Posts in the category Fixed Gear/SS

Review: Swobo’s bomber urban single speed bike – The Accomplice

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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.

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New Absolute Black Single Speed Cog

singlespeed_cog_absoluteblackCalling 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 Launches two new models, Plus Pure City commuter line up

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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.

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Kickstarter: Vanhawks Valour, The Worlds First “Smart” Bike

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 ->

Elegant Sixtyº Pedal Straps by Stand Bike Me.

Standbikeme sixty fixed strapsThe 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 ->

Red Hook Crit Inspires Fresh Goods from Cinelli, Chrome & Stanridge Speed

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photo: ©caroline pauleau

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…

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NAHBS 2014: Festka Shows Amazing Artist Series Bike, New Titanium Frames & Much More!

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We got the story of Festka’s new titanium frames in our pre-NAHBS interview, which took a deeper look at the new material and their nabbing of Morati’s founder to head things up. Now, we’ve got eyes on with the new frames plus so much more. Festka’s been quite busy.

This Zero, which is their lugged carbon fiber frameset, is the first one from their Art Collection. The base color is white, and every other bit of color, including the blue underlying tone, was painted by hand. It took seven days. This one gets stainless dropouts and an eccentric BB so it can run a Gates Belt Drive. Only four will be done with each Art Collection paint scheme, but they can be ordered in any frame style you want.

Closeups of this, plus steel, ti and more carbon bikes (and wheels!) below…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Halo Belt 2.0, seen above, has been successfully funded on Kickstarter and is still taking orders for it’s USB charged glowing belts in an effort to reach $100,000 so they can redesign the belt to be 100% waterproof. They even have a Halo Belt Mini for your dog’s collar.
  • Stolen Bikes.UK is celebrating their 2nd year in operation and the recovery of 140 stolen bikes by offering you a chance to win £500 to spend in a local (UK) bike shop or one of two Hiplok D’s. Enter to win on their FB page.
  • John Moss, the founder of Stolen Bikes.UK, was inspired to create the site two years ago when his own bike was stolen. Now, he is trying to close the bike theft circle with an additional website called Check That Bike! - for buyers of used bikes to make sure the bike they are going to buy is not stolen.
  • BuddyBike is pleased to announce that 10 of their bikes will be given away in the Great Bike Giveaway through the Friendship Circle. See the stats on all of the adaptive bikes in the giveaway and consider donating so more special needs children can enjoy the freedom of riding a bike!
  • Bicycle Retailer reports that Bob Stapleton, former owner of the Highroad cycling team, has bought Mad Fiber wheel’s intellectual property assets.
  • The 24 Hours of Booty is returning for its third year in Philadelphia, kicking off on Friday, June 27th. Check the website for more 24 Hours of Booty locations.
  • BMC has recalled it’s Stromer Electric Bicycles due to possible fork failure. See their website for more details. (Kudos to them for having fork recall information on the front page!)
  • Tomorrow is World Water Day and in celebration PureFix Cycles is giving away $100 to charity: water for every Uniform or Yankee bike sold.
  • The 2014 USA Pro Challenge is looking for you to design their official commemorative poster. Enter your submission via their FB page through May 2nd.
  • Bell Helmets has announced the 12 finalists for they IMBA-Bell Built grants. Voting is open to the public April 7th – May 18th on their FB page.
  • Looking for a smaller grant, from $400-$1000, to finish a project on your local trails or pump track? IMBA has just opened its Small Grant Program for applications. Deadline is May 30th.
  • Domahidy DesignsKickstarter Campaign has just five days to go, so he’s upped the ante to help close it successfully. What’s new? How ’bout a 650B bike as an option and a full lifetime warranty on all frames. He’s also added Small and XS sizes for the 650B frames, helping fit more folks.

Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Brings Upgrades to Affordable City Bikes

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We saw the Brooklyn Bicycle Co. range last year during the trade show rounds and were interested in their well put-together package at a great price level. Following up with them, it looks like things just keep getting better. Same price, but with some across-the-board improvements to spec since we last talked to them.

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