This Week’s Best Posts! Sooooo many pro bikes, CX Nats tech, New Shimano goods & more!

This week was filled with pro bike checks from both the Tour Down Under and the 2017 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships. Hit those links to narrow it down to just those, then check out this post for some killer random bits and pieces from CX Nats.

While those races gave us a look at the pro bikes, we actually got to ride the new Dura-Ace Di2…something very few pros are even riding yet, and got the actual weights for the new group right here. Shimano also pumped out brand new high performance clothing with their S-Phyre brand. We also toured Cannondale’s headquarters and posted Part One, the office tour. There’s more coming on both of those, including DA ride impressions and a massive gallery of pro/prototype Cannondale and GT bikes. Stay tuned.

On our home turf, we put the new Niner RLT RDO through its paces (and weighed it), and launched The Build Cycle. That’s a new interview series by Tyler that gets the startup stories from cycling industry entrepreneurs. All that, and more great stuff from this week, linked by headline below…

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This week was filled with pro bike checks from both the Tour Down Under and the 2017 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships. Hit those links to narrow it down to just those, then check out this post for some killer random bits and pieces from CX Nats. While those races gave us a look at […]

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Beeline Bikes launches Retail Partner Program to pair up with brick-and-mortar bike shops

Beeline Bikes, inside van

Beeline Bikes, mechanic helping family

Like it or not, the world of bicycle retail is rapidly changing. Not only are more and more brands selling direct to consumers, mobile bike shops are also quickly emerging as another option bolstered by the advantage of convenience. Shops on wheels can offer cutting-edge services that stores don’t, like home delivery of assembled bicycles or mechanics that will come to your house or workplace.

In a move that’s sure to spark debate between LBS supporters and online shoppers, Beeline Bikes recently announced a new Retail Partner Program. This program allows brick and mortar bike shops to add a mobile service to their existing business model, combining the best of both worlds without sacrificing your company’s established identity or business relationships…
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Like it or not, the world of bicycle retail is rapidly changing. Not only are more and more brands selling direct to consumers, mobile bike shops are also quickly emerging as another option bolstered by the advantage of convenience. Shops on wheels can offer cutting-edge services that stores don’t, like home delivery of assembled bicycles or […]

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Bikerumor Exclusive: Kogel Bearings seeks testers for new SRAM Eagle ceramic derailleur pulleys

Vogel Bearings SRAM Eagle derailleur pulleys with ceramic bearings

Kogel Bearings SRAM Eagle derailleur pulleys with ceramic bearings

Kogel Bearings is expanding their range of ceramic bearing derailleur pulleys to mountain bikes with the upcoming SRAM Eagle models. The wheels are made of aluminum, rolling on Grade 3 ABEC 5 hybrid ceramic bearings with steel races, same as what’s used in their bottom brackets, plus their off road seals to keep gunk out. The upper wheel has 12 teeth and the lower has 14.

They’re not available yet, but Kogel’s giving Bikerumor readers the chance to test them as part of their final testing phase. They have ten pre-production samples and want real rider feedback before pulling the trigger on a larger delivery. Interested?

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Kogel Bearings is expanding their range of ceramic bearing derailleur pulleys to mountain bikes with the upcoming SRAM Eagle models. The wheels are made of aluminum, rolling on Grade 3 ABEC 5 hybrid ceramic bearings with steel races, same as what’s used in their bottom brackets, plus their off road seals to keep gunk out. The […]

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Browse, Compare, and buy Kona bikes with new Ride Online Program

You can buy just about anything online these days, so naturally bikes are next. Many companies have already made the transition to online sales of some sort, though how they go about it varies from one to another. Kona announced today that they would be throwing their hat into the online sales ring with the Kona Ride Online USA and Ride Online Canada. Consumers can purchase the bikes online but then will have to head to the Kona dealer of their choice to pick it up…

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You can buy just about anything online these days, so naturally bikes are next. Many companies have already made the transition to online sales of some sort, though how they go about it varies from one to another. Kona announced today that they would be throwing their hat into the online sales ring with the […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

Photo from Andrew Cho GoFundMe page

We’re updating our Friday Roundup with rough news from GT Bikes. Former pro rider and GT Bicycles Digital Marketing Manager Andrew Cho suffered a serious spinal injury out of the blue when a blood vessel burst in his C3 and C4 vertebrae. According to the GoFundMe page, after feeling dizzy and having tingling in his neck and limbs while having dinner with friends, he went home where eventually the ruptured blood vessel constricted his spinal cord, paralyzing him from the neck down. Apparently, he’s starting to make some improvements, but still has a very long road ahead of him. To help offset the cost of medical treatment, loss of work, and other financial burdens, a GoFundMe page has been set up with a goal of raising $75k to start (keep in mind the GoFundMe is in CAD). If you’ve met Andrew, you know that he’s one of the nicest guys and while he’s keeping a positive attitude through all this, he could certainly use our help.

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We’re updating our Friday Roundup with rough news from GT Bikes. Former pro rider and GT Bicycles Digital Marketing Manager Andrew Cho suffered a serious spinal injury out of the blue when a blood vessel burst in his C3 and C4 vertebrae. According to the GoFundMe page, after feeling dizzy and having tingling in his neck […]

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Pinarello responds & refutes infringement claims from Velocite

Right after the recent introduction of the new aero Pinarello Dogma F10, we saw an open letter by Victor Major of Velocite claiming that the new design infringed on his patented Intellectual Property. The topic at issue was the concave trailing section to the downtube with a water bottle tucked into it. But with a response today from Cicli Pinarello, unsurprisingly it seems that not everything in that open letter was as cut and dry as it seems. According to Pinarello they did in fact respond to what seems to have been a vague initial communication after the release of their new Bolide, and were waiting to hear back from Velocite. That never happened, so they only now seem to have found out what the concern was in the first place. Pinarello’s response wants to clear up the issue and move forward. Read on for more and the full response after the break…

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Right after the recent introduction of the new aero Pinarello Dogma F10, we saw an open letter by Victor Major of Velocite claiming that the new design infringed on his patented Intellectual Property. The topic at issue was the concave trailing section to the downtube with a water bottle tucked into it. But with a response today from Cicli Pinarello, […]

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Velocite cries patent foul over new Pinarello Dogma F10

Velocite Syn aero disc brake road bike

Almost immediately after the all-new Pinarello  Dogma F10 road bike debuted, Velocite’s founder Victor Major made it known they were potentially infringing on his patented downtube design.

In 2015, the Velocite Syn aero road bike came out with a concave trailing section to the downtube that nested the water bottle into it. This effectively uses the water bottle to finish the tube shape, helping air slip past it and minimize turbulence. His concern is that Pinarello’s new bike is using a very similar design, and even did so on the previously released Bolide TT bike, but hasn’t responded to Major’s inquiries. Check more pics and his reply to our inquiry below…

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Almost immediately after the all-new Pinarello  Dogma F10 road bike debuted, Velocite’s founder Victor Major made it known they were potentially infringing on his patented downtube design. In 2015, the Velocite Syn aero road bike came out with a concave trailing section to the downtube that nested the water bottle into it. This effectively uses the […]

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This Week’s Best Posts! Pro bike checks, CES tech, Patents, Wyman’s CX tire tips & more!

We’re in Hartford, CT, at the USA Cycling CX National Championships and there are plenty of new parts and pro bikes to see. Kicking things off are bike checks with Tobin Ortenblad and Jeremy Powers, and there’s more to come. It’ll be interesting to see how their tire selection changes for Sunday’s main event. While the conditions have changed (not improved, BTW), it’s worth a look at how some of the earlier races turned into a slip-n-slide. Sadly, that part of the course has been removed. Tune in here tomorrow at 8am EST for the live stream of the men’s and women’s pro races!

Should you have to race in similar conditions, or the snow and freeze that’s currently on the CXnats course, World Cup pro Helen Wyman’s tips for tire selection should come in handy. Check out part one and part two to get your rubber dialed for race day.

Meanwhile, out in presumably warmer Las Vegas, the CES show has produced plenty of bicycle tech. Polar and Garmin both launched new wearables, Fisher Price has a trainer for kids, and LeEco has smart road and mountain bikes. Check all of that out here. We also found tech outside the show, including the SpeedX Unicorn bike with integrated power measurement and a patent for auto-aligning rear derailleurs. As usual, plenty more killer stuff, all in new-tab-opening headlines, below…

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We’re in Hartford, CT, at the USA Cycling CX National Championships and there are plenty of new parts and pro bikes to see. Kicking things off are bike checks with Tobin Ortenblad and Jeremy Powers, and there’s more to come. It’ll be interesting to see how their tire selection changes for Sunday’s main event. While […]

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Mobile Bike Shop battles: VeloFix DIRECT picks up Eddy Merckx, Beeline delivers Competitive Cyclist

Photo c. Velofix

The landscape of bicycle retail is changing quickly. That is especially true when you consider the state of mobile bike shops. What started as individuals looking for away to offer their services to more people with less overhead, has been seized upon by companies looking to turn that model into a franchise business. At this point, the most successful would have to be Velofix and Beeline Bikes. Both franchise models were initially based on mobile service and repair, but that is quickly changing as bicycle companies are looking for assembly and delivery options for online sales.

This week it was announced that Velofix would be adding Eddy Merckx cycles to their quickly growing list of brands for Velofix DIRECT. That makes for a total of 15 current brands that are Velofix DIRECT partners including Yeti, BH, Ellsworth, Turner, and Van Dessel. The optional service can be selected when ordering a bike directly from the Eddy Merckx site, at which point the local Velofix franchise will receive the bike, build it, check it for safety, and then deliver it directly to you. All of which, Velofix says is available at no additional charge including a fitting session and 30 day tune up.

Currently, only 2016 models are available for purchase through the site, but 2017 models will soon be available online, or immediately via phone or email through Eddy Merckx…

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The landscape of bicycle retail is changing quickly. That is especially true when you consider the state of mobile bike shops. What started as individuals looking for away to offer their services to more people with less overhead, has been seized upon by companies looking to turn that model into a franchise business. At this point, […]

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