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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Praxis x 4iiii power meter combo deal practically gives you the crankset for free

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Want power measurement and a crank upgrade for one low price? Praxis is offering their Zayante hollow forged crankset with chainrings pre-installed with the latest 4iiii power meter for just $499.

The Zayante cranks normally run for $299 with chainrings, and the 4iiii power meter has an MSRP of $399, so you’re saving $200 off the package price. If you’re not already running a Praxis crankset on your bike, you’ll need to nab one of their bottom brackets, too, but you’re still all in with a fresh set of everything for well under $600. Details below…

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Want power measurement and a crank upgrade for one low price? Praxis is offering their Zayante hollow forged crankset with chainrings pre-installed with the latest 4iiii power meter for just $499. The Zayante cranks normally run for $299 with chainrings, and the 4iiii power meter has an MSRP of $399, so you’re saving $200 off […]

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SOC16: Masi cyclocross bikes get racier, add carbon fiber models; plus concepts & steel tourers

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In the past, Masi had just a single cyclocross bike called the CXR Comp. It was an alloy disc brake bike, and now it’s been completely updated and the line expanded to include carbon models. There’ll be two spec levels for each frame material, and each material gets it’s own carbon fork with different features for different uses.

The carbon bikes get an all-new full carbon fork with stealth eyelets for thread-in fender mounts (not for racks). The bend in the legs is designed to reduce vibrations, but gives the bike a subtly different look. Check out the full line, plus new steel touring adventure bikes and a couple nice concepts, below…

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In the past, Masi had just a single cyclocross bike called the CXR Comp. It was an alloy disc brake bike, and now it’s been completely updated and the line expanded to include carbon models. There’ll be two spec levels for each frame material, and each material gets it’s own carbon fork with different features for […]

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Review: Dean’s titanium Antero cross bike takes “custom” titanium to a whole new (price) level

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Dean Titanium has a deep history and since long time employee and welder Ari Leon has taken the reigns, we’ve seen a lot of new shapes and offerings coming out of the Boulder frame builder’s doors. After chatting with them at Interbike last year, they suggested we check out one of their new “stock” offerings, so we did!

Getting on a nice titanium bike for close to the cost of (high quality) steel was great, but Dean’s Antero cross bike has a few tricks up its sleeve… plus you can customize the frame to suite your needs…

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Dean Titanium has a deep history and since long time employee and welder Ari Leon has taken the reigns, we’ve seen a lot of new shapes and offerings coming out of the Boulder frame builder’s doors. After chatting with them at Interbike last year, they suggested we check out one of their new “stock” offerings, […]

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Pioneer power meters now just $499 for single leg, adds Shimano 105 compatibility

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The non-drive side power meter gets new (removable) branding.

Pioneer has just introduced their most affordable power meter option yet with a new way to use the single-leg sensor…on your own crank arms.

Originally, they sold the left or right sensor preinstalled on the crank arm, which meant you ended up with a spare after replacing the arm that was already on your bike. Now, they’re letting you simply send in your existing Shimano Dura-Ace, Ultegra or 105 11-speed crank arm and have their hi-def power meter sensor professionally installed for just $499.

That’s $130 less than the original cost for a non-drive Dura-Ace crank arm, and $60 off the Ultegra price. The 105 option is new, and brings their power measurement to an even lower overall system price point. Basically, the prior investment in the additional arm was simply returned as savings to the consumer…

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Pioneer has just introduced their most affordable power meter option yet with a new way to use the single-leg sensor…on your own crank arms. Originally, they sold the left or right sensor preinstalled on the crank arm, which meant you ended up with a spare after replacing the arm that was already on your bike. […]

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DT Swiss adds high volume R414 rear shock, sneaks in stealth “plug-in” thru axle

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Over the past couple years, DT Swiss has scaled back their suspension offerings, focusing on the shorter travel end of the spectrum. The new R414 rear shock, however, has a huge range of uses from XC to light enduro and could be considered the start of DT’s phase two suspension effort.

It has a larger air chamber than their XC units, and it moves the check valve between positive and negative chambers into the stroke a small bit. With their XC shocks, as you fill the positive it’s also filling the negative, but then as soon as there’s sag in the system, the piston is moved past the check valve and the systems remain separate. With the R414, the check valve is moved to between 20% to 30% of the stroke, so as you’re sitting in sag, the system is equalizing positive and negative chambers for smoother performance. So, it’s important to cycle the shock as few times as you’re setting it up and then rechecking pressure. This design is more commonly used in the industry, so it’s not new, it’s just new for DT Swiss.

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Over the past couple years, DT Swiss has scaled back their suspension offerings, focusing on the shorter travel end of the spectrum. The new R414 rear shock, however, has a huge range of uses from XC to light enduro and could be considered the start of DT’s phase two suspension effort. It has a larger air […]

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SOC16: Raleigh cranks out drop bar fun with fat tire, dropper equipped Stuntman, Steel RXM, Kid’s CX, More

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On the surface, Raleigh’s new Stuntman looks to be a fun bike no matter what. But if you’re old experienced enough to remember The Fall Guy (admittedly I had to look it up), then this brown beauty will make even more sense given its inspiration from Colt Seavers’ pick up. Supposedly one of the last projects to involve Brian ‘Sally’ Fornes, the focus on fun isn’t surprising as the Stuntman blends big tires, drop bars, and dropper posts. The result is a truly unique bike that will crush anything in its path…

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On the surface, Raleigh’s new Stuntman looks to be a fun bike no matter what. But if you’re old experienced enough to remember The Fall Guy (admittedly I had to look it up), then this brown beauty will make even more sense given its inspiration from Colt Seavers’ pick up. Supposedly one of the last projects to involve […]

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SOC16: Spēd Precision races toward new wheel brand with mountain, CX options

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Are there enough wheel companies out there already? If you’re Colin Esquibel, the answer is no. After leaving his position with Box Components, Colin told us he had something in the works, and at Sea Otter we got a first look – wheels. Why another wheel brand? Simply because Colin believes they can create a better product at lower prices than the competition by controlling the entire process. Every component of Spēd Precision’s wheels is of their own design, from axle to nipple. Their wheels will all feature carbon rims, made from unique molds, with their own hubs, spokes, and even proprietary carbon layup or two depending on the model.

At Sea Otter we only got a peek into what’s to come, but from the looks of things Spēd Precision will be a company to watch…
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Are there enough wheel companies out there already? If you’re Colin Esquibel, the answer is no. After leaving his position with Box Components, Colin told us he had something in the works, and at Sea Otter we got a first look – wheels. Why another wheel brand? Simply because Colin believes they can create a […]

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BFS 2016: Veloheld gives a peek at new singlespeed cross AlleyX, urban Path, and more

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Back at the Berlin Bike Show we had a chance to sit down and chat with the Dresdeners who run Veloheld. They had some updates to the multi-purpose steel cyclocross bike that we had tested two seasons ago, plus a couple of other updated bikes and an all new singlespeed and city bike. The new belt drive singlespeed AlleyX cyclocross bike is one of their first new bikes as they move production back to Europe, and includes a few nice features like the custom shape steel fork. Take a closer look at this and other bikes after the break…

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Back at the Berlin Bike Show we had a chance to sit down and chat with the Dresdeners who run Veloheld. They had some updates to the multi-purpose steel cyclocross bike that we had tested two seasons ago, plus a couple of other updated bikes and an all new singlespeed and city bike. The new belt […]

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