TPE16: Exclusive first look at HT’s new M1 XC Pedal plus updated AE03 Flats

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We had yet to hear about anything in the pipeline, but with the introduction of HT’s T1 Trail/Enduro pedal, the suspicions were high about them coming out with an XC pedal. While visiting their anodized-colored filled booth today, I asked if there was an XC pedal coming out soon… “We’ll have one at Sea Otter”, (April). I asked for a sneak peak, and after a little gleeful staring, “TC” stepped into the closet and came out with this blue puppy.

Check out the New HT M1 pedal and specs as well as some welcome updates to their AE03 flat pedal…

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We had yet to hear about anything in the pipeline, but with the introduction of HT’s T1 Trail/Enduro pedal, the suspicions were high about them coming out with an XC pedal. While visiting their anodized-colored filled booth today, I asked if there was an XC pedal coming out soon… “We’ll have one at Sea Otter”, (April). I asked […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Prototype X-Fusion McQueen 27.5+ fork debuts on Retrotec mountain bikes

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When we asked Retrotec builder Curtis Inglis what he was bringing to this year’s show in our Road to NAHBS interview, he said coffee mugs. And he hinted at some 40th anniversary goodies from Chris King and “special parts” on another bike. Well, from what we can tell, those Olive Crate hubs and headset made it onto this bike, which also had an as-yet-unseen Plus fork from X-Fusion…

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When we asked Retrotec builder Curtis Inglis what he was bringing to this year’s show in our Road to NAHBS interview, he said coffee mugs. And he hinted at some 40th anniversary goodies from Chris King and “special parts” on another bike. Well, from what we can tell, those Olive Crate hubs and headset made […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Ritchey dropper post pops up, heritage paint & complete bikes now available

prototype ritchey logic wcs dropper seatpost for mountain bikes

prototype ritchey logic wcs dropper seatpost for mountain bikes

Sitting quietly atop the Ritchey Timberwolf 27.5 hardtail trail mountain bike was a prototype dropper seatpost that, if all goes to plan, should launch later this summer.

Final spec won’t be announced until then, but the basics are: It’s a 3-position, pneumatic operation post that’ll be available in 31.6 and 30.9 diameters and 100 and 125 millimeter drop options. There’ll also be a 2-position 80mm dropper. The taller of the two will have an initial drop about 1/3 of the way down, plus all the way up and all the way down. The 80mm post will just have all the way up and down.

Why create a dropper post? Ritchey’s new marketing director Fergus Tanaka said they wanted to offer a solid performing post that’s affordable, so it should get OE placement and be attractive aftermarket. Which makes a lot of sense for a brand that has virtually every other cockpit part available…

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Sitting quietly atop the Ritchey Timberwolf 27.5 hardtail trail mountain bike was a prototype dropper seatpost that, if all goes to plan, should launch later this summer. Final spec won’t be announced until then, but the basics are: It’s a 3-position, pneumatic operation post that’ll be available in 31.6 and 30.9 diameters and 100 and […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Crumpton goes short & wide with prototype Type 5 Disc road bike

prototype crumpton type 5 disc brake road bike

prototype crumpton type 5 disc brake road bike

Nick Crumpton, who took a year off from exhibiting at NAHBS, is back and he says he’s starting to move away from trying to be every weight weenie’s dream. Not that things are getting heavy, but the absolute gram counting we’ve seen in the past isn’t the focus.

Now, it’s a new disc brake option for his Type 5 carbon road bike. It’ll use flat mount calipers and 135mm rear spacing, but what sets it apart is its ability to run massive tires while retaining a very tight rear end.

Crumpton’s normal road bikes typically don’t go shorter than 412mm on the chainstays. Here, he only had to extend it to 415mm, which is the minimum recommended by Shimano when running disc brakes and the wider rear axle spacing. But, it can run full size gearing on the cranks and a massive 32mm tire on wide rims with no problems…

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Nick Crumpton, who took a year off from exhibiting at NAHBS, is back and he says he’s starting to move away from trying to be every weight weenie’s dream. Not that things are getting heavy, but the absolute gram counting we’ve seen in the past isn’t the focus. Now, it’s a new disc brake option […]

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F-1 engineering expertise helps North Bucks Machining create this CNC’d downhill bike

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NBM CNC machined DH bike, side shot

Although it isn’t the method of choice for any large bicycle manufacturers, it would be cool to see more effort go into creating CNC machined frames, if only because they tend to look pretty awesome! This eye catching downhill bike was built by Stewart Palmer, a fifth generation engineer with past experience machining F1 race car components and high performance engine parts.

After his Dad’s job became redundant, Stewart’s parents founded North Bucks Machining in 2011 and took their son and daughter on as employees. Stewart enjoys riding in his spare time, and with the dream of creating his own project suddenly possible he spent 18 months designing and building his first bike frame…
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Although it isn’t the method of choice for any large bicycle manufacturers, it would be cool to see more effort go into creating CNC machined frames, if only because they tend to look pretty awesome! This eye catching downhill bike was built by Stewart Palmer, a fifth generation engineer with past experience machining F1 race […]

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Team-exclusive Orbea Orca Disc brake road bike for Cofidis, new budget model for rest of us

2016 Orbea Orca Disc brake road bike exclusively for Team Cofidis

While the window between when the pros get the new stuff and the rest of us do narrows each year, they still get many of the best things early in the race season while we wait for summer release schedules to roll around.

Case in point, the team-exclusive Orbea Orca Disc, a new bike for Cofidis to race the classics upon. The Avant Disc came out in 2013, so it’s not the Spanish brand’s first disc road bike, but it is the first intended for the pro peloton. It’s decked out with components from team sponsors Shimano, Prologo and FSA, and we pulled a few screen grabs from their team’s promo video to show frame details while we await response from Orbea for more info

UPDATE: Orbea’s response about the new bike below!
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While the window between when the pros get the new stuff and the rest of us do narrows each year, they still get many of the best things early in the race season while we wait for summer release schedules to roll around. Case in point, the team-exclusive Orbea Orca Disc, a new bike for […]

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Netherlands university students demonstrate new 3-D printing technology with the Arc Bicycle

Arc 3D printed steel bicycle, feature image

Arc 3D printed steel bicycle, side

While here in North America we’re all excited about the NAHBS celebration of hand-built bicycles, this crazy looking bike would be an excellent candidate for a European Robot Built Bike Show (ERBBS?) if such a thing existed.

Students from TU Delft’s Industrial Design Engineering Faculty in the Netherlands spent three months designing the webbed/net-like frame. The Arc Bicycle was then manufactured from stainless steel by an Amsterdam-based research and development company called MX3D who specializes in multi-axis 3-D printing.

A bicycle was chosen by the students as a test piece due to the complex forces bike frames typically endure- not to mention that Amsterdam’s people absolutely love bikes to begin with. The Arc bicycle is fully functional, check out the video below to see robotic arms building it and one of the students taking it for a spin…
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While here in North America we’re all excited about the NAHBS celebration of hand-built bicycles, this crazy looking bike would be an excellent candidate for a European Robot Built Bike Show (ERBBS?) if such a thing existed. Students from TU Delft’s Industrial Design Engineering Faculty in the Netherlands spent three months designing the webbed/net-like frame. […]

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Is Domahidy Designs’ newest bike a 12 speed, belt drive, gearbox, Plus bike?

Domahidy Designs Domahidy Frame 2

Domahidy Designs Domahidy Sliders

If you’ve been following Domahidy Designs on facebook lately, you may have noticed a few teasers popping up. The slow roll has included a few different shots of what appears to be a new mountain bike from Steve Domahidy. As the former co-founder of Niner Bikes, and designer of some noteworthy bikes, Steve has been selling his Domahidy Design bikes for a couple of years now and floated us a teaser along with a few new photos.

You’ll have to tune into Mountain Bike Radio for the full release, but if you read between the lines you can get a pretty good idea of what’s coming…

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If you’ve been following Domahidy Designs on facebook lately, you may have noticed a few teasers popping up. The slow roll has included a few different shots of what appears to be a new mountain bike from Steve Domahidy. As the former co-founder of Niner Bikes, and designer of some noteworthy bikes, Steve has been selling his […]

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TDU 2016 Tech: 4iiii Power Meters gain dual leg measurement, pop up on Etixx Quick-Step team bikes

4iiii dual leg power measurement prototype

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4iiii Innovations, Inc., is one of a handful of startups bringing more affordable power meters to market, and it looks like their the first of the bunch to make it to the top levels of our sport. This isn’t the first time we’ve featured 4iiii’s power meter. First spotted at 2014 Interbike and again at 2015 Sea Otter, the 4iiii’s power meter has made leaps in bounds during that time. The latest variant is now officially in the WorldTour, with several Ettix Quick-Step Specialized team bikes fitted with a version that measures both left-and-right power. Click on through for more details… Continue reading “TDU 2016 Tech: 4iiii Power Meters gain dual leg measurement, pop up on Etixx Quick-Step team bikes”



4iiii Innovations, Inc., is one of a handful of startups bringing more affordable power meters to market, and it looks like their the first of the bunch to make it to the top levels of our sport. This isn’t the first time we’ve featured 4iiii’s power meter. First spotted at 2014 Interbike and again at 2015 […]

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