Otso Cycles spins out of Wolf Tooth Components, Stainless gravel & clever plus/fat carbon bikes up first

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The team from Wolf Tooth Cycles has been quietly working on a new product range for years. But this time it’s not a new chainring, chainguide, or cassette adapter. Their newest project involves not only completely new-to-them offerings, but also a completely new brand. Otso Cycles is the culmination of that work, and by the looks of things it’s time well spent.

Named after the spirit of the bear in Finnish mythology, Otso seems to fit well along side Wolf Tooth Components for companies named after revered and respected creatures. Their first two bikes share similar naming inspiration with the Warakin gravel bike named for a mythical wolf/hyena creature and the Voytek fat bike taking its namesake from a war fighting, soldier wrestling, beer drinking, cigarette smoking bear (true story). Aside from the clever names though, Otso Cycles are noteworthy for more than just being new bikes from a well known component manufacturer.

Otso wasn’t created just to release another me-too bike into an already crowded marketplace. The bikes both have specific traits that make them stand out (game changing, even), and should make them quite desirable…

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The team from Wolf Tooth Cycles has been quietly working on a new product range for years. But this time it’s not a new chainring, chainguide, or cassette adapter. Their newest project involves not only completely new-to-them offerings, but also a completely new brand. Otso Cycles is the culmination of that work, and by the looks […]

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Stevens revamps the Super Prestige, plus new CX entries for kids and adults

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Stevens has made a few key updates to their World Cup and World Championship winning Super Prestige for the new season of cross racing, adding more flexibility while incorporating the newest standards. And since not everyone can afford to buy a top carbon race bike, they’ve also brought a lot of updates to their aluminum bikes as well, from upgrades disc brake and axle standards to fender and rack mounts. There are also a couple of new sub-1000€ bikes for those dipping a toe into cyclocross, including the new 24″-wheeled Junior CX to help more kids into the sport…

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Stevens has made a few key updates to their World Cup and World Championship winning Super Prestige for the new season of cross racing, adding more flexibility while incorporating the newest standards. And since not everyone can afford to buy a top carbon race bike, they’ve also brought a lot of updates to their aluminum […]

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Alto’s smooth rolling wheels get disc brake hubs in time for cyclocross

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At the beginning of 2015, Florida-based startup Alto Velo debuted their highly flanged hub design on some incredibly glassy internals. Called R-Symmetric, the design was built with complete wheels in mind since they designed and spec’d specific rim drilling angles and placement, and specific spoke tensions. The idea was to create wheel that balanced lateral stiffness with ride quality and rolled like it was on ice.

Then, at Interbike last year, they showed us prototypes of disc brake versions, with hopes to have them out early this year. That timeline came and went, but now, finally, they’re on sale.

“It was interesting, man. We had the 3D model at Interbike last year,” said co-founder Bobby Sweeting. “But we went back and forth on design and tolerances to really try to dial in on what people wanted most -the cyclocross people in particular- with an eye toward our mountain bike line that’s coming next year.”

Those design changes over the past year were done to ensure that their disc brake hub was good for anyone that needed a disc brake hub, regardless of discipline…

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At the beginning of 2015, Florida-based startup Alto Velo debuted their highly flanged hub design on some incredibly glassy internals. Called R-Symmetric, the design was built with complete wheels in mind since they designed and spec’d specific rim drilling angles and placement, and specific spoke tensions. The idea was to create wheel that balanced lateral stiffness […]

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Canyon updates aluminum Inflites in time to start cyclocross racing

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Canyon has just uncovered their 2017 cyclocross line-up with the hopes of getting riders on new bikes before the race season starts. Overall the changes are pretty minor versus the 2016 setups and stick with the same alloy frames, but there are some new brighter colors that add to the Canyon standard black and one more affordable spec on the lighter SLX frameset. What also is nice is a new program Canyon is calling their ‘Sponsorship Deal’, which is more deal, less sponsorship, to help amateur racers ride away with a pair of bikes for that truly ‘pro’ cross setup…

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Canyon has just uncovered their 2017 cyclocross line-up with the hopes of getting riders on new bikes before the race season starts. Overall the changes are pretty minor versus the 2016 setups and stick with the same alloy frames, but there are some new brighter colors that add to the Canyon standard black and one more affordable spec […]

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Review: White Industries Centerlock Disc hubs…for cyclocross (updated)

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White Industries has been making bicycle components for a long, long time. Founder Doug White started out with The Pegger, a simple Velcro strap to keep your pants leg from getting caught in the chain (check out this article), then went on to make bikes, derailleurs, cassettes, and now hubs and chainsets.

The CLD (CenterLock Disc) hubs were their first to get a more modern, swoopy profile. They look the part on the road, but are ready for mountain bikes, too. That means anything from pavement to, let’s say, trail riding is fair game. I put this set through the paces on my cyclocross bike, which sees a fair amount of year ’round riding and training use on gravel, road and dirt, plus the expected racing…

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White Industries has been making bicycle components for a long, long time. Founder Doug White started out with The Pegger, a simple Velcro strap to keep your pants leg from getting caught in the chain (check out this article), then went on to make bikes, derailleurs, cassettes, and now hubs and chainsets. The CLD (CenterLock […]

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Review: Zipp 404 Disc, premier aero carbon clinchers for road and cross

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Back in the beginning of the spring Zipp introduced a pair of new aerodynamic wheelsets to suit the needs of the growing number of aero road bikes coming to market. There might have been speculation at the time of really what kind of bike would pair something like their deepest aero 808 rim to disc brakes, but we’ve since seen a number of suitable aero bikes make their debut. Here at Bikerumor though, our thoughts then were mostly to a wheelset that could handle more everyday type riding, so we got our hands on a set of the mid depth 404s to see how they rolled. While Zipp has proven their aero carbon tubulars on the cobbled classics and, in their disc brake guise, on the cyclocross circuit, we wanted to see how the slightly deeper 404 in a carbon clincher could handle both, making it easy to switch tires (and axles) to suit multiple disciplines….

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Back in the beginning of the spring Zipp introduced a pair of new aerodynamic wheelsets to suit the needs of the growing number of aero road bikes coming to market. There might have been speculation at the time of really what kind of bike would pair something like their deepest aero 808 rim to disc brakes, but […]

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Tech Talk: Are your bike tires too wide for your rims? Here’s how to get it right

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With the explosion of Boost, Plus bikes, Mid Fat and other portly new rim and tire sizes for everything from road to cyclocross to gravel to mountain bikes, it’s a wonder there isn’t more confusion as to what will actually work together.

And by “work together”, we don’t just mean whether or not it’ll mount. We wanted to know what the compatibility limitations are for optimum performance and, more importantly, safety. If we’ve learned one thing from Mavic’s presentations over the years, it’s that tire and rim sizes really and truly are designed to work in tandem. Step outside the guidelines and you risk poor performance, component damage, or even a total blowout. And it’s not just Mavic. We spoke with WTB, Kenda, Schwalbe, Stan’s NoTubes and Industry Nine to see where everyone sits on the matter. Here’s what they had to say…

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With the explosion of Boost, Plus bikes, Mid Fat and other portly new rim and tire sizes for everything from road to cyclocross to gravel to mountain bikes, it’s a wonder there isn’t more confusion as to what will actually work together. And by “work together”, we don’t just mean whether or not it’ll mount. […]

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Alloy cyclocross bikes go high end with new Low MKII CX

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Know for straight forward performance aluminum frames built by hand in their San Francisco workshop, Andrew Low and his team at Low Bicycles have been trying to spark a resurgence of domestic alloy bike manufacturing. Low’s latest addition to the lineup is the new MKII CX bike. A direct descendant of the first generation (MKI) CX prototype that has seen racing over the last 2 years and that we saw back at NAHBS this past March, the MKII makes its way into production in time to start racing. Low has ironed out the development kinks and is ready to get you lined up to start racing this fall. Get a closer look at the new bike after the break, and see why Low’s US-made 7005 frame will make a perfect companion for your next cyclocross campaign…

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Know for straight forward performance aluminum frames built by hand in their San Francisco workshop, Andrew Low and his team at Low Bicycles have been trying to spark a resurgence of domestic alloy bike manufacturing. Low’s latest addition to the lineup is the new MKII CX bike. A direct descendant of the first generation (MKI) […]

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Van Dessel lets you ride all over the place with new A.D.D. gravelcrossventure bike

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Can’t make up your mind? Wanna ride over here and over there and down this road and that? Having a hard time focusing on just one type of ride? Van Dessel has your Adderall in the form of a bike with their new A.D.D.

Designed to work for cyclocross, gravel or any old adventure style riding, the bike comes with either a carbon race fork or a steel adventure fork, the latter equipped with a wide array of mounts. Take your pic, either one works well on the 7005 aluminum frame with clearance for up to 700×40 road/’cross/gravel tires or 27.5×2.1 mountain bike knobbies. Both forks and the frame come standard with thru axles, but can be converted to work with traditional QR skewers, too…

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Can’t make up your mind? Wanna ride over here and over there and down this road and that? Having a hard time focusing on just one type of ride? Van Dessel has your Adderall in the form of a bike with their new A.D.D. Designed to work for cyclocross, gravel or any old adventure style […]

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