Cannondale Headquarters Tour, Part 3: Insane GT prototypes & concepts

If you thought the prototype and team Cannondale mountain bikes from our HQ tour were wild, wait until you see these GT full suspension concepts. Above is a working concept bike developed by the product and engineering teams for an Interbike show. This early concept led to the iT-1 bike from 2006…

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If you thought the prototype and team Cannondale mountain bikes from our HQ tour were wild, wait until you see these GT full suspension concepts. Above is a working concept bike developed by the product and engineering teams for an Interbike show. This early concept led to the iT-1 bike from 2006…

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Cannondale Headquarters Tour, Part 2 – Wild prototypes & team bikes!

When we visited Cannondale’s HQ just before CX Nats, we took a lot of photos of bikes. Prototypes, concepts, team bikes and one-off race rigs. Being a shared office with GT, there were plenty to see from both brands, so we’re splitting them up. Here’s the Cannondales, starting with this insane aero concept with inline skate wheels up front. Naturally, we had to ask, how does it steer?

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When we visited Cannondale’s HQ just before CX Nats, we took a lot of photos of bikes. Prototypes, concepts, team bikes and one-off race rigs. Being a shared office with GT, there were plenty to see from both brands, so we’re splitting them up. Here’s the Cannondales, starting with this insane aero concept with inline […]

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PodRide, a wild enclosed 3 or 4 wheeled e-bike that looks like a micro car

Let’s get this out of the way. The PodRide is pretty much crazy. That said, the fully enclosed multi-wheel recumbent bike was designed to be protected from the weather, to be a more comfortable way to commute by bike in all seasons. With a shell designed to look like a miniature car, it is without a doubt crazy looking, but inside it packs a lot of the logical features of a multi-wheel recumbent bike as a viable alternate to driving and with a small e-bike motor making even more sense. Its Swedish designer Mikael Kjellman crowdfunded the concept’s development based on this working prototype last year and is now working on building a version that you might be able to buy before the end of 2017.

And in the meantime, watching him ride the thing on a frozen pond and over his local dirt jumps is sure to put a smile on your face, like it did for us…

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Let’s get this out of the way. The PodRide is pretty much crazy. That said, the fully enclosed multi-wheel recumbent bike was designed to be protected from the weather, to be a more comfortable way to commute by bike in all seasons. With a shell designed to look like a miniature car, it is without a […]

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The Golf Bike lets you hit the links on two wheels

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Golf Bike, front angle view

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that Bikerumor is not afraid to cover some weird and wacky stuff. All too often the story goes “I was passionate about _____ and _____, and decided they had to be combined!” which sometimes yields laughable results.

Todd May is an avid golfer and owner of a Florida bike shop called Higher Ground Bicycle Co. While May falls into the ‘combining my hobbies’ category, his idea of bringing a bicycle to your golf game is actually quite feasible: It’s eco-friendly, allows for a quick round of play, and if you’re fit enough to golf you can probably ride a bike (as long as you’re not chasing around the beverage cart too often).

The bike itself is also designed with golf-specific features and accessories that make sense, like wide turf-friendly tires and club carrying pannier bags. Furthermore, there is a potentially huge market for the concept – The Golf Bike is already in use at several golf courses across the USA and Canada…
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If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that Bikerumor is not afraid to cover some weird and wacky stuff. All too often the story goes “I was passionate about _____ and _____, and decided they had to be combined!” which sometimes yields laughable results. Todd May is an avid golfer and owner of a Florida […]

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Roundup: Unique (and a bit crazy) bikes from Velotraum, Urwahn, TBK Wood, Schindelhauer & more!

Velotraum has always caught our eye with their utilitarian look, but their new Speedster marries 26″ or 27.5″ road plus tires with a drop bar and 2×11 drivetrain to speed things up a bit. It’ll still take a rack, fenders and everything else you need to carry a load, and the 203mm front disc brake rotor hauls everything to a stop on demand. An extra tall steerer lets you set it up just the way you like, too.

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Velotraum has always caught our eye with their utilitarian look, but their new Speedster marries 26″ or 27.5″ road plus tires with a drop bar and 2×11 drivetrain to speed things up a bit. It’ll still take a rack, fenders and everything else you need to carry a load, and the 203mm front disc brake […]

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PBE16: Seven Cycles carbon and Ti “Edition of One,” sleek flat mount dropout

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According to Seven brand and sales manager, Craig Gaulzetti, everyone at Seven has bike side projects. “However you can love bikes more or be more passionate about them, do it.” This explains why it is home to ten or so builders who, outside of the company walls, build under their own brands. Craig himself has a brand, Gaulzetti Cicli. Another builder from Seven, Bryan Hollingsworth, was also exhibiting at the show under Royal H.

Boasting a special status as the world’s largest custom bicycle manufacturer, Seven claims 35,000 custom steel, titanium, and carbon frames over its history. The brand continues to push the depth of their capabilities; their SL and SLX level, titanium tubing is externally butted to tailor the geometry and ride-feel to each customer’s particular need.

And at Philly Bike Expo, they shared their latest “Editions of One” project, where Seven designers and builders create one-off bicycles to challenge their status quo. This year, the bike is an homage to bicycles at the beginning of the 20th century, complete with custom cockpit and a proprietary drivetrain.

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According to Seven brand and sales manager, Craig Gaulzetti, everyone at Seven has bike side projects. “However you can love bikes more or be more passionate about them, do it.” This explains why it is home to ten or so builders who, outside of the company walls, build under their own brands. Craig himself has […]

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Story about a Prince: Part 2

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In Part 1, I discussed the reasoning behind buying a custom bike. In this installment, I’ll discuss the process of building the frame into what you see here, the Philly Bike Expo build. 

When we left off, I was off in Portland, riding my naked Peacock Groove around in the rain.

Riding a custom bike that is literally rusting beneath you can be an intense experience. On one hand, I think corrosion is beautiful, and there is something kind of poetic about riding a bike that is constantly morphing through chemical change beneath you. It really only looks the way it does at that exact moment. A day later, there will be new or different rust. Your legs polish the top tube as you ride it. It develops a patina that shows where the frame has been impacted by your body or the elements.

On the other hand, you know that tubing is pretty gosh-darned thin… and you’re basically hurting it by riding it this way.

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In Part 1, I discussed the reasoning behind buying a custom bike. In this installment, I’ll discuss the process of building the frame into what you see here, the Philly Bike Expo build.  When we left off, I was off in Portland, riding my naked Peacock Groove around in the rain. Riding a custom bike […]

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PBE16: Ground Up Speed Shop’s Eric Baar discusses his velodrome hot rod

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Eric Baar’s day job is laying perfect beads for daVinci tandems in Denver, Colorado. When he’s in his personal shop, the skunkworks at Ground Up Speed Shop in Colorado Springs, he’s there to have fun- which is what makes his bikes so exciting. Eric approaches his bikes the way he does his race car. They are flashy and exuberant expressions of the machine and the sport, as well as his level of mastery as a craftsman. This means exposed welds, metal flake and pinstriped finishes, and experimental interpretations of existing componentry.

For the Philly Bike Expo, Eric treated both himself and the public to his new personal bike, his new interpretation of a velodrome speed machine. With the exception of the saddle and the handlebars, every component on the build has been modified or built from scratch for his specific intents. The front aluminum triangle is the culmination of years of track frame innovation in aluminum. The rear triangle, in titanium, is heavily influenced by hot rods- to the point here the joints literally look hot. What’s most evident is that Eric built this bike so that he, as a craftsman and artist, could have a long and beautiful relationship with it. It will change and grow and become more pinstriped and outrageous over his time riding and playing with it. This bike is simultaneously a proving ground and a sketchbook for Eric.

Rather than try to speak for Eric, I interviewed him on the Philly Bike Expo show floor.

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Eric Baar’s day job is laying perfect beads for daVinci tandems in Denver, Colorado. When he’s in his personal shop, the skunkworks at Ground Up Speed Shop in Colorado Springs, he’s there to have fun- which is what makes his bikes so exciting. Eric approaches his bikes the way he does his race car. They are […]

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X-Shifter’s universal wireless shifting kit goes live

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At Interbike, we spotted X-Shifter roaming the grounds with their wireless shifting upgrade kit that turns any derailleur into a wireless, quasi-electronic shifting one. Whether it’s for road or mountain bike, anything from base level up to premium units, X-Shifter connects to them and gives you control with a single thumb pad to manage both front and rear shifts.

Since we first saw them, they’ve added a road specific shifter unit, upgraded their software to include multi-shifts, optional control of both front and rear shifting in an optimized sequence for you, and added in a few more customization options that could be coming soon…

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At Interbike, we spotted X-Shifter roaming the grounds with their wireless shifting upgrade kit that turns any derailleur into a wireless, quasi-electronic shifting one. Whether it’s for road or mountain bike, anything from base level up to premium units, X-Shifter connects to them and gives you control with a single thumb pad to manage both […]

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