Flanders Pro Bike Check: Lampre-Merida goes all-in with discs on new Scultura Disc framset & Fulcrum Speed 40T DB tubulars

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The first Pro Tour team to enter a race entirely on disc brakes, Lampre-Merida lined up at the start in Brugge over the weekend for the Tour of Flanders with a pack of new disc brake road bikes for the cobble-climbed Spring Classic. Even though the race started under cloudy skies on roads still wet from morning rains, strong winds and sunshine to the south and through the heart of Flanders left most of the course dry and the cobbles relatively clean. Nonetheless, while a couple of the other top teams had talked about experimenting with discs, Lampre-Merida was the only one of the top classification teams to go all in. There was another team with a couple of riders on discs, and a whole other Pro Continental team on discs, and we’ll get to those later. For now take a closer look at the Scultura Disc with us after the break…

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The first Pro Tour team to enter a race entirely on disc brakes, Lampre-Merida lined up at the start in Brugge over the weekend for the Tour of Flanders with a pack of new disc brake road bikes for the cobble-climbed Spring Classic. Even though the race started under cloudy skies on roads still wet from […]

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2017 Fox 32 SC XC fork – Test rides and first impressions

2017 Fox 32 SC step cast fork first ride review

2017 Fox 32 SC step cast fork first ride review

The all-new 2017 Fox 32 SC landed in our office a couple weeks before it’s formal introduction, giving us a chance to log some miles on our local XC trails. Initially, I was simultaneously excited by the claimed weights, intrigued by the design and curious how stiff it would be.

The Step Cast design uses the same narrow crown for both standard (100mm) and Boost (110mm) axles, with only the lowers getting more or less of a stepped design to accommodate the different axle widths. We received the 29er Boost model, and it uses Boost’s benefits in a clever way to both save weight and provide a stiff overall wheel-and-fork package. With virtually every other fork brand using Boost’s extra 10mm of space from bottom to top to increase the size of tire that’ll fit, Fox did the opposite to decrease weight without giving up stiffness.

On top of that, the internals work wonders to tame the typical roots, rocks and moderate berms, dips and other features typically found on cross country race courses. As luck would have it, Niner’s Boost-spaced RKT9 arrived just about the same time…

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The all-new 2017 Fox 32 SC landed in our office a couple weeks before it’s formal introduction, giving us a chance to log some miles on our local XC trails. Initially, I was simultaneously excited by the claimed weights, intrigued by the design and curious how stiff it would be. The Step Cast design uses the […]

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First Look! Fox 32 SC ultralight (and narrow) XC suspension fork

2016 Fox 32 SC Step Cast ultralight xc mountain bike suspension fork first look and actual weights

2016 Fox 32 SC Step Cast ultralight xc mountain bike suspension fork first look and actual weights

While all the attention’s on enduro, there’s still development going on at the shorter travel end of the market, and one of the more interesting new entries is the Fox 32 SC (Step Cast) suspension fork.

Aimed squarely at the XC racer, it takes a very novel approach to shaving weight. Actually, several approaches, using both a narrower crown and stepped lowers. The internals have been reworked to save weight, too, which all comes together in a fork that hits 1,379g (3.04lb) on our scales for a Boost 29er model! It only comes with 100mm travel, and only with a tapered steerer, but you’ll get several cartridge options for controlling compression damping.

Check out all the tech details below…

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While all the attention’s on enduro, there’s still development going on at the shorter travel end of the market, and one of the more interesting new entries is the Fox 32 SC (Step Cast) suspension fork. Aimed squarely at the XC racer, it takes a very novel approach to shaving weight. Actually, several approaches, using […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Métier Velo, Carrer, Biwakoguma, Journey, and Patrick in New Builder Round-up

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Looking back at some more of the new builder creations that stood out at NAHBS, Métier Velo’s bike featured carbon bonded into 3D printed titanium pieces. Italian brand, Carrer, brought this year’s wooden bike to newbie row. And Japanese builder Biwakoguma Bicycles had classic steel and a paint job that’s out of this world. Check out these and more after the jump…

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Looking back at some more of the new builder creations that stood out at NAHBS, Métier Velo’s bike featured carbon bonded into 3D printed titanium pieces. Italian brand, Carrer, brought this year’s wooden bike to newbie row. And Japanese builder Biwakoguma Bicycles had classic steel and a paint job that’s out of this world. Check out these and […]

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First Ride Review: SRAM XX1 & X01 Eagle 1×12 mountain bike groups

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sram eagle x01 first ride review

At the launch for the all-new SRAM Eagle 1×12 mountain bike groups, we had two full days of organized rides. The first was an XC loop aboard a Scott Spark equipped with the XX1 Eagle group. Day two was the “enduro” loop aboard a Kona Process 153 with X01 Eagle. Each day had several hours of riding, both with plenty of climbing, especially day two as we essentially ran different downhill enduro trails that mostly started from the same point…which we had to climb back to between each run.

Then, as a bonus, I stuck around to race, er, participate in round one of the Italian Super Enduro series, so I joined the SRAM folks for a pre-race day of shuttling a couple of the runs before the all-day, six-stage enduro running through the town of (and mountains surrounding) Massa Marittima, Italy. Those four days provided plenty of opportunity for things to skip, jump, drop or otherwise malfunction, but everything worked perfectly. And the massive range and low, low gearing of a 50-tooth cog x 32-tooth chainring was just what I needed on long, steep fire roads and singletrack sections by day four…

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At the launch for the all-new SRAM Eagle 1×12 mountain bike groups, we had two full days of organized rides. The first was an XC loop aboard a Scott Spark equipped with the XX1 Eagle group. Day two was the “enduro” loop aboard a Kona Process 153 with X01 Eagle. Each day had several hours […]

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Interview: Tom Warmerdam of Demon Frameworks

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With Bespoked – the UK Handmade Bicycle Show – only weeks away now, we thought we would take the opportunity to cover a few UK-based builders who will appear in that show.

I met Tom Warmerdam, the builder and Star Wars aficionado behind Demon Frameworks, in the back of a cab going to a party at NAHBS this year. When he introduced himself, I had to shake off my fanboy response a little. Demon Frameworks has been a guilty pleasure for me and my friends for awhile now. Tom is ruthless in his pursuit of precision in his frames – to a point where he comfortably discards widely accepted methods where they don’t suit his preferred level of capabilities. The result is a process that is long, involved, highly technical, and gratifying in how hands-on it is and a product that, according to Tom, is “fucking, fucking straight.”

Though outside perception seems to be that Tom has hit his stride, the road has not been easy. In this interview, conducted in his booth at NAHBS (which featured a single bike and very little more) we discussed his challenges in getting into the craft, with early acclaim and recognition in the community, and how he’s arrived at his current level of process.

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With Bespoked – the UK Handmade Bicycle Show – only weeks away now, we thought we would take the opportunity to cover a few UK-based builders who will appear in that show. I met Tom Warmerdam, the builder and Star Wars aficionado behind Demon Frameworks, in the back of a cab going to a party […]

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Factory Tour: Wolf Tooth Components’ New HQ, plus Machine Shop tours

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Wolf Tooth Components Factory tour bikerumor made in usa minneapolis mn (79)

After just a short period of time, it’s easy to forget that Wolf Tooth Components has been on the scene for less than three years. After starting with essentially one chainring that was slipped into NAHBS on board a Black Sheep Highlight ST fat bike, WTC quickly followed up with the official launch of just 3 chainring models. Fast forward to 2016 and WTC is turning out new fitments before many of us even know they exist. Add in their range of accessories, bags, and soft goods, and their catalog has grown substantially.

We initially checked in with WTC to get a tour of their production process which is split between two different machine shops. Now, with business apparently booming, Wolf Tooth is moving into a new, larger facility with plans to bring some of the production in house. Just because all of the production isn’t currently in house though, doesn’t mean it’s not local. WTC will continue splitting their machining time between two local machine shops, 401 Manufacturing and Integrity Tool and Engineering. While both shops do a lot of work other than Wolf Tooth Components, each of them attribute a large part of their total production to WTC’s growing business…

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After just a short period of time, it’s easy to forget that Wolf Tooth Components has been on the scene for less than three years. After starting with essentially one chainring that was slipped into NAHBS on board a Black Sheep Highlight ST fat bike, WTC quickly followed up with the official launch of just […]

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Review: Intense Spider 275 Carbon is the definition of modern trail

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Intense Spider 275 carbon trail bike JS tune review actual weight (76)

It’s time to let you in on a little secret. A lot of riders out there (myself included) are pedaling around too much suspension travel for their local trails. But who can blame them? For years, if you wanted low, slack, and long geometry, you’ve been forced into bigger bikes than you would typically choose. Following the progression from trail, to all mountain, to enduro, and now back to trail bikes, we’re seeing a major shift in mountain bike design. No longer confined to travel lengths suitable for enduro racing, fun and playful frame geometry is edging its way into the realm of the XC/Trail bike.

The result is a new class of trail bike. One that truly offers the majority of riders the best of both worlds. One that includes the new Intense Spider 275 Carbon…

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It’s time to let you in on a little secret. A lot of riders out there (myself included) are pedaling around too much suspension travel for their local trails. But who can blame them? For years, if you wanted low, slack, and long geometry, you’ve been forced into bigger bikes than you would typically choose. […]

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Intense bites into XC/Trail with new Spider 275 Carbon, Introduces JS Tuned Suspension

Intense Spider 275 carbon trail bike JS tune review actual weight (14)

Intense Spider 275 carbon trail bike JS tune review actual weight (14)

Lately, when Intense invites you out to an event, you know you’re in for something special. In addition to the antics of Shaun Palmer, the MC styling of Pat Parnell, and the launch of the 2016 Palmer Project and Intense Factory Race teams, we were also brought to Laguna Beach for the launch of a new bike from Intense.

More than just a new bike though, the launch represents the next evolutionary milestone in terms of suspension technology for Intense. Building on the company’s heritage for drool worthy bikes that look as good as they perform, Intense is entering into the ‘JS Tuned’ era with the all new Spider 275 Carbon…

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Lately, when Intense invites you out to an event, you know you’re in for something special. In addition to the antics of Shaun Palmer, the MC styling of Pat Parnell, and the launch of the 2016 Palmer Project and Intense Factory Race teams, we were also brought to Laguna Beach for the launch of a […]

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