Hack! Make Your Road or Mountain Bike Front Shifter Activate a Dropper Post!

Thanks to the increasing popularity of 1x drivetrains for mountain bikes and cyclocross, there’s a growing collection of sad, lonely front shifters sitting around feeling unproductive.

Now, thanks to the folks at Re:Cycles Bike Shop and Seasucker bike racks, we’ve got two hacks that show how they’ve used their front shifter to work two different models of cable-actuated dropper seatposts. It’s a fairly basic hack, but does require a little disassembly to remove the pawls and a few other parts. The end result should be a spring loaded lever that won’t catch or ratchet anything – it only need to pull cable in order to actuate the release on the dropper post, then let it spring back to lock the post into position.

Above, the Charles Casagrande at Seasucker took a crashed SRAM road shifter to work a Thomson dropper post. Below, one of our local shops made an XT shifter work with an LEV…

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Scott Road 2015: Disc Brakes for Solace Road Bike, Integrated Aerodynamics on Plasma 5

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At this point, we’re all pretty aware that disc brakes for road bikes are here to stay. Lately the conversation seems to focus on how manufacturers will address the issue of axle standards, and now even the brake mounts themselves are in question. For their foray into the world of disc brakes, Scott has adapted their Solace endurance frame which was initially launched last year in rim brake versions only. In 2015 the Solace will still be mostly rim brake equipped, with the Solace 15 Disc the solitary model running discs.

Perhaps more important than the brakes is the fact that Scott has chosen to equip the Solace 15 with thru axles front and rear. Oh, and the rear brake mount is pretty interesting as well…

More on the Solace 15, plus an up close look at the new Plasma 5 rocket ship, next!

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Annadel State Park, California

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Photo submitted by Dan Hardin, “Misty morning with my trusty Mach 4 in my happy hunting grounds, Annadel State Park, California.”

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John Cobb Gets Randee with New Long Distance Road/Tri Saddle

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While it may look like a triathlete’s perch, the Randee is designed for long distance riders looking for a bit more comfort while resting toward the nose of the saddle.

It’s John Cobb’s second JOF design, meaning “Just Off Front”, and is certainly inspired by the multisport crowd who tend to have their seats pushed farther forward and bodies situated in a TT position. The Randee, however, is aimed at gran fondo, all day riders -its name is a play on Randonneur- that still want to hammer. The nose is 48mm wide, which they say strikes the balance between supporting you when riding on the nose but not chafing the thighs.

Rear width is 155mm, and weight is claimed at 306g. Retail is $169.99 and they come with a 90 day comfort guarantee. Check ‘em out at CobbCycling.com.

Photo Gallery – More 2015 Specialized Mountain Bikes & One More Road Tire

2015 Specialized Enduro Evo with Boxxer dual crown fork and Ohlins coil over rear shock

If you thought our first round up of 2015 bikes from Specialized was lacking in gravity oriented models, your wait is over. We’ve also found more frameset colorways, a couple fat bikes, a cost-is-no-object women’s full suspension racer and…another road bike tire.

Above, the new 650B Enduro Evo with Rockshox Boxxer dual crown fork is about as close as you’ll get to Specialized downhill bike without actually buying a, um, Specialized downhill bike. Equipped with Ohlins rear coil-over shock, chain guide, Thomson seatpost and Spec’s new Slaughter rear tire on Roval 650B DH wheels. Word is there are very few 26″ full suspension bikes left in their 2015 lineup.

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Scott Sports Expands MIPS Helmet Line for 2015

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Elevate your safety. That’s Scott Sport’s motto when it comes to helmets for the 2015 model year. In addition to a number of common design goals for their helmets to optimize impact protection, Scott is investing heavily in MIPS (Multi directional Impact ­Protection System) Brain Protection with 6 different models that include the special yellow liner. Primarily geared towards mountain biking, Scott also offers an urban MIPS helmet along with what they believe is the first road helmet to bring MIPS to riders who prefer skinny tires.

Utilizing a low friction layer that is built into the helmet, MIPS is said to prevent serious brain injuries by reducing the force of angled impacts to the head. Working with Biokinetics in Canada as an independent test facility, Scott recorded anywhere from a 9-34% reduction of impact forces when comparing identical helmets, MIPS and non-MIPS. In the event of an impact, the low friction layer works within 15 milliseconds and moves less than 15mm. It’s this sliding of the low friction layer that reduces the amount of force delivered to your brain in the event of an angled impact.

In 2015, Scott has expanded their MIPS line to include 6 different models including the all new ARX Plus road helmet. While increased options for MIPS is the big story, Scott has also made a few improvements to other helmets including updated fit systems with better adjustment.

Read on for more on MIPS, plus actual weights…

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First Look: Big Ed Fat Bike brings Big Tires for Scott 2015

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There was a bit of talk about horses for courses among the Scott Week presentations, since bikes that may work well in one area of the world, might not be ideal in others. The horse analogy may have continued in the naming of Scott’s new fat bike, but instead of Mr. Ed, meet Big Ed. We expected to see a number of impressively light, super capable mountain bikes among Scott’s 2015 offerings, but a fat bike? That was surprising.

Fortunately for Scott, being new to the fat bike scene means that they are able to jump right in with a RockShox Bluto equipped bike. Built with suspension corrected geometry and modern axle sizes, Big Ed looks like it will be another popular option in the world of fat bikes.

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3D Printing Revives 1903 Retro-Direct Drive — Pedal Backwards To Go Faster!

Retro-Direct Drive Scott Mayson's Bike Angle Profile

Notice anything odd about this bike? If you’re looking at the unusual drive-chain then you’ve spotted it. The retro-direct system is a two gear system that has no need of shifters, derailleurs, or geared hubs — just pedal backwards past the break for details on how you can make your own…

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Photo Gallery: 2015 Specialized Gear, Apparel & Components

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Our first gallery from the 2015 Specialized Dealer Event showed off a lot of bikes. Now, we’ve got a collection of new components, parts, accessories, gear and apparel for your perusal.

Above, the new 4th generation S-Works mountain bike cranks get hollow carbon construction and a 30mm spindle only. They’ll work with any 104BCD chainring, single or double only. Spin past the break for lots more…

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