NAHBS 2015: New Builder, Love Baum Bicycles

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Love Baum is an interesting name for a bicycle company, but like other names before it the title stems from two individuals, Chad Lovings and Bryce Baumann. Together, the duo design and build bicycles in Denver, Colorado having met in Rifle, Colorado, while studying the art of frame building with Koichi Yamaguchi. Chad and Bryce shared a vision for creating meticulous, high quality steel frames and rather than compete against each other, they combined their talents to form Love Baum Bicycles. Their pairing has already paid off, with Love Baum Bicycles taking the NAHBS 2015 award for Best New Builder… READ MORE ->

NAHBS 2015: Moonmen Build First Steel Bike with Components from Idyllic Cycleworks

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Ever since we laid eyes on the first Moonmen fat bike, the small builder out of Fort Collins, Colorado has had our attention. Started by Todd Heath and Ryan Mckee, Todd cut his teeth in bike building with James Bleakley of Black Sheep for almost ten years. Starting with a fantastic titanium fat bike with BMX inspired styling, Moonmen is slowly building their brand one unique bike at a time.

After chatting with Evan at Idyllic Cycle Works, the latest Moonmen bikes include the company’s first steel build built around 29+ tires and frame components from Idyllic…

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TPE15: Velo flies high with 122g Angel saddle, new grippier bar tape and grips

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The new Velo Angel saddle line takes a somewhat unique approach to bike seat construction, pushing the cut out all the way to the rear, where the base is joined by a suspended arch attached to the rails.

The concept claims to offer a supportive, comfortable saddle without relying on much padding, which puts the Angel squarely into the realm of performance road riders. And with the flagship Angel Glide coming in at just 122g and the gel-infused heaviest version a still palatable 245g, they’re sitting pretty.

The Y-shaped cutout relieves pressure and distributes the rider’s weight over more of the saddle, which should reduce hot spots and numbness. The Arctech rail mounts add more comfort by creating a small amount of flex to absorb bumps.

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GU Tweaks Formulas, Packaging, and Branding For Continued Endurance

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If you’re like a lot of cyclists, the term GU, much like Kleenex, has become synonymous with energy gels. Now after more than 20 years at the top of the gel game, GU has established itself as one of the champions of endurance nutrition, or “one of the faces on the Mount Rushmore of nutrition,” if you will. Originally created in 1993 as an alternative to the original Powerbar, the basic building blocks of GU remain unchanged with maltodextrin, fructose, and amino acids taking the spotlight.

As GU prepares for the future of endurance nutrition the company is undergoing a bit of a face lift with all new branding, packaging, and a few tweaks to the formulas. Longtime fans of GU don’t need to worry though, GU will still be as tasty and effective as ever, but it will have some new selling points especially if you are a vegan athlete…

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TPE15: Funn adds lighter flat pedals and stems, plus new narrow wide chainrings & more

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Notice anything different about this flat pedal? From this angle, it’s standout feature isn’t exactly visible, but the locknut design at the axle gives a hint.

The new Python uses a fully enclosed axle and bearing system, eliminating the bolt on the far end of the spindle found on virtually every other pedal design. This eliminates the opening, which means no water, dust or other contaminants can find their way in to muck things up.

But that’s not the only new pedal Funn Components had to show off, and other components joined the party, too…

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Brendan Fairclough Breaks it down on the Scott Sports Genius 700

What does a World Cup level downhiller grab when he goes out for a ride back home in Surrey? If we’re talking about Brendan Fairclough that would seem to be the Scott Genius 700. Contractual obligations aside, we’re also fans of the bike as it manages to blend a super pedal efficient ride with a bike that still wants to be rallied downhill. Of course, we only imagine we can ride the Genius like Fairclough, but it’s nice to dream right?

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TPE15: DVO Topaz enduro shock gets closer, Diamond suspension fork shipping now

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The  DVO Topaz is their new Enduro rear shock that’ll be coming this fall. It’s a complete air shock with 3-position compression switch that goes from wide open to medium to heavily damped. That last setting is not locked out, just very firm.

The piggy back reservoir will use a bladder based, air charged chamber that manages oil displacement just like on the coil-sprung Jade. Normal shocks use a nitrogen charged chamber with an IFP floating piston, but DVO’s JP says the benefit of the bladder system is less initial stiction.

It’ll be available in 200×50, 200×57 and 215×63, retail, price and actual release date are all TBD.

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TPE15: Turin Bicycles introduce Yo cycling lights, new Super Willy steel cyclocross frames

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Turin Bicycles out of Chicago has added a few new frames to its bike collection, all steel and all ready for disc brake cyclocross action whether you want singlespeed or gears.

The Willy, shown above, is built from Reynolds 530 and gets an eccentric BB and straight steerer tube. An interchangeable dropout lets you add a derailleur hanger if you want to run gears, and standard external cable routing is in place. The Super Willy upgrades all of those features with some very pretty tube shaping, internal routing and tapered headtube…

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TPE15: Woho kickstarts killer WOKit carabiner multitool

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The new Woho WOKit is ratcheting its way through Kickstarter with this carabiner multitool that fits a surprising number of tools into a compact and utterly useful package.

By using a 6061-T6 forged alloy carabiner as the handle with an integrated 1/4″ ratchet, it allows for quick bit changes and a heat treated chromoly steel wrench to be locked into place for adjusting pedals and much more. The design has been iterated upon since August 2013, and it shows with a multitude of clever touches. For example, a soft, single-sided Velcro strap keeps it all snugly together without any of Velcro’s scratchiness that could snag on jersey pocket material. And a thin wire loop lets the accessories compartment dangle freely if you’re hipstering it to your belt loop, to which you could easily add a second loop for house and car keys.

Check the video and more details below…

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