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FrostBike 2013: Kryptonite Offers to Hold Your Lock with New Mounts

FrostBike 2013: Kryptonite Offers to Hold Your Lock, with new Mounts

One of the most important steps to properly locking up your bike? That would be actually having your lock with you when you need to lock up. Kryptonite is hoping to make that step easier with their new handlebar mounted U-Lock mount, as well as an updated frame mount. Let’s face it, as a college student or commuter you probably have enough crap in you bag as it is, so being able to keep your lock on your bike is pretty useful. However, frame mounts don’t always work due to frame designs, bottle cages, etc, so Kryptonite looked at how many people were already carrying their locks – simply around their bars. With this inspiration, their latest lock bracket was born which securely attaches even the biggest U-locks to your bars.

Kryptonite’s frame mounts have been updated as well with improved latches that no longer rely on a tapered fitting, meaning much easier in and out.

Spotted at FrostBike 2013: New K-Edge Ultegra Ki2 on a Salsa BearGrease Fatbike?

Spotted at FrostBike 2013: New K-Edge Ultegra Ki2 on a Salsa BearGrease Fatbike?

Sure, there have been plenty of mountain bikes and fat bikes that have been set up with Di2, taking advantage of K-Edge’s derailleur cage modification. So what’s interesting about this BearGrease that was spotted along the halls of QBP?

Well, the nicely machined handlebar clamp suggests it may be a new version of the K-Edge Ki2 shifter. This would not only be the first Ki2 shifter we’ve seen that doesn’t have a tab on the top to mount to a brake lever, but also the first for the Ultegra Di2 drivetrain. The bracket instead has a bar clamp that is attached to the side of the shifter with a bolt, meaning it looks like there would be a decent amount of adjustment to the shift pod allowing you to position it for better ergonomics.

More after the jump…


FrostBike 2013: Planet Bike’s New Blaze 2 Watt Micro Headlight

FrostBike 2013: Planet Bike's New Blaze 2 Watt Micro Headlight

Adding on to their awesome line of commuter lights, Planet Bike continues to push the wattage/size limits with their new Blaze 2 Watt Micro headlight. The light will be available individually in black or red for $39.99 or it will be offered as part of a combo with the Super Turbo (the brightest tail light Planet Bike makes) for $74.99 with a white head light. The Blaze 2 watt micro has a claimed 139 lumen output and will have an amazing 64 hour run time on flash mode which is probably the biggest reason to go with the Micro rather than their previous 2 Watt other than the total physical size.

FrostBike 2013: RaceFace Intros New Mud Crutch Fender, Continues to Support Fatties

FrostBike 2013: RaceFace Intros New Mud Crutch Fender, Continues to Support Fatties

If you have ridden longer travel bikes in the mud at some point, chances are you have already made something similar to the Mud Crutch out of an old tube and zip ties. Usually, gravity riders couldn’t care less about mud flinging from their tires – except when it goes straight to your eyes and affects your vision. At some point, a rider figured out that the mud that flies up between the fork arch and crown is destined for your face, which is why such style fenders are surprisingly effective. RaceFace isn’t the first company to create such a mud guard, but they did manage to make quite a good one that is easily attached with the built in Velcro strips. The whole thing is elastic so that when the fork compresses the Mud Crutch shrinks and won’t buzz the tire. Thanks to the light weight, and ease of installation and removal you won’t even know it’s there.

RaceFace was also on hand to make it known that they have been building Fat Bike compatible cranksets for some time, yet somewhat under the radar. At this point, every one of their alloy cranksets is available in 100mm options with adjustable chainlines from 63 to 67mm.


FrostBike 2013: PDW Updates Dave’s Mud Shovel Fenders, Puts a Bell on your Steerer

FrostBike 2013: PDW Updates Dave's Mud Shovel Fenders, Puts a Bell on your Steerer


The more I use my Mud Shovel Fatbike Fenders, the more I love them. I had a picture that perfectly illustrated their abilities, but thanks to some electronics failures I no longer have them – but just imagine two riders on identical fat bikes, one with Mud Shovels and one without. The one with Mud Shovels was relatively clean, the one without had frozen mud covering his backside in a very large skunk stripe along with quite a bit more frozen mud to his bike. So yes, they work.

When I ran into the PDW crew at FrostBike, they pointed me towards an updated clamp they designed to replace the original on the Mud Shovel fender. After quite a bit of use, we have had no issues with the original, but apparently in below 0 temperatures, the plastic band can break if the fender it kicked when getting on the bike. A new clamp with a cloth strap was quickly designed, and PDW being the self described “brand that they wanted to exist” is sending out replacements as needed, free of charge. Just another example of PDW standing behind their product.

More on the clamp and their new Alexander Graham Bell after the jump.


FrostBike 2013: Formula Rips your Brake Line in Two, with Quick disconnect SpeedLock

Ever wished you could just disconnect your brake line somewhere along its length and reconnect it without having to bleed it? So has Formula. SpeedLock was first shown back at Interbike 2011, but it still seems to be something very few know about, which is a shame because it’s pretty cool – especially if you have a coupled bike. Initially, the thought was that this would help with factories building bikes with internal routing, so you could run the brake lines without having to bleed them, and it does. But the other big application is for anyone that has a coupled mountain bike they travel with, as SpeedLock would allow riders to easily disconnect the lines and pack up the bike. All without having to bleed anything once you get to your destination. SpeedLock is available either on the lever, the caliper, or in line, with a ton of options for length since the ends are fixed and you can’t shorten the lines. The only option that allows you to change the length of the line, is the caliper version since it uses a standard hose up to the lever. Otherwise, hoses are sold in 10 cm increments to match your application.

P.S.  – all of these were working samples, you could disconnect and reconnect them all you wanted and the brakes would still work.


FrostBike 2013: Finish Line Introduces new Chill Zone Rust buster and Max Suspension Spray

Finish Line had two new interesting products on display – one to break through rust, and one to keep suspension working like new. Chill Zone is supposed to release seized parts by freezing and contracting the metal, then penetrating to loosen the parts. I think we’ve all had that commuter, or triathlete come into the shop with some super rusted out parts that Chill Zone would come in handy for. No word if it will eat through styrofoam like PB Blaster, but is does say Low Odor formula, so that’s a plus. Max Suspension fluid is designed to decrease stiction in both forks and shocks, whether it’s brand new and just breaking in, or it’s seen its share of miles. Max Suspension Spray claims to help condition rubber gaskets and o-rings keeping things smooth. Chill Zone will go for $12.99 a bottle, while Max Suspension Spray is $9.99.

FrostBike 2013: TRP’s Quadiem Hydro Disc Brake Gains SL Model, Colors

As we’ve mentioned before, while TRP’s HyRd and Spyre road disc brakes seem to be getting all the attention, their 4 piston mountain bike disc brake might be the surprise in the line up. Even more so now that we’ve seen the SL version at FrostBike with its carbon lever and blinged out black chrome finish. In addition to the SL Quadiem, there is also a new white version of the non – SL brake even though up to this point it’s all been black. There aren’t many more detail on the brakes, but we were able to get the SL on the scale after the break.


FrostBike 2013: Surly’s John Deere Inspired MoonLander, FB Special Ops Pugsley LTD?

FrostBike 2013: Surly's John Deere Inspired MoonLander, FB Special Ops Pugsley LTD?

Every time I walked into the Surly booth, I never saw this bike, but I did see it in picture form on a laptop that was always running in the booth. The photo above was gleaned from the internets and clearly shows some skinwall (gumwall?) Nate fatbike tires (anyone remember the skinwall Endos?) mounted to some pretty rad, polished rims – can’t tell if they’re rolling Darryls or Marge lites. The color, and the build are indicative of the FB Special Ops Pugsley LTD, which from checking various Surly dealers Facebook walls, apparently only 300 will be made. Judging by the picture we saw, this should be here sometime around Dec. 2013.

Surly also had an awesome one off, John Deere inspired Moonlander – check it after the break.