12 November, 2019

Warm Up With 20% Off All Retail Orders Using the Code: ITSCOLD

As we slide into the colder season, we want to warm you up with some savings! Starting right this very moment through Sunday November 17th, 2019 at 11:59pm ET, we will be offering 20% off all retail orders.

Simply use the coupon code ITSCOLD and enjoy 20% worth of savings. Here is the fine print:
  • This 20% off deal is available only to retail customers.
  • Retail and wholesale orders get free shipping on orders with subtotals over $150 within the contiguous USA - no coupon code needed for this deal!
  • 20% applies to all in-stock products including stock complete bikes.
  • Not applicable to custom builds.
  • Not applicable to any pre-sales or gift certificates.
  • Not applicable to shipping or tax.
  • No backorders.
Here's how to get the deal:
  • Click on your cart

  • Once you've confirmed everything is in your cart, select CHECKOUT

  • On the righthand side of the page, enter the coupon code ITSCOLD and click "Apply".

  • Confirm the code has been applied, finish checking out, and enjoy your savings!

If you're looking for some inspiration, check out our Bike Build Ideas for, well, bike build ideas!

08 November, 2019

A Robo-Neutrino with SRAM Force eTap

by Igor

When Brook from SRAM emailed us asking about getting a Neutrino, I was incredibly intrigued. Is this a personal commuter? Traveler? Are they coming out with mini-velo components? Turns out, they wanted a fun and approachable bike to showcase their new eTap AXS Wireless Force components both at their booth and seminar for Philly Bike Expo. Enter Robo-Neutrino...

The idea is that while SRAM often shows these items on high-zoot mountain and road bikes, they haven't really told folks about the benefits and flexibility of the wireless platform on a bike that will see more practical urban use. While I cannot speak to the long term reliability (I'm sure it's good), the performance and ergonomics of the system is really fantastic.

The rocker button is in a perfect place for your thumb, leaving plenty of room for your hand on the grip. Additionally, the shifter can tell the derailleur to dump gears up and down simply by holding the respective button. It's pretty neat.

On the left side side sits the remote dropper lever. It's just a button. Press it once while sitting on the saddle and the post goes down. Press it again and the post goes up. It's a nice speed too. Putting a dropper on the Neutrino makes the bike that much smaller when space is at a premium. 

It also had a Force crankset and SRAM Hubs.

Stopping is handled by their Level Hydraulic Brakeset. It stopped those tiny wheels with ease and comfort.

The part that brings the whole kit together is Sram's controller app for your phone. You can program all the buttons, monitor component readiness, update firmware, and personalize component behavior. It's all pretty trick.

What do you think of this Robo-Neutrino? Whether it's Mavic Zap, SRAM eTap, Campy EPS, Shimano Di2, or otherwise, have you tried electronic shifting?

06 November, 2019

2019 Philly Bike Expo Roundup

by Igor

Another amazing Philly Bike Expo is in the books! It was stellar to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, talk about our new and upcoming products, and generally nerd-out on bikes and bits. As tradition (2018, 2017, and 2016) dictates, here's our 2019 round up of bikes that caught our attention!

I'm going to start this off with a bang. This Pedalino stole the show this year. It won People's Choice and stole my heart. The frame is stainless steel and features tons and tons of custom machine work and anodized titanium ornamentation to create one super unique Gravel Grinder.

The fully custom, modular dropouts are absolutely stunning and take an otherwise standard piece to a level I've not seen before.

This Item4 is a collaboration between Bishop Bikes (located just North of us in Baltimore), Metal Guru, and Cutlass Velo (also in B-More). The Item4 platform is designed to be a semi-custom, all-rounder with performance and versatility in mind. It's your road, gravel, and randonneur all-in-one neat and lightweight package, and boy does it rip.

This Royal H roadie is a very cool blending of old and new. Cutouts and contrasting job abound. 

Love it or hate it, this Stronglight headset was definitely a conversation starter!

Cutouts e-v-e-r-ywhere. Even when you think you've seen them all.

I always love a good themed bike. This Beardman plus touring bike was fun, a tad spooky, and clever.

Get it? Tombstone?

A super simple and lightweight city bike from Zukas.

With a terrifically clean rear lamp. I believe it is elevated to gain some vertically clearance above the fender. It also looks amazing.

The wild paintjobs attracted me to the Weis Manufacturing booth, and the seatstays on their Hammer series kept me around. 

Made from aluminum alloy, the Hammer Road is designed for maximum power transfer. It looks fast.

You don't often see full-custom full-squish mountain bikes, so it's always a treat when you get to see one up close. This raw one from Moth Attack was super clean and will definitely be a blast through the rooty trails we have here. 

Breismeister always come through with the most fun paintjobs and unique, intricate framework.

Again, a big thank you to all who came by the booth, said hi, shared stories, and grabbed a seltzer. We're glad you could make it out. See you next time!