Photo submitted by Jonas Sabbe, “Went riding yesterday and took this pic of my black beauty. (Gt Zaskar team) We went riding in De Panne (Belgium) it’s a very cool place with a nice trails. This is the link to our mtb team :)”
Atomik Carbon has been working on their new tubeless wheel line for over two years. We had a short test on them earlier this year, and had a closer look with them as well during their development. Now, ready for launch to the public, they are giving us the full specs, details and prices of the product line.
Atomik has created a line of rims that do more than just change width for the differing purposes of XC, Trail and AM. They all use a thicker sidewall with a proprietary material designed to absorb impacts, and a combination of Toray T700 and T800 fibers. How the rim is used though, will affect the final design…
If there was any doubt to the future of full suspension fat bikes, one only needed to browse the halls of Eurobike to realize it’s not limited to a few companies. In fact many frame manufacturers seem to be attempting to cash in on the trend with either completely new frames or modified rear ends to compensate for the huge tires.
Brands like MAXX are jumping in with their Huraxdax which offers 120-140mm of travel. Available in an incredible range of colors, the MAXX full suspension frame is available in S-XXL making it a viable option for the exceptionally tall (up to 6’8″ according to their chart).
MAXX wasn’t the only company joining in, there were quite a few other companies showing off full squish and rigid fat bikes in all shapes and sizes. READ MORE ->
Hiplock has added two new models to their lineup, the Hiplock Gold and Hiplok DC.
The Gold, shown above in their limited edition Camo cover with orange buckle, ups the diameter of the chain links to 10mm thick hardened steel. That locks into a 12mm shackle, and it all wraps conveniently around your waist while riding with a seatbelt-style strap.
It’s given a top rating by Sold Secure, an independent testing firm. More picks of that and their new DC edition U-Lock below…
While the big brands have mass produced carbon bikes on lock down, there is one area where the smaller brands will always have an edge – custom frames. If you’re spending big bucks on a carbon frame it should be to your liking, right? That’s where companies like Konstructive come in with the ability to offer extremely light carbon frames tailored to an individual rider.
Based out of Berlin, all of the Konstructive frames are designed in Germany and then produced inside of Europe. Utilizing a tube to tube construction method, the company is able to offer truly custom geometry with the expense of producing individual molds. Add to that a custom paint program on some extremely light frames and Konstructive’s edge begins to take shape.
Check out their impressive carbon construction plus a number of new frames next…
We spotted the new Wheels Manufacturing eccentric bottom bracket in prototype form this summer, and now it’s official. The precision milled part will fit BB30 and PFBB30 frames, converting any into a singlespeed bike.
The Enduro ABEC5 angular contact bearings fit a 24mm spindle, with versions for Shimano definitely and SRAM GXP. The outer pieces are machined from aluminum and use steel bolts to snug it into the frame and hold position. It’ll fit both 68mm and 73mm BB shells.
Around $125 retail, price will be finalized and production started for November delivery. More pics below…
Photo submitted by Martin Cashman, “Coll del Reis, Sa Calobra, Mallorca, Spain – October ’14 – Steel bikes can climb, taking a recently built up vintage Moser Leader Pro up the spiral Coll del Reis de Reis. Both the descent and climb are breathtaking and the little seaside village at the bottom is a wonderful spot for lunch, just don’t load up too much, the only way out by road is back up the 9.5km 7% climb.”
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Repete Cycles was born from the desire of Mikolas Vovervka and Robin Fišer to design and create their own frames. Entirely hand built in the Czech Republic, the duo are creating the frames from Columbus Niobium tube sets right in the heart of Prague. While they make the frames, they are concentrating on the package of the entire bicycle, working with a wide array of component manufacturers, and custom painting or modifying the parts to create the custom bike as a complete package.
Starting with a road bike and a track bike, but promising more to come, the frames have a unique look for steel……
Depending on where you are in the country, the cool weather of fall is either coming very shortly, or has already arrived. Here in Minnesota, we have already been riding with frost in the mornings. Proper gear is essential to be comfortable riding, and as riders
all over stretch the seasons, lots of new cold weather gear is hitting the market.
Bellwether has been around since 1973, leading the way back then with some of the first lycra/nylon cycling shorts. They have been through some rough patches, and are now trying to re-establish themselves with a new line of products. Coldfront is the windproof side designed to minimize exposure, and Aqua-NO is waterproof so you can ride through the worst conditions. There is a large line of new products, but the riding jackets and gloves featuring the new technologies are leading the rebirth of the brand.