2019 is already upon us and it's always exciting to see what bikes people will be riding.
At Cycle Therapy Bikes, here in Duncan, BC, we are a dealer for Trek, Rocky Mountain and Pivot Cycles. All of these company's are providing awesome bikes, with a different style or model to suit every type of riding. So let's take a look at what we think the hot bikes will be as we move through 2019.
Our most popular bike for a few years now has been the Trek Fuel EX 8. This bike is perfect for the Cowichan Valley; with 130mm of travel front and back and 29" wheels, it's an excellent climber and perfect for pedalling around the valley, and can tackle everything that Tzouhalem can throw at you. It's also not too much bike for the rider that wants to cruise along the Cowchan Valley Trail or for an adventure ride into the logging roads to expore new territory. With Trek's Active Braking Pivot Design, the Fuel holds it's line and stays planted when entering the rough stuff under braking.
If you want to enter the occassional Enduro or Cross country Mountain bike race in the Island Cup Series, then the Fuel can accomodate. With it's RE:aktiv damper with thru shaft the suspension allows for firm pedalling platform, yet will instantly give way to soak up the big stuff, reacting to the gnar quicker than any other shock available.
This years models are available in Black or Cardinal Red. We also have demo models available for you to test or rent, so make sure you stop by to see what all the fuss is about, you won't be dissapointed.
For more info on the Fuel Line up check trekbikes.com
Rocky Mountain have been making waves in the Enduro World Series with their Rocky / Race Face Team, with Jesse Melamed, Remi Gauvin and Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (ALN) all rippin' it up on the Instint BC Edition. This bike comes in two different forms, a 140mm travel front and back and the BC Edition which pumps up that suspension travel to 160mm in the front and 155mm in the rear, to make the ultimate enduro machine.
The instinct ships with 29" wheels and is available in Alloy or Carbon. Rocky Mountain have even made an Alloy 50 BC Edition too for the more affordable longer travel option for just $4999 CAD.
Check out the Rocky Mountain Official page for Specs and Geometry.
Is 2019 going to be the year of 29ers?
It's been a tug of war between 27.5 and 29 for the last little while. Here at Cycle Therapy, we're wondering if 2019 will be the year that the majority of people will shift to 29" wheels? Despite the scientific evidence that Trek has invested into proving 29 inch wheels as the faster option, many people still don't feel the need to ride faster and opt for 27.5 for a multitude of reasons. Our riders are all on different sizes, and in order to make sure you all have a faiur choice, we will obviously be stocking bikes with both sizes of wheels.
We currently stock the Pivot Mach 5.5 and the Rocky Mountain Altitudes, both of which have proven to be very worthy bikes, stretching a smile across the faces of anyone that rides them.
What about eMTB's?
We can't head into 2019 without talking about the incredible increase in popularity of electric mountain bikes. Due to the increased popularity and the improvements in technology, e-bikes are becoming more accessible for many. Whilst you're going to find a few people that think riding an ebike is "cheating", you will find hundreds more that truly understand the joy that can be found in e-bikes.
There's nothing about riding an ebike that we believe is cheating. We do however think that sitting on your couch doing no excercise and watching youtube videos, is cheating.
Trek's been making ebikes since 2015, but their first foray into eMTB was 2017 with the Powerfly model in either hard tail or full suspension. Trek has made a significant update to their powerfly range for 2019 and have produced an awesome looking electric Mountain Bike.
Trek Powerfly Full Suspension 9.7
Trek's Removable Integrated Battery (RIB) system looks great and is super user-friendly: it fully hides the battery in the frame for protection, makes it easy to remove the battery without tools, and lets you mount a water bottle cage—even on full suspension e-MTBs.
OCLV Mountain Carbon main frame with alloy stays make for a bike that's light and trail-tough, Longer travel suspension and 27.5+ mid-fat tires are the perfect combination for traction, stability, and capability on rough trail. The handing on this bike is solid and responsive and feels very close to a normal mountain bike.
Dropper posts and 1x12 drivetrains are two of the best mountain bike innovations in recent years—this bike has both. See Trek Bikes for more info.
Whatever you choose...
2019 is set to be another great year for mountain biking, with trail networks expanding all the time and new networks popping up all over the island, whatever you choose to ride this year is going to put a smile on your face.
Here at Cycle Therapy we're all looking forward to helping you discover the right bike for you and will be able to offer you the right advice to make sure you are fitted out with the perfect bike for your needs. Swing by and take out a demo bike to discover what your new bike is going to feel like!