Gear patrol: New bikes, custom colours and Shimano 12-speed options from Whistler

The newest and brightest product announcements from Crankworx 2019

August 23rd, 2019 by | Posted in MTB | Tags: ,

Hiding among the spectacle of high flying flips and huge crowds, are the new gear releases and prototypes. Whether its in the back of a display booth, on a pros bike, or part of a big brand launch, Crankworx Whistler always sees a few big releases.

Possibly the biggest news on the bike front was that Canyon will finally be available in Canada. But there was also all manner of sparkling paint jobs, custom and standard, new Shimano 12-speed options, and an array of products to help keep that paint shiny. Here’s what we found in the pits at Crankworx

Canyon is coming to Canada

Canyon has been at the top of World Cup races for years now, and Canadians will soon be able to get in on the action. The brand has announced it will be crossing the border late Fall 2019. To celebrate, Canyon was displaying a maple leaf themed Strive at Crankworx. Canyon Factory Racing’s Sender DH bikes were also decked out in a new red-and-white colour scheme, though that likely has more to do with the upcoming Mont-Sainte-Anne world championships. Watch for Mark Wallace to be rocking the custom Sender for the home crowd in Quebec.

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Trek – Fuel EX and Project One Slash

Trek’s Project One has been a popular way to customize the Wisconsin brands bikes. Now you can get sendy in style, too. The custom paint options will be offered on the Slash for the first time, starting September 5th. The Top Fuel will be open to Project One customization on Sept 5 as well, with the newly re-designed Fuel EX following on Sept. 19.

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Race Face adds early 12-speed options

Many riders wee excited to see Shimano finally go 12-speed with its mountain bike line, but after market options were initially lacking. Race Face is one of the earlier brands to get 12-speed compatible components off the ground, including chainrings for its Cinch crank system. Now you can use your old Race Face cranks with new Shimano 12-speed.

Liv goes full chameleon

Liv had sharp, and sparkling new colour schemes for its 2020 bikes on display in Whistler. Some were more subtle, while others were brighter. The brand, and Giant, have been big on the chameleon paint lately. Both the 2020 Liv Pique Advanced Pro 29 and Giant Reign Advanced Pro 29 launched in the colour-changing finish this month.

Muc-Off – Dry clean and e-bike specials

Hailing from Britain’s damp clime, Muc-Off knows a thing or two about cleaning bikes. The cleaning, protection, and lube-focused brand has a new dry clean solution for bikes, a full line of e-bike specific products, and even special pad and helmet cleaners on display in Whistler.