One Ride Review: Ritchey’s Swiss Cross Disc with new Shield tires and EvoMax bar, actual weight

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At the end of last winter we had planned to get out for a few weeks to test the newest steel cyclocross bike from Ritchey, the Swiss Cross Disc. Two of our European testers spend a lot of time on fairly comparable steel disc brake cross bikes – both built by small frame builders, one fillet brazed from Ritchey Logic tubing and the other brazed/lugged from Columbus tubing – so we wanted to compare the ride of a production bike from similar tubing. In the end that slightly longer test didn’t happen, so we were happy to get another chance at the end of this summer, even if it was only for one ride. Join us after the break to see what we thought of the bike, as well as our impressions of the new Ritchey tires and bar…

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At the end of last winter we had planned to get out for a few weeks to test the newest steel cyclocross bike from Ritchey, the Swiss Cross Disc. Two of our European testers spend a lot of time on fairly comparable steel disc brake cross bikes – both built by small frame builders, one fillet […]

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Corsair Teases Prototype Kraken All Mountain 27+ Hardtail, Atomlab Shows Super Wide SL Carbon Rim

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Corsair might not be a name you would expect to jump on the 27+ bandwagon, but that’s precisely why they are. Seeing an opportunity to create a plus size hardtail built around a long travel fork, the Kraken seeks to fill a void in the mid fat market. Add in a ton of all mountain type features, and the Kraken might just put those big tires to their full use…

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Corsair might not be a name you would expect to jump on the 27+ bandwagon, but that’s precisely why they are. Seeing an opportunity to create a plus size hardtail built around a long travel fork, the Kraken seeks to fill a void in the mid fat market. Add in a ton of all mountain […]

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Haro Shifts into Full Suspension with Standard and Plus Size Tires

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When most people think Haro, they think BMX. While there were still plenty of BMX bikes on hand at the trade shows, what was most surprising were their new mountain bikes. Over the years, Haro has strayed from their BMX roots to test out the mountain bike waters to varied success. Now, Haro is charging back in with the Shift, Shift Plus, and Subvert plus size mountain bikes to add to the collection.

Designed to offer high levels of performance at prices that are within reach of the average consumer. The Shift will be offered in standard 27.5″ wheels, but more surprising is Haro beating many companies to the punch on a 27+ full suspension bike…

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When most people think Haro, they think BMX. While there were still plenty of BMX bikes on hand at the trade shows, what was most surprising were their new mountain bikes. Over the years, Haro has strayed from their BMX roots to test out the mountain bike waters to varied success. Now, Haro is charging […]

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Week In Review: Euro/Interbike Coverage, Biggest Crash/Balls at Rampage, Lots From Poc & Lupine, and The Bike You Never Wanted

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To wrap up another exciting week, we’re bringing you a easy to scan round up of last week’s massive amount of coverage. Included are some crazy cool stuff coming from POC, Lupine takes us up another step or two with more tech & lumens, Redbull Rampage’s biggest fall/finish, and see this week’s most viewed and commented on train wreck of a….. err, bike.

Skip back in the past to see what you missed……

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To wrap up another exciting week, we’re bringing you a easy to scan round up of last week’s massive amount of coverage. Included are some crazy cool stuff coming from POC, Lupine takes us up another step or two with more tech & lumens, Redbull Rampage’s biggest fall/finish, and see this week’s most viewed and commented on train […]

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EB15 Randoms: Mega Euro Clothing Roundup from Adidas to Ziener

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There’s no shortage of bright colors and flashy patterns in the halls of Eurobike. While there has been a general recent trend of high-vis clothing and accessories, which we can totally get behind as a concept to be seen out on the roads, it doesn’t stop there. European cyclists are somewhat known for being unafraid of a little color, so we tried to snap some photos of the clothing that caught our attention. Join us after the break for a sampling of custom shoes, coordinated kits, well-dressed mannequins, and clothing for the whole family…

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There’s no shortage of bright colors and flashy patterns in the halls of Eurobike. While there has been a general recent trend of high-vis clothing and accessories, which we can totally get behind as a concept to be seen out on the roads, it doesn’t stop there. European cyclists are somewhat known for being unafraid of […]

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EB15 Randoms: A little of everything from a Kid’s Fat Bike to a Posh e-Bike

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There really is any kind of bike you can imagine for every possible rider type at Eurobike. We have been regularly filing reports on the bikes and gear we found wandering the halls for the last month and a half. As the week and our Eurobike coverage nears their ends, we’ve compiled a selection of bikes worthy of a look, even if they didn’t warrant a post of their own.

When we think of the first bikes from Early Rider, it’s bikes like the Trail Runner XL that come to mind. At 150£ the mother-of-all balance bikes gets an aluminum frame, massive 14×2.5″ rubber to roll over anything, and even a steering dampener/limiter to help out when the trail runs out. But Early Rider does a lot more in light and smart bikes to get kids pedaling and out riding too.

Come past the break to see more of the bigger Early Rider bikes, plus stand outs from Bergamont, Open, Silverback, and Lapierre…

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There really is any kind of bike you can imagine for every possible rider type at Eurobike. We have been regularly filing reports on the bikes and gear we found wandering the halls for the last month and a half. As the week and our Eurobike coverage nears their ends, we’ve compiled a selection of […]

Posted in BMX, Commuter, Cyclocross, e-Bike, Eurobike, Fatbike, Gravel Bikes, Kids' Bikes, Mountain Bike, Road Bike7 Comments

EB15: New Konstructive thru-axle disc road Rhodolite, and steel Tanzanite all-mountain hardtail, plus more

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Small German frame shop Konstructive had a few new bikes to show both outside and inside at Eurobike. The second generation of their lightweight disc brake Rhodolite (we saw the first last year at the show) gets updated with thru-axles for the new year. While the bike has a race character, Konstructive developed the frame and the varied tubing shapes throughout to give optimal power transfer and bottom bracket stiffness, with a degree of comfort and predictable geometry that make it an all-day, all-weather machine.

Jump past the break for some more details, plus the new steel hardtail all-mountain Tanzanite and some variations on their carry-over models…

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Small German frame shop Konstructive had a few new bikes to show both outside and inside at Eurobike. The second generation of their lightweight disc brake Rhodolite (we saw the first last year at the show) gets updated with thru-axles for the new year. While the bike has a race character, Konstructive developed the frame and the varied tubing […]

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EB15 Randoms: Tools, Tires & Components from Wera, Challenge, Tufo, SKS & More

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This week we’re picking through some of the last things that jumped out at us at Eurobike. Today we get a truly random round up of tools, tires, and components that cover a range from exciting and new to just good to know. While each of these piqued our interest they didn’t quite warrant individual write-ups.

We’ll start with a pair of nice tool sets from Wera, which get distributed with Syntace. The 30€ 9-piece rainbow Hex-Plus wrenches have a fluted head, almost shaped kind of like a Torx that claims to offer better bit with less chance of rounding bolts, plus a ball-end on the other side. The 35€ Bit-Check kit is a small 6″ drop-forged ratcheting driver and 9-piece bit set that should make quick work of regular bolt tightening. It includes a some standard Phillips bits, a T15, T20 & T25, plus 4 & 5 mm hexes, but can use any other standard 1/4″ bits as well.

There’s plenty more from Challenge, Innova, Ambrosio, Tufo, Strider, Joystick, SKS, Shutter Precision, and Jagwire after the break. So read on for some more eye catchers…
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This week we’re picking through some of the last things that jumped out at us at Eurobike. Today we get a truly random round up of tools, tires, and components that cover a range from exciting and new to just good to know. While each of these piqued our interest they didn’t quite warrant individual write-ups. We’ll start […]

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EB15: Sportful leans hard on Fabric Tech for R&D Summer and Fiandre Wet Winter lines

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The new top end clothing from Sportful for this winter and next spring relies quite heavily on high tech fabrics and non-traditional construction methods to put together jerseys, shorts, jackets, and tights that can handle a wide range of temperatures and conditions while keeping the rider comfortable. The R&D series in Sportful’s take on reapplying the tech and experience that they develop for their pro team (including 2015 Giro winner and 2015 UCI Road World Champ), so that it can be made into consumer clothing for all-day comfort. This R&D Jersey is designed as the pinnacle of Sportful’s tech for long days in the saddle, and forms the base of a line up that also includes Ultralight and Speedskin versions. Come past the break for more R&D details, plus the lowdown on their new Fiandre line-up for when the weather gets cold and wet…

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  The new top end clothing from Sportful for this winter and next spring relies quite heavily on high tech fabrics and non-traditional construction methods to put together jerseys, shorts, jackets, and tights that can handle a wide range of temperatures and conditions while keeping the rider comfortable. The R&D series in Sportful’s take on […]

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