What Mountain Bike Tech Will We See In 2019? | GMBN Tech Show 52

What Mountain Bike Tech Will We See In 2019? | GMBN Tech Show 52


– Welcome to another
weekly GMBN tech show. Coming up on this weeks show, well, it’s actually new year’s eve so what we’re going to do this week is do something a little bit different. We’re going to have a look back at some of the coolest
stuff, the coolest tech and the best moments we’ve had in 2018. We’re going to be looking at what’s coming in 2019, there’s
some very cool stuff, and we’re also looking at some of the very best rewind, bike cave and top mods from you guys. (dynamic music) Okay, so little bit of a
different start to the show. So, 2018 has been a huge year for us here at GMBN tech. Of course we only started in January and recently we’ve soared
past 100,000 subscribers so I want to say thank you to each and every one of you for clicking that subscribe button. It really does mean a lot and what it does mean is it’s going to enable us to do so much more in 2019. I’m genuinely so excited about what we’re going to be doing next year. But speaking of which, if there’s anything in particular you want to see us do here and anything
mountain bike tech related. It could be maintenance stuff, it could be digging into bike brands,
like literally anything call it out. Let us know in those comments. Alternatively, you can email us email address is on
the screen right there. [email protected] Let us know. We want to make the content
that you want to see so get cracking. (bike chain whirring) So this year has been
exceptionally good for tech, not just because the channel launched but there’s been some amazing stuff and we’ve been lucky enough to go to a lot of cool World Cup rounds. Eurobike was amazing for tech this year. I’m just going to throw you to some of my favorite moments from 2018. We’re at Eurobike 2018. Sea Otter Classic here in Monterey. Nova Mesto. Welcome to Stellenbosch in South Africa. Come with me if you want to see it. (upbeat music) (laughing) (beep) Basically, they’re
gonna start sealing up– Sealing up? What are they going to seal up? You–
(clucking) Burk. You’re going to have a really good real of my swearing and stuff on here. – [Camera Man] I’m slowly compiling. (squeaking) (laughing) (squeaking) (laughing) – See if I’m doing hot– (ping) I’m going in. (pop) – [Camera Man] Oh my! (laughing) (air whooshing) What happened? (gentle music) – Never seen one of
these before, have you? It’s a very happy ending for this tire. Yeah, that was a bit of a fail. (laughing) So there you go, that’s
everything you really need to know about how to look after and maintain your waterproof
and breathable jackets. For– (water splashing) For a couple more videos
from this sort of stuff– (laughing) Thanks for that. – [Man] I’m sorry, I’m so sorry, I didn’t think about it. – No I was still rolling with that. You ruined it by talking. That was perfect, that was perfect but now I’m actually soaked. For–
Sake Dan. (laughing) I’m only joking. Absolute wizardry. Just look at the thing. (burping) Sorry, I was fighting that back for ages. (clucking)
Burk. (laughing) Right, okay. (laughing) (gentle music) (laughing) (bike chain whirring) And of course, next year 2019 is going to be even better. It’s actually ridiculous, the amount of cool stuff that is
looming on the horizon. Personally, the thing I’m most excited about seeing next year– Well, I say next year, I’m thinking this might be next year. Is the SRAM wireless stuff, the black box stuff that we’ve been
seeing on Nino Schuter’s bike all year. We’ve seen it being
refined through the year, we’ve now seen it on other racers bikes and although they say it’s still at the black box stage, it
looks way closer to production. I really do think that we might be seeing this stuff in 2019. I think quite soon as well so I’ve really got my fingers crossed on
that because I’m so excited to see what happens. I mean Shimano have got DI2 with the cable operated stuff on the inside. Cables are fantastic but I love the wireless system, I love the fact you can change a mech without having to interfere with any wires or anything and what I’ve heard from some of the development riders is
how silent the system is because there’s simple
no cables to rattle. Something that you and I might not know because we’re used to having cables, you just take it for granted but I’m genuinely excited to see what’s going to come out of SRAM in 2019 so hurry up guys, don’t leave us waiting. (bike chain whirring) Something else that I’m particularly looking forward to actually is the different wheel sizes thing. So we’ve already seen on
a few production bikes. Let’s just use that Canyon for example with a 29 inch front wheel and a 27 and a half inch rear wheel. Now, previously in
competition the UCI stated it didn’t matter what
wheel side you were running but it had to be the same
wheels front and rear. Now, as we know, this is actually a really old school rule that’s come from the world of road cycling where there might have been an aero advantage to running a smaller front wheel. Basically, you’re minimizing your frontal impact there for the
wind resistance reasons. Of course, on a mountain bike we know that it’s not really going to be any sort of advantage in those terms but what it does mean is people can have the advantage of having a bigger front wheel if they want that, which means they’re going to get more stability up front, more
rock plowing prowess there. And also, it means you can have a smaller rear wheel on the back, so the option could be to run a plus
sized tire, for example, you can get really heavy duty mid to plus sized tires, 2.6 to 2.8s. It also means you can have more clearance out back which, as we
know, with 29 inch wheels on down hill bikes, with
up to 220 mil of travel it’s actually a bit of a problem on some frame designs and certainly for some of the smaller riders so could it be the best
of both worlds coming? I expect you’re going to see this across the board a bit
more, you’re going to see racers experimenting with this in various different disciplines. So we know our friends at Mojo, Chris Porter in particular, he’s been experimenting with a bigger front wheel and a smaller front wheel
for a couple of years now and I think there are definitely some benefits to be had. I know Neil did a video last year over on GMBN on exactly this but I definitely intend on doing some of my own testing to figure
this stuff out a bit because I think you’re going to see quite a bit of it. So, definitely looking forward to that. (bike chain whirring) More internal dropper posts please. BMC, thank you for doing it absolutely perfectly on the Fourstroke. If you haven’t seen this bike– Well firstly, the Fourstroke in itself is just a blindingly nice looking bike. Cross country bike but I think it looks much more reminiscent
of old four cross bikes but just obviously big
enough and light enough to ride all day in a
cross country environment. Integrated dropper post,
it just looks amazing. There’s no reason to not have them on a bike when it looks that good and it’s that light. I do think you’re going to see this coming from more manufacturers in future but I do think everyone needs to pull their finger out a
bit and get on with it because it does look amazing. Hats off to BMC for doing that first– Well, not necessarily doing it first but doing it first right. So nice one guys. I’m also going to use BMC as an example here for where cross
country bikes are going. We’re seeing them slowly getting a bit more aggressive, a little bit longer a little bit slacker, a little bit lower a little bit stiffer. You’re starting to see this characteristic in the courses as well. So as the courses advance
and get more technical and demanding, bike manufacturers have to return that so the riders can retain the control that they need in
those demanding environments and I’m really excited what they can do. I’ve always loved cross country but I think it kind of lost it’s way a few years back when it went a little bit too road orientated. It was more about the laps than it was about the bikes and then
the technical courses. And now it seems like a firm return to a really good,
aggressive, fast paced riding on gnarly courses and to do that well you need good bikes. That BMC, again, I just think is absolutely stunning but there is loads of other nice
looking bikes out there. And of course, this year we’ve seen a lot of 100 millimeter
travel bikes appearing. Aren’t necessarily
cross country race bikes but they’re fit for purpose. I’m thinking like the Yeti
SB100 or the Beti version. I’m thinking bikes like
the Intense Sniper. I’m thinking bikes like
the Santa Cruz Blur even. Nearly forgot the name of that one then. But you get where I’m going, these are like tough
bikes, they’re trail bikes but they’re cross country weight so you’re going to be able to tear the ass out of a
cross country race course on a bike that’s fit for purpose. Genuinely fit for purpose
and attractive to ride. I just think we’re going to see such a boom in 100 mil travel bikes and cross country racing. We already know from Red Bull stats that cross country, for the first time in years has been viewed
more, or nearly as much, as downhill and that’s going to increase. The cross country racing I was lucky enough to see this year was by far the most exciting bike race I’ve ever seen and I can’t wait for 2019. (bike chain whirring) And also taking a tip from those more aggressive 100 mil bikes, you’re going to see a lot more, sort of, mid travel bikes. I’m talking about the
1 30, 1 40 mil region. Now when these first came out on the scene they were getting popular
on the 26 inch wheel thing they were kind of like overlooked when you got to 27 and 29, but I recon you’re going to see a lot more of them popping up in 2019. Now for me, that’s really the sort of bike that I would want to ride in place of the sort of 1 50, 1 60 bike, I’d be happy with 1 30 out back and maybe up to a 1 50 fork on the front. I just think you’re just going to get such good performance out of it certainly in the terrain that I ride but I can see the advantages
in a lot of areas. And I think you’re going to see a lot of these sort of bikes. Sometimes I think less is more and I recon 2019 will
definitely be going that way. (bike chain whirring) Now, for a little while E bikes have been the elephant in the room but it’s safe to say that E bikes finally are becoming more accepted which is a damn good job because
they’re really, really good. And especially now as battery technology, the batteries are getting smaller and lighter but having
longer range on them. Bikes like that are
specialized, phenomenal looking. We already know there’s a few other secret bikes on the horizon that we’ll be dropping in 2019 and I can’t wait to see the reaction from you guys when you see these bikes because I think the grounds between E bikes and regular mountain bikes is going to
become very, very close. And I think, as a reflection of that, I’m going to be working a lot more directly with EMBN because I recon there’s a lot of tech similarities in the stuff that’s going
to be coming out in 2019. Let’s just say I know a few things that are coming that I can’t
tell you about just yet but I think you’re definitely
going to like them. And yep, I’ve got an E bike coming, I’m not going to tell you
which one, wait and see. (bike chain whirring) Finally, the last thing we’re starting to see already at the end of 2018 but we’re definitely going to see it continuing in 2019 is transmissions appearing from different manufacturers that are not the major players. I.E not Shimano and not SRAM. We’ve already seen some really cool looking stuff from box components, of course that was on the bike build that we gave away to Evo from Slovakia. And we’re also seeing some other stuff popping up on Aaron Gwin’s bike the rumored TLP transmission on there, downhill transmission. There’s also going to be all sorts of other brands popping up on the scene so keep your eyes pealed in 2019 for some exciting new
mechanical transmissions. (bike chain whirring) Well there you go, that’s the stuff I’m really looking
forward to seeing in 2019. What are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know in those comments below. What are you favorite thing in 2018? What do you want to see in 2019? And again, what do you
want us to make in 2019? Let us know, maintenance
videos, factory tours, you name it, get it in those comments and I’ll see if we can make it happen. (gentle music) Alright, so now it’s time for one of our regular spots, this is bike cave. Bike cave of course is the place where you keep your bike, where
you work on your bike, where you give it a bit of TLC, give it a bit of lube when it needs it, and you tuck it up and
lock it up at night. This year we’ve had some fantastic entries from everyone, I’m
literally so stoked on this. This is something that I love because I built my own bike cave this year and I can tell that you
lot love bike caves too. Please continue to take pictures of your bike caves and to work on your own bike caves, whatever area it is you’ve got to work on your bike it really doesn’t matter. If it’s somewhere to store your bike, it counts as a bike cave. So please take some
photos of your bike cave, tell us all about it and use that uploader link right there on the screen and we’ll put you on the show. We’d love to have you guys on the show. So I’m just going to throw you now to some of my personal
favorites from this year. So first up is from David in South Africa. Now this is a really, really clean set up. Probably the ideal set up. Note the custom specialized
in the corner there, it’s very, very nice. I’d say, if I had a double garage that would be the proper
set up I would have. I think it looks really, really smart. Next up, I’ve got to say, this one is from Iker in Mexico. Absolutely incredible. This is more like a bike art gallery. I would live in this place, genuinely, I would live in this place. Look at it! It’s massive! There’s so much space in there. His kitchen in his bike cave is bigger than the kitchen in my house, it’s ridiculous. And I can’t believe how nice it is. What a stunning use of space, I think you’ve done an amazing job and I guess that really is the sort of grand designs equivalent of a bike cave. Dude, it looks amazing. And if anyone else has got something coming along like that, let us know. Send them in, we really want to see them. But it’s not always about that, it’s really important to
use the space you have. So Leo in Sydney here,
I love what you’ve done, using the void I guess
behind your bed here. Great work, it looks really cool as well and it just goes to the point that any home for your bike
counts as a bike cave. I love the fact you
could sleep in your bed and look at your bike as well, I think it’s really cool. Next up, Andrew in Glasgow. This is wicked because essentially it’s a garden shed, but a really posh one. So garden shed’s of course they’re very very cool and this is just like a deluxe garden shed, love it. I think it’s really cool. Totally realistic and really
achievable as well actually. It looks good. I’ve got to build a shed actually and I can sort of see it being like a bit of an extension to my bike cave. I’ll keep you posted on that one when I get that far. Now this one is one I’m particularly jealous of, I’ve got to say. This is from one of my friends who works for SRAM. Now look at this set up. This is just amazing. I mean, admittedly, this is his proper work, workshop. So this is where he
does suspension tuning, it’s where he does the
marketing stuff for SRAM. You can get tell by the
logo’s and stuff in there but look how cool this is. He’s had this speced out as he wants and he’s got his trail motorbike sat there on a log. Man, it looks awesome. I think that’s a dream set up right there, absolutely bitching dude, looks awesome. That was Alex, my mate
from SRAM by the way. Next up, check this one out. So this one is from Rob Clyne in Indiana. Look at this, this is more like a bar, like a bike friendly bar than it is a place to keep your bike. Look at it! You’ve got an actual bar in there and you’ve got all this cool set up. It just looks fantastic. What a cool hang out area that you can also work on bikes. Brilliant. Although this one was
recent, I’ve got to put a little clip of this video entry and this is from Harry
and his wife in Canada. From the ground up they
built this place to be– In fact, I think she built most of this. His wife built most of
this to be their bike cave. Look at it, it’s like a miniature house. Absolutely amazing, I loved that it was a video entry as well, I would love to see more video entries. I want to get to know you guys from the video stuff that you send me. You feel like you probably know me a little bit just because
of my bike nerdery. Show and tell. Show us your bike caves,
do some video entries we want to see them. And finally, I’ve got to say this is a really, really cool
idea and I do love this and someone since then has suggested burying one of these in the lawn and having like an underground bike cave. That would be cool. Doing a shipping container
in the back garden. So look at this one, so
this is from Alan Cross and this is wicked, look how cool this is. A shipping container
turned into a bike cave. Nice and secure as well. Put massive locks on this thing and lock all your stuff inside and it looks mega. Looks really good. Maybe I don’t want a garden shed, maybe I want to dig a
massive hole in the garden and sink a container instead. Hm. That would be an idea. (gentle music) And now it’s time for rewind. Everyone knows I love retro bike gear. We’ve got the old retro camel back, we’ve got those pace forks over there. The original Troy Lee
Edge helmet over there. I love this stuff and
I think that you guys might like it too judging by the amount of entries we get with really cool old bikes and bike gear. Please continue to send them in. If you’ve got a friend who’s got some old retro stuff,
get them to send it in or alternatively, get through us and take some photos of their
stuff yourself and send it in. We want to see retro stuff, we love retro mountain bike stuff, so send it in. Uploader link is right
there, nice and easy. Super easy, self explanatory. Write some details about
what you’re sending in or even if you don’t know
about those details, ask and I shall tell you. I love it, I love nerding
out on this stuff. So, there’s been some exceptionally good– I mean, to be fair most of
them have been really good but there’s been some
exceptionally good ones in here so I’m just going to run you through some of my
favorites from the year. Now this one is from Trevor Nelson, this is an Ulsop soft ride stem. So a suspension stem. I’ve got here on my
desk a Girvin flexstem, this was alright, this is kind of like the Ford Escort of the stem world. We jump straight up to a Porsche Cayman with the Ulsop soft ride. Look at this bad boy. It’s like a parallelogram stem, looked insane and it matched up with the actual carbon fiber soft ride beam we had one the bikes which looked absolutely
horrific, I have to say but the stem, they look really cool. Thomas Frischen used to run one of those on his Ritchey P23, P21? Whatever it was, P20 something. What an awesome looking stem, really cool to still see that. This next one, this is really cool. So Andrew Juskis, a.k.a
AJ, works for Giant Bikes. This is AJ and check it out. So this guy was massive, he was like 6″5 or something like that. Look at the little bike
he’s got, this is hilarious. So this is a Slingshot. Now this bike is, I think,
absolutely beautiful but they’re terrifying as well. So they work unlike any other bike. At the back of the top tube,
just before the seat tube there’s an elastomer, so basically a shock, small shock. Down tube is a tensioned cable. When you hit a bump the bike effectively shrinks and the cable pulls it back again so it sling shots you through stuff. Imagine a bike with a
wheel basically changes like that as you’re riding
through a rock garden like– (whistling) Mental, absolutely mental but
beautiful at the same time. Now I found out a good
friend of mine, Russ, he’s actually got one of these in almost box fresh condition, so I think I have to try and take it out for a bike ride at some point soon and we’ll do a rewind
special on that bike. Something we’re going to take onto the channel in 2019 is moving some of the elements from the show out into the channel and we’re going to do some individual videos based on this stuff so keep an eye out for that stuff. Oh and just– Look at this one. So this is an old
Specialized cycling helmet. I used to have this helmet. So they were all like polystyrene helmets and they used to
have a Lycra cover over them. There was the black and blue one and the black and red one and you looked like magic mushroom from Super Mario Brothers. Awful, awful looking helmets but really it was a great bit of design because this is what led to the micro shell helmets with the micro shell over the top that we currently use today. Come along way since then. Thank you Darren White
for sending that in. What a helmet. (laughing) And finally, the Tioga Disc Drive. There’s not much more iconic retro things than the Tioga Disc Drive. Tension disc, of course,
replaced the spokes on a bike. Careful Geodesic webbing connecting it, effectively enabled a little bit of travel out of the rear wheal to absorb minor impacts and buzz on the trail. Give you a bit more traction but most importantly
it looked cool as hell and it sounded amazing. Had a really distinct
rumble as you’re riding down the hill, let everyone know that you spend 500 quid on
a rear wheel, essentially, that was probably going to break by the end of the run. Thank you to Regan for
sending that one in, I think, look at that, what a beautiful example of one. I really, really want one as well, I’m happy to buy one of these, so if anyone out there has one for sale I’d love to buy it and hang it up on the wall in the set. Actually, just speaking about this, if anyone has any cool retro stuff or anything that you think would look cool on the set here at GMBN tech, let us know, take some
photos, or if you fancy send it in, it’s easy to find out address. (gentle music) And now it’s time for top mods, so this is where you modify your bikes. All the little tiny things you can do to your bikes and your kit to make them a bit different to the ones you buy in the shops or, more importantly, a bit different to your friends bikes. Whatever it is, it honestly doesn’t matter how big or how small, whatever it is you’ve done to your bike to make it a bit different, that is a top mod. We want to see your top mods so take some photos,
tell us what you’ve done, use our uploader, it’s on the bottom of the screen again, right there and send them in. Keep modifying your bikes, it really is– It defines your bike and you together. Get it done. So this year, we’ve had some awesome ones and the first one we’re going to show you isn’t even a bike, this is a multi tool. Friend of mine was fed up of basically having to carry a multi tool and keys and loads of other stuff, so he took off one of the components on a multi tool, I think it was a tire leaver in this case that he never used. Machined his key down,
put a hole through it and put his key on there. Look at that, so multi tool hack. That is amazing, genuinely amazing, really good and I actually want to do that one myself. I think that’s wicked. Next up, check this out. So, it looks like a bit of a hollow bottom bracket axle– Oh, not anymore! Can you see what he’s done? So this is from Munajat Fais Arif A custom bung for the bottom bracket to keep one of those tiny little tire stabby things with the little worms on there to seal up your cheapest holes and using that void in your bottom bracket axle. What a fantastic idea,
that is a really really– That’s a hack really, that
is absolutely brilliant. It’s even better than a top mod because it wasn’t something that existed in the first place. Someone needs to make those,
that’s really really cool and I don’t know why I haven’t tried to make one off the back of this. It’s kind of like a samurai sword for your bottom bracket axle. Absolutely fantastic, well done and thanks for sending
that in, sharing the love. This one is really cool, this is from Jack Berghoff, so this one wasn’t even for him, this was for
his other half’s bike. So not only did he modify her bike, give it a bit of love, check out these custom decals for the forks he did. Custom graphics, looks so cool. What a wicked idea and totally individual, totally different to anyone else’s bike. Totally amazing, I think
that’s a great modification. Just a sticker, all it takes, a little bit of creative thought, really, really, cool. Love seeing this and these
are all so different, that’s what’s so cool about it. Some people have some
complete bike rebuilds, some people have painted their own bikes, some people have made bikes, like this one here from Justin Dier. He designed and made his
own frame from scratch. Wow, absolutely blown away by this. This is so cool. It’s something that I really want to do at some point, I’ve just
not got round to it. I’ve designed frames in the past and I’ve done stuff like that but I’ve never actually
built anything myself. I just think this is amazing, fair play, like sheer persistence and ingenuity to actually craft a bike
yourself from scratch, the CAD design or the pencil drawing, everything, whole stages, wow. And look at his pictures, awesome pictures as well, so I really appreciate you taking these photos and taking us through your little design journey here. Wicked. How does it ride by the way? If you’re watching this now, let us know, I’d love to know. Maybe if you could send us a little video clip of yourself riding and tell us a bit more about yourself I’d love to feature you on the show again because I think this is really cool. Way to go, really, really cool. Thank you and thank you to everyone for sending in your modifications. Keep doing it, please. Video entries, whatever
you want to send in I genuinely love it and I think it’s really cool because
we want to inspire more people to work on their bikes and enjoy it and have fun. You don’t want to be the same as everyone else, do you? Make your bike different, that’s what’s so cool about it. (bike chain whirring) So there we go, that is
the last show of 2018. It’s new year’s eve, I’ve already got my new year’s resolutions and that is basically to ride my bike more, get really fit and strong in 2019 because I’ve had more
time building my house and building my own bike cave this year than I have out on the trail so 2019 I’m going to do
loads more riding content and loads more cool stuff on GMBN. What are your new year’s resolutions? Anything tech related
for us to know about? Let us know in those comments. In the mean time, happy new year everyone, I hope you have an amazing new year’s eve, enjoy yourselves and we’ll
catch up in the new year. Please don’t forget to give us a massive thumbs up if you love GMBN tech. Hit that subscribe button. There’s a couple more great videos there. In the mean time, I’m
off to a house party now, happy new year guys.