Posts in the category Fixed Gear/SS

There’s a New Track Hub In Town with the All City New Sheriff SL Hubset

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There is a new Sheriff in town. Well, at least when it comes to track hubs from All City. Meant to be a true racing hubset, the New Sheriff SL has been optimized to make it one of the lightest track hubsets available without losing day to day durability. Even if you would rather run a freewheel than fixed, the New Sheriff SL is the perfect starting point for your next track wheel build…

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Plzen World Cup Cycle Ball Pro Bike Check – Round 1 Winners Simon Konig and Florian Fischer

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So as we head into the next month or so of featuring Pro Bike Checks from the first mountain bike rounds of the UCI World Cups in XC and DH, I thought I’d start off with something a bit more unique. Last weekend we headed out to the first UCI World Cup in the indoor cycling sport of Cycle Ball in Plzen, Czech Republic, where ten 2-man teams from six nations competed in the somewhat bizarre but amazingly impressive show of balance, bike control, and precision. The Austrian pair of Simon König and Florian Fischer on team RC Höchst 2 dominated in everyone of their tournament matches on the day on their Star Bicycle Radball Premium+ bikes.

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Focale 44 Announces European-Built Custom Titanium Frame Program

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Comparing their bikes to German cars, Andorra’s Focale 44 is a brand who’s out to make premium grade products. They admit there’s no magic behind it, but taking a high-end approach to engineering, design and manufacturing results in solid products their customers can appreciate long-term. Focale 44 offers a line of complete fixed gear bicycles, frame kits and components, however the company recently announced a custom titanium frame program.

Focale 44 will now design custom frames for buyers who want the unique ride properties of titanium with or without specific geometry, a unique design or personalized finishing touches as requested. Although their stock fixie bikes are inherently simple, they claim almost any design or option is possible within their custom program including road bikes, MTB’s, or whatever you dream up…
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Berliner 2015: Clean Designs from Schindelhauer City Bikes and Fixies

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With the more approachable urban cycling nature of the Berlin Bike Show, there really is no bike company that fits the bill more than German brand Schindelhauer. They specialize in bikes with a simple classic look, based around polished, TIG-welded triple butted, aero-shaped aluminum tubed frames with unique detailing and plenty of polished aluminum. The Ludwig bike is a great example as a lightweight touring/commuting platform, and like all of their bikes is either set up as a singlespeed or with hub gearing, no derailleurs here. Also like all of Schindelhauer’s bikes (except one track-specific frameset) the Ludwig is equipped to take racks and fenders for more real-world versatility.

Follow us past the break to have a look at some of Schindelhauer’s slick details…

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Berliner 2015: Stelbel Frames, the Modern Revival of Italian Steel Innovation

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At the Berlin bike show Continental was showing their tires on a couple of lovely looking steel bikes from a small Italian builder named Stelbel. The bikes had some unique details that jumped out at us, so we had a talk with their head guy at the show and got some history and details. The bikes got their start with Stelio Belletti, an Italian mechanical engineer from a motorcycling and aeronautics background, that pioneered TIG welded bike frames in the early 70s outside of Milan. After almost 20 years of welding bikes, including the bikes of a Polish team that won a team time trial world championship in 1975 the first year he was building bikes, personal problems shuttered the company for another 20 years.

But with some modern interest from the tech savvy team at Cicli Corsa, a collaboration was formed to bring Belletti back to is business and to revive Stelbel with a simple idea: stay true to the past, while continuing to experiment and innovate. With that the reinvigorated team at Stelbel has been bringing back their classics and developing modern interpretations based on modern materials, skilled craftsmanship, and an excellent attention to detail.

Join us after the jump for full details on the new bikes and the still-available classic that started it all…

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Six Fyx 6-Speed Drivetrain Conversion Kits for Fixies Now Available

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While fixies are fun, simple and easy to maintain there are times when it pays to have a few gears at hand. While they’re adamant that they aren’t trying to ‘fix’ anything, Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Fyxation has released a conversion kit that adds a six-speed drivetrain to your 120mm spaced frame.

The crew at Fyxation are clearly single-speed enthusiasts, but options are always good. The conversion kits are intended for fixed gear or track bike riders who want to give their knees a break, have hilly terrain to contend with, or for anyone who has a fixie that they like and fits well but would happily accept a bit more versatility. Bikerumor first previewed the Six Fyx conversion at Interbike in 2013, but the kits have just recently become available to consumers.

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NAHBS 2015: New Builder, Love Baum Bicycles

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Love Baum is an interesting name for a bicycle company, but like other names before it the title stems from two individuals, Chad Lovings and Bryce Baumann. Together, the duo design and build bicycles in Denver, Colorado having met in Rifle, Colorado, while studying the art of frame building with Koichi Yamaguchi. Chad and Bryce shared a vision for creating meticulous, high quality steel frames and rather than compete against each other, they combined their talents to form Love Baum Bicycles. Their pairing has already paid off, with Love Baum Bicycles taking the NAHBS 2015 award for Best New Builder… READ MORE ->

Berliner Fahrradschau 2015: An Eclectic Mix of Cycling and Lifestyle Products

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Another year of Berlin’s consumer Bike Show kicked off this weekend highlighting a lot of the urban and lifestyle segments of the bike industry that sometimes get glossed over with new derailleur and suspension tech. That means a lot of classic city bikes, many e-bike applications, internally geared hubs, and belt drives, plus more cargo bikes than you can shake a stick at. Over the next week or two we’ll try to roundup a bunch of things that we spotted that stood out from the crowd and the free flowing Henrick’s Gin and Tonics and German beers.

Read on for a modern take on a classic, city bikes and great finishes, some custom bags, and an e-bike to sneak on some group rides…

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Long-term test: Flexible FABike Carbon Road and Trail Bike

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It’s been more than half a year since we introduced you to our test of the multi-surface FABike road bike. During that time we had the chance to spend a few months with the bike, but also had a couple of separate occasions to meet up with the bike’s designer and sales director to do a bit of riding with the FABike team. This let us talk a bit more about what we though of the bike, to really get a good hands-on experience of the bike in several of its different setup iterations, and to discuss how the company is going forward with the bike. One topic that might interest our readers is the good discount on their current stock through the month of March.

Follow me across the break, and find more details and see our overall thoughts of the bike…

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