Gear 2018 Preview
This past fall, cycling trade shows the world over were buzzing as companies rolled out the red carpet on lots of great new products for 2016. Around the globe, from Interbike in Las Vegas, Nev. to Eurobike in Friedrichshafen, Germany and ExpoBici in Padu
Felt The 27.5”-wheeled Decree deploys Felt’s FAST suspension platform in a trail-bike platform, making use of sag molded into the rear triangle. The Decree’s FAST progressive 140mm rear end provides great pedaling and excellent responsiveness. Riders can tweak the carbon Decree’s ride height by 10mm and adjust head angle by one degree by swapping the orientation of the bike’s eccentric ‘‘flip chips” located in the seatstay pivot. It is available in four carbon models and as a framekit.
For 2018, Felt re-launches its Edict 29’er built around Felt’s FAST rear-suspension system, yielding a progressive 100mm of travel. The Edict range uses Boost spacing front and rear, SRAM drivetrains, RockShox forks and delivers a crowd-pleasing return to threaded bottom brackets. It is available in four carbon models and as a framekit.
Also for 2018, Felt’s new Doctrine in its 29’er XC-race platform shaves 60g off its predecessor, while mixing 430mm chainstays with longer toptubes and short stems. SRAM single-chainring drivetrains cut across each model: NX-11 components round out the Doctrine 5, while its cutting-edge 12-speed Eagle group is found on the Doctrine 1 and 3. Each model runs on 148mm-wide Boost rear hubs. Boost carries forward as well: 100mm-travel RockShox forks run 110mm-wide 15mm thru axles on each model. Tubeless-ready rims on all models enable easy conversion to drop weight and increase performance, and clearance is amped up to a generous 2.35 width.
BMC The Agonist is BMC’s new 110mm-travel full-suspension marathon bike. The Agonist 01 sports a full-carbon front and rear triangle, while the Agonist 02 has a carbon front triangle and aluminum rear triangle. The Agonist series roll on 29” wheels and is based around BMC’s Advanced Pivot System (APS) suspension design that aims to create a light, stiff and compact rear-suspension design through the use of two short links that move concentrically.
The Speedfox series of full-suspension trail bikes features BMC’s new Trailsync technology, which uses a single remote on the handlebar to drop the seatpost while opening the rear suspension. The Speedfox also uses the APS suspension design and comes in four sizes, with the small size using 27.5” wheels, medium coming with either 27.5” or 29” wheels, while the large and extra-large roll on 29”.
The Trailfox AMP is a brand-new Enduro-focused e-assist mountain bike that features an e-MTB-specific geometry, APS suspension with larger linkages, a Shimano E-8000 drive unit, integrated speed sensor and battery.
On the road side of things, BMC has rolled out a new Teammachine SLR01 Disc. This facelift has resulted in a new asymmetric tube design, an integrated cockpit system, a direct frontal flat mount for the brake on the fork and a proprietary thru-axle design.
Kona Kona has many new 2018 models, including the Process 153 CR/ DL 27.5 and 153 CR/DL 29 representing its top-of-the-line Enduro offerings. Both feature a Kona DH carbon frame and 6061 aluminum chainstays, RockShox Super Deluxe RCT Trunnion shock, Lyrik RCT3 Solo Air 160mm fork, SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, WTB Asym i29 TCS wheels and tubeless-ready 3C Maxxis Minion tires. Seven more Process models offer lower-cost component packages.
Shred is an entry-level hardtail featuring a Kona 6061 aluminum frame, XCM Coil Spring 120mm fork, Shimano Altus/Deore nine-speed, Tektro Auriga brakes and doublewall 27.5/26 alloy wheels.
Unit-X takes Kona’s Reynolds 520 butted chromoly frame into the 27.5 category and, for the first time, features a SRAM NX 1x11 drivetrain.
The Remote features a Bosch Performance Line CX motor with 500W
battery and Purion display, RockShox Recon fork, 3” Maxxis Chronicle tires and Old Man Mountain rack.
Splice-E offers a Bosch Performance Line electric-assist motor with 500W battery and Intuvia display, Shimano drivetrain and hydraulic-disc brakes, built-in Busch & Müller headlight and taillight system, fenders and a rear rack.
Dew-E also offers the same Bosch Performance Line electric-assist motor and comes standard with full fenders, Busch & Müller front and rear lights and an Abus Plus battery lock.
The Super Jake offers an all-new full-carbon cyclocross frame and fork with flat-mount disc brakes, thru-axles front and rear, Clement Ushuaia wheelset, tubeless-ready and fender mounts, SRAM Force 1x drivetrain with hydraulic discs and Clement tubeless-ready wheels and tires.
Major Jake features a similar build to the Super Jake, but lowers the price with Shimano 105.
Rove LTD heads the Rove Multi-Surface line-up with a Reynolds 853 frame, clearance for high-volume 650b tires, Kona’s new full-carbon thru-axle fork and WTB KOM i25 TCS wheels.
Dr. Dew is Kona’s flagship urban bike that features an 11-speed SRAM drivetrain, 650b wheels and tires, sensible fenders and a bell.
Big Dew drops the price down with the Shimano Alivio/Acera nine-speed drivetrain and brakes, but pumps the tire volume up with Schwalbe Road Cruiser K-Guard 700x47c tires.
Linus The one-speed Roadster Classic and three-speed internally geared Sport are daily drivers now available in matte stone white. The Sport adds rear rack and fenders over the bare-bones Classic.
The Linus Dutchi features upright easy steering, full-coverage chainguard, fenders, rear rack and internal three-speed gearing. With 26” wheels in small and 700c in medium, it comes in new school-eraser pink.
Merckx Merckx adds the Sallanches 64 Gran Fondo racing bike between its performance and Endurance bikes. Designed to have a shorter setback and weight slightly forward, this ride offers stable steering and handling while keeping a fast feel. The carbon frame comes in either mechanical or disc-brake versions. The disc uses flat brake mounts and 12mm thru-axles front and rear. Both versions are available with Shimano Tiagra, 105, Ultegra and Di2 builds.
Kuota Kuota’s K9000 Alloy features a great price point with five sizes available and a fit for almost any rider. The alloy frame and fork use custom-shaped tubes to maximize stiffness as well as aerodynamics. The K Race wheelset features CST race tires, and the drivetrain choices include Shimano Tiagra, 105 or Ultegra. It comes in two colour options.
The Kuota Kobalt Disc monocoque carbon frame also features an excellent quality machine at a competitive price. This ride boasts a new build with a disc-brake system and a reinforced structure able to withstand the high stresses caused by aggressive stopping. The Endurance geometry optimizes rider position and delivers the level of comfort needed for long hours in the saddle, as well as a more stable crouching posture. It’s available with Shimano groups that include Tiagra, 105, Ultegra, Dura-Ace or Di2.
Kuota’s new innovative K-Allroad gravel disc bike can accommodate tires up to 35mm in size, and the seatstays in the rear triangle have a flattened section to allow for larger tires. It includes a 142mm e-thru-axle with an adjustable quick-release, or a Torx key can also be used. The K-Allroad also uses flat-mount disc-brake calipers. The frame features high-modulus carbon fibre with a weight of 1,100g (medium). The bottom bracket is a standard 386, and the headset fits a tapered 1-1/8” to 1.5” headtube. A unique feature is that it can be used with flat handlebars, and can mount fenders and touring racks to transform the bike into a touring bike. It comes with the choice of Shimano groups that include 105, Ultegra, Dura-Ace or Di2.
Devinci Devinci’s all-new Spartan Enduro bike features 27.5” wheels, Split-Pivot suspension, 165mm of rear travel and 170mm of fork travel. The Spartan is available in both carbon and alloy models, with the carbon frameset claiming a 310g savings over its predecessor. The Spartan also provides 2.6” tire clearance, metric shock, and front and back boost spacing. Five carbon models and two alloy models are available, all in sizes S, M, L and XL.
Devinci’s hybrid and city bike lines have been revamped for 2018, now organized into four categories: E-Bike, Fitness, Urban and Leisure. The new Cartier line comprises Devinci’s Urban offerings and features three models with conventional drivetrains as well as an e-bike variation called the E-Cartier. The HEX line fits into Devinci’s Fitness category and features six models, all based around an aluminum frame and full-carbon fork. Highlights of the HEX line-up include the HEX Tiagra 10S and the HEX Deore Gravel spec.
Trek Trek’s new Domane Gravel is its first gravel-specific bike available in aluminum and carbon models at varying price points. All models feature road-smoothing IsoSpeed, stable Endurance Geometry and wide tire clearance. The package is completed with gravel-specific, tubeless-compatible 700x35c Schwalbe G-One Allround tires. The Domane SLR 6 Gravel offers an OCLV carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra groupo. The Domane SL 5 uses an OCLV carbon frame and a Shimano 105 group with hydraulic-disc brakes. The Domane ALR 5 Gravel is equipped with an aluminum frame and Shimano 105 group.
Specialized The new Specialized MTB Epic features a completely redesigned, ultra-lightweight frame, confidence-inspiring geometry, a new Brain 2.0 that is completely redesigned to sit closer to the rear axle for improved bump responsiveness, a new layout and oil-flow path for more consistent damping control and bump performance.
The Chisel packs some serious XC prowess into an aluminum frame. Key features include a stiff, lightweight alloy frame and longer toptube, shortened headtube and slack front end.
For e-bikes, the Turbo Levo FSR Carbon embodies a trail bike with pedal-assisted power on climbs so you can ride more trails. Features
include Specialized trail geometry, short chainstays, low BB and trail-worthy tires.
The Turbo Kenevo offers up 180mm of trail-eating travel with Öhlins coil suspension.
Both models offer Specialized’s integrated Turbo 1.3 motor, which is more efficient than its predecessor, is incredibly silent with smooth power delivery and provides a 15% power boost.
On the road, the all-new Tarmac takes lessons learned from Specialized’s partnership with McLaren Applied Technologies and applies them to a structural analysis simulation that provides a ply-by-ply analysis of each frame’s layup schedule alongside its real-time wind-tunnel testing. The weight is down to 733g for a 56cm frame, thanks to ultralight paint that adds only 10g to the S-Works Tarmac Ultralight (limited to 500 bikes).
The 2018 Allez features a redesigned E5 alloy frame that allowed for aggressive butting profiles to save weight and improve ride quality, as well as a 450g weight reduction. It also features a tapered headtube, dropped seatstays, internal cable routing and large cable stops for easier maintenance.
The Diverge is a drop-bar bike that is equally at home on asphalt or gravel. The carbon-fibre frame accommodates up to 700x42mm and 650bx47mm tires, but weighs in at a feathery 880g (S-Works). The frame also features Plug + Play fender mounts, three bottle mounts, compatibility for both SWAT and dropper posts and uses the flat-mount disc standard. This year’s Diverge is now offered in a men’s and women’s version.
The Crux is now Rider-First Engineered and is more than 400g lighter and features a 20mm lower collar for more seatpost deflection and increased rear-end compliance. It also features 12x142mm rear-axle spacing and 160mm rotors for swapping wheels.
Opus Opus introduces the Horizon, a high-performing carbon Adventure model with Progressive Geometry sizing that provides up to 8cm of stack adjustment.
Both Horizon models feature FSA’s Omega Adventure crank, shod with 32/48 chainrings. Paired with 11-28 cassettes, this gearing delivers a wide range of choices.
The Horizon’s 33mm Vittoria Terreno Dry tubeless tires are great performers for smooth gravel and dry cyclocross courses. With clearance for 42mm tires, the Horizon will also accept 650b/27.5 models.
For urban use, the new Grid E-Cruiser uses Vittoria’s electric-assist motor housed in the rear hub. The Grid harnesses regenerative braking to expand the bike’s 38km range at assisted speeds up to 32kph.
The Opus Pronghorn enables off-road access and is powered by Shimano’s new E-8000 STEPS system, which provides 250W assist. It also features an e-bike-specific Suntour fork with 130mm of travel and lockout for suspension, Vittoria 27.5/3” tires and a mix of Shimano SLX and M615 components. A KS Lev dropper post rounds out the package.
The new Mullard MTB platform runs on the amped-up 27.5+ format, blending classic aluminum hardtail Meta 20 6061 frames with wide rims shod with 3” tires. Relaxed geometry lends the Mullard the ability to take on any surface, and 1X drivetrains provide ample gearing.
Finally, Opus delivers the attractive Rambler for young riders with its standard full fenders and front rack. Broad gearing and disc brakes support all-terrain and all-conditions riding.
Scott Scott launches the Contessa Genius specifically designed for women MTB riders. The full-suspension ride has the same long, slack geometry and Horst-link rear-suspension design as the men’s version, and comes with Scott’s Twinloc suspension-lockout system. It can run 29” and 27.5+” wheels using a flip chip.
The women’s-specific features include smaller-diameter grips with softer foam, a women’s-specific Syncros saddle, a slightly shorter stem, narrower 740mm bars and a smaller 30T front chainring. It comes in carbon or aluminum frames.
The all-new Scott Addict Disc was redesigned from the ground up for 2018. There are two versions of the Addict, with the Addict Disc using an Endurance-frame geometry, while the RC Disc frames use a proven race geometry.
All frames use HMF or MF carbon. The Addict Disc is designed with longer days in mind and new geometry that is less focused on racing and more on Endurance. The addition of disc brakes makes for quality stopping power in all conditions.
There are three versions of each type of Addict with varying levels of Shimano components and featuring Syncros carbon and alloy parts and wheels. The non-RC version also has wider tires and larger cassettes for gravel or gran fondo riding.
The all-new Search XR uses Norco’s Adventure geometry and a Power Chassis design that is found on the company’s racing bicycles. ARC Endurance bridgeless seatstays and curved, ovalized chainstays
aim to increase vertical compliance and help temper road vibrations. A removable chainstay bridge and threaded inserts allow fenders and accessories to be mounted, and all models have ample tire clearance, with up to 700x45c gravel or 27.5x2.1” mountain tires.
The new Fluid FS+ 2 Women’s bike is a full-suspension trail bike with 2.8” tires targeted at novice riders looking to progress and feel more comfortable on the trails.
The Threshold C is all-new for 2018, with updated geometry and a redesigned frame with Norco’s ARC Race technology to reduce rider fatigue. It features increased tire clearance, low-profile fender mounts, improved internal cable routing and a seat-clamp cover.
The VLT series presents alloy frame e-bikes equipped with a Bosch drive unit, hydraulic-disc brakes with 180mm rotors, a kickstand and mounts for fenders, racks and other accessories.
The Scene is a hybrid bike spec’d with 650b wheels and large-volume tires as well as disc brakes. The Scene 1 and 3 feature 1x gearing, while the Scene 2 has a 24-speed drivetrain.
For 2018, Rocky’s Altitude has been redesigned with an all-new frame to increase stiffness, improve pedaling efficiency and small-bump sensitivity. This aggressive trail bike features 27.5” wheels and has 160mm front and 150mm rear travel. Ddesigned for 1x gearing use only the frame is available in carbon and alloy. All models use the Ride9 adjustable geometry and suspension rate.
The Instinct is a stable yet aggressive and versatile trail bike with 29” wheels. An all-new frame for 2018 pushes the rear travel to 140mm while increasing stiffness and matching the front travel, which is also 140mm. Ride9 geometry and suspension-rate adjustability are available on all models and come solely in 1x gearing.
The 27.5+”-wheeled Pipeline is designed for trail use and boasts 140mm of travel front and rear. It is 29”-wheel-compatible as well and is available in both carbon and alloy models.
The Argon 18 Gallium Pro carbon frame has a new lightweight carbon layup that brings the weight in at 794g. The fork also has a new carbon-fibre layup to save weight while maintaining stiffness.
Three different headtube heights are available with the 3D system without sacrificing rigidity. The bottom bracket uses the BB86 standard for better stiffness and power transfer. It comes with Shimano Dura-Ace, DA Di2 or Ultegra Di2 groupsets and FSA parts and Vision wheels.
The new Krypton CS features Endurance geometry on the carbon frame as well as an Endurance-specific fork that offers balance between vibration absorption and control. Aerodynamics are also addressed with smooth-shaped tubes and cleanly routed cables. The bike uses flat-mount hydraulic-disc brakes and 12mm thru axles with Vision wheels. It comes with either Shimano Ultegra or 105 groups.
The Krypton GF, ideal for gran fondos, features a carbon frame that is designed with Endurance geometry and an Endurance-specific fork for comfort and control. Its 3D different-sized cap system allows you to increase the height of the steering tube without using spacers. The parts are FSA, with either Shimano Ultegra or Ultegra Di2 groups.
The Intense 2018 Carbine Expert features 160mm of travel in the front and 155mm in the rear, with shorter chainstays for nimble handling. It comes with a SRAM GX Eagle groupset and Shimano XT M8000 hydraulics to keep things under control.
The Intense 2018 Primer Foundation offers a lightweight carbon frame along with innovative i-BOX Pivot system and a Rockshox Revelation RC suspension, combined with 29’er wheels. It features SRAM 1x11 components, Shimano M500 hydraulic-disc brakes and a Race Face Aeffect seatpost.
The Intense 2018 Spider Pro features a lightweight monocoque unidirectional carbon SL frame and comes equipped with SRAM Eagle GX and X01 components, SRAM Guide RS brakes, a Fox Transfer dropper seatpost and tubeless-ready DT Swiss wheels for any riding adventure.
Marin Bikes and Naild teamed up on Wolf Ridge for a true all-mountain carbon bike that’s built around the 160mm-travel Naild R3ACT 2 Play suspension system. Using biometric fit data based on body-proportion statistics, Marin offers four bike sizes of the Wolf Ridge and three models – Pro, 9 and 8. Full internal cable routing through the front and rear triangle offers the cleanest look possible.
Available in three models, the B-17 combines Marin’s 120mm MultiTrac rear-suspension system with 27.5+ tires for an all-conditions trail bike. The B-17 has a Series 3 6061-butted and hydro-formed aluminum frame and the large-volume tires allow for extra-low tire pressure. Boost front spacing is paired with a 148x12mm Boost rear thru-axle.
Marin’s Cortina AX is built with the aspiring cyclocross or gravel racer in mind and features a lightweight Series 4 CX 6061 aluminum-alloy frame and Naild NavIt carbon fork, chainstay disc-brake mount, raceready geometry and Naild 12.3.9 locking quick-release thru-axles front and rear. Also great for commuting, the Cortina is available in two models, the AX1 and AX2.
The new e-M2 is Garneau’s new electric hybrid bike. The e-M2 joins the M2 hybrid bike from the Quebec manufacturer, and aims to provide extensive reliability and versatility for users. The e-M2 features the Shimano STEPS City E6000 drive system.
The new V2-r is the top-of-the-line carbon-fibre monocoque frame from Colnago. Designed to ensure lightness, rigidity and aerodynamics, the result is a high-quality bicycle capable of handling all terrain. It is based on the V1-r, but it boasts some details that dramatically improve its performance. The weight remains unchanged from the V1-r at 835g for the medium-sized frame. The lateral rigidity of the bottom bracket has increased by 13%, and by 4% at the headtube – making the V2-r even more rigid and brilliant during acceleration. From an aesthetic point of view, the integrated seat clamp is a feature that gives the frame cleaner lines, and the toptube/headtube junction has also been redesigned.
Scott Contessa Genius
Intense Spider Pro