Shimano XT goes on Tour with new T8000 trekking group

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Hot on the heels of their new XT-level STePS MTB e-bike drive system, Shimano has another XT group expansion to share. This new T8000 series broadens the reach of XT to deliver top-level drivetrains adapted specifically for trekking and proper bike touring. The top-tier of these bikes had been often built up with XT groups already, so T8000 aims to give them some solutions, like gearing tailored just for their needs, with their performance of XT…

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Hot on the heels of their new XT-level STePS MTB e-bike drive system, Shimano has another XT group expansion to share. This new T8000 series broadens the reach of XT to deliver top-level drivetrains adapted specifically for trekking and proper bike touring. The top-tier of these bikes had been often built up with XT groups […]

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BFS 2016: Veloheld gives a peek at new singlespeed cross AlleyX, urban Path, and more

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Back at the Berlin Bike Show we had a chance to sit down and chat with the Dresdeners who run Veloheld. They had some updates to the multi-purpose steel cyclocross bike that we had tested two seasons ago, plus a couple of other updated bikes and an all new singlespeed and city bike. The new belt drive singlespeed AlleyX cyclocross bike is one of their first new bikes as they move production back to Europe, and includes a few nice features like the custom shape steel fork. Take a closer look at this and other bikes after the break…

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Back at the Berlin Bike Show we had a chance to sit down and chat with the Dresdeners who run Veloheld. They had some updates to the multi-purpose steel cyclocross bike that we had tested two seasons ago, plus a couple of other updated bikes and an all new singlespeed and city bike. The new belt […]

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SOC16: Schwinn Vantage RX1 city bike drops the bar (and one heck of a disc brake deal)

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The Schwinn Vantage RX1 might just be the bargain bike of the show. Coming in at just $1,599, there’s not a generic part to be found. Instead, you’ll find name brand bits from SRAM, Formula, Fizik, FSA, VP and more, plus a new flared drop bar to improved ergonomics. All hung on a custom butted alloy frame with carbon thru axle fork outfitted with SRAM Rival 22 and hydraulic disc brakes.

But what’s going to catch your eye first is the elastomer decoupler that separates seatstay forces from fully reaching the seatpost…

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The Schwinn Vantage RX1 might just be the bargain bike of the show. Coming in at just $1,599, there’s not a generic part to be found. Instead, you’ll find name brand bits from SRAM, Formula, Fizik, FSA, VP and more, plus a new flared drop bar to improved ergonomics. All hung on a custom butted […]

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SOC16: Felt shows limited edition emerald Decree mountain bike, adds Eagle 1×12 spec & more

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Felt’s highlight for Sea Otter wasn’t a completely new model. Instead, it was this deep green limited edition Decree LE trail bike. Only 25 of them will be made, carrying a retail price of $6,499. Spec includes a DVO Diamond fork and Topaz 3AIR shock, new Spank Oozy 345 Trail wheels, handlebar and stem, KS LEV Integra dropper post, and WTB saddle. All color matched, of course…

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Felt’s highlight for Sea Otter wasn’t a completely new model. Instead, it was this deep green limited edition Decree LE trail bike. Only 25 of them will be made, carrying a retail price of $6,499. Spec includes a DVO Diamond fork and Topaz 3AIR shock, new Spank Oozy 345 Trail wheels, handlebar and stem, KS […]

Posted in Commuter, e-Bike, Mountain Bike, Sea Otter Classic6 Comments

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

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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 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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Detroit Bikes & New Belgium double their USA-made bikes for brewery’s 25th anniversary

 

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Probably one of the best marketing campaigns in our industry wasn’t even from a company in our industry. When New Belgium came out with Fat Tire Amber Ale prior to the craft beer boom and put a bike on the bottle’s label, it immediately became the unofficial beer of cycling. Even after it had been out for 10 years, each time it started shipping to a new market, it repeated that same tradition. Topping it off, a lot of their “signage” were the actual bikes on the label hanging up in bars and other places that sold their beer. And these weren’t just cheap promotional bikes… they were made by the likes of Felt, Schwinn & Electra.

Check out New Belgium Brewery’s 25th anniversary bikes that are made right here in the USA by Detroit Bikes, plus a great video explaining how the 2 year old outfit aims to produce the largest volume of made in the USA bikes in decades…

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  Probably one of the best marketing campaigns in our industry wasn’t even from a company in our industry. When New Belgium came out with Fat Tire Amber Ale prior to the craft beer boom and put a bike on the bottle’s label, it immediately became the unofficial beer of cycling. Even after it had been […]

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Be seen with tiny, stick-on FLECTR spoke reflectors

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Reflectors aren’t usually something to get to excited about. They tend to be get taken off of new bikes after making noise, getting broken, or just being more annoying and less cool than useful. But riding at night, and especially while commuting, it does really pay to be seen. The team behind FLECTR was tired of bulky, failure-prone solutions so they came up with an almost weightless and aerodynamically invisible alternate that they claim is effectively indestructible. So now they’ve taken their Flectr reflectors to Kickstarter, and have already blown past their funding goal with a few weeks to still get in on the deal…

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Reflectors aren’t usually something to get to excited about. They tend to be get taken off of new bikes after making noise, getting broken, or just being more annoying and less cool than useful. But riding at night, and especially while commuting, it does really pay to be seen. The team behind FLECTR was tired of bulky, […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Brighten up your bike. Throw some flowers on it – 3D printing can give us key bike parts like custom titanium dropouts, ti lugs, or even just component prototypes. But why not something a little less technical, and more whimsical? Wouldn’t it be cool to carry a plant in your pocket? That was the thought of the Atlanta-based industrial designer behind the Wearable Planter line for the last 5 years. Now they come to the bike, on your handlebar, or even strapped to your seattube or fork blade. Where else would you find this sort of thing, but on Etsy.com

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Brighten up your bike. Throw some flowers on it – 3D printing can give us key bike parts like custom titanium dropouts, ti lugs, or even just component prototypes. But why not something a little less technical, and more whimsical? Wouldn’t it be cool to carry a plant in your pocket? That was the thought of the Atlanta-based […]

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Brooks celebrates 150 years with special edition bikes from Brompton, Canyon & Skeppshult

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As the oldest manufacturer in the bicycle industry, Brooks has not only survived the test of time, but has done so still manufacturing their products in-house just outside of London not far from where they started. First making harnesses for horses and general leather goods in 1866 out of Birmingham, John Boultbee Brooks had to borrow a bicycle in 1878 due to the death of a horse… his transportation at the time. Since the modern “chain driven” bicycle we know today wasn’t invented until around 1890, we can only assume the bike was either the uncomfortable Boneshaker or a high wheel Penny-Farthing. Because the saddle was so uncomfortable, Brooks vowed to do something about it and patented his first bicycle saddle just a few years later in 1882.

Now 150 years on Brooks is still at it, producing saddles in many of the same traditional ways they did from the beginning. And to celebrate they’ve created the “Dashing Bikes” program by partnering with some meaningful manufacturers to produce a limited number of special edition anniversary bikes. Since copper is one of the key and more beautiful elements in a Brooks saddle, all of the special edition bikes will include copper accents. Take a closer look, and check out the well made videos (parts 1 & 2) that take you behind the scenes in the Brooks factory…

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As the oldest manufacturer in the bicycle industry, Brooks has not only survived the test of time, but has done so still manufacturing their products in-house just outside of London not far from where they started. First making harnesses for horses and general leather goods in 1866 out of Birmingham, John Boultbee Brooks had to borrow a bicycle in 1878 […]

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