Yakima debuts limited edition National Parks Centennial Showcase cargo box, contest

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To celebrate our U.S. National Park Service turning 100 this year, Yakima has given their Showcase a special graphic treatment. The limited edition Centennial Showcase features artwork from Oregon artist Adam Haynes, who designed the unique wrap-around image of iconic national parks, including Crater Lake, Redwood National and State Parks, Mount Rainier, Yosemite, Glacier, Joshua Tree, Everglades, Arches and Great Smoky Mountains.

Only 10 are being produced, and you can only get one by playing along with Yakima’s social media contests. The first one kicked off on August 24th and runs through Sept. 9th. It’s called the Centennial Contest, and all you need to do is to post a photo from any national park (old photos work just fine, or pop a new one while you visit any of our treasured natural resources) to any social media and tag it with #YakimaNPContest and follow @yakima. In addition to the promotions, Yakima has partnered with various non-profits to help preserve the outdoors and promote ways to play outdoors. More pics of the Showcase below…

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To celebrate our U.S. National Park Service turning 100 this year, Yakima has given their Showcase a special graphic treatment. The limited edition Centennial Showcase features artwork from Oregon artist Adam Haynes, who designed the unique wrap-around image of iconic national parks, including Crater Lake, Redwood National and State Parks, Mount Rainier, Yosemite, Glacier, Joshua […]

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Lemond Composites reinvents carbon fiber production, teases all-new road bike

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Big changes appear to be in order for domestic (U.S.) carbon fiber manufacturing. Recently, HIA Velo moved all of Guru’s production assets to Little Rock, Arkansas, with plans to launch their own line of bikes and private label manufacture carbon bikes for others. Now, Lemond Cycles appears to be rebooting, and not just to make carbon bikes, but to change the way they’re made altogether.

Based on the press release, reprinted after the break, they’ve partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy’s ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) to create a more efficient carbon fiber production process that yields a high end product at a fraction of the cost of current materials. And while they’re teasing a new road bike made from the upgraded strands, they’re also looking far beyond the bicycle industry. Think lighter vehicles and less wasteful carbon fiber production. Check out the PR below…

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Big changes appear to be in order for domestic (U.S.) carbon fiber manufacturing. Recently, HIA Velo moved all of Guru’s production assets to Little Rock, Arkansas, with plans to launch their own line of bikes and private label manufacture carbon bikes for others. Now, Lemond Cycles appears to be rebooting, and not just to make […]

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Cane Creek takes over sales, manufacturing for eeBrakes

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Craig Edwards’ eeBrakes are among the best rim brake calipers out there, but they’ve always been produced in limited quantities. Cane Creek has taken over sales, marketing and manufacturing of the product, and the two parties have agreed to collaborate on future product development.

“In a previous life I had the good fortune to be project lead for a couple of uber bikes developed in conjunction with an F1 constructor”, says Cane Creek President, Brent Graves. “As the bikes were to sell for more than USD $20,000, we wanted something beyond the available top tier groups. After a lot of surprises and disappointments with the exotic parts on the market, we were blown away by Craig’s brake design and thoroughness. While it had the price and weight of the other exotics, it did not compromise on performance, reliability, or adjustment. From there Craig and I vowed to find a way to work together in the future.”

Edwards will remain involved with the product and the brand and work with Cane Creek to develop more products. For now, the updated original eeBrake calipers and the more recently introduced direct mount versions, will start funneling through Cane Creek as of November 2016. Retail is $315 each, front and rear sold separately.



Craig Edwards’ eeBrakes are among the best rim brake calipers out there, but they’ve always been produced in limited quantities. Cane Creek has taken over sales, marketing and manufacturing of the product, and the two parties have agreed to collaborate on future product development. “In a previous life I had the good fortune to be […]

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American Classic launches OEM hub, rim & wheel lineup

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American Classic, who’s long made mid- and high-level aftermarket rims, hubs and wheels designed by Bill Shook, is turning an eye toward the OEM market. We’ve seen some of their tubeless ready Argent wheelsets turn up on gravel and cyclocross bikes over the past couple years, but it’s few and far between. With this new series of rims, hubs and complete wheels, they’re looking to build that presence.

They’ll offer two lines, a premium one using their 6-pawl cam hubs, and an all-new mid-range 2-pawl system with a massive 74 points of engagement.

The program is customizable so the OEM customers can work with American Classic to select a rim, hub and axle spec to make a complete wheel to match the intended use, whether that’s rim-brake or disc road, gravel, cyclocross, or even Plus MTB. The line officially launches at Eurobike next week.



American Classic, who’s long made mid- and high-level aftermarket rims, hubs and wheels designed by Bill Shook, is turning an eye toward the OEM market. We’ve seen some of their tubeless ready Argent wheelsets turn up on gravel and cyclocross bikes over the past couple years, but it’s few and far between. With this new […]

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HIA Velo revives Guru’s carbon manufacturing in Arkansas w/ all-star team

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Last year, Canadian brand Guru Cycles shut down after years of expanding their production capabilities and talents. We toured their facility a few years back and walked away very, very impressed with the techniques and equipment. Fortunately, rather than seeing it go to waste, industry veteran Tony Karklins purchased the assets and began moving it all to Little Rock, Arkansas, with the goal of creating a premiere domestic carbon fiber bicycle manufacturer.

We have a phone interview scheduled later this week, and we’ll be touring their new factory this fall. For now, check the full PR and a few pics after the break…

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Last year, Canadian brand Guru Cycles shut down after years of expanding their production capabilities and talents. We toured their facility a few years back and walked away very, very impressed with the techniques and equipment. Fortunately, rather than seeing it go to waste, industry veteran Tony Karklins purchased the assets and began moving it […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Check out State’s limited run Rattlesnake – State Bicycle Co. just released a special Rattlesnake Edition of their fixie ‘The Undefeated’. It is said to pay tribute to the Mojave Desert, with an aluminum frame with a copper finish and black, purple & teal accents. Only 42 frames were made, and it gets the same frame et specs as the original model. The Rattlesnake Edition can be purchased as a frameset or you can select from 3 custom-builds. StateBicycle.com
    Read on for more bits and pieces that snuck in this week’s news…

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Check out State’s limited run Rattlesnake – State Bicycle Co. just released a special Rattlesnake Edition of their fixie ‘The Undefeated’. It is said to pay tribute to the Mojave Desert, with an aluminum frame with a copper finish and black, purple & teal accents. Only 42 frames were made, and it gets the same frame et specs as the original model. […]

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Yakima outfits Zipcar’s shared autos with bike, SUP & ski racks

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Abandoning the auto for the bike is all well and good, until you wanna get outta dodge and hit the trails well outside of town. Sure, you might be able to bum a ride from friends now and then, but when schedules don’t mesh, you don’t want to be stuck. Now, Yakima’s helping make it a bit easier in areas serviced by Zipcar by outfitting some vehicles with their Streamline base rack system.

Those will be paired with FrontLoader bike tray mounts, FatCat 6 ski/snowboard mounts and/or SUPdawg paddle and surf board mounts. About 150 cars in 17 markets will be so equipped, each one capable of holding more than one piece of equipment (two bikes, to be exact), so you can even pick up a friend. Check out their Yakima-specific web page for details and availability. You’ll find them on Subaru Impreza and Crosstrek models for the U.S., and the Hyundai Elantra in Canada.



Abandoning the auto for the bike is all well and good, until you wanna get outta dodge and hit the trails well outside of town. Sure, you might be able to bum a ride from friends now and then, but when schedules don’t mesh, you don’t want to be stuck. Now, Yakima’s helping make it […]

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Fuji parent Advanced Sports Intl buys Performance Bicycle

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Already a large retail outlet for Advanced Sports International’s Fuji brand, Chapel Hill, NC based Performance Bicycle is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. The move puts the retail bike shop and online operations under their umbrella, which already included SE Bikes, Fuji, Kestrel, Breezer and Phat. Full press release below…

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Already a large retail outlet for Advanced Sports International’s Fuji brand, Chapel Hill, NC based Performance Bicycle is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. The move puts the retail bike shop and online operations under their umbrella, which already included SE Bikes, Fuji, Kestrel, Breezer and Phat. Full press release below…

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Tech Talk: Are your bike tires too wide for your rims? Here’s how to get it right

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how to match the right tire width to rim width for road gravel mountain and cyclocross bikes

With the explosion of Boost, Plus bikes, Mid Fat and other portly new rim and tire sizes for everything from road to cyclocross to gravel to mountain bikes, it’s a wonder there isn’t more confusion as to what will actually work together.

And by “work together”, we don’t just mean whether or not it’ll mount. We wanted to know what the compatibility limitations are for optimum performance and, more importantly, safety. If we’ve learned one thing from Mavic’s presentations over the years, it’s that tire and rim sizes really and truly are designed to work in tandem. Step outside the guidelines and you risk poor performance, component damage, or even a total blowout. And it’s not just Mavic. We spoke with WTB, Kenda, Schwalbe, Stan’s NoTubes and Industry Nine to see where everyone sits on the matter. Here’s what they had to say…

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With the explosion of Boost, Plus bikes, Mid Fat and other portly new rim and tire sizes for everything from road to cyclocross to gravel to mountain bikes, it’s a wonder there isn’t more confusion as to what will actually work together. And by “work together”, we don’t just mean whether or not it’ll mount. […]

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