Zeitbike begins distributing Green Oil bike care products

VENTURA, Calif. — Zeitbike distribution has added U.K.-based Green Oil to its product mix. Green Oil’s environmentally friendly bike lubricants, soaps, waxes, brushes and sponges will be available in the U.S.

Giant USA ’studying’ online bike sales through dealers

UPDATED: Dorel exec responds to question about online sales NEWBURY PARK, Calif.?(BRAIN) —?Days after Trek Bicycle announced a plan to sell bikes online , Giant USA told dealers that it is studying a similar “Click and Collect” program in the U.S., but said it has not made a decision about going forward with the plan. Giant Bicycle already has Click and Connect sales in other markets, including the U.K., where it has operated the system for two years. “Yes, Giant USA is studying the ‘Click and Collect’ business model that is working very well for Giant retailers and consumers in other countries – so in a way, we already have a good head start in this arena

Brooklyn Bicycle Co. adds its first fixie model

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (BRAIN) —?Brooklyn Bicycle Co.

SRAM and Shimano front derailleur types and mounts explained

First conceived in the early 1900s, the front derailleur and its purpose – to move the chain between chainrings – hasn’t changed a whole lot. Where road bike front derailleur options remain simple and minimal, mountain bike suspension designs have forced multiple mounting types onto the market. In the first of a series of articles delving into the mysteries of componentry, we take a look at, and explain the various types, of front derailleurs on the market today.

Mountain bike front derailleurs

With Shimano’s latest XT M8000 groupset offering a ‘simplified’ 12 different models of front derailleur, and SRAM’s X0 range made up of 40 models, it’s absolutely normal to be confused and overwhelmed when picking out a front derailleur. If you’re not set on ditching the front derailleur entirely and running a ‘single ring’ setup, then below we detail mountain bike front derailleurs in three basic categories – cable pull direction, gearing and mounting type.

Cable pull

Cable pull refers to the direction at which the cable enters and pulls the derailleur. It’s decided by your frame design and where the cable routing leads the cable.


Top pull derailleurs refer to the cable being pulled from the top. If your cable routing follows the top tube and then drops down to the front derailleur, it’s a top pull.

Bottom pull derailleurs – wait for it – refer to cable being pulled from the bottom. If your cable routing follows the down tube and then takes the cable past the bottom bracket, it’s a bottom pull.

Dual pull is something that came out as a solution to make front derailleur options more universal. Simply, a dual pull derailleur allows the cable to be routed from either the top or bottom.

Mount types


Mix and match compatibility

Road bike front derailleurs

Mount types


Mix and match compatibility

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Downeast, Hans Johnsen and Wilson to distribute Australian bike brand

FRYEBURG, Maine (BRAIN) — The fast-growing Australian urban/commuter bike brand?Reid Cycles will be distributed in the U.S.

New brand, Atomik Carbon, rolls out mountain bike rims and handlebars

TAMPA, Fla. (BRAIN) — Atomik Carbon, a new brand out of Florida, is hitting the market this year with carbon rims and handlebars. The start-up is now shipping its all-mountain/Enduro carbon rim, which goes counter to some recent trends — it has a tire bead hook and has a moderate internal width of 24 millimeters, while many trendy carbon wheels are going hookless and offering internal widths of 30mm or more.

Vittoria launches wheels range

Vittoria has been making tyres for more than 60 years, but for 2015, the brand has released a range of brand new road and mountain bike wheels.

BikeRadar’s Ben Delaney caught up with Vittoria’s product manager, Stefan Anton, at Interbike, to find out what they are bringing to the market.

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Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times hire Boehmke for ad sales

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (BRAIN) — Rotating Mass Media, publisher of Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times magazine, has hired industry veteran Steve Boehmke as its newest advertising sales account representative

Silca introduces $445 US-made floor pump, the SuperPista Ultimate

INDIANAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Silca, the historic Italian pump brand now owned by American engineer Joshua Poertner , is now shipping its first pump since Poertner took over the brand last year.  The SuperPista Ultimate pump is made in the U.S. and features a variety of new technologies to justify its $445 retail pricing.  The 7-pound pump is a completely redesigned version of the Silca SuperPista pumps that have been on the market for decades. It retains modified versions of the all-metal presta chuck and leather plunger gasket of the original

Hotlines UK to distribute Club Ride in United Kingdom

KETCHUM, Idaho (BRAIN) — Hotlines UK is the first U.K. distributor for the U.S. clothing brand Club Ride.