Just In: Bontrager Affinity Elite TLR Road/CX Disc Wheels & CX0 and CX3 Tubeless Tires

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Bontrager’s Affinity Elite TLR wheel set is listed as Road disc, but this time of year for us that means they double as a cyclocross wheelset. Bontrager seems to think so to as the wheels were shipped with their new tubeless CX0 and CX3 cyclocross tires.

A lot has changed in the world of cyclocross technology recently which means buying a new wheel set can be a tricky proposition if you want them to have any chance of being future proof. Fortunately the Affinity wheels are a versatile design that are equally at home on your bike or in the pits…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • JensonUSA is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this fall with a big 20% Off Sale! Click here to check out the deals, then flick around the site for more blowouts that are considerably more than just 20% off! Congrats, guys!
  • Early bird special offer for the 2015 Assaults on Mount Mitchell and Marion, which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary ride on May 18, 2015.
  • Volunteers are needed for the 2014 Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals, October 22nd – 26th at Beech Mountain resort in North Carolina. Contact Tracy Simms by phone (828)387-2011 Ext. 205 or e-mail at mtbvolunteers@yahoo.com. Free ski season lift tickets for volunteers!
  • Volunteers are also needed for the Bookwalter Binge near Asheville, NC. The event is Saturday, November 1st. Sign up Here.
  • On October 3rd 2014 the 2nd Wheels 4 Life Indian Summer Gala fundraiser was held at the Ranch in Laguna Beach, California. The event raised $54,000 which is enough to buy almost 500 bicycles. Wheels 4 Life’s cause is to supply bicycles to people in developing countries in need of transportation. “Give A Bike – Change A Life”
  • Stock up on great tasting Kate’s Bars by taking advantage of their surplus! Until October 31st Kate’s Real SALE takes 30% off of online purchases. Use the code FALL30 at checkout. They also have an Instagram contest going on as well.
  • Swiftwick has a NEW and IMPROVED Sock Club where they offer exclusive and unique limited edition designs. Membership is now FREE and they’ve lowered the per pair price by two bucks! Also check out their PINK socks recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Get your ‘cross on in Southern Cali! Come ride with Peloton Magazine and The MOB Shop at the Peloton Cross and Gravel MOB Grinder November, 1st & 2nd.
  • Spot a few pros in the 2014 Levi’s GranFondo photo gallery HERE. The event was October 4th in Santa Rosa, California.
  • If you’re going to be in Philly for the Philly Bike Expo then be sure to take in “Bicycle Nomad” Eric Cedeno’s recount of his 2,200 mile journey along the route of The Underground Railroad. The presentation is at 3pm on November 8th and just one of many offerings on the event schedule at the 2014 Philly Bike expo.
  • It seems like everyone is having a sale these days. Timbuk2 is clearing out their warehouse by offer up to 60% off select styles. Hurry though. Quantities are limited and time is running out!
  • Your chance to be Dutch…Sort of. Road Holland Cycling Apparel is looking for brand ambassadors across the USA. So, if you’re active in your cycling community, are social media savvy and believe in the mission and look of the Road Holland brand then contact them HERE.

Vee Tire Co Offers Manufacturers Easy Customization

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You’ll probably be seeing more Vee Tires equipped on bikes in the future. That’s because the company is making a big push into the OEM market with their new guidebook designed to make the customization process as easy as possible. Offering companies the chance to pick their own tread patterns, color options, hot patches, sidewalls, and even special treatments on the shoulders, the move means we’ll not only see more Vee tires, but tires that will probably match the bike.

Obviously this is bigger news if you are a manufacturer, but it does mean the possibility for stock bikes to ship with better tires thanks to low prices and low minimums.

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EB14: Ashima Goes Both Ways w/ New PCD Mech-to-Hydraulic Disc Brake Caliper

Ashima PCD Power Cable Dual mechanical to hydraulic disc brake caliper

Like TRP’s progression from the Parabox to HYRD, the new Ashima PCD looks like a much, much better mechanical-to-hydraulic disc brake conversion than the Hydromech they showed off last year.

The caliper body is forged and CNC’d from aluminum and uses a side-mounted piston to push mineral oil behind pads on either side of the rotor. The lever plunging the piston into the master cylinder is pulled by cable, allowing it to retrofit to any standard brake lever. They’re recommending it’s use with a minimum size of 160mm rotors, but rating it for road, cyclocross and XC mountain biking. Stop in past the break for details and pics…

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Ted Biker, er, Baker Introduces Fashionable Ready to Wear Bicycle Commuter Collection

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Giro’s New Road collection started bridging the gap between pure roadie spandex and something more coffee shop appropriate. And Levis, Outlier, Makers & Riders, Beta Brand, Bluffworks and more have introduced office-ready garments that work as well on the bike as off.

But you know bicycle commuting has started it’s glorious path toward mainstream when the major fashion houses start creating entire collections around the activity. Fortunately, Ted Baker’s modern British eye has turned to it before such department store brands as Hilfiger, setting the (handle)bar pretty high for others entering the space.

Click through for a sampling and video teaser of the collection…

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Livestream App Now Streams Live Footage Straight from your GoPro

Livestream app streams footage from GoPro Hero4 live on the internet

The new Livestream iOS app lets you stream video from GoPro HERO cameras live via your iPhone’s 4G cellular data connection, sending the action straight to your friends via a shared link. They’ve also updated the app to let you lock the screen during use, so you can set it streaming then tuck your phone safely inside your pack or pocket.

You’ll need one of the GoPro HERO3 or HERO4 with built in WiFi (or, presumably, the WiFi bacpac for the older models) to connect your phone to the camera’s network, then select the GoPro from the Livestream App’s menu to let it see what your camera’s seeing. Once there, just tell it to go live and anyone with the link you’ve shared can watch your action in real time.

The app will even allow two-way chatting while broadcasting, the ability to post snapshots to the feed and live video filters. As long as you’ve got 4G or LTE signal strength, you should be good to go. Check video of it in action below…
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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Under the Stars in Victor, Idaho

bikerumor pic of the day cycling under the Stars in Victor, Idaho

Photo submitted by Bryan Kirkwood, “My friend’s Santa Cruz Tallboy LT on the roof rack on top of his truck. I set my camera on a tripod and framed up the shot, then exposed it for about 15 seconds. It was taken in Victor, Idaho where there’s almost no light pollution.”

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.

EB14: Nukeproof Drops Long Travel Scout Hardtail, Updates Full Suspension Bikes

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Nukeproof’s new Scout is a 150mm travel trail hardtail with their new house-brand dropper seatpost. It’s meant to be a fun bike for those just looking to hit the dirt hard with minimal complications.

The frame is a double welded T6 6061 alloy with box shaped rear triangle and hydroformed front triangle tubes. It’s got a 66º head angle designed for a 150mm travel fork, ISCG05 tabs and a new 3-in-1 dropout system that’ll handle QR, 12×135 and 12×142 rear axles. While it’s getting spec’d with their new post, there’s internal routing for a stealth dropper post from others. Two builds will be available: The Comp spec is €1,950 with SRAM X7 1×10 and the Race spec is full Deore for €1,599.

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Fulcrum Burns Up the Trails with Light Weight Red Passion MTB Wheels

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Still not sold on carbon fiber rims but looking for something super light? Fulcrum hears you. Their latest mountain bike wheels get the Red Passion treatment which results in some impressively light aluminum rimmed options for both 27.5 and 29″ wheels. The asymmetric wheels include all of the typical Fulcrum details worthy of Campagnolo – only for the dirt.

As light as some carbon options, the Red Passion wheels have our attention…

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