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IB16: Thomson adds alloy road, ‘cross & adventure handlebars, carbon seatpost & updating dropper post

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Thomson’s been in the handlebar business for a few years now, we’ve reviewed both mountain bike and drop bar versions and liked them. These new alloy handlebars will be available in three versions – road, with a flattened wing shape on the tops; cyclocross with the 31.8 clamp diameter extending all the way out to the bend; and the “off road” drop bar, which gets massively flared drops.

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Thomson’s been in the handlebar business for a few years now, we’ve reviewed both mountain bike and drop bar versions and liked them. These new alloy handlebars will be available in three versions – road, with a flattened wing shape on the tops; cyclocross with the 31.8 clamp diameter extending all the way out to […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Gravel Bikes, Interbike, Mountain Bike, Road Bike15 Comments

IB16: Moots Routt RSL gets you on the gravel faster

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The all-new Moots Routt RSL takes their somewhat more casual Routt 45 gravel bike and gives it a racier geometry and lighter frame. This slots it in between the Baxter monster cross bike that launched just a couple weeks ago and the updated Psychlo-X cyclocross bikes.

The RSL version becomes the fourth category to get the race design. This one gets a longer top tube and shorter head tube than the Routt 45. It also gets butted tubes versus straight gauge to come in about 3/4lb lighter frame than. Claimed weight is 3.0 pounds for the frame…

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The all-new Moots Routt RSL takes their somewhat more casual Routt 45 gravel bike and gives it a racier geometry and lighter frame. This slots it in between the Baxter monster cross bike that launched just a couple weeks ago and the updated Psychlo-X cyclocross bikes. The RSL version becomes the fourth category to get […]

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IB16: Kask swings into view with highly adjustable, portable KOO sunglasses

Thanks to a little trademark issue, Kask’s first line extension will come under the Koo brand name.

Designed to fit particularly well with their helmets, the sunglasses stand on their own thanks to several innovative features that make them very versatile and very user friendly. The arms are angle adjustable, giving you three positions that set the angle of the lens on your face. Or, flip them all the way around and they’ll very easily stuff into your jersey pocket or pack. Even the nose pads swivel, and two versions come in the box. Beyond the functionality, they also look darn good…

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Thanks to a little trademark issue, Kask’s first line extension will come under the Koo brand name. Designed to fit particularly well with their helmets, the sunglasses stand on their own thanks to several innovative features that make them very versatile and very user friendly. The arms are angle adjustable, giving you three positions that […]

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Sneak Peek: Orbea Terra hits the road less traveled as all new gravel & cross bike

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While we had the chance to visit and ride the new Orcas & Avant in the hills around Orbea’s Basque home base, we also got a sneak peek at the new gravel bike that the company has been working on for some time. Dubbed the Terra, it is the culmination of few years of development after they hadn’t produced a cyclocross bike. It brings back that cross name, but hopes to bridge over to the rapidly growing gravel side as well. They way Orbea saw it, most people who were riding their previous cross bikes were putting in a lot of saddle time away from CX courses, so they wanted to develop a bike that would bridge that gap better. They’ve already taken the race-ready Orca and  given it disc brakes and improved tire clearance for a bit of rougher surface riding. They’d already taken the race geometry of the Orca and adapted it for longer days in the saddle and a bit more comfort in the Avant. Now it was time to take those lessons further off-road while keeping that quick Orbea ride and stiff power transfer…

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While we had the chance to visit and ride the new Orcas & Avant in the hills around Orbea’s Basque home base, we also got a sneak peek at the new gravel bike that the company has been working on for some time. Dubbed the Terra, it is the culmination of few years of development […]

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EB16: EVOC puts The Bike Stand in their bags, so your bike travels safe & easy

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EVOC is known for making one of the best travel bags to lug your mountain bike along with you as you jet set from one international bike park to the next. But even with the right bag it takes a good bit of time to break your bike down, and with so many different axle standards floating around, unless you got lucky when you bought your travel bag, you’d end up having to hobble something together to really get your mountain bike properly strapped in for its journey. Those worries are gone now though as EVOC created The Bike Stand, a new freestanding rail that secures your ride by the droputs, no matter what axle standard you roll on. Take a closer look and see how modular parts will have you bike packed faster and more securely than ever before, all after the break…

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EVOC is known for making one of the best travel bags to lug your mountain bike along with you as you jet set from one international bike park to the next. But even with the right bag it takes a good bit of time to break your bike down, and with so many different axle standards […]

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EB16: New Challenge options for 2017 – wider gravel, refined Baby Limus, sealed tubulars, MTB & more…

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Even though we’ve already covered the only truly new tread pattern introduced by Challenge this year when they unveiled the sand-specific Dune, they had so many new updates at Eurobike that it took us a while to dig through them and prioritize. We would probably start with their gravel expansion, just because there has been so much movement in that growing discipline, but we really wanted to lead with a picture of these nice new World Champion special Baby Limus tubulars, even though you won’t be able to buy them (unless you win worlds, presumably.) They highlight several of the new updates this year, including a revised Baby Limus tread, a new pre-sealed Team Edition S cotton construction, and a revised Handmade Tubular naming system. Besides these update to Gravel & CX lines, the road, track & mountain tires share some of the same updates plus a few others. Check it all out after the break…

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Even though we’ve already covered the only truly new tread pattern introduced by Challenge this year when they unveiled the sand-specific Dune, they had so many new updates at Eurobike that it took us a while to dig through them and prioritize. We would probably start with their gravel expansion, just because there has been so much […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Eurobike, Gravel Bikes, Mountain Bike, Road Bike17 Comments

Electra remasters color and style for Loft commuter and fashion cruisers

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Since their inception, Electra has been all about making bikes fun for the average rider. Little gets the “I’m not a racer” consumer out more than a comfortable seat/position and some cool designs. That being said, Electra is now offering their Loft model in three new colors, also a few new fashion cruisers are also taking to the streets.

Cruise past the break for more…

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Since their inception, Electra has been all about making bikes fun for the average rider. Little gets the “I’m not a racer” consumer out more than a comfortable seat/position and some cool designs. That being said, Electra is now offering their Loft model in three new colors, also a few new fashion cruisers are also taking to the […]

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The OTTOLOCK cinch lock is light, small and much stronger than it looks

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The age-old problem of bike locks is that they either lack security or they’re too bulky and heavy to carry – especially on a serious road ride. While many minds have attempted to find the ideal balance between these priorities a few folks from Portland, Oregon have come up with a unique solution: the OTTOLOCK.

The cinch-style OTTOLOCK is lightweight and flexible but also durable enough to resist cutting from pliers or bolt cutters. It’s quite small as well, rolling up to just 3” around and weighing about a quarter of a pound.

The OTTOLOCK has already more than doubled its funding goal on Kickstarter, and there’s still plenty of time left in the campaign. Read on to find out how this simple looking lock defeats cutting tools with its clever strap design…
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The age-old problem of bike locks is that they either lack security or they’re too bulky and heavy to carry – especially on a serious road ride. While many minds have attempted to find the ideal balance between these priorities a few folks from Portland, Oregon have come up with a unique solution: the OTTOLOCK. […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Commuter, Gadgets & Hacks26 Comments

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Wood River Trail, Idaho

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Photo submitted by Duke Shea, “My Lauf Grit equipped Giant TCX taking a break after a little pre-run of Rebecca’s Private Idaho course and some awesome single track. The Wood River Trail runs right through Ketchum & about 20 miles further south. The race and town support are second to none. I’ll be back for sure!”

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Photo submitted by Duke Shea, “My Lauf Grit equipped Giant TCX taking a break after a little pre-run of Rebecca’s Private Idaho course and some awesome single track. The Wood River Trail runs right through Ketchum & about 20 miles further south. The race and town support are second to none. I’ll be back for […]

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