Reader’s Ride: Fairwheel’s urban Parlee Altum Disc

Reader’s Ride: Fairwheel’s urban Parlee Altum Disc
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all images courtesy of Fairwheel Bikes

So earlier this week we featured a pretty sensible steel flat bar cross bike built by Vlad Cycles to take on a bit of road and trails.
And now for something completely different, on the complete other end of the spectrum of reality is what Jason Woznick thinks of when you say flat bar road & gravel bike. This custom build is pretty standard fare for a Fairwheel Bikes in-house project. By that I mean that it starts off with a frameset most people would drool over, and then proceeds to jump off the deep end with the most light, exotic, and sought after components you can imagine to put together a bike that pushes the line towards craziness. Built on a stock Altum Disc frame and fork from Parlee, hop past the break to get a closer look at the details…
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Reader’s Ride: Inna’s custom steel Vlad Cycles road & trail Troika

Reader’s Ride: Inna’s custom steel Vlad Cycles road & trail Troika

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As proper cyclocross race season is almost done, yet there are still months of winter to get through before we switch back to full-on trail riding, I’m reminded of a pile of photos I recently found in my inbox from reader Inna Geller. She wanted a bike capable of a bit of trail riding and still comfortable for some time on the road, so she reached out to New Jersey based Vlad Cycles for this custom steel road & trail Troika. We covered Vlad Cycles last winter at NAHBS as a new builder, and even spotted a fat bike from him a couple of months ago at the Philly Bike Expo. More comfortable with flat bars for off-road riding, her bike essentially became a high-end hybrid between a cyclocross bike and a rigid 29er that is capable of taking on pretty much any surface. Roll past the break for a closer look…

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Readers’ Rides: West Hill Shop X Symbotic Custom Beargrease Ultimate

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In addition to its wild looks, this custom Beargrease fat bike comes to us with an interesting story. It was submitted by Todd Miller, a physical therapist, athletic trainer, holder of a Masters of Science in human performance and part time employee and master bike fitter at the West Hill Bike and Ski shop in Putney, Vermont. When one of his clients injured his knee, the mostly road rider was looking for something a bit more sure footed to get back out on the bike and cruise their local trails.

The bike had only a few requirements – it had to be light, it had to be easy to ride, and it had to be cool. Looks like they delivered…

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Reader’s Ride: Ben’s custom Festka ONE Gravel Camo

Reader’s Ride: Ben’s custom Festka ONE Gravel Camo

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Winter is cross bike time, and there have been some unseasonably warm days in most of the locales where our writers live. So we have certainly been getting in a lot of racing and riding on skinny knobbies. One of our readers in Copenhagen has been doing the same, and we got a chance to get a close and detailed look at his custom Festka ONE Gravel. Ben can’t quite remember, but thinks he first heard about Festka in one of our features. He also has a classic looking Argonaut Spacebike but wanted something different to get dirty. Ben is a graphic designer himself, so thought it felt natural to go to Festka after seeing their attention to finish details…

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Reader’s Rides: Super green 2016 Banshee Legend with XTR+Saint Di2 Hack

Reader’s Rides: Super green 2016 Banshee Legend with XTR+Saint Di2 Hack

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Merritt White, owner of Re:Cycles Bike Shop in Greensboro, NC, has been ripping the downhill courses throughout the south and mid-Atlantic for years, and regularly posts pics of big air and sick jumps from his local secret trails (that he still won’t tell us where they are!). Now, he’s built up a fully tricked out DH bike upon which to shred, the highlight of which is a conversion of Shimano’s XTR Di2 group to a short cage derailleur more suited to the tight gearing used for gravity runs…

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A week in review: New bikes from Alchemy, Reeb, & Canfield Bros, Cateye’s 6K lumen lite, & Interbike heads East?

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We had an awesome week with all kinds of rad fun stuff piling on our desks. Canfield Brothers’ Balance gets better, Reeb is now canning gears in the new TyREEBdonkadonk, and check out the sweet holiday gift ideas/wishes from Jayson, Steve, Cory & yours truly. Also, Zach, our head editor and fat bike aficionado exposes what he’s been dealing with the last several months after what was a simple everyday crash turned no so simple and the crazy road to his recovery.

Fill up your coffee or grab a stout depending on what time of day it is (if that even matters), and thumb through our extensive coverage from last week…..

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Readers’ Rides: Julian DaSilva Blends Di2 with Atomik Carbon for Niner RKT Green Machine, Creates 3D Printed Junction Mounts for Tri Bikes

Readers’ Rides: Julian DaSilva Blends Di2 with Atomik Carbon for Niner RKT Green Machine, Creates 3D Printed Junction Mounts for Tri Bikes
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Bike photos c. Julian DaSilva/Simone Berger

Never satisfied with the Di2 status quo, Julian DaSilva is back with a new creation that takes Di2 integration to the next level. Ok, he never really left, but he has found himself at the Racer’s Edge in Boca Raton, FL. As a high end, boutique shop that caters to racers, Julian’s skills with Di2 systems as well as his new SOS NRS 3D printed Di2 junction box mounts should be a hit…

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Reader’s Rides: The Kuvalda Grimlock- A Versatile AM Bike with More Travel Options Than Expedia

Reader’s Rides: The Kuvalda Grimlock- A Versatile AM Bike with More Travel Options Than Expedia

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In 2013, Russia’s Алексей Кочубеев read an article about an ambitious rider building a custom bike from plumbing pipes, alloy sheets and inexpensive materials. He found the story rather interesting, but it didn’t launch him into action right away.  Almost two years later the desire struck Кочубеев to own a custom bike with plenty of integrated adjustment, so he decided to put his own ideas into motion.

Кочубеев  found a small company called Kuvalda Bikes who were producing prototype frames. He contacted them in January 2015 and started designing what would eventually be called the Kuvalda Grimlock. Кочубеев’s creation boasts a huge amount of adjustability with four different travel settings, three chainstay lengths and compatibility with 26″ or 27.5″ wheels.

With such a wide range of set up options this frame is sure to spark engineering debates over its built-in versatility and how it’s ride characteristics might be affected as the rear shock position is altered. Read past the break to see how it works…
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Just Tri Me- Joel Caplette’s 3-Wheeled Norco Aurum

Just Tri Me- Joel Caplette’s 3-Wheeled Norco Aurum

Joel Caplette on his three wheel converted Norco Aurum

It’s always inspiring to see people overcome life’s challenges, and when they accomplish this with the help of clever bike technology it really piques our interest here at Bikerumor. During Crankworx in Whistler this year, we caught a few glimpses of a DH rider cruising around the village on a Norco Aurum frame with a two-wheel conversion kit on the rear end. Finally we crossed paths with this unique rig and its rider, Joel Caplette, and were able to get the scoop on his adapted downhill trike.

Caplette hails from Aldergrove, B.C, and due to cerebral palsy lacks the strength in his legs to provide sufficient balance for riding a typical bike. But instead of letting that stop him from shredding, Caplette found and adapted a conversion kit that enables him to ride most bike park trails (but does make crashing a bit scary!). Read on for more photos and details of Caplette’s customized trike…
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