World’s Funnest Bike 2: The shiny things that make it go – Drivetrain, brakes, and cockpit

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Last year, Tyler rocked out a pretty cool little project with this sweet “crush all” Van Dessel Whiskey gravel bike for 2015’s “World’s Funnest bike. The basis for these builds is to take something and tweak it to be the most fun on two wheels. While an opinionated piece it’s fun to see what people come up with so I decided to take a crack at it. I’ve seen and built some unique bikes that just jive like nothing else, and I unintentionally got the chance to do this very thing with a frame I was asked to review.

Oh, and this is part one of three as I like to stretch things out a bit… especially when I’m having this good of a time! Check out the pile of parts I came up with and what took my grin to the next level. Also take a look back at what used to make up the ‘world’s funnest bike” from year’s past…

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Last year, Tyler rocked out a pretty cool little project with this sweet “crush all” Van Dessel Whiskey gravel bike for 2015’s “World’s Funnest bike. The basis for these builds is to take something and tweak it to be the most fun on two wheels. While an opinionated piece it’s fun to see what people […]

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First Ride: Kona makes the Process 134 DL even more ‘Shore worthy, includes new Shimano N/W rings

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Photo c. Caleb Smith/Kona

The day after getting a chance to check out Kona’s new Hei Hei Trail DL, we had time for one more ride. This year was the first that Kona held their dealer event in Squamish, BC, which meant prime access to some of the best local trails right out the front door. For obvious reasons, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to check out the revised Process 134 DL. Built with similar travel numbers to the new Hei Hei Trail, the ride would serve as a back to back comparison between two similar but very different bikes on some of the exact trails they were created for…

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The day after getting a chance to check out Kona’s new Hei Hei Trail DL, we had time for one more ride. This year was the first that Kona held their dealer event in Squamish, BC, which meant prime access to some of the best local trails right out the front door. For obvious reasons, this […]

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Stevens reshapes lighter, stiffer & cheaper Comet, Comet Disc & Xeon and more road bikes…

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Earlier in the week we took a look at some big carbon updates to Stevens’ mountain bikes coming next season. And while the changes we’ve been shown on the road seem to be relatively minor, it is interesting to see that with each of these 3 updated frame lines, the frames get lighter and their prices go down at the same time. That’s not a trend we often see. Take a closer look as we check out the second generation lightweight Comet, a peek at its upcoming disc brake sibling, a redesign of the more affordable Xenon, and some updates to the Arcalis/Arcalis Disc frames…

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Earlier in the week we took a look at some big carbon updates to Stevens’ mountain bikes coming next season. And while the changes we’ve been shown on the road seem to be relatively minor, it is interesting to see that with each of these 3 updated frame lines, the frames get lighter and their prices go […]

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First Ride: Kona adds 27.5″ wheels to Hei Hei with new Trail series

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Photo c. Caleb Smith/Kona

Since their introduction, Kona’s Process line has been a hit. The Combination of their Rocker Independent suspension system and competent spec and geometry won over riders who were fans of durable, relatively simple bikes that offered a great ride. However, riders wanting less travel and a more XC oriented ride were directed to the Hei Hei line which on its reintroduction not to long ago was completely focused on 29″ wheels. With both Race and DL options, the Hei Hei proved itself to be a versatile bike, but for fans of “Canadian Cross Country,” there was still a void left by the absence of 27.5″ wheels.

Enter the 2017 Hei Hei line up with more options than ever. Offering both 27.5″ and 29″ wheeled bikes, the new Hei Hei Trail shrinks down the wheels and bulks up on the travel to create an incredibly fun bike that still defies categorization. Is it an XC bike? Is it a trail bike? Yes…

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Since their introduction, Kona’s Process line has been a hit. The Combination of their Rocker Independent suspension system and competent spec and geometry won over riders who were fans of durable, relatively simple bikes that offered a great ride. However, riders wanting less travel and a more XC oriented ride were directed to the Hei Hei […]

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Review: Litespeed T3 Disc blends disc brakes, bigger tires, and titanium ride

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Stay around bicycles long enough, and you’re bound to hear someone gush about the magic of titanium. You know the mantra – lighter than steel, better ride qualities than aluminum, and less prone to rust and corrosion? It seems that there is little doubt that titanium as a material itself is an attractive product from which to build a bike.

When it comes to actually building that bike though, it would appear that all things are not created equal. It’s not the easiest material to work with due to its hardness and need for increased care when welding. Because of that, even the best titanium bike companies are still honing their craft. Whether that’s improving on the welds, trying different finishes, or experimenting with new tubing shapes and wall thicknesses, titanium bikes continue to improve.

Which brings us to one of the most accomplished Ti builders in the game – Litespeed. For more than 30 years now, Litespeed has been improving upon their interpretation of the perfect titanium build. They’ve also been working to improve their process as well, as they settle into their new manufacturing home. It’s still located in Chattanooga, TN, it’s just much bigger with more open space for improved work flow and room for expansion.

I got a chance to check out their new facility when I drove through Chattanooga to drop off the T3 Disc that I had been riding for the past few months. It was a sad moment to hand the bike over knowing that I had ridden my last ride with it, but I was able to get quite a few miles on the T3 before I turned over the keys…

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Stay around bicycles long enough, and you’re bound to hear someone gush about the magic of titanium. You know the mantra – lighter than steel, better ride qualities than aluminum, and less prone to rust and corrosion? It seems that there is little doubt that titanium as a material itself is an attractive product from […]

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Stevens goes carbon with XC Jura & AM Whaka mountain bikes for 2017 – Actual weights

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Stevens has two big new mountain bike updates in store for 2017 as they take their aluminum marathon cross-country Jura and all-mountain Whaka up a notch with all-new, all carbon frames. The bikes, filling out the middle of Stevens’ trail riding portfolio, shed weight building on the geometry and tech of the current top-end alloy models. Both bikes will be available at multiple spec levels, and both also provide a more affordable version that sticks with the carbon frames, rockers, and seatstays, but swaps in alloy chainstays to keep costs down. Take a closer look below the fold…

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Stevens has two big new mountain bike updates in store for 2017 as they take their aluminum marathon cross-country Jura and all-mountain Whaka up a notch with all-new, all carbon frames. The bikes, filling out the middle of Stevens’ trail riding portfolio, shed weight building on the geometry and tech of the current top-end alloy models. Both bikes […]

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Review: Chromag’s Cutlass carbon handlebar offers an agreeable bend and a soft ride

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While lapping the bike park or pedalling the trails around Whistler, B.C. it doesn’t take long to notice that nearly everyone in town is riding a Chromag handlebar! It seems that the company’s chosen sweep strikes a chord with most riders, I’ve never heard a bad word about their quality or reliability, and there’s also the cool factor – Chromag holds a special status with the locals as one of Whistler’s top-tier hometown brands.

I’ve ridden aluminum Chromag handlebars before, but was offered the chance to try out their carbon fiber Cutlass bars this summer. They’ve been on my all-mountain bike since April, and since day one I’ve been appreciating the damped ride provided by this fairly flexy bar. The Cutlass proved to be an ideal upgrade for my bike, as its degree of compliance felt great for my weight and helps smooth out rough trails on the ups and the downs…
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While lapping the bike park or pedalling the trails around Whistler, B.C. it doesn’t take long to notice that nearly everyone in town is riding a Chromag handlebar! It seems that the company’s chosen sweep strikes a chord with most riders, I’ve never heard a bad word about their quality or reliability, and there’s also […]

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2017 Felt VR endurance bikes – specs, pricing, weights & first ride impressions

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Alongside the new FR road/race bike, the 2017 Felt VR endurance road bike was announced. While they’re saying it’s not technically a gravel bike (hinting more to come, maybe…possibly), we did extend our demo ride up Black Star Canyon outside Irvine, CA. Indeed, it does skew much farther toward the “road” side of things than cyclocross, but it made its way through the sandy mixed surface road just fine. More on the handling and ride at the bottom – first, the specs and weights…

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Alongside the new FR road/race bike, the 2017 Felt VR endurance road bike was announced. While they’re saying it’s not technically a gravel bike (hinting more to come, maybe…possibly), we did extend our demo ride up Black Star Canyon outside Irvine, CA. Indeed, it does skew much farther toward the “road” side of things than cyclocross, […]

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Just in: Canfield steps up with bigger, better & maintenance-free Crampon pedal

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The Canfiled Brothers spent 7 years designing their original wafer-like Crampon Ultimate platform pedals. Now, after four years of shredding trail, they’ve upped the ante again. They took their super thin, durable, downhill-worthy pedals and stretched out the platform as well as the maintenance intervals… that is if there ever was any. While they didn’t want to ruin a good thing, they knew there was a demand for a wider platform.

Check out the details ahead on the new Crampon Mountain pedal, and what they did to create a zero-maintenance platform pedal… Continue reading “Just in: Canfield steps up with bigger, better & maintenance-free Crampon pedal”



The Canfiled Brothers spent 7 years designing their original wafer-like Crampon Ultimate platform pedals. Now, after four years of shredding trail, they’ve upped the ante again. They took their super thin, durable, downhill-worthy pedals and stretched out the platform as well as the maintenance intervals… that is if there ever was any. While they didn’t […]

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