Posts in the category Concept

IB15: Business In Front, Party In Back – Foes Mixer Series Blends 29 & 27.5″ Wheels, Goes Plus Size For Alpine

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With the 29er wheel size reigning over all and the infectious enduroable 27.5″ wheel size all but swallowing up the existence of 26” wheels, how can someone not carry on the tradition of mixing up wheel sizes yet again? What are we going to call it? SevinFive9er… 79’er… 97’er?

Trip past the break and see what Brent Foes has been up to…..


No More OTB for Your KID? SureStop Equipped Bikes Promise to Keep JR on Two Wheels


The folks at Guardian Bikes think Kids’ bikes should be as safe to ride as they are fun. By adding the SureStop braking system, Guardian hopes to completely eliminate the possibility of an over the bars crash caused by too much of the front brake. The concept isn’t exactly new in the world of brakes, but the inclusion of the system on a kid’s bike is intriguing.

Skid (or don’t) past the break and see how it works and if it’s the right bike for your little minions…..


IB15: Klein Designs Reimagines Clipless with Honeycomb Shoe / Pedal Concept

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While flat pedals seem to be making a resurgence, we also seem to be in renaissance of sorts of the flat pedal itself. First it was magnets, then float, and now a special shoe/pedal interface the promises more connection to the bike than your average flat pedal without ever clipping in.

Currently without a name, the concept comes to us by way of Klein Designs. As a former motocross rider, Maxwell Klein was looking for a better option when it came to pedals for his mountain bike. Wanting more control without having to clip in, the honeycomb concept was born and is currently seeking funding…


Reader’s Rides: The Kuvalda Grimlock- A Versatile AM Bike with More Travel Options Than Expedia

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In 2013, Russia’s Алексей Кочубеев read an article about an ambitious rider building a custom bike from plumbing pipes, alloy sheets and inexpensive materials. He found the story rather interesting, but it didn’t launch him into action right away.  Almost two years later the desire struck Кочубеев to own a custom bike with plenty of integrated adjustment, so he decided to put his own ideas into motion.

Кочубеев  found a small company called Kuvalda Bikes who were producing prototype frames. He contacted them in January 2015 and started designing what would eventually be called the Kuvalda Grimlock. Кочубеев’s creation boasts a huge amount of adjustability with four different travel settings, three chainstay lengths and compatibility with 26″ or 27.5″ wheels.

With such a wide range of set up options this frame is sure to spark engineering debates over its built-in versatility and how it’s ride characteristics might be affected as the rear shock position is altered. Read past the break to see how it works…

EB15: NAILD reinvents front suspension stem-and-fork system for road bikes

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Imagine if you could all but erase not just bumps, but vibration, too, from your commuter, road, cyclocross or gravel bike. That’s the promise of the new NAILD R3ACT front suspension.

It’s named for Newton’s third law that says every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and this particular prototype is made for flat bar road bikes, but designer Darrell Voss has bigger plans for it. It’s not really a stem suspension or a fork suspension, it’s both, and it requires a rider’s weight to be on the handlebars for it to work.

Voss explains that in the auto industry, they want about 10x the weight of the wheel:tire combo in the structure immediately surrounding it in order to properly deaden vibrations before they reach the driver. On a bike, that ratio isn’t practical, so he faked it by isolating the handlebars from the fork via a leveraged connection between the stem and the steerer tube. Press down on the frame and it barely moves. Put your weight on the bars and it absorbs bumps smoothly and easily…


Specialized Whips up a Turbo Powered Sidehack Fat Bike for Ken Block


Ken Block likes his toys, and it’s no secret bicycles have a special place in his garage. Specialized stepped up once again and came up with a turbo powered sidehack with some trick features and a custom paint job fitting for the Hoonigan.

Monkey past the break and check out the details on what had to be rad project to work on…


Shaky Videos No More – Slick’s Motorized Steadycam takes GoPro Footage to new Heights

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Getting that perfect shot is difficult for just about anybody short of a professional videographer, and it’s no easy task for them either. One of the biggest challenges with video is trying to hold the camera still so your footage doesn’t resemble The Blair Witch Project and give all of your friends motion sickness. When you see some of the professionally done videos, the things you don’t see are the rigs they build just to get that smooth, steady shot.

The folks at Slick believe they have come up with solution that will all but perfect your action videos taken with your GoPro. Head past the break and check out the pretty ingenious little gadget they came up with….


Eurobike Coverage Review – Week #2: Chosen goes for 12 Speeds, Cippollini Gets Aero, DT Swiss & HED Get Wider and MORE!

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Welcome back to Eurobike coverage part deux! With more categories to cover than ever, this year’s show was huge and kept us on our toes more than ever. Pour yourself a well deserved scotch, kick your feet up, and travel into this week’s coverage of Eurobike 2015.

And in case you missed Week 1’s exciting coverage, check it out!


XTERRAIN 500 Uber Fat Bike Includes Fat and Even Fatter Front Wheels


This is one of those I’ve been staring at in my inbox for a bit. I’ve been questioning on how to best approach it, but without a doubt, it had to be seen. I keep an open mind so those that would be attracted to a product, can gain a useful perspective without too much bias. So I’m going to do my best here to do just that.

If you had the chance, how would you use this beast and what modifications you would make? Float past the break for the good, the bad and …. well, you know the rest…