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  • Hipcamp Launches “Airbnb” for Outdoors | Unlocks Private Lands – Hipcamp, the website that makes getting outside fun and easy, is bringing the sharing economy, made popular by Airbnb, to the outdoors. Check out Hipcamp’s Land Sharing video to be transported to these unspoiled lands. Be sure to turn up the volume to get the full effect!

More news and pumptrack event info after the break…


EB15: Tune reinvents road thru axle, makes lots more stuff better & lighter

Pick one thing that would slow adoption of disc brake in the pro peloton and it would likely be the molasses-like process of unthreading a thru axle. Manitou and Focus have their twist-and-pull systems, Naild has a new twist-and-lock system, but Tune’s new QC system might be the fastest of them all.

The new Tune QC Schnellsteck Spanner thru axle system uses a simple push button release to trim removal time to a fraction of a second. Flip through to see how it works…

EB15: 2016 Cannondale mountain bikes get bigger with FatCAAD fat bike, Bad Habit 27.5+ and Beast of the East

2016 Cannondale Bad Habit 275plus full suspension trail bike

The 120mm Habit was introduced just before Eurobike as a trail bike to fill in between their Trigger and Scalpel.

The new Bad Habit bumps things even bigger with plus sized tires and Boost rear spacing. The geometry and suspension kinematics stay the same as the regular Habit, they just made room for bigger rubber in the rear triangle. The crank spindle length and BB shell stays the same, too, but the chainring is offset to maintain proper chain line. It’ll fit up to 27.5 x 3.0 tires.

The Lefty 2.0 is standard, it accommodates the fatter tires just fine. It’s the monstrous new Lefty Olaf you wanna watch out for…


Devinci rocks ‘n’ rolls with new Hendrix RS 27.5+ Split Pivot mountain bike – Updated: Pricing and Availability

Hendrix - Front

Ever since “Trail”, “All-Mountain” and just about any other type mountain bike made for things other than cross-country became popular, things just keep getting more and more fun. Sure, downhill and all things “Enduro” are great, but unless you’re privy to aggressive descents, oodles of travel just isn’t necessary.

But traction always is, and when paired with 120mm of efficient travel, a bike can play a beautiful tune. The new Devinci Hendrix RS 27.5+ hits the right notes with an orchestra of plush Split Pivot suspension and oversized tires…


EB15: Fizik Steps It Up with New R1, R4, and M6 shoes, and more


Fi’zi:k has put both feet forward into the shoe market with three completely new pairs of kicks and a reworked last for all of the road line. The R1B sets the new top of the line with a two piece laser perforated Mircotex upper available in white or black and two BOA dials. Fizik built the 350€ shoe on an incredibly stiff full carbon sole that includes continuous internal channels to boost ventilation, and a removable heel puck. The vents are optimized throughout to maximize air movement, but indirectly to prevent water infiltration. The shoe was developed with both ergonomics and aerodynamics in mind, and uses a smooth asymmetric tongue for precise fit and actually has a carefully placed second BOA that hides from the wind behind the first dial to offer twice the fit tunability with the drag of one dial.

Stick with us after the break to see a more affordable high performance road shoe, the most affordable BOA mountain bike shoe, and a new set of carbon-railed saddles…


EB15: Rotor Uno hydraulic road group – first look & tech details!

Rotor Uno hydraulic shifting road bike group tech details and photos

Our discovery of Rotor’s hydraulic shifting patents turned out to be well timed, teeing up the group’s public debut nicely. Turns out, our technical breakdown of the groups functioning was nearly spot on, so we’ll recap:

By using a completely hydraulic system from the shift lever all the way to the derailleurs and putting the ratcheting mechanism on the derailleurs, Rotor was able to eliminate any slack from the line that could lead to loose shifting. The side benefits of such a system included lighter weight and plenty of functional improvements that simply can’t happen on a cable-driven or mechanical system.

The key to the system is precision and reliability. Hydraulics have been proven in everything from bicycles to airplanes to heavy industry, just not for bicycle shifting until now. Their motivation was to let customers looking at Rotor’s oval rings and lightweight alloy cranksets find an entire group with the same brand. Undoubtedly, it will also give them more opportunities to put the group on pro teams that may otherwise have to opt for SRAM, Shimano or Campagnolo groups simply because of sponsorship programs dictating complete group use. And they hinted we might see some major teams on the group very soon. But that can’t be enough to justify the heavy time, energy and financial commitment the development of such a product can draw from a company. So, it needs create demand based on its merits. Of which, there are quite a few.

Check out the cutaway photos and tech details below, along with new carbon chainrings, and new 1x rings for road and mountain…


EB15: Hump Day will never be the same on Surly’s new Wednesday Fat Bike

surly wednesday fat bike_-10

In a sea of fat bikes, Surly’s newest creation had no problem catching our eye. While the world of fat bike tech has moved on from the original Pugsley, that steel beast still carries a loyal following. For those wanting to update their frame without moving too far away from the soul of those early Pugsleys, the new Wednesday looks like a winner.

Steel, symmetric, and extremely versatile, the Wednesday should be fun any day of the week…


EB14: Stages adds power meters to carbon cranks – Campy, FSA & proprietary SRAM solutions


Stages Power has finally unlocked a way to bring their single sided power meter to left crank arms everywhere. Or, at least, to modern Campy, FSA and most SRAM cranksets.

To make it work with carbon,they had to develop a new strain gauge and assembly method – it takes about 30% longer to install them on carbon then on the alloy arms. They have to polish off the top clear coat layers, but don’t worry, Stages assumes the warranty from the original manufacturer should anything happen. The actual physical changes to the strain gauge and other internals are not something they would divulge. But they did say that one of the biggest challenges was keeping it accurate in fluctuating temperatures. Once they solved that, they were able to offer a product that doesn’t need to be zero calibrated when the temps change, maintaining its accuracy from ride to ride.


EB14: Crank Brothers is movin’ on up w/ Highrise dropper seatpost & all-new pedals

Crank Brothers Highrise dropper seatpost

Crank Brothers’ new Highline dropper post replaces the Kronolog, which was discontinued a little more than a year ago. The Highline has been in development and testing for two years, the goal being to have the most reliable dropper post on the market.

Internally, it’s using a swappable hydraulic cartridge that has been tested to 40,000 cycles, which they hinted is more than 3x that of a popular competitor. It’s cable actuated, with 125mm of infinite travel. Once dropped, it locks into place, so you can lift the bike by the saddle without the post rising first. They’re offering it only with internal cable routing, and the connection point is remarkable for it’s simplicity.

Check it out along with their completely redesigned pedals (and several all-new models) and more below…