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FrostBike 2013: Hands On with Schwalbe’s new Ultremo ZX Tubeless Road Tire

Road tubeless is a technology that has a lot of folks excited, yet the roll out has been a bit slower than expected. With Hutchinson more or less leading the way, for a while any other tires were simply rebranded Hutchinsons, however other companies seem to be closing the gap and bringing their own tires to market. Schwalbe happens to be one of those companies as they offer their new Ultremo ZX Tubeless road tire which was first introduced at Interbike, and is now about to enter the wild. Billed as the lowest rolling resistance tire that Schwalbe makes across the board, the 700x23c tire is apparently the fastest tire they make.

We threw it on our scale to test out the claimed weight, after the break.

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FrostBike 2013: Hope’s New Threaded Press Fit Bottom Bracket

It might seem like an oxymoron, but the next big thing for your press fit BB might be some threads. While press fit BBs offer some benefits from a frame construction stand point like wider BB shells and no need to bond a threaded alloy insert into a carbon frame, under certain conditions the BBs have been known to “walk” which causes noises and can damage the shell or the BB. Hope is the latest company to join in on offering a press fit BB that is threaded in the center ensuring that both cups stay in place to eliminate any problems. e*thirteen is one of the other companies who have similar products, though their threaded BB is designed for BB30 and PF30, not BB92/89.5/86.5. Due to the wider shell of these bottom brackets, you can’t use an external tool to install the BB, which is why Hope has devised their new threaded press fit BB.

More on the Hope PF Threaded BB along with new grips and BMX Hubs after the break.

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FrostBike 2013: Kind Shock Announces Aftermarket LEV Integra Dropper Post Sales

FrostBike 2013: Kind Shock Announces Aftermarket LEV Integra Dropper Post Sales

As more and more frame makers build internally routed dropper post compatibility into their bikes for 2013/2014, the need for compatible posts is obviously increasing. Seeing the demand for internally routed posts, Kind Shock has decided to offer their LEV Integra dropper post for sale to the aftermarket, rather than just offering it to OEMs. Price is yet to be set for the post, but it will be offered in 30.9 and 31.6mm sizes in both 125 and 150mm of travel.

We get the Integra on the scale after the jump.

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FrostBike 2013: Kinetic Traxles Get Your 142×12 MTBs on the Trainer

Maybe you have a mountain bike with a 142×12 rear end that has a bulky lever that won’t fit in the trainer, or maybe you have something like a Foundry BroadAxe that just doesn’t have anything protruding at all? Whatever the reason, if you have a mountain bike with a thru axle rear end and you want to put it on a trainer, Kinetic has you covered. Their new Traxles are more than just a trainer adapter though, they’re designed to be left in the bike whether you’re riding outside or on the trainer. Sure, you’ll lose the quick release function on some rear ends, but if you’re really concerned about that for racing you can always replace the Traxle with the supplied thru axle for the race.

More on the Traxle next.

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FrostBike 2013: Salsa’s Prototype 29er Divorce Machine Tandem MTB

FrostBike 2013: Salsa's Prototype 29er Divorce Machine Tandem MTB

Somewhere along the line, tandem bicycles picked up the nickname divorce machines – however, more often than not the couple that rides together stays together. In the case of Salsa’s Product manager Tim Krueger, he says the tandem is the only time he can get his wife to go mountain biking with him. This year at FrostBike, the Salsas on display were Salsa employees’ personal bikes, and this tandem happens to be mostly the bike Tim and his wife have been riding.

The day glo Proto tandem frame shown here is the 3rd prototype that just arrived before the show and was built up with the build kit from the second prototype. Tim said that with the 3rd prototype they have dialed in the geometry and have mostly figured out the custom chromoly tubeset that is used for the bike. Parts like the one piece diagonal support from the headtube to the rear BB, and the chainstays were custom designed for the tandem to keep things stiff enough to actually mountain bike on. Thanks to modern mountain bike wheel technology, custom tandem wheels aren’t needed and a standard 29″ wheelset built on stock Stan’s Flow rims with 142×12/15mm thru axle hubs are used instead. Tim was happy to point out that this wheelset had over 1000 miles on it so far and is is perfect shape.

More after the break.

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FrostBike 2013: First Look at the Actual 2014 Ridley X Night Disc

FrostBike 2013: First Look at the Actual 2014 Ridley X Night Disc

Sitting quietly in the back corner of the show, was Ridley’s all new X Night Disc carbon cross bike. You may remember at the time of the launch, we were the first to report that the new X Night would be going disc only for complete bikes in the US, though the press photos that were sent out were of the cantilever equipped frameset. Until Frostbike, the X night had only been seen in the cantilever form so we were a little surprised to find the Disc model in the Ridley booth.

Detail wise, the display bike appears to have no major differences other than what appear to be new disc specific versions of Reynolds Solace and Solitude alloy wheelsets. While the disc version of the X Night on display was set up with the Solitude disc wheels, the specs listed on the display specified Solace wheels for the Ultegra and SRAM Red disc builds.

Continue on for a photo tour of the new bike.

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FrostBike 2013: Problem Solvers Gets SRAM and Shimano to Play Nicely, with new MisMatch Adapters

FrostBike 2013: Problem Solvers Gets SRAM and Shimano to Play Nicely, with new MisMatch Adapters

After SRAM introduced their Matchmaker clamps awhile ago, Shimano finally got on board with a similar brake-shift lever clamp integration set up with their I-Spec compatible shifters. The catch? If you wanted to minimize handlebar clutter, there weren’t a whole lot of options to mix and match. Fortunately, PS is adding another option to the mix.

Qualifying as one of those ideas that makes you think why didn’t I think of that?, the MisMatch adapters are incredibly simple, yet will allow for a cleaner bar setup if you choose to mix and match. Currently, PS only offers a MisMatch adapter for Shimano brake levers with Sram shifters – but you have to ask how long it will be until they offer an adapter for the opposite. The adapters are CNC’d aluminum and are designed for use with Shimano I-Spec compatible brake levers and any SRAM MatchMaker compatible shifter.

Full list of brake lever compatibility after the break along with very cool steel/alloy single speed cog.

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WTB Hits the Road w/ New Nano 40c Gravel Tire

WTB Nano 40c gravel road bike tireWTB’s taken one of their longest standing XC mountain bike treads and morphed it into a gravel road bike tire.

The new Nano 40c uses big volume and small knobs to provide both traction and comfort, all without slowing things down in a straight line thanks to the consistent center tread profile. From WTB:

“The inspiration for this tire actually came directly from this show one year ago,” stated WTB’s Product Manager, Chris Feucht in reference to Frostbike 2013. “We were blown away by the number of requests we received for a gravel tire last year so we took a long, hard look at our tire line and decided to use the Nano tread pattern as a starting point. We wanted something that would appease racers due to its speed and light weight, yet also appeal to those wanting comfort over the long haul. By simplifying the pattern slightly, we’ve actually created a more durable tire while maintaining speed and the unique Nano handling characteristics, making for a winner.”

UPDATE: These two models at launch are standard casings. Tubeless-ready TCS versions are in development and will come later in the year.

Sponsored rider Jay Petervary has been testing it, and Mike Varley of Black Mountain Cycles and Sean Walling of Soulcraft (both in CA) provided input on the design. WTB will sponsor the Trans Iowa Gravel Race in late April and Petervary’s own Fall Gravel Backyard Pursuit to show off the new treads. Grind past the break for options and weights…

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Knog grow up (a little), announce lights, and collaborate on longboard

SONY DSCFor 2014, Austrailian funsters Knog continue to focus and refine their light and lock offerings while improving Stateside dealer support and maturing their image (just a bit).  Joining the previously-reported 200 Lumen Blinder 2 from this August, the Blinder 3 is a self-contained road- and commuter-oriented headlight.  The two CREE LEDs cast a 22° wide-angle beam, 15° narrow beam, or dual 22°/15° beams.  Combined output is 300 Lumen and steady runtimes range from 1 to 7 hours (10 hours flashing).  At 105g, there’s not much reason not to tuck the compact light one in a commuter bag or jersey pocket just in case

After the jump:  more Blinder 3 details and a surprising and cool longboard collaboration…

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