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Schwalbe ProCore


Schwalbe ProCore

GBS Favorite Products

Two Tires | One Rim | Happy Trails

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Schwalbe ProCore


Schwalbe ProCore

GBS Favorite Products

Two Tires | One Rim | Happy Trails

Quite Possibly the most influential product since the dropper post.

A few years ago, you may recall a brief 'teaser' blurb from an Interbike booth, or a race pit in Val De Sol -- where Schwalbe had a funky system, with two valves, and required drilling an additional hole in the rim. But the biggest thing of all? It was a dual-chamber, sure-fire way to prevent with 100% confidence that your tubeless tire will remain seated on your rim through the roughest of terrain. The best part of all? No pinch flats!

That prototype left a lot to be desired by many consumers... who really wanted to drill a second valve hole in their rim on a product they were uncertain of? I sure would have, but I'm nuts. Most sane people wouldn't want anything to do with that; plus, it voids your warranty. D'oh!

A year, or two... or maybe it was three years go by with hardly a peep from Schwalbe on this innovative new product, then one day: *ping*, an email alert from our distributor saying ProCore 27.5" is in stock. And after a year of dented rims, pinch-flatted tires, and endless holes blown in tires, I (Alex) was more than enthusiastic to get my hands on this nifty new technology. At the time it was released, there were no internet reviews, very few images, and not a tremendous amount of information on how everything worked. 

So what is it?

Schwalbe's ProCore is a dual-chamber tire inflation system, designed around using a high-pressure tire and tube, sandwiching your tire's bead between an ultralight inner tire at 45-65psi, and the rim's sidewall.

Why?

Because pinch flats.

And burped tires.

And traction.

You may only care about one of those, they may all matter to you. For me, I had jabbed a pointy rock through enough of my tires in an effort to have the traction I wanted from low tire pressure. High tire pressure was not an option, as control and traction went away in an effort to prevent flat tires.

Enter... ProCore.

Weighing in at a whopping 223g for one wheel's worth of ProCore (29" version). This includes the tube, ultralight inner tire, and air guide (little red thing). When you're battling pinch flats and snake-bitten tires left and right, and start to consider Double Down or DH-casing tires; the additional half-pound and the ability to ride a more supple single-ply tires, the choice is clear. ProCore allows you to run the tire pressure you want, without running the risk of a pinch flat, or a burped tire.

Compatible with inner rim widths from 23mm up to 35mm, and tires from 2.2" up to 3.25", ProCore opens up a whole new world of possibilities in the realm of traction. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run 13psi on your 2.3" Maxxis DHR? Well, it's amazing. How about fearlessly venturing into the nether-regions of ultra-low pressures on your 27.5+ or 29+ setup? Don't even sweat it. Have carbon wheels, but don't want to risk smashing your carbon rims into oblivion? Problem solved.

There is one catch... We have found that the deepest rim that ProCore is compatible with is limited to a maximum of about 25mm. We've successfully installed it on Nox Farlow, but have found that deeper rims just don't quite work without some funky modifications (think drill bit, aluminum billet, and some fun-time on a lathe).

After over a year of riding ProCore on my Nomad, I am extremely happy to say this is my favorite addition to my bike. Eddie, Jordyn, and Dan have all added ProCore to their various bikes, and we all agree -- it. rocks. your. socks. off. Or something like that. Jordyn and I choose to rock it on the rear tire only to protect our most dented and flatted rim / tire, while Eddie and Dan choose to run it front and rear.

Pressure? What pressure?

On average, between the four of us, we typically keep the ProCore tube set to anywhere between 50-60psi; I've somehow settled on 60psi as my sweet spot pressure for the ProCore; for no good reason, really.

However, the "outer tire", your actual tire... My rear tire pressure is typically lower than that of my front. I range from 17.5-19psi on the back for trail riding, and 19-21psi for super chunky rides or bike park riding. The traction and trail-damping characteristics that you are allowed from these low pressures is amazing, and without the fear of your tire unseating or denting your rim, shred forth and ride fearlessly into the sunset!


The Install

Begin by wrapping the rim with the included high-pressure tubeless tape, and poke a nice, clean hole in the rim tape at the valve hole.

Begin by wrapping the rim with the included high-pressure tubeless tape, and poke a nice, clean hole in the rim tape at the valve hole.

Next, take the transparent sticker and place it over the valve hole. This sticker helps to ensure an optimum valve fit, according to Schwalbe. Our theory is that it improves the seal and prevent air leaks.

Next, take the transparent sticker and place it over the valve hole. This sticker helps to ensure an optimum valve fit, according to Schwalbe. Our theory is that it improves the seal and prevent air leaks.

Poke a hole in the strange little stretchy transparent sticker for the valve.

Poke a hole in the strange little stretchy transparent sticker for the valve.

At its core, this is your core (get it?). Top to bottom, the blue high-pressure inner "tire", the red air guide, and the proprietary inner tube with the dual-chamber valve. Add some sealant, and you're set.

At its core, this is your core (get it?). Top to bottom, the blue high-pressure inner "tire", the red air guide, and the proprietary inner tube with the dual-chamber valve. Add some sealant, and you're set.

The little blue decal does two things: it tells you that the wheel is equipped with ProCore, and instructs you in your mid-ride stupor on how to inflate / deflate each air chamber.

The little blue decal does two things: it tells you that the wheel is equipped with ProCore, and instructs you in your mid-ride stupor on how to inflate / deflate each air chamber.

Next, place the valve through the air guide, and inflate the tube just enough to give it shape -- as if you were installing a normal tube in a standard clincher tire.

Next, place the valve through the air guide, and inflate the tube just enough to give it shape -- as if you were installing a normal tube in a standard clincher tire.

Mount the ProCore tire with the silver line centered over the valve hole. Note the pass-through hole for air to transfer from the valve into the main tire.

Mount the ProCore tire with the silver line centered over the valve hole. Note the pass-through hole for air to transfer from the valve into the main tire.

Now install the tube with air guide into the ProCore as you would a normal clincher tire and tube. Do not inflate yet.

Now install the tube with air guide into the ProCore as you would a normal clincher tire and tube. Do not inflate yet.

Now for the tricky part. Place the entire wheel, with uninflated procore into the tire.

Now for the tricky part. Place the entire wheel, with uninflated procore into the tire.

Position the logo as you see fit, and mount the tire one side at a time. It is crucial to install in this order, as any other way simply doesn't happen.

Position the logo as you see fit, and mount the tire one side at a time. It is crucial to install in this order, as any other way simply doesn't happen.

Before mounting the final bead of the tire, take a moment and pour a few ounces of your favorite sealant into the tire. The ProCore kit includes (2) 2-ounce servings of sealant. I can speak from experience, Orange Seal, while a terrific sealant... kind of disagrees with the ProCore valve (it tends to clog).

Before mounting the final bead of the tire, take a moment and pour a few ounces of your favorite sealant into the tire. The ProCore kit includes (2) 2-ounce servings of sealant. I can speak from experience, Orange Seal, while a terrific sealant... kind of disagrees with the ProCore valve (it tends to clog).

Begin by inflating the inner chamber gradually until the ProCore tire pushes the outer tire against the rim and seats. Unthread the valve to access the tire's air chamber, and inflate until it seats fully, then set to your desired pressure. 

Begin by inflating the inner chamber gradually until the ProCore tire pushes the outer tire against the rim and seats. Unthread the valve to access the tire's air chamber, and inflate until it seats fully, then set to your desired pressure. 

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Santa Cruz 5010 Alloy


Santa Cruz 5010 Alloy R1x

27.5" | 130mm | Super Rad

Golden Bike Shop's Favorite Full Suspension Bike Under $3k

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Santa Cruz 5010 Alloy


Santa Cruz 5010 Alloy R1x

27.5" | 130mm | Super Rad

Golden Bike Shop's Favorite Full Suspension Bike Under $3k

full carbon, built to the nines, no-expenses-spared builds are cool...

They cost a lot of money. Most bikes around the $3000 mark leave us wanting with their build kits... Maybe it's the cockpit, or suspension, or wheels. Well, when Santa Cruz released their 5010 in an alloy frame, and we got a glimpse of the build kit options--we knew we had to get them in the shop!

Santa Cruz really hit the nail on the head with the 5010 V2; they made it slacker, with a longer front-center, a seat tube angle that keeps your weight centered, with gobs of rear wheel traction, and shortened the back end up for a super playful ride. This bike is one of our favorites around the Front Range and beyond. Weeknight rides on North Table? Check. Chimpex before work? Oh yeah... Dakota, Falcon, White Ranch--yes, please! This bike will take it all on, and ask for seconds. Plus, you'll have enough left over in your budget to take those trips!

Pair all of that with a lifetime warranty on the frame, and lifetime warranty on the bearings, and what more do you need to know? Oh right, it might be nice to know what parts are on these bad boys... For that, check below.

Available in Gloss Red & Mint (shown here), or Matte Black & Yellow; this bike has the looks we love.

Let's see the guts of the r1x kit..

 

Frameset:

  • Frame: Santa Cruz 5010 V2 Alloy
  • Fork: Fox Rhythm 130mm
  • Shock: Fox Float Performance

Drivetrain:

  • Cranks: Race Face Aeffect w/ 32t ring
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM NX 1x11
  • Shifter: SRAM NX
  • Cassette: SRAM XG-1150 10-42
  • Chain: SRAM PC-1110

Components:

  • Headset: Cane Creek 10 Series
  • Stem: Race Face Ride 35mm Clamp
  • Handlebar: Race Face Ride 760mm
  • Grips: Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
  • Brakes: SRAM Level T
  • Rotors: Avid Centerline 180 f/r
  • Seatpost: Race Face Ride
  • Saddle: WTB Volt Race

Wheels:

  • Hubs: Novatec D711 / D712 Boost
  • Rims: WTB STP i23
  • Gaining traction with Maxxis Crossmark II & Minion DHF
 
No-holds-barred, budget friendly bikes are really a thing. It's okay, you're not dreaming.

No-holds-barred, budget friendly bikes are really a thing. It's okay, you're not dreaming.

With all that money you'll save...

We've come up with a couple of key upgrades that we endorse, stand behind, and use on our own bikes!

Dropper Post

Get that saddle down lowww and outta the way! We're firm believers in the wonders of the dropper post. Heck, most of us don't even know how to ride a bike without one! Let alone remount our bikes without it...

  • Fox transfer Performance Series - 31.6 - 100mm / 125mm / 150mm | $329

We love this post, it's buttery smooth, impeccably reliable, has support from one of the top suspension manufacturers on the market, and to top it all off... it's the most reliable dropper for the most affordable price! Only $329 for the black-coated performance series. What's not to love? The remote options are some of the most ergonomic and easy to use we've found yet--so easy, it'll be second nature.

Carbon

Yeah, we know we're excited about the incredible capabilities of the R1x 5010 Alloy, and by this point you know that, too. But wait, there's more! Santa Cruz's C-level carbon bikes have the same lifetime warranty, ride quality, reliability, and build quality of their CC bikes, but allow you to shave weight over the alloy offerings without breaking the bank. Only $600 more than the alloy version, the choice is yours!

  • 5010 C | R1x Build | $3599

Badass has never been more accessible.

Badass has never been more accessible.

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Spot Rollik


Spot Rollik 557

27.5" |150mm Travel

Gluey climber and rowdy downhiller

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Spot Rollik


Spot Rollik 557

27.5" |150mm Travel

Gluey climber and rowdy downhiller

Brand new from Spot Brand... The Rollik 557.

 

Spot Brand Rollik   27.5" | 150mm

Now available AT GBS

Two and half years of resolute research, testing and refining design has bred a trail bike that climbs like a scalded cat and pounces the downhill. Spot’s full carbon Rollik 557 utilizes a patented, first of its kind leaf spring in the main pivot; welcome to the world of the Living Link™. 

The Living Link™ suspension system improves efficiency and amplifies the power transfer and traction, this leads to gluey traction on technical climbs and precision control on rowdy descents. The Living Link™ also strengthens the Rollik’s lateral stiffness and its simplicity makes it more reliable.

 

Frame Set

  • Frame: Rolik 557 Full Carbon

  • Fork: Fox Factory 34 Float, FIT4, 27.5 Boost, 150mm, Black

  • Shock: Fox Factory Float DPS Evol, 3 Pos. Adj., 210x55

 

Drivetrain

  • Cranks: SRAM X1 1400, 24mm, 30t, Boost, 170mm

  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM XO1 Carbon Black

  • Shifter: SRAM X1

  • Cassette: SRAM XG1175, 10-42t

  • Chain: SRAM 1130

 

Components

  • Headset: Cane Creek 40, ZS44/ZS56 ZS44 upper, ZS56 lower

  • Stem: Race Face Aeffect, 35mm x 60mm

  • Handlebar: Race Face Next 35, 20mm rise, 760mm, Stealth

  • Grips: ODI Lock-On

  • Brakes: SRAM Guide RSC

  • Rotors: Front, 180mm Centerline rotor 180mm Centerline rotor. Rear, 160mm Centerline rotor, Matchmaker on right lever clamp

  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6x125, MatchMaker

  • Saddle: WTB Silverado Pro

 

Wheels

  • Front Wheel: Stan's No Tubes Arch MK3 Team, Black Nipples, Silver TA 5807, Tape installed, Valves installed, Boost15x110

  • Rear Wheel: Stan's No Tubes Arch MK3 Team, Black Nipples, Silver TA 5807, Tape installed, Valves installed, Boost 12x148, XD Driver

  • Front Tire: Maxxis Ardent 27.5x2.4 EXO/TR

  • Rear Tire: Maxxis Ikon 27.5x2.2 - 3C/EXO/TR

 

It's okay to drool.

 
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