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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Grava measures up w/ prototype Gauger alloy gravel ‘cross frame, carbon fork to “ride everything”

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If you’ve been following Grava’s naming scheme, their bikes hearken back to the days of booze runners and prohibition. First there was their carbon Maple Sally, so named for the dirt road near the brand’s birthplace and reminiscent of the backroads smugglers used to transport their illicit liquids. Then came the Revenuer, their steel gravel bike named for the  tax collectors charged with hunting down backwoods distilleries.

Now, they’re working up the Gauger, an alloy version of their versatile good-for-gravel, good-for-cyclocross frames. The name comes from the person in pre-prohibition times that doled out the licenses to make, sell and distribute alcohol. Word is the position was always a very contentious seat, and the person was virtually always corrupt. Fortunately, the only person cheating anyone here will be you, nabbing a frameset with their new full carbon fork for just $900 when they start shipping in January…

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If you’ve been following Grava’s naming scheme, their bikes hearken back to the days of booze runners and prohibition. First there was their carbon Maple Sally, so named for the dirt road near the brand’s birthplace and reminiscent of the backroads smugglers used to transport their illicit liquids. Then came the Revenuer, their steel gravel bike […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Gravel Bikes, Prototype33 Comments

DCA Design’s helmet concept gives you a 360º view with heads-up display visor

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DCA Design, a Warwick, UK based industrial design firm, has put forth a prototype bicycle helmet dubbed Optic, offering a rear facing camera and a drop down visor with display capabilities. An onboard computer projects data onto the clear visor, allowing the rider a 360 degree view when the rear facing camera is displayed on the visor. The option of overlaying other data, such as navigation or hazard warnings, brings the Optic into the realm of augmented reality.

Performance data could also be displayed along side real time race stats, however, in it’s current conceptual form, Optic is geared towards bike commuters, which is no surprise as DCA Design’s portfolio includes things like trains, insulin injection pens and other consumer interface/ergonomic solutions. For now it’s focused primarily on issues of safety and convenience, offering navigation, the ability to see what’s behind you, proximity detectors (blind spot monitors) and obstacle monitoring.

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DCA Design, a Warwick, UK based industrial design firm, has put forth a prototype bicycle helmet dubbed Optic, offering a rear facing camera and a drop down visor with display capabilities. An onboard computer projects data onto the clear visor, allowing the rider a 360 degree view when the rear facing camera is displayed on the […]

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Just in: The long awaited 11-speed Box One derailleur & PushPush Shifter

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It’s in! After a few years of tweaking, adding a speed, and a lot of anticipation, Box Components has finally gotten the Box One clutch derailleur and PushPush shifter in the public’s… well, my hands. This is a pre-production set that I will get to put through the paces to give some early feedback.

This is a pretty big deal as we haven’t seen another player make a worthy attempt to enter the tightly held drivetrain category for mountain bikes since Suntour and Campagnolo succumbed to the competition back in the 90’s. Check out some close-up pics and details along with actual weights past the break…

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It’s in! After a few years of tweaking, adding a speed, and a lot of anticipation, Box Components has finally gotten the Box One clutch derailleur and PushPush shifter in the public’s… well, my hands. This is a pre-production set that I will get to put through the paces to give some early feedback. This […]

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Cube Project Kona C:68 – the next to take on the Ironman Triathlon

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With both the Ironman World Championships and the UCI Road Time Trial World Championships looming, it seems like this it the time to debut the latest and greatest bikes to cut through the wind on those solo races against the clock. Cube bikes has partnered in development with the aero dynamics design specialists at Swiss Side to design what they hope to be the fastest triathlon bike in the world. That’s a lofty target for a new bike, and with new introductions from Diamondback, Cervélo, and BMC all in such a short amount of time, it looks like we are going to get to see these crazy superbikes go head-to-head very soon. Cube will have their go with Andy Raelert riding the new Aerium C:68 this Saturday in Kona, so we’ll have to check back in a week’s time to see which really was the fastest. Until then, slide past the break for a closer look…

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With both the Ironman World Championships and the UCI Road Time Trial World Championships looming, it seems like this it the time to debut the latest and greatest bikes to cut through the wind on those solo races against the clock. Cube bikes has partnered in development with the aero dynamics design specialists at Swiss Side to […]

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EB16: KTM Lisse aero road project, plus M13 team bikes & hints of racing road disc Revelator

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KTM bikes had tended to focus quite heavily on off-road and we saw their new superlight XC bikes when they were unveiled earlier in the summer. But the Austrian manufacturer has been growing out of their mountain and city bike mold for a while now, and has already developed a good looking carbon road race bike and its disc brake endurance cousin. But it looks like KTM is putting a lot of effort onto the road with this new sleek-looking Lisse aero road bike project. Being a title sponsor for a French Pro Continental team, they’ve also released some team replica editions of their Revelator. And with the UCI set to reintroduce disc trial they’ve hinted that a disc brake version of the bike keeping the race geometry may be on the way…

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KTM bikes had tended to focus quite heavily on off-road and we saw their new superlight XC bikes when they were unveiled earlier in the summer. But the Austrian manufacturer has been growing out of their mountain and city bike mold for a while now, and has already developed a good looking carbon road race bike and its disc brake […]

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EB16: Bionicon rEVO simplifies naming with updated geometry; plus new 3ngine 275+ eMTB

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The on-the-fly adjustable suspension engineers at Bionicon have another update to their flagship all-mountain bike this fall, with the revamped bike getting simply rebranded as the rEVO. While it shares a similar name to the special edition bike that they produced last summer, the new rEVO takes its geometry updates a step beyond and will replace the Edison EVO entirely. At the same time, Bionicon has jumped a bit deeper into the e-bike market, with their new 3ngine e-MTB built around a Shimano E8000 motor and some interchangeable dropouts for multiple wheel size compatibility…

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The on-the-fly adjustable suspension engineers at Bionicon have another update to their flagship all-mountain bike this fall, with the revamped bike getting simply rebranded as the rEVO. While it shares a similar name to the special edition bike that they produced last summer, the new rEVO takes its geometry updates a step beyond and will replace the Edison […]

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IB16: Prototype TRP Hydraulic TT Brakes puts full hydro setup in easy reach

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With current TT/triathlon bar extension brake levers, the lever itself is often plugged into the end of the bar as sort of an after thought, requiring the rider to roll bar tape around the ends to add some grip. TRP thought it could be better, and now that several major manufacturers have committed to making disc brake TT/tri bikes (like this, this, and definitely this), the time was right to do something about it.

They don’t have a formal model name yet, but the working title of “Hydraulic TT Brake” pretty well sums it up. They incorporate a fully enclosed hydraulic disc brake system into bar end levers.

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With current TT/triathlon bar extension brake levers, the lever itself is often plugged into the end of the bar as sort of an after thought, requiring the rider to roll bar tape around the ends to add some grip. TRP thought it could be better, and now that several major manufacturers have committed to making […]

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Hope crafts custom prototype Hydraulic Crosstop levers for 3 Peaks winner Paul Oldham

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For the second year in a row, Hope’s own Paul Oldham has won the UK’s grueling 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross. Dubbed the toughest and biggest cross event in the UK, the Yorkshire Dales race is known for featuring three crazy steep climbs followed by some harrowing descents on all manner of loose and treacherous terrain. So to help their team rider with his repeat win Hope Tech developed a new prototype set of secondary hydraulic cross top brake levers that could be used for a bit more comfort and security. Piped inline between his SRAM Red 22 Hydro road levers and the new upgrade 4-pot Hope calipers that got unveiled at Eurobike, it surely was the most powerful and flexible hydraulic disc brake cyclocross setup on the start line. Take a closer look after the jump…

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For the second year in a row, Hope’s own Paul Oldham has won the UK’s grueling 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross. Dubbed the toughest and biggest cross event in the UK, the Yorkshire Dales race is known for featuring three crazy steep climbs followed by some harrowing descents on all manner of loose and treacherous terrain. So […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Gadgets & Hacks, Prototype21 Comments