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Judging by the amount of new product at Frostbike this year, 2015 should be a good one for both consumers and retailers. Even if brands didn’t have an expansive collection of new goods, most of them had at least one thing to show off like Vittoria’s new Bomboloni tire for the 29+ category. Aptly named after an Italian filled doughnut, the oversized rubber will be made available in both 29 x 3 and 26 x 4″ versions, but no word on any 27.5+ options just yet we just heard from Vittoria, and they will be offering a 27.5 x 3.0″ tire to go along with the other options!

Keep reading for the news from Vittoria, Kenda, i9, Onyx and more…

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Wrapped in a tightly spaced tread pattern with smaller center knobs and more aggressive cornering blocks, the Bomboloni looks like one fast doughnut. Using Vittoria’s TNT tubeless casing and bead, the tires will be tubeless ready and will be available around the first of April. If the Vittoria Goma to the right is throwing you off, that’s due to the fact that all Geax tires are now branded as Vittoria. Geax was already a division of Vittoria, but they decided that the different naming structure led to confusion so the Geax brand is no more. Most of the tread patterns and tire options have stayed the same under the new branding thought the casing has been made a bit lighter on certain models.

vittoria.com

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Speaking of oversized tires – there is always the question of how to inflate them if you happen to get a flat while out riding. Genuine Innovations is considering looking to their motorcycle division for the answer which already offers 45g co2 cartridges. Not yet finalized, Genuine Innovations is considering offering the cartridge with a bicycle specific head since the threads are larger than that of bicycle inflators. Citing production and safety concerns, Genuine Innovations has discontinued the propane filled Big Air canisters which were already favored by the large tire crowd which is why they are considering the use of 45g co2 cartridges.

genuineinnovations.com

Image from MSW/QBP Facebook

Image from MSW/QBP Facebook

If you’re about to shed a tear over the loss of Big Air don’t worry, MSW has your back. The new XLA-40 is essentially the exact same thing – 40 grams of propane that is perfect for larger tire volumes. Said to fill a 4″ fat bike tire to 9 psi or a 29×2.25 to 30 psi, the XLA-40 is compatible with most threaded inflators that will fit into the neck of the canister and will sell for $12.99 a piece.

mswbike.com

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Stamped simply with Prototype, Kenda had a new casing hidden in their booth that will become an option for all Enduro tires in the near future. Called their LGC or Light Gravity Casing, the tires will have 3 piece flat protection built into the casing to prevent punctures, sidewall tears, and pinch flats.

kendatire.com

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To go along with their awesome wheels and hubs, Industry Nine will be offering tubeless tape and valves under their own brand. Selling tape in 26 and 32mm widths, and aluminum tubeless valves to match their 10 anodizing colors, i9 will be including color matched valves with any custom wheelset they sell. Industry Nine also hinted towards 55 and 80mm tubeless valves that will be available in the future to mate with their new tubeless ready carbon road wheels…

industrynine.net

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Orange Seal introduced a new 16oz size for both their regular and Sub Zero sealants. Enough for four 29ers or two fat bikes (depending on who you ask), the sealants will be priced at $19.99 for the standard 160z and $21.99 for the Sub Zero 16oz. Of course all of the Orange Seal tapes and valves make easy tubeless conversions of most wheels.

orangesealcycling.com

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For Stan’s Notubes, the news isn’t product, but quantity. Perfect for the shop who performs tubeless conversions on a regular basis, Stan’s is now offering shop quantity packs of valves, nipple washer, valve hole reducers, and valve cores. Since they’re not really consumer focused products pricing wasn’t given, but shops can order the packs through QBP.

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Here’s a bit of 27.5″ news you probably didn’t expect, HED is now offering their wide Belgium Plus road rims in 650b. Available with a machined brake surface or disc only, the rims are 25mm wide and tubeless compatible and will be offered in 28 or 32 hole versions. In stock now, the rims have an MSRP of $150 per rim.

hedcycling.com

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As a fellow Minnesota based company, Onyx has teamed up with QBP to distribute their impressive hubs. Gaining attention for their use of sprague clutches which offer nearly completely drag free performance with infinite engagement, Onyx Racing Product now has a hub for nearly every bike imaginable. Their new Centerlock thru axle mountain hub can be disassembled without tools and uses a larger 6804 bearing on the non drive side of the hub than most competition for improved durability. The secret to the design is pressing the bearing in from the drive side of the hub, which is possible thanks to the design of the hub shell and clutch mechanism. When you remove the freehub assembly, the sprague clutches stay inside the hub shell and the engagement shaft comes out with the freehub.

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Now offering dedicated 15x150mm fat bike hubs, Campy and Shimano/SRAM road hubs, thru axle single speed BMX hubs, the Onyx catalog is growing as fast as new hub standards. Onyx also had their single speed cogs on display which are available in 12-18t in hardened stainless steel, or 14-18t in all anodized colors. And check out that plated BMX bike!

onyxrp.com

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Finally, if you’re looking for wider coverage on big 29″ tires, SKS was showing their new B65 Commuter II fender. The full coverage fender is a bolt on solution for 700c/29″ tires up to 2.35″ in width.

sks-germany.com

 

 

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Pancakes
Pancakes
6 years ago

That CO2 Cartridge is full of propane?

Tyler
Tyler
6 years ago

Could you jerry-rig it to use with a stove?

Caveman
Caveman
6 years ago

^^THAT^^

Ddubbs
Ddubbs
6 years ago

GI has offered the 45g CO2 cartridges for years in motorsports. They work with an oversized version of the AirChuck inflator. They are huge…so big that that they end up taking as much space as a mini pump if you carry two.

Ripnshread
Ripnshread
6 years ago

What is the claimed mass of that rear hub? Or any of their rear MTB hubs? In my experience this type of clutch needs to be incredibly stout.

Nick
Nick
6 years ago

Glad to finally know what happened to the Big Air canisters. Had been looking off an on for replacements online for a while now–they were great for filling a 29er tire. And no… I didn’t use them all the time. Liked having one in the pack for rare ‘oh crap, the sun is setting’ or ‘thats a large cloud of nasty coming this way’ moments in the middle of no where on the trail.

DJ
DJ
6 years ago

I won’t be getting the Orange Seal sealant again. The main problem was it didn’t have a good effective life, since it would need to be replenished after 4-5 weeks. Not sure if my relatively humid environment near Houston affected it. I never got a flat using it in a tubeless setup on for 4-5 months and never saw any orange goop seeping out either.

randall
randall
6 years ago

@Pancakes – I think propane can be stored in a thinner container. I’m not 100% on various laws, but the vapor pressure is much lower of propane. I think it might be bad to call it a CO2 cartridge rather than simply a propane cartridge, because the container spec is unknown.

That said, I didn’t know such a thing existed, but it appears that it is indeed a container of propane. Google says people use it in airsoft guns.

Robert W
Robert W
6 years ago

No way I’m paying $10 for something to fill one tire one time.

wheel-addict
wheel-addict
6 years ago

Question, what is so bad about Onyx hubs? You call them “impressive” but then refer to their “notoriety” at the same time: “Gaining notoriety for their use of sprague clutches”.

Google search definition of notoriety:
“the state of being famous or well known for some bad quality or deed”

FatBikeGuy
FatBikeGuy
6 years ago

Have a set of Onyx hubs on my fatbike. Awesome. Completely silent and instant engagement. High quality bearings just keep on spinning. The rear hub weighs more than many, but the robustness is worth it. No more broken freehubs.

robomekk
robomekk
6 years ago

Are those rims 650b or 650c? because as a road rim, it would seem that 650c would make much more sense, especially with a brake track.

BubbRubb
BubbRubb
6 years ago

Aluminum valve stems snap waaay too easily. Buyer beware! I’ve broken them pumping, but also JRA, when a rock air stick smack one, it’s game over. Instant flat tire.

Eric Hansen
Eric Hansen
6 years ago

Did you mean to type “sprag” clutches? Because those are a thing, and ‘sprague clutches’ aren’t.

ranggapanji
ranggapanji
6 years ago

@robomekk 650b wheels are commonly found on classic French touring bikes. 650 x 42b tire have almost the same diameter as 700 x 23c tire, but with extra width and air volume.

DeeEight
DeeEight
6 years ago

More economical solution (longterm) if you repeatedly need to use an inflator instead of a pump is to buy a 3.5-4 oz size co2 paintball gun tank. Valve adapters exist that thread onto the male ASA threads of their valves to downsize to bicycle tubes already, and the tanks are refillable and re-useable thousands of times for about $1/fill at a paintball store, or even less than that if you have your own bulk tank.

devonbikester
devonbikester
6 years ago

For those new to fat bikes, 4x12g CO2 canisters will fill a 26×4″ fat tyre to a pressure good enough to ride.

It is by far the cheapest way to go. Okay, so you have to carry 4 cartridges – tape them together to stop them rattling around and off you go. And if one of your mates on a regular sized tyre gets a puncture you won’t feel so bad using one or two cartridges as they can be replaced, whereas half a 45g cartridge is a pain.

4x12g weigh 163g. 1x45g Genuine Innovations weighs 166g. So you save weight and money!

gringo
gringo
6 years ago

yeah SKS got some Fargo fenders! woot woot.

Peter Hamtramck
6 years ago

I’ve been looking for the Hed Belgium Plus 27.5 rims online and have been trouble finding any information about them (even on the Hed site). In stock now but where?? Does anyone have a lead on where to find them?