Archive for the ‘Tree Fort Expert Reviews’ Category

Wolf Tooth Components – First Stock, First Impressions

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Wolf Tooth Components is based in the cycling mecca of Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are hardcore cyclists who race, ride and repeat. Like most mountain bikers, they’re always looking for a competitive advantage over other riders, constantly searching for new improvements to their bikes. The crew at Wolf Tooth comes from design and engineering backgrounds, and they pride themselves on delivering high quality products that are designed and made by local Minnesota manufacturers. It’s their quest for a perfect product and my desire for drivetrain simplification that led us to cross paths.

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Now presenting: Our all-new You Tube Channel

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

If you haven’t already caught a breeze of these winds, allow us to take a gracious bow and make it official: Tree Fort Bikes is now an all-in, pull-out-the-stops, regular You Tube contributor.

After months of good hard work, we’re geeked to finally offer to you the full feast of this video goodness. From product reviews to buying guides, from how-to videos to sneak peaks from our favorite brands, we’ve proud to say that Tree Fort Bikes – You Tube is now a fuller, fancier, and more buzzingly active place than ever before. With one click, subscribe to get the latest content.

We hope you dig it.

Seen and Heard – Frostbike 2013

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Frostbike is a both a trade show and a celebration of cycling culture and community. Organized by our friends at Quality Bike Products in Minneapolis, it’s an event showcasing new and otherwise seriously cool cycling goods, along with the folks who design and bring them to you. It was a privilege to be a part of this.

Check out our Frostbike photo tour, where you’ll find product sneak peeks for 2014 and other great gear that caught our eye.

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45Nrth Jaztronaut Insole Review

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

It doesn’t take a cyclist to know that the first two things that typically get cold are the hands and the feet. Based out of Minnesota, 45Nrth is a brand dedicated to creating products for cold weather cyclists who brave the rough elements. With the introduction of their Wolvhammer winter boot also came the introduction of the Jaztronaut insole. During the design process of the Wolvhammer boot, 45Nrth developed an insole solely for the purpose of keeping your feet warm. Once they realized just how well the new insole worked, it was released as a unique product in addition to the boot, packaged for all to enjoy.

After having ridden these in all sorts of temperatures, they have become a welcome addition to my winter gear. (more…)

Giro 100 Proof Winter Glove Review

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

The 100 Proof glove is the warmest offering for Giro. It’s a split finger glove (also called “lobster claw”) that pairs your fingers together to better trap body warmth. Included with the glove is a light weight glove liner made from a moisture wicking fabric to help keep your hands dry. All in all, these gloves are designed to keep you warm and dry in the most frigid of temperatures.

The split finger design is meant to help keep your fingers warmer, similar to a mitten but with some added dexterity. The increased range of motion is important for gripping on handlebars and operating a bike’s controls.  (more…)

Light and Motion Urban 550 Light – Review

Friday, January 4th, 2013

The Urban 550 clamps securely to the bars with a simply, tool free system.

The Urban 550 is an incredibly versatile light, serving well beyond its suggested use in urban settings. At 550 lumens, it puts out more than enough to cover most typical riding situations. With its compact and rechargeable Li-ion battery, tool free handlebar mount and multiple settings, it’s proven itself to be a reliable addition to my everyday cycling gear.

I purchased this light back in October when summer light started to dwindle and the prospect of night riding became inevitable. Since then, my Urban 550 remained mounted on my handlebar for nearly 900 miles. It’s seen nearly every condition, temperature and terrain that I could find to throw at it. And so far, it’s proven to be a sturdy piece of gear with virtually no problems.

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Fat Tuesday #4 – Salsa Beargrease Arrives

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

This week, we welcomed our first shipment of Beargrease completes. This is one of the most anticipated bikes we’ve ever carried.

Introduced at Saddle Drive in August, we first met Beargrease in the mountains of Ogden, Utah, where this bike proved its worth beyond conditions of sand and snow. Our own Scott M. got a chance to flex the bike on demo singletrack; it took off around switchbacks, crushed downhill descents, and was even coaxed to pop a few mean wheelies on a couple of quiet straightaways. Competitive, nimble, and bold, the Beargrease argues that a fat bike can be even more than good, steady fun: It can be a vehicle for emboldened speed, landing confidently on its paws at trail’s end.

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Fat Tuesday #3 – Hope Pro2 Evo Fat Hubs

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012


One key to riding a fat bike is allowing the bike to carry momentum through the trail, avoiding unnecessary braking. This will keep those wheels moving once they’re rolling at speed.

High-quality hubs will work to support that riding strategy, and Hope — the UK’s answer to Chris King, producing hubs with high engagement and good looks — has one particular offering that definitely fits the bill for fat bike applications. (more…)

Fat Tuesday #2 – Frame Bags

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Mukluk with Salsa Frame bag by Revelate Design

If you’re looking to saddle up for extended rides, fat bikes can present a unique problem: few rear rack options exist for these extra-wide frames. Traditional rack setups make an already-bulky bike even bulkier when lumbering down tight trails.

One solution to the problem is a frame bag, a carry system that makes use of the bike’s inner triangle. You may have noticed these large bags used on the Tour Divide, the race featured in the cycling documentary Ride the Divide. These bags provide ample storage for gear needed on long rides, and Salsa and Surly have put them to work: both companies turned to Revelate Designs to create these bags to fit their specific fat bike frames. (more…)

Shimano SH-MW81 Gore-Tex Winter Cycling Shoe

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

SH-MW81 Winter Shoe

With a newly-designed winter shoe, Shimano has done their homework. With thoughtful updates to multiple elements of construction, the MW81 works harder than ever to meet the needs of the cold-weather rider.

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Compared to the previous MW80, this model has a noticeably different look. Where the old shoe looked very much like a modified cycling shoe, the structure of the MW81 suggests that Shimano was looking to high-end hiking boots for inspiration. The upper gator ankle section was also updated to permit more fluid pedaling movement.  (more…)