Posts in the category Actual Weights

Just In: Trek Lync 3 – An Uncontroversial Bike with a Battery

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The Trek Lync has a battery – but it’s not what you think. Instead of helping to power you along to the chagrin of many, the battery is there simply to help you find your way. Batteries on high end bikes are nothing new, be it for an electronic drive train, automated suspension system, or other uses, they are still fairly rare on entry level bikes and hybrids.

In the case of the Trek Lync series, the battery is there to provide both front and rear illumination with complete integration. Right off the showroom floor, the Lync is ready for the streets including those that require bicycle lights by law. As long as the battery pack is charged, you can zip along to your destination turning on the powerful lights with the flick of a switch. Even better, once you arrive and lock up your bike you no longer have to worry about removing lights to prevent them from being stolen.

See why we’re ok with batteries on the Lync 3, next…

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IB14: Sarma Doubles Up on Carbon 29+, Introduces new Aluminum Vortex Fat Bike

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While the majority of fat bike companies are based in North America, Sarma Bikes continues to put out some impressive equipment by way of Siberia, Russia. Now being imported to the U.S. by a new distributor, the products should be easier than ever to get a hold of which is a good thing – Sarma is blowing up. After introducing the first ever double wall carbon 100mm rim, Sarma now has their sights set on 29+ and has a new Naran carbon rim to prove it.

Technically Kuroshiro is also offering a carbon 29+ rim with a box section, though as far as a true double wall carbon rim the Naran is it. Available as an individual rim, Sarma is also offering two 29+ Shaman builds complete with a Bluto suspension fork. Carbon may be the most buzz worthy, but Sarma also has a new option for the more budget conscious with their new aluminum Vortex fat bike frame. Details next…

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IB14: Guru Pushes Photon HL to 650 Grams, Adds Disc Brake Version – Plus Updated Titanium Frames & More!

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Already one of the lightest road bike frames out there, Guru’s Photon HL sheds another 20g by reworking just a single tube, and that’s with the addition of a tapered head tube!

Until now, they could claim the HL as a sub 670g frame. Now? Sub 650g, and that’s with paint and hardware. We even put one on the scale to confirm. To shed the grams, they completely re-engineered how they make the seat tube. Before, they would make the seat tube then glue in the insert to hold the seatpost. The insert served two purposes, to create the appropriate inside diameter and to reinforce the seat tube so the seatpost wouldn’t stress it too much or damage it. Now, the insert is rolled into the post as part of the construction process. For a deep look into their amazing carbon manufacturing process, check our factory tour here.

They also introduced the Photon R Disc, bringing disc brakes to their top model, and created an entry level Photon v.4. The Praemio R titanium bikes were also updated with stiffer, lighter and more adaptable rear triangles (with a disc brake option, too!). Even the triathlon bikes get a new baby sister…

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IB14: FatBack Makes a Mark with Footprint Carbon Fat Bike Rims

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First shown as a prototype at Interbike 2013, FatBack was on hand at this year’s show with production versions of their carbon fat bike. But the Corvus wasn’t the only star of their show as the bike above was highlighting a new carbon product from FatBack – the FootPrint rim. It may be hard to keep all the new fat bike rims straight, but the FootPrint is one of the first carbon rims we’ve seen that use a cutout design that has been made popular on aluminum rims.

More than just a cosmetic feature, find out why FatBack is building their wheels with 3M reflective tape as the rim strip after the break…

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IB14: Hands On with New Shimano TORBAL Shoe Line and Dedicated Enduro Race Pack

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Even though Shimano is calling their new TORBAL line enduro specific, the shoe’s designer is emphatic – it’s a mountain biking shoe. That is to say that the shoe is designed for the way many of us ride on a regular basis, not just when racing Enduro. Key to the new range is what Shimano is calling their TORBAL technology, or Torsional balance. Rather than design the shoe for walking as seems to be popular with many trail and AM shoes, the TORBAL line is designed to allow torsional flex yet staying stiff to the pedals.

TORBAL combined with varying levels of impact protection is what gets you to the point of an Enduro shoe. After 25 years of making mountain bike shoes, the SH-M200 name makes a return along with a bunch of interesting tech. The result is a shoe we can’t wait to get on the trail (or already did).

Check out the new TORBAL line in detail, plus what makes the Unzen 4 Enduro race pack unique, next….

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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…

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IB14: Industry Nine Builds Sub 1800g Hed Fat Bike Wheels, Plus New Budget Friendly i25 Classic Road Bike Wheels

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Just a few weeks ago, Industry Nine was showing us their first fat bike builds utilizing their aluminum spokes in Europe. After discussing the use of their rims with Hed Cycling, Industry Nine got the go ahead to build up the Big Deal Carbon rims to their straight pull aluminum spokes and Torch Hubs. As many know, this is a pretty big deal since the rims are still not available individually and very few OEMs have had access to the Big Deals. After receiving the first rims on Friday before the show, their wheel building team managed to turn around the complete wheelset and get it shipped off to Vegas just in time for us to check it out.

The Industry Nine Carbon fat bike wheels are more than just a show special – the complete wheels will be for sale soon, and with a weight you have to see to believe…

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IB14: More than a Big Deal, Hed Introduces Aluminum Fat Bike Rim, 27.5 and 29″ Wide Carbon Rim, More

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Probably one of our most visited during Interbike, Hed’s booth seemed to have something new every time we went by. What started with Andy showing us the new 100mm BFD fat bike rims out at Dirt Demo, continued with a new aluminum fat bike rim and finished with Steve Hed himself showing us their new 29″ carbon rim inside. What started with a single 85mm wide carbon rim has exploded into a number of fatter options for fat bikes and 29ers alike.

Details on the new hoops next…

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EB14: Token Introduces World’s Lightest Headset, New Carbon Wheels & Lots More!

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Token’s new Featherweight headsets claim to be the lightest headsets “with balls”, so we threw them on the scale to see. The “balls” reference refers to the sealed cartridge bearings used in lieu of bushings, which is what Cane Creek uses in their Aer headset.

Not only are they light, but they come with various options to fit both straight and tapered steerers and include their new ultralight top cap/star nut. Shown above are the 44mm headtube version in the foreground and a standard tapered set up in the back. The large sleeve in the middle is purely for display, keeping everything stacked nicely in the retail packaging.

All of the parts are machined from 7075 alloy and Token says they’ve tested it exhaustively with 45kg of back and forth tugging while weighted with 116kg of load for 110,000 cycles with zero failures. How light are they?

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