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11 months ago

Connor McGregor rolled into his last fight on a custom ride from FiftyOne Bikes

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Leading up to his return to the Octagon, notorious MMA fighter Connor McGregor needed a change. Actually, it was really his knees that needed a change after ACL surgery meant that running was out of the question for a while. On the advice of the McGregor F.A.S.T.trainers (who are all ex-cyclists), Connor decided to add cycling into his training program.

 

Coincidentally, FiftyOne Bikes is just around the corner from Connor’s SBG gym in Dublin. The final link from the Irish fighter to the Irish custom bike maker was made by his doctor and former National Road Race champion, Dr. Julian Dalby. The result is another gorgeous build from FiftyOne with a number of custom touches fit for the former champ.

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bikeromor.com

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11 months ago

Sub 19lb Mondraker F-Podium prototype full suspension XC Race bike is F-ing light

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We’ve been hearing from Mondraker for a bit now that they had something revolutionary in the works. It would be ultra light weight, and most likely made in Germany. Well, after months of speculation, we finally got the first look at the F Podium Prototype, and it seems to have been worth the wait.

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pelotonmagazine.com

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1 year ago

The Legend of Dario Pegoretti

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Dario Pegoretti (January 18, 1956 – August 23, 2018)

Getting on a plane for northern Italy, I was about five pages into Michael Paterniti’s “The Telling Room.” It’s a book I had heard, briefly serialized, and sought out at an airport, a tale of a journey in search of a rare and wonderful and expensive cheese handmade in the hills outside Madrid. Suckered in by the draw of good storytelling, I started seeing parallels emerging as I turned pages up there in the sky. This evening I was to drive into the Dolomites, to find somewhere to stay before tomorrow morning and finding someone to photograph. Not a cheese, but a handmade tale of myth and reputation nonetheless. I felt connected to something bigger already.

Winding into the valley away from the Veneto headed into the Dolomiti, alone on roads save for the odd tanker or tractor, hills loom and give way every now and then to glimpses of mountains proper, showing off their snowcaps after a warm week has all but removed winter from view. Villages become sparser as I close in on the heart of darkness. Or I think I do. It would become apparent later that I’m not even close.

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pinkbike.com

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1 year ago

Bike Check: Fabio Wibmer’s Specialized S-Works Demo 8 – Crankworx Innsbruck 2018

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“I am your biggest fan!” cries the kid from the last row of the signature session at the POC booth. He’s not the only one getting excited to see the YouTube star in person, as Fabio Wibmer constantly has to stop for a selfie or signature with a fan when he’s walking or riding along the event area at Crankworx Innsbruck. He’s a social media phenomenon, and few other riders at the event have a similar impact on the visitors.

His riding does the talking, and while he’s still best known for his inventive street trials escapades, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he can hold his own on a big bike, going massively sideways at the Whip-Off Championships or picking up an Austrian National downhill title on the side in 2016. Just as eye-catching as his bike handling skills is the bike itself. A custom painted Specialized S-Works Demo 8. With the new Specialized Stumpjumper for everyday rides, an Enduro model, and his Inspired Trials bike in the shed, he’s got the right tool for every thinkable job.

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cyclingtips.com

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1 year ago

The Handmade Bicycle Show Australia 2018: The Newcomers

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The inaugural Handmade Bicycle Show Australia proved not only a perfect place for prospective customers and fans to meet the best-known builders, but also get to know the passionate part-timers and eager next generation in Australian frame building.

Some see frame making as a way to share their passion with like-minded folk, while others are looking to carve out a career like local bigwigs Darren Baum, Darrell Llewellyn McCulloch and Ewan Gellie. Taking a look at work from Prova, Goodspeed, Devlin, Mooro, Richard Walker, G.Duke, HTech, Bikes by Steve, TOR and Damu PlyCycles, these are the Australian newcomers.

This is part two (of two) of our Handmade Bicycle Show Australia coverage. Part one takes a look at the better known and established local (and not local) builders.

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pinkbike.com

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1 year ago

Neko Mulally’s YT Tues – Bike Check

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We caught up with American Neko Mulally at home, fresh back from the first World Cup in Croatia. In addition to training for the race season, Neko has been hard at work building new trails and putting on some of the top American races at Windrock Bike Park, located a short distance from of Knoxville, TN. Windrock has become a North American training hub of sorts, with the likes of Luca Shaw, Dakotah Norton, Charlie Harrison, and Neko all spending ample time there this past winter, testing and dialing in their new bikes.

 

With five Americans in the top 15 at Lošinj, it’s obviously paying off, and Neko couldn’t be more stoked. As much as he’s happy about the recent results, he’s more excited about what there is to build on, and the opportunity that Windrock and a quality American race series can present for the younger up and coming racers. Thoughts on the future American racing? Neko says, “We’ve only just seen the beginning…it’s only the tip of the iceberg.”

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pinkbike.com

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1 year ago

Jackson Goldstone’s Pint-Sized Custom Trek Session

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Jackson Goldstone is a household name in mountain biking. He’s part of a new generation of athletes that, unlike many of those before them, has the opportunity to consider mountain biking as a viable career choice to pursue with their talents. He’s now being supported by Trek, and we caught up with him at our Squamish HQ to check out his new custom extra-small Trek Session.

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pinkbike.com

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2 years ago

NAHBS – Judged Competition Results

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Each year, bike makers submit their works to be judged in a number of categories. Entries vary from elegant to whimsical, which makes the task of choosing a winner daunting at times. For a steel road bike, the lug-work alone could be a category of its own. Some have intricate cutouts and even inlaid jewels, others are sculpted into simple curves, executed in perfect mirror images, throughout the frame. Judges must be able to understand the nuances of TIG welding and materials, have an eye for paint and anodizing techniques, and all the while, not forget that these works of art are also functional machines – and must be evaluated as such. Judges are selected from handmade bike builders, from the media and from technical members of the industry. The following bike makers earned top honors at NAHBS 2018