Sydney based distributor and cycling P&A brand, Jet Black Products, turned up in force at AusBike this year, with a huge display that was chocked full of new bikes, components, apparel and accessories. In addition to their own in-house line of products, Jet Black also distribute big-hitting brands in Australia such as SixSixOne, Stans No Tubes, Pivot Cycles, Crank Brothers, NiteRider, Light & Motion and Camelbak. They are also the Australian arm of BH bikes, and they showcased a number of the new 2014 models across the road, cyclocross and mountain bike lines. Here we take a brief look at some of the goodies on display.
Like foam grips but hate the auto throttle-twist effect? In addition to the lightweight Cobalt Carbon handlebars and alloy stem we tested in the current issue of Enduro, Crank Brothers make a full line of grips as well, with the Cobalt models using a lock-on design with a foam grip surface for those who prefer the softer material over standard rubber grips. The other advantage? A claimed weight of just 65 grams, making these a whole lot lighter than regular lock-ons.
The Crank Brothers pedal range has gone through a process of steady refinement over the past few years, and the latest range represents rock-solid performance that retains the classic ease of entry/exit that the Eggbeater clip mechanism is renowned for. Keep an eye out for our review of the large platform Mallet DH Race pedals in our upcoming issue.
With Gravity Enduro racing in full-swing around Australia, more XC and trail riders are looking for lightweight and flexible body armour. Designed with pedalling and ease of movement in mind, the D30 padding from 661 uses a relatively slim design to keep the bulk down and to appeal to riders who don’t want full-on body armour, but still need protection of their elbows and knees when riding in rocky terrain. The D30 protection uses a flexible material that hardens under impact to absorb those forces and protect your boney knees and elbows.
Need a particular pair of gloves to match your riding kit? 661 likely has the colour for you! The lightweight Raji XC glove is a personal favourite for us here at Enduro, being one of the lightest and most breathable gloves on the market.
Based out of Monterey in California, Light & Motion is one of the few high-powered night light companies that manufactures their product outside of Asia. We reviewed the TAZ 1200 handlebar light in Issue #24 of Enduro magazine, and came away thoroughly impressed with both power and beam patterns. Pictured here are the even higher powered SECA models, with 1500 and 2000 Lumen options available.
Jet Black also distribute NiteRider lights in Australia, who are another Californian light company that has been in the game since those early days. With options from USB rechargeable commuter lights, all the way to the 3600 Lumen (what??) Pro LED lightset pictured here, there’s a good chance that NiteRider has an option to suit your riding demands.
Pivot Cycles had a number of new models on display, including the very sweet-looking Les 27.5. While Pivot introduced their first 29er hardtail late last year to much fanfare, the 650B version has somewhat slipped under the radar. Using many of the same features including a tapered head tube, a Shimano press-fit BB92 bottom bracket and the HollowBox internal moulding technology that produces incredibly dense carbon structures at key tube junctions for a stiffer and lighter frame. Compared to the 29er, the 650B model gets dedicated 142x12mm thru-axle dropouts, so no sliders for singlespeed setup like the big wheeler.
Cable routing for the gears is internal, with entry ports on the top of the downtube, and an exit port down near the bottom bracket. Cables use full-length outer casing all the way for better resistance to contamination, and you can also forget about cable rub marks.
We’re looking forward to swinging a leg over the latest machine from Chris Cocalis, as with modern frame geometry such as the 69-degree head angle, sub-17″ chainstay length and longer top tube, it promises to deliver a lively ride with a bit more technical prowess than your everyday racerboy hardtail.
Need moarr travel? The brand new Mach 6 also offers up the first dual suspension platform from Pivot with 650B wheels and packages it into a 155mm travel Gravity Enduro weapon. Full carbon fiber construction and a dw-link suspension design that features shorter and stiffer linkages than the 26″ Mach 5.7. It also features a shock strut that attaches to the back end of the Fox Float X damper, with the objective of fine tuning the shock rate while also driving the rear shock in a more linear direction that should result in less stiction.
Having dropped in Australia earlier this year, the Mach 429 has gone on to become one of the most popular models in the Pivot lineup. 100mm of travel out back, 120mm up front, full carbon main triangle and swingarm, beautifully smooth cable routing and a super efficient execution of the dw-link suspension design – it all adds up to create a super fast XC/Trail bike that is just as popular with privateer marathon & enduro racers as it is with aggressive trail riders.
BH Bikes also had a large display of bikes at the show, including this beautiful cyclocross bike, dubbed the ‘RX Team’. Up until recently, Pivot Cycles had been the official distributor in the US for BH Bikes, and so Chris Cocalis was employed by BH to help them with the design of a number of key models in their range. There is a bunch of cross over technology between the two brands, and the very fresh Pivot Vault cyclocross bike bares some striking similarities to the RX Team shown here.
Internal cable routing, tapered carbon forks and skinny knobbly tyres. Haven’t ridden a cyclocross bike on singletrack? Aside from being an awesome way to keep the training up through the muddy winter months, it also happens to be stupid fun!
While the BH RX Team comes set up with Avid BB7 cable disc brakes out of the box, the frame is also capable of fitting rim brakes via a pair of very craftily hidden canti mounts that sit underneath those rubber caps.
Heavily inspired by the Pivot Les, the BH Ultimate is a thoroughbred race bike that’s built for one purpose only. The massively oversized headtube and downtube junction is employed to keep front-end steering precision high, and it’s one of the only setups we’ve seen that makes a 32mm stanchion Fox Fork look skinny!
The Lynx has been creeping into the 29er market with positive reviews from all who ride it. Using Dave Weagle’s Split Pivot suspension design, the Lynx 4.8 rocks 120mm (4.8″) of travel in a low-slung carbon frame that features a dramatically slack and offset seat tube in order to help squeeze the back wheel in closer to the bottom bracket.
Swoopy-lines galore, the Lynx is a striking bike whatever way you look at it. BH also offer the Lynx 4.8 chassis in an alloy frameset, as well as a longer travel 6″ travel model that’s names, you guessed it, the Lynx 6!
The controversial Split Pivot suspension design from Dave Weagle was awarded a patent at the same time Trek was awarded a patent for their ABP suspension platform that also bears a concentric pivot around the rear axle. Rumours continue to fly as to who got their first, but either way it’s a design that works well at minimising braking influence into the rear shock.
The oversized 17mm axle at the main pivot uses a hollow design that is secured via a lockring tool. The chain stay also houses the lower shock pivot mounting point, which drives the shock upwards into the rocker to compress it from both ends.
26″ wheels on a carbon hardtail?? Yep, they still exist and they’re still setting the XC circuit on fire. This here is a special edition BH Ultimate that was built in celebration of BH rider Julie Bresset who took Olympic Gold in last years London games. Note the Suntour Axon Werx carbon fork up front, which is a relatively unknown product over here, but thoroughly race-proven overseas.
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