Forget Enduro blue, Hayes is going red. Known for some creative finishes, Answer Components is doubling down on the most visible fork on the market with a complement of red from the pedals to the grips. Sure to be gracing the bikes of big names like Aaron Chase, Eric Porter, and more, the bright red parts will certainly stand out in a field of 80’s inspired neon colors.
Even if it’s not red, Hayes had a few other new products to show after the break…
If you’re feeling the Red Mist, crimson components will be available in the Protaper SL handlebars, AME stem, Rove R2 pedals, Enduro gloves, and Stein grips. Of course the Manitou Mattoc will continue to be offered in matte red to round out the package.
First shown at Eurobike, the new Answer AME (All Mountain Enduro) stem uses a fully 3D forged body that is a first in the industry shorter than 40mm. According to Hayes, the tooling to create a 3D forged stem that short is not common in the industry, but the result is a lighter, stronger stem that is also more cost effective to produce. The AME stem goes all the way down to a 31mm which is as short as you can possibly go without the steerer tube hitting the handle bar. Other sizes include a 40, 50, 60, 70, and 80mm option all with 31.8mm handlebar clamps.
Coming in at 96g for the 31mm stem, the stems are all 0 degree rise and have a 51mm wide clamping surface with 3D forged clamps and stainless steel fasteners. Look for these to be available around Sea Otter.
OK, Hayes didn’t completely abandon Enduro blue. The new Enduro glove will be offered in the synonymous hue along with black, red, and white. Each glove builds off of previous Answer gloves to create a thicker glove that is perfect for, well, Enduro. Built with knuckle slits, smart phone compatible finger tips, and double stitching, the Enduro gloves will retail for $35.99 and will be a perfect compliment to the new Stein grips.
Completing the package will be the new Rove R2 pedals which are a completely new extrusion from the original Roves. The reason being that Answer wanted to keep the shape of the pedals, but decrease the weight which was only possible through a new build from the ground up.
Rove R2 pedals ship with standard and the sharper Shark Tooth pins for a customizable hold. Using a 6061 aluminum body, the pedals come in at 427g per pair and sell for $115 in black, blue, red ano, wet red, and white.