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Blackjack Bikes Fate Review

Back in July, I began testing my Amigo Jack’s new Blackjack Fate. We published a first look about the Fate in August – I pursued this review to see if an open mold, carbon fat-bike could hold a candle to the performance of two proprietary, high end, carbon fat-bikes that I spent time testing last […]

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Vee Tire Co. Apache Fatty Slick Ridden

  From the moment that I got my first glimpse of the Apache Fatty Slick from Vee Tire, it grabbed my attention as something that might work well for beach riding. Some of my Pac/West amigos have been experimenting with tire shaving on everything from Endomorphs to Snowshow 2XL’s to create the ultimate tire for beach […]

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Vittoria Cannoli – First Look!

Uncle Gomez and the folks from Vittoria Tire recently helped Christmas come a bit early and sent me a pair of Vittoria Cannoli 26 x 4.8″ tires to test out. This is a tire I am pretty darned stoked about. The Surly Bud and Lou’s have been the king of the hill for all around […]

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Gnome-Proof Gear – Sea to Summit X-Series Bowl – Ibex Shak Classic Merino Wool Jersey – RaceFace Next Carbon Cranks –

We’re back with another thrilling episode of Gnome-Proof Gear. I’m your host, Gomez Alejandro Santana de Lago, and on this episode of GPG, thee Spinner Ryerson shares a hydration system for our amigos, of the four legged variety, His Honor, the Mayor of GnomeFest 13, Steve Meurett, nominates the Ibex Shaq for GPG status and […]

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NEW from Vee Tire for 2017!

Our amigos from Vee Tire Co shared their 2017 catalog with us and they have 3 new fat-bike tires and a slew of Plus bike tires that will join their lineup for the upcoming season. These new varieties are not available quite, yet, but when they do become available, we’ll be putting them through our […]

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Lauf Carbonara Review by Kevin Breitenbach

  So I’ve got to start this review with an admission of guilt, I’ve held the Lauf Carbonara hostage for the last few months. I’ve found reason after reason to hold onto this Iclandic Native. Sure this started innocent enough, A product review of the Lauf in late winter conditions. Well, with a little help […]

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Land and Sea!

Bontrager Barbegazi Review

Back in December, we received our set of Barbegazi tires from our amigos at Bontrager and I called dibs on them, because I prefer to run 4.8’s that are moderately knobbed and that accurately describes the Barbegazi (BBZ). I had lost one of my favorite 45NRTH Dillinger 5 tires to a finger sized hole, no doubt, […]

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Tires Our BBR Testers are Digging

While getting to test the latest and greatest gear is one of the perks of being a Bike Black Ribbon test rider, all our riders have their own fat-bikes, some more than one, so let’s take a look at what a few of them ride on their personal rigs starting with where the rubber meets […]

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Vee Tire 2XL Midterm Report

While Mother Nature was a bit stingy in supplying us Michiganders with powder earlier this winter, she has started to make up for it with some great January conditions. Through the course of late fall and early winter I have been able to put the Vee Tire 2XLs through a wide variety of conditions and I […]

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Otis Turns Two – Fatback Review – The extended club version

 Otis’s Story Timeline 12/25/2013 – Otis’s Introduction and Naming – 12/25/2014 – Otis Turns One – 2/5/2015 – Otis Gets Pimped – 6/18/2015 – Otis’s Pimped Parts Review – That brings us to today and a story that could be called Otis Gets Pimped, Part Two! I had planned all along to apply some sort […]

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Video – Andy From HED Cycling Joins Us to Talk New Fat-bike Rims and Wheels

In this video Andy Tetmeyer from HED Cycling joins us to talk about HED’s new fat-bike rims and wheels. The products referenced in the video are: 24″ BAD fat-bike aluminum rim 24″ BAD fat-bike aluminum wheel 26″ BAD fat-bike aluminum rim 26″ BAD fat-bike aluminum wheel 26″ 85mm carbon rim 26″ 85mm carbon wheels 26″ 100mm carbon rim […]

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Issi Pedal Review by Steve Meurett

The ground is covered with white-the first snowfall here in western Wisconsin. It won’t last to be sure, but it does get the heart pumping for fatbike season.  Actually, there is no “fatbike season”….the fattys roll all year, as it should be now-a-days. But, the snow does remind us that bikes, clothing and gear need […]

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First Look – Rever MTN1 Disc Brake

  Uncle Gomez got his hands on what we believe is the first production version of the new Rever MTN1 mechanical disc brakes in the US! (We expect to see the retail shipment very soon!) Before we sent the MTN1s to our Alaskan testing partner and ITI champion, Kevin Breitenbach, up there in Fairbanks, AK I […]

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Kuroshiro Action

Red Bear Products to bring Euro & Aussie Carbon Rims to the US

NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Tim Krueger Announces Red Bear Products, A Wheelgoods Distributor for Kuroshiro and Bouwmeester Composites to North America September 13th, 2015 Tim Krueger announces his second new company this year, Red Bear Products.  Red Bear Products will be a distributor of bicycle wheelgoods, concentrating on industry-leading technology, hard-to-find brands, high-quality […]

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Vittoria Bomboloni – 26 x 4.0 – Review

  By : Steve Meurett It’s said first impressions are often correct, but not always correct.  Mounting a new pair of tires on a fatbike and making a snap judgement on one or two rides isn’t fair – it requires rolling out on different soil conditions and with pressure adjustments to offer a well rounded opinion. The […]

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News Release – Borealis and Reynolds – NEW! – ELITE Carbon Wheels

I nabbed a sneak preview of these new ELITE carbon, double wall, rims, when I visited Borealis at the end of July. The spy shots don’t show the final graphics, but these are the new wheels that have been developed  through a strategic partnership between Borealis and Reynolds Cycling. The official press release is below. We should have more information […]

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World Premier! The Surly Wednesday

Back in July, I was dispatched to Utah for a mission, to document and photograph, Surly’s new fat-bike. I was also headed there to attend the Quality Bicycle Products, western dealer round-up, called Saddle Drive. After I shot a slew of photos of the new Salsa’s, I met my contact, John Fleck (special ops edition) in the Needles […]

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