Posts Tagged ‘Mountain bike’

Personalize Your Bike and Add Some Flare

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Every bike has a heart and soul. Nearly every bike means something to it’s owner and is cherished from the day it’s bought till the day it’s retried. For some riders, adding a personal touch to the bike helps make it their own. An easy way to do so is by adding a splash of color with colored housing and end ferrules. For those riders, Jagwire offers a wide selection of colors across nearly all of it’s line. From road bikes to mountain bikes they have something for everyone. Almost all bikes are in need of a tune up at some point in their lifespan. This is the perfect time for a little personalization.

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Surly Krampus – Interbike 2012 (Video)

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Don’t worry, it’s not another wheel standard, it’s more of a wheel optimization for a particular type of mindset. The Surly Krampus introduces “29+” to the discussion. It’s still a 29″ wheel but uses a wider rim and 3″ tire, while still using standard 73mm BB shell, 135mm spaced rear end and other standard mountain bike parts. The purpose, to kill all terrain in it’s way. No, really, it’s for slaying the knurliest terrain you can find. Don’t believe me, watch the video and let Surly tell you themselves.

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Niner Bikes – Interbike 2012

Monday, September 24th, 2012
2013 Niner RIP RDO

Niner introduced the newest member of the family, the RIP RDO Carbon at Interbike last week. Overall, they managed to shave about a pound off the alloy version while retaining all the same stiffness. It took the Niner folks right around 2 years to develop this frame and it shows. They simply didn’t take the RIP and make it carbon. They’ve gone through and designed the pivot axles and bearings systems to optimize it’s strength and durability. But worry not, it’s still the same geometry, ride characteristics and 120mm of travel as the RIP alloy frame. (more…)

Gus Hemingway, a Foundry Broadaxe and a New Trail

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Recently we paid a visit to Hillsdale, Michigan to present Gus Hemingway with his brand new Foundry Cycles Broadaxe. Joining us was Foundry sales rep and Michigan native, Jeff Buerman. We were presenting Gus with his new Foundry bike as part of the Foundry Cycles Tradesman program that they launched earlier this year. After a quick photo op and some on camera initial thoughts, we sent Gus out for a quick loop on the Hemingway Trail at Hayden Park otherwise referred to as “H2″ by the local riders. (more…)

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:

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Foundry Launch Party

Monday, January 2nd, 2012
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WHAT: Foundry Cycles launch party
WHEN: Mon. Jan. 16th @ 6pm
WHERE: Tree Fort Bikes – 1866 Whittaker Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48197
WHO: Foundry Cycles’ own Jason and Rob as well as the Tree Fort Staff

Unfamiliar with Foundry Cycles? They’re a new brand based around the concept that a bike is a tool and should be used as such. Here’s a link to a Foundry write up we did back in September.

Come join us for the Foundry launch party on Monday January 16th @ 6pm. It’s our chance to introduce our new partnership with Foundry Cycles as their exclusive online retailer. There will be free food and drink, music, and good conversation. Foundry Cycles will have one of each of their upcoming models on hand for you to take a look at. (more…)

Cap Off 2011 – Iceman After Party!

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Cap Off 2011 Logo “Cap Off” the 2011 mountain bike season in style with the our Iceman after party. Tree Fort Bikes has partnered with Arbor Brewing Company yet again to bring you more good times and more free beer*! Here’s some of the details… (more…)

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.

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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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…)