While the consumer-direct model has spread through Europe in recent years, many cyclists still don’t want to shell out thousands of Euros sight-unseen. So consumer-direct companies like Rose Bikes have started to build brick-and-mortar retail stores to reinforce their brand and connect to customers in a real world sense. We had a chance to stop in at Rose’s first concept store in Munich, which opened last fall and it seems to nicely bridge the gap between their internet shop and their customers. Read on to see how they are reaching out to the internet bike shopper….
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Not too long ago, MagLOCK thought they had a lock on the next great idea in clipless pedal technology. Imagine a system that truly offered effortless in and out of the pedals with full 360 degree power, offered infinite float, and was 100% street shoe compatible when not clipped in? While the first generation MagLOCK pedals delivered on all fronts they also weighed nearly as much as three pairs of standard pedals.
After a failed Kicksarter, Dave Williams wasn’t about to just give up and went back to the drawing board. The new and improved MagLOCK pedals drop over a pound of weight per pair and manage to drop the price in the process. This could be the magnetic clipless system you were hoping for…
Young German builder Velocipedo has some new bikes that really jump out at us with some subtle but amazing ti frame detailing and not to be missed paint schemes on their carbon bikes. It seems that Velocipedo has been set up with a goal of delivering “attainably-priced” limited edition bikes with an exceptional level of finishing detail, so that customers could be sure to ride away with a unique bike. Most of their standard bikes come in a numbered series of either 15 or 25 pieces before the entire finish and model line will be reworked. And that doesn’t even count the option to fully customize like this CrossingOVER model for a completely one-of-a-kind bike.
Read on past the break to see a couple of Velocipedo’s Unique Cycle line, one of the standard Collection line, but more so just to peep some of the details…
Tubeless rims have almost always been a compromise. On one hand, you can run a sealed rim bed without the need for rim tape as long as you’re ok with using proprietary spokes, nipples, or complicated attachment methods to the rim or hub. On the other, you can choose to go the simple way and use a pierced rim bed that is easily sealed with tape and sealant. The later method adds a bit of weight and also makes spoke repairs more frustrating when you have to peel back the layers of the onion to get to the offending spoke.
Apparently not a fan of compromise, Alchemist sent us a few teasers of their all new X-Sens rims. Judging by the photos, these are not your average tubeless carbon rims in almost every way…
Cannondale has just published a teaser video showing a Lefty suspension fork equipped gravel road bike, which looks to be the direction they’re taking for the single-sided suspended cyclocross bikes that’ve been spotted at the races recently.
Details are non-existent, but a few well timed screen grabs help get the story started. As does the blurb accompanying the video:
For those whose love for the road extends beyond just the road. For those whose thirst for fun and adventure cannot be quenched by mere road bikes or those dreary grinders of gravel. For all those who don’t necessarily want to road-ride, but who just want to ride the roads, and the verges, the trails, and whatever strikes their fancy, we proudly offer a road bike unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Check the video and more pics below…
It’s pretty interesting that creative designers and engineers sometimes build bicycles to pursue the study of new ideas or concepts. It piques our interest even further when the frame construction materials are a little outside the box…or perhaps part of the box (or crate)!
Two rather peculiar bikes have recently been created as engineering projects, one made almost entirely from cardboard and the other featuring an architecturally inspired wooden frame. While neither was made with the specific focus on producing a marketable bicycle, the Aero wooden bike seen above may not remain a prototype forever.
Money doesn’t grow on trees, but will bikes one day? Click below the break to see…
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Thus far, we’ve all had to rely on some sort of lubrication in our bearings to keep the balls spinning freely. Why? It’s not because of the inner and outer surfaces. It’s all because we’ve relied on cages in between them to keep each ball bearing separated from its neighbor.
That prevents the balls from rotating against each other and slowing things down, but it also adds friction.
Now, Japanese company Coo Space has developed an entirely new inside surface that separates the balls without the need for a cage. And without any grease, lube or oil.
Check it out in the video below that’ll leave your head spinning…and spinning…and spinning…
Get Your Piece of History with Limited Release 2015 Red Hook Crit Champion Colorway Cinelli Vigorelli
The Red Hook Crit, The Premier Track Bike Criterium Of All Track Bike Criteriums, wrapped up just over a week ago in Brooklyn. Each year since 2011, Cinelli has given away a Vigorelli frameset to the champions of the race and, for a very limited time, you have the opportunity to purchase your very own replica colorway of this year’s prize frame set. Learn how to get your sweet piece of the magic after the jump. READ MORE ->
While functionality is typically the top of the list priority for bicycles, it’s always fun to see outside companies take an artistic approach and create cool-looking concept bikes to tantalize our senses. Mazda recently created a series of artworks to emphasize the importance of aesthetic design in their products, including this awesome track racer.
The bike is known as the ‘Bike by KODO Concept’ and was recently released alongside a sofa, copper wine cooler and other works at the “Mazda Design: The Car as Art” exhibit in Milan, Italy during the art and fashion mecca’s design week.
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