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TPE15: Litespeed Nome fat bike breaks ground, T5 Gravel bike gets thru axle fork

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Tennessee based titanium bicycle fabricator Litespeed could be playing in the fat bike garden with their new Nome.

It’ll have 190mm rear spacing built around replaceable dropouts and ship with singlespeed dropouts. Standard dropouts with derailleur hanger for QR or thru axles will be available separately. This one’s a prototype to gauge interest, primarily among international distributors. They say the U.S. has demand, but Hong Kong and the Phillipines are blowing up.

Probably be around $2,600 to $2,700 for the frame. Frame is 3/2.5 titanium, and they’re handmade in Ooltewah, TN. Look for them to start shipping later this summer.

More pics and updates to their gravel bike after the page break.

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Bell Helmets 2015 Spring Classics: E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem

After a cold and wet Milan-San Remo, Bell sponsored Team LottoNL-Jumbo is preparing for their next few classics, including E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem. With Bell following along and breaking down each race with pre and post reports, the Spring Classics competition continues as the team heads to Belgium…

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ENVE Twin Bolt Seatpost Gets Official Along with New Bottle Cage and Computer Mount

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First spotted on a few bikes scattered throughout NAHBS 2015, ENVE is updating their seatpost with an all new clamp. Not just any clamp though, as the new twin bolt head combines the simplicity of a single bolt clamp with the ease of adjustment and reliability of a twin bolt, all while keeping the signature ENVE weight, comfort, and durability.

While single bolt clamps are great for ease of access with an Allen wrench, the design often leaves users struggling to get the clamp tight enough so it doesn’t slip. Once the single bolt heads are tight, it can also be a challenge to make micro adjustments in the future. ENVE’s new design addresses those issues and keeps the seatpost multi-tool friendly.

Along with the new post, ENVE is taking the opportunity to introduce a few new accessories that are sure to keep your water bottle and Garmin stylishly in place…

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Manual for Speed Presents: Reach for the Dream Customization Campaign Feat. Kanye West

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Manual for Speed asks: “Why would you settle for a pre-fabricated dream when you can ride your own?”

In order to inspire us all to reach for our dreams through a new campaign, beginning 12:01am PDT on March 24th, any aspiring dreamer can visit the Manual for Speed site and join special guest Kanye West (illustrated by Thomas Slater) on a whimsical guided journey of deepest bicycle customization.

Click through for more on how you can start your personal dream journey.

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Polar’s V650 GPS Cycling Computer Finds Its Way to the Marketplace

Polar V650 GPS cycling computer

Cycling computers have come a long way since the rudimentary devices that just measured speed, distance and calculated a few averages for you. Now, it seems there’s an arms race to see who can offer the most data collection and integration with training apps or software.

Last September we previewed the Polar V650, one of Polar’s newest offerings. Now that it’s hit the market, here’s an updated look at the full feature set and promo video…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits and Pieces

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Contest

  • Play the Bell 2015 Spring Classics Sweepstakes – Get ready for some epic racing and follow Team LottoNL-Jumbo through 8 races and 36 days. Click now to enter the Weekly Prize Drawing and play the Bell Spring Classics Challenge for bragging rights plus an additional chance to win the Grand Prize, a trip to California to ride with Team LottoNL-Jumbo!

Racing and Ride Event News

  • Champion System has joined forces with the We Stand United Cycling Club – Champion System will be the Official Title Sponsor of the “Champion System Roubaix Race Series powered by Sheepshead Cycle”. The series will kick off on Thursday, April 2nd and will run until the last Thursday in July. For more information on the events please go to WSUnited.org or register for the event at bikereg.com.
  • The Bootlegger 100 Proof Dirt Road Ride – On April 25th Lenoir, North Carolina will host the ride. It will start and end in downtown Lenoir and travels through the beautiful and scenic Wilson’s Creek Gorge. There are two routes – 100 mile or 100 kilometer dirt road ride with 8000+ feet of climbing (100 mile route). Visit the event’s Facebook page for more details.
  • North Carolina Bikers Sweep US Open Fat Bike Beach Championships – The inaugural US Open Fat Bike Championships were held in Wrightsville Beach on Saturday, March 14th. Racers from four states competed in three divisions covered distances of 24-miles, 16-miles, and 8-miles to accommodate expert, sport, and beginner skill levels. Click here to see photos from the event.
  • The Encino Velodrome announces a long term sponsorship agreement with Pure Fix CyclesPure Fix was named the official bike sponsor of the Encino Velodrom provide their Keirin track series and Keirin Pro track series bicycles for the Encino Velodrome’s new rider and rental program and shall also be named the Official junior bike sponsor with their Micro series 650c wheeled fixed gear bikes for Encino Velodrome’s junior program. The Encino Velodrome is one of the oldest velodromes in the United States and was established in 1961.
  • Meet the Scott-ODLO and Scott-3Rox teams in California! - Bikerumor readers are invited! The entire Scott ODLO team will be in California from April 8-18. This includes Nino Schurter, Thomas Frischkenecht, Jenny Rissveds, Marcel Wildhaber, and Andri Frischknecht. In partnership with Oakley, Scott will be hosting a pro night on April 9th from 6-9 PM at Bike Religion in Dana Point, CA. The Scott-3Rox team which includes Geoff Kabush, Derek Zandstra, Cam Jette, Marc-Antoine Nadon, Mikaela Kofman, Erin Huck, and Teal Stetson Lee, will all be there.

Advocacy

  • Tern Bicycles Partners with EKOCYCLE to Make Sustainable Living Cool – The goal of the EKOCYCLE initiative is to help consumers recognize that items they consider waste may be a part of a lifestyle product they can use tomorrow. It also encourages demand and use of recycled materials and reinforces the importance of recycling finished products. Tern has introduced two limited-edition folding bicycles created for EKOCYCLE™ and will be available at Harrods U.K. along with more than 150 EKOCYCLE lifestyle products, including clothing, accessories, home interiors, technology and active lifestyle products from more than 10 brand partners. tern bicycles.com

Nutrition

  • Infinit Performance is having a sale on their nutrition formulas –  Buy one custom formula and get the second at 50% off. Use the code SPRING 15 at checkout at  infinitnutrition.us.  It’s only available for a limited time and Infinit’s Mocha Mint MUD is Going Fast! – A refreshing blend of premium ground flax, natural coffee, high quality whey protein isolate with a hint of natural mint and chocolate.

Gear

  • Quality Bicycle Products to Distribute Robert Axle Project Thru-Axles – The Robert Axle Project started in June 2013 and has since sold axles (12mm thru-axles that allow attachment of trailers to bikes) to customers in over 28 countries. The addition of QBP as a distributor will allow bike shops to order any number of axles direct as needed. Chris Kratsch, President of The Robert Axle Project adds, “We look forward to having the ability to support local and independent bike shops by partnering with QBP. Visit the Robert Axle Project at robertaxleproject.com for more information.

NAHBS 2015: Reeb Cycles Teams up with SMAC Innovations for New Bars, Introduces Titanium Seat Post

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On the bike side of things, REEB has been making noise with their own proprietary tubeset created with the help of True Temper Sports. First shown on the REEB Donkadonk fat bike at Interbike, the tubeset allows for the use of a 31.6mm dropper post as well as making tire clearance for the biggest tires and a stiffer down tube for improved rides all around. Now found on both the Donkadonk and the Reeb Dikyelous, REEB continues to blend their love of bikes, craft beer, and domestic manufacturing in a way that we can all appreciate.

Lesser known than their frames, REEB is adding to their line of components with a US made titanium seatpost, and a new handlebar collaboration with SMAC Innovations…

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Shop Spotlight – River City Bicycles in Portland, OR Celebrates 20 Years

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River City Bicycles, a highly respected, not to mention BEAUTIFUL  bike shop in the most bike happy city of Portland is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Our award winning, bearded, “consumer of anything he finds unfinished” friend Kevin Neidorf put this little piece together for them to show a fraction of what they’re about. Dave Guettler opened his shop in 1995, and if you took every bicycle, component, and accessory out of the store, the abundance of wood artistry in everything from the display counters, racks that hold the  bicycles, and other various treats (like an indoor test track upstairs!) including a welcoming staff would still be a worthy reason for a visit.

Click over to check out the beautifully done video from Kevin as well as a touching message from Dave himself.

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Cycliq’s Fly12 Looks After You, Your Bike and Itself with New Alarm Feature

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Australia’s accessory brand Cycliq wants you to be safe while you ride, and now they’re going to help keep your bike safe too. The company first made waves with their Fly6 rear light/camera combo, and after requests from Fly6 buyers they designed the Fly12 front-facing unit to match, which BikeRumor covered last month.

On the first day of the Fly12’s Kickstarter campaign, a consumer suggested a built-in alarm would be a nice addition. Well, ask and ye shall receive- Cycliq listened to their customers once again and added a smartphone-controlled alarm and app feature to all their Fly12’s. The product’s successful Kickstarter campaign finished just days ago and Cycliq is now focused on meeting their projected delivery times, which are expected for around this year’s Interbike show (September).

To find out how the new alarm feature works, click past the break…
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