Road to NAHBS 2017: Adam Sklar of Sklar Bikes

Six years since building his first frame, Adam Sklar, the young gun behind Sklar Bikes, seems to be settling in on a theme. His steel frames seem to be gelling – with main triangle tubing featuring gentle bends and subtly changing cross-sections, waisted seat stays, accompanied by the occasional super-straight blade segmented-crowned fork to help accentuate those curves. It is always fun to witness a builder focusing in on their style, but what makes this case so interesting is that Adam’s frames will be on display next to those of builders who have been refining a style longer than he’s been alive.

How young is Adam?

So young that he had to – real talk, here – Google the reference in my first question before he could respond to it. As he found out, the series ended the week before he was born…

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Six years since building his first frame, Adam Sklar, the young gun behind Sklar Bikes, seems to be settling in on a theme. His steel frames seem to be gelling – with main triangle tubing featuring gentle bends and subtly changing cross-sections, waisted seat stays, accompanied by the occasional super-straight blade segmented-crowned fork to help accentuate those curves. […]

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Shimano trickles down trek & trail versatility with new Deore, Alivio, Acera & Altus groups

Always one to adapt their top-level tech into the more affordable groupsets that sell to a vast swat of the market and end up spec’d as OEM on tons of entry to mid level bikes, Shimano has just announced a new round of updates to their budget friendly off-road groupsets. From Deore down to Altus, these workingman’s groups all get a bit of reshaping and updating to more closely mimic the look and performance of the top level XT & XTR groups. But while the new groups get minor makeovers and the new X-thousand series designations, they stick with their current 10 & 9 speed variations and really only take on a few subtle changes. Out of the bunch the new Deore M6000 does add Boost spacing, and the familiar non-standard 4-bolt chainrings, plus a new 11-42  10 speed cassette that will likely see a lot of use shoehorned into other older groupsets. Check out all that is new after the jump…

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Always one to adapt their top-level tech into the more affordable groupsets that sell to a vast swat of the market and end up spec’d as OEM on tons of entry to mid level bikes, Shimano has just announced a new round of updates to their budget friendly off-road groupsets. From Deore down to Altus, […]

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Chris Connor asked if this wood makes his bike look fat?

NAHBS is just around the corner again. And while Anna is bringing us the behind-the-scenes with another season of Road to NAHBS interviews, this fat creation snuck past her into my inbox. Chris Connor, owner of Connor Wood Bicycles has been displaying his wooden crafted bikes at NAHBS since at least 2013. Each year the bikes get more refined, look even more capable off-road, and the latest additions even added some wood/carbon composite handlebar offerings. Well, this year Connor has been busy in the wood shop again, and is going fat with a new bike built around a set of wide Surly Lous…

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NAHBS is just around the corner again. And while Anna is bringing us the behind-the-scenes with another season of Road to NAHBS interviews, this fat creation snuck past her into my inbox. Chris Connor, owner of Connor Wood Bicycles has been displaying his wooden crafted bikes at NAHBS since at least 2013. Each year the bikes get more […]

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Road to NAHBS 2017 Long Interview: Dmitry Nechaev of Triton

With framebuilders representing Japan, Ireland, England, Korea, and so on, this might be the most international NAHBS to date. But what is probably most surprising is the apparent onslaught of builders from Russia, a country not well known for its framebuilding tradition. Leading this invasion is Dmitry Nechaev of Triton, who our readers will remember from our interview last year and who NAHBS 2016 show-goers will remember from the Soviet era military surplus hats he sold to help finance his trip.

As we learned from this entertaining interview with Dmitry over Skype last week, the Russian framebuilding landscape is unique- very different from the one builders take for granted in the US. The industrial infrastructure and manufacturing legacy from the USSR, as well as the economic repercussions as a result of its collapse, continue to both positively and negatively affect the every day lives of the few, though resilient, framebuilders in the country.

Because of this unique economic and cultural environment in Russia and despite being physically removed from the relatively accessible bicycle economies of Europe, Asia, and the US, Triton has found its place. The titanium company has designed and put into production several proprietary yokes to help to differentiate their frames in the global marketplace. They’ve also continued to expand their international presence, now selling to 37 countries worldwide. As Dmitry hints in this interview, big things are on the horizon for the Moscow company…

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With framebuilders representing Japan, Ireland, England, Korea, and so on, this might be the most international NAHBS to date. But what is probably most surprising is the apparent onslaught of builders from Russia, a country not well known for its framebuilding tradition. Leading this invasion is Dmitry Nechaev of Triton, who our readers will remember […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Fatbike, Feature, Gravel Bikes, Interviews, Mountain Bike, NAHBS31 Comments

FB17: Wolf Tooth Components adds 46t GCX for SRAM cassettes, braze-on GnarWolf chainguide, prototype high direct mount

SRAM Eagle might be the hot new group, but there are a lot more riders out there who are still running 11 speed SRAM groups. That also means there are likely to be a lot of riders looking for a lower “bail out” gear to get up that punchy climb when your legs just don’t have it. If you fall into that category, Wolf Tooth Components has yet another product that may be worth a look. It might not be quite as big as the blue 49t GC for Shimano cassettes above, but the red GCX 46t needs less to make it work and makes for a massive 10-46t spread…

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SRAM Eagle might be the hot new group, but there are a lot more riders out there who are still running 11 speed SRAM groups. That also means there are likely to be a lot of riders looking for a lower “bail out” gear to get up that punchy climb when your legs just don’t […]

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FB17: 27.5 x 2.6″ tires start rolling in from Maxxis, Teravail kicks off all new tire line with Plus MTB

Michelin wasn’t the only company showcasing new treads in the middle sized 2.6″ width at Frostbike this year. Maxxis also had two new options in their booth – the Rekon and Forekaster. The Rekon has become a popular tire for true plus size bikes at 2.8″, but the addition of a 2.6″ should be welcomed. The same could be said for the Forekaster as it offers a bit more aggressive tread that is more widely spaced for improved mud shedding.

While they weren’t 2.6″, Teraveil had new tires their booth as well – which sound like they’re just the beginning…

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Michelin wasn’t the only company showcasing new treads in the middle sized 2.6″ width at Frostbike this year. Maxxis also had two new options in their booth – the Rekon and Forekaster. The Rekon has become a popular tire for true plus size bikes at 2.8″, but the addition of a 2.6″ should be welcomed. […]

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FB17: Michelin teases new mountain bike tire range

Last year around this time, Michelin impressed us with the new Power road tire family. Diving deep into new rubber compount technology, casing improvements and more, the tires seem to live up to Michelin’s claims. On top of that, the company announced that they were tapping Cam Zink for mountain bike tire development shortly after the road launch, while we were at Sea Otter.

Now it seems that the time has come for a new crop of mountain bike tires from Michelin. We’ll have to wait until next month for the full reveal, but Michelin did have four of the new treads up at Frostbike. They wouldn’t tell us any specifics, but there’s certainly a lot that can be learned just by looking…

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Last year around this time, Michelin impressed us with the new Power road tire family. Diving deep into new rubber compount technology, casing improvements and more, the tires seem to live up to Michelin’s claims. On top of that, the company announced that they were tapping Cam Zink for mountain bike tire development shortly after […]

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What do you call a 2000-watt Bullfrog? The Rungu Juggernaut

The Juggernaut from Rungu is not described as being a bike (or trike as the case may be) but instead gets labeled as an ATV. With twin front wheels, a 2000 watt hub motor in the rear wheel, and all of them shod in 5″ tires, it really does crawl out of the bicycle category. Designed to be the ultimate go-anywhere piece of machinery, the Juggernaut is marketed towards hunters, beachgoers, and snowbound explorers looking to decrease their carbon footprint. We covered its human-powered counterpart – the Bullfrog – a while back, which was only just barely still a bike (OK, trike), and they’ve somehow managed to make that thing even wilder. Join us past the break for the rundown on this mental machine…

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The Juggernaut from Rungu is not described as being a bike (or trike as the case may be) but instead gets labeled as an ATV. With twin front wheels, a 2000 watt hub motor in the rear wheel, and all of them shod in 5″ tires, it really does crawl out of the bicycle category. Designed to […]

Posted in Commuter, e-Bike, Mountain Bike32 Comments

Frostbike ’17: Turn your XD freehub into a single speed with Problem Solvers Zinger

Are you single speed curious? Did your bike come with adjustable dropouts and you want to try out single speed riding without investing in a new hub or wheel? For years, there has been an easy fix. Simply find some freehub spacers, a single speed cog, and a lock ring and you’re good to go. Then XD freehubs came along. Don’t get me wrong – they are awesome when it comes to XD compatible cassettes. But there also wasn’t a way to make them into a single speed without purchasing another Shimano freehub that is compatible with your hub.

To give riders another option, and a chance to dabble in single speed riding while keeping your current XD freehub, Problem Solvers has, well, solved the problem. Their new Zinger single speed kit will easily convert your XD freehub into a single speed carrier and it has a ton of adjustability for chainline…

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Are you single speed curious? Did your bike come with adjustable dropouts and you want to try out single speed riding without investing in a new hub or wheel? For years, there has been an easy fix. Simply find some freehub spacers, a single speed cog, and a lock ring and you’re good to go. […]

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