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Timbuk2 to hold Summer Sessions events at its stores through September

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) – Starting today, San Francisco-based bag maker Timbuk2 will host a series of nationwide events the company hopes will inspire urban adventures in Chicago, New York, Denver, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Venice, California. These Summer Sessions events will take place through September in its stores and include special deals, beer tastings and margaritas made with human-powered bike blenders.

Tern begins delivery of Kickstarter pledge bikes through dealers

LAKEWOOD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Tern has delivered the first batch of its Vektron electric folding bikes to Kickstarter backers in the United States. The bikes are being delivered to Kickstarter backers via Tern’s U.S

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Taipei Cycle Show: Heard in the halls

Sharks and fast fish: The Taipei Cycle Show, a 30-year-old event in Taiwan, is going head to head with a much younger but more nimble Taichung Bike Week. The  Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) , the government agency that organizes the Taipei Cycle Show, announced last October that it would move its traditional March show to Oct.

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Topeak Defender M1 front mudguard review

The Topeak DeFender M1 is very much out of the old-skool moto inspired mould, with a large fender that mounts via an expanding plug into your steerer tube.

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It’ll cope with all sizes of steerer and this means it’ll also work with a Cannondale Lefty or any other upside down fork that has an exposed lower steerer tube.

Despite the flex and distance from the wheel, it does do a surprisingly good job of keeping water spray off you at all speeds

It’s made from hard plastic with a softer rubberised edge that’ll prove more gentle to rider and frame should you contact it in a crash, though being mounted high up means it’s much more exposed to damage than a guard that follows the contour of the wheel. 

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The DeFender also flaps about rather alarmingly in use and because it’s so high up it also obscures your view of the front wheel, which is really rather unnerving when you’re trying to place it accurately on technical terrain. Some of the play in the fender is down to the fact that either blade can be removed via a small clip to allow you to transport it with your wheels out without damaging the guard.

Despite the flex and distance from the wheel, it does do a surprisingly good job of keeping water spray off you at all speeds, though claggy mud tends to get thrown about a bit more and also adds to the flapping about issue once the guard is weighted down. It’s also nowhere near as good as the full coverage guides that sit close to the tyre, but being high up means there’s no way it’ll get jammed.

At 202g it’s no lightweight either, though the price isn’t extortionate.

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BikeRadar Bargains: last-chance January sales deals

Hooray, it’s payday! (Or it’s about to be, or just was, depending on how it works at your place of employment). January has felt like a long, long month, so why not celebrate it’s departure with a little purchase? And what could be better than a new bike that will help fulfil those New Years resolutions of a fitter, faster, happier year? A new bike with a bundle of cash off the price, that’s what. 

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So here is our pick of the best bike-based bargains to be found at the end of the sales. Don’t forget, if you’re in the market for other gear, many sites also have additional money off to help shift the last of that 2016 stock before the shiny new products arrive, so there are plenty of bargains to be found so long as you don’t mind having last year’s kit. 

Trek Crockett 7 2016 Cyclocross Bike – was £1,400.00, now £925.00

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Another option for the ‘cross rider out there, or just someone who wants a sturdy bike with grippier tyres than the average road-focussed offering. The Trek Crockett 7 has an aluminium frame, carbon forks and steerer, SRAM Force 11spd groupset and is still available in a good range of sizes. 

Available with a 33% discount from Evans Cycles

Trek Emonda SLR 10 2016 Road Bike – was £9,000.00, now £6,000.00

Orbea Orca M35SE 2016  - was £1,999.00, now £1,099.00

2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon 650b Mountain Bike – was £4,500.00, now £3,375.00

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Trek Cali S Disc Womens Hardtail Mountain Bike 2016 – was £550.00, now £399.99

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Intense Recluse Elite review

The Intense Recluse Elite is the latest in a flurry of new bikes introduced this year by California-based brand and it’s a hard beast to tame.

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Intense’s top ‘SL’ lay-up and titanium fixtures save 250g over the standard carbon frame, but it’s still a tough and practical chassis with bottle, front mech and ISCG mounts, and user serviceable, grease injected bearings. The internal cables rattle badly though and the rubber belly ‘armour’ soon started peeling off.

The DT Swiss hubs have a slow-reacting freehub and the 160mm rear disc reduces braking power

Intense’s new wide carbon rims keep wheel weight on par with narrower alloy hoops. The triple-compound Maxxis tyres, Thomson stem and Renthal bar create a rock-solid cockpit. Race Face carbon cranks are a visual highlight and the e*thirteen cassette gives a very wide, if slightly rumbling, gear range.

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The DT Swiss hubs have a slow-reacting freehub, though, and the 160mm rear disc reduces braking power. Mid-range Performance Fox suspension units are disappointing for a bike at this price too.

Unfortunately the fork’s relatively basic damping is obvious in either a lack of small-bump compliance or inconsistent support under cornering loads if you try to run lower pressures to counter that. Despite hours spent adjusting the rear shock, we couldn’t escape similar issues there either.

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Diamondback Heist 3.0+ first ride review

Plus tyres (that’s 2.8–3.0in tyres on 30–40mm internal width rims) add a very obvious amount of lump and bump smoothing ‘suspension’. This hovercraft effect is particularly obvious on more affordable, price conscious bikes where the inevitably clunkier feel of simple suspension and cruder frames is smoothed over by the extra rubber blubber. But how does the Diamondback Heist 3.0+ stack up?

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Diamondback Heist 3.0+ spec overview

  • Frame: Alloy butted hydrofomed tubing, BOOST spacing, tapered headtube, forged 148×12mm dropouts
  • Fork: Rockshox Recon RL Soloair 120mm BOOST forks
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano XT Shadow Plus
  • Brakes: Shimano AM315 hydraulic disc brakes
  • Crankset: Diamondback 2pc BOOST 175mm 32T
  • Freewheel/cassette: Sunrace 11-42T Black cassette
  • Front hub: Diamondback sealed BOOST 110×15mm, 32H
  • Rear hub: Diamondback sealed BOOST 148×12mm, 32H
  • Rims: 29 PLUS WTB Scraper I40 32H
  • Handlebars: Race Face RIDE 740mm
  • Saddle: Diamondback MTB
  • Seatpost: Remote dropper, 412mm x 30.9mm
  • Tyres: WTB Ranger 27.5×2.80

Diamondback Heist 3.0+ frame and equipment

Getting the extra width of plus tyres into a bike involves significant chassis and spec changes, which inevitably means extra cost on bikes that are already cut to the bone on profit margin. That means only a few manufacturers have committed to chubby wheels on cheaper bikes despite the obvious ride advantages.

The single ring chainset drives a durable SunRace 11-42T cassette controlled through a Shimano XT rear mech and SLX shifters

Happily for UK riders, it’s brands like Alpkit, Carrera and now Diamondback who have taken the plunge. In terms of value for money for a bike you can buy from your local dealer (rather than online or Halfords) the new Heist 3.0 is an incredible package.

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For a start, while we’ve said that plus tyres smooth out the roughness of cheap suspension forks, the Heist actually has a very good fork for a sub £1,000 / $1,200 bike. The RockShox Recon RL comes complete with remote lockout lever and a bolt thru-axle to tame the extra wide (110mm) Boost front hub and a tapered steerer keeps it stiff in the frame. That’s a Race Face Ride cockpit on top with a sensible, tree-friendly 740mm width and steady away 60mm stem.

The single ring chainset drives a durable SunRace 11-42T cassette controlled through a Shimano XT rear mech and SLX shifters for an 11-gear spread, not the 2×10 (or 1×10 if you’re lucky) compromise that dominates in this price bracket.

Diamondback Heist 3.0+  ride impression

Diamondback Heist 3.0+ early verdict

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Calibre Bossnut Ladies mountain bike first ride review

UK brand Calibre has just released a women’s version of its popular Bossnut full-suspension mountain bike. The original version has proved popular with reviewers and riders alike, achieving a coveted 5 star review on BikeRadar, so it’s hardly surprising that the women’s version has impressed us too. 

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I took the Bossnut Ladies for a few spins on a combination of natural and trail-centre trails, rode it through some rocks, over some roots and along some flowy jump and drop sections. It’s testament to the excellent design and set up that I had an absolute blast on all of them. So without further ado here are my first ride impressions. 

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Modern geometry, outstanding spec

The Calibre Bossnut Ladies is built around the same popular design as the original Bossnut, but with women’s specific finishing kit. The double-butted aluminium frame has modern geometry with a 66.7-degree head angle, 73.5-degree seat tube angle and 340mm bottom bracket height. Those elements combined give you a bike that feels oh-so-ready to take on the trail. The slack head angle makes for a stable feel while descending, while the steeper seat tube angle puts your bodyweight in a position that makes climbing more efficient. The standover is also comfortably low.

Shimano hydraulic disc brakes provide ample breaking power and while they may not be the most progressive-feeling brakes out there, they are robust and more than up to the job

A RockShox Sector Silver Solo Air fork up front and a Monarch R rear shock provide 130mm of suspension with a single pivot suspension platform. After a little tweaking I found this was plenty to play with and offered a surprisingly advanced feel for a bike of this price, tracking well with good small bump sensitivity and not bottoming out when tackling jumps and drops. 

One area where the Bossnut Ladies edges ahead of the original Bossnut is in the wheel spec, featuring tubeless-ready WTB ST i25 32H rims with Deore Hubs — the next version of the Bossnut will however get this upgrade, too.

Women’s specific finishing kit

A total bargain and ripe for upgrading

You can read more at BikeRadar.com