A look at some of the noteworthy new products we played with during the Interbike demo days, including the DVO Emerald fork, the Thomson dropper post, and the Smith Optics Forefront helmet.
The Avalanche Chubie rear shock can turn a long-travel trail bike into a mini-downhill machine that can also be pedaled uphill as fast as many short-travel trail bikes. It’s a durable, adjustable, high-performance upgrade.
Fox now includes their CTD damper system on ALL of their 34mm and 32mm forks. So is that a good thing or bad thing? Blister’s Noah Bodman weighs in.
The RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 is basically the best air shock that reviewer Kevin Bazar has ever ridden on any trail bike.
Marshal Olson has this to say about the 2012 Marzocchi 888 RC3 EVO V2 fork: “Go sell your hunk of junk and buy one.”
The Marzocchi 55 Micro Ti is a smooth, reasonably light fork with good feel, though reviewer Marshal Olson did hit one snag with the axle.
The Niner Bikes Carbon Rigid Fork steers great on hard-packed trails and climbs technical terrain incredibly well, but it didn’t offer the control or smoothness that reviewer Marshal Olson looks for when he decides to ride rigid.
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According to Marshal Olson, “this is the best trail bike fork currently on the market, in all aspects of its construction.” Well, then.