Week in Review: Rolling resistance science, lots of new bikes, gear reviews and more!

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Lots of great enduro and mountain bike reviews this week, plus plenty of new bikes for all types of riding from Pivot, Trek, Bianchi, Budnitz and others. Plus, if your kids are looking to get the pro treatment, Isla Bikes unveiled their complete line of “pro” level youth bikes for mountain and cyclocross. Catch up with everything we covered this week on the list below, each link opening in a new tab for your reading convenience…

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Lots of great enduro and mountain bike reviews this week, plus plenty of new bikes for all types of riding from Pivot, Trek, Bianchi, Budnitz and others. Plus, if your kids are looking to get the pro treatment, Isla Bikes unveiled their complete line of “pro” level youth bikes for mountain and cyclocross. Catch up […]

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Ritchey Logic bikes’ Heritage Paint options bring back the classic look

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First shown at NAHBS earlier this year, Tom Ritchey’s Heritage Paint options hit their website on June 1. To bring back the classic livery, they tapped Rick Stefani of D&D Cycles, the man Tom entrusted to spray the original paint schemes. Now, you can pick from four different custom colorways on any of their steel bike frames, like the Team RWB on the P29er mountain bike shown above. Check out the video and images below…

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First shown at NAHBS earlier this year, Tom Ritchey’s Heritage Paint options hit their website on June 1. To bring back the classic livery, they tapped Rick Stefani of D&D Cycles, the man Tom entrusted to spray the original paint schemes. Now, you can pick from four different custom colorways on any of their steel bike […]

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Isla Bikes gets pro with new race-ready kids’ cyclocross and mountain bikes

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The options for kids bikes just keep getting better,and we couldn’t be more excited…particularly when there’s a disc brake cyclocross on offer, filling in a category that’s been sorely deficient in youth sizes. And Isla Bikes has built not one, but three different wheel size options, fitting 8 year olds and up with 24″, 26″ and 700c options, and all equally ready for slicks to turn them into road bikes.

Add in an even wider spread of sizes for mountain bikes and you’ve got everything you need to get your kid across the finish line…

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The options for kids bikes just keep getting better,and we couldn’t be more excited…particularly when there’s a disc brake cyclocross on offer, filling in a category that’s been sorely deficient in youth sizes. And Isla Bikes has built not one, but three different wheel size options, fitting 8 year olds and up with 24″, 26″ […]

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Nua Ti-Core x Kappstein Doppio collaboration pedals out 2-speed urban simplicity

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Back at the Berlin Bike Show we got a glimpse of the unique two-speed Doppio planetary gear bottom bracket/crank combo setup from Kappstein. Now with their collaboration with the Barcelona titanium builders at Nua, we get to see it built into a new high-end urban commuter with a clean and simple drivetrain. Kappstein approached Nua to craft a bike to showcase the new system, and what resulted was this quick flat bar Nua Doppio with a wide gearing range able to get up hills or jump from a start, while delivering speed for cruising city streets…

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Back at the Berlin Bike Show we got a glimpse of the unique two-speed Doppio planetary gear bottom bracket/crank combo setup from Kappstein. Now with their collaboration with the Barcelona titanium builders at Nua, we get to see it built into a new high-end urban commuter with a clean and simple drivetrain. Kappstein approached Nua to craft a bike […]

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Dugast goes tubeless, sort of, with cotton Ori mountain tubulars

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Most of us riding performance mountain bikes have made the switch to tubeless setups years ago, but some of the holdouts have been the elite pro cross country racers. They haven’t been racing on tubed clinchers, but rather handmade tubulars glued onto their rims, but with latex tubes inside. One of the premier tubular mountain bike tire makers has been A. Dugast who have been supplying the likes of World Champion Nino Schurter for many years. While Dugast tubulars have been ridden to numerous World Cup and Championship wins in recent years in XC and CX, Schurter’s win last fall in Andorra was in fact on a new prototype tubular made by Dugast with a new Ori casing that does away with that latex tube altogether. Just like with clinchers, the goal of creating the Ori was to further reduce the risk for flats…

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Most of us riding performance mountain bikes have made the switch to tubeless setups years ago, but some of the holdouts have been the elite pro cross country racers. They haven’t been racing on tubed clinchers, but rather handmade tubulars glued onto their rims, but with latex tubes inside. One of the premier tubular mountain […]

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SOC16: A closer look at new goods by e*Thirteen, KS, Thule & Yakima

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In this post, we’ve rounded up several items we’ve covered at launch to provide a closer look at some of the details or just recap if you didn’t see them the first time around.

Starting with the new road bike dropper post from KS, they’re certainly taking the slow route to production, having first shown a prototype at the 2015 Taipei Cycle show and then at that same show again earlier this year. But, it’s coming soon, and it’s a unique solution for putting a dropper seatpost on a road, gravel or cyclocross bike. Check out why, plus lots more, below…

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In this post, we’ve rounded up several items we’ve covered at launch to provide a closer look at some of the details or just recap if you didn’t see them the first time around. Starting with the new road bike dropper post from KS, they’re certainly taking the slow route to production, having first shown […]

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SOC16: New goods from HT Components, Smanie saddles & Ryde rims

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We got an exclusive first look at the new HT M1 XC pedal at the Taipei show, and now we’ve got a look at most of the color range…and news that they’re available in the U.S. through Bike Fettish. We’ve been testing one of their other pedals with a slightly larger cage and enjoying the clip in mechanism and durability, and the M1 simply brings that performance to a lighter, more XC package.

More pics and details below, plus new stuff from Ryde and Smanie Saddle’s U.S. debut…

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We got an exclusive first look at the new HT M1 XC pedal at the Taipei show, and now we’ve got a look at most of the color range…and news that they’re available in the U.S. through Bike Fettish. We’ve been testing one of their other pedals with a slightly larger cage and enjoying the […]

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SOC16: Novatec R3 carbon road wheels get wider w/ disc, rim, clincher & tubular options

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2017 Novatec R3 carbon fiber road bike wheels for disc or rim brakes in clincher or tubular

The updated Novatec R3 Disc wheelset gets a little wider and revised the rim shape to make a stronger wheel. At 38mm deep, it’s their do-it-all carbon rimmed wheel, and it’s available as a clincher or tubular, and for rim brakes, too. And it’ll work with QR or thru axles, too.

As their U.S. distributor put it, they’re an “unofficially” tubeless ready clincher, because they’ve been racing it that way for a while with no issues. Details below…

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The updated Novatec R3 Disc wheelset gets a little wider and revised the rim shape to make a stronger wheel. At 38mm deep, it’s their do-it-all carbon rimmed wheel, and it’s available as a clincher or tubular, and for rim brakes, too. And it’ll work with QR or thru axles, too. As their U.S. distributor […]

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SOC16: RideFast Racing brings carbon wheels to an affordable level

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What are some of your favorite subjects to discuss on a road trip? Food? Drink? Bikes? For the founders of RideFast Racing, that last one turned out to be more than just talk. After being the topic of discussion on a road trip to ride mountain bikes in Santa Cruz, Scott and Travis knocked around the idea of what would be their perfect wheel system – if they were to build it for their friends and themselves. At the time, Scott has just ended his partnership in a bike shop, while Travis was still gainfully employed as an engineer.

It was shortly after that road trip that Scott decided that they were going to start a wheel company. More than just offering affordable wheels, Scott had three goals in mind. They had to be wheels that he and his friends would actually want to ride, and that they would be proud of. The wheels also had to be built so that they could be sold at a price point that was lower than comparable wheels to get them out to more people. Lastly, Scott wanted a company that would allow him to make personal connections with his customers.

With Travis’ help in the engineering and testing department, RideFast introduced their first wheel called the Hotline. It wasn’t long before friends started making requests for wheelsets that didn’t even exist, and before they knew it, RideFast Racing was off to a fast start…

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What are some of your favorite subjects to discuss on a road trip? Food? Drink? Bikes? For the founders of RideFast Racing, that last one turned out to be more than just talk. After being the topic of discussion on a road trip to ride mountain bikes in Santa Cruz, Scott and Travis knocked around the […]

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