SOC14: Black Market Unleashes Mommy’s Little Monster And Steel Bars with Big Rise, Both Built in the USA

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After toying with both American and Overseas manufacturing, Black Market bikes has been making a major push in recent years to build and spec all their bikes with US made components.

The new prototype on display at the booth was no exception, developed using a similar geometry to their former Contraband model, this new bike will be their first 24″ bike to made here in the states. READ MORE ->

SOC 14: More Anodizing, Hubs, and Lefty Supermax adapters from Project 321

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Given the fact that we seem to be heading into a renaissance of Day-Glo colors and color matched anodized parts, consumers seem to be paying more attention than ever to the individual components of their bikes. Those looking for colorfully anodized parts are at the company’s mercy hoping they will eventually offer what they want in the color they like, or can look to the anodization experts like the folks at 321 Components. We spotted Project 321 pushing around an Ibis with some Pink Thomson bits at last year’s SOC, so we wanted to stop by their booth and see what they have been working on since. The answer is more colors, more hubs, and more Lefty compatibility…

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SOC 14: Uvex Introduces Quattro Pro – Colorful Protection Perfect for Enduro

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Judging by the bright colors and extra coverage of their new helmet, Uvex is looking to get in on the current Enduro trend. This shouldn’t be too hard, since their new Quattro Pro helmet looks quite good. As their top end model, the Quattro Pro has 17 vents and a double inmold construction for a well ventilated lid that still offers excellent protection.

Even though the helmet isn’t available until June, you can get a quick look at its features, next…

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Must Watch: Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company Trailer

Looks like we have another killer mountain biking video that’s set to be released soon. Consisting of a riding cast hand picked by Semenuk in all disciplines of mountain biking, and brought together by the crew of Red Bull Media House and New World Disorder Films, Rad Company features riding on location in Fiji, Retallack BC, Sunshine Coast BC, Pemberton BC, Kamloops BC, and Utah. The World Premiere is set for June 7, in North Vancouver BC – you can pick up tickets, here.

SOC 14: Industry Nine Introduces Ultralite Carbon CX Wheels, 150mm Fat Bike Hub Adapter

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When we checked in with i9 on their all encompassing fat bike hubs at Frostbike, there was one hub standard missing – only we didn’t (officially) know it yet. That would of course be the new 150x15mm front spacing on the new RockShox Bluto suspension fat bike fork. Rather than making an entirely new hub, i9 is offering a replacement non-disc side end cap that will make their 135×15 hub Bluto compatible.

The end cap  adds 15mm in width to the hub, and requires a 7.5mm adjustment in dish to the non disc side which could mean that new spokes are needed depending on the build. One of the benefits of the 150mm spacing is that the resultant wheel is build with zero dish for improved strength especially on a fat bike. End cap kits to switch from a 135mm QR hub will run $30, and a single 150mm end cap will run $15 to switch from a 135x15mm set up.

Likely the bigger and more exciting news for most of you is i9′s new Ultralite Carbon disc wheels, which you can find full details on after the break!

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SOC14: Smart In-Line Electrolyte System for Hydration Bladders From Eligo

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The Eligo Spile is an in line hydration unit with a dual fluid mouth piece that eliminates the clean up involved with normal electrolyte tablet or powder systems.

Biting on the first lip on the mouth piece gives you water, while biting down further back allows fluid from the small cartridge and your hydration reservoir to mix.

That’s it. It’s that simple. The replacement hose and mouthpiece work with the majority of hydration reservoirs on the market, which makes this upgrade painless.

Slip past the break to see it in action…

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SOC14: New American Made Helm MTB Stems from Profile Racing

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Profile Racing has a legendary reputation in the BMX realm across a wide array of product lines. From bomb proof cranks, high engagement hubs, and to , their American made products often inspire rabid loyalty.

Over the years, the company has also dabbled in the mountain bike arena, and produced mountain bike hubs for many years. At Sea Otter, Profile Racing was showcasing a new line of 31.8mm stems that they’ve designed to take the rigors of everything from Downhill to Enduro applications.

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: The Paradise

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Photo submitted by Stéphane Tomasina, “Pure happiness during this ride in the St. Baume last week (Provence in southern of the France) in a place which is called ‘the paradise’ or we had just crossed a chamois!”

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Wednesday Group Ride – Fresh Goods from Selle Anatomica, CDI Torq Tools, Profile Designs, Restrap & More

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A while back, we reviewed CDI’s miniature T-handle torque wrenches positively for their ease of use and convenient one-torque setting. But, with the myriad torque requirements of stems, handlebars, seat posts and saddle clamps, it could very easily become a wall full of individual wrenches.

Now, they’ve got an adjustable TorqControl wrench, spanning from 2nm to 8nm with a cam-over-clutch design for error proof settings. It uses a magnetic tip that holds standard 1/4″ bits and comes with 4/5/6mm and T25 Torx bits plus 4″ long 4mm and T25 bits. And a certificate of accuracy. Retail is $80, available through SnapOnIndustrialBrands.com.

Twist into more new gear below…

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