Test ride an alloy Eddy Merckx and you could win a jersey signed by The Cannibal

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The Eddy Merckx camp is making a big deal of their alloy road bikes, putting their ride quality and performance on par with carbon fiber frames. As an incentive for you to test ride one and see for yourself, they’re giving away 10 autographed Demarchi cotton cycling jerseys signed by Eddy himself.

The offer is open to U.S. residents only. To enter to win one of the jerseys, just test ride any (or all) of their aluminum bikes before May 4, 2016, and submit a photo of you with the bike online. Their alloy models include the Strasbourg gravel bike, the men’s Blockhaus road bike and the women’s Montreal. So, why push premium alloy? Here’s what they have to say:

Just as Eddy himself never compromised, so we will not accept a sub-par product to hit a defined price point. By choosing for ultra-high quality alloy frames for our Prestige Alloy line instead of affordable carbon, we stick true to our philosophy of only offering top level workmanship. These bikes offer double-pass welds with tubing that has been formed in three stages (no hydroforming) to make a frame worthy of the very best groupsets the market has to offer.

Prize value is $199 each. Enter the contest here, full terms and conditions here.



The Eddy Merckx camp is making a big deal of their alloy road bikes, putting their ride quality and performance on par with carbon fiber frames. As an incentive for you to test ride one and see for yourself, they’re giving away 10 autographed Demarchi cotton cycling jerseys signed by Eddy himself. The offer is […]

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Intense and POC continue gear collaboration for 2016 World Cup Downhill Series

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Last year the downhill racing scene saw the return of Intense Cycles, a brand that’s deeply rooted in racing heritage but had been absent on the World Cup circuit for several years. During their comeback season they partnered up with POC to provide eyewear, apparel and protective gear. Recently POC announced that partnership will continue for 2016, so expect to see Intense’s team riders Jack Moir (Australia), Luca Cometti (USA), Nik Nestoroff (USA), and Dean Lucas (Australia) rocking POC helmets, clothing and protective gear throughout the 2016 World Cup Downhill series.

“Intense’s heritage is world cup racing” says Intense founder, Jeff Steber. “We built our brand and developed our bikes on race courses throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s and it feels amazing to be back. Great riders and great collaboration with POC means we are well placed and the season ahead looks awesome.”

POC’s Intense Edition gear is also available to consumers, so race past the break to check out the graphics, details and prices…
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Last year the downhill racing scene saw the return of Intense Cycles, a brand that’s deeply rooted in racing heritage but had been absent on the World Cup circuit for several years. During their comeback season they partnered up with POC to provide eyewear, apparel and protective gear. Recently POC announced that partnership will continue […]

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Trek Bicycle and Sven Nys Announce New Partnership

With two world championships, seven world cups and over 140 victories, 39 year old Sven Nys is considered one of the greatest cyclocross racers of all time. Not only that, he’s a very capable mountain biker, with five Belgian championships and two appearances at the Olympic games.

Trek Bicycle Corporation and Nys, aka “The Cannibal from Baal”, have announced a partnership that includes support for the forthcoming Baal-based Sven Nys Cycling Center, sponsorship of Nys’ Telenet-Fidea cyclocross team, and a brand ambassadorship that will keep the former World Champion aboard the brand’s bikes in retirement… Continue reading “Trek Bicycle and Sven Nys Announce New Partnership”



With two world championships, seven world cups and over 140 victories, 39 year old Sven Nys is considered one of the greatest cyclocross racers of all time. Not only that, he’s a very capable mountain biker, with five Belgian championships and two appearances at the Olympic games. Trek Bicycle Corporation and Nys, aka “The Cannibal from […]

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VeloFix’s mobile repair service will now deliver a new Turner, Van Dessel and more

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In a very short period of time, companies like VeloFix and Beeline Bikes have been driving (pun!) a new kind of business in our industry by bringing a complete service department to your front door. VeloFix is taking it one step further by partnering with multiple bike brands to bring you your new bike as well. With VeloFix DIRECT, consumers will be able to purchase a bike and not have to hassle with the un-packaging, assembly, adjustments and fit.

Check out why this could be a bigger game changer than you think, as well as where it falls short and may not be for everybody…

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In a very short period of time, companies like VeloFix and Beeline Bikes have been driving (pun!) a new kind of business in our industry by bringing a complete service department to your front door. VeloFix is taking it one step further by partnering with multiple bike brands to bring you your new bike as well. With […]

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Yeti founder starts up Underground Bike Works w/ 27.5 and 29er plus mountain bikes

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John Parker, also known as the founder of Yeti Cycles, a Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductee, five-time USA Cycling board member and one of the forefathers of full suspension and composite frames, is back. And he’s bringing friends.

His new company, Underground Bike Works, will launch at Sea Otter (via Kickstarter) with 27.5+ and 29er+ hardtail mountain bikes. They’re being built by Frank the Welder, and will be raced in the dual slalom by none other than Missy “the Missile” Giove at the event.

“After selling Yeti I went underground. Now I’m back with a vengeance and will be using new technologies and distribution models. If you liked what I did at Yeti you’re going to love what I have up my sleeve at Underground Bike Works. If that don’t light your fire then your wood is wet,” said Parker.

Look for the brand to be consumer direct. More info coming from our Sea Otter Classic coverage, starting in full force on April 14th.



John Parker, also known as the founder of Yeti Cycles, a Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductee, five-time USA Cycling board member and one of the forefathers of full suspension and composite frames, is back. And he’s bringing friends. His new company, Underground Bike Works, will launch at Sea Otter (via Kickstarter) with 27.5+ and […]

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(April Fools!) Bikerumor invites top-tier commenters to first annual Commenter Symposium

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BOULDER, CO — Bikerumor is world renowned for its ultra-interactive format. While other sites shy away from commenters, sometimes blocking them entirely or burdening them with confirmed identity, the world’s largest cycling tech blog embraces the internet’s champions of criticism by fostering a safe environment where they can freely reign under the protective cloak of anonymity.

To strengthen its commitment to these dedicated individuals, Bikerumor is inviting its finest, most vocal commenters for an all-expenses paid, critical feedback symposium at the new Bikerumor International Headquarters (BRIH) in Boulder, Colorado. The Bikerumor Commenter Symposium will be an opportunity for Bikerumor staff and commenters to engage on deeper, more meaningful levels.

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BOULDER, CO — Bikerumor is world renowned for its ultra-interactive format. While other sites shy away from commenters, sometimes blocking them entirely or burdening them with confirmed identity, the world’s largest cycling tech blog embraces the internet’s champions of criticism by fostering a safe environment where they can freely reign under the protective cloak of anonymity. […]

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Suspension Industry unites to introduce metric sizing for all rear shocks

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Just when you thought we were through with standards changes for a while, the industry has come together to introduce new metric sizing standards for rear shocks. The collaboration will affect frame manufacturers, as upcoming frames will need to be designed to work with specific eye-to-eye measurements and stroke lengths.

From initial conversations we’ve had with Rockshox, one of the big benefits to shock manufacturers is more standardization of offerings, which means they can better design, tune and manufacturer shocks around specific parameters rather than needing to create something new for each bike brand.

Cane Creek, DVO, Manitou, Rockshox, SR Suntour and X-Fusion are all on board. Bounce on down for some industry comments…

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Just when you thought we were through with standards changes for a while, the industry has come together to introduce new metric sizing standards for rear shocks. The collaboration will affect frame manufacturers, as upcoming frames will need to be designed to work with specific eye-to-eye measurements and stroke lengths. From initial conversations we’ve had […]

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Fox offering limited time $99 special for FLOAT, TALAS air spring upgrade kits

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Through this summer, you can upgrade your older Fox FLOAT 34 or TALAS 34 suspension forks to their latest air spring for just $99 plus shipping. After August 31, 2016, the price jumps to $139.00 plus $40 installation fee (plus shipping, too).

That means you can get the full air system without a coil negative spring that was introduced with the 2014 Fox 36 platform, which we reviewed here. It’s lighter, quieter and uses air for both the positive and negative chambers. The system self balances between the two, and you can adjust the tune with blue volume spacers. The design also allows for internal travel adjustments in 10mm increments.

The 34 FLOAT Air Spring Upgrade Kits are available for FLOAT and TALAS 26″/27.5″ forks at 140mm, 150mm, and 160mm of travel and for FLOAT and TALAS 29″ forks at 120mm, 130mm, 140mm, and 150mm. Full details and order form over at RideFox.com.



Through this summer, you can upgrade your older Fox FLOAT 34 or TALAS 34 suspension forks to their latest air spring for just $99 plus shipping. After August 31, 2016, the price jumps to $139.00 plus $40 installation fee (plus shipping, too). That means you can get the full air system without a coil negative […]

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Specialized dispatches new Adventure Team for our video entertainment (and inspiration)

In the words of Specialized’s rep as he introduced their new Adventure Dispatch video series to us, “we all have desk jobs that leave us sitting in our offices for far too long while dreaming of being outdoors even more than we already are.”

Too true. These posts don’t write themselves despite what some commenters might believe. (insert winking smiley face emoticon here) And the bikes don’t design, manufacture and market themselves either. So, for all of you who boost our site traffic during work hours dreaming of riding, here’s the first of the new series from Specialized. Enjoy, and then find an excuse to duck out early…

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In the words of Specialized’s rep as he introduced their new Adventure Dispatch video series to us, “we all have desk jobs that leave us sitting in our offices for far too long while dreaming of being outdoors even more than we already are.” Too true. These posts don’t write themselves despite what some commenters […]

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