The Soma Wolverine is a 700c adventure frameset — call it a gravel grinder, call it a monster-cross bike, call it whatever you’d like but it’s yet another entry into the non-racer offroad capable road bike. The $600 frameset has full chromoly tubing, with a matching lugged Tange chromoly fork. The frame is disc specific, has clearance for 45 mm tires, an English threaded bottom bracket, and has rear rack and fender mounts all around. The sliding dropouts make it derailleur or internally hub geared, or single speed compatible, and are split for Gates Carbon belt drive compatibility. The sliders are compatible with aftermarket Paragon sliders if you’re looking to run a Rohloff hub. Pretty great looking frameset, I can see many miles upon such a build. See more or order direct at store.somafab.com
Raleigh found that a lot of people are hitting the road less traveled on their skinny tire bikes and sold through the disc brake equipped Tamland last year. The industry calls them gravel bikes, a whole lot of non-racers call them the road bikes they’ve always wished for, and Raleigh is introducing the Willard line for these sorts of riders in 2015. The pictured Willard 2 has a retail price of $1750, and features a disc specific 6061 aluminum frame and carbon blade/tapered alloy steerer fork with a Shimano 105 11-speed build and TRP Spyre disc brakes. The bikes ships with 40 mm tires and has fender tabs for foul weather riding and commuting and has real-world 50/34 x 11-28t gearing. The published weight is just under 23 lbs. Also look for the $1300 Sora equipped model. Availability at shops should be in time for those prime October gravel rides.
Bianchi has updated their popular Volpe line of do-it-all cyclocross bikes with the 2015 Volpe Disc. The disc specific steel frame and fork has rack and fender mounts for versatility and ships with 35 mm tires, a 10-speed 50/34 double Tiagra drivetrain, and Hayes mechanical disc brakes. If disc brakes aren’t your thing the Volpe Classic has a triple drivetrain and cantilever brakes on a similar platform. See more of the 2015 sneak peak, including the new full carbon disc equipped Zolder cyclocross bike, from a Bianchi insider at www.stickboybike.com
YNOT have been making solid bags for years now, and their new line is only an advancement on previous designs. They are launching the line on August 21st, through a Kickstarter campaign, and your pre-order contribution starts at $100 for Early Backers. As the video shows, the bags have a clever rack attachment system that is incredibly adjustable so that almost every style of rack is accommodated. They allow for easy attachment, removal and carrying, without needing to buy a brand specific rack system. Let’s hope the delivery on pre-orders is by the October 2014 date they have established.
If you’re in the Toronto area, they will be showcasing the line at a launch party on August 21st.
Between their usual wide breadth of stock colors and now the latest limited edition Nutcase Unframed artist helmet designs there is no shortage of different styles to choose from. The first run of Nutcase Unframed edition helmets features art by Sandra Ramirez from Columbia, Ray Moore from Germany and Todd Standish from San Francisco. In addition to the helmets, art panels will be on display in the Nutcase booth at Eurobike and Interbike, and auctioned off to benefit World Bicycle Relief.
We first showed you the Vier compact lock about a year back, and since then the design has been further refined and has hit Kickstarter for the final push into production. Perhaps not as quick to deploy as a u-lock, but it packs down much smaller thanks to the way that all four parts separate and fit into a small pouch. Click and twist the 14 mm shackles into the non-locking end body, then slide the body with the lock core on and go, just like the u-lock you’re familiar with. While compact, it’s not hte lightest at approximately 3.25 lbs. Eventually you’ll be able to order up longer shackle sections for securing multiple bikes in a garage or apartment, definitely an intriguing concept for home or work storage that is higher security than the braided cable so many of us rely on indoors. No lock is perfectly secure, and the Vier team has their mind straight on it, “Our main goal was to design a lock with the same level of security as a U-lock but in a compact form. VIER will protect your bike against lock picking, prying, hacksaws and bolt cutters. No lock on the market can protect us against angle grinders and hydraulic powered jacks.” Get in early for $65 at their Kickstarter and receive your lock by the new year.
Well, this is gnarly. Heavy Pedal’s Campbell’s soup/Merckx/Warhol/etc. bottle design, now available on their site for $11.99. I wouldn’t suggest putting soup into this…stick with water, or human blood.
How much does your bike mean to you? Check out a sneak peek of a new line of Kryptonite locks designed by bike messengers.
Voting begins today for The Bike Design Project, a design competition which partners five design firms with American bike builders to create the “Ultimate Urban Utility Bike.” The competition includes teams from Chicago, New York, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle. The winning design will be announced on August 4th and the winning design will be manufactured by Fuji Bikes in 2015.
Check out oregonmanifest.com/vote
Montague is giving away a Crosstown—a 7-speed, 700c folding road bike. You just have to answer two questions: If you receive a Montague Crosstown, what would you use it for? How would you utilize the bike’s folding feature? Click here to enter.