Road to NAHBS 2016: Patrick Gauci of Patrick Cycleworks

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Photo by Marcell Lovell

The exciting thing about covering new builders is seeing patterns between them and current, established builders and not knowing exactly what they will turn into as they mature.

Ontarian and new builder Patrick Gauci of Patrick Cycle Works is one of a group of builders that started their careers in aerospace before trying their hands at frame building. Patrick works as an Aircraft Structures Mechanic by day, and builds frames by night. Still at the stage where he is building for friends and family, Patrick has acknowledged that he’s learned a lot over his short career as a builder. He is enthusiastic, however, that he’s found a way to explore his passion of cycling in a deeper way…

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Aaron Gwin Joins the YT Mob along with Angel Suarez to take on the World Cup

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It’s been a badly kept secret, but Aaron Gwin is now on YT. After spending time racing for two industry powerhouses with Trek and Specialized, Gwin is bringing his winning ways to a much smaller name in the industry. Banking on the motto, “good times,” YT is hoping to shake things up on the pro circuit while giving their Tues CF Pro some time in the spotlight and (hopefully for them) on the podium…

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Apidura packs more inside the front triangle, plus stem snacking

Apidura packs more inside the front triangle, plus stem snacking

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Back at Eurobike we had a quick glance at the new Full Frame Packs from lightweight bikepacking bag maker Apidura. There wasn’t too much detail then, other than the fact that the customer feedback had led them to develop a set of bags to better fill inside the front triangle of more bikes. While their standard road and mountain frame packs essentially just offer a bit of storage under the top tube, these new Full Frame Packs do away with your typical water bottle cages altogether in the interest of stuffing even more gear into the frame and getting that weight down low. Take a closer look after the jump, as well as their new Skittle or Gummy Bear (or extra bottle) storage solution…

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Lapierre adds lower priced, entry level Zesty XM 227 XC trail bike

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We rode the new Zesty AM and XM last summer and came away pretty happy with the pair, especially with an excellent matching of frame and fork movement. With 120mm of plush OST+travel from the frame and a 130mm fork, the new 27.5″ XM trail bike works as a capable shorter travel version of slightly bigger XM with a little better pedaling efficiency. That makes it a fairly solid choice for trail riding that includes a decent amount of both ups and downs.

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AMS adds new stiffer, lightweight Om Stem 45 for 35mm diameter bars

AMS adds new stiffer, lightweight Om Stem 45 for 35mm diameter bars
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All Mountain Style claimed that their pared-down, low-stack 31.8 mountain stem set a benchmark for all-mountain and enduro riding. And now they have taken that same technology and expanded it for a new, even stiffer Om stem to match the latest move to even larger 35mm diameter handlebars. The new machined stem is still just 45mm long and will pair well with the newest crop of ultra wide bars for better control on the new long toptube, slack headtube angle bikes the industry has moved towards. Take a closer look after the break…

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Road to NAHBS 2016: Chris ‘Soultrain’ Sulfrian of REEB Cycles

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When the president of the Oskar Blues Brewery had his bike stolen, his solution was to start a bike brand. Why not, right? After a few prototypes were made, Chris Sulfrian was tapped to build bikes for the brand, essentially making it happen for the brewery. Coming into its fifth year with hundreds of bikes on the road, Reeb (beer spelled backwards, if you’re new to the game) has established itself with off the wall models and some of the most compelling implementations of gear boxes on fat bikes (or elsewhere) on the market…

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BMX Legend Ryan Nyquist doubles it by making the jump to mountain bike for 2016

BMX Legend Ryan Nyquist doubles it by making the jump to mountain bike for 2016

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A jump is a jump is a jump….. is probably what goes through Ryan’s head when he’s on two wheels and heading towards a sloped dirt… or cement wall. Having won several medals in both BMX dirt & park competitions, Nyquist has never been considered a one-trick pony, and has decided to show the world he has one more trick up his sleeve.

Check out what Ryan had to say plus a couple of videos of him showing us why MTB is a great next step….

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UK’s Whyte Bikes gets down with G-160 gravity enduro sled

UK’s Whyte Bikes gets down with G-160 gravity enduro sled

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Tested last year on the UK Gravity Enduro and Enduro World Series races, Whyte’s new 650B G-160 adds 10mm of travel over last year’s bike and 20mm more toptube. The relatively affordable 6061 aluminum bike packs a lot of bang for your buck in the long travel trail bike sector, and will soon be ready for all of us to hit the trail as well this season. The good news for US readers too, is that as of last fall Whyte is now available in the US consumer direct from a California base thanks to a former VP from Marin bikes.

Whyte’s sponsored enduro team riders have been pedaling the bike up the fire roads and thrashing it down the trails throughout a wet winter, so hop past the break for a video of it in action and a more detailed look at the two specs available soon…

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Road to NAHBS 2016: Jeremy SyCip of SyCip Designs

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Photo by Jeremy SyCip
Photo by Jeremy SyCip

We visited Jeremy SyCip, the solo artist behind SyCip Designs, last summer while rolling through sunny Santa Rosa. His current operation is tiny but efficient due to decades of process and product refinement. Despite efficiency, Jeremy’s still cranking out the hits. This year, look for an improved, off-road version of his BBQ bike as well as a Chris King collaboration. More on this after the jump… Continue reading “Road to NAHBS 2016: Jeremy SyCip of SyCip Designs”

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