Developed to serve as a versatile, all-street bike, the singlespeed Cinelli Mash Work is designed with feedback from messenger and Mash rider Chas Christiansen to be a silver bullet. The frame set is designed with a geometry nimble enough to bomb through an alley cat and but has the fixings to be a dedicated ‘cross racing machine. Skitch on through to the other side for all the deets… READ MORE ->
The all-new Bergamont Encore enduro mountain bike takes all the good from the genre and packages it into one bike with two personalities.
By borrowing the Flipchip from its predecessor, the Threesome EX, the Encore gets two different geometry settings. And, with rear wheel travel set at 165mm, it’s comfortable running either a 160mm or 170mm fork up front. Now standard enduro features like a long top tube and short stem, 27.5″ wheels and removable front derailleur mount are here, plus a few bonuses like carbon chainstays and rocker arm.
If you know your roots, you know Klunking. Of course, that would imply you are a mountain biker as well. Really, when it comes to mountain biking, Klunking is its most simple form. Two wheels, single speed, and a coaster brake. Originally accomplished by the pioneers of mountain biking with modified beach cruisers, over the years a few brands have tried to capitalize on the nostalgia with Klunkers of their own.
The latest company to do so (and do it well by the looks of it), is Asylum Cycles. By combining the style and geometry of those original Schwinn Excelsior frames with modern versions of the 650b wheels and tires found on randonneuring bikes from the 50’s, Asylum looks like they deliver on both style and performance at a price that will still leave room for the post ride beverages…
Building on their reputation for excellent brake pads, SwissStop is now adding thermo-regulation to their stopper strategy with the new EXOTherm disc brake pads.
The new pads use an aluminum backing plate with a raised section containing cooling fins to pull heat out into the air stream, helping it dissipate rapidly. They say once properly bedded in, brake fade practically disappears. The pad material is based on their Disc E compound, which was originally developed to handle the extra stopping power required by heavier e-bikes, but with a focus on improving road and mountain bike braking performance. They claim the material also helps reduce noise and vibration.
It’ll be available in late fall 2015 in eight models (15, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31 and 32) to fit popular disc brakes from Shimano, Formula, SRAM, Avid and Magura. Check their website for exact brake fitments based on model number. Retail will be €38.40 with an 20% discount offered for a limited time at launch.
News out of Canyon’s headquarters today that they have put together a new team based in Melborne to deliver their consumer-direct bikes to cyclist throughout Australia and New Zealand. Bikes will be assembled in German before being shipped direct. The new Canyon Australia & New Zealand market group joins recently added South Korea and Japan, as Canyon continues to expand its global reach out of its Europe base, and will be open by the end of this year to make their complete new 2016 range of bikes available on a new continent. No other new markets as of yet, but they did suggest that we stay tuned for more..
Click past the break for some excerpts from their press release…
Photo submitted by Lee McAuliffe, “This photo was taken at approximately mile 60 along the park road through Denali National Park. Biking the park road is by far the best way to see the park.”
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2016 Stevens Road, Cyclocross & Mountain Bike Highlights – Bigger travel, 27.5+, trick paint & future rumors
For 2016, all Stevens full suspension bikes get a Boost 148 rear, and 29ers get boost forks (27.5 get standard forks for now due to availability issues). All of them have lighter forged parts, cutting 120g from the Jura, and 180g to 200g from the Whaka and Sledge models depending on frame and wheel size. For the Whaka, a smaller forged piece for the non-drive chainstay yoke saves about 70g over the longer yoke leading to the lower pivot on the regular model. It’s also stronger, improving frame durability in testing. This change will eventually be adapted to the other bikes.
Building on that is the Whaka+, their new 27.5+ bike with Boost spacing and the new Schwalbe Nobby Nic 27.5×3.0 tires.
It looks like Peter Sagan may have some competition in the bike handling department after Vittorio Brumotti joined the Tinkoff Saxo training camp in Livigno. We’re not so sure Brumotti could keep up on the road, but he definitely has nearly everyone beat when it comes to trials on a road bike (though Sagan can sure hold his own – remember the car and the MTB video?). The latest video featuring the ridiculous roadie is almost more like an OK GO music video than a bike video…
When we first reported on the next-generation Maglock Pedals, Dave told us that he was working on a special project. As those type of things usually go he didn’t want to divulge any details just yet but told us that the pedal showed a lot of promise for those with lower leg amputations. As you might imagine, situations where the rider has limited use of their lower leg could make using a traditional clipless pedal quite difficult.
Of course, the Maglock pedal is still being marketed as a solution for those looking for an alternative to the standard clipless pedal – but the use for amputees is exciting news if you happen to fall into that category. There are still a few days left in the Maglock Kickstarter campaign, but if you want to see what the pedal could mean to someone with an amputation, you’re going to want to check out the video after the break…