Tech Talk: Are your bike tires too wide for your rims? Here’s how to get it right

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With the explosion of Boost, Plus bikes, Mid Fat and other portly new rim and tire sizes for everything from road to cyclocross to gravel to mountain bikes, it’s a wonder there isn’t more confusion as to what will actually work together.

And by “work together”, we don’t just mean whether or not it’ll mount. We wanted to know what the compatibility limitations are for optimum performance and, more importantly, safety. If we’ve learned one thing from Mavic’s presentations over the years, it’s that tire and rim sizes really and truly are designed to work in tandem. Step outside the guidelines and you risk poor performance, component damage, or even a total blowout. And it’s not just Mavic. We spoke with WTB, Kenda, Schwalbe, Stan’s NoTubes and Industry Nine to see where everyone sits on the matter. Here’s what they had to say…

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With the explosion of Boost, Plus bikes, Mid Fat and other portly new rim and tire sizes for everything from road to cyclocross to gravel to mountain bikes, it’s a wonder there isn’t more confusion as to what will actually work together. And by “work together”, we don’t just mean whether or not it’ll mount. […]

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First Ride: Kona adds 27.5″ wheels to Hei Hei with new Trail series

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Photo c. Caleb Smith/Kona

Since their introduction, Kona’s Process line has been a hit. The Combination of their Rocker Independent suspension system and competent spec and geometry won over riders who were fans of durable, relatively simple bikes that offered a great ride. However, riders wanting less travel and a more XC oriented ride were directed to the Hei Hei line which on its reintroduction not to long ago was completely focused on 29″ wheels. With both Race and DL options, the Hei Hei proved itself to be a versatile bike, but for fans of “Canadian Cross Country,” there was still a void left by the absence of 27.5″ wheels.

Enter the 2017 Hei Hei line up with more options than ever. Offering both 27.5″ and 29″ wheeled bikes, the new Hei Hei Trail shrinks down the wheels and bulks up on the travel to create an incredibly fun bike that still defies categorization. Is it an XC bike? Is it a trail bike? Yes…

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Since their introduction, Kona’s Process line has been a hit. The Combination of their Rocker Independent suspension system and competent spec and geometry won over riders who were fans of durable, relatively simple bikes that offered a great ride. However, riders wanting less travel and a more XC oriented ride were directed to the Hei Hei […]

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First Ride: Cane Creek eyes OEM with C-Quent Air Shock

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Cane Creek C-quent rear shock first ride factory tour (13)

It isn’t often that a company sets out to make their suspension product less adjustable. But when your rear shocks are known as some of the most adjustable on the market, less adjustability can actually be desirable, especially for shocks destined for sale on new bikes. Not only are ultra adjustable suspension components more intimidating for entry to intermediate level riders, they are usually more expensive as well which drives up the price for both the OEM and the consumer.

For all of these reasons, when Cane Creek went back to the drawing board to design the new C-Quent, they had OEMs specifically in mind. The shock is still extremely adjustable, just at the factory level rather than the consumer. This is more akin to what many suspension manufacturers offer on complete bikes – shocks with base tunes that are customized to work with a specific suspension platform. Key to the C-Quent’s design however, was that it had to retain the Twin-Tube damper technology that is the focal point of their other shocks. The result is a less expensive, lightweight shock that comes so close to the ride of a DB Inlines, that Cane Creek wagers most riders won’t be able to tell the difference…

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It isn’t often that a company sets out to make their suspension product less adjustable. But when your rear shocks are known as some of the most adjustable on the market, less adjustability can actually be desirable, especially for shocks destined for sale on new bikes. Not only are ultra adjustable suspension components more intimidating for […]

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Review: Litespeed T3 Disc blends disc brakes, bigger tires, and titanium ride

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Stay around bicycles long enough, and you’re bound to hear someone gush about the magic of titanium. You know the mantra – lighter than steel, better ride qualities than aluminum, and less prone to rust and corrosion? It seems that there is little doubt that titanium as a material itself is an attractive product from which to build a bike.

When it comes to actually building that bike though, it would appear that all things are not created equal. It’s not the easiest material to work with due to its hardness and need for increased care when welding. Because of that, even the best titanium bike companies are still honing their craft. Whether that’s improving on the welds, trying different finishes, or experimenting with new tubing shapes and wall thicknesses, titanium bikes continue to improve.

Which brings us to one of the most accomplished Ti builders in the game – Litespeed. For more than 30 years now, Litespeed has been improving upon their interpretation of the perfect titanium build. They’ve also been working to improve their process as well, as they settle into their new manufacturing home. It’s still located in Chattanooga, TN, it’s just much bigger with more open space for improved work flow and room for expansion.

I got a chance to check out their new facility when I drove through Chattanooga to drop off the T3 Disc that I had been riding for the past few months. It was a sad moment to hand the bike over knowing that I had ridden my last ride with it, but I was able to get quite a few miles on the T3 before I turned over the keys…

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Stay around bicycles long enough, and you’re bound to hear someone gush about the magic of titanium. You know the mantra – lighter than steel, better ride qualities than aluminum, and less prone to rust and corrosion? It seems that there is little doubt that titanium as a material itself is an attractive product from […]

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Interview: Jeremiah Bishop says dropper posts make roadies faster & how he’ll cheat (the wind) at Leadville

Leading out the peloton at Leadville in 2015. (Photo from Jeremiah Bishop, by GlenDelmanPhotography)
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In marathon races and events like Leadville, team tactics are crucial, but aerodynamics might prove to be the magic bullet.

Every once in a while we get a call from Jeremiah Bishop. Bishop’s one of the longest running pro mountain bikers out there, having remained at a top level for well over a decade and continually finding new ways of pushing himself. I’ve raced  with him (or, more accurately, seen him racing) at various events over the years, and not only is he ridiculously fast, he’s also supremely approachable and always has an interesting story on what he’s up to with training, racing or coaching.

So, a few weeks ago, he reached out to talk about how he’s gunning for a new course record at the Leadville Trail 100 this year. But with so many pros trying to one up each other there, he knew he’d have to do more than have the performance of his life. He’d have to come up with some new tricks…

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Every once in a while we get a call from Jeremiah Bishop. Bishop’s one of the longest running pro mountain bikers out there, having remained at a top level for well over a decade and continually finding new ways of pushing himself. I’ve raced  with him (or, more accurately, seen him racing) at various events […]

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How to Break Into the Cycling Industry – Beeline Bikes’ co-founder Pete Buhl

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For the long awaited return of our “Break In” interview series, we talk to someone who’s concept certainly shook things up. It’s one thing to iterate on an existing product category, which, in a way, is what happened here, but it’s something else to virtually reinvent it for the modern age. Beeline Bikes took the bike shop “product” and made it mobile. And it gave anyone the opportunity to own one of those mobile shops through a franchise model. Then, as online sales continue to challenge brick and mortar operations, they became a conduit for brands looking to offer consumer direct Internet sales, funneling potentially lost revenue directly into their (and their franchisees’) pockets.

As of this story going live, Beeline has 31 mobile bike shops open and in development across Albuquerque, the Bay Area, Boulder, Denver, Los Angeles, Orange County and Phoenix. They are a dealer for Breezer, Cleary, Diamondback, Faraday, Fuji, Kestrel, Lynskey, Raleigh, Spot and Van Dessel, with more brands having conversations with them. Here’s how it all started…

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For the long awaited return of our “Break In” interview series, we talk to someone who’s concept certainly shook things up. It’s one thing to iterate on an existing product category, which, in a way, is what happened here, but it’s something else to virtually reinvent it for the modern age. Beeline Bikes took the […]

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Review: Torque it down with Abbey Bike Tools’ Suspension Top Cap Sockets and Pedal Wrench

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Realistically, unless you work on a lot of suspension forks, special top cap sockets probably aren’t high on your high on your list. Even if you do crack open a fork every so often, you may not even know that such a thing even exists. For years, better mechanics have been buying customized sockets – or grinding them down on their own. Standard sockets have a tendency to slip off the shallow wrench flats of suspension top caps thanks to the chamfer that is usually included. Making the surface of the socket as flat as possible provides more grip, and less chance of damaging that pricey suspension fork.

So after years of mechanics going it alone, why did Abbey Bike Tools create their own set of sockets? As usual, Jason Quade thought it could be done better…

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Realistically, unless you work on a lot of suspension forks, special top cap sockets probably aren’t high on your high on your list. Even if you do crack open a fork every so often, you may not even know that such a thing even exists. For years, better mechanics have been buying customized sockets – […]

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Salsa hits the road, trail, and gravel with updated Fargo Plus, Cutthroat, All Road Vaya, & more

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Salsa 2017 timberjack woodsmoke new mukluk vaya marrakesh adventure cycling association_-47

Whatever your path, Salsa continues to have your covered. Along with the mountain bike line up fro 2017 that includes some wild bikes like the 3-in-1 wheeled Woodsmoke, Salsa has a number of updated bikes for the road with drop bars. Thanks to the adventurous nature of their bikes, just because they have drop bars doesn’t make them a road bike. Instead, the curvy bars can be found on bikes that will take you any where you want to go – even on bikes with plus sized tires. Obviously, Salsa isn’t the first to run drop bars on essentially a mountain bike, but the rise of bike packing and adventure racing is making what was old, new again.

When it comes to the Salsa Fargo, the bike meant for bike packing, or just cruising offroad gets updated for 2017 with another 3-in-1 wheel set up. Thanks to Boost spacing and additional frame clearance, the Fargo is now capable of running 27+, 29″, or even 29+ wheels and tires making it easier than ever to pick the right wheel set up and getting out of town…

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Whatever your path, Salsa continues to have your covered. Along with the mountain bike line up fro 2017 that includes some wild bikes like the 3-in-1 wheeled Woodsmoke, Salsa has a number of updated bikes for the road with drop bars. Thanks to the adventurous nature of their bikes, just because they have drop bars […]

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Intense covers aggressive trail 29er base with all new Primer

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Intense Primer 29 ACV 27 plus mountain bike new 2017 sedona review-2

The new plus size ACV wasn’t the only thing Intense was showing in the Sedona desert. Opting to wait a little longer for its release so that it would coincide with the bikes being available at retail, the new Intense Primer is probably worth the wait. That’s especially true if you liked the looks of the new Spider 275 carbon but prefer the bigger wheels. Essentially, the Primer is the same bike, just upsized to roll on 29″ wheels instead of 27.5″.

Based on how much we liked the Spider, the new Primer should be another great addition to the Intense line up…

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The new plus size ACV wasn’t the only thing Intense was showing in the Sedona desert. Opting to wait a little longer for its release so that it would coincide with the bikes being available at retail, the new Intense Primer is probably worth the wait. That’s especially true if you liked the looks of the […]

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