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Interbike Sneak Peak: Tune / ENVE 8.9

July 22nd, 2013

Emiliano Jordan

I would have to say that these wheels turned out amazing. It’s hard to capture the effect of the spokes on camera but they’re a great effect once spun up.  The depth of the rim is going to be a contrast for the small tubed English aero road bike that they’re going on.


New from MCFK

July 5th, 2013

Emiliano Jordan

We have few new products from MCFK coming on our next order. Here’s a quick sneak peak.

Padded Saddle

The new padded saddle takes their Carbon Saddle and adds about 21 grams of leather and padding making it one of the lightest padded saddles on the market.

MCFK Padded Saddle - Top View

MCFK’s new 88g padded leather saddle

MCFK Padded Saddle - Top View

MCFK’s new 88g padded leather saddle

Expander Plug

The MCFK Expander plug is an almost all aluminum affair and comes with a bolt for your top cap. Designed to work with inner steer tube diameters of 23.5 – 25.8 mm it’s going to be a bit more versatile and easier to work with than Tune’s popular Gum Gum.

MCFK Expander

Claimed 13 grams (with bolt)

Top Cap

The MCFK top cap is a straight forward carbon prepeg affair with an aluminum bolt. Claimed weight is 5g with the bolt, on par with most light weight carbon top caps like the Tune offering and a bit heavier than the Parts of Passion. Of course some of the alloy caps such as the Extralite are coming in a bit lighter.

MCFK AHEAD CAP 3K Weave Red Bolt

Claimed 5 grams including bolt.

Absolute Black Chainrings

July 3rd, 2013

Emiliano Jordan

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be the sole North American distributor for Absolute Black. After months of test riding AbsoluteBlack has released two new mountain bike chainrings. Both are intended for singlespeed use. The company says their new directional tooth profile will let you leave your chainguide at home, but more aggressive riding will still require a chainkeeper. These rings are cnc’d out of 7075 aluminum.

We’ll be stocking a Sram spiderless chainring with a manufacturer claimed 150g weight savings over the standard design. These Sram rings will come in even toothed sizes from 28-34t and in three anodized colors; black, racing red, and yale blue.

The Shimano rings feature an XX1 style, wide-narrow, tooth profile to aid chain retention. They come in 104BCD in even toothed sizes from 32-36t in two colors, black and racing red.



The Sram chainrings are designed to work flawlessly with SRAM XX1, X0, X9, X7, S2210, S1400 and Truvativ AKA cranks. GXP models. They will also work with the long spindle version of the BB30 standard. The long spindle BB30 has a 16mm spacer on the drive side, and the shorter version has a smaller 10mm spacer.


The Shimano rings will work with any 4 Bolt hole 104BCD crankset, Shimano, Race Face, FSA, Aerozine and others. These rings can only be used with a 10 or 11speed chain. If you want to run them on a 1×9, just use a 10-speed chain.

Alchemy ORC-UL

May 2nd, 2013

Emiliano Jordan

The final weight on our re-built hub was slightly under Alchemy's claimed weight.

Alchemy’s ORC-UL rear hub has been out on the market for a few weeks now and we, like a few other custom wheel builders, are completing our first builds with them.  Our initial impression was based on an early custom prototype made for a customer who’s extremely hard on wheels. We were impressed with how well it worked with the super-clydesdale specs of that wheelset. And then more recently we were delighted to receive our much-anticipated shipment of production hubs, and got going lacing them to some of our favorite rims. They are proving to be beautifully made, spinning very nice and smooth, with excellent non-drive side tension. We pulled one apart and took photos to give you an idea of what the new ORC-UL is about.  But first we have new on the Campy release schedule, or lack thereof.

Alchemy’s ORC-UL Campagnolo Freehub Body

Alchemy has postponed the release of the Campagnolo 11 speed ORC-UL hub.  At the very earliest the new release date is December 2013.  According to Alchemy this is due to a couple of new developments.  For one thing, the intense demand for this Shimano 10/11sp version of the ORC-UL has demanded significantly more time than expected. Also Alchemy has found a solution for Campagnolo drive trains that they say works perfectly.

Here’s the email we received from Alchemy on the matter. Read more

Pearl Parlee Climber

April 22nd, 2013

Emiliano Jordan

Parlee Z5, A Climber for the Colorado Rockies

The look of our latest Parlee Z5 custom bike builds reminds me of the classic bike builds I grew up lusting over, after it underwent a modern high performance evolution.  The clean traditional lines with classic box section rims accompanies components that I could only dream of as a kid.  Behind the EE brakes and Clavicula cranks lies some of the most advanced manufacturing and engineering in the industry. With the bike heading off to live in the Colorado Rockies, the priorities are to be light on the climbs and steady on the downhills.  We looked to make something capable of floating up every upward pitch, and could tame every switchback that climbs and descends the land of beautiful Colorado peaks. Read more

Worlds Lightest Bike, Revisited

April 17th, 2013

Emiliano Jordan

Worlds Lightest Bike, Interbike 2010

Over the last weekend CyclingNews reported on one of our old projects, the worlds lightest bike. This now seems like a good time for us to revisit this project as well.  It also seems like a good time to mention that this project is the inspiration for two of our upcoming Interbike projects.  No, we’re not going to make a lighter bike, as there doesn’t seem a point since this is still the current record holder.  We will however be offering two new projects both with an eye on total weight, yet keeping with a more generally accepted idea of all around use. Read more

Wolf’s Parlee Cyclocross Bike

April 13th, 2013

Emiliano Jordan

Wax Finish on the Parlee CX Frame

It’s April, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about ‘cross.  In fact we’re getting CX bikes ready for both those that are well prepared and those that can’t stay off of dirt roads no matter what time of year it is.  I believe this cross bike belongs to the later a machine that is perfect for the race coarse that will more than likely see many more miles exploring back country roads and the occasional piece of single track winding through the forest. Read more

Looking Back, Vol 4

April 3rd, 2013

Emiliano Jordan

Looking back on Flanders with Cycling Tips: Jan Raas punching a photographer who was blocking his line. Via Pinterest.
Todd Wells one of our favorite Tucson pros getting it done at Starr Pass, via Pinterest.

Todd Wells one of our favorite Tucson pros getting it done at Starr Pass, via Pinterest.

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Looking Back, Vol 3

March 18th, 2013

Emiliano Jordan

Our first Di2 mountain bike from Jason's Facebook page.
It's funny what goes viral on Facebook, Tune Carbon Coffee Cups. $240 for the set. Email for details.

It’s funny what goes viral on Facebook, Tune Carbon Coffee Cups. $240 for the set. Email for details.

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Looking Back, Vol 2

March 11th, 2013

Emiliano Jordan

From our Newsletter, using a Parts of Passion Top Cap.

We’ve started publishing a weekly update with some of the better images and articles we’ve seen around the web.  Here’s volume two for March 4th-8th. It was a big week as we found the last to be published indepth NAHBS articles and the warmer weather has been bringing us a lot of amazing images.

Cédric Gracia getting it done with style...

Cédric Gracia getting it done with style…

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