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Posts by Madcow

New Artist Series Fair Wheel Kits

May 25th, 2011



I’m really happy to announce the release of the first in a series of artist designed Fair Wheel Bikes kits.  The first kit comes to us from artist Hunter King.  Hunter is both a friend and a fabulous artist.  Hunter designed the first two kits for us without any instruction, we just gave him a concept which was that we wanted something with a bit of a retro feel.  Hunter took it from there and came up with this kit.   Feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think.  Also for those of you wanting to see more of Hunters work take a look at Read more

New Fair Wheel Location and employees.

May 5th, 2011


The first wheel build station is almost done, just a couple more to go.

Please note that we have some new phone numbers. First let me say that the original Fair Wheel location is not moving, it’s been in the same spot for 35 years and will be there for 35 more years.  But after 35 years, we have finally run out of space at the 6th st location.  Actually we ran out of space a couple years ago and just struggled with it.  That is no longer the case.  We have moved both our retail internet division and our distribution division offsite to a new building about half a mile from the original.   I also want to introduce some new employees that we are very excited to have joining us.  Read more

HSC Ceramic Bottom Brackets

May 3rd, 2011



HSC is making some of the nicest ceramic bottom brackets that we have yet seen.  Now that there are so many different standards for bottom brackets we thought this a good time to try and differentiate the standards and help people figure out what is the right bottom bracket for them.  Currently there are 6 offerings from HSC with more likely to show up soon.  Read more

Kcnc Majestic Seat Mast

April 14th, 2011



Kcnc has a ton of new products in release.  The most recent to arrive and be added to our catalog is the new Majestic seat mast head.  Made of 7075 Aluminum with 4 titanium bolts.  Available in 4 colors, 2 offsets, and 2 lengths making for 16 options in each diameter.  Currently available in 34.9.  Read more

Far and Near Derailleur bolt tuning kits

April 12th, 2011



For several years we’ve struggled to find a good aluminum bolt tuning kit for derailleurs that met our standards.  We’ve had some decent kits in the past, but with each of them there was always something that kept it from being just right in our minds.  Some were missing pieces, others had mismatched anodizing between the bolts, and others still had bolts that missed the right spec.  Finally, this problem is coming to an end.  Several months ago we asked Far and Near to produce some bolt tuning kits to our specs, and now we have the samples to share with you.  Read more

Fair Wheel Gallery Portland Grand Opening

February 21st, 2011



At Interbike last year we loosely tossed around the idea of a permanent gallery devoted to bicycles and components. That conversation, which at the time seemed to be just a bit of day dreaming, has now turned into an actual reality for us. We are proud to announce that March 4th and 5th we’ll host the grand opening of Het Fair Wheel Podium in Portland Oregon.  A permanent gallery dedicated to innovation and art in cycling.  Read more

Weight Weenie Bike Builder Application

February 4th, 2011



Last year we partnered with Weight Weenies to revive the deceased weight listings.  In just under a year we’ve managed, with the help of the members, to collect and add about 3000 new components to the weight listings.  Now we’ve decided to take it a step further and find a way to put those listings to better use.  That better use is an interactive spreadsheet that you can download to your computer and use to build a virtual bike simply by making selections from lists.  Read more

Praxis finally coming to aftermarket.

January 25th, 2011



Most people won’t wont know Praxis although most people will already unknowingly have had contact with some product that they’ve been involved in.  For the last few years Praxis has been simply an OEM manufacturer,  designing and making things for other companies to put their names on.  Now they are going to open up to aftermarket with some of their own designs, and even a new patented anodizing method.  Read more

Ashima PCB (Pan Cake Brake)

January 5th, 2011



One of the reasons that it’s so easy for us to recommend the products that we sell is because we have a policy not to sell brands when we don’t believe in the product.  So in order for a new brand to get accepted into FWB we usually spend a good deal of time testing their products.  We’ve been testing and playing with Ashima products for over a year now and are now ready to welcome them on board with us.  Over the next month or two I’ll introduce you to some of the products we’ve been testing from them and how we feel they fared in our tests.  First we are going to look at the Ashima PCB disc brake.  Read more

Road Bike Brake Shootout #3

December 9th, 2010



Having been over a year since our last road bike brake shootout we figured it was time to one again look at the new brakes, and revisit some of the old ones to see if  anything has changed.  We’ve got 15 different road bike brakes in this test with 14 of them being outside the major manufacturers and the other being a Dura Ace to use as a benchmark.  The brakes being tested this time include 2 brakes from Ax Lightness, Bontrager, 3 from Ciamillo, EE, Far and Near, 3 from Kcnc, M5, Dura Ace 7900, Thm, and Trp. Read more