Otso Cycles spins out of Wolf Tooth Components, Stainless gravel & clever plus/fat carbon bikes up first

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The team from Wolf Tooth Cycles has been quietly working on a new product range for years. But this time it’s not a new chainring, chainguide, or cassette adapter. Their newest project involves not only completely new-to-them offerings, but also a completely new brand. Otso Cycles is the culmination of that work, and by the looks of things it’s time well spent.

Named after the spirit of the bear in Finnish mythology, Otso seems to fit well along side Wolf Tooth Components for companies named after revered and respected creatures. Their first two bikes share similar naming inspiration with the Warakin gravel bike named for a mythical wolf/hyena creature and the Voytek fat bike taking its namesake from a war fighting, soldier wrestling, beer drinking, cigarette smoking bear (true story). Aside from the clever names though, Otso Cycles are noteworthy for more than just being new bikes from a well known component manufacturer.

Otso wasn’t created just to release another me-too bike into an already crowded marketplace. The bikes both have specific traits that make them stand out (game changing, even), and should make them quite desirable…

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The team from Wolf Tooth Cycles has been quietly working on a new product range for years. But this time it’s not a new chainring, chainguide, or cassette adapter. Their newest project involves not only completely new-to-them offerings, but also a completely new brand. Otso Cycles is the culmination of that work, and by the looks […]

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Commuting with style: New bikes from State Bicycle Co, new ‘color’ for Brooklyn Bicycle Co’s Wythe

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While there’s certainly an appeal to a full suspension, carbon framed, electronically shifting bike with all the high-tech bells and whistles, sometimes simplicity can be equally striking. By adorning their basic, clean shapes with broadly varying color schemes, commuter bikes can easily be made into eye-catching bicycles. And since these bikes don’t have to be high-performance machines, we might as well make them look cool!

If you’re in the market for a sleek city commuter, Brooklyn Bicycle Co. has just released their Wythe fixie in a new raw color scheme that’s drawing some interest from the photography and high-fashion industries, and State Bicycle Co. has updated their Core 4130 line with two new models- The Ashton and The Trooper 4.0. You’ll probably like the looks of the price tags on both brands’ offerings as well…
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While there’s certainly an appeal to a full suspension, carbon framed, electronically shifting bike with all the high-tech bells and whistles, sometimes simplicity can be equally striking. By adorning their basic, clean shapes with broadly varying color schemes, commuter bikes can easily be made into eye-catching bicycles. And since these bikes don’t have to be […]

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Gates CDN belt drive: more options coming to an affordable bike near you

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In what seems like it has been a long time coming, Gates has developed a new lower cost belt drive system that is specifically geared towards the urban bikes that people use to commute around the city. While we’ve heard the no maintenance, no noise, no mess benefits of belt drives for several years now, the high machining costs of the Gates systems have effectively priced them out of the range of all but the fanciest city bikes. But that is set to change now with a new moderately priced setup with an alloy, hybrid material ring and rear sprockets, and even updated solutions for the more premium Pinions, Rohloffs, and cargo bikes…

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In what seems like it has been a long time coming, Gates has developed a new lower cost belt drive system that is specifically geared towards the urban bikes that people use to commute around the city. While we’ve heard the no maintenance, no noise, no mess benefits of belt drives for several years now, the […]

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Tern Elektron powers up their smallest folding bike with Bosch motor

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The new Tern Elektron takes their most compact frame and integrates the Bosch Active motor system to create what they’re calling the smallest, most powerful folding e-bike ever.

The Elektron solves one of the main (only?) problems big city dwellers have with e-bikes – storage. Try fitting a standard e-bike in a small townhouse or apartment, or lugging it up a few flights of stairs because it won’t fit in the elevator, and you’ll quickly appreciate the compact footprint and (relatively) lighter weight of the Tern. But all the benefits are there, helping you cruise up the hills, over bridges or make up for running late thanks to a 400Wh battery and powerful motor.

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The new Tern Elektron takes their most compact frame and integrates the Bosch Active motor system to create what they’re calling the smallest, most powerful folding e-bike ever. The Elektron solves one of the main (only?) problems big city dwellers have with e-bikes – storage. Try fitting a standard e-bike in a small townhouse or apartment, […]

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Handsome Cycles wants to build your corporate fleet vehicles, er, bicycles

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Handsome Cycles would like to build your new corporate fleet bicycles, customizing them to match your company logo, office decor, actual motorized vehicles, or whatever. With bike parking infrastructure improving globally, particularly in urban environments and their arteries, it’s a clever idea. Check out the models offered below…

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Handsome Cycles would like to build your new corporate fleet bicycles, customizing them to match your company logo, office decor, actual motorized vehicles, or whatever. With bike parking infrastructure improving globally, particularly in urban environments and their arteries, it’s a clever idea. Check out the models offered below…

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Salsa hits the road, trail, and gravel with updated Fargo Plus, Cutthroat, All Road Vaya, & more

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Whatever your path, Salsa continues to have your covered. Along with the mountain bike line up fro 2017 that includes some wild bikes like the 3-in-1 wheeled Woodsmoke, Salsa has a number of updated bikes for the road with drop bars. Thanks to the adventurous nature of their bikes, just because they have drop bars doesn’t make them a road bike. Instead, the curvy bars can be found on bikes that will take you any where you want to go – even on bikes with plus sized tires. Obviously, Salsa isn’t the first to run drop bars on essentially a mountain bike, but the rise of bike packing and adventure racing is making what was old, new again.

When it comes to the Salsa Fargo, the bike meant for bike packing, or just cruising offroad gets updated for 2017 with another 3-in-1 wheel set up. Thanks to Boost spacing and additional frame clearance, the Fargo is now capable of running 27+, 29″, or even 29+ wheels and tires making it easier than ever to pick the right wheel set up and getting out of town…

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Whatever your path, Salsa continues to have your covered. Along with the mountain bike line up fro 2017 that includes some wild bikes like the 3-in-1 wheeled Woodsmoke, Salsa has a number of updated bikes for the road with drop bars. Thanks to the adventurous nature of their bikes, just because they have drop bars […]

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Niterider Boosts bar mounted headlights, shines with 4 levels of tail lights

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Boost isn’t just a new hub standard that you may or may not be stoked about. It’s also a new way to get even more light out of your favorite Niterider headlights. How do you get more light out of the same unit? It’s all about run time. In the past, Niterider has rated the lumen capacity of their lights to a 1.5 hr test. Most lights will drop in brightness over time, so it’s the brightness at the end of this time span that was used to measure the lights. However, over the first hour or so, Niterider’s lights don’t really drop all that much which meant that they could add another power mode called Boost.

Now, their top three standalone Lumina bar mounted lights will include low, medium, high, and Boost settings. To access the extra power (and shorter run time), the OLED, 950, and 750 lights crank out the Boost with a double tap of the button. Otherwise, it’s business as usual for the three lights with 950 lumens max for the top two, and 750 lumens for the aptly named 750. Pricing will run $149.99, $99.99, and $79.99 respectively.

If you’re looking for a little less light or a powerful rear light, there are a few new options there after the jump…

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Boost isn’t just a new hub standard that you may or may not be stoked about. It’s also a new way to get even more light out of your favorite Niterider headlights. How do you get more light out of the same unit? It’s all about run time. In the past, Niterider has rated the […]

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Surly carries more people and gear with Flat Bar Cross Check, all new Troll, bags and more

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The new Karate Monkey wasn’t the only thing Surly had to show from Saddle Drive. The new 27+/29″ mountain bike may have stolen the show with its ‘Gnot-Boost’ spacing and wheel and tire options, but Surly has been equally busy on the pavement side as well. I think it’s fair to say that bike launches often cater to the high end – after all, you want people to see the most exciting (read most expensive) new products in the line. But sometimes there are gems like the new Flat Bar Cross Check thrown in to throw you for a loop.

It’s not a new frame. It doesn’t use any new standards. But what it does offer is an impressive build for an unbeatable price if you’re looking for a new commuter or college cruiser…

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The new Karate Monkey wasn’t the only thing Surly had to show from Saddle Drive. The new 27+/29″ mountain bike may have stolen the show with its ‘Gnot-Boost’ spacing and wheel and tire options, but Surly has been equally busy on the pavement side as well. I think it’s fair to say that bike launches […]

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Review: Fly Pedals Version 2 clipless pedal platform adaptors

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Many of us ride clipless pedals. Some of us want to ride them in “regular” shoes now and then, without having to swap over to flats. Enter Kickstarter success story Fly Pedals’ universal clipless pedal platform adapters. These are click-in platforms, drilled to accept cleats for all the major two- and three-bole clipless standards. This second iteration of the product is 30% lighter, has optional Velcro straps, and is weighted for easier platform-up positioning, which helps you get your foot firmly planted from a standing start. It’s a smart, simple concept, but do they live up to the promise?

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Many of us ride clipless pedals. Some of us want to ride them in “regular” shoes now and then, without having to swap over to flats. Enter Kickstarter success story Fly Pedals’ universal clipless pedal platform adapters. These are click-in platforms, drilled to accept cleats for all the major two- and three-bole clipless standards. This second […]

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