PCW16: Alpinestars preps for Fall/Winter 2016 with Riding Pants, improved Jackets, and more

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Often most associated with motor sports, Alpinestars has been making a concerted effort to get into mountain biking in a big way. The coming year continues that trend, and while it’s a bit hard to think about next winter before this one is even over, that’s the realities of the product cycle. For fall/winter 2016 Alpinestars has updated a few of their popular pieces as well as added entirely new products that will leave you with fewer excuses to get outside, all in typical Alpinestars style…

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Spada offers crazy light mountain bike wheels complete with wide rims

Spada offers crazy light mountain bike wheels complete with wide rims

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“Don’t cha wish your mountain bike was light like mine.” That’s what weight-weenies will be singing to their internet friends when they have these babies mounted under their mountain bike’s feathery carbon carriage adorned with unobtainium parts from krypton. Okay okay, these are actually pure uber-light race wheels hand-built in Italy by a company with a strong heritage in bicycle racing… but really, these things are crazy light!

Check out the specs on Spada’s insanely light Carbon Rapido XX wheels as well as their other…. well, really light wheels including the wild looking World Cup edition Rapido SL’s….

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Sidi adds a touch of customization to their mid and high end shoes

Sidi adds a touch of customization to their mid and high end shoes

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Long a dominant force in cycling, Sidi Sport has had a lot of competition in recent years as more companies have stepped up their game to produce high performing, well-made cycling shoes. Sidi themselves have mostly made small iterative updates to their line for the last 2 or 3 years, but still can be found on the likes of last year’s Tour de France winner Chris Froome and XC World Champion Nino Schurter. Now to offer a bit of the custom look that the sponsored pros get, Sidi has introduced a new way to personalize most of their performance and premium shoes with more detail color options. Take a look across the fold at which shoes will get a personalized touch, plus a look at a Froome limited edition shoe…

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Coastline Cycle Company surfs in w/ the Supermoto inspired “One” bike for street, dirt & more

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There are a lot of new bikes out there. There are so many that for a new company to make a splash with a new bike, it really has to be something different. Something, interesting. Something… like the first offering from Coastline Cycle Company.

To call this thing a commuter really isn’t a worthy description, but neither is city bike, or even mountain bike. The brainchild of industry veteran Chad Battistone, Coastline Cycle Company is hoping to capitalize on those looking for a bike that is as fun as it is practical, and ride in with a new wave of affordable yet performance oriented carbon components as well…

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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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