Decked out with colourful anodized components, carbon trickery and some dirty demo bikes, the Pushie booth had lots of cool gear for us to ogle at during the AusBike trade day in Melbourne. Pushie has been around for 3 years, with Al (pictured below) growing the business to incorporate a hole bunch of new niche brands including Morewood, KS Suspension, Burgtec, Loaded Precision and C.Sixx. Basically if it’s cool and not widely available, Al sells it.
Posing with two of the Morewood split pivot dual suspension bikes on display, Al hails from the Sydney CBD where he deals with bike shops all around Australia.
After quite some time in the prototyping phase, the KS Carbon LEV dropper post is nearing final production. With a goal weight of 400 grams, the Carbon LEV uses a trick one-piece external carbon fiber tube to provide one of the lightest dropper options on the market. Travel is limited to 65mm, but in our opinion, this will make it ideal for XC and enduro racers who can benefit from lowering the saddle just enough out of harms way, without copping too much of a weight penalty. With XC trails progressively increasing in difficulty, a height-adjustable post on a 100mm travel 29er actually makes a lot of sense.
The Carbon LEV won’t come cheap though, and is expected to come in around the $750 mark. Al isn’t expecting to sell hundreds of the Carbon LEV, but for those chasing valuable grams from each corner of their race bike, this could be the ticket.
It’s not just the carbon post that makes the LEV special, it also receives an updated alloy lever with some trick machining to lower weight and add some bling. The lever is cable actuated, and KS have moved to Powercordz for further weight reductions over a regular steel inner cable.
Want a dropper post but don’t want to spend the earth? KS have just brought out a new E10 dropper post that swaps the aluminium construction of the LEV and LEV Carbon for a cheaper steel construction. It does add on weight and the saddle clamp is a less sophisticated single-bolt unit, but it does mean that KS can offer you the same ride-changing ability of a dropper post, at a $210 sticker price.
The standard LEV is the do-it-all post of the range, with multiple travel options including a huge 150mm travel version. The standard external cable option routes the cable from the top of the outer tube, so that it doesn’t bow out when you lower the saddle, unlike dropper posts that route the cable to the top of the saddle clamp. There’s also an ‘Integra’ model, which routes the cable into the very bottom of the post, meaning you can route the cable through your frame if it has the capability of Stealth routing (no drilling frames please!!). Price varies from $480-$550, with the main diameters covered to fit different brand bikes.
South African brand Morewood has been out of Australia for a couple of seasons, but is back on our shores thanks to Pushie. The Makula downhill race bike is a staple in the range, though the new split pivot 150mm travel Sukuma is proving to be a popular option too.
Retaining its classic single pivot setup and clean aesthetic, the 100mm travel Zula has recently been updated with 650B wheels. It’ll take 100-120mm of fork travel up front, and if it’s anything like the 26″ version we reviewed back a couple of years ago, this will be one cracking trail tamer!
GripRings feature an interesting take on the humble mountain bike grip, using individual ‘rings’ that allow you to customise the length of the grip section on your bike. They’re made from silicone, so they’re soft, grippy and flexible, and the above demo bike didn’t seem to have any issues with rotation. Because there’s no internal sleeve like a regular lock-on grip, more room can be taken up by the silicone material, so they feel really cushy.
Of course you can swap around the rings with different colours for a unique look, but the ability to custom spec the width for use with grip shifters makes these guys a very cool little item.
Pushie has also taken on board Unior, a brand that puts itself on the same level as Park Tools. We’ll have more information coming your way about availability and pricing of the Unior tool range, which covers everything from rider-oriented multi-tools, to full-blown workshop gear including headset presses and bottom bracket thread-prep tools.
They’re not exactly fancy nor expensive, but the Mucky Nutz mudguards are a genious design. Made from a thin reinforced plastic, the $16 ‘Bender Fender’ simply bends into place to fit the arch between your suspension forks.
Available in two different sizes, the Bender Fender fits onto your fork with zip ties through several predetermined slots on the mudguard. Great for avoiding debris from flying up into your face from the front tyre.
British company Burgtec produce some very trick components, including these bomber flat pedals that feature Titanium spindles and a serviceable and rebuildable design.
Not loving the stock geometry on your full suspension bike? Before resorting to an angle-adjust headset, why not check out the simpler and cheaper alternative of offset shock hardware? Designed to reposition the location of the shock eyelets, the Burgtec hardware is ideal for slightly older bikes that may be stuck with overly steep or tall geometry, without you having to go out and buy a whole new frame or a $350 headset.
Burgtec also make handlebars and stems, as does Pushie’s other component brand, Loaded Precision. The component-arm of Ellsworth Handcrafted Bikes, Loaded Precision offer up beautifully anodized alloy parts including riserbars, stems and seatposts, and they also build up a solid range of mountain bike wheels, which Pushie has laced up and built by TWE.
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