Fear not, we aren't going whole hog on Coronavirus scaremongering this week. Aside from some cancelled events, there is a host of other more interesting news too. A 16 year old wins a Crankworx whip off, there's a new uber wide gravel bar in production and TranzX reveal a travel adjustable dropper for Salsa bikes. Catch up on a week's worth of useful and useless news here....
Salsa have teamed up with TranzX to make a travel adjustable dropper post in order to get a better fit for all heights of riders across the range. The post is adjustable by -30mm from full travel, so down to 120mm on a 150mm post in 5mm increments. So what you might think? That doesn't solve the lack of insertion problem and I don't care because I don't own a Salsa or want to buy one..... Well, think again - if TranzX now has the tech, even if funded by Salsa for the time being, it might not be long before you and I can get our hands on a cheaper dropper post which we can adjust. On a budget, can't fit a 200mm but could make use of 190mm - watch this space.
Farr reckons the gravel bike handlebar needs a redesign, they with the help of Nitto have come up with the Farr Wide-R bar which at it's widest is 750mm at the end of the drops and 600mm at the hoods.
16 year old Jackson Goldstone takes the Cranxworx Rotora Whip Off gold!
Danny Mac rides trials in Scotland on.... of course, the new Santa Cruz e-bike, the Heckler. This video has everything you'd need for trials wonderland; deserted buildings, flat rooves, stairs, massive rock piles and er seals.... Danny also makes a repeat trip to the Isle of Skye to ride uphill in the ice and snow.
Spank launched a new hub this week, the Hex Drive Hub has 3.5 degrees of engagement and gets oversized bearings with an 'advanced seal system' for increased durability. These will be available with HG, XD and Microspline freehubs with a e-bike specific steel freehub across all three freehubs.
The new SPANK HEX DRIVE hub is here! With 102T, 6-pawl, 3.5° engagement, advanced seal system, insane durability features, unparalleled adaptability (Microspline, XD, HG and 'in the box' adaptors covering everything from 135/142 to 150/157 and 148 Boost), these full alloy body and freehubs are available in 28H & 32H in J-Hook, Straightpull, and Gravel specific spec. But wait! We also have ebike specific steel freehubs available! With rear hubs weighing in from 300g and retailing at only $199.00 and front hubs from 137g at $99.00 - it may just be the highest performance value for money hub on the market! CHECK LINK IN BIO AND TELL US WHAT YOU THINK! #spankindustries #ridelongerridestronger #engage #hexagon #hex #microspline
Friday saw the launch of a new Deviate bike with a high pivot. This is the Highlander, its a short travel (140mm rear), 29er with some progressive geometry. We reckon it looks great and this video is pretty mint too, well worth a watch.
There's nothing on Mountain Mayhem's Instagram but this week they were the first UK cycling event to be cancelled citing the reason as being unable to take out cancellation insurance in the wake of Coronavirus. Dean Barnett appears to be part of the race venue, Marston Lodge, and on Friday posted the below, appearing to tease a new mountain bike race on the same weekend. We will give you more news as we hear it.
Bespoked UK Handmade Bicycle Show has been postponed due to Coronavirus, the organisers says that they felt their celebration of bikes will be compromised if travel is restricted. They have announced new dates as the 16-18th October 2020.
Just one of many to come, Sea Otter Classic is postponed and will no longer take place this April. Details here with more news to follow.
Giant launch new tools for stuffing in your bars, the Clutch Bar End Storage stashes a tubeless tyre plug and five spare 'bogeys'. Hopefully, we will see this as stock on their trail bikes.....
Unite components add a new bar and stem, the Renegade to their range of CNC'd gear. Designed and manufactured in the UK and available in a range of colours to match their pedals, spacers, bolts and chainrings.
Peaty's Products collaborate with Chris King in producing a range of valves in various colours to match the company's hub colourways. #matchymatchy
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