Crankworx 2016: Retro Rides from Mongoose and Rocky Mountain

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Rocky Mountain Bikes Wade SImmons' 20th anniversary maiden, side

What goes around, comes around…What was old is new again…there are a few ways to say it, but retro styling holds a certain appeal for those who recall when that particular trend or aesthetic first became popular. Both Mongoose and Rocky Mountain had some awesome retro-inspired bikes on display at Crankwork Whistler this year, which our more experienced readers may recall from roughly 20 years ago.

Mongoose has decided to produce a small number of near-replicas of their original ATB mountain bike. Nearly every component aside from its modern wheelset looks period-accurate, and the chrome treatment simply screams the 80’s. On the other hand, Rocky Mountain has taken a modern bike and given it an old-school paint job. As a 20th anniversary gift to Wade Simmons, the carbon Maiden seen above was hand-painted to match one of Simmons’ early bikes, and it even includes some phoney logos that’ll surely cause a few double-takes. Check out more pics of each below…
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What goes around, comes around…What was old is new again…there are a few ways to say it, but retro styling holds a certain appeal for those who recall when that particular trend or aesthetic first became popular. Both Mongoose and Rocky Mountain had some awesome retro-inspired bikes on display at Crankwork Whistler this year, which […]

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SRAM Acquires ShockWiz, Quarq suspension tuning assistants on the way

Quarq shockwiz shock tune

Depending on who you ask, getting purchased by a big company is the best thing that can happen to a start up. You’ve done the work to prove your concept works, and now that consumers are lining up to buy it, you can pass the torch to an established company like SRAM to handle production and take it to the next level.

That seems to be exactly what is happening with Dusty Dynamics after their success on Kickstarter with ShockWiz. The small device functions as a suspension tuning assistant that takes data from your fork or shock’s performance and then transmits that data to a smartphone app to help you improve the ride of your bike. Compatible with air sprung forks and shocks, the device will give you a snapshot of your suspension’s performance, indicate if there are problems with set up, measure air time, even help you tune for specific disciplines.

As for the Kickstarter, those who have backed the device will be receiving their promised units, only branded as Quarq. Each will be manufactured in Quarq’s factory in Spearfish, SD, and will eventually be available to those who didn’t buy into Kickstarter. Does this hint at future electronic integration with RockShox suspension? Time will tell…

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Depending on who you ask, getting purchased by a big company is the best thing that can happen to a start up. You’ve done the work to prove your concept works, and now that consumers are lining up to buy it, you can pass the torch to an established company like SRAM to handle production […]

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OpenBike connects all of your bikes’ lights, shifting, computer, batteries & more

OpenBike universal power and control hub standard for bicycles

As our bicycles continue to add more and more electronics to them (lights, shifting, computers, motors, etc.), we’re also adding batteries. Which means additional weight, complexity and things to charge. Not to mention separate controls and things that aren’t necessarily designed to work with each other.

Enter OpenBike, a new platform that combines the power and control of all those devices into a single hub. And a single battery. And makes them play nice with each other. It’s done by creating a central hub and common, shared communication protocol that lets parts operate together from a single power source and shared controls. Could this be the future of bicycle “operating systems”?

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As our bicycles continue to add more and more electronics to them (lights, shifting, computers, motors, etc.), we’re also adding batteries. Which means additional weight, complexity and things to charge. Not to mention separate controls and things that aren’t necessarily designed to work with each other. Enter OpenBike, a new platform that combines the power and […]

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Believe the hype! SE announces the Public Enemy Big Ripper

SE Bikes Public Enemy Big Ripper, side

Yeah Boyeeeee! If you’re a hip-hop loving BMXer, SE Bikes has created one dope ride to pay tribute to rap’s most influential group as you cruise around your hood. With politically charged songs like ‘Fight The Power’ Public Enemy became an angry but intelligent voice for black culture in America during the late 80’s and early 90’s. As a testament to their immeasurable impact the group has been constantly sampled, referenced or paid homage in hip hop music ever since.

Dropping this summer, the Public Enemy Big Ripper lets you show your appreciation for the group and kick it old school with SE’s classic floval tubing and Landing Gear forks, plus a special edition three piece padset adorned with Public Enemy logos and song titles. Break it down for the deets, yo…
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Yeah Boyeeeee! If you’re a hip-hop loving BMXer, SE Bikes has created one dope ride to pay tribute to rap’s most influential group as you cruise around your hood. With politically charged songs like ‘Fight The Power’ Public Enemy became an angry but intelligent voice for black culture in America during the late 80’s and […]

Posted in BMX, Concept5 Comments

Nether say Nether – This Dutch cyclist built a solar powered electric bicycle

Maxun One solar powered E-bike

Maxun One solar e-bike, riding shot, left

It’s never surprising to see innovative cycling ideas come from The Netherlands, a country that’s globally known for using bikes as their primary mode of urban transportation. Hailing from Maastricht, inventor Albert Van Dalen has designed and built this solar-powered electric bike, called the Maxun One.

His bike was recently spotted by Bikerumor staff over on gas2.org, and we thought this eco-friendly, forward-thinking idea was worth a closer look and worth sharing with our readers. Its rudimentary look may not win any beauty contests, but this eco-friendly concept has proven fully functional, which begs the question of how far it can go as we pursue the technological goals of making things smaller, lighter, more integrated, and more efficient…
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It’s never surprising to see innovative cycling ideas come from The Netherlands, a country that’s globally known for using bikes as their primary mode of urban transportation. Hailing from Maastricht, inventor Albert Van Dalen has designed and built this solar-powered electric bike, called the Maxun One. His bike was recently spotted by Bikerumor staff over on […]

Posted in Commuter, Concept, e-Bike, Gadgets & Hacks9 Comments

Felt, US women’s team pursuit chase gold on a wicked new track bike

Felt Track

Felt Track

No, that picture is not backwards. Felt is once again teaming up with the U.S. women’s team pursuit after making history with a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic games which was the greatest achievement by a U.S. track racing team ever. Now they want it all!

Felt teamed up with HED, FSA and others to create the Felt TA FRD (Track Aero | Felt Racing Development). Check out the video to see how they came up with this Olympic weapon and why they went south-paw with the drivetrain…

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No, that picture is not backwards. Felt is once again teaming up with the U.S. women’s team pursuit after making history with a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic games which was the greatest achievement by a U.S. track racing team ever. Now they want it all! Felt teamed up with HED, FSA and others to create […]

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Beer Roundup: Transition Bikes “Party iN the Woods IPA, Thomson insulated beer bag & more!

Transition Beer Cheers

Transition Beer Cheers

Often on the last grueling climb of the day, you say to yourself, “the harder I push, the better that beer is gonna taste”. Trail head or “half-way” beers with friends isn’t as good as the ride… it’s part of it! Transition Bikes took it a step further and partnered up with a local brewery down the street and came up with their own special brew!

Also check out a Thomson insulated beer bag and some swank beer carriers from Walnut Studiolo…

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Often on the last grueling climb of the day, you say to yourself, “the harder I push, the better that beer is gonna taste”. Trail head or “half-way” beers with friends isn’t as good as the ride… it’s part of it! Transition Bikes took it a step further and partnered up with a local brewery […]

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Carbon.Bike offers inexpensive, lightweight components thanks to forged carbon construction

Carbon.Bike forged carbon crank

Carbon.Bike forged carbon crank, title shot

If you were offered a brand new pair of carbon crank arms for $100, would you feel a bit skeptical? One thing riders never want to do is save a few bucks (or grams) on a part they don’t fully trust to perform. However, manufacturers constantly struggle to find cheaper, yet effective means of producing products. It’s hard to imagine they would invest in new ideas if they weren’t confident about the outcome…

A company called Carbon.Bike is currently raising eyebrows by combining the low manufacturing cost of forging with the weight savings of carbon fiber. They have created some very inexpensive forged carbon cranks, spiders and stems, and all the carbon bits are American-made in Raleigh, North Carolina. Their components are pretty darn light too, as a 170mm crank with a spider or chainring weighs in at just over 500g.

Potential customers will simply have to debate the advantages versus the unknowns – Do you trust a new company with a new manufacturing process? Is their experience in other industries enough to assume their bike parts will hold up? Does the low price tag scare you off, or tempt you to buy and try? Forge ahead for the details on Carbon.Bike’s cranks and stems…
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If you were offered a brand new pair of carbon crank arms for $100, would you feel a bit skeptical? One thing riders never want to do is save a few bucks (or grams) on a part they don’t fully trust to perform. However, manufacturers constantly struggle to find cheaper, yet effective means of producing […]

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Saddle Roundup: FlexCy and 3 West offer a different take on how you sit on your bike

3 west saddle 2

3 west saddle 2

One saddle does not fit all. Like shoes, they come in different sizes, shapes and styles. The longer you ride your bike, the more important your saddle becomes and it may be one of the most important pieces you consider. If you’re not comfortable, you won’t want to ride your bike as much. Then there is the whole *eh hem* “I got issues” factor.

Check out what 3 West came up with, that might pump you up (literally) for your next ride, and one of the more unique concepts we’ve seen with the on-the-fly adjustable FlexCy… nose dropper?

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One saddle does not fit all. Like shoes, they come in different sizes, shapes and styles. The longer you ride your bike, the more important your saddle becomes and it may be one of the most important pieces you consider. If you’re not comfortable, you won’t want to ride your bike as much. Then there is the whole […]

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