Found: Interloc Racing Designs’ 11-42 wide range mountain bike, cyclocross cassettes

IRD 11-42 wide range mountain bike cassette for sram and shimano drivetrains

The wide range mountain bike cassette options just keep rolling in, bringing more choices at more price points. So far we’ve seen models from Praxis, SunRace, Hope, Edco, Microshift, SEQlite and Trickstuff…and newer versions from SRAM and Shimano. And that doesn’t even count all the hop up kits to mod your existing cassette.

Now we’ve found a number of options from IRD, including this 11-42 and an 11-40 topping the spread. It’s compatible with standard SRAM and Shimano SGS speed rear derailleurs, and they’ve got options for both 10-speed and 11-speed. That means less expensive upgrades as long as your rear wheel’s freehub body will fit an 11-speed cassette if you’re going for the extra cog. Otherwise, the 10-speed versions make for an easy 1×10 conversion without losing too much range.

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Scicon AeroComfort 2.0 TSA Soft-sided Bike Travel Bag – First Impressions

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Looking at our spring and summer that will have us stuffing bikes on trains and airplanes to get out and ride in some new places and return to some old favorites, we thought to give another thought to how our bikes would happily and safely make the trip. Whether it was our road and cross bikes that usually traveled by air, or the occasional trip to rail some far off mountain bike trails, we needed something up to the task of protecting just about any of our bikes. Taking a cue from the pros, we’ve started to test the newest AeroComfort 2.0 TSA bag, with its soft-side construction and built-in wheel bags, and are curious to see how it will stand up over time. Our experience so far hasn’t been without a little hiccup, as there are definitely pluses and minuses to a soft case, but our bikes have made it safely to their destinations.

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Having refined the AeroComfort for more than 30 years, Scicon has established itself as an industry leader and has earned the trust of the professionals riding at the top of our sport. With four Scicon-sponsored European pro teams racing their way across California this week,  some interesting infographics recently popped up in our inbox breaking down the logistics behind the race. 96 bikes in Scicon AeroComfort bags have made their way across the Atlantic and through countless transfers to bring these four teams to the start lines, and so far none have seen any damage in transit. Fly with us across the break to get more details on this newest iteration of the Scicon’s soft bike travel bag, to get a glimpse at what the pro teams pack, and find out what we think so far…

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Keep on Rolling With Velocare’s Extended Warranty Plans for Bicycles

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Allow me to pull on my plaid tweed jacket and dust off the elbow patches, because today we’re going to talk about extended warranty plans! All kidding aside, Velocare is an extended warranty program for cyclists providing complete coverage on components that fail under normal riding circumstances for up to five years.

If you rely on your bicycle to commute, it’s equally important to you as cars are to motorists. As we all know, bikes can require pricey repairs too and not everyone can shell out for, say, a fork replacement on the spot. MTB riders might like knowing if they blow up a wheel right before a weekend ride or race, they can repair or replace it without hesitation. Velocare assures you that if your bike breaks down, one of their dealers will fix it up with no out-of-pocket expenses for you to deal with.

Click below the break for the fine print…
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Downtubes Store more than Bottles with Redesigned Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 650b and 29

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Of all of the bikes in the Specialized line up, the Stumpjumper is perhaps the most well known. Introduced in 1981 and considered the first production mountain bike, over the years much has changed but the name carries on. Eventually the Stumpjumper lineage grew to include the first full suspension Stumpy, the FSR.

Today, Specialized continues the Stumpjumper FSR blood line with the latest version of their ‘trail legend.’ The previous version of the Stumpy FSR was already an impressive ride – so how do you go about improving it? For Specialized that meant the latest development in their SWAT technology offering a new, fully integrated way to store your flat kit…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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Advocacy

  • Ride of Silence – On May 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Check with your local cycling groups to see if there will be a Ride of Silence in your town (there are rides in 49 states). rideofsilence.org

Bike Parks

  • Mammoth Mountain Bike Park Opens May 22nd – Mark your calendar, schedule your tune-up and grab your crew; the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park is set to open for the year on May 22. A number of improvements and events are on tap for the Mammoth Bike Park in 2015, including the USA Cycling Mountain Biking National Championships, which moves to Mammoth this July. Several trail extensions aimed at increasing the connectivity of Mammoth’s trail network are scheduled for completion this summer. Also new this year, the Bike Park Basecamp adjacent to the Gondola at Main Lodge will provide the perfect setting to gather after a ride. With outdoor seating, bike tuning stands, snacks and locally brewed beer available for purchase, it’s an ideal post-ride venue.

Benefit Rides

  • Fundraiser to Support the Wood River Bicycle Coalition – The Wood River Bike Coalition is a non-profit organization located in the Sun Valley, Idaho area. The area was hit hard by a fire two years ago that ruined more than 150 miles of trails in our area so through volunteer trails crews in the spring and early summer were able to log over 1500 volunteer hours last year rebuilding trails close to home. On Saturday August 1st, 2015 they’ll host the Sawtooth Century which has become their biggest fundrasier of the year. For more information on the WRBC visit woodriverbike.org

More news and a chance to win a trip to The Tour after the jump…

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SOC15: Roundup – New goodies from Trickstuff, SQlab & Orange Seal

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Trickstuff is adding a wide range cassette to their lineup with this three piece unit called the 4111 cassette, as in 11-41. Where most of Trickstuff’s products are made in their home country of Germany, they worked with Response to develop it and it’s being made in Taiwan.

While it looks identical to the SEQlite cassette we spotted at Taipei Cycle Show, there’s at least one functional difference: The big cog has 41 teeth, not 40 or 42. It also has ready-to-ship U.S. distribution for those of us here in the States.

Detail pics and plenty more new stuff below…

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Shredits: Insane Street Riding from Matt Macduff and Garrett Reynolds, the Beauty of Chaos, and SR Suntour Riders get Loose

To go along with Nick Bruce’s awesome clip to introduce the new Kali Viva helmet, the company also handed an early sample to a rider with slightly bigger wheels. After putting the new Viva through the paces for nearly a year, Kali checks in with Matt Macduff with a video part from Barcelona.

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Limited Edition 12×197 Paul RHUB Fat Bike Hubs Available Now

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If you’ve been waiting for a thru axle rear hub to match your Paul FHUB, now is your chance. According to Paul Components, the 12 x 197 thru axle compatible RHUB was only made in limited numbers and after passing them out to friends and family, the remainder of the first batch are now up for sale on the Paul site. As usual, the hubs are made in Chico, California and are built to be easily serviceable while durable enough to endure the worst conditions. With the introduction of the Thru axle RHUB, you can finally have a complete Paul hubset for your modern fat bike…

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Looking for Kit to Match Your Ride? Pactimo Has Your (Pantone) Number

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In the hyper competitive world of road biking we all know color coordination is worth at least a few extra watts. All kidding aside, true to that old saying – when you look good you feel good. And if you think matching your ride is the epitome of cycling panache, Pactimo is taking color matching to the next level with the new Match Your Ride collection… READ MORE ->