Yokozuna drops into components w/ Motoko Mechanical/Hydraulic disc brake caliper

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Known throughout the bike world for their premium cables and housings, Yokozuna looks to be entering the world of components. Their first product that would qualify? The new Motoko mechanical/hydraulic brake system. Following in the steps of brands like TRP and Ashima, the Motoko caliper is actuated with a standard brake cable but uses a closed hydraulic system to deliver the stopping power. And while it may not be a completely new design, its availability in the U.S. through Yokozuna USA should make it fairly easy to get.

Which is good news, since it looks like a pretty solid caliper design…

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Known throughout the bike world for their premium cables and housings, Yokozuna looks to be entering the world of components. Their first product that would qualify? The new Motoko mechanical/hydraulic brake system. Following in the steps of brands like TRP and Ashima, the Motoko caliper is actuated with a standard brake cable but uses a closed […]

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Pure Cycles fixes their newest Veleta road bike with a full set of gears

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With a name like Pure Fix, you’d expect nothing but fixed gear bicycles. In the beginning, that was exactly the case for the brand. Their consumer direct sales model focused on colorful, inexpensive fixed gear bikes when fixies were the most popular way to get around town. However, trends change and so can business models.

Slowly, Pure Fix rolled into Pure Cycles and began adding city bikes, cruisers, and even kids’ bikes to the line up along with the full Pure Fix catalog. Now, the company is getting in on the road with an all new, supremely affordable drop bar road bike. Called the Veleta, the bike is available for pre-order and it looks like a decent build for the price…

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With a name like Pure Fix, you’d expect nothing but fixed gear bicycles. In the beginning, that was exactly the case for the brand. Their consumer direct sales model focused on colorful, inexpensive fixed gear bikes when fixies were the most popular way to get around town. However, trends change and so can business models. […]

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PBE16: No. 22 Bicycle Company sprints in with top tier Ti track whips and road disc

Up and coming No. 22 Bicycles, named for the periodic number of the metal, is truly tearing it up in titanium with their line. The brand, based out of their Johnstown, New York facility, features a five man workshop with over fifty years of titanium framebuilding experience between them. They are known on the fixie crit scene for their flashy winged rigs at Red Hook, but their line extends elegantly to cyclocross, gravel, and mountain. Overall, the bikes are sleek and infinitely customizable for what seems like a straight-forward titanium package. For Philly Bike Expo, they shared several fresh top tier models, both integrating carbon seat masts into the equation…

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Up and coming No. 22 Bicycles, named for the periodic number of the metal, is truly tearing it up in titanium with their line. The brand, based out of their Johnstown, New York facility, features a five man workshop with over fifty years of titanium framebuilding experience between them. They are known on the fixie […]

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White Industries boosts 1x chainrings, adds BB30 spindles & cranks, plus T47 BB’s for all!

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White Industries has a new 30mm spindle for their cranks, and a new Road/Gravel crankset that uses the mountain bike crank arms with the road spindle. All in, the latter could be as light as ~700g with the smaller chainring sizes.

New direct mount chain rings use an officially SRAM-licensed narrow/wide tooth profile that’s Eagle compatible. They’re available in Boost and non-Boost from 28 to 48 teeth, making it perfect for anything from enduro to cyclocross. Retail is $75 to $95. Cranks are $300 for arms and spindle. Pics and more below…

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White Industries has a new 30mm spindle for their cranks, and a new Road/Gravel crankset that uses the mountain bike crank arms with the road spindle. All in, the latter could be as light as ~700g with the smaller chainring sizes. New direct mount chain rings use an officially SRAM-licensed narrow/wide tooth profile that’s Eagle compatible. They’re […]

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Paul Set N’ Forget thru-axles now available

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Billed as the only American-made indexed internal-cam thru axle, Paul’s Set N’ Forget quick release look like they will make a solid upgrade for anyone looking for an alternative to the crunchy action of plastic external cam levers. They were developed as an alternative to the standard QR levers, initially to satisfy the needs of custom frame builders moving to more thru-axles, but have gotten a positive response from production bike owners who wanted something well-built and with a smoother action. With a 12 position head, they can be easily adjusted to line up where you want then inline with your fork or stays, and Paul offers them in a wide array of sizes to fit many frames and forks…

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Billed as the only American-made indexed internal-cam thru axle, Paul’s Set N’ Forget quick release look like they will make a solid upgrade for anyone looking for an alternative to the crunchy action of plastic external cam levers. They were developed as an alternative to the standard QR levers, initially to satisfy the needs of custom […]

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PBE16: Von Hof Cycles hits strive with new DIA all-road women’s model

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Von Hof Cycles started three years ago with a focus on American-built cyclocross bikes. In the years since, the brand has moved manufacturing from Portland to New Paltz, New York and nudged its way into the road category with several smart steel options. For the Philly Bike Expo, the brand took the opportunity to show off its new women’s offering, the DIA, an all-road model. For those watching the brand and its emphasis on serving women in the New England racing community, the DIA’s launch is far from a surprise.

The DIA (which stands for “do it all”) has been in the works since the beginning of the brand. VonHof co-owner Diana Palmer wanted a road bike that was nimble like the unisex models but would fit her as a woman of small stature. At a time when the necessity and execution of women’s cycling product is under a lot of debate, Von Hof’s approach is refreshing. Same feel as the unisex Steel Road model. No speculation. No flowers. No frills. “Any other way would be demeaning,” commented brand representative Andrew Reimann when asked why there weren’t other points of differentiation.

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Von Hof Cycles started three years ago with a focus on American-built cyclocross bikes. In the years since, the brand has moved manufacturing from Portland to New Paltz, New York and nudged its way into the road category with several smart steel options. For the Philly Bike Expo, the brand took the opportunity to show […]

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Carl Strong chases the ultimate carbon bike with Pursuit Cycles

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Carl Strong, who’s long been focused solely on steel and titanium bicycles, is coming back to carbon fiber with a new Pursuit-with-a-capital-P. He last built carbon bikes under the Strong brand about there years ago after moving to a smaller shop. Bolstering Strong’s expertise is Jared Nelson, a partner in the company with a PhD in mechanical engineering with a specialty in composites. He’s also an assistant professor at State University of New York at New Paltz.

The concept is to flip the script on what he does at Strong. With the full custom bikes, the customer is steering them to what they think is the perfect bike for them. With Pursuit, the builders and designers will use their cumulative materials, design and building expertise to deliver what they think is the perfect bike for a given category.

They’re working through the final designs now and will conduct testing over the winter, and the first bike will start shipping in Spring 2017…

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Carl Strong, who’s long been focused solely on steel and titanium bicycles, is coming back to carbon fiber with a new Pursuit-with-a-capital-P. He last built carbon bikes under the Strong brand about there years ago after moving to a smaller shop. Bolstering Strong’s expertise is Jared Nelson, a partner in the company with a PhD in […]

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Dedacciai goes the distance with sleek carbon Vertigine marathon road bike

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Having established their name on the performance steel tubesets that many modern classic Italian road racing bikes were built from, Dedacciai has continued to move forward with other materials. And like many companies, they’ve settled on carbon to produce their newest generation of balanced, lightweight race bikes. The new Vertigine builds on the same general race geometry of their top level Ran RS racer, but gets a bit longer in the headtube for a more comfortable upright position and tones down the carbon a bit for what remains a light frame that can eat up a little more road buzz. The new bike aims to target those ultra long rides (they’re talking >180km), but is equally suited for a fast weekend race with your friend. Take a closer look after the break…

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Having established their name on the performance steel tubesets that many modern classic Italian road racing bikes were built from, Dedacciai has continued to move forward with other materials. And like many companies, they’ve settled on carbon to produce their newest generation of balanced, lightweight race bikes. The new Vertigine builds on the same general race geometry […]

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New Cosmic Pro Carbon Disc among many additions for Mavic 2017 Road

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In addition to all of the new products on the mountain bike side, Mavic is bringing a truckload of new gear to the pavement for 2017 as well. Thanks to a rapidly expanding apparel category and all of the new standards and categories for both road and mountain bikes, the Mavic catalog is booming.

New additions to the line up include wheels like the Cosmic Pro Carbon disc, or what Mavic calls the best value in a carbon disc brake specific wheel-tire system. Built around the 45mm NACA carbon profile, the rims feature a 25mm external width, and a 17mm internal width. That 17mm internal width is making its way across the Mavic line with more of the road rims going to wider widths.

Convertible to 12 or 15mm front and 12 x 142 or QR rear, the wheels are offered in 6 bolt or Centerlock rotor compatibility and will also work with XD freehubs. Sold as a wheel tire set with the Yksion Pro tires, the 1770g wheels and 210g 700x25c tires retail for $1,399.

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In addition to all of the new products on the mountain bike side, Mavic is bringing a truckload of new gear to the pavement for 2017 as well. Thanks to a rapidly expanding apparel category and all of the new standards and categories for both road and mountain bikes, the Mavic catalog is booming. New […]

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