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IB16: Alto Cycling takes their ultra smooth hubs to the dirt

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Alto Cycling’s moved quickly to take their year-and-a-half old hub technology and move it over to a disc brake design, first for road and cyclocross, now for mountain bikes. And it’s not just their hub technology that makes them unique, they’re among the (if not the) only ones to use EPS molding to create their carbon rims. The result is near perfect compaction with smoother inside walls and more consistent and controllable wall thicknesses.

The hubs use precision machining and extremely tight tolerances with special sealing designs to yield very stiff and very smooth rolling hubs that feel as if they have no friction. Hit up our original story for all the tech details on their hubs, and check out the mountain bike wheels below…

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Alto Cycling’s moved quickly to take their year-and-a-half old hub technology and move it over to a disc brake design, first for road and cyclocross, now for mountain bikes. And it’s not just their hub technology that makes them unique, they’re among the (if not the) only ones to use EPS molding to create their […]

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XShifter brings wireless electronic shifting to any bike, any derailleur

XShifter wireless electronic shifting for any derailleur and bicycle

XShifter wireless electronic shifting for any derailleur and bicycle

What if you could turn your current bike into one with wireless electronic shifting without having to change any of your drivetrain parts or derailleurs?

That’s what inventor Paul Gallagher asked. “It was one of those crazy ideas. I wanted to put wireless shifting on my mountain bike, but it wasn’t available. So I made it.”

“I’ve been in manufacturing and engineering since the 70’s, and have worked for Hayes (developed the current braking system used on Harley Davidson motorcycles) and then at SRAM (developed the Guide Ultimate’s caliper and other parts of that brake). I started working on XShifter on April 26th, so less than five months, and it’s come a long way very quickly.”

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What if you could turn your current bike into one with wireless electronic shifting without having to change any of your drivetrain parts or derailleurs? That’s what inventor Paul Gallagher asked. “It was one of those crazy ideas. I wanted to put wireless shifting on my mountain bike, but it wasn’t available. So I made […]

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IB16: The hits can keep on coming with multi impact Kali MacDuff helmet

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Matt MacDuff is up and walking – and showing off his new signature helmet.

Your bicycle helmet is an incredible piece of engineering. These days helmets are lighter, stronger, and getting safer all the time. But they have one big drawback. The majority of bicycle helmets are single impact. That means as soon as you take a hit to the helmet you should throw away the helmet and get a new one.

While the possibility of a multi impact helmet is very appealing, there are a number of hurdles in the way. But as materials improve, so do the chances of multi impact helmets becoming main stream. For now, they are somewhat limited, but Kali is taking full advantage of the technology for the new MacDuff dirt jump and BMX helmet…

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Your bicycle helmet is an incredible piece of engineering. These days helmets are lighter, stronger, and getting safer all the time. But they have one big drawback. The majority of bicycle helmets are single impact. That means as soon as you take a hit to the helmet you should throw away the helmet and get a […]

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Brooks continues 150th anniversary Dashing Bikes project with Condor, Schindelhauer, Tokyo Bike, Achielle & more…

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This spring we saw the first of Brooks’ 150th anniversary collaborations with the UK’s own Brompton, German consumer direct Canyon, Skeppshult of Sweden, and the touring aficionados of Tout Terrain. Each of the bikes is produced in limited numbers and sold around the world. The single theme to link them all together (other than the drive to make a dashing looking bike, hence the name) has been the incorporation of copper throughout. Based on Brooks’ iconic copper riveted saddle, the project attempts to tie together a timeless look that can work from a small wheel folder to a full-sized commuter. Now they have taken the next step bringing the concept to more styles of bikes with offerings from Condor, Schindelhauer, Tokyo Bike, Achielle, plus other bikes on the way from Pegoretti, Pelago, Moustache, and Salsa…

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This spring we saw the first of Brooks’ 150th anniversary collaborations with the UK’s own Brompton, German consumer direct Canyon, Skeppshult of Sweden, and the touring aficionados of Tout Terrain. Each of the bikes is produced in limited numbers and sold around the world. The single theme to link them all together (other than the drive to make a […]

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IB16: Ergon fixes your feet, brings enduro packs back to USA & makes grips grippier

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Now that they’ve got your hands and butt covered with their various grips and saddles, Ergon has turned to your feet. The new Ergon IP3 insoles borrow technology and expertise from Solestar, but manage to bring the price down quite a bit without diluting the benefits.

Solestar’s design creates a triangle of support under the mid foot, lowering the big bone directly behind your big toe while raising the outer edge slightly and bolstering the inside ankle bone. The idea is to create a solid, stable platform between your foot and the pedal so that all of your power translates into forward motion and isn’t wasted on sloppy biomechanics…

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Now that they’ve got your hands and butt covered with their various grips and saddles, Ergon has turned to your feet. The new Ergon IP3 insoles borrow technology and expertise from Solestar, but manage to bring the price down quite a bit without diluting the benefits. Solestar’s design creates a triangle of support under the […]

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EB16: Canyon unmasks disc brake Ultimate CF SLX Disc & Aeroad CF SLX Disc

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Sure they were some of the worst kept secrets of the year, but Canyon has now officially admitted that the disc brake versions of their Pro Tour racing road bikes are a real thing. We first got a look at the Ultimate CF SLX Disc several years back at Eurobike when Canyon was showing it as a prototype, but in the years since it hadn’t yet materialized. The Aeroad CF SLX Disc slipped into the public sphere a bit more recently when Alexander Kristoff popped up a picture while training back home in Norway this spring. Both bikes had expected to get some race time under Katusha and Movistar this season before the UCI’s intervention. But with disc brakes poised to get a second chance in the pro peloton, we’ll take a closer look at these two pro race-ready disc brake bikes…

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Sure they were some of the worst kept secrets of the year, but Canyon has now officially admitted that the disc brake versions of their Pro Tour racing road bikes are a real thing. We first got a look at the Ultimate CF SLX Disc several years back at Eurobike when Canyon was showing it as […]

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Updates on the reset-on-the-fly BikeYoke Revive dropper seatpost

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We got a preview of BikeYoke’s innovative solution to the hydraulic issues that plague a big portion of the dropper seatpost crowd when they introduced their new Revive post design just before Eurobike. Its reset valve built-in to the head makes it fast and simple to get the air out of the hydraulic cylinder that tends to build up over time, bringing the post back to as-new performance without having to even pull it out of your frame.

Well, at the show we got a chance to play with one first hand to see just how quickly it really was to work. The push button version was pretty tough on your hand, so BikeYoke has solved that minor concern and has updated the design with a single 4mm bolt that will make it even easier to use on the trail. We have even more details on the updated dropper and BikeYoke has put together some detailed videos that explain really well how it works. Check them out and how to get in on the preorder deal to be riding one at the start of 2017…

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We got a preview of BikeYoke’s innovative solution to the hydraulic issues that plague a big portion of the dropper seatpost crowd when they introduced their new Revive post design just before Eurobike. Its reset valve built-in to the head makes it fast and simple to get the air out of the hydraulic cylinder that tends […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Sandia Mountains sunflowers south of Santa Fe, NM

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Southwest reader Jeffrey Fleming sent in this pic from riding his GT out along La Madera Road on the back of the Sandia Mountains and looking back north towards Santa Fe. As he puts it, “late summer in New Mexico can only mean one thing – Sunflowers!” He tells us it’s always “a great time to ride in the Land of Enchantment but particularly so this time of year.”

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Southwest reader Jeffrey Fleming sent in this pic from riding his GT out along La Madera Road on the back of the Sandia Mountains and looking back north towards Santa Fe. As he puts it, “late summer in New Mexico can only mean one thing – Sunflowers!” He tells us it’s always “a great time to ride […]

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IB16: Push Industries bounces improved rebound control, slicker surfaces onto ElevenSix coil shock

Push Industries ElevenSix Micro-XD coil rear mountain bike shock for late 2016

Last year Push Industries simply updated the fit charts and added compatibility for the Santa Cruz Bronson. This year, they updated the shock itself with a slicker coating inside and out and improved oil flow through the rebound circuit.

The new Push ElevenSix Micro-XD uses a new Micro-XD hard coating on the reservoir and main cylinder. It’s super slick, reducing friction for the main piston and the IFP between the oil and nitrogen charge. The decreased friction not only makes the shock work better, but less friction means less heat build up. And that’s just the start…

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Last year Push Industries simply updated the fit charts and added compatibility for the Santa Cruz Bronson. This year, they updated the shock itself with a slicker coating inside and out and improved oil flow through the rebound circuit. The new Push ElevenSix Micro-XD uses a new Micro-XD hard coating on the reservoir and main […]

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