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SOMA Adopts Gates Belt Drive Option for Their MTB Frames
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SOMA’s Juice 29er and B-Side 27.5 hardtail MTBs are now compatible with a Gates belt drive system, thanks to split Tange Sliding Dropouts. You can now choose to build them singlespeed or with Rohloff hub. For this run, they kept the same colors and adopted the Tange split dropout, but future 2015 models will utilize a split stay. As far as current stock, the only other change was incorporating a drive side chain stay yoke to ensure the frames will fit 2.4″ tires and the thick Gates front cog.

If you’re looking for a versatile, steel hard tail, these two bikes are great options. Check out more details at SOMA and holler at your local shop for ordering. You could even set it up as a mean dirt-dropper. Check out Golden Saddle’s latest Wolverine for inspiration!

Mar 31, 2015 1 comment
Up! Up! Up! Prints
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We all know this feeling. Switchback after switchback, we keep pushing upward to the summit. It’s one of the greatest sensations any cyclist can endure…

Victory Chimp and Galibier have just collaborated on a print, inspired by the beauty of climbing. Check out more information below and pick up a limited edition print from Victory Chimp or Galibier.

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Mar 31, 2015 1 comment
SRAM Launches the Guide Ultimate Brakes
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SRAM has been making moves in their Guide brake lineup and have just introduced a new tier. As the pinnacle in SRAM’s brake technology, the Guide Ultimate has a completely new, 4-piston S4 caliper, SwingLink lever cam, and carbon lever blade, resulting in a 360-gram system. If you end up having to bleed the brakes, that task is easier with the Bleeding Edge system.

I’ve been riding the Guide RSC on my Black Cat hardtail for a few weeks and absolutely love them. More on that to come. For now, see more specs on the Guide Ultimate at SRAM and holler at your local dealer for pricing. The Guide Ultimate launches in May.

Mar 31, 2015 5 comments
BicycleStarz Wheel Building Table, Spoke Nipple Sorter and Wheel Dishing Tool
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The other night at the Velo Cult party, I got to see a demo from a new company out of Washington state, BicycleStarz. Now, I have to give you a bit of a disclaimer: if you’re a wheel builder, brace yourself, because these tools will leave you frothing at the mouth like a bamboo starved panda…

Coincidentally, all of these tools are made by hand, using bamboo when possible and are filled with such elegant details that they dance that ever-present line of utilitarian art I always speak about.

Check out some in-depth photos below.

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Mar 30, 2015 1 comment
Niner: RLT 9 Steel All-Road Bike
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Niner has really nailed this one. With the success of their RLT, they’ve just issued a steel version, marketed towards bike packing, camping and light touring. While it’s not a full blown touring bike, you can strap a few bags to it, as well as a rear rack and take off into the wilderness.

With a geometry dialed in for gravel, cross racing, all-road conditions and even some singletrack shredding, the RLT 9 steel presents itself as a new platform for those who want to get the most out of their bike.

Made from Reynolds 853, with thru-axles, fender / rack mounts and PF BB30, the RLT 9 Steel utilizes modern tech with the feel of steel. Am I excited about these bikes? Yep. We’ll be riding them in the forthcoming weeks…

Available as a complete with multiple build kits, or a frameset in two color combinations. Check out more photos below and see pricing and sizing information at Niner.

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Mar 30, 2015 31 comments
Acre’s New Apparel
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Acre’s been working on a few key items over the past year and if you can’t visit their San Francisco or Los Angeles storefronts, they’ve finally stocked their web shop with the new pieces. I’ve used a few of these and they’ve quickly become my new go-to trail apparel.

Check out each below!

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Mar 30, 2015 9 comments
ENVE’s Redesigned Seat Post
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ENVE has recently redesigned their popular seat post to incorporate a two-bolt pattern, in lieu of their single bolt design. These new posts feature a patented two-bolt wedge system that are compatible with standard and oversized rails and allow you to adjust the saddle angle with ease.

I’ve been using one since NAHBS and can say this revision has drastically improved the clamp strength compared to the previous design. Before, especially during cyclocross races or trail riding, if I hadn’t torqued and carbon greased the ENVE post clamp enough, I’d get slippage and so far, so good with this new design.

Head over to ENVE for more information.

Mar 27, 2015 3 comments
Search and State: New Leg Warmers
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Spring is here but that doesn’t mean warm weather has followed suit just yet. Search and State has you covered. Literally. Now you can wear their gear from heat to toe, or ankles rather, with their new Leg Warmers.

Made from a heavier weight fabric than their famous Arm Warmers, the Leg Warmers feature a brushed back and secure zipper closure. They’re still lightweight enough to be removed and stowed in your jersey pocket.

Like all SAS apparel, the S1-LW are made in New York City and are in stock now at Search and State.

Mar 27, 2015 No comments yet