FB17: Wolf Tooth Components adds 46t GCX for SRAM cassettes, braze-on GnarWolf chainguide, prototype high direct mount

SRAM Eagle might be the hot new group, but there are a lot more riders out there who are still running 11 speed SRAM groups. That also means there are likely to be a lot of riders looking for a lower “bail out” gear to get up that punchy climb when your legs just don’t have it. If you fall into that category, Wolf Tooth Components has yet another product that may be worth a look. It might not be quite as big as the blue 49t GC for Shimano cassettes above, but the red GCX 46t needs less to make it work and makes for a massive 10-46t spread…

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SRAM Eagle might be the hot new group, but there are a lot more riders out there who are still running 11 speed SRAM groups. That also means there are likely to be a lot of riders looking for a lower “bail out” gear to get up that punchy climb when your legs just don’t […]

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FB17: 27.5 x 2.6″ tires start rolling in from Maxxis, Teravail kicks off all new tire line with Plus MTB

Michelin wasn’t the only company showcasing new treads in the middle sized 2.6″ width at Frostbike this year. Maxxis also had two new options in their booth – the Rekon and Forekaster. The Rekon has become a popular tire for true plus size bikes at 2.8″, but the addition of a 2.6″ should be welcomed. The same could be said for the Forekaster as it offers a bit more aggressive tread that is more widely spaced for improved mud shedding.

While they weren’t 2.6″, Teraveil had new tires their booth as well – which sound like they’re just the beginning…

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Michelin wasn’t the only company showcasing new treads in the middle sized 2.6″ width at Frostbike this year. Maxxis also had two new options in their booth – the Rekon and Forekaster. The Rekon has become a popular tire for true plus size bikes at 2.8″, but the addition of a 2.6″ should be welcomed. […]

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FB17: Michelin teases new mountain bike tire range

Last year around this time, Michelin impressed us with the new Power road tire family. Diving deep into new rubber compount technology, casing improvements and more, the tires seem to live up to Michelin’s claims. On top of that, the company announced that they were tapping Cam Zink for mountain bike tire development shortly after the road launch, while we were at Sea Otter.

Now it seems that the time has come for a new crop of mountain bike tires from Michelin. We’ll have to wait until next month for the full reveal, but Michelin did have four of the new treads up at Frostbike. They wouldn’t tell us any specifics, but there’s certainly a lot that can be learned just by looking…

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Last year around this time, Michelin impressed us with the new Power road tire family. Diving deep into new rubber compount technology, casing improvements and more, the tires seem to live up to Michelin’s claims. On top of that, the company announced that they were tapping Cam Zink for mountain bike tire development shortly after […]

Posted in Frostbike, Mountain Bike15 Comments

Frostbike ’17: Turn your XD freehub into a single speed with Problem Solvers Zinger

Are you single speed curious? Did your bike come with adjustable dropouts and you want to try out single speed riding without investing in a new hub or wheel? For years, there has been an easy fix. Simply find some freehub spacers, a single speed cog, and a lock ring and you’re good to go. Then XD freehubs came along. Don’t get me wrong – they are awesome when it comes to XD compatible cassettes. But there also wasn’t a way to make them into a single speed without purchasing another Shimano freehub that is compatible with your hub.

To give riders another option, and a chance to dabble in single speed riding while keeping your current XD freehub, Problem Solvers has, well, solved the problem. Their new Zinger single speed kit will easily convert your XD freehub into a single speed carrier and it has a ton of adjustability for chainline…

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Are you single speed curious? Did your bike come with adjustable dropouts and you want to try out single speed riding without investing in a new hub or wheel? For years, there has been an easy fix. Simply find some freehub spacers, a single speed cog, and a lock ring and you’re good to go. […]

Posted in Gadgets & Hacks, Mountain Bike8 Comments

Ask a Stupid Question #2: How often to wash your kit when commuting, clipless vs. flats, and proper helmet use

Ask A Stupid Question - ask Bikerumor your bicycle maintenance and tech questions and we'll find the answer

We know, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. But there are definitely some questions too embarrassing to ask your local shop or riding buddies. This is the first in a weekly installment where we get to the bottom of your questions – serious or otherwise. 

This week it’s all about gear. In one way or another, we all use it – but the little details aren’t always so clear.

Chris asks: So… I commute by bike 24 miles a day, too far to commute in clothes so I use a kit (bibs and jersey). The problem is I’m always washing them. Literally all the time so wear and tear in washing. Am I doing this right and wear once and done, or do others wear their bibs more than once before washing. Also I sweat like a maniac. Thanks!!!

That’s a great question, and while it seems like a simple answer, we wanted to be sure. So we reached out to a few clothing companies to ask their opinion, and the responses are fairly unanimous…

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We know, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. But there are definitely some questions too embarrassing to ask your local shop or riding buddies. This is the first in a weekly installment where we get to the bottom of your questions – serious or otherwise.  This week it’s all about gear. In one way […]

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EXT Racing Shox expands line of Super Alloy Racing shock springs

When I first started racing down hill mountain bikes, I remember reading through bike magazines and lusting after titanium shock springs. They were beautiful, they were light, they were… outrageously expensive. Especially if you needed to change up your shock tune and go to a heavier or lighter spring. The price is probably the main reason that titanium springs remained a factory option or one for the well-heeled privateer.

These days though, there’s a new spring on the block. Instead of pricey titanium, a number of manufacturers have utilized a new lightweight class of steel spring. Many of them, including the EXT Super Alloy Racing Spring from EXT Racing Shox promise titanium spring weight – at 1/3rd of the price. Now, EXT has expanded their range to fit almost any mountain bike shock, providing another option to drop a few grams…

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When I first started racing down hill mountain bikes, I remember reading through bike magazines and lusting after titanium shock springs. They were beautiful, they were light, they were… outrageously expensive. Especially if you needed to change up your shock tune and go to a heavier or lighter spring. The price is probably the main […]

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Trail Boss Season Two: Jeff Lenosky takes on Bitterbrush at Hall Ranch

It’s already time for season two of the Trail Boss, and Jeff Lenosky is back at it. In this episode of how to make an extremely difficult trail look like a piece of cake, Jeff heads out to Lyons, Colorado to ride the Bitterbrush trail. Part of the much larger Hall Ranch trail system, the Bitterbrush trail is highlighted by a rock garden that is less rock and more boulder. As usual though, Jeff rides straight through through the toughest sections…

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It’s already time for season two of the Trail Boss, and Jeff Lenosky is back at it. In this episode of how to make an extremely difficult trail look like a piece of cake, Jeff heads out to Lyons, Colorado to ride the Bitterbrush trail. Part of the much larger Hall Ranch trail system, the Bitterbrush […]

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ENVE adds wider, tubeless compatible SES 3.4 disc and rim brake wheels, new Road seatpost & Road Disc Thru Axle fork

Already ENVE’s best selling wheelset, their popular SES 3.4 is about to get even better. Originally created as a “climbing wheel with an aero advantage” the 3.4s are part of the Smart ENVE System line up using their patented SES rim profile. The goal with the newest iteration was to refine the ride qualities and improve the wheels overall, not necessarily in one specific category. Notably, the wheels are wider with the same internal width front and back, tubeless compatible, and truly rim and disc brake specific…

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Already ENVE’s best selling wheelset, their popular SES 3.4 is about to get even better. Originally created as a “climbing wheel with an aero advantage” the 3.4s are part of the Smart ENVE System line up using their patented SES rim profile. The goal with the newest iteration was to refine the ride qualities and […]

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The iOmounts Nomad and iOstand XT find new purpose as riders take to Zwift and virtual training

Two years ago, iOmounts sent over one of the very first Nomad smart phone mounts. It was so new that it wasn’t even a production piece, but a 3D printed sample. The mount worked as advertised, but as many commenters pointed out, mounting your pricey phone to your bar with any sort of mount seems a bit risky.

But two years ago, there was another product that was just in the early development stages – Zwift. In February of 2015, Zwift still hadn’t opened the program to the general public, but that move was just around the corner. Fast forward to the present, and it’s safe to say that the introduction of Zwift has revolutionized how cyclists go about their indoor training. It’s also had a big impact on what gear is needed for your training sessions, with devices like smart phones and tablets becoming an integral part of the virtual experience.

It was during one of my own Zwift sessions where I was balancing the phone on my window sill, that it occurred to me that the magnetic iOmounts Nomad would be the perfect accessory to my training sessions. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who thought so – the Nomad was already listed for sale on the Zwift store, and even in a matching Zwifty orange…

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Two years ago, iOmounts sent over one of the very first Nomad smart phone mounts. It was so new that it wasn’t even a production piece, but a 3D printed sample. The mount worked as advertised, but as many commenters pointed out, mounting your pricey phone to your bar with any sort of mount seems […]

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