From the mind of Zsombor Kiss, a Hungarian graphic artist and industrial designer, comes the KZS Cycle concept bike, an organic redesign of the traditional diamond frame. Although, ostensibly more of a design experiment than a fully fleshed-out bike design, the designer has developed the idea into a high quality prototype with some interesting features…
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Seventy thousand dollars will buy you one hell of a nice bike. In fact, seventy thousand dollars will net you a garage full of really really nice bikes. Or, you could spend your seventy thousand dollars on this piece of modern art.
Commissioned by famed furniture brand Thonet, and designed by Andy Martin, the elegantly curved bicycle is constructed from hand bent steamed beech wood. Which was then reinforced by sprung rod supports in fragile or high stress points.
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Twenty one grams. Thats how much the worlds lightest presta only bicycle pump weighs. Despite the modest package, the carbon bodied pump can inflate tires up to 150psi/11 bar.
The pump is so small, it can be stored inside your bicycle frame by dropping a spring down your seat tube. The iPump Micro then rests conveniently on top of the spring, ready for whatever emergency rises. We just hope the the pump and spring don’t make too much of a rattling noise when stored this way.
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If you’re machining anti-drop chainrings in house, it only makes sense that you would make your own 42t cassette adapter as well. At least, that seems to be the case for Wolf Tooth Components. To go along with their precision machined, made-in-the-US chainrings, chainring bolts, and bash rings, Wolf Tooth has been working on a cassette adapter of their own to expand the gearing options of your 1x system.
Look to Wolf Tooth to give your cassette more teeth after the jump.
Last week’s spy shots were a little fuzzy, but Von was back at it at the Midwest Cyclocross Finals and captured these glamour shots of the prototype SRAM electronic derailleur.
It’s all still speculation, but these do look
awfully quite finished now that they’re sitting still. Our guess is that black box is the brains of the operation (or at least the rear mech) and the black section protruding inward from the parallelograms is the actuator. The small black knob facing out the back is likely the lower limit screw, but could be a tuning adjustment.
Unlike the CXX1 prototype we spotted at a NC race that uses a very XX1-like horizontally moving parallelogram setup, this one’s moving at an angle like a traditional rear derailleur…which is expected since it’s going to be paired with a front derailleur.
Jeremy Powers was spotted racing a prototype SRAM CXX1 (our name for now, not official) 1×11 drivetrain at the Hendersonville, NC, cyclocross race this Sunday. We first spotted it on Ryan Trebon’s bike at the Cincy3 CX Fest with an equally short cage rear derailleur but a more chiseled Cannondale chainring.
Power’s Focus Mares Cross Disc was equipped with the Hydro RD disc brakes despite last week’s recall. With temps above freezing for the North Carolina event, we’re guessing the stress and uncertainty of switching them out at the last minute, plus his experience with them, outweighed any concerns.
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Gamut USA made a name for themselves by producing chain guides that didn’t suck. Their products have always been attractive, light weight, and reliable, so we’re excited to hear they will be officially announcing a new line of mtb stems next year.
Details are nonexistent for now, but Gamut has a stacked team of sponsored riders. With some of the very best world cup downhill racers and enduro pros on board, we expect they’ll be offering several different lengths for their stem at very competitive weights.
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Spotted at the Illinois state cyclocross championships and photo’d by Von R Buzzard, this presumably prototype SRAM Red electronic derailleur and shifter could mean they’re finally powering up their own version.
Buzard told us he shot the photo without realizing what he captured, but thanks to an eagle eyed Bikerumor reader (thanks MacArthur!), we were tipped off to it (after it was first posted to VeloNews)and, well, here it is. Even at full res and full size, it’s a bit grainy, so there’s only the obvious to spout. First, it obviously works quite well cross chained, as does the current Red 22 group. Second, there’s a small boxy section at the rear of the derailleur that likely houses the motor. Lastly, looks like a battery on the stem, and possibly (hopefully) some sort of tie in with the Garmin computer on the front. That last bit is doubtful, but how sweet would it be for it to tie into Quarq’s (owned by SRAM) power meters and use that to highlight power output in different gear ratios. Hello, geekery!
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Looking to improve on the traditional saddle, MORGAW seats has focused on the bottom of the saddle – the rails specifically. As the product of longtime friends Martin Moravcik and Slawek Gawlik (MOR+GAW) the duo is hoping to improve rider comfort through shock absorption and the ability to rock with the pelvis, with the MORGAW sitting on two elastomers that connect the rails to the saddle cover. As former pro mountain bikers the team has been producing ultra light carbon saddles since 2008, and started development on the suspension saddle in 2011.
The final product is production ready – check out how it works plus how to get one after the break.