BUYER’S GUIDE 2015
RENTHAL FATBAR LIGHT CARBON
Renthal’s Fatbar Lite Carbon is an ultra-light carbon bar that’s
designed to satisfy the needs of a wide range of cross-country,
trail, enduro and all-mountain riders. The bar achieves this wide
range of intended uses with an ultra-lightweight construction
paired with a very adequate 29.2-inch width and a “trail-proof,”
durable layup. The bar is available with a 7-degree backsweep and
5-degree upsweep in four different rises ranging from 10 millimeters to 40 millimeters. The Renthal Fatbar Lite Carbon test bars are
available for $160 each.
On the scale, all four bars weighed an impressively light 6. 3–6. 5
ounces, with differences between the different rises being so small
we consider them negligible. Our advice: don’t select the rise of
your bar to save weight.
On the bike, the 29.2-inch width proved perfect for trail riding.
While taller or more aggressive riders may want a wider bar, we
found the nearly 30-inch size provides more than enough stability
and leverage for all but the most aggressive trails.
FOX 36 RC2
Fox had long been the gold standard by which every other suspension component was measured and, like a fox being hunted
by a pack of dogs, had managed to stay ahead of the pack for
many seasons. Recently, however, the rest of the suspension pack
has caught up and, in many riders’ minds, even surpassed Fox’s
gold-standard performance. With this in mind, Fox redesigned its
iconic 36 platform, one that’s been curiously unchanged in its line-up for several seasons. Deemed the ultimate enduro fork, the new
36 is designed to put Fox back in front of the pack when it comes
to suspension performance.
The new 36 is a very different and innovative fork for Fox. The
chassis has been streamlined, the damper has been refined, and
the air spring has been vastly improved. Fox’s effort to be back at
the forefront of suspension innovation seems to have just begun.
Rather than focusing on fancy-looking coatings or bold new graphics for this new fork, Fox has completely redesigned it from the
inside out, and that has resulted in some real benefits on the trail.
It is the first fork that can hang with the other top-shelf offerings
out there. What else could we ask for?
CDI TORQUE TOOL
There are certain components (brake rotors, stems,
seatpost clamps, shift and brake-perch clamps) that you do not
want to “guess” are torqued properly. And, the only way to do it
right is by using a quality torque wrench. The $80 CDI Torque
Products TorqControl torque tool is like having an insurance policy against loose components and damaged components due to
The TorqControl makes using a torque wrench so easy that we
quickly found ourselves using it on parts we haven’t used a torque
wrench on in years. And, if you think $80 is a lot to spend on a
tool, when was the last time you priced out the cost of a carbon
fiber stem or handlebar (both easily ruined by over-torquing)? This
is one very affordable insurance policy for you and your bike.