Best 2017 Mountain Bike Tech From The Taipei Cycle Show
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Best 2017 Mountain Bike Tech From The Taipei Cycle Show

October 10, 2019


– The Taipei Cycle Show is stacked full of great new mountain bike tech. And then there’s an
awful lot of stuff here that you don’t normally see. Unfortunately GMBN viewers,
you have me as your guide. But, don’t worry, I’m gonna
start you off with something seriously good, something you don’t see a lot of on this channel. But somewhere I feel
very at home, in fact. Lycra. Oh yeah. What do you mean I can’t
have Lycra in this video? What’re you talking about? What? Can I have bar ends? Not even bar ends? What’re we gonna do then? (upbeat music) We’re getting a little
bit of a headstart here, with this, the G-Spec Quadiem from TRP. It is, of course, Aaron
Gwin’s signature brake. Not gonna be launched for
another month but, well, why wait when it’s in front of you. Now, this is the brake
that Aaron Gwin effectively tweaked from the existing Quadiem. Most notably, in fact, the lever shape, which went through 15
iterations, as they say, before they arrived at
the perfect one for him. He also wanted even more
power, so we’ve got a slightly longer lever blade, and of
course the pistons are tweaked to give you the same lever stroke. Then, also, you’ve got better
insulation of the pads, so there’s now a composite layer on the centre of the pistons. And then he also wanted
tighter pad tolerance as well, so they’ve done exactly as he asked. There’s also an indexed
reach adjust at his request. And that’s ’cause he is,
apparently, very particular about the position of his levers, as you would be, and having it indexed
means that his mechanic can actually count the number
of clicks, to make sure the lever blade is always in
exactly the right position, no matter how many brakes
he swaps or bikes he swaps. Check this out. Found it, perfect for Blake. It’s a mini ramp set. Portable ramps and it’s also available in green. And look! There’s even a guy with bar ends on it. Over at the SRAM Fam, we’ve got a couple of new bits to show you,
firstly, the Quarq ShockWiz. Now, you may well have
seen this little gadget on the Dirt Shed Show when Scott talked you through it a few weeks ago, but it is still new, so just
in case you missed that, here’s a quick run down. It basically is a little
device that allows you to quantify the performance
of your suspension. So you plug it in to the air chamber there, and then it will sample the air pressure a hundred times per second. That data is then fed
in to the ShockWiz app that lives on your smart phone. And then from there, it
will tell you how your Shock is performing, and then
the really clever bit, depending on which ride
preferences you choose, it will then give you advice
on how you can optimise the Shock to perform even better. I like the sound of that. Then, behind me, we have the RockShox full line up of suspension forks. These two here are the new ones, although, for mountain bikers
who are maybe slightly older, you may well remember the name. RockShox Judy was actually
retired in the early 2000s, but it is back. Don’t be deceived, though,
the entry-level fork is a very modern fork. It’s got boost compatibility,
it’s air sprung. A little bit simpler to
tune, it’s just got external rebound, compression is
a full lock-out, and then you can actually add a
remote to that as well. It’s, the more cross
country end of the spectrum, travel options are 80, 100, and 120 mil, and it is also, obviously,
for 27.5 and 29ers. From RockShox to Cane Creek. Now, mountain bike historians should find a link there, but anyway. Cane Creek are just showing
their new suspension fork. In fact, I see, despite
having been involved in mountain bike
suspension for a long time, this is their first ever fork. It’s called the Helm. It’s dedicated to Endruro riders, only available in 27.5 inch at the moment. Boost compatible. Travel is adjustable
from 140 mil to 170 mil by swapping out tokens. You’ve got your high-speed
and low-speed compression damping, you’ve got your rebound damping. 35 mil stanchions, and then,
one of the nicest little touches is that they have,
reinvented the through-axle. So they now have a locking,
quick release, through-axle. Nice little touch. Now, I know the GMBN guys
get to use ergon products on their bikes. One thing I’ve never seen before are these, the GS3 team addition bar ends, so don’t worry, Donny, Scott, Blake. I’ve picked you up a few pairs and I promise you, once
you put them on your bike, it will totally revolutionise
your riding styles. Thank me later. The good people at Box have
clearly been very busy of late. They started shipping their
new drive train, the One, which is one by 11, with intuitive push-push-shifting function. Which is kind of cool. They started shipping
that back in December. But then over here, they’ve got these, their new wheels, which aren’t actually on sale yet, so they’re trail wheels, they say, and they’ve got three different types with different internal rim widths. They’re measured on
external rim width, though. So this is the TR-41, which
is the fattest of them all. Then they’ve got the TR-36 and the TR-33. Now, they say their quite
intuitive because they have an asymmetric rim profile, front and back. And then the hubs, the
hubs very cleverly ship with both your XD driver and also Shimano cassette option as well. Over at WTB we’ve got a
couple of new tyres for you. Firstly, this, the Ranger,
which is a cross-country tyre launched early this
year but proven, apparently, in World Cup races last year. It’s a damp-to-muddy conditions tyre. 2.25 inches wide, but then
perhaps even more interestingly is this one over here, which
is the TCS Tough version. Now that was launched,
literally, at this show and it uses WTB’s proven
tough casing, making it, as you can see here, a
perfect tyre for bike packing. This bike is actually
off to Nepal, apparently, for two and half weeks. Kinda wanna go with it. Microshift have quietly been
going around their business for a long, long time now, but this is their new electronic shifting system. It’s called the EXCD. It’s one by 11, run 11 to 46 cassette on there, and very neatly, the battery
pack actually lives here, up at the shifter. So you’ve got all your controls you need within reaching distance
of your right thumb. You can adjust the indexing up here, as well as, of course, actually changing the gear. Apparently the battery
lasts about 10,000 shifts, when you’ve got it in clutch mode. Turn the clutch off, you get
about 16,000 shifts out of it. They’re hoping to release
it at the end of the year and the best bit is that
the whole drive train should come in for less than $600, which is not bad for electronic. Innova Tyre have just won an award here at the Taipei Cycle Show for
their Integrated Tubeless Tech. It must be said, this is
remarkably difficult to describe but effectively, they have
created something that feels likes you’re inflating the
very carcass of your tyre. Now, they say that gives you
all the benefits of tubeless, so no pinch punctures,
but then you also have all the benefits of a standard inner tube. So it mounts really
easily to standard rims and you inflate it first time, every time. You do still need sealant,
so that you can stop getting those sharp thorn-type punctures, but the sealant would then be contained inside the actual carcass of the tyre. Interesting to see whether that works. Well, it feels like we’ve only
just scratched the surface of the weird and wonderful tech here at the Taipei Cycle Show, but
right now I’m actually faced with some kind of a quandary. I cannot work out how I’m
gonna fit this in my luggage to take home, but I can’t resist it. Let’s face it, Neil is
gonna absolutely love it, and even better than that,
there’s also space on the back for Martyn, Scott, and Blake. That’s right, it’s a new GMBN party bus. Yeah? While you’re mulling that over, do make sure that you subscribe to GMBN. It’s very easy. Just click on the globe. And then if you’re after more content, then why not check out Neil’s
look at one-by versus two-by, that’s just up there. Or, indeed, check out
the new Dirt Shed Show, that’s just down there. What happened to three-by? I used to love that stuff.

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  1. Thanks, Si, for taking us on another lap around the exhibits and products–and anyone uptight about bar ends is too uptight. Holding bar ends is like holding hoods, and that's a beautiful thing.

  2. Hey Gmbn, I have one of those Rock Shox judy forks that you mentioned in the video from the early 00. I would like to know if they maybe worth something that they reintroducing the series.

  3. lol i thought i was watching GCN.. GMBN should make a MTB tandem bike challenge.. Each having 1 person as a tandem from GCN

  4. It ain't Si if he didn't pick up on the XC stuff, and there are loads of good ones! Damn, though… the RockShox Judy is enough to evoke man tears from some of the folks here.

    Oh yeah, good thing Martyn didn't get a hold of this video — "bar ends" will be censored every single time!

  5. Just want to update one thing that was said, the Cane Creek Helm is internally adjustable from 100-170mm, but it works optimally between ~140-170mm. Thanks for the coverage 🙂

  6. The main advantage of "Innova tires"'s design of tubeless tyre with integrated tube is that the logo on the the tyre is always aligned! 😀

  7. I hope the manufacture of mt bike components aren't made in China because they will look god but won't last long in other words fast while it lasts

  8. always gets me stoked to get on my bike. Though you can keep the electronic shifting stuff ill stay with cables.

  9. When i do a wheelie, i turn the front wheel to the side and its hard to keep it in the air..
    How can i keep the wheel straight?#askGmbn

  10. Simon showing the gmbn boys how it's done! Good to see him on the screen after I converted to gmbn from gcn.

  11. "Not even bar ends?"…It is always good seeing Si talk about mountain biking, even if it is about Lycra and bar ends.

  12. Great job! the GCN videos are always more fun I have to admit, I sort of wish you guys did all the MTB stuff too, Dual discipline perspective would be fantastic!

  13. @06:40 Might as well just stick with a Shimano XT Di2 1×11 set – A Shifter, Rear Derailleur, Display Unit ( Charging Port ), Battery, 4-Port Hub, and 4 Wires of assorted lengths can be bought for close to 600.- as well – Not only will it not look like you slapped a brick on both our RD and Shifter thus creating a more aesthetically pleasing look but you can also get interconnectivity with stuff like FOX iRD and, through the use of ANT+, the ability to control stuff like some Garmin devices.

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