SOC16: Raleigh cranks out drop bar fun with fat tire, dropper equipped Stuntman, Steel RXM, Kid’s CX, More

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On the surface, Raleigh’s new Stuntman looks to be a fun bike no matter what. But if you’re old experienced enough to remember The Fall Guy (admittedly I had to look it up), then this brown beauty will make even more sense given its inspiration from Colt Seavers’ pick up. Supposedly one of the last projects to involve Brian ‘Sally’ Fornes, the focus on fun isn’t surprising as the Stuntman blends big tires, drop bars, and dropper posts. The result is a truly unique bike that will crush anything in its path…

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On the surface, Raleigh’s new Stuntman looks to be a fun bike no matter what. But if you’re old experienced enough to remember The Fall Guy (admittedly I had to look it up), then this brown beauty will make even more sense given its inspiration from Colt Seavers’ pick up. Supposedly one of the last projects to involve […]

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Trailcraft adds 1×10 wide range gearing option to youth mountain bikes

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Trailcraft had already addressed weight with their top shelf youth mountain bikes by creating a kid-sized alloy frame dressed with lightweight, high end spec. Now, to add to the custom Stan’s NoTubes Crest wheels, Schwalbe tires and RST air suspension fork, they’ve put together a 1×10 wide range gearing option to shed another 200 grams or so.

Ginger Rosenbauer, Trailcraft’s founder, says the option came about from parent’s asking about 42-tooth expander compatibility. So, she decided to simply offer an out of the box solution complete with their own 1x narrow-wide chainrings. Available now in two spec levels, pics and details below…

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Trailcraft had already addressed weight with their top shelf youth mountain bikes by creating a kid-sized alloy frame dressed with lightweight, high end spec. Now, to add to the custom Stan’s NoTubes Crest wheels, Schwalbe tires and RST air suspension fork, they’ve put together a 1×10 wide range gearing option to shed another 200 grams […]

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Schwinn gets kids riding faster, stronger, longer with new SmartStart youth bicycles

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If most kids’ bicycles seem like high tensile steel tanks, it’s because most are. Particularly those found at the big box stores like Target, Walmart and Toys ‘R’ Us. But, they sell many times more youth bikes that independent bike shops, so any improvement in them is certainly welcome. After all, have you ever tried to convince a non-cycling friend that it makes sense to spend $250 or more on a kid’s bike when they can grab one for under $100 while picking up their cereal and toilet paper?

Schwinn’s new SmartStart line remakes 12″, 14″, 16″, 18″ and 20″ bikes so they fit kids better, are easier to ride, and will grow with them for longer. And they start under $100 and are available at all three of those big box stores. Here’s what’s different…

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If most kids’ bicycles seem like high tensile steel tanks, it’s because most are. Particularly those found at the big box stores like Target, Walmart and Toys ‘R’ Us. But, they sell many times more youth bikes that independent bike shops, so any improvement in them is certainly welcome. After all, have you ever tried […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Road (plus), gravel and mountain bikes from Triton, Soulcraft & Bixxis

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When we talked to Triton Bike’s Dmitry Nechaev in our pre-show interview series, he was very, very excited to tell us about his bikes and why he got into the custom frame building business. In person at the show, he was just as exuberant, and the stories made us want to hop on a plane to Russia and go for a ride with him! The gorgeous titanium bikes didn’t hurt either.

Above, one of two 29er hardtails and his son’s balance bike. Check them out in more detail, along with more fantastic two wheeled examples from Bixxis and Soulcraft, below…

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When we talked to Triton Bike’s Dmitry Nechaev in our pre-show interview series, he was very, very excited to tell us about his bikes and why he got into the custom frame building business. In person at the show, he was just as exuberant, and the stories made us want to hop on a plane […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Sweet bikes from Oddity, Appleman & Demon Frameworks

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Oddity Cycles’ collection featured big tires all around this year, from “plus” (aka baby fat) to real fat, including a 20″ fat bike for the builder’s kid.

They also had this new front end. Called the Squidfork for its resemblance to a squid’s tentacles coming down and grabbing the wheel, it’s made of titanium and claims to weigh less than Niner carbon fork. They also say it handles vibration better than a standard fork because of the multiple, thinner tubes. And it gives a little over bumps without diving during braking.

Lastly, it uses a standard tapered steerer, making installation easier than their truss forks that clamp onto a steerer tube above and below the headtube.

Lots more to see below the surface…

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Oddity Cycles’ collection featured big tires all around this year, from “plus” (aka baby fat) to real fat, including a 20″ fat bike for the builder’s kid. They also had this new front end. Called the Squidfork for its resemblance to a squid’s tentacles coming down and grabbing the wheel, it’s made of titanium and […]

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Trailcraft 24″ premium mountain bike wheels now available separately

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We all know wheels are one of the quickest, easiest ways to shed weight and improve a bike’s performance. Rotational weight is particularly important, so saving it on a kid’s bike is even more critical to helping the little tykes get up to speed and staying there.

As one of the first brands launched specifically around premium youth mountain bikes, Trailcraft cycles had the challenge of finding good parts to hang on its lightweight alloy and titanium frames. To do so, they worked with Stan’s NoTubes to create a custom 24″ Crest rim, then wrapped it in tubeless ready Schwalbe Rocket Ron tires.

Now, they’ve developed an aftermarket set of wheels with rims from Alex that are available separate from the bike, helping you upgrade any disc brake kid’s bike with a race-worthy set of hoops…

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We all know wheels are one of the quickest, easiest ways to shed weight and improve a bike’s performance. Rotational weight is particularly important, so saving it on a kid’s bike is even more critical to helping the little tykes get up to speed and staying there. As one of the first brands launched specifically […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • SUF Camp: Train like a pro with fellow Sufferlandrians – OK, so we mentioned the national team training camp run by the Sufferfest a couple of months back. But now we have an update that only 8 spots are left, and that the price has dropped down about 15% to $4950 for the entire, once in a lifetime week-long package starting June 12 in Aigle, Switzerland. Head over to their site for full details how to get the real pro experience. And don’t forget the fourth annual Tour of Sufferlandria is coming up in just a week or so. 9-days from Feb 6-14 to bang out a winter base from the comfort of home, with donations going to a good cause at TheSufferfest.com

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SUF Camp: Train like a pro with fellow Sufferlandrians – OK, so we mentioned the national team training camp run by the Sufferfest a couple of months back. But now we have an update that only 8 spots are left, and that the price has dropped down about 15% to $4950 for the entire, once in […]

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BRAAPPP!!! Ducati branded Bicycles to be engineered and distributed by Bianchi

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Ducati is making bikes again. Yes, again. In fact, they were the Bosh e-bike motors of the 1940’s in that they made gas powered motors to fit conventional bicycles, and soon came out with their own “moped” of sorts, before making full blown motorcycles. (I wonder if those got shunned back in those days?). To engineer and distribute the bikes, Ducati is leaving it up to the professionals and fellow Italians of Bianchi who have one of the longest histories in the bike biz.

Zoom past the break to see what we could be seeing in the form of the motorcycle brand’s version of a bicycle…..

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Ducati is making bikes again. Yes, again. In fact, they were the Bosh e-bike motors of the 1940’s in that they made gas powered motors to fit conventional bicycles, and soon came out with their own “moped” of sorts, before making full blown motorcycles. (I wonder if those got shunned back in those days?). To engineer […]

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A week in review: New bikes from Alchemy, Reeb, & Canfield Bros, Cateye’s 6K lumen lite, & Interbike heads East?

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We had an awesome week with all kinds of rad fun stuff piling on our desks. Canfield Brothers’ Balance gets better, Reeb is now canning gears in the new TyREEBdonkadonk, and check out the sweet holiday gift ideas/wishes from Jayson, Steve, Cory & yours truly. Also, Zach, our head editor and fat bike aficionado exposes what he’s been dealing with the last several months after what was a simple everyday crash turned no so simple and the crazy road to his recovery.

Fill up your coffee or grab a stout depending on what time of day it is (if that even matters), and thumb through our extensive coverage from last week…..

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     We had an awesome week with all kinds of rad fun stuff piling on our desks. Canfield Brothers’ Balance gets better, Reeb is now canning gears in the new TyREEBdonkadonk, and check out the sweet holiday gift ideas/wishes from Jayson, Steve, Cory & yours truly. Also, Zach, our head editor and fat bike aficionado exposes what he’s […]

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