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Headset Spacers and DLC Cables

March 10th, 2011

Emiliano Jordan

Parts of Pation Headset Spacers

Madcow recently flew up to Portland to attend the Het Fairwheel Podium grand opening, and as per the usual with Madcow, he brought a few new products along with him. Some of the new small parts grabbed my attention, and I’m going to share those with you.

Parts of Passion Headset Spacers

I first saw the POP Headset Spacers while unpacking Parlee’s cyclocross NAHBS bike that Madcow helped spec. Even in black, the spacer caught my eye. First of all, it’s light. After a quick weigh-in for the 10mm height, they’re a bit (.4 g) heavier than the Soul Kozak spacer, and almost 2 grams lighter than most anything carbon. I also like the ridged look (a lot). They stack really nice, with little visible gap and the ridging carrying flawlessly. After Madcow dropped off a bag full of the spacers, I immediately understood why he added them to the shop. The colors — blue, red, gold, pink, copper, orange, silver, green and black — are beautiful, vibrant and deep.
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Praxis finally coming to aftermarket.

January 25th, 2011

Madcow

prax3

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

Madcow

ash9

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

Eyes Wide Open

December 21st, 2010

Emiliano Jordan

Markus Neuert and Fabienne Heinzmann

CYCLEFILM’s Markus Neuert has been making a small name for himself in the cycling film world.  But, since this isn’t exactly the realm of our technical forte we’ll leave the reporting on this to Pez Cycling News, one the sites that can cover all realms of cycling.

However, I am here to review his latest release, Eyes Wide Open – The Making of Cyclepassion 2011.  The film is, of course, full of beautiful women but it’s not where you’ll catch a Janet Jackson style wardrobe slip.  Markus’ clear intention is to show us the athletic side of every girl in the calendar.   Read more

Road Bike Brake Shootout #3

December 9th, 2010

Madcow

fnnbrk

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

Custom Enve decals

November 30th, 2010

Madcow

enve_decal_red

For the last couple of years we’ve been offering custom Edge/Enve decals as an unpublicized option on our wheelbuilds.  During this time we’ve been talking about making this a standard offering.   As of last week we’ve begun to make this a standard offering.  We are now including at no extra charge any of our semi-custom decals on any Enve handbuilt wheelset.  We are also offering them as a one time upgrade on any loose ENVE rims we offer. We offer 6 semi-custom colors and two placement options.  Read more

Kinlin XR-380 Clincher Rim

October 26th, 2010

Madcow

380_2

From Kinlin, our aluminum clincher rim of choice, comes a new deeper alloy clincher, the XR-380.  Finding an alloy rim deeper than 30mm isn’t the easiest task, but finding one that is still light is even harder.  This one fills that void nicely.  At 38mm deep and 20mm wide this non-eyeletted rim comes in at an average weight 548 grams.   The retail price is $120. Read more

Campagnolo Electronic

October 25th, 2010

Madcow

Dogma_Giro-D'Italia-FD

Over the weekend the 2011 Giro route was announced.  Pinarello took over as the official bike of the Giro and as such had a Dogma from the Pinarello Lab on display.  The bike seemed to be a little overlooked as really no good pictures have surfaced as of yet (at least not that we’ve seen.)  We find this strange due to the fact that the bike featured the 2011 electronic Campagnolo group.  Read more

New Products From KMC

October 12th, 2010

Emiliano Jordan

kmc-chaintool-plate (Custom)

Fresh off of interbike we placed a KMC order and “quietly added” them to our store.  Let me take a second to not so quietly introduce you to the new additions. Read more

ENVE Composites; Build up to a New Wheel

September 30th, 2010

Emiliano Jordan

cross-is-here

ENVE Composites, formally EDGE until Jan. 1st 2011, didn’t bring a lot of new products to Interbike this year. Even lacking a major product release, they’d been really busy throughout 2010. It wasn’t until recently, through an announcement about their collaboration with Velo Science’s Simon Smart, that we figured out what exactly they had been up to. According to ENVE, they’re taking aerodynamic engineering as seriously as they take manufacturing and structural engineering. EDGE started in the fall of 2007 when a small team of Engineers based out of Utah shocked us with a rim that had features we weren’t expecting for years to come. Every detail was meticulously addressed, and every feature we could think of had been covered, with maybe the exception of in-depth aerodynamic testing. Read more