Carbon.Bike offers inexpensive, lightweight components thanks to forged carbon construction

Carbon.Bike forged carbon crank

Carbon.Bike forged carbon crank, title shot

If you were offered a brand new pair of carbon crank arms for $100, would you feel a bit skeptical? One thing riders never want to do is save a few bucks (or grams) on a part they don’t fully trust to perform. However, manufacturers constantly struggle to find cheaper, yet effective means of producing products. It’s hard to imagine they would invest in new ideas if they weren’t confident about the outcome…

A company called Carbon.Bike is currently raising eyebrows by combining the low manufacturing cost of forging with the weight savings of carbon fiber. They have created some very inexpensive forged carbon cranks, spiders and stems, and all the carbon bits are American-made in Raleigh, North Carolina. Their components are pretty darn light too, as a 170mm crank with a spider or chainring weighs in at just over 500g.

Potential customers will simply have to debate the advantages versus the unknowns – Do you trust a new company with a new manufacturing process? Is their experience in other industries enough to assume their bike parts will hold up? Does the low price tag scare you off, or tempt you to buy and try? Forge ahead for the details on Carbon.Bike’s cranks and stems…
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If you were offered a brand new pair of carbon crank arms for $100, would you feel a bit skeptical? One thing riders never want to do is save a few bucks (or grams) on a part they don’t fully trust to perform. However, manufacturers constantly struggle to find cheaper, yet effective means of producing […]

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SOC16: SDG updates I-Fly with big wheel friendly 2.0, adds Fly Mountain, Shibuya Dazzle colorway, more

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Even though the prevalence of dropper posts has cut into the market for SDG’s I-beam saddle system, the company is still pushing forward with new designs. Thanks to the design’s toughness and range of adjustment, they are still hugely popular for downhill, dirt jump, XC and other mountain bikes that aren’t running dropper posts. But like we’ve seen with other saddle makers, the introduction of bigger wheels and tires along with longer suspension travel has led to some saddle-tire interaction. The solution is as simple as cutting out the back of the saddle, but the new I-Fly 2.0 has more to show underneath…

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Even though the prevalence of dropper posts has cut into the market for SDG’s I-beam saddle system, the company is still pushing forward with new designs. Thanks to the design’s toughness and range of adjustment, they are still hugely popular for downhill, dirt jump, XC and other mountain bikes that aren’t running dropper posts. But […]

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Saddle Roundup: FlexCy and 3 West offer a different take on how you sit on your bike

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3 west saddle 2

One saddle does not fit all. Like shoes, they come in different sizes, shapes and styles. The longer you ride your bike, the more important your saddle becomes and it may be one of the most important pieces you consider. If you’re not comfortable, you won’t want to ride your bike as much. Then there is the whole *eh hem* “I got issues” factor.

Check out what 3 West came up with, that might pump you up (literally) for your next ride, and one of the more unique concepts we’ve seen with the on-the-fly adjustable FlexCy… nose dropper?

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One saddle does not fit all. Like shoes, they come in different sizes, shapes and styles. The longer you ride your bike, the more important your saddle becomes and it may be one of the most important pieces you consider. If you’re not comfortable, you won’t want to ride your bike as much. Then there is the whole […]

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SOC16: 6D ATB-1T helmet gets real, headed for stores and your head for better protection

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The last time we checked in on 6D’s revolutionary trail helmet, it was still mostly a 3D printed prototype. Fast forward a few months and now the finished helmets are in production and headed to store shelves. What makes the newly named 6D ATB-1T (changed from ATB-1A) different? Instead of a single EPS liner with MIPS or other decoupler systems added on to the inside, the ATB-1T two separate EPS liners that are interconnected with 27 elastic isolation dampers. The claim is that this results in superior protection in impacts at any speed…

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The last time we checked in on 6D’s revolutionary trail helmet, it was still mostly a 3D printed prototype. Fast forward a few months and now the finished helmets are in production and headed to store shelves. What makes the newly named 6D ATB-1T (changed from ATB-1A) different? Instead of a single EPS liner with […]

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Silca releases premium tubeless kits with aero valve system & carbon friendly platinum tape

Silca Tubeless

Silca Tubeless

Knowing Silca doesn’t do things on the average, when we saw they are releasing their own tubeless kit for road, we knew there would be some extra attention to detail. And we were we right!

Check out how they made a better valve stem that is lighter, stronger & cheaper more aerodynamic, as well as their revolutionary rim tape…

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Knowing Silca doesn’t do things on the average, when we saw they are releasing their own tubeless kit for road, we knew there would be some extra attention to detail. And we were we right! Check out how they made a better valve stem that is lighter, stronger & cheaper more aerodynamic, as well as their […]

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Tailfin slices up new rack and pannier system made especially for carbon road bikes

Tailfin TAILFIN_11

Tailfin TAILFIN_11

Every so often you want to haul more than normal. And sometimes it may be for long distances. If that is the case, your race ready, carbon-everything road bike may be the ideal tool, but it’s one of the least adaptable bikes for more than a seat bag, and wearing a backpack for more than 20 minutes is annoying.

Tailfin has come up with a pretty slick system that is light weight, easy to install & remove and it will work on any road bike with a quick release rear wheel. And it’s carbon frame and seatpost safe!

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Every so often you want to haul more than normal. And sometimes it may be for long distances. If that is the case, your race ready, carbon-everything road bike may be the ideal tool, but it’s one of the least adaptable bikes for more than a seat bag, and wearing a backpack for more than 20 minutes […]

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Hey ‘Merica, get this cycling kit to celebrate the 4th of July

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(Editor’s note: Sometimes, the product description from our readers says it all. This is one of those times. Enjoy!)

My name is Nick Hand, and I designed this kit for the 4th of July. It is very over the top, it was conceived during a 4th of July ride last year and after a few beers. My buddies and I just thought there were no awesome kits to wear for the 4th of july. Just a normal stars and stripes kit. So we thought about all the awesome things about America and we put them on the kit. There is a majestic Eagle of course. Then there is my buddy Reid riding the Eagle with a beer. Then everyone knows that dragons are awesome, so we had to put a dragon on there. And dragons breath fire which is super awesome so there is some bad ass fire. The bibs have the stars and stripes on them, and if you look closely you can see a hidden image under the flag. Finally on the arm are a talking Sloth head and Cat head. Why, you may ask. Just because I can I guess. And isn’t that what Merica is all about? Doing what ever you want and doing it more bad ass than the rest of the world?!

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(Editor’s note: Sometimes, the product description from our readers says it all. This is one of those times. Enjoy!) My name is Nick Hand, and I designed this kit for the 4th of July. It is very over the top, it was conceived during a 4th of July ride last year and after a few […]

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Oakley gears up for the 2016 Summer Olympics with the Team USA Collection

Oakley Team USA 2016 Olympic Collection

Oakley Team USA 2016 Olympic Collection, title shot

Oakley is a brand that really gets in the spirit of major athletic events. Bikerumor has previously checked out their special edition Tour De France sunglass collection, and they’ve just announced a new Team USA collection adorned in red, white and blue accents to honor American athletes heading to this year’s summer games. The collection was recently released to celebrate the 100 day countdown to the 2016 Olympic Games, which are scheduled to begin on August 5th in Rio, Brazil.

USA has selected 100 athletes for their Olympic team so far, including cyclists Sarah Hammer (women’s omnium and team pursuit), plus fellow team pursuit members Kelly Catlin, Chloe Dygert, Jennifer Valente, and Ruth Winder. Representing the men, Matt Baranoski will compete in keirin, and Bobby Lea in the men’s omnium.

As the official eyewear supplier to Team USA, Oakley has six Olympic-edition sunglasses in the new collection including both performance and casual wear models…
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Oakley is a brand that really gets in the spirit of major athletic events. Bikerumor has previously checked out their special edition Tour De France sunglass collection, and they’ve just announced a new Team USA collection adorned in red, white and blue accents to honor American athletes heading to this year’s summer games. The collection […]

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560G titanium folding bicycle lock is light weight, claims heavy security

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The 560G titanium folding lock is named for its weight, just 560 grams, yet it’ll hold up to 4′ bolt cutters, freezing, chiseling and hammering with the best of ’em.

Designed by two former Lehigh University students, the 560G uses Grade 5 titanium with intricate rolling links to secure your bike, yet closes and locks with a simple click of a button. The design makes it easy to portage and easy to use, getting you off the bike and on your way far faster than anything requiring a key for closure. Check out the video and closeup images below…

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The 560G titanium folding lock is named for its weight, just 560 grams, yet it’ll hold up to 4′ bolt cutters, freezing, chiseling and hammering with the best of ’em. Designed by two former Lehigh University students, the 560G uses Grade 5 titanium with intricate rolling links to secure your bike, yet closes and locks […]

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