Posts in the category 29er

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 ->

Hands on with the Hope Crankset, Plus New Fat Bike Spindle and Boost 148 Hub

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After teasing us with the beautifully machined and anodized crank arms at a few different trade shows, Hope finally released their new crankset earlier this year. Adding to the expansive line of aluminum parts made in the UK, the modular crankset adds another option to give your self some drivetrain flexibility. Able to run either spiderless Retainer chainrings, single spiders for 104 BCD chainrings, or double 64/104 BCD spiders, the crankset also uses a swappable axle standard that we guessed would allow the crankset to be used on a number of different frames even though the initial launch was limited to 68/73 and 83mm options.

It didn’t take long before Hope made it to Frostbike where the new crankset was shown with an interesting new spindle…

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Frostbike Roundup: Tires, Tubeless Accessories, Hubs, Rims and More

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Judging by the amount of new product at Frostbike this year, 2015 should be a good one for both consumers and retailers. Even if brands didn’t have an expansive collection of new goods, most of them had at least one thing to show off like Vittoria’s new Bomboloni tire for the 29+ category. Aptly named after an Italian filled doughnut, the oversized rubber will be made available in both 29 x 3 and 26 x 4″ versions, but no word on any 27.5+ options just yet we just heard from Vittoria, and they will be offering a 27.5 x 3.0″ tire to go along with the other options!

Keep reading for the news from Vittoria, Kenda, i9, Onyx and more…

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JoeBlow Gets Fat Over Winter, New Floor Plump Dials in PSI Under 30

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Judging by all the fat bike specific product popping up, you might think you would need all new everything to get your fat bike fix. While not totally true, there are a few things that would definitely make life easier – like pumps that are more accurate at low pressures. We caught wind of the new Topeak JoeBlow Fat at Eurobike, but it seems the company has made a critical change to the pump since we laid eyes on the prototype. Instead of making the pump just for fat bikers, why not build a low pressure pump that will fit the needs of most mountain bikers and cyclocrossers while they’re at it?

Thanks to a small tweak, anyone running pressures under 30 PSI should be a fan of the new JoeBlow family member…

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Challenge Adds Wider MTB Two Tubular, Effetto Mariposa Develops Revolutionary Carogna Tubular Tape

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Tubulars might not be the first thing on your mind for mountain bike tires, unless you’re a racer. Even then the number of mountain bikers running tubulars is fairly small compared to the road or cross. However, if you are one of the few gluing your tires to your rims for the dirt, Challenge has a new tire for you. Called simply the MTB Two, the new tire picks up where the original MTB One left off with a wider, more aggressive build.

If you look at the performance benefits of tubulars, it’s surprising they’re not more popular – until you consider the time and skill needed to glue them to the rim. But what if there was a better way? It looks like Effetto Mariposa may have answered that question…

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Asterion’s F-One Cross Country Wheelsets Roll Out at Sub 1200G

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F-1. A simple letter and a number combination that has garnered global recognition in the automotive racing world and become synonymous with speed, performance and technology. It’s a fitting name for competition or luxury level componentry, such as these ultralight, hand-built cross country wheels from France’s Asterion.

Asterion is a small operation that assembles about 10 wheelsets a day, but the company is growing with an impressively wide selection of high-end stock and custom wheels. Their new carbon F-One wheelset should catch the eye of weight-conscious cross-country riders. According to Asterion, the 27.5” F-One wheelset weighs in at 1137g, and the 29” set weighs 1184g, not including the tubeless valves or rim tape. There are a few options to choose that might change that number, but you’re still looking at some very svelte wheels.

Find out about Asterion’s rim options after the jump…

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Vee Tire Adds More 27.5+ Sizes, Introduces White Fat Bike Treads

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Just under a year ago, we caught wind of the first 27.5+ offering when Vee Tire Co. informed us that their Trax Fatty model would soon be available in a 27.5×3.25″ model. Looking around the show there were a few generic bikes fitted with the new tire size, but nothing that would have suggested it catching on in a big way. Now, headed into Taipei show and Sea Otter season there still aren’t a ton of options but it seems like the tide is swelling.

Originally planning just to offer the 27.5×3.25″ size, Vee is introducing two more widths to round out the line. Meant to fit better in smaller frames, Vee sees the Semi Fat market exploding in the coming year…

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Panaracer Adds 27.5+ FatBNimble Tire, Covers Most Plus Size Options

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If you haven’t already noticed, there seems to be a lot of buzz around mid fat wheels and tires, especially the new 27.5+ size. We’re already hearing rumors that Sea Otter will really be 650b+ Otter, and to go along with that a few companies are bulking up their tire options. Panaracer already offered their FatBNimble in 29+ and 26×4.0″ fat bike sizes, but the news from Frostbike is the addition of a 27×3.5″ size that is claimed to be impressively light…

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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 ->