Archive for September, 2011

Foundry Cycles – Interbike 2011

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

tf-_mg_4838 Foundry Cycles was introduced at Saddle Drive earlier this year, but stepped into the Vegas spotlight for its big stage debut at Interbike. A high quality, high performance, non-pretentious brand for those of us who dimply ride and ride hard. Designed around an ideal, Foundry is for those looking to ride without waving a flag of European designer trends and neon monstrosities that roll through the Tour de France. With a mantra of “It’s a tool, not a trophy”, it’s easy to know you’re not going to get hype and bull. The names of the bikes are indicative of the character they bring to the table. Upon first glance, most people see a no logos, no decals that scream “here I am”, but simply something built for a purpose. (more…)

Saris – Interbike 2011

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Saris Grand Fondo Saris has been one of our most popular rack companies to date, and with each passing season, they bring new ideas to the table. This year was no exception. Aside from the new racks, one of the most exciting aspects of what we saw was the use of common parts across the entire line. Where a number of competing companies design all new racks from the ground up, leaving replacement parts hard to find, Saris looks to previous racks for established designs. This means the new rack already has been proven in some ways and that it’s serviceable should you need to replace a part.

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Rock Shox – Interbike 2011

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
29er Forks

Rock Shox’s innovations continue to impress us year after year. This year they are introducing a few new carbon goodies, some new dampeners, and some new 29er forks. The 2011 Reba XX is being replaced by the SID XX, and the Reba will only go as high as an RLT model. The Reverb seatpost is getting a revamped threaded hose barb fitting to help keep the housing attached to the post.

Park Tools – Interbike 2011

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Park ASW-7 Every year Park Tool seems to release tools that solve problems that not only help out the people at your local shop service your bike quickly and efficiently but also help you make repairs at home that would not be simple or some times possible without these tools.

Some of the tools such as the new AWS-7 which takes the popular park AWS-1 3-way wrench and removes the seldom used 3mm hex wrench and adds the T-25 torx bit perfect for disc rotors and some chainrings. Other tools include the updated CC-3.2 chain wear tool and the SW-5 hex shaped spoke wrench for DT Swiss Tri -Con wheels. (more…)

Kenda / Maxxis MTB Tires – Interbike 2011

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Kenda 24Seven
Kenda and Maxxis have been staples around the shop and this year they continue to pile on the ammo. After seeing them at Interbike we’re really looking forward to a few of these showing up for testing. Check the gallery for more and below for a few that really caught our eye.
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Optic Nerve – Interbike 2011

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

This year Optic Nerve introduces several new models in their Premium line and releases FIN Technology. Fin Technology creates hassle-free lens changing by using a tiny fin on the lens that fits into a corresponding slot in the frame. The Fin Technology is available on the Apex, Bender, Hermosa, Ominium, and the Axtionsuit.

Topeak – Interbike 2011

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

A Handle Bar Mounted Touring DryBag! The thing we like about Topeak is that every year when we walk into their booth we find ourselves saying “Wow” more times than any other booth. Topeak has gone the extra mile year after year and they are not one for letting up! This year we saw everything from a new 29er rear rack to a bar mounted touring dry bag to great new tools and pumps. Some of which has been around and we have missed the write up previously and some is brand spanking new. Topeak does what more bicycle companies should take note of, they make it so you can USE your bike and on top of that they get you excited to do that.
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Fox Racing Shocks – Interbike 2011

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Fox Adjustable Seatpost There are few brands that have their whole line dialed, polished and locked down like Fox Shox. And at Interbike this year we didn’t see any change in that. We looked at a few of the highlights that caught our eye with the help of their extra accommodating rep. (more…)

Schwalbe Tires – Interbike 2011

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Schwalbe has made major changes to their warehousing structure this year so we should be seeing better inventory availability from them. This is huge news since we saw such a great demand last year and were simply unable to meet all of it due to supply. They are also making some smart and exciting changes to popular models.

Schwalbe Hans Dampf

One of the big surprises to us was seeing the Racing Ralph pattern relabeled Rapid Rob. Confused? So were we until they explained the logic. The Racing Ralph still exists, but was upgraded heavily with double the number of transition knobs. They’re slightly smaller, but serve to lock up the turns with more confidence. The other change was to do away with the square pitting in the center of the lugs in exchange for a more flexible and grippy horizontal siping. The Racing Ralph also gets the same 127tpi casing as the Rocket Ron. Solid upgrades if you ask us! Don’t worry if you’re a die hard old school Ralpher, Schwalbe is keeping the tread around in the Rapid Rob with basic features and a steel bead. (more…)

White Industries Pedals – Urban Platform

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Urban Platform Pedal These White Industries Pedals are a simple design inspired by classic designs of the past with modern materials. These are a strong and durable pedal that will take the beating of any urban environment. The wide platform can be combined with a number of toe clips, although a double strap system is recommended.

Machined from lightweight aluminum, the White Ind. Urban Pedals feature a tapered stainless steel spindle and replaceable cartridge bearings. Not only do they look good, they only weigh in at 322 grams and are made in USA. What more could you want?

Available in silver or black, they’ll finish off any urban bike build with class and style. This is evident with the inclusion of the bronze acorn nut. Mount them up and ride on our urban loving friends. Click here for more product info.