Big Shaver: Our May 2012 cover bike gets the big-wheel treatment. The 2013 Foes
Shaver 29, with proud dad Brent Foes, has an adjustable 5 or 5. 5 inches of rear-wheel
travel with a frame stiffness that Brent says won’t disappoint.
Shock box: Geoff Kabush’s Fox Float shock had a box with wires sticking
out of it. My guess—and you can call me on this later—is that Geoff was
testing an electronically controlled Fox CTD (Climb, Trail, Descend) system. Such a device would eliminate a lot of cable clutter and make the
intuitive system even more intuitive.
Curves ahead: The Answer 20/20 handlebar, with its
unique bend and sweep, was designed for endurance riders, but it felt so comfortable on a short test spin that I
wouldn’t be opposed to running it on any trail or cross-country bike. The bar gives you a bunch of hand-position
options that benefit your arms and upper body.
Inside view: I am a sucker for any cutaway, and this
one at KMC chains caught my attention. Anyone who
thinks chains are too expensive needs to take a look at
what’s going on inside.
Schwalbe Tires had this
graphic that clearly
showed how they
design each tread pattern specifically for the
tires’ diameters. This
takes into account the
total tire contact area
with the ground. What
works for a 26, might
not for a 29.
Thin and fat: Platform pedals have to provide a good base for your feet, but so
many are thick too. The aluminum-caged
Azonic Switchback pedals with sealed
cartridge bearings caught my eye because
they seem to offer a nice blend of staying
thin while delivering strength.