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Interbike 2013: Van Dessel-Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (WTF)

Posted by RL Policar On September - 18 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

This has to be one of the prettiest cyclocross bikes we saw at Outdoor Demo. We spoke to the guys at Van Dessel and they told us that this bike can be configured as a cyclocross like the way it appears in the photo or as a flat bar 29er since it can handle wider tires than most CX bikes. The photo shows it set up as a “Monster Cross” since it has Clement XC tires 29×2.1, plus the frame set is built to accept disc brakes.
Monster Cross Van dessel WTF
We really dig the canti-lever style top double tube.
WTF Van Dessel
Run it as a single speed or geared. Comes with an eccentric bottom bracket.
Van dessel
The current set up has 2.1, but judging from this photo, you could go a bit bigger.
WTF

Here’s a geared version.
WTF geared

Frame set comes with frame and fork for $699


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Interbike 2013: Felt Bicycles dabbles in the E-FatBike

Posted by RL Policar On September - 18 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

One of the bikes we saw at Outdoor Demo was this carbon Felt Fat Tire bike, but it had an electric assist drive on it.
Felt bicycles e-fat bike

1×11 pedal assist system.
Felt ebike

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ART’S INTERBIKE DIRTDEMO DAY

Posted by Art Aguilar On September - 18 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

 

DIRTDEMO 2113

Well were at the 2013 Interbike DirtDemo and it’s time to show you all the upcoming 2014 gear, bikes, funny stuff, and all things mountain biking or cycling, so lets show you all the cool thing for your Christmas list.

THE PASSING OF THE ARCH OF THE DEMO IS FULL BLISS FOR SOMEONE THAT LOVES CYCLING

THE PASSING OF THE ARCH OF THE DEMO IS FULL BLISS FOR SOMEONE THAT LOVES CYCLING

 

ENERGYLAB ENDURANCE SCIENCE AT IT'S FINIEST

ENERGYLAB ENDURANCE SCIENCE AT IT’S FINEST

DVO SUSPENSION HAS BEEN TESTING FOR THE LAST YEAR AND IS NOW IN THE PRODUCTION FAZE. LOOK FOR THEIR FORKS AND SHOCKS SOON.

DVO SUSPENSION HAS BEEN TESTING FOR THE LAST YEAR AND IS NOW IN THE PRODUCTION FAZE. LOOK FOR THEIR FORKS AND SHOCKS SOON.

 

 

GIANT HAS FULLY COMMITTED TO A FULL LINE OF 27.5 LIKE THEY DID WITH 29", WITH ONLY TWO 26" IN THE LINE UP FOR 2014

GIANT HAS FULLY COMMITTED TO A FULL LINE OF 27.5 LIKE THEY DID WITH 29″, WITH ONLY TWO 26″ IN THE LINE UP FOR 2014

SMITH  HAS A NEW HELMET OUT THAT HAS SOME STATE OF THE ART TECH. MORE ON THIS LATER.

SMITH HAS A NEW HELMET OUT THAT HAS SOME STATE OF THE ART TECH. MORE ON THIS LATER.

NEW SMITH SPORT GLASSES. MORE TO FALLOW.

NEW SMITH SPORT GLASSES. MORE TO FALLOW.

GIANT'S GLORY IS AS BEAUTIFUL AS EVER AND JUST AS FAST

GIANT’S GLORY IS AS BEAUTIFUL AS EVER AND JUST AS FAST

Liv/Giant WOMEN'S LINE IS A LINE JUST FOR WOMEN THAT COVERS SIZE AND FUNCTION.

Liv/Giant WOMEN’S LINE IS A LINE JUST FOR WOMEN THAT COVERS SIZE AND FUNCTION.

ELLSWORTH HAS ALWAYS MADE NICE FRAMES AND THIS IS NO EXCEPTION. THIS CARBON FRAME WAS AMAZING TO SEE.

ELLSWORTH HAS ALWAYS MADE NICE FRAMES AND THIS IS NO EXCEPTION. THIS CARBON FRAME WAS AMAZING TO SEE.

ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CARBON FRAMES I HAVE SEEN.

ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CARBON FRAMES I HAVE SEEN.

 

THE LONE RANGER WAS WITHOUT HIS HORSE OR BIKE.

THE LONE RANGER WAS WITHOUT HIS HORSE OR BIKE.

ALPINESTARS WAS AT THE DEMO SHOWING OFF THE GOODS.

ALPINESTARS WAS AT THE DEMO SHOWING OFF THE GOODS.

ONE OF MY ALL TIME OPTICS FAVORITES SPY WAS AT THE DEMO LETTING YOU KNOW WHAT THEY HAD.  LOOK FOR A UP COMING REVIEW SOON.

ONE OF MY ALL TIME OPTICS FAVORITES SPY WAS AT THE DEMO LETTING YOU KNOW WHAT THEY HAD.
LOOK FOR A UP COMING REVIEW SOON.

PIVOT CYCLES ENTERS THE CYCLOCROSS GAME WITH THIS COOL LOOKING CX BIKE.

PIVOT CYCLES ENTERS THE CYCLOCROSS GAME WITH THIS COOL LOOKING CX BIKE.

ONE OF THE WOMEN SPECIFIC SANTA CRUZ JULIANA LINE.

ONE OF THE WOMEN SPECIFIC SANTA CRUZ JULIANA LINE.

2014 GT FURY DOWNHILL BIKE

2014 GT FURY DOWNHILL BIKE

THE NEW GT 27.5 PRO FORCE CARBON

THE NEW GT 27.5 PRO FORCE CARBON

OUR EDITOR FROM BIKECOMMUTERS.COM, JACK SWEENEY WAS SUPER EXCITED, BUT I'M NOT SURE IF IT WAS BECAUSE THIS WAS HIS FIRST DIRTDEMO OR IT WAS THE OUTHOUSES.

OUR EDITOR FROM BIKECOMMUTERS.COM, JACK SWEENEY WAS SUPER EXCITED, BUT I’M NOT SURE IF IT WAS BECAUSE THIS WAS HIS FIRST DIRTDEMO OR IT WAS THE OUTHOUSES.

Well more to come, so stay tuned here on MtnBikeRiders.com and on our Facebook page. Till then see you from Interbike 2013


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Interbike 2013: Redline Bicycles

Posted by RL Policar On September - 18 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

Just a few days ago we posted a photo of the new Redline Bicycles D-800 series full suspension 29er bikes. During the Outdoor Demo we had a chance to speak with the cool folks of Redline and got a chance to learn more about the D-800.
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Redline D-800 spec’d with Shimano XT
redline d-800

They called this linkage system “Binary Link.”
redline d-800

We’re working out the details to get a demo bike to test out in the near future so we can see how it holds up to a 195lb mountain biker.
full suspension d-800


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Interbike 2013: Keener 36″ Bicycle

Posted by RL Policar On September - 17 - 20131 COMMENT

Feast your eyes on this big wheeled behemoth. What you are seeing is a 36″ wheeled Keener mountain bike.
Keener 36

Here it is in action. If you’re wondering the tires were manufactured by Vee Rubber.
Keener 36
Here I am standing next to it to show you how big this wheel is. Ya I know I’m not that tall, but still…that wheel is huge!
Keener

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Interbike 2013: 9 Zero 7 (Fat Bicycles)-Pump Track Tested

Posted by RL Policar On September - 17 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

At the Outdoor Demo, Jack of BikeCommuters.com and I went over to meet the guys at 9 Zero 7 Bicycles who happen to be based out of Anchorage, Alaska. We tested one of their demo bikes at the Bell Helmets Pump Track.
9 zero seven bicycles

fat bike

Here’s Jack at one of the berms.
fat bike

Yours truly.
fat tire bike

Some sexy shots…
Sexyfat bike

I love how the rims are double walled and had the cut outs for reduced weight. I think they look great.
fat tire bike

These tires are 3.8″ wide. We placed a phone to show you the scale on how wide they are.
fat tire mountain bike

I’m sure you’re wondering what you’d use a bike like this for? 9 Zero 7 is based out of Alaska and it’s mainly used for snowy conditions. But you could also use this bike on the beach or for pretty much any thing. They have different tire tread patterns that allow you to chose the right tread for your riding conditions.

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Interbike 2013: KHS Bicycles-Fat Bike at Dirt Demo

Posted by RL Policar On September - 17 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

When we arrived at Bootleg Canyon for the Dirt Demo, we noticed that there were two KHS Bicycles employees who were rolling in 2 new bikes. The one that grabbed our attention was a new Fat Bike that they were possibly going to offer for 2014. We were able to take a shot of the bike, there was no name on the frame other than “Sport.”

KHS Bicycles Fat Bike


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TRAILRAIL CELL/GPS MOUNT

Posted by Art Aguilar On September - 17 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

TRAILRAIL CELL/GPS MOUNT

TALKING WITH TRAILRAIL
We at MtnBikeRiders.com have been doing some extensive testing on and a couple of goodies from a company know as
TrailRail Inc. from Easthampton, MA. How I came upon Trailrail was at Interbike just this last year and what impressed me was the quality in which their products are made.
What they manufacture are high quality machined mounts for most cell phone/GPS, flashlights ( or a flashlight system they have), bags system, or a system for your pump. In all they provide different ways for you to mount whatever your requirements will be.
I introduced myself to Jennifer Basile who is the Vice President for Trailrail, she gave me the quick run down on their product and I let her know we would love too test a couple of mounts, so Jennifer was kind enough to send us the Cell/ GPS Platform mount as well as the GoPro mount which RL Policar tested a few months ago (See TrailRail Mounting Systems). I also used it in my test of the Cell / GPS mount which you will see.
Trailrail has all it’s products made here in the USA and they are made by mountain bike/off road enthusiasts who design and manufacture the mounting systems for most of the popular electronic accessories out there. They call the system Integration Platform Designed to set and standardize the mounting of accessories.
Another great thing is all products are machined from solid 6061-T6 Aluminum billet, which they quote “translates into a product that is nearly indestructible.” I for one tend to believe it when you look at the quality of their product. The stuff it looks great.

THE CELL/GPS PLATFORM

PRECISION QUALITY AND MOUNTING MAKE THE CELL/GPS MOUNT TOP NOTCH MIL SPEC.

I really like the different mounting systems that are out there and more than not we are carrying more devices like GPS, POV cameras, and smart phones with us on trail rides. We put them in our packs, seat bags, or in our pockets if we have them. Finding a system that would take a beating and have a secure mount for your device is a great piece of mind, another thing you don’t have to worry about is whether or not you’ll lose your device because you thought you zipped up the pocket on your pack and away you went only to find out five miles later you lost your phone. Yeah I came close.
Here are the basic specs on the mount.

As mentioned earlier the mount is machined from solid 6061-T6 Aluminum billet
Adjustable Cell/GPS Cradle: Adjustable Width from 2.110″ up to 2.605″ x 5″ Length using .060″, .100″, and/or .150″ thick spacers for nearly .040″ of precision incremental resolution
DIAMETER SIZES:
HB RING RAIL ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING SIZES:
-19mm (.750″)
-25.4mm (1.00″)
-31.8mm (1.252″)
-32.4mm (1.275″)-
If you would like one of the above sizes, rather then the 31.8 size please let TRAILRAIL know when you purchase the Cell/GPS mount.
NEOPRENE ID’s: Above lined with neoprene for vibration dampening and an enhanced no scratch fit.
RAIL SPECIFICATIONS: Standardized .600” RAIL
FINISH:MIL-STD-8625 Class II, Black & Sealed
COST: $219.50

QUALITY MACHINING, MIL-SPEC, SIGHT CUT OUT FOR YOU CAMERA, AND MULTIPLE ADJUSTMENT MAKES FOR ONE COOL SET-UP ON THE TRAIL WITH FULL ACCESS.

THE FIRST TEST 
The first test I did was on my road bike,  yes not a very challenging test I know, but I wanted to see how it would work with my phone. Now my wife has an IPhone and It mounts nicely on the platform, but me on the other hand I have an Android Razor and since I have a great tendency to throw, I mean drop my phone a great deal I have the Otter Box around it to give me, I mean the wife peace of mind.
The phone with the Otter Box I could not put it on the platform the clamping arms would not go out far enough with the provided plate spacers and screws, so I took the Otter Box off and then I was able to mount it on the platform.
Do be careful not to over tighten the screws on the platform or you could damage your phone. Give it a good snug secure tighten and check it before you ride.
With everything set I turned on MapMyRide and was on my merry way. I do gotta say this was great to access my phone while on a ride on the road bike. What will it be like on a rough trail, well I got home from the first test and checked out the Cell/GPS mount and only found one small problem, I lost one of the handlebar mount screws, now this could have been a mounting error and not the product (reason for my roar test) error which I believe. It would be a good idea to have a blue LocTite on the screw tips I think.

TEST TWO: IN THE ROUGH
For my second test it was time for the rough trails of ALISO, but I was determined to mount my Razor with my Otter Box on the Cell/GPS mount and to do this I would need more spacers ( Sorry Jennifer I know I could have called you), so I Jimmy rigged it to work. I went down to the local Home Depot and purchased longer screws and small flat washers and spaced out the locking arms wider.
This worked perfectly, but I would have rather had the nice machined spacers which I’m sure is no problem to get from Trailrail.
Please consult Trailrail and let them know what type of device you wish to mount so you can order the correct one.

AS YOU CAN SEE THE WASHERS AND LONGER SCREWS HELPED ME TO MOUNT MY ANDROID RAZOR PHONE WHICH IS THE SIZE OF MOST SMALL 13″ TV’S, ALSO IT SITS TALL ENOUGH TO USE THE FORWARD CAMERA.

This time I made sure everything was tight before the ride seeing that I was going to be hitting
the rough stuff. Before the ride I set up the GoPro mount on the seat post facing the Cell/GPS mount, I had my phone camera facing me filming while climbing and descending so you can see
the stability of the mount. I have to say that the Cell/GPS mount preformed “OUTSTANDING”, I was so surprised at how well it shot the 1080HD from my phone of me it was like looking at my GoPro footage and when I looked at the GoPro footage of the Cell/GPS mount it was the same just great. Now keep in mind the shaking you may see is not form the mounts, but from the bike it self when you view the product film I will have later.
One other thing I liked was the fact that I had great access to my phone well riding. I was even able to answer a call while riding something I don’t like to do, but for the sake of the test I wanted to. Getting to your apps or touching your screen won’t be easy with gloves on, so you will have to stop and take off a glove to do this.
On the descent I stopped a couple of times to see if anything worked loose and found the mount to be solid each time.

WHAT’S THE BAD
Well the bad is not much at all, like I said in the first test ride I lost a screw and I think having the tips of the screws with LocTite would help.
The only other thing that would be nice is to be able to remove your device without having to pull out an allan wrench to do this when you want to say stop for a bite to eat or when removing  your phone after a ride. These are the only two things I could come up with that bugged me, but really it wasn’t that big a deal

MY FINAL NOTE
The Trailrail Cell/GPS Mount I find is one of the most solid mounts I have yet to come across. It offers solid mounting that will not move once mounted with full access to you device while on a ride. Its made with the finest of materials to a military grade spec. It should last by far longer than any plastic mount out there and with the cost of our bikes, lighting systems, and POV cams its worth it to spend on something that will last for a long time. At a price of $219.50 the Cell/GPS mount comes in four colors and two finish types ( Mil-spec & bright anodize). It’s built tough, very adjustable, and well worth having for a 24hr event, epic ride, or to have for your everyday rides.

To contact TRAILRAIL go to trail-rail.com

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Mountain bikes and Cigars

Posted by RL Policar On September - 14 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

Probably not your most common pairing, but those are two things I enjoy, but not necessarily at the same time. But check this out, here’s a little tip that might come in useful if you like to smoke. One problem I had with a batch of cigars I recently purchased was that they were hand-rolled a bit too tight. So that means the draw on them is somewhat difficult. Rather than spending some cash on a drawpoker from a cigar shop, I used my noggin and a bicycle tool.

What you see here is my handsome hand, one of my favorite cigars, a Dolce Vita and a 2.5mm allen tool by Ice Toolz.

DIY Cigar Drawpoker

 

So what you want to do is carefully insert your allen tool on the base of the cigar.

You’ll want to get your tool all the way in, then rotate it to make the opening bigger inside.

What this ends up doing is opening up the cigar for a better draw so you can thoroughly enjoy it. If I may add, this works really well and I saved myself at least $15 from having to buy an actual drawpoker tool.

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Interbike 2013: Redline D-800 Full Suspension 29er

Posted by RL Policar On September - 11 - 20131 COMMENT

Yes you read it right, FULL SUSPENSION 29er from REDLINE!!!

Redline D-800 Full Suspension 29er debuting at Interbike 2013

The suspension “binary link” provides:

1) Improved pedaling efficiency by managing to keep the theoretical pivot point moving close to the crank. This proximity minimizes pedal induced bob.

2) Our suspension and geometry places as much weight towards the bottom of the frame as possible – thus providing a low center of gravity and a grounded controlled ride.

3) Our suspension has a closed rear triangle and a shock travel path that minimizes wear, maximizes life of the product. Also, it just feels “there and solid” if that makes sense..


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