SOC16: Ventana Wolfram 27+ gets the Pinion gearbox makeover

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Wasting no time since the bike’s initial release last fall, Ventana has rolled out a new option for the Wolfram 27+. Alongside the standard Wolfram (which is hardly standard with a belt drive Rohloff option), the new version adds in a gearbox. Specifically the Pinion P1.12, though P1.9 and P1.18 gearboxes will be available on request. Built around a 120mm fork and with provisions for belt drive and the Pinion gearbox, this is one interesting option for 27+…

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Wasting no time since the bike’s initial release last fall, Ventana has rolled out a new option for the Wolfram 27+. Alongside the standard Wolfram (which is hardly standard with a belt drive Rohloff option), the new version adds in a gearbox. Specifically the Pinion P1.12, though P1.9 and P1.18 gearboxes will be available on […]

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State Megalith brings you big low-pressure fun without the mega price

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Just because it’s spring, there is nothing that says you have to put your fat bike in a storage locker until the next snow fall. We’ve seen State Bicycle Company before with some good looking bikes at good looking prices, and the Megalith is no different. Check out the geared & single speed options as well as the kinda yummy looking neapolitan scheme…

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Just because it’s spring, there is nothing that says you have to put your fat bike in a storage locker until the next snow fall. We’ve seen State Bicycle Company before with some good looking bikes at good looking prices, and the Megalith is no different. Check out the geared & single speed options as well as […]

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Missy Giove helps Underground Bike Works make a splash at Sea Otter w/ prototype plus bikes

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Long absent from the mountain bike spotlight, Missy the Missile is starting to reemerge. First appearing to race the World Cup at Windham last year, Missy Giove was on hand at the Sea Otter Classic riding around a plus bike with her name on the top tube. That bike just happened to be one of John Parker’s early prototypes from his new Underground Bike Works venture. The bike was quickly taken out of the test mule line up, built with some of Missy’s Deity components, and then sent off with her to crash the dual slalom race with the goal of slapping some high fives, roosting some berms, and (maybe) chugging a few beers.

That plays right into the script of Underground Bike Works. As John put it, “I don’t want to have a race team and go racing any more. I want to make fun bikes – and we’ve hit our mark.” As a joint operation between John Parker and his partners Mike Foxworthy and Will Kenefica, Underground Bike Works is all about the big tires, and all consumer direct…

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Long absent from the mountain bike spotlight, Missy the Missile is starting to reemerge. First appearing to race the World Cup at Windham last year, Missy Giove was on hand at the Sea Otter Classic riding around a plus bike with her name on the top tube. That bike just happened to be one of […]

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SOC16: Trek Farley EX full suspension 27.5″ fat bike crushes all seasons, hardtails get lighter

2017 Trek Farley EX full suspension 275 carbon fiber fat bike

2017 Trek Farley EX full suspension 275 carbon fiber fat bike

Fat bikes are Trek’s fastest growing category, and it’s not because there’s more snow. Surprisingly, they say Nebraska, Kentucky, New Mexico, Arizona and Tennessee are the fastest growing states for fat bikes.

So, the natural evolution to their line is full suspension with the all-new Trek Farley EX full suspension fat bike. It has an even broader usage range than the Farley hardtails. Trek’s calling it an all-season bike, something that’s super versatile and uses the same design and performance of their standard full suspension trail bikes, so it works just as well in the desert, the mountains or the snow.

Going with a pure fat bike rather than “plus” tires gives them even more traction in all types of terrain, and the 120mm suspension gives you more bump control. With fat bike tires, you essentially have uncontrolled suspension coming from the big, inflated rubber. Putting a tuned suspension on both ends of the bike lets them control the motion better, which further enhances traction. To cap it all off, they’re built around 27.5″ fat bike tires, not 26″, which puts an even bigger patch of rubber on the ground. Grip it and rip it.

For those opposed to suspension with their giant tires, there’s also a new top-of-the-line Farley 9.9 rigid carbon hardtail with custom HED carbon wheels that’s a lightweight race rocket…

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Fat bikes are Trek’s fastest growing category, and it’s not because there’s more snow. Surprisingly, they say Nebraska, Kentucky, New Mexico, Arizona and Tennessee are the fastest growing states for fat bikes. So, the natural evolution to their line is full suspension with the all-new Trek Farley EX full suspension fat bike. It has an even broader usage […]

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Review: Fatback Skookum will have you thinking fat bikes year ’round

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To most people, the mention of a fat bike instantly brings to mind pictures of snow and ice. To others, fat bikes are used regardless of the conditions or season. That second group is exactly who the Fatback Skookum was designed for.

When it came time to design their all terrain/trail fat bike, Fatback was looking for something that would complement their stable of race winning adventure fat bikes. Something with shorter chainstays, slacker angles, and even room for more travel. Something exactly like the new Skookum…

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To most people, the mention of a fat bike instantly brings to mind pictures of snow and ice. To others, fat bikes are used regardless of the conditions or season. That second group is exactly who the Fatback Skookum was designed for. When it came time to design their all terrain/trail fat bike, Fatback was looking […]

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45NRTH teases new concave XL tire studs to conquer ice & snow

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Even though most of the ice and snow is gone from Minneapolis, it looks like 45NRTH is already preparing for next winter. With more riders taking to studded tires as their all purpose winter treads, the actual tire studs are getting a bit more attention. As a result, 45NRTH is teasing their new XL stud. Built with a cupped, concave tip the stud looks like it would offer insane levels of grip no matter what the surface. Specifically, 45NRTH claims there is 86% more grip edge than a standard stud.

Offering a further tease at things to come, 45NRTH says they will come standard on a brand new tire this fall. The studs will also be available this fall in packs of 25 or 100 for $15 or $40 and will fit all 45NRTH studdable tires and will use the same stud tool.

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Even though most of the ice and snow is gone from Minneapolis, it looks like 45NRTH is already preparing for next winter. With more riders taking to studded tires as their all purpose winter treads, the actual tire studs are getting a bit more attention. As a result, 45NRTH is teasing their new XL stud. […]

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Video: Lauf takes Stairway to Heaven – Because climbing 112 steps is a piece of cake?

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000 Odd Stuff Lauf

While trolling social media over a cup of coffee, I stumble upon a video posted by Bergur Benediktsson, Lauf’s Production Manager, Brand Ambasador, and booth model. After dropping my kids off at school, (because you never know with these guys), I came back to watch some whack job athletic specimen climbing some insane, never-ending staircase on a fatbike… then I saw it was actually Berg doing it!

Of course I hit him up and asked if he could put it on YouTube so we could bring it to our loyal audience. Besides, I thought that this would be a great up-lifting video to take your minds off all of the 12-speed and e-bike drama unfolding this week…

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While trolling social media over a cup of coffee, I stumble upon a video posted by Bergur Benediktsson, Lauf’s Production Manager, Brand Ambasador, and booth model. After dropping my kids off at school, (because you never know with these guys), I came back to watch some whack job athletic specimen climbing some insane, never-ending staircase on […]

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Hands On: Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Expert 6Fattie

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Specialized Turbo Levo 6fattie moab ut photos c bikerumor (29)

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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NAHBS 2016 – LLLL’s yeah! Bikes from Lov, Low & Lichen

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It would have been easy to confuse Lov Bikes as a custom paint provider, but the brilliantly colorful frames are theirs, too.

They build in Eagle, Colorado, with fillet brazed steel and titanium. All full custom, with a big emphasis on paint. How big? Click on through to see some great examples, plus alloy road racers from Low and a full suspension trail bike from first time builder Lichen…

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It would have been easy to confuse Lov Bikes as a custom paint provider, but the brilliantly colorful frames are theirs, too. They build in Eagle, Colorado, with fillet brazed steel and titanium. All full custom, with a big emphasis on paint. How big? Click on through to see some great examples, plus alloy road […]

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