5 awesome carbon fiber water bottle cages (starting at 17 grams!)

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Sure, a metal bottle cage gets the job done, but to get really light and maintain your carbon bike’s aesthetic, you gotta go carbon. Some of the cages here have been on my test bikes for years, others joined the party this spring. All have been ridden extensively and proven over varied terrain. Here are five of the best carbon cages I’ve ever used.

Leading in the weight department is Laguna Bicycles. At just 17g claimed, it’s almost non-existent with a beautiful barely-there aesthetic sure to please minimalists. Fortunately, it also does a decent job holding water bottles, too. The upper edge is flared outward just slightly to ease blind bottle entry, helping you keep your eyes on the road.

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Sure, a metal bottle cage gets the job done, but to get really light and maintain your carbon bike’s aesthetic, you gotta go carbon. Some of the cages here have been on my test bikes for years, others joined the party this spring. All have been ridden extensively and proven over varied terrain. Here are five […]

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First Impressions: e*thirteen TRSr 9-46t wide range Cassette

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More range, less weight, and fewer dollars – that’s unattainable when it comes to wide range cassettes, right? With their new TRSr cassette, e*thirteen is hoping to turn that notion on its head.  Aiming straight for the new mega cog king in the form of SRAM Eagle, e*thirteen looks to have a solid contender on their hands with their newest cassette.

An evolution of their TRSr cassette construction, the steel and aluminum cassette offers an impressive range with 9-46t gearing, and an equally impressive weight and price…

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More range, less weight, and fewer dollars – that’s unattainable when it comes to wide range cassettes, right? With their new TRSr cassette, e*thirteen is hoping to turn that notion on its head.  Aiming straight for the new mega cog king in the form of SRAM Eagle, e*thirteen looks to have a solid contender on […]

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Review: IRC Serac CX tubeless ready cyclocross tires

IRC Serac CX tubeless ready cyclocross tire review and actual weights

IRC Serac CX tubeless ready cyclocross tire review and actual weights

For a couple races this season and plenty of training rides, I’ve given the IRC Serac CX a chance to prove itself on dry to damp conditions across grass, hardpack dirt, layers of leaves and pine needles and plenty of roots. There’s also been long stretches of pavement between the trails. Throughout it all, these tubeless ready cyclocross tires have proven to be a solid general conditions tire.

IRC has been in the tubeless game for a long time, offering road and cyclocross models since it first became a thing to ditch the tubes with skinny rubber. That history shows as the tires seat easily and hold air very well over time. They offer three tread patterns for ‘cross: this all ’round CX pattern, a mud pattern and a file tread “sand” pattern. Here’s how the CX faired on the course…

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For a couple races this season and plenty of training rides, I’ve given the IRC Serac CX a chance to prove itself on dry to damp conditions across grass, hardpack dirt, layers of leaves and pine needles and plenty of roots. There’s also been long stretches of pavement between the trails. Throughout it all, these […]

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Bikerumor Holiday Gift Ideas: Cory’s Wish List

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There’s no denying that winter is here. I rode along frost covered bike paths again with freezing tears on my face to the Bikerumor EU HQ this morning. So it is time once again for my year’s end reflection and dreams of what cycling goodies I’d love to find wrapped up under my Festivus Pole. This year was really a rebirth of gravel for me (and the industry as a whole it seems). While I’ll always be a mountain biker at heart, and cyclocross is my favorite kind of racing, ever since I started riding a road bike about twenty years ago, I never could keep the bike on smooth, dry asphalt. Now after years of having to ride a cross bike with often heavy touring style tires (or getting really good & fast at fixing flats) there are tons of performance road bikes available that fit the plethora of high-end 28-30mm road tires that have given me the freedom to ride any road or track I come across. And with my general philosophy that if it has disc brakes, I can ride it like a mountain bike, there are so many great options to choose from.

So as the last days of the year tick away, I’ll leave this as a summary of what I’ve previewed in 2016 and what I hope to spend more time on in the new year. Much of that tends to be high-end gear that you won’t likely be buying for a riding buddy, but I’ve seen a number of cool things that fit in a more affordable price range, and could still make it to your holiday shopping list while delivering an improved riding experience.

Experience

Riding with friends and family is always something I look forward to, and looking back at the year some of the rides that stick in my head were a short weekend mountain biking trip with my wife & kids and a couple of quick road trips with some riding buddies. But one weekend that really jumps out was riding the amateur cyclosportive/gran fondo the day before the Tour of Flanders, then riding out to watch both the pro men & women race the next day. I’ve had a soft spot for the Northern Spring Classics ever since I rode the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix a decade ago, and this gave me the chance to combine a little work & pleasure…

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There’s no denying that winter is here. I rode along frost covered bike paths again with freezing tears on my face to the Bikerumor EU HQ this morning. So it is time once again for my year’s end reflection and dreams of what cycling goodies I’d love to find wrapped up under my Festivus Pole. […]

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Review: Küat NV 2.0 hitch-mount bike rack is sleeker than ever

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Küat has always been easy to spot. When they first rolled onto the scene, the Küat NV was the rack that everyone seemed to want. It had unique style, unique features, and a sleek design. Since then, other manufacturers have been catching up, but now Küat is back with the NV 2.0. In addition to building on the iconic style that set it apart in the first place, the new rack was built to be better in almost every way…

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Küat has always been easy to spot. When they first rolled onto the scene, the Küat NV was the rack that everyone seemed to want. It had unique style, unique features, and a sleek design. Since then, other manufacturers have been catching up, but now Küat is back with the NV 2.0. In addition to building on […]

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Super Awesome Commuter Pants Review – with bonus material!

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Seeing as how my office job consists of almost never having to wear pants (well, dress pants anyway), I’ve decided that if I am going to wear pants, they’re going to be awesome. After all, you never know when you might get to play, so best to be ready. That means they must be comfortable, flexible and able to keep up with whatever I might feel like riding, climbing or jumping over in a given day.

Two of the most recent options came in from Thunderbolt Sportswear and Mountain Khakis, both of which fit superbly and move fluidly on and off the bike. They’re also both very comfortable, but one’s more for cooler weather and the other favors warmer temps. Check ’em out, along with a complement of gear that makes daily adventures better…

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Seeing as how my office job consists of almost never having to wear pants (well, dress pants anyway), I’ve decided that if I am going to wear pants, they’re going to be awesome. After all, you never know when you might get to play, so best to be ready. That means they must be comfortable, […]

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Review: Titanium Foundry Flyover CX bike is a versatile, comfortable racer

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If you could pick any material for a cross bike, what would it be? If you’re like me, the racer inside looking for that competitive advantage would say carbon. Foundry doesn’t disagree – two out of three of their cross bikes are made from the stuff. But the newcomer to their line up does things a bit differently. This time, it’s all about titanium. Part of an addition of three new bikes in titanium, the Flyover fills in for the cyclocross segment while the Chilkoot is built for roads, and the Overland is built for gravel.

I’ve ridden enough ti bikes to know that I’m a fan of the ride quality, I just didn’t know how that would translate over to a cyclocross course. Quite well, as it turns out…

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If you could pick any material for a cross bike, what would it be? If you’re like me, the racer inside looking for that competitive advantage would say carbon. Foundry doesn’t disagree – two out of three of their cross bikes are made from the stuff. But the newcomer to their line up does things […]

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First Look: DT Swiss ERC 1100 Aero+ endurance carbon road wheels show wide open future

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Last week we visited DT Swiss in their Biel/Bienne, Switzerland global headquarters to get an up close look at their newest road wheels. The disc brake-only ERC 1100s are designed to redefine the top of the growing Endurance Road segment for everything from long granfondo rides and races to all of the dirt and gravel back roads your own neighborhood has to offer. Said to be the first of many in their major road wheel makeover for 2018, the new ERC 1100 wheels grow wider than any of the current DT road catalog. They also mark the first development partnership with aero specialists Swiss Side to bring an entirely new perspective to aerodynamic wheels, and one that can actually be felt (or rather not felt) out riding in the wind. Everything is new in the wheels from hubs to spokes to the rims, and offers hints of what more is to come. Check out the details, price tag, and how surprisingly soon they will be available…

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Last week we visited DT Swiss in their Biel/Bienne, Switzerland global headquarters to get an up close look at their newest road wheels. The disc brake-only ERC 1100s are designed to redefine the top of the growing Endurance Road segment for everything from long granfondo rides and races to all of the dirt and gravel back […]

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Just In: Terrene covers the tread with fat, plus, and gravel tires

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One of the newest players in the tire industry, Terrene popped up with three new models. The Wazia, Chunk, and Elwood seem to follow popular trends in cycling with fat, plus, and gravel tires, but they also conveniently fit into Advocate Cycles’ line up. Which makes sense considering industry Veteran Tim Krueger is at the helm of both companies. Being able to spec your own bikes with your own tires only makes sense.

It also means that Tim and the crew behind Terrene have a vested interest in creating great tires. Not surprisingly, their first rubber offerings are looking pretty good out of the box, and mounted up on three very different rides…

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One of the newest players in the tire industry, Terrene popped up with three new models. The Wazia, Chunk, and Elwood seem to follow popular trends in cycling with fat, plus, and gravel tires, but they also conveniently fit into Advocate Cycles’ line up. Which makes sense considering industry Veteran Tim Krueger is at the […]

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