Next to Specialized’s Morgan Hill HQ, California, is Henry W. Coe State Park, the preferred test site for the company’s Adventure Gear Division, and location of Burra Burra Peak, from which these bags take their name. The Specialized Burra Burra range consists of several bags, all constructed from durable externally polyurethane-coated nylon.
If you want to dabble in bikepacking with stays in a B&B maybe, a seat pack (not pictured) is the place to begin. Available in 10 or 20-litre volumes, we tried the 444g 10 (£110 / $130), which comes with a clever tubular aluminium stabiliser. With clamps for two seatpost diameters, the 103g arm is angle adjustable for the pack to slide over it and fix with seatpost and saddle rail straps for stability.
For camping, the Handlebar Harness (£35 / $90) and Drypack come in to their own for sleeping bags, clothes or tents. The weatherproof Drypack comes in 13 and 23-litres, the former is best suited to drop bars, whereas our larger model (£23 / $45 / AU$60) is ideal for flat-bar bikes. Both ends of the 158g water-resistant Cordura 100D ripstop nylon bag have central poppers and roll closures, with a central 35cm waterproof zip permitting on-the-fly access. The robust 372g Handlebar Harness fits via two aluminium clamps beside the stem that attach to a wide U-shaped tubular support. On a drop bar bike it lowers the load to allow room for hands and accessories on the tops. Compression straps hold the load in place while two more can be used to give the harness more support.
Frame packs are ideal for packing your heaviest items and must fit snugly within your frame — this one comes in three, five, or eight litres. Our five-litre 269g example (£80 / $100 / AU$160) has twin waterproof-zipped small item pockets and an impressively-cowled zipped main compartment. Its six-point Velcro and rubber strap attachment is solid, and although the base could be stiffer, a daisy chain beneath provides further attachment options.
The 142g 0.75-litre top-tube pack (£35 / $50) is easily accessible on the move and attaches via Velcro straps, but requires some steerer tube height for the front strap. Its padded main compartment has an internal mesh pocket to separate smaller items, plus an external zipped pocket for valuables.
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BURBANK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Pure Cycles is entering the road bike market with two new models, each retailing for $500. The bikes are sold online with optional pick-up and assembly at participating retailers through Pure Cycles’ BYLT program . Full assembly and delivery is an extra $99; assembly for pickup is $75; shipping for an unassembled bike is free.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.?(BRAIN) —?Bamboobee is launching its second kit allowing anyone to build their own bamboo-tubed bike frame. This kit cuts the estimated time for the framebuild to about 5 hours instead of the three days required by the company’s first kit. ?The company is promoting its kit on Kickstarter and has already raised more than $15,000 of its $18,000 goal, with 21 days of the campaign left.
ARTIMINO, Italy?(BRAIN) — The historic Italian component brand 3T — which was bought last year by its president and CEO, René?Wiertz, and Cervélo co-founder Gerard Vroomen — is introducing its first bike, which may be the industry’s first aero gravel road bikes, called the Exploro. The company said it spent a year developing the bike, including tests at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel
If you’ve ever dreamt of having a mountain bike that’s totally designed around you, then Robot Bike Co’s new R160 could well be the answer.
Rolling on 27.5 wheels and sporting 160mm of rear wheel travel the bike may look relatively conventional, but that’s where the similarity with anything else currently on the market ends. By using a combination of additive manufacturing – that’s 3D printing to you and I – and clever software technology, each and every bike is tailored to the exact dimensions of the rider, allowing a fit that’s fine tuned like never before. It could well point to the future of bike design, certainly at the high end of the market.
The four people behind Robot Bike Co are a trio of engineers plus time-served mountain bike journalist Ed Haythornthwaite. While the idea about using additive manufacturing and carbon tubing to create a bike had been floating about between them for a long time, it was the restrictions of current high end bikes that was the deciding factor in kicking the project off. As Ed says when speaking about bikes currently on the market: “They’re supposedly no compromise bikes, but they’re compromising on one of the most important elements – fit.”
Instead of a fixed mould and set sizes, the R160 is instead made by bonding carbon tubes to 3D printed titanium lugs. As bicycle construction techniques go, lugged tubing is one of the oldest, but taking this technique and throwing the latest technology at it has huge implications. Computer generated designs can be created from titanium powder that’s sintered into a solid form by a high power laser in layers just 60 microns thick, allowing an unprecedented design freedom.
The most important element is that they’ve been freed from the constraints of conventional carbon fibre bicycle manufacturing, where costly moulds limit the sizes on offer and preclude any flexibility beyond the layup of the carbon weave. The additive manufacturing process means that the shape of the lugs and hence the geometry of each R160 can be altered with very little difficulty on a bike-by-bike basis. It’s all to ensure that no matter what shape the rider is, they’re getting a bike that’ll feel and fit exactly how Robot Bike Co intended.
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DENVER (BRAIN) — Domahidy Designs has renamed itself Viral Bikes, after founder Steve Domahidy said he realized the original name for his young company was … Just. Not.
Bike to be featured on the cover of VeloNews' Buyers Guide. BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) —?BMC Switzerland and VeloNews are running a sweepstakes that will award a Taylor Phinney hand-painted BMC Teammachine SLR01 frame, to raise awareness of the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s
Trek’s unique IsoSpeed road bike and cyclocross comfort tech has been translated to full-on mountain bike use with the Procaliber cross-country machine. We’ve previously spent a little time on the top-line 9.9 and mid-range 9.8 models, but recently got in the humbler 9.7 version to give it a thorough interrogation as to whether IsoSpeed is a winner on the trail.
The IsoSpeed coupling replaces the normal fixed joint between top tube and seat tube with a pivot. Add a flattened lower seat tube section, and the top of the seat tube is able to move independently of the rest of the frame if the bike hits a bump.
Trek Procaliber 9.8 SL – first ride
‘Boost’ rear hub spacing (148×12mm) for extra tracking stiffness, neat cable/hose management and two bottle cages complete a slick and contemporary frame. The smallest size (15.5in) runs on 650b wheels while the other four use 29in wheels to keep size and shape proportional.
The IsoSpeed coupling allows the seat tube to move independently of the rest of the frame
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WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Wishbone Design Studio is recalling about 400 balance bikes in the U.S. because the handlebar can pinch fingers at the frame