World’s Fastest Bike? Dimond Bikes new Superfork makes a fast tri bike even faster

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If Mavrick had a bike, I imagine this is the one he would ride into the Danger Zone. Dimond Bikes’s made-in-USA carbon frames have only been around since 2013, but they arrived carrying a very big beam stick. In addition to impressive wind-tunnel results, this past October, Dimond pro Maik Twelsiek delivered the best bike split of the day at The Kona Ironman World Championships giving this new brand some serious street cred.

See why these bikes are so freaking fast and some of the custom paint jobs they can do for you…

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Pedal into new Absoluteblack Ovals for the road to improve pedaling and shifting

Pedal into new Absoluteblack Ovals for the road to improve pedaling and shifting

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With a couple exceptions around the Bikerumor crew, we’ve become oval chainring converts. While Rotor’s been at it for quite a while, Absolute Black has been pushing the aftermarket harder than anyone. And not just by machining drool-worthy components, but by making sure they have as many crankset fitting options as possible. Fortunately for all of us, they keep finding ways to improve their product’s performance.

Or, in this case, bring that performance to new segments. The new Absoluteblack Oval Road Premium chainrings follow their narrow/wide mountain and cyclocross single rings, but take a whole new approach by offering smooth shifting across double chainrings for the road…

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Camile puts GPS and Video into one clean & simple package

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There are more and more GPS and digital video devices coming to market for cyclists every year. So each new product has to differentiate itself from the rest by delivering better performance or lower pricing, or even both. Upstart Chinese consumer electronics company MiniWing has a solution by combing the digital recording and GPS into the Camile, a single device with a simple design and easy-to-use interface. They are bringing the Camile to Indiegogo to get over that first product manufacturing hump and bring the new tech to market quickly. Take a closer look after the break…

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Mineral’s Mini-bar and Barstow tools keep your ride stocked in case of mechanical

Mineral’s Mini-bar and Barstow tools keep your ride stocked in case of mechanical

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One thing many riders appreciate is simplifying the process of their ride. A lot of that involves making sure we have the proper gear for said ride, because forgetting the simplest of things can make or break that experience you were longing for. Tools are one thing you should always have with you, but swapping them between bikes or even just plain forgetting them in your front seat will do nothing for that loose bolt or broken chain. Mineral has a couple of somewhat different, but simple alternatives with their Mini-bar and Barstow tools that may be worth looking at….

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Velo Cult enlists Mark Nobilette & Mosaic Cycles to kick off their new custom program

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For all those who thought that owning a bike shop is the coolest thing you could possibly do, just wait until you hear what the folks at Velo Cult have done. From the epicenter of weirdness Portland, Oregon, Velo Cult operates a bike shop that also functions as a coffee shop, bar, and event space too. Now you’re thinking bigger, right?

Well Velo Cult is still dreaming up new ideas too, and they’ve just announced a new custom program that will feature road, rando, cyclocross, gravel and mountain bike frames adorned with Velo Cult styling cues. The first two custom collaborations, a randonneur bike built by Mark Nobilette and a full line of frames by Mosaic Cycles, have just been announced.

As is typical with custom built bikes, specifications are scarce compared to the big brands’ catalogue models. If you’re drooling over these frames you’ll have to contact Velo Cult to sort out all the options and costs. Check out more photos and the basics on Nobilette and Mosaic’s creations after the break…
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Asheville CX Randoms – I9 Death Trap, Boyd Eternity Hubs Shipping, & ultimate Honda Element Bike Camping Build Out

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Boyd Eternity hubs shipping actual weight industry Nine Death Machine goworx fifth element camping coversion (7)

Like any great cyclocross venue, the CX Nationals expo area was a bit of a party. In addition to food, warm beverages, and warm up tents, there were also a number of companies with things to show – some serious, some not so much.

Industry Nine has their products pretty well buttoned up now that their Trail S wheels are on the scene, so the big draw in their booth was something a little more… deadly?

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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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Posted in Commuter, Concept, Gravel Bikes, Reader's Rides, Road Bike16 Comments

HxR Easy Shift crank is here for shifting on the fly, no pedaling required

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HxR freewheel crankset shift while moving no pedaling (4)

Ever wished you could have dumped a few gears before you reach that quick little riser? Or maybe you just want to be able to shift whenever you feel like it, without having to worry about when or where?

That is the idea behind the new HxR Easy Shift Crank. While the idea itself isn’t new (trials bikes, old Schwinns, etc. have used a similar concept for years), HxR seems to be one of the first to apply the concept to a 1×11 enduro drivetrain. Built to hold up to the abuse of today’s trail and enduro rigs, the Easy Shift crank is a product of France based HxR components and is finally ready to hit the trail…

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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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