Kris from 44 Bikes on His Mountain Bike
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People dug Kris’ explanation of his Huntsman cross, so I thought I’d share this as well. I know a lot of you have been interested in getting your first MTB, solely based on all the emails I receive asking for my opinions on the market’s offerings.

I’m not trying to tell you to go custom for your first MTB, because that doesn’t make sense at all, but you should head over to 44 Bikes and read Kris’ thoughts on why he rides what…

And yes, ride as many mountain bikes as you can – demo days, shop rentals, friend’s, etc – before you dive in head-first to a new rig!

Aug 13, 2014 12 comments
Irreverent Road Ride

The IRR is in its third year and let me just say, out of all the organized dirt rides I missed this year, I’m most bummed about this one. Why? Just watch the video…

Aug 12, 2014 2 comments
Ritchey SuperLogic Carbon C260 Now Comes in High Vis Yellow
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These look super slick!

“For a limited time, get the SuperLogic Carbon C260 Stem in one of cycling’s most popular accent colors. Bikes from Pinarello, Ibis, Masi, Jamis, etc… all have models to match.

The full carbon C260 stem was designed to meet the needs of high-wattage European Classic Specialists. The SuperLogic Carbon C260 maximizes Strenght-to-weight through the use of high modulus carbon fiber, increased boom diameter, a wide clamp and our patented C260 clamp design.”

Lengths: 90/100/110/120/130mm
Stem Angle: 84/6 degree
Weight: 125g (110mm)
MSRP: $297.95

In stock now and ready to ship at Ritchey Logic!

Aug 12, 2014 2 comments
Tenspeed Hero Open House and Sample Sale
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Tenspeed Hero’s product shots have quickly become my favorite and from what everyone tells me, their women’s apparel ain’t too shabby either. If you’re in Chicago and you want to see what makes TSH tick, head over to their open house and sample sale this weekend.

For all the details, head to Tenspeed Hero.

Aug 12, 2014 No comments yet
The Night Bison Approacheth
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This looks like a wild, wild ride.

“The Night Bison will run for the third time on August 31st, leaving the back lot of NCC at Civil Twilight and winding through 55mi of every terrain possible. For us at Axletree, this is a fun one. They’re all fun. They’re all for fun. But this one is different. It has a neat feel to it that separates it from our other events. And they’re pizza. And posters.

This year, we collaborated with the talented and kind Mr. Jake Early of Tucson, AZ. Jake became a faraway friend of NCC and Axletree when he surprised us with a run of prints earlier this year. We threw out the idea of working together to create a run of Jake’s beautiful serigraph prints to promote and celebrate the event. Our napkin art was slid (emailed) across the table (across the country) last month, and he sent us his print design this week.”

Pre-order a print or a shirt and see more at Ride Axle Tree.

Aug 12, 2014 No comments yet
YNOT: Pan-Yay Line Grows with Three New Models
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YNOT has been working hard on their Pan-Yay product line and have designed three new bags: The Kassi, The Annex and The Portage. Head over to their Kickstarter page to see more and if you’re in Toronto on August 21st, swing through their studio for an open house.

YNOT Toronto
831 Queen St W. Toronto, ON
Thursday, August 21st from 8pm – 12 pm

Aug 12, 2014 No comments yet
FYXO: Inside Pelizolli’s World
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Photo by Andy White

Back in 2011, Andy from FYXO got to visit the workshop of Giovanni Pelizzoli, founder of Ciöcc and torch-bearer of the Pelizzoli brand. In an era when Ciöcc has forgotten its steel days, Giovanni continues to craft beautiful steel frames in the spirit of Italy’s golden era.

Andy did a great job documenting the space and faces inside Pelizzoli, so head over to FYXO for the full photoset.

Aug 12, 2014 No comments yet
Hilly Billy Roubaix

This looks great! Here’s the back-story from CX Hairs:

“It’s not really a documentary, not really a short film, but somewhere in between. Here’s a video I produced covering the Hilly Billy Roubaix, a 72 mile race that takes place on some of the nastiest roads in West Virginia. Started in 2010, the Hilly Billy Roubaix is a classic. Part of the Ultra Cross series, the Hilly Billy is a tough mud, dirt, grass, gravel, road race with a ton of climbing. Sounds fun, right?”

Nice.

Aug 11, 2014 No comments yet
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Tenspeed Hero Open House and Sample Sale
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Tenspeed Hero’s product shots have quickly become my favorite and from what everyone tells me, their women’s apparel ain’t too shabby either. If you’re in Chicago and you want to see what makes TSH tick, head over to their open house and sample sale this weekend.

For all the details, head to Tenspeed Hero.

Aug 12, 2014 No comments yet
The Night Bison Approacheth
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This looks like a wild, wild ride.

“The Night Bison will run for the third time on August 31st, leaving the back lot of NCC at Civil Twilight and winding through 55mi of every terrain possible. For us at Axletree, this is a fun one. They’re all fun. They’re all for fun. But this one is different. It has a neat feel to it that separates it from our other events. And they’re pizza. And posters.

This year, we collaborated with the talented and kind Mr. Jake Early of Tucson, AZ. Jake became a faraway friend of NCC and Axletree when he surprised us with a run of prints earlier this year. We threw out the idea of working together to create a run of Jake’s beautiful serigraph prints to promote and celebrate the event. Our napkin art was slid (emailed) across the table (across the country) last month, and he sent us his print design this week.”

Pre-order a print or a shirt and see more at Ride Axle Tree.

Aug 12, 2014 No comments yet
YNOT: Pan-Yay Line Grows with Three New Models
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YNOT has been working hard on their Pan-Yay product line and have designed three new bags: The Kassi, The Annex and The Portage. Head over to their Kickstarter page to see more and if you’re in Toronto on August 21st, swing through their studio for an open house.

YNOT Toronto
831 Queen St W. Toronto, ON
Thursday, August 21st from 8pm – 12 pm

Aug 12, 2014 No comments yet
FYXO: Inside Pelizolli’s World
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Photo by Andy White

Back in 2011, Andy from FYXO got to visit the workshop of Giovanni Pelizzoli, founder of Ciöcc and torch-bearer of the Pelizzoli brand. In an era when Ciöcc has forgotten its steel days, Giovanni continues to craft beautiful steel frames in the spirit of Italy’s golden era.

Andy did a great job documenting the space and faces inside Pelizzoli, so head over to FYXO for the full photoset.

Aug 12, 2014 No comments yet
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Hilly Billy Roubaix

This looks great! Here’s the back-story from CX Hairs:

“It’s not really a documentary, not really a short film, but somewhere in between. Here’s a video I produced covering the Hilly Billy Roubaix, a 72 mile race that takes place on some of the nastiest roads in West Virginia. Started in 2010, the Hilly Billy Roubaix is a classic. Part of the Ultra Cross series, the Hilly Billy is a tough mud, dirt, grass, gravel, road race with a ton of climbing. Sounds fun, right?”

Nice.

Aug 11, 2014 No comments yet
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Bonedeth Interviews Walton Brush
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Over the past few years, Walton has grown as an athlete and if anyone knows what it’s like to go from racing alleycats to competing in Cat1 road and Pro cross, it’s Dan Chabs. Head over to Bonedeth to read a few interview questions with Walton Brush.

Aug 11, 2014 No comments yet
Jones Bikes: New Ultralight Carbon Loop H-bar
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Jones Bikes is known for their expressive mountain and fatbike frame offerings that can be dialed in to fit just about any excursion. Now, even more-so with their new Carbon Loop H-Bar.

Check out more below!


“Jones Bicycles is pleased to announce a carbon fiber version of the one and only Jones Loop H-bar.

The Carbon 710mm Loop H-Bar weighs only 275g (this is 240g less than the (516g) aluminum version). It passes the same strict EN/EU mountain bike standards as the aluminum and titanium bars. It is identical to our existing Loop H-bars — all the same natural hand positions, control and comfort, but 47% lighter!!

Price and release date COMING SOON. We will be adding them to the store in a few weeks and they will be available for pre-order there. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.”

These bars are definitely interesting. I can’t wait to see more.

Aug 11, 2014 1 comment
Firefly Bicycles: Sunrise Fork Ends
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Things are picking back up here after a week off and what better way to start off the week with another insane bike from Firefly? Their motto “every bike is a show bike” really resonates with this one. See more at the Firefly Flickr!

Aug 11, 2014 1 comment
Nutlock Security Skewers
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This is by no means the first proprietary locking skewer system on the market, but Nutlock puts a clever spin on the concept. Head over to their Kickstarter to find out more about these security skewers. Oh and yes, it doubles as a bottle opener wrench…

Aug 11, 2014 5 comments
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1,100 Miles Later
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… and we’re in LA. What a trip! It was great being able to stop and explore sights and spots along the PCH that I didn’t have time to check out while touring by bike. I shot a lot of photos, broke in the pickup on some fire roads and ate some great seafood, all while soaking in Oregon and California’s majestic coastline.

I never thought I’d say this, but that drive wore me out! Portland to LA in four days isn’t nearly enough time, but we made it happen.

Enjoy the weekend.

Aug 9, 2014 4 comments
While I’m on the Road
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We’re still out on the road, on HWY 1, which means no wifi and very little cell reception. Posting will commence once I’m in Los Angeles, but until then, follow me on Instagram – @JohnProlly – for updates!

Aug 8, 2014 No comments yet
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