Mountain Bikes

  • The just-announced Dart tool, made by Stan's NoTubes, is designed to better-fix larger punctures in mountain bike tires.
  • ​In order to keep things streamlined, tidy and protected, many mountain bikes already feature hydraulic brake hoses that are internally routed through the frame. German manufacturer Magura is taking things further, however, with a system that also sticks those hoses inside the handlebar.
  • Many mountain bikers already use smartphone apps to track basic ride metrics such as route/distance travelled, elevation gain, and speed. A group of four Danish cyclists wanted to take things significantly further, however, so they created TrailSense.
  • ​When it comes to transporting mountain bikes in pickup trucks, many people choose to place the bikes with their front wheels hanging over the tailgate. The just-released Latchit Rack takes this idea and runs with it, reportedly allowing for both more secure and more efficient transit.
  • Two years ago, California's Hi Power Cycles (HPC) set out to make its premier hardtail e-mountain bike. Four prototypes later, and the Scout Pro is born. Riders can engage the motor to zip up to 36 mph, or pedal hard for a top speed of 45 mph.
  • ​If you're mountain biking, quading or otherwise wheelin' in the backcountry, then there's a good chance that cellular service may not be available. So, how do you keep in touch with your fellow riders? Well, the RidingToo RT1 sports walkie talkie looks like it could be a good way to go.
  • ​When buying a full-suspension mountain bike, many people leave the fork and rear shock at their current settings, or adjust them based on what feels right. The BYB Telemetry system takes a more scientific approach, using sensors to determine what's best for maximized speed, comfort and safety.
  • ​Italian manufacturer Ducati is, of course, best known for its high-end motorcycles. At the upcoming Milan Motorcycle Show (EICMA 2018), however, the company will be debuting something a little different – an electric-assist mountain bike.
  • ​Although most mountain bikers seem to be happy with their telescopic forks, over the years we've seen numerous attempts at linkage-based front suspension systems. A recent and particularly interesting example is the Message, a 130mm trailing multi-link fork from Salt Lake City's Trust Performance.
  • ​Tubeless tires have become pretty much standard on mountain bikes, but they can be difficult to mount, and often end up leaking air. With that in mind, tire manufacturer Tannus is introducing a product that is claimed to give tubed tires some of the same qualities as their tubeless counterparts.
  • ​When mountain bikers ride at night, they usually go with two headlights – one on the bars to illuminate the trail that's straight ahead, and one on their helmet to light up the part of the trail that's around the next curve. The Hydra 3, however, is claimed to make the helmet light unnecessary.
  • ​Wide handlebars are currently popular with mountain bikers, as the extra width offers increased control, easier breathing and better balance. Sometimes, however, riders decide that their bars are TOO wide, and irreversibly cut them back. Ibis Cycles' new adjustable-width bars offer an alternative.