One of the best things about being in this building (minus the neon walls and 500-degree warehouse) is that we’re right down the street from S&M.Why is that a perk? Because we usually get to check out the goods before everyone else. Have you guys seen this stuff yet?

Metal’s Rebel Contender frame is their lightest one yet; 5 lb., 1 oz. (thanks True Temper 4130 Super Therm tubing) and packed with all the latest features – mid-sized BB shell, integrated headset, built-in seat post clamp, plus cool little features like lightening bolts cut into the rear drops. It comes in this mint green color (black is available, too), and retails for $355. Chose from a 21″or a 21.125″ top tube – either one will have 13.75″ chanstays. Want more info? Check for more info.  credit: James Ayres

Check the bracing inside the new Pitchfork XLT’s… That’s extruded aluminum and it gets pushed into the CNC’d steerer tube after the forks have gone through their “4Q Baked” maximum heat-treating process. Pretty badass, right? But it doesn’t come cheap. $130 gets you one of the lightest chromoly forks out there (2 lb., 2 oz.). See that top cap bolt in the photo below? It actually fits OVER your steerer tube so you don’t have to run washers. Pretty clever … They’re available in black and black chrome.

The XLT’s are available with 3/8″ or 14mm dropouts. Did we mention that the legs are made from butted True Temper tubing? From what S&M tells us, these are lighter than their race forks and “stronger than any fork of its kind on the market.”

The Redneck XLT stem is celebrating its one-year anniversary, so in its honor, S&M decided to give it a laser-etched logo on the front cap. Here’s the bad news; they’re selling out fast, so if you want one, head down to your local shop, slam $60 on the counter and tell them to call IMMEDIATELY. Once those 6061 aluminum gems are gone, they’re gone.

Weighing in at .9 oz. (not 9 oz., .9 oz. – less than an ounce!), the XLT seat post clamp comes in red, nickel and black and retails for a measly $9.99. It fits a 1″ seat tube (or 25.4mm seat posts). What else do you need to know? The bottom has been machined away so that it fits lower on the frame (perfect for frames that have short seat tubes), and the sides have been machined to save weight.

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