NAHBS 2016 – Titanium bicycle roundup from Alliance, Dean & Steve Potts

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Like so many others, Alliance was showing off the cycle du jour, a gravel road bike. Building out of Ketchum, Idaho, Eric Rolf has long stretches unkempt roads and trails to ride, so his design has been refined to clear 38mm tires. The bottom bracket drop is 80mm, which is really low compared to a standard road bike. That puts the rider down “in” the bike for a more stable ride.

He’s also now building with Reynolds double butted titanium, which is rare, with frames using it starting at $3,100. Straight gauge tubes would be $2,700. Rolf says the weight difference depends on diameters, but are between 1/4 and 3/4 pounds. Bigger difference is that the butted tubes yield a smoother ride at equal torsional stiffness.

Check it and lots more of the wonder metal below…

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Like so many others, Alliance was showing off the cycle du jour, a gravel road bike. Building out of Ketchum, Idaho, Eric Rolf has long stretches unkempt roads and trails to ride, so his design has been refined to clear 38mm tires. The bottom bracket drop is 80mm, which is really low compared to a […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Abbey Tools, PAUL, Gevenalle, Cadence and SILCA in Cool Stuff Super Round-up

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Abbey Bike Tools raises the bar of top-end tools by bringing a new, ultra-light carbon titanium hammer to the show. Gevenalle takes it to eleven with shifters and derailleurs (with guest star, Squid Bikes). Last but not least, Cadence serves fresh cuts to keep you looking fly off and on the bike…

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Abbey Bike Tools raises the bar of top-end tools by bringing a new, ultra-light carbon titanium hammer to the show. Gevenalle takes it to eleven with shifters and derailleurs (with guest star, Squid Bikes). Last but not least, Cadence serves fresh cuts to keep you looking fly off and on the bike…

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NAHBS 2016 – More crafty steel bicycles from Black Cat, Frances & Detroit Bikes

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Frances Cycles’ show collection focused on utility and did it with style. This yellow touring bike with custom trailer sat out front, but the two bakfiets-style cargo bikes behind it were every bit as interesting. Based in Amory, Mississippi, he builds only with True Temper steel using fittings and parts from Henry James and Paragon Machine Works.

Using handmade racks on the front for smaller loads, the touring bike’s capacity is multiplied by the large capacity trailer, which is designed to haul anything from groceries to surf boards. Check it, plus mountain, road, ‘cross and city bikes from them, Black Cat and Detroit Bikes, below…

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Frances Cycles’ show collection focused on utility and did it with style. This yellow touring bike with custom trailer sat out front, but the two bakfiets-style cargo bikes behind it were every bit as interesting. Based in Amory, Mississippi, he builds only with True Temper steel using fittings and parts from Henry James and Paragon […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Wren Sports updates upside down suspension fork, adds new stems & a Boost pump

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Wren Sports first caught our eye at the 2015 Taipei show with his ultralight metal matrix brake rotors. Since then, those rotors have passed safety testing and gone on sale, so Kevin Wren’s attention has turned to refining his other products.

The biggest is his inverted fork, which was shown on Foes Racing’s new bikes. The fork has been around for a while, and has sometimes been rebranded by others, but it gets a few performance updates and is and of itself an interesting part. The design is somewhat modular, allowing them to offer a variety of sizes, lengths and widths using a small catalog of parts. The crown is offered in four widths to handle various axle standards, the legs and internals go from 26″ up to 29er, and it’ll fit up to 5″ tires depending on the axle to crown setup chosen.

The changes come in the form of new keyed stanchions and a TwinAir system that lets you really fine tune the feel…

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Wren Sports first caught our eye at the 2015 Taipei show with his ultralight metal matrix brake rotors. Since then, those rotors have passed safety testing and gone on sale, so Kevin Wren’s attention has turned to refining his other products. The biggest is his inverted fork, which was shown on Foes Racing’s new bikes. […]

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A Week in Review: NAHBS, Taipei Show & Paris-Nice coverage, new Campagnolo drivetrain and more!

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This week we bring you things from all over the world! Coverage from 2016 NAHBS, Taipei Show, and Tour Down Under is still flowing in, we’re at Paris-Nice checking out all the new tech showing up on team bikes, and a lot of new products from RockShox, BOX Components, Campagnolo, Mavic and much more!

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This week we bring you things from all over the world! Coverage from 2016 NAHBS, Taipei Show, and Tour Down Under is still flowing in, we’re at Paris-Nice checking out all the new tech showing up on team bikes, and a lot of new products from RockShox, BOX Components, Campagnolo, Mavic and much more!

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NAHBS 2016 – Hunter, Sklar & Breadwinner turn steel into modern classics & wild mountain bikes

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Steel is real…interesting, especially in the hands of creative builders like Hunter, Sklar and Breadwinner. They collectively showed a range of bikes that can tackle virtually any terrain and had features that set them apart from mass produced items you’ll find in the stores.

Above, Hunter Cycles’ 650C “road plus” bike used the new WTB 40mm tires to give it a sporty, comfortable ride. Frame details like beveled thru axle dropouts, shapely stays and a curved top tube (not to mention that yellow paint) helped it stand out in the crowd…

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Steel is real…interesting, especially in the hands of creative builders like Hunter, Sklar and Breadwinner. They collectively showed a range of bikes that can tackle virtually any terrain and had features that set them apart from mass produced items you’ll find in the stores. Above, Hunter Cycles’ 650C “road plus” bike used the new WTB […]

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NAHBS 2016 – A beautiful variety of steel bikes from Mandaric, Don Walker & Equilibrium

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Don Walker has typically shown two things: Cyclocross bikes and track bikes. There’ve been variations of them, but those have been his bread and butter for years. They still are, too, but this year he brought a little more variety to the show with a brazed gravel road bike and several aero bikes, all fashioned from steel, of course.

Above and center, though, is a candy apple red ‘cross bike that keeps the traditional flame alive with cantilever brakes. Beside it is the gravel bike, which also sticks with rim brakes, but at least in a more powerful iteration. Regardless of the stoppers chosen, the bikes look as good as ever, as do some amazing steel road bikes from two other builders we’ve not seen before…

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Don Walker has typically shown two things: Cyclocross bikes and track bikes. There’ve been variations of them, but those have been his bread and butter for years. They still are, too, but this year he brought a little more variety to the show with a brazed gravel road bike and several aero bikes, all fashioned […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Truly custom carbon (and paint) from Formigli, Alchemy & Sarto Antonio

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Sarto Antonio is a custom Italian builder that works in carbon fiber for both road and mountain bikes, that latter offered in hardtail and full suspension designs. For this year’s show, he brought his new Gravel TA Wave road bike that upgrades prior road bike designs to use thru axles and his “Wave” seatstays.

Check those and the other details, plus some of the shapeliest custom carbon out there from Alchemy and Formigli, below…

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Sarto Antonio is a custom Italian builder that works in carbon fiber for both road and mountain bikes, that latter offered in hardtail and full suspension designs. For this year’s show, he brought his new Gravel TA Wave road bike that upgrades prior road bike designs to use thru axles and his “Wave” seatstays. Check […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Road, cyclocross and a do-it-all bike from TripleThreeFab, Caylor & DeSalvo

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TripleThreeFab hails from Seattle, Washington, and builds in steel (regular and stainless) and titanium. For the show, they brought an eTAP-ready road bike (front in pic above), another road bike with sparkly paint, a cross bike and the builder’s own do anything, go anywhere mountain bike/commuter.

The eTAP bike gets no shift ports or guides for a streamlined look, which is accentuated by its shapely stays. Check ’em out and more from Caylor and DeSalvo, below…

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TripleThreeFab hails from Seattle, Washington, and builds in steel (regular and stainless) and titanium. For the show, they brought an eTAP-ready road bike (front in pic above), another road bike with sparkly paint, a cross bike and the builder’s own do anything, go anywhere mountain bike/commuter. The eTAP bike gets no shift ports or guides […]

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