Posts in the category 29er

Review: Carbon Railed WTB Volt Saddle

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Saddle preference is about as subjective as someone’s spicey food tolerance. Make that salsa too hot, or embark on too long a ride with a saddle that just isn’t right, and you’ll often end up wearing the same pain face.

While Fi’zi:k saddles go over as well with my butt as ornery Mexican food, WTB saddles have always felt just right, so I was very excited when they offered to send out a weight weenie saddle for a Santa Cruz Highball project. READ MORE ->

All New Salsa Warbird Gravel Racers Take Flight, Plus Powderkeg Mountain Tandem is Ready to Roll

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As long as there have been road bikes, there have been riders pedaling over gravel roads. While the surface is nothing new to cycling, the way riders experience probably has. Now home to grueling races covering huge distances through varied conditions, gravel races present a unique set of challenges for bicycle designers.

For Salsa Cycles, the company has no problem stating that they own gravel. Many bikes have been created that function on multiple surfaces, but when it comes to gravel race bikes specifically, there aren’t many that can rival the Warbird for their racing pedigree. That bit of bragging that goes against the company’s self proclaimed “Minnesota Nice” demeanor comes at the unveiling of the all new Warbid gravel bike – a lighter, more compliant race bike available in both carbon and aluminum….


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Do you rent bikes in the cities you travel to? Did you ever wonder if you could make money by renting one of your bikes to someone who wanted to check out your local trails. Well, wonder no more. Spinlister, the peer-to-peer global bike sharing site (think AirBNB for bikes), is proud to announce a number of new national and regional partnerships to bolster existing communities and help bring reliable bicycle transportation to the masses. Launched on April 1st 2012, Spinlister allows users to rent and list not only bicycles but also skis, snowboards, SUPs, and surfboards from each other in over 50 countries worldwide.
  • Cannondale is celebrating 15 years making its Lefty fork with a demo tour. Check here to find locations and dates (three spots, all in California) and ride with the likes of Mark Weir, Jason Moeschler and Tinker Juarez while testing out the Lefty on some epic trails.
  • Looking for a unique cycling vacation for this summer? The Cycling House has added a new bicycle trip for summer 2015 that goes from Glacier to Yellowstone National Park. The 7 day/6 night trip begins in Glacier National Park on the epic Going-to-the-Sun Road and then parallels the Rocky Mountain Front to Yellowstone National Park. The trip runs July 27 – August 2, 2015 for $1595 per person. To learn more visit or call (406)219-1318.
  • Attention mountain bikers in the Southeast! Registration is now open for the 2015 Southern Mountain Bike Summit! Join your friends and fellow advocates to learn more about what SORBA is doing in the Southeast to create, enhance, and preserve great mountain biking experiences! Summit dates are March 20-21, and we’re meeting in Auburn, AL, home to the great trails at Chewacla State Park. Visit for more information.
  • Artist Mona Doerksen has designed a poster that celebrates the sport that we all love. “Joy on Two Wheels” is a 24″ x 18″ print upon high-quality poster paper. The design “celebrates the beautiful sport of cycling” and she’s just kicked off a Kickstarter Campaign so take a look at this cool design and order one for yourself or your cycling friends.
  • Got an old, ugly jersey hanging around in the closet that you never wear but just can’t see a reason to get rid of it? Well, here’s a reason. Twin Six cycling apparel is giving you the chance to go from ugly to awesome with their Chump to Champ jersey exchange program. In exchange for $40 and one of your old ugly jerseys, we will send you a brand new Twin Six jersey and your ugly jersey submission will make you eligible to win you a 2015 T6 Standard Rando frameset. Let the closet-raiding commence!
  • Is this the year you conquer Mt. Mitchell, by bike? Registration is now open to the public for one of the Southeast’s most challenging and well-known uphill rides: the 103-mile Assault on Mt. Mitchell and its sister ride, the 74-mile Assault on Marion, scheduled for Monday, May 18, 2015. Hurry! They’re already halfway to selling out.
  • Want a stylish way to secure your fixie while you visit the coffee shop? Kaufmann Mercantile now offers an Italian leather covered bike chain lock. The leather that envelops the marine-grade stainless steel chain not only looks great but it will protect your frame’s finish. And, match your Italian loafers.
  • Abbey Bike Tools, makers of heirloom-quality tools, are now available in the United Kingdom through Ben Thomson’s Cycleworx. This means that they’re able to sell Abbey Tools in the UK for a better price than if you were to buy direct from the US.
  • Do you plan on rockin’ the green on St Patrick’s Day? Then show your cycling pride by picking up the “IRISH I was on a bike” bamboo t-shirt from Bike Rags. The order deadline is March 1st get off yer arse and order one!
  • K-EDGE, makers of high-quality cnc’d products, has announced their new Australian distributor, FE Sports. The Australian market now has easy access to the chain catchers, computer and camera mounts that many of the Pro Tour teams in the TDU were using.
  • Recall Alert!! Scott USA has recalled their Vanish Evo bicycle helmets due to head a injury hazard. Go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for more information.
  • Gravel Racing is coming to Castle Pines, Colorado! The City of Castle Pines announces the newest event to the Wild series, The 1st Annual Dirty 40 Ride Wild scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2015 in Castle Pines CO. The course travels over dirt, pavement, packed dirt, crushed pavement and off road goat track. All types of bikes and abilities are welcomed! Registration information after the break…


Road to NAHBS 2015: Boo Bicycles’ Bamboo Bombers


Boo has had a gangbusters year.  Through impressive competitive showings in fields internationally for both their original and Aluboo models, Boo has established the high performance capability of their product while reinforcing its proven durability and ride quality across genres.  The crowd at NAHBS has a diverse selection of naturally grown tubed bikes this year…

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

Boo: Bamboo and carbon composite (for Boo models) and bamboo and aluminum (Aluboo / Alubooyah models). READ MORE ->

Vlad Sabau’s Annual Bicycle Auction for Cancer Charities

Vlad Sabau's 2014 Cannondale for auction to benefit cancer charities

Vlad Sabau’s 2014 Cannondale F29, his third auction bike so far.

If you’ve been following the European Cross Country and Cyclocross scenes recently, you might have noticed a Romanian racer with a certain affinity for the color pink. In the 2011 season, after losing his mother to a battle with breast cancer, Imprezzio Cannondale Racing’s Vlad Sabau started appearing with pink argyle socks and pink parts on his bike to show his support for the fight against breast cancer.

After that first season in pink Sabau decided he could do more to help. He began a tradition of auctioning off his race bikes after each season, with all the proceeds going towards individuals battling cancer. With some help from companies like Cannondale, Sram, ESI and Tune, Sabau’s 2014 race machine will be the third one he’s sold to benefit cancer treatment and research.

Click more to see the finer details of the bike!

Second Coming: Santa Cruz Relaunches Stigmata Cyclocross Bike, Updates the HighBall with New Wheelsize Flavors


After a protracted absence from the road market, Santa Cruz has returned with the second coming of the Stigmata. This time, the model has been redesigned from the ground up from the company’s favorite space age material.

They’ve also dropped a completely refreshed Highball 29er and a 27.5 version into the mix as well.

Head past the break to learn all about the new models…


Flying Machine 3D Prints Their Way Onto Mountain Bike Trails

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The use of 3D printing to produce a bike frame yields some interesting advantages. The ability to print out custom lugs which are joined with custom cut tubesets allows for bike that are made to measure with a quick turn around. It also seems to allow for a company like Flying Machine to easily explore new bike designs and even create a new model based off of customer wants.

Their latest creation, the M29 Bomber is a perfect example of what’s possible when all of those factors come together. Slated to be a new model for 2015, the M29 came about when a customer approached Flying Machine to create an urban bike that was capable of running mammoth 29″ tires. From there, the design morphed into something that could handle 29″ knobby tires as well as being suspension corrected for 100mm travel suspension fork. Taking it a step further still, Flying Machine is working on a second version of the M29 Bomber will even be capable of running 3″ 29+ tires…


Spotted: Prototype KHS Enduro Monster, Plus New Road and Mountain bikes for the Extremely Tall

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When you have talent at the level of Logan Binggeli and Kevin Aiello on your DH team, it comes as no surprise that they are almost continually testing new product. It seems that every time we’ve crossed paths with the KHS team they have been testing something new and always happy and willing to strike up a conversation. Recently while at Winter Press Camp in Westlake Village, CA we had a chance to do some riding with the Logan, Kevin, and Quinton, as well as check out what was new at KHS.

At first glance, the bike above looks fairly inconspicuous since it actually looks like a production bike. However, once you realize the frame lacks the typical graphics of a production bike you get the feeling that it may be something new…


Reader’s Rides: The XTR Di2 Hacks Have Begun With Julian Da Silva’s Jamis


XTR Di2 is just starting to hit shops, and with it, we have the beginning of riders modifying their rides for internal electronic capability. Julian Da Silva from Alex Bicycles in Coral Springs, FL took to putting a few holes in his Jamis Dakota D29 Team.

Julian told us “I wanted to show you guys one of my recent builds since you guys like to see them. This is a 2015 Jamis Dakota D29 Team but modified the frame for internal routing of the Shimano XTR M9050 Di2 system. As usual I try to keep everything clean and hidden, it was challenge with the rear chain stay routing the cable thru it, but managed to succeed. Possibly one of my favorite bikes I’ve built, fast, fun and quite comfortable.”

Check out the before and after pics after the jump…