Photo Gallery: 2014 RedBull DreamLine Competition at the Oskar Blues Reeb Ranch

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Before spotting anything else while rolling up to the Oskar Blues Reeb Ranch, your eyes were immediately drawn to the the massive mounds of red North Carolina dirt. Probably visible from the planes above, the massive jumps were to be the home of the latest edition of the Redbull Dreamline BMX competition.

Set on the grounds of the Reeb Ranch in Hendersonville, NC, the venue would serve as a host to the best BMX dirt jumpers in the world to compete on the perfect line – the Dreamline. At first it appeared the weather would derail the fun, the crowd and riders stuck it out through a two hour rain delay to put on a great show.

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IB14: New Corsair Revo Enduro Bike Stands Tall, Plus Clever New Atomlab DH Hubs & More

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Tall folks rejoice! The new Corsair Revo enduro bike will only be coming in medium, large and XL sizes, and even those are generously proportioned to fit the bigger riders among us. Brand rep Lance Tueller said they saw a real hole in the market for bikes that fit taller riders so they went for it.

The frame itself is a shaped alloy frame built around 650B wheels and 160mm of travel. The suspension is a modified single pivot design using a linkage to help control the leverage ratio (about 2.5:1) and keep it all stiff. It also helps keep the center of gravity low for better handling. Drop in for more details and a look at sister brand Atomlab’s new components…

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Veloloop Tricks Traffic Lights Into Turning Green for your Bicycle!

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We’ve all been there…standing astride our bike over the rectangular grooves cut into the asphalt in front of the stop line, hoping beyond hope that we’ll trigger the traffic light to turn green. Sadly, it ain’t gonna happen. Your bike simply doesn’t have the magnetic signature of a two-ton car.

Until now, that is. The Veloloop is a low power transmitter that detects the inductive loop sensors in the ground and transmits a signal similar to what would bounce off a vehicle. That tells the sensor that someone’s waiting for the light, triggering it to change green.

It runs on two AA batteries and should last for more than a year since it only kicks on when it detects the transmitters and when you’ve stopped rolling. There’s even a light to let you know when you’re on top of the sensors…

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First Look: Fezzari Kings Peak Prototype Fat Bike

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After a two year hiatus, the Fezzari Kings Peak is back, but it’s gotten a little fat in its time off. While Fezzari is starting to make a name for themselves with their consumer direct sales model with a custom touch, their latest model will have fat bike fans looking at another option to fulfill their big-tired needs.

Called the Fezzari Kings Peak fat bike, or Fat Kings Peak if you prefer, the carbon fat bike is still just in prototype guise, but should be available in time for Christmas delivery – with plenty of snow left in the season. Equipped with nearly all of the features you would expect to find in a carbon fat bike currently, the Fat Kings Peak looks to be a relative bargain in typical Fezzari style…

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IB14: Hermes Sport Back w/ Gorgeous New Proprietary Hubs & VK Wheels

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Way back in 2009, Alex Webster started building wheels under the brand Hermes Sport. They used off the shelf components but gained a following for being well built and race ready. And light. Sometimes really, really light.

From the outset, he wanted to grow the brand into its own line using its own components. As things go with small businesses in a difficult economy, the dream sometimes falls behind available resources. A couple years ago, he put the Hermes Sport brand on hiatus and focused on building non-branded wheels with off the shelf parts for others.

But, all that while he was developing his own hubs as a foundation for the relaunch of the brand. His goal was to build the company anew upon his own parts, designing the wheels as a system rather than just a collection of off the shelf parts.

And thus is born a new line of Hermes Sport VK carbon and alloy wheels. The foundation is a streamlined, premium new hub and custom rims…

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Noxubee Hills Trail, MS

bikerumor pic of the day Noxubee Hills Trail in MS.  A hidden gem of a trail system tucked deep into the woods of central Mississippi.

Photo submitted by Mike Cassibry, “Here’s a picture from my weekend ride clearing spider webs on the Noxubee Hills Trail in MS.  A hidden gem of a trail system tucked deep into the woods of central Mississippi.”

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.

Found: Limited Edition DZR Dice Camo SPD Cycling Shoes

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DZR’s taken their best SPD-ready cycling shoe and given it a ripstop camo upper in a very limited quantity. As in 50 pairs…worldwide.

The sole is built around their stiffest steel-reinforced fiberglass shank to keep it stiff under pedaling pressure. The wrap-around Velcro strap keeps your foot firmly yet comfortably in place, snug in the padded upper. Link treads provide grip on flat pedals, too, or when sneaking about the trail. Retail is $149, available only on DZR’s website. More pics and link below…

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IB14: New Bicycle Lights from Light & Motion, Fortified and Gloworm

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Light & Motion’s Urban gets completely rebuilt from the inside out. It looks the same, but it’s all new where it counts. The original was getting about a 4% return rate, so they wanted to make something better. Now, it has an IP67 rating, which means it remains waterproof for an hour in a meter of water and passes a 1 meter drop test. It’s also thermally more efficient, so they could bump the output up to 800 lumens on the top model.

It also gets new packaging and colors, with each model getting a basic and bright color option. Choose from 350 up to 800 lumens with prices from $69.99 to $179.99.

They also updated a few other models and added options. Those, plus a look at two more brand’s latest goods, below…

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Review: Absolute Black XX1-Style Cyclocross Single Narrow-Wide Chainring

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Absolute Black’s XX1-style narrow/wide chainring for cyclocross is an appealing option. It’s light, it’s pretty and it uses a common 110BCD mounting pattern. It also has their excellent tooth profiles, which we’ve been pretty happy with across several different bikes and chainrings.

My CX chainring came in at the tail end of last ‘cross season, so it spent beginning of the year getting abused at the last of our local NCCX races. After that, it spent the spring and summer bring ridden around town, through gravel paths and along for some random ‘cross training rides. All the while keeping the chain perfectly intact and rolling smooth.

I installed it on my Moots with an otherwise Ultegra Di2 6770 group, swapping out the double crankset for a standard 110BCD FSA SL-K carbon crankset. This was done mainly for aesthetics, matching the black chainring to a black crankset with more traditionally shaped bolt arms. But also to test the Chris King PFBB with a true BB30 crankset, more on that separately.

The system kept the original Shimano DynaSys 10-speed chain, which has held up admirably well to several years of use on my ‘cross bike. It also kept the rear derailleur set up in it’s stock configuration. Marcin, AB’s founder, strongly recommended that I increase the return spring’s tension, but I wanted to test it as-is first. Here’s how it all went…

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