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Canyon Heads Down Under with New Distribution to Australia & New Zealand


News out of Canyon’s headquarters today that they have put together a new team based in Melborne to deliver their consumer-direct bikes to cyclist throughout Australia and New Zealand. Bikes will be assembled in German before being shipped direct. The new Canyon Australia & New Zealand market group joins recently added South Korea and Japan, as Canyon continues to expand its global reach out of its Europe base, and will be open by the end of this year to make their complete new 2016 range of bikes available on a new continent. No other new markets as of yet, but they did suggest that we stay tuned for more..

Click past the break for some excerpts from their press release…


IMBA Call to Action: Help preserve Idaho’s best mountain bike trails!


FROM IMBA: A federal Wilderness bill affecting Sun Valley, Idaho, will soon be headed to the U.S. Senate for a vote. It would ban mountain bike access to more than 24 trails in the Ants Basin and Castle Divide areas, two of the state’s most iconic mountain biking landscapes. While IMBA generally supports conservation, we have been fighting this potential bike ban for several years. Please help by speaking out against it! Call or email your U.S. Senator; no matter where you live, their upcoming vote will be critical. We have provided talking points, contact info and additional details, click here to see them and take action!

Friday RoundUP – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Inspired to Ride Still on the Big Screen – Inspired to Ride, the film that documented participants in the inaugural Trans Am Bike Race, has been screened in over 25 theaters the past few months. And events are still coming together. Visit for screening dates.


Tenneco to close Marzocchi mountain bike, motor bike suspension business (UPDATED)

Over the last couple years of trade shows, the innovation and new product announcements from Marzocchi had steadily slowed to a trickle. Now, the business has decided to close the doors on its mountain bike and motorcycle suspension business permanently.

Some of the last few drops from their product pipeline were the 27.5+ fork shown above and the final iteration of their dropper seatpost, but it looks like those wont ever see the light of day. Full PR after the break…

UPDATED: Copy of letter from the brand to distributors added at bottom of post.


Salsa Launches New Plus Sized Deadwood and Pony Rustler, & World Touring Specialist the Marrakesh

Salsa Deadwood

This is the year of plus sized tires. From mountain bikes to overland epics, it seems manufacturers are quickly finding new and interesting applications for this latest crop of large volume tires (and it’s complimentary Boost 148 standard).

For the new 2016 model year, Salsa is introducing two new plus sized model, and a heavy duty tourer that will accept up to 2.0″ tires.

Starting with biggest tires first, the new Deadwood (pictured above) is a 29+ model that was designed around a similar concept as the beloved Fargo. The new oversized wheelsize is claimed to offer more cushion on challenging terrain and increased traction.

According to Brand Manager Justin Julian, “It makes for the perfect bike when the trail gets a little more unruly.” READ MORE ->

Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


Racing and Events

  • Brompton World Champion to Be Part of UCI Worlds in Richmond – The UCI road world championships, which come to the United States this September for the first time in a generation, will be even more of a spectacle thanks to the addition of one of the most unusual bicycle events in the world. Closing the first week of UCI racing on September 25, 2015, 150 nattily dressed Brompton folding bike riders from around the country will compete in the USA leg of the Brompton World Championship series.
  • Red Bull Rampage Tickets on Sale August 10th – Red Bull Rampage, the world’s toughest freeride MTB event, will once again welcome a limited number of spectators on-site to witness the 10th Edition firsthand October 17. Tickets will be released to the public on August 10 for $25 and can be purchased at Spectators who are lucky enough to make the journey will also be able to attend the qualifiers, held on October 15. If you miss out on tickets or can’t attend the spectacle in person, you can watch the finals live on Red Bull TV.
  • Le Tour de France Continues – The Tour heads into the Alps this weekend. Will anyone be able to take the Maillot Jaune from Froome? Visit in the USA if you want to watch it live. The official site of Le Tour is


Felt Introduces New Logo, Bids Goodbye To Model Years

New Felt Bicycles Logo

Out with the old and in with the new. Starting today, Felt is ditching its classic bubble font for this new stylized logo. Although fans of the wing shield needn’t worry, as the company plans on keeping the design.

In addition to the updated logo, the brand is eliminating model years and is introducing its new Living Line concept. As Michael Forte, Felt’s general manager explained it, this means that product will be launched only when it’s ready, not necessarily on a yearly cycle… READ MORE ->

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  • Crankbrothers Partners with Top Athletes To Support Bike-Related Causes Worldwide –  In partnership with top athletes, Crankbrothers has launched the Crankbrothers for Others charitable giveback initiative to support bike-related causes around the world. Participating athletes span the disciplines of downhill, enduro, cross country, and cyclocross. Charities include World Bicycle Relief, NICA, Ride For Michael, Wheels 4 Life,Prochorus Community Development, Riding Forward, JAM Fund, Team Rynkeby, Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition, and the Ride to Conquer Cancer, among others. Visit for more information and make a donation.


Naild develops locking, ultra-quick thru axle system for road & cyclocross bikes, already getting OEM spec

Naild locking quick release thru axle system for road cyclocross and gravel bikes appears on Marin bikes for 2016

Already spec’d on the 2016 Marin gravel and cyclocross bikes (post on those coming soon), the Naild locking, quick release thru axle system takes everything good about thru axles and makes them better.

The system was developed by by Darrell Voss, who worked at Klein Bikes from 1984 to 1996, then started USUL Corp in 1995 while still at Klein’s then-new owner Trek to help bring North American companies to Asian manufacturing and do U.S. service and marketing for Asian manufacturers. Since 1999, they’ve been working as a service center for SR Suntour out of Madison, WI, though Voss himself is based in Portland, OR. During that time, he helped developed Suntour’s Q-Loc thru axle, which was among the first (if not the first) thru axle that didn’t use a thread-in design to secure the wheels. In Voss’ own words, “it works pretty well.”

Fast forward to the advent of disc brakes on road and cyclocross bikes and there are new load paths on the frame structure, which got him thinking…