Crankworx 2016: Slick new stuff from Whistler Performance Lubricants

Whistler Performance Lubricants, expo booth 2016

We all know modern bikes are sophisticated machines, but it’s easy to forget how much expertise goes into developing small stuff like lubricants and degreasers. Whistler Performance Lubricants is one company that comes to the table with some serious knowledge of their craft. WPL’s Scientific Advisor Alejandro Marangoni is a world-renowned chemist who specializes in the structure and functionality of triglyceride oils, and he’s combined his expertise with his passion for riding by creating high-performance lubricants for mountain bikes. Marangoni’s son Isaac is WPL’s General Manager, and tests their products while racing the B.C. Downhill series.

We first checked out WPL’s products during Crankworx last year, and caught up with them again to see what was new for 2016. WPL has now developed their own grease and bio-degreaser, plus they’re offering two new weights of their Shock Boost oil. All of WPL’s products are also eco-friendly and completely safe to the touch, so you can be green while you race for the gold…
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We all know modern bikes are sophisticated machines, but it’s easy to forget how much expertise goes into developing small stuff like lubricants and degreasers. Whistler Performance Lubricants is one company that comes to the table with some serious knowledge of their craft. WPL’s Scientific Advisor Alejandro Marangoni is a world-renowned chemist who specializes in […]

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Crankworx 2016: Retro Rides from Mongoose and Rocky Mountain

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Rocky Mountain Bikes Wade SImmons' 20th anniversary maiden, side

What goes around, comes around…What was old is new again…there are a few ways to say it, but retro styling holds a certain appeal for those who recall when that particular trend or aesthetic first became popular. Both Mongoose and Rocky Mountain had some awesome retro-inspired bikes on display at Crankwork Whistler this year, which our more experienced readers may recall from roughly 20 years ago.

Mongoose has decided to produce a small number of near-replicas of their original ATB mountain bike. Nearly every component aside from its modern wheelset looks period-accurate, and the chrome treatment simply screams the 80’s. On the other hand, Rocky Mountain has taken a modern bike and given it an old-school paint job. As a 20th anniversary gift to Wade Simmons, the carbon Maiden seen above was hand-painted to match one of Simmons’ early bikes, and it even includes some phoney logos that’ll surely cause a few double-takes. Check out more pics of each below…
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What goes around, comes around…What was old is new again…there are a few ways to say it, but retro styling holds a certain appeal for those who recall when that particular trend or aesthetic first became popular. Both Mongoose and Rocky Mountain had some awesome retro-inspired bikes on display at Crankwork Whistler this year, which […]

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Week in Review: Specialized Enduro gets new wheels, Crankworx tech coverage & much more!

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Seems long travel 29ers are back in style, with new offerings from Devinci, Evil, Specialized and more hitting the trails this week. That, plus lots of new wheels for the road, new GPS cycling computers (and watches), some great videos and a whole lot more to keep you entertained between the Olympic Mountain Bike coverage today and Sunday. Click through for headlines and links to everything we posted this past week…

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Seems long travel 29ers are back in style, with new offerings from Devinci, Evil, Specialized and more hitting the trails this week. That, plus lots of new wheels for the road, new GPS cycling computers (and watches), some great videos and a whole lot more to keep you entertained between the Olympic Mountain Bike coverage […]

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Crankworx 2016: Affordable and lightweight? Believe it- Morpheus Bikes’ new Conspiracy DH

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Morpheus Conspiracy carbon DH bike, side shot

If a small company like Morpheus Bikes can put out a premium-build carbon DH bike at $5500, it makes you wonder- Why do some bigger brands’ similar offerings cost $10,000? Are you paying for the brand name, does their expertise justify the extra bucks, or are they just getting greedy? Morpheus’ new Conspiracy DH bike aims to raise some eyebrows with its low price tag and weight, not to mention a sturdy but sleek looking design.

Since the bike is as yet unavailable the one pictured in this article belongs to Morpheus’ Director of Operations Chad Kelly, so be aware the component build is different on the stock bikes. There will be two stock versions available which come out of the box at a very reasonable 34 and 36 lbs. However, the Conspiracy can get even lighter- Kelly has his personal bike at 33 lbs, and one of their team riders has his down to 31!

The brand is hoping to become a serious contender in the carbon scene, and if this bike performs as good as it looks, it could be a breakthrough model for Morpheus Bikes…
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If a small company like Morpheus Bikes can put out a premium-build carbon DH bike at $5500, it makes you wonder- Why do some bigger brands’ similar offerings cost $10,000? Are you paying for the brand name, does their expertise justify the extra bucks, or are they just getting greedy? Morpheus’ new Conspiracy DH bike […]

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Week in Review: Tons of reviews, interviews, tire width tech & plenty of new products

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If the pre-tradeshow floodgates haven’t fully opened, they’re about to. With Crankworx really getting underway this coming week, expect the new product announcements to start pouring in fast and furious. This past week, it was definitely more than a trickle, with tons of new gear coming in, complemented by a ton of reviews and interviews. There’s even a great tech feature on how to make sure you’re fitting the right size tire to your rim. Click on through for links from everything this past week, each one opening in a new tab…

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If the pre-tradeshow floodgates haven’t fully opened, they’re about to. With Crankworx really getting underway this coming week, expect the new product announcements to start pouring in fast and furious. This past week, it was definitely more than a trickle, with tons of new gear coming in, complemented by a ton of reviews and interviews. […]

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Commuting with style: New bikes from State Bicycle Co, new ‘color’ for Brooklyn Bicycle Co’s Wythe

Brooklyn Bicycle Co Wythe, raw

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While there’s certainly an appeal to a full suspension, carbon framed, electronically shifting bike with all the high-tech bells and whistles, sometimes simplicity can be equally striking. By adorning their basic, clean shapes with broadly varying color schemes, commuter bikes can easily be made into eye-catching bicycles. And since these bikes don’t have to be high-performance machines, we might as well make them look cool!

If you’re in the market for a sleek city commuter, Brooklyn Bicycle Co. has just released their Wythe fixie in a new raw color scheme that’s drawing some interest from the photography and high-fashion industries, and State Bicycle Co. has updated their Core 4130 line with two new models- The Ashton and The Trooper 4.0. You’ll probably like the looks of the price tags on both brands’ offerings as well…
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While there’s certainly an appeal to a full suspension, carbon framed, electronically shifting bike with all the high-tech bells and whistles, sometimes simplicity can be equally striking. By adorning their basic, clean shapes with broadly varying color schemes, commuter bikes can easily be made into eye-catching bicycles. And since these bikes don’t have to be […]

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OneUp tests new Bash Guide – Will it Smash?

OneUp Components Coconut Bash Smash

Hot on the heels of the internet sensation ‘will it blend?’ OneUp is joining in with ‘will it smash?’ If you aren’t convinced of the benefits to just an upper guide, maybe the coconut shattering power of their Bash Guide will be more to your liking. Most direct mount rings no longer have the option to run a bash guard, though you don’t really want all the force of the impact running through your crank’s spider anyways.

Products like OneUp’s Bash Guide instead channel the impact through the ISCG 05 mounts on the frame which were meant to take the abuse. In order to put the Bash Guide to the test, OneUp loaded the Drop Tower of Destruction and decided to see just what it could smash…

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Hot on the heels of the internet sensation ‘will it blend?’ OneUp is joining in with ‘will it smash?’ If you aren’t convinced of the benefits to just an upper guide, maybe the coconut shattering power of their Bash Guide will be more to your liking. Most direct mount rings no longer have the option […]

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Review: Torque it down with Abbey Bike Tools’ Suspension Top Cap Sockets and Pedal Wrench

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Abbey Bike Tools suspension top cap sockets pedal wrench review (1)

Realistically, unless you work on a lot of suspension forks, special top cap sockets probably aren’t high on your high on your list. Even if you do crack open a fork every so often, you may not even know that such a thing even exists. For years, better mechanics have been buying customized sockets – or grinding them down on their own. Standard sockets have a tendency to slip off the shallow wrench flats of suspension top caps thanks to the chamfer that is usually included. Making the surface of the socket as flat as possible provides more grip, and less chance of damaging that pricey suspension fork.

So after years of mechanics going it alone, why did Abbey Bike Tools create their own set of sockets? As usual, Jason Quade thought it could be done better…

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Realistically, unless you work on a lot of suspension forks, special top cap sockets probably aren’t high on your high on your list. Even if you do crack open a fork every so often, you may not even know that such a thing even exists. For years, better mechanics have been buying customized sockets – […]

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SiS squeezes into USA with Isotonic energy gels and Hydro Tabs

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If you follow the world of energy gels, you may already be familiar with Science in Sport. Claiming to have offered the first Isotonic energy gel years ago, the brand has been fueling athletes in Europe including maybe most notably, the team who crossed the finish line in Paris with the yellow jersey, Team Sky. While the product remains the same, the big news from SiS is that they are now available for sale in the United States. Part of that entrance state side is their newly announced sponsorship with USA Cycling to become their official nutrition sponsor. Next time you’re at a USA cycling event, you should have the chance to try out one of their gels or tablets – or you can order your own at up to 20% off select products for USAC members, promoters, clubs, and sponsors.

Why would you use SiS gels over the competition? They claim they’re the perfect gels for riders who hate gels…

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If you follow the world of energy gels, you may already be familiar with Science in Sport. Claiming to have offered the first Isotonic energy gel years ago, the brand has been fueling athletes in Europe including maybe most notably, the team who crossed the finish line in Paris with the yellow jersey, Team Sky. While […]

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