Posts in the category 650b

IB14: Onyx Racing Products Offers Instant, Infinite Engagement with Low Drag for Road, BMX, MTB, Fat Bikes, and More

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Imagine a hub that offered instant, infinite, and silent engagement all with extremely low drag. Sound too good to be true? Then you need to check out the hubs coming out of Onyx Racing Products. All of the hubs are manufactured in the United States out of their facility in Minnesota which is probably one of the reasons they’ve been able to make their hub work. Instead of the roller clutch that a few manufacturers have tried in the past, Onyx hubs use a sprag one-way clutch which gives the hub all of the above features. The catch? The tolerances have to be extremely tight. So tight that when they successfully created their first bicycle hub using the sprag clutch, the company that created the clutch visited them to see how they did it since many other companies had tried without success.

While their roots are in BMX, Onyx has expanded to offer just about every hub you could think of, including road and fat bikes. Get the details next…


IB14: Easton’s New SL 38 Wheels, Stems, Graphics for Road & 27.5″ MTB Wheels – Plus Look Inside the 1050g E100 Tubulars!


Easton’s additions were small but important, rounding out the line with modern sizes, finishes and graphics, plus a couple new items…mostly for the road We also took advantage of an unassembled E100 wheel to check out the full carbon spokes and new hubs that make up the incredibly lightweight 1,050g tubular wheelset.

Above, the Haven and Havoc wheels both gain 27.5″ options for alloy (both) and carbon (Haven only) rim models. Spec sheets and more, plus all the rest of the goods, below…


IB14: New Formula HyperLight Carbon Wheels in the Wild

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In addition to their brakes and suspension forks, Formula has also been producing wheels since 2010/11. New to the line up this year are the XC and AM HyperLights which get the weight down with carbon rims so you can reach hyperspeed. Available in XC 29 and AM 27.5 only, the wheels bring wider rims to Formulas’s wheel line along with multiple axle configurations.

Get the Formula to carbon rims next…


EB14: Vee Tire Co Takes the Crown w/ New MTB Line, Updates Mission Fat Bike Tire, More


To help launch their new line of premium mountain bike tires, Vee Tire Co. has enlisted the help of Mike King. As a professional cyclist that started in BMX and later expanded to mountain biking, Mike is one of the few Americans to have won a World Cup in three different cycling disciplines. It’s safe to say he knows his way around a tire.

In addition to directing the new Rock Hill BMX facility in South Carolina, King is now the head of testing and development for Vee Tire Co.’s mountain bike category. To kick off the new line, Mike was showing off the new Crown Series – 3 different tires with versatile tread patterns for use in multiple conditions.

Try on the Crown next..


IB14: New Klamper Disc Brake from Paul, Plus Fat Bike Hubs, Thru Axles & More

Paul Klamper Disc Brace

In development for over three years, the new Paul component Klamper disc brake is designed with road, cyclocross, and gravel adventures in mind. Featuring the classic styling the company has become famous for, and likely the same level of reliability, it’s sure to become a must have.

Stop past the break to learn more about the brakes, and more after the break…


IB14: 6D Brings Revolutionary Omni Directional Suspension Technology to MTB Helmets

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In recent years, it has become increasingly apparent that concussions can cause irreparable damage to the brain. So in order to help mitigate the potential damage from head impacts, helmet manufacturer 6D has developed a new patent pending technology that uses an in-helmet suspension system to help limit angular acceleration.

Their system, called Omni Directional Suspension (ODS) utilizes a dual liner, which is supported internally by a series of hourglass shaped elastomers. READ MORE ->

IB14: Chumba Retuns To USA Made Roots With Backcountry Inspired Stella, Ursa & Rastro Hardtails

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Chumba is a brand with deep roots in mountain bike history. It got its starts as a small boutique brand hand fabricated in Southern California, and eventually grew so popular with donwhill oriented models like the Zulu and Wumba, that they had to outsource production overseas.

Yet despite sponsoring riders like NORBA champ Duncan Riffle in its heyday, the brand has seemingly been dormant in recent times. That has all changed now, due to new ownership. Recently purchased by Aaron Foreman, the company has relocated to Austin, Texas, and renewed it’s focus on fabricating frames here in the United States. The emphases has also changed from hard charging full suspension bikes, to beautifully crafted steel frames with an emphasis on adventure.

The new range consists of three models, with a fourth on it’s way. First up is the new 29er Stella hardtail (pictured above), which is designed with a more XC oriented geometry. READ MORE ->

EB14: WTB Shows Trail Blazer 27.5×2.8″ Tire/Rim, Plus Why 27.5+ May be the new 29+

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Initially shown as a concept aboard the Rocky Mountain Adventure Bike Prototype, WTB’s TrailBlazer 2.8 tire has been turning some heads. It turns out, what we though was just a prototype was an all new tire coming from WTB that will be accompanied by a matching rim. According to Jason Moeschler, the project started with WTB Co-Founder Mark Slate tinkering on his own and experimenting with different tires on his rigid 29er. After some experimentation the 27+ concept was apparently more enticing since the tire and rim combination will still fit in most standard 29″ frames and forks. With almost identical diameters to regular 29″ and 26″ fat bike set ups, the 27.5+ is an intriguing size that we’ll probably be seeing a lot more of, very soon.

Details, next…


EB14: Hutchinson Releases the Python II, Bites Into XC Racing

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It’s been nearly 20 years since Hutchinson released the original Python and now the popular tread pattern has been reworked into the new Python 2. Thanks to a combination of new tread and new rubber the Python 2 is poised to combine the tire’s beloved performance with modern advances in Hutchinson’s tire design. Nearly every facet of the tire has been reworked to provide better cornering, improved braking, and increased durability and traction.

Snake through for more…