FB17: Problem Solvers plugs frame holes with Bubs, adds Boosters, MisMatch 2.2, plus new gear from MSW

Modern adventure bikes include a lot of braze-ons. If you need them, they serve as important attachment points for bottle cages, Anything cages, fenders, racks, and more. If you don’t need them though? It’s getting to the point where all those unused screws start to add up.

Sure, you could just remove them, but then you’re leaving a bunch of small holes open to the elements which probably won’t do much for your frame’s longevity. As usual, Problem Solvers is here with a solution. Their new rubber Bubs will fill those holes while also cutting down on the weight…

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Modern adventure bikes include a lot of braze-ons. If you need them, they serve as important attachment points for bottle cages, Anything cages, fenders, racks, and more. If you don’t need them though? It’s getting to the point where all those unused screws start to add up. Sure, you could just remove them, but then you’re […]

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FB17: Stan’s NoTubes partners with QBP for exclusive S1 wheel line

The big news at Eurobike was that Stan’s had an all new wheel range. Called the S1 line, the wheels include their BST rims with WideRight profiles and Neo hubs, but more importantly they hit some impressively low figures in terms of pricing. Positioned somewhere between a replacement level wheel and a high end upgrade set, the S1 line drew a lot of attention after its introduction.

With dwindling assembly space at their New York headquarters due to increased demand, Stan’s needed a partner for S1 assembly. There aren’t too many outfits in the U.S. with the high output wheel building chops of QBP’s Wheelhouse, so partnering with QBP seemed like a natural fit. Taking on the assembly of all the S1 wheels and wheelsets in Minneapolis also allows QBP an exclusive on the new wheels, which is how you’ll end up finding them at your local bike shop…

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The big news at Eurobike was that Stan’s had an all new wheel range. Called the S1 line, the wheels include their BST rims with WideRight profiles and Neo hubs, but more importantly they hit some impressively low figures in terms of pricing. Positioned somewhere between a replacement level wheel and a high end upgrade […]

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FB17: Surly adds a slew of updates for Cross-Check, Ogre, DHT & LHT, plus new Petit Porterhouse bag

Frostbike 2017 wasn’t the launching pad of any radical new bikes for Surly, but it was a chance for some of the most loved models to get some updates. While bikes like the Cross-Check have remained relatively constant over the years, small spec changes and color options have kept them fresh. For 2017 that means the Cross-Check gets draped in a new rust/orangey paint job that goes by the name of Mule Mug. It also sees a few component changes to add to the overall look…

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Frostbike 2017 wasn’t the launching pad of any radical new bikes for Surly, but it was a chance for some of the most loved models to get some updates. While bikes like the Cross-Check have remained relatively constant over the years, small spec changes and color options have kept them fresh. For 2017 that means […]

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FB17: Civia gets sporty with new Venue fitness bike

At the 2016 edition of Frostbike, Civia started its rebirth. In the past, the brand had focused on bikes for all sorts of urban riding with a unique, stylish flare. That’s still the focus of Civia, only with bikes that are a lot more affordable. After introducing the Lowry last year, Civia was showing their second new model at Frostbike 2017 called the Venue. Designed to be a little more fitness oriented than the Lowry, the Venue still has the Civia look and comes in two builds and multiple sizes to fit a range of riders…

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At the 2016 edition of Frostbike, Civia started its rebirth. In the past, the brand had focused on bikes for all sorts of urban riding with a unique, stylish flare. That’s still the focus of Civia, only with bikes that are a lot more affordable. After introducing the Lowry last year, Civia was showing their […]

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FB17: K-EDGE gets lighter with new aluminum Race Mounts

Just a few months since we last saw them, K-EDGE is back with another new mount. This time they’re targeting the opposite end of the spectrum with their all new Race Mount. K-EDGE has always been about precision machined aluminum mounts that are as strong as they are beautiful, but they also have an eye on weight. The Race mount promises to be 33% lighter than their current Garmin Mount while keeping its cobble enduring strength…

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Just a few months since we last saw them, K-EDGE is back with another new mount. This time they’re targeting the opposite end of the spectrum with their all new Race Mount. K-EDGE has always been about precision machined aluminum mounts that are as strong as they are beautiful, but they also have an eye […]

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FB17: Park Tool TS-4 is the truing stand we need for growing wheels and tires

When I first started working in a shop, the Park Tool truing stands in the back might have been older than I was. Eventually, mountain bike tires grew past 2.35″ wide and the stands needed to be upgraded. Back then, a simple swap of the caliper arms was all that was needed to keep those legacy stands running.

That was before hubs, rims, and tire widths started to get out of control. Over the years, Park has made adjustments to their stands up to the TS 2.2 to keep up with increasing sizes, but for fat bikes and 29+ bikes, that stand just would’t cut it. Now, Park Tool has introduced their biggest, baddest truing stand yet and unless things go completely off the deep end in terms of sizing, this one should be good for awhile…

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When I first started working in a shop, the Park Tool truing stands in the back might have been older than I was. Eventually, mountain bike tires grew past 2.35″ wide and the stands needed to be upgraded. Back then, a simple swap of the caliper arms was all that was needed to keep those […]

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FB17: Jagwire cuts derailleur housing weight in half with new XEX-SL

You may not give it much thought, but your derailleur housing plays an important role in the quality of shifting of your bike. For the most part, standard derailleur housings all look the same but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Most housings hide a jacket of linear metal strands under a plastic outer shell that makes the housing stand up to compression. Without it, every shift would slowly squeeze the two ends together and make for mushy, inconsistent shifting.

While those metal strands make the housing effective, they also add the most significant portion of weight. Which gave Jagwire an idea. That idea turned into their new XEX-SL housing which claims to cut the weight in half while keeping all of the same performance…

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You may not give it much thought, but your derailleur housing plays an important role in the quality of shifting of your bike. For the most part, standard derailleur housings all look the same but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Most housings hide a jacket of linear metal strands under a plastic outer […]

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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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FB17: 27.5 x 2.6″ tires start rolling in from Maxxis, Teravail kicks off all new tire line with Plus MTB

Michelin wasn’t the only company showcasing new treads in the middle sized 2.6″ width at Frostbike this year. Maxxis also had two new options in their booth – the Rekon and Forekaster. The Rekon has become a popular tire for true plus size bikes at 2.8″, but the addition of a 2.6″ should be welcomed. The same could be said for the Forekaster as it offers a bit more aggressive tread that is more widely spaced for improved mud shedding.

While they weren’t 2.6″, Teraveil had new tires their booth as well – which sound like they’re just the beginning…

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Michelin wasn’t the only company showcasing new treads in the middle sized 2.6″ width at Frostbike this year. Maxxis also had two new options in their booth – the Rekon and Forekaster. The Rekon has become a popular tire for true plus size bikes at 2.8″, but the addition of a 2.6″ should be welcomed. […]

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