Monday, June 29, 2015

Ibis Announces The New Ripley and Ripley LS

Ripley Tang

Ibis is releasing two new versions of the highly regarded Ripley 29er later this summer, the Ripley and Ripley LS. The New Ripley will retain the nimble geometry of its predecessor with a 69.2° head angle while the Ripley LS gets a slacker head angle of 67.5° and a 15mm (.5") longer top tube. Additional changes include increased tire clearance, internal cable routing, threaded bottom bracket, Boost 148 or 142mm axle and rubber molded chainstay and seatstay protection.

Ibis has been working in secret on the new Ripley for some time now and though I was aware of some of the changes, such as the increased rear tire clearance, most it was a well-kept mystery. Call it an upgrade, an update or new, the changes on the Ripley's are both subtle and significant.

The dw-link Ripley has 120mm of rear travel and can use 120 to 140mm front forks. It has a tapered headtube, two water bottle mounts, a threaded bottom bracket, internal cable routing, a 12x142mm rear axle (Boost 148 - available Nov 15) and an integrated direct-mount front derailleur. The bottom bracket height is 13" for the New Ripley and 12.8" for the Ripley LS, and the chainstay length is 17.4" and the frame weight is 5.5 lbs.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Kammok Roo Hammock

Kammok Roo Hammock
The World's Best Camping Hammock

The Roo is the camping hammock built for life changing adventure. Inspired by the kangaroo, this camping hammock will get you off the ground in a hurry, give you a comfortable, secure place to rest, and then pack up quick so you can continue your way. The Roo comes with two Kanga Claw carabiners and two Dyneema Racer Slings and comes in six colors.

Grams Thoughts => The $99 Roo looks like a comfy hammock and seems to be much more technologically advanced than the old style I used when I was camping back in high school (four decades ago). The Roo looks like an excellent item to dump in any pack for camping and day hikes and even toss into the vehicle for relaxing anywhere. For maximum flexibility, you'll need their $29 Python Straps which are 10-foot-long daisy-chain suspension straps with 18 attachment points for attaching to anchors (trees, etc.) This could be an excellent Fathers day gift, so run down to R.E.I. or order from Amazon or Kammok.

Just In - Gravity Components GRID Stem And Handlebars

Gravity Components GRID bars, stem and grips

Gravity Components has been the downhill, freeride and dirt jumping product suite for Full Speed Ahead (FSA) for over nine years and has always prided themselves on making durable, maintainable and affordable gear. Gravity recently released a very affordable Trail and Enduro component group named GRID, which includes handlebars, stems, seatposts, cranks and a unique chainguard. The new GRID group utilizes a lightweight aluminum alloy that is strong and has an excellent price point due to the cost effectiveness of utilizing an alloy for the material basis. Gravity was kind enough to send along a set of their grips and the new GRID bars and stem for some testing and reviewing.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

SRAM Announces the X0 DH Hubs



The new SRAM X0 DH hubs are built around strength and durability. Our 52 point ratchet design gives you quick and reliable engagement. The X0 hubs are built with precision machined bearings giving you lower resistance, faster revolutions and no wasted time on drag. The hubs are also convertible to different axle types with removable end caps. From pawl tooth to spoke flanges, we took the extra time on the X0 DH hub so you won’t have to.
Grams Thoughts => These look like a primo set of hubs, with multiple features and functions. They have a high point of engagement, easy to use end cap adapters for any axle size, XD driver body, precision bearings for low drag movement and  12x150 and 12x157 spacing options. The rugged hubs retail for $375-380 for the rear and $197 for the front.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Camelbak K.U.D.U. 12 and 18 Pack Review

KUDU Packs

The new Camelbak K.U.D.U. Series of hydration packs incorporates a removable back protector rated to CE Level 2 which can absorb 94% of a crash impact. The K.U.D.U. or Kinetic Ultimate Damping Unit comes with their 3-liter Antidote reservoir, along with a slew of useful features and pockets to make for a highly functional hydration pack for Enduro and All Mountain riding. The pack comes in two sizes, a 12-liter version for $200 and an 18-liter for $225.