Posts in the category Frostbike

Frostbike Roundup 2: Bikes, Clothes, Grips, and more

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Continuing on with Frostbike coverage, TRP was on hand with the final production version of their carbon cross fork. Most of the fork’s specifications were decided when we first wrote about the fork earlier in the year, but TRP has now settled on the production finish. Using a two tone matte/gloss finish, there is a tastefully simple TRP logo on the upper quadrant of each leg.

More on the fork plus Foundry, Cogburn, Mechanical Threads, One, Odi, Ergon and more next…


Hands on with the Hope Crankset, Plus New Fat Bike Spindle and Boost 148 Hub

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After teasing us with the beautifully machined and anodized crank arms at a few different trade shows, Hope finally released their new crankset earlier this year. Adding to the expansive line of aluminum parts made in the UK, the modular crankset adds another option to give your self some drivetrain flexibility. Able to run either spiderless Retainer chainrings, single spiders for 104 BCD chainrings, or double 64/104 BCD spiders, the crankset also uses a swappable axle standard that we guessed would allow the crankset to be used on a number of different frames even though the initial launch was limited to 68/73 and 83mm options.

It didn’t take long before Hope made it to Frostbike where the new crankset was shown with an interesting new spindle…


Frostbike Roundup: Tires, Tubeless Accessories, Hubs, Rims and More

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Judging by the amount of new product at Frostbike this year, 2015 should be a good one for both consumers and retailers. Even if brands didn’t have an expansive collection of new goods, most of them had at least one thing to show off like Vittoria’s new Bomboloni tire for the 29+ category. Aptly named after an Italian filled doughnut, the oversized rubber will be made available in both 29 x 3 and 26 x 4″ versions, but no word on any 27.5+ options just yet we just heard from Vittoria, and they will be offering a 27.5 x 3.0″ tire to go along with the other options!

Keep reading for the news from Vittoria, Kenda, i9, Onyx and more…


Pedro’s Goes Green with New Bike Care Products, Plus 10 New Hand Tools

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Given the fact that Pedro’s NA is based in Boston, MA it’s impressive they even made it to Frostbike given the huge amounts of snow piling up, let alone with quite a few new surprises. Starting with hand tools, Pedro’s is jumping into pliers with the new Needle Nose and Diagonal cutters. Both tools feature self opening jaws that are designed for bike related tasks, especially the needle nose plies which feature notches for crimping, gripping, and cutting. Forged and heat treated with dual density grips, the 6″ long tools each sell for $26.

Another set of pliers is found with the new Quick Link Pliers meant to, well, open and close quick links. Not exactly a new concept, but the Quick Link Pliers will sell for just $15 and are an extremely useful tool to have around the shop. There’s plenty more Pedro’s yellow after the break including some prototypes and bike care products…


Five Ten Freshens Casual Line, Updates Freerider Contact, Kestrel Clipless Shipping Soon

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Even when they’re not on the trails, there is a good chance you can pick out a mountain biker by their footwear. That may not always be the case, but a number of the die hard mountain bikers I know live in their Five Tens, Tevas, or any number of BMX kicks both on and off the bike. Even with Teva out of the mountain bike footwear market, Five Ten isn’t slowing down. Instead, the recognized name in footwear has refreshed their casual line with new colors, cuts, and an all new Marathon micro dot rubber sole.

To satisfy your bike specific needs, Five Ten was showing off the new Kestrel and Freerider Contact as well…


JoeBlow Gets Fat Over Winter, New Floor Plump Dials in PSI Under 30

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Judging by all the fat bike specific product popping up, you might think you would need all new everything to get your fat bike fix. While not totally true, there are a few things that would definitely make life easier – like pumps that are more accurate at low pressures. We caught wind of the new Topeak JoeBlow Fat at Eurobike, but it seems the company has made a critical change to the pump since we laid eyes on the prototype. Instead of making the pump just for fat bikers, why not build a low pressure pump that will fit the needs of most mountain bikers and cyclocrossers while they’re at it?

Thanks to a small tweak, anyone running pressures under 30 PSI should be a fan of the new JoeBlow family member…


Challenge Adds Wider MTB Two Tubular, Effetto Mariposa Develops Revolutionary Carogna Tubular Tape

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Tubulars might not be the first thing on your mind for mountain bike tires, unless you’re a racer. Even then the number of mountain bikers running tubulars is fairly small compared to the road or cross. However, if you are one of the few gluing your tires to your rims for the dirt, Challenge has a new tire for you. Called simply the MTB Two, the new tire picks up where the original MTB One left off with a wider, more aggressive build.

If you look at the performance benefits of tubulars, it’s surprising they’re not more popular – until you consider the time and skill needed to glue them to the rim. But what if there was a better way? It looks like Effetto Mariposa may have answered that question…


Velo Orange Adds Disc Brake Grand Cru Touring Hubs, Plus Nalgene Compatible Mojave Cage

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Even if you’re unsure of the need for disc brakes on your touring rig, it’s nice to have options. Options like the new Grand Cru Disc Touring hubset from Velo Orange. Based on their tool-less design from other Grand Cru Hubs, the Disc Touring models are sold only in 100/135mm front and rear with standard quick release axles. The high flange design keeps the classic look but offers modern brake performance and still uses high quality Japanese cartridge bearings in common sizes.

Along with the disc hubs, Velo Orange also has a new bottle cage that might be of interest if your favorite bottle is stamped with Nalgene…


Vision Introduces Trimax Road Bar, Affordable Team 25 Wheels, Limited Edition Yellow ‘Shark’ FSA K-Force Kit Preorder

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When Vision introduced the Metron 4D, the Aero Ergo flat top riser bar was loved for its comfort. However, the bar did place riders in a slightly higher position and pros like Contador who are trying to get low, or just prefer a flat bar, wanted something a bit different. Built with a similar Aero-Ergo design but with a flat top instead of the riser, the new Trimax Road Compact bar should be the perfect compliment to the Metron 4D.

Along with the Trimax, Vision also had a set of new budget friendly wheels, while FSA was showing off the new Nibali Shark kit which is currently available for preorder…