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This week saw the debut of our 2016 Philly Bike Show pre-interviews, which Anna took to the next level by turning the builders loose on each other. Each interview lets the interviewee come up with the questions for the next subject, which simply builds on the crazy and cool, question after question. So far we’ve got the main intro with Bilenky, then Eric Baar of Ground Up Speed Shop, who sent the questions to Megan Dean of Moth Attack. Oh, and Monday’s installment promises to be bonkers.

From there, we looked at Wren’s superlight stems and decided they’re really good, just maybe a bit too light for enduro. Scary in another way is the Skunk Lock, which sprays would be bike thieves with something that might just make them puke.

Switching back to normal, several new bikes popped up, including a much more wallet friendly alloy version of the new Niner JET9 that took their brand to a new place by building in 27.5+ compatibility in addition to their namesake 29er wheels. Wilier opened things up for plus sized tires, too, with a killer bike packing model and lots, lots more. Check the headlines for everything else from this past week below…

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Bike Valley Wind Tunnel Testing

A stainless steel water bottle on the bike? Travel Kuppe makes it happen

IB16: Nutrition Roundup – Bonk Breaker, Clif, Guayaki, Bounce, Glukos & more!

IB16: Magura’s Danny MacAskill-designed single finger brake lever upgrade & Raceline MT8

2016 Red Bull Rampage: Brandon Semenuk takes the win

IB16: Enduro upgrades more than bearings with new fork wiper seals, DT Swiss freehub seals

IB16: G-Form goes Elite with new knee and elbow pads, Pros add in sliding feature

Bling up your bike with KA Engineering’s titanium chainrings and pulley wheels

IB16: Raleigh keeps the fun rolling with Redux and Roker updates, e-bikes of all kinds

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Apex Park – Jefferson County, Colorado

Radon Slides into eMTB with new Hybrid 140 all-mountain bike

Velotooler could be the Uber for Bike Mechanics

The Zirbel Zirbelaci wants to bring clip-on extensions back to the road

IB16: Defeet finds better moisture wicking w/ Repreve recycled yarns, plus other upcycled bits from the show

3T updates elastomer seatpost head in time for Exploro’s Charlie Sqareo

IB16: Forget headphones, with Elevety Domio your helmet is the speaker

IB16: Pactimo for pre and post ride with new Lifestyle collection, plus new Stratos bibs, bright colors, and more reflectivity

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Piedmont Trails – Duluth, Minnesota

Review: Wren Sports’ ultralight aluminum stem is scary light

Heroin Bike Project, a limited & luxury take on aero road

Road to PBE16: Interview with Stephen Bilenky on origins of the Philly Bike Expo

The new 29-or-27.5+ Niner JET9 now comes in alloy, too

Sportful packable Stelvio Jacket, plus ultralight aero R&D Cima kit

IB16: Nutrition Roundup 2 – Skratch Labs, Powerbar, Justin’s PB, Oberto & more!

Seven Cycles celebrates Chris King’s 40th Anniversary with a RedSky SL to match

Crank Brothers gets into bicycles w/ Cedric Gracia kids’ balance bike

Tempus Electric Bikes debuts their café racer styled CR-T1 e-bike

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Columbia River Gorge

Be safe and stylish with Levi’s commuter lineup

British company BETD carries on the Middleburn crank brand and line

Road to PBE16: Interview with Eric Baar of Ground Up Speed Shop

Get in on the fold with the carbon Lios Nano commuter

Jet Roll’s Sidewinder packs repair must-haves in a convenient burrito

Forget drones – Birdie will give your GoPro a bird’s eye view without a motor

Wilier Triestina goes wild with 29+ Bikepacking Jaroon Plus, 27+ full suspension eMTB, Cross and gravel bikes, more

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Mugdock Country Park – Scotland

Williams Cycling introduces new 44mm carbon clincher disc wheelset option

Shimano hints at growing Accu3DR elite road clothing with expanded LottoNL-Jumbo sponsorship

Road to PBE16 BoB Interview: Megan Dean of Moth Attack, questions by Eric Baar

The Velonia Bicycles commuter gets lighter & sharper with new Lamborghini-inspired Viks GT

Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

IB16: Up Close with the Shimano ME7 Enduro shoe

IB16: Brooklyn Bicycle Co. launches several smart and versatile urban bags, updates line

IB16: 9point8 drops in on externally routed Fall Line X 27.2, 34.9mm post for Evil, and 175 and 200mm travel

IB16: Fabric launches top tier floor pumps

IB16: Saris 2 bike Freedom SuperClamp locks in to a bunch of new features for 2017

Bike thieves get skunked with the noxious chemical spraying Skunk Lock

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