Posts in the category 29er

NAHBS 2015: Steel gravel, mountain bikes from Retrotec & Sycip

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Retrotec had a few new designs on hand that maintain the curvy brand aesthetic but usher in the latest part and standards. The gravel bike above may look familiar, it was used to showcase the new Whisky No.9 carbon disc brake fork at Frostbike.

The orange bike in the background is another new one, a fully modern fat bike that he teased but didn’t show in our pre-NAHBS interview, and just after the show, builder Curtis Inglis sent over pics of another build he just finished that shows off a slightly different take on wide tire clearance…

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NAHBS 2015: Oddity Cycles throws a curve on its steel gravel, road, mountain & fat bikes

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Sean Burns worked for Black Sheep Cycles for a while, and now he shares workspace with them in Fort Collins, Colorado. He builds all steel and uses coatings and etching to show the welds and material through the color.

One look at the bikes and you’ll notice there are a lot of bends on the tubes, particularly on the road and mountain bikes…this gravel grinder is one of the tamer designs he brought to the show. Well, stock tube suppliers don’t generally provide tubes in such a wide array of curves, so he bends every chromoly tube in house…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Adventure Cycling Association announced on Thursday its second episode of Adventure Cycling Montana, a short film series produced with Epic Montana. The film, Adventure Cycling Montana — TransAm, highlights 71 miles of the TransAmerica Trail from Dillon to Ennis, Montana. “The TransAm is such an iconic route both for Adventure Cycling — as the route that started it all — and in the minds of cyclists who dream of making the quintessential cross­country trip,” said director Rachel Stevens.
  • If cycling is your passion then participate in The 13th Great Lake Tahoe Bike Race & RideRegistration is now open – This year’s event will be September 26th and 27th. For more details visit TahoeBikeRace.com.
  • If you’re a bike shop, frame builder or wheel builder and are looking for a knowledgeable resource that specializes in wheel parts then check out bikewheelparts.com. This new dealer-only wholesale channel owned and run by Brandon Hunziker, grew out of his other business, consumer site  bikehubstore.com to better serve his industry partners.
  • Have you ever wanted to bike with zebras, while the African horizon blazes off into the distance? Imagine climbing to the top of the highest sand dune in the world? Experience the safari like none other, with our friends at H+I Adventures, experts in mountain biking holidays around the globe. They are offering an incredible 12 day bike safari to Namibia this year, from September 15-26th, 2015 or December 5th to 16th 2015.
  • Adding to its world-class roster of athletes, crankbrothers today announced the addition of mountain bike legend and Enduro World Series racer Cedric Gracia to its team. Gracia joins the crankbrothers team with a multi-year partnership and will help crankbrothers build upon a legacy of innovation in developing state-of-the-art mountain bike pedals.
  • The 13th annual Mountain Charlie Challenge will be held on Saturday, May 9th, 2015, starting at Skypark in Scotts Valley, CA. The event is hosted by the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation and is the organization’s largest fundraiser. Riders will be escorted into the ride by Scotts Valley Police and welcomed back at Skypark with a barbeque lunch. Derek Timm, president of the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation says “The Mountain Charlie Challenge is one of the most scenic rides in our area, but it’s not just a great ride, it’s for a great cause. From the challenging hills on Mountain Charlie Road, to the scenic strawberry fields in Pajaro, riders of all types can participate. By adding the 5K run/walk, the event is truly ideal for individuals and families.”
  • The 2015 Roswell Cycling Festival will be adding craft beer tasting and mountain bike events to this year’s event. The 14th annual event, scheduled for April 25-26, will have mountain bike races at Big Creek Park in addition to the featured road racing. In addition, a Craft Beer Tasting will be part of the popular Historic Roswell Criterium event on Sunday in Historic Roswell, with 11 participating restaurants. roswellcyclingfestival.com
  • Polar Bottle and the U.S. Olympic Committee announce Polar Bottle as official water bottle licensee of Team USA. his is the largest multi-sport affinity agreement in the history of Polar Bottle, a leading U.S. brand of insulated reusable water bottles.
  • The 2015 BIKE MADRID LISBON Traverse is almost fully booked. Only a few spots are still available for the start of this epic ride. This traverse, that established itself as one of the most spectacular and difficult bike crossings, traverses the mountain ranges of the Iberian Peninsula with over 1000 km of pure adventure with the advantage of finishing on the most-western point of Europe and riding the last km next to magnificent cliff trails by the Atlantic Ocean. Visit bikemadridlisbon.com for more information.
  • Sugoi Introduces 60 Day Comfort Guarantee – After building some of the finest cycling shorts for men and women over the last 25 years, Sugoi is backing up a comfort guarantee or consumers can get their money back. Purchase a short from their men and women’s RSE, RS PRO, Evolution, RPM, Neo, RSX, and RPM-X Collections, and if within 60 days, you’re not fully satisfied with the comfort of the garment, you’ll be able to return the product to the retailer from which it was purchased, with proof of purchase for a complete refund or exchange. Visit sugoi.com for more information.
  • Are you a professional level cyclist racing in UCI sanctioned races? The CPA, the professional riders association, officially represents the riders and defends their rights at the highest level of cycling governance. The CPA Delegate’s presence will be positive for the riders, but also the other stakeholders: the race organization, teams, and the UCI. For more information visit cpacycling.com.
  • Live in England? Over 700 RIDERS have already entered the Burgess Hill Springtime Classic Cyclosportive on the 29th March 2015. They’re closing in quickly on the event and it may fill up so register soon to save money and ensure your entry.
  • Here’s your last reminder of our Club Ride giveaway contest that ends tonight. If you haven’t already, take the survey to enter for a chance to win a pair of baggy riding shorts from Club Ride.

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NAHBS 2015: New Builder, Wiseman Frameworks

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Dave Wiseman, of Wiseman Frameworks, originally worked in pharmaceutical sales and architectural design before changing direction to apply his love of design and knowledge of structure to that of a small scale production. Namely, frame building.

Constructing his first mountain bike frame offered a unique experience – the opportunity to manufacture what he conceptualized. Several years and frames have passed since then, bringing Dave to 2015 where he showcased his skills on NAHBS new builder aisle… READ MORE ->

Trek shows off three killer gravel/touring bikes, giving away dream tours on them

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Are you #drivenbyadventure? If so, you and a similarly intrepid companion may be eligible to win one of three all-expenses-paid epic riding experiences on Trek’s newly updated and expanded line of touring and adventure bikes.

More rugged pairs can hope to win a trip to experience the many terrains of Virginia on the new Trek 920, a drop bar 29er model designed for off-road adventures. It comes stock with front and rear racks as well as a mountain drivetrain with bar end shifters.

Tour the rest of the story to see how you can win…

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NAHBS 2015: Alchemy debuts Oros MTB, titanium Chiron cyclocross bike & Ethic carbon components!

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Alchemy led their booth with the new Oros, their first carbon fiber mountain bike. It uses a trapped rubber molding process to achieve its big, bold shapes without compromising fiber compaction.

Like all of the molds for their other bikes, the Oros’ metal mandrels are made in house. They’re then wrapped in rubber and, after the frame is cured, the thinner metal mandrels can be pulled out, then the rubber becomes loose and can easily be pulled out.

The benefit of this method is that they’re able to get better pressure distribution on much more complex shapes. It also lets them create larger parts of the frame as a single piece. On the Oros, the top, head and downtube is a single piece. The bottom bracket cluster is one piece, the seat tube cluster is one piece, and each side of the rear, from seat stay through the dropouts and up the chainstay is a single piece.

Those pieces are sleeved, so they’re slotting together like tube to tube bikes, but then they’re overwrapped for increased strength.

All of the mandrels and tubes/sections are made in house. Even the rubber parts are cast in house, giving them complete control over the finished product’s shape and ride qualities.

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Our friends at amain.com sent us this great video they made of footage from the 3-day Chico Stage Race Presented by Sierra Nevada. This “Director’s Cut” version shows off their great video editing and production skills with on-bike and aerial views in and around the beautiful region of Chico, California. Enjoy!
  • Cyclevox, the UK’s leading cycling commentary, PR and production company, has today announced the launch of the world’s first dedicated women’s cycling video channel, Voxwomen. Cyclevox Founder and UCI Women’s World Cup Commentator, Anthony McCrossan, is launching Voxwomen to give female professional cyclists a voice and to encourage equality across the sport.
  • Jamis® Bicycles is launching its West Coast Bicycle Test Ride Experience program. Building on the success of their popular East Coast program, Jamis is broadening its reach by supporting an expanding dealer network west of the Mississippi. Visit bicycletestride.com to reserve your Jamis bicycle for upcoming events like The Sea Otter Classic and Ragbrai as well as keeping up to date on all Jamis related events, races and upcoming Bicycle Test Ride Experiences.
  • Are you heading to Louisville, Kentucky for NAHBS this weekend? Well then stop by the Road Holland booth and say hello. If you cannot make it to the show then perhaps the next best thing is to save 20% off of anything at RoadHolland.com by using the promo code NAHBS15.
  • Isadore Apparel, the high-end cycling apparel brand owned by Pro World Tour rider Martin Velits (Etixx-Quick Step) has opened exclusive Isadore Pop-Up Store in Majorca, Spain. The store is located in Port D’Alcudia in partnership with cycling rental company Bikehead and Bike_nnet Guided Tours in exclusive new surroundings close to the harbor of Port D’Alcudia. isadoreapparel.com
  • Edible Pedal combines two passions shared by many Sacramentans: farm-to-fork food and bicycles. Here’s the video about John Boyer and his 10-plus employees who are using bicycles to deliver food from Sacramento’s farm-to-fork restaurants.
  • Cycling-friendly city Amsterdam is out of bicycle parking spaces, so it’s building 40,000 more by 2030 to alleviate the problem. Over 880,000 bikes are used around the city and they need parking spaces along the canals. With more bikes than parking spaces it’s a big problem that costs the city and illegally-parked bike owners a lot of money.
  • Lynchburg, Virginia bicyclists will have some creative places to park after several artists put finishing touches on racks that will spruce up downtown this summer. Four winners were named in a design contest for the new racks. They are Matt Perkins, Phillip Gabathuler and Davey Hazelgrove, all of Lynchburg, and Roanoke resident John Wilson. Here’s more on the story.
  • Are you a traveler, athlete, adventurer or executive? Then you need a Greenbelly bar, a healthy meal that provides 1/3 of your daily nutrition. Made with all natural and delicious ingredients, Greenbelly is a Complete Meal On-The-Go. Now Greenbelly needs your to help the company grow. Check out their Kickstarter campaign.
  • Get your kicks on Bicycle Route 66 – Adventure Cycling Association announced the release of their latest route, the 2,493-mile Bicycle Route 66. The route follows the famous corridor from Chicago to Los Angeles on roads appropriate for cyclists through six states. Visit Adventure Cycling Association for more information on Bicycle Route 66 and their other bicycle travel routes..
  • The Mystic MTB Race presented by Owenhouse Bicycling Co. is proud to announce that it is back for the second year in a row and will be hosting the event on Saturday July 18, 2015. Featuring 40 miles of challenging climbs, world-class descents and remote scenery, the Mystic MTB Race offers mountain bikers an opportunity to challenge themselves on some of the most enjoyable connector trails in the Gallatin National Forest.
  • Are you interested in mountain biking in exotic locals but concerned about the “What if?”. Well H+I Adventures, the specialists in premium mountain biking holidays, has aligned with Global Rescue, a world-class emergency service provider that offers medical and security evacuation assistances and destination reports. Global Rescue will be included on all H+I Adventures trips, whether it is an advanced biker’s journey to Ecuador, or a beginner’s ride in Namibia. Plan your dream trip!
  • Josh Bender & Lindsay Beth Currier promise to teach you how to ride with more FUN and FLOW! They’ve announced their 2015 Enduro Mountain Bike Skills Camps schedule. After being asked by her female pupils to coach their husbands, boyfriends and kids, Lindsay recruited her significant other, Josh Bender, to provide a series of COED Enduro Mountain Bike Skills Clinics in their home region of Northern California, and surrounding areas. The first camp starts in April.

Road to NAHBS 2015: REEB

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Even at first glance, REEB’s REEBdonkadonk fat bike compels you to jump on and ride and play. Featuring REEB’s recently developed 31.6mm dropper-compatible, proprietary True Temper seat tube, a Pinion gear box with the Gates belt drive, beautifully minimal cable guides, and wrapped up with a raw, patriotic styling scheme, this machine will surely give you a funny feeling in your stomach.  Meet REEBdonkadonk and friends after the jump. READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2015: Cysco Cycles

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Having transitioned ownership and staff this year, Cysco Cycles will be coming to NAHBS this year with a fresh face. Look forward to compelling titanium builds with lovely masking work. New owner, Clay Ellison, talks new projects after the jump. READ MORE ->