Paul Components Rasta quick release skewers celebrate Grounation Day, or just 420

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Regardless of whether you simply like 4:20 (because these are announced on 4/20), or you don’t see this until the morning of April 21, it’s all good. Stoners like the former, true Rastafari celebrate the latter. And if you’re still rockin’ quick release skewers, you can now celebrate something we haven’t seen much of since the category defining Salsa skewers took on the red, green and yellow hues many years ago.

These, from Paul Components, revive the vibe with their modern cammed design. Specs and another pic below…

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Regardless of whether you simply like 4:20 (because these are announced on 4/20), or you don’t see this until the morning of April 21, it’s all good. Stoners like the former, true Rastafari celebrate the latter. And if you’re still rockin’ quick release skewers, you can now celebrate something we haven’t seen much of since […]

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SOC16: Chris King leaks new ThreadFit 30 bottom brackets for Cinch Cranks, Centerlock Road Disc hubs

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If you know where to look, you can catch a lot of interesting parts floating around the Sea Otter Classic. In the case of Chris King’s latest addition to their bottom bracket lineup, it was actually pointed out first by our readers on the launch of the Chris King 40th Anniversary Santa Cruz 5010. The bike is running a RaceFace crank, with a CK bottom bracket. But how can that be since a threaded BB for a 30mm spindle doesn’t yet exist from Chris King? Well, it’s on the way. We’ve been told by Chris King that the official announcement will come in the next few weeks. We’re assuming that along with the announcement will come availability but we haven’t heard for sure. Apparently the bottom bracket will fit a number of 30mm spindle cranks for use in BSA threaded frames which should make a lot of people happy to have a CK level bottom bracket available.

Over at the ENVE booth, it was another story with our fist look at their upcoming Centerlock Road hubs…

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If you know where to look, you can catch a lot of interesting parts floating around the Sea Otter Classic. In the case of Chris King’s latest addition to their bottom bracket lineup, it was actually pointed out first by our readers on the launch of the Chris King 40th Anniversary Santa Cruz 5010. The […]

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SOC16: KMC optimizes X11 chains for 1x drivetrains

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The KMC X11 chain series is getting a few tweaks to optimize it for 1×11 drivetrains. The upgrades come in the way of additional chamfering and shaping, much like SRAM has done with their Eagle chains, to improve durability and smoothness across the ever expanding range of gears on the back of the bike.

Going from one end of the cassette to the other puts a real strain on the links, particularly the inner links, as they come onto the chainring and off of the cogs at an extreme angle. Here’s how KMC is making that process a little smoother…

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The KMC X11 chain series is getting a few tweaks to optimize it for 1×11 drivetrains. The upgrades come in the way of additional chamfering and shaping, much like SRAM has done with their Eagle chains, to improve durability and smoothness across the ever expanding range of gears on the back of the bike. Going from […]

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SOC16: Alchemy adds more stock carbon bikes with Hyas gravel & Dione cyclocross

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What started with the Atlas road bike in January has become a three-bike lineup of stock sized and built carbon fiber bikes from Alchemy. While the Atlas sticks to rim brakes for now, the new Hyas gravel bike and Dione cyclocross bike introduce flat mount, thru-axle dropouts to their frame options, which is good news for those looking at custom builds, too.

The same front tube shapes are shared on all three -Atlas, Hyas, Dione- but layup and geometry is adjusted to suit the intended use and frame size. Both new bikes will be offered in four sizes.

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What started with the Atlas road bike in January has become a three-bike lineup of stock sized and built carbon fiber bikes from Alchemy. While the Atlas sticks to rim brakes for now, the new Hyas gravel bike and Dione cyclocross bike introduce flat mount, thru-axle dropouts to their frame options, which is good news […]

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SOC16: Praxis rolls out surprise carbon wheels for gravel, cyclocross and mountain bikes

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Just one month ago, Praxis rolled out a wide range of new cranksets and micro chainrings. Now they’ve rolled out an entirely new collection in the form of carbon-rimmed wheels, moving their product family in a whole new direction.

Starting with the C32 mountain bike wheels, they designed their own carbon rim to be just wide enough for modern tastes without going to extremes. It measures 32mm inside / 38mm external and 26mm deep. They’re laced with 32 spokes per wheel and get a hookless bead. The width has been tested with 2.25 to 2.5 wide tires from Maxxis, WTB and Specialized tires all airing up without a compressor.

They’ve also got a new carbon wheelset for cyclocross and gravel…

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Just one month ago, Praxis rolled out a wide range of new cranksets and micro chainrings. Now they’ve rolled out an entirely new collection in the form of carbon-rimmed wheels, moving their product family in a whole new direction. Starting with the C32 mountain bike wheels, they designed their own carbon rim to be just […]

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SOC16: Upcoming WTB Ranger tire covers fire roads to trails with Road Plus, 26″ Plus options

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If ever there were a tire that looked like one thing but was intended for something else entirely, it might just be the new WTB Ranger. Spotted at their booth as a very, very early leak was the 27.5 x 2.0 “gravel / cyclocross” tire. Elsewhere at Sea Otter, several new bikes were fitted with 26 x 3.0 “plus” mountain bike tires of the same name.

We’d heard rumor that WTB would soon have a much more aggressively knobbed “road plus” tire to join the very slick Horizon 27.5 x 47c and the mid-height knob Riddler. This could be it, and so much more…

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If ever there were a tire that looked like one thing but was intended for something else entirely, it might just be the new WTB Ranger. Spotted at their booth as a very, very early leak was the 27.5 x 2.0 “gravel / cyclocross” tire. Elsewhere at Sea Otter, several new bikes were fitted with […]

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SOC16: 2017 Focus Mares CX cyclocross bikes get flat mount disc brake updates, more

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By way of introduction, Focus’ owner simply said “Cyclocross is in our DNA.” And with Jeremy Powers, currently ranked #8 in the world, racing on their bikes and very happy with the frames, its somewhat fitting that they carry over mostly unchanged for 2017.

The big change is the move to flat mount disc brakes on both carbon and alloy frames. And all of the carbon forks, which are spec’d on every model, were redesigned with internal brake hose routing. There’s a foam channel inside to guide the brake hose through it. Since that required a complete redesign, they used that opportunity to switch from 15mm thru axles to 12mm, dropping a few extra grams. The exact amount of weight savings for the fork is TBD.

Other than the flat mounts, the frame stays the same really since that change didn’t require new molds. It’s still sub 900g for the carbon frame. Graphics and spec are all updated, check out the complete line below…

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By way of introduction, Focus’ owner simply said “Cyclocross is in our DNA.” And with Jeremy Powers, currently ranked #8 in the world, racing on their bikes and very happy with the frames, its somewhat fitting that they carry over mostly unchanged for 2017. The big change is the move to flat mount disc brakes […]

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SOC16: Vittoria bolsters Plus & DH mountain bike tire spread, plus new cyclocross tire & more

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Vittoria’s new Cross-XS tire will come in both tubular and TNT tubeless-ready clincher versions and will use their next generation Corespun cotton casing. That casing has the same tpi as the original but uses a new construction process that’s closer to how they make their track tires and makes it more supple. Beyond that, Vittoria’s reps weren’t giving up any details until closer to the product’s actual release.

Fortunately, that release should be before cyclocross season’s completely under way. Available in fall as a 700×33, they’ll possibly do a wider one for gravel, too…

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Vittoria’s new Cross-XS tire will come in both tubular and TNT tubeless-ready clincher versions and will use their next generation Corespun cotton casing. That casing has the same tpi as the original but uses a new construction process that’s closer to how they make their track tires and makes it more supple. Beyond that, Vittoria’s […]

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SOC16: Stages adds GXP power meter arm, more mountain bike spindle options

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Stages introduced their own carbon fiber crank arms at Eurobike last year, offering spindles for BB30 (Red22 and Force/Rival) and BB386 Evo (FSA) arms, using separate spindles to retrofit their cranks to those brands’ driveside. Now, they’re offering spindles to fit an OE version of SRAM MTB cranks that are wider than the standard, and a CINCH-style spindle to fit Race Face cranks.

For standard SRAM-equipped bikes, they have a new GXP compatible carbon fiber arm with power meter attached for $629. There’s a version for road and mountain bikes…

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Stages introduced their own carbon fiber crank arms at Eurobike last year, offering spindles for BB30 (Red22 and Force/Rival) and BB386 Evo (FSA) arms, using separate spindles to retrofit their cranks to those brands’ driveside. Now, they’re offering spindles to fit an OE version of SRAM MTB cranks that are wider than the standard, and a CINCH-style spindle to […]

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