Roll onto spring gravel with new Crank Brothers Zinc 3 wheels

We previewed CrankBrothers’ first foray into the all-road & cross category last fall with their new Zinc 3 Gravel wheelset. Developed on the same unique rim profile & spoke attachment design with paired spokes as the rest of their wheels, the new Zinc 3s give gravel and cross riders more options offering compatibility with 11 speed road cassettes, SRAM XD drivers, and either QRs or thru-axles. The wheels are available now, just in time to roll out onto some springtime gravel adventures…

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We previewed CrankBrothers’ first foray into the all-road & cross category last fall with their new Zinc 3 Gravel wheelset. Developed on the same unique rim profile & spoke attachment design with paired spokes as the rest of their wheels, the new Zinc 3s give gravel and cross riders more options offering compatibility with 11 speed road […]

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Shortie Interview: Gregory White of Magic Cycle Werks

Gregory White came into framebuilding by accident- literally. When his cinematography career in Hollywood was put on hold due to a workplace injury, Greg found that his skills from working in the entertainment industry and passion for cycling could align for something Magic. He starting building frames.

Years on, Gregory is settled with his torch in Bend, Oregon, brazing beautiful lugged steel bikes (though he welds too). He hasn’t looked back.

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Gregory White came into framebuilding by accident- literally. When his cinematography career in Hollywood was put on hold due to a workplace injury, Greg found that his skills from working in the entertainment industry and passion for cycling could align for something Magic. He starting building frames. Years on, Gregory is settled with his torch […]

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Road to NAHBS 2017: Adam Sklar of Sklar Bikes

Six years since building his first frame, Adam Sklar, the young gun behind Sklar Bikes, seems to be settling in on a theme. His steel frames seem to be gelling – with main triangle tubing featuring gentle bends and subtly changing cross-sections, waisted seat stays, accompanied by the occasional super-straight blade segmented-crowned fork to help accentuate those curves. It is always fun to witness a builder focusing in on their style, but what makes this case so interesting is that Adam’s frames will be on display next to those of builders who have been refining a style longer than he’s been alive.

How young is Adam?

So young that he had to – real talk, here – Google the reference in my first question before he could respond to it. As he found out, the series ended the week before he was born…

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Six years since building his first frame, Adam Sklar, the young gun behind Sklar Bikes, seems to be settling in on a theme. His steel frames seem to be gelling – with main triangle tubing featuring gentle bends and subtly changing cross-sections, waisted seat stays, accompanied by the occasional super-straight blade segmented-crowned fork to help accentuate those curves. […]

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Shimano trickles down trek & trail versatility with new Deore, Alivio, Acera & Altus groups

Always one to adapt their top-level tech into the more affordable groupsets that sell to a vast swat of the market and end up spec’d as OEM on tons of entry to mid level bikes, Shimano has just announced a new round of updates to their budget friendly off-road groupsets. From Deore down to Altus, these workingman’s groups all get a bit of reshaping and updating to more closely mimic the look and performance of the top level XT & XTR groups. But while the new groups get minor makeovers and the new X-thousand series designations, they stick with their current 10 & 9 speed variations and really only take on a few subtle changes. Out of the bunch the new Deore M6000 does add Boost spacing, and the familiar non-standard 4-bolt chainrings, plus a new 11-42  10 speed cassette that will likely see a lot of use shoehorned into other older groupsets. Check out all that is new after the jump…

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Always one to adapt their top-level tech into the more affordable groupsets that sell to a vast swat of the market and end up spec’d as OEM on tons of entry to mid level bikes, Shimano has just announced a new round of updates to their budget friendly off-road groupsets. From Deore down to Altus, […]

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Road to NAHBS 2017 Long Interview: Dmitry Nechaev of Triton

With framebuilders representing Japan, Ireland, England, Korea, and so on, this might be the most international NAHBS to date. But what is probably most surprising is the apparent onslaught of builders from Russia, a country not well known for its framebuilding tradition. Leading this invasion is Dmitry Nechaev of Triton, who our readers will remember from our interview last year and who NAHBS 2016 show-goers will remember from the Soviet era military surplus hats he sold to help finance his trip.

As we learned from this entertaining interview with Dmitry over Skype last week, the Russian framebuilding landscape is unique- very different from the one builders take for granted in the US. The industrial infrastructure and manufacturing legacy from the USSR, as well as the economic repercussions as a result of its collapse, continue to both positively and negatively affect the every day lives of the few, though resilient, framebuilders in the country.

Because of this unique economic and cultural environment in Russia and despite being physically removed from the relatively accessible bicycle economies of Europe, Asia, and the US, Triton has found its place. The titanium company has designed and put into production several proprietary yokes to help to differentiate their frames in the global marketplace. They’ve also continued to expand their international presence, now selling to 37 countries worldwide. As Dmitry hints in this interview, big things are on the horizon for the Moscow company…

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With framebuilders representing Japan, Ireland, England, Korea, and so on, this might be the most international NAHBS to date. But what is probably most surprising is the apparent onslaught of builders from Russia, a country not well known for its framebuilding tradition. Leading this invasion is Dmitry Nechaev of Triton, who our readers will remember […]

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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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Lazer extends sponsorship to a slew of cycling teams from KHS to LottoNL-Jumbo

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Lazer sponsorships 2017, LottoNL-Jumbo team close up

In the cycling world, having your product visible on elite professional athletes is an important way to market your brand. The perspective of ‘good enough for them, good enough for me’ seems to be rather effective, and even older riders still look up to their favorite pros as heroes or icons (we all want to be like them!).

Now operating under the ownership of industry giant Shimano, Lazer is pushing hard to put their products on professional heads from all sides of the cycling industry. With hardgood, softgood, component and safety gear brands under the same umbrella, Shimano aims to provide full-factory support to their existing and newly added professional teams.

Across all riding disciplines, Shimano is shooting out more Lazers than an alien invasion – find out who’s new to the program next…
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In the cycling world, having your product visible on elite professional athletes is an important way to market your brand. The perspective of ‘good enough for them, good enough for me’ seems to be rather effective, and even older riders still look up to their favorite pros as heroes or icons (we all want to be […]

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Rodeo Adventure Labs turns a steel (or Ti) gravel road mountain bike Flaanimal loose

2017 Rodeo Adventure Labs Flaanimal steel adventure gravel road mountain bike

Building off the funky do-it-all nature of their Trail Donkey 2.0, the updated Flaanimal 3.0 puts that versatile package into a steel frame that’ll work for just about any type wheel, tire or handlebar you wanna throw on it.

The bike can be set up as a chained or belted singlespeed, or fully geared with a single or double chainring up front. What makes this versatility possible is specific hardware for any drivetrain option. This keeps the frame clean no matter what setup you have, with no extraneous bits hanging off the bike.

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Building off the funky do-it-all nature of their Trail Donkey 2.0, the updated Flaanimal 3.0 puts that versatile package into a steel frame that’ll work for just about any type wheel, tire or handlebar you wanna throw on it. The bike can be set up as a chained or belted singlespeed, or fully geared with […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Gravel Bikes, Mountain Bike, Road Bike20 Comments

2017 Ridley gravel, road bikes get more discs, more adventurous and more lighter

Ridley’s 2017 lineup brings about all-new Fenix SL disc brake bikes, bolder X-Trail models that really do become “trail” ready, and an even lighter set of Helium/Aura SLX road race models. We got a good preview of them at Eurobike, but have some more details and availability info now.

The new Fenix SL disc (above) and women’s Liz SL disc are both available now. They fit up to 30mm tires, get 12mm thru axles and flat mount brakes and use an all new frame with dropped, flattened seatstays. The internal cable routing allows for continuous housing, making cable swaps and setup easier and giving the bikes a very clean, sleek look.

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Ridley’s 2017 lineup brings about all-new Fenix SL disc brake bikes, bolder X-Trail models that really do become “trail” ready, and an even lighter set of Helium/Aura SLX road race models. We got a good preview of them at Eurobike, but have some more details and availability info now. The new Fenix SL disc (above) […]

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