Random: Chromag’s Darco Ti full-suspension bike, new tires, clothes, etc. – Crankworx Whistler 2022

It’s not exactly a secret that Chromag is working on a new line of full-suspension bikes, but the appearance of this Darco Ti came as a surprise. Details are still scarce, but we do know that a steel version of the Darco is also on the way.

A trunnion shock provides some travel.  I imagine somewhere in the 120 - 130 mm range.

A trunnion shock provides some travel. I imagine somewhere in the 120 – 130 mm range. It is paired with a 150mm RockShox Lyrik.

The new Norco Fluid looks great in real life.  It has an aluminum frame with 130mm of rear travel, a 140mm fork and a 65 degree head angle

The new Norco Fluid looks great in real life. It has an aluminum frame, 130mm of rear travel, a 140mm fork and a 65 degree head angle

Norco was also showcasing the various frames that have been used in the development of the current range.

Rapid prototyping allows you to get an idea of ​​how the frame will fit together without needing to commit to a carbon mold.

Rapid prototyping allows you to get an idea of ​​how the frame will fit together without needing to commit to a carbon mold.

The fork mark accurately describes today's weather conditions.

The brand name of this Italian-made fork accurately describes today’s weather conditions.

FSA's Gradient Direct Connect stem is 45mm long with a 5 degree rise and is designed for 31.8mm handlebars.

FSA’s Gradient Direct Connect stem is 45mm long with a 5 degree rise and is designed for 35mm handlebars.

A look at the stem paired with FSA's 40mm Gradient bar.

A look at the stem paired with FSA’s 40mm Gradient bar.

The purple ano will never go out of fashion.

The purple ano will never go out of fashion.

TRP had nothing new to show yet, but transmission plans are underway.  For now, check out this DH-R Evo brake.

TRP had nothing new to show just yet, but transmission plans are underway. For now, enjoy looking at this DH-R Evo brake.

The cuts are cool.

The cuts are cool.

These cross-sections show how much space the various CushCore inserts take up in a tire where they help prevent pinch flats and rim damage.

These cross-sections show the space that different CushCore inserts take up in a tire, where they help prevent pinching and rim damage.

Fasthouse's clothing range is extensive with all kinds of jersey shorts and gloves to choose from.

Fasthouse’s clothing range is extensive, with all kinds of jerseys, shorts, pants and gloves to choose from.

Fasthouse's Hooper sleeve style knee pads are CE Level 2 certified and have extra protection below the knee to help deal with thrown rocks and other shin-smashers.

Hooper sleeve style knee pads are CE Level 2 certified and have extra protection below the knee to help deal with thrown rocks and other shin breakers.

Maxxis has added a line of bike park tires that use a DH casing thread bead and a new compound designed for durability.  The DHR II Assegai and the Minion DHF will be the first models available.  MSRP 80.

Maxxis has added a line of bike park tires that use a DH carcass, metal bead and a new compound designed for durability. The DHR II, Assegai and Minion DHF will be the first models available. MSRP: $80.

The new Forekaster was also on display.  You can read the review of this versatile XC trail tire here.

The new Forekaster was also on display. You can read the review of this versatile XC / trail tire here.

Rocky Mountain recently launched its new line of riding apparel.  These are the Legend 90 shorts which sell for $155.

Rocky Mountain recently launched its new line of riding apparel. These are the Legend 90 shorts, which sell for US$155.

The Slab City 70 jersey is made from a lightweight recycled polyester fabric.

The Slab City 70 jersey is made from a lightweight recycled polyester fabric.

Dainese expands its range for children with helmets, protective jerseys, elbow pads and gloves for the next generation of shredders.

Dainese expands its range for children, with helmets, protective jerseys, elbow pads and gloves for the next generation of shredders.

The Dainese Scarabeo Linea 01 is part of the junior line and retails for CAD 239.95 with MIPS or CAD 189 without.

Dainese’s Scarabeo Linea 01 full face helmet is part of the junior range and sells for CAD$239.95 with MIPS, or CAD$189 without.

Dainese's Rival Pro knee pads have a steel plate located on the knee to help deal with large impacts, ideally allowing the pads to slide on the ground rather than stick.

Dainese’s Rival Pro knee pads have a steel plate located on the knee to help deal with large impacts, ideally allowing the pads to slide on the ground rather than stick.

The steel plate concept is taken from Dainese's motorcycle protective clothing.

The steel plate concept is taken from Dainese’s motorcycle protective clothing.

First full suspension bikes and now clipless pedals It's a whole new world for Chromag.

First full-suspension bikes and now clipless pedals? It’s a whole new world for Chromag.

And the award for biggest dog in Crankworx goes to...

And the award for biggest dog in Crankworx goes to…

Wiley C. Thompson