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 […]

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SOC16: Bontrager hits the trail with new dropper seatpost, oversize AM cockpit & wider XC carbon wheels

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With the introduction of the new Trek Farley full suspension fat bikes, they also introduced a lot of new components to out fit them and the rest of their line, including trail and cross country mountain bikes.

Starting with XC, the new Kovee XXX carbon wheels started out as an experiment to see if their pro racers (like Emily Batty) would like a wider rim. They tested various widths and heights, and ended up at a 29mm internal width, but a shallow 27mm height to give it more compliance and save weight. They also used Impact Specific Resins, which they’ve implemented in more aggressive wheels, but switched to lighter weight carbon fibers to create their lightest-ever MTB rim…

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With the introduction of the new Trek Farley full suspension fat bikes, they also introduced a lot of new components to out fit them and the rest of their line, including trail and cross country mountain bikes. Starting with XC, the new Kovee XXX carbon wheels started out as an experiment to see if their […]

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Bike Check: Danny MacAskill’s Santa Cruz 5010 CC

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Even though Danny MacAskill didn’t have his riding pack for us to check out for the Every Day Carry series, he did have his bike. Specifically, his Santa Cruz 5010 CC. While you’re probably more familiar with seeing the Scottish legend on his signature Inspired. street/trials bike, as we learned in our interview with Danny, The Ridge really opened up a lot of opportunities within mountain biking for him. Since Inspired. doesn’t make any mountain bikes, Danny was able to work out a deal with Santa Cruz Bicycles.

Most of the time, that means you’ll find Danny on his 5010 CC. Long enough travel to tackle many of his typical rides, but still short and tight enough that Danny can still pull many of his trials moves and surprisingly – fairly stock…

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Even though Danny MacAskill didn’t have his riding pack for us to check out for the Every Day Carry series, he did have his bike. Specifically, his Santa Cruz 5010 CC. While you’re probably more familiar with seeing the Scottish legend on his signature Inspired. street/trials bike, as we learned in our interview with Danny, The […]

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Interview: Danny MacAskill talks Every Day Carry, Travel, Scotch, and what’s up next

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There are few people in the cycling world as recognizable as Danny MacAskill. While many pros obtain stratospheric levels of fame and notoriety within the world of cycling, few can boast that even non-cyclists have shared their videos and know their name. And yet, Danny still manages to be one of the most approachable geniuses on a bike you’re likely to meet – which is surely part of why he’s so popular with fans. Shortly after the brick of time Magura had arranged for one on one interviews, Danny was out front signing autographs. The crowd was so big that Magura had to shut it down so Danny could get onto his next obligation.

While his skills on a bike have catapulted him into the spotlight, they also brought on an increasingly heavy schedule of demos, appearances, and rides befitting an international celebrity. Fortunately, we had enough time to sit down with Danny and pick his brain a bit about a number of things, including what he carries around the world, set backs along the way, and what’s coming next…

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There are few people in the cycling world as recognizable as Danny MacAskill. While many pros obtain stratospheric levels of fame and notoriety within the world of cycling, few can boast that even non-cyclists have shared their videos and know their name. And yet, Danny still manages to be one of the most approachable geniuses […]

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

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penhale gypsy steel adventure touring road bike

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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SOC16: Haro grows a 140mm travel mountain bike, cleans up Shift frames & more

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At last year’s Sea Otter, Haro brought full suspension bikes back into their lineup after a several year rest period. The Shift came in two 120mm versions, a single-pivot and a four-bar linkage design to suit every budget. Now, they’re growing the travel of that design for a new model and refining the frames. Oh, and there’s a e-bike coming, too.

The Haro R9LT is the new all-mountain 140mm bike. It gets a different rear shock mount and spring curve, but sticks with the four-bar linkage design. Close ups below…

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At last year’s Sea Otter, Haro brought full suspension bikes back into their lineup after a several year rest period. The Shift came in two 120mm versions, a single-pivot and a four-bar linkage design to suit every budget. Now, they’re growing the travel of that design for a new model and refining the frames. Oh, […]

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SOC16: Cleary shows Meerkat 24″ disc brake kids bike, plus Project X internally geared prototype

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Cleary offers a complete wheel size range of kids bikes, all cutely named – Starfish (12″ balance bike), Gecko (12″), Hedgehog (16″), and Owl (20″). The newest is the Meerkat, which is now also their largest bike with 24″ wheels.

It launched last fall, but this was our first look at it. The frame uses thin wall HiTen steel for a complete bike weight of 24 lbs. Not bad for a 9-speed bike that retails for just $645 and comes with Tektro hydraulic disc brakes. Check out more spec, plus their Project X youth bike with a Sturmey Archer rear hub, below…

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Cleary offers a complete wheel size range of kids bikes, all cutely named – Starfish (12″ balance bike), Gecko (12″), Hedgehog (16″), and Owl (20″). The newest is the Meerkat, which is now also their largest bike with 24″ wheels. It launched last fall, but this was our first look at it. The frame uses […]

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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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SOC16: Topeak universal smartphone charger mount & interchangeable mini torque tool

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Topeak showed off the TorqueBar last fall along with an interesting assortment of pumps and work stands, but Sea Otter was our first look at its partner in crime, the Nano TorqueBox. Above, the TorqueBar is a miniature handle with ratcheting allen head that comes with a torque measuring extension. The torque section is available in three versions, releasing their tension at 4, 5 or 6 newton meters. Pick what you need, or bring all three along…they’re very small.

The TorqueBox is a standalone set that includes one of the torque wrench extensions plus a set of common Torx and Hex bits. Check that out, and more, below…

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Topeak showed off the TorqueBar last fall along with an interesting assortment of pumps and work stands, but Sea Otter was our first look at its partner in crime, the Nano TorqueBox. Above, the TorqueBar is a miniature handle with ratcheting allen head that comes with a torque measuring extension. The torque section is available […]

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