2013 FOX Suspension CTD Damper - First Ride

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Fox Racing Shox D.O.S.S. Dropper Seatpost Nearing Production

2012 Fox Racing Shox DOSS dropper seatpostDOSS dropper post is finally really real. Almost.
This one’s a 95% ready prototype. They’re still working out the last 5%, including whether or not it’ll have a Kashima coated option.
Push both triggers and it lowers 40mm. Push both and it drops 125mm. Push it again to release. Technically, you can release it slightly to bring it back up to the half way position, but you’ve gotta have a pretty sensitive trigger finger or weight the seat a little. This one shoots up fairly quickly, but not the fastest return we’ve seen.
Internally, Fox’s Euro guy says how it works is a big, big secret but there are no plastic parts.  I grabbed the saddle and there was virtually no rotational play, which is pretty impressive. If they can keep it that way after a bit of use, it’ll be a real accomplishment.
More pics after the break…

2012 Fox Racing Shox DOSS dropper seatpost
The dual lever lets you push both for short travel or the longer outer lever for full travel.
2012 Fox Racing Shox DOSS dropper seatpost
Their display unit’s cable got pretty frayed but we still managed to make it work for a few photos:
2012 Fox Racing Shox DOSS dropper seatpost
Not shown, they also have a new base level (cheaper) Remote lockout lever for front or rear shocks/forks. Their larger, higher end unit has a slicker release mech, but this one will be cheaper and work with twist shifters like Rohloff and old Gripshift.

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Interbike Randomness – LH Thomson, Hammer Nutrition & Skins

LH Thomson red blue and gold color options for stem faceplates and top caps
LH Thomson is now shipping red, blue and gold anodized stem faceplates with matching steerer tube top caps. They’re available now and come with new bolts in black and silver to match whichever stem color you have.

Hammer Nutrition has new Apple and Cranberry Flavors in their energy bars, Grape in their Fizz electrolyte tablets and an all new chocolate protein bar with 20g of whey protein. I tried the bars and they’re all pretty good. The energy bars are made with real, whole foods.
Skins has new gradient compression triathlon clothing. Shown here is the women’s two piece, which is their first female-specific triathlon gear. The padding is thin enough to be comfortable while running, and it’s also available in a one-piece and in men’s versions, too.

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Race Face is Back! New Cranksets, Stem, Handlebars & More!

2012 Race Face SixC carbon downhill crankset and Atlas XC freeride crankset for mountain bikes Race Face is back and making their products better than ever. Most of the items on display at Interbike are updates and improvements on existing models, but there are some entirely new items on offer. The new SixC carbon downhill crank is the lightest full production DH crank on the market (their claim), 100g lighter than closest competitor. All in, it’s just 650g with BB, 36T ring and 165mm arms. Rubber end caps protect the cranks’ aesthetics, but Marcel Jacob, Race Face’s sales mgr, says they’re not necessary to maintain structural integrity. All Six cranks get new steel pedal thread inserts rather than alloy and thicker 4.5mm chainring tabs, same as Shimano Saint. $549.99. Lots more when you click through… 2012 Race Face SixC carbon downhill crankset for mountain bikes 2012 Race Face SixC carbon downhill crankset for mountain bikes 2012 Race Face atlas xc and freeride crankset for mountain bikes The Atlas Crank is completely redesigned and 50g lighter. It gets the thicker chainring tabs, too, and a new EXI interface that makes installation super easy. Jacob says it can be done with a multi tool rather than the major torque needed to tighten their old X-Type cranks. This change carries across all of their cranks. The Atlas also gets new topic topographics of Whistler’s bike park, which replaces the North Shore map of old. $319 with BB (no rings). Comes with a granny spider, which is visible on the other crankset behind it in the pic above. By taking it off, it allows better clearance for chainguides when running it singlespeed. You can also run it as a double with bash guard. They don’t sell it with rings because they figure people will want to get the exact gearing they want rather than what RF tells them they should use. 2012 Race Face Chester downhill and dirt jump crankset for mountain bikes Chester crank replaces the Ride DH as the budget option. $99 with BB (no rings). Weight is 950g with 36T ring and 165mm. 2012 Race Face Atlas riser handlebar with 1-25 inch rise New 1.25″ rise Atlas handlebar. 785mm width, weight is about 330g. Black, orange, red, blue, stealth (matte black) and gold. $79.99 (shown at bottom compared to their original -and still available- half inch rise model) 2012 Race Face turbine stem with zero rise and BB30 bottom bracket adapter The Turbine stems, which got a refresh just before the company’s collapse earlier this year, gets new 0° rise option. $94.99. Not new but worth showing given the times, they have PF92 and PFBB30 bottom brackets that drop down to their 25.4mm spindles.

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