I am going to start off this review by saying that the GORE Ride On Cable upgrade has been the best upgrade I have done to my bike. In a close second I would put my tubeless tyre conversion. These cables have a hefty price tag, roughly R750 but you will make your money back very quickly after you would have replaced your usual cables for the umpteenth time.
New for 2011, the XO cranks are all carbon with aluminum inserts for both spindle and pedal interface, as well as a removable alloy spider. The spiders themselves will be the key to running either a two-ring or three-ring set up, and are interchangeable via three T25 bolts. Other choices will be 170mm or 175mm length, BB30 or GXP bottom bracket, and either black, red, gold or blue graphics.
Cyclists are already doing their bit to help the environment by eschewing a fossil-fuel guzzling transport option. Now they can do a little bit more using Nokia’s newly unveiled Bicycle Charger Kit which lets cyclists charge their mobile phone using pedal power.
Serious mountain bikers are always looking for a competitive edge. Often, that can mean extracting every ounce of energy from their bodies and their equipment. Danish high-end mountain bike builder Pronghorn has designed a bike frame the company calls its Anti-Power-Loss-System (APLS) where the rear shock absorber is mounted on the top tube.
While there’s no denying the sheer eye-candy appeal of the 21 bikes currently on display at NYC’s Museum of Art and Design, the show goes beyond the glossy frames, contoured leather seats, and clever accessories, delving into the intensive craftsmanship that drives the growing rebirth of the trade. Called “Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle,” the exhibit emphasizes both the level of customization and the painstaking techniques that go into making these one-of-a-kind rides
It was always going to happen but nobody ever knew when or how Shimano would go about creating a 10-speed mountain bike drivetrain. Shimano have answered the questions at the Sea Otter this week where they finally revealed its 10-speed off-road drivetrain.
The builder of this bike, Masahiko Makino was the chief frame builder at 3rensho and has worked on many frames for the world’s top cyclists. Check out one of his finest below.