Good Month / Bad Month: New Bikes, Electronics, Injuries & More


Bike lust

New bikes and new brands Popping up Everywhere

Revel Bikes, launched by seven industry veterans, debuted their 165mm travel 27.5" wheel Rail and 130mm travel Rascal, both sporting Canfield CBF suspension. Lone Bicycles, another start-up, showed the Parabellum, a 163mm-travel aluminum bike that can switch between 27.5" and 29 inch wheels without altering its geometry. Chromag debuted a wild, Brit-style steel hardtail, the Doctahawk, which is about as long and slack as we have seen on a bike with a rigid rear end. YT officially launched their Tues 29 DH bike. NS bikes announed their new Fuzz DH 29er. Niner released their 140mm travel RIP-9 RDO in both 29 and 27.5-inch wheel sizes. Kolly launched their first 29er, the Fugitive, a capable aggressive trail bike with either 120 or 135 millimeters of rear-wheel travel. And, the Athertons showed us the first complete DH bike in their new Atherton Bikes range. That's a lot of fresh hardware launching in only the second month of 2019, which leaves us wondering how many more we'll see in Spring, when the new bike season really starts up?

SRAM debuts AXS Wireless Eagle transmission & RockShox Reverb

The elephant in the room, however, is whether their combined force can develop sufficient thrust to prevail over mechanically actuated derailleurs. So far, Di2 has been locked in a holding pattern between electronic shifting's lovers and haters. SRAM's debut could generate enough traction to break that polarity.
Fantasy Team Owners

PB launches fantasy leagues for downhill, cross country and the EWS

Aaron Gwin is only a DH team owner. Play your cards right, and you could own a successful World Cup downhill and a World Cup cross country team, as well as a championship winning EWS team. February, Pinkbike extended our fantasy league contest to include all three disciplines. That means you could pull off a trifecta and be sitting on top of a pile of valuable prizes. To win, however, you'll have to manage a budget, know the players, and dive into the stats. Build your teams now, the racing season is almost upon us. Start here: Fantasy DH, Fantasy XC, Fantasy EWS.
Cecile Ravanel

Seriously injured in training

Cecile Ravanel was unchallenged last year, winning every round of the EWS series This February, a terrible crash while training has sidelined the phenomenally talented Commencal racer. In her words:
Performance Bike Shop employees

Advanced Sports Enterprises closes all US stores

Enve Wheels

PB has issues with one of their strongest wheelsets at the worst possible time