EB16: Maxxis adds more tubeless ready cyclocross, gravel tires & lots more Plus-sized MTB treads

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Maxxis’ lineup has added some very capable looking new tires for cyclocross and gravel, all of which are tubeless ready, and an oversized collection of new plus and “wide” tires to fit the growing size of modern mountain bike rims.

Shown above, the All Terrane is a 700x33c all-conditions tread with medium knob height and good spacing. The center knobs are ramped for fast rolling. It, along with the 33mm wide file tread Speed Terrane (shown below) get their Exo casing protection. Claimed weight is 395g (60tpi) and 375g (120tpi).

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Maxxis’ lineup has added some very capable looking new tires for cyclocross and gravel, all of which are tubeless ready, and an oversized collection of new plus and “wide” tires to fit the growing size of modern mountain bike rims. Shown above, the All Terrane is a 700x33c all-conditions tread with medium knob height and good […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Major U.S. law firm Knobbe Martens gets behind cyclocross – Most cross racers recognize the names or at least the industries of most sponsors whose names they see splashed across kits and race tents – protein bars, energy drinks, components, wheels, bike, even car companies. So who and what is Knobbe Martens, and why is their name on the US Champ kits of Jeremy Power and Ellen Noble’s Aspire Racing? Well, Knobbe Martens is a California-based law firm, and its team sponsorship may be the first for a US law firm in cross. (It’s certainly the first for a large firm specializing in intellectual property (think patents, trademarks, and copyright law.) But why not? Instead of running marathons, doing triathlons, or playing golf, the attorneys and staff at Knobbe ride ‘cross. So they’ve put their money where their knobbies are and are supporting the sport they love. Kuddos, and hopefully the press will do them good in their intellectually property business. Knobbe.com

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Major U.S. law firm Knobbe Martens gets behind cyclocross – Most cross racers recognize the names or at least the industries of most sponsors whose names they see splashed across kits and race tents – protein bars, energy drinks, components, wheels, bike, even car companies. So who and what is Knobbe Martens, and why is their name on […]

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Genesis debuts Zero Disc carbon road racer, Vapour Carbon CX crosser, women’s line, 27.5+ bikes & more…

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The way UK based Genesis Bikes puts it, they have so many new bikes for model year 2017 that they don’t know where to begin. Well, we have a good idea where to start, and that’s with carbon and disc brakes. While Genesis has been a longtime supporter of disc brakes on every type of bike from road to trail, carbon is still a fairly new direction for them. Having introduced the Zero, a carbon road racer a couple of years ago, and the carbon all-road Datum last summer, they’ve come back now with two more all-new carbon bikes. The new Zero Disc is meant to be a top-level disc brake carbon road bike developed to support their road race team, while the new Vapour Carbon CX is a cyclocross bike to suit their own cross racing needs.

Moving on from there Genesis is also adding a dedicated women’s road line for next season, including a version of the Zero Disc and its predecessor Zero, plus the Datum and another alloy endurance bike. For smashing around town, they’ve adapted an alloy mountain bike design into the all purpose Skyline commuter. And then finally for proper trail riding they’ve stretched their steel Tarn line-up out to include 29″ wheels and at the same time widened up another version for 27.5+. Check out the details on all of it after the break…

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The way UK based Genesis Bikes puts it, they have so many new bikes for model year 2017 that they don’t know where to begin. Well, we have a good idea where to start, and that’s with carbon and disc brakes. While Genesis has been a longtime supporter of disc brakes on every type of […]

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EB16: Praxis Works introduces Micro Compact 48/32t road crank, Direct Mount CX rings, new chain guides, more

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Whatever the reason, sometimes you just need lower gears. In the past that has meant either fitting a larger cassette which isn’t always an option, or fitting a compact, typically 50/34t crank. If you’ve already exhausted those options and still find yourself wanting lower gearing, it looks like Praxis Works will soon have an option for you. Available on the Alba M30 solid forged crankset and the Zayante hollow forged crankset, they will be offering a new compact spider that takes micro gearing to a new level.

Not only that, but their cranksets are becoming much more modular to fit a number of different gearing options…

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Whatever the reason, sometimes you just need lower gears. In the past that has meant either fitting a larger cassette which isn’t always an option, or fitting a compact, typically 50/34t crank. If you’ve already exhausted those options and still find yourself wanting lower gearing, it looks like Praxis Works will soon have an option for you. […]

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EB16: Prologo airs out new CPC road saddles, adds more MTB models & more

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Prologo has created an updated version of their F1-inspired vibration damping material called CPC Airing. It’s the same base material, but put into a new structure that gets 10-12% better shock absorption, and air flow is better to help keep you cooler.

It’ll only come on the carbon railed top models of the Scratch 2 (rounded shape), Nago C3 and Nago Evo (semi round shape), and Zero C3 and Zero II (flat shape). The Nago C3 is new, giving that model the “Carbon Composite Compounds” full carbon rails and shell. That’s an upgrade from the carbon injected nylon shells on the next level down.

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Prologo has created an updated version of their F1-inspired vibration damping material called CPC Airing. It’s the same base material, but put into a new structure that gets 10-12% better shock absorption, and air flow is better to help keep you cooler. It’ll only come on the carbon railed top models of the Scratch 2 (rounded […]

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EB16: Bike Ahead debuts light 27.5+ 40mm TheRim, BiturboCross wheels & wins award for NSA

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German carbon wheelmaker Bike Ahead has been working on getting their already light carbon offerings wider and more capable for hitting some harder trails in the new year, so they have started off by expanding their individual rim offerings over to 27.5+. At the same time, their light and aero Biturbo wheel lineup is expanding with a new version getting ready to battle it out in the rough and tumble of the cyclocross racing scene. Then lastly they’ve just won an award for their recently developed NSA tech, a No Slip Application that molds a synthetic rubber into the stem clamping surface on their handlebars for a more secure interface, even with lower clamping forces. Check it all out, and see how your wallet will fare with all of this handmade-in-Germany goodness…

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German carbon wheelmaker Bike Ahead has been working on getting their already light carbon offerings wider and more capable for hitting some harder trails in the new year, so they have started off by expanding their individual rim offerings over to 27.5+. At the same time, their light and aero Biturbo wheel lineup is expanding […]

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EB16: First Look! Mavic Speed Release road thru axle system solves pro peloton’s problems

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mavic speed release road bike thru axle system is secure like a thru axle but quick like a skewer

Brake rotors turning into saw blades of death aside, one of the real issues with converting the pro peloton over to disc brakes is the concurrent desire to use them with thru axles. The thru axles designed for mountain bikes work on the road, but they’re far too slow for the F1 pit stop speeds wanted in road side wheel changes.

We’ve seen some clever solutions that speed things up quite a bit, like those from Focus, Tune and NAILD, but the new Mavic Speed Release does it with similar speed but the added benefit of keeping the axle in the wheel and not requiring finely tuned positioning of the lever…

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Brake rotors turning into saw blades of death aside, one of the real issues with converting the pro peloton over to disc brakes is the concurrent desire to use them with thru axles. The thru axles designed for mountain bikes work on the road, but they’re far too slow for the F1 pit stop speeds […]

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Week in Review: Cyclocross Buyer’s Guide & Eurobike! Eurobike! EUROBIKE!!!

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Even before we crossed the pond, the news from Eurobike was streaming in at full speed. And then we got there. This past week is just the tip of the iceberg, but had major news from all the big drivetrain players – SRAM, Shimano, Rotor, FSA, and more.

And while some of this stuff won’t be available for months, our Cyclocross Buyer’s Guide is packed with 90+ pages of bikes, gear, tires and more that is available now! There’s also interviews with Jeremy Powers, Helen Wyman and others to get you prepped, ready and in shape for ‘cross season. It’s a free PDF download – grab it now, then click past the break for all the headlines from this past week in easy, clickable form…

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Even before we crossed the pond, the news from Eurobike was streaming in at full speed. And then we got there. This past week is just the tip of the iceberg, but had major news from all the big drivetrain players – SRAM, Shimano, Rotor, FSA, and more. And while some of this stuff won’t […]

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EB16: KMC blacks out the chain, adds more DLC colors, more

Earlier this year, KMC updated their X-shaped chain plates with additional chamfering all around the edges to make them shift evem smoother. That improved shaping is available on their top of the line DLC (Diamond Like Coating) chains in a growing rainbow of colors.

If you prefer the murdered out, all-black look, the new X11EL Blacktech chain might be for you…

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Earlier this year, KMC updated their X-shaped chain plates with additional chamfering all around the edges to make them shift evem smoother. That improved shaping is available on their top of the line DLC (Diamond Like Coating) chains in a growing rainbow of colors. If you prefer the murdered out, all-black look, the new X11EL […]

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