As with year’s past, we love featuring this Chico collaboration between Sierra Nevada, Paul Component, and a California-based frame builder. This year’s bike is stunning and with it comes a huge photo gallery documenting this beautiful build. Check the official press release below with all the juicy photos and read on to find out how you can win this bike!
When you see the three new colors of Velocity’s made in the USA Bottle Trap cages, it’s hard not to think of the South West. With the new burgundy, tan, and gold colors they can complement your earth-tone build quite well. Or if you prefer other colors, there is a wide spectrum available. These are in stock now at Velocity dealers, so holler at your LBS to see them in person. I shot these at Sincere Cycles.
Words by Coach Ronaldo Romance Jr. and photos by Team Brooks
(Gallery Photos are 95% disposable film cams that I handed out to the team. Felt like it captured the inner “race” pretty authentically; and the medium was pretty fun in a “trip to the water park” “safe grad night” sorta way)
Booming Billowing Blooping Blurping Gravel.
Even with DK getting as much coverage as the TDF, I trust the pace of the news these days has left your mind blank of such cognizance once again. That’s good, as my memory of competing in the event 2 years ago has also been selectively erased, perhaps that’s why I reluctantly agreed to participate in this particular edition.
Road rim innovations come peacemeal for companies like Velocity. It’s a process of building technology up off of previous accomplishments. For their newest rim profile, they took their Aileron disc rim, combined it with their successful A23 road rim and developed the Quill. This rim is lighter, stiffer, and wider, coming in at 24.5mm external and 21.1mm internal widths. Available in various drillings, in black and polished finishes.
See more at Velocity.
How many more weeks?
The idea of buying an air compressor has come across my mind a few times. With three of my personal bikes being tubeless and a few other review bikes in queue also running tubeless, there’s a lot of tire and wheel swapping happening in the office. Bikes come in with a cyclocross tire and I immediately put on WTB Nanos. MTB tires fall victim to Austin’s craggy limestone and need replacing. Just about every few days, I was finding myself heading to Mellow Johnny’s to get tires put on. While I love giving them the business, I’d rather do that shit myself…
Back to the air compressor conundrum. I love those things, but they’re load and you can’t toss them in the back of a pickup truck or race vehicle with ease. When Bontrager came out with the FLASH Charger floor pump I remember thinking “oh, neat” before scrambling back out on the road for a few weeks. It wasn’t until recently that I bit the bullet and bought one.
At $120, it’s a bit more money than a low-end air compressor, but it uses no electricity, is much more quiet and honestly, seats up tires just as easy…
I’ve been riding Velocity rims on my touring bike for ages and have never had an issue with them. That said, these new Cliffhanger touring rims make me want to re-lace my wheels. 25mm internal width, tubeless ready and best of all (for me anyway), made in the USA…
It is of popular opinion that wider is better when it comes to mountain bike rims. Maybe that’s what prompted Velocity’s redesign of their Cliffhanger rims. 30mm wide, short sidewalls with a reinforced spoke bed and tubeless-ready, the new Cliffhanger might be what you’re looking for…
The Cliffhanger will be offered in 29, 27.5, 26 and 20 inch wheels, with 32 through 48 hole drillings, and either machined or non-machined sidewalls. For finishes, you’ve got a few options: either Black ($82.99 NMSW, $90.99 MSW), or Reflective and Polished for an additional cost.
Made in Florida, by Velocity and hitting shelves now. See more at Velocity.
Velocity is making their rims in the USA and building their wheels in the USA. That’s huge, in my opinion and it’s been a great year for them in terms of growth. I wonder if that’s a coincidence. Anyway, enjoy this short video from their team in Florida!
Velocity is moving forward full-speed with their US-production, developing new rims and upping production. The newest being their Aileron disc-specific “aero” rim. This tubeless-ready rim is 28mm tall, 25mm wide and 480 grams. Best of all, at least ATMO, it’s made in the USA.
No, it’s not April 1st, this one’s for real. In fact, it’s so real that it’s in stock now at the Velocity Web Shop… Tempting, isn’t it?
“Convinced there was a better use for leftover Australian-made rims (we now manufacture our rims in Jacksonville, Fla.), our in-house wheelbuilders at The Wheel Department set out to find it. We posted a picture of a prototype “upcycled” hanger online, and the response was overwhelming.”
Mirror-polished, deep-section rims can in fact look very classy on your track bikes. Velocity‘s Deep Vs may carry the “H” word stigma but if you’re looking for a rim that will literally withstand years of abuse and still look classy, check out the new polished Deep Vs that Bens Cycle just got in stock!