Posts in the category Interbike

IB14: Breezer #2, We Interview Joe Breeze About the Second Mountain Bike Ever Built

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At Interbike this year, the unholy trinity of Charlie Kelly, Gary Fisher, and Joe Breeze gathered at the Breezer Booth to sign copies of Charlie’s upcoming book - The Fat Tire Flyer. The event brought a ton of fan fare and publicity for obvious reasons. So after the party had died down, I swung by to shoot some pictures of the vintage Breezer on display. While I was there, none other than Joe Breeze happened to walk over.

As we discussed topics ranging from helmets to klunking (Joe says the secret is to keep your feet on the pedals), I asked him to tell me something about these first Breezers that most people didn’t know. He thought about my question for a few seconds before pointing to the top tube.

On modern bikes, it’s common for the top tubes to slope downwards towards the seat for increased standover, but this early Breezer is the reverse. This was due to the limitations of the components from that era. At the time, there were few replacement parts available, so Joe made all of his headtubes the same size. That way if the custom Cook Brothers fork broke, it could still be replaced with the more easily sourced Ashtabula.

The other limitation was the length of the seatposts. The longest ones available at the time were only 180mm, so to get the appropriate saddle height for tall riders, the frames had to have long seat tubes and sloping down tubes.

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IB14: SwiftWick Squeezes In New Recovery + Compression Socks, Plus Bright New Colors

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It’s easy to think there’s not much going on in the world of sock technology, but the folks at Swiftwick continue to keep us on our toes. Whether you’re trying to recover after a big race or wanting to keep your legs fresh during a long flight, compression socks can be a welcome friend for many cyclists. Even though the Swiftwick range already offers compression in most of their cycling socks, the new Recovery + is their first FDA certified Medical Class II compression sock. It’s also the first medical compression sock to be made from post-industrial recycle material in standard Swiftwick fashion.

Squeeze out the details on compression plus new colors for the Swiftwick range next…

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IB14: FatBack Makes a Mark with Footprint Carbon Fat Bike Rims

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First shown as a prototype at Interbike 2013, FatBack was on hand at this year’s show with production versions of their carbon fat bike. But the Corvus wasn’t the only star of their show as the bike above was highlighting a new carbon product from FatBack – the FootPrint rim. It may be hard to keep all the new fat bike rims straight, but the FootPrint is one of the first carbon rims we’ve seen that use a cutout design that has been made popular on aluminum rims.

More than just a cosmetic feature, find out why FatBack is building their wheels with 3M reflective tape as the rim strip after the break…

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IB14: Rocky Mounts Introduces Adapter for BrassKnuckles Upright, Fatties Rejoice

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While the biking world may have gone a little fat bike crazy lately, bike rack manufacturers have struggled to keep up. The comically large tires require special considerations for transport unless you want to see them bouncing down the highway in your rear view mirror. Having just introduced their low profile upright bike rack at the start of this year, Rocky Mounts is offering a very simple kit that makes the BrassKnuckles fattie compatible.

Details next…

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IB14: White Industries Updates All Hubs w/ Titanium Freehubs & More 11-Speed Options

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White Industries has updated virtually all of their hubs to have 11-speed ready freehub bodies, bringing things up to speed with modern standards. They’ve also switched to 100% titanium freehub bodies across all rear hubs. Sure, the material is a bit more expensive and wears the milling equipment a bit quicker, but overall it’s a savings for them because of the additional heat treating and processing their steel parts required. Time + Effort = Money, after all. The added bonus is they’re about 20g lighter!

Shown above is the Tandem rear hub with its new 11-speed freehub.

And there are a few other little tweaks, too…

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IB14: Litespeed Introduces T5 Gravel and Disc Models, Multi-wheeled Pinhoti MTB, Plus the New Quintana Roo PR6

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While the Litespeed T5g is related to the T5 road bike that’s been around for some time, you’d hardly know it by looking at it. As Litespeed’s interpretation of a modern day gravel bike, the T5g blends the performance of their T5 titanium with big(ger) tire clearance and disc brakes. Compared to their Ti CX bike, the T5g has more of a relaxed geometry better suited to long days on the bike no matter what the road surface. Don’t need clearance for meaty tires but still want the performance of disc brakes? Litespeed is also offering up the T5d, which is a disc brake equipped version of the road focused T5. Together the three bikes provide a titanium option at an attainable price no matter how you want to ride.

Out in the desert Litespeed was also showing off  their Pinhoti hard tail which is compatible with multiple wheel sizes. That and their sister company Quintana Roo’s new PR6 Superbike after the break…

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IB14: BOS Brings Dakar Rally Tech To DH With New IDYLLE FCV 37 Fork

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BOS suspension has a long legacy in the mountain bike world as well as Rally, Motocross, and Dakar. Bringing that experience in other off road categories to DH, the company is now launching an FCV (Frequency Control Valve) in their premiere downhill offering

The system consists of an inertia valve in their hydraulic cartridge, which is able to differentiate between rider and trail inputs. READ MORE ->

IB14: New DVO Edition Intense 951, Plus New Hard Eddie Colors

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For their new Factory Level builds, Intense Cycles has been sourcing nothing but the best. For their Tracer, Carbine, and Spider, that meant Rockshox suspension, SRAM drivetrain, and Enve wheels, but the needs of a DH bike are a little different.

They started with their aluminum 951, which is built in their US factory, and decked it out with some mean green components….

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IB14: Turnagain Continues to Roll New Fat Bike Products, Introduces New FR65 and Revised FR80 Rims

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As the sister company of Borealis Bikes, Turnagain components is quickly filling out the line with fat bike specific parts. After introducing their 100mm rim at Eurobike, Turnagain had some late arrivals at Interbike that included an all new 65mm rim width, plus a revised version of their first product, the FR80. Along with the rims, Turnagain is eying a completely new product category and if involves the use of Yaks.

Full details next…

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