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

Abbey Bike Tools suspension top cap sockets pedal wrench review (4)

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

SIS Isotonic energy gel tablets (3)

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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MSW takes the mystery out of CO2 inflation, adds new lights and computers

MSW co2 cartridge inflator lights computer

If you’re the type to carry CO2 over a pump, at this point you’ve probably figured out just how far that cartridge will get you. But if you’re new to CO2, or just want to look into different size cartridges, MSW has your back. The company now offers a full range of CO2 inflation products from 18, to 25, and even 38g cartridges as well as the Big Air successor the XLA 40g propane canister. Depending on your need, the options may have you carrying more or less CO2 than you will really need.

How should you go about figuring out what amount of CO2 will get you what pressures? You can start by checking out the handy chart from MSW after the jump…

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If you’re the type to carry CO2 over a pump, at this point you’ve probably figured out just how far that cartridge will get you. But if you’re new to CO2, or just want to look into different size cartridges, MSW has your back. The company now offers a full range of CO2 inflation products […]

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Intense covers aggressive trail 29er base with all new Primer

Intense Primer 29 ACV 27 plus mountain bike new 2017 sedona review-2

Intense Primer 29 ACV 27 plus mountain bike new 2017 sedona review-2

The new plus size ACV wasn’t the only thing Intense was showing in the Sedona desert. Opting to wait a little longer for its release so that it would coincide with the bikes being available at retail, the new Intense Primer is probably worth the wait. That’s especially true if you liked the looks of the new Spider 275 carbon but prefer the bigger wheels. Essentially, the Primer is the same bike, just upsized to roll on 29″ wheels instead of 27.5″.

Based on how much we liked the Spider, the new Primer should be another great addition to the Intense line up…

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The new plus size ACV wasn’t the only thing Intense was showing in the Sedona desert. Opting to wait a little longer for its release so that it would coincide with the bikes being available at retail, the new Intense Primer is probably worth the wait. That’s especially true if you liked the looks of the […]

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

Salsa Woodsmoke 27 29 plus

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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