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The UrbanX front wheel adds electric power to most bikes at a reasonable cost and weight

UrbanX wheel, on commuter bike

There are tons of electric bike conversion kits emerging these days, but the folks behind UrbanX might have one of the simplest and most universal concepts yet. The UrbanX is a self-contained, motor driven front wheel that can quickly and easily convert a wide range of bikes into motorized machines.

Conversion kits like the UrbanX allow you to add power to a bike you already own and love, and are typically far more affordable than buying a whole new E-bike. Also, while the motorized wheel does carry some weight one could add it to a regular bike and come in well under the heft of many complete E-Bikes.

There are plenty of different rim sizes available, plus rim or disc brake compatible versions as well. The UrbanX’s Kickstarter campaign has already exceeded its funding goal, so let’s check out the ‘nuts and volts’ of it below…
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There are tons of electric bike conversion kits emerging these days, but the folks behind UrbanX might have one of the simplest and most universal concepts yet. The UrbanX is a self-contained, motor driven front wheel that can quickly and easily convert a wide range of bikes into motorized machines. Conversion kits like the UrbanX […]

Posted in Commuter, e-Bike, Gadgets & Hacks12 Comments

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: More Knik Glacier…

bikerumor pic of the day kink glacier bike ride alaska

bikerumor pic of the day kink glacier bike ride alaska

Photo submitted by Phil Barnes, “Another dang Knik glacier ride photo. Jeez, it really is an epic ride. I took this photo of my ride partner, Jim. He sort of accidentally came around the corner when I was snapping the shot.” More Knik Glacier photos here and here and here and here

We always love seeing photos from where you are riding and are happy to share them with our readers around the world here on the Pic Of The Day. Send in your pics with a brief description here.



Photo submitted by Phil Barnes, “Another dang Knik glacier ride photo. Jeez, it really is an epic ride. I took this photo of my ride partner, Jim. He sort of accidentally came around the corner when I was snapping the shot.” More Knik Glacier photos here and here and here and here… We always love seeing photos […]

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NAHBS 2017: Portus goes Enduro racing with 166mm travel steel Fast Karl

Hidden away near the back of the show sat one of the more impressive full suspension mountain bikes at NAHBS. Named the Fast Karl, the bike is the work of frame builder Alex Clauss of Portus Cycles and was first shown at the Philly Bike Expo in an earlier prototype form. The most recent evolution of his full suspension designs, Alex has drawn on experience from projects like the ICB 2.0 steel (Internet Community Bike) to create the longest travel Portus yet. While Fast Karl checks all the boxes for bike that are shown at NAHBS, the frame also blends a suspension system that looks like it could compete with a lot of the high end full suspension bikes from much larger companies. The result is a bike should ride like a completely modern enduro machine, but one that can be customized to the owner’s preferences…

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Hidden away near the back of the show sat one of the more impressive full suspension mountain bikes at NAHBS. Named the Fast Karl, the bike is the work of frame builder Alex Clauss of Portus Cycles and was first shown at the Philly Bike Expo in an earlier prototype form. The most recent evolution […]

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NAHBS 2017: Wickwerks Sentinel dual sided chain catcher for doubles, Road Ultra Wide rings offer a huge jump in gear

Chain catchers are nothing new. But a dual sided catcher for double chainrings? Now that is interesting. And that is exactly what Wickwerks is offering with their new Sentinel. Designed to fit over most road and CX dual chainring set ups, the Sentinel will prevent the chain from dropping off to the inside, but it should also prevent accidental derailments to the outside. With simple installation, and an adjustable fit, the Sentinel is an interesting addition to the Wickwerks line up…

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Chain catchers are nothing new. But a dual sided catcher for double chainrings? Now that is interesting. And that is exactly what Wickwerks is offering with their new Sentinel. Designed to fit over most road and CX dual chainring set ups, the Sentinel will prevent the chain from dropping off to the inside, but it should also […]

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NAHBS 2017: Wound Up wraps up new fork designs for tapered steerers, thru axles, and flat mount disc brakes

Known for their distinct look, Wound Up forks have been using their filament wound carbon design for years. In the latest updates to their forks, Wound Up is keeping their aesthetic, but they are adapting to new standards. Finally giving way to more “modern” fitments, the company was showing a trio of forks that should make them more applicable to a number of bikes in the near future…

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Known for their distinct look, Wound Up forks have been using their filament wound carbon design for years. In the latest updates to their forks, Wound Up is keeping their aesthetic, but they are adapting to new standards. Finally giving way to more “modern” fitments, the company was showing a trio of forks that should […]

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Review: Litespeed T2 Disc road bike proves incremental improvements make awesome rides

Litespeed T2 titanium disc brake road bike review and actual weights

Litespeed T2 titanium disc brake road bike review and actual weights

Last year, Zach reviewed the T3. And then the Litespeed T2 debuted as its replacement, offering a lighter frame with important updates like a rear thru axle, bridge-free seatstays, and additional tube shaping and butting.

The result is a bike that rides immaculately, whether I was cruising for hours or sweating out a sprint interval workout in the hills. I mentioned these positive impressions to their national sales manager, to which he replied that, yeah, a lot of people are surprised at how they’ve managed to make a bike that’s stiff in all the right places, similar to a carbon frame, yet still retain that characteristic ti vibe. While it won’t ever be as light as a carbon bike, chances are it’ll outlast two or three of them and keep you smiling for decades…

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Last year, Zach reviewed the T3. And then the Litespeed T2 debuted as its replacement, offering a lighter frame with important updates like a rear thru axle, bridge-free seatstays, and additional tube shaping and butting. The result is a bike that rides immaculately, whether I was cruising for hours or sweating out a sprint interval workout […]

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Found: Rinsten Spring, to soften bumps in the road before they get to the saddle

So here is a curious one to pop up on Kickstarter. How to lessen road vibrations before they impact the rider in as few parts as possible. Those of us here at BikeRumor with backgrounds in the shop have seen tons of customers complain about seat discomfort. Sometimes it was about a recent back procedure, other times it was simply a pain in their butt. The one common thread though, was that there weren’t a ton of different options besides thickly padded saddles, so it’s nice to see another take on the issue.

The designers and engineers behind the new Rinsten Spring have managed to develop a device that does that with just five individual parts, and on top of that the design will work on pretty much any bike out on the road or trail that has a few extra cms of seatpost showing. The concept and execution are both incredibly simple – Rinsten has created a looped leaf spring that clamps inside the saddle clamp of your existing seatpost, then cantilevers your saddle on a second rail clamp about 6cm higher up…

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So here is a curious one to pop up on Kickstarter. How to lessen road vibrations before they impact the rider in as few parts as possible. Those of us here at BikeRumor with backgrounds in the shop have seen tons of customers complain about seat discomfort. Sometimes it was about a recent back procedure, other […]

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Judy is back! RockShox revives the Judy line with Pike inspiration, plus new SID, Reba & Recon RL updates

RockShox is breathing new life into the Judy name with an all-new fork chassis developed along the lessons learned on their popular Pike forks. The new Judys aims to bring the stiff, yet light performance of the more expensive Pikes so that entry-level bikes can enjoy the fun too. The two Judy forks update to all of the latest standards with Boost spacing and room for most Plus-sized tires. At the same time RockShox has new RL damper updates for their SID, Reba & Recon forks; and more…

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RockShox is breathing new life into the Judy name with an all-new fork chassis developed along the lessons learned on their popular Pike forks. The new Judys aims to bring the stiff, yet light performance of the more expensive Pikes so that entry-level bikes can enjoy the fun too. The two Judy forks update to all […]

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NAHBS 2017: Oddity Cycles gears up with super divide bike, Paul Price commissioned Ghostship

When I sat down with Burnsey, the builder behind Oddity Cycles and shopmate to the famous Corbin “Rough Diamond” Brady, to talk about his action-packed booth at NAHBS, I first asked him what he was most excited about. “I’m really excited about the purple adventure bike.”  That’s right, our favorite cantankerous one-speed hero was gaga over a geared bike he built for himself – and it’s easy to see why.

Runners up for most exciting includes a 24in fat bike, to follow his 20in fat bike last year, and a titanium 29+ bike made for one of his cycling heroes… no big deal…

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When I sat down with Burnsey, the builder behind Oddity Cycles and shopmate to the famous Corbin “Rough Diamond” Brady, to talk about his action-packed booth at NAHBS, I first asked him what he was most excited about. “I’m really excited about the purple adventure bike.”  That’s right, our favorite cantankerous one-speed hero was gaga […]

Posted in Fatbike, Mountain Bike, NAHBS8 Comments