Posts in the category Road Bike

NAHBS 2014: Boo Builds an Epic Winter Sports Fat Bike, Plus Custom Bamboo Bikes and Paint

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Boo had a number of impressive show worthy bikes this year at NAHBS, but if there was one bike that stopped people in their tracks it was probably this AluBoo fat bike. If fat biking in the snow wasn’t enough winter sporting for you, this bike is the ultimate winter sportsmobile. Able to carry all the gear you need to get out to your favorite ice climbing location, the bike also has to ability to carry some massive skis if the snow gets too deep for fat bike tires.

Even if you don’t need a bike for a winter triathlon, Boo had some other bikes that may interest you…


NAHBS 2014: Bicycles from BME Designs & Speedhound


We had a solid interview with BME Design’s Brano prior to the show, so it was neat to see his stealthy city bike up close. The carbon fiber frame is built with angular tubing that gives it a very advanced, modern look.

Contrasting that, his other bikes and frames used bamboo tubes (and titanium and more carbon), and then there were the more classic looking steel bikes from Speedhound…


Swobo Launches Farrier Bicycles w/ Premium Kids’ Road Bikes

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The Farrier Stayer 24 kids road bike

After struggling to find a well spec’d, well made road bike to fit his 8-year-old, Swobo owner Peter Discoe decided to make his own. Quite a few years later, they’re here.

Farrier Bikes is a separate brand, launching with the Stayer in two wheel sizes, 24″ and the slightly larger 650c. Both have 6061 butted aluminum frames and forks (1-1/8″ threadless) and Shimano Claris 8-speed STI shifters and derailleurs. Other notable spec includes Promax brakes, Alex rims, Novatec hubs, Velo bar tape and saddle, Kalloy post and Kenda tires. All that comes in at just $799.

More pics, details and geometry charts below…


Wear your State on your Sleeve, and Chest with Pactimo’s new State Jersey Line, Plus Earn 50% Off

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If you have a lot of state pride, or just want to represent your home state, Pactimo is making it easier to show your allegiance with their new State Jerseys. Initially a custom apparel manufacturer founded in Colorado, Pactimo launched their branded apparel two years ago with the State series representing the most recent additions to their Spring 2014 line up. Using the same design technology found in their Ascent Pro Level jerseys, the State Jerseys use their TotalFit anatomical design along with their Quattro-Lite fabric for a high end fit.

Initially offered in just four states, more are sure to follow. Check out the rest of the designs next…


Strava and Specialized Team up for “Strava Shop Pages”

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Hoping to provide another way for customers to interact with their favorite shops, Specialized is partnering with Strava to develop what they call “Strava Shop pages.” Currently only offered to select Specialized retailers in the US, Canada, UK, and Austrailia, Shop Pages contain the shop’s identity plus allow the unique customers of that shop to compete amongst themselves on a personal leaderboard. This allows both the shop and the customers to see how is out riding the most, as well as climbing stats.


White Industries Issues 20th Anniversary Polished Speed Racer Hubs, Plus New Centerlock Disc Hubs


White Industries is celebrating their long run as a lustworthy component brand with these new 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Speed Racer hubs.

They’re updated for 11-speed -the flanges and everything shifted a couple mils to accommodate the wider freehub body- but are otherwise the same as the classic originals. Retail is $460 for the set and it includes a t-shirt with the original ad artwork. Which you can see along with all the pretty colors for their new Centerlock disc brake hubs, below…


NAHBS 2014: Don Walker’s Still in Steel, Jim Kish Keeps it Titanium


As promised in his pre-show interview, NAHBS president Don Walker kept it simple this year. His traditional cyclocross, track and road bikes (this time a tandem) are unchanged, but he continues to highlight some great paint schemes year after year.

Last year we saw a Star Trek theme that was a bit out there. This year, things were a little more down to earth, including a digital camo and a few bold two-tones with lines as sharp as a razor. Check out the gallery below, along with Jim Kish’s beautiful titanium bikes…


Taipei Show Randoms Pt. 2 – Huge Gallery of the Interesting, Crazy, and Peculiar

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In addition to all of the products you know and love, there was another side of the Taipei show to catch your attention. This jersey is a pretty good example. Most likely a tongue-in-cheek jab (we hope!) at the state of professional cycling, at the least, it was certainly eye catching. Sometimes you would find genuinely innovative products, other times you would leave shaking your head. This is a collection of some of the best, the most humorous, and just plain weird. Enjoy.


Taipei Show Randoms Pt. 1 – Cool Stuff from Gates, X-Fusion, Jones, and Much More

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Everywhere you looked in Taipei, there was something cool to see. The Taipei Show is quite a bit different from your average trade show, as it is geared almost exclusively to OEMs and distributors which makes it a cross between showing what’s new, and showing what is possible. In the case of Gates Belt Drive, for them it was a perfect opportunity to showcase what is possible with the Pinion Gear Box. Between the sealed gear box and a Gates belt, it may be the closest thing to a maintenance free drivetrain that we’ve ever seen.

While gates didn’t have a lot of new product, they did have a display showing just how many options you have when it comes to a belt drive. Check out the options plus a whole lot more, next…