Posts Tagged ‘SRAM’

Staff Build: All-City Macho Man Disc

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Like most of the staff here, and I suspect many other riders, I tend to use bikes well outside of their advertised purpose. So when I started looking at options for a cyclocross build, what I really wanted was a bike capable of commuting, dirt roads, light touring, rail trails, and even a bit of singletrack. I don’t actually race cross at all, I just wanted a bike with wider tire clearance and a sturdy build, and cross bikes are gaining popularity as some of the most versatile rides available. Thankfully, many brands recognize this, and as the race-day bikes get stiffer and twitchier, many other models are keeping a more utility-oriented geometry that still knows how to get up and go. This is what I was after: a bike that’s zippy enough to make it to work on time, but also comfortable enough for an all-day excursion on unknown dirt roads.

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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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First Look – Sram X0 10spd Grip Shift (Updated)

Friday, February 17th, 2012
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This morning we were invited to snap some of the very first public photos of the soon to be release 10spd Grip Shift that so many have been waiting for. While most of the technical details are under wraps for the time being, what we were shown is very exciting.

The shifter itself has been completely redesigned and has some features that have not been seen on previous iterations of grip shift. At first glance, the minimalistic design is a small departure from previous generations. The rubber flange portion is the tallest profile section and everything tapers down from there. Underneath the shifter, a separate locking collar has been used to secure the shifter to the bar. Again a slight departure from previous generations where the locking seciong was “more integrated” but requiring a larger profile.

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Foundry Cycles Launch Party at The Angry Catfish Bike and Coffee Bar

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Foundry Launch at The Angry Catfish Bike & Coffee Bar Last week we headed over to Minnesota for the official Foundry Cycles Launch Party at The Angry Catfish Bicycle and Coffee Bar. This was the official consumer introduction for the brand. On hand was a selection of the offerings from Foundry for 2012.

Foundry Cycles is a new high end performance carbon brand that is geared towards the rider who is about the ride, and needs the proper tools to succeed. We had a great introduction of the brand at the Saddle Drive event back in July and again in September at Interbike. The event had a great turn out with a lot of interest in the brand. Look for some big news coming a little later this week. (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.

The Front Derailleur (Un)Standard

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Sram X9 Derailleur mounted to a Niner Sir9 Front derailleurs can be one of the most confusing parts of a bicycle, this is in part because they come in a vast variety options. Hopefully this article will take some of the myth out of the front derailleur and help you on your next repair or bike build.

Cable Pull

Side by side look at top vs bottom cable routing Cable pull is the orientation of the cable as it interacts with the derailleur and is determined by the routing on the frame. Road bikes/frames traditionally use a bottom pull system, therefore the road derailleurs typically will be bottom pull as well. A large percentage of cyclocross frame use top pull routing despite the need for a road derailleur to match most drivetrains. This may seem counter productive but serves a valuable purpose in that it keeps the cable and guides away from a lot of the mud, grime, and debris a bottom pull system would see. To make everything mesh, most cross frames will incorporate a guide wheel to redirect cable appropriately. Mountain front derailleurs come in bottom, top, or dual pull (derailleur will work on top and bottom pull frames) options as mountain bikes vary largely in how the frames are designed.

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Interbike 2010 – SRAM | Shimano Shootout

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Sram vs ShimanoIt took us a few days to sit back and digest the way’s in which SRAM and Shimano chose to approach their Interbike presentations. What we found was mainly that Shimano and SRAM both duke it out with huge adjustments to their lines by updating their shifting technology for 2011.

SRAM brought 10 Speed down to the X.7, X.9 and X.O and upgraded the technology downstream through their normal trickle down effect from last years top of the line components. Specifically they set up their X.O series with 2 x 10 and have given you a choice on the x.7 and x.9 to run either 2 x 10 or 3 x 10, revamped their Code brakes, and added a new adjustable height suspension seatpost called the Reverb.

Shimano added the new Dynasys technology throughout the upper tiers of their line. Dynasys brings you up to a 10 speed system and adds a smoother shifting rear cassette by keeping the same high and low range while removing the large jumps in the middle rings. Dynasys does not simply mean 10 speed though as they have completely redesigned the pickup systems and created a very specialized asynchronous chain by machining each side to a specific task.
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Interbike 2010 Day 3 – part 1

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Day three in our mad dash through the bike industry and dash did we ever. Today we did speed dating with Shimano, Yakima, CamelBak, Formula, Cane Creek, Twin Six, Formula, e.13, Chub Hubs, TRP, Ortlieb, Garmin, Crank Brothers, Continental, Thule, SRAM, Avid, Rock Shox and Schwalbe. This was by far the most productive day and we want to thank all of these great brands for taking the time to walk us through their latest and greatest gear.

Due to the extreme amount of photos and info collected we are going to break up Day 3 into a few parts so be sure to keep checking back over the next few days for the inside scoop and great photos on the latest gems from the brands we spoke with.

In this part we’ll be focusing on Cane Creek, Schwalbe, CamelBak, Thule and Yakima.

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