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Fezzari Abajo Peak-The Reason Why I love Fezzari

Posted by Randy Policar On January - 29 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

When we were running a commuter site, RL sent me the Fezzari Abajo Peak to have fun with. I have to tell you, the Abajo Peak has been my ride of choice. I have 5 different mountain bikes in my stable, but every time I go for a ride, I use the Abajo Peak. I can’t really describe how the bike is other than it’s smooth, perfect climber and a great deal.

Now Fezzari launched the 2007 Abajo Peak where the frame has been redesigned.

Here’s the specs:

Frame Fezzari® Racing Design Technology, Premium Aluminum frame, sealed cartridge bearings, 100mm travel, replaceable derailleur hanger, water bottle bosses
Rear Shock Lightweight RockShox® Bar Adjust 2.1 with external rebound adjust, ensuring optimum performance for all rider weights and terrains
Fork 3-way adjustable RockShox® Dart 2, 100 mm travel (also available with Manitou Axel Comp)
Headset Fezzari “Deep Cup” design, black alloy with oversize bearings
Stem Aluminum 4-bolt, TIG welded, anodized black
Handlebars XC mid-rise bar, 30mm rise, 590mm width, shot-peened anodized 6061 alloy, black
Tape / Grips Velo® MTB grip, black, double density Kraton
Front Brake Avid BB-5 Mechanical disc, 160mm clean sweep rotor
Rear Brake Avid BB-5 Mechanical disc, 160mm clean sweep rotor
Brake Levers Avid FR-5
Front Derailleur Shimano® M-510 Deore, 34.9mm clamp, top pull
Rear Derailleur Shimano® M-570 LX
Shift Levers Shimano® M-510 Deore Mega 9 STI Lever Set
Cassette SRAM® Powerglide II PG-950 upgrade 11-34T, chrome plated
Chain Shimano® HG-50 LX Super-narrow, 9-speed, 11x34t
Crankset Truvativ® Blaze Power Spline, all-mountain, aggressive cross-country, forged 1-piece
Chainrings 44Ax32Sx22S, 4-bolt 104/64mm pattern, replaceable chainrings
Bottom Bracket Truvativ® Giga Pipe SLLT Power Spline, sealed cartridge bearings & CNC’d steel cups
Pedals BMX-style Fezzari Racing flats. Aluminum, CNC machined Cr-Mo axle, sealed bearing.
Rims Alex® DH-20, 14Gx32H alloy, diamond-shaped doublewall, black anodized
Front Hub Fezzari disc, 32 hole, high-grade loose ball bearings, alloy Quick Release
Rear Hub Shimano® M-475 disc, 32 hole, loose ball bearings, alloy Quick Release
Spokes 1.8mm (15g) black stainless, brass nipples
Tires Maxxis® Larsen TT 2.0 World Championship Tires (also available with WTB Weirwolf Comp 2.1 high-performance tires)
Saddle WTB® Speed V Comp with high padding
Seat Post Alloy, blast black, 31.6 x 350mm
Seat Binder Alloy, black anodized, 34.9 mm Quick Release Clamp

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29er controversy: Update

Posted by Moe Ramirez On January - 28 - 20071 COMMENT

One of our readers, 29er666 has supported Travis’ claim that Wes William was the first guy to manufacture a 29er bicycle. He has submitted a couple of comments with links to an article from Dirt Rag AND a video. So, after doing more research myself, it looks like Travis and 29er666 were RIGHT. No, we are not going to take away Kevin’s price, but we will make it up to Travis.

Big thanks to 29er666 for the links and video.

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Fixed Gear Mountain Biking

Posted by RL Policar On January - 28 - 200715 COMMENTS

At the 2006 Interbike, I sat down with Andy Corson of Surly Bikes and we talked about fixed gear bikes. I mentioned to him that I have a Redline 925 that I use for my daily errands. Then he mentions to me that he’s got a FIXED GEAR MOUNTAIN BIKE. I repeated what he said and he basically said…”yah, a fixed gear mountain bike.” After I made a few more comments that sounded like, “You’re friggin crazy!” I then started to ask him more about it. Intrigued by his idea, I decided to find out more on this suicidal way of riding dirt.

So I turned to Sheldon Brown’s site and sure enough there was something about fixed gear mountain bikes.

Here’s a Surly Fixed Gear.

Having been a fixed gear rider for quite some time, I don’t think I’m ready to jump on the trails with a fixed mountain bike.

Just in case you didn’t know what fixed gear bikes are…

The oldest and simplest type of bicycle is the “fixed-gear” bicycle. This is a single-speed bike without a freewheel; that is, whenever the bike is in motion, the pedals will go around. You cannot coast on a fixed-gear machine.

What about you, would you do it?

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Win Free Gear from MtnBikeRiders.com

Posted by RL Policar On January - 28 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

That’s right, I said FREE Gear! Free as in Libre, Gratis and everyone’s favorite 4 letter word…F-R-E-E!

You can win a Cat Eye Micro Wireless courtesy of RPM Cyclery.

Another contest is for the Active Tunes i-Ride.

and finally, our Myspace contest. Just check out our Myspace page to see how to enter to win a pair of brand-spankin’ new, custom made camo knickers.

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WiseCracker Bottle Opener Installed

Posted by Randy Policar On January - 28 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

Yesterday I installed the Ahrens Bicycles’ WiseCracker Bottle Opener on the Fezzari Abajo Peak. This little bad boy will be going through a series of rigorous tests. Something that I’m more than willing to perform.

WiseCracker

The WiseCracker doesn’t appear to get in the way if you use a saddle bag or lower the seat.

WiseCracker

It was poker night last night and I just had to show off the WiseCracker to everyone. They were all impressed about this little gadget. One even said that the inventor probably made millions from the idea. Below is my buddy Eri popping a cold one open.

Eri

It was a good call on RL’s part to send this to the mtnbikeriders resident lush to perform the test. We’ll see how well the WiseCracker holds up.

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Riding Solo

Posted by Priscilla Policar On January - 27 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

NOTE TO SELF: Invite 10 women next time so at least one shows up.

So it was kind of a bummer to get those cancellation phone calls at 6:45am this morning. I am sure you have all been there yourself. Stuff happens, but I still went out and had myself a good time. So this morning I loaded up and took Moe’s sweet Gary Fisher Cobia out for a spin. Oh yah, thanks for sharing Moe! ;)

I couldn’t resist. I wanted to know what the big hoopla is over these 29inch wheels.

All I have to say is WOW. This is a fun bike! The ride was so exhilarating! It’s been awhile since I have yelled and woo hoo’d like that out on the trail. The deeper drops were the best! Felt like a roller coaster drop! Good times. :)

The bike started making me feel a little invincible so I thought I’d tackle this hill. Well, it’s going to take more than 29inch wheels to get me up this hill. Better luck next time. Even this random guy had a hard time so I didn’t feel so bad. :)

Well I hope you all enjoyed your rides this morning, with or without your buddies!!

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Bike Medicine- Golden Degreaser:Tested

Posted by RL Policar On January - 26 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

The folks of Bike Medicine sent us a degreaser called, Golden Degreaser.

Here’s the specs:

* Industrial strength performance for maximum efficiency
* Ultra fast degreasing and cleaning action
* Ultra fast water wash-off
* Non-poisonous and biodegradable
* Convenient folding spout, dispenses a controlled flow
* Designed to be used full strength
* Makes short work of the toughest drivetrain cleanup problems that cycling has to offer
* Most drivetrains clean up with only ½ ounce of Golden Degreaser
* One eight ounce bottle is enough to clean 16 road or MTB drivetrains
* Makes bike cleanings very fast and very easy
* Golden Degreaser is gentle on hands
* The perfect companion product for Purple Extreme Lubricant

I spoke to Bruce of Bike Medicine and he told me all the capabilities of their products so I decided to give it a shot and see how well it does against my imagination.

First I cleaned out a dirty cassette, I made sure I followed the directions. You can pretty much see how dirty it is. There’s even a hint of rust on some of the links in the chain.

I applied the Golden Degreaser on the drivetrain.

Used the brush they provided, spun the cranks to get through all of the nooks and crannies.

You can already see the stuff breaking down the gunk.

Made sure I got the underside of the chain and the pulley.

Got my handy dandy garden sprayer. I like to use this because if I use a hose, there are chances of me spraying pressurized water into my bearings.

Wipe it down with a rag. Check out the cassette, you can already see how clean it is.

Here’s the final results….Super CLEAN!


So here’s the REAL TEST!

I took my Redline 925, Fixed Gear bike and caked part of the drive train with some automotive bearing grease.

Poured the Golden Degreaser…

Check this out…After one stroke of the cranks with the brush in place, you can already see how clean the top chain is!

Once I sprayed it with water and dried it….look at it! It’s just amazing!

I have NEVER seen a bike degreaser do what the Golden Degreaser just did. Folks, I was just floored on how well this degreaser performed. I mean, c’mon! IT’S AUTOMOTIVE GREASE, and it took it right off! That has to count for something, right?

I even tested out the degreaser on my other bikes that had some dry lube on it like White Lightning. I was amazed how the wax just melted right off. No residue or anything. Plain and simply, gone.

So in my opinion, I think this stuff works better than anything I’ve seen. The Golden Degreaser is just as good as having a solvent tank in your garage. If you are in need of a bicycle degreaser, then make sure you get the Golden Degreaser, trust me, you’ll love it!

We’ll also be checking how well it can restore a drive train on a Vintage Schwinn Moe has. So stay tuned!

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Spy Pics: Redline “Mono 9″ 29er

Posted by RL Policar On January - 26 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

Check out this beautiful twenty nine inch or 29er Redline. My sources at Redline Bicycles said this bad boy will be coming out by April 2007. The name badge on the 29er shows, “Mono Cog 853 29er”, but look at that multi-speed cassette with the SRAM X-O derailluer…that’s far from a MONO cog. The folks of RedLine aren’t so sure what the final production model name would be, but I thought I’d share it with you all.

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Fezzari Kings Peak-Free Mobile Kit

Posted by RL Policar On January - 26 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

When you buy a new Fezzari Kings Peak, you get a free Mobile Kit.

This bike’s MSRP is around $839, but with an online direct price from Fezzari, you can get this bike for about $500 and some change. So check it out!

Here’s the specs:

Frame Fezzari® Racing Design Technology, 6061 Aluminum frame with square tubing in rear triangle for extra durability, 100mm travel, replaceable derailleur hanger, water bottle bosses
Fork RockShox® J3 100mm travel front shock with Lockout, Preload Adjust, and Rebound Adjust
Headset Fezzari “Deep Cup” design, integrated headset, black alloy with oversize bearings
Stem Aluminum 4-bolt, TIG welded, anodized black
Handlebars XC mid-rise bar, 30mm rise, 590mm width, shot-peened anodized 6061 alloy, black
Tape / Grips Velo MTB grip, black, double density Kraton
Front Brake Shimano® Mechanical center lock disc for easy maintenance. Both pads are easily adjustable.
Rear Brake Shimano® Mechanical center lock disc for easy maintenance. Both pads are easily adjustable.
Brake Levers Shimano® ST-EF50
Front Derailleur Shimano® M-330 Acera
Rear Derailleur Shimano® M-511 Deore
Shift Levers Shimano® ST-EF50, 24 speed
Cassette Shimano® Center-Lock Hub matching, 8-SPEED 11-32T
Chain Shimano® HG-50
Crankset Shimano® all-mountain, aggressive cross-country, 43/32/22T
Chainrings Shimano® 44Ax32Sx22S, 170mm
Pedals Fezzari® Racing Flats, broad platform, ultra traction, sealed bearing
Rims Alex® DH-20, 14Gx32H alloy, diamond-shaped doublewall, black anodized
Hubs Shimano® M-495 disc, 32 Hole, Center Lock, alloy Quick Release
Spokes 1.8mm (15g) black stainless, brass nipples
Tires WTB® Weirwolf Comp 2.1 high-performance tire, 65tpi
Saddle WTB® Speed V Comp with high padding
Seat Post Alloy, blast black, 31.6 x 350mm
Seat Binder Alloy, black anodized, 34.9 mm Quick Release Clamp

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NiteRider Dual MiNewt Lights

Posted by Moe Ramirez On January - 25 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

Dual MiNewt

I’m hooked on night riding. But my commuter lights were not enough to light up the offroad trail safely.

Dual MiNewt

So, I picked up a set of NiteRider Dual MiNewt from JensonUSA. I saw the MiNewt lights on another site for cheaper so I decided to give Jenson’s Match Price policy a try. I ended up getting the Dual lights for the price of a Single light !!!!

There’s a reason why they are called ‘MiNewt’, check out the size difference between the cygolite LED and the MiNewt!

Dual MiNewt

Now check out the size of the battery!

Dual MiNewt

Don’t get me wrong, the Cygolite LED is a small light, but the MiNewts are REALLY small.

I’ll be riding with them tomorrow and I will post my first impression of the lights during the weekend.

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