The Gates Carbon Drive Chain Replacement

Tired of chain stretch, squeaky gears, and lube issues? Check out the Gates Carbon Drive drivetrain system – a carbon belt that replaces the standard chain drive on bikes. The belt is not compatible with standard cranks and sprockets so you’ll need to change those out as well but the advantages may outweigh the costs …

Bike trends: Pimp my rims

One trend we’ve noticed here at Interbike this year is the proliferation of rim art on both road and mountain wheel sets. There are a ton of smaller companies pushing the idea but even Mavic has a CrossMax SX wheel set decorated with swirly flourishes. Cool idea – but let’s not get too crazy 😉

The Bikes of Interbike 2008: Part I

Last year we posted the Bikes of Interbike and tried to showcase one bike from each MTB manufacturer. By the end of the week we posted nearly 50 bike photos! We’re a little behind this year but here’s what we got so far: Blue Ryno (Carbon) Haro Shift Ibis Tranny Foes FXR Vario Techno Merlin …

New MTB Products

Just a couple quick shouts on new 2009 MTB products we’ve seen (and liked) at Interbike: Giro Athlon Mountain Bike Helmet Giro Phase Mountain Bike Helmet Camelbak elixir – We sampled a couple new flavors at the outdoor demo (Berry and Lemon Lime) and the stuff tastes really good. It’s not very sweet at all, …

Remote seat height adjustment

I’m always interested in seeing innovative MTB products from upstart companies at Interbike and yesterday I found something pretty cool: the Rase remote-adjustable seat post. The product itself is pretty simple: the seat post is locked in place at various intervals using evenly placed stops down the length of the tube (see photo). The seat …

29er Wheels Need Wider Bars

As the 29er movement starts to take hold bike manufacturers are starting to realize that every part of the bike needs to be re-engineered to meet the challenges posed by larger wheels. The obvious kinks have been worked out (like needing taller wheel clearances on forks and rear triangles) but there’s still a long way …

New Wheels from Crank Brothers

Most folks may not realize this but Crank Brothers started making wheel sets last year and this year they’ve expanded the line to include All Mountain wheels. The iodine line has a through axle hub and felt super lightweight–the front wheel is just 870g! And like all Crank Brothers products the wheels come in an …

The Blackburn Flea: Use in case of emergency

Blackburn has a nifty little light called the Flea that I’m thinking might just be the perfect insurance against getting caught in the dark on late evening rides. Although it’s not bright enough to use for true night riding, the Flea provides just enough light for commuters to be seen and trail riders to find …

Light & Motion Seca MTB light system

The Light & Motion ARC was the top-rated light system on singletracks in 2008 but the bad news is Light & Motion doesn’t make the ARC any more. The great news is the replacement, the Seca series, makes some huge improvements over the popular ARC line. The biggest improvement the Seca brings is the use …

The new Garmin 705 Cycling GPS

Bet that headline got you excited – unfortunately this is only an incremental upgrade, and even that’s stretching things a bit. The latest model of the Edge 705 comes in the Garmin/Chipotle team colors and includes all the same color mapping features as the regular 705. One new item from Garmin is the US Topo …