Just In: Why Cycles’ R+ titanium gravel adventure bike

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It’s getting to be that time of year where a little (or a lot) of extra rubber is welcomed for your drop bar builds. Whether you’re exploring dirt roads and hidden single track that is overgrown most of the year, chasing down competitors on the cross circuit, or cruising the gravel highways, fall is a great time for a gravel/dirt road/adventure bike.

That’s why we were pretty excited when Why Cycles offered up their new R+ for review. The most “road” out of their three debut titanium bikes, the R+ is one of those category defying “gravel” or “road plus” bikes we’re starting to see more of. The bike is really  based around 700 x 40/42 tires, but with clearance for 27.5 x 2.1″ wheels and tires and options like the Lauf Grit fork, the R+ won’t be confined to your typical routes…

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It’s getting to be that time of year where a little (or a lot) of extra rubber is welcomed for your drop bar builds. Whether you’re exploring dirt roads and hidden single track that is overgrown most of the year, chasing down competitors on the cross circuit, or cruising the gravel highways, fall is a […]

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One Ride Review: Trek Fuel EX full suspension trail mountain bike

2017 Trek Fuel EX ride review

2017 Trek Fuel EX ride review

Earlier this year, the Fuel EX received rapid fire updates that first introduced a 27.5+ version then quickly made it the standard model by adding 29er wheels and tires for most of the stock builds. The frame was all new for both, bumping travel to 130mm, and it effectively did away with the standard 27.5 version except in a few smaller sizes for the women’s models.

Most of the stock 2017 Fuel EX builds come as 29ers with meaty 2.4″ wide Bontrager tires, and that’s what I rode here. The Fuel EX 9.8 comes spec’d with Shimano XT drivetrain and brakes, Fox Performance 34 Float fork and EVOL Float rear shock with the Trek-exclusive RE:active damping, Bontrager Line Comp wheels and XR3 Team Issue tires. Here’s how it rode…

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Earlier this year, the Fuel EX received rapid fire updates that first introduced a 27.5+ version then quickly made it the standard model by adding 29er wheels and tires for most of the stock builds. The frame was all new for both, bumping travel to 130mm, and it effectively did away with the standard 27.5 […]

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One Ride Review: 2017 Cannondale Scalpel Si full suspension race mountain bike

2017 Cannondale Scalpel Si full suspension XC mountain bike

The pic above was taken at the launch event for the 2017 Cannondale Scalpel, the brand’s flagship full suspension racer that was completely overhauled to create a faster, more capable bike in every regard. Now, I’ve had the opportunity to put the XL 29er through the ringer at Charlotte’s U.S. National Whitewater trails during Cyclofest to see how it would handle some very fast, very familiar trails…

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The pic above was taken at the launch event for the 2017 Cannondale Scalpel, the brand’s flagship full suspension racer that was completely overhauled to create a faster, more capable bike in every regard. Now, I’ve had the opportunity to put the XL 29er through the ringer at Charlotte’s U.S. National Whitewater trails during Cyclofest to see […]

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Review: The Kona Hei Hei DL Carbon 29 is positive proof of XC Evolution

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Photo c. Caleb Smith/Kona

For a number of years now, Kona has categorized their Hei Hei 29er as an XC or XC Race platform. It still falls under that category, though they’ve added XC Trail and MTB Trail to the naming structure. But that doesn’t really tell the whole story. Going back to 2012, the Hei Hei has been mostly about 29″ wheels and going fast. As we’ve seen with many other manufacturers though, the concept of what XC actually is has been changing fairly rapidly. Slacker angles, slightly more travel, droppers, and wider bars are transforming disciplined race rigs into more enjoyable trail slaying machines that are still super efficient.

In 2017, Kona introduced the new Hei Hei Trail platform which adds a 27.5″ wheel option to the category, but they also increased the number of 29″ models. With five different 29″ models to choose from, small tweaks in spec will help change your mindset from ‘podium’ to ‘play,’ but there’s nothing slow about the new Hei Hei DL 29er…

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For a number of years now, Kona has categorized their Hei Hei 29er as an XC or XC Race platform. It still falls under that category, though they’ve added XC Trail and MTB Trail to the naming structure. But that doesn’t really tell the whole story. Going back to 2012, the Hei Hei has been […]

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Review: Lensbaby Circular 180+ Lens for GoPro Cameras

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Lensbaby is a manufacturer of award-winning DSLR and mirrorless camera lenses, enabling creative effects for inventive photographers. The company was founded in 2004 by Craig Strong. Tired of the same old perspectives offered by stock camera lenses, Craig joined an old Speed Graphic lens with a shortened shop vacuum hose to create a unique photographic viewpoint completely different from anything available in a regular DSLR lens. Craig’s prototype inspired the original Lensbaby lens.

With the advent of small action cameras such as the GoPro, Craig looked at creating a lens that would capture immersive footage with a unique perspective. Thus, the Circular 180+ lens was born. The Circular 180+ lens creates fully circular fisheye video and images. Continue reading “Review: Lensbaby Circular 180+ Lens for GoPro Cameras”



Lensbaby is a manufacturer of award-winning DSLR and mirrorless camera lenses, enabling creative effects for inventive photographers. The company was founded in 2004 by Craig Strong. Tired of the same old perspectives offered by stock camera lenses, Craig joined an old Speed Graphic lens with a shortened shop vacuum hose to create a unique photographic […]

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Tantrum Cycles goes live – First look & first ride of Outburst & Meltdown shape shifting mountain bikes

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You may not know Brian Berthold’s name, but there’s a pretty good chance you’re familiar with some of his work. His most recent and well known design in the bike industry would have to be the Magic Link which was licensed to Kona, but his expertise goes back, way back. Before he ever got mixed up with bikes, Brian started on his path to suspension enlightenment through a motocross career which involved shock testing. That led him down the path of motorsports suspension and car design which included everything from rally, to Indy Car, and even a brief stint with F1.

Eventually, mountain bikes entered the picture with the formulation of Therapy Components and his first prototype air shock for Cannondale bikes in 1993. Production rear shocks for K2/Proflex paved the way to one of the first 7″ dual crown inverted suspension forks, and eventually into the world of floating brake calipers for World Cup DH racing for the likes of Trek and Kona, and ultimately back to Kona with the Magic Link suspension design. This is the abridged version, but rest assured, the guy’s got some history.

Why the long winded set up? That’s because Brian is back with his own company now with what he says is an even better suspension design…

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You may not know Brian Berthold’s name, but there’s a pretty good chance you’re familiar with some of his work. His most recent and well known design in the bike industry would have to be the Magic Link which was licensed to Kona, but his expertise goes back, way back. Before he ever got mixed up […]

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One Ride Review: 2017 Eddy Merckx Strasbourg 71 gravel bike

With the giant trade shows behind us, we used Interbike’s east coast Cyclofest as an opportunity to actually get on some of the latest bikes, and here’s the first of our One Ride Reviews from the weekend. Kicking it off is the 2017 Eddy Merckx Strasbourg 71 gravel road bike, a very capable and extremely well thought out adventure bike. Video review above, supporting pics below. For the full technical run down, check the link at the bottom.

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With the giant trade shows behind us, we used Interbike’s east coast Cyclofest as an opportunity to actually get on some of the latest bikes, and here’s the first of our One Ride Reviews from the weekend. Kicking it off is the 2017 Eddy Merckx Strasbourg 71 gravel road bike, a very capable and extremely […]

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Review: Wren Sports’ ultralight aluminum stem is scary light

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Wren Sports aluminum stem, action shot

It’s always nice to shave a few grams off your bike, but there is definitely a strategic way to go about saving weight while maintaining strength in the right places. For the weight weenies among us, Wren Sports (not to be confused with the UK’s Wren Bicycles) has produced one seriously lightweight stem, which they recommend for anything from road to MTB riding.

We received a selection of the new stems in the shortest sizes, and I volunteered to try out their 50mm model on my all-mountain bike while Zach used one for his recent Otso build. When it arrived I got a bit nervous. This thing is paper thin, uses tiny hardware and felt about as heavy as an empty soda can. Despite those initial concerns I hit the trails and after some apprehensive test laps I gained the confidence to ride full-tilt.

At the end of the test period both stems are still in one piece, though Wren did make one small (but much appreciated) change. Check out the full review and actual weights below…

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It’s always nice to shave a few grams off your bike, but there is definitely a strategic way to go about saving weight while maintaining strength in the right places. For the weight weenies among us, Wren Sports (not to be confused with the UK’s Wren Bicycles) has produced one seriously lightweight stem, which they […]

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Review: Bluegrass’ Wapiti D30 Knees and Elbows are light, flexible and protective

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It’s always easy to sum up what we want from our bikes or gear. A good set of pads should be comfortable, slim-fitting, lightweight and still highly protective…but it’s not always easy to find a set that does it all for you. For me, the Bluegrass Wapiti D30 knees and elbows came pretty close to hitting all the marks.

Bikerumor first checked out the Wapiti D30 pads when they were released in July. I got my hands on both the elbows and knees for testing purposes, and took them through the Whistler Bike Park for the summer.

In short I found the Wapiti D30 knees were comfortable, slim, and they stayed in place. The elbows, despite having almost identical construction to the knee pads, weren’t quite as comfortable or secure but definitely provide the feeling of being well armoured. And yes, I did eat dirt a couple times this summer…
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It’s always easy to sum up what we want from our bikes or gear. A good set of pads should be comfortable, slim-fitting, lightweight and still highly protective…but it’s not always easy to find a set that does it all for you. For me, the Bluegrass Wapiti D30 knees and elbows came pretty close to hitting […]

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