Yes, more fatbike (and cold weather) stuff. What do you expect from a trade show that was held in a city with feet, not inches, of snow on the ground? There has been a lot of experimentation going around with tubeless fatbikes, and why not? All of the benefits of tubeless are supersized on fatbike – much lower rolling resistance, no flats, and even more traction! While the benefits are clear, the methods are not. Much like the early days of mountain bike tubeless, fat bike tubeless is just starting to get sorted out. Orange Seal is one company leading the charge with their Fat Bike tubeless conversion kits, and their new Sub-Zero sealant. Many in colder climates have been mixing their Stan’s Sealant with antifreeze or other homebrew methods to keep the sealant working below freezing, but Orange Seal takes the guess work out of the equation with their new cold weather specific goo.
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After TRP introduced their Spyre dual piston mechanical disc brake for road and cross bikes, an interesting thing happened – they started getting a lot of requests to make a mountain bike model. Even with a number of excellent hydraulic brakes on the market, apparently fatbike riders especially were looking for a mechanical brake that was better than the current options and not susceptible to cold like many hydraulic brakes can be. In spite of the bumpy roll out of the Spyre, the performance of the brake is impressive and now after the recall new models are shipping to satisfied consumers. Enter the new TRP Spyke, a mechanical dual piston mountain bike disc brake. Currently still in the prototype phase, it shouldn’t be long before these hit the shelves.
Thanks to TRP we got our hands on a prototype set after the break!
When you win a national championship, sometimes you get a special bike to commemorate the occation. Such is the case with Tim Allen’s new Stars and Stripes Foundry Harrow cross bike which was given to Tim after winning the Single Speed national Championship on a stripped down Foundry Harrow.
While Tim gets his own painted bike, Foundry is adding some paint to their stock bikes for the coming year, see it after the break.
The Ice Cream Truck may have been what everyone was talking about around Surly’s Intergalactic headquarters, but that wasn’t the only new thing they had up their sleeve. Maybe most notably was a big redesign of the beloved Karate Monkey. No, they didn’t make it 27.5″, don’t worry. Built with the same classic Monkey geometry, the new bike is equipped with a few new modern frame features and an awesome translucent metallic flake paint job.
More Karate plus new Pugs after the jump.
First released on the Friday before the show, we wanted to stop by to check out the new 45NRTH Dillinger 5 studded fatbike tire for obvious reasons. While the tire is labeled the 5, David Gabrys says it will really measure more like a 4.5 or 4.7 but since the tread is more beefy and square, the tread will actually measure wider than the casing. Part of the reason for the sizing is that to produce the Dillinger 5, 45NRTH went to a segmented jig instead of a clamshell jig. Segmented jigs vent the rubber through the mold and result in a more consistent tread weight compared to a clamshell jig. According to David, the Dillinger 5 is a big as the jig would actually allow them to make a tire. The result is an aggressively treaded tire that is also studdable for traction in the worst situations.
Check out the actual weight after the break.
Adding to the growing options for internally routed dropper posts, X-Fusion has thrown their hat into the ring with the all new HILO SLS. Basically the same post as their HILO SL but with the cable attached to the bottom of the post, the SLS will be popular as many new bikes are adding provisions for internally routed droppers.
Hit the BAT switch for more including actual weights!
After braving the icy roads to make it out to the Minneapolis Eagles Club, exciting things waited inside. No, not the decorations from your high school prom – new bikes! Specifically new cyclocross bikes from All-City which all have disc brakes. The Macho Disc was All-City’s first cross bike with discs, but now the brand has expanded them to the single speed Nature Boy and the all new Macho King. Built for riding around town and out of town as much as they are for racing, All-City’s line up is expanding with some incredible bikes.
Check out the bikes, and a little drivetrain speculation after the break.
This is much more than just another carbon fatbike rim. The Enso385 represents impressive technological advancements that may have a serious impact on the way carbon rims are manufactured in the future. Lighter, stronger, and tubeless with fewer parts, Kuroshiro’s ensō685 fatbike rim is rewriting the rules for single wall carbon rims. Kuroshiro is a new company from owner of Raceware SRL, a 22 year old Italian distribution company. As a distributor Mauro has always been ahead of the curve helping to usher in the age of the 29er in Italy, and being the first to import fatbikes. Seeing an opportunity to offer a new product that was both extremely simple while revolutionary, Mauro formed Kuroshiro – Japanes for Black and White which Mauro says is based on Zen philosophy. Kuroshiro’s goal is to make simple, effective products but also to create things that have never been done before. Things like the ensō685 – ensō is circle, the 6 is for 26″ wheels, and the 85 signifies 85mm wide.
What makes the ensō685 so special? Make sure to read through to find out!
One of the benefits of being on hand to check out a brand’s headquarters is the chance of catching a new product just as it lands. That was the case with the all new Manitou Mattoc. First shown back at Eurobike, the very first production samples of the Mattoc suspension fork showed up at Haye’s Milwaukee facility leading up to Frostbike. The fork has been a long time in the making, but as the Hayes Bicycle VP Darren Campbell put it, it was something they had to get right. If it rides as good as it looks, it appears they have succeeded.
Details plus actual weights after the jump.