Category Archives: Products
Rock Shox: Introducing the RS-1 Fork

Out of all the new tech we got to ride in Moab at SRAM’s Trail House, the RS-1 was my favorite. Later this week I’ll go into a more in-depth review, but for now, check out this press-release on this innovative suspension system:

“When it came time to best our XC platform, it meant reevaluating every element that defines the most winning XC fork in world cup history. A ruthless approach to material optimization, an ultra efficient energy saving lockout and quite possibly the world’s lightest air spring – all designed to enable riders to find their next line.

The outcome was something unexpected. A fork that ushers in a new-generation philosophy to XC rider efficiency, packaged in a chassis design never before seen by RockShox. RS-1 harnesses 25 years of creativity, refinement, and the courage to tackle the biggest engineering challenge of mountain bike suspension to date: the inverted chassis.”

Apr 8, 2014 4 comments
Chris King: ISO XD Hub for SRAM XX1
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Have a set of Chris King ISO or ISO DH hubs that you want to run on your XX1 system? I know I do and up until today, there hasn’t been an option. This morning Chris King announced their new ISO XD hub for SRAM’s XX1. The best part is, there’s also a conversion kit available for existing ISO hubs…

Check out more at Chris King and see the press-release below!

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Apr 8, 2014 2 comments
Well Used: White Industries VBC Cranks
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Even I was a bit skeptical about the ability for my Geekhouse Woodville to throw from a 50t to a 32t consistently, using White Industries’ VBC cranks. But more importantly, I was interested in seeing how the crank arms and rings would hold up to daily use. Well, the front derailleur still throws just fine and they haven’t shown much wear at all. Go figure.

With around 10 months of heavy use, as you can see, they’re still kicking and show very little ‘tooth decay’. There’s very little crank arm rub as well. My Woodville is primarily my around-town, errand getter, bar bike and my go-to ‘big fuckin rides’ vehicle of choice. It’s been camping, tackled the MSOJ and blasted through tons of 1-track.

I have to admit, these are some of my favorite cranks I’ve ever owned.

After receiving emails from people, asking to see updates on the drivetrain, I shot a few yesterday. Check out more below.

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Apr 7, 2014 14 comments
POC + Ritte
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SoCal-based, bad boyz / bad girlz of cycling, Ritte have teamed up with POC, one of the most unique cycling helmet and apparel companies to form a whole line of collaborative products. Coming soon are POC + Ritte gloves, bibs, jersey and yes, a scarf. The whole collection looks great and I can’t wait to see photos of the team wearing this line.

See more at POC and check your local dealer for availability. This release is slated for mid-April.

Apr 7, 2014 No comments yet
Limited Edition Speedvagen Family Racing Figurines
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Speedvagen is so Portland and I don’t mean that in the Portlandia, ironic, hip sense. When I think of Portland brands – those of which who have made it to international credibility anyway – I think of people who obsess over the details. The Vanilla / Speedvagen family is one such brand.

Friday afternoon, I received a package from the great V. Inside was this meticulously-wrapped package, with coasters on the back and a little brown box with a twine bow. Inside, a hand-painted Speedvagen racer was tied to a padded backing.

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Apr 6, 2014 No comments yet
YNOT: The Becket Backpack

This just in from Toronto’s YNOT:

“Handmade in Toronto & guaranteed for life, this deceptively versatile pack morphs in shape, function and style.

Its multifaceted closure options allows your gear to be carried securely inside and out. A floating liner and multiple roll top options keep your contents dry, while the external integrated holster lets you quickly get at your u-lock without opening your bag. Worried about the hot summer ahead? Never fear because the nylon & air-knit back pad provides added structure, sweat resistance and breathability.

You can also add an easily removable Becket Pocket Lid to expand your carrying capacity & personalize the look of your bag. Like all our packs, The Becket is Swoop System compatible for Laptop Sleeves and other swoop accessories coming soon! ”

See more at YNOT!

Apr 5, 2014 No comments yet
The Festka Hunter 29r with Gates Carbon Belt Drive
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I love what Festka is doing. They have been cranking out some gorgeous bikes with incredible finishes over the past few months, the latest being the Festka Hunter 29′r hardtail. Gates carbon belt drive, a Rohloff hub and Columbus tubing. Not bad! Make sure you follow @Festka on Instagram for daily photos and see more of this Festka Hunter below!

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Apr 4, 2014 6 comments