Week’s Best Posts: CX, Fat bike reviews; year end videos; Top 10 Bikerumor posts & more!

This final week of the year we had a number of roundups to show off the miscellany we saw around the tradeshows this year, including some interesting gear, sweet road and gravel bikes, ridiculously awesome kids bikes, and a collection of interesting urban-ish bicycles for all manner of adventure and commuting.

We also put out a few bike reviews, including the Eleven fat bike and Raleigh RXC cyclocross bike. Plus a review of Endura’s newer hydration back protection packs.

Sir Bradley Wiggins decided to end more than the year by announcing his retirement. And many brands were sending off 2016 with some shredding to inspire the new year…or just be goofy and wish us all the happiest of holidays…all in a killer video roundup. We even put together our own “best of” list with our 10 most popular posts of the year! See all the rest of the week’s headlines below, each one opens in a new tab…

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This final week of the year we had a number of roundups to show off the miscellany we saw around the tradeshows this year, including some interesting gear, sweet road and gravel bikes, ridiculously awesome kids bikes, and a collection of interesting urban-ish bicycles for all manner of adventure and commuting. We also put out […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • Ridley building the next generation of racers – Sure most bike companies are out supporting pro riders. But Ridley actually sponsors 10 youth development teams. Not only does their R&D division work with pros on cyclocross, road & track, but also with young talents. Take 19 year old Robbe Ghys, who’s been riding on Ridley for several years and showed how to be a badass (#BeTough in Ridley-speak) on the track by stepping up and racing with the elites at the six days of Gent. Another is U23 CX World Champ Eli Iserbyt, or 15 year old Luke Verburg who won the first 12 of 19 races on his X-night this season. Ridley-bikes.com

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Ridley building the next generation of racers – Sure most bike companies are out supporting pro riders. But Ridley actually sponsors 10 youth development teams. Not only does their R&D division work with pros on cyclocross, road & track, but also with young talents. Take 19 year old Robbe Ghys, who’s been riding on Ridley for several years […]

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Scope out a new bike (or job) for 2017 at 8bar’s new Berlin showroom

8bar bikes has been piecing together custom built urban fixies and much more since 2011, with their newest Mitte hitting the popular all-surface gravel segment. And as they get ready to roll into 2017, they’ve revamped their new Berlin showroom and are expanding. With their new shop they are making it easier to get on an 8bar, whether that’s to test ride, or be more hands-on with their customization process. Plus, at the same time they are looking for some new people who want to work in the bike industry, as they grow as a bike producer. Check out the details after the break…

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8bar bikes has been piecing together custom built urban fixies and much more since 2011, with their newest Mitte hitting the popular all-surface gravel segment. And as they get ready to roll into 2017, they’ve revamped their new Berlin showroom and are expanding. With their new shop they are making it easier to get on […]

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Happy Holidays from Bikerumor!

Dear Readers,

It’s almost the end of the year, and no matter what or how you celebrate, all of us here at Bikerumor would like to wish you the very best. I want to say a very big thanks to all of you for reading our stories, having us along on your rides and supporting the site through the years. We have some interesting things in the pipeline for 2017 to accompany the constant stream of killer new bikes, components and tech we’re known for. But there’s no need to wait until January 1, there’s still plenty of good stuff to post for the rest of this year – can you believe people are still launching products right now? So kick back with friends and family and check us out between the ‘nog and the rides.

Happy Holidays!



Dear Readers, It’s almost the end of the year, and no matter what or how you celebrate, all of us here at Bikerumor would like to wish you the very best. I want to say a very big thanks to all of you for reading our stories, having us along on your rides and supporting […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • Uber admits its self-driving cars have trouble with bike lanes – While we’d love nothing more than being able to sit back and let the car do the driving while we post more goodness on Bikerumor, the challenges to full robotic chauffeurs remains. Uber’s self driving test fleet apparently has trouble recognizing bike lanes, but at least they’ve recognized the problem before bad things happened.
    Besides the threat of our robot overlords, there are always plenty of things to get us on the bike over the holidays and into the New Year…

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Uber admits its self-driving cars have trouble with bike lanes – While we’d love nothing more than being able to sit back and let the car do the driving while we post more goodness on Bikerumor, the challenges to full robotic chauffeurs remains. Uber’s self driving test fleet apparently has trouble recognizing bike lanes, but at least […]

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All-Access consumer direct program expands the Nirve system with IBD delivery

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Thanks to the Amazon influence, these days it seems like most bike brand feel that if they don’t have online ordering, they’re leaving money on the table. The real question seems to be not whether bikes should be sold online, but how to go about fulfilling those sales without stepping on the toes of your dealer network in the process. We’ve seen a number of different sales structures pop up in recent years, and now Nirve is following in those footsteps.

With their new All-Access direct online sales model, consumers will be able to purchase the bikes straight from the web where they’ll be shipped to a Nirve dealer of their choice for delivery…

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Thanks to the Amazon influence, these days it seems like most bike brand feel that if they don’t have online ordering, they’re leaving money on the table. The real question seems to be not whether bikes should be sold online, but how to go about fulfilling those sales without stepping on the toes of your dealer […]

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Biketube makes ordering tubes online a cinch when you pinch

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The convenience afforded by the internet is immeasurable in today’s world. Remember when you had to dial a phone and talk to someone to order a pizza? How about having to go to the library and read an actual book to find information? Well forget those ancient hardships, because nowadays the web brings everything to our front doors- and for cyclists, ordering tubes of all types and sizes just got even easier.

Biketube.net is industry veteran Steve Cuomo’s latest business venture. If you don’t recognize Cuomo’s name, you’ll know some of the companies he’s worked for like Cannondale, GT/Schwinn, Crankbrothers, Thule and Scott Sports. Biketube promises the best tubes at the ‘best price on the web’, and they’ll be in the mail after a quick visit to their informative and easy to navigate website…
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The convenience afforded by the internet is immeasurable in today’s world. Remember when you had to dial a phone and talk to someone to order a pizza? How about having to go to the library and read an actual book to find information? Well forget those ancient hardships, because nowadays the web brings everything to […]

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Boardman Performance Centre moving forward in Worcestershire with cycling wind tunnel & rider testing

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Just over a year ago we got wind of the new Performance Centre which Boardman Bikes was working on, in early planning stages at that time. Intended to be both a new R&D headquarters for the bike company built around a cyling-specific wind tunnel, but also a testing center for regular cyclists, Boardman tells us they’ve received planning permission for construction and can now share where it will be located. The Valley Evesham, a retail park in Worcestershire, will play host for the new test center, putting it in the heart of England, an hour south of Birmingham and two hours northwest of London, with easy access by rail & car. The aim has always been to make advanced testing more accessible to the regular cyclist, so it’s good to see the project moving forward. More info, including its expected opening date after the break…

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Just over a year ago we got wind of the new Performance Centre which Boardman Bikes was working on, in early planning stages at that time. Intended to be both a new R&D headquarters for the bike company built around a cyling-specific wind tunnel, but also a testing center for regular cyclists, Boardman tells us they’ve received planning permission for […]

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CeramicSpeed continues pursuit of drivetrain efficiency with new Lubrication Development Lab

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In addition to making insanely expensive derailleur pulleys, CeramicSpeed is known for going to great lengths to maximize drivetrain efficiency. Whether that’s ceramic bearings in your pulleys, or UltraFast Chain optimization, CeramicSpeed is into it. After starting out by acquiring Friction Fact’s UltraFast chain optimization, recently it was announced that CeramicSpeed had acquired Friction Facts entirely. That includes the founder and former owner of the Boulder, CO based drivetrain efficiency test lab, Jason Smith.

Now that Jason is part of the CermicSpeed family, the company has wasted no time in setting up an all new Lubrication Development Lab which promises to break new ground in the science of drivetrain lubrication…

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In addition to making insanely expensive derailleur pulleys, CeramicSpeed is known for going to great lengths to maximize drivetrain efficiency. Whether that’s ceramic bearings in your pulleys, or UltraFast Chain optimization, CeramicSpeed is into it. After starting out by acquiring Friction Fact’s UltraFast chain optimization, recently it was announced that CeramicSpeed had acquired Friction Facts entirely. […]

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