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2010 Specialized Gravity Bike Preview: Photos and Video
|Words, photos and video by Ryan Cleek|
|6To kick off their 2010 gravity bike line, Specialized hosted media from around the world to a few days of riding at the famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park. There’s no place on Earth with the dynamic and challenging terrain of Whistler’s bike park and its surrounding trails, so it was the ideal spot for throwing a leg over the fifth generation of the Enduro all-mountain trail bike, as well as the Big Hit freeride bike and Demo downhill bikes. |
Specialized has high hopes for their gravity bike line, as they now field a top-tier World Cup downhill team of Sam Hill and Brendan Fairclough. Specialized listened to their elite riders, and has incorporated some of Sam and Brendan’s geometry preferences into the new bike designs. Below, you’ll find more detailed information on Specialized’s long-travel and gravity-oriented mountain bikes.
SPECIALIZED SX TRAIL
One of the most versatile and popular long travel bikes, the SX Trail sees some major revisions for the 2010 model year. Most noticeable is the straightened up top tube. The frame has been trimmed down by a quarter of a pound, thanks to new tubing and shock mount configuration. The bike park-oriented SX Trail now has a 29.5-inch-wide handlebar, Specialized’s Clutch tires with the SX casing, FSA Gravity cranks and a Gamut shiftable chainguide.
The SX Trail is equipped with the new Fox Shox RC4 shock featuring a custom yoke that goes around the seat tube. This design puts the shock link in line with the seatstays for increased rear-end rigidity. Specialized says the 2010 SX Trail weighs about 36.5 pounds.
SPECIALIZED DEMO 8 II
Specialized altered the popular Demo 8’s geometry to meet the demands of World Cup downhillers Sam Hill and Brendan Fairclough. The new Demo 8 has a 1.5-inch head tube to accept an integrated headset, and features the refined “team” geometry with a lower bottom bracket, slacker seat tube angle and integrated-bearing head tube for a lower handlebar height. In order to achieve the geometry tweaks, Specialized had to basically redesign the entire Demo 8 frame.
The Demo 8 is built with a Fox Shox DHX RC4 coil shock, a 29-inch-wide handlebar, the air-sprung RockShox Boxxer World Cup, and custom Avid Code brakes. The 2010 Specialized Demo 8 is equipped with a Specialized Clutch front tire and a Specialized Chunder rear tire. The Demo 8’s refined, race-oriented, fixed geometry features a 64-degree head angle and a 13.5-inch bottom bracket. The FSR suspension separates suspension actuation from the wheel path. How progressive the suspension feels is governed by the sub-seatstay driving the shock. Specialized says the complete Demo 8 II package weighs in at 38.5 pounds.
editor Ryan Cleek rides the 2010 Specialized Demo 8 on the bottom section of the famous A-Line t...
2010 New Model Preview: The Latest From Titus
As the Arizona based mountain bike company nears its 20th anniversary, Titus Bicycles appears poised to be as big a player in the full-suspension market as ever before. When we bumped into Titus' BMOC Pat Hus in the EuroBike aisles and he asked us to come by their booth to look at some new models, we had no idea that within the hour (we had to escape to the Press room for a free coffee and pastry first) we would come away as impressed as we did with what we saw. The 2010 Titus lineup is exceptional looking at first glance with an array of fashion and performance driven details (how about the hyrdoformed titanium frames!) that show someone at Titus is minding the details.
Below you'll find four of the bikes (along with Titus supplied specs) which stood-out the most, but you can count additional aluminum, Ti and 29'er models among the complete Titus lineup.
For more info - head to Titus Bikes .
THE 2010 TITUS ROLL-OUT
Completely re-engineered for 2010!
∗ Complete frame weight is targeted at 4.75 lbs. - ¼ lbs. lighter than the 2009 X Carbon
∗ Bottom bracket stiffness has been increased by 18%.
∗ Refined R.U.B. plate protects the down tube and BB area from trail impact.
∗ New Full Carbon Construction swingarm. Sheds weight from the Light Rail System for even better small bump performance.
∗ The all-new seat stay features a full carbon dropout, carbon yoke, and new s-bend shaping for enhanced heel clearance.
∗ All frames feature the 2010 RP23 rear shock from Fox that is custom-valve for Titus Cycles.
∗ The available colors are Raw Carbon w/Yellow graphics and yellow chainstay, Pearl White w/Raw Carbon and Red graphics.
∗ Same weight as Light Rail seatstay but 20% stiffer.
∗ Integrated, stainless steel anti-chain suck stay shield.
∗ Internal cable routing eliminates awkward routing, creating seamless flow of cables to key components enhancing overall frame elegance and performance.
∗ New X top tube adds front end stiffness giving riders rock-solid handling and precise steering.
∗ 15% stiffer than last year’s X Carbon.
∗ Oversized, bladder-molded down tube gives superior torsional rigidity for incredibly efficient power transfer.
∗ The carbon chain stay is 10% lighter than the 2009 aluminum stay and 23% stiffer.
∗ S-bend shaping increases both mud and heel clearance.
∗ Injection molded rubber chain stay protector comes standard to preserve the life of the carbon stays.
∗ Designed to accommodate a 2.35” tire.
∗ Carbon X-Link.
∗ Compression-molded, one-piece carbon rocker yields an ultra lightweight, super strong, and incredibly stiff part that ensures smooth suspension...
Review: SIDI Dominator 5 Shoes
When it comes to cycling shoes, few can rival the history and experience of Sidi, an Italian company that has been making shoes for 50 years. The Dominator 5 is their most popular mountain bike shoe.Tech features: The $270 Dominator 5 uses a vented Lorica microfiber upper with mesh inserts near the toes and ankle. Each shoe is held in place with one Ultra SL Buckle strap and two High Security Velcro straps. The inside of the shoe has a soft instep closure system and padded tongue. The Dominator 5 is available in 24 sizes but only in black. Each shoe, without cleat, weighed a feathery 7.7 ounces.
That Italian fit: Sidi takes shoe fit very seriously. They offer the Dominator 5 in 24 sizes, so just about every rider can enjoy the classic Italian shoe fit.
After the thrashing: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, nothing fits as well as a Sidi cycling shoe. Once you determine which of the 24 available sizes is the right one for your foot, slipping into the Dominator 5 feels like it was custom-made for you. The padded tongue and wide, Ultra SL Buckle strap do a great job of eliminating hot spots, and the shape of the sole’s foot bed feels like something that took 50 years to evolve. The Ultra SL Buckle can be tightened while riding. The sole offers plenty of rigidity, and if you feel flex, better check your pedal axle. It is not the shoe.Hurting the shoe’s star rating was the lack of a toe guard. One day of rocky riding (with some hike-a-biking) was all it took to scuff the Lorica upper. If you don’t get off your bike or don’t ride in rocky terrain, this will not be an issue for you. We occasionally caught the inboard tongue of the adjustable Ultra SL Buckle strap on the cranks. This wouldn’t stop us from pedaling, but it was annoying.
Extended tab: The Ultra SL Buckle strap is adjustable. We found that even running the strap in the longest position resulted in occasional rubbing on the crankarms.
Even with the exposed Lorica up front and a clicking buckle strap, this is a shoe we will continue to wear often because of its fit and power transfer.
ED note: Sidi says that the adjustable inner strap is meant to be set based on the rider's arch height and then can be trimmed. Our shoe did not include instructions on the proper way to accomplish this. Sidi does offer a toe guard on t...
|Arizona, Rocky Ridge Trail||
Description: The Rocky Ridge Trail is a rocky path over rolling terrain leading through a forest of ponderosa pines interspersed with stunted Gambel oaks and gnarled alligator junipers. Also found on this arid south slope of the Dry Lake Hills are a number of hardy shrubs and ground hugging desert plants. Among these are cliffrose, broadleaf yucca and prickly pear cactus. Combined they add a bit of desert ambience to the surroundings. In season, colorful wildflowers add a splash of brightness to the rocky slopes. From mid-spring to late summer along the trailside you’ll see a number of varieties of paintbrush, a creamy yellow flower called butter and eggs and lots of bright red penstemon. Though this trail is quite close to town, evidence of wildlife is none the less common. The tracks of coyote and elk are frequently mixed in with the tracks of joggers, hikers and mountain bikers. In mid-summer the sweet notes of the area’s resident songbird, the hermit thrush echo through the forest. As the trail roller coasters over the shallow dry washes that crease the lower slopes of the Dry Lake Hills it offers good views of Flagstaff and its western suburbs. The upper reaches of Oak Creek and Sycamore Canyons are visible in the background. So is Mormon Mountain. Rocky Ridge Trail provides a convenient connecting route between Schultz Creek Trail and the Oldham Brookbank trails.
|Arizona, Big Springs Trail||
Description: Big Springs is a major source of crystal clear spring water flowing into Rainbow Lake. There is evidence the spring area was used for Indian ceremonial purposes, as many Indian artifacts have been recovered from the mud surrounding the spring. The stream and somewhat marshy area immediately below the spring is an excellent nature study and bird watching area, especially for marsh and waterfowl birds.
|Arizona, East Mountain Trail||
Description: The East Mountain Trail (#214) offers excellent views of the surrounding area as well as of Globe and Miami. The trail follows a ridge through a forest of Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer. From the Pioneer Pass Trailhead, the East Mountain Trail heads east then descends and crosses the creek. The trail begins to climb for about 1,000 feet following an old jeep road. Where this road ends, the trail turns to the northeast and begins a long gradual climb up to a saddle, then levels off following a contour along the east side of the next peak. The trail enters an area of downed trees damaged by strong winds called Dead Tree Saddle. Following the ridge, the trail head along the west face of East Mountain. At mile marker 2.1, the East Mountain Trail heads down the west side of the peak following a series of switch backs, passing Bear Paw Spring, Finally descending back down to Pinal Creek. At mile 3.7, the trail junctions with the Toll Road Trail (#200) heading north. Continue east on the trail for a short distance to the trail’s end at Forest Road 112.
|Arizona, Massacre Grounds Trail||
Description: The Massacre Grounds Trail is a remote desert hike in Lost Dutchman State Park. The trail provides hikers with an excellent view of Weaver’s Needle and other massive rock formations. This trail is even more enjoyable after good rains, when water is present and waterfalls cascade from the cliffs. The Massacre Grounds Trail crosses several other trail so there are many options for longer hikes or loops. You can contact the park office in advance of your hike for maps of the many interconnecting trails.
|Arizona, Boyer Trail||
Description: The higher part of the Boyer Trail runs through a Ponderosa pine forest dispersed with oak, sycamore and other deciduous trees, especially along the waterways. As it drops down in elevation the flora changes to brush and chaparral. The Sierra Ancha Wilderness can be accessed from this trail. Scenery includes views of Salome Canyon and Roosevelt Lake, prehistoric ruins and the Boyer Cabin. The Boyer Trail follows Boyer Creek, steadily climbing through chaparral and semi-desert grassland. It reaches the bluffs and then follows the bluffs above Salome Creek and eventually meets with Hell’s Hole Trail (#284). This may be overgrown and difficult to follow in some places. Hikers should be prepared for strenuous exercise at higher altitudes. The upper part of the trail is often closed by snow in the winter. Parts of the trail are steep and rocky and may be difficult in places for horses, but can be traversed with caution.
Dates: 5/20/2013 - 5/20/2013
Location: Carraba's Italian Grill
17007 N Scottsdale Rd
MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids) is inviting our Unity Community to come together for one (or all!) of our Unity Lunches. Join a passion and purposed community, where you can meet new women who are making a difference and getting involved! Bring along someone new, enjoy great food, conversation, and get inspired from a quarterly guest speaker who is making an impact in a big way. Thursday, November 29, 2012 - Carrabba's Italian Grill (17007 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ) from 11:30AM - 1PM(MST). Guest Speaker: TBA Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 11:30AM-1PM(MST) Monday, May 20, 2013 - 11:30AM-1PM(MST) Order your tickets and view membership options ONLINE TODAY at: http://www.maskmatters.org/empower/character/shop-mask?page=shop.browse&category_id=12 **All information regarding the lunches will be posted in this Unity Community event, with the newest lunch being highlighted as the event. Times/dates subject to change with timely notice. Unity Luncheon: Emcee: TBA Keynote Speaker: TBA We at MASK realize there are many moms in the community who are making a difference in the lives of children and families every day. We would like to acknowledge women who are not only engaging and empowering their own families, but who go above and beyond to empower others as well. We are celebrating these change-makers and recognizing their efforts in the community.
Breast Cancer Awareness Ride
Dates: 10/12/2013 - 10/12/2013