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Interbike Report 8

There’s something of the 70s BMX about Dangerboy’s aftermarket Hayes lever blades. Not that that’s a bad thing.

DaVinci tandems have a unique transmission that means that both riders don’t have to pedal simultaneously.

Van Dessel

Van Dessel makes road, ‘cross and mountain bikes, but only 29er mountain bikes. Its Jersey Devil is available in either hardtail…

…or 4in travel FS versions. There’s also the Ramble Tamble EBB bike for singlespeed or Rohloff use.

You can always rely on Vicious Cycles for a flamboyant paintjob – this Monolith singlespeed is resplendent in a fine leopardskin “do”.

Be (a bit) like Brian Lopes with GT’s 4X factory replica.


2007 marks WTB’s 25th birthday – the component manufacturer has been around since 1982. To mark the occasion, it’s got about a bazillion new tyres…

The Weirwolf all-mountain tyre now comes in a 29in version. It’s a 2.55in casing, which is certainly on the chunky side for 29er tyres.

Back on normal-sized wheels, the 2.3in Prowler XT is an all-mountain all-rounder with a leaning towards looseness.

The Raijin is apparently named after the Japanese gods of thunder and rain, which gives you an idea of what it’s for.

The 2.3in Stout is designed for rough, rocky conditions.

Looking for a race-oriented tyre for hardpack courses? At the time of writing, probably not. But when you are, add the Vulpine to your list.

WTB also has some new wheelsets. The LaserDisc Trail pairing is described as being for “All Mountain Racing”, whatever that is. Should be a good, all-round wheelset though. QR or 20mm through-axle front options.

For some reason, only the 29in LaserDisc Trail wheels have the option of a Single Duty rear hub. The hub’s available on its own, though. There’s also a beefy FR wheelset and a lightweight SpeedDisc XC.

The new Silverado saddle is a special 25th anniversary model. Designed for road and XC racing, it’s got a long (274mm) shell and a 210g weight in Ti rail trim.

And a couple of blasts from WTB’s past. The curiously-named Mountain Road Drop Bar is a direct descendant of the legendary Dirt Drop – 600mm wide, flared drops, available in 25.4 or 31.8mm clamp diameters.

WTB Momentum Grease Guards used to be the pedal to have. These days they’ve been relegated to the “City/Comfort” category. Still something of an iconic design, though.

Another one for the tool geeks – Park’s new star-fangled nut setting tool has enhanced comfort thanks to a rubbery grip. Also agreeable if your shed’s a bit chilly.

Rotor’s non-articulated lightweight cranks and cunning self-aligning outboard-bearing bottom bracket.


X-Fusion is working on broadening its horizons beyond its traditional budget/OE rear shock market. As well as a huge range of air and coil shocks, it’s got forks as well. Here’s the twin-crown DH one…

…and the sleek Velvet single-crown.


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