Yokozuna drops into components w/ Motoko Mechanical/Hydraulic disc brake caliper

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Known throughout the bike world for their premium cables and housings, Yokozuna looks to be entering the world of components. Their first product that would qualify? The new Motoko mechanical/hydraulic brake system. Following in the steps of brands like TRP and Ashima, the Motoko caliper is actuated with a standard brake cable but uses a closed hydraulic system to deliver the stopping power. And while it may not be a completely new design, its availability in the U.S. through Yokozuna USA should make it fairly easy to get.

Which is good news, since it looks like a pretty solid caliper design…

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Known throughout the bike world for their premium cables and housings, Yokozuna looks to be entering the world of components. Their first product that would qualify? The new Motoko mechanical/hydraulic brake system. Following in the steps of brands like TRP and Ashima, the Motoko caliper is actuated with a standard brake cable but uses a closed […]

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Stand out this season with a blaze orange Standard Rando from Twin Six

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It kind of gets us every time we are reminded that Twin Six is not just a clothing company. Their unique graphic jerseys always stand out, but they’ve also built a respectable stable of no-nonsense, affordable steel & ti bikes under their Standard name. Now with autumn fully set in, they are adding a new middle-America hi-vis option to their do-it-all Rando disc brake gravel adventure bike. That’s right: Blaze orange is to Twin Six’s Minnesota homeland, as day-glo green is to the Euros. Stand out be seen this season (and not mistaken for a deer). And of course Twin Six takes it next level by combing the new bike with a matching blaze rain jacket & jersey, color matched fenders and a Purist bottle to top off the look. Take a gander after the jump…

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It kind of gets us every time we are reminded that Twin Six is not just a clothing company. Their unique graphic jerseys always stand out, but they’ve also built a respectable stable of no-nonsense, affordable steel & ti bikes under their Standard name. Now with autumn fully set in, they are adding a new middle-America hi-vis option […]

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Paul Set N’ Forget thru-axles now available

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Billed as the only American-made indexed internal-cam thru axle, Paul’s Set N’ Forget quick release look like they will make a solid upgrade for anyone looking for an alternative to the crunchy action of plastic external cam levers. They were developed as an alternative to the standard QR levers, initially to satisfy the needs of custom frame builders moving to more thru-axles, but have gotten a positive response from production bike owners who wanted something well-built and with a smoother action. With a 12 position head, they can be easily adjusted to line up where you want then inline with your fork or stays, and Paul offers them in a wide array of sizes to fit many frames and forks…

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Billed as the only American-made indexed internal-cam thru axle, Paul’s Set N’ Forget quick release look like they will make a solid upgrade for anyone looking for an alternative to the crunchy action of plastic external cam levers. They were developed as an alternative to the standard QR levers, initially to satisfy the needs of custom […]

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Road to PBE16 BoB Interview: Drew Guldalian of Engin Cycles, questions by Bryan Hollingsworth

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Last but not least, we have Drew Guldalian of Engin Cycles. Drew’s product is exciting from a deeply technical standpoint – he’s a crowd favorite for the bike engineers in the know. His bikes are highly process oriented (#itsallabouttheprocess) so it really takes understanding his workshop to know the technical feats of his frames. His frames are of high quality because he’s got a top notch shop packed with fabulous machinery and he knows how to use them. He CNC machines his complex and ultra-functional dropouts in house – as well as much of his tooling (which he occasionally opens up for sale to other builders).

In this final and late installment of the Bikerumor Builder on Builder Philly Bike Expo interview series, Drew is interviewed by Bryan Hollingsworth of Royal H.

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Last but not least, we have Drew Guldalian of Engin Cycles. Drew’s product is exciting from a deeply technical standpoint – he’s a crowd favorite for the bike engineers in the know. His bikes are highly process oriented (#itsallabouttheprocess) so it really takes understanding his workshop to know the technical feats of his frames. His frames […]

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Northwave shines with reflective shoes, Switch patterns, affordable Rainskin & more…

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We previewed Northwave’s new Extreme RR road shoes with their unique lacing pattern and the affordable Rainskin aero wet weather jacket back in the summer. But with the new top-level shoes, it’s easy to over look that most of their remaining high performance shoes get updated as well, mostly with super hi-vis reflective treatments. That shoe image up there is black. No really, get a closer look after the break. We also check out  their new Switch clothing that matches jerseys, caps, gloves, and socks with some entertaining patterns, and take a closer look at that packable Rainskin jacket & the Extreme RR shoes…

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We previewed Northwave’s new Extreme RR road shoes with their unique lacing pattern and the affordable Rainskin aero wet weather jacket back in the summer. But with the new top-level shoes, it’s easy to over look that most of their remaining high performance shoes get updated as well, mostly with super hi-vis reflective treatments. That shoe image […]

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Jerónimo head off the beaten track with ti 27.5+ Pinion & Rohloff gravel bikes

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Jerónimo Cycles out of the Canary Islands are back with a couple of new European-made titanium bikes on offer, ready to take you on an adventure. Whether you want to explore the scenic route on all the gravel and dirt roads you can find, or you want to venture afield, they’ve got you covered in silvery ti goodness. The naming of the alt-drivetrain bikes is pretty self explanatory. The Ti MTB Pinion is the latest evolution of Jeronimo’s mountain bikes, now combining 275+ tires with a Pinion gearbox and enough braze-ons to get you wherever you need to go. The Ti Gravel Rohloff is just that, built as an all-road explorer, it includes room for fat enough rubber to roll any road surface, plus the gold standard for internally geared hubs and a Gebla Rohbox to control it to head out on tour. Get a closer look at both bikes and their details after the jump…

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Jerónimo Cycles out of the Canary Islands are back with a couple of new European-made titanium bikes on offer, ready to take you on an adventure. Whether you want to explore the scenic route on all the gravel and dirt roads you can find, or you want to venture afield, they’ve got you covered in […]

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Road to PBE16 BoB Interview: Chris Bishop of Bishop Bikes, interviewed by Carl Schlemowitz

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Chris Bishop established himself early on as a must-follow builder among the slim lug sect, winning award after award for his soldered steel creations at NAHBS. It’s hard not to be a fan of a craftsman who plays in the space of existing traditional lugwork, pushing them to extremes through filling in lug joints, sculpting high shorelines, and tapering down almost to the tube surface for desired effect. Each Bishop frame truly has its own spirit, and the evolution in style of this builder has been really fun to watch over the decade he’s been building under this name.

For this interview, Carl Schlemowitz, an experimental builder on the production level, questions Bishop, an established banner holder for the new wave of single builder, one-off frame shops.

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Chris Bishop established himself early on as a must-follow builder among the slim lug sect, winning award after award for his soldered steel creations at NAHBS. It’s hard not to be a fan of a craftsman who plays in the space of existing traditional lugwork, pushing them to extremes through filling in lug joints, sculpting […]

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Grava measures up w/ prototype Gauger alloy gravel ‘cross frame, carbon fork to “ride everything”

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If you’ve been following Grava’s naming scheme, their bikes hearken back to the days of booze runners and prohibition. First there was their carbon Maple Sally, so named for the dirt road near the brand’s birthplace and reminiscent of the backroads smugglers used to transport their illicit liquids. Then came the Revenuer, their steel gravel bike named for the  tax collectors charged with hunting down backwoods distilleries.

Now, they’re working up the Gauger, an alloy version of their versatile good-for-gravel, good-for-cyclocross frames. The name comes from the person in pre-prohibition times that doled out the licenses to make, sell and distribute alcohol. Word is the position was always a very contentious seat, and the person was virtually always corrupt. Fortunately, the only person cheating anyone here will be you, nabbing a frameset with their new full carbon fork for just $900 when they start shipping in January…

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If you’ve been following Grava’s naming scheme, their bikes hearken back to the days of booze runners and prohibition. First there was their carbon Maple Sally, so named for the dirt road near the brand’s birthplace and reminiscent of the backroads smugglers used to transport their illicit liquids. Then came the Revenuer, their steel gravel bike […]

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Road to PBE16 BoB Interview: Carl “Snarl” Schlemowitz of Vicious Cycles, questions by Alex Clauss

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Carl “Snarl” Schlemowitz, the reformed young punk from Park Slope with a heart of gold, has been busy up at the Vicious World Headquarters in New Paltz, NY. Aside from secret projects in the works, his main public emphasis in recent years has been on education through his Metal Guru frame building school, one with alumni including this year’s Philly Bike Expo exhibitors Oddity and Vlad Cycles. Through the school, Carl, along with other highly esteemed talent such as Stephen Bilenky, instruct everything from welding and brazing to painting frames to making head badges.

Fortunately for show attendees, Carl will be exhibiting examples of his own work under the Vicious Cycles brand, one that has been producing thrilling framesets for over two decades. His bikes’ New England flavor is certainly worth experiencing in the flesh.

In this builder on builder interview, Carl is interviewed by Alex Clauss of Portus.

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Carl “Snarl” Schlemowitz, the reformed young punk from Park Slope with a heart of gold, has been busy up at the Vicious World Headquarters in New Paltz, NY. Aside from secret projects in the works, his main public emphasis in recent years has been on education through his Metal Guru frame building school, one with […]

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