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Beer Roundup: Transition Bikes “Party iN the Woods IPA, Thomson insulated beer bag & more!

Transition Beer Cheers

Transition Beer Cheers

Often on the last grueling climb of the day, you say to yourself, “the harder I push, the better that beer is gonna taste”. Trail head or “half-way” beers with friends isn’t as good as the ride… it’s part of it! Transition Bikes took it a step further and partnered up with a local brewery down the street and came up with their own special brew!

Also check out a Thomson insulated beer bag and some swank beer carriers from Walnut Studiolo…

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Often on the last grueling climb of the day, you say to yourself, “the harder I push, the better that beer is gonna taste”. Trail head or “half-way” beers with friends isn’t as good as the ride… it’s part of it! Transition Bikes took it a step further and partnered up with a local brewery […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Baska Grapa Valley – Slovenia

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Photo submitted by Paolo Vettori, “My wife on a summer Slovenian tour around the ‘Baska Grapa’ Valley. One of the best uphill you can do. Wonderful place.”

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 of the bike and your location here.



Photo submitted by Paolo Vettori, “My wife on a summer Slovenian tour around the ‘Baska Grapa’ Valley. One of the best uphill you can do. Wonderful place.” 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 […]

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All-new Cannondale Scalpel puts another X in XC w/ lighter, faster & more capable frame

2017 Cannondale Scalpel Si full suspension XC mountain bike

2017 Cannondale Scalpel Si full suspension XC mountain bike

Cross country courses are getting more technical and more challenging. If you haven’t been to a World Cup race lately to see for yourself, you can simply take the fact that more and more of the top racers are aboard full suspension as evidence of that. Cannondale’s no newcomer to racing full suspension at the top level, having put riders like Kashi Leuchs, Tinker Juarez and Christoph Sauser on them as far back as 2002.

And they’ve done it by making incredibly lightweight bikes, particularly the more recent full carbon versions of the Scalpel. But, just making something super light and stiff is no longer enough. They needed a bike could excel in rocky terrain like Nove Mesto and Cairns.

Because, as they say, cross country races are still won on the climbs, but can be lost on the descents. It’s time to add another X to XC…

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Cross country courses are getting more technical and more challenging. If you haven’t been to a World Cup race lately to see for yourself, you can simply take the fact that more and more of the top racers are aboard full suspension as evidence of that. Cannondale’s no newcomer to racing full suspension at the […]

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Commencal creates the Absolut SX Kyle Strait for multi-disciplinary madness

Commencal Absolut SX Kyle Strait

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With Red Bull Rampage titles, racing trophies from several disciplines, freeride video parts and everything in between it’s safe to say Kyle Strait is a pretty well-rounded rider. While some pros opt to set up a quiver of different bikes, Strait wanted one bike he could ride in either slopestyle, 4X or dual slalom events. Commencal’s designers heard the call, got to work and created an updated version of the Absolut SX, which is now dubbed the Absolut SX Kyle Strait.

If you have a keen eye you may have noticed Strait was already riding his namesake Absolut SX at Crankworx Rotorua. If you like the idea of this highly versatile bike, you’ll be glad to know it will eventually be available to consumers as part of Commencal’s 2017 line….
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With Red Bull Rampage titles, racing trophies from several disciplines, freeride video parts and everything in between it’s safe to say Kyle Strait is a pretty well-rounded rider. While some pros opt to set up a quiver of different bikes, Strait wanted one bike he could ride in either slopestyle, 4X or dual slalom events. […]

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SOC16: Spēd Precision races toward new wheel brand with mountain, CX options

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Are there enough wheel companies out there already? If you’re Colin Esquibel, the answer is no. After leaving his position with Box Components, Colin told us he had something in the works, and at Sea Otter we got a first look – wheels. Why another wheel brand? Simply because Colin believes they can create a better product at lower prices than the competition by controlling the entire process. Every component of Spēd Precision’s wheels is of their own design, from axle to nipple. Their wheels will all feature carbon rims, made from unique molds, with their own hubs, spokes, and even proprietary carbon layup or two depending on the model.

At Sea Otter we only got a peek into what’s to come, but from the looks of things Spēd Precision will be a company to watch…
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Are there enough wheel companies out there already? If you’re Colin Esquibel, the answer is no. After leaving his position with Box Components, Colin told us he had something in the works, and at Sea Otter we got a first look – wheels. Why another wheel brand? Simply because Colin believes they can create a […]

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Shimano takes eBikes off-road with XT level STePS MTB

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Shimano is making the jump to electrify mountain bikes as they have now developed a new trail-specific version of their STePS e-bike drivetrain that they are calling STePS MTB. The all new e-MTB components are designed to deliver XT-level fit and finish to get to riders serious about riding off-road, but who are looking to extend their range to explore farther from the trailhead. The new group is sure to spark some heated debate, especially in the states where trail access could potentially be at risk, but in Europe where e-bikes are seeing steady growth Shimano seems to have needed to get in the game, lest they risk being left behind. Take a closer look at the system after the break to see what it entails…

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Shimano is making the jump to electrify mountain bikes as they have now developed a new trail-specific version of their STePS e-bike drivetrain that they are calling STePS MTB. The all new e-MTB components are designed to deliver XT-level fit and finish to get to riders serious about riding off-road, but who are looking to […]

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WeThePeople Supreme hubs flip the BMX cassette driver inside out

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The new Supreme cassette hub from WeThePeople is a bit of an interesting innovation with its new freehub design that inverts the cassette driver internals to overcome some typical hub limitations and add more flexibility. By putting the pawls inside the hub (instead of on the cassette body), and in a symmetric configuration that can be flipped around, you can reconfigure it for a lefthand drive setup with no other part swaps.

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The new Supreme cassette hub from WeThePeople is a bit of an interesting innovation with its new freehub design that inverts the cassette driver internals to overcome some typical hub limitations and add more flexibility. By putting the pawls inside the hub (instead of on the cassette body), and in a symmetric configuration that can be flipped around, […]

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SOC16: Intense highlights bikes w/ wild designs including BMW inspired drawings, bright colors, & camo

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How do you make a splash at a tradeshow after all your bikes have already been released? Custom paint is a good start. Even better when that custom paint includes wild designs that are done by hand. Even better – this over the top Tracer 275 may actually appear in an upcoming commercial for the latest electric car for BMW…

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How do you make a splash at a tradeshow after all your bikes have already been released? Custom paint is a good start. Even better when that custom paint includes wild designs that are done by hand. Even better – this over the top Tracer 275 may actually appear in an upcoming commercial for the […]

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SOC16: Litespeed updates gravel bike with new flat mount, 12mm thru axle T5G

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Like so many other bikes, Litespeed’s T5G is adapting in an attempt to stay current. In this case that means the addition of the T5G Flat Mount, a bike with, you guessed it – flat mount disc brakes. But along with the new brake standard there are a few more details that will keep the T5G cruising over even the roughest gravel…

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Like so many other bikes, Litespeed’s T5G is adapting in an attempt to stay current. In this case that means the addition of the T5G Flat Mount, a bike with, you guessed it – flat mount disc brakes. But along with the new brake standard there are a few more details that will keep the […]

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