A few weeks ago in Taiwan Many manufacturers have met behind closed doors for Taichung Bike Week, where are revealed the OEM 2013, or components and / or products that end up on our mountain bikes next year. As we prepare to spend the last day of 2011 already the largest companies in the industry are working on products of the season 2013.
The Taichung Bike Week is a show behind closed doors, journalists and the public are not invited, it's a fair aimed exclusively to builders. But something still was leaked… Very interesting rumors come on the frontsShimano, SRAM, Fox, Easton and others.
This is still speculation that does not mean they are confirmed. But as they say, a little’ of healthy gossip never hurts.
Shimano: new standards, new groups and new SLX
For the 2013 Shimanowould be developing a new rear vertical defined by the same “direct-mount” that will be standard for derailleurs Shadow. This new dropout eliminate the small appendage which houses the gearbox mounting bolt on today's exchange rate Shadow and Shadow +. Longer and more at an angle will allow a faster service if there is a need to disassemble the gearbox. The innovation would be even more solid in the rear derailleur that will change more fluid.
For the gravity, Shimano is working on a new Saint we will see in 2013 completely redesigned. Ten Speed, brakes and a completely redesigned mix of technologies that ensure performance lievello. The new four-piston brakes will always, technology ICE with steel surfaces to facilitate the dissipation of heat generated from braking. Another novelty will be the new rear derailleur Saint. Cage, only short, rugged stainless steel, technology Shadow Friction Damper system to reduce friction and Shimano 2-Way Relase manettino on that will offer the possibility of multiple changes. The hubs will remain largely unchanged, but will be offered a new option 142×12. The program includes the design of new flat pedals but no wheels Saint.
Saintcould also have a younger brother in 2013, itShimano Zee. A new group dedicated to the gravity affordable. Sprocket ten speed derailleur Shadow +, four-piston brakes Servo-Wave, hand lever and crank monocorona 2-Way Relase.The rear hubs are available in different options.
Finally, the new group will also SLX will be renewed. It will be available in several configurations: 2 the 3 anterior and change Shadow the Shadow +. And then again, cranksets SLX will be offered in the following scaling: 24/38, 26/38 and 28/40 teeth. Wheels 26″ and 29″ xc and a new version of model 26″ for trailriding.
SRAM: Revolution license plate Grip Shifters and new suspensionin
SRAMcould make a little’ changes to its products in 2013. Among the most important undoubtedly the production of the commands Grip Shifters for groups XX and X0. In addition, the range rear derailleurs X0 and X9 adopt a new cage with new pulleys changed to favor a fast and flawless. Brakes X0could be subject to major upgrades. One of the changes could be an option for four-piston line dedicated to trailriding.
The line Rock Shox will see a number of changes. A new Monarch for 2013 completely redesigned. Per the forcella the Rock Shox Reba, Revelation and Sidthere will be some interesting upgrades focused on models with air.
Fox Racing Shox: new forks and ammonia evolved
Fox will unveil a new fork for the 2013. Rumors say that a great builder is very interested in this new product to the point of devoting an entire bike. The program also includes a new 34mm front forks with 150/160mm excursion.
Despite the new 34mm Fox confirms the use of stems 32 xc forks on that will be produced as completely new wheels from 26″ and 29″.
To the world of downhill seems to have been shelved the project Fox upside down and there will be major changes. The solution “air-jump” was abandoned.
As for the rear shocks Fox has renamed its glorious RP23 which could be calledCTD (Climb, Trail, Descend) making a little’ changes: new bushings that will last longer and have less friction. Magazines also the tubes of the car, larger and without the external bulge in the middle. Also revised the’IFP (independent floating piston).
Easton: carbon for all
Easton could produce a range from affordable: the EC70, tubeless compatible and available in diameters of 26″ and 29″. Version EC70 of 26 could weigh in. 1.345 grams, only 60 grams more than the model EC90.
Crank Brothers: Joplin's new
New for Crank Brothers Joplin which will be offered as a product for 2013. The new model has been updated to avoid the annoying tangle of the cable when the saddle is put in the low position.