This Week’s Best Posts: Mountain bike reviews, crazy suspension, limited steel & builder interviews!

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This week’s smorgasbord of builder-on-builder interviews led us right up to the Philly Bike Expo and gave us all a fun peek inside the minds of our nation’s top handmade frame builders.

Somewhere just outside the handmade crowd were a couple boutique mountain bike builds and a sweet limited edition True Temper steel road bike from Chris Chance. The mountain bikes come from Tantrum, which puts a unique twist on rear suspension, and Scurra reinvents the front, too, with their wild linkage driven fork and rear end (it’s that red bike up above, just in case you couldn’t guess). Almost as wild are Zipp’s new sawtooth aero wheels, which use nature as inspiration for an aggressive looking wheelset designed to cheat the wind in any direction. There’s even a video to help explain it.

Back to mountain bikes, we reviewed a few 2017 XC models from Norco, Cannondale and Kona, with more coming up next week. We also reviewed a few pieces of gear, and there’s the usual assortment of other new bikes, components and kit to poke through…

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This week’s smorgasbord of builder-on-builder interviews led us right up to the Philly Bike Expo and gave us all a fun peek inside the minds of our nation’s top handmade frame builders. Somewhere just outside the handmade crowd were a couple boutique mountain bike builds and a sweet limited edition True Temper steel road bike […]

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Trek Farley fat bikes from 2014/15 recalled for free fork replacement

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Today’s the day for recalls. Just after posting the official Fox Float X2 recall notice, we received this one from Trek, offering registered owners a $100 gift card to bring their 2014 and 2015 Farley hardtail fat bike in for a free fork replacement. Apparently, the fork’s crown could potentially separate, leaving the base of the fork without its steerer. To date, no one has been injured, but reports of creaking and weird noises prompted a full recall. Kudos to Trek for being proactive and giving everyone an incentive to get into your local bike shop. Full recall PR and links below…

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Today’s the day for recalls. Just after posting the official Fox Float X2 recall notice, we received this one from Trek, offering registered owners a $100 gift card to bring their 2014 and 2015 Farley hardtail fat bike in for a free fork replacement. Apparently, the fork’s crown could potentially separate, leaving the base of […]

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Fox Float X2 gets official CPSC recall notice; units to be repaired & returned

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In early October, Fox issued a warning to riders to stop using their Float X2 shocks as some could blow through their air can and cause the bike to get outta control. Now, the recall is official through the CPSC, and riders are asked to return their shock to place of purchase for a free repair. Full recall notice below, or hit up this link for details on how to identify affected forks and next steps.

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In early October, Fox issued a warning to riders to stop using their Float X2 shocks as some could blow through their air can and cause the bike to get outta control. Now, the recall is official through the CPSC, and riders are asked to return their shock to place of purchase for a free […]

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Colnago starts selling bikes online, but only backstock, and only through dealers

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Colnago’s put an interesting take on selling direct to consumer by opening up prior year’s models to online sales. You’ll still need to go through your dealer to pick them up, and new (current model year) bikes will only be available for purchase at your local bike shop, but now you can shop for older models from the comfort of your home.

You’ll find the online shop under the “Shop” tab on their website, where you’ll find anything left from 2016 and older. 2017 models won’t be on there, presumably until the 2018 bikes start hitting dealers. The bikes are predictably discounted of their original MSRP. Order one, and you’ll pick from any area dealers for the bike’s delivery, where that shop will help you get fit to the bike. Dealers can opt out of the program, but Colnago says there are incentives for participation.



Colnago’s put an interesting take on selling direct to consumer by opening up prior year’s models to online sales. You’ll still need to go through your dealer to pick them up, and new (current model year) bikes will only be available for purchase at your local bike shop, but now you can shop for older […]

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Vanilla Workshop headed to east coast for fit tour (and parties)

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Vanilla Workshop is bringing their fit tour to the East Coast, hitting shops in New York, Washington DC, and North Carolina. Founder Sacha White will be present for each and oversee the fitting process, and they’ll have demo bikes on hand and even lead group rides and offer round table discussions with the locals. Skip below for tour dates and locations…

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Vanilla Workshop is bringing their fit tour to the East Coast, hitting shops in New York, Washington DC, and North Carolina. Founder Sacha White will be present for each and oversee the fitting process, and they’ll have demo bikes on hand and even lead group rides and offer round table discussions with the locals. Skip […]

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This Week’s Best Posts! Carbon leaf spring fork, Drone lights, Builder Q&A, Dream Rides and more!

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Anna’s amazing and highly entertaining Builder on Builder interview series continues, with each interviewee turning the table on the next subject, giving us a unique look inside the world (and minds) of custom bicycle builders. This week we heard from Megan Dean, Richard Sachs, Burnsey, Curtis Inglis and Portus.

Out on the bike, we hit two amazing destinations worthy of the bucket list. Zach hit Park City, UT, as fall hit, giving him a different perspective on the scene than our usual summer riding there. Check out the food scene and other incredible amenities the city has put together to make it a cycling destination like no other (hundreds of miles of connected singletrack certainly doesn’t hurt either). Across the world, Jayson took part in the Taiwan KOM, a hill climbing challenge that takes riders from sea level to over 10,000 feet to see who’s the best ascender on the island.

In product news, highlights included a reboot of Christini’s AWD bikes, Light & Motion’s move into drones (to light up that high flying footage), and the sad news that Brim Brothers won’t be able to deliver on their shoe-based power meter. Everything else linked below…

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Anna’s amazing and highly entertaining Builder on Builder interview series continues, with each interviewee turning the table on the next subject, giving us a unique look inside the world (and minds) of custom bicycle builders. This week we heard from Megan Dean, Richard Sachs, Burnsey, Curtis Inglis and Portus. Out on the bike, we hit […]

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Today Only – Trek offers free streaming of Not2Bad mountain bike film

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The second installment of Anthill Films’ chill mountain bike film, Not2Bad, is streaming for free today only courtesy of Trek Bikes. Hit up this link, enter your email address, and the movie’s yours through the end of the day. Check the movie poster (and trailer) after the break for a who’s who of riders getting in front of the camera for your entertainment, then kick back for 35 minutes of inspiration and procrastination.

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The second installment of Anthill Films’ chill mountain bike film, Not2Bad, is streaming for free today only courtesy of Trek Bikes. Hit up this link, enter your email address, and the movie’s yours through the end of the day. Check the movie poster (and trailer) after the break for a who’s who of riders getting […]

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HIA Velo gives first look into their new Arkansas carbon bike factory

While we’re busy lining up a proper tour for this fall, HIA Velo sent over this video as a taste of things to come. If you read our Guru factory tour parts one and two a couple years ago, some of it will look familiar. And we’re very, very excited to see what else they’ll be bringing to the table. It starts off a little slow, but gets going and mentioned something we found very interesting: When you can send your bike in for warranty or repair to the same people that actually made it, that brings a whole new level to customer service. Of course, we all hope we’ll never have to send our bikes in, but should you need to, that’s a unique selling point in a day of overseas production that’s all but anonymous. Check out our initial story on HIA Velo to see what’s up down in Arkansas.



While we’re busy lining up a proper tour for this fall, HIA Velo sent over this video as a taste of things to come. If you read our Guru factory tour parts one and two a couple years ago, some of it will look familiar. And we’re very, very excited to see what else they’ll […]

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Bad news from Brim Brothers – their shoe based power meter is dead

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It seems so promising when we first heard from them back at Interbike 2014, and even more so when their Kickstarter campaign launched at the start of this year. The promise was a dual-sided road power meter that went with you as you clipped out of one bike and into the next, with the sensors sandwiched between your shoe and Speedplay cleats and the brain sitting atop your toes. But that dream has been shattered and backers have gotten a dash of the realities of crowdfunding as Brim Brothers has run into insurmountable obstacles to the DPMX wearable power meter and issued a statement saying that, “we can’t deliver your power meter, and we can’t provide a refund”…

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It seems so promising when we first heard from them back at Interbike 2014, and even more so when their Kickstarter campaign launched at the start of this year. The promise was a dual-sided road power meter that went with you as you clipped out of one bike and into the next, with the sensors sandwiched […]

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