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Smart Enve System Clincher Rims

May 3rd, 2012

Madcow

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For the last several months there has been lots of anticipation about the Smart Enve System (SES) clincher rims.  Now that we have them in stock we have had a chance to play with them and form an opinion.  In short they’ve surpassed my expectations, which honestly were quite high.

Since the tubular versions of 3.4 and 6.7 have been out for almost a year and a lot of people are familiar with what makes the SES rims special, so there’s no need to go into great detail. We will, however, touch on some aspects that I find interesting as well as some which maybe just haven’t been much talked about.   All of the Smart Enve System rims are designed to be used in matched pairs to produce the best results.  All the rims are wider than standard Enve rims, but the front SES is wider and shallower than the rear (26mm wide front and 24mm wide rear), this is said to reduce drag and improve handling and the results are really noticeable.  All SES wheels feel super fast, and wind tunnel data that I’ve seen backs this up.  Perhaps even more importantly, handling is insanely predictable/stable. Read more

Soul Kozak Road Hubs

December 29th, 2011

Emiliano Jordan

Disassembled Soul Kozak Hub

We’ve had a couple weeks to test out the new Soul Kozak road hubset which retail for $400 with either Campy or Shimano freehub bodies. For the front hub Soul Kozak brought the flanges in for increased aerodynamics while the rear hub gets both magnetic and bearing upgrades.  The head of our custom wheel building program, Troy Watson, pulled them apart, rode them (laced to ENVE 45s with Sapim CX-ray Spokes) and gave us his thoughts. Read more

2012 Cycle Passion Calendar

September 2nd, 2011

Emiliano Jordan

Pre-order your 2012 Cycle Passion calendar today.

As summer wanes and fall approaches it’s time to talk about our much-anticipated yearly Cycle Passion calendar. This will be your first chance at a sneak peak of the 2012 edition being unveiled at Euro Bike, and that we’ll have with us at Interbike later this month. Remember, last year’s Interbike release featured a chance to meet and greet model/athletes Heather Irmiger and Willow Koerber.

For 2012, the Cycle Passion calendar has improved to a double-sided format, which means twice as many photos as previous years. Team Lotto Ladies Liz Hatch and Veronica Adreasson are back for an encore performance. They’re joined by newcomers Katherine O’Shea, of Australia, and Polish sensation Maja Wloszczowska. Germany’s Hanna Klein is also on board for 2012, along with French riders Marion Rousse and Pauline Ferrand Prevot. Read more

ENVE Smart System 6.7 Rims

June 24th, 2011

Emiliano Jordan

ENVE 6.7 Smart System Rim Set

ENVE’s latest rim design, the Smart 6.7, is the result of extensive collaboration with UK-based aerodynamics specialist Simon Smart. Articles such as those from ProCycling and VeloNews have detailed much of the innovations utilized in production of the 6.7 rims. In reading about the 6.7 rims and viewing several photographs, I had made some basic assumptions (mainly that they closely resemble rims from another manufacturer). I was excited to be able to get a close look at the Smart System rims so that I could see for myself the details in this new design. Read more

Kmc Black on Black DLC Chain

June 9th, 2011

Madcow

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Back during Interbike 2010 we reported on KMC’s new DLC coated chain that was available in black and red.  Now we have the limited edition Kmc X10SL DLC coated chain is available in full black.  That’s right, the limited edition black on red has been revamped for the coming year and is now available in black on black.  Same great performance as the standard X10SL, but without the color.  Due to the extremely high production cost of DLC coating the chains, these will be available only in limited quantities.  The DLC black on black chain will be available….. Now.

Fair Wheel Crank test #4

May 26th, 2011

Madcow

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Welcome back to the 4th installment of the crank shootout.

New cranks that have been added for this round are Ax Lightness Morpheus, Extralite QRC2 and Rotor 3d.  The next round will include the new Tune Smartfoot, Thm M3 and hopefully a production version of EE.

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New Artist Series Fair Wheel Kits

May 25th, 2011

Madcow

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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 Hunterking.com Read more

New Fair Wheel Location and employees.

May 5th, 2011

Madcow

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

Madcow

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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

Madcow

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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