Prototype Chris King Offset Headset Helps Lengthen Your TopTube

Chris King Buzzworks Prototype HeadsetCo-developed with the Santa Cruz Syndicate Downhill Racing Team, the Chris King Buzz Works headset uses a little clever but simple engineering to help lengthen the cockpit of a bike equipped with a 1.5″ steertube.

All three members of the race team are roughly 6’3, so their XL V10 bikes have always seen special equipment to help them top the podium. In World Champ Greg Minaar’s case, that has meant a healthy stack of spacers under the stem to help raise the front end. READ MORE ->

SOC14: First look – JoyStick Digger Stem, 8-Bit LT Bars & Lock On Grips

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In the middle of hanging out with the Hayes/Manitou crew, ripper Geoff Gulevich let us check out his Manitou equipped Rocky Mountain which also happened to be wearing some new parts from Joystick. As a Joystick team rider and now the team manager, Geoff has been testing some new parts including the Digger stem, 8-bit LT aluminum bars and their new lock on grips.

Details on the bars, stem and grips after the break…


SOC 14: Zumbi’s Custom, Hand Made, Full Suspension Bikes Straight out of Poland

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When you think of high performance, hand made, full suspension bikes, Poland probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind. After seeing the bikes from Zumbi however, maybe it should. Fiercely proud of their 100% Polish designed and manufactured product, Zumbi combines hand made craftsmanship with modern suspension technology to create bikes with a custom touch that can be hard to find elsewhere.

Each Zumbi is designed by their main engineer Pawel Matuszynski in Myslenice – what they call the downhill mountain bike heart of Poland. The company offers all sorts of bikes including trials, DJ, Street, XC, Enduro, FR, DH, and even a fat bike and fixie. Working mostly with 7020 aluminum alloy, most of the frames are offered with the ability to get custom geometry, paint, and even tubing options.

Zumbi had their F-11 Enduro and Sam Dueck’s F-22 FR bike to show – get a closer look next…


Tern Introduces New FlightSuit Airline Suitcase Kit for Folding Bikes


Tern Bicycles takes the standard suitcase you already have been using and turns it into a full-function travel case with their FlightSuit, a total system for taking your 20” or 24” folding bike with you on work or vacation. First spotted in Taipei, Tern sent over some more details to show just how easy it can be to pack your bike.

Jump past the break to see how…


SOC 14: On-One’s Wildly Colorful Floater Fat Bike Tires

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As if fat bike tires weren’t eye catching enough as it is, why not draw even more attention to your fat bike with colors! Available in a perfect shade of orange to match the On-One Fatty, On-One decided to offer their 4″ Floater tire in 4 different shades.

They probably won’t make you any faster, but you’re sure to be noticed…


SOC 14: Lake Launches Heat Moldable Insoles, Fresh CX402s, Plus New Colors for Cross

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Almost exactly a year ago, we were sitting at the Lake booth at the Sea Otter Classic listening to the story about how the brand was reinventing itself. Steeped in heritage, Lake has come a long way since their introduction in 1982 with a vastly expanded product line. Now offering an incredible 23 different models, there are 8 road shoes with all of those shoes offered in wide and 7 of those offered in women’s, and 6 shoes available with the 4 bolt Speedplay sole. And that’s just for road. By offering multiple colors, men’s and women’s, standard and wide, and options like the Speedplay sole, Lake wants to make good on their promise of the “ultimate Bikonnection” for everyone.

In 2014/15, there are more options, colors, improves shoes, and a continually expanding dealer network meaning now is as good of time as ever to try on a pair of Lakes…


Verve’s new InfoCrank Power Meter


Announced as early as last spring and shown as recently as Sea Otter, Australian specialists Verve Cycling have opened up a pre-order process for their new power metering cranks. Dubbed InfoCranks, the 110BCD forged aluminum crankset offers a light weight and reasonably (or rather more) affordable way to get left-right balance power data. At a price between 30-50% less than most of its direct competitors, it certainly could make power metering a bit more accessible to the masses.

Join me after the break for release schedule, pricing and some more info…


Momsen Vipa Mountain Bike Gets 1x Specific Frame Update, Plus New Downer Carbon Stem

Momsen Vipa XC race full suspension mountain bike gets 1x specific frame update

South Africa’s Momsen Bikes has been growing rapidly on their home turf, upping the ante with sponsorship of that continent’s first UCI XCO mountain bike team, Kargo Pro MTB.

To keep them at the front of the pack, founder Victor Momsen developed a special edition of the Vipa for 1x drivetrains only. It’s team issue only for now, but will be offered as a frameset to everyone starting August 2014. A complete bike built will follow for 2015. The main (only) difference is a revised drive side chainstay. Since clearance for multiple and larger chainrings wasn’t necessary, he beefed up the stay to maximize stiffness.

Detail shots and more below…


Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: The Old Timer

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Photo submitted by Marc Perel, ”The old timer. A seasoned soloist. A man who is skilled at the art of keeping himself company while ticking along for hours in the morning light.”

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