Fat Bike Winter Ascent
In the few times I’ve hung out with Tim, he’s never mentioned a desire to ascend Mt. Washington on a Fat Bike, but here he is doing it for Red Bull. Why? To do something creative and I can’t argue with that…
Getting the opportunity to do this is, first of all, fun. But itâs also challenging and creative in a sport that really is not [creative]. Cyclocross and road racing, by nature, are not creative â youâre simply trying to beat the hell out of yourself and, essentially, survive longer than the person youâre racing against. Thatâs it. It was really cool to experience this, and see it from a different angle than what a “bike rideâ was all about for me for so many years…
In that quote, Tim also states what’s I think is going on with road and the return of adventure…it’s do more than fighting to cross a finish line first, and suffering greatly in the process.
Cyclists are also after the perfect ride, a stress-releasing mood, hitting a zen state, or they simply have, “Miles to ride and all day to get there.”
ENVE confirms GRD fork for gravel/all-road bikes
After a low-key sneak preview at the 2015 NAHBS event, ENVE confirms full production of their carbon GRD fork just ahead of this year’s show. The first small run of forks has already been divvied out, but the next shipment is scheduled for the beginning of April.
The GRD fork is intended to serve the still growing gravel/all-road demographic. The fork uses a 12mm thru-axle, the apparent standard for “disc road” bike componentry. The full-carbon steerer tapers from 1.25” to 1.125”. The GRD also joins the flat-mount disc caliper bandwagon, though pix from last year’s show reveal that the prototype forks had post-mounts. The switch to flat-mount might explain the oddly long span between first glimpse and actual production. Rotors 140 to 160mm can be fitted.
The GRD fork is a remarkable for two reasons. Doubtlessly most people will be talking about the integrated carbon fender, which ENVE says can be removed in seconds. Among full carbon forks of this type, the ability to cleanly mount a full fender is still rare. ENVE’s proprietary fender is a full carbon affair that snaps securely in place at both the crown and dropouts. No word yet on what the consumer is supposed to use on rear of the bike. However, the less obvious but more important consideration is the GRD’s axle-to-crown measurement.
How Mark V sent SRAM Apex1 to NAHBS
Today all the cycling websites on the SRAM media mailing list have announced the debut of Apex1, SRAM’s new entry-level 1x drivetrain for dropbar and flatbar road/gravel bikes. But Bike Hugger is a way ahead of them because I…..Mark V, humble priest of Her Church of Immaculate Wrenches….have already installed an Apex1 group on a 333fab titanium gravel bike, which is currently in a van on the road to NAHBS. Of course, I’m sure all the product managers for the big bike companies have known about Apex1 since late 2014, because that’s how this industry works. But that’s a story for another day. For now, let me tell you about putting Apex1 onto a bike for NAHBS.
So Max Kullaway of 333fab Bicycles registered for NAHBS months ago, and somehow or another SRAM agreed to supply an Apex1 group for a 333fab to go into the SRAM display booth at NAHBS. As the buyer/assembler at the Davidson & Kullaway Custom Bicycles studio (the frameshop for 333fab and Davidson Bicycles), I usually handle all the bike kit ordering through various vendors, but this deal was brokered entirely without my knowledge. That is until I was told to send SRAM a list of individual parts for the Apex1 group. Perhaps the layperson doesn’t realize that all these big time venders work off their own in-house SKU# (typically 7 to 10 digits) on everything they sell, and I had to order a collection of items for which no one, including apparently our contacts at SRAM, had SKU numbers. But SRAM couldn’t process our order without the correct SKU#……hmmmm. I don’t know how all that played out, but Max eventually appealed to someone at SRAM who could shove that order out the door. So with two weeks before NAHBS, UPS drops off a box with red & white SRAM logos at Davidson & Kullaway.
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