This week has seen plenty of exciting new upgrades with not only Orbea's Wild enduro e-bike but also premium brand Esker wowing the world of off-road cycling with its latest titanium gravel bike. Syncros has added to its wheelset range and there was also a dropper post lever update from PNW. Here are this week's tech news highlights.
All-new Orbea Wild gets an upgrade
Orbea Wild 2023 Main.jpg, by Rhian Atherton
Orbea has beefed up its e-MTB range with an upgrade on its enduro bike, the Wild. With feedback from the horse's mouth, aka the enduro race team, the brand set out to make its most high-performance e-MTB aimed to take the rider 'beyond power'. The bike has big improvements in its geometry, weight, kinematics and technology. So by the sounds, almost all of the bike has been enhanced in some way, shape or form.
First, the geometry gets a revamp with a slacker headset, a longer reach, a steeper seat angle and a shorter chainstay; all play a part in better control and performance than the previous frame shape.
The new Wild replicates the leg-powered Rallon in terms of frame characteristics and features, but it has been optimised for electric power with 160mm of rear travel and the option of 170mm up front. As we saw in the latest Scott Genius, a noise-reducing integrated battery stiffens the bike by a massive 51% and contributes to a much lighter and nimble bike.
- Orbea's Wild gets more power and updated geometry
Syncros reveal enduro wheelset
Syncros has expanded its wheel portfolio by creating a new pair that sits alongside its trail and enduro range. With a wider internal width of 30mm, a shallower depth, and a hookless rim design, the new Revelstoke 1.0S carbon wheels offer compliance and comfort.
It's always impressive how wheels continuously get lighter, more robust and at the same time wider without compromising on performance and, in fact, becoming more stable and responsive in return. Syncros has achieved this, with the new wheels on the block being 29% lighter than previous rollers and weighing 1,650g when fully loaded with DT Swiss componentry.
You may need to sit down for this part as the prices start at £1,700 for the Syncros Revelstoke 1.0, and for better spec, the 1.0s version is a whopping £2,400.
Esker's state-of-the-art gravel bike
If you sway towards handmade, premium quality, then boutique brand Esker has an eye-catcher that has just burst on the gravel scene. Welcome, the Lorax Ti.
Intricate engineering compliments the titanium frame. Seems only fair for such a high-calibre piece of machinery. Standard hub spacing can be adjusted with the Portage dropouts combining movable plates with 12mm horizontal axle leeway. The frame is dropper post friendly, comes in five sizes, and is optimised for 400mm rigid forks or benefits from some springs with up to 60mm suspension, like the MRP Baxter we've reviewed.
Promising to lessen vibration and enhance longevity, the Lorax Ti is lighter than its metal rivals, steel and aluminium. Quality craftsmanship and detail are a niche in their own right and proudly belong in a pack of luxury brands that focus on high quality rather than the masses. Similar to the likes of Curve, Bastion and Mosaic.
PNW updates dropper post lever
Seattle-based PNW Components has updated its already much-loved Loam Lever for dropper posts to give your thumb something to wriggle about.
You may be thinking, 'how can a simple lever be improved in so many ways?' with PNW's claim that the new version will be a "yoga mat for your thumb" and features a larger silicone pad and shape. The new Loam Lever Gen 2 now offers extra mounting positions available there is much more adjustability with an increase of 8mm of position choice. All important when running larger brake units and to achieve more efficient riding performance while keeping the cockpit nice and tidy.
Other big changes see the lever featuring a fully sealed cartridge bearing and stainless steel hardware for smooth operation and weather protection. Depending on what clamp setup you chose, the weight ranges from 36g to 48g, and with colour names like fruit snacks and peanut butter, it's already grabbed our attention.
Yeti's all-new trail bike, the SB120
This one will grab the attention of leg-burning climbing lovers who gravitate towards the more cross-country topography. Yeti announced this week its new SB120 has progressive geometry and some clever angle modifying on a strong, burly chassis, and it fills the gap nicely between the SB115 and the SB130.
Using the same design ethos as the recent enduro beast, SB160 burst onto the scene last week with a focus on advanced kinematics and tweaked the geometry for better descending capabilities, and its super-long wheelbase will give riders more control and stability overall.
With more energy pushed towards updating geometry and suspension with any new bike design, smaller issues need addressing to improve the ride experience. Behind-the-scene functions that set a bike apart from others in the same category. Yeti's smaller wishbone link, in turn, increases standover clearance and subsequently makes it easier to fit a water bottle, and the internal cable routing has been tidied up to reduce noise and rubbing for less maintenance. They are small things, but to some, they could be big.
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