Posts in the category Mountain Bike

Specialized Teases Possible New Supermoto Singlespeed Street Bike

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Photo: Specialized, via Instagram.

Generally when you think of a Supermoto dirt bikes come to mind. Specifically, dirt bikes with 17″ wheels, slick tires, lowered suspension, and better brakes. Just spotted on the Specialized Instagram feed looks to be their bicycle interpretation of a supermoto. Captioned simply as #Supermoto is ready for its closeup, does the teaser point to a new model from the big S?

Even if it turns out that the bike is just a concept, it’s worth a closer look.


EB14: Roundup – Commuters, City Bikes, Scooters (?) and More Beautiful Things


Schindelhauer’s bikes and booth always exemplify a clean, sleek appearance that screams high end. The belt driven track bike above streamlines everything into smooth shapes, recessed bolts and flowing lines. Same for the commuter bike after it, which has an equally quick looking frame but manages to hold lights, a rear rack and traditional flat bar.

There are plenty more examples of curvy city bikes after that, too…


Readers’ Rides: B2 Design’s Flower Power Giant Anthem

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Sent to us by way of the Czech Republic, this flowery Giant Anthem is the work of B2 Design & Airbrush. After gaining inspiration from the bicycle and motorcycle scene in Melbourne Australia, B2 was founded in 1995. When the small outfit isn’t painting or designing for the motorsports world including Martin Prokop, B2 has also been known to produce some pretty wild custom bicycle paint jobs.


PBE14: Paragon Machine Works Adding Syntace X12 Dropouts and 10mm Axle Toggle Drops

Paragon Machine Works Syntace x12 dropouts for handmade bicycle builders

For those considering a custom bike in their near future, Paragon Machine Works has two new dropout options to consider when discussing the bike with your favorite handmade builder.

Above are the new Syntace X12 dropouts. They marry that axle standard with a Shimano Direct Mount rear derailleur standard. If you want a regular derailleur mount, you (or your frame builder) will have to order that piece directly from Syntace or a stocking dealer.

The dropout is machined from chromoly so it can be welded like normal onto any steel frame. Paragon’s Mark Norstad says they’re making it in response to demand from several builders, namely Curtis Inglis. Until this, the main option was one from 2souls, but it’s a cast piece and so needs to be brazed onto a frame. That, and it had to be ordered from Europe, so PMW’s option should make things much easier on North American frame builders all around.


Review: MyTi Alt Bar From Carver Bikes Arrives in Carbon Fiber

Carver-My-Ti-Carbon-RidingCarver Bikes started as a house brand of, where owner Davis Carver started creating and offering products that his suppliers were not making. Small, but with a loyal following, Carver had many niche products to market before larger brands.

Carver mostly works in titanium, and introduced the MyTi handlebar a few years ago, which is an Alt style sweep bar made from ti. A great material, but typically pretty expensive, and not very light. Enter the MyTi Carbon, coming in at 50% less weight and 33% less cost, and our first ride impression after the break…


Matter Cycles Builds 4130 Into Clean Rides In Boulder Colorado


New Builder Matter Cycles has been around for only about a year, making steel frames in Boulder, Colorado. With interesting bike names like BeneFat, WolfBeard and SlayRide, owner Collin Schaafsma believes that riding a bike is a creative venture.

Blending a mix of aircraft grade 4130, True Temper and Columbus cromoly steels in his 400 square foot shop, Schaafsma reminds his customers that when you order one of his bikes, it doesn’t exist yet. He spends time creating a connection and getting to know you, but since he is small, the lead time is pretty short. There are Matter Cycles of all riding styles, jump past the break to see.


Layer Up with New Cold Weather Accessories from Bontrager

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It’s only November and we’ve already seen cold and snow. Time to bundle up. There are a ton of different cool and cold weather clothing options out there but there is a common theme – layering. Not only does it make it easier to achieve the right temperature balance for varying conditions, layering also makes it easier to regulate heat as the ride goes on.

When it comes to layering the best place to start is the bottom, naturally. A base layer is an easy way to expand the temperature range of your favorite kit. Not all that long ago it seemed like base layers varied only by sleeve length. Now, companies like Bontrager offer an entire range of undershirts that offer a perfect mate to your favorite jerseys and jackets.


Motobecane Debuts New Fly Team Ti 29er XTR 11 Speed Edition & Teases Fantom XTR

Motobecane-Fly-Ti-Team-XTR-11Motobecane is known for selling bikes priced impossibly low for their spec by passing on the savings of consumer direct sales. The Fly Ti Team has been a leader in this area, over the past few years, the butted and shaped 3/2.5 Titanium framed bike has sold as a complete, top level spec bike for about the same price as most titanium frames.

Weighing just 22lbs complete, and tested on the Leadville 100 with a buckle to prove it, the full XTR M9000 bike costs little more than the group hung on it. And Motobecane is also teasing pictures of a full redesign of the Fantom 29er full suspension bike with pictures after the break.


Salsa Introduces a Stiffer, Lighter Bucksaw Carbon – Full Suspension Fat Bikes Taken Up a Notch


You could basically see it coming. Salsa is no stranger to carbon bikes so when the Bucksaw full suspension fat bike was first introduced, “where is the carbon model?” was a question we heard a lot at Saddle Drive.

Well, here it is – the new lighter, stiffer Bucksaw Carbon. The big addition is the new carbon front triangle since the chainstay is still aluminum and the original Bucksaw already utilized a carbon seat stay. But, that addition of a high modulus carbon front triangle results in a frame that is 300g lighter and said to offer better vibration damping and ride quality than the aluminum brother.

If you’re still on the fence about full suspension fat, you’ll have to ride one before you make the final call. Until then, check out the details and pricing next…