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All-New Liv Intrigue LT Advanced Pro Series
The latest Liv Intrigue LT mountain bikes feature carbon framesets delivering 150mm rear of rear suspension travel, paired with 160mm travel forks for aggressive trail riding. The Maestro 3 flip chip lets riders dials in the geo for their trails and riding style, and all sizes are mixed-wheel approved. Larger frame builds come with 29er wheels front and rear, while sizes small and XS are only offered in mullet configuration.
Three builds are offered worldwide however the entry-level, Intrigue LT Advanced Pro 2, does not appear to be available in the US initially.
- Price: $7,000-12,500
- Buy from Giant dealers.
Forge + Bond FUSIONFIBER carbon wheels
Forge + Bond is a new bike component brand that recently launched its first products: enduro and gravel wheels. The $2,599, 29er enduro wheels utilize 30mm-wide FUSIONFIBER rims, Industry 9 Hydra hubs, and can be set up with either 28 or 32 spokes. Forge + Bond notes that FUSIONFIBER utilizes long-chain polymers in place of the brittle epoxies and resins used in typical carbon manufacturing. The upshot is the material is said to be infinitely recyclable and offers both improved impact resistance and ride feel. Revel Bikes were the first to use FUSIONFIBER in 2020.
- Price: $2,599
- Buy from forgeandbond.com
Limar Tonale helmet
The Limar Tonale helmet is designed to provide extended coverage while offering great ventilation for hot rides. There are plenty of adjustments available, from the visor to the double retention system and the new helmet has MIPS Air tech built in.
- Price: $179.95
- Buy from limar.com
New Shimano rotors
Shimano launched the RT-CL900 and RT-CL800 rotors last summer for road biking, and this year they’re adding 180mm and 203mm sizes for mountain biking. The updated alloy carrier is said to deliver improved heat management and quieter performance on the trail.
- Price: $64.99-99.99
- Buy from Shimano dealers.
Industry 9 Hydra 300 alloy enduro wheels
The new Industry 9 Hydra 300 alloy wheels utilize a three-cavity rim profile that results in a wider bead wall for reduced pinch flats and dramatically improved overall impact protection. Wheels are built up with 32 spokes per wheel, and pricing with Hydra hubs starts at $1,430 for a pair.
- Price: $1,430 and up.
- Buy from Industry Nine dealers.
Tentsile Stingray Lite 3-person tree tent
You won’t take this 20lb. treetop tent on your next bikepacking trip, but it looks like a cool option for basecamp. The Tentsile Stingray Lite sleeps three adults or two adults and two kids, suspended above the ground using 6m polyester straps. The tent comes with a fly and takes about 15 minutes to set up using 16″+ diameter trees as anchors.
- Price: $599
- Buy from tentsile.com
Devinci Chainsaw is ready to cut through the woods
Devinci has a new big bike on the market and it honors the late Stevie Smith. The Chainsaw is made for the bike park, whether you’re racing down it, or pedaling up the service road to fly down the jump trails. The 170mm bike can be built with an “enduro” configuration with a 170mm single crown fork or with a 190mm downhill fork. The Chainsaw ustilizes a high-pivot, Split-Pivot suspension platform and has a lifetime warranty on its aluminum frame.
The Enduro build comes in SRAM SX and GX builds while the DH build comes with a SRAM GX setup. The frame has size-specific chainstays, a 34.9mm seat post, and room for a bottle.
Geometry is long and slack, with a slack HTA and steep STA. The angles vary depending on the build.
- Price: $3,900+
- Buy rom Devinci dealers.
FSA Gradient Alloy i30 wheels
The new FSA Gradient Alloy i30 mountain bike wheels “are designed for Enduro use and abuse.” The rims feature a 30mm internal width and 23mm height for improved durability, a 4-pawl aluminum driver, and a 20mm diameter front hub to fit longer travel forks. These burly wheels are naturally tubeless ready and weigh 2,290g for the pair.
- Price: $749.70
- Buy from fsaproshop.com
Leatt MTB 2.0 Tomas Lemoine signature shoes
The new Leatt Tomas Lemoine signature shoes may not let you ride like him, but at least they look great and offer performance-oriented features too. The sole uses Leatt’s RideGripTM Pro material in a WaffleGrip pattern for optimal grip and an armored toe cap should keep stubbed toes to a minimum.
- Price: $99
- Buy from Chain Reaction.
Smith’s Rhythm goggles are race-focused
Smith’s new Rhythm goggles are race-inspired, featuring a wide field of view and enhanced clarity. Featuring Chromapop lenses and a removable dust screen, these promise a wide field of view and a good fit with full face bike helmets. Available in multiple colors.
- Price: $95
- Buy from Smith Optics.
Olympia Hysak alloy eMTB
Olympia just announced an aluminum version of their Hysak electric enduro mountain bike. The alloy Olympia Hysak features a massive 900kWh battery, mixed wheels, and a flip chip that adjusts the head angle by half a degree.
- Price: 5,948€
- Buy from olympiacicli.it.
Beyond Clothing Eryx Shorts
Beyond Clothing has a new multi-sport short called the Eryx. It’s available in waist sizes 30-44 and in four different colors. The lightweight technical fabric is four-way stretch and water resistant.
- Price: $85
- Buy from Beyond Clothing.