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Road to NAHBS 2016: Nate Picklo of lov bikes

Photo used with permission of lov bikes
Photo used with permission of lov bikes
Photo by Nate Picklo

When faced with some life-changing news, entrepreneur and lov founder/creative lead/painter Nate Picklo decided that there was no time like the present to chase his dreams in cycling. lov bikes fabricates their custom carbon frames in its facility (or as Nate calls it, their “lov shack”) in Eagle, Colorado, though their clean and curvy carbon frames are put over the top by their in-house paint schemes.

Today, lov bikes is looking forward to beginning Titanium fabrication as well as strengthening the collection of artisans and collaborators that make their bikes the ultra-expressive machines that they are…

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WPC16: Lazer Z1 bulks up on accessories, new helmets and sun glasses on the way

Lazer helmets magma blade wasp inclination sensor sunglasses revolution-14

Lazer helmets magma blade wasp inclination sensor sunglasses revolution-13

When it comes to helmet accessories, Lazer has their Z1 game on lock. Now you can integrate your heart rate monitor, rain cover, magnetic glasses dock, and rear LED all in one light weight road helmet. Better yet, if you have a recent Z1 your helmet should be compatible with all of the new features. By replacing the rear mud cap, riders can add a light weight LED flasher for just $20. Add in the Aeroshell, Lifebeam, and sunglass dock, and you have one of the most accessorized helmets available…

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Singular reshuffles their deck with updated steel Swift, Puffin & Kite bikes

Singular reshuffles their deck with updated steel Swift, Puffin & Kite bikes

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Singular Cycles has been producing a wide range of steel framesets for almost a decade now, covering everything from touring to mountain biking markets. But as their style of bikes has bled more into the mainstream, it seems that they struggled keeping up with both demand and diversification at the same time. So founder Sam Alison has partnered with one of his longterm dealers in Germany, Wheelsports Weselberg who brings an operational background that will give Singular better structure, and let them focus more on continuing to develop their bikes.

In the process Singular has pared down their range to the three bikes that form the core of the brand, and build a strong foundation going forward. The 29er mountain bike Swift that started it all carries through with updates to make it even more adaptable. The Puffin combines full fat with an option for 29+ to handle the soft and loose stuff, and the Kite closes out pretty much all other riding surfaces as an all around road, cyclocross, and gravel bike…

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Posted in Commuter, Cyclocross, Fatbike, Gravel Bikes, Mountain Bike, Road Bike1 Comment

SRAM NX brings a complete 1×11 drivetrain group under $400, with a non-XD Cassette!

SRAM NX 1x11 entry level mountain bike narrow wide crankset

SRAM NX 1x11 entry level mountain bike drivetrain group

First it was XX1, then X01, then the very budget friendly X1.

They also created a complete GX lineup, letting you switch a few parts around to make a wide range 1x or 2x group, using a crankset that worked with single or double chainrings and a collection of cassettes to choose from. We reviewed that here.

Now, the new SRAM NX group brings 1×11 to everyone with a complete, dedicated single chainring drivetrain for an even lower price – as little as $310. That includes crankset with chainring, shifter, rear derailleur and cassette…even the chain!

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Trailcraft 24″ premium mountain bike wheels now available separately

Trailcraft 24″ premium mountain bike wheels now available separately

lightweight trailcraft 24-inch wheels for youth mountain bikes

We all know wheels are one of the quickest, easiest ways to shed weight and improve a bike’s performance. Rotational weight is particularly important, so saving it on a kid’s bike is even more critical to helping the little tykes get up to speed and staying there.

As one of the first brands launched specifically around premium youth mountain bikes, Trailcraft cycles had the challenge of finding good parts to hang on its lightweight alloy and titanium frames. To do so, they worked with Stan’s NoTubes to create a custom 24″ Crest rim, then wrapped it in tubeless ready Schwalbe Rocket Ron tires.

Now, they’ve developed an aftermarket set of wheels with rims from Alex that are available separate from the bike, helping you upgrade any disc brake kid’s bike with a race-worthy set of hoops…

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Is Domahidy Designs’ newest bike a 12 speed, belt drive, gearbox, Plus bike?

Domahidy Designs Domahidy Frame 2

Domahidy Designs Domahidy Sliders

If you’ve been following Domahidy Designs on facebook lately, you may have noticed a few teasers popping up. The slow roll has included a few different shots of what appears to be a new mountain bike from Steve Domahidy. As the former co-founder of Niner Bikes, and designer of some noteworthy bikes, Steve has been selling his Domahidy Design bikes for a couple of years now and floated us a teaser along with a few new photos.

You’ll have to tune into Mountain Bike Radio for the full release, but if you read between the lines you can get a pretty good idea of what’s coming…

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Halland, Sweden

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Halland, Sweden

bikerumor pic of the day halland, sweden

Photo submitted by Mikael Strand, “Winter finally hit the Swedish west coast and what’s better than long slippery slushy rides on studded tires. Greetings from Halland!”

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Sonder bikes from UK outdoor retailer Alpkit take you off the beaten track

Sonder bikes from UK outdoor retailer Alpkit take you off the beaten track

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The folks that run Alpkit, a big online outdoor outfitter in the UK, are avid cyclists so it only seemed logical to them that they would build their own in-house bike brand. Getting out for long days on the bike and pretty much any type of off-road adventure you could think of, they were looking for bikes that could get you up one side of a mountain and then bomb down the other side.

So working with Brant Richards, who had designed bikes for On-One, Planet-X, and Ragley, among others, Alpkit built the Sonder bike brand around a few new bikes designed to “Go Nice Places & Do Good Things”. Starting off with a 650b+ aluminum hardtail, an adjustable dropout titanium hardtail able to be setup in any number of ways, and an all-day ti cross & gravel touring bike for the long haul, Sonder has set an ambition to go the distance. Get a closer look after the break…

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WPC16: Abus adds more colors, Commuter Helmets and Bordo Centium Lock coming soon

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Abus helmets hyban bordo centium_

Abus the German lock company is becoming a helmet company as well. But while the helmets have quickly expanded through Europe, their entry into the U.S. has taken a little longer. Last year at this time we were discussing the helmets’ entry into North America via Canada. Now it’s our turn. Well, this spring anyways. And only Abus’ commuter helmet range. ABUS ‘ North American Marketing and PR Manager Joan Hanscom points out that the helmet market is already very crowded so Abus is taking a cautious approach with something that is fairly unique. Their commuter range blends a number of smart features into a helmet that is the perfect companion for rides to the office or around town.

Just in time for their U.S. debut, the line is getting some fresh new colors as well…

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