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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TPE16: Since bigger is (sometimes) better, Atomlab up-sizes stem, carbon handlebar and wheels

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000 Taipei 2016 P1100049

Atomlab came to Taipei with some big items to show following the ever-growing (literally) wheel trends of going both wider and bigger. Now offering complete wheelsets, check out their new Plus and Race wheels with their unique rim design, and also get a peek at a new larger carbon bar & requisite stem to help stay in more control…

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Atomlab came to Taipei with some big items to show following the ever-growing (literally) wheel trends of going both wider and bigger. Now offering complete wheelsets, check out their new Plus and Race wheels with their unique rim design, and also get a peek at a new larger carbon bar & requisite stem to help stay in more control…

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TPE16: Chosen’s crazy quick engaging & silent hubs plus Shutter Precision now in new electrifying sizes

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Hubs P1100365

Chosen had some pretty shiny things in their booth this year, and as good-looking as they are, the real beauty is hidden inside. Their new super fast engaging hubs come in plenty of varieties, and the new silent hub all but eliminates friction. Also in other hub news, Shutter Precision expands their popular dynamo hub sizes to fit more of your adventuring needs…

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Chosen had some pretty shiny things in their booth this year, and as good-looking as they are, the real beauty is hidden inside. Their new super fast engaging hubs come in plenty of varieties, and the new silent hub all but eliminates friction. Also in other hub news, Shutter Precision expands their popular dynamo hub sizes […]

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TPE16: Maxxis digs in with High Roller II, Minion plus sizes, 27.5 x 3.8″ Minion fat bike tires, More

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By the time Interbike rolls around, Maxxis will have opened the gates to a bunch of new oversized tires. Maxxis has been slowly introducing new sizes of their popular tires, and now the High Roller II and Minion series are the latest to get the treatment. As plus size bikes gain in popularity, the need for aggressive tires becomes more real and as we’ve seen from a number of manufacturers – if they’re not here yet, the plus wave is still building…

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By the time Interbike rolls around, Maxxis will have opened the gates to a bunch of new oversized tires. Maxxis has been slowly introducing new sizes of their popular tires, and now the High Roller II and Minion series are the latest to get the treatment. As plus size bikes gain in popularity, the need […]

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TPE16: Jones adds wide carbon 29+ rim, 150mm dynamo compatible fork, more

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Jeff Jones has always been on a quest to find the perfect bike. The one that can do it all. A big believer in 29+, the latest products to earn the Jones seal of approval help take advantage of the biggest 29″ tires available. But to make the most out of 3.25″ wide tires from brands like Duro, you need a wide rim as a starting point. Enter Jones’ new C-Rim which is 56mm of burly carbon. Jeff is almost always excited about any of his products, and the C-Rim is no different. Claiming it is 40% stronger than the previous strongest rim the manufacturer produced, Jeff made sure that the rim was built extra thick at 3.5mm at the sidewall so it could withstand wheelies into a curb at full speed while running 10-15 psi. Stating that he could not break this rim, the C-Rim may be the answer for those worried about carbon’s durability…

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Jeff Jones has always been on a quest to find the perfect bike. The one that can do it all. A big believer in 29+, the latest products to earn the Jones seal of approval help take advantage of the biggest 29″ tires available. But to make the most out of 3.25″ wide tires from […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Sweet bikes from Oddity, Appleman & Demon Frameworks

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Oddity Cycles’ collection featured big tires all around this year, from “plus” (aka baby fat) to real fat, including a 20″ fat bike for the builder’s kid.

They also had this new front end. Called the Squidfork for its resemblance to a squid’s tentacles coming down and grabbing the wheel, it’s made of titanium and claims to weigh less than Niner carbon fork. They also say it handles vibration better than a standard fork because of the multiple, thinner tubes. And it gives a little over bumps without diving during braking.

Lastly, it uses a standard tapered steerer, making installation easier than their truss forks that clamp onto a steerer tube above and below the headtube.

Lots more to see below the surface…

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Oddity Cycles’ collection featured big tires all around this year, from “plus” (aka baby fat) to real fat, including a 20″ fat bike for the builder’s kid. They also had this new front end. Called the Squidfork for its resemblance to a squid’s tentacles coming down and grabbing the wheel, it’s made of titanium and […]

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TPE16: Lezyne Adds Tubeless, Fat Bike options with new Pressure Over Drive and Micro Floor Drive XL

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With all of the plus tires, fat bike tires, and bigger tubeless tires going around, it may be time to upgrade your pump soon as well. Typically designed for high pressure or high volume, the latest crop of tires push high volume to the extreme. Adding to the few fat bike hand pump concepts we’ve seen recently, Lezyne unveiled their new Micro Floor Drive XL in Taipei. Sized to fill fat bike tires with ease yet still fit in your hydration pack or frame bag, the pump is also joined by the new Pressure Over Drive which should be handy for seating tubeless tires…

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With all of the plus tires, fat bike tires, and bigger tubeless tires going around, it may be time to upgrade your pump soon as well. Typically designed for high pressure or high volume, the latest crop of tires push high volume to the extreme. Adding to the few fat bike hand pump concepts we’ve seen […]

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