A week in review: Road to NAHBS, Winter gear rampage, Tour Down Under rigs and much more!

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Take an intimate peak of some of the many frame (& tool) builders we’ve interviewed leading up to the North American Handmade Bike Show so far. Plus see how Cory, Trey and especially Zach take on Winter in some VERY different environments with gear from Proviz, Ornot, and Specialized…. Continue reading “A week in review: Road to NAHBS, Winter gear rampage, Tour Down Under rigs and much more!”

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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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Don’t get bent out of shape… Wheels Manufacturing has a bunch of new derailleur hangers for your bike

Don’t get bent out of shape… Wheels Manufacturing has a bunch of new derailleur hangers for your bike

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Like death and taxes, eventually a bent derailleur hanger is inevitable. Fortunately, Wheels Manufacturing is constantly turning out new derailleur hangers to replace yours should it have a moving experience. Machined in the U.S. from hiqh quality aluminum, Wheels Manufacturing hangers are designed to be as good, if not better than the original hanger than came on the bike.

Now with new hangers numbered 268-279, Wheels Manufacturing has even more bikes covered from Blue, Colnago, Corratec, Diamondback, Focus, Fuji, Ghost, Giant, GT, Jamis, Kona, Marin, Novara, Norco and more…

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Atomik blows up with new boutique carbon fat bike & mid-fat Plus wheels

Atomik blows up with new boutique carbon fat bike & mid-fat Plus wheels

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Atomik Carbon has been very busy this year with some new tech & product we’ve seen, and some we (still) can’t talk about just yet.

What we can talk about are the new and finally released 27.5+ Chubby 43 and 26″ Fatty 85 wheels and rims. Atomik approached the Plus and Fat designs without considering traditional rim construction. Which is good, since these are by no means a “traditional rim”. With the goal of making them strong, light cheap stiff, Atomic looked at the pros and cons of various rim constructions when going wide.

That said, I’m going to try and not explode with excitement as I’ve been bashing riding a prototype set of Atomik’s carbon mid-fat wheels for the last few months and wasn’t allowed to talk about them. Now that they’re official, I’ve got the green light, so here it goes….

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BOS Suspension roots itself deep into North American soil with distribution and service through QBP

BOS Suspension roots itself deep into North American soil with distribution and service through QBP

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Till a couple of years ago, BOS Suspension of rally car and now mountain bike fame was the mysterious unicorn privy only to Europe with a reputation that set the bar high. Since in America BOS has gotten good reviews but parts availability and service was a concern… until now.

By March shops and current BOS owners can rest assured as Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) will be the distributor and service & warranty center for BOS in the United States.

Luke Mussleman, BOS’ global sales and marketing director had this to say:

“QBP’s operational excellence has positioned them as the industry leader when it comes to customer service. That fact when coupled with their unbridled support of the IBD channel makes QBP the obvious choice as we continue to improve access to our products.”

Canadians can purchase BOS products through QBP as well but will continue to use SuspensionWerx for all service.

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Shimano patent shows silent ring drive hub internals that could be the next Dura-Ace

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shimano scylence freehub ring drive ratchet design delivers silent drag free performance - prototype patent drawings

Thanks to rumor and hearsay from a Bikerumor fan and our own digging, we hear Shimano’s working on all-new hub designs. one that could offer quick engagement, more durable freehub bodies and nearly silent, drag-free coasting. And we found a few patents to back it all up.

The biggest update to their current designs is the switch to a ring drive ratchet system. DT Swiss has proven it with their Star Ratchet, but Shimano’s filing actually references Chris King’s RingDrive patent, but there’s a major difference in the way Shimano’s design moves the ratchet rings. And that difference is what eliminates the buzzing bee sound during coasting, creating quiet, fast hub that might just be the heart of XTR and Dura-Ace’s next generation hubs…

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Review: Specialized x 686 3L Tech Jacket and Bibs deliver Ultimate fat bike outerwear performance

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Specialized 686 winter fat bike clothing (6)

If my riding buddies’ jeans and flannel are any indication, dedicated winter riding clothing is not required to have a good time on a bike in the winter. But like most things in life, the right equipment can make for a much better experience. Especially when you’re talking about brutally cold and wet conditions.

As fat bikes have been getting more popular, more attention has been given to winter clothing. I hesitate to refer to this as fat bike specific clothing since you can just as easily use the gear for mountain biking with skinnier tires in the winter. Though realistically, if you’re looking for clothing for negative temperatures, you’ll probably be riding fat.

Over the years my quiver of winter clothing has been sharpened to the point that I was relatively comfortable in most conditions. The trick though is knowing what crazy combination of pieces will be the right choice for the day. The Specialized x 686 kit seemed promising since it is a modular system designed to adapt to any conditions. Seems too good to be true, right? As it turns out, this may some of the best purpose built cycling kit I’ve used – if you can stomach the price…

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Found: Internal hack to convert SRAM MTB 10 speed to 11, without replacing shifter or rear derailleur

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SRAM 10 speed to 11 hack rapide shifter derailleur 1x (1)
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It looks like Rapide has opened the door to some interesting drivetrain modifications. If you have a 10 speed SRAM mountain drivetrain, with an inexpensive part you could upgrade to 11. Without replacing the rear shifter or derailleur. You will have to perform a little surgery to your shifter, but it looks like a fairly simple swap. You’ll also still be limited by the constraints of your current rear derailleur as far as cassette size, but with cassettes like Shimano’s 11 speed XT 11-40 or even 42t, this could lead to some creative gearing…

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The world’s most advanced (aero!?!) bamboo bicycle races in, DIY frame kits follow close behind

The world’s most advanced (aero!?!) bamboo bicycle races in, DIY frame kits follow close behind

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Bamboo Bicycle Club produces a wide variety of DIY bamboo frame building kits for people that want to build their frame themselves. Although they are not usually the ones building the frames, they decided they wanted to show off a little by illustrating what was possible with the renewable resource. The bike they made out of bamboo is unlike anything that had ever been done before.

Shoot past the break to see the sweet bamboo aero road bike they built to display in the Cycle Revolution exhibition in London’s Design Museum as well as the many frame kits available to do-it-yourself’ers…

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