Prototype Vittoria cyclocross tires raced at CX Nationals

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Spotted under Robert Marion and Adam Myers were three prototype cyclocross tires from Vittoria. Marion mentioned them in his bike check video, then led us in for a closer look where we received additional intel from reliable sources who shall remain unnamed.

The tires are drastically different than Vittoria’s current offerings, and the technical specs won’t come until their official launch (planned for Sea Otter in April), but we did learn that they’ll be offered in both clincher tubeless (31/33/40 mm widths) and tubular (31/33 mm widths). The tread patterns will include the all conditions shown above, plus a mud version and a file tread, each with very interesting designs…

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Spotted under Robert Marion and Adam Myers were three prototype cyclocross tires from Vittoria. Marion mentioned them in his bike check video, then led us in for a closer look where we received additional intel from reliable sources who shall remain unnamed. The tires are drastically different than Vittoria’s current offerings, and the technical specs […]

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WFS2016: Roundup of bells, carbon bits & enormous wheels

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We found a number of interesting bikes and baubles when we dropped into the inaugural Vienna Bike Show several weeks back, and going through our photos there are still a few articles worth of goodies to share. We’ll start off this week with a broad range of accessories and a line of bikes that go from the tiny up to the extreme. This bell crafted by Valentinitsch Design really caught our eyes just as we stepped into the show. Fit on the front of a simple frame that beer maker Heineken had commissioned (and with a matching tail light) as part of their Ridentity campaign, it nicely balances modern tech with a classic look. Hop past the break for a closer look, plus some European made 36ers, handmade carbon accessories, and an update to the disc brake version of the Werking Cycles Model S that we got a glimpse of at the end of this past summer…

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We found a number of interesting bikes and baubles when we dropped into the inaugural Vienna Bike Show several weeks back, and going through our photos there are still a few articles worth of goodies to share. We’ll start off this week with a broad range of accessories and a line of bikes that go […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Commuter, Gravel Bikes, Mountain Bike, Prototype, Road Bike8 Comments

Found: East folds a full-size mountain bike into your backpack

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No, that isn’t a pile of tubing and components that will eventually be fabricated into a rideable bike. It is actually a complete 27.5″ trail riding hardtail (minus the wheels of course) that will unfold and be ready to ride in about 90 seconds. The brainchild of Austrian designer, tinkerer, and framebuilder Thomas Schwaiger, the East folding bike was conceived originally as a way to take a proper mountain bike and stick in inside of a backpack so that he could haul it along when he went paragliding. A few optimized generations later and the current bike has adapted to provide stiffness on par with an aluminum full-suspension bike and breaks down so small that it can be easily transported anywhere you want to go, then stored out-of-the-way when you get back home…

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No, that isn’t a pile of tubing and components that will eventually be fabricated into a rideable bike. It is actually a complete 27.5″ trail riding hardtail (minus the wheels of course) that will unfold and be ready to ride in about 90 seconds. The brainchild of Austrian designer, tinkerer, and framebuilder Thomas Schwaiger, the […]

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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 […]

Posted in Gadgets & Hacks, Kids' Bikes, Mountain Bike, Prototype8 Comments

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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Images courtesy DCA Optic.

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 […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Concept, Gadgets & Hacks, Prototype9 Comments

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 […]

Posted in Actual Weights, Components, Feature, Mountain Bike, Prototype, Reviews24 Comments

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 […]

Posted in Eurobike, Prototype, Road Bike9 Comments