IB16: Thomson adds alloy road, ‘cross & adventure handlebars, carbon seatpost & updating dropper post

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Thomson’s been in the handlebar business for a few years now, we’ve reviewed both mountain bike and drop bar versions and liked them. These new alloy handlebars will be available in three versions – road, with a flattened wing shape on the tops; cyclocross with the 31.8 clamp diameter extending all the way out to the bend; and the “off road” drop bar, which gets massively flared drops.

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Thomson’s been in the handlebar business for a few years now, we’ve reviewed both mountain bike and drop bar versions and liked them. These new alloy handlebars will be available in three versions – road, with a flattened wing shape on the tops; cyclocross with the 31.8 clamp diameter extending all the way out to […]

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EB16: EVOC puts The Bike Stand in their bags, so your bike travels safe & easy

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EVOC is known for making one of the best travel bags to lug your mountain bike along with you as you jet set from one international bike park to the next. But even with the right bag it takes a good bit of time to break your bike down, and with so many different axle standards floating around, unless you got lucky when you bought your travel bag, you’d end up having to hobble something together to really get your mountain bike properly strapped in for its journey. Those worries are gone now though as EVOC created The Bike Stand, a new freestanding rail that secures your ride by the droputs, no matter what axle standard you roll on. Take a closer look and see how modular parts will have you bike packed faster and more securely than ever before, all after the break…

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EVOC is known for making one of the best travel bags to lug your mountain bike along with you as you jet set from one international bike park to the next. But even with the right bag it takes a good bit of time to break your bike down, and with so many different axle standards […]

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EB16: New Challenge options for 2017 – wider gravel, refined Baby Limus, sealed tubulars, MTB & more…

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Even though we’ve already covered the only truly new tread pattern introduced by Challenge this year when they unveiled the sand-specific Dune, they had so many new updates at Eurobike that it took us a while to dig through them and prioritize. We would probably start with their gravel expansion, just because there has been so much movement in that growing discipline, but we really wanted to lead with a picture of these nice new World Champion special Baby Limus tubulars, even though you won’t be able to buy them (unless you win worlds, presumably.) They highlight several of the new updates this year, including a revised Baby Limus tread, a new pre-sealed Team Edition S cotton construction, and a revised Handmade Tubular naming system. Besides these update to Gravel & CX lines, the road, track & mountain tires share some of the same updates plus a few others. Check it all out after the break…

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Even though we’ve already covered the only truly new tread pattern introduced by Challenge this year when they unveiled the sand-specific Dune, they had so many new updates at Eurobike that it took us a while to dig through them and prioritize. We would probably start with their gravel expansion, just because there has been so much […]

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IB16: 4iiii adds dual-sided power meter pods for Shimano XTR M9000

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After debuting dual-sided power measurement for the road at Tour Down Under this year, 4iiii continues their product development momentum with a new dual sided MTB power meter to fit Shimano XTR M9000-series Trail and Race cranks.

The double pod system is super simple, which is merely another of their original left-side pods put onto the driveside crankarm. It works because the mountain bike chainrings are smaller than road, where they had to use a separate strain gauge and transmitter. They started with XTR Trail and Race because their pods fits that Q-Factor and many frames, but bikes with wider chainstays (like many newer Boost bikes) may not work with it…yet. They’re working on a slimmer pod design that’ll fit more mountain bikes…and triathlon, TT and aero road bikes that have less clearance between the crank arms and stays. The current pod is about 8mm, they’re looking to get it down between 6-6.5mm…

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After debuting dual-sided power measurement for the road at Tour Down Under this year, 4iiii continues their product development momentum with a new dual sided MTB power meter to fit Shimano XTR M9000-series Trail and Race cranks. The double pod system is super simple, which is merely another of their original left-side pods put onto […]

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Alchemy Arktos becomes their first bike made overseas…due to customer demand

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When the Alchemy Arktos debuted at last year’s Interbike, it notched quite a few firsts. It was their first full suspension mountain bike, it was among the first full carbon full suspension mountain bikes made in the USA, and it was the first to use David Earle’s new Sine suspension design.

The frame was 100% made inside Alchemy’s Denver, CO, headquarters and custom painted to the customer’s designs at their Ethic paint shop. People liked it, and they wanted it, but the made-in-the-USA feature put it out of reach of many riders. Now, they’re offering a way to get the same bike for a little less coin…

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When the Alchemy Arktos debuted at last year’s Interbike, it notched quite a few firsts. It was their first full suspension mountain bike, it was among the first full carbon full suspension mountain bikes made in the USA, and it was the first to use David Earle’s new Sine suspension design. The frame was 100% […]

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World’s Funnest Bike Part III: Built ridden & reviewed… plus video! Now, SHOW US YOURS!!!

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Here it is in all its colorful glory. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how this bike was going to ride or how it would look once the parts started flowing in… especially with my wheel choice(s). At first, I didn’t really care if something didn’t match as we often get things in for testing that aren’t all matchy-matchy with the rigs on hand. Once the first few pieces came in (black/blue EPO frame, black/yellow wheels, Kawasaki green DVO fork…), well, now I was on a mission!

Check out the final build & ride review, lots of pics, plus a really “cinematographic” video of the bike in action…

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Here it is in all its colorful glory. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how this bike was going to ride or how it would look once the parts started flowing in… especially with my wheel choice(s). At first, I didn’t really care if something didn’t match as we often get things in for testing that […]

Posted in Bicycles, Clothing-Gear-Tools, Concept, Fatbike, Mountain Bike, Reviews, Video12 Comments

EB16: AX Lightness teases VIAL evo Gravel prototype, plus news on the XC, road, wheels & saddles…

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Just a few weeks before Eurobike we got a sneak peek at the new lightweight cross country racer from AX Lightness – the Vial Evo XC hardtail with its 870g frame.  Now the superlight carbon craftsmen at AX have finally let more details loose on a bike that we’ve know they were developing for sometime. The new Vial Evo Gravel aims to blend the trail performance of the XC with the speed and weight savings of their Ultra road bike. Coming in between but able to tackle any terrain, AX has set their goal of building the first complete production gravel bike under the 6.8kg UCI, and it seems they have hot that mark, even with up to 2.1″ tires. Take a closer look after the break as we get up close and personal with the new bike. At the same time we get another focused look at the XC bike, and how AX has simplified their frame and wheel lineups, and revamped a couple of crazy light saddles for more comfort…

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Just a few weeks before Eurobike we got a sneak peek at the new lightweight cross country racer from AX Lightness – the Vial Evo XC hardtail with its 870g frame.  Now the superlight carbon craftsmen at AX have finally let more details loose on a bike that we’ve know they were developing for sometime. The […]

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EB16: SR Suntour forks gets boosted & upgraded, team bike shows prototype bits

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As usual, SR Suntour brought in a race bike from one of their sponsored riders, this time from the Absa Cape Epic. The bike has their nearly full carbon Axon Werx suspension fork up front and some prototype stuff going on out back. There’s also plenty of updates to the rest of their suspension line up that’s actually available, including Boost and Plus compatibility on a wide range of forks for tires 24″ up to 27.5″…

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As usual, SR Suntour brought in a race bike from one of their sponsored riders, this time from the Absa Cape Epic. The bike has their nearly full carbon Axon Werx suspension fork up front and some prototype stuff going on out back. There’s also plenty of updates to the rest of their suspension line […]

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EB16: Funn MTB shows wiggle-free dropper post, slick chain guides/guards & more

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Funn MTB had more than just new components, they also had new brands from their employees making a stealthy debut – like the Pipedream frame and Granite collapsible bike stand shown above. Those items made displaying the new Funn parts a little easier, of course, but are worth a look on their own.

But first, the new UpDown dropper seatpost, which had absolutely 0º of rotational wiggle. While those perfect tolerances could potentially make its movement tight or more susceptible to binding in an over-tight seatpost collar, the demo bike felt very smooth. There was the tiniest bit of fore-aft movement, but nothing we’d likely notice while riding. Check out the tech specs and their lightweight, modular chain guide and bash guard bits below…

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Funn MTB had more than just new components, they also had new brands from their employees making a stealthy debut – like the Pipedream frame and Granite collapsible bike stand shown above. Those items made displaying the new Funn parts a little easier, of course, but are worth a look on their own. But first, […]

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