Notice anything odd about this bike? If you’re looking at the unusual drive-chain then you’ve spotted it. The retro-direct system is a two gear system that has no need of shifters, derailleurs, or geared hubs — just pedal backwards past the break for details on how you can make your own…
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After having met up with the head of FABike at the Dresden bike show a few months back, we arranged to give their bike an extended test to see how the crowdsourced project worked out. Designed in Italy, built in Taiwan, and assembled and distributed out of the Czech Republic, the FABike intended to be a multi-purpose road bike. The bike achieves its primary goal of flexibility through the use of an adjustable and interchangeable sliding dropout design that can be quickly and easily converted from a geared bike to singlespeed and from 130 to 120mm rear spacing and by accommodating up to 35mm tires (and thus gives the bike its name F+A+Bike.)
Find out more details, our initial setup, and some brief first impressions after the jump..
We feature wonderfully expensive bicycles on BikeRumor everyday. Some like the new 10 lb Trek Emonda are technological wonders, others like this 24k gold fatbike border on the ridiculous, but none of those bikes have anything on this prototype Colnago Road Bike.
Listed as a “FUTURA 2000 Colnago PROTOTYPE road bike (57cm) with ORIGINAL Artwork wheel-set!!”, the bike is described as a one of kind masterpiece by famed American graffiti artist Lenny McGurr.
In 1992, Tim Parr brought to fruition the lifestyles brand Swobo, selling clothing at first. The Swobo brand has had its ups and downs since then, changing hands a few times. Santa Cruz ended up with the brand in 2001, but by 2011, realized that it needed to be with a company that could take it back to the basics and really give the brand the boost it needed. In 2011, Fort Collins Bicycle Co took ownership. Being a smaller, more nimble company, they were able to retool and revamp the lineup of bikes. Now in 2014 we get to see the fruits of their labor with rides like the 27.5 bomber trail bike, the Mutineer, and here for review, the urban single speed, the Accomplice.
Jump the curb for the full review.
Calling the new single speed cog from Absolute Black simply a “cog,” would be doing the beautifully CNC machined component a disservice. Designed in the UK, and manufactured in Poland, this fancy bit of 7075 Txxxx Aluminum has several unique features. READ MORE ->
Pure Fix offers several different direct-to-consumer track frames, complete bikes, wheels, and accessories, for reasonable prices. They’ve recently expanded their product line to include two new fixed gear bikes, as well as a whole new sister company – Pure City – which is focused on the commuter market.
Their new high end track frameset is the Keirin and Keirin Pro, which retail for $199 and $229 respectively. The alloy finish, pictured above, boosts the price by $26.
The entry level frame weights 5 lbs 14 oz, while the higher end frame shaves 10 oz, and weighs 5 lbs 4 0z. Both frames are constructed from hydro-formed 6061 aluminum, and designed to perform around town, or in the velodrome. The difference is that the Pro model features triple butted construction, while the standard model is only double butted.
Both frames include a 27.2 seat post clamp, integrated headset, and are available in one of four sizes – 49cm, 52cm, 55cm, and 58cm.
Forget Di2, this new Vanhawks bike seeks to integrate electronics at a much more core level of the cycling experience than just gear shifts. With more sensors than a late model Camry, the Valor uses Bluetooth to relay information from it’s on-board gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, speed sensor, GPS receiver, and blind spot detectors, to your smart phone.
The interplay between cellphone and bicycle has generated some industry firsts, including built in turn by turn directions. The bicycle is built with city commuters in mind and is capable of suggesting preferred routes and learning from your riding experience, e.g. if the roads are too pot hole ridden for comfort, etc… This information turns each bike into a valuable resource for regional planners and bicycle advocates, but it tangibly translates into improved directions for anyone using the Vanhawks system. In addition to the handlebars having built in LED indicators for navigation, they also have an integrated haptic feed back system to warn you of oncoming objects in your blind spot. READ MORE ->
The new Sixtyº Pedal Strap by Stand Bike Me. receives it’s name from the angle of the strap across the pedal. According to the manufacture, sixty degrees is the perfect inclination to strap your feet in when riding fixed gear bikes.
The straps are produced from high strength Nylon and sets themselves apart by incorporating tasteful leather accents. Each pair of straps is stitched by craftsmen using local materials and will arrive in a recycle cardboard box. They install via a set of velcro straps that are routed through the pedal body and retail for 36 Euro. READ MORE ->
The 2014 Red Hook Crit raced through NYC this past weekend, and Stanridge Speed, Cinelli and Chrome were on hand with special edition bikes and goods.
Shown above, past winner Evan Murphy was rockin’ a Stanridge Speed bike painted by artist Eine. The graphics are a play on the fact that even street art, as rebellious as it may seem, is nowadays nothing more than advertising for the artist, and simply repeats “We Hate Eine”.
Murphy and a teammate rocked identical bikes and took top ten finishes for men’s and women’s fields in the rainy event. Check her bike, and stuff from the other brands, below…