Rolf Prima introduces polished version of Vigor wheels

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Wheels from Rolf Prima are always easy to spot, but the latest limited-edition hoops from the Eugene, Oregon, based brand are sure to get noticed. The new, polished Vigor Alpha wheels are the brand’s most popular model and uses the unique paired-spoke design that sets them apart.

The rims are made and hand-polished in Eugene, and then hand-laced with Sapim spokes to American-made hubs with ceramic bearings and a titanium freehub body. Developed nearly two decades ago, Rolf Prima says the paired spoke design is more aerodynamic than traditional spoke patterns. Briefly owned by Trek, the brand is now fully independent and expanding its U.S. production capabilities.

The Vigor Alpha wheels retail for $1,399 a pair and are available now.

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We rode the cyclocross-oriented VCX Disc wheels from Rolf Prima earlier this year. Read about them here. 

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Paul Components introduces two new shifter options

Cyclists are a creative bunch, and there will likely never be an end to the kind of ways that folks will want to make one thing work with another. As a partner in this crime, Paul Components has been building some of of the most useful and well-crafted adapters on the market (as well as hubs, cranksets, brakes and more) from its Chico, California, headquarters.

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The latest wares fresh from the CNC machine are two new shifter adapters. The first is a new version of the legendary Thumbies that allow you to use bar-end shifters as thumb shifters. In addition to Shimano and SRAM the new version is compatible with Microshift bar-end shifters that are spec’d on many Surly models. Want to convert your Cross-check to a flat bar bike? These adapters are what you need. They are available in singles ($39) or sold in pairs ($74).

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The second is a bit more outside-the-box: a 31.8mm mount for SRAM Matchmaker compatible shifters, allowing riders to mount an 11-speed flat bar shifter on their drop bars near the stem. SRAM’s popular single-chainring, 11-speed drivetrains (like XX1) are a great option for adventure riding, but if you want to use dirt drop bars, this is the adapter you need. It retails for $41.

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