Diamondback launches “intro to cycling” video series with Bill Nye, the Science Guy

Diamondback has recruited Bill Nye, The Science Guy, to be their explainer for all things bicycle in a new video series. The shorts are aimed at those just getting into, or thinking about getting into, cycling. Video one is shown above and starts out with the basics – how to pick the right type of bicycle for you. The next seven videos cover topics like rider etiquette, essential gear every cycling should carry, how to brake, the pre-ride checklist and so on. Check ’em all out at Diamondback.com.



Diamondback has recruited Bill Nye, The Science Guy, to be their explainer for all things bicycle in a new video series. The shorts are aimed at those just getting into, or thinking about getting into, cycling. Video one is shown above and starts out with the basics – how to pick the right type of […]

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EB16: Hexlox completes the set with discreet locks for bolt on and QR wheels, saddles, and seat posts

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Since we last checked in with HexLox, things have been going great for the creators of the smallest and lightest bicycle locks. They crushed their Kickstarter goal, product is shipping to backers, and no one has been able to pick the patent pending HexLox yet. That has given Ian and Marcus the ability to focus on what’s next – namely a few holes in the lock line up for complete bike security. Next up on the list are ways to lock up your wheels and your saddle and seat post. And that’s exactly what they were showing at Eurobike…

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Since we last checked in with HexLox, things have been going great for the creators of the smallest and lightest bicycle locks. They crushed their Kickstarter goal, product is shipping to backers, and no one has been able to pick the patent pending HexLox yet. That has given Ian and Marcus the ability to focus on what’s next […]

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Upgraded SRAM Apex 1 improves the affordable 1x experience

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Just introduced last year as their base (budget) level 1x road group, the SRAM Apex 1 found its way onto a number of flat bar urban speed machines and a few entry level cyclocross bikes. Now, the group gets even getter thanks to a new, asymmetric four-arm crankset and other updates.

It’s available with an integrated chain guard for city bikes, or remove it for more performance oriented bikes. The cranks and X-Sync chainring are both aluminum, available with 40, 42 or 44 tooth chainrings that work with 10- and 11-speed chains. The new design improves chainring/frame clearance and works with both 130mm and 135/142mm rear axle spacing. Claimed weight is 807g for the GXP spindle with 172.5mm arms and 42T ring. It’s also available in BB30, pricing from $110-$118. Available in October.

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Just introduced last year as their base (budget) level 1x road group, the SRAM Apex 1 found its way onto a number of flat bar urban speed machines and a few entry level cyclocross bikes. Now, the group gets even getter thanks to a new, asymmetric four-arm crankset and other updates. It’s available with an […]

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Genesis debuts Zero Disc carbon road racer, Vapour Carbon CX crosser, women’s line, 27.5+ bikes & more…

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The way UK based Genesis Bikes puts it, they have so many new bikes for model year 2017 that they don’t know where to begin. Well, we have a good idea where to start, and that’s with carbon and disc brakes. While Genesis has been a longtime supporter of disc brakes on every type of bike from road to trail, carbon is still a fairly new direction for them. Having introduced the Zero, a carbon road racer a couple of years ago, and the carbon all-road Datum last summer, they’ve come back now with two more all-new carbon bikes. The new Zero Disc is meant to be a top-level disc brake carbon road bike developed to support their road race team, while the new Vapour Carbon CX is a cyclocross bike to suit their own cross racing needs.

Moving on from there Genesis is also adding a dedicated women’s road line for next season, including a version of the Zero Disc and its predecessor Zero, plus the Datum and another alloy endurance bike. For smashing around town, they’ve adapted an alloy mountain bike design into the all purpose Skyline commuter. And then finally for proper trail riding they’ve stretched their steel Tarn line-up out to include 29″ wheels and at the same time widened up another version for 27.5+. Check out the details on all of it after the break…

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The way UK based Genesis Bikes puts it, they have so many new bikes for model year 2017 that they don’t know where to begin. Well, we have a good idea where to start, and that’s with carbon and disc brakes. While Genesis has been a longtime supporter of disc brakes on every type of […]

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EB16: Cannondale Bad Boy urban commuter is back, badder than ever

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The Cannondale Bad Boy was introduced in 1999 and was an outgrowth of the Volvo-Cannondale team putting 700c wheels on their 26″ disc brake mountain bikes. They loved it so much that Cannondale turned that mashup into a production bike. Over the years it’s morphed into an ever more dedicated urban bike, and now it gets a total refresh.

It’s built around 650b wheels and 40mm tires, which was decided after they saw how fun the Slate adventure bike was. That lets it carry speed but also be very nimble for whipping through the city. And when it turns dark? That’s where the bike literally shines…

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The Cannondale Bad Boy was introduced in 1999 and was an outgrowth of the Volvo-Cannondale team putting 700c wheels on their 26″ disc brake mountain bikes. They loved it so much that Cannondale turned that mashup into a production bike. Over the years it’s morphed into an ever more dedicated urban bike, and now it gets […]

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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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