The good thing about mountain biking is it's constantly evolving ... with the XC bikes & equipment generally getting better and better. This year was no exception.
There was alot of top of the range stealth black machines, lots of single ring set-ups, lots of 650b action and lots of blingy light stuff.
Obligatoy Scott Schurter 650b
Cannondale Steath black - rear triangle change?
Giant really banging on about 650b, the industry really wants 1 wheel size
Giant Trance 650b
Lauf tried the tradition stick it on a pallet approach (990g fork, claimed 60mm travel)
Lauf on a bike
Italian brand FRM didn't have a stand, but sneaked a bike in
Nevi ti - nice
New Orbea Alma 29er
Stevens road bike
Nice looks, belt drive
with rigid lefty
Race face new carbon 500g crankset looks really good, everything splits down and is interchangeable
So good some top brands have yanked off the Sram XX1 crankset and replaced it with the light Race Face, e.g. On the top of the range Cube 29er
Talking for expensive cranksets, Clavicula 865 Euro for 465g (weight incl rings and bb - everything), price excludes rings
Good idea, more expensive bling (800 Euro)- quick changable tri bars ... I think they had this on a traditional drop bar
V. light & comfy, Haero Marathon bar - plenty of room up front for the Garmin and light now
Still no 38t 10 speed cassette from Shimano as far as I could see. Is Sram edging ahead? - The new Sram X01 ( 1 x11) in steath black
Vs XX1 specs
Schwalbe have a load of new tyres, more Racing Ralph than you can shake a long spear at. Here's the new Thunder Burt, 4 skids and it turns into a slick. THe Dirty Dan 2.0 new thinner size looks a super duper.
Stans are going carbon
felt light and and looked wide, not sure of the weight though
Light bling from Tune
Finally a light through axle competitor to Tune from KCNC, coming to the XCRacer shop soon
and really nice looking, feeling KCNC pumps
plus some nice coloured 2 piece KCNC rotors
Droopy uberlight stem from AX Lightness, 80g -17 degree ... don't ask if you can't afford.
Random helmets coming to a pee wee race soon
If all this stuff is too much, get a massage...
...don your Assos celebrity shades...
...& tuck into some schwine sustenance.