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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Mavic sends Deemax Pro Wheel Tire System and footwear over Crossmax XL, more

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Walking past Mavic’s vignettes set up with each of their product families, you could easily mistake the one above for last year’s Crossmax XL. But take a second look and you’ll notice the legendary Deemax  name. That of course, being the name of the bright yellow wheels and hubs that were the must have during the early days of DH and Freeride. The yellow has made a return as the Deemax DH wheelset, but Mavic has a new plan for the Deemax mark to get it out there to more riders.

Replacing the Crossmax XL WTS, and slowly replacing the apparel, the new Deemax Pro and Elite line up looks to be aimed at Enduro. Which makes sense considering much of Enduro is just as gnarly as DH and Freerider were a decade or two ago…

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Walking past Mavic’s vignettes set up with each of their product families, you could easily mistake the one above for last year’s Crossmax XL. But take a second look and you’ll notice the legendary Deemax  name. That of course, being the name of the bright yellow wheels and hubs that were the must have during […]

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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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HT launches D1 flat/clipless pedal, enhances pedal durability with new EVO+ bearing system, more

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Can’t decide between clips and flats? Whatever your reasoning, if you’re looking for a bit of both worlds, HT’s new D1 might bet he answer. Essentially a single sided X2 DH clipless pedal, the D1 adds a studded flat side to let you choose the appropriate footwear. The pedal also benefits from HT’s new EVO+ bearing system which can be found on all of their pedals for durable, long lasting pedaling performance…

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Can’t decide between clips and flats? Whatever your reasoning, if you’re looking for a bit of both worlds, HT’s new D1 might bet he answer. Essentially a single sided X2 DH clipless pedal, the D1 adds a studded flat side to let you choose the appropriate footwear. The pedal also benefits from HT’s new EVO+ […]

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Continental gives Attack/Force combo a new look, Touring tires bulk up on flat protection, new CX tires, more

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Lots or riders are familiar with the Continental GP 4000 thanks to its high performance rubber, burly casing, and the fact that it can be purchased as a single tire. The GP Attack & Force III on the other hand can only be purchased as a set, but there’s a reason. The set consists of two different tires that Continental thinks is the best balance of performance and comfort. Now in its third iteration, the GP Attack & Force set is looking better than ever and is coming to a race bike near you…

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Lots or riders are familiar with the Continental GP 4000 thanks to its high performance rubber, burly casing, and the fact that it can be purchased as a single tire. The GP Attack & Force III on the other hand can only be purchased as a set, but there’s a reason. The set consists of […]

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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 […]

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Ortlieb adds to Bike Packing collection with new frame bags, adds rack top cooler, more

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As bike packing’s popularity grows, so do the options for carrying your gear. Ortlieb already offers accessory, handlebar, and seat packs, but soon the company’s frame packs will come online. Built with typical Ortlieb precision and high quality materials, the packs look like they could be a great option to help you get out there and explore…

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As bike packing’s popularity grows, so do the options for carrying your gear. Ortlieb already offers accessory, handlebar, and seat packs, but soon the company’s frame packs will come online. Built with typical Ortlieb precision and high quality materials, the packs look like they could be a great option to help you get out there […]

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Vee Tire Co. adds slicks for fat bikes, plus bikes, plus new sizes and new tires for mountain bikes

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Riding a fat bike on the pavement is an odd thing to do, but that isn’t to say people don’t do it. Whether it’s riding to the (hard pack) beach during the summer in flip flops, cruising in a parade, riding an entire charity ride, or just tooling around with your kids in the neighborhood, we’ve seen it done. For the most part, fat bike slicks have either been non-existent, or too small for many fat bikes which drops the bottom bracket and affects the handling.

Vee Tire Co. is addressing all of that with their new Apache Fattyslick. Looking more sport bike than fat bike, the Fattyslick is one of a number of new sizes, tread patterns, and tires that Vee was showing this tradeshow season…

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Riding a fat bike on the pavement is an odd thing to do, but that isn’t to say people don’t do it. Whether it’s riding to the (hard pack) beach during the summer in flip flops, cruising in a parade, riding an entire charity ride, or just tooling around with your kids in the neighborhood, […]

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Wilier Triestina goes wild with 29+ Bikepacking Jaroon Plus, 27+ full suspension eMTB, Cross and gravel bikes, more

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Wilier Triestina is probably still best known for their beautiful road bikes, but that may be about to change. Internationally, the storied Italian brand has already been selling bikes other than road for some time. But for 2017, both their international and U.S. markets will gain a number of wild new bikes but not everything will be coming stateside. One of the bikes that will make it here for fairly obvious reasons is the new Jaroon Plus. Filed under ‘Gravel’ the Jaroon Plus builds on their skinnier platform and includes 29+ wheels and tires (3.0″) with a double butted chromoly frame and drop bars for the ultimate kill-all-gravel set up…

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Wilier Triestina is probably still best known for their beautiful road bikes, but that may be about to change. Internationally, the storied Italian brand has already been selling bikes other than road for some time. But for 2017, both their international and U.S. markets will gain a number of wild new bikes but not everything will […]

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