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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Arno Wallaard Memorial Livestream – On the 18th of April, all eyes of the cycling community will be on the Dutch flats as the Arno Wallaard Memorial (UCI 1.2) takes place. Click on for more information.

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Mavic Honors 20 years of Crossmax with Pro LTD WTS, Clothes, and Gear

Mavic Crossmax LTD pro mountain bike enduro wheels _5894_1

Don’t compromise, ride Crossmax. That’s the slogan Mavic has been using for nearly 20 years since the very first Crossmax wheels were introduced in 1996. Originally introduced to offer what Mavic considered the best blend of performance and reliability, mountain biking has changed drastically since they came on the scene. Initially available in just one model, Crossmax wheels have evolved in step with riding to include 4 different models with over 100 pro level race wins in everything from XC to enduro, 4x, even slopestyle.

The latest addition to the Crossmax lineage blends much of what we’ve seen recently from Mavic with a few new touches that offer continuous improvement. Given the Crossmax Pro LTD moniker, some of the new product will be available in limited numbers and only in certain markets…


SOC15: Open Cycles gets closer to the road with Unbeaten Path gravel bike

Open Cycles Unbeaten Path gravel road bike

Open Cycles, the lightweight bike brand co-owned by former Cervelo co-founder Gerard Vroomen, has expanded beyond their ultralight 29er hardtail to the growing gravel bike category.

The new bike is calle the U.P., for Unbeaten Path. It’s made for gravel and adventure road riding wherever you feel like going, on road or off. And while it’s not built with race-oriented cyclocross geometry, it is meant for fast gravel riding, not lollingagging. It puts the rider in a ‘cross/road bike body position, not a mountain bike position, yet Vroomen says it’s still comfortable enough for longer rides.


Power2Max drops crankset power meter pricing, now starting at just $599


Thanks to the U.S. Dollar’s strength, Power2Max is dropping the price of their crankset power meters significantly. The move, whether because of currency fluctuations or competitive pressures, follows the trend with recent price drops from Quarq and Pioneer, too.

The headline grabbing $599 power meter is their Classic model mounted to an alloy FSA Gossamer crankset, down from $799 originally. The higher end Type S power meter now starts at $899 without cranks. The entire range has dropped anywhere from about $170 to $300 depending on model and crankset. Models for road, track and mountain bike are all available.

“We are happy to pass the benefit of a strong Dollar on to our customers. At $599 the power2max Classic with FSA Gossamer cranks offers unseen value for money to our customers and will enable even more cyclists to ride with power meter. It’s truly professional quality at amateur prices,” said Nicolas Theopold, CEO of power2max North America.

Full price chart after the break…


WTB Riddler solves conundrum of fast yet grippy rear mountain bike tire

WTB Riddler 275 x 24 rear mountain bike tire

Looking for something that rolled fast but could bit in the corners, UBI tech and Ashland, OR, local racer Nathan Riddle brought some ideas to WTB back in 2013. Now, the fruits of those conversations are here as the new Riddler 27.5 x 2.4 mountain bike tire.

Designed to be used on the rear wheel, it combines the fast rolling, tightly spaced knobs of the Beeline’s center section with more aggressive cornering knobs similar to the Vigilante.

“This tire was born out of a discussion over what makes a good tire line,” stated Jason Moeschler, WTB’s global OEM sales manager and racer for Team WTB. “I showed Nathan [Riddle] what we had mapped out and he liked what he saw but he definitely identified a hole in the lineup. I got him in touch with Evan [Smith, WTB’s product design engineer] and before we knew it, a tire was being drawn over a race weekend.”


TPE15: Lotus full featured Go Easy bike travel case folds into your backpack


As someone who has a couple bike travel cases taking up far too much valuable attic real estate, the Lotus Go Easy Bike Carrying Bag really stood out as a genuine innovation for the category.

Boasting a full metal base frame, inflatable and cushioned walls and enough volume to hold a 29er mountain bike, the case is still able to pack down to fit into a (large) backpack. Or your closet or even under your desk…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Battle Royale 2 – The Ultimate Bike Battle returns Saturday April 18thEngland – The Morvélo Battle Royale was originally a one-off event. The response was so positive and the racing so exciting that they’re doing it again. Using a natural concrete oval in an abandoned old market in central Brighton, it pitched all types of riders and bikes against each other in a series of fast and furious knockout heats. The Circus Street Market is being redeveloped in June, so this will be the last time it can be held at this unique venue.

Much more including the finalists for the Bell Built Trail competition after the break!


Commencal’s Supreme DH V4 Downhill Bike Goes High Pivot Point for 2015

2015 Commencal Supreme DH V4 action shot
It’s always exciting to hear that a company has gone ‘carte blanche’ and completely re-designed a well known bike. You can only assume they have something interesting coming, and it looks like Commencal will spark up a few conversations with their new 2015 Supreme DH V4.

The big news is that the Supreme DH V4’s suspension has changed drastically since the last version and is now a high pivot point, single-pivot design instead of the outgoing ‘four bar’ linkage driven single-pivot setup. The company says going with a high pivot point offers some advantages, but also acknowledged that it’s hard to make it aesthetically pleasing. That said, they have done a great job of hiding the idler behind the seat stay and maintaining the frame’s clean lines, which you can see more of below…


Boxer Cycles Brings Style and Utility Together With Their New Cargo Trikes

Adult and child riding in the Boxer Rocket

Cargo trikes have never been particularly stylish or pleasing to the eye, but the UK’s Boxer Cycles is looking to add some excitement and artistic flair to this niche market. Inspired by the era of Flash Gordon and Jules Verne, Boxer Cycles seeks to achieve a 1930’s aircraft aesthetic with their line of cargo trikes. The company’s Lead Designer Jeremy Davies seems to be making an impact, as the Boxer Rocket is scheduled to appear at the London Design Museum this fall.

Boxer has three models of trikes: The Rocket and Shuttle trikes have removable seats for moving cargo or passengers (mainly kids). Their Cargo model is intended for hauling non-sentient goods and has no passenger seats, but features a clever quick-release cargo box instead.

Get a load more info after the break…