Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Experience the epic of British Coumbia with the Singletrack 6 – Ride Western Canada and take part in the multi-day cross-country mountain bike adventure this summer. TransRockies has just confirmed the dates and locations of this year’s six-day BC epic set for July 23-28. The event delivers back-to-back big mountain stages with separate timed descents through the heart of the beautiful Canadian Rockies. This year the race ventures deep into the interior, taking stops in Fernie, Cranbrook, Kimberley, and Golden. Register now via Singletrack6.com, and read on for more week’s end news bites…

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Experience the epic of British Coumbia with the Singletrack 6 – Ride Western Canada and take part in the multi-day cross-country mountain bike adventure this summer. TransRockies has just confirmed the dates and locations of this year’s six-day BC epic set for July 23-28. The event delivers back-to-back big mountain stages with separate timed descents through the heart of the beautiful […]

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SOC16: Raleigh cranks out drop bar fun with fat tire, dropper equipped Stuntman, Steel RXM, Kid’s CX, More

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On the surface, Raleigh’s new Stuntman looks to be a fun bike no matter what. But if you’re old experienced enough to remember The Fall Guy (admittedly I had to look it up), then this brown beauty will make even more sense given its inspiration from Colt Seavers’ pick up. Supposedly one of the last projects to involve Brian ‘Sally’ Fornes, the focus on fun isn’t surprising as the Stuntman blends big tires, drop bars, and dropper posts. The result is a truly unique bike that will crush anything in its path…

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On the surface, Raleigh’s new Stuntman looks to be a fun bike no matter what. But if you’re old experienced enough to remember The Fall Guy (admittedly I had to look it up), then this brown beauty will make even more sense given its inspiration from Colt Seavers’ pick up. Supposedly one of the last projects to involve […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Kids' Bikes, Road Bike, Sea Otter Classic24 Comments

BFS 2016: Veloheld gives a peek at new singlespeed cross AlleyX, urban Path, and more

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Back at the Berlin Bike Show we had a chance to sit down and chat with the Dresdeners who run Veloheld. They had some updates to the multi-purpose steel cyclocross bike that we had tested two seasons ago, plus a couple of other updated bikes and an all new singlespeed and city bike. The new belt drive singlespeed AlleyX cyclocross bike is one of their first new bikes as they move production back to Europe, and includes a few nice features like the custom shape steel fork. Take a closer look at this and other bikes after the break…

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Back at the Berlin Bike Show we had a chance to sit down and chat with the Dresdeners who run Veloheld. They had some updates to the multi-purpose steel cyclocross bike that we had tested two seasons ago, plus a couple of other updated bikes and an all new singlespeed and city bike. The new belt […]

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Store your spare wheels better with Offset

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Sure it sounds like a typical first world problem. Oh I have so many extra wheelsets, I don’t know where to put them all! Really that’s what you are complaining about?

But now between cyclocross racing with tubulars that may get put away for 8 months a year, and the recent crop of mountain bikes that can either run 29er or 27.5+ wheels for a different ride, the thought of an extra wheelset isn’t really so extravagant. Almost every bike we’ve test rode in the last year has had more than one wheelset put on it in our reviews, and often times more than one setup can bring out individual characteristics in a bike. So if you are anything like us and have succumbed to the idea that it’s always better to have more wheels than bikes, you might just want to look a little closer at this tidy wheel hanging solution…

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Sure it sounds like a typical first world problem. Oh I have so many extra wheelsets, I don’t know where to put them all! Really that’s what you are complaining about? But now between cyclocross racing with tubulars that may get put away for 8 months a year, and the recent crop of mountain bikes that […]

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Instagram Peek: Upcoming Canyon Aeroad SLX Disc & more SRAM eTap Hydro

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It’s only been about a week since we got a sneak peek at the hydraulic disc brake SRAM eTap group in testing when we were out in California for Sea Otter, and now we have another shot of it out in the real world. But this view comes with something even better, the added bonus of being attached to a new aero disc brake bike from Canyon that we had heard rumors of, but hadn’t caught a glimpse of yet. And the source of this little leak… Katusha pro Alexander Kristoff and his Instagram account while he was out for a training ride. It’s since been taken down as the bike company isn’t quite ready to put it out in the world, but the close up is revealing…

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It’s only been about a week since we got a sneak peek at the hydraulic disc brake SRAM eTap group in testing when we were out in California for Sea Otter, and now we have another shot of it out in the real world. But this view comes with something even better, the added bonus of […]

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SOC16: Schwinn Vantage RX1 city bike drops the bar (and one heck of a disc brake deal)

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The Schwinn Vantage RX1 might just be the bargain bike of the show. Coming in at just $1,599, there’s not a generic part to be found. Instead, you’ll find name brand bits from SRAM, Formula, Fizik, FSA, VP and more, plus a new flared drop bar to improved ergonomics. All hung on a custom butted alloy frame with carbon thru axle fork outfitted with SRAM Rival 22 and hydraulic disc brakes.

But what’s going to catch your eye first is the elastomer decoupler that separates seatstay forces from fully reaching the seatpost…

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The Schwinn Vantage RX1 might just be the bargain bike of the show. Coming in at just $1,599, there’s not a generic part to be found. Instead, you’ll find name brand bits from SRAM, Formula, Fizik, FSA, VP and more, plus a new flared drop bar to improved ergonomics. All hung on a custom butted […]

Posted in Commuter, Road Bike, Sea Otter Classic13 Comments

Tailfin slices up new rack and pannier system made especially for carbon road bikes

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Every so often you want to haul more than normal. And sometimes it may be for long distances. If that is the case, your race ready, carbon-everything road bike may be the ideal tool, but it’s one of the least adaptable bikes for more than a seat bag, and wearing a backpack for more than 20 minutes is annoying.

Tailfin has come up with a pretty slick system that is light weight, easy to install & remove and it will work on any road bike with a quick release rear wheel. And it’s carbon frame and seatpost safe!

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Every so often you want to haul more than normal. And sometimes it may be for long distances. If that is the case, your race ready, carbon-everything road bike may be the ideal tool, but it’s one of the least adaptable bikes for more than a seat bag, and wearing a backpack for more than 20 minutes […]

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SOC16: FSA Vision adds clever aero water bottle options for triathletes, plus new wide-rim brake caliper

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For thirsty triathletes, you’ve never had more options for putting drinks on the bike from FSA. With two new bottle systems that sit between the aero bar extensions and one for behind the saddle, there’s plenty of hydration to be had. Above is the Vision Drink System, which integrates a Garmin cycling computer mount into the easy pour opening’s lid panel. The hose is flexible, letting you position it where you want when not drinking (down and back, natch), and it’s finished off with a magnetically mounted bento box for keeping snacks handy.

Check out the other two options below, plus a new mechanically leveraged rim brake designed specifically to clear modern wide rims and tires…

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For thirsty triathletes, you’ve never had more options for putting drinks on the bike from FSA. With two new bottle systems that sit between the aero bar extensions and one for behind the saddle, there’s plenty of hydration to be had. Above is the Vision Drink System, which integrates a Garmin cycling computer mount into […]

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SOC16: Lake warms up w/ new MXZ 400 Winter Boot, adds new CX shoes, revamped CX332, full custom 402, more

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For most of us, winter just ended so it’s time to prepare for… winter? Thanks to the nature of product cycles, some companies are already a few seasons down the road, which is why Lake gave us a sneak peek at their latest winter boot – the mighty MXZ 400. The MXZ 303 was already one of the warmer boots on the market, but with hardcore adventurers riding fat bikes to new extremes, the demand is there for even warmer winter boots. With twice the insulation of the 303s, the 400s should leave your toes plenty warm…

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For most of us, winter just ended so it’s time to prepare for… winter? Thanks to the nature of product cycles, some companies are already a few seasons down the road, which is why Lake gave us a sneak peek at their latest winter boot – the mighty MXZ 400. The MXZ 303 was already […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Cyclocross, Fatbike, Mountain Bike, Road Bike, Sea Otter Classic10 Comments