Shimano updates STePS + Di2 e-bikes with auto shifting firmware

Shimano updates STePS + Di2 e-bikes with auto shifting firmware

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Shimano finally announced today the release of a new firmware update for e-bikes running their STePS system and the Di2 Nexus hubs. Shimano had introduced us to the possibility of automatic, electronic gear shifting on their drivetrains almost a year ago, but when we talked to STePS users and industry insiders who were spec’ing the systems, no one really had heard anything suggesting real world availability of the automatic transmission setup. That has changed now with public v2.11.1 firmware available from Shimano. Let your mouse automatically take you across the break to see how it works and self-learns when it should shift based on your riding style…

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Blackburn expands its Outpost line with… well, an expandable frame bag

Blackburn expands its Outpost line with… well, an expandable frame bag

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Every year, more and more people are going off the grid and further away from civilization on their bikes. Whether a day, week, or months at a time, you need to haul a moderate amount of items, and one of the lowest (center of gravity), accessible and somewhat protected spaces is within the bike’s frame. Blackburn’s newest addition to the Outpost family of bags, the Outpost Frame Bag, offers a multitude of flexibility for most traditional frames and adventures alike…..

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Review: Always ready to ride with the Trek Lync

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For longer than I can remember, there have been a lot of bikes in the garage (or dorm room, living room, where ever I could stash them). Since there always seemed to be one bike or another to take for rides around town, trips to the store, or to ride to the bar, the concept of yet another bike around the house as a dedicated city bike seemed a bit superfluous.

But when Trek offered to let us keep their Lync 3 for a while, I thought why not? In addition to the overall design and function of the bike being tailored to city riding and commuting, the Lync has another trick up its sleeve – built in lights. While it may seem like an unnecessary feature, the Lync proved better than expected in more ways than one…

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Review: SKS Twentyniner large barrel floor pump

Review: SKS Twentyniner large barrel floor pump

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A lot of companies have started making ultra low pressure pumps recently to cater to the needs of fat bikers, and SKS has been among them with their Big Wheel pump. The biggest selling point of those pumps is the ability to read small pressure changes on their dials and to have accurate (or at least repeatable) measurements down in the 10-20 psi range. And while that is great for a fat-only pump, a lot of times the gauges miss out by not going up quite enough to give a broader spectrum of use for other low-pressure tires like the 20-30 psi range for cyclocross and the 23-40 psi range for mountain bikes. So that’s why we looked to the next SKS pump up the line, the Twentyniner. It’s an oversized barrel pump with an easy-to-read gauge that goes up to ~85 psi/6 bar. That’s a bit higher than we might have initially hoped, but in the end let us cover even more ground. Check out how it has done for us after the break…

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Reader’s Ride: Fairwheel’s urban Parlee Altum Disc

Reader’s Ride: Fairwheel’s urban Parlee Altum Disc
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all images courtesy of Fairwheel Bikes

So earlier this week we featured a pretty sensible steel flat bar cross bike built by Vlad Cycles to take on a bit of road and trails.
And now for something completely different, on the complete other end of the spectrum of reality is what Jason Woznick thinks of when you say flat bar road & gravel bike. This custom build is pretty standard fare for a Fairwheel Bikes in-house project. By that I mean that it starts off with a frameset most people would drool over, and then proceeds to jump off the deep end with the most light, exotic, and sought after components you can imagine to put together a bike that pushes the line towards craziness. Built on a stock Altum Disc frame and fork from Parlee, hop past the break to get a closer look at the details…
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Priority’s sporty new Eight belt drive commuter bike hits the streets

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Priority Bicycles Eight, on stand

It seems New York’s Priority Bicycles hit the nail on the head by producing a line of simple, low maintenance commuter bikes. After finding overwhelming success launching the brand on Kickstarter in 2014, they are now distributing thousands of bicycles around the globe. We previously checked out their Classic model and their clever kids bike the Start, and since then Priority has added to their product line with a new commuter bike called the Eight.

The Eight is the new higher performance brother to the Classic, but retains the brand’s tradition of using long lasting, low maintenance parts like an aluminum frame and fork, Gates belt drive system and hydraulic disc brakes. It also upholds Priority’s very competitive pricing scheme, selling to pre-sale buyers at just under $800.

The Eight was first made available during an exclusive pre-sale to the Priority community, which sold out in ten days. Due to demand, a second run is now on the way and this time anyone can get in on the deal. A limited number of Eights are being offered on a first come first serve basis, so if you’re interested don’t wait to place your order…
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Join the Hunt Wheels OpenDev Team to test new road, cross & gravel gear

Join the Hunt Wheels OpenDev Team to test new road, cross & gravel gear
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all images courtesy of Hunt

Trade in your 2¢ for 1000£. That’s the tagline behind Hunt Wheels’ new grassroots product development challenge, that aims to put new gear in your hands in exchange for some constructive feedback. They have opened up applications today for 6 lucky riders who will join their team in helping to shape the next series of products they will produce. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, they want real input from cyclists who ride road, gravel, or cyclocross out in the real world. Those selected to join the OpeDev Team with get outfitted with a set of Hunt wheels, a new Giro Synthe helmet, and a Hunt cycling kit from Mobel, all for just providing your feedback. Spin past the break to get a bot more detail and to find out how to throw your hat in the ring…

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Bikefixtation helps quench your thirst and clean your filthy bike!

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Bike Fixtation makes cyclists’ lives a little easier by making the things they need more accessible when they’re needed. Their public use work stands and vending machines have saved many of rides, and now they’re adding even more remote functionality with a bike wash and a bottle station. Fix your bike, clean it off, and fill your bidons all right at the trail head…

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Reader’s Ride: Inna’s custom steel Vlad Cycles road & trail Troika

Reader’s Ride: Inna’s custom steel Vlad Cycles road & trail Troika

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As proper cyclocross race season is almost done, yet there are still months of winter to get through before we switch back to full-on trail riding, I’m reminded of a pile of photos I recently found in my inbox from reader Inna Geller. She wanted a bike capable of a bit of trail riding and still comfortable for some time on the road, so she reached out to New Jersey based Vlad Cycles for this custom steel road & trail Troika. We covered Vlad Cycles last winter at NAHBS as a new builder, and even spotted a fat bike from him a couple of months ago at the Philly Bike Expo. More comfortable with flat bars for off-road riding, her bike essentially became a high-end hybrid between a cyclocross bike and a rigid 29er that is capable of taking on pretty much any surface. Roll past the break for a closer look…

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Posted in Commuter, Cyclocross, Gravel Bikes, Reader's Rides, Road Bike4 Comments