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Basso Palta fast carbon gravel road bike - review: road-inspired fast, stiff, made-in-Italy, photo by Javi Echevarria Ruiz, creek

Review: Basso Palta carbon gravel bike rides line between on & off-road, teases something new!

Posted on September 19, 2021 by Cory Benson

Basso’s made-in-Italy carbon Palta gravel bike has been around for a couple of years – we first saw it back in 2018. But in that meantime, I’ve had the chance to put in many kilometers on the fast gravel bike, exploring dirt roads, trails & even tarmac of Catalonia. With obvious inspiration from the Italian road racing bikes that Basso is most well-known for, the Palta is undeniably quick, both on and off-road. And as we’ve been curious to see if a more integrated or more aggressive update was in the works, Basso has just teased that Palta II is coming soon…

Bosch eBike ABS prototype e-bike with integrated anti-lock braking, carbon cockpit

Bosch ABS prototype, the future of integrated braking for e-bikes & beyond!

Posted on September 19, 2021 by Cory Benson

Bosch eBike ABS has offered functional anti-lock braking solutions for a couple of years to OEM e-bike producers. And occasionally we’ve spotted a model or two with ABS. But whether due to extra cost, complexity, lack of consumer, or just relatively clunky installations, ABS certainly hasn’t seemed to catch on. But now, Bosch has been using this prototype e-bike to hype their idea of advanced urban mobility. And its eBike ABS setup is as well integrated as we’ve seen. The question remains, do the safety & performance benefits of anti-lock brakes outweigh the downsides for e-bikes or even conventional bikes?

People for Bikes, Support for New Bicycling Tax Benefits

Weekend Roundup: Support US Bike Tax Breaks, Make your Trails Trash Free, Win a Polygon & more!

Posted on September 19, 2021 by Cory Benson

Support for New Bicycling Tax Benefits – As of last week, a new electric bicycle tax credit and a bike commuter benefit came one step closer to reality in the US. But People for Bikes needs help to keep these new bike-friendly policies moving through the Washington, DC legislative process. They are asking all US cyclists to help empower their national elected officials to prioritize bikes as part of the solution for the climate crisis, mobility equity, public health, and economic growth.

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