LATEST DIRT: Tannus Armour and Michelin DH Tyres lead the way for Bikecorp

Tannus Armour 

Tannus have designed a compound for their tyre inserts that is lightweight and incredibly tough. Designed to be run with a tube, it provides protection from sharp objects such as thorns and sharp rocks, and against pinch flats. 

The armour compound absorbs the impact of bumps resulting in a smoother and more controlled ride. The Tannus system allows for lower tyre pressure to deliver an insane amount of grip while still protecting your rim. The weight of the inserts varies with size, but they range from 260 to 320 grams.  

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Price: $59 (per insert)  
www.bikecorp.com.au 

Michelin Downhill Tyres 

Michelin have utilised their extensive expertise in rubber technology and research including over a year’s worth of elite level racing to build and fine tune the downhill range from scratch.   

The DH22 is the most versatile tread pattern in the downhill range with the downhill specific rubber compound Magi-X DH providing extraordinary grip in hard and soft terrain.  

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The DH34 tread pattern provides stability and speed on all hard terrains such as compact dirt and gravel. It also features the Magi-X DH compound. This tyre is also available in the Bike Park version which uses the very durable Gum-X compound.  

The DH Mud tread pattern features well-spaced blocks that are easy to cut as required to suit the terrain, with the Magi-X DH compound.  

The casings have 4 ply technology and inbuilt pinch protection for reliability at low pressures. All tyres are Tubeless Ready with wire beads and are available in 27.5” x 2.4”, and 29” x 2.4”  

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Price: DH22 ($119), DH34 ($119), DH34 Bike Park ($69), DH Mud ($119)  
www.bikecorp.com.au

Bicycling Australia

Headline features include a frame that is 130g lighter than the previous model, a 16% reduction. The new frame is 703g, and the new fork is 329g, bringing the frame to just over the 1kg mark.

The URS LT (Long Travel) offers adjustable front suspension, via a dial on the top of the stem, that controls the bike’s integrated coil-sprung fork.

Raced over the most arduous and thrilling World Championship course in years, and in front of hundreds of thousands of screaming fans, the atmosphere was absolutely electric.