Budnitz hits the road in style with belt-drive titanium Model Ø

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Paul Budnitz started a ti bike building company five years ago to construct something a bit different. What has developed over time are a series of swoopy, double-toptube frames with belt-drives and internally geared hubs. His newest bike – the Model Ø (or Zero) – takes the lessons he’s learned on city cruisers and mountain bikes and applies it to a fast-moving bike for longer commutes or even more dedicated road riding.

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Paul Budnitz started a ti bike building company five years ago to construct something a bit different. What has developed over time are a series of swoopy, double-toptube frames with belt-drives and internally geared hubs. His newest bike – the Model Ø (or Zero) – takes the lessons he’s learned on city cruisers and mountain bikes […]

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Catlike gives us a look inside new EPS+PPE helmet tech

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We’ve seen two new road helmets from Catlike this spring, the more affordable Olula and the convertible aero Cloud 352. Both helmets have been out this year racing on the heads of Catlike’s sponsored World Tour and Pro Conti teams, but when they were introduced Catlike didn’t elaborate on how they were being made differently than other helmets on the market. What we’ve learned now is that by combining two different types of foam – EPS and PPE – Catlike are able to shape a lightweight helmet that retains more protection even after the first impact. While that won’t mean that you don’t have to replace your lid after a crash, you will be much safer if you end up tumbling down the road or trail…

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We’ve seen two new road helmets from Catlike this spring, the more affordable Olula and the convertible aero Cloud 352. Both helmets have been out this year racing on the heads of Catlike’s sponsored World Tour and Pro Conti teams, but when they were introduced Catlike didn’t elaborate on how they were being made differently than other […]

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Review: Living with SRAM Red eTap wireless shifting for a few months

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By now, we’ve covered the full development story, technology and first impressions and weigh in of SRAM Red eTap. So, after all that, having a bike with it for long term review let me focus on the ride experience rather than retelling its full story.

The short of it is this: I wanted it when it came out, and I still want it. On all my road bikes. But I will happily wait for the hydro disc brake version. Why happily wait? Because eTap’s electronic competition from Shimano and Campagnolo are both very good, so for me personally, there’s no sense in switching until I can get a complete disc brake system. For those still happy with rim brakes, it’s probably only the brakes will be changing – the shifting bits aren’t likely (I’m guessing, anyway) to see much change for at least a year or more since SRAM put so much development time and money into this product. So, if you’re keen on making the leap to electronic, it’s probably time to go wireless…

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By now, we’ve covered the full development story, technology and first impressions and weigh in of SRAM Red eTap. So, after all that, having a bike with it for long term review let me focus on the ride experience rather than retelling its full story. The short of it is this: I wanted it when […]

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State Bicycles steps back into the ring with the Contender II Track Bike

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Fixie culture may not be what it once was, but thanks to a resurgence in track racing and fixed gear racing on the streets, the bikes are still here. Only this time, many of the companies that sort of came about during the fixed gear craze are building lighter, more racy bikes that are just as at home on the track or on the street.

For State Bicycle, the Contender has been one of their most popular models. Naturally, the Contender II is built to be a fast ride, fixed or free…

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Fixie culture may not be what it once was, but thanks to a resurgence in track racing and fixed gear racing on the streets, the bikes are still here. Only this time, many of the companies that sort of came about during the fixed gear craze are building lighter, more racy bikes that are just […]

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Take a LOOK at the 795 Light in its Maserati inspired Paris-Modena colors

LOOK 795 Light Paris-Modena edition

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If you like non-competitive rides for charitable causes, globally renowned touring routes and a healthy dose of exclusivity, the Paris-Modena race would probably be your cup of tea. Roughly 30 riders are gearing up for the 3rd edition of the event, which is scheduled for June 4-9th 2016. In celebration of this year’s ride, main sponsors LOOK and exotic car manufacturer Maserati have collaborated on a limited edition 795 Light Paris-Modena road bike adorned with Maserati’s signature colors and logos. Race participants will be provided with a tuned 795 Light ready to ride, and Paris-Modena apparel to wear.

This ‘race’ isn’t about winning anything really, but instead focuses on the experience and raising money for charity. 600€ from each rider’s registration fee is set aside as a donation (that equates to one euro per kilometer, per rider) to the Association Rêves (Dreams), who help children and teenagers with serious illnesses realize their dreams. Now, let’s take a LOOK at those bikes…
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If you like non-competitive rides for charitable causes, globally renowned touring routes and a healthy dose of exclusivity, the Paris-Modena race would probably be your cup of tea. Roughly 30 riders are gearing up for the 3rd edition of the event, which is scheduled for June 4-9th 2016. In celebration of this year’s ride, main sponsors LOOK […]

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First Impression: Atomik speeds things up with new carbon road tubeless wheels

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While many companies sit behind a desk or send reps out to be the face of the company, owner Wayne Lee and VP Kevin Lineberger are road warriors. I was supposed to meet up with them a few months back at a wheel demo 10 minutes from my house, but the flu kept me home bound. Skip ahead to 2 weeks ago while at a local Enduro which was a whopping 25 minutes from my house. While raising a beer to some friends on the podium, I hear Wayne and Kevin’s name shouted out thanking them for their support… and there they stood. Unless a locally based business, you just don’t see that.

Atomik has been taunting us with their carbon road wheels since last October and now they’re available and priced well within the reach of those with non-dentist incomes. I had been testing a prototype set of their Chubby 27.5+ wheels for some time and soon after we caught wind of the carbon road tubeless wheels, they asked if I could give them some feedback on them as well.

Check out my first impression and why I’m waiting to do a more extensive long term review soon…

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While many companies sit behind a desk or send reps out to be the face of the company, owner Wayne Lee and VP Kevin Lineberger are road warriors. I was supposed to meet up with them a few months back at a wheel demo 10 minutes from my house, but the flu kept me home bound. Skip […]

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Review: Dare VSR Aero Road Bike – Part One, with disc brakes

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“We know how to develop a bike that is close to perfection” says Dare Bikes. That’s a bold claim to make, but they’ve garnered much experience from OEM manufacturing, quietly producing bikes for manufacturers such as Norco and Lapierre. Dare Bikes founded their own brand and line of bikes in 2011, and is preparing to enter into the market with machines such as the VSR – “Vetox Speed Race” – an aerodynamic road bike introduced earlier this year that can be fitted with disc brakes or rim brakes.

The VSR features Dare’s Vetox design concept, “like a blade that breaks through air resistance”. It starts with an uniquely shaped head tube featuring a groove design that splits and routes airflow cleanly around the front of the bike. Paired with the profile of Dare’s disc brake fork, the company claims a 30% reduction in turbulent airflow around this area of the bike. The BikeRumor wind tunnel was fully booked, preventing us from testing these claims, but that didn’t stop us from racking up some quality miles on the VSR and its disc brakes. Click on through to read Part One of our review… Continue reading “Review: Dare VSR Aero Road Bike – Part One, with disc brakes”



“We know how to develop a bike that is close to perfection” says Dare Bikes. That’s a bold claim to make, but they’ve garnered much experience from OEM manufacturing, quietly producing bikes for manufacturers such as Norco and Lapierre. Dare Bikes founded their own brand and line of bikes in 2011, and is preparing to enter into […]

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Felt, US women’s team pursuit chase gold on a wicked new track bike

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No, that picture is not backwards. Felt is once again teaming up with the U.S. women’s team pursuit after making history with a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic games which was the greatest achievement by a U.S. track racing team ever. Now they want it all!

Felt teamed up with HED, FSA and others to create the Felt TA FRD (Track Aero | Felt Racing Development). Check out the video to see how they came up with this Olympic weapon and why they went south-paw with the drivetrain…

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No, that picture is not backwards. Felt is once again teaming up with the U.S. women’s team pursuit after making history with a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic games which was the greatest achievement by a U.S. track racing team ever. Now they want it all! Felt teamed up with HED, FSA and others to create […]

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SOC16: Fresh paint, new bikes from Devinci, Franco & Mongoose

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Franco Grimes x Bicycle Crumbs custom painted gravel road bike

The Franco Grimes gravel bike came about because they wanted a homegrown (i.e. US-made) steel bike capable of riding anything the road may serve up. That could be a trail, a cyclocross course or just an urban commute. Or, of course, a good road ride.

For this year’s show, they wanted to show off more than the bike’s versatility, they wanted to highlight its design. So, they reached out to Insta-famous artist Bicycle Crumbs, who took every liberty to create this absolute work of art…

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The Franco Grimes gravel bike came about because they wanted a homegrown (i.e. US-made) steel bike capable of riding anything the road may serve up. That could be a trail, a cyclocross course or just an urban commute. Or, of course, a good road ride. For this year’s show, they wanted to show off more […]

Posted in Gravel Bikes, Mountain Bike, Road Bike, Sea Otter Classic12 Comments