Bergamont all-mountain Trailster adds carbon & Plus, also a new DH Straitline & unique all-road solution – Updated

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German bike maker Bergamont has taken their popular full suspension trail bike and given it a solid reboot. For 2017 the Trailster gets two all new frames that add a bit more versatility to the line-up, growing the bikes’ travel across the range. On one end they’ve reworked their top-tier Trailster with a first time all carbon frame, and on the other side they’ve built a new Plus-sized alloy bike for the added grip you can pull out of a 2.8″ tire. For when the trail drops off more than an all-mountain bike can handle, Bergamont also has an updated version of their Straitline DH bike with a carbon rear end and track adjustability out back. Then almost all the way over to the road, they have a new carbon gravel road riding and endurance Grandurance bike that has a unique adapting solution to picking different width tires based on the day’s riding. Get a good look at each of the new bikes, plus actual weights after the break…

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German bike maker Bergamont has taken their popular full suspension trail bike and given it a solid reboot. For 2017 the Trailster gets two all new frames that add a bit more versatility to the line-up, growing the bikes’ travel across the range. On one end they’ve reworked their top-tier Trailster with a first time all carbon […]

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Fi’ZI:K Extends Team Sky Partnership, Plus Chris Froome’s Pinarello Dogma F8 Bike Check

Cycling : 100th Tour de France 2013 / Stage 16 Christopher Froome (GBr) Yellow Jersey / Vaison-La-Romaine - Gap (168Km)/ Ronde van Frankrijk TDF / Rite Etape /(c)Tim De Waele
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You may not have seen much of the saddle throughout the Tour, but Team Sky will continue to prop themselves up on fi’z:ik saddles for the next two years. We don’t usually cover team sponsorship news, but in this case it gave us an opportunity to tie into the bike check for Chris Froome’s Pinarello Dogma F8 which you’ll find after the break…
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You may not have seen much of the saddle throughout the Tour, but Team Sky will continue to prop themselves up on fi’z:ik saddles for the next two years. We don’t usually cover team sponsorship news, but in this case it gave us an opportunity to tie into the bike check for Chris Froome’s Pinarello […]

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Praxis Adds More 1x MTB Wide/Narrow Rings

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We covered a bunch of upcoming crankset and chainring offerings from Praxis back at Eurobike, but now these new single ring mountain bike offerings are in stock and ready to ship in time to be stocking stuffers. Adding to their fairly simple 4-bolt 104BCD wide/narrow rings (which carry over), the new XT/XTR 4-bolt 96BCD and SRAM Direct Mount rings use a bit more shaping and style to lend aftermarket compatibility to an even wider range of cranks. Plus, a premium forged 4130 steel ring adds durability that might outlast your bike. Spin across the break to have a closer look, and get tooth counts and pricing…

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We covered a bunch of upcoming crankset and chainring offerings from Praxis back at Eurobike, but now these new single ring mountain bike offerings are in stock and ready to ship in time to be stocking stuffers. Adding to their fairly simple 4-bolt 104BCD wide/narrow rings (which carry over), the new XT/XTR 4-bolt 96BCD and SRAM Direct Mount rings use a bit more […]

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Roundup: Sleek carbon (and other) saddles from Astute, ISM & Selle Esse

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Originating in Italy like so many other high end saddle manufacturers, Selle Esse had some elegant looking high performance and high feature saddles that bundle in things like NFC chips to verify product authenticity and looped rails for micro suspension.

Above, the Pelle Carbonio saddles come in your choice of full carbon or full carbon with a genuine leather cover bonded over the shell. There’s no padding, but with looks like these, we’re not complaining…

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Originating in Italy like so many other high end saddle manufacturers, Selle Esse had some elegant looking high performance and high feature saddles that bundle in things like NFC chips to verify product authenticity and looped rails for micro suspension. Above, the Pelle Carbonio saddles come in your choice of full carbon or full carbon […]

Posted in Eurobike, Interbike, Mountain Bike, Road Bike, Triathlon5 Comments

Roundup: Unique components from Reset, Bike Ribbon, Mars One, SQ Labs & more!

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BikeRibbon is an Italian brand that’s been producing unique handlebar tape since 1975, helping to pioneer the concept of thickly padded tape that tapers at the edges to let it wrap flatly around the bar. Since then, they’ve branched out into mountain bike grips, new materials, saddle bags and other accessories.

Their Loop bar tape is a washable, soft fluffy cotton terry material with stitched edging. It’s 3mm thick, 3cm wide and comes in 170cm long rolls. Grab hold of more materials and colors below, along with a random assortment of new cables, housing, handlebars, tires and more…

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BikeRibbon is an Italian brand that’s been producing unique handlebar tape since 1975, helping to pioneer the concept of thickly padded tape that tapers at the edges to let it wrap flatly around the bar. Since then, they’ve branched out into mountain bike grips, new materials, saddle bags and other accessories. Their Loop bar tape […]

Posted in Eurobike, Mountain Bike, Road Bike8 Comments

Roundup: Killer new tools, gadgets, storage options & Hacks

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For all the talk SRAM put into the unhackable nature of their new eTAP wireless shifting, this conversion to control a Space Invaders game was brilliant. One controller moved you left, the other right, and a simultaneous push of both buttons fired.

For stuff you actually can by to hack (or fix) your own bike and components, or to just live in your car, blip past the break…

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For all the talk SRAM put into the unhackable nature of their new eTAP wireless shifting, this conversion to control a Space Invaders game was brilliant. One controller moved you left, the other right, and a simultaneous push of both buttons fired. For stuff you actually can by to hack (or fix) your own bike […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Eurobike, Gadgets & Hacks16 Comments

High definition GoPro Action Camera mount designs from 9.Solutions & Rollei

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One of the challenges we have is trying to get a GoPro or Sony Action Cam mounted somewhere to create a unique point of view. Handlebar and helmet mounts are great and all, but we like variety. Fortunately, we found two new options offering just that, providing plenty of additional mounting points and angles worthy of your hero shots.

9.Solutions built a solid collection and, perhaps just as importantly, a slick little tool to ensure that completely terrible black plastic GoPro knob is actually tight enough to keep the camera from slipping into some killer coverage of the ground…

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One of the challenges we have is trying to get a GoPro or Sony Action Cam mounted somewhere to create a unique point of view. Handlebar and helmet mounts are great and all, but we like variety. Fortunately, we found two new options offering just that, providing plenty of additional mounting points and angles worthy […]

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A Week In Review: New Bottom Bracket Standard, E’Bike racing, and Lots of Other Less Dramatic Things

 

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It’s been a pretty heated week with a mostly liked new bottom bracket standard with folks like White Industries, Chris King & Paragon Machine Works behind it and a dedicated moped E’Bike race at North America’s Largest consumer event. Regardless, new stuff from Ventana, LeMond, Leatt and others will keep you smiling.

Take a deep breath, fill up your coffee, (if you want to make it through all the comments), and head past the break to see what the heck has been going on…..

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     It’s been a pretty heated week with a mostly liked new bottom bracket standard with folks like White Industries, Chris King & Paragon Machine Works behind it and a dedicated moped E’Bike race at North America’s Largest consumer event. Regardless, new stuff from Ventana, LeMond, Leatt and others will keep you smiling. Take a deep breath, […]

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Clothing Roundup: Fresh threads from PEdALED, Outwet, Jade, Primal Wear, Cannondale, Swiftwick and… armored clothing for commuters?

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With e-bike usage on the rise, at least one brand thinks the higher average speeds of their riders will require a higher level of protection. Pure Electric’s new Diamond Collection of e-bike clothing builds in armor at the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. The idea is to blend the protection of motorcycle clothing with the lighter weight and breathability of bicycle gear. The full collection should be available in March 2016.

As if to tell the state of the e-bike market in Europe, the project won a Eurobike Gold Award this year. Armor up with more on this and some fashionable new duds for the rest of us, below…

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With e-bike usage on the rise, at least one brand thinks the higher average speeds of their riders will require a higher level of protection. Pure Electric’s new Diamond Collection of e-bike clothing builds in armor at the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. The idea is to blend the protection of motorcycle clothing with the […]

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