TPE16: Geros produces world’s lightest wooden road bike and it’s as beautiful as it is light!

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We get a lot of reasons when when you ask someone why they made a wooden bicycle. It’s beautiful. It’s strong. It has it’s own natural vibration damping. But, it’s light? That’s not typically included among the positives. Which is exactly why German Eslava set out to build the ultimate wooden bike. In addition to maintaining all those beneficial properties of wood, German wanted to tackle the weight. The result is a wooden bicycle that sits right at the 6.8kg UCI weight limit…

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We get a lot of reasons when when you ask someone why they made a wooden bicycle. It’s beautiful. It’s strong. It has it’s own natural vibration damping. But, it’s light? That’s not typically included among the positives. Which is exactly why German Eslava set out to build the ultimate wooden bike. In addition to […]

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TPE16: Pinhead keys into new light weight frame locks, thru axle security on the way

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After providing a way to keep your bike’s components safe, the next logical step for Pinhead was to move into frame locks. After all, it does you no good to have each component secured if someone can take the whole bike. More than just wanting to offer a frame lock, Pinhead wanted it to be light, and to be simple to use. That meant integrating the same style key cylinder that’s found in their total bike protection kits. One key, full bike security, and all in a surprisingly light package…

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After providing a way to keep your bike’s components safe, the next logical step for Pinhead was to move into frame locks. After all, it does you no good to have each component secured if someone can take the whole bike. More than just wanting to offer a frame lock, Pinhead wanted it to be […]

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TPE16: Bolt on a Brakelight with Sigma’s new clip on LED for rim brakes

sigma clip on rear brake light computers

Whether you’re following a bicycle in a car, or riding in a group, sometimes it would be nice to have a little heads up that the rider in front is slowing down. Brake lights are standard equipment on cars and motorcycles for a reason, so bicycles can’t be too far behind, right? We’ve seen a few bicycle brake lights before – many of them include a sensor at the lever and a wire that leads to the rear light. Others use wireless or Bluetooth connectivity mated with GPS data to calculate when you are slowing down to trip the light.

Others are quite a bit more simple. Lights like Sigma’s new Brakelight. Instead of a complicated system of wires or connectivity, the Brakelight simply clips onto your brake cable to give those behind you a heads up…

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Whether you’re following a bicycle in a car, or riding in a group, sometimes it would be nice to have a little heads up that the rider in front is slowing down. Brake lights are standard equipment on cars and motorcycles for a reason, so bicycles can’t be too far behind, right? We’ve seen a […]

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TPE16: Road helmet & shoes from Vittoria look fast & stylish plus a sneak peek at Prologo’s new grippy tech

Vittoria Shoes helmet P1100321

Vittoria Shoes helmet P1100321

We don’t often see many new things from Europe in Taipei since their production calendar revolves around Eurobike’s early-September show, but sometimes things get done early, (or late), and you show what you got. This year Vittoria had a pretty nice looking helmet and shoes, and Prologo gave us a sneak peek at their CPC new technology that does everything better…

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We don’t often see many new things from Europe in Taipei since their production calendar revolves around Eurobike’s early-September show, but sometimes things get done early, (or late), and you show what you got. This year Vittoria had a pretty nice looking helmet and shoes, and Prologo gave us a sneak peek at their CPC […]

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TPE16: New wheels from Novatec & Factor plus Control Tech’s new bars, stems and beautiful TiMania

Taipei Round up P1100386

Taipei Round up P1100389

With a carbon wheel around ever corner in Taipei, there were still plenty of familiar brands like Novatec and their Factor branded wheels to check out.  They came to Taipei with a few things to show as well as some more in the works.

We also found some new road & mountain bike bars and stems at Control Tech as well as a couple of new pieces in their TiMania collection. Though not super new, they had their TiMania goods mounted up and they are definitely worth a look…

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With a carbon wheel around ever corner in Taipei, there were still plenty of familiar brands like Novatec and their Factor branded wheels to check out.  They came to Taipei with a few things to show as well as some more in the works. We also found some new road & mountain bike bars and stems at Control Tech as well as a […]

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TPE16: Bickerton Portables shows that really nice things can come in small packages

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Bickerton P1100419Through an inventive mind, in 1971 Harry Bickerton built the first light-weight folding bike using (uncommon at the time) aluminum. Over the years, they sold over 600k folding bikes. While they closed the doors in the 90’s, Harry’s son Mark started things back up in 2011 and their current line of folders look stunning.

Check out the details on their Bickerton Sterling and some of the unique details that make it a standout among the folding bike community…

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Through an inventive mind, in 1971 Harry Bickerton built the first light-weight folding bike using (uncommon at the time) aluminum. Over the years, they sold over 600k folding bikes. While they closed the doors in the 90’s, Harry’s son Mark started things back up in 2011 and their current line of folders look stunning. Check out the details […]

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TPE16: e*thirteen by the hive Taiwan HQ tour plus prototype tires and wider carbon wheels!

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Somewhere in the heart of Taichung there is a well appointed office that also happens to have a pool table. Not exactly standard fare for Taiwanese offices, it all makes sense once you see the e*thirteen logo on the window. Yes, this is the Taichung HQ for the hive and subsequently e*thirteen. Actually, it’s really more of the global headquarters for the brand with more people here than in their locations in California or Germany.

Started by Dave Weagle in 2001, e*thriteen was an early pioneer in the chainguide world. In a parallel world, the hive was making their own waves with Chub hubs and Fifteen.G cranks among other things. At the time the hive was being run by Joel Peters, Chris Costello, and two others. As Joel tells it, in 2009 Weagle came to Joel with an offer to sell the e*thirteen brand to the hive in an effort to concentrate on bikes rather than components. In addition to running the hive, Joel was also setting up carbon production lines at the time so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to grow e*thirteen into a complete mountain bike component company.

Officially announced in early 2010, Fifteen.G cranks were reworked into e*thirteen models and the wheels were set in motion. Now with 12 employees in Taiwan, 6 in the U.S. and 2 in Germany, Joel says the hive’s philosophy has always been to keep things simple. Working with just 4 suppliers they’ve kept their processes tight and have been working with the same hub supplier now for seven years. Now with their own cassettes, wheels, cranks, chainguides, and soon even tires, e*thirteen by the hive is working towards making good on that complete mountain bike component line…

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Somewhere in the heart of Taichung there is a well appointed office that also happens to have a pool table. Not exactly standard fare for Taiwanese offices, it all makes sense once you see the e*thirteen logo on the window. Yes, this is the Taichung HQ for the hive and subsequently e*thirteen. Actually, it’s really […]

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Hexlox offers simple security for your components with theft proof magnetic plug

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If you’re the type of person to worry about someone stealing your components as much as the whole bike, take note. Hexlox has an answer. Over the years, many techniques and devices have been developed to keep those pricey parts safe. From custom hardware to jamming wax into the bolt head, it’s probably been done before. But most likely it hasn’t been with the ease of use, or the security of Hexlox. As if by some sort of magic, magnetic plugs can be inserted into bolt heads and only removed if you have the right key…

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If you’re the type of person to worry about someone stealing your components as much as the whole bike, take note. Hexlox has an answer. Over the years, many techniques and devices have been developed to keep those pricey parts safe. From custom hardware to jamming wax into the bolt head, it’s probably been done […]

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TPE16: Tern flies in with aggressive 650c city bikes & flagship Eclipise X-22 Blackbird folding bike

Tern P1100423

Tern P1100423

Yes… Taipei Show. I know many took a gander at this and assumed it could be another NAHBS masterpiece, but it is in fact a collaboration between Tern and Kitt Design to develop a line called Roji Bikes.

Check out the details on this steel beast plus you can’t miss the Ferrari of folding bikes with Tern’s new flagship folder… The Blackbird…

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Yes… Taipei Show. I know many took a gander at this and assumed it could be another NAHBS masterpiece, but it is in fact a collaboration between Tern and Kitt Design to develop a line called Roji Bikes. Check out the details on this steel beast plus you can’t miss the Ferrari of folding bikes with Tern’s […]

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