Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: San Pedro de la Paz trail riding, Chile

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Luis Muñoz sent in this trail side photo he snapped while riding in the hills outside of San Pedro de la Paz in the Concepción province just up from the coast in the middle of Chile. After “a lot of rain in the morning… a sunny afternoon made it perfect for an evening ride.”

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Luis Muñoz sent in this trail side photo he snapped while riding in the hills outside of San Pedro de la Paz in the Concepción province just up from the coast in the middle of Chile. After “a lot of rain in the morning… a sunny afternoon made it perfect for an evening ride.” We always love […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: A new Michigan life for a randonneur classic

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Scott Bendle sent us this photo of his “newly completed build of a frame that is over 12 years old.” This large fillet brazed Gilles Berthoud tourer is a fairly rare bike and was a project that the original owner sadly never got a chance to complete. Scott took up the mantle and is now riding the bike around Clarkston, north of Motor City on this classy build.

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Scott Bendle sent us this photo of his “newly completed build of a frame that is over 12 years old.” This large fillet brazed Gilles Berthoud tourer is a fairly rare bike and was a project that the original owner sadly never got a chance to complete. Scott took up the mantle and is now riding the bike […]

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XC Pro Bike Check: new men’s U23 World Champion Sam Gaze’s Specialized S-Works Epic – Updated with real Race Weight

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For the first of the big four weekend Olympic-length cross-country World Championships, New Zealander Samuel Gaze lined up on the Nové Město na Moravě start with the other U23 men. With a third place rank in UCI XC for the season, Gaze got a good front row starting place and rode near the front of the race from the start aboard a fairly standard Specialized S-Works Epic World Cup 29er. That’s not to say that the bike isn’t pretty tricked out, it’s more that Specialized actually sells some pretty race worthy cross-country bikes. Gaze’s bike build isn’t exactly stock though, and he does get a unique paint job. Take a closer look below the fold, plus an update with actual race weight

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For the first of the big four weekend Olympic-length cross-country World Championships, New Zealander Samuel Gaze lined up on the Nové Město na Moravě start with the other U23 men. With a third place rank in UCI XC for the season, Gaze got a good front row starting place and rode near the front of […]

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World Cup DH, Pro Bike Check: Aaron Gwin’s Leogang winning YT Tues CF Pro

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Like Rachel Atherton whose Trek Session we featured earlier in the week, Aaron Gwin also took a repeat DH World Cup win over the weekend in Leogang. While Gwin had also raced for Trek as well as Specialized in recent years, this season he is aboard the consumer-direct carbon Tues CF Pro downhill bike of German company YT industries. Being on a new bike doesn’t look to have slowed down Gwin, who rode to his 2nd win of the 4 races so far this season, and has built himself a good lead on the series so far. Like the Women’s DH World Cup leader, Gwin’s bike is fairly straightforward, but having not focused too much on YT yet, we take a closer look and get a bit into the details of his special setup…

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Like Rachel Atherton whose Trek Session we featured earlier in the week, Aaron Gwin also took a repeat DH World Cup win over the weekend in Leogang. While Gwin had also raced for Trek as well as Specialized in recent years, this season he is aboard the consumer-direct carbon Tues CF Pro downhill bike of German […]

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World Cup DH, Pro Bike Check: Rachel Atherton’s Leogang winning Trek Session RSL

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It wasn’t a big shock to see Rachel Atherton win another World Cup Downhill this past weekend on her Trek Factory Racing Session Team Issue RSL. In fact it was her 10th consecutive World Cup DH win setting a new record. We were in Leogang checking up on what is new in the behind the scenes pits at the top level of the sport and got a little insight into Rachel’s personal setup. It was a pretty muddy course in the days leading up to the final, and still on the morning of the race the pros were trying to find the best way to slide down the technical course…

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It wasn’t a big shock to see Rachel Atherton win another World Cup Downhill this past weekend on her Trek Factory Racing Session Team Issue RSL. In fact it was her 10th consecutive World Cup DH win setting a new record. We were in Leogang checking up on what is new in the behind the scenes pits […]

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Readers’ Rides: Seb K’s heavily modified 11.1 lb / 5.08 kg mountain bike!

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There are weight weenies, and then there are weight weenies. The emphasis added is what sets apart those that simply buy light weight parts to add to their ride, and those that are willing to potentially destroy high dollar parts just to try and remove a few extra grams. These tinkerers find great challenge and reward in the process of dropping every bit of weight possible, and it’s safe to say that Sebastian K. falls into that category.

These days, you can buy a production road bike that is sub 11 lbs (with enough $$$), but a mountain bike? That’s a bit more extreme. Obviously Sebastian’s mountain bike is fully rigid and single speed, but he still had to go to great lengths to modify it down to a hair more than 11 lbs. Just how do you get a mountain bike that light? Read on for more…

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There are weight weenies, and then there are weight weenies. The emphasis added is what sets apart those that simply buy light weight parts to add to their ride, and those that are willing to potentially destroy high dollar parts just to try and remove a few extra grams. These tinkerers find great challenge and reward in […]

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Week in Review: SRAM eTap Hydro, hacked Di2 MTB install, sweet new bikes & more!

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This past week we saw new bikes from several smaller brands, like SE Bikes and Rodeo Labs, plus a couple of hacks showing off an ultra clean Di2 mountain bike install and hydraulic shifting for Rohloff hubs. And speaking of hydraulics, SRAM went ahead and formally announced eTAP with Hydro disc brakes! As usual, tons of great stuff, all wrapped up in a tidy list of links below. Happy weekend reading!!!

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This past week we saw new bikes from several smaller brands, like SE Bikes and Rodeo Labs, plus a couple of hacks showing off an ultra clean Di2 mountain bike install and hydraulic shifting for Rohloff hubs. And speaking of hydraulics, SRAM went ahead and formally announced eTAP with Hydro disc brakes! As usual, tons […]

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Readers’ Rides: Rock and Road Bike Shop debuts Norco Revolver Terminator w/ cleanest Di2 possible

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One look at the custom touches on this Norco Revolver FS, and it’s clear this isn’t your average build. But it does look familiar. Especially if you’ve caught one of Julian DaSilva’s other works of art that we’ve featured here. Known for some impressive integration of Shimano Di2 drivetrains into his builds, Julian has now partnered up with two friends to open their own store, Rock and Road Bike Shop. Located in Weston, Florida, Julian says they’re two blocks from one of the best trails in the area – and yes, Florida does have some great mountain biking.

To celebrate the opening of the new shop, Julian decided to give a Norco Revolver FS 9.3 the Rock and Road treatment. Calling it the Terminator Edition, the bike has an even more impressive Di2 integration that we’re used to seeing from Julian, plus some exclusive Industry 9/Atomik wheels as well…

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One look at the custom touches on this Norco Revolver FS, and it’s clear this isn’t your average build. But it does look familiar. Especially if you’ve caught one of Julian DaSilva’s other works of art that we’ve featured here. Known for some impressive integration of Shimano Di2 drivetrains into his builds, Julian has now […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Adding a little color to eTap

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About a month back we had a photo submitted by Eva Siva of Bratislava with her SRAM eTap upgrade on a titanium road bike from Lynskey. As they sometimes do, discussions in the comments picked at the details, and the first thing they picked out were the vestigial downtube cable stops resulting from the wireless swap. Like many of the other commenters, Siva was amused by the “grumps” as she called them, so decided to send us a photo reply to please everyone, especially Roborbob.

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About a month back we had a photo submitted by Eva Siva of Bratislava with her SRAM eTap upgrade on a titanium road bike from Lynskey. As they sometimes do, discussions in the comments picked at the details, and the first thing they picked out were the vestigial downtube cable stops resulting from the wireless swap. […]

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