This week finished strong with Tyler’s holiday wish list, our first Friday Yard Sale video (where we recap the week’s tech and product news, quickly and over a beer), and wild rim brake test from Alto Cycling and Spark Wheelworks where they melted brake tracks. The rest of the week was solid, too, with wish lists from Zach, Anna and Cory, too, and more.

We saw wide new mountain bike carbon rims from Reynolds and Whisky, offering mountain bikers a more affordable option (Reynolds) and a wider option for plus and mid-fat bikes (Whisky). Speaking of wheels, we also answered the question “Should you buy custom built wheels?” in our weekly AASQ series, and Pacenti launched an entirely new wheel lineup to go with their revamped website.

For reviews, we brought back the suspension stem with our ShockStop review. Don’t worry, it’s good, and a far cry from the abominations of the past. And if you like toys even when you’re off the bike, check our review of the Traxxas Slash R/C truck, it’s good fun!

One last thing worth calling out: Jamis has downsized their Renegade gravel adventure road bike to fit kids, which means it’s not just mountain bikes that are getting the pro-quality treatment for youth. Exciting times to be a kid! Now, here’s all the posts from this past week…

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Bronte Creek Provincial Park – Oakvillle, Ontario

Mason goes hi-def with updated Definition2 alloy road bike

Pirelli road bike tires add direct-to-consumer channel on top of retail

Holiday Gift Ideas for Cyclists – Anna’s picks for 2017

Ottolock V2 updates more durable, lightweight combination cafe bike lock – updated pricing

Arundel Shameless Plugs hides a mini-tool in your road bike handlebar

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Snow Ride

Castelli, Showers Pass & Sportful – lightweight protection from the elements

Danny MacAskill’s cool, casual style inspires Endura’s One Clan Collection

2018 Jamis Renegade downsizes with 650b wheels for small adventure riders

Feel the force on your next ride w/ official Star Wars cycling apparel by BIORACER

Intense Cycles goes Rider Direct with new hybrid sales model

Carbondale, Colorado is the answer for Why Cycle’s new headquarters

Off The Bike Review: Traxxas 1/16 Slash 4×4 remote control truck is a steal

JensonUSA Holiday Gift Guide… for the Roadie

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: ‘Tis The Snow Bike Season!

AMS slaps on some All Mountain Style to protect chainstays & deflect mud

OPEN and Yeti team up for Yeti-inspired Turquoise U.P. gravel bike

Ritchey Heritage Paint Program dries up in 2017, KITE WCS Dropper Post now in stock

roll: bicycle company steps thru to new frames, new colors, & CR:1 Cafe Racer Edition

Rapha stitches up cozy special edition, luxury Wool Softshell jacket

Review: The BINOREAL Radius F1 simplifies lighting with the touch of a button

Holiday Gift Ideas for Cyclists – Cory’s Wish List 2017

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Maple Lake Wildlife Management Area, New Jersey

Coros Wearables’ OMNI hybrid smart helmet molds tech into new lid

Rapha encourages us to fight holiday excess with 8th annual Festive 500

IMBA mountain bikers advocate for collaborative Wilderness perspective

Seven XX upgrade takes their titanium disc brake frames to the next level

Video Roundup: Not Far From Home II, BMX in the Silverdome, and new Trail Boss episodes

Review: Redshift Sports’ ShockStop suspension stem defies bumps & expectations

Just In: Whisky Parts Co. No. 9 80w 27.5″ carbon fat bike wheels

Vorsprung Suspension adds custom Tractive tuning to RockShox Monarch Plus RC3

JensonUSA Holiday Gift Guide… for the Mountain Biker

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: South Coast Ridge Road, California

Fizik polishes up limited edition Open White R3 road bike saddles

Kinetic offers a chance to try virtual training & win with rebranded Rouvy

Gaerne G.Winter ready for cold roads & trails with Gore-Tex cycling shoes

LID helmets unfold with compact, eco-friendly design

Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

AASQ #21: Should I get custom wheels built?

Wade Simmons’ Rocky Mountain PipeDream kicks it old school to the origins of freeride

Holiday Gift Ideas for Cyclists – Tyler’s picks for 2017

The Bikerumor Friday Yard Sale, Ep #001 – Suspension stems, selling direct, etc.

Alto Cycling & Spark melt carbon clinchers w/ multi-brand rim brake test

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