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SOC16: Electronics round up – Niterider, BarFly and K-Edge mount up new lights and computers

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Sometimes, electronics on your ride are inevitable. Like if you want to go for a night ride and don’t have the night vision capabilities of the local wildlife. In the case of Niterider, there are a few new additions to existing products that will make mounting and using those electronics a bit easier. Not only has Niterider added the ability to control certain lights without moving your hand from the bar, they’ve also added the ability to adapt to evolving handlebar standards…

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Sometimes, electronics on your ride are inevitable. Like if you want to go for a night ride and don’t have the night vision capabilities of the local wildlife. In the case of Niterider, there are a few new additions to existing products that will make mounting and using those electronics a bit easier. Not only […]

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Niner AIR9 RDO hardtail gets lighter, stiffer and more aggressive

2017 Niner AIR9 RDO lightweight carbon fiber hardtail race mountain bike

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The original Niner AIR9 RDO was the second generation of their carbon hardtail AIR9, which was known for its spine rattling stiffness. The RDO, then, was made not just lighter, but also more compliant with the goal of making it more comfortable than the original.

But, Niner says that reworking of the layup also resulted in less lateral stiffness than a top-level race hardtail should have. While it was no slouch in our own testing, the chance to rework it also opened up opportunities to make it lighter and modernize the geometry. Borrowing the long, slack “XC” geo from the recently introduced RKT9, the all-new 2017 Niner AIR9 RDO gets some big changes and an impressive 10% weight reduction…

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The original Niner AIR9 RDO was the second generation of their carbon hardtail AIR9, which was known for its spine rattling stiffness. The RDO, then, was made not just lighter, but also more compliant with the goal of making it more comfortable than the original. But, Niner says that reworking of the layup also resulted in less lateral […]

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Handsfree audio and rider-to-rider communication with Terrano X

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There is no doubt that more and more electronics are creeping into our everyday lives, and riding bikes doesn’t seem to be an exception. With more devices accompanying bikers on the road and trail, it seems we need more ways to safely manage their use. The new Terrano X wireless communication device aims to be one solution, linking cyclists by bluetooth to their mobile phones, but also going one step further and linking rider to rider.

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There is no doubt that more and more electronics are creeping into our everyday lives, and riding bikes doesn’t seem to be an exception. With more devices accompanying bikers on the road and trail, it seems we need more ways to safely manage their use. The new Terrano X wireless communication device aims to be […]

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Optimal traction on the fly with White Crow tire pressure adjusting hubs

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Let’s start with the idea that the White Crow hubs let you adjust your tire pressure as you are riding along.  That, in itself is no simply feat, but you might also think that it couldn’t possibly be worth all of the extra complexity (and probably weight too) just to be able to let air out of the tires while riding along. But of course it is much more nuanced than that. With the growth of fat bikes (and maybe even plus-sized tires) for a lot of trail riding and racing, the difference in a few PSI, or even a 1/2 PSI in a fat bike in a race, can make a huge impact on grip, especially over loose surfaces. Plus, White Crow not only lets you lower or pump back up your tires on the go, it also uses a dual chamber system, much like we’ve seen recently with ProCore that actually lets us run even lower pressures without the risk of pinch flatting or burping a sidewall. So, how does it do it…

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Let’s start with the idea that the White Crow hubs let you adjust your tire pressure as you are riding along.  That, in itself is no simply feat, but you might also think that it couldn’t possibly be worth all of the extra complexity (and probably weight too) just to be able to let air […]

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SOC16: Michelin enlists Cam Zink for MTB tire development, Vee Tire gets super sticky DH rubber

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Michelin has been making moves recently both on and off road. We got home from their Road Power tire press launch (full story soon) with just enough time to turn around and head to Sea Otter, where it was the off road segment’s turn to shine. The big news was the addition of mountain bike legend Cam Zink to the list of sponsored riders for 2016. While you probably won’t find yourself throwing threes off drops at Rampage or setting the Guinness World record for the longest backflip, Zink’s expertise and tire abuse should only help to make Michelin mountain bike tires better…

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Michelin has been making moves recently both on and off road. We got home from their Road Power tire press launch (full story soon) with just enough time to turn around and head to Sea Otter, where it was the off road segment’s turn to shine. The big news was the addition of mountain bike […]

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DT Swiss expands premium Mon Chasseral road lineup to include RC38s

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We’ve just seen a wholesale reworking of the DT Swiss mountain bike wheel catalog, and have heard rumors that a similar comprehensive road update may be in development for next year too. But in the meantime, while there is so much focus on gravel and all-road bikes, plus the back-and-forth on disc brakes, DT is going back to their Alpine road climbing roots with a new pair of wheels in their top end lightweight Mon Chasseral range. DT are offering tubular and tubeless-ready clincher wheels in their most popular 38mm depth, with updates to rims and resins that will bring improvements to the regular RC Spline wheelsets going forward as well…

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We’ve just seen a wholesale reworking of the DT Swiss mountain bike wheel catalog, and have heard rumors that a similar comprehensive road update may be in development for next year too. But in the meantime, while there is so much focus on gravel and all-road bikes, plus the back-and-forth on disc brakes, DT is going […]

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All-new Canyon Sender DH mountain bike launches incredibly well designed carbon down the trail

2017 Canyon Sender carbon fiber 275 gravity downhill mountain bike

2017 Canyon Sender carbon fiber 275 gravity downhill mountain bike

Using a complicated four-bar suspension linkage, an all-new carbon fiber frame and two years of development, the Canyon Sender is a serious new rig for gravity fueled fun.

Called the MX Link, the kinematics are designed around modern air shocks rather than coil-overs. It’s designed to offer a perfect balance of anti-squat and anti-rise while also minimizing pedal kickback. You know, just the kind of neutral suspension you want when you need to both hammer the smoother sections and let the bike tackle monstrous drops and boulder gardens. All that combines with adjustable chainstay length and head angle to create a bike that’s dialed no matter what the course.

Drop in for all the details plus video…

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Using a complicated four-bar suspension linkage, an all-new carbon fiber frame and two years of development, the Canyon Sender is a serious new rig for gravity fueled fun. Called the MX Link, the kinematics are designed around modern air shocks rather than coil-overs. It’s designed to offer a perfect balance of anti-squat and anti-rise while […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Adding a little color to eTap

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About a month back we had a photo submitted by Eva Siva of Bratislava with her SRAM eTap upgrade on a titanium road bike from Lynskey. As they sometimes do, discussions in the comments picked at the details, and the first thing they picked out were the vestigial downtube cable stops resulting from the wireless swap. Like many of the other commenters, Siva was amused by the “grumps” as she called them, so decided to send us a photo reply to please everyone, especially Roborbob.

We always love to see your photos and would like to show them to the world here on the Pic Of The Day. Send in your photo with a brief description here.



About a month back we had a photo submitted by Eva Siva of Bratislava with her SRAM eTap upgrade on a titanium road bike from Lynskey. As they sometimes do, discussions in the comments picked at the details, and the first thing they picked out were the vestigial downtube cable stops resulting from the wireless swap. […]

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Pure Fix unveils three track racing Keirin setups

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We previewed Pure Fix’s 6061 Keirin Pro frameset at Interbike last fall, and now the brand has pulled the curtain off of three complete builds of the bike. Each of the three builds starts off with a track-specific alloy race frame ready to hit the banks of a velodrome, or the sketchy urban turns of events like last weekend’s Red Hook Crit. In either case the Keirins deliver race performance at three options under a grand. Take a close look at the bikes after the jump…

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We previewed Pure Fix’s 6061 Keirin Pro frameset at Interbike last fall, and now the brand has pulled the curtain off of three complete builds of the bike. Each of the three builds starts off with a track-specific alloy race frame ready to hit the banks of a velodrome, or the sketchy urban turns of events like last […]

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