Bike Check: Cedric Gracia’s Crankworx Enduro Santa Cruz Nomad Race Bike

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The Enduro World Series race held in Whistler last last weekend was considered by many to be one of the most rugged races of the entire season. Consisting of 8,000 feet of climbing, over some forty odd miles (of mostly single track), many riders chose to ride their biggest, baddest, burliest, set up.

For Cedric Gracia, this meant turning to the recently released Santa Cruz Nomad.  READ MORE ->

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Fat Biking in Iceland

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Photo submitted by Brett Davis, “Searching for the ‘Pot of Gold’ on fat bikes in Iceland.”

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The Zero: First Carbon Bike from UK Steel Specialists Genesis

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Known in the UK Continental peloton for riding the high quality steel bikes Genesis has built a reputation on, in a couple of weeks the Madison Genesis Team will be racing the upcoming Tour of Britain on the newly announced carbon Zero. The new bike, a first in carbon from Genesis, has been designed to excel in stage races at the pro level, where weight and aero improvements can have a real impact on incremental racing gains. The bike, available now, sits aside Genesis’ top level Volare 953 in the team quiver to be selected depending on race conditions.

Find out more with a team video feature, pricing, spec, and availability after the break..

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Yeti Races Back Into XC with New Carbon AS-Rc Cross Country Bike

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Yeti’s roots run deep in cross country. With the amount of coverage and focus lately on the enduro and trail categories, it may easy to forget that the brand has sponsored a number of XC legends including none other than Johnny T. As the market trended towards longer travel and slacker angles, the cross country specific bikes in Yeti’s line started to fade away.

That all changes with the new AS-Rc – a carbon fiber race bike designed to regain Yeti’s spot on the podium. When it came time to introduce a new XC full suspension race platform, Yeti’s own Chris Conroy knew it was time.

“We have been out of the cross-country market for several years, so it was important that we nailed the form, fit, and function of the AS-Rc.” said Yeti’s President and co-owner. “The AS-R has been a storied bike in our line and we raced cross-country for nearly twenty years and have produced some greats in the sport. XC racing is in our DNA and we’re excited to reintroduce people to our heritage with a bike that sports Yeti’s progressive geometry.”

That geometry Chris is referring to is the AS-Rc’s longer, lower, and a bit slacker measurements of the new bike coupled with size specific wheels….

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The Making of the Kryptonite Messenger Collection – Part 1

Ever wonder where the design of bike locks comes from? Judging by the amount of bike thefts reported on social media, peace of mind is still hard to come by when locking up your baby on the mean streets. In the process of designing a new Messenger Collection, Kryptonite looked to direct feedback from professional messengers across the country to help develop the next generation of locks. Look for the Messenger Collection to be launched at Interbike, and in stores late this year.

Pyle Audio Gets Into Bikes with ANT+, Google Maps GPS Enabled Bike Computer

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As if there weren’t enough options for cycle computers already, now Pyle Audio’s Pyle Sports division is getting into the cycling game with their new PSBCG90 Smart Bicycling Computer. Since the 1960′s Pyle has been a name in the audio world with products like their Pyle Driver woofers, but since the 2000′s the company has been expanding their reach to include the sports and outdoor markets as well.

Admittedly a far cry from metal detectors, cooler bags with built-in sound systems, and hunting cameras, their first attempt at a cycling computer brings some interesting features to the table. Pyle PSBCG90 Smart Bicycling Computer in addition to a super long name offers post workout GPS functions, 80 hours of memory for functions like Ghost riders, and ANT+ compatibility, all under $140.

Details next..

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First Look! Absolute Black’s Magnetic New Black Diamond Mountain Bike Hubs

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Just after showing off his new Delrin 12t jockey wheels for SRAM’s 11-speed mountain bike derailleurs, Absolute Black is giving us a special preview of his new Black Diamond hubs before their coming out party at Eurobike.

The outer shell gets a machined, polished and angular finish, but it’s the insides that are the real story. These complete hubs are renderings, but the finished freehub body will be made of hardened tool steel to be ultra durable and prevent cassettes from digging in. They’re spaced for 11-speed (10-speed compatible with spacer), or opt for the XD driver for 11-speed SRAM cassettes and save 5g.

Tool steel is real, but it’s what’s inside that that’s really got us geeking out…

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New Eddy Merckx Bikes for Speed, Endurance, Women and Cyclocross

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Eddy Merckx today released details on his company’s complete lineup for 2015, including four new models specifically targeted to pure speed, endurance riding, women, and cyclocross. The four new bikes join Merckx’s pro racing machine, the EMX-525, which carries over from 2014.

Like the EMX-525, commemorating Merckx’s 525 professional wins, each of the new models is named for The Cannibal’s accomplishments. The endurance focused Mourenx69, pictured above, and which we covered yesterday, is named for his 140km breakaway win into Mourenx at the 1969 Tour de France. The new San Remo76 is a purely speed focused machine named for his ninth win at La Primavera. The new Eeklo70, named for Merckx’s only cyclocross win of his career, is the company’s first bike offering disc brakes, and its first carbon ‘cross frameset. The new women’s bike, the Milano72, is named for the fashion capital where he both started his winning ride in Milan-San Remo and finished his third Giro victory in 1972. Tying all the bikes together is what Merckx calls their four pillars: Speed, Stiffness, Stability, and Safety and a guiding vision of “Power Under Control.”

We have details on lineup, including US models and pricing, geometry charts, lots of pictures, and a video after the break…

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Paul Components Makes Quick (Release) Work of Thru Axles

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One of the concerns with moving to thru axles on road bikes is the time consuming process of wheel removal, a legitimate issue in the heat of the peloton or wheel pits in ‘cross. Paul Components looks like it may have a solution with their upcoming quick release thru axle skewers.

The lever design was first spotted at NAHBS this year in standard QR form, but it’s grown in diameter and options. They’ll have sizes for virtually every thru axle standard you can imagine at Interbike this year…

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