Frostbike Roundup: Bits and Widgets Aplenty
Bike Mag Goes to Minnesota.
If you’ve never heard of Frostbike, it shouldn’t be a cause for concern. Taking place inside the doors of Quality Bicycle Products, headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota, the show is on a slightly smaller scale than the sprawling Interbike exhibition hall. But, that’s not to take anything away from it. Imparted with a touch of that Midwestern charm, the show provides industry folk the chance to actually catch their breath and really get a chance to see what’s on offer.
That we did, and here’s a few items that caught our attention.
DT Swiss FX 1950
Available in March, DT Swiss’s FX 1950 is slated as an aggressive-use wheelset for rowdy all-mountain riding and freeride applications. Boasting a whopping 30-millimeter-wide outer rim profile (27 millimeter inner-rim profile), the FX 1950 wheelset is tubeless-compatible thanks to DT Swiss’s Tricon system. The FX 1950 wheels will be compatible with all axle fitments, and come in at, you guessed it, 1950 grams. Retail on the set is $1,650.
Schwalbe Hans Dampf 29
Making its debut in world of the big wheel, Hans is ready for primetime in 2012.
Kind Shock Customization Kit
Not a fan of the Kind Shock’s signature red anodizing? Well, now you can customize your post in just about any color of the rainbow (except purple and pink). Offered as a complete kit with custom lever, remote, (so you can convert from lever to remote or vice versa) cable, and post collar for $80, a pared-down kit retails for $40.
Cane Creek Double Barrel Fit Finder Website
Along the lines of Cane Creek’s wildly popular (over one-million hits to-date) headset FitFinder website, the company is launching a new website that will allow people to check fitment and tuning information for both the Double Barrel and the Double Barrel Air specific to their very bike, right down to individual model year.
Enve Composites TWENTY6 DH Wheelset
Starting out their life beneath the Santa Cruz Syndicate team, the Enve DH wheelset is finally available to the general public. Raced on By Steve Peat for an entire season, you can be sure these wheels are tough. Coming in at 1843 grams (with King ISO DH hubs), the wheels sport a 31-millimeter-wide outer rim width. But, as always such a mix of light weight and performance comes at a price—$2,750 a set.
Chromag’s saddle line has undergone a makeover for 2012 featuring updated graphics. We’e always been a fan of Chromag’s thrones, and we’re glad to see they’re looking better than ever. Of course, our favorite item at the Chromag booth was the new Trailmaster LTD…
Featuring full-grain leather and titanium rails and a respectable 320 grams of heft, the LTD is quite the looker. And, if it’s anything like the rest of the Chromag saddle line-up, it’s bound to be quite comfortable.