26 May 2009


real or rumour? via:LockedCog

Trick tyre

Saw these over at Prolly today. Look and sound pretty good. Still waiting to hear more about those 'messenger' specific ones from Japan but looks these will make it to production for sure. Here's what John Prolly had to say:

People are pretty opinionated about their tire of choice. Some swear by Gatorskins, others are lifelong Vittoria Rando supporters and yet, there are still multiple companies making new tires all the time. No one seems to be addressing the "trick" market though. Right now I'm pretty stoked on these for one simple reason; traction that wraps the sidewalls.

Ever ride home in the rain to be alarmed by something and when you whip into a hockey stop, your bike kicks out from under you, landing you on your ass and your bike in the street? Well, I've done it a few times and it's no fun. I've ridden in the rain multiple times on my commute on the Session tires and because of the directional tread that wraps the sidewall, it has great traction.

They also don't wear down from daily skid use. Their high TPI (120TPI) and Kevlar-enforced,beefy sidewalls ensures you won't get any pinch flats as well. Not to mention, compared to other urban tires, they're pretty light.

Right now they come in a 28c, which is more like a 32c and hopefully a 38c or a 40c to follow. The pricepoint is right up there with other premium tires, which is to be expected. I can be honest though, they have lasted weeks longer than other tires I've ridden recently. They don't loosen up or weaken after weeks of riding like others do. I went through 2 Randos in the time a Sessions tire lasted on the rear wheel.

Keep watch on the Bens Blog for more updates! 

Good vibes

Imagine this on a friday past oceana! via:zlog

25 May 2009

2010 Langster

Looks like specialized have got it right with the 2010 frameset. With some decent components these could be a very desirable OTP option. Look forward to seeing one built up. via.

UPDATE: Apparently this frame is NJS certified. Media: The new Langster steel is Specialized's first foray in to the world of Keirin racing. It will be the only mass produced NJS stamped Keirin framest made outside of Japan. Specialized have teamed up with Dokuru and will be providing frames and componentry to a Keirin team in 2010. Langster steel sold as frameset only, expected to arrive in Continental US stores by August 09. MSRP $650

Lets wait and see what happens. Word on the street (read - forums) is that the langster will be getting a redesign akin to the 2006 model.

Another one to make you go riding...

fixed city | Trailer from fixed city on Vimeo.

via lockedcog

Tricks in a tunnel

Nathan&Machine from Bjorn Rust on Vimeo.

More seat stay porn

Enjoy Sam.