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This Week’s Best Posts! So many prototype mountain bikes, new Cannondale & wind tunnel lessons

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We watched last weekend’s UCI XC World Cup in Nove Mesto from the pits, the sidelines and all over the course to capture closeups of the fastest bikes there. And we caught a lot of prototype bikes in the wild, with crazy paint schemes and graphics trying (unsuccessfully) to hide them. All the links are after the break, look for “BIKE CHECK” in caps before all the pro bike checks.

In other news, we put together a few posts from our time with Specialized and their new Turbo Vado, which was one of several interesting e-bikes launched over the past 10 days (along with some real talk about e-bikes from Bosch). We also got into their Win Tunnel and learned why they always measure at speeds way faster than you or I could ever maintain.

If you’re into gravel, Cannondale surprised us all with the new SuperX SE, a more road-ish version of their cyclocross bike, and we reviewed the Framed Gravier Carbon UL, too. And be sure to watch the videos from the handmade builders at Paul Camp, we’ve got a lot more of those coming up soon!

Lastly, Zipp unveiled new, more affordable wheels in both standard and bio-mimicked aero shapes, and Trek debuted their 29er DH bike, proof that the big wheels are taking over every discipline! Lots more, too…links to everything since last Sunday below!

BIKE CHECK XC Pro Bike Update: World Cup winning & World Champ Annika Langvad’s Specialized S-Works Era

BIKE CHECK XC Pro Bike Update (deja vu): World Cup winning & World Champ Nino Schurter’s Scott Spark RC

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Kualoa Ranch, Oahu

HBO skewers pro cycling with Tour de Pharmacy mockumentary…just in time for Tour de France

Zipp drops dimples & price for new 302 carbon clinchers, adds discs to 454 NSW

BIKE CHECK American Eagle mountain bike soars again with gold medalist Bart Brentjens’ Atlanta 2.0

BIKE CHECK Spotted: Prototype redesigned Continental Race King ProTection mountain bike tires

First Ride: Intense Recluse DVO Special Edition

What I learned about aerodynamics from the Specialized Win Tunnel

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Enjoying The View – Gjøvik, Norway

BIKE CHECK Spotted: Mondraker prototype carbon full-suspension XC mountain bike

The Smacircle S1 folding electric ‘bike’ fits in a backpack

BIKE CHECK Spotted: Michelin testing prototype XC race mountain bike tire casings

Hands On: MacAskill inspired HC3 brake lever takes Magura brakes to another level

Mega Clothing Roundup! Summer road releases from Cinelli : Brooks : Santini : RPM Cycling : Boardman

Raleigh Stuntman might get the iE treatment, plus new ebikes from Raleigh and Izip are one and the same

SOC17 Gear Randoms: Funky bibs from Funkier, Custom colors from Boa, new pads from POC, more

Prologo upgrades more road, mountain bike saddles w/ CPC Airing vibration damping

Review: Framed Bikes Gravier Carbon UL Gravel Bike

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: San Francisco, California

BIKE CHECK Spotted: Prototype carbon MMR Kenta 29 replacement full-suspension XC mountain bike

Garmin VIRB 360 goes full circle & fully immersive

BIKE CHECK Pro Bike Check: Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå’s Old Rose Pink custom Merida Big.Nine mountain bike

SR Suntour Raidon bumps up to 34mm stanchions to keep stiffness high and cost low

Paul Camp 2017 Builder Highlight – McGovern Cycles’ monstercross bike

Paul Camp 2017 Builder Highlight – Caletti Cycles’ monstercross bike

SOC17 Wheel randoms: Custom colors from Knight Composites & Turner Bikes, Irwin Carbon wheels, American Classic history, more

Oakley clicks into Flak Draft with quick change Prizm lenses, adds new shapes to EV Zero line

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Stockholm, Sweden

BIKE CHECK Pro Bike Checks: XC World Cup’s fastest, 2nd place Spitz’s WiaWis prototype mountain bike, plus Indergand’s Focus O1E

Sombrio shows off Margus Riga’s artistic side at their pop-up gallery in Whistler

Review: Forget the snow, 9:zero:7 Tundra is cruising beaches & crushing trails

Trek introduces 29″ Session DH Bike, plus all new 27.5″ model as well

BIKE CHECK Pro Bike Checks: XC World Cup’s fastest, U23 women podium roundup

First Rides: Specialized Turbo Vado urban e-bike; plus video overview & model lineup

Wolf Tooth Components brings new meaning to stealth droppers with limited edition all black ReMote LA

Lake throws it way back for 35th anniversary with lace up CX1 / MX1, new endurance shoes, more

BIKE CHECK Pro Bike Checks: XC World Cup’s fastest mountain bikes, Valero’s MMR Kenta & Absalon’s BMC Fourstroke prototype

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Rocky Mountain mountain bikes get electric with Altitude Powerplay e-MTB

Real talk about eBikes: Bosch panel probes pros and cons

BIKE CHECK Spotted: Updated Felt Edict carbon mountain bike prototype, in snakeskin?

USAMade gives your pedaling more bite w/ new Oval Sharktooth chainrings

Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

WD-40 expands bike line with aerosol All Conditions Lube; Finish Line eyes eBikes w/ cleaner, chain lube

The TReGo Trolley quickly converts your bike into a cargo hauler

Cannondale releases SuperX SE featuring wider tires and 1x wide range gearing

The Build Cycle Podcast #015 – Colorado Teardrops’ Dean Wiltshire

Off The Bike: New gear from MSR, Tepui, Polar & Altra Running

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