Soft and hard: The G-Form protective gear
uses Reactive Protection Technology, a
material that stiffens under impact, absorbing more energy from the impact. While
they offer knee and elbow protection, company reps said they are working on skins
like this that are optimized (by proper pad
placement) for mountain bikers.
Ready to roll: The Turner Burner 27. 5 prototype that we rode and raved about in 2012 is
now a production bike ready for your enjoyment. With a slightly steeper head tube angle
than the proto, we are pretty confident that a new Burner owner will enjoy it.
In-between downhiller: Kevin Aiello shows
off a prototype 27.5-inch-wheeled KHS
downhill bike. The tall rider (Kevin is 6 foot
4) should be able to take advantage of the
way the larger-diameter wheels contact the
trail, as well as riding a bike that is proportionally close to perfect for him. The bike’s
aluminum frame appears to be similar to
the 26-inch-wheeled DH300 DH Team
model, but a Manitou inverted fork is used
with a Fox shock. ;
Rare-air Felt: Felt Bicycles made this
bike because they wanted to and have no
illusions of selling more than a handful.
Why? They are expensive. Twice as
expensive as a “conventional” carbon
fiber frame. This 19-pound race bike is
part of the Felt Racing Development
(FRD) project and uses UHC Nano
TeXtreme, a type of carbon fiber developed and licensed for mountain bike use
by Felt from a Swedish company. The
material allows Felt to reduce weight and
increase rigidity without any reduction in
durability. If you are a cross-country racer
and rich, this is it.