- The 3rd Annual Tour of Sufferlandia is on! The Greatest Grand Tour of a Mythical Nation in the Whole Wide World starts January 24th and finishes on February 1st. Taylor Phinney of BMC Pro Cycling Team is the Honorary Starter. Last year’s event had 4,000 participants and raised $65,000 for the Davis Phinney Foundation.
- Tour De Troit is kicking off 2015 with the first of six running and cycling events with the 3rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bike Ride on January 19th. The free, family-friendly ride honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and repeats part of the historic 1963 March to Freedom path, which ended with Dr. King’s first delivery of the “I Have A Dream” speech at Cobo Center. Riders can register online by clicking HERE or on-site on Mon., January 19.
- 2015 Xentis wheels are now landed and shipping through Stage-Race. Use coupon code “FreeShip” at checkout for free FedEx shipping in the US and Canada all January long in our online store.
- The 2015 Breck Epic will feature 20 miles of new singletrack. Held this year on August 9-14, the Epic features a unique cloverleaf format; riders to begin and end every stage within Breck’s town limits. With three and 6-day options available, the Epic is also designated as MTB Stage Race World Championships and sends each category winner home with a world champion’s jersey. Interested? Visit www.BreckEpic.com. And bring your big ring. The new official lodging and host property for the Breck Epic is now Beaver Run Resort. The new partnership brings enhanced lodging and dining opportunities for the race community and an incredible base of operations for riders traveling with families.
- Check back with the Friday RoundUp for an announcement regarding the new Outlier Offroad Festival (powered by SRAM) which is slated just after Interbike next September in VAIL. Think something Sea Otter-ish/Crankworx-ey coming your way with long-format XC racing, Enduro, Colorado-style gravel gran fondo and a lift-served consumer demo featuring all of next year’s bikes from the best brands in the biz.
- Now’s your chance to test out some of the best lights in the business. Two Light & Motion demo vans will be criss-crossing the country all year visiting dealers. They’ll be holding clinics on the product line and night-ride and night-run demo events. Visit lightandmotion.com for more information.
- Culprit Cycles is having a special promotion ending on January 3rd, 2015 on many of their demo and complete bikes. Start the new year with a bike custom painted for you! While supplies last. For more information on the deals they’re offering visit their Facebook Page or visit culpritbicycles.com.
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The new KHS Grit 4400 leads their charge into the gravel bike category with a hi-mod carbon frame and fork for just $2,200. For that, you’re getting a basic Tiagra 10-speed drivetrain with Avid BB5 mechanical brakes with inline brake levers on the flats. The frame’s ready for racks and fenders, too, making it a pretty solid entry that’s very much worth upgrading in the future.
There’s also new disc ‘cross bikes, race road and a very, very tall Flite designed by none other than Lennard Zinn…
When brands are launching a new model or updating a current one for the next model year, they often deliberate color choices quite a bit. Sometimes they’ll go so far as getting fully painted frame samples. That’s what you’re seeing here with this gorgeous green-on-blue colorway that unfortunately didn’t make the cut for the BSB’s debut. Fingers crossed something like this comes along someday.
This bike belongs to a Niner employee and team racer and took a little finagling to get it in front of the camera…
At this point, you’re just as likely to see Halo’s products on the trail, the road, or the streets as you are in BMX so fat bikes probably shouldn’t come as a surprise. The company has been pumping wheel products out of the UK since 1995 and has continually expanded to include wheels, rims, hubs, spokes, nipples, tires, cogs, rim strips, freewheels, skewers, and even tubes.
As one of their newest categories, fat bikes will now be able to run a full Halo fat bike wheelset – right down to the tubes and tires. The addition of the Halo branded goods adds another source for fat bike components that offer a great blend of performance to value. Details on the Nanuk tires, Tundra rims, and more after the jump…
Back in 2012, Syntace rolled out collection of wheels spaced 5mm apart in width and ranging from 25mm to 40mm wide. Hit that link for rim and wheel weights for the MX range.
Now, those wheels have grown to include a lower level “M” series that share the same rims but get less expensive hubs. The MX series remains the high end and switches from bladed Sapim spokes to triple butted Sapim spokes. Weight is about the same, but they say that should make for easier maintenance and replacement availability. The W40MX remains a 26″-only offering, and the W35MX is available in all three sizes. They use the German-made hubs with 36 points of engagement using a “spur” system that’s eerily similar to DT Swiss’ toothed rings.
Level Nine is the consumer facing brand from Precision Bicycle Company Limited, a major Taiwanese manufacturer that makes a huge amount of components for OEM brands (think major bike companies that have house-branded cockpits) and other component companies. The parts are all made and tested in house, and they’re trusted by quite a few big players. Now, they’re rolling out a select group of components with Level Nine branding hoping you’ll trust them to. And why should you? Because they’re one of the largest high end component manufacturers around, and they’re offering a five year warranty on both carbon and alloy parts.
Why else? Because you can help design the products you want to ride, and they’ll make them.
U.S. distributor Kenny Roberts says he was tired of hearing so many great ideas for features, tech, shapes, sizes and colors, then watching that great feedback getting lost in the shuffle of bureaucracy before ever reaching the product managers and designers. So, they’re opening their ears to riders, dealers, distributors and product managers to see what people really want, then work those ideas directly into the development program.
The Team AM stem (above) is the first product to come from their user feedback. They wanted something that wasn’t so blocky or bland. So, it’s designed to have flowing, shapely lines that look just as at home on a svelte carbon frame as on a modern hydroformed alloy frame. It’s forged 6061 aluminum then CNC’d, polished, anodized and finished off with titanium bolts. Available early Spring 2015 for $95-$99. Sizes are 40-70mm in length. This one’s a 50mm long prototype with a claimed weight of just 125g.
There’s plenty more for the rest of your bike, too…
Camo is in, but it’s mostly been left to the softer side of soft goods, namely shorts and socks. Now, Sidi lets you complete the look with the new camouflage version of their Dominator Fit shoe for $249.
In front of it is the new Fluo Yellow Drako, which is their top of the line race mountain bike shoe. Features include their replaceable cleat plate and Tecno 3 dual wire ratcheting system. Retail’s a hope-you-are-sponsored $499.
From there, they’ve got a range of performance oriented models across the price range, a new winter boot and plenty more for road and mountain…
Bar and drink samples around the show is pretty much what keeps us fueled at Interbike (and Eurobike, and Sea Otter), and there’s always new flavors to try from the big boys. Fortunately, there’s usually some treats from new and smaller brands, too, and Phil’s Power Pancake was one of the better ones I found.
It’s basically a muffin top, baked from real ingredients and available in a few flavors. Toast it, nuke it or just warm it in your jersey pocket for a delicious little snack. Chomp on through for plenty more to make you hungry…
Last year, Falco had just launched the V Wing bike with a very Tron-inspired paint scheme. This year, the paint was toned down a bit and the frame refined, but nothing about it was any less sharp.
Using a v-shaped “wing” frame design, it eliminates the seat tube and seatstays to reduce drag. The numbers, weights and pricing are all in that link above, but here’s the basics: 1700g frame, 550g fork, NACA 6-series tube shape profiles and it was designed in conjunction with four different universities and facilities that the military used to design fighter jets. Hence the look.