New Mountain Bike Forks And Components From Eurobike 2018

New Mountain Bike Forks And Components From Eurobike 2018


– Back again with another video from Eurobike here in
Friedrichshafen in Germany. Come with me if you want to check out all the latest tech for 2019. (uptempo music) So checking out the brand
new DT Swiss F5351 fork which has got a whole
bunch of new features on it especially for DT Swiss. It’s available in 27 and a
half and 29 inch orientations and various different
wheel travel settings. But it’s not that easily
adjustable for those, it’s best that you choose
the option that you want ’cause it will suit you. And
the reason for that is because it’s a very different
internal system on there, so it’s a position sensitive damp on it as opposed to speed sensitive, which is the more common
option other there. What does that mean for you guys? Well what it means is you
get a very clean looking fork with no external
adjusters on there, right? So this is the one that’s
got the remote on the bar, there’s also a version with a remote on top of the fork itself which adjusts by compression. But once you set up your air spring weight setting in there
using the DT Swiss App you pretty much don’t
need to adjust this fork. Let’s just talk about the
outside of the fork for a second. So first thing to observe of course is the fact it’s very clean looking. The second thing, it’s
got a built in mud guard, that mud guard is mounted
from a forward facing brace, which they’ve never had before. DT Swiss tends to have the rearward facing brake arch on there, and the reason for that is in
the longer travel application people are taught to drop
the down tubes on bikes, so clearance is very
limited between that brace and the bottom of, well the underside of the downtube there. So they’ve moved that to the front. Now the bottom has got a
regular DT Swiss axle system, but when you pull they leave
out the ends, very smart. It’s got a tiny little
allen key on the end which is used for adjusting the rebound and of course for adjusting
anything you need to on the top of the fork. It’s
often a single allen key, but everything is hidden away. It’s a very clean system. So just taking a look at
the inside of the fork here, and it’s got a couple of
really unique things to see. So what you actually won’t be able to see that only I can feel here is how the position
sensitive dampening works. So it’s got a very linear
feel when you adjust to actually moving it, cycling
it through the travel itself. As soon as you hit that big bump and you get deeper in,
it really kicks in hard. And as far as the actual spring mechanism, it’s an air spring system
but it has got a coils spring that works first, more like a breakaway spring. You can actually coil
operating before the air piston actually takes part. So incredibly supple action
on the smaller hills. So really quite a dialed in fork, very different than a lot
of other forks out there. And this particular model
has actually got a dial on the fork crown, there. Now DT do recommend
you run this fully open to maximize on that
position sensitive dampening because soon as you run
it closed in the lot, you’re not gonna be
maximizing on that, of course. Very neat system, there. Absolutely love this
thing, it’s full of tech. And up on the bars here you
got a remote lockout here, so especially a compression dampening. There’s also on this particular bike, adjust the shock as well, which you might have
noticed is hidden away. So this is the Bold Unplugged,
which is a very cool bike. We did check this out,
the prototype version, at Sea Otter earlier this year. Full carbon fiber bike,
it’s got a DT Shock house inside the frame, the shock is driven by these linkages which have got like an
arm on the inside there that actuates that shock. It’s all housed inside, so you can see they’ve gone for a very
clean look on the bike. It’s certainly one of
the nicest looking bikes available at the moment. And I very much hope to have
a go on one of those soon. As for the fork itself,
we will come back to you with all the details of the fork when we have one at work so I can check that out. But there you have it, the brand new DT Swiss F531 Fork. Now At GMBN Tech we often tell people to avoid using spray
lubricants and degreasers around your chain and cassette
for the obvious reason that the mist of it can
contaminate your disc router. But Muc-Off have got an answer for that. They’ve got these really cool protectors that double up as padded
travel protectors, so if you’re chucking your
bike in the back of the car you don’t want to sort
of use blankets in that, you can throw it straight in and nothing’s gonna happen
to your disc routers. Also good if you want to do
the cheap bike box option, it’s another form of protection
for those disc routers. The plastic based on the
inside, neoprene on the outside, they’re washable, really cool bit of kit. And it also, as you might have spotted, is a bit of a return to
what Muc-Off used to be. So for those of you who don’t know, Muc-Off was just a product within a range from a company called X-Lite way back in the day. And X-Lite used to make
loads of machines trickery like handlebars, stems,
bar ends, end plugs, and this is a bit of a return to that. So you got these valve
cores for tubeless here. They got removable valve core stems. They come in two different lengths in all the colors you can imagine, they got nice alloy end caps on them. They also have a valve core tool that can screw on the ends so
you can carry that with you on the trail instead of the cap, so that is up to you what
you want to take with you. And also, which is something
pretty cool about them, is they’re supported
by a round and a square rubber band for the inside. So no matter what the profile
of the inside of your rim is, they’re gonna fit. Very trick, about 25 quid
UK for a pair of those, depend on what length you
need for your particular bike. And again, all the colors under the sun. Very trick. I’ll be getting a set of
those on my bike, I reckon. Okay, so we’re looking at the Muc-Off No Puncture Tubeless Sealant. And of course, being Muc-Off,
it’s got a few little special things built into it. So you might have
noticed you’ve got, like, UV light here, and the whole idea is when you get a puncture using a torch you can actually see, this simulates what you would actually see looking at your tire, where the sealant is doing it’s job. Now, if you just step
right on the other side I’ll just show you how
cool the little pack is that you can buy. Now there’s a few different options, but this is the starter pack. They retail for about 10 quid, so that’s probably similar in US dollars. On the inside here you get
your measuring scoop here, so you can put the right
about into your tire, you get a valve core remover which everyone knows I’m a big fan of. Gotta have one of those little tools. You get that trusty
little UV pen key thing, and you get, of course, the trailside pouch here. Now these pouches are refillable, you can buy the biggest size units and you can refill these
which is absolutely great, because that’s obviously
environmentally friendly. Nice little tire sealant,
nice job Muc-Off. So I’m here checking out the
new range of Peaty’s Sealant, of course there’s more than
just Peaty’s Sealant in there. Of course it’s Steve Peat, himself, brand. Want to talk to you about
these cool valve stems, I think everyone knows I’m
a big fan of tubeless tires and valve stems. They’re aluminum valve stems, they got removable valve cores and the caps themselves
have valve core removers built into them. As you can see, just by turning that over. Nice function there. Something
really cool is they’ve got a valve for life system going on. So basically, if you break your valves, fair uses of course, if it’s you’re the original owner, they’ll replace them
free of charge forever. Really flipping cool, nice details on them. Has a little crown that you’ve
always seen on Peaty’s stuff. Nice work. So also, as you can see in front of me, is a whole bunch of stuff. So the Loam Foam, this
is their bike cleaner. They’re doing this now
in a concentrate form, it’s actually five liters worth out of one of these bottles. Obviously, you don’t need to spell it out, more environmentally friendly, using the same bottle
you can dilute this down using a bucket, use this on your bike. It’s friendly to disc brake pads, so you don’t have to
worry about that stuff and it generally gets the
crap off your bike first time. Great stuff. There’s a few other products in here, like the Degreaser, which
is bearing friendly, which you’ll be pleased to know. So it’s aimed at drivetrains
so you can safely use this to clean all the gunk
off your transmission and not worry about getting all the grease in that post out of your bottom bracket, which they always tell you about on our maintenance videos. You gotta be careful using degreaser in that sort of respect. And the last one I want
to talk to you about is this super high end chain lube. Now this is developed by
Wickens and Soderstrom, which made some of the
best lubricants ever. Really amazing stuff, but it
was a very, very high price. Now, Peaty’s have worked
with them exclusively and developed their best lubricant, which was the Number Five. And they’ve taken it even further, and they brought the price down. Now this is an exclusive
formula to Peaty’s Lubricant, it’s ultra low friction, and it lasts an incredibly long time. And so it can be used in
wet and dry conditions, and is blue. Cool stuff. As you might have guessed, I’m a bit of a fan of
kids bikes and accessories ’cause I love seeing what’s coming next for that next generation of riders. And of course, this might
not be the highest end kids bike out there, but who cares? Look at this! Travis Pastrana, Nitro
Circus Signature Model. Cool as anything, how much would you love one
of these if you were a kid? Another banging little kids
bike here from NS Bikes, this is the Nerd Junior, this accepts 24 inch wheels. Also 26 inch wheels, so the
kid can grow into the bike. So it’s a real good,
sort of long term ripper for smaller riders and the kids out there. 120 mil travel out back there. Look how badass this thing looks! Such a cool bike. And yet another really cool
little kids product we’ve seen are these GR 500 shoes by Shimano, for the little rippers out there. Flat sole on there, sticky rubber, got the cleated lugs at the
front and rear of the shoe. Nice and simple for the
little rippers out there. Super cool, eh? Check this out, this is the brand new Abbey Bike Tools Chain Tool. Check this bad boy out, lowest friction I’ve ever felt in a chain tool. The actual chain retaining
plate there is replaceable. So for whatever speed that
happens in the future, maybe that Shimano 14 speed
will come at some point, that’s gonna be compatible ’cause they’ll just make
another plate to fit in there. As with all the good chain tools, you can store some extra
bits in the handle there. The driver itself has got
a ball bearing behind it, so that is free floating. What more do you need to know? About 165 US dollars. Nice bit of kit, that. Growing up in bikes, the Topeak Alien Tool was
always the one to have. That is the brand you want.
It’s got 25 tools on there, the actual tool splits into two pieces so you can use a lot of
those corresponding tools with each other, like the
spanner and the allen keys, against each other. Literally, you could probably build a bike with one of those. It’s actually quite nuts
how much they have on them. Of course I am in my natural habitat, I’m here in a Park Tools stand, just admiring their new big, blue boxes. So it’s their mobile tool mechanic box, this is a new one with wheels on it. Now this might come in
very handy for a project me and Neil are working
on later in the year. You have to find out for
more info on that soon, but I love this thing. So you’ve got the tool compartments, they clip off, the whole
thing folds into the box. So like dividers, it’s designed to be used the side of a trail, or
out the back of a van, wherever in particular you’re working. Maybe that’s at a race. Wicked setup, love this sort of stuff. I like the other big
box we just checked out. This is a slightly more compact version. Bit more like a briefcase, so you could pretend you’re
a bit of a secret agent if you want. But you’ve got all the
tools in here you need. And just like all the other Park stuff, you can lift this out,
completely hooks on, real high quality stuff that lays inside so tools
don’t go wandering around. The whole stuff is really well engineered and there’s a specific
place for every single tool you’re likely to use. Really cool stuff. Now I’ve always been a fan of WTB tires, they’ve made some pretty
aggressive tires in the past. But this, the new Judge, has got to be the most
aggressive tire I’ve ever seen. Look at the side walls on this thing. So this tire is available
in 29 and 27 and a half in a 2.4 size. This is like a heavy duty, enduro tire. Now these unbelievable side walls have got so much support, but the way they’ve had to
actually make these tires is by having a 68 carcass underneath. We’ve actually, so spines
go up into those knobs. And it’s got the soft 42
coating on the top there. So the tires sidewalls do have support, but they still got that slow rebound, malleable sort of feel to them. So it can really cut
in, really cut an edge. The top on it has got rams that, kind of a bit similar to
the sort of High Rollers into HR Twos, it’s got the same sort
of profile that we know is gonna roll fairly fast and really cut in on the braking. That is probably one of
the most aggressive tires you can get at the moment. Let’s take a look at the tire
up on the front, as well, ’cause that’s changed a bit, too. So, the Vigilante, this has also been one of the best tires WTB made. Made it for a long time, but now it’s got some updates. So this is 29 by 2.5,
it comes in 2.4 but also a 2.6, so a monstrously big tire. And it also comes in E-Bike
Certified models too, to make sure they safely can
cope with the demands on that. Now all of the new WTB tires have got some cool features on them, so they’re available in
various different casing including those with slash guard. And that’s basically like a nylon-like, a butyl rubber in there on the side walls. It not only helps protect
against side wall slashing it actually gives them a lot more support. So for those of you who
like to run lower pressures you can still run those low pressures on such a heavy duty tire and still get all that support you need. Really nice to see they’re
really improving stuff, bit by bit. Hell of a range, I think. As we saw on last weeks show when Neil was reporting on that brand new Maxxis Rekon Race Tire, there’s also these really cool ones. These Racing Ralph and Racing Ray, unique combination. Kind of reminds me a little bit, actually, of Smoke and Dance by
Panaracer from back in the day. Got a rear tire, it’s got a paddle design for maximum traction, of course it’s a very low profile tread to keep you as fast as possible. And the front is designed with the paddles in the opposite way,
to do all the control. Steering, braking, steering. It’s a really good combination. It kind of goes with that theory that BMW cars have been doing, you know? Putting the power at the back
and the control at the front. Good stuff, I think. And also, I just noticed, the
enormous 29 by 2.6 version of the Hans Dampf. That’s a really popular,
aggressive trail tire. Often use that out back and
maybe a Magic Mary on front, or quite happily run this on the front with a Rock Raiser on
the rear, for example. But now in that massive 2.6 carcass. Everyone’s going to be going for 2.6 it’s been coming for
a couple of years now, but starting to see more and more. Maxxis got a wide trail, Continental with their B Plus tires that we looked at. And of course, this is Bad Boy. Really good selection of rubber out there, for all uses, for all styles now. So something I just wanna point out here is one of the new
Continental B Plus tires, this is the Trail King. Of course, the B Plus range
is a 27 and a half by 2.6. Other brands are referring
to that as wide trail, a really, really robust tire. It’s got the brand new casing on there, inflates first time, every time. Really puncture resistant, and ultra, ultra grippy and fast rubber. Black chili compound. This is a tire that we
actually only had one set of in the office, and Neil had them straight away. So I’m actually really glad
to get a good look at them in the flesh. And I’ll certainly be
getting a pair of those. Out back, it’s kind of nice to see, on this particular bike,
so this is Canyon Spectral, it’s got a Der Baron on the back. That is also the B Plus in the 2.6, that’s a tire that Blake has
been running for some time and he really likes. Not yet ridden that one myself, I’m a big fan of the 2.4 so I’ve got high hopes for that 2.6. Nice stuff. So there we go. That’s just a snippet of some
of the really cool tech here for 2019, from Eurobike, of course. If you want to see a
couple of great videos, click down here for the show specials, that’s our regular weekly show with loads of real cool tech. And if you want to see yesterdays video, click down there. Yet again, more Eurobike tech. Of course, make sure you
click on the round globe to subscribe to GMBN Tech, we love having you guys around. And of course, if you love GMBN Tech and you love all the Eurobike stuff, give us a thumbs up.