Posts in the category Mountain Bike

Keep ‘Er Clean and Safe with Velo Gold’s New Chain Keeper Tools

Velo Gold CK2 quick release chain keeper tool

Bike-specific tools are great when they make maintenance easier, and even better when they do double-duty and protect your bike too. A chain keeper does both- For those who travel regularly, its the best way to keep your chain tight and in position to prevent in-transit damage to your frame. In the shop chain keepers make it easier to clean the bike and drivetrain by replacing the rear wheel, thus providing plenty of space for working hands.

Velo Gold Bicycles is a full service shop in Fort Worth, Texas that also offers custom machining services. Shop owner Joshua Clark is now producing Velo Gold bicycle tools and accessories, which are all hand made in his garage workshop. Clark has just announced three different chain keeper tools, including one for mountain bikes with 12mm rear axles.

Get your peepers on Velo Gold’s keepers below the break…

NAHBS 2015: An interesting spread from Hero Bike, Steve Potts & Scappa


Steve Potts has been building bikes for a long time, helping shape some of the early days of mountain biking. Nowawadays, it’s all about titanium for him, and the bikes vary a bit but mainly fall into road/cyclocross or mountain bike categories.

The one above is in the former, but takes a modern approach with 650 wheels and tires, his Type II fork and disc brakes. A modern-retro parts build gives it a bit of character, but not at the expense of performance in most areas.

Check it out, plus a very cool bamboo-and-carbon commuter bike concept from Alabama’s Hero Bike and some Italian flair from Scappa, below…


TPE15: Microshift gears up w/ Mega 40 wide range mountain bike cassette, derailleur system

Microshift Mega 40 wide range mountain bike cassette and rear derailleur mountain bike group

If there was one other trend at Taipei Cycle Show to contend with 27.5+, it was wide range cassettes and systems for mountain bike. We’ve already shown you Praxis’ new cassette, but it was far from the only new option.

Microshift, which is largely known for their smaller shifters and less expensive options found on youth bikes, offers quite a bit more than that, though. Their new Mega 40 cassette and derailleur jump head first into the wide range mountain bike drivetrain group with a systems approach. The tooth counts on the cassette use a very smooth growth rate from 11 to 40, are offered in both 10- and 11-speed options and the derailleur has a parallelogram that’s specific to this cassette’s tooth profiles, so it’s going to set up without a lot of fiddling.

The best part? It’ll integrate just fine into an otherwise Shimano based system to offer an inexpensive upgrade…


TPE15: Wren Sports shows metal matrix disc brake rotors, half the weight of steel

Wren Sports’ new Metal Matrix disc brake rotors are formed from a combination of aluminum and silica, with a special process that ensures even dispersion of the silica into the molten alloy.

The result is a material that’s basically like stone, with a very high coefficient of friction that dissipates heat way more rapidly than steel.

It’s then poured and cut as a plate. The material is so hard, it can’t be machined like normal, so they’re having to laser- and water jet cut them for now.

So what’s the point of all this?


TPE15: Kenda adds tubeless ready gravel, cyclocross & 27.5+ mountain bike tires, more!

kenda havok 27.5+ mountain bike tire

No tire collection would be complete these days without a mid-fat, plus-sized 3″ tire, and Kenda’s offering is the new Havok 27.5 x 3.0. It’s targeted to be around 900-950 grams and uses their DTC rubber compound that gets a softer rubber on the side knobs for better grip and former in the center for less rolling resistance. It’s tubeless ready, so stock up on sealant now.

OE tires will get a 30tpi at the beginning, aftermarket tires will have 60 and 120 tpi casing options. Might get a narrower 2.8-ish option if there’s demand, but will start with the 3.0.

For things that get lighter and narrower, keep reading…


TPE15: RST Teases inverted XC suspension fork, stealth dropper seatpost & more!

prototype RST inverted xc trail suspension fork

RST surprised us with a sneak peek at their prototype inverted suspension fork, which boasts a full magnesium one-piece upper. It’s aimed at the XC and trail crowd, but will get a 15×110 axle, the newer width being used for “boost” hubs. So it’ll likely work for the 27.5+ as well as 29er, though the latter is its primary target.

Internals are secret for now, but there’ll be measures to prevent the 32mm stanchions from turning independently. Expect a weight around 1,700g and travel options from 100mm to 140mm.

Head past the break for more details, pics and other new products…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits and Pieces

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  • Play the Bell 2015 Spring Classics Sweepstakes – Get ready for some epic racing and follow Team LottoNL-Jumbo through 8 races and 36 days. Click now to enter the Weekly Prize Drawing and play the Bell Spring Classics Challenge for bragging rights plus an additional chance to win the Grand Prize, a trip to California to ride with Team LottoNL-Jumbo!

Racing and Ride Event News

  • Champion System has joined forces with the We Stand United Cycling Club – Champion System will be the Official Title Sponsor of the “Champion System Roubaix Race Series powered by Sheepshead Cycle”. The series will kick off on Thursday, April 2nd and will run until the last Thursday in July. For more information on the events please go to or register for the event at
  • The Bootlegger 100 Proof Dirt Road Ride – On April 25th Lenoir, North Carolina will host the ride. It will start and end in downtown Lenoir and travels through the beautiful and scenic Wilson’s Creek Gorge. There are two routes – 100 mile or 100 kilometer dirt road ride with 8000+ feet of climbing (100 mile route). Visit the event’s Facebook page for more details.
  • North Carolina Bikers Sweep US Open Fat Bike Beach Championships – The inaugural US Open Fat Bike Championships were held in Wrightsville Beach on Saturday, March 14th. Racers from four states competed in three divisions covered distances of 24-miles, 16-miles, and 8-miles to accommodate expert, sport, and beginner skill levels. Click here to see photos from the event.
  • The Encino Velodrome announces a long term sponsorship agreement with Pure Fix CyclesPure Fix was named the official bike sponsor of the Encino Velodrom provide their Keirin track series and Keirin Pro track series bicycles for the Encino Velodrome’s new rider and rental program and shall also be named the Official junior bike sponsor with their Micro series 650c wheeled fixed gear bikes for Encino Velodrome’s junior program. The Encino Velodrome is one of the oldest velodromes in the United States and was established in 1961.
  • Meet the Scott-ODLO and Scott-3Rox teams in California! - Bikerumor readers are invited! The entire Scott ODLO team will be in California from April 8-18. This includes Nino Schurter, Thomas Frischkenecht, Jenny Rissveds, Marcel Wildhaber, and Andri Frischknecht. In partnership with Oakley, Scott will be hosting a pro night on April 9th from 6-9 PM at Bike Religion in Dana Point, CA. The Scott-3Rox team which includes Geoff Kabush, Derek Zandstra, Cam Jette, Marc-Antoine Nadon, Mikaela Kofman, Erin Huck, and Teal Stetson Lee, will all be there.


  • Tern Bicycles Partners with EKOCYCLE to Make Sustainable Living Cool – The goal of the EKOCYCLE initiative is to help consumers recognize that items they consider waste may be a part of a lifestyle product they can use tomorrow. It also encourages demand and use of recycled materials and reinforces the importance of recycling finished products. Tern has introduced two limited-edition folding bicycles created for EKOCYCLE™ and will be available at Harrods U.K. along with more than 150 EKOCYCLE lifestyle products, including clothing, accessories, home interiors, technology and active lifestyle products from more than 10 brand partners. tern


  • Infinit Performance is having a sale on their nutrition formulas –  Buy one custom formula and get the second at 50% off. Use the code SPRING 15 at checkout at  It’s only available for a limited time and Infinit’s Mocha Mint MUD is Going Fast! – A refreshing blend of premium ground flax, natural coffee, high quality whey protein isolate with a hint of natural mint and chocolate.


  • Quality Bicycle Products to Distribute Robert Axle Project Thru-Axles – The Robert Axle Project started in June 2013 and has since sold axles (12mm thru-axles that allow attachment of trailers to bikes) to customers in over 28 countries. The addition of QBP as a distributor will allow bike shops to order any number of axles direct as needed. Chris Kratsch, President of The Robert Axle Project adds, “We look forward to having the ability to support local and independent bike shops by partnering with QBP. Visit the Robert Axle Project at for more information.

TPE15: Kore Stronghold narrow-wide chainring literally grabs the chain

Kore Stronghold narrow wide chainring with hooked teeth

The new Kore Stronghold narrow/wide chainring uses a hooked tooth design that grabs and holds the chain around the ring when riding without slowing down release at the appropriate point. That means excellent chain retention, so you won’t need a clutch rear derailleur (but they’re still nice), and you definitely won’t need a chain guide.

Retail will be just $59 for the 32 and 34 tooth rings, and $63 for the 36 tooth. A 30-tooth will also be available but requires additional material around the bolt holes to give it room away from the spider, plus a little extra machining, so it costs a bit more at $72.


Enduro Bearings start shipping TorqTite threaded PF bottom brackets, plus prototype…cranks?


First spotted at Interbike, Enduro Bearings’ TorqTite bottom brackets are finally finished and shipping. They’re available in PF86, PF30 and PF30/24 using their threaded design that pulls the sides together by screwing into an alloy center sleeve. This holds them tight, improving bearing alignment for a smoother ride and likely eliminating creaking.

The PF30 can be converted to a PF386 with a longer center sleeve, available separately. The PF30/24 takes a Pressfit 30 frame and fits a Shimano 24mm spindle without additional spacers or reducers.

They’ll have a BB30-to-24 coming soon. Available in red or black, from $210 to $230. Check out more pics and their new crankset project below…