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2017 Specialized CruX cyclocross bikes move to 142mm thru axles, adds mounts

2017 Specialized Crux Expert carbon cyclocross bikes

2017 Specialized Crux S-Works carbon cyclocross bikes

Last year, we heard from early customers that Specialized had some something a little different with their Crux cyclocross bikes. The 2016 model year bikes were the first to get thru axles, but they used the SCS “Short Chainstay System to help maintain proper chainline while keeping the chainstay appropriately short for a race bike and cramming disc brakes all into a road-standard 130mm axle space. You can see how they did it here and dive into why with our exclusive interview with their brand manager here. The short of it this: They wanted to keep things narrow and short, so they created an open standard and invited anyone else to use it, too. It was an experiment, but it didn’t gain traction, so this year they’ve reworked the molds to give all of the carbon Crux bikes a now-standard 142mm thru axle…

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Last year, we heard from early customers that Specialized had some something a little different with their Crux cyclocross bikes. The 2016 model year bikes were the first to get thru axles, but they used the SCS “Short Chainstay System to help maintain proper chainline while keeping the chainstay appropriately short for a race bike […]

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AbsoluteBlack expands oval road chainrings to fit 130/5 BCD and SRAM 110/5

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At the beginning of the year, AbsoluteBlack debuted their gorgeously machined oval chainrings for Shimano’s asymmetric 4-arm road cranksets. Now, they’ve added to options for five-bolt arms, including SRAM’s hidden-bolt layout.

Shown above is the SRAM 110bcd 5-bolt chainring set and are designed specifically for that brand’s cranks, which place one of the bolts behind the crank arm. It’ll fit Red, Red eTap, Force, Rival, Rival, etc, including those equipped with a Quarq power meter. They’re available now in 34 (31g, 6.5% ovalization ), 36 (36g, 11.4%) and 50 / 52 (119g / 131g, 10.3%) tooth counts. Colors are black, red and grey colors, retail ranges from $62 to $126.

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At the beginning of the year, AbsoluteBlack debuted their gorgeously machined oval chainrings for Shimano’s asymmetric 4-arm road cranksets. Now, they’ve added to options for five-bolt arms, including SRAM’s hidden-bolt layout. Shown above is the SRAM 110bcd 5-bolt chainring set and are designed specifically for that brand’s cranks, which place one of the bolts behind the […]

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Fix It Sticks holsters your mini tools with new bottle cage Bracket

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Fix It Sticks has morphed their carrying compartments from the original sewn inner tube scraps to a more jersey-pocket-friendly fabric carrying case with bit sleeves. Now, for fans of their original tools with non-replaceable bits, comes The Bracket.

It’s a lightweight 16g plastic holster that lets one stick snap into each side. Choose your two favorites and they’ll tuck under your water bottle. They say they’ve been racing them through cyclocross and mountain bike events and haven’t lost a single tool. Together with both tools total weight is claimed at just 55g, and the tools combine to form a T-handle for better leverage over the bolt.

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Fix It Sticks has morphed their carrying compartments from the original sewn inner tube scraps to a more jersey-pocket-friendly fabric carrying case with bit sleeves. Now, for fans of their original tools with non-replaceable bits, comes The Bracket. It’s a lightweight 16g plastic holster that lets one stick snap into each side. Choose your two […]

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Surly Karate Monkey learns new moves with 27+ compatibility, Gnot Boost spacing

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Surly’s Karate Monkey has always been a crowd favorite, but it’s about to get a lot more versatile. Unlike the race oriented Foundry Firetower, the Karate Monkey is gaining a new wheel size trick. But part of that is the introduction of a brand new frame and fork that adds benefits even if you plan on running it as a 29er instead of plus thanks to more modern geometry. In fact, the Karate Monkey will be sold in both builds, each making use of the Gnot Boost spacing…

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Surly’s Karate Monkey has always been a crowd favorite, but it’s about to get a lot more versatile. Unlike the race oriented Foundry Firetower, the Karate Monkey is gaining a new wheel size trick. But part of that is the introduction of a brand new frame and fork that adds benefits even if you plan on […]

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Superior race new carbon Team XF29 Issue full-suspension & Team 29 Issue hardtail XC bikes

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Spotted racing by the Bart Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team at XCO Worlds and now at a number of national championships over the weekend, Superior bikes out of the Czech Republic look to have two new cross-country race weapons in the wings. The full suspension bike looks to get the name Team XF29 Issue and takes over the top spot from the current aluminum version of the platform. On the hardtail side, the new Team 29 Issue gets new tube shaping over the current carbonXC hardtail to add a bit more comfort so it can be raced on more technical courses. Take a closer look at the two camouflaged bikes after the break and what we can glean from each…

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Spotted racing by the Bart Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team at XCO Worlds and now at a number of national championships over the weekend, Superior bikes out of the Czech Republic look to have two new cross-country race weapons in the wings. The full suspension bike looks to get the name Team XF29 Issue and takes over the […]

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Salsa loads up new EXP bike bag line to get your gear out of town

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There are already a lot of bike bags on the market, but that hasn’t stopped Salsa from introducing their new  EXP Series. Why more bags? A lot of it boils down to better fitment on their own bikes. When you control both the size and shape of the bag along with the frames that you’re making them for, items like frame bags can be tailored for the best possible fit. There were also items like the new Anything Cradle that didn’t really exist.

Depending on what you’re looking to carry, and what bike you have, the EXP Series looks like an excellent way to take it with you…

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There are already a lot of bike bags on the market, but that hasn’t stopped Salsa from introducing their new  EXP Series. Why more bags? A lot of it boils down to better fitment on their own bikes. When you control both the size and shape of the bag along with the frames that you’re […]

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Wolf Tooth Components stops the drop again w/ new Gnarwolf chain guide

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The new Wolf Tooth Components Gnarwolf chain guide takes a different approach to chain guide adjustment by losing the shims while still allowing both height and chain line adjustment.

It mounts to any ISCG05-ready frame and uses a standard single-bolt adjustment to set the height for anything from a 28-tooth to 36-tooth round rings and 28-34 tooth oval chainrings. Where it differs is with an elliptical expanding mandrel between the guide plates and the body. Twist the adjustment bolt and you can move the chain line from 48mm out to 54mm, which not only lets you fine tune the placement but also fit standard and Boost bikes.

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The new Wolf Tooth Components Gnarwolf chain guide takes a different approach to chain guide adjustment by losing the shims while still allowing both height and chain line adjustment. It mounts to any ISCG05-ready frame and uses a standard single-bolt adjustment to set the height for anything from a 28-tooth to 36-tooth round rings and […]

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Take on the race circuit with the Foundry Firetower XT 29″ Carbon HT

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Foundry’s latest bike is a bit of an outlier when it comes to current trends with 29ers. It’s not Boost. It’s not plus compatible. Instead, it’s a performance oriented 29″ hardtail with an eye towards XC. Built to offer a high level of performance that is still attainable for many riders, the Firetower will be climbing the race circuit this September…

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Foundry’s latest bike is a bit of an outlier when it comes to current trends with 29ers. It’s not Boost. It’s not plus compatible. Instead, it’s a performance oriented 29″ hardtail with an eye towards XC. Built to offer a high level of performance that is still attainable for many riders, the Firetower will be […]

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Radon rejuvinates trail bikes with new Slide+ & updated Skeen

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Radon breathes a little new life into their existing alloy trail riding mountain bike platforms for 2017 with a new Plus sized all-mountain bike and reworked cross-country line up. The German bike company’s popular all mountain Slide which is already available in 130, 140 & 150mm travel versions in aluminum and carbon gets a new iteration with wider rubber for a wider range of riding from aggressive cross country to true all mountain via the new Slide+. Their enduro team has even found it to be such a fun do-everything bike, that one of them even raced it at this year’s Megavalanche. Get a closer look at the Slide+, as well as the updated Skeen after the break…
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Radon breathes a little new life into their existing alloy trail riding mountain bike platforms for 2017 with a new Plus sized all-mountain bike and reworked cross-country line up. The German bike company’s popular all mountain Slide which is already available in 130, 140 & 150mm travel versions in aluminum and carbon gets a new […]

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