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Lots of new off-road items from the SRAM family

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RockShox has wholly revamped the popular Reba for 2009.

RockShox has wholly revamped the popular Reba for 2009.
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The new Maxle Lite is claimed to be over 50g lighter

The new Maxle Lite is claimed to be over 50g lighter
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Avid debuted its new Elixir line of hydraulic disc brakes.

Avid debuted its new Elixir line of hydraulic disc brakes.
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The bigger window allow more cooling air to pass through

The bigger window allow more cooling air to pass through
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Truvativ has finally redesigned its workhorse Stylo crank

Truvativ has finally redesigned its workhorse Stylo crank
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Chainrings are more heavily machined

Chainrings are more heavily machined
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New bash guards are lighter, stronger

New bash guards are lighter, stronger
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The 2009 season will bring 18 new bars

The 2009 season will bring 18 new bars
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Stem clamp areas are reinforced

Stem clamp areas are reinforced
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RockShox has wholly revamped the popular Reba for 2009.

RockShox has wholly revamped the popular Reba for 2009. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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An optional 20mm Maxle Lite thru-axle is among the new features.

An optional 20mm Maxle Lite thru-axle is among the new features. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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RockShox is going heavier into thru-axles for its mid-travel forks.

RockShox is going heavier into thru-axles for its mid-travel forks. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The new Maxle Lite is claimed to be over 50g lighter than the original Maxle, making it an enticing option for those looking for increased steering precision but without much added weight.

The new Maxle Lite is claimed to be over 50g lighter than the original Maxle, making it an enticing option for those looking for increased steering precision but without much added weight. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Quick-release versions will still be the mainstay…

Quick-release versions will still be the mainstay… (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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…but we can only wonder just how far the march of thru-axles will continue.

…but we can only wonder just how far the march of thru-axles will continue. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The updated Reba chassis includes a new hollow crown.

The updated Reba chassis includes a new hollow crown. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The new cast magnesium lower legs feature the same Power Bulge reinforcements as introduced on the new SID.

The new cast magnesium lower legs feature the same Power Bulge reinforcements as introduced on the new SID. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The beefier arch adds a significant amount of material in a critical area.

The beefier arch adds a significant amount of material in a critical area. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Post-style brake mounts make for lighter system weights.

Post-style brake mounts make for lighter system weights. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Revised air spring internals should deliver lower breakaway thresholds and a more linear feel.

Revised air spring internals should deliver lower breakaway thresholds and a more linear feel. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The top-end Reba World Cup is fitted with the BlackBox Motion Control damper.

The top-end Reba World Cup is fitted with the BlackBox Motion Control damper. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Adjuster knobs are finally detented and the World Cup model gets a carbon fiber dial on non-remote versions.

Adjuster knobs are finally detented and the World Cup model gets a carbon fiber dial on non-remote versions. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The Revelation has also been updated with more travel and a hollow crown on quick-release versions.

The Revelation has also been updated with more travel and a hollow crown on quick-release versions. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Avid debuted its new Elixir line of hydraulic disc brakes.

Avid debuted its new Elixir line of hydraulic disc brakes. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Elixir incorporates a new tapered bore internal architecture.

Elixir incorporates a new tapered bore internal architecture. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The Elixir R features easier reach adjustment…

The Elixir R features easier reach adjustment… (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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…accomplished by a handy dial on the front of the lever.

…accomplished by a handy dial on the front of the lever. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The new two-piece caliper uses bigger pistons for more power and top-loaded pads.

The new two-piece caliper uses bigger pistons for more power and top-loaded pads. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The bigger window allow more cooling air to pass through but the non-rotating banjo limited hose routing options.

The bigger window allow more cooling air to pass through but the non-rotating banjo limited hose routing options. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The new G3 rotor is a bit lighter and also supposedly runs quieter.

The new G3 rotor is a bit lighter and also supposedly runs quieter. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Truvativ has finally redesigned its workhorse Stylo crank with the lighter and stiffer Stylo OCT.

Truvativ has finally redesigned its workhorse Stylo crank with the lighter and stiffer Stylo OCT. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Chainrings are more heavily machined for lighter weight and supposedly improved shift performance.

Chainrings are more heavily machined for lighter weight and supposedly improved shift performance. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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New bash guards are lighter, stronger and arguably look better than before.

New bash guards are lighter, stronger and arguably look better than before. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The well-received heavy-duty cranks from Truvativ get mostly cosmetic changes.

The well-received heavy-duty cranks from Truvativ get mostly cosmetic changes. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The 2009 season will bring 18 new bars from Truvativ including the carbon fiber Noir cross-country range.

The 2009 season will bring 18 new bars from Truvativ including the carbon fiber Noir cross-country range. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Stem clamp areas are reinforced with mesh and a grippy surface.

Stem clamp areas are reinforced with mesh and a grippy surface. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The Stylo range of aluminum cross-country bars is decidedly fresher-looking than previous Truvativ models.

The Stylo range of aluminum cross-country bars is decidedly fresher-looking than previous Truvativ models. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The massively wide BooBar should appeal to riders looking for more of a motorcycle feel.

The massively wide BooBar should appeal to riders looking for more of a motorcycle feel. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Truvativ's Holzfeller bar drops about 10% in weight relative to last year.

Truvativ's Holzfeller bar drops about 10% in weight relative to last year. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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More detailed bar markings should ease installation a bit.

More detailed bar markings should ease installation a bit. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Looking to add a bit more color to your ride?

Looking to add a bit more color to your ride? (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Say it isn't so! SRAMbassador Greg Herbold is hoping to revive 3D-violet?

Say it isn't so! SRAMbassador Greg Herbold is hoping to revive 3D-violet? (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)

On Show: Sea Otter Classic, April 21, 2008

RockShox expands range of 20mm thru-axle forks

RockShox has focused on its bread-and-butter Reba and Revelation for 2009 with new chassis designs, updated internals and new axle options that are designed to increase their versatility and also improve performance.

The Reba is the more heavily reworked of the two with an all-new chassis that includes a hollow-forged AL-66TV crown and a distinctly SID-like magnesium lower legs with its beefy squared-off arch, PowerBulge lower bushing reinforcements and post-mount disc brake tabs.

As previously reported, Reba will be offered in both standard quick-release and Maxle Lite 20mm thru-axle varieties, the latter of which sheds a significant 50g from the standard Maxle while giving up little in terms of strength or stiffness. Currently, RockShox has no plans to adopt the recently introduced 15mm thru-axle standard that has been embraced by Fox Racing Shox, Marzocchi and Shimano.

Maximum travel has been increased to 120mm (limited to 100mm on quick-release 29" models, though), thus making Reba more of a trail bike fork for this latest iteration. New air spring internals will incorporate a 'floating' negative air chamber and a foam ring-lubricated main piston o-ring to yield a more linear and suppler feel.

Motion Control dampers on the Reba SL and Race models get some minor internal tweaks while the top-end Reba World Cup is upgraded to the BlackBox version complete with its titanium spring tube and Dual Flow compression and rebound circuits. Finally, external adjustment knobs will be detected.

Weights for the new Reba remain inline with last year's figures for the 26" version but 29"-compatible forks drop about 115g relative to last year.

Revelation's update is slightly less dramatic. Maximum travel is increased to 140mm across the board and standard-axle versions receive a lighter hollow-forged crown. For the first time, Revelation will also be available with a 20mm thru-axle option featuring the new Maxle Lite.

Avid builds on Juicy technology with new Elixir line

The Juicy line of hydraulic brakes has undoubtedly been a resounding success but Avid brake designers still sought to make some improvements, namely in terms of power modulation. The new Elixir trades Juicy's straight-walled master cylinder bore and timing port internal architecture (the basic design shared by most hydraulic brakes currently on the market) for a novel new Taperbore setup.

When combined with the slightly revised pivot location, Elixir supposedly provides a less grabby initial bite combined with better deep stroke modulation. The arrangement also makes for a more cleanly integrated fluid reservoir.

The new two-piece caliper is fitted with larger grooved pistons (roughly between the sizes of Juicy and Code) and top-loaded pads that run cooler and offer more ultimate power than Juicy. A new G3 rotor design drops about 10g from G2 and is also said to run a bit quieter.

Avid announced just a single Elixir R model for now which will include a tool-free reach adjustment and an optional carbon lever blade that drops 10g per wheel. Target weight for the Elixir R is 375g for a 160mm rotor and post-mount caliper, making it about 20g less than a comparable Juicy.

Pad contact adjustment is notably absent on the Elixir R but we did catch a whisper of an additional CR model which we can only assume is coming sometime in the future. No one mentioned what the 'C' stood for in that nomenclature but it seems logical that that model would incorporate the pad contact setting.

In spite of the improvements, though, Elixir is currently intended as a supplement, not a replacement, for the Juicy line. However, Juicy Carbon has arguably always been a somewhat redundant model and will be eliminated for '09.

Truvativ dusts itself off

Truvativ has arguably been somewhat behind the curve in some segments lately but looks to bring itself back to the forefront with a number of fresh products.

A new Stylo OCT crankset gets the same hollow-forged aluminum arm technology as on the road-going SRAM Rival OCT version, dropping 80g in the process while also increasing stiffness and strength from the old solid-forged Stylo. Chainrings receive some additional milling for reduced weight and improved shift quality while aesthetics move upscale with the high-polished Super Aluminum and Mirror Black finishes. Singlespeeders will now get a 180mm option. The included GXP external bottom bracket remains unchanged.

Truvativ's heavier duty cranks have been the star of the brand in recent years and thus receive mostly cosmetic changes. However, all-new bashguards promise stronger and lighter performance courtesy of a new materials and a relieved design. Aluminum chainring bolt inserts prevent crushing during installation and three finishes will be available, including a cool-looking 'china plate' graphic.

Cockpit components are far and away the most heavily reworked with an army of 18 new bars and one new stem. At the top end, a new Noir line of carbon fiber cross-country bars will include two flat and three riser shapes along with a decidedly modern appearance. Flat bars range from 580-600mm and weigh as little as 120g while risers stretch up to a generous 680mm wide and 15, 20, 30 or 40mm rises depending on model. All Noir bars will be available only in 31.8mm clamp diameters.

Cross-country riders preferring aluminum bars will have seven models and three performance levels to choose from in the new Stylo range. The top-end Stylo World Cup flat and riser bars weigh as little as 145g and 235g, respectively, while the Stylo Race, Team and SL flat and riser bars will provide a broad choice of widths, bends, rise and clamp options depending on rider preferences and budget.

On the freeride and downhill side of things, an all-new BooBar (named after former BlackBox manager and now long-travel product manager Jeremiah Boobar) delivers a massive 780mm width for those looking for more of a motorcycle cockpit-like feel. The Holzfeller bar drops 30g while a new Holzfeller Flatty provides an additional fit option for those looking to decrease control height. Hussefelt bars are mostly unchanged but get a white powder coat finish option.

Truvativ stems are mostly carryover (although a similarly comprehensive overhaul is slated for next year) with the exception of a new 170g AKA all-mountain model. Holzfeller and Hussefelt stems and pedal get new finish options, including Sno White, Purpletrator Purple and Galvanized Silver.

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