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Brooks continues 150th anniversary Dashing Bikes project with Condor, Schindelhauer, Tokyo Bike, Achielle & more…

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This spring we saw the first of Brooks’ 150th anniversary collaborations with the UK’s own Brompton, German consumer direct Canyon, Skeppshult of Sweden, and the touring aficionados of Tout Terrain. Each of the bikes is produced in limited numbers and sold around the world. The single theme to link them all together (other than the drive to make a dashing looking bike, hence the name) has been the incorporation of copper throughout. Based on Brooks’ iconic copper riveted saddle, the project attempts to tie together a timeless look that can work from a small wheel folder to a full-sized commuter. Now they have taken the next step bringing the concept to more styles of bikes with offerings from Condor, Schindelhauer, Tokyo Bike, Achielle, plus other bikes on the way from Pegoretti, Pelago, Moustache, and Salsa…

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This spring we saw the first of Brooks’ 150th anniversary collaborations with the UK’s own Brompton, German consumer direct Canyon, Skeppshult of Sweden, and the touring aficionados of Tout Terrain. Each of the bikes is produced in limited numbers and sold around the world. The single theme to link them all together (other than the drive to make a […]

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IB16: Ergon fixes your feet, brings enduro packs back to USA & makes grips grippier

ergon IP3 Solestar cycling shoe insoles

Now that they’ve got your hands and butt covered with their various grips and saddles, Ergon has turned to your feet. The new Ergon IP3 insoles borrow technology and expertise from Solestar, but manage to bring the price down quite a bit without diluting the benefits.

Solestar’s design creates a triangle of support under the mid foot, lowering the big bone directly behind your big toe while raising the outer edge slightly and bolstering the inside ankle bone. The idea is to create a solid, stable platform between your foot and the pedal so that all of your power translates into forward motion and isn’t wasted on sloppy biomechanics…

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Now that they’ve got your hands and butt covered with their various grips and saddles, Ergon has turned to your feet. The new Ergon IP3 insoles borrow technology and expertise from Solestar, but manage to bring the price down quite a bit without diluting the benefits. Solestar’s design creates a triangle of support under the […]

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EB16: Canyon unmasks disc brake Ultimate CF SLX Disc & Aeroad CF SLX Disc

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Sure they were some of the worst kept secrets of the year, but Canyon has now officially admitted that the disc brake versions of their Pro Tour racing road bikes are a real thing. We first got a look at the Ultimate CF SLX Disc several years back at Eurobike when Canyon was showing it as a prototype, but in the years since it hadn’t yet materialized. The Aeroad CF SLX Disc slipped into the public sphere a bit more recently when Alexander Kristoff popped up a picture while training back home in Norway this spring. Both bikes had expected to get some race time under Katusha and Movistar this season before the UCI’s intervention. But with disc brakes poised to get a second chance in the pro peloton, we’ll take a closer look at these two pro race-ready disc brake bikes…

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Sure they were some of the worst kept secrets of the year, but Canyon has now officially admitted that the disc brake versions of their Pro Tour racing road bikes are a real thing. We first got a look at the Ultimate CF SLX Disc several years back at Eurobike when Canyon was showing it as […]

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Updates on the reset-on-the-fly BikeYoke Revive dropper seatpost

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We got a preview of BikeYoke’s innovative solution to the hydraulic issues that plague a big portion of the dropper seatpost crowd when they introduced their new Revive post design just before Eurobike. Its reset valve built-in to the head makes it fast and simple to get the air out of the hydraulic cylinder that tends to build up over time, bringing the post back to as-new performance without having to even pull it out of your frame.

Well, at the show we got a chance to play with one first hand to see just how quickly it really was to work. The push button version was pretty tough on your hand, so BikeYoke has solved that minor concern and has updated the design with a single 4mm bolt that will make it even easier to use on the trail. We have even more details on the updated dropper and BikeYoke has put together some detailed videos that explain really well how it works. Check them out and how to get in on the preorder deal to be riding one at the start of 2017…

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We got a preview of BikeYoke’s innovative solution to the hydraulic issues that plague a big portion of the dropper seatpost crowd when they introduced their new Revive post design just before Eurobike. Its reset valve built-in to the head makes it fast and simple to get the air out of the hydraulic cylinder that tends […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Sandia Mountains sunflowers south of Santa Fe, NM

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Southwest reader Jeffrey Fleming sent in this pic from riding his GT out along La Madera Road on the back of the Sandia Mountains and looking back north towards Santa Fe. As he puts it, “late summer in New Mexico can only mean one thing – Sunflowers!” He tells us it’s always “a great time to ride in the Land of Enchantment but particularly so this time of year.”

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Southwest reader Jeffrey Fleming sent in this pic from riding his GT out along La Madera Road on the back of the Sandia Mountains and looking back north towards Santa Fe. As he puts it, “late summer in New Mexico can only mean one thing – Sunflowers!” He tells us it’s always “a great time to ride […]

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IB16: Push Industries bounces improved rebound control, slicker surfaces onto ElevenSix coil shock

Push Industries ElevenSix Micro-XD coil rear mountain bike shock for late 2016

Last year Push Industries simply updated the fit charts and added compatibility for the Santa Cruz Bronson. This year, they updated the shock itself with a slicker coating inside and out and improved oil flow through the rebound circuit.

The new Push ElevenSix Micro-XD uses a new Micro-XD hard coating on the reservoir and main cylinder. It’s super slick, reducing friction for the main piston and the IFP between the oil and nitrogen charge. The decreased friction not only makes the shock work better, but less friction means less heat build up. And that’s just the start…

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Last year Push Industries simply updated the fit charts and added compatibility for the Santa Cruz Bronson. This year, they updated the shock itself with a slicker coating inside and out and improved oil flow through the rebound circuit. The new Push ElevenSix Micro-XD uses a new Micro-XD hard coating on the reservoir and main […]

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EB16: Norco releases a Torrent of plus bikes for young and old, teases new enduro & all mountain bikes

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Starting at Crankworx and progressing through Interbike, Norco had a lot to show. Feeding off the influx of plus size additions, Norco has expanded their mid-fat line up to include hard tails, full suspension, and even kids’ bikes. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve also started to tease a new enduro platform that sounds like it could be big in different ways…

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Starting at Crankworx and progressing through Interbike, Norco had a lot to show. Feeding off the influx of plus size additions, Norco has expanded their mid-fat line up to include hard tails, full suspension, and even kids’ bikes. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve also started to tease a new enduro platform that sounds like […]

Posted in Eurobike, Kids' Bikes, Mountain Bike5 Comments

Week in Review: Interbike kicks off, new Orbea Orca, GoPro drone & more

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Our Eurobike coverage is still pouring online, with tons of new bikes and gear, and Interbike is wrapped…well, the event anyway. The coverage from Vegas is just getting up to speed with lots (LOTS!!!) more to come. We heard plenty of folks saying there wasn’t much to see there, but we managed to find quite a bit, and you’ll see it all here over the next few weeks.

Some of the bigger news of the week were first rides on the all-new Orbea Orca (plus a sneak peak of their upcoming gravel/cyclocross bike), a review of the Coros smart helmet, GoPro’s Karma drone launch, Alchemy’s first move to off-shore production and new road bikes from Colnago, Argon18, Merckx and so many more. Roll on down for links to every headline…

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Our Eurobike coverage is still pouring online, with tons of new bikes and gear, and Interbike is wrapped…well, the event anyway. The coverage from Vegas is just getting up to speed with lots (LOTS!!!) more to come. We heard plenty of folks saying there wasn’t much to see there, but we managed to find quite […]

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IB16: Eddy Merckx debuts Aramid reinforced Strasbourg 71 gravel bike, adds carbon disc Sallanches 64 road racer

2017 Eddy Merckx Strasbourg carbon fiber and kevlar gravel road bike

The Strasbourg 71 gravel road bike debuted in summer 2015, and we’ve reviewed it here. Now, there’s an all-new Aramid reinforced carbon fiber model with additional bottle mounts and very clean stealth fender and rack mounts. Inside the frame are carbon fiber tubes to guide the cables, giving you quick and easy changes should things get Dirty Kanza nasty. Check it out…

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The Strasbourg 71 gravel road bike debuted in summer 2015, and we’ve reviewed it here. Now, there’s an all-new Aramid reinforced carbon fiber model with additional bottle mounts and very clean stealth fender and rack mounts. Inside the frame are carbon fiber tubes to guide the cables, giving you quick and easy changes should things get […]

Posted in Gravel Bikes, Interbike, Road Bike4 Comments