EB16: Argon18 develops jet fighter tech to keep drag in check

argon 18 FWD Alpha concept aero bike with integrated CDA drag detector

argon 18 FWD Alpha concept aero bike with integrated CDA drag detector

Argon 18 won Eurobike for the most technologically advanced prototype with their FWD Alpha aero bike. Not only did the frame integrate electronic shifting buttons, but it completely integrated the hydraulic disc brakes and the circuits and sensors to measure your drag. It’s an impressive project from their FWD (Fusion Works Division), their in-house advanced projects department…

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Argon 18 won Eurobike for the most technologically advanced prototype with their FWD Alpha aero bike. Not only did the frame integrate electronic shifting buttons, but it completely integrated the hydraulic disc brakes and the circuits and sensors to measure your drag. It’s an impressive project from their FWD (Fusion Works Division), their in-house advanced […]

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EB16: TRP brake checks Aaron Gwin, auto pumps the bleed & gets aero

TRP Aaron Gwin prototype four piston downhill mountain bike brakes

TRP only started working with Aaron Gwin in February, after agreeing to his terms. They say Gwin didn’t just want a sponsor throwing cash and product at him. He wanted someone that would take his input and actually tweak things throughout the season.

They started with the levers, putting other parts from their existing inventory. From there, they printed rapid prototypes to get the shapes for Gwin to feel. Then they took the ones he liked and produced one-off lost wax sand casting metal samples, then CNC samples until it was final. Then they’d forge the levers and prep for race day…

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TRP only started working with Aaron Gwin in February, after agreeing to his terms. They say Gwin didn’t just want a sponsor throwing cash and product at him. He wanted someone that would take his input and actually tweak things throughout the season. They started with the levers, putting other parts from their existing inventory. […]

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The Revive, a truly innovative dropper seatpost from BikeYoke

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With their background in designing suspension and valving internals for some of the big bike companies, the design engineers behind BikeYoke have come back with an actually unique and innovative solution to the dropper seatpost problem. It was a not so subtle hint that they had a dropper post in the works after releasing a couple of better designed remote levers this summer.

But they had been holding off on the big reveal of their dropper that uses a different hydraulic lockout design that eliminates most of the pitfalls of the currently standard Internal Floating Piston layout. Their design allows you to on-the-fly bleed off any air that gets where it shouldn’t be (the most often reason to need for a dropper rebuild), and allows for easy servicing of bushings and guide pins (anti-rotating) at home without opening the hydraulics. Take a closer look after the jump and we’ll try to explain why this is kind of a big deal…

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With their background in designing suspension and valving internals for some of the big bike companies, the design engineers behind BikeYoke have come back with an actually unique and innovative solution to the dropper seatpost problem. It was a not so subtle hint that they had a dropper post in the works after releasing a […]

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Eightpins teases all-new dropper seatpost design with Syntace, Liteville

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As dropper seatposts have evolved, one issue that’s been consistent is binding when a seatpost collar is over tightened. Many modern posts have tried to address this with more robust outer cylinders or tricky internals, but the fact remains, if you over tighten your collar, things may not work as well as they should. Eightpins, in an apparent collaboration with Syntace, will be introducing a completely different take on it at Eurobike. Judging by the fuzzed out photo of it, it could involve frame integration, or possible an expanding system that locks the post into place by wedging against the inside of the seat tube. We’ll be there to cover it, but take some guesses in the comments…



As dropper seatposts have evolved, one issue that’s been consistent is binding when a seatpost collar is over tightened. Many modern posts have tried to address this with more robust outer cylinders or tricky internals, but the fact remains, if you over tighten your collar, things may not work as well as they should. Eightpins, in […]

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Werking debuts new custom granfondo road Model S, and teases disc brake prototype

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At the end of last year we saw Werking Cycles’ first custom carbon road bike – the Model A – which was built as a light and stiff racer. Now they have come back with a new bike that was in final development then, but is now available. The new Model S uses more shaped tubing profiles than their previous bike to build in more rider comfort. While the new frame adds only about 10g over the racier bike, the Model S is targeted at longer Gran Fondo-style riding and mixes a stiff drivetrain with a bit of seatstay flex for those long days in the saddle. Plus with the addition of a new replaceable dropout setup, Werking is said to be able to offer both rim brake or disc brake specific frames…

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At the end of last year we saw Werking Cycles’ first custom carbon road bike – the Model A – which was built as a light and stiff racer. Now they have come back with a new bike that was in final development then, but is now available. The new Model S uses more shaped tubing […]

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Mason Cycles debuts new 650b adventure road Bokeh in aluminum and ti – Updated w/ exclusive pics

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Mason Cycles has unveiled an all new road bike in two flavors, and while Dom Mason is reluctant to call it a gravel bike the new Bokeh is certainly about taking on any road surface quickly. The first new model since Mason’s steel Resolution and alloy Definition disc brake road bikes on which he launched his brand, the new Bokeh aims to be ridden just as fast but when the going gets a bit rougher. The speed element is mostly why he wants to avoid a gravel moniker. Even though it gets the ability to go the Road+ direction with wide, high-volume 650b rubber, Mason calls it an AdventureSport bike as it is still designed to be fast-moving. Take a closer look at how it will be outfitted for your adventure after the break…

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Mason Cycles has unveiled an all new road bike in two flavors, and while Dom Mason is reluctant to call it a gravel bike the new Bokeh is certainly about taking on any road surface quickly. The first new model since Mason’s steel Resolution and alloy Definition disc brake road bikes on which he launched his […]

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Radon fuels passion with new Jealous carbon XC race hardtail

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Following up on the introduction of their new 27.5+ Slide+ and revamped Skeen alloy full-suspension trail bikes just a couple of weeks back, Radon has officially unveiled their new top-level cross country race bike – the all-new, all-carbon Passion hardtail. Taking the top spot from their Black Sin carbon hardtail 29er, we caught a glimpse of the new bike racing the World Cups culminating in last month’s XCO World Championships. But now with a more official release we’ve got the details to share on what looks to be a solid race-ready value from the German consumer-direct company…

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Following up on the introduction of their new 27.5+ Slide+ and revamped Skeen alloy full-suspension trail bikes just a couple of weeks back, Radon has officially unveiled their new top-level cross country race bike – the all-new, all-carbon Passion hardtail. Taking the top spot from their Black Sin carbon hardtail 29er, we caught a glimpse […]

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Superior race new carbon Team XF29 Issue full-suspension & Team 29 Issue hardtail XC bikes

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Spotted racing by the Bart Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team at XCO Worlds and now at a number of national championships over the weekend, Superior bikes out of the Czech Republic look to have two new cross-country race weapons in the wings. The full suspension bike looks to get the name Team XF29 Issue and takes over the top spot from the current aluminum version of the platform. On the hardtail side, the new Team 29 Issue gets new tube shaping over the current carbonXC hardtail to add a bit more comfort so it can be raced on more technical courses. Take a closer look at the two camouflaged bikes after the break and what we can glean from each…

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Spotted racing by the Bart Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team at XCO Worlds and now at a number of national championships over the weekend, Superior bikes out of the Czech Republic look to have two new cross-country race weapons in the wings. The full suspension bike looks to get the name Team XF29 Issue and takes over the […]

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Radon rejuvinates trail bikes with new Slide+ & updated Skeen

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Radon breathes a little new life into their existing alloy trail riding mountain bike platforms for 2017 with a new Plus sized all-mountain bike and reworked cross-country line up. The German bike company’s popular all mountain Slide which is already available in 130, 140 & 150mm travel versions in aluminum and carbon gets a new iteration with wider rubber for a wider range of riding from aggressive cross country to true all mountain via the new Slide+. Their enduro team has even found it to be such a fun do-everything bike, that one of them even raced it at this year’s Megavalanche. Get a closer look at the Slide+, as well as the updated Skeen after the break…
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Radon breathes a little new life into their existing alloy trail riding mountain bike platforms for 2017 with a new Plus sized all-mountain bike and reworked cross-country line up. The German bike company’s popular all mountain Slide which is already available in 130, 140 & 150mm travel versions in aluminum and carbon gets a new […]

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