Nua Ti-Core x Kappstein Doppio collaboration pedals out 2-speed urban simplicity

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Back at the Berlin Bike Show we got a glimpse of the unique two-speed Doppio planetary gear bottom bracket/crank combo setup from Kappstein. Now with their collaboration with the Barcelona titanium builders at Nua, we get to see it built into a new high-end urban commuter with a clean and simple drivetrain. Kappstein approached Nua to craft a bike to showcase the new system, and what resulted was this quick flat bar Nua Doppio with a wide gearing range able to get up hills or jump from a start, while delivering speed for cruising city streets…

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Back at the Berlin Bike Show we got a glimpse of the unique two-speed Doppio planetary gear bottom bracket/crank combo setup from Kappstein. Now with their collaboration with the Barcelona titanium builders at Nua, we get to see it built into a new high-end urban commuter with a clean and simple drivetrain. Kappstein approached Nua to craft a bike […]

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MET fires off Manx Missile’s special edition Cvndsh Manta aero lid

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With Mark Cavendish riding for Dimension Data this season, sponsored by MET helmets, it was time for him to get a new special edition helmet. As a prolific sprinter, he unsurprisingly opts for an aero road lid, so the last summer’s new Manta is his newest weapon of choice. Then as a proud proponent of his own personal brand, the Manta got a bit of Cvndsh treatment for the Manx Missile. Cav’s branded helmet sticks with same 3 piece in-molded shell as the original Manta, but gets his signature dark green metallic finish on the side panels, plus his thin green line detailing. Take a closer look, along with pricing and availability after the break…

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With Mark Cavendish riding for Dimension Data this season, sponsored by MET helmets, it was time for him to get a new special edition helmet. As a prolific sprinter, he unsurprisingly opts for an aero road lid, so the last summer’s new Manta is his newest weapon of choice. Then as a proud proponent of […]

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SOC16: Affordable Penhale Gypsy steel adventure touring road bike travelling toward production

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Penhale Bicycle Company is the labor of love project from Andy Holmes. As a former Felt Bicycle employee and someone who works with kid bike brand Cleary, Holmes wanted something that he could just hop on and roll out, regardless of where “out” might be for the day. Or days.

“Since leaving Felt I’ve been working hard to get both Cleary and Penhale off the ground,” he told us. “Now that we’re moving more of the kids bikes, I’m finally able to devote some time to Penhale. The Penhale Bicycle Co. is targeted as a pure adventure/touring bike company, building bikes for everything from everyday riding, up to long distance travel by bike – all at an affordable price.”

Wander past the break for Gypsy’s details…

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Penhale Bicycle Company is the labor of love project from Andy Holmes. As a former Felt Bicycle employee and someone who works with kid bike brand Cleary, Holmes wanted something that he could just hop on and roll out, regardless of where “out” might be for the day. Or days. “Since leaving Felt I’ve been […]

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Spooky rises from the dead, introduces Frank The Welder built Mulholland road bike

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When it comes to the East coast bike scene, few brands elicit as much emotion as Spooky Cycles. Started in 1992, Spooky frames were known for their legendary build and ride qualities which left many riders lusting after their frames. Riders like Brandon Elliot who so desperately wanted a Skeletor for years during his time as a shop owner, that he began scouring the used bike market in 2014 to try to find one. Coming up empty, that led him to a search for the original guys behind the brand which led him to “a DH course in New England, a dojo in New York, and then to a law firm in Colorado Springs. It was a wild goose chase.”

Finally, Brandon made contact with Adam Mitchell who gave him the unabridged history of the brand from ’92 to the present. With the last Skeletor and Havocstaff frames rolling out sometime around 2012, the Spooky mark was currently in limbo. Wanting to bring Spooky back to its roots, Brandon decided he wanted to bring the brand back to life with the blessing of Kevin Hopkins and Adam Mitchell who were two of the original founders. That meant more Spooky bikes built by Frank the Welder, which starts with the new Mulholland which was announced on Friday the 13th…

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When it comes to the East coast bike scene, few brands elicit as much emotion as Spooky Cycles. Started in 1992, Spooky frames were known for their legendary build and ride qualities which left many riders lusting after their frames. Riders like Brandon Elliot who so desperately wanted a Skeletor for years during his time as […]

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Pinarello slides out new Bolide TT for Team Sky’s Giro time trialing

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Just yesterday, Team Sky’s best man on GC, Mikel Landa rode the wet stage 9 time trial at the Giro aboard a new Pinarello Bolide TT bike. While the new bike wasn’t enough to vault him into the lead just yet – he finished 20th place on the day – it did help him keep to just single digit second losses to the other big GC contenders.

Pinarello who is shifting their product cycle away from the autumn trade shows, say they will be using the Giro d’Italia as their ideal showcase for their upcoming bikes, then demoing for dealers and customers through the summer and fall for a more direct approach to riders. While debuting new bikes at a Grand Tour means we might not get all of the details right away, it does offer a direct link to the idea of Race it on Sunday, Sell it on Monday. The new Bolide likely won’t be available before the end of the year to consumers, but join us across the break with a closer look at what will change in this newest version of the fast bike…

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Just yesterday, Team Sky’s best man on GC, Mikel Landa rode the wet stage 9 time trial at the Giro aboard a new Pinarello Bolide TT bike. While the new bike wasn’t enough to vault him into the lead just yet – he finished 20th place on the day – it did help him keep […]

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Pioneer giving away free cycling computer with their power meter cranks

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After a recent price drop, Pioneer’s making it even harder to say no by sending along their CA-500 GPS cycling computer for free when you purchase a dual leg crank arm power meter system before June 13, 2016.

The offer’s good on any of the crank arms, which includes sending in your own (SGY-PM9100C) or getting a complete new Shimano Dura-Ace (SGY-PM90) or Ultegra (SGY-PM68) crankset. The units must be purchased from an authorized Pioneer Cycle Sports dealer between April 9 and June 13, 2016. The cycling computer talks to their power meter parts using full-spectrum ANT (not ANT+), providing a finer grain of detail on your pedaling stroke. It normally retails for $300. Full promotion details here.



After a recent price drop, Pioneer’s making it even harder to say no by sending along their CA-500 GPS cycling computer for free when you purchase a dual leg crank arm power meter system before June 13, 2016. The offer’s good on any of the crank arms, which includes sending in your own (SGY-PM9100C) or […]

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Week’s Best Videos: A day in the life of Axel Merckx, a Quest to Nepal, Bootlegger 100 recap

In the latest of Specialized’s pro roadie behind the scenes flicks, have a look in on the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team to follow Axel Merckx & company as they prep for the Tour of California. Beside good cycling genes, the younger Merckx was in the past a Giro stage winner, Belgian National Champion, and Olympic medalist. Now he owns and manages his U23 team that will take the start in San Diego next week.

Check out more from this past week’s best videos after the break…

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In the latest of Specialized’s pro roadie behind the scenes flicks, have a look in on the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team to follow Axel Merckx & company as they prep for the Tour of California. Beside good cycling genes, the younger Merckx was in the past a Giro stage winner, Belgian National Champion, and Olympic medalist. […]

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SOC16: A closer look at new goods by e*Thirteen, KS, Thule & Yakima

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In this post, we’ve rounded up several items we’ve covered at launch to provide a closer look at some of the details or just recap if you didn’t see them the first time around.

Starting with the new road bike dropper post from KS, they’re certainly taking the slow route to production, having first shown a prototype at the 2015 Taipei Cycle show and then at that same show again earlier this year. But, it’s coming soon, and it’s a unique solution for putting a dropper seatpost on a road, gravel or cyclocross bike. Check out why, plus lots more, below…

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In this post, we’ve rounded up several items we’ve covered at launch to provide a closer look at some of the details or just recap if you didn’t see them the first time around. Starting with the new road bike dropper post from KS, they’re certainly taking the slow route to production, having first shown […]

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T’red solves the “dangerous” disc brake rotor problem for pro peloton

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While those pesky 53-tooth chainrings can still maul you, the problem of disc brake rotors slicing and burning is now solved.

The engineers and designers at Tºred, an Italian brand that introduced their very cool road and cyclocross bikes at NAHBS this year, have applied for a patent on these disc brake covers. Video after the break shows how they’ll install on any bike and wheels and cover the exposed sections without affecting performance. The design is patent pending and has three options…

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While those pesky 53-tooth chainrings can still maul you, the problem of disc brake rotors slicing and burning is now solved. The engineers and designers at Tºred, an Italian brand that introduced their very cool road and cyclocross bikes at NAHBS this year, have applied for a patent on these disc brake covers. Video after […]

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