The Sufferfest adds two new videos – Nine Hammers & an Angels Reboot

Just in time for your holiday break, something to wile away the cold, dark hours in your torture chamber where, perhaps, you’re dreaming of warmer days, sunnier climes or racing season. Or, after hitting nine VO2 Max and threshold intervals lasting three to four-point-five minutes in an hour-long workout, you may just be dreaming of returning to your cubicle.

Designed by Apex Coaching’s Neal Henderson, The Sufferfest’s Nine Hammers shows exclusive on-bike camera footage from the Tours of Switzerland and Romandie and the usual assortment of UK humor and graphics that make them the best trainer videos on the market.

It’s releasing this Thursday, December 18th, alongside a remix of Angels, for a 24 hour special bundle price. Check out the racing that’ll crush you next, then get ready to suffer…

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Closeup look at Cycles ED unique, custom bi-planar bicycle hubs

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We caught a glimpse of Cycles ED’s biplanar hubs at the Philly Bike Expo, but our attention was mainly drawn to his amazing lugs and frame. Afterward, we reached out to get a little more info on the hubs, which turn out to be equally elaborate and attention worthy.

A custom made frame is one thing. A custom hub is far, far rarer, but each rear hub from Ed Jones is unique, made from hand and uses a lacing and flange pattern that’s unlike anything mass produced. They’re all made on a 1946 South Bend Lathe, which came from Keswick Bicycle Shop, and there’s a story behind all that. As a kid, Ed escaped a troubled home life by working at the shop, and eventually the owner, Rich Norman, gave him a key and invited him to retreat there any time he needed. The shop owner saw the need, and Ed found beauty in the bikes and the safety. That outlook has continued, except now he’s looking for that same beauty and uniqueness in his customers, letting it inspire his design for their bikes. Or hubs…

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Review: Rockshox’s Bluto RL Fat Bike Suspension Fork & What It Means for Riders

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The Rockshox Bluto changed the game for fat bikes. Just like the 29ers that heralded before, it took the release of a major brand’s suspension fork to start to give the idea traction (pun intended) in the minds of consumers. Many of the early adopters of the fat bike movement were polarized on the need for suspension when you already have a 4″ tire at 8psi being able to take the majority of shock before it is transmitted to the rider.

Interestingly, the same brand that brought us the Reba, propelling 29ers into mainstream, also has brought us the Bluto, doing the same for fat bikes. SRAM remains one of the most flexible companies in the business, most likely to be the early adopter of new technology. Simply because of this business strategy of working closer together with their OEM customers to be on the front of new trends, they often lead and let the others follow. These risks may not always pay off, but when they do, customers take notice.

Now that the Rockshox Bluto has been on the market for a season, and is entering the first bit of snow use, we discuss our thoughts on the use and application of a product that has changed where the tracks of fat tires go.

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The Win Tunnel: Which is More Aero? Rim Brakes or Disc Brakes?

Specialized continues putting its in-house wind tunnel to good, entertaining use with the latest test, determining whether rim brakes or disc brakes are more aero. They tested at various wind angles and did find about an 8 second savings over 40km in a mild cross wind, but for which? And would that really matter considering the improved braking one might offer? Watch and see!

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Fatbiking Minnesota

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Photo submitted by Chris Gibbs, “After starting off with over a foot of snow, Minnesota is seeing a huge warm spell, this means fitting in fatbike rides late at night and sticking to the frozen ponds and lakes!”

We always love to see your photos and would like to show them to the world here on the Pic Of The Day. Send in your photo with a brief description here.

Bid On World Champ Kenny Belaey’s Trials Bike & More To Benefit Wheels 4 Life

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Wheels 4 Bikes, a non-profit dedicated to changing lives through bicycles, has received two bikes as donations, and they are auctioning them off on eBay to help raise money for their mission. Run by Hans Rey and his wife, they work on amazing projects, such as a couple that rode 300km on unicycles to raise $4,000, and a couple that asked for donations to the organization in leiu of wedding presents, and were able to donate 22 bikes to the people of Ugweno Valley. With such a great mission and high-profile directors, the organization gets a lot of fun and interesting ways to raise funds.

They currently have two of their dreambikes up for auction on eBay. World Champion Kenny Belaey’s Limited Edition Trials bike donated by Kenny himself, and a Canyon Nerve 9r All Mountain Bike donated by Bike Sport Magazine in Germany. Jump past the break to see both bikes…

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Special Edition Rolf Prima Vigor FX Wheels Released – All Polished or Blacked Out

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To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Vigor FX special edition series, Rolf Prima has put out two options for you – polished silver or matte black.

Designed as a track wheel but equally adept on city bikes, the Vigor FX wheels use rims made in house in their Eugene, OR, headquarters with U.S. made hubs and are handbuilt in the USA. They’re pretty limited in supply, and they say some have already snuck outta the building…

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Matt Hunter And Andrew Shandro Teach The Path To Adventure Outside Revelstoke

Tired of the pushes and pulls of regular life, Matt Hunter and Andrew Shandro show us how to leave it all behind, and get out for some adventure. This is the perfect dose of prime Revelstoke singletrack to make you dream about riding, since my local trails are closed today from an unseasonally warm thaw has made them too wet to ride.

Watch the video, let your mind wander, and realize that their plan to adventure is quite simple, ditch it all and get out on the bike.

Listen to Music While Riding & Still Hear Cars Coming With The Posse AMK Sound Balancer

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Posse Audio is a company that makes a mixing device for musicians to finely tune their monitor. Using the same technology, they are creating a device called the Posse AMK to mix the sounds around you, and your music while you ride.

Consisting of two small microphones and the mixing device, the AMK can balance the ambient sound using a small dial wheel. These are made because of the idea that being able to hear your surroundings when you ride will keep you safer. Mostly for road cyclists to alert them to cars, but the AMK can also be tuned to work as an audio amplifier to actually increase your ability to hear.

Posse calls this technology “Hear it All”, and the news on the AMK is that it is now small enough to be used with ear buds or other small devices. The Posse team has decided to launch the AMK device on Kickstarter, and are trying to raise $30,000 to bring it to reality. See the details and sketches of the device after the jump…

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