What’s old is new again. Twirly mustaches, bergamot-scented hair treatments, wool spinning: They’re all the rage with the kids these days. But before you disparage all the young bohemians and their love of the anachronistic consider this. Those of us in the cyclo-industrial complex are not immune to similar fits of whimsical nostalgia. Take the 650B [...]
In our last Advanced Suspension Seminar in Portland one of our students brought up the impeding expiration of the US Patent on the Horst Link rear suspension design. Currently held by Specialized (and licensed to other manufacturers), the Horst Link is considered by many to have revolutionized full-suspension mountain bikes when it was released in the [...]
With another edition of the Tour of Flanders in the books and Paris-Roubaix around the corner it’s safe to say that we are firmly in the midst of cobbled classics season. Guys and gals in superhero suits test their skinny-tired mettle against some of the most brutal, unrelenting pave in Europe. Since we are just coming [...]
Last week we explored the utility (or lack thereof) of tread on road tires. For those interested in further reading, this archive of legendary uber-curmudgeon Jobst Brandt’s thoughts on the subject should serve to put the question to bed. Today we turn our attention to the to the role of tread when we steer off the [...]
Things are about to get wheel at UBI Portland next week. We’re starting an Advanced Certification Seminar. That means two days of wheelbuilding geared towards UBI/DT Swiss certification, followed by three days of in-depth suspension work. This seems like a perfect time to revisit an extremely truncated history of the bicycle wheel in pictures. Join us [...]
As a companion piece to last week’s review of tubular gluing science, today we turn our attention to tires (or “tyres” if you’re funky). In our mechanic classes we have the opportunity to hear all manner of myths and misconceptions regarding tires: The relationship of tire size to rolling resistance, the importance (or lack thereof) of [...]
UBI instructor/downhill racer Nathan Riddle is featured in this video from the Bell Built trail building grants program, stressing the importance of supporting trail access. Watch Nathan shred the BTI trail.
One thing we’re wondering: what tricks did the producers use to actually capture Nathan on camera? Did they create some sort of ultra-slow time/space vortex? Make [...]
This past weekend UBI held the latest in our series of FOX Racing Shox Master Tech Clinics. Suspension-happy mechanics from across the US converged on UBI’s Portland campus to learn the ups and downs of FOX technology, including the new FOX CTD damper. Building on the success of their FIT damper, the new CTD (Climb, Trail, [...]
Po-tay-to, po-tah-to, and we have no intention of calling it off. What did we do over the holidays? Oh, you know. Just getting the skinny on the latest and greatest Shimano Dura Ace road group from their tech guru, Nick Murdick.
Shimano 9000 not only brings 11-speeds to the back end, but introduces a host of refinements: [...]
I can hardly believe it myself. A class where they teach you how to perform complete service on FOX products, improve the bottom line of your service department, AND allow you to take a top-of-the-line FOX fork that you’ve overhauled back to the shop? It sounds too good to be true. But it is.
There’s more. It’s [...]