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45NRTH And Whisky Part Co. Launch New Fat Bike Tubeless Combo with Vanhelga Tire and No. 9 Carbon Rim

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It wasn’t all that long ago that fat bike tubeless was sort of unexplored territory. Those who dared try to set up their tires tubeless risked a lot of tubeless sealant, and time struggling with straps, a number of hands, and even fire to try and get the floppy tires to seat on gargantuan rims. As fat bike popularity has grown, so too has the rise of fat bike tubeless with new tires and rims surfacing on a regular basis. Compared to regular mountain bike tires, fat bike tubeless offers even greater benefits with increased traction and decreased rolling resistance thanks to the absence of a giant tube. 45NRTH says you can lose over 300g per wheel by ditching the tube, not to mention the lower potential of flats.

But, thanks to the comically large fat bike tires and wheels, tubeless has been harder to come by. It was only a matter of time until someone introduced the first fat bike tubeless tire and rim system, and it seems Whisky Parts Co. and 45NRTH beat other companies to the punch. Their new No. 9 carbon rim and Vanhelga tire means QBP is essentially offering the ideal duo for tubeless fat bike shredding.

Details, actual weights, and more after the break…


2015 Cannondale CAAD10 Gets Disc Brakes, Synapse Carbon Lineup Grows & More

2015 Cannondale CAAD10 Synapse Disc brake road bike

Cannondale’s 2015 road and cyclocross bike lineup commits to disc brakes, giving more road bike models the option and going all in for ‘cross. That’s right, all CAAD-X and SuperX cyclocross bikes are disc brake only, no more cantilever options. There’ll even be a SRAM CX1 build in the lineup!

The well regarded alloy CAAD10 models switched to internal routing for MY2014, and the new disc brake versions use it for both shift and brake runs. Cable ports are swappable for mechanical or electronic systems.

Check more details plus the slick new Synapse bikes and more below…


New Race Face Turbine Cinch Crank Tightens Up Your Ride

New Race Face Turbine Cinch Crank Tightens Up Your Ride

When Race Face introduced their Next SL crankset they not only set the benchmark for light weight durability, but compatibility as well. Offering a single crank that would work on XC, Enduro, even fat bikes, with multiple ring combinations, the Next SLs quickly became a hit. However, thanks to their carbon construction the Next SL cranks are fairly pricey.

Enter the new Race Face Turbine Cinch Cranks – all of the versatility of the Next SL that you’ve come to love, just in aluminum. What does that mean for the weight? Find out next…


2015 Campagnolo Chorus EPS, Super Record Mechanical Tech Overview & Actual Weights


The new Super Record, Record and Chorus mechanical groups were unveiled in late May, followed shortly thereafter by a new Chorus EPS group. The basic details were provided, but pricing, weights and the finer points were missing, so we used our time at PressCamp to fill in the holes.

When Campy unveils a new technology, it’s generally spread around its products fairly quickly. Sometimes it shifts altogether. Case in point: With it’s introduction, Chorus EPS is now the only mid-level electronic group – Athena EPS is no more, but it did get a functional update for the mechanical group.

Chorus keeps the different wire plug design that Athena had, which means it’s not compatible with Record/Super Record EPS. The reason they initially had a different wiring structure was to save costs over the more intricate plug design on the higher end groups. It’s still IP67 waterproof and just as secure as what’s used on SR/R, just a different design that’s simpler and cheaper from a new supplier. There’s no word on whether they’ll adopt that design on Record/SR down the road, but it certainly makes sense that they’d incorporate it on the next iteration.


Revamped SRAM Rival Group Goes 22 Speed, Gains Hydraulic Disc & Rim Brake Options

2015 SRAM Rival 22 road bike drivetrain group

All new Rival brings hydraulic braking down to SRAM’s mid-level road bike group with a fresh aesthetic and performance updates.

They said idea wasn’t to simply trickle down Red’s pro rider features and tech in a cheaper, heavier package, rather it was to create a group that met the different needs of enthusiasts. But, it needed to bring the performance features of the 22 speed groups and have the durability to last a long, long time while being ridden hard and put away dirty.

So, it got the obvious upgrade to an 11-speed cassette and the corresponding chainrings, but it also gained Hydro R brake options, WiFli and pretty much did end up taking most of Red’s tech in the process…


Pivot Unveils the All New Mach 4 – Their New Carbon, 27.5″, Short Travel XC/Trail Weapon

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Pivot Cycles has a lot of bikes in the current line up, but the Mach 4 has been around since the beginning. As the very first Pivot back in 2007 when Chris Cocalis started the company after his stint with Titus Bikes, the Mach 4 was the introduction to the Pivot way – DW Link equipped, high quality, confidence inspiring full suspension bikes. A lot has changed since those early days, not only with bike construction, but in the way people ride. After the introduction of the successful Mach 429 and longer travel 27.5″ bikes, it was time to revisit the 26″, aluminum Mach 4.

In typical Cocalis fashion, the Mach 4 isn’t just a larger wheeled version of the original, but a complete redesign that integrates almost every industry standard you can think of in a sexy, light weight package.

Integrate yourself with the details, next…


Niner Introduces Full Carbon BSB 9 RDO Cyclocross Bike & Updated JET9 RDO w/ Limited Edition Build

Niner BSB 9 RDO carbon fiber cyclocross bike

It’s been teased, and people have been building AIR9 Carbon hardtails with drop bars for years. And there’s enough Niner employees that race ‘cross that it needed to happen. After all, the RLT9 gravel road bike proved they could translate their mountain bike heritage into something new.

The introduction of the new Niner BSB 9 RDO gave them an opportunity to introduce a new carbon fiber  frame production process, too. Called Carbon Compaction System, it uses a pre-shaped styrofoam mold that the carbon is laid up around. This provides them with the shape they want and a firm platform to build each frame part around. The benefits are multiple: First, it sets the carbon in the exact position it should be in without any shifting from a bladder inflating after layup. Second, it means less excess resin pooling inside the frame, so less weight and waste. Third, it makes for a perfectly smooth inside wall with no wrinkles or fibrous looseness. This means fewer opportunities for weak spots.

Technically, there’s still a bladder around the styrofoam that’s inflated to fully compress the carbon against the outer, metal mold for proper compaction. But starting with the firm styrofoam core gets them very, very close to the final shape – much closer than wrapping around a floppy silicone core. Once heat molded and cured, the styrofoam molds shrink to less than half during the process and are simply pulled out and discarded. The whole design means they have more control over the process which leads to more precise construction.

Of course, they also had to come up with a cool name. The Niner BSB means…


First Look! Gravel Crushing New GT Grade Adventure Road Bike

2015 GT Grade carbon fiber gravel grinder road bike

In development for three years, the new GT Grade fires a serious shot across the bow of the burgeoning gravel grinder scene with a svelte, racy frame designed to tackle anything you can throw at it.

Some time ago, GT was a little more involved in road. They provided track bikes for the US Olympic team and supplied Lotto Belisol. Six years ago, they provided bikes for the Jelly Belly team. Since then, they’ve been predominantly focused on mountain with the Athertons, Tyler McCaul and others. Their latest crop of full suspension bikes have been well received.

But, there’s no denying the growth in adventure riding, and that growth is worldwide. GT says they’re seeing growth in sportives, fondos and non-sanctioned ride/races in Australia, throughout Europe and elsewhere. And of course we’re seeing a lot more of it in the U.S., too. Since big fat knobbies aren’t always the best way to get there, something new was in order. The people riding these (um, like us) want something that’s a bit more comfortable than a pure ‘cross bike but can handle wider rims and tires than a road bike. And disc brakes, of course. So, yeah, the explosion in gravel riding and racing seems very recent, but thankfully GT saw it coming - their new Grade looks amazing…


Review: Borealis Echo – Fat Bike Skills, Mountain Bike Performance

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When RockShox took the lid off the new Bluto suspension fork, something happened to the world of fat bikes. All of a sudden, the line between super fat all terrain crusher and traditional mountain bike was obscured in the roost of a 4.8″ tire thanks to the availability of a mass produced suspension fork. Not only does the fork expand the abilities of fat bikes as we know it, it also has caused frame manufacturers to alter the geometries of their bikes, building new suspension corrected fat bikes with more traditional mountain bike geometry.

As one of the newer players in the fat bike market, Borealis worked with RockShox thanks to their proximity to introduce the all new Borealis Echo as soon as the Bluto got official. After an impressive showing at Sea Otter, Borealis boxed one up (in two boxes!), and shipped it to us for review.

Put away your preconceptions, and hear what the Echo’s all about, next…