Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Sign up for the 30th edition of the granfondo La Fausto Coppi Le Alpi del Mare 2017 – The international granfondo La Fausto Coppi Le Alpi del Mare has just opened registration. The event on the July 9 in Cuneo, Italy, celebrates its 30th birthday, with some special celebrations in the works. For now, all cyclists that will have their 30th birthday in 2017 (born in 1987) will pay only 30€ for their entry fee, no matter when they register. Everyone else will also pay a discounted price of 35€ if they register before Dec 31 2016. The routes will be the same as in 2016, with the mediofondo counting 111 km (2550m of climbing), and the granfondo of 177 km (4125m of getting up). FaustoCoppi.net

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Sign up for the 30th edition of the granfondo La Fausto Coppi Le Alpi del Mare 2017 – The international granfondo La Fausto Coppi Le Alpi del Mare has just opened registration. The event on the July 9 in Cuneo, Italy, celebrates its 30th birthday, with some special celebrations in the works. For now, all cyclists that will […]

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Isla Bikes’ youth-sized Greim cyclocross tires now available separately

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Isla Bikes makes some sick kids cyclocross bikes, which come equipped with their own Gréim tires. Now, they’re offering those tires for sale without having to buy the complete bike, and they come in three sizes and two versions. Like the bikes, there’s a Pro version and a Standard one. The Pro model is lighter thanks to a Kevlar bead and 185tpi skinwall casing, which gives it a more supple ride. The Standard version gets a wire bead and 72tpi casing, but adds a Kevlar puncture protection layer. Specs and more details below…

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Isla Bikes makes some sick kids cyclocross bikes, which come equipped with their own Gréim tires. Now, they’re offering those tires for sale without having to buy the complete bike, and they come in three sizes and two versions. Like the bikes, there’s a Pro version and a Standard one. The Pro model is lighter […]

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Trailcraft lets little ones roll big on new Timber 26″ youth mountain bike

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A couple years ago, proud parent Ginger Rosenbauer launched Trailcraft Cycles to fill the void in the youth cycling market. Specifically, the near void of really well designed, lightweight mountain bikes that could hold their own on the trail with mom and dad’s bikes. The Pineridge 24 was born, and since then we’ve seen a number of high end options follow from major brands. But, what’s a kid to do when they outgrow a 24″ wheeled bike?

Hop on a 26″ bike, of course. But most 26″ bikes remaining in shops are low-end, entry level models that are likely to be a serious downgrade in spec and performance and be heavier than the Pineridge. That, and they were originally designed for adults, not kids. That’s where the new Trailcraft Timber 26 comes in…

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A couple years ago, proud parent Ginger Rosenbauer launched Trailcraft Cycles to fill the void in the youth cycling market. Specifically, the near void of really well designed, lightweight mountain bikes that could hold their own on the trail with mom and dad’s bikes. The Pineridge 24 was born, and since then we’ve seen a […]

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Grupetto Italia brings Italian road bikes to all ages

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Grupetto Italia showcases a line up with a wide range of road bikes spanning from juniors’ bikes to retro-inspired lugged steel beauties, with carbon road racing bikes in between. Owned by brothers Nick and Dom O’Brien, Grupetto Italia was founded to bring classic Italian craftsmanship and cycling heritage back to the UK, the way they remembered it as kids. Having both raced as juniors, part of their offering includes high-quality small bikes designed with young riders in mind, so hop past the break to take a closer look at how you get get your kid ready to ride…

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Grupetto Italia showcases a line up with a wide range of road bikes spanning from juniors’ bikes to retro-inspired lugged steel beauties, with carbon road racing bikes in between. Owned by brothers Nick and Dom O’Brien, Grupetto Italia was founded to bring classic Italian craftsmanship and cycling heritage back to the UK, the way they remembered it as […]

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WFS 2016: Selberbruzzler collective’s budding Podenco Cycles, from Balance to Handuro

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We’ve seen the creative craftsmanship of Selberbruzzler builders before. The Vienna Framebuilder Collective is unique in that it is made up of amateur bike builders and tinkers with great ideas, that typically don’t have aspirations of becoming commercially viable. The latest member that caught our eye is builder (or in real life, cook) Thomas Wieling and his family bike brand of Podenco Cycles. Wieling pretty much started constructing bikes after his mountain biker girlfriend lost mobility in her legs in a freeriding accident, but needed to get back out on the trail. Several DH quad iterations evolved their way into this crazy unique three-wheeled hand-cycling enduro bike that can scale pretty much any trail and bomb down the other side with its many tricks. Of course at the same time their son has grown into the need for his own bike, so why not get the most custom balance bike possible; then dad needs a new all-mountain hardtail to keep up as well. All this evolution might just turn Podenco into a proper bike building business soon…

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We’ve seen the creative craftsmanship of Selberbruzzler builders before. The Vienna Framebuilder Collective is unique in that it is made up of amateur bike builders and tinkers with great ideas, that typically don’t have aspirations of becoming commercially viable. The latest member that caught our eye is builder (or in real life, cook) Thomas Wieling and […]

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Crank Brothers gets into bicycles w/ Cedric Gracia kids’ balance bike

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For little riders that wanna go big, there’s nothing better than a good bike to inspire courage. And while Cedric’s off-bike antics may not be G-rated, his racing can certainly inspire the kids to ride hard. Especially if their bike comes prebuilt with racing graphics, pro-style saddle and grips, and a race-ready 6061 T6 aluminum frame with proper trail tires. It’s even disc brake ready, helping the youngsters to learn about upgrading sooner than later…

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For little riders that wanna go big, there’s nothing better than a good bike to inspire courage. And while Cedric’s off-bike antics may not be G-rated, his racing can certainly inspire the kids to ride hard. Especially if their bike comes prebuilt with racing graphics, pro-style saddle and grips, and a race-ready 6061 T6 aluminum frame […]

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EB16: Ghost Lector X & Lector Kid – hardtail XC racing for the young or dumb

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OK, so I’m a bit of a sucker for a crazy light XC hardtail, and Ghost’s carbon Lector does a pretty good job of delivering on that. When we first spotted a disguised prototype of it last year on the World Cup circuit, it was the lightest complete XC bike we weighed that season. Now Ghost is coming back with an even lighter build, at less than half the cost. How? The Lector X drops the suspension fork for a rigid carbon deal. As Ghost says, “Comfort is for wimps!” And while bigger wheels have pushed XC racing faster, Ghost has now reworked an XS 26″ version of the bike into the Lector Kid, a race-ready XC bike for young up and comers…

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OK, so I’m a bit of a sucker for a crazy light XC hardtail, and Ghost’s carbon Lector does a pretty good job of delivering on that. When we first spotted a disguised prototype of it last year on the World Cup circuit, it was the lightest complete XC bike we weighed that season. Now […]

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EB16: Cratoni debuts aero C-Pro helmet, smart C-94 concept & Maxster details

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Helmet maker Cratoni showed off some nice looking full feature helmets for kids just before the tradeshows began this past month with their new Maxster and Maxster Pro. Then they followed that up a few weeks later with the C-Pro, an all new vented aero road helmet for us adults. In the recent trend of the semi-aero helmet the C-Pro cuts down the number of side and top vents to limit drag, but keeps generous forward facing vents that they say gives enough ventilation to make it serve well at the slower speeds on a mountain bike as much as on the road.  At Eurobike we got a close look at these two different helmet lines, plus a new C-94 concept helmet project that would serve the urban rider with integrated smart lighting, crash sensors, and more connectivity…

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Helmet maker Cratoni showed off some nice looking full feature helmets for kids just before the tradeshows began this past month with their new Maxster and Maxster Pro. Then they followed that up a few weeks later with the C-Pro, an all new vented aero road helmet for us adults. In the recent trend of the […]

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EB16: Norco releases a Torrent of plus bikes for young and old, teases new enduro & all mountain bikes

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Starting at Crankworx and progressing through Interbike, Norco had a lot to show. Feeding off the influx of plus size additions, Norco has expanded their mid-fat line up to include hard tails, full suspension, and even kids’ bikes. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve also started to tease a new enduro platform that sounds like it could be big in different ways…

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Starting at Crankworx and progressing through Interbike, Norco had a lot to show. Feeding off the influx of plus size additions, Norco has expanded their mid-fat line up to include hard tails, full suspension, and even kids’ bikes. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve also started to tease a new enduro platform that sounds like […]

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