Project 1.1 Review: American Classic’s MTB 29 Tubeless Singlespeed wheelset

Wide, sturdy, and light. When American Classic offered up their MTB 29 Tubeless Singlespeed wheelset as a comparison with my self-built DT/Stans wheelset, I was torn. As a former semi-professional wheelbuilder who takes pride in selecting components and building up a wheel well suited to my riding, I almost didn’t want to know if American […]

Project 1.1 First Ride: American Classic MTB Tubeless 29 Single Speed wheels and 2012 Schwalbe Racing Ralph 29×2.25 tires

Check out all of our Project 1.1 posts here! When both Schwalbe and American Classic were in touch recently to ask if we were interested in spending some time with their lighter-and-faster-for-2012 Racing Ralph tubeless ready 29er tires and Mountain Tubeless 29 single speed wheels, we thought that it would be a great chance to […]

Project 1.1: DT Swiss 350 x Stan’s Crest wheelset

Check out all of our Project 1.1 posts here! Besides a frame that was just too small, the real driver for this fall’s single speed build project was the theft from my workshop of my single speed wheels.  Having the chance to start from scratch, I decided to try DT Swiss’ 350 hubset with Stan’s […]

Project 1.1: Vredestein’s Spotted Cat and Black Panther Xtreme 29er tires

Check out all of our Project 1.1 posts here! At both Eurobike and Interbike this fall, Vredestein’s new line of 29er tires caught both Tyer’s and my eyes.  Available in tubed, tubeless ready, and tubeless casings, the Dutch tires are now being distributed in the US by Move Sport– and we’ve just had a few […]

Project 1.1: Homebrewed Components 2-Piece Cog

Check out all of our Project 1.1 posts here! What better way to kick off a single speed build than with a single speed cog?  That’s right, it’s getting cooler and with shorter days and the snowline creeping downhill, it’s single speed season!  For this year, I’m retiring my too-small On-One Scandal 29er in favor […]

Review: Specialized’s hookless Control Carbon 29 XC/trail wheelset

Catch up on all of our Project 1.2 posts here! With out Project 1.2 singlespeed, we set out to take a look at the world of reasonably priced carbon fiber.  While the benefits of lighter and/or stronger components with improved vibration damping are clear, do those benefits erode as the magic plastic works its way […]

Project 1.2 Review: On-One’s convention-challenging $800 Lurcher carbon 29er frame

Catch up on all of our Project 1.2 posts here! For many of us, there’s no denying carbon fiber’s sex appeal.  Be it the associations with cutting edge, high-end bikes and components (and race cars and fighter jets), the ways in which it can be crafted into seemingly endless combinations of weight, stiffness, vibration damping, […]

Project 1.2 Initial Review: Roval’s $1,200 hookless Control Carbon 29 wheelset

Catch up on all of our Project 1.2 posts here! While the benefits of wheels that are lighter and stronger than their aluminum peers are clear, carbon fiber wheels come with a price premium that can be awfully hard to justify.  With a number of perfectly good excellent wheels available in the $600-900 range, dropping […]

Introducing the Project 1.2 single speed: Reasonably-priced carbon?

Catch up on all of our Project 1.2 posts here! While it’s been in the works for some time (and we leaked early photos on our Facebook page), our Project 1.2 single speed is now complete.  Hardly a plastic wallflower, the Lurcher has been getting lots of dirty time.  But before diving into the reviews, […]