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Review: The Bike Strap – functional simplicity to securely haul all beer formats (& other things)

Modeo bike strap, with beer bomber

Modeo bike strap, with beer bomber

Sometimes it’s fun to nerd out on all the crazy technology in our modern bikes, but one of my favorite accessories from recent times is actually the simplest thing on my commuter; the water bottle holder. Last spring I got my hands on a Bike Strap, and I decided it had to be tested right away with a fresh bomber of craft brew. After a boot around town, I got home and found my bomber still tightly secured. At that point, I knew I’d be putting the Bike Strap to use quite often!

The Bike Strap is made by a company called Modeo (who also developed an interesting commute tracking app called Ryde) and it has proven to be a brilliant, functional design that carries a huge range of drink containers (among other things) easily and securely. There’s only one drawback to the design if you’re fussy about appearances…
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Sometimes it’s fun to nerd out on all the crazy technology in our modern bikes, but one of my favorite accessories from recent times is actually the simplest thing on my commuter; the water bottle holder. Last spring I got my hands on a Bike Strap, and I decided it had to be tested right […]

Posted in Commuter, Components, Gadgets & Hacks, Reviews8 Comments

Velocite cries patent foul over new Pinarello Dogma F10

Velocite Syn aero disc brake road bike

Almost immediately after the all-new Pinarello  Dogma F10 road bike debuted, Velocite’s founder Victor Major made it known they were potentially infringing on his patented downtube design.

In 2015, the Velocite Syn aero road bike came out with a concave trailing section to the downtube that nested the water bottle into it. This effectively uses the water bottle to finish the tube shape, helping air slip past it and minimize turbulence. His concern is that Pinarello’s new bike is using a very similar design, and even did so on the previously released Bolide TT bike, but hasn’t responded to Major’s inquiries. Check more pics and his reply to our inquiry below…

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Almost immediately after the all-new Pinarello  Dogma F10 road bike debuted, Velocite’s founder Victor Major made it known they were potentially infringing on his patented downtube design. In 2015, the Velocite Syn aero road bike came out with a concave trailing section to the downtube that nested the water bottle into it. This effectively uses the […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Gotthard Pass, Switzerland

Leo Lupelli sent in this winter wonderland shot from his “recent ride up the Gotthard Pass in Switzerland starting from Andermatt. The pass is closed in winter so it’s a mix of tarmac road and singletrack interrupted here and there by frozen water streams that add that level of complexity to the climbs and keep you on your toes on the way down!”

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.



Leo Lupelli sent in this winter wonderland shot from his “recent ride up the Gotthard Pass in Switzerland starting from Andermatt. The pass is closed in winter so it’s a mix of tarmac road and singletrack interrupted here and there by frozen water streams that add that level of complexity to the climbs and keep you […]

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Pinarello Flagship F-series gets lighter, faster, and stiffer with new F10

Leading up to the kickoff of the Pro Tour season, Pinarello has unveiled their newest race bike. Going straight from the F8 to the F10, as is typical, the new bike promises to be better in almost every way. In addition to better looks, the frame builds in a few new features in increase the aerodynamic advantage while carbon tech keeps the weight low and the stiffness high…

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Leading up to the kickoff of the Pro Tour season, Pinarello has unveiled their newest race bike. Going straight from the F8 to the F10, as is typical, the new bike promises to be better in almost every way. In addition to better looks, the frame builds in a few new features in increase the […]

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Pro Bike Check: Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo Amanda Miller’s Focus Mares CX

Short ‘n’ sweet is how we’d sum up this bike check. Pro rider Amanda Miller rides for Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo and finished a mere 28 seconds behind Katie Compton to take second place at the 2017 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships. She races a mostly stock Focus Mares CX outfitted with mostly SRAM/Zipp parts…

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Short ‘n’ sweet is how we’d sum up this bike check. Pro rider Amanda Miller rides for Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo and finished a mere 28 seconds behind Katie Compton to take second place at the 2017 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships. She races a mostly stock Focus Mares CX outfitted with mostly SRAM/Zipp parts…

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Specialized Gravity moves to Öhlins, Fox Head, and Ceramic Speed for 2017, teases new Öhlins DH fork

It’s time that many of the downhill teams start announcing their rosters, and for 2017 there are quite a few changes. The same day it was announced that Loris Vergier and Luca Shaw are joining the Santa Cruz Syndicate, Specialized is announcing news of their gravity team for 2017 which includes 2015 World Champion Loic Bruni and Finn Iles. The team will be switching to Fox Head as their main clothing sponsor, along with Ceramic Speed for some bearing hop ups, but the biggest announcement seems to be the exclusive use of Öhlins suspension. Obviously, that means Öhlins will have to have a dual crown DH fork, which is shown in testing above. At this point details on the fork are super limited, but now that the cat’s out of the bag, it shouldn’t be long…

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It’s time that many of the downhill teams start announcing their rosters, and for 2017 there are quite a few changes. The same day it was announced that Loris Vergier and Luca Shaw are joining the Santa Cruz Syndicate, Specialized is announcing news of their gravity team for 2017 which includes 2015 World Champion Loic Bruni […]

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Cane Creek doubles down on durability with new DBair [IL] shock, OPT and DROPT remotes

Cane Creek has done a lot for the advancement of suspension technology, but even they’ll admit they haven’t been perfect. The Double Barrel system offered better performance and more adjustment that really opened up a frame’s potential, and that was put to the test with the introduction of the DBInline. The shock may have been a huge leap forward in shock design, but the design left many riders wanting a more durable option.

With the introduction of the new DBair [IL], Cane Creek claims that option is here. Along with a new air spring, key components have been modified and upgraded to ensure long term durability, and those same changes are finding their way back to the current shock options as well…

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Cane Creek has done a lot for the advancement of suspension technology, but even they’ll admit they haven’t been perfect. The Double Barrel system offered better performance and more adjustment that really opened up a frame’s potential, and that was put to the test with the introduction of the DBInline. The shock may have been […]

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SE Bikes OM-Duro, the 27.5+ love child of a BMX cruiser & a mountain bike

It kinda looks like a regular BMX cruiser at first glance, ’til you realize those aren’t 24″ wheels, but in fact are scaled up to 27.5+. The OM-Duro is the latest in SE Bikes’ retro line-up, aiming to bring the fun of railing a BMX bike to the big mountain by way of big plush 3″ tires. Developed as a sort of celebration of 40 years of SE, it takes cues from their classic OM Flyer cruiser but throws in a set of disc brakes and a 1x drivetrain on top of fat tires to build out an affordable, fun enduro trail hardtail. Get a closer look at the bike, plus video of its designer tossing it into the air across the gap…

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It kinda looks like a regular BMX cruiser at first glance, ’til you realize those aren’t 24″ wheels, but in fact are scaled up to 27.5+. The OM-Duro is the latest in SE Bikes’ retro line-up, aiming to bring the fun of railing a BMX bike to the big mountain by way of big plush 3″ […]

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First Look! All-new Niner RLT 9 RDO is an adventure ready carbon gravel race bike

2017 Niner RLT RDO carbon fiber gravel race bike

2017 Niner RLT RDO carbon fiber gravel race bike

Sometimes Niner launches their carbon bikes first, sometimes their metal ones. But, eventually, most of their bikes end up offering both within a short time frame. Except the RLT. It debuted all the way back in 2013 as an alloy model, then gained a steel sibling in 2015. Now, finally, in 2017 we get the RLT 9 RDO, a top-end carbon fiber model using their Carbon Compaction process to produce a light, fast and comfortable do-it-all drop bar bike that’s tested to mountain bike standards.

The RLT 9 RDO also brings new features you’ll soon see on other models, tweaked geometry from the alloy version and this amazing limited edition Ultegra Di2 model with ENVE AR wheels…

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Sometimes Niner launches their carbon bikes first, sometimes their metal ones. But, eventually, most of their bikes end up offering both within a short time frame. Except the RLT. It debuted all the way back in 2013 as an alloy model, then gained a steel sibling in 2015. Now, finally, in 2017 we get the […]

Posted in Feature, Gravel Bikes, Road Bike44 Comments