New BRAIN covers the Manifesto, handmade show and the Atlanta bike market

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The latest print edition of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News includes coverage of Interbike’s “Manifesto,” a document that came out of this winter’s IBD Summit in Arizona.

NAHBS slugs one in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BRAIN) — The foot of snow that fell in Louisville last week may have complicated exhibitor setup for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, but it had little impact on show-goers, with many exhibitors saying Saturday’s attendance was the busiest they’ve ever seen.

CeramicSpeed offers 3D-printed hollow titanium pulley wheels

HOLSTEBRO, Denmark (BRAIN) — The Danish brand CeramicSpeed is offering a limited edition hollow titanium derailleur pulley set, produced by 3D printing. The company showed the pulleys at last weekend’s North American Handmade Bike Show and plans to display them again at the upcoming Taipei International Cycle Show.

Prototype Enve disc-brake dirt road fork and seatpost spotted at NAHBS

Enve Composites tucked a pair of Easter eggs amongst the treasure trove of titanium bikes at the Moots booth at this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show: a prototype carbon road disc fork with clearance for big tyres, and a new carbon fibre seatpost, both of which we anticipate could be available for sale later this year.

Enve’s new fork looks to be catering specifically to the burgeoning crop of all-road bikes hitting the market with a 382mm axle-to-crown length that splits the difference almost perfectly between the current Road Disc (367mm) and Cross Disc (395mm) models. Official details on the new fork are scant as it’s still in the development phase but based on the available dimensions, we expect it to fit tyres perhaps as wide as 38mm wide and tip the scales at around 350g.


The new Enve fork (and matching fender!) are gorgeous

Enve has apparently embraced the upcoming, lighter-weight 12mm thru-axle standard for disc-equipped road bikes with gracefully tapered fork legs that finish in compact and tidy dropouts. While some sort of quick-release skewer option is likely, the fork at NAHBS was fitted with a clean, flush-fit unit. The post-mount brake tabs are sized for 140-160mm rotors.

Just as with its rigid carbon mountain bike fork, Enve has developed a fender for this new dirt road fork – in carbon fibre of course. It’s neatly executed from a visual standpoint but also clever in design. Down below, two U-shaped ends snap into shallow channels at the ends of the fork tips. Similarly, two ‘dots’ up top snap into small dimples on the inner sides of the fork blades, just below the crown. There’s no hardware to fasten or remove, and no tools are required – and it feels impressively stable, too.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

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Shimano joins NAHBS as show sponsor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BRAIN) — The North American Handmade Bicycle Show announced this week that Shimano has signed on as a sponsor for next month’s show. This year, Shimano is working with several bike builders to showcase the potential of their new e-bike electric assist system, Shimano Steps.  “We are more than happy to sponsor NAHBS as it is a great opportunity for us to support an event that provides a platform for frame builders and their work to be seen on a global level,” said Dustin Brady, Shimano American’s marketing manager

Chris Chance to re-launch Fat Chance at NAHBS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BRAIN) — Chris Chance, who has taken a multi-year hiatus from the bike industry, is returning in March, when he will show a new line of Yo Eddy Team Fat Chance frames at the 2015 North American Handmade Bicycle Show here. Chance let it be known at the 2014 Interbike show that he would be resurrecting his bike company, which was founded in 1982 and shut down in the late 1990s after several ownership changes and relocations

NAHBS 2015 to debut new award, ’cross race

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BRAIN) — For its 2015 edition in March, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show will introduce a new category, the Artisan Award, and a cyclocross race pitting framebuilders against one another. The Artisan Award, one of more than 25 honors to be handed out at the 11th annual show, was created to recognize builders who fabricate as much of the bike as possible — or even the entire bike.

Custom bike builder gets serious about bottle opener accessory

SAN JOSE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Framebuilder Mike Ahrens is getting serious about selling bike-mounted bottle openers

Enve MTN fork – first look

Less than six months since BikeRadar spotted several prototypes at the 2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Enve has pushed go on production of its latest fork – the MTN.

Joining a line-up of carbon road and cross forks, the MTN is the first mountain bike specific choice from the carbon component manufacturer. The $625 MTN (other prices TBC) is designed for use with 29″ wheels and its 88mm/3.46in of tyre clearance should accept 29+ rubber without issues. The total claimed weight is 711g.

Between the legs of the fork there’s a minimal but nifty clip-on mudguard which also doubles as a hose clamp for the front brake. It’s a light addition too – should you want to remove it you’d save just 25g.

The geometry of the fork can also be switched between two settings to best suit different applications or preferences. This is achieved by flipping a chip at the 15mm axle. The result is either a 44mm rake and 470mm axle to crown height or a 52mm rake and 472mm axle to crown figure.

Enve Marketing Manager Jake Pantone said: “Often the best solution to a problem is the simplest one. Despite the evolution of suspension technology over the past 10 years, rigid mountain forks still provide the optimal platform for many of the off-road riding and racing formats that riders participate in. For this reason, a mountain fork has been one of the most highly requested products from Enve over the past seven years.”

The Enve MTN fork is now shipping worldwide.