Welcome to our weekly roundup of all the shiny new things that have landed for us to prod, poke and ultimately review on the site. This week we've got a spendy big wheeled enduro machine from Mondraker, new tubeless sealant from Juice, smooth riding bars from Spank and some mad looking linkage forks from Motion.
Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 29
While we were big fans of the Foxy Carbon with plain ol' 650b wheels, we're yet to ride the big wheeled brother, so we got this very shiny, big wheeled RR model in so we could test it back to back.
It's got some shiny bits on there, with Fox Factory suspension offering 160mm up front from a 36 FIT4 fork and 150mm at the back from their Zero suspension system, controlled by a DPX2 shock. SRAM provides the go and the slow with a mix of X01 and GX Eagle drivetrain bits and Code R brakes. the DT Swiss E1700 wheels have 30mm rims and Maxxis rubber at either end.
Finishing kit is mostly in house stuff, with some wide carbon bars and their own dropper post - potentially a controversial choice at this money. Talking of money, you'll need lots of it at a hearty £5,899.
Spank Spike 35 Vibrocore handlebars
Coming in at a mighty 820mm wide is not the only thing going for these hard-riding ready bars from Spank. They're filled with special foam that is said to help reduce the amount of vibration transmitted to your hands, helping improve comfort on long, rough descents.
They also feature Spank's XGT butting, where the wall thickness is slowly thinned down from the middle outwards to save weight. They use a 35mm diameter clamp and there's only a 25mm rise on offer, though you can pick from four different colours.
Motion E.18 linkage fork
Yep, we did ride this mad looking linkage suspension fork a while ago but now we've got a proper production fork in for test from the UK distributors. The basic principle is that the linkage design uses brake torque to counteract a conventional fork's tendency to dive under braking, leaving the full amount of travel still available to absorb bumps.
With a very interesting through-shaft damper and a carbon leaf spring, there's not a massive amount in common with your usual suspension fork save the fact they both go in the front of your bike. The E.18 is available in 650b or a 650bPlus/29er version, with travels of 150mm, 160mm and 170mm in the former and 140mm, 150mm and 160mm in the latter.
Juice Lubes Tyre Juice
If you're in the market for tubeless sealant, there's a dizzying array of products to pick from, but Juice Lubes has updated their sealant with a new, thinner formula for 2019 that's said to coat your tyres better and still have the ability to seal holes up to 7mm.
It's currently available in this 500ml bottle, but workshop dwellers (or just tyre faffers) can get it in a 5-litre version soon as well as a single serving 130ml bottle.
We've also got some of their concentrated Dirt Juice bike cleaner in too.
PRO Koryak DSP 27.2mm dropper post
If you're in the market for a dropper post but you're stuck with a skinny 27.2mm seatpost on your gravel bike or mountain bike, then you'll know that most of the big brands don't cater for you.
Shimano house brand PRO does, however, with a slim diameter post that has external but fixed cable routing for the remote, meaning it should work happily with old MTB frames and drop bar bikes. With just 70mm of travel it should provide enough drop to get the saddle out of the way on your gravel-duro mashup bike...
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