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Stem Review Updated: 6 new stems added

The stem review has been updated with 6 new stems added.  Bontrager XXX, Control Tech Titanium, Extralite Hyperstem, FSA SL-K, Mcfk Carbon and Ritchey Superlogic Carbon 260.  The addition of these 6 stems brings the test total to 25 stems. Complete test with results can be found here    

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English McFetridge Project build

This project was almost 2 years in the making.  The idea was to build a bike that could do double duty as a CX bike but also as a city/commuter bike.  During the week the bike is fitted with large slick road tires and fenders, but on the weekend, drop the fenders and switch to … Read More

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Skewer Review Version 2.1

It’s been two years since we’ve updated the skewer review, which made this seem like a good time to re-visit it and see what’s changed.    We’ve dropped a couple skewers and added a few more as well as updated ones that are still current. Skewers are an often overlooked component on the bike, even … Read More

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Parlee Altum X-wing

Parlee’s new Altum is an amazing example of the companies ability to think outside the box and step out of its comfort zone. This custom painted Altum, lovingly dubbed the X-Wing, is a beautiful example of Parlee’s forward thinking designs. Ultimately though, despite all of its updated technologies and modern shape, the X-Wing is focused … Read More

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Shimano Di2 Synchro Shift for road bikes?

So before we even begin to try and tackle this subject, let’s just jump straight to the main question; can I have sequential shifting on my road bike? If you’re reading this only to find out the answer to that question, let me save you a bit of trouble and answer that question up front: No, you … Read More

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18.7 Lamere Fat Bike

World’s Lightest Fat Bike, 18.7 pounds

Fat bikes aren’t generally thought of as light weight race bikes. In fact, most people who have ridden them will say that they are super fun to ride, but you almost never hear the words light, fast, or nimble used when describing these specialty bikes. For years, I had personally said that because I didn’t … Read More

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Road Crank Test 2.2.0

Having just finished up our previous crank test we hadn’t planned on doing another so quickly. However once we got our PF30 shell installed in the fixture we were excited to see how the SISL crank in particular would do. Before moving on I’d like to take a moment to give huge thanks to Rob … Read More

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Colnago C60 Super Record

This is the third Colnago C60 we’ve built recently, and so far is our favourite. Personally I’m not always a fan of black on black, but in this case it works really well and is an elegant execution for black on black bikes. If this isn’t your style maybe the White on Black Colnago Italian … Read More

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Festka XCr Stainless

When we discussed ideas for the relaunch of our blog, which you’re currently reading, one idea kept coming up. That idea was that while we wanted to showcase what we do here at Fair Wheel Bikes, we also wanted to show things that impress and inspire us. That idea brings us to this build from … Read More

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