SOC16: Sped Precision speeding towards new wheel brand with mountain, CX options

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Are there enough wheel companies out there already? If you’re Colin Esquibel, the answer is no. After leaving his position with Box Components, Colin told us he had something in the works, and at Sea Otter we got a first look – wheels. Why another wheel brand? Simply because Colin believes they can create a better product at lower prices than the competition by controlling the entire process. Every component of Sped Precision’s wheels is of their own design, from axle to nipple. Their wheels will all feature carbon rims, made from unique molds, with their own hubs, spokes, and even proprietary carbon layup or two depending on the model.

At Sea Otter we only got a peek into what’s to come, but from the looks of things Sped Precision will be a company to watch…
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Are there enough wheel companies out there already? If you’re Colin Esquibel, the answer is no. After leaving his position with Box Components, Colin told us he had something in the works, and at Sea Otter we got a first look – wheels. Why another wheel brand? Simply because Colin believes they can create a […]

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Aaron Baker’s monstrous Honey Badger mountain bike trike by Adaptive Reactions

Photo: Michael Darter
Photo: Michael Darter

Aaron Baker was a motocross athlete who was paralyzed in training in 1999. When he crashed, Baker broke cervical vertebras 4, 5 and 6, rendering him quadriplegic. Despite virtually zero chance of regaining any function below the point of injury, Aaron focused his mind and energy on regaining function and now walks intermittently with cane assistance.

Now, he owns and operates an adaptive gym, C.O.R.E., and has built this bad-ass fat trike mountain bike. The official name is Stinger, but Aaron nicknamed it the Honey Badger thanks to the way he rides it – getting nasty over the trail and kicking up on one or two of the three wheels.

Built by Reactive Adaptations, you can check out the details below…

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Aaron Baker was a motocross athlete who was paralyzed in training in 1999. When he crashed, Baker broke cervical vertebras 4, 5 and 6, rendering him quadriplegic. Despite virtually zero chance of regaining any function below the point of injury, Aaron focused his mind and energy on regaining function and now walks intermittently with cane […]

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After bikes show up for sale at Sam’s Club, Trek says ‘Not so fast’

Trek bikes not to be sold at Sam's Club (2) Trek bikes not to be sold at Sam's Club (1)

In what surely must have seemed like the start of end times for dealers, yesterday it was pointed out that Trek mountain bikes were for sale online. But not just any online store – on the “Shocking Value” section of the Sam’s Club mobile store. The news quickly spread through Facebook as more people seemed to share their disappointment over the matter.

But the whole thing seemed a bit odd. Why were there just two entry level mountain bikes that seemed to be taken down as soon as they went up?

Apparently Trek found it odd as well. According to Trek’s Eric Bjorling, they are “just as surprised as anybody” to see them show up for sale online. Eric went on to say,

“Our suspicion is that somebody sold a bunch of bikes to Sam’s Club and they sold them through their website. Our legal team is looking into it and will decide what further action we can take. We have no plans on selling bikes to Sam’s Club or any other big box retailer.”

So while you may have been able to snag a Trek through Sam’s Club for a brief moment, it wasn’t a sanctioned sale from Trek, and it shouldn’t happen again.

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In what surely must have seemed like the start of end times for dealers, yesterday it was pointed out that Trek mountain bikes were for sale online. But not just any online store – on the “Shocking Value” section of the Sam’s Club mobile store. The news quickly spread through Facebook as more people seemed to share […]

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Detroit Bikes & New Belgium double their USA-made bikes for brewery’s 25th anniversary

 

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Probably one of the best marketing campaigns in our industry wasn’t even from a company in our industry. When New Belgium came out with Fat Tire Amber Ale prior to the craft beer boom and put a bike on the bottle’s label, it immediately became the unofficial beer of cycling. Even after it had been out for 10 years, each time it started shipping to a new market, it repeated that same tradition. Topping it off, a lot of their “signage” were the actual bikes on the label hanging up in bars and other places that sold their beer. And these weren’t just cheap promotional bikes… they were made by the likes of Felt, Schwinn & Electra.

Check out New Belgium Brewery’s 25th anniversary bikes that are made right here in the USA by Detroit Bikes, plus a great video explaining how the 2 year old outfit aims to produce the largest volume of made in the USA bikes in decades…

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  Probably one of the best marketing campaigns in our industry wasn’t even from a company in our industry. When New Belgium came out with Fat Tire Amber Ale prior to the craft beer boom and put a bike on the bottle’s label, it immediately became the unofficial beer of cycling. Even after it had been […]

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UNNO teases wide premium carbon mountain range, made in Spain

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UNNO_handmade-in-Spain_mountain-bike_enduro-teaser_layup

We’ve just gotten word of a new boutique carbon bike builder sprouting in Barcelona. UNNO seems to be growing out of years of industry knowledge working for other big brands, and now the founders have decided to have a go at bike building themselves. From the looks of things Unno is being developed by the designers that came up with Mondraker’s most recent full suspension design, so they seem to be building on a solid design pedigree. They’ve even given us a rare inside look at the number of carbon pieces that make up the layup for their upcoming enduro bike.

With five new mountain bikes expected to debut this fall, they will certainly have something to interesting to offer. Join us after the break for a look inside the minds of the engineers behind Unno, including a video that tracks the birth of a bike from idea to trail. Plus, we have teaser images of the 5  mountain bikes on the way, with a few nice close-up detail shots. We’re excited to see what they have on the way…
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We’ve just gotten word of a new boutique carbon bike builder sprouting in Barcelona. UNNO seems to be growing out of years of industry knowledge working for other big brands, and now the founders have decided to have a go at bike building themselves. From the looks of things Unno is being developed by the designers […]

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Spy Shots! SRAM eTAP with hydraulic disc brakes spotted

spy shot of SRAM eTAP Hydro hydraulic disc brake group with electronic shifting

spy shot of SRAM eTAP Hydro hydraulic disc brake group with electronic shifting

Thanks to an anonymous tipster that got really, really lucky with his timing, we got these pics of a prototype SRAM eTAP Hydro setup. Not that it’s any surprise that it’s in development, but it is encouraging to see something in the real world.

As for availability, our source says they heard from two different folks that a retail product is “a ways off” for reasons including brake development that may use a new design “similar to the Guide” and due to manufacturing capacity. Of course, those are unofficial answers, so we reached out to SRAM for comment…

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Thanks to an anonymous tipster that got really, really lucky with his timing, we got these pics of a prototype SRAM eTAP Hydro setup. Not that it’s any surprise that it’s in development, but it is encouraging to see something in the real world. As for availability, our source says they heard from two different […]

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Vittoria’s Graphene+ Tech: Detailed look at a revolutionary material

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Back as winter was setting in we had the chance to travel to northern Italy to visit the headquarters of Vittoria-partner Directa Plus, who have developed some of the most advanced graphene manufacturing and applications to hit the cycling industry. We have seen a lot of hype on this new material that promises to revolutionize everything from helmets, to wheels, to tires, and even clothing textiles. But to be honest we had been (and to some degree continue to be) a bit skeptical. A lot of the talk about graphene is filled with hyperbole and such thick marketing-speak, that it is hard to accept claims of bigger, faster, stronger, and at the same time lighter.

So we were definitely more interested in not just claims of improvements, but the actual behind-the-scenes science that should back up the claims. So we sat down with both the Vittoria product development team and the Directa Plus scientists who developed their own proprietary graphene solutions for cycling, dubbed Graphene+. Then in the meantime, for the couple of months it took to get Directa Plus and Vittoria to agree to let us publish some unique details of their protected patented processes, we’ve been riding tires with the new tech to see how they perform in the real world. Join us after the jump as I try to both explain and illustrate how Graphene+ might really have the potential to revolutionize the tire market, both on and off the road…

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Back as winter was setting in we had the chance to travel to northern Italy to visit the headquarters of Vittoria-partner Directa Plus, who have developed some of the most advanced graphene manufacturing and applications to hit the cycling industry. We have seen a lot of hype on this new material that promises to revolutionize […]

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ANT+ gives a heads up on new device communication profile for EXtended (heads up) Displays

ANT+ EXD

ANT+ EXD

ANT has just developed the first ever universal wireless profile standard that defines communications between a fitness device and an extended display. That is a pretty important step with the recent introduction of compact heads-up displays like Garmin’s Varia Vision and many others. Just like with the typical ANT+ protocol, a set standard of communication is needed to ensure compatibility between different manufacturers and with the current tech we already own. The ANT+ Extended Display profile (EXD) will undoubtedly be a major contender based on their might and existing position in the industry.

Check out how it works and what it will do after the break…

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ANT has just developed the first ever universal wireless profile standard that defines communications between a fitness device and an extended display. That is a pretty important step with the recent introduction of compact heads-up displays like Garmin’s Varia Vision and many others. Just like with the typical ANT+ protocol, a set standard of communication is needed to […]

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Brooks celebrates 150 years with special edition bikes from Brompton, Canyon & Skeppshult

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Brompton Brompton - Moss Ivory Bike Details-15

As the oldest manufacturer in the bicycle industry, Brooks has not only survived the test of time, but has done so still manufacturing their products in-house just outside of London not far from where they started. First making harnesses for horses and general leather goods in 1866 out of Birmingham, John Boultbee Brooks had to borrow a bicycle in 1878 due to the death of a horse… his transportation at the time. Since the modern “chain driven” bicycle we know today wasn’t invented until around 1890, we can only assume the bike was either the uncomfortable Boneshaker or a high wheel Penny-Farthing. Because the saddle was so uncomfortable, Brooks vowed to do something about it and patented his first bicycle saddle just a few years later in 1882.

Now 150 years on Brooks is still at it, producing saddles in many of the same traditional ways they did from the beginning. And to celebrate they’ve created the “Dashing Bikes” program by partnering with some meaningful manufacturers to produce a limited number of special edition anniversary bikes. Since copper is one of the key and more beautiful elements in a Brooks saddle, all of the special edition bikes will include copper accents. Take a closer look, and check out the well made videos (parts 1 & 2) that take you behind the scenes in the Brooks factory…

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As the oldest manufacturer in the bicycle industry, Brooks has not only survived the test of time, but has done so still manufacturing their products in-house just outside of London not far from where they started. First making harnesses for horses and general leather goods in 1866 out of Birmingham, John Boultbee Brooks had to borrow a bicycle in 1878 […]

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