Salsa Woodsmoke delivers 3 wheels in one, New Mukluk, affordable plus, & other 2017 MTB highlights

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Salsa Woodsmoke 27 29 plus

By now, you’re sure to have seen bikes that advertise two wheel sizes in one. Due to the similarity in size between 29″ and 27+ wheels and tires, we’re seeing a number of new models that can run one or the other. As one of the highlights in their new 2017 lineup, the Salsa Woodsmoke is taking that to the next level.

Not content with simply 27+ or 29″ as an option, the new hardtail adds another dimension with the addition of 29+ wheel compatibility, all in the same bike. To make it all work the frame resorts back to the days of elevated chain stays and a wild bottom bracket junction to offer super short chain stays with some massive tire clearance.

Just one of a slew of new and updated models, Salsa is bringing a big line for 2017…

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By now, you’re sure to have seen bikes that advertise two wheel sizes in one. Due to the similarity in size between 29″ and 27+ wheels and tires, we’re seeing a number of new models that can run one or the other. As one of the highlights in their new 2017 lineup, the Salsa Woodsmoke […]

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Campagnolo Bora Ultra TT gets even lighter & more stiff

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It may be a pretty small market for full disc rear wheels, but those interested have pretty demanding standards. After all, you aren’t just going to slap on a disc wheel for a cruise around town. Right? No, most users will be looking to shave precious seconds off their TT or triathlon times with the disc rear usually joined by a deep section front wheel as well. While the company has been busy working on a new disc brake wheel line up, they’ve also spent some time perfecting their Bora Ultra TT Disc wheel. The new version is typically lighter, and stiffer which should come in handy with the new crop of TT/Tri bikes for an interesting reason…

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It may be a pretty small market for full disc rear wheels, but those interested have pretty demanding standards. After all, you aren’t just going to slap on a disc wheel for a cruise around town. Right? No, most users will be looking to shave precious seconds off their TT or triathlon times with the […]

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Found: Seo Young-Deok’s unique bike chain sculptures

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We just happened to stumble upon a sculpture from Korean artist Seo Young-Deok made from innumerable links of bike chain, were immediately drawn in, and had to find more. In looking into the artist’s work we found a large body of human figurative sculptures, each crafted by welding chains link-by-link to create these unique works. Trained in Seoul and now working out of a studio an hour out of the metropolis’ center Young-Deok creates all of the works by hand welding every link himself. Check out more below the fold…

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We just happened to stumble upon a sculpture from Korean artist Seo Young-Deok made from innumerable links of bike chain, were immediately drawn in, and had to find more. In looking into the artist’s work we found a large body of human figurative sculptures, each crafted by welding chains link-by-link to create these unique works. Trained in Seoul and now working out […]

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Juliana updates 2017 line w/ Eagle & NX 1x options, plus spec changes w/ new chainrings & saddles

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Considering that Juliana is essentially the women’s specific arm of Santa Cruz Bicycles, it should make sense that when Santa Cruz makes spec changes, Juliana will probably follow suit. Now with SRAM Eagle apparently rolling off the production line in higher numbers, Juliana can offer their X01 and XX1 builds with the new 1×12 hotness. On the flipside, SRAM’s NX drivetrain has had the opposite effect – instead of more gears and wider range, NX offers a legitimate 1x option at an even more affordable price. Even though Juliana is not offering the aluminum versions of their bikes a la Santa Cruz, the carbon versions will come in at an all time low price point.

Just $3,599 will get you a carbon beauty with a SRAM NX R1x build group, along with a few other new details…

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Considering that Juliana is essentially the women’s specific arm of Santa Cruz Bicycles, it should make sense that when Santa Cruz makes spec changes, Juliana will probably follow suit. Now with SRAM Eagle apparently rolling off the production line in higher numbers, Juliana can offer their X01 and XX1 builds with the new 1×12 hotness. […]

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Accessory Roundup- Zefal bike protection, WOMO’s dual Cateye mount and the Geeego Swap-Color light

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Ah, the endless realm of bike accessories. Just when you thought every doodad and knick-knack had been created, ten more appear to adapt to changing standards, new trends or industry innovations. In this somewhat random roundup, we’ll check out some new goodies to keep you and your bike connected and protected.

First off, Zefal has recently released two new bike protection products aimed at the growing number of people riding pricey carbon fiber frames and components. Next up we’ll look at a new mount from WOMO Designs that hosts multiple Cateye devices, and then we’ll bring things full circle with a color-changing bike light that can do double duty as a front or a rear unit…
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Ah, the endless realm of bike accessories. Just when you thought every doodad and knick-knack had been created, ten more appear to adapt to changing standards, new trends or industry innovations. In this somewhat random roundup, we’ll check out some new goodies to keep you and your bike connected and protected. First off, Zefal has […]

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Week’s Best Videos: The Tour Starts, Airplane Mode, the original Ritchey MTB, & more!

In honor of the start of the 2016 Tour de France, we’ll start the week’s video wrap up with this gem from Specialized. From a feature on Eddy Merckx’s mechanic, to epic photography of France, the video has a bit of it all…

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In honor of the start of the 2016 Tour de France, we’ll start the week’s video wrap up with this gem from Specialized. From a feature on Eddy Merckx’s mechanic, to epic photography of France, the video has a bit of it all…

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Tahoe helmet cam crash footage confirms – Bears always have the right of way!

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Instagram grab and video courtesy of Davis Souza

Note to self, try to keep clear of the wildlife. We’ve probably all heard someone recite a disclaimer like, “mountain biking is an inherently dangerous sport…”, but this is a bit of a reminder that it isn’t just washing out in a corner or going over the bars after casing a jump that we should keep in mind. We ride in a lot of natural areas where wildlife was there a long time before our favorite trails and knobby tires showed up. It’s good to remember who is in charge out in the woods.

Mountain biker and videographer Davis Souza was riding north of Lake Tahoe, CA when he had a chance encounter with a local bear. Jumping out of the shadows as he bombed down the trail, bike and bear came to a head and tossed Souza over the bars. Luckily both parties walked away mostly unharmed, the bear more quickly than Souza, who took a few moments to grasp what had just happened. And lucky for us Souza was recording it all with a helmet-mounted GoPro. Now he just has to work up the confidence to descend at full tilt again. Check out his footage after the break…

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Note to self, try to keep clear of the wildlife. We’ve probably all heard someone recite a disclaimer like, “mountain biking is an inherently dangerous sport…”, but this is a bit of a reminder that it isn’t just washing out in a corner or going over the bars after casing a jump that we should […]

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Gevenalle partners w/ Kogel Bearings for first CX specific derailleur pulleys



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Since their inception, the team at Gevenalle has put all of their focus on making components that excel in harsh conditions. Hot of the press is the new CX pulley set, which will also available on the BURD rear derailleur. Check past the break to see what makes this a cross specific design…

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Since their inception, the team at Gevenalle has put all of their focus on making components that excel in harsh conditions. Hot of the press is the new CX pulley set, which will also available on the BURD rear derailleur. Check past the break to see what makes this a cross specific design…

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Contemporary recycled tire realism – Mick Davis tire sculptures

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Mick Davis is an artist based in Ireland that came to sculpture working mostly with stone. But as an avid cyclist he was used to wearing out and tossing old tires, so had the though of reusing them as an alternate media for his works. Now after just two years working with recycling tires into his art, Davis has developed a unique and expressive style that combines classic forms and some reproductions of well-known works with the textures and patterns of the treads of a range of used tires. The piece is called ‘Le Poete’ and is based on Rodin’s famous sculpture The Thinker. Take a closer look after the jump, and get a little insight into why Davis mostly left marble behind and is moving forward with recycled rubber…

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Mick Davis is an artist based in Ireland that came to sculpture working mostly with stone. But as an avid cyclist he was used to wearing out and tossing old tires, so had the though of reusing them as an alternate media for his works. Now after just two years working with recycling tires into […]

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