Archive for August, 2012

Saddle Drive 2012

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Saddle Drive 2012 hosted by QBP After the tune-ups and bike sales begin to calm and the heat starts to crank up (was it about a million degrees in July for you, too?), we sit ourselves down and start thinking, start getting in gear for that next and even more awesome season ahead. What’s next for 2013? We headed out to the mountains to find out.

Four of us from Tree Fort spent a weekend at Saddle Drive, a showcase of the newest bikes from Salsa, Foundry, Surly, and beyond, taking sampler rides on short trails in the Wasatch Range of Northern Utah. Organized by our friends at Quality Bike Products, Saddle Drive was — once again — an event that did not disappoint.

Get the scoop, check the videos, and enjoy a taste of the ride yourself:

Check out the brand specific posts:

Salsa Cycles 2013 Preview @ Saddle Drive ’12

Monday, August 6th, 2012

To say that all eyes were on Salsa at Saddle Drive 2013 would be accurate, but it verges on understatement. With a booth that lined up like a midnight blockbuster showing, Saddle Drive participants were hungry to hit the trails and throw around the likes of Beargrease, El Mariachi Ti, and the Colossal — a few of the newest and (let’s be honest) sexiest additions to the Salsa line. (more…)

Foundry Cycles 2013 Preview @ Saddle Drive ’12

Monday, August 6th, 2012

tf-img_2053 Foundry is gearing up for the coming year with several new offerings: there’s the Thresher, a gravel racer; the Riveter, a race-ready road bike; and the Harrow, Foundry’s dedicated cross bike. While each of the tools in its shed are designed to perform under unique conditions, Foundry bikes pulse with a strikingly similar blood: they are a tool that is meant to let the rider do the talking. The bikes are about top level performance cloaked in an understated aesthetic that are to be pushed to the limit. (more…)

Whisky Parts Co. 2013 Preview @ Saddle Drive ’12

Monday, August 6th, 2012

tf-img_1939 Showcased at the front of the Whisky booth during Saddle Drive was the new no. 9 fork. The no. 9 is Whisky’s innovative new disc carbon road/cross fork that uses a shortened version of Rock Shox’s 15mm Maxle system. The new thru axle design will help stiffen up the fork and give riders more confidence in descents and during out-of-the-saddle standing efforts. The Maxle will also help reduce the stress on the fork caused by disc brakes. Whisky forks are built in a three part layup that is purpose built to offer stiffness and structure near the thru-axle, compliance and absorption in the center of the blades and an extra solid crown design for durability and added stiffness.
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Surly Bikes 2013 Preview @ Saddle Drive ’12

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Surly, purveyor of the WTF bicycle, has done it again. Since releasing the market’s first complete, ready-to-ride fat bike in 1998, Surly has now taken a step back, introducing a new platform that the brand calls 29+.

tf-img_2034 Meet the Krampus. Carving its own path somewhere between fat bike and mountain bike worlds, the Krampus rolls on 50mm rims called Rabbit Holes, spreading out the 29x3”, tight-tread tires Surly has dubbed Knards. The frame was designed to max out tire clearance on the front and rear while working within mountain bike standards; the Krampus frame has a 73mm bottom bracket and 100/135mm hub spacing. (more…)