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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TDU 2017: Behind the scenes at the Tour Down Under

The Tour Down Under has been run and won for 2017, with Richie Porte of BMC Racing taking the overall win and victories on the second and fifth stages. As the first UCI World Tour race of the season, it serves as an important event for teams and riders to collect World Tour points, and a proving ground for new team equipment. The riders themselves are the stars of the World Tour, but without their teams of support staff – mechanics, soigneurs and management – the riders would be sorely pressed to do what they do, day in and day out.

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The Tour Down Under has been run and won for 2017, with Richie Porte of BMC Racing taking the overall win and victories on the second and fifth stages. As the first UCI World Tour race of the season, it serves as an important event for teams and riders to collect World Tour points, and a proving ground […]

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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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TDU 2017 Tech: Janez Brajkovic’s Bahrain Merida Scultura

Bahrain Merida’s Scultura, the last bike from our coverage of the 2017 Tour Down Under! We featured the team’s aero bike, the Merida Reacto EVO a little earlier, but this is the team’s all-rounder machine, the Scultura, which is optimized for light weight, and climbing the big mountains of the three grand-tours. The idea behind Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team was sparked in August 2016 by Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, a member of the Bahraini royal family. The team is financed by the government of Bahrain to promote the country worldwide.

This example of the team’s Merida Scultura is assigned to Janez Brajkovic, a 33 year old Slovenian-born racing cyclist who turned professional in 2005 with KRKA-Adria Mobil. Janez later moved to Team Discovery Channel, Astana and Team Radioshack, and even spent a two year stint most recently with USA based team, United Healthcare. For 2017, Janz returns to the World Tour peloton with Bahrain Merida. Click on through to see more of Janez Brajkovic’s Bahrain Merida Scultura. Continue reading “TDU 2017 Tech: Janez Brajkovic’s Bahrain Merida Scultura”



Bahrain Merida’s Scultura, the last bike from our coverage of the 2017 Tour Down Under! We featured the team’s aero bike, the Merida Reacto EVO a little earlier, but this is the team’s all-rounder machine, the Scultura, which is optimized for light weight, and climbing the big mountains of the three grand-tours. The idea behind Bahrain […]

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Niner RLT9 Steel now travels w/ flat mount disc brakes; Plus new Boost RDO carbon fork & longer RKT

2017 Niner RLT9 Steel gravel road bike with carbon touring fork

Hot on the trail of the carbon RLT RDO launched in January, the RLT Steel gets updated with flat mount brakes and a beautiful baby blue-on-metal paint scheme. Borrowing the new RDO carbon gravel fork from the carbon bike puts flat mount brakes and an abundance of rack and accessory mounts up front, too.

Alongside this news comes revised (longer travel) fork spec on the RKT XC full suspension race bike, and a new Boost 110mm axle spacing option for their RDO rigid carbon mountain bike fork that adds a few bonus features…

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Hot on the trail of the carbon RLT RDO launched in January, the RLT Steel gets updated with flat mount brakes and a beautiful baby blue-on-metal paint scheme. Borrowing the new RDO carbon gravel fork from the carbon bike puts flat mount brakes and an abundance of rack and accessory mounts up front, too. Alongside this […]

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TDU 2017 Tech: Sam Bennett’s Bora-Hansgrohe Specialized Venge ViAS

Bora-Hansgrohe is a German-based cycling team, originally founded in 2010 under the name Team NetApp. During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Bora, a German cooking surface and extractor manufacturer co-sponsored with bike manufacturer Argon 18. For 2017, the team becomes Bora-Hansgrohe, Hansgrohe being a manufacturer of shower heads and bathroom and kitchen faucets. Also joining them is bike supplier, Specialized, and two-time world champion, Peter Segan, signed to a three-year deal with the team. Be sure to check out Peter’s disc brake Venge with gold wheels from the Tour Down Under!

Team riders have the choice of the Specialized Tarmac, or the aero Venge ViAS, which is the case here with Irishman, Sam Bennett. Sam came on board in 2014 when the team was sponsored by Netapp-Endura, and originally turned professional with Irish team, An Post-Sean Kelly. He has many good results on his palmarès, including 2nd place at the recent People’s Choice Classic, the pre-cursor race to the Tour Down Under.

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Bora-Hansgrohe is a German-based cycling team, originally founded in 2010 under the name Team NetApp. During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Bora, a German cooking surface and extractor manufacturer co-sponsored with bike manufacturer Argon 18. For 2017, the team becomes Bora-Hansgrohe, Hansgrohe being a manufacturer of shower heads and bathroom and kitchen faucets. Also joining […]

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Road to NAHBS 2017: Pierre Chastain of Blaze Bicycles

Not unlike The Matrix, the small framebuilder community is all around you. While we tend to associate these small builders with places like Northern California or Portland or New England, the fact is that the builder community is more pervasive than anyone can understand (and people have tried). Only a small fraction of North American framebuilders show at NAHBS, and even fewer show every year. This means that, chances are, there are people working in garages and workshops building away in your city or town that you probably don’t know about. And while the internet has does wonders to facilitate communication and collaboration between these craftsmen, I have found that the more isolated the builder, the more unique the flavor.

It is in this context that I introduce Pierre Chastain of Blaze Bicycles. It’s been several years since we last saw him at the show (though I’ve personally been following him for awhile now). He’s out of Moab, Utah, a city not exactly a center of small framebuilding which, as he says, cuts out the clutter and allows him to focus. He’s been through the gauntlet of materials and processes, but seems to be settling down with curvy Titanium and TIG as his material and joining process of choice- and he’s certainly not done experimenting or evolving.

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Not unlike The Matrix, the small framebuilder community is all around you. While we tend to associate these small builders with places like Northern California or Portland or New England, the fact is that the builder community is more pervasive than anyone can understand (and people have tried). Only a small fraction of North American framebuilders […]

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This Just In: 9:ZERO:7 Tundra aluminum trail fat bike

As I was writing this introduction my dad reminded me of my first cameo on BikeRumor. It was within the full review of the Borealis Echo and consisted of my first impressions of fat bike riding. At the end of my part I stated, “this will not be my last ride on a fat bike.” Since then, the past three years were filled with riding various rigs designed for a range of disciplines, and now I’m right back where I started with another fat bike. This time though, it’s the new 9:zero:7 Tundra. Not only does 9:zero:7’s newest aluminum bike make the jump to a suspension ready front end, but it also offers some big changes in geometry…

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As I was writing this introduction my dad reminded me of my first cameo on BikeRumor. It was within the full review of the Borealis Echo and consisted of my first impressions of fat bike riding. At the end of my part I stated, “this will not be my last ride on a fat bike.” Since then, the […]

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TDU 2017 Tech: Mark Renshaw’s Dimension Data Cervelo S5

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is a World Tour cycling team based in South Africa. The team’s name for 2017 reflects that while it is sponsored by Dimension Data Holdings, it is organized by the World Bicycle Relief’s charity program in South Africa. For 2013 – 2015, the team was registered as a UCI Professional Continental team, and enjoyed considerable success during that time with a classics win and appearance as the first African-registered team in the Tour de France. Their 2015 Tour de France campaign saw a stage win from Steve Cummings, while Daniel Teklehaimanot made history as the first Eritrean and first African to wear the race’s polka-dot mountain points jersey.

Cervelo have supplied bikes to the team since 2015, and many of the riders at the 2017 Tour Down Under chose the aero S5. This particular S5 is assigned to none other than Mark Renshaw, one of the best leadout men in the World Tour peloton. Typically leading out Mark Cavendish, Mark had free reign at the 2017 Tour Down Under, although his best result at that race was 6th in the People’s Choice Classic, a primer event before the Tour Down Under begins proper. Click on through to see more of Mark Renshaw’s Cervelo S5.

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Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is a World Tour cycling team based in South Africa. The team’s name for 2017 reflects that while it is sponsored by Dimension Data Holdings, it is organized by the World Bicycle Relief’s charity program in South Africa. For 2013 – 2015, the team was registered as a UCI Professional […]

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