Posts in the category Hacks

Reader How-To: Making a Super Light Tubeless Rim Strip for Fat Bikes

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During a discussion on fat bike rim weights recently, the question of tubeless conversions came up. When it comes to a fat bike, the ability to ditch the tube offers a chance to lose some weight as well, but just how much does that tubeless conversion weigh? Depending on the rim and tire set up, tubeless conversions can range from a layer of super light tubeless tape to rim strips and layers of not so light Gorilla tape especially when cut out rims are involved.

For Rolf Moberg, the possibility of shaving 200-300g from the weight of his wheels had him searching for alternatives. In the end, the resulting home made rim strip has a claimed weight of just 15-20g. That’s quite a reduction, if you’re willing to put in the work…


Mega Roundup #1 – Random Tradeshow Bikes from Europe & beyond


Now that we’ve gotten (most of) our important fall tradeshow coverage posted, our attention turns to the weird, the random and the outrageous things we spotted while walking miles upon miles each day.

Adorning the Melon Helmets booth were two insane rat rod cruiser bikes that, as far as we could tell, were indeed rideable. And both were among the more creative (but not the weirdest) bikes we saw…


Bird of Prey Swoops in for a different look at the Bicycle – Who’s going to be the Victim in this?

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I’m just going to sit this right here. Bird of Prey Bicycles has what I’m just going to call an upside down reversed recumbent. Literally, the seating laying position and the drivetrain are flipped backwards and upside down! Is this another disaster waiting to happen, or an alternative to what we know as a bicycle that might actually take off?

Fly past the break and fall prey to what might or might not be your next bicycle….


IB15: Wheels Manufacturing Solves The Squeaky Pressfit Bottom Bracket, Busts Out Banger Hangers


Wheels Manufacturing lurks in the chasms from product left behind in the industry’s never-ending march towards The Modern Standard. While many ignore or avoid the troll-filled forums and poisonous comments sections of blogs full of unhappy customers who are just trying to make their bikes work, the dedicated team at Wheels Manufacturing pour over them looking for inspiration for new, ultra-functional solutions. They keep throwback product on the road and challenge existing standards if they feel they can improve on the theme. It’s this ingenuity that makes them one of the great un-sung heroes of cycling. And, as you can see, they do it with class.

Nick Lasar, Wheels Manufacturing Professional Customer Service Representative, is often the first line of feedback from IBS service departments or from garage wrenches through their extremely responsive online support chat, and he was excited to show off some game-changer product this Interbike. “We are dedicated to addressing the inherent issues with the pressfit system,” Nick proclaimed as he shuttled me over to their end-all be-all solution to the squeaky bottom bracket… READ MORE ->

11 Speed Mashup: Lindarets & Wolf Tooth Combine Shimano and SRAM Wide-Range Shifting w/ GoatLink 11

Sort of hidden amongst the new products on display at the Wolf Tooth Components booth at inter bike, was the latest product to come out of their collaboration with Lindarets. Those with a keen eye would have noticed the mountain bike that was running Shimano XTR 9000 components, but with a SRAM XX1 cassette that was also running the WTC GC 44 adapter.

While we were able to spot the new GoatLink 11, Marc was holding off on the specific details until now. As many pointed out in the comments section, running Shimano components with a SRAM cassette can be done without any modifications to the drivetrain. But for Lindarets, just partnering the two different groups didn’t result in shifting that met their expectations. The point of the GoatLink 11 was to bring the performance up to the level that it should be for the components involved. After extensive CAD work and nearly a year of testing, GoatLink 11 is a go…


Eurobike Coverage Review – Week #2: Chosen goes for 12 Speeds, Cippollini Gets Aero, DT Swiss & HED Get Wider and MORE!

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Welcome back to Eurobike coverage part deux! With more categories to cover than ever, this year’s show was huge and kept us on our toes more than ever. Pour yourself a well deserved scotch, kick your feet up, and travel into this week’s coverage of Eurobike 2015.

And in case you missed Week 1’s exciting coverage, check it out!


Project XC Race Rocket: The Rotor x SEQlite x SRAM x Absoluteblack 1×10 drivetrain

Project XC Race Rocket drivetrain overview with parts from Rotor SEOlite SRAM and Absoluteblack

For me, the most interesting (and daunting) part of building the Project XC Race Rocket bike was configuring the drivetrain. As I’ve upgraded most of my other bikes to proper, modern 1×11 or 1×10 drivetrains using entire groups, there was a growing collection of random parts collecting in bins. Could they be combined with a few select upgrades to create a full functional wide range drivetrain? Turns out, yes. Yes they can.

While any crankset could have been subbed in and outfitted with a narrow/wide chainring, I’d been wanting to test Rotor’s oval rings for a long time. And at the same time I’d resisted it for a long time. What if I loved them and couldn’t ever go back to round rings?


TDF2015 Tech: What’s inside the team cars, plus Team Sky’s prototype Jaguar F-Pace SUV

Jaguar F-Pace SUV crossover spy shots as Team Sky support vehicle

Let there be no doubt as to who’s the best funded team in the pro peloton. Team Sky wasn’t just rockin’ production Jaguar vehicles for sag wagons, they had this prototype Jaguar F-Pace SUV stealthily decaled. Word is, this model won’t even be formally introduced until the Frankfurt Auto Show, hitting showrooms in 2016 sometime. But here it is, and it’s gorgeous.

Ride on in for more pics of this and other cars from le Tour, including a look inside to see how they set them up to service the riders mid-race…


TDF2015 Tech: BMC molds insanely expensive one-off, one-piece custom TT fork-and-cockpit

Custom one-piece fork-and-handlebar-and-stem combo from BMC Pro Cycling for Tejay Van Garderen

In talking with a team rep, he said there aren’t a lot of prototype or fancy parts on the bikes because it’s helpful to the mechanics to have everything as similar as possible. And, as he put it, “special parts have special problems.”

That said, the bikes had mostly stock spec save for one very interesting custom handlebar/stem combo for Tejay Van Garderen. Made by joining standard 3T bullhorn bars and aero extensions into a single piece and then molding them directly to the steerer tube and fork, the entire front end of the bike becomes one giant carbon fiber piece. Here’s why…