Knog kickstarts a fresh take on the humble bike bell with the Oi

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Knog just launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new low-profile Oi handlebar bell, and less than a full day in and they’ve already blown past their goal by more than 5x. That’s not really that big of a surprise. Knog is known for putting their nice design-focused touch on basic bike accessories, and crowdfunders love to support small unique design objects. The Oi seems like it won’t disappoint either; it looks like no other bar-mounted bell we’ve seen and is the kind of solution that could see it adopted on all manner of bikes. Have a listen and get a closer look after the break, plus full details, and a look at the Kickstarter deals up for grabs…
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Knog just launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new low-profile Oi handlebar bell, and less than a full day in and they’ve already blown past their goal by more than 5x. That’s not really that big of a surprise. Knog is known for putting their nice design-focused touch on basic bike accessories, and crowdfunders love to […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Commuter, Cyclocross, e-Bike, Gadgets & Hacks, Gravel Bikes, Kickstarter, Mountain Bike, Road Bike41 Comments

First Look: Vyro AmEn1, a shifting crankset alternative to gearboxes

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It’s been almost four years since we first looked at the unique shifting crankset concept from Vyro, but now having just spent a week riding a pre-production version we have a better sense for their alternative crank that delivers some advantages over both 1x and double setups. By moving the big chainring in and out of the path of the chain, the Vyro AMEn1 crankset gives mountain climbing gearing and constant chainline in a relatively light package that doesn’t need a front derailleur. Plus of course the most important point is that the cranks are in production now, with availability just a short time away. Take a close look at how it works, some insight into what we thought about riding it and its ideal applications, plus full details on pricing and availability, all after the fold…

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It’s been almost four years since we first looked at the unique shifting crankset concept from Vyro, but now having just spent a week riding a pre-production version we have a better sense for their alternative crank that delivers some advantages over both 1x and double setups. By moving the big chainring in and out of […]

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Problem Solvers takes the trouble out of tubeless valves, new MisMatch adapter, MSW tire stand & more

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We’ve all probably been there. You go to inflate your tires, and the tubeless valve starts to spin and starts leaking air and sealant. Some valves are definitely better than others, but Problem solvers thought there was a better way. Enter the Super P-Nut. Why no one has done this yet, we’re not quite sure…

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We’ve all probably been there. You go to inflate your tires, and the tubeless valve starts to spin and starts leaking air and sealant. Some valves are definitely better than others, but Problem solvers thought there was a better way. Enter the Super P-Nut. Why no one has done this yet, we’re not quite sure…

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Jagwire attracts mechanics with new dual magnetic Pro Internal Routing Tool

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Depending on the frame, internal routing can be a nightmare. Sure, once it’s installed it looks clean and can keep the cables sheltered from dirt and the wind, but often installation can be frustrating to say the least. Best case, you’re pushing a piece of cable or housing through a full tube inside the frame. Worst case?  You find yourself trying to coax a stubborn cable or housing through a hole at an impossible angle, completely blind.

Jag wire certainly isn’t the first company to devise a magnetic internal routing tool, but after seeing their new Pro Internal Routing tool in person, it will probably be in high demand once available…

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Depending on the frame, internal routing can be a nightmare. Sure, once it’s installed it looks clean and can keep the cables sheltered from dirt and the wind, but often installation can be frustrating to say the least. Best case, you’re pushing a piece of cable or housing through a full tube inside the frame. […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Calfee upgrades get light, bright & tight; plus a massive bamboo hauler

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As usual, Calfee’s collection of eye candy was on point. Starting off with this Dragonfly Adventure bike holding court in ENVE’s booth, they showed off their paint skills by two toning the lugs and accessories, including the integrated fender that comes on ENVE’s GRD fork.

Flash past the break to see beneath the glossy, sparkly surface…

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As usual, Calfee’s collection of eye candy was on point. Starting off with this Dragonfly Adventure bike holding court in ENVE’s booth, they showed off their paint skills by two toning the lugs and accessories, including the integrated fender that comes on ENVE’s GRD fork. Flash past the break to see beneath the glossy, sparkly […]

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Part bike, part car and a whole lot of time. The DuoBike – Updated rewards

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No no no… this isn’t a “Road to NAHBS” builder highlight, but I bet this frame builder would be fascinating to talk to. I’m even willing to bet there might be a few of those artisan builders (that are in Sacramento as we speak polishing up their life’s work) that think this thing is completely amazing in a very esoteric kinda way. But it without a doubt has a good bit of cray going for it to.

Come take a peak into this mad engineering project, and see it in action below the fold…

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No no no… this isn’t a “Road to NAHBS” builder highlight, but I bet this frame builder would be fascinating to talk to. I’m even willing to bet there might be a few of those artisan builders (that are in Sacramento as we speak polishing up their life’s work) that think this thing is completely amazing in a […]

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Lindarets x Wolftooth Tanpan negotiates Shimano Road shifter & mountain rear derailleur marriage

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If you look at the Shimano product line, there is still something missing. Ask many cyclocross racers, adventure tourers, etc., and you’ll probably find a number who wish they could run a clutched Shimano rear derailleur with Shimano road shifters. Unless a new group is right around the corner, Shimano doesn’t have a Shadow+ option for the drop bar crowd.

That, paired with the desire to run wide range cassettes gave the Lidarets x Wolftooth duo their next idea. As with the Goat Link and Road Link, the Tanpan was designed by Marc at Lindarets and manufactured in Minneapolis by Wolf Tooth Components at their brand new facility…

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If you look at the Shimano product line, there is still something missing. Ask many cyclocross racers, adventure tourers, etc., and you’ll probably find a number who wish they could run a clutched Shimano rear derailleur with Shimano road shifters. Unless a new group is right around the corner, Shimano doesn’t have a Shadow+ option […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Gadgets & Hacks, Mountain Bike, Road Bike23 Comments

Gevenalle gets the drop on Shimano 11-speed Dyna-Sys MTB Derailleurs & Alfine 8-speed hubs

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Drop bar fans rejoice! If you (like me) prefer drops on any road’ish going bike, including your commuting, touring and gravel sleds, you now have a couple more options. Gevenalle’s new UX and GX shifters let you run Shimano’s simple enclosed Alfine 8-speed hubs or their robust 11-speed Dyna-Sys mountain bike gears with road handlebars.

Check out the new clickers from Gevenalle below, and don’t be concerned with what cabled brakes you run…

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Drop bar fans rejoice! If you (like me) prefer drops on any road’ish going bike, including your commuting, touring and gravel sleds, you now have a couple more options. Gevenalle’s new UX and GX shifters let you run Shimano’s simple enclosed Alfine 8-speed hubs or their robust 11-speed Dyna-Sys mountain bike gears with road handlebars. Check out the […]

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The compact Taggio Pro Stepster makes pumping tires easy, comfortable and safe

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Sometimes it’s not so much necessity, but annoyance that is the mother of invention. When a team of product engineers and avid cyclists decided most portable hand pumps were irritatingly awkward to use, they set out to make an easy-as-pie pump that didn’t require any arm strength, and didn’t force you to crouch uncomfortably or sit down to use.

The team is now crowdfunding their creation on Kickstarter – The Pro Stepster is a compact foot activated pump that achieves 95psi, folds up to roughly the size of a soda can and comes with a carrying case that doubles as a bicycle seat bag…
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Sometimes it’s not so much necessity, but annoyance that is the mother of invention. When a team of product engineers and avid cyclists decided most portable hand pumps were irritatingly awkward to use, they set out to make an easy-as-pie pump that didn’t require any arm strength, and didn’t force you to crouch uncomfortably or […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Gadgets & Hacks, Kickstarter17 Comments