Niner is of course best known for its growing line of 29-inch mountain bikes, but the latest few products from the California/Colorado brand expand the boundaries of what a 700c wheel can be. This spring we rode and enjoyed the aluminum RLT 9, a cyclocross/gravel/adventure road bike and really enjoyed its versatility (watch for the full review in Issue #31). Now we’ve just got our hands on the BSB 9 RDO, a carbon fiber sister to the RLT that puts speed ahead of practicality.Tweet Print
A good set of lights is one of the simplest ways to promote your safety on the road. Being seen—and seeing where you’re going—is pretty much the most essential functions of urban cycling. Blackburn Designs continues to expand its lighting options with a new set of USB rechargeable “blinky” lights that pack a lot of technology into a small package.Tweet Print
The folks over at Nutcase Helmets sure know how to have fun. While keeping your melon safe is serious business, no one does it with more color than the Portland-based company. They have a few new products debuting this week, including the Unframed series and the new Metroride model. Since they are right down the road, I went over to visit the offices and check them out.Tweet Print
The marriage of disc brakes to drop-bar bicycles with fatter-than-whippet-thin-racerboy-standard tires is evolving quickly, and the exciting ‘all-surface’ category is prompting more non racers to get back on bikes, in our opinion. This is healthy for many reasons, among them the versatility this category affords.
For starters, many newer cyclists aren’t bound by tradition or category, and many would love a machine that enables them to explore. What we called ‘bicycles’ in the 1970s have now evolved into dozens of new categories, each with corresponding rules, costumes and expected behavior. The BMC Gran Fondo GF02 does away with most of that malarkey.Tweet Print
Raleigh looks to have a very interesting selection of bikes for 2015, including new road, adventure and mountain bike models.
The bike above, the Grand Prix, wins my “most interesting” award. If you look closely, the Reynolds 530 butted steel frame uses the Ritchey Break-Away system, so this bike can pack away in an small enough bag to escape airline fees. It also is equipped with Campagnolo Veloce, a rare spec these days, and even more rare on a mid-priced bike. The frame includes rack and fender mounts, and is designed for 28mm tires. The $2,300 MSRP includes a travel bag.Tweet Print
Though it may come as a surprise to some, women do ride bikes. We’ve all heard that number is growing (Hooray!). They also, sometimes, wear pants. As a lady in the bicycle industry I’m frequently asked by other ladies I know, who ride either occasionally or everyday, where are the women’s specific cycling pants? Pants that don’t look like a riding kit or have a chamois? Does such a thing exist?
Yes it does.
Here are three pairs of women’s pants that I’ve been using on and off the bike this spring that I think are pretty awesome.Tweet Print
Felt Bicycles develops bikes in nearly every category with worldwide distribution, an impressive feat for a company with a crew of 32 in its Irvine, California, headquarters. Its 2015 launch for more than 30 journalists from around the country highlighted several Bicycle Times-friendly models alongside the standard high-zoot carbon machines, including e-bikes, endurance, commuting, fat bikes and dirt.Tweet Print
When the Salsa Mukluk first burst onto the scene in 2011, it was designed for backcountry exploration moreso than actual mountain biking. Well in the past few years things have changed quite a bit, and as fat bikes have become more specialized, tires have gotten bigger, and customers’ desires have changed, the bikes have had to evolve quickly.Tweet Print
We had seen it coming. There were spy shots and rumors tossed around about a full-suspension fat bike. In fact, the Bucksaw isn’t even the first one—several smaller brands have built bikes that qualified as “full-suspension”, but this one is different. This is a major brand making a big commitment to a new product segment, and bringing an advanced suspension design with it. Mike Riemer, Salsa’s Marketing Manager, said that Dave Weagle, the creator of the Bucksaw’s Split Pivot suspension, told him it was the most complex project he had ever worked on.
One thing is for sure, this is not a “stealthy” bike. From the big tires to the candy-colored paint, the Bucksaw is breaking a new trail in mountain biking. But how does it ride?Tweet Print
I’ll admit I’m a bit of a watch nut so I was I wanted to share this new timekeeping option for cycling fans – or really anyone who wants something unique. Everything these days is about standing out from the crowd. Brands like Timbuk2 and Chrome offer custom products, and even Trek is in on the action with its Project One bikes.
Modify Watches was launched from a crowd-funding effort and offers stock or custom watches for less than $100. You can choose a pre-made template, use the online configuration to build your own, or even send in your own design and have it printed on the watch face. The cycling industry is getting in on the action with plenty of brands and styles to choose from.
Modify has made custom watches for SRAM,Pinarello, Ritte Racing, Hodala Cyclocross Team,Cyclehawk, Godspeed Courier and Levi’s GranFondo to name a few. Shops such as One On One Bicycle in Minneapolis and West End Bikes in Portland are signed on to carry custom watches as well as stock options. If you’re a brand or bike shop, get in touch with Modify to learn about making your own.
Want to let loose on the weekend but need to be serious at the office? You can purchase an extra strap for just $15 and switch the face out in seconds.
What do you think? Should we make a Bicycle Times watch?