When it comes to photographing bikes, I’ll always opt for dirty over clean, but some things are just too damn good to wait for that all-so-familiar Southern California gold dirt to cake itself inside every crevice. Case in point: Industry Nine’s new i9.35 Disc road wheels. Previously, we’ve looked at their AR25 disc road wheels, which are still some of the best disc wheels I’ve ridden*. However, if you’re looking to shave a little bit of weight, add the durability of carbon rims, and better aerodynamics, then the i9.35 wheels are another great option in the marketplace. Let’s take a look at them in detail below. (more…)
Industry Nine’s newest wheelsets look to tame the natural forces that affect us on the road. You can check out the complete specs on the i9.35, i9.45 and i9.65 wheels at Industry Nine.
Chris Kvale Minneapolis Studio Visit
Photos and words by Jarrod Bunk
Chris Kvale is a humble perfectionist, every stroke of his file and pass of his torch honed the last forty years. When I walked into Kvale’s studio, I couldn’t hold my focus, everywhere I looked there was something that snapped my attention away from what I was gazing at moments prior.
If you’re thinking about buying some Paul Component Klampers, or if you already have a set, be sure to check out this video on how to adjust these unique disc brakes.
All bikes are not created equal.
Carrying a spare master link is a must for any kind of outing into the woods, especially on a tour of bikepacking trip and carrying spares is now easier than ever with the new Wolf Tooth Master Link Combo Pliers. These nifty pliers allow you to easily install a new master link, carry extra links and even use the other end as a tire lever. Having broken a few master links over the years, I wish I had this tool in my kit at the time! See more at Wolf Tooth.
If you’re running Campagnolo on your disc road or disc ‘cross bike and have wanted to run Klampers, PAUL has just released a Campy-optimized design. The Campy-compatible brakes are made in Chico, California and are in stock now at Paul.
New year, new you and new wheels to boot.
Over the years, I’ve been more than impressed with Industry Nine’s wheel offerings and with each release, they keep getting better. Their latest wheelset offering are the Trail 270 wheels, which come in a 24 hole drilling and 27.5″ diameter. These are made in North Carolina at i9’s HQ and are tuned for your all mountain / race / enduro / shred sled. They have a rider limit of 210lbs, so they’re not for the big boys, but with a 27mm inner width, they’ll hold onto a fat tire to keep your rubber side down, or up, if that’s your thing. Check out more specs at Industry Nine.
“Howdy!” It’s a pleasant way to greet people, no matter what mood you’re in. These cacti-embroidered caps show a saguaro cactus displaying three common hand gestures, pick one that suits your character. The designs were illustrated by Kyler Martz and embroidered on Bayside one-size-fits-all hats by Goth Brooks in Ojai, California. These sell for $30 each, plus shipping worldwide.
Please, because of the limited numbers available, ONE HAT PER CUSTOMER!
Scoop up yours below. Sorry sold out! (more…)
Our thoughts go out to everyone in California who have lost their homes, their businesses and their local trails to these ravenous fires. The boys down in Goleta, a small town outside of Santa Barbara, at Stinner Frameworks were lucky. Real lucky. I don’t think anyone needs to remind them of that. With the Thomas fire reigning in heat, as California’s second largest fire on record, the shop at Stinner was busy preparing their own fire. This Romero frameset was hand-delivered to the Cub House last Friday so that Eric would be able to spend his Holiday break riding the mountains of Los Angeles.
As part of Stinner’s “The Collection,” this magenta and cyan coat was done in-house at Stinner, at no additional charge. These “stock” paint options usually offer a bright, colorful option, paired with a more subdued variant. This year’s other option is a matte desert tan and grey paint job, similar to the livery on the Stinner Hardtail I reviewed earlier this year.
Eric’s choice in build kit on this stock-sizing Romero features a Deda F-64 DB fork, which offered me something different to document, in what is usually a sea of ENVE forks. He also chose a KMC chain to match the paint, along with a combination of silver and gunmetal components like Onyx Hubs and a Chris King Headset, with a Paul stem. My favorite, perhaps unintended matching bit is the SRAM Force protective film on the rear derailleur. I couldn’t bring myself to pulling that off, though.