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Abbey Bike Tools raises the bar of top-end tools by bringing a new, ultra-light carbon titanium hammer to the show. Gevenalle takes it to eleven with shifters and derailleurs (with guest star, Squid Bikes). Last but not least, Cadence serves fresh cuts to keep you looking fly off and on the bike…

The base level Titanium Hammer, which features a full titanium body, is misunderstood by the masses while being a daily necessity of the best bike mechanics. In an effort to take the Titanium Hammer to the next level, Jason Quade added a bonded carbon handle. This model will only be lightening the tool pouches of a lucky few, however, as it was a limited show-only release.

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A jovial Jason was also stoked to show off his Modular Bearing Press.

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The press features a long threaded portion to give users greater capability in the size of jobs possible. It has a magnetically captured split nut on the opposing end to save you turns and time when working on smaller projects.

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Any new track specific tool is exciting- so it was awesome to see this special track chain whip, featuring an extra long, round handle so you can install those highly torqued cogs in comfort. Track fans rejoice!

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Also new for the show is a special PAUL Components-equipped Abbey Wash Buddy to help you clean your rig in style.

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PAUL Components

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Speaking of PAUL: the proudly Made in the USA component manufacturer showed off an ultraviolet-anodized Boxcar stem. The Boxcar is online and ready to ship (but only in black, silver, and polished styles).

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There were, of course special color editions of other components, namely this smart blue Klamper brake caliper.

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Gevenalle

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The enthusiasm in the Gevenalle booth was as tangible as its luxurious table covering…

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Gevenalle showed off a new Shimano 11-speed compatible Burd Rear Derailleur. Made specially by Microshift the derailleur features a higher spring tension to keep your drivetrain on track on bumpy ‘cross courses.

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Here, Adam Clement models Gevenalle’s new Dyna-Sys derailleur-compatible shifter.

 

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For those looking for a more throw-back look, Gevenalle has introduced these attractive AUDAX friction shifters.

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Show goers could see Gevenalle in action on a banana-themed Squid Bike chilling in the back of the booth.

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Cadence

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Cadence debuted the Dauber Coaches Jacket. While less technical than those in its performance line, the jacket features a state-of-the-art drawstring waist and sleeve branding.

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Among the new cycling hat style themes shown was this special Dustin Klein-illustrated cap for SILCA.

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SILCA

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Speaking of SILCA: though the show floor was dripping in painted-to-match Pocket Impero frame pumps, it didn’t stop the pump brand from bringing a few show-stopper Super Pista Ultimates.

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This pump was custom painted for Don Walker by Corby Concepts out of Indianapolis, IN.

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19 comments

  1. Blake on

    please explain why the titanium hammer is “a daily necessity of the best bike mechanics”. i think it is a neat tool, but in no way do I see how it is a necessity.

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    • Eric Hansen on

      Abbey Tools’ hammer is the ONLY tool of theirs I don’t get. The ENTIRE point of a hammer is to put mass on the end of a lever arm, allowing nearly elastic collision between the hammer head, and the object being struck. mv(hammer) = mv(object) If mass goes down, velocity must proportionately go up to effect the same change in momentum of the struck object. I keep a 3 pound engineer’s hammer in my toolbox for this reason. I only need do a bit more than tap the object to get it to move. With a light hammer, you’ve got positively whip the head at the object, increasing the chances you miss entirely.

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      • Dave on

        Tangent…

        I can swing my light (14 oz) framing hammer faster, more accurately, and for longer (drive more nails) than my 21 oz hammer. I much prefer the lighter hammer except for things that require a several pound hammer like you describe.

        But yeah, I think the reason this tool needs to be light is for travel. I also don’t think heavy hammers are needed for bike work… at least not in my experience.

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  2. anonymous on

    First of all, it’s Audax, which is fairly standard cycling vocabulary. Second of all, they’re just Dia-Compes, they’re not even rebranded like the Microshift ones, the Audax just refers to them using older Campy-style Tektro levers, like the original retroshift.

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    • Chris on

      If I was still a race mechanic I would consider a titanium hammer a necessity. Anyone who doesn’t understand this hasn’t had the experience of schlepping around an Ellis case full of tools! Those tool cases get really heavy, really fast.

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  3. dustytires on

    I don’t get the Gevenalle stuff. Looks like cheap crap, aint’ really that cheap compared to mid range S and S parts and not made in USA… So, what’s the point? Pauls stuff I get, unique, Made in USA, purple check. Abbey Tools, get it, unique, Made in USA, Ti cool check.

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    • Tim on

      Gevenalle’s stuff ain’t cheap crap. They re-spec the bushings in the Tektro levers they use, and the Microshift shifters they install are custom jobs. They’re compatible with 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 speed, road or mountain, can be gutted for 1x or single speed, and they offer a rebuild service if you break something. They’re lighter and cost less. The shifter mount is made in the US, they just use Taiwanese shifters and brake levers. And that’s just the handlebar controls.

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    • typevertigo on

      They make a good case for themselves for cross races. You can’t dump more than three cogs with STI levers. Gevenalle’s levers allow you to dump all cogs with one sweep.

      If your day really gets bad you can even run them as friction shifters. Not crappy at all if you ask me.

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    • dr_lha on

      I product is only worthy if it’s exquisitely and hand made by a bearded hipster in Portland now? Gevenalle is making a product that fits a real need, why does it matter how or where it is made?

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  4. will on

    Regarding the Cadence stuff: “the jacket features a state-of-the-art drawstring waist and sleeve branding”. That’s a joke right?

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