Down on the shores of Lake Garda, Riva’s BIKE Festival never fails to usher in the new season in style, welcoming countless riders to this lakeside retreat and unleashing a ton of new exciting developments over the course of the trade fair. Here’s what caught our gaze:

Marin Wolf Ridge

As one of what is surely the most hotly hyped mountain bike launches of the year, the Marin Wolf Ridge – a 29er with 160mm travel – proved a real showstopper in Riva with its ultra-distinctive rear end design that delivered pure marmite to visitors. Marin claim that their unusual suspension setup has the capacity to overshadow everything we’re familiar with. Hype, much? Stay tuned for our imminent First Ride review.

Rocky Mountain Altitude

With a firm footing in the Rocky Mountain collection, their Altitude trail bike has just received a serious rehash, bringing its geometry and spec bang up to date. Check out our First Look article on this piece of eye-candy and keep your eyes peeled for an more in-depth review.

Ergon Factory grips

Having built a solid fanbase over the years, Ergon are rapidly becoming a grip of choice for many enduro and downhill riders. The GD1 grips were launched a while ago, but the brand have now dropped a Factory edition of the GE1 grips. Both pairs rely on a special rubber compound that’s made in Germany and is reputed to be both grippier and more cushioned than the original iteration. Aspiring Factory riders can choose between translucent orange or black.

About the author

Moritz Dittmar

As editor for the ENDURO website it’s down to me to make sure you guys get access to the hottest news, the best reviews and the most inspiring stories from the world of mountain biking. The website is home to a mix of all the current happenings on the scene, one-off magazine articles, latest product news and the hottest videos. Do you have a cool story that’d fit well onto our website? Then shoot me an e-mail!
The best aspect of my job is the daily contact with our international team, which is consistently getting stronger. Just like my work, I’m not keen on putting a label on my favourite type of riding - as long as I’m having fun then I don’t care if I’m grinding my way up a thankless climb or knocking off vertical metres in minutes on a gnarly descent.