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WTB expands high-end gravel road with Exposure 32 tire, plus new trail tough Ranger

Rolling in between the existing 30c and 34c sizes, the new WTB Exposure 32c road-and-gravel tire splits the difference not just in size, but also in tread depth and size. Meant as a transition tire to work equally well on road and off, the center section is slick and gradually becomes knobbier as you lean into the turns. Check out the close ups, and a look at a more aggressive version of the recently released Ranger 29er tires, below…

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Rolling in between the existing 30c and 34c sizes, the new WTB Exposure 32c road-and-gravel tire splits the difference not just in size, but also in tread depth and size. Meant as a transition tire to work equally well on road and off, the center section is slick and gradually becomes knobbier as you lean […]

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TPE17: 3T lightens up wider, 1400g Discus Plus carbon aero gravel wheels & more

2017 3T Discus Plus 650B wide carbon fiber aero gravel road bike wheelset

Discus Plus is a new model of the 30Team that is wider and lighter. The rim was redesigned and chopped a ton of weight out by making it slightly shallower even though it’s 2mm wider. The wheelset dropped from 1600g to 1400g for the 650B. Rene Wiertz, 3T president/CEO said the prior version was over built, basically a DH rim, so this one is more gravel specific in its layup, which also helped shed grams.

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Discus Plus is a new model of the 30Team that is wider and lighter. The rim was redesigned and chopped a ton of weight out by making it slightly shallower even though it’s 2mm wider. The wheelset dropped from 1600g to 1400g for the 650B. Rene Wiertz, 3T president/CEO said the prior version was over […]

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Twin Six releases 2017 mens and womens jerseys, including the new randomized Standard Masher

Twin Six 2017 jerseys
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For many of us living in four-season climates, the riding season is opening up and it’s about time to take stock of our bike and clothing needs for the coming summer. If you could use a fresh jersey or two, Twin Six recently announced their 2017 collection with new offerings for men and women.

In addition to updating graphics, they’ve also expanded their Standard jersey line with a new Masher option. Made from unused panels of the solid Standard jerseys, the Mashers come in random colorways creating unique, asymmetrical patterns.

If you like to look co-ordinated there are jackets, hats, socks and water bottles available that match many of these jerseys. You’ll have to check out Twin Six’s website for the full collection, but here’s a look at a few pieces of the new lineup…
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For many of us living in four-season climates, the riding season is opening up and it’s about time to take stock of our bike and clothing needs for the coming summer. If you could use a fresh jersey or two, Twin Six recently announced their 2017 collection with new offerings for men and women. In […]

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BFS2017: Brik Bikes’ the chainless bicycles, no maintenance Dutch commuters

Brik Bikes was founded around the concept of building chainless Dutch-made commuter bikes that would operate trouble-free for years without any real need for maintenance. Starting with the principle of an enclosed driveshaft they developed a series of steel Brik Sec commuters where you never had to worry about getting dirty with a chain.  That grew quickly into the aluminum framed Brik Brut above, which trimmed off a bit of weight down to around 17kg/37.5lb and even a bit of the cost down to a starting price of just 920€, all while sticking with the same shaft-drive. Now Brik is adding a belt-drive version of their commuter to the line up, with the new Brik Belt that further drops both price and weight, while still delivering up several internally geared hub options to get pretty much any cyclist around town…

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Brik Bikes was founded around the concept of building chainless Dutch-made commuter bikes that would operate trouble-free for years without any real need for maintenance. Starting with the principle of an enclosed driveshaft they developed a series of steel Brik Sec commuters where you never had to worry about getting dirty with a chain.  That grew quickly […]

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TPE17: Rotor updates, expands direct-mount oval chainrings for multiple crankset brands

You might say it’s about time, and we’d agree, but Rotor has finally upgraded their mountain bike chainrings to a direct mount design. The one-piece option will be available for their new Hawk mountain bike cranks that debuted at Eurobike 2016 (shown above), their legacy Rex cranks, plus SRAM and Race Face. Actually, they showed a first generation of these things along with the new cranks, but they’ve made a few noteworthy updates.

They say it saves about 40g over a standard four-bolt chainring and spider. Chainring size options now include 26/28/30/32/34 tooth counts, and with Hawk versions, they even found a way to mimic the positioning adjustability of their four-bolt rings…

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You might say it’s about time, and we’d agree, but Rotor has finally upgraded their mountain bike chainrings to a direct mount design. The one-piece option will be available for their new Hawk mountain bike cranks that debuted at Eurobike 2016 (shown above), their legacy Rex cranks, plus SRAM and Race Face. Actually, they showed […]

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TPE17: Selle Italia’s superlight futuristic-looking split saddle – the SP-01 Superflow

Selle Italia has re-thought the saddle for the future with the new SP-01 Superflow. It uses a flexible full carbon frameframe allows each side to move with you, and do so independently from left to right. On top is a Fibra-Tek microfiber cover hiding variable thickness padding that felt surprisingly thick considering the impressively light weight they’re claiming…

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Selle Italia has re-thought the saddle for the future with the new SP-01 Superflow. It uses a flexible full carbon frameframe allows each side to move with you, and do so independently from left to right. On top is a Fibra-Tek microfiber cover hiding variable thickness padding that felt surprisingly thick considering the impressively light […]

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NAHBS 2017: Métier Vélo teams up with Tim Crossman composites for deepest custom

Fun fact: one of the really cool things that happens each year that doesn’t really get talked about is the friendships that develop and the networking that happens between builders at the show. This is especially prevalent on New Builder’s row where show attendance can sometimes be very slow. People chat, relationships develop, and sometimes really cool collaborations come out of it.

Last year, Jamie White from Métier Vélo and Tim Crossman were a few tables away from one another. They talked, had dinner at the show, and ended up riding together after the show. If you remember from our coverage last year, Tim was the Ukrainian carbon builder who had just constructed his second CNC filament winding machine so he could make his own tubing with which to build bicycles. Jamie’s frames at the time featured 3d printed titanium joints conceived and designed custom to each consumer.

What has occurred is pretty neat- the pair are now collaborating in such a way that if you want a bike with tubing tailored to you, Tim and Jamie will work together to bring you that next level of customization. The result is a frame that is tailored to the consumer to the physical core of its being- that’s really something. I don’t know how you can get deeper custom than that…

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Fun fact: one of the really cool things that happens each year that doesn’t really get talked about is the friendships that develop and the networking that happens between builders at the show. This is especially prevalent on New Builder’s row where show attendance can sometimes be very slow. People chat, relationships develop, and sometimes […]

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TPE17: Self-powered Jet Black Whisper Drive Trainer also charges your phone

The new Jet Black Whisper Drive trainer is completely self contained, relying only on your legs to turn it on and provide the power. That’s a big change from the original version, but it means it’s more portable. It’s also far more intelligent than last time we saw it; It’ll now communicate with a training app to adjust resistance to match the training program you’re running. It’s tested for accuracy up to 80km/h and 20° grade, so it’ll handle whatever you can put into it and should show reliable, repeatable results.

Their lead engineer says it transitions between resistance changes in about 1-1.5 seconds, anticipating and smoothing the transition slightly. It works with Zwift, The Sufferfest, etc., and has built in simulated routes based on Strava rides. Their included app lets you quickly and easily build custom workouts, and your coach could build workouts and send them to you, complete with instructions time stamped into it. Or you could share your own custom workouts with friends.

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The new Jet Black Whisper Drive trainer is completely self contained, relying only on your legs to turn it on and provide the power. That’s a big change from the original version, but it means it’s more portable. It’s also far more intelligent than last time we saw it; It’ll now communicate with a training […]

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Urge goes All-In with affordable kids trail riding helmets, plus Actikid…

courtesy Urge

It seems like we see a new trail or gravity helmet pop up from Urge Bike Products every few months, most often with their distinctive styling and usually reasonable pricing. But until now all of those new lids were protecting adult size heads. With their new All-In Kids and Actikid lines though, Urge are bringing their same approach to our trail children offering simple feature rich helmets that look cool at an affordable price…

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It seems like we see a new trail or gravity helmet pop up from Urge Bike Products every few months, most often with their distinctive styling and usually reasonable pricing. But until now all of those new lids were protecting adult size heads. With their new All-In Kids and Actikid lines though, Urge are bringing their same […]

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