CMWC 2014 Mexico City Video Recap

Earlier this summer, the Cycle Messenger World Championship found its way to Mexico City as bike messengers from all over the globe found themselves together competing and let’s be honest, partying. See more in this video recap. There are lots of familiar faces in this one!

Aug 21, 2014 1 comment
Brittlee Bowman’s House Industries Richard Sachs Team Cross Bike
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With the 2014-15 cyclocross season ramping up and the House Industries / Richard Sachs show at Rapha NYC tomorrow, the guys at House just posted some exceptional photos of Brittlee Bowman’s team cross bike to up the ante.

My favorite part of this project: it’s a damn race bike! Not a showpiece. Well, tomorrow night it will be. Make sure you RSVP for the show at Rapha and see more details below.

OPENING
Friday, August 22, 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Show runs August 23 to September 21, 2014
Rapha Cycle Club, 64 Gansevoort St, New York, NY

Aug 21, 2014 15 comments
Introducing the Chris King GripLock
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In 1976 Chris King manufactured the first Chris King headset. It was built to medical grade tolerances and set the standard for what a quality bicycle component should be. Since that time bicycles have changed significantly, from 6-speed road bikes and 45-pound fully ridged mountain bikes to sub 10-pound road bikes and 35-pound dowhnill bikes, the design of today’s modern bicycles has kept pace with the development and style of riders. As riders we want our bikes to perform with out hassle so we can get the most out of our riding experience and it was with an eye on the changes in capabilities and material of todays most advanced bicycles that we developed GripLock™ the next generation of our legendary headsets.

GripLock™ has been in use on Chris King’s headsets for quite sometime and has been featured on our InSet family of headsets since their introduction. Also all 1-1/8″ NoThreadSets have been equipped with GripLock™ since 2010. Our press introduction comes about after we were awarded a patent for this advanced system prior to receiving the patent we wanted to keep our messaging about GripLock™ light now that we have patent security we are thrilled to share this feature with the world.

Chris King’s GripLock™ headset retention device uses an isolated wedge system to separate headset bearing adjustment from steerer tube location thus eliminating loose headsets on long travel mountain bikes while simultaneously removing any chance of headset inflicted fatigue on the lightweight carbon steerer tubes found on modern road forks.

GripLock comes stock on all InSets and 1-1/8″ NoThreadSets. GripLock upgrades are available for 1-1/8″ NoThreadSets currently with out a GripLock bearing cap.”

Learn more at Chris King

Aug 21, 2014 7 comments
Yeti Launches New Lightweight AS-Rc Cross Country Mountain Bike
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Yeti’s newest XC MTB, the AS-Rc, packs a punch on a weight budget of only 4.2 lbs for the frame. Completes with XO1 come in at $5799, putting this race-pedigree frame technology within reach for those looking for one of the lightest XC frames on the market.

Check out more below!


Yeti has introduced the new AS-Rc cross-country bike, expanding its line of ride-driven products. Built for cross-country racers and trail riders, the AS-Rc rolls on size specific wheels and delivers 100mm of optimized rear wheel travel. The AS-Rc will begin shipping immediately as a complete bike with builds starting at $5799.

The super lightweight (4.2lb. frame) and efficient suspension has been optimized for shorter travel with an updated and modified single pivot design. Yeti has worked closely with FOX to refine the suspension rate to give the AS-Rc a predictable feel that holds up while pedaling and retains composure when the trail begins to get rough.

The new AS-R frame is designed using a carbon Dogbone link to add considerable stiffness to the chassis, and sports Yeti’s progressive geometry (69-degree head tube angle, long top tube, low bottom bracket) that has been borrowed from their experience in DH and Enduro. Wheel size on the AS-R is optimized on the AS-R with 27.5” wheels on the Extra Small and Small frames, and 29” wheels on Medium through Extra Large Frames.

“We have been out of the cross-country market for several years, so it was important that we nailed the form, fit, and function of the AS-Rc.” said Yeti President and co-owner Chris Conroy. “The AS-R has been a storied bike in our line and we raced cross-country for nearly twenty years and have produced some greats in the sport. XC racing is in our DNA and we’re excited to reintroduce people to our heritage with a bike that sports Yeti’s progressive geometry.”

The AS-R will be available to ship immediately as a complete bike with SRAM’s X01 Build Kit with an MSRP of $5799, or $8099 with an Enve M50 wheelset. Complete AS- Rc’s will weigh as light as 22.3 lbs. It will also be available with a SRAM XX1 Build Kit with an Enve M50 wheelset for $9999.

See more at Yeti.

Aug 20, 2014 1 comment
Paul Component: Motolite Brakes
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In a world that focuses on “grams” and “actual weights”, Paul Components just focuses on making their products work better-er. Case in point: they’ve merged their two mountain v-brakes into one, clean package. Meet the new Motolite:

“The power, modulation, durability, and ease of service is all there but the pads now have an extended range so a 26″ wheeled frame can be converted to 650b or 700c. Made in our shop to exacting tolerances, there is nothing else out there that even comes close. Yes, disks are here but think about all the beautiful frames made for these in the last 25 years. Keep ‘em shreddin’!”

Amen! Check out more at Paul!

Aug 20, 2014 4 comments
Putting That Yonder Journal Corndoggin’ Shirt to Use
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Look, I know you signed up for a “bike blog” when you clicked on this link today, but the truth is, everyone needs a break from the constant rotation of crank arms, even me.

Yesterday, Lauren and I descended a web of slippery, muddy, roots to a waterfall in Kauai and then the sun broke out. Back track a bit…

After sleeping in a tent on the beach during the pouring rain and spotty rain all day, I knew it’d be a wash today at the falls, so when the sun broke out, I grabbed whatever I had laying around and ran out the door.

Afterwards, I realized the sunblock-scented shirt I picked off the bathroom floor was the Yonder Journal Corndoggin’ shirt and I couldn’t think of a better tee to be wearing.

Anyway, thanks for the patience, I’m a week from being home, with my bikes and my other camera equipment. Now, get out and enjoy the summer!

Aug 20, 2014 2 comments
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Yeti Launches New Lightweight AS-Rc Cross Country Mountain Bike
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Yeti’s newest XC MTB, the AS-Rc, packs a punch on a weight budget of only 4.2 lbs for the frame. Completes with XO1 come in at $5799, putting this race-pedigree frame technology within reach for those looking for one of the lightest XC frames on the market.

Check out more below!


Yeti has introduced the new AS-Rc cross-country bike, expanding its line of ride-driven products. Built for cross-country racers and trail riders, the AS-Rc rolls on size specific wheels and delivers 100mm of optimized rear wheel travel. The AS-Rc will begin shipping immediately as a complete bike with builds starting at $5799.

The super lightweight (4.2lb. frame) and efficient suspension has been optimized for shorter travel with an updated and modified single pivot design. Yeti has worked closely with FOX to refine the suspension rate to give the AS-Rc a predictable feel that holds up while pedaling and retains composure when the trail begins to get rough.

The new AS-R frame is designed using a carbon Dogbone link to add considerable stiffness to the chassis, and sports Yeti’s progressive geometry (69-degree head tube angle, long top tube, low bottom bracket) that has been borrowed from their experience in DH and Enduro. Wheel size on the AS-R is optimized on the AS-R with 27.5” wheels on the Extra Small and Small frames, and 29” wheels on Medium through Extra Large Frames.

“We have been out of the cross-country market for several years, so it was important that we nailed the form, fit, and function of the AS-Rc.” said Yeti President and co-owner Chris Conroy. “The AS-R has been a storied bike in our line and we raced cross-country for nearly twenty years and have produced some greats in the sport. XC racing is in our DNA and we’re excited to reintroduce people to our heritage with a bike that sports Yeti’s progressive geometry.”

The AS-R will be available to ship immediately as a complete bike with SRAM’s X01 Build Kit with an MSRP of $5799, or $8099 with an Enve M50 wheelset. Complete AS- Rc’s will weigh as light as 22.3 lbs. It will also be available with a SRAM XX1 Build Kit with an Enve M50 wheelset for $9999.

See more at Yeti.

Aug 20, 2014 1 comment
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Paul Component: Motolite Brakes
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In a world that focuses on “grams” and “actual weights”, Paul Components just focuses on making their products work better-er. Case in point: they’ve merged their two mountain v-brakes into one, clean package. Meet the new Motolite:

“The power, modulation, durability, and ease of service is all there but the pads now have an extended range so a 26″ wheeled frame can be converted to 650b or 700c. Made in our shop to exacting tolerances, there is nothing else out there that even comes close. Yes, disks are here but think about all the beautiful frames made for these in the last 25 years. Keep ‘em shreddin’!”

Amen! Check out more at Paul!

Aug 20, 2014 4 comments
Putting That Yonder Journal Corndoggin’ Shirt to Use
Falls_Kauai-1

Look, I know you signed up for a “bike blog” when you clicked on this link today, but the truth is, everyone needs a break from the constant rotation of crank arms, even me.

Yesterday, Lauren and I descended a web of slippery, muddy, roots to a waterfall in Kauai and then the sun broke out. Back track a bit…

After sleeping in a tent on the beach during the pouring rain and spotty rain all day, I knew it’d be a wash today at the falls, so when the sun broke out, I grabbed whatever I had laying around and ran out the door.

Afterwards, I realized the sunblock-scented shirt I picked off the bathroom floor was the Yonder Journal Corndoggin’ shirt and I couldn’t think of a better tee to be wearing.

Anyway, thanks for the patience, I’m a week from being home, with my bikes and my other camera equipment. Now, get out and enjoy the summer!

Aug 20, 2014 2 comments
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Manual for Speed: Chillering – the Art and Science of Napping & Reading
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Manual for Speed is at the US Pro Challenge in Colorado and they’re already making a splash with Team Garmin-Sharp’s Alex Howes and Phil Gaimon, as they invent yet another word: “Chillering”.

Find out what chillering is at Manual for Speed.

For the record, I am not at the US Pro Challenge. If you see someone that looks like me, with a camera, it is Manual for Speed, not me. Don’t be the 60th person who mistakes Daniel for me!

Aug 19, 2014 No comments yet
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Cadence: New Saddle Bags
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I know this is also floating in the sidebar ad column, but I’m stoked to see these new saddle bags from Cadence. There’s an option for everyone too! Made in the USA.

See more at Cadence.

Aug 19, 2014 2 comments
Myles Apparel
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Two of my favorite SF-based brands, Taylor Stitch and Huckberry teamed up to design, develop and produce a new apparel company. Myles Apparel’s first product are four-way stretch athletic shorts. Made from nylon and spandex, these shorts’ pricepoint lands in much lower than other comparable products made from more tech fabrics like Polartec or Schoeller but have similar functionality.

The best part is, they’re priced at $48 for an introductory offer…

Head over to Myles Apparel to pre-order. I ordered black, but I’m thinking I should have sprung for turquoise instead.

Aug 19, 2014 1 comment
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Team Dream-Designed Caps for the Ritte Women’s Team
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Photo by Matt Irwin

This is a long one, so I’ll just paste it in, ok?

“The ladies from Ritte asked me to help design a cap for their trip to Ras Na mBan stage race. Kelli sent me the Ritte logo, asked me to match the “fabulous” font on their team kit and said “make it look Team Dreamy!”. The caps came out pretty cool & everybody knows both TDBT & Ritte like to party, so Matt decided to have a little fun with the imagery. Hope you guys dig them…because I sure do!

The team will use the proceeds to help take them to Ireland where they will participate in the country’s premier women’s stage race Ras Na mBan which takes place over six stages in five days and covers 427km. This is the second year running that the Ritte Women’s Team will compete in the event.

The Ritte Women’s Cycling Team is a boutique-sized assembly of determined women who share a passion for racing bikes. In a culture of power profiles, recovery tights and carbon bottle cage bolts, it’s nice to be reminded there are still girls out there who just wanna go fast and have a blast. Because bikes are fun. Riding is fun. Racing is fun. Oh, and winning races every now and then ain’t too shabby either.

Pick up a cap, look “FABULOUS” & help these ladies get to Ireland.”

Aug 19, 2014 5 comments
Campvibes Communique S14
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I forgot to point out in that last Poler entry the launch of their new Campvibes Communique and this rad painting from an artist whose name escapes me. The quarterly document is 10″ x 12.5″ and is filled with stories, recipes and maybe even some cycling content in the future.

Now, back to this knolling illustration, who’s got a link to the artist’s site?

Aug 19, 2014 1 comment
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