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JensonUSA Holiday Gift Guide… for the Mountain Biker

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Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite Mountain Biker? Ideas for your own wishlist? Or just wanna stuff your own stocking with a good deal? Since our Bikerumor Editor’s wish lists are focused on products we’ve tested and recommend, we turned to our friends at JensonUSA to provide a gift guide full of popular items and killer deals for every budget, from under $10 up to $100 and more. Even better? Use code “BIKERUMOR” and get another 10% off qualifying items through end of December…

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Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite Mountain Biker? Ideas for your own wishlist? Or just wanna stuff your own stocking with a good deal? Since our Bikerumor Editor’s wish lists are focused on products we’ve tested and recommend, we turned to our friends at JensonUSA to provide a gift guide full of popular items […]

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Almost time to be Braver Than The Elements & tackle the Festive 500 with Rapha

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It’s cold where we are in Central Europe, and we’ve sill got a couple more weeks of losing daylight everyday. This time of year it can be harder and harder to stay motivated to ride, so we relish in the fact that other like-minded cyclists are out and using peer pressure to keep everyone riding. While some of our local riding buddies have effectively thrown in the towel for regular outside rides a few of the dedicated group are sticking it out. And it is sometimes even social media campaigns like Rapha’s Braver Than The Elements and Festive 500 that keep us pedaling circles. Braver Than The Elements aims to build on the midsummer success of the Women’s 100 to get those hardcore women out and on the bike on Dec 18. The Festive 500 on the other hand is the latest edition of the Strava-fueled challenge to end 2016 with a band and burn off all of those Christmas cookies and glasses of egg nog in time to start the New Year fresh. If you are ready to stick it out and put in some winter saddle time, spin past the break for details on how to join in, and find others doing the same thing…

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It’s cold where we are in Central Europe, and we’ve sill got a couple more weeks of losing daylight everyday. This time of year it can be harder and harder to stay motivated to ride, so we relish in the fact that other like-minded cyclists are out and using peer pressure to keep everyone riding. […]

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Review: Mountainsmith has so many ways to keep post-ride bevs chilled

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Between two different sixer capable options and a giant two-case swallowing roll top, Mountain Smith has post ride refreshments down cold.

Above, the Sling Cooler holds a six pack of cans for near term consumption. There’s no room for ice packs if you’re taking full advantage of its space, so think standing alongside the cyclocross course and heckling or manning the handup station. For longer term chilling, there’s the standard six pack cooler cube or the massive Roll Top Cooler…

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Between two different sixer capable options and a giant two-case swallowing roll top, Mountain Smith has post ride refreshments down cold. Above, the Sling Cooler holds a six pack of cans for near term consumption. There’s no room for ice packs if you’re taking full advantage of its space, so think standing alongside the cyclocross […]

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LVMH parent buys majority stake in Pinarello Bicycles

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BikeBiz has shared with us that L Catterton, the relatively new parent company of LVMH, has agreed to purchase a majority stake in Pinarello Bicycles, with founder Fausto Pinarello retaining the CEO title and a significant ownership percentage.

In a press release, Fausto said: “L Catterton’s unparalleled experience in building leading brands and deep understanding of the global consumer market make them the ideal partner for Pinarello. With L Catterton’s Pinarello will see new growth perspectives; we will not forget our roots and continue our path, creating innovative and high quality products.”



BikeBiz has shared with us that L Catterton, the relatively new parent company of LVMH, has agreed to purchase a majority stake in Pinarello Bicycles, with founder Fausto Pinarello retaining the CEO title and a significant ownership percentage. In a press release, Fausto said: “L Catterton’s unparalleled experience in building leading brands and deep understanding […]

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Urban Circus lights up the night with technical hi-vis reflective & LED fashion

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The French founders of Urban Circus were a bit frustrated with seeing those yellow mesh reflective vests everywhere they looked in the city – on grounds crews at the airport, on road workers, kids on school trips, and of course bike commuters. So their idea was to spice up visibility a bit by combining fabrics and prints that still met the ISO hi-vis standard, but did so combined with some high-tech performance clothing options, and with a healthy dose of French fashion thrown in too. The result is a couple of new jackets that offer a much more unique look with options like different prints, stealthy reversibility, integrated LEDs & usable phone pocket, and even integrated crash pads. Check out how it all shines after the jump…

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The French founders of Urban Circus were a bit frustrated with seeing those yellow mesh reflective vests everywhere they looked in the city – on grounds crews at the airport, on road workers, kids on school trips, and of course bike commuters. So their idea was to spice up visibility a bit by combining fabrics […]

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Review: The comfy Bontrager RXL padded handlebar w/ Prologo OneTouch 2 CPC foam bar tape

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For this year’s cyclocross season, I didn’t have a complete new bike lined up for review, focusing instead on testing a random assortment of new parts on my own bike, a Moots Psyclo-X RSL. Yesterday, it was the IRC Serac CX tires. Today, it’s the Bontrager Race X Lite (RXL) IsoZone handlebar with Prologo’s new OneTouch 2 CPC handlebar tape.

The combination creates a heavily padded perch, combining IsoZone pads stuck directly to the handlebar with a thick foam tape using Prologo’s CPC texture. Both are designed to damp vibrations, and the tag team effort puts about 6-7mm of padding under the palm in key spots. That’s wonderful, and fortunately Bontrager’s handlebar shape is a well designed foundation for it all…

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For this year’s cyclocross season, I didn’t have a complete new bike lined up for review, focusing instead on testing a random assortment of new parts on my own bike, a Moots Psyclo-X RSL. Yesterday, it was the IRC Serac CX tires. Today, it’s the Bontrager Race X Lite (RXL) IsoZone handlebar with Prologo’s new […]

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Wave your hands to navigate the city by bike with Haïku

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Gesture control is offering more ways to manipulate our everyday electronic devices, and while most of us have used it on mobile phones, computers, or even gaming systems, now Haïku is bringing gestures to a connected urban cycling computer. Developed by Asphalt Lab and funded with the help of successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns earlier this year, their new take on an affordable, easy-to-use computer for commuters and other modern city cyclists is about to be officially launched at CES with early spring delivery. Check out how it neatly integrates ride tracking, navigation, and even unobtrusive notifications all controlled by a wave of the hand…

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Gesture control is offering more ways to manipulate our everyday electronic devices, and while most of us have used it on mobile phones, computers, or even gaming systems, now Haïku is bringing gestures to a connected urban cycling computer. Developed by Asphalt Lab and funded with the help of successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns earlier this year, their […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Conca Dei Marini – Amalfi Coast, Italy

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“Selfie” submitted by John Holmes, “Note the Mediterranean Sea in the background of the mirror. What you can’t see very clearly is the 20% grade switchbacks away from the sea and up to Furore and Agerola. Some of the most breathtaking riding in the world.”

We always love seeing photos from where you are riding and are happy to share them with our readers around the world here on the Pic Of The Day. Send in your pics with a brief description here.



“Selfie” submitted by John Holmes, “Note the Mediterranean Sea in the background of the mirror. What you can’t see very clearly is the 20% grade switchbacks away from the sea and up to Furore and Agerola. Some of the most breathtaking riding in the world.” We always love seeing photos from where you are riding and […]

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Hello… Evil is Calling, with all-new mid travel trail bike

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With a name like The Calling, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the latest new trail platform from Evil looks like a fun bike to ride. This is the reason we all got into mountain biking, right? A mid-travel trail bike designed to pedal up the hills and bomb down endless singletrack. Evil says it’s their new “bike-shaped-skateboard”. Something about carving through deep turns and kicking it off every lip that you find on the way down the mountain. What you get is 131mm of Dave Weagle-designed linkage-driven single pivot 27.5″ (or even 26+) trail eating goodness, with all of today’s modern tech features. Drop past the break for the lowdown, from the curious color names to riding footage that makes us want to hit the nearest trail pronto…

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With a name like The Calling, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the latest new trail platform from Evil looks like a fun bike to ride. This is the reason we all got into mountain biking, right? A mid-travel trail bike designed to pedal up the hills and bomb down endless singletrack. Evil says it’s their new […]

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