Fenix unfolds a drop bar e-Gravel Bike ready for anything

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The first couple times we saw Fenix, they showed off their full size road and mountain bikes (and one that can be either), including some with Plus-sized tires, that could fold into a standard airline-approved box. They were clever, for sure, but their new Zzyzx e-road bike is clever in a different way.

Pronounced Zee-zick, it integrates a Shimano STePS motor, lighting and high end build options onto custom Columbus and Reynolds steel frame made by Ted Wojcik in the USA. It also builds in extra water bottle and frame bag mounts, giving you extra capacity for adventure rides or long commutes. It fits 700×35 tires with full coverage fenders front and rear, gets a premium Supernova E3 tail light and an ENVE GRD carbon fork with integrated fender on all builds.

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The first couple times we saw Fenix, they showed off their full size road and mountain bikes (and one that can be either), including some with Plus-sized tires, that could fold into a standard airline-approved box. They were clever, for sure, but their new Zzyzx e-road bike is clever in a different way. Pronounced Zee-zick, […]

Posted in Commuter, e-Bike, Gravel Bikes26 Comments

VP gets rid of bearings for better performing pedals on a budget

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The simple ball bearing would have to be one of human kind’s greatest achievements. All of a sudden anything that rotated or spun saw huge performance benefits, and they’re still in use hundreds of years later. Well, not everywhere. In the case of VP’s new EPB (Economic Polymer Bearing) axle system, the venerable ball bearing is no more. In it’s place is a new dual bushing system that claims to provide sealed bearing performance at loose ball price…

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The simple ball bearing would have to be one of human kind’s greatest achievements. All of a sudden anything that rotated or spun saw huge performance benefits, and they’re still in use hundreds of years later. Well, not everywhere. In the case of VP’s new EPB (Economic Polymer Bearing) axle system, the venerable ball bearing […]

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ABUS turns wheel and seat post security on its side with new NutFix locks

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As long as thieves have been nabbing bicycles, the opportunistic ones have also gone for pricey wheels and seat posts/saddles. It’s a sad reality that in certain places, if it’s not locked down, it’s likely to be stolen. There are a number of products out there that provide options to keep your components safe once your frame is locked, but ABUS is approaching the problem with an angle of simplicity. Without any special tools, your seat post and wheels can be secured – as long as your bike is locked up tight…

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As long as thieves have been nabbing bicycles, the opportunistic ones have also gone for pricey wheels and seat posts/saddles. It’s a sad reality that in certain places, if it’s not locked down, it’s likely to be stolen. There are a number of products out there that provide options to keep your components safe once […]

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Pelago Stavanger is the latest to get the Brooks Dashing treatment

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Brooks has been getting a lot of play out of their Dashing Bikes project to celebrate their 150th anniversary. And while at first we didn’t really want to over do it covering them for the sake of leather saddle PR, the project bikes themselves have been really unique and interesting in their own right, and to be fair, irrespective of the saddles and bar tape. The latest special edition bike is the simple steel Pelago Stavanger from Finland. We’ve seen their no-nonsense bikes on occasion in Europe, but this latest makes for a simple, functional look that ties a classic build together for an everyday practicality…

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Brooks has been getting a lot of play out of their Dashing Bikes project to celebrate their 150th anniversary. And while at first we didn’t really want to over do it covering them for the sake of leather saddle PR, the project bikes themselves have been really unique and interesting in their own right, and to […]

Posted in Commuter, Gravel Bikes, Road Bike6 Comments

E-bike Madness: A sea of batteries and motors from Friedrichshafen to Las Vegas

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With each annual edition of the tradeshow season, there seems to always be at least one discernible trend. Manufacturers and the industry seems to latch onto a concept in lock step and then all of a sudden it’s the show of 29″, 650b, fat bikes, and now plus bikes. E-bikes are a little different. For years, they’ve been there. Silently charging in the background just waiting to take over the world. Ok, that might be a bit dramatic, but we have been seeing e-bikes at trade shows for years, but this year stood out.

Eurobike has always been a haven for e-bike technology, but for 2016, Interbike had almost an entire wing of the show floor devoted to anything and everything with an electronic motor. So what does that mean for the future? From what we saw at the show, it seems that most manufacturers feel that they can no longer ignore the category. Considering brands like BMC were showing off elaborate prototypes of future e-models, there are a lot more companies building e-bikes than just a few years ago. The depth of the e-bikes at the two shows also serves to highlight just how vast the difference between separate motor technologies can be. Some bikes provide just enough boost to feel like you’re having a great day on the bike, while others shown were literally electronic street motorcycles.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. While there certainly were some WTF machines, the majority of the bikes seem to be headed in the reasonably powered, pedalec direction (meaning you have to pedal). After all, a throttle is the only thing that separates an e-moped from an e-bike (pedalec)…

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With each annual edition of the tradeshow season, there seems to always be at least one discernible trend. Manufacturers and the industry seems to latch onto a concept in lock step and then all of a sudden it’s the show of 29″, 650b, fat bikes, and now plus bikes. E-bikes are a little different. For […]

Posted in Commuter, Concept, e-Bike, Eurobike, Interbike29 Comments

Get a helping hand in wet weather from River City Bicycle’s Reacharound fender adapter

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Bike commuting can be a glorious thing. Rolling past traffic, getting the muscles moving, feeling the wind in your face as you pick up speed: glorious. Not so glorious: wet roads. Arriving at work with a lovely, muddy rooster tail makes for a long day. Fenders are the obvious solution and help keep the road gunk off even when wearing the appropriate wet weather clothing, so you arrive at work still looking like a professional instead of a homeless contender for the Tour circa 1993.

But what’s a commuter to do with a traditional road bike? As anyone who has tried to install them knows, road bikes don’t like fenders. At least not the neat, tidy and reliable bolt on sort. The seatstays and fork legs are often too narrow to fit fenders, the tires are too close to the frame and then there are those pesky caliper brakes. And you don’t really want to have to use flimsy plastic fenders, do you?  So when a cheap fender won’t do, go for the Reacharound…

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Bike commuting can be a glorious thing. Rolling past traffic, getting the muscles moving, feeling the wind in your face as you pick up speed: glorious. Not so glorious: wet roads. Arriving at work with a lovely, muddy rooster tail makes for a long day. Fenders are the obvious solution and help keep the road gunk off […]

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WFS 2016: Urwahn Bikes’ swoopy townie, plus plenty more in the #seattubeisdead camp

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The idea of building a bike without a seat tube is certainly nothing new, but the introduction of a few new tri bikes that threw some conventional designs out of the window ahead of the Ironman Worlds got us thinking about a resurgence of the alternative frame design trend. Then over the weekend we were in Vienna to have a look at the newest of the urban and lifestyle cycling shows. At the Wiener Fahrradschau (that’s the Vienna Bike Show, the new little brother to the original Berlin show) we were greeted by a few new bikes in the #seattubeisdead vein, and curiously in four different materials/constructions. The first that really caught our eye was this urban bike that pairs a swoopy brazed steel frame with some neatly integrated lighting from tiny German outfit Urwahn Bikes. But there were also a some welded stainless bikes, even a laminated wood frame, and the carbon bike that brought the topic up to start with…

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The idea of building a bike without a seat tube is certainly nothing new, but the introduction of a few new tri bikes that threw some conventional designs out of the window ahead of the Ironman Worlds got us thinking about a resurgence of the alternative frame design trend. Then over the weekend we were […]

Posted in Commuter, Road Bike, Triathlon8 Comments

Showers Pass introduces LED lighting to their new Hi-Vis Torch and Elite jackets

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It was a dark and stormy night in the Pacific Northwest… as usual. Thankfully for those living in such climates, the waterproof/breathable riding gear specialists at Showers Pass have come up with two new jackets with built-in LED lights to help you stay visible through the dismal darkness of winter.

The Hi-Vis Torch (left) and Hi-Vis Elite (right) jackets feature four integrated LED’s located on the cuffs and just above the rear hem behind your hips. They also use highly reflective shell materials, weigh very little and incorporate all the key features cyclists would want from a good ridable outer layer…
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It was a dark and stormy night in the Pacific Northwest… as usual. Thankfully for those living in such climates, the waterproof/breathable riding gear specialists at Showers Pass have come up with two new jackets with built-in LED lights to help you stay visible through the dismal darkness of winter. The Hi-Vis Torch (left) and […]

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WFS 2016: Bike Sh.it ropes give a bit of style & softer touch to bike locks

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While it might look like there isn’t a lot of security built into the locks from Austrian company Bike Shit (yes, that’s their name), woven inside of that outer casing are braided stainless steel cables that are resistant to all but the most persistent thieves. Bike Shit themselves are a small cycling cooperative in Vienna that restores and sells classic city bikes, but they’ve also been making their own simple hardwood wall hanging racks for your ride. And now they’ve expanded into a simple line of cable locks to offer a medium level of security and a unique look, all made in the Austrian capital…

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While it might look like there isn’t a lot of security built into the locks from Austrian company Bike Shit (yes, that’s their name), woven inside of that outer casing are braided stainless steel cables that are resistant to all but the most persistent thieves. Bike Shit themselves are a small cycling cooperative in Vienna that […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Commuter8 Comments