Simpson Velorigs to Offer Unique, Partial custom Road Disc VR 1


You probably won’t hear many people complaining of too many graphics on the new bikes from Simpson Velorigs. Almost devoid of branding, the pastel colored frames will be the first product from Simpson Velorigs – a group of bicycle designers, engineers, and enthusiasts out of Southern California. Founded by Michael Simpson in 2012, the company is just about to release their first bike which will be a monocoque carbon fiber road bike with disc brakes. Simpson VR 1s will be offered as frameset+wheelset, or as complete builds.

Michael states that the company hopes to fill the niche between full custom builders like Argonaut or Calfee, and bikes directly off of the shelf in a bike store. To do this, Simpson receives their frames completely bare and offers semi-custom paint and graphics options with standard builds, as well as the option for full custom finishes. The result is a pretty unique looking disc road bike that will handle up to 28mm tires. Pricing is still being finalized, but they hope to have a Force 22 or Shimano Ulegra build for under $4k.

More details next…


GoPro Dirt Diaries Winner: “What I Do In Whistler”

As competitors in the GoPro Dirt Diaries competition, Ross Measures teamed up with Matt Dennison of IFHT fame to take a stab at winning the $5000 prize. The pair had seven weeks and access to a team of up to 6 people to create a mountain biking video that would be judged on storyline substance, videography, riding and editing. Opened to athletes this year, Ross joined Wade Simmons, Claire Buchar, Ross Measures, Kirt Voreis, Andrew Taylor, and Yannick Granieri as pro riders teamed up with other film makers to produce a winning video.

Based on Ross and Matt’s “What I Do In Whistler” entry, we’re not surprised they won, but they were closely followed by Kirt Voreis and Gunner Oliphant in sedond, and Claire Buchar and the Summer Of Summit Crew taking thrid.


New Niner ROS9 Plus 29er Fat Bike Crushes Trails, Special IMBA Edition Helps Build Them

Niner ROS9 plus 29+ steel hardtail mountain bike

The new Niner ROS 9 Plus is like the ROS 9, only bigger, making room for 29×3.0 (aka 29+) tires.

The frame is 4130 chromoly steel, just like the original ROS9, and all of the key features carry over. They wanted the same all-mountain “fun” geometry of the standard ROS, just with bigger tires.

One key difference is the non-suspension corrected steel fork. It’s the same 4130 material as the frame and gets tapered legs to provide that classic, comfortable steel feel. It uses the Maxle thru-axle at the bottom and a tapered steerer tube, the latter a rare feature on steel forks. Axle to crown is 470mm, same as their carbon and RDO forks. Niner’s product manager Barrett James said they kept the fork legs shorter (as in, non-suspension corrected) for a couple reasons. First, longer steel legs would have meant a much heavier fork to keep them strong enough to pass testing. Second, the geometry of the bike is actually built with suspension in mind, so the ROS9 Plus is ready for the Rockshox Bluto (or any other fat bike suspension fork that may be coming out). Head angle will slacken by about a degree with the taller front end. Out of the box, though, you’ll get a snappy handling, terrain crushing rigid bike.

Read on for tons of close up pics plus images of the very special IMBA edition paint job on the bike you can win!


Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Riding The Colorado Trail

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Photos submitted by Michael Uhl, “Riding the Colorado Trail from Kokomo Pass to Searle Pass on my Yeti SB95C.”

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Sneak Peak: New DT FR570 Improves on Aaron Gwin’s Favorite Raceday Rim (UPDATED)

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Set for an official launch at Eurobike in a few weeks, DT Swiss had this brand new downhill oriented rim on display at Crankworx. The rim is updated version of the one Aaron Gwin unsuccessfully attempted to destroy at Leogang.

At that World Cup DH Race, Aaron flatted shortly into the race and continued to ride flat out on nothing but rim. If you haven’t seen the footage, stop whatever you’re doing and check it out here.

UPDATE: More specs added at bottom…


Speedplay Zero Pavé Finally Clipping into Bikes Near You

Speedplay Pave Zero

The Speedplay Zero Pavé may have taken its time to get to retailers’ shelves, but the classics inspired pedal is finally here. Originally spotted on pro bikes as far back as 2010, Speedplay introduced the consumer version at Interbike in 2013. At the time Speedplay was showing prototypes and while they hoped to have them available by the first of the year, the company has just finished up the production versions with product shipping to retailers this week.

Compared to the original Speedplay Zeros, the Pavé versions use a patented “Swiss Cross” minimalist design that makes entry and release easier in sloppy conditions. Joining a number of products that are usually pulled out just for the Classics like Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders, Ghent-Wevelgem, and Strade Bianchi, the Pavés are now available for consumers.

Details next…


Where to Ride: Beech Mountain, NC – Mountain Bike Park, Killer Road Riding & More

beech mountain resort mountain bike park and area riding and attractions

Looking for the perfect riding getaway that easily blends first class road and mountain biking with plenty more family friendly activities worthy of a week in the Blue Ridge Mountains? Beech Mountain, located in northwestern North Carolina, has just that, with a pro-level DH course mixed among beginner-to-advanced lift-served bike park, world-class road riding and everything from hiking to caverns to zip lines to keep everyone entertained.

Beech Mountain Resort serves as a nice center to it all, surrounded by plenty of restaurants, lodging and non-riding activities. Roll through for details on the riding options, recommendations for where to stay and eat and things to do off the bike…


Hands On: Mavic’s Lightest Helmet yet, the Cosmic Ultimate

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Undoubtedly known more for their wheels than their clothing, Mavic has been making big strides lately in the world of hard and soft goods. Already offering a selection of helmets for both road and mountain biking, the new Cosmic Ultimate takes the title of the lightest helmet they have ever made. Geared towards road or cross country use, the helmet uses dual density EPS foam to offer excellent protection in the event of a crash while also remaining very light weight.

We got a chance to check out the new lid along with the other 125th Anniversary gear recently at Mavic’s La Maison Jaune.

Details next…


Win a Clif Bar Sampler Pack!


Want to win a sampler pack like the one shown here? We have TWO to giveaway, and they’re going to two of our Bikerumor Email Newsletter subscribers! We’ll randomly pick two winners from our general subscriber list on the afternoon of Friday, August 15th, so if you’re not already signed up and getting the weekly download, click here to get your email on the list. Must be a valid email address to win since, you know, that’s how we’ll be getting in touch with you. Be sure to sign up and confirm your subscription before 12 noon EST on Friday to get in the drawing. Big thanks to Clif Bar for providing two gift boxes!