SOC16: VP updates Harrier flat pedals with better looks, more durability

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VP’s new Harrier Flat Pedal gets an updated axle and bearing system called Axial Force Control (AFC). It uses a tapered axle with a DU Teflon-impregnated brass bushing on the inside of the pedal body at the tall end, capped by a machined flange to seat an o-ring into the pedal body to seal it but not allow the system to be over tightened.

At the bottom (outside end) of the axle is an Igus bushing that rests against a thrust bearing between it and the bolt. As you tighten the bolt into the end of the axle, it snugs the entire system and pulls the axle into the bushings so there’s no play.

If all that’s hard to visualize, drop past the break to see the internals…

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VP’s new Harrier Flat Pedal gets an updated axle and bearing system called Axial Force Control (AFC). It uses a tapered axle with a DU Teflon-impregnated brass bushing on the inside of the pedal body at the tall end, capped by a machined flange to seat an o-ring into the pedal body to seal it […]

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State Megalith brings you big low-pressure fun without the mega price

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Just because it’s spring, there is nothing that says you have to put your fat bike in a storage locker until the next snow fall. We’ve seen State Bicycle Company before with some good looking bikes at good looking prices, and the Megalith is no different. Check out the geared & single speed options as well as the kinda yummy looking neapolitan scheme…

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Just because it’s spring, there is nothing that says you have to put your fat bike in a storage locker until the next snow fall. We’ve seen State Bicycle Company before with some good looking bikes at good looking prices, and the Megalith is no different. Check out the geared & single speed options as well as […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Liv says yes to empowering women cyclists – There’s this specific moment every cyclist faces. It’s the moment you decide whether to meet your fears, or retreat; a battle of determination or mind-over-matter. Liv’s “Actually, I Can” campaign aims to inspire through stories of women who have used bikes to change their realities; everything from affecting social change to just accomplishing personal goals Liv-Cycling.com

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Liv says yes to empowering women cyclists – There’s this specific moment every cyclist faces. It’s the moment you decide whether to meet your fears, or retreat; a battle of determination or mind-over-matter. Liv’s “Actually, I Can” campaign aims to inspire through stories of women who have used bikes to change their realities; everything from affecting social change to just accomplishing […]

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SOC16: Manitou sharpens the Mattoc 2, Machete forks, Sun Ringle adds Duroc 40 & 50 plus size wheels

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You can always count on the Hayes crew to put out quite the spread for Sea Otter. Whether you’re talking new product or brats imported directly from Wisconsin (true story), there seems to always be something to digest. This year, in addition to stopping show goers in their tracks with the massive, Hayes disc brake equipped Timbersled, Hayes had new forks, as well as some new wheels for both the plus and skinny tire set…

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You can always count on the Hayes crew to put out quite the spread for Sea Otter. Whether you’re talking new product or brats imported directly from Wisconsin (true story), there seems to always be something to digest. This year, in addition to stopping show goers in their tracks with the massive, Hayes disc brake […]

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SOC16: The Ritchey CPR12+ multi tool could be a ride saver

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Ritchey’s CPR tools have a long history of getting riders and racers out of a jam. Originally developed in 1992 for Thomas Frischknecht, the CPR9 was the first tool from Ritchey to pack a number of tools in an easy to use, race ready package. Since then the tool has evolved, now including 12 different tools all packed into a unique single sided design. It’s light, it’s functional, and it might just save your ride…

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Ritchey’s CPR tools have a long history of getting riders and racers out of a jam. Originally developed in 1992 for Thomas Frischknecht, the CPR9 was the first tool from Ritchey to pack a number of tools in an easy to use, race ready package. Since then the tool has evolved, now including 12 different […]

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Missy Giove helps Underground Bike Works make a splash at Sea Otter w/ prototype plus bikes

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Long absent from the mountain bike spotlight, Missy the Missile is starting to reemerge. First appearing to race the World Cup at Windham last year, Missy Giove was on hand at the Sea Otter Classic riding around a plus bike with her name on the top tube. That bike just happened to be one of John Parker’s early prototypes from his new Underground Bike Works venture. The bike was quickly taken out of the test mule line up, built with some of Missy’s Deity components, and then sent off with her to crash the dual slalom race with the goal of slapping some high fives, roosting some berms, and (maybe) chugging a few beers.

That plays right into the script of Underground Bike Works. As John put it, “I don’t want to have a race team and go racing any more. I want to make fun bikes – and we’ve hit our mark.” As a joint operation between John Parker and his partners Mike Foxworthy and Will Kenefica, Underground Bike Works is all about the big tires, and all consumer direct…

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Long absent from the mountain bike spotlight, Missy the Missile is starting to reemerge. First appearing to race the World Cup at Windham last year, Missy Giove was on hand at the Sea Otter Classic riding around a plus bike with her name on the top tube. That bike just happened to be one of […]

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See Switzerland by mountain bike with BMC and Teton Gravity Research

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BMC and Teton Gravity Research have teamed up to produce a three-part video series that offers a deeper look into the stunning riding that the Swiss Alps have to offer. It isn’t just skiing, cheese, and chocolate. They’ve even got contest live now that will send you and a riding buddy to experience the Swiss trails firsthand and ride away on a new BMC.

Clip in across the fold and see if you can follow the wheels in the videos of a small group of pro BMC riders as they explore the trails Switzerland offers to mountain bikers…

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BMC and Teton Gravity Research have teamed up to produce a three-part video series that offers a deeper look into the stunning riding that the Swiss Alps have to offer. It isn’t just skiing, cheese, and chocolate. They’ve even got contest live now that will send you and a riding buddy to experience the Swiss […]

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SOC16: Fox Racing Metah helmet hits the shelves along with Attack Pro Trail System

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Introduced to the world last Interbike, Fox’s replacement for their long running Flux helmet is finally here. Stepping in is the all new Metah which manages to stand out in a sea of helmets with some distinct looks, but also with just enough safety tech built in. To go along with the helmet, Fox is now selling their Attack Pro system which looks like it could be a great option for long days in the saddle on trail, enduro, or any other type of mountain bike…

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Introduced to the world last Interbike, Fox’s replacement for their long running Flux helmet is finally here. Stepping in is the all new Metah which manages to stand out in a sea of helmets with some distinct looks, but also with just enough safety tech built in. To go along with the helmet, Fox is […]

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SOC16: 661 refines their Filter, shows new Evo AM Patrol Helmet

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661 has been steadily revamping their line up for awhile now, and their latest products look like welcome additions. On the helmet side, 661 will be replacing the Recon with the Evo AM Patrol. Sitting just under the current Evo AM/Evo AM MIPS, the Patrol model brings the style of their top tier helmet down to a more reasonable price.

Along with the new lid, 661 was also showing off a revised version of their Filter shoe in both flat and SPD compatible…

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661 has been steadily revamping their line up for awhile now, and their latest products look like welcome additions. On the helmet side, 661 will be replacing the Recon with the Evo AM Patrol. Sitting just under the current Evo AM/Evo AM MIPS, the Patrol model brings the style of their top tier helmet down […]

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