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Prototypes Noticed: New Merchandise coming from Hutchinson, Bontaz & EXT Suspension


Along with the prototype Rockrider XC and enduro mountain bikes we noticed at Roc d’Azur, and all of the different cool luggage and devices, there have been just a few prototype elements hanging round.

Right here’s the news on upcoming Hutchinson street, gravel & mountain bike tires, brakes from an auto provider, and an inverted EXT suspension fork…

Future Hutchinson street, gravel & MTB tires

prototype hutchinson skeleton and kraken XC mountain bike tires

Hutchinson has loads within the pipeline. They’re testing new building and tech for the Olympic athletes, with the Skeleton (rear) and Kraken XC tires working on Julia Gregoire’s BH.

The Kraken can be coming in 2.4 for subsequent 12 months, and a full XC line reboot is deliberate for 2024. There’s additionally a very new down nation tire coming subsequent 12 months.

prototype hutchinson Griffus enduro mountain bike tires

prototype hutchinson Griffus enduro mountain bike tires

Professional EWS racer Isabeau Courdurier is testing new variations of the Griffus. The tread sample appears to be like the identical as the present model, however they’re at all times tinkering with casing building, supplies, and rubber compounds.

prototype hutchinson tundra gravel and tubeless road bike tires

The Hutchinson Challenger tube-type street tire is out now, however a tubeless model that’ll be made in France and be greater finish will come out subsequent 12 months and exchange the long-running Sector, which was one of many very first mass produced tubeless tires and a very fashionable mannequin for them.

The Tundra gravel tire was launched earlier this 12 months with 700×40 and 700×45 sizes, however will develop to have a 700×50 possibility in 2023.

Prototype EXT ERA Upside Down fork

prototype EXT Racing ERA upside down inverted enduro mountain bike fork

No specs, no particulars, only a prototype EXT inverted lengthy journey mountain bike fork on show subsequent to the lately up to date ERA V2 enduro fork.

prototype EXT Racing ERA upside down inverted enduro mountain bike fork

However a more in-depth look reveals some fascinating particulars. The highest caps seem to have strain aid valves, serving to you equalize inside chassis air strain with atmospheric strain, a superb factor while you’re using a carry.

One aspect is probably going the air valve cap, and on the opposite are separate high- and low-speed compression damping adjuster knobs.

prototype EXT Racing ERA upside down inverted enduro mountain bike fork

The twin-crown design and lengthy decrease legs counsel 180-200mm journey and downhill and bike park intentions. Fender mounts look customary.

prototype EXT Racing ERA upside down inverted enduro mountain bike fork

A lock-in 20mm through axle and outsized brake mount help the lengthy journey motion. A separate rebound compression knob sit beneath, and the opposite aspect seems to have one other knob…or air valve cowl.

EXT makes use of a twin optimistic air spring design on the ERA, however with each valves beneath the highest cap. Right here, the highest cap is simply too small to cover two Schrader valves, so it might be that you just fill one from both finish, or they allow you to customise the detrimental air spring. Or possibly even one thing else. This is able to give Excessive Shox two forks to go together with their bike-specific-damper rear shock assortment.

Bontaz stepping into the bicycle brake sport…possibly?

prototype Bontaz hydraulic disc brakes for mountain bikes

By no means heard of Bontaz? Likelihood is they’re making your automotive (or Caterpillar truck) work day-after-day. They’re suppliers to nearly each main auto model and produce subassemblies utilized in hydraulic capabilities. Surprisingly, that doesn’t appear to incorporate automobile brakes, however, , hydraulics are hydraulics, proper?

prototype Bontaz hydraulic disc brakes for mountain bikes

I caught them speaking to a serious bike model about their prototype mountain bike brakes, proven right here in early idea and manufacturing testing variations. They are saying they’re not essentially introducing any groundbreaking new tech, simply that they’re making use of their experience to the rising e-mobility phase since increasingly more of their automotive prospects are alternate options to the automotive. So, why not leverage these relationships and develop into new segments, amiright?

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