HT launches D1 flat/clipless pedal, enhances pedal durability with new EVO+ bearing system, more

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Can’t decide between clips and flats? Whatever your reasoning, if you’re looking for a bit of both worlds, HT’s new D1 might bet he answer. Essentially a single sided X2 DH clipless pedal, the D1 adds a studded flat side to let you choose the appropriate footwear. The pedal also benefits from HT’s new EVO+ bearing system which can be found on all of their pedals for durable, long lasting pedaling performance…

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Can’t decide between clips and flats? Whatever your reasoning, if you’re looking for a bit of both worlds, HT’s new D1 might bet he answer. Essentially a single sided X2 DH clipless pedal, the D1 adds a studded flat side to let you choose the appropriate footwear. The pedal also benefits from HT’s new EVO+ […]

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E-bike Madness: A sea of batteries and motors from Friedrichshafen to Las Vegas

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With each annual edition of the tradeshow season, there seems to always be at least one discernible trend. Manufacturers and the industry seems to latch onto a concept in lock step and then all of a sudden it’s the show of 29″, 650b, fat bikes, and now plus bikes. E-bikes are a little different. For years, they’ve been there. Silently charging in the background just waiting to take over the world. Ok, that might be a bit dramatic, but we have been seeing e-bikes at trade shows for years, but this year stood out.

Eurobike has always been a haven for e-bike technology, but for 2016, Interbike had almost an entire wing of the show floor devoted to anything and everything with an electronic motor. So what does that mean for the future? From what we saw at the show, it seems that most manufacturers feel that they can no longer ignore the category. Considering brands like BMC were showing off elaborate prototypes of future e-models, there are a lot more companies building e-bikes than just a few years ago. The depth of the e-bikes at the two shows also serves to highlight just how vast the difference between separate motor technologies can be. Some bikes provide just enough boost to feel like you’re having a great day on the bike, while others shown were literally electronic street motorcycles.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. While there certainly were some WTF machines, the majority of the bikes seem to be headed in the reasonably powered, pedalec direction (meaning you have to pedal). After all, a throttle is the only thing that separates an e-moped from an e-bike (pedalec)…

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With each annual edition of the tradeshow season, there seems to always be at least one discernible trend. Manufacturers and the industry seems to latch onto a concept in lock step and then all of a sudden it’s the show of 29″, 650b, fat bikes, and now plus bikes. E-bikes are a little different. For […]

Posted in Commuter, Concept, e-Bike, Eurobike, Interbike29 Comments

IB16: Light & Motion takes to the skies with Seca 2200 Drone light, adds hard wired e-bike lights

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Light & Motion’s latest product doesn’t have a whole lot to do with bikes – unless you’re one of the number of bicycle photographers and videographers looking to drones to get the shot. Even more important is the desire to get the shot at night. Drones have provided an entirely new perspective on riding but they’ve mostly been relegated to daylight hours. Now, Light & Motion is adding a way for drone pilots to light up the night, and the shot…

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Light & Motion’s latest product doesn’t have a whole lot to do with bikes – unless you’re one of the number of bicycle photographers and videographers looking to drones to get the shot. Even more important is the desire to get the shot at night. Drones have provided an entirely new perspective on riding but […]

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IB16: Boyd adds White Industries & ceramic braking upgrades, plus alloy cyclocross tubulars

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All of Boyd Cycling’s new carbon and alloy wheels debuted last year, so for this year’s show they displayed refinements like a disc brake specific version of the carbon clinchers and tubulars in 28, 44 and 60 mm depths, plus the 90mm shown above that’s coming soon. The alloy clinchers also get a disc specific version. It’s not just the absence of a brake track that makes them different, they also tweaked the angle of the spoke drillings to work better with disc brake hubs laced 2x on both sides since there’s now negative torque going into the wheel from braking forces.

Rim weights for the 90mm are 640g (tubular) and 690g (clincher), which they admit is a bit heavier than some competing rims because they increased the layup on the sidewalls to make them stiffer. Boyd says once rims get that deep, thinner sidewalls offer a flex point, so super thin carbon walls that you can squeeze can also flex under sprinting or hard cornering efforts.

The Eternity Hub they they worked on for so long has gone away. Their manufacturing partner couldn’t get the tolerances tight enough for it to have the reliability Boyd wanted, so they’re offering White Industries hubs as an $350 upgrade option instead. Roll on down to check out the all-new cyclocross-specific alloy tubulars and more…

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All of Boyd Cycling’s new carbon and alloy wheels debuted last year, so for this year’s show they displayed refinements like a disc brake specific version of the carbon clinchers and tubulars in 28, 44 and 60 mm depths, plus the 90mm shown above that’s coming soon. The alloy clinchers also get a disc specific […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Gravel Bikes, Interbike, Road Bike2 Comments

IB16: Saris Freedom SuperClamp two-biker racks up a bunch of new features for 2017

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The Saris Freedom SuperClamp is a mighty fine rack. It’s made in the U.S., it doesn’t touch the frame, and fits a wide range of bikes. We recently had a chance to check out the Freedom SuperClamp 4 bike version which will soon be going back on my car as fat bike season approaches. In 2016 though, there were more differences between the two and four bike versions than just the number it could carry. One of the big ones is the fact that the current 2 bike does not fold up or down. While that’s not a complete deal breaker, for 2017 the 2 bike version is getting a number of upgrades including the ability to tilt…

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The Saris Freedom SuperClamp is a mighty fine rack. It’s made in the U.S., it doesn’t touch the frame, and fits a wide range of bikes. We recently had a chance to check out the Freedom SuperClamp 4 bike version which will soon be going back on my car as fat bike season approaches. In […]

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IB16: 9point8 drops in on externally routed Fall Line X 27.2, 34.9mm post for Evil, and 175 and 200mm travel

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You might think at this point dropper posts have completely gone internal, but that’s apparently not always the case. Especially when it comes to bikes with 27.2mm seat posts. At least, that’s the reasoning behind 9point8’s new Fall Line X. After receiving request after request for a post that will fit the smaller seat tubes, 9point8 decided it was time to do something about it. They also were showing a few new additions that could be exciting news depending on what bike you’re riding…

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You might think at this point dropper posts have completely gone internal, but that’s apparently not always the case. Especially when it comes to bikes with 27.2mm seat posts. At least, that’s the reasoning behind 9point8’s new Fall Line X. After receiving request after request for a post that will fit the smaller seat tubes, […]

Posted in Interbike, Mountain Bike3 Comments

IB16: Up Close with the Shimano ME7 Enduro shoe

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Two years in and the Shimano M200 introduced in 2014 is still one of my favorite shoes. It’s supremely comfortable, quite protective, and all things considered, fairly light for what it is. If there was one weak point, it would have to be the tread which has started to peel away. Fortunately, earlier this year when Shimano introduced the M200 replacing ME7 (above), the outsole happened to be one of the biggest improvements. The new shoe claims to be more durable, more protective, more ventilated, and somehow, even lighter.

We got our hands on an early sample with details after the break…

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Two years in and the Shimano M200 introduced in 2014 is still one of my favorite shoes. It’s supremely comfortable, quite protective, and all things considered, fairly light for what it is. If there was one weak point, it would have to be the tread which has started to peel away. Fortunately, earlier this year when […]

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Wilier Triestina goes wild with 29+ Bikepacking Jaroon Plus, 27+ full suspension eMTB, Cross and gravel bikes, more

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Wilier Triestina is probably still best known for their beautiful road bikes, but that may be about to change. Internationally, the storied Italian brand has already been selling bikes other than road for some time. But for 2017, both their international and U.S. markets will gain a number of wild new bikes but not everything will be coming stateside. One of the bikes that will make it here for fairly obvious reasons is the new Jaroon Plus. Filed under ‘Gravel’ the Jaroon Plus builds on their skinnier platform and includes 29+ wheels and tires (3.0″) with a double butted chromoly frame and drop bars for the ultimate kill-all-gravel set up…

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Wilier Triestina is probably still best known for their beautiful road bikes, but that may be about to change. Internationally, the storied Italian brand has already been selling bikes other than road for some time. But for 2017, both their international and U.S. markets will gain a number of wild new bikes but not everything will […]

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IB16: Nutrition Roundup 2 – Skratch Labs, Powerbar, Justin’s PB, Oberto & more!

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If you read any fitness or general interest bicycle publication, you’ve likely seen the ads for chocolate milk as a recovery product. Well, now you can buy that chocolate milk in powder form. Skratch Labs’ first recovery product is literally just that: Powdered milk with sugars and flavors added, plus one with powdered coffee. Pick from Vanilla, Chocolate and Coffee flavors, then read on to see why you’re not just adding Nesquik to your morning joe…

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If you read any fitness or general interest bicycle publication, you’ve likely seen the ads for chocolate milk as a recovery product. Well, now you can buy that chocolate milk in powder form. Skratch Labs’ first recovery product is literally just that: Powdered milk with sugars and flavors added, plus one with powdered coffee. Pick […]

Posted in Interbike, Nutrition2 Comments