IB16: Industry Nine booking orders for new Matchstix multi tool thru axles, adds Enduro S, Big Rig 275, new All Road, more

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Stealth multi tool development is heating up. For years, tools have been stuffed into the pockets of hydration packs, jerseys, and shorts, but if you have to take it with you, why not let the bike do the work? That concept has given rise to storage pods built into frames, tools built into bar ends, and even chain breakers built into steerer tubes. Now, Industry Nine is finally ready to offer their take on built in tool design with the completed version of their Matchstix thru axles.

Part light weight thru bolt, and part MacGyver multitool, the Matchstix should be able to get you out of jam on your next mechanical, plus there are even more new wheels rolling out of Asheville…

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Stealth multi tool development is heating up. For years, tools have been stuffed into the pockets of hydration packs, jerseys, and shorts, but if you have to take it with you, why not let the bike do the work? That concept has given rise to storage pods built into frames, tools built into bar ends, and even chain […]

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World’s Funnest Bike Part III: Built ridden & reviewed… plus video! Now, SHOW US YOURS!!!

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Here it is in all its colorful glory. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how this bike was going to ride or how it would look once the parts started flowing in… especially with my wheel choice(s). At first, I didn’t really care if something didn’t match as we often get things in for testing that aren’t all matchy-matchy with the rigs on hand. Once the first few pieces came in (black/blue EPO frame, black/yellow wheels, Kawasaki green DVO fork…), well, now I was on a mission!

Check out the final build & ride review, lots of pics, plus a really “cinematographic” video of the bike in action…

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Here it is in all its colorful glory. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how this bike was going to ride or how it would look once the parts started flowing in… especially with my wheel choice(s). At first, I didn’t really care if something didn’t match as we often get things in for testing that […]

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EB16: Surly sets the menu for new Ice Cream Truck, Wednesday fat bikes, Steamroller complete comes back to life, more

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Prime fat bike season is coming, and Surly is ready. A lot has changed in the fat bike world since the Pugsley kicked in the door, and Surly’s complete fat bike line up for 2017 shows precisely that. You might notice that the Pugsley and Moonlander completes are no longer on the menu – which makes sense when you consider the Ice Cream Truck and Wednesday fat bike platforms. The idea of a fat bike with swappable front and rear wheels may appeal to a very small portion of the market, but the majority seem to be moving towards the stiffer frame and wheel combinations of symmetrical 177 and 197 rear ends. Add in the ability to swap in 150 x 15mm suspension forks and you see offset bikes have fallen out of favor. However, Pugsley and Moonlanders will still be in Surly’s line up, just as frameset only.

Complete options are left to the Ice Cream Truck and Wednesday, which both see improved spec at an even better value…

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Prime fat bike season is coming, and Surly is ready. A lot has changed in the fat bike world since the Pugsley kicked in the door, and Surly’s complete fat bike line up for 2017 shows precisely that. You might notice that the Pugsley and Moonlander completes are no longer on the menu – which […]

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EB16: Rocky Mountain Suzi Q fat bike squeezes 27.5 x 3.8″ tires into narrow Q-Factor frames

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One of the more surprising bikes introduced at Eurobike, Rocky Mountain was showing off their new Suzi Q. Fat bikes may be slowing down in sales, but that hasn’t stopped companies from trying to improve them. One of the biggest issues seems to be the wider Q-Factor of the massive cranks needed to clear equally massive tires. Following the launch of Otso’s new Voytek fat bike, Rocky Mountain was showing their version of a narrow Q-factor fatbike with the Suzy Q line. Not only does the bike build on the narrow Q-Factor design, it also follows in Trek’s footsteps with 27.5 x 3.8″ tires…

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One of the more surprising bikes introduced at Eurobike, Rocky Mountain was showing off their new Suzi Q. Fat bikes may be slowing down in sales, but that hasn’t stopped companies from trying to improve them. One of the biggest issues seems to be the wider Q-Factor of the massive cranks needed to clear equally […]

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Week in Review: Mad Eurobike coverage, Argon18 drag detector, new Specialized Roubaix & tons more!!!

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It’s been a big, BIG week of news from Eurobike (but rest assured, there’s plenty more coming), what with new bikes from so many brands it’s best you just dive right on in and check out all the headlines. Just after the show, Specialized finally gave the greenlight to their all-new Roubaix with a “suspension” stem to smooth the ride and make you faster. There’s also a ton of new components, tires, gear and more. Oh, and have you downloaded our FREE Cyclocross Buyer’s Guide yet? Because it’s awesome…

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It’s been a big, BIG week of news from Eurobike (but rest assured, there’s plenty more coming), what with new bikes from so many brands it’s best you just dive right on in and check out all the headlines. Just after the show, Specialized finally gave the greenlight to their all-new Roubaix with a “suspension” […]

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EB16: Maxxis adds more tubeless ready cyclocross, gravel tires & lots more Plus-sized MTB treads

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Maxxis’ lineup has added some very capable looking new tires for cyclocross and gravel, all of which are tubeless ready, and an oversized collection of new plus and “wide” tires to fit the growing size of modern mountain bike rims.

Shown above, the All Terrane is a 700x33c all-conditions tread with medium knob height and good spacing. The center knobs are ramped for fast rolling. It, along with the 33mm wide file tread Speed Terrane (shown below) get their Exo casing protection. Claimed weight is 395g (60tpi) and 375g (120tpi).

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Maxxis’ lineup has added some very capable looking new tires for cyclocross and gravel, all of which are tubeless ready, and an oversized collection of new plus and “wide” tires to fit the growing size of modern mountain bike rims. Shown above, the All Terrane is a 700x33c all-conditions tread with medium knob height and good […]

Posted in Cyclocross, e-Bike, Eurobike, Fatbike, Gravel Bikes, Mountain Bike21 Comments

EB16: New 45NRTH Wrathchild adds aggressive studded option for plus and fat tires

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Hiding in plain sight in the Cosmic Sports booth at Eurobike, were two completely new tires from 45NRTH. Officially launched today, the new Wrathchild adds an aggressive studded tire to their fat bike tire line up, but more importantly, it adds a new category of tires for 45NRTH – Plus. Until now, most of their tires have been of the fat variety with a few commuter tires thrown in for good measure. In terms of studded tires, a studded plus tire has been one of the most requested, and it looks like it’s finally here just in time for winter…

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Hiding in plain sight in the Cosmic Sports booth at Eurobike, were two completely new tires from 45NRTH. Officially launched today, the new Wrathchild adds an aggressive studded tire to their fat bike tire line up, but more importantly, it adds a new category of tires for 45NRTH – Plus. Until now, most of their tires […]

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Review: Fat or Plus, the Otso Voytek’s Q factor will set you free

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When the crew from Wolf Tooth Components first told me about their Otso project, I was instantly intrigued. Fat bikes are getting better than ever, but a large majority of the population still struggles with the idea of a “one season bike” – even if that isn’t really true. Now that plus bikes, especially hard tails, are gaining in popularity, could the Otso be the ultimate plus/fat hybrid? More importantly, plus bike aside, would the clever design of the Voytek create an even better fat bike?

I couldn’t wait to find out (literally)…

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When the crew from Wolf Tooth Components first told me about their Otso project, I was instantly intrigued. Fat bikes are getting better than ever, but a large majority of the population still struggles with the idea of a “one season bike” – even if that isn’t really true. Now that plus bikes, especially hard […]

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Project Otso Voytek – building the perfect plus/fat with Industry Nine wheels, Maxxis & 45NRTH tires, Magura brakes, and more

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In hindsight, I should have seen the Otso Voytek coming. As it turns out, Brendan from Wolf Tooth Components and I have similar tastes in fat bikes and the steady stream of questions about my likes and dislikes should have tipped me off. In spite of that, I was still surprised when he told me they were launching a bike company. First up? A stainless steel gravel bike and, yes, their take on a fat bike.

In typical Wolf Tooth Components and now Otso fashion, this wouldn’t be your run of the mill fat bike. The Otso team promised one of the best pedaling fat bikes around, plus it would be great for plus. The Otso Voytek has the potential to blur the line even further between a seasonal fat bike and a year ’round ripper, so of course I was excited to get my hands on the very first sample available.

To review the bike, first I would have to build it. After sending out what they have called the Frankset (frame, fork, headset, BB, and crankset), it was time to assemble a build kit. While my last fat bike build was fairly stealth, the blue/grey frame option of the Voytek inspired a more colorful parts selection. I can verify that the blue is hard to match with anodized parts, but I’m pretty happy with the outcome…

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In hindsight, I should have seen the Otso Voytek coming. As it turns out, Brendan from Wolf Tooth Components and I have similar tastes in fat bikes and the steady stream of questions about my likes and dislikes should have tipped me off. In spite of that, I was still surprised when he told me […]

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