Shimano takes eBikes off-road with XT level STePS MTB

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Shimano is making the jump to electrify mountain bikes as they have now developed a new trail-specific version of their STePS e-bike drivetrain that they are calling STePS MTB. The all new e-MTB components are designed to deliver XT-level fit and finish to get to riders serious about riding off-road, but who are looking to extend their range to explore farther from the trailhead. The new group is sure to spark some heated debate, especially in the states where trail access could potentially be at risk, but in Europe where e-bikes are seeing steady growth Shimano seems to have needed to get in the game, lest they risk being left behind. Take a closer look at the system after the break to see what it entails…

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Shimano is making the jump to electrify mountain bikes as they have now developed a new trail-specific version of their STePS e-bike drivetrain that they are calling STePS MTB. The all new e-MTB components are designed to deliver XT-level fit and finish to get to riders serious about riding off-road, but who are looking to […]

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SOC16: Felt shows limited edition emerald Decree mountain bike, adds Eagle 1×12 spec & more

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Felt’s highlight for Sea Otter wasn’t a completely new model. Instead, it was this deep green limited edition Decree LE trail bike. Only 25 of them will be made, carrying a retail price of $6,499. Spec includes a DVO Diamond fork and Topaz 3AIR shock, new Spank Oozy 345 Trail wheels, handlebar and stem, KS LEV Integra dropper post, and WTB saddle. All color matched, of course…

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Felt’s highlight for Sea Otter wasn’t a completely new model. Instead, it was this deep green limited edition Decree LE trail bike. Only 25 of them will be made, carrying a retail price of $6,499. Spec includes a DVO Diamond fork and Topaz 3AIR shock, new Spank Oozy 345 Trail wheels, handlebar and stem, KS […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Brighten up your bike. Throw some flowers on it – 3D printing can give us key bike parts like custom titanium dropouts, ti lugs, or even just component prototypes. But why not something a little less technical, and more whimsical? Wouldn’t it be cool to carry a plant in your pocket? That was the thought of the Atlanta-based industrial designer behind the Wearable Planter line for the last 5 years. Now they come to the bike, on your handlebar, or even strapped to your seattube or fork blade. Where else would you find this sort of thing, but on Etsy.com

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Brighten up your bike. Throw some flowers on it – 3D printing can give us key bike parts like custom titanium dropouts, ti lugs, or even just component prototypes. But why not something a little less technical, and more whimsical? Wouldn’t it be cool to carry a plant in your pocket? That was the thought of the Atlanta-based […]

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Hands On: Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Expert 6Fattie

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If you’re just seeing this and wonder what we’re doing with an e-bike in Moab,  read this first. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the actual bike. Specifically the Specialized Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie. This bike’s story actually starts around 5 years ago when Specialized launched their first e-bike, the Turbo S. At that point even Specialized’s founder Mike Sinyard wasn’t convinced that e-bikes were a way forward, pointing out that the impetus actually came from a small team of their engineers in Switzerland. It wasn’t long before the Turbo S far exceeded their expectations though, and new offices were built in Switzerland more or less specifically for their Turbo line. With the street focused Turbo S selling like hotcakes, it was time to focus on a new challenge.

A Turbo mountain bike.

In typical Specialized fashion though, this couldn’t be just another mountain bike with a battery and motor slapped on it. No, it needed to look and ride like a Specialized Stumpjumper just with a little extra ‘jump’. The end result is the Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie. A mouthful of a name, Turbo is the encompassing brand name for all of the Specialized e-Bikes while Levo is the name of their mountain e-bike category. With hardtails, FSR full suspension, and even fat bikes getting the Turbo Levo treatment, we spent two days on the Turbo Levo FSR Expert 6Fattie to figure out what makes these beasts whir….

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If you’re just seeing this and wonder what we’re doing with an e-bike in Moab,  read this first. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the actual bike. Specifically the Specialized Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie. This bike’s story actually starts around 5 years ago when Specialized launched their first e-bike, the Turbo S. […]

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The E-Bike Equation: Thoughts after riding the Specialized Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie in Moab

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When Specialized first invited us out to Utah, we had no idea what was in store. It was soon revealed however, that we would be headed to Moab to test out the Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie. Their first full suspension e-mountain bike. Huh.

With mixed emotions, we accepted the opportunity as a chance to at least have first hand knowledge on what the bike is – and isn’t. After all, as Einstein is often quoted, “the only source of knowledge is experience.”

So we set out to gain that experience. On e-bikes. On legal trails. In Moab…

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When Specialized first invited us out to Utah, we had no idea what was in store. It was soon revealed however, that we would be headed to Moab to test out the Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie. Their first full suspension e-mountain bike. Huh. With mixed emotions, we accepted the opportunity as a chance to at […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Black Sheep’s Deathsplosion ti fork, most expensive fenders & some cool bikes

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Since Black Sheep’s bikes are pretty much all one-off custom creations to suit the customers’ needs, they often defy categorization. Or, at least, span too many to be easily defined.

One of the latest is their Adventure Fat Bike, which has a new rear end that, as they put it, has 25mm of “catastrophic” travel in case the tire bottoms out. So, yes, if that balloon on the back hits something so hard that you’re landing on rim, there’s a bit of give in the frame to help prevent damage.

Take a look at the rest of the bike, a matching “catastrophe” fork and some of the best head badges ever…

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Since Black Sheep’s bikes are pretty much all one-off custom creations to suit the customers’ needs, they often defy categorization. Or, at least, span too many to be easily defined. One of the latest is their Adventure Fat Bike, which has a new rear end that, as they put it, has 25mm of “catastrophic” travel in […]

Posted in Commuter, e-Bike, Fatbike, Mountain Bike, NAHBS10 Comments

Knog kickstarts a fresh take on the humble bike bell with the Oi

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Knog just launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new low-profile Oi handlebar bell, and less than a full day in and they’ve already blown past their goal by more than 5x. That’s not really that big of a surprise. Knog is known for putting their nice design-focused touch on basic bike accessories, and crowdfunders love to support small unique design objects. The Oi seems like it won’t disappoint either; it looks like no other bar-mounted bell we’ve seen and is the kind of solution that could see it adopted on all manner of bikes. Have a listen and get a closer look after the break, plus full details, and a look at the Kickstarter deals up for grabs…
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Knog just launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new low-profile Oi handlebar bell, and less than a full day in and they’ve already blown past their goal by more than 5x. That’s not really that big of a surprise. Knog is known for putting their nice design-focused touch on basic bike accessories, and crowdfunders love to […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Calfee upgrades get light, bright & tight; plus a massive bamboo hauler

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As usual, Calfee’s collection of eye candy was on point. Starting off with this Dragonfly Adventure bike holding court in ENVE’s booth, they showed off their paint skills by two toning the lugs and accessories, including the integrated fender that comes on ENVE’s GRD fork.

Flash past the break to see beneath the glossy, sparkly surface…

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As usual, Calfee’s collection of eye candy was on point. Starting off with this Dragonfly Adventure bike holding court in ENVE’s booth, they showed off their paint skills by two toning the lugs and accessories, including the integrated fender that comes on ENVE’s GRD fork. Flash past the break to see beneath the glossy, sparkly […]

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Step into Faraday’s stylish new Cortland e-bike with some smart features

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Faraday out of San Francisco is having some good success with their Porteur line of bikes, which were one of our favorite e-bikes to ride because it still felt like a regular bike when not using the motor. While enjoying the Porteur’s success, they determined a step-through design would be the bee’s knees, but why stop there?

Check out the new Cortland and Cortland S models and some of the new options that may have you wanting to ride more!

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Faraday out of San Francisco is having some good success with their Porteur line of bikes, which were one of our favorite e-bikes to ride because it still felt like a regular bike when not using the motor. While enjoying the Porteur’s success, they determined a step-through design would be the bee’s knees, but why stop there? Check out […]

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