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Liv launches the Lurra hardtail
The new Liv Lurra hardtail features an ALUXX SL-Grade alloy frame and the bike is built with performance in mind. The hardtail comes with 27.5-inch wheels for sizes XS. Size S riders can choose between 27.5 or 29-inch wheels, and sizes M and L are 29er.
The bike seems to be an all-around trail hardtail with a 66° head tube angle, a 76-76.5° seat tube angle depending on the size, and 438mm chainstays, which should give the fairly short bike a healthy serving of stability. Reach on a size medium is short at 425mm.
- Price: $1,500-1,800
- Buy from Liv dealers.
Ibis DV9 race hardtail gets an update
The Ibis DV9 carbon hardtail is back, marketed as a bike for everything from messing around on the pump track to lining up for a race. The latest iteration features 120mm of travel up front stock matched with a 66.5° head angle and rolling on 29er wheels. Ibis says the DV9 will work with anywhere between 100mm to 140mm of travel.
- Price: Builds start at $3,499
- Buy from JensonUSA.
Wolf Tooth Echo Lock-on grips in a color explosion
Wolf Tooth is rolling out the spring colors with eight new shades of their popular Echo lock-on grips. Previously the grips were only offered in black, but buyers could choose the collar color. Now they’ve flipped the script, and the collars are black.
- Price: $29.95 / pair
- Buy from Wolf Tooth.
Ritchey WCS Gravel Grip
For those who want a squishy, MTB-like foam grip the new Ritchey WCS Gravel Grips seem to fit the bill. The elongated neoprene grips fit over the drops, forming a seamless transition to bar tape at the hoods.
- Price: $14.95
- Buy from Ritchey retailers.
Hydrapak releases new water filters
Most people know Hydrapak as the reservoir brand that come in many hydration packs. They’ve got a few new water filter options out now that will work in different reservoirs or bottles, including a 42mm Filter Cap for bottles and running flasks, a 28mm Filter Cap for other bottles and some reservoirs. Hydrapak also has a redesigned Flux Series that looks like a hard bottle but compresses like a soft flask and the Seeker Series which is a 3L reservoir with the 42mm Filter Cap.
- Price: From $35 for a filtration cap.
- Buy from Hydrapak.
Rapha Brain Dead collection is a departure from the norm
Rapha’s new Brain Dead collection is a departure from their usual refined, button-down appearance. The bike brand collaborated with Brain Dead, an LA-based “creative collective” with “cues from post punk, underground comics, skateboarding, and the spirit of subculture as a whole.”
The collection includes a Trail Lightweight jacket and Windblock jersey, a technical trail pant and T-shirt, a hip pack, water bottle, socks, and a few more items.
It’s an unusual collaboration and a unique style for a mountain bike line that leans more into streetwear styles and out of the typical racey, casual, down-to-earth fashion vibes of mountain biking.
- Price: Varies
- Buy from rapha.cc.