Posts Tagged ‘Steel’

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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Fat Tuesday – Surly Nate Tires

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Surly Nate 120 tpi Tire

The tire is the fat bike’s exclamation point, delivering its whole reason for being on a super wide, super low-pressure platter. Because the Pugsley was first imagined for life on earth’s loosest terrain, its tires — the Larry and the Endomorph — went all-in for sand and snow, featuring mega girth combined with low, flat tread patterns. But these days, fat bikes are covering all kinds of ground, venturing well beyond winter drifts. Plenty of riders are now looking for a tire that provides increased control — a true four-season, omniterra ripper. (more…)

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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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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