SOC15: Industry Nine expands Boost 148 and 15×110 hub options

Industry Nine Boost 148 rear and Boost 110 front hubs

Perhaps the first company outside of SRAM to have a production Boost 148 hub available when they introduced it at Eurobike 2014, Industry Nine has rounded out the collection with more spoke drillings, front 15×110 and the choice between their standard version and classic hubshells for use with regular spokes.

I9′s Jacob McGahey says it only adds 6g to the rear and 8g up front, but it yields a massive 30% stiffness increase to a front wheel and 15% in the rear. He added that you’d need 40+ spokes on a traditional wheel to get those same gains!

They’re now available in both 28 and 32 hole drillings. More pics and other news below…


New Pahoj dual purpose child seat lets you ride with your stroller

Pahoj stroller child seat

It’s always cool to see a product come through Kickstarter, especially when it strives to resolve basic experiential gaps in cycling. The innovative Pahoj easily falls under this category by creating a bicycle child seat that doubles as a stroller, making child-wielding more reasonable while maintaining an active and car-free (or at least limited) lifestyle.

Check out how the Pahoj will replace both your child seat and stroller after the jump…


SOC15: Foes reveals gorgeous new 27.5″ Hydro DH bike, converts Mutz fat bike to 27.5+

2015 Foes Hydro H2 275 650B downhill mountain bike with all new frame

If there’s anyone that can make aluminum just as sexy as carbon, it’s Brent Foes. With so many years of experience building smoothly rounded monocoque frames, it’s no wonder the all-new Foes Hydro H2 downhill bike is such a looker.

The new frame was designed and built for 27.5″ wheels, keeping the 8″ of travel and plenty of room for 2.5″ tires. The 2.3:1 leverage ratio lets him use a lighter spring so it’s more supple, but the linkage makes it a rising rate to ramp up smoothly towards the end of travel.

Frame weight dropped by about half a pound compared to the 26″ model, with a claimed weight of 10.5 pounds with a Cane Creek Double Barrel. Brent told us this one was 36.5lbs as shown.


We The People’s New Stickin’ BMX Tire – Sticks on Top, Slides on the Sides


We The People Stickin' Tire, vertical
I remember when We The People entered the BMX world back in 2003, and right away they earned a good reputation within my local shop and riding crew. Apparently it wasn’t just us who thought so, as WTP quickly established themselves as a major player in BMX and haven’t slowed down a bit since.

WTP have just announced their new Stickin’ tire, a slick-looking tread designed for modern street riding. Its outer profile shape and rubber compound combine to offer great grip on riding surfaces, but also some slip on the sides so it won’t hang you up while grinding rails or ledges.

We The People put some serious focus on this tire, and spent nine months with their team riders developing the tread design and shape of the Stickin’. According to WTP’s press release, “Rubber is something we’ve always taken seriously. Not only is it the connecting point between your bike and what you’re riding, it also makes a huge difference as to how your bike feels.”

WTP’s Stickin’ tire will be available later this summer in 2.3” and 2.4” widths.

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Bouquet Canyon, CA

bikerumor pic of the day Passing Bouquet Canyon on a long ramble through the desert peaks N of LA.

Photo submitted by Dave Redding, “Passing Bouquet Canyon on a long ramble through the desert peaks N of LA.”

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Berliner 2015: Stelbel Frames, the Modern Revival of Italian Steel Innovation


At the Berlin bike show Continental was showing their tires on a couple of lovely looking steel bikes from a small Italian builder named Stelbel. The bikes had some unique details that jumped out at us, so we had a talk with their head guy at the show and got some history and details. The bikes got their start with Stelio Belletti, an Italian mechanical engineer from a motorcycling and aeronautics background, that pioneered TIG welded bike frames in the early 70s outside of Milan. After almost 20 years of welding bikes, including the bikes of a Polish team that won a team time trial world championship in 1975 the first year he was building bikes, personal problems shuttered the company for another 20 years.

But with some modern interest from the tech savvy team at Cicli Corsa, a collaboration was formed to bring Belletti back to is business and to revive Stelbel with a simple idea: stay true to the past, while continuing to experiment and innovate. With that the reinvigorated team at Stelbel has been bringing back their classics and developing modern interpretations based on modern materials, skilled craftsmanship, and an excellent attention to detail.

Join us after the jump for full details on the new bikes and the still-available classic that started it all…


SOC15: TOGS thumb rest nubs add hinged clamp design to preserve your foam grips


Introduced last December, the TOGS (Thumb Over Grip System) added a hand position to relieve fatigue on long rides while adding virtually nothing to the scale. For endurance racers (think PMBAR, Wilderness 101, etc.), it could mean the difference between your hands going numb and maintaining your sanity. Heck, they even come in handy if you normally ride paved paths or roads to get to and from the trail.

But, if you had lightweight foam grips like those from ESI, Red Monkey or Lizard Skins, you may be a little hesitant to rip them off just to add a thumb rest. TOGS felt your pain, so they developed the new hinged clamp, letting you quickly install and remove them without touching your grips. Available soon on their website.

Pacenti Answers ‘How Short Can You Go?’ With New PDent 25mm Stem and Bar

040715-5 Pat Pending CU

How short can we (or should we) go? Based on the current trends in mountain bike geometry, that seems like a question worth asking. It’s also a question that got Kirk Pacenti thinking. Shorter stems and longer top tubes have a number of benefits – increased control, longer front center for better stability, and the ability to run wider bars with effectively the same reach.

But as geometry has changed to adapt to shorter stems and wider bars, the limiting factor to going shorter has been the stem itself. Sure, stems shorter than 30mm have been available for awhile, but each comes with at least a 30mm height penalty which itself becomes a problem when you’re trying to get the front end as low as possible. At this point a few companies are offering stems as short as physically possible – basically adding just a millimeter gap between the steerer and the handlebar.

Pacenti thinks even shorter is better, and knows exactly how to do it…


SOC15: Spot Brand developing unique leaf spring-and-pivot full suspension mountain bike

prototype Spot Brand Living Link full suspension mountain bike

It’s becoming more and more rare to find a truly new suspension design these days, but small city and commuter bike company Spot Brand seems to have done just that.

Designed by none other than Avid founder Wayne Lumpkin, it’s called the Living Link suspension system. What sets it apart is the lower linkage, which is built around a titanium leaf spring coupled with a pivot. The visual effect is a very interesting rear triangle motion, and the performance effect claims to be an enhanced spring curve, efficient climbing, smooth descending, lighter weight and less maintenance. Oh, and it’s extremely stiff laterally…