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New Norco Ithaqua fat bike bloats a race-ready frame with 5″ tires

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How do you create a contradiction on wheels? Take a lightweight, race-oriented carbon fiber frame and pack it with 5″ wide fat bike tires, that’s how. And that’s just what Norco’s done with the all-new 2017 Ithaqua.

The frame gets the same Power Chassis as their Revolver XC race bikes, but opens up the rear end to accommodate the largest of rubber thanks to 12×197 rear axle spacing and asymmetric stays. What really differentiates it from their Bigfoot and Sasquatch fat bikes is the geometry…

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How do you create a contradiction on wheels? Take a lightweight, race-oriented carbon fiber frame and pack it with 5″ wide fat bike tires, that’s how. And that’s just what Norco’s done with the all-new 2017 Ithaqua. The frame gets the same Power Chassis as their Revolver XC race bikes, but opens up the rear […]

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Sidi teases all-new, glow-in-the-dark SHOT road shoe

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Chris Froome gets custom yellow Sidi SHOTs for Le Tour. Photo: Sidi/Bettini

We spotted these and their mountain bike version, the Tiger, at races recently, and now Sidi has put together a few videos to highlight some of the new features. Called the SHOT, the new shoe should be light and stiff and introduces a new layout for their top level shoe by putting the retention dials on top. Shown above in yellow for Chris Froome’s Tour de France victory, you’ll get to choose between more traditional colors, including one that glows in the dark…

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We spotted these and their mountain bike version, the Tiger, at races recently, and now Sidi has put together a few videos to highlight some of the new features. Called the SHOT, the new shoe should be light and stiff and introduces a new layout for their top level shoe by putting the retention dials […]

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Salsa Woodsmoke delivers 3 wheels in one, New Mukluk, affordable plus, & other 2017 MTB highlights

Salsa Woodsmoke 27 29 plus

Salsa Woodsmoke 27 29 plus

By now, you’re sure to have seen bikes that advertise two wheel sizes in one. Due to the similarity in size between 29″ and 27+ wheels and tires, we’re seeing a number of new models that can run one or the other. As one of the highlights in their new 2017 lineup, the Salsa Woodsmoke is taking that to the next level.

Not content with simply 27+ or 29″ as an option, the new hardtail adds another dimension with the addition of 29+ wheel compatibility, all in the same bike. To make it all work the frame resorts back to the days of elevated chain stays and a wild bottom bracket junction to offer super short chain stays with some massive tire clearance.

Just one of a slew of new and updated models, Salsa is bringing a big line for 2017…

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By now, you’re sure to have seen bikes that advertise two wheel sizes in one. Due to the similarity in size between 29″ and 27+ wheels and tires, we’re seeing a number of new models that can run one or the other. As one of the highlights in their new 2017 lineup, the Salsa Woodsmoke […]

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FSA electronic shifting drivetrain looking polished on Tour de France bikes

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prototype FSA electronic shifting group for road bikes spotted at Tour de France

Spotted last year later in Le Tour, the FSA electronic shifting group has been further refined and made another late-in-the-game appearance at this year’s Tour de France, too. This time, though, it’s looking nearly production ready and our inquiries to FSA were met with this response: “Make sure you come see us at Eurobike.”

So, they’re not giving up details, but we were able to get these photos from a friendly source that show off some key details…

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Spotted last year later in Le Tour, the FSA electronic shifting group has been further refined and made another late-in-the-game appearance at this year’s Tour de France, too. This time, though, it’s looking nearly production ready and our inquiries to FSA were met with this response: “Make sure you come see us at Eurobike.” So, […]

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Aforce AL33 alloy rims borrow carbon design for affordable, durable aero road wheels

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Jan-Willem van Soest has been building wheels with carbon rims since he was a junior racer, first for himself, then his trainer, and then more and more friends and others started asking for them. So, he started a business out of it, building wheels that were laterally stiffer, stronger and lighter than what those folks could find off the shelf. Five years after lacing his first wheel, he’s launching a unique, fully proprietary lightweight alloy rim.

“I was looking for an aerodynamic solution similar to carbon rims, but wanted to make it light,” van Soest told us via Skype. “We couldn’t find something under 550g that had the strength and stiffness we wanted, which in my mind was too heavy. So, we switched materials, and that let us get the rim weight under 500g with a 465-475g target weight.”

It has a toroidal shape, with dimensions very similar to several popular brand’s carbon rims, is tubeless ready outta the gate and is built into laterally stiff wheels thanks to some unique builds. Interested?

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Jan-Willem van Soest has been building wheels with carbon rims since he was a junior racer, first for himself, then his trainer, and then more and more friends and others started asking for them. So, he started a business out of it, building wheels that were laterally stiffer, stronger and lighter than what those folks […]

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Campy carbon for track too with new Bora Ultra 80 Pista

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Just a couple of weeks ago we saw some time trial updates to the Bora Ultra range by way of new wind cheating disc wheels, but while Campagnolo spends a lot of time working on making their wheels faster out on the road they also are doing so on the track. The Bora Ultra lineup has had a pretty long and successful career on the pro road circuit, so Campy’s R&D team looked to match that to their hour record winning Ghibli discs for an high performance setup across more track disciplines. In fact it seems like Campy sponsored pros had been matching the 80mm Bora Ultra rim to Record Pista hubs for quite some time, but now you too will be able to fly through the banked turns with the same performance….

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Just a couple of weeks ago we saw some time trial updates to the Bora Ultra range by way of new wind cheating disc wheels, but while Campagnolo spends a lot of time working on making their wheels faster out on the road they also are doing so on the track. The Bora Ultra lineup has […]

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Herrmans chomps down diameter w/ ultra thin Shark Lock dual density grips

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If you don’t want to sacrifice comfort for bike feel, Herrmans’ new Shark Lock grips might give you the bite you need without stuffing your mitts full of rubber. The Shark Locks use a dual density construction with a soft, grippy outer layer that’s nubbed and ridged to maximize grip in all conditions, but they claim it’s the thinnest locking grip on the market…

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If you don’t want to sacrifice comfort for bike feel, Herrmans’ new Shark Lock grips might give you the bite you need without stuffing your mitts full of rubber. The Shark Locks use a dual density construction with a soft, grippy outer layer that’s nubbed and ridged to maximize grip in all conditions, but they […]

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Bag roundup! MiiR, Timbuk2 x New Balance, Carhartt x Pelago x Mission Workshop, State Bicycle x Road Runner Bags, & Showers Pass

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Having your goodies secure on a daily commute or weekend tour can offer both protection for items, and a safer ride for you. And thanks to a wave of brand collaborations lately, riding in style is just a bonus. Robust builds, functionality, and modern designs fuel the backpacks, frame bags, slings, and rack packs covered in this mega roundup…

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Having your goodies secure on a daily commute or weekend tour can offer both protection for items, and a safer ride for you. And thanks to a wave of brand collaborations lately, riding in style is just a bonus. Robust builds, functionality, and modern designs fuel the backpacks, frame bags, slings, and rack packs covered […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Wilder Ranch State Park – Santa Cruz, CA

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Jonathan Korzekwa sent in this photo a couple of weeks back after riding the Zane Gray cutoff trail where he stopped to enjoy the view “overlooking Monterey Bay on an unusually clear day”. The Zane Gray trail is a part of the larger mountain bike trail system of  Wilder Ranch State Park just west of Santa Cruz, CA that stretches from the Santa Cruz Mountains down to the bluffs overlooking the coast.

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Jonathan Korzekwa sent in this photo a couple of weeks back after riding the Zane Gray cutoff trail where he stopped to enjoy the view “overlooking Monterey Bay on an unusually clear day”. The Zane Gray trail is a part of the larger mountain bike trail system of  Wilder Ranch State Park just west of Santa […]

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