When the renowned ski brand Rossignol bought Felt Bicycles this February they raised a few eyebrows. Already a giant in the outdoor industry, Rossignol is now officially making their entrance into the bike industry by launching a full line in 2018. Not one to take things in small steps, Rossignol is launching a line that will include 13 bikes covering all disciplines of riding from downhill and enduro, to trail and junior riders. Among the line there will also be options for 27.5, 27.5+ and 29-inch wheel sizes, along with 24 and 20-inch wheelsets for juniors. Speaking of juniors, Rossignol will be catering to new riders and little-rippers alike with two hard-tail and two full-suspension options. "Rossignol is committed to elevating the outdoor experience through premium technology and innovation," said Kurt Hoefler, Rossignol VP of Sales and Marketing. "Now with the support, collaboration, and expertise of our friends at Felt, we're producing a very focused and credible product offering." In an already flooded market, Rossignol hopes to make a splash with their bikes. Keep an eye out for updates coming in 2018.
Pivot Extends Carbon Frame Warranty
Pivot burst onto the mountain bike scene 10 years ago and have been getting accolades ever since. Never one to rest on their laurels, Pivot is celebrating their 10th anniversary by adding a 10-year warranty to all their carbon frames, making it one of the best warranties in the business. In an industry where the next greatest standard is being introduced every few months and every year full-suspension bikes claim to climb better with more travel, 10 years is a lifetime. If anything, this change in warranty only backs up Pivot's claim to top-notch customer service and exceptional product dependability.
Stevie Smith Has A Bike Park Dedicated In His Name
The Stevie Smith Bike Park opened in Smith's home town of Nanaimo, British Columbia, yesterday, serving as a permanent memorial for the Canadian downhill champion, who died last May in a motorcycle accident. With the help of Jordie Lunn, Luke Fulton, Dan Leney, Claudio Caluori and the Velosolutions team, a united community and contributions from around the world, Smith's legacy will live on through what he loved most—mountain biking.
See photos of the grand opening and learn more here: Stevie Smith's Legacy Lives On
Devinci Releases An Updated Spartan
If you happen to follow the Enduro World Series, you may have spotted Devinci rider Théo Galy riding what looked like a new version of Devinci's enduro race bike, the Spartan. With 170 mm travel in the rear and 165 mm up front, Devinci has officially announced the updated version of their 2014 hit. Longer, slacker and lower, the Spartan still has plenty of playfulness to it.
See our full review here: 2018 Devinci Spartan
The Enduro World Series Announces 2018 Dates
Traveling across three continents and eight rounds, the EWS will start the first half of the year at four new venues. "We're really proud to announce our sixth season welcoming some new exciting venues with some absolute classics too," says Chris Ball, Enduro World Series managing director. "We have developed some great and long-standing partnerships now with these organizing groups and it's exciting to see the sport grow and grow."
See the full schedule here: Enduro World Series 2018