Get an (offset) grip with Commencal Ride Alpha cockpit

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Three contact points link you to your bike and down to the trail. Commencal has already had the saddle/seatpost and flat pedal connections tied up with their house brand Ride Alpha components, but now in time for their 2017 bike they’ve added some new kit to give you something for your hands to hold onto. With some of the most in-depth tech out of the new group, they’ve added the lock-on Ride Alpha Gravity grips that vary in thickness internally to deliver better grip and comfort, while at the same time there are new alloy bars and an updated freeride capable stem. They’ve also just released a geometry adjusting offset headset that will drop into any EC44/56 frame. The key out of the entire new cockpit range that will grace many of their new bikes is that is all affordable and each can be purchased on its own to upgrade whatever you are currently riding…

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Three contact points link you to your bike and down to the trail. Commencal has already had the saddle/seatpost and flat pedal connections tied up with their house brand Ride Alpha components, but now in time for their 2017 bike they’ve added some new kit to give you something for your hands to hold onto. With some of […]

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Found: East folds a full-size mountain bike into your backpack

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No, that isn’t a pile of tubing and components that will eventually be fabricated into a rideable bike. It is actually a complete 27.5″ trail riding hardtail (minus the wheels of course) that will unfold and be ready to ride in about 90 seconds. The brainchild of Austrian designer, tinkerer, and framebuilder Thomas Schwaiger, the East folding bike was conceived originally as a way to take a proper mountain bike and stick in inside of a backpack so that he could haul it along when he went paragliding. A few optimized generations later and the current bike has adapted to provide stiffness on par with an aluminum full-suspension bike and breaks down so small that it can be easily transported anywhere you want to go, then stored out-of-the-way when you get back home…

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No, that isn’t a pile of tubing and components that will eventually be fabricated into a rideable bike. It is actually a complete 27.5″ trail riding hardtail (minus the wheels of course) that will unfold and be ready to ride in about 90 seconds. The brainchild of Austrian designer, tinkerer, and framebuilder Thomas Schwaiger, the […]

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Wave your hands to navigate the city by bike with Haïku

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Gesture control is offering more ways to manipulate our everyday electronic devices, and while most of us have used it on mobile phones, computers, or even gaming systems, now Haïku is bringing gestures to a connected urban cycling computer. Developed by Asphalt Lab and funded with the help of successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns earlier this year, their new take on an affordable, easy-to-use computer for commuters and other modern city cyclists is about to be officially launched at CES with early spring delivery. Check out how it neatly integrates ride tracking, navigation, and even unobtrusive notifications all controlled by a wave of the hand…

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Gesture control is offering more ways to manipulate our everyday electronic devices, and while most of us have used it on mobile phones, computers, or even gaming systems, now Haïku is bringing gestures to a connected urban cycling computer. Developed by Asphalt Lab and funded with the help of successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns earlier this year, their […]

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Fix It Sticks fixes up a steel core tire lever for the Replaceable Edition

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Want to add even more versatility to your Fix It Sticks? The clever little tools already provide a number of necessary tools in t-handle form, and the Replaceable Edition took it to the next level. No longer confined to the four bits installed from the factory, the Replaceable Edition can run any standard 1/4″ bit which opens up a lot of possibilities from your local hardware store. This new option though, you’ll only find through Fix It Sticks…

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Want to add even more versatility to your Fix It Sticks? The clever little tools already provide a number of necessary tools in t-handle form, and the Replaceable Edition took it to the next level. No longer confined to the four bits installed from the factory, the Replaceable Edition can run any standard 1/4″ bit […]

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Cycle Star rolls your chain on laser-crafted nanotech lube

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Yes, lasers and nanotech. Fresh new lube maker Cycle Star Nanotech just popped up out of public:private research partnership with scientists at North Carolina State. The team have been developing a new technology to create super hard nano- & micro-sized balls (carbon, graphene, sapphire & more) at such small sizes and precise tolerances that they can be used to lubricate how two metal surfaces move across each other. Basically they add these tiny particles to a lightweight oil carrier to get them on the chain, and you end up with long-lasting, decreased friction without the need for complicated application. It sounds a bit like ‘snake oil’ (those were Cycle Star’s words, in fact), but the performance has been so promising that they’ve signed on UCI Continental team Holowesko|Citadel pb Hincapie Racing after a successful race-winning trial last season, and have been building some impressive testimonials. Slip bast the break for some more details and how to slide it onto your chain…

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Yes, lasers and nanotech. Fresh new lube maker Cycle Star Nanotech just popped up out of public:private research partnership with scientists at North Carolina State. The team have been developing a new technology to create super hard nano- & micro-sized balls (carbon, graphene, sapphire & more) at such small sizes and precise tolerances that they can be used to lubricate how […]

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Sportful Squadra Avventura helps us all explore better ride storytelling in pictures

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Earlier this year clothing maker Sportful sent a group of cycling photographers, storytellers, and adventurers out into the world by bike. The collective, dubbed Squadra Avventura, was tasked with exploring the roads & trails less travelled and sharing their stories. We’re seeing this approach more and more in the cycling industry, as brands get a few ambassadors with a creative eye to head out on tour, testing the newest gear, getting their brand seen both in the real world and across social media, and capturing the kind of imagery that inspires us to get out and ride (& buy) more.

Well, this is an idea that I can really get behind. As a cyclist open to pretty much anything on two wheels, seeing others take off on adventures really gets my wheels turning, literally and figuratively. The Adventure Squad has already shared their first few trips, but now they are giving back with a How-To feature on telling your own story through the photos you take. Embedded photojournalist Justin Balog offers some good tips to get us all started, and plenty of beautiful shots to handle the inspiration…

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Earlier this year clothing maker Sportful sent a group of cycling photographers, storytellers, and adventurers out into the world by bike. The collective, dubbed Squadra Avventura, was tasked with exploring the roads & trails less travelled and sharing their stories. We’re seeing this approach more and more in the cycling industry, as brands get a […]

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FSA EasyHeadset online fit finder prevents standards confusion

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There are so many ‘standards’ on bikes these days it can be difficult to keep them straight, whether you work in a bike shop or just have a couple of bikes at home. FSA is trying to add a little clarity to the headset market with a simple online fit tool, designed to ensure you end up with the right replacement headset for your bike. Just enter your dimensions and get paired with the right solution to get you rolling again…

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There are so many ‘standards’ on bikes these days it can be difficult to keep them straight, whether you work in a bike shop or just have a couple of bikes at home. FSA is trying to add a little clarity to the headset market with a simple online fit tool, designed to ensure you end […]

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It’s about time! MOSKITO smartwatch doubles as a stylish bike computer

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If there’s one thing most bike computers don’t offer, it’s style that you’d actually want to put on your wrist. MOSQUITO, the all-in-one analog smartwatch and speedometer, has been in development for three years by a group of Swiss engineers, designers and frame builders who clearly have an eye for aesthetics.

The MOSKITO is essentially a chronograph watch with a slew of bike computer functions built in including a speedometer, odometer, the ability to set personal challenges, receive call, email or text reminders, and more. All of these functions are crammed into a classy looking Swiss-made watch head that can easily be removed and worn on your wrist too…
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If there’s one thing most bike computers don’t offer, it’s style that you’d actually want to put on your wrist. MOSQUITO, the all-in-one analog smartwatch and speedometer, has been in development for three years by a group of Swiss engineers, designers and frame builders who clearly have an eye for aesthetics. The MOSKITO is essentially […]

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CableLubie puts an oil port inline on your shift cables

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The CableLubie is the product of a UK rider who was tired of even relatively new shift cables feeling sluggish after just a couple months of riding. The United Kingdom is, of course, known for wet weather and mud, hence brands like Hope and their diligently sealed hubs. But with shift cables, there’s only so much sealing you can do, particularly if your frame’s cable stops prevent full length housing.

For that, CableLubie puts a tiny oil reservoir directly into the shift housing, one up front and one in the back ideally. The anodized bit uses a self-sealing rubber sleeve to contain the oil and internal O-rings around the cable to keep it lubing them shift after shift…

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The CableLubie is the product of a UK rider who was tired of even relatively new shift cables feeling sluggish after just a couple months of riding. The United Kingdom is, of course, known for wet weather and mud, hence brands like Hope and their diligently sealed hubs. But with shift cables, there’s only so […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Gadgets & Hacks, Gravel Bikes, Mountain Bike, Road Bike25 Comments