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Factor Bikes Launch the ONE with Baden Cooke

FactorOneTDU2016-2

FactorOneTDU2016-1

Late in 2015, we revealed Factor Bikes new models, the UCI Legal ONE, O2 and ONE-S. All of these bikes are linked to a project with the UK’s first Professional Continental Cycling team, One Pro Cycling. Originally starting as a side project from motorsport and automotive company bf1systems, Factor Bikes has grown into a showcase for innovation. In 2009, the company released the Factor 001, a carbon machine that featured split downtube and aerodynamic fork, disc brakes and integrated power meter.

In 2014, Australian ex-professional cyclist and winner of the Tour de France’s green jersey, Baden Cooke, joined Factor Bikes as a consultant. Baden was tasked with creating a UCI legal bike to showcase in the world of professional cycling. Nowadays, Baden is a co-owner of the company with Rob Gitelis, an American who owns a manufacturing company in Taiwan. The 2016 Tour Down Under was chosen as the venue to officially launch the Factor ONE, O2 and ONE-S bikes. I was fortunate to get a few minutes of Baden’s time away from the Factor pop-up booth, and gather details and photos of the Factor ONE. Continue reading “Factor Bikes Launch the ONE with Baden Cooke”

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Wheelworks shows off their wheel smashing UCI impact test

Wheelworks shows off their wheel smashing UCI impact test

wheelworks nz UCI wheel impact test jig and specifications

Last year, Wheelworks NZ rolled out their own series of carbon wheels called Maker. They offered a fully customizable build with a carbon rim of their design, a lifetime warranty, and a lifetime of free replacement brake pads, all for $1,750 USD. And each pair is handbuilt in their Lyall Bay workshop.

Now, to make the set even more enticing, they’ve built their own UCI-compliant impact testing jig to obtain certification. Translation: As soon as the stickers arrive, you’ll be able to race them in sanctioned events. For most of us, that simply means more confidence riding over the roughest roads we can find.

Roll past the break to see the jig in action (high speed and slow motion)…

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Road to NAHBS 2016: Don Ferris of Anvil Bikeworks

Photo by Probably Dead, Used with permission of Don Ferris
Photo by Anvil Bikeworks
Photo by Anvil Bikeworks

Don Ferris is so pervasive within the frame building community that many take for granted that he exists. His company, Anvil Bikeworks, develops and fabricates the fixtures that help build many of the bikes you’ll see at NAHBS this year. At this point, it is unusual to walk into a frame builder’s shop and not see something of his work.

But knowing how much the fans of the community enjoy the cult of personality, it is a crying shame that Don, due to his customer base of frame builders, is relegated to the background. He is one of the more dynamic members of the industry. Few others have gone from the wrong side of the law, to the Antarctic, to UBI, to giving up a successful career as an esteemed frame builder in order to build the tool that the community uses to do their jobs every day.

When editing, I enjoyed the story so much that I left it a little longer than the others because, hey, this is the internet…

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Sidi adds a touch of customization to their mid and high end shoes

Sidi adds a touch of customization to their mid and high end shoes

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Long a dominant force in cycling, Sidi Sport has had a lot of competition in recent years as more companies have stepped up their game to produce high performing, well-made cycling shoes. Sidi themselves have mostly made small iterative updates to their line for the last 2 or 3 years, but still can be found on the likes of last year’s Tour de France winner Chris Froome and XC World Champion Nino Schurter. Now to offer a bit of the custom look that the sponsored pros get, Sidi has introduced a new way to personalize most of their performance and premium shoes with more detail color options. Take a look across the fold at which shoes will get a personalized touch, plus a look at a Froome limited edition shoe…

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Seal Point Park – San Mateo, CA

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Seal Point Park – San Mateo, CA

bikerumor pic of the day Seal Point Park, San Mateo, CA

Photo submitted by Gino LV. Ledesma, “Taken during Super Bowl Friday with the San Francisco to Google (SF2G) bike to work crew. The ‘Bayway’ route is an easy 42-ish mile commute with pretty good scenery, low traffic, flat terrain, and staying on bike trails. This makes the route suitable for riders of practically all skill levels and experience.

First Fridays of each month is the group’s monthly No Rider Left Behind (no drop) ride, making it an excellent social ride. There’s plenty of cookies and pastries that go around in the few designated regroup points.”

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Review: Garmin gets safer – Edge Explore 1000 w/ incident detection and Varia radar integration

Edge 1000 Explorer Varia 20160201_172627

Edge 1000 Explorer Varia 20160201_172627

Testing Garmin’s first unit with “Incident Detection” sounded like a fun experiment, and I even considered taking and ghost riding one of the lesser used bikes in my possession to set it off. Ultimately, I didn’t need to stage a crash as my riding took care of that for me, but I’m happy to say the crash incident detection works – even if it’s not a huge crash. Adding to the Edge Explore 1000’s list of features is integration with the Garmin Varia radar detection device. After my first experience with the Varia, this is exactly what it was missng…

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AirSupply’s power of air pumps up your bicycle tires directly from your saddle

airsupply bicycle seatpost tire pump with flex hose

airsupply bicycle seatpost tire pump with flex hose

We’ve seen integrated seatpost pumps before, combining a bicycle tire pump into the seatpost, but we’ve never seen the hose directly attached to it. The obvious benefit is that you no longer need to remove the post/pump from the frame, and thanks to the flexible coil hose, it’ll reach both front and rear tires.

The project is called AirSupply, and it’s the brain child of Alexander Haager. He started dreaming it up in 2008 at age 15, and by 2013 he’d gone through dozens of design iterations and hundreds of prototypes to arrive at a production ready design. Between now and then, he and his team have lined up manufacturing partners and a support staff, passed EN testing and have it ready to go. Now, all they need to see their dreams (and your tires) inflate is a little support on Kickstarter…

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Video: Brandon Semenuk treats his Subaru like his bike in Vice Versa. Surprised?

Video: Brandon Semenuk treats his Subaru like his bike in Vice Versa.  Surprised?

Brandon Semenuk

It’s no secret Freeriders don’t just keep “it” all on the bike and in many cases anything with wheels is fair game. Subaru Canada sacrificed one of their new CrossTreks to help Brandon get to some serious loam and the always cool as ice Semenuk does it like any rich blooded mountain biker should….

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Bontrager rips with MIPS on top road and mountain lids

Bontrager rips with MIPS on top road and mountain lids

MIPS crash

We first saw Bontrager adopt MIPS technology into their helmets at their Trek World dealer event in August and now they’re available. Given the potential safety benefits, it’s no surprise to see Bontrager add it to a range of their helmets to cover most riding styles. What is surprising are the very reasonable price points.

Check out the new MIPS helmets from Bontrager and the video for a visual on how it works…

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