Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Go behind the scenes bikepack racing the Tuscany Trail  – Join Bomtrack bikes as they follow Frenchman Clem Shovel and Norwegian Joachim Rosenlund in this documentary on the world’s newest and biggest bikepacking race. The Tuscany Trail is a 560km long, unsupported adventure race that takes in more than 11,000m of elevation gain. This year it had 530 racers at the start. We’d seen a teaser about this story, but now Bombtrack who will support the race from next year has more of the story. Read more about it at Bombtrack.com and find out how to join in next time at TuscanyTrail.it

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Go behind the scenes bikepack racing the Tuscany Trail  – Join Bomtrack bikes as they follow Frenchman Clem Shovel and Norwegian Joachim Rosenlund in this documentary on the world’s newest and biggest bikepacking race. The Tuscany Trail is a 560km long, unsupported adventure race that takes in more than 11,000m of elevation gain. This year it had 530 racers […]

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Updates on the reset-on-the-fly BikeYoke Revive dropper seatpost

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We got a preview of BikeYoke’s innovative solution to the hydraulic issues that plague a big portion of the dropper seatpost crowd when they introduced their new Revive post design just before Eurobike. Its reset valve built-in to the head makes it fast and simple to get the air out of the hydraulic cylinder that tends to build up over time, bringing the post back to as-new performance without having to even pull it out of your frame.

Well, at the show we got a chance to play with one first hand to see just how quickly it really was to work. The push button version was pretty tough on your hand, so BikeYoke has solved that minor concern and has updated the design with a single 4mm bolt that will make it even easier to use on the trail. We have even more details on the updated dropper and BikeYoke has put together some detailed videos that explain really well how it works. Check them out and how to get in on the preorder deal to be riding one at the start of 2017…

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We got a preview of BikeYoke’s innovative solution to the hydraulic issues that plague a big portion of the dropper seatpost crowd when they introduced their new Revive post design just before Eurobike. Its reset valve built-in to the head makes it fast and simple to get the air out of the hydraulic cylinder that tends […]

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World’s Funnest Bike Part III: Built ridden & reviewed… plus video! Now, SHOW US YOURS!!!

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Here it is in all its colorful glory. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how this bike was going to ride or how it would look once the parts started flowing in… especially with my wheel choice(s). At first, I didn’t really care if something didn’t match as we often get things in for testing that aren’t all matchy-matchy with the rigs on hand. Once the first few pieces came in (black/blue EPO frame, black/yellow wheels, Kawasaki green DVO fork…), well, now I was on a mission!

Check out the final build & ride review, lots of pics, plus a really “cinematographic” video of the bike in action…

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Here it is in all its colorful glory. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how this bike was going to ride or how it would look once the parts started flowing in… especially with my wheel choice(s). At first, I didn’t really care if something didn’t match as we often get things in for testing that […]

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Diamondback launches “intro to cycling” video series with Bill Nye, the Science Guy

Diamondback has recruited Bill Nye, The Science Guy, to be their explainer for all things bicycle in a new video series. The shorts are aimed at those just getting into, or thinking about getting into, cycling. Video one is shown above and starts out with the basics – how to pick the right type of bicycle for you. The next seven videos cover topics like rider etiquette, essential gear every cycling should carry, how to brake, the pre-ride checklist and so on. Check ’em all out at Diamondback.com.



Diamondback has recruited Bill Nye, The Science Guy, to be their explainer for all things bicycle in a new video series. The shorts are aimed at those just getting into, or thinking about getting into, cycling. Video one is shown above and starts out with the basics – how to pick the right type of […]

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EB16: Canyon’s DH DisConnect prototype lets you ride chainless at the push of a button to win like Gwin

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OK, so Canyon’s not about to admit to that Aaron Gwin was a driver in their latest development since he races for their competition, but it isn’t a big stretch to think that Gwin’s World Cup win at Leogang last summer wasn’t a bit of inspiration for this project. Suspension designers, especially at the World Cup Downhill level, are continually balancing the way bikes move through their travel between anti-squat and pedal kickback depending on where their main pivot is located. Too much of one makes for a bike that either sinks riding through turns or on the other side loses suppleness in choppy sections of trail with your weight on the pedals. Canyon’s engineers figured out that they could get the best of both worlds by building in anti-suck, and then using a on-the-fly freehub disconnect that can remove all pedal feedback from the suspension at the push of a button. Check out how DisConnect could deliver a faster DH bike from one end of the run to the other…

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OK, so Canyon’s not about to admit to that Aaron Gwin was a driver in their latest development since he races for their competition, but it isn’t a big stretch to think that Gwin’s World Cup win at Leogang last summer wasn’t a bit of inspiration for this project. Suspension designers, especially at the World Cup Downhill […]

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Formula debuts new wide Linea MTB wheel lineup, plus Cura-E e-bike brakes

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To complement their mountain bike brake and fork offerings, Formula thought the next direction to go should be hubs, which makes sense as a good link between the two. But they didn’t just dip their toes lightly into the endeavor, so they jumped in with both feet and went with well-rounded wheelsets, offering wheels for 27.5”, 27.5+ & 29ers in both Boost and standard spacings to cover everything from your lightweight XC riding, through regular trail riding, and off the enduro drops on the other side. Take a look with us at the new Linea 2, 3 & 4 wheelsets, and the hubs at their core after the jump.

Plus, check out their new Cura-E e-bike brakes too, to see what happens when you start thinking about connecting your levers into your bike’s wiring harness…
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To complement their mountain bike brake and fork offerings, Formula thought the next direction to go should be hubs, which makes sense as a good link between the two. But they didn’t just dip their toes lightly into the endeavor, so they jumped in with both feet and went with well-rounded wheelsets, offering wheels for 27.5”, […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Ride the Votec Gravel Fondo this October – This past spring, the german bike maker Votec added a new gravel bike to their lineup. And now together with some of their partners from SRAM, Strava, and online bike retailer Brügelmann, they’ve put together a new gravel adventure event. Set for Oct 15-16 in the Black Forest of Germany, the Votec Gravel Fondo 2016 will take in a wide range of surfaces, from tarmac, to gravel, to singletrack sections as riders explore the region. The two day event will mix some classic camaraderie on the bike, with picturesque views and some full-on competition on some well-curated Strava Segments. GravelFondo.de

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Ride the Votec Gravel Fondo this October – This past spring, the german bike maker Votec added a new gravel bike to their lineup. And now together with some of their partners from SRAM, Strava, and online bike retailer Brügelmann, they’ve put together a new gravel adventure event. Set for Oct 15-16 in the Black Forest of Germany, the Votec Gravel Fondo 2016 will […]

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All-new Commencal Meta AM v4.2 evolves for enduro

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From its naming the new Meta AM v4.2  may sound like just the next minor firmware update to some piece of electronics, but the new bike takes Commencal’s long-standing all-mountain platform and extends it into a more capable enduro ride. At first, the bike looks similar to the current fourth generation of the bike, but by stretching the rear end out to 160mm of travel with a revised shock and suspension movement, the 650b/27.5″ trail bike gets more capable for hitting the rough stuff while retaining the versatility to pedal to the top of the mountain. Get a good look at the bike hitting the trails, plus all the new details and updated tech after the break…

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From its naming the new Meta AM v4.2  may sound like just the next minor firmware update to some piece of electronics, but the new bike takes Commencal’s long-standing all-mountain platform and extends it into a more capable enduro ride. At first, the bike looks similar to the current fourth generation of the bike, but by stretching the rear end out […]

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Week’s Best Videos: Girl wrench, and a Scandinavian adventure

As the only female mechanic on the pro world tour, Colavita’s Andrea Smith tells how she got where she is. Assuming you’re able to fix your own bike even half as well as her, throw the next video up on the big screen while you get ready for today’s ride…

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As the only female mechanic on the pro world tour, Colavita’s Andrea Smith tells how she got where she is. Assuming you’re able to fix your own bike even half as well as her, throw the next video up on the big screen while you get ready for today’s ride…

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