lower bottom bracket, slackened headtube, command seat post, wider bars, beefier wheels, a chain guide, and added travel equate to more trail capability and more fun!

Specialized Enduro EVO

Fully manipulated M5 alloy FSR frame with ORE tubing is the centerpiece of this incredibly versatile 160mm-travel design. The aluminum rocker link, sealed cartridge bearing pivots, ISCG mount, and replaceable derailleur hanger make this a bomb proof ride that can stand-up to the toughest rider on the most technical trails

Fox DHX RC2 coil rear shock with rebound/compression adjust and bottom out control offers 160mm of travel for high-speed bump mastery and large drop confidence.

Fox’s buttery smooth 36 Van R 170mm coil-sprung fork with 20mm thru-axle, tapered alloy steerer, and preload/rebound adjust is stiff, light, and beefy for all-mountain madness.

Newly revamped for increased stiffness, the Roval Traverse AL all-mountain wheelset, with DT Swiss internals and 20mm thru-axle, offers mountain-leveling durability at a reasonable weight.

Low-rise 750mm alloy bars with 8-degree backsweep and 31.8mm clamp increase strength and control on the nastiest trails.

The Specialized Command Post offers 125mm of travel with three adjustable height positions and a remote lever for rapid on the fly adjustments.

Specialized Stumpjumper EVO

M5 manipulated alloy frame for SJ EVO features slacker headtube angle of about 67 degrees and a lower bottom bracket with 145mm of rear travel.  The aluminum rocker link and sealed cartridge bearing pivots transfer small and larger impacts directly to the shock with a buttery smooth feel.

The custom tuned Fox RP23-S shock was made exclusively for the Stumpjumper and features position-sensitive Boost Valve damping, low-speed compression damping with 3-way adjustable “open” and “climbing” settings – equating to great bump performance and solid climbing efficiency throughout the entire ride.

Specialized chose the Fox F150 RL air-sprung alloy fork with 15mm thru-axle, external lockout, and rebound adjust based on Fox long history of building great reliable fork that feel super plush and can handle the biggest drops with ease.

Specialized Roval Control AL wheelset is much stiffer than the typical wheels on other Enduros.  With durable alloy hubs, oversized 28mm end caps, and stainless DT Swiss spokes these wheel provide better control over gnarly terrain.

The beefier 2.2 front and 2.0 rear tires deliver improved traction for conering and braking in variable conditions.

The Specialized Command Post offers 125mm of travel with three adjustable height positions and a remote lever for rapid on the fly adjustments.

Specialized Epic EVO

The Epic EVO is built for the XC rider looking for more trail capability.  The Expert has an M5 alloy frame yet with the 100mm suspension feels efficient and smooth.

Specialized and Fox collaborated to develop the Flow Control Mini Brain shock with Brain Fade inertia valve, air spring and adjustable rebound to deliver the 100mm of suspension.  The geometry and shock technology provide the supple feel over small bumps and bigger hit support when needed.

Specialized went with a Rock Shox SID RLT 120mm air-sprung fork with rebound, compression, lockout adjust and floodgate control dials to the perfect pedaling platform while keeping the bike light weight.

Specialized Roval Control AL wheelset is much stiffer than the typical XC wheels on race bikes.  With durable alloy hubs, oversized 28mm end caps, and stainless DT Swiss spokes these wheel provide better control over gnarly terrain.

The beefier 2.2 front and 2.0 rear tires deliver improved traction for conering and braking in variable conditions.

The Specialized Command Post offers 100mm of travel with three adjustable height positions and a remote lever for rapid on the fly adjustments.

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St. Patrick’s Day Jump Jam, Pumptrack TT and Movie Premiere!

Posted by thefixbikes on March 9, 2009

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March 17th, starting at 5pm, The Fix will be hosting a Saint Patrick’s Day Jump Jam and Pumptrack Time Trial. A fun evening is planned with riding starting at The Fix and then a NWD 9 and 970 Biking Issue 7 movie premiere at The Boulder Theater. Doors for the movie open at 7 and the movie rolls at 8pm.

Riding session is free and movie tickets are $10 with all proceeds going to the Valmont Bike Park! Wear green and get $1 raffle tickets. SEE YA THERE!!!

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Rachel Atherton Road Bike Accident Video

Posted by thefixbikes on January 29, 2009

Rachel Atherton discusses what happened during her horrendous road biking accident in Santa Cruz, California. Rachel is the current UCI World Cup Downhill Champion in the Women’s Elite Category and she races for Commencal Bikes.

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The Fix is an Ellsworth Bikes Dealer

Posted by thefixbikes on January 14, 2009

Ellsworth frames and bikes are now available at The Fix Bikes!
Ellsworth frames and bikes are now available at The Fix Bikes!

The Fix Bikes is proud to announce that we are now an Ellsworth Bikes dealer. We will be carrying the full line of Ellsworth mountain bikes and frames, including the affordable, new 2009 Ellsworth Glimpse. Ellsworth has a rich and long history as a full-suspension mountain bike manufacturer and we’re stoked to be teaming up with them this year!

Buy Ellsworth Bikes at www.thefixbikes.com

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Get Mountain Bikes in our National Parks!

Posted by thefixbikes on December 23, 2008

This from Tammy Donahugh over at IMBA. She rides a Superco, does sweet toboggans and is trying to get our lazy asses more trails to ride. CLICK IT OR TICKET!

Hey Everyone –

Here at IMBA I get “action alerts” of all sorts since we are an international organization and there is always something happening somewhere that relates to mountain biking. This time however, the issue relates to everyone in the US and is already in our favor!

We’ve been hard at work in DC proposing a rule change with NPS (National Parks Service) to help get mountain biking trails into our National Parks. Right now to get a MTB trail into a National Park they must go through a special regulations process which can take years. If the rule change goes through, decisions would be made at the level of individual parks, rather than at the central National Park Service office.

To make this change official they must offer a 60 day comment period which is happening now. Click on the link below to take you to the website which not only explains this further, but has a link that says “please file your comments today”. You can submit the pre- written letter or customize it, and then hit “send message”. It should take you just a few minutes and everything is automated for you. It’s important that they receive thousands of comments in favor of the rule change to ensure it stays intact. Here’s the link:
http://www.imba.com/news/action_alerts/12_08/12_18_nps.html

Cheers to you all & Happy Holidays!!

–Tammy

 

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Intense Cycles Frame Bolts, Dropouts and Replacement Parts

Posted by thefixbikes on November 7, 2008

Genuine Intense Cycles frame bolts, dropouts, bearings and replacement parts are readily available through www.thefixbikes.com. Many parts are in stock and available immediately. Some parts may require special ordering, but because The Fix is the Rocky Mountain area’s largest Intense Dealer, they can get you exactly what you need fast.

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Dirtlabs Mountain Bike Suspension Service and Tuning Center

Posted by thefixbikes on November 5, 2008

Luby is the Man Behind Mountain Bike Suspension Tuning at Dirtlabs

Luby is the Man Behind Mountain Bike Suspension Tuning at Dirtlabs

We’re pretty lucky here at The Fix. We live in a great town that loves bikes, we have the Rocky Mountains minutes away and we have our own dirt jumps in our backyard. How could it be much better? Well, it just got better because Dirtlabs Mountain Bike Suspension Tuning and Service Center has moved in next door! We are full-suspension mountain bike nerds and when our suspension isn’t dialed, we get grumpy.

Now, the grumpy times are few and far between with Dirtlabs next door. Dirtlabs is a full-service shop for mountain bike fork and shock service, custom tuning and performance ugrades. “Luby” has been in the suspension service industry for a while and he can support any brand of suspension product (Fox, Rockshox, Marzocchi, Maverick, Manitou, DT Swiss and Cane Creek). Your janky, sticky fork or shock will get the lovin’ it needs, so your wheels can stay glued to the ground on the trail.

Take advantage of the slow winter riding season and get your suspension dialed in now. Come springtime, you’ll be stoked you did! Visit www.dirtlabs.com to keep your squishy from being a rigid : )

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Team Save Ferris Kills it at Red Bull Soapbox Race!

Posted by thefixbikes on October 28, 2008

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The Red Bull Soapbox race in Denver happened this past weekend and it was a classic! Matt Fischer, who is a Fix Bikes race team member piloted the “Team Save Ferris” vehicle to victory. Above is their clip from the local news. Visit www.teamsaveferris.com for all the action, including more videos and info on their vehicle! THEY KILLED IT!

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THANKS TO ALL WHO CAME TO OUR JAM!

Posted by thefixbikes on October 21, 2008

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Yesterday we had a great time hanging out, riding and enjoying the sun and we want to thank everyone who came out to shred! The Eyeballs played as the sun went down and riders were ripping all afternoon. We’ll get a video of some of the action up soon!

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