Introducing Otso™ Cycles. A new bicycle company from the engineers and innovators at Wolf Tooth Components™.
Otso™ Cycles – Company Genesis
There are so many bike companies already – why start another one? The short answer is because we wanted bikes that did not exist. Most people would just keep dreaming and hoping somebody would make their ideal bike someday but if you are the slightly crazy mechanical engineers and innovators from Wolf Tooth, you start a new bike company and spend every free minute making those bikes a reality.
It sounded easy when we were first brainstorming over a couple of beers but we quickly learned that it takes a ton of work to do it right. We had to become experts in many topics including carbon molding, stainless steel tube welding, investment casting, and ISO fatigue testing to name a few. Along the way, we developed a new patent-pending adjustable dropout system and carbon frame design.
The results of our efforts are two groundbreaking new bikes: a narrow q-factor fat-capable bike that feels like a nimble trail bike and is equally fun to ride in snow and dirt; and a drop-bar bike that transcends all the usual labels and is a joy to ride everywhere from gravel to CX to your favorite urban singletrack.
Otso is focused on bringing new and innovative ideas to the bike industry and so far we’re pretty damn proud of the results. All of our test riders are amazed by these bikes, and you will be too from the very first ride to the last mile of an epic race. Enjoy the adventure!
Voytek™ — The ultimate hardtail mountain bike for plus and fat tires
Voytek is a carbon fiber hardtail mountain bike designed around the exclusive Otso Plus-Fat™ concept. It is a 27.5+ or 29+ trail bike that can also accommodate up to 26×4.6” tires. With the narrowest Q-factor of any production fat-capable bike, it feels like a mountain bike, not a fat bike and opens up a whole new dimension in summer or winter riding. Also featuring our patent pending Tuning Chip™ rear dropout system, the chainstay length can be adjusted from a fun and nimble 430 mm to a fast and stable 450 mm. Voytek blurs the line between plus and fat and it will change your perception of what’s possible in this class of bike.
Voytek™ Key Features
? Designed in Minneapolis, Minnesota by a team of engineers with extensive mountain bike and fat bike riding and racing experience. It’s like riding your favorite hardtail trail bike but with the added capability of fat tires.
? Narrow Q-factor crank arms — the narrowest pedal stance of any production fat bike by a wide margin. Uses the 83mm bottom bracket standard (implemented as PF107) to provide an actual Q-factor as narrow as 183 mm. The result is the pedals are spaced only about 10 mm wider than a normal mountain bike whereas other fat bikes are typically 30-50 mm wider. The wide Q-factor of all other fat bikes adversely affects both pedalling efficiency and bike handling. A narrow Q-factor fat tire capable design provides benefits in biomechanics.
? A narrow Q-factor reduces knee and hip strain while allowing proper/normal cycling muscle recruitment. Simply put, this means more efficient pedaling and painless/seamless transitions between fat biking and mountain biking.
? Narrow Q-factor also improve bike handling making the Voytek handle like any other top of the line hardtail. Weight shifting, which is how riders generate much of their steering, causes a torque about the center of the bike based on where the rider’s foot pushes down. With a narrow Q-factor this torque is not only familiar but is also smaller with the foot being closer to the center of the bike. With a wide q-factor, this torque is much larger and creates an unwelcome and abrupt turning transition feel that all wide Q-factor fat bikes have.
? Accomplishing this narrow Q-factor has not been done before on a production bike because it requires a custom offset chainring (not easy to do unless you make your own chainrings), a commitment to 1x drivetrains (Voytek is designed exclusively for 1x drivetrains), and some creative engineering with the chainstay design (we can be very creative).
? Tuning Chip™ system developed by Wolf Tooth Components provides 20 mm of chainstay length adjustment and subtle changes to the bottom bracket drop and head tube angle. Choose a shorter-higher-steeper the 430 mm position, the shortest chainstays available on any production fat bike, for a fun and nimble ride. Or choose a longer-lower-slacker 450 mm position for more stable handling in deep snow and sand. as well as making subtle changes to bottom bracket drop and head tube angle. A middle position chip is also available. Swapping between the positions is very simple and can be done in about 2 minutes.
? Tuning Chip™ system is the lightest, most compact and best looking adjustable dropout on the market. This patent-pending design uses two interchangeable chips to select one of three possible axle locations. There is no possibility of axle misalignment and it is very secure for a creak-free ride.
? Plus-Fat™ design delivers great handling as a 27.5 plus or 29 plus trail bike in the dirt and as a fat bike in the snow and sand (or dirt). Our bike’s geometry is simply more fun to ride than other fat bikes.
? Modern geometry — longer top tube, short chainstays and slightly slacker head tube angle. Simply put, shorter rear center and longer front center for more speed and more fun.
? Proportional sizing — all important dimensions are changed for each frame size. We put the extra time and money to do it right. It is becoming commonplace to take shortcuts and share carbon lugs between sizes (e.g. L and XL having the same head tube length) leaving the smallest and tallest riders with a poor fitting bike.
? Accommodates internally routed dropper post.
? Possible wheel/tire sizes include: 26×4.0” up to 26×4.6”, 27.5×2.6 up to 27.5×4.0, 29×2.2 up to 29×3.0. Notes on tire clearance:
? 26×4.0” tires will fit on any rim up to 100 mm width but 26×4.6” tires fit only on narrower rims such as our Lithic Rhyolite with 64 mm internal width. May fit wider rims, but user is responsible for verifying adequate clearance on all non-factory builds (too many factors with tire manufacturing, wheel trueness and dish, rims, and tire pressure).
? 177x12mm rear hub spacing, 150x15mm front rigid fork or Bluto hub spacing, and 110×15 with a Plus specific fork.
? EPS molded carbon fiber provides smooth interior walls and optimized carbon compaction.
? 100% carbon fiber frame. No aluminum inserts or structural fiberglass. Light weight, high strength, Otso™ quality.
? Single speed capable with optional dropouts.
? Available for pre-sale now at otsocycles.com. Medium and large bikes ship starting mid-September. Small and XL frames ship in October.
? Color options: matte black/gray/white and gloss metallic-platinum/blue/white.
? Build options:
? Frankset (crankset included with frameset since 83mm BB cranksets are not yet widely available) – $2299 – includes frame, custom carbon fork, Race Face Cinch Aeffect crankset, Wolf Tooth CAMO™ chainring, headset, and seatpost collar. An upgrade to Next SL crankset is available.
? Fat bike complete – $3899 – Shimano XT build, DT Swiss 350 hubs, and our Lithic Rhyolite rims that we developed for the perfect combination of width, weight, and durability.
? Plus bike complete (27.5+ or 29+) – $4199 with RockShox Reba fork or $4599 with Fox F34 Factory fork – Shimano XT build, DT Swiss 350 hubs, and Race Face Aeffect 40mm internal width rims.
? All bikes can be customized with upgrades and add-ons from companies including Industry Nine, Thomson, Wolf Tooth, Enve, SRAM, Whisky, Schwalbe, and Shimano.
? Complete build spec, frame geometry, and other details are available at otsocycles.com.
Warakin™ — A versatile drop-bar bike for any road and any weather
Even mountain bikers need to get from A to B or keep the legs fresh when the weather closes trails. Our Warakin™ bike can take on many different forms to suite your off trail needs. It can be a fierce CX competitor or a relaxed gravel adventure bike and everything in between. A beautiful and durable stainless steel frame combined with our patent-pending Tuning Chip™ system makes for the ultimate all road bike. Legendary stainless steel ride quality with modern features like carbon fiber fork, disc brakes and through axles combine for the perfect ride on any surface.
Warakin™ Key Features
? Patent pending Tuning Chip™ system developed by Wolf Tooth Components provides 20 mm of chainstay length adjustment and subtle changes to the bottom bracket drop and head tube angle. Choose a shorter-higher-steeper 420mm position for a fun and nimble cyclocross feel or a longer-lower-slacker 440mm position for fast and stable touring or gravel grinding handling. A middle position chip is also available. Swapping between the two positions is very simple and can be done in about 2 minutes.
? Through-axle 15×100 fork and 12×142 rear.
? Frame and fork accommodate up to 700×42 tires.
? TIG welded custom butted austenitic stainless steel tubing provides the supple yet lively ride quality of a chrome-moly frame with the beauty and corrosion resistance of titanium. This beautiful frame will last a lifetime, even in harsh environments.
? Brushed finish with bead-blasted logos create a classic look that will keep this frame looking great after a lifetime of miles..
? Carbon fiber fork with tapered steerer (1 ?” – 1 ½” ) for great ride quality and low weight.
? Numerous braze-ons to accommodate 3 water bottles, fenders, racks, frame bags, etc.
? Six sizes available to provide the right fit for any rider (49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60).
? Full length cable housing for flawless shifting in even the worst conditions.
? Disc brakes with 160 mm rotors front and rear. All stock builds use post post mount brakes but fork and frame are flat mount capable.
? Single speed capable with optional dropouts.
? Available for pre-sale now at otsocycles.com. Bikes and framesets shipping in late December or January.
? Build options:
? Frameset – $1799 – includes carbon fork, headset, and seatpost collar.
? Complete 105 build bike – $3199 – with Shimano mechanical disc brakes, Lithic hubs, and FSA cockpit.
? Complete Ultegra build bike – $4399 – with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, DT Swiss hubs and Thomson cockpit.
? All bikes can be customized with upgrades and add-ons from companies including Industry Nine, Wolf Tooth, Enve, and Schwalbe.
? Complete build spec, frame geometry, and other details are available at otsocycles.com.
Bulls Bikes USA, a German-born bike company that launched in the U.S. April 2015, is unveiling eight models this spring 2016. Available online only through Bulls’ website are four new mountain bikes, two new road bikes and two new cyclocross bikes, on top of the company’s existing 27 models.
“We’re incredibly excited to bring in new models that will add to the already successful launch of the brand in the U.S.,” said Sharon Yu, general manager of Bulls Bikes USA. “We’re offering truly unbeatable quality bikes at groundbreakingly low prices. What has been most rewarding is that consumers are using our customized and interactive sizing charts to dial in their bike choices and make purchasing decisions. It’s definitely been a proof of concept.”
In the mountain bike lineup, Bulls is expanding on its four-bike fleet of Copperhead models that will retail as low as the $1,299.00 Copperhead supreme 29 +, to $1,999.00 for the Copperhead 3 RSi and Copperhead 29 RSi models. Two of the Copperhead models, the Copperhead 3 RSi and the Copperhead 29 RSi, will be ready to shred with FOX 32 Float and 100mm forks. Bulls will also build on the Wild Cup all-mountain series with the Wild Cup 3, a lavishly-specced and lightweight all-mountain hammer.
Copperhead 3 RSi $1,999
Copperhead 29 RSi $1,999
Copperhead supreme 29 + $1,299
Wild Cup 3 $2,399
Founded in Germany in 1994, Bulls offers a diverse selection of bicycles including mountain bikes, road bikes, e-bikes, children’s bikes, hybrids, commuters and urban models. The brand has enjoyed notable success and widespread popularity as a staple bike manufacturer throughout Europe and launched in the U.S. market in 2015. To learn more about Bulls Bikes USA, please visit www.BullsBikesUSA.com
SRAM have announced the details of their new NX drivetrain, which lowers the cost of upgrading to a 1×11 setup to previously unprecedented levels. The complete group – chain, cassette, cranks, shifter and derailleur – retails for $310 USD. To put that into perspective, the cassette alone from SRAM’s highest end XX1 group goes for $416.
One of the noteworthy features of the new group is the 11-42 tooth cassette. Rather than requiring that riders use an XD driver, the cassette will fit on a standard freehub body. It’s not exactly light, weighing in at a claimed 538 grams, but the $79 retail price will likely make those extra grams easier to overlook. The rest of the group shares a similar look to SRAM’s higher end drivetrains, but less expensive materials and construction techniques have been used in order to keep the price down.
The bottom line? Expect to see 1×11 drivetrains popping up on more bikes than ever, and for front derailleurs to become increasingly rare. Read on for the details of the new group as provided by SRAM.
Super wide gear range — a perfect fit for any ride
Optimized gear steps across entire range
Compatible with non-XD driver body
Fully compatible with all SRAM 1x drivetrains
The SRAM NX crankset provides high performance at the right price. Featuring the SRAM engineered X-SYNC chainring, the NX crankset is engineered for complete chain control. Each tooth’s thickness is CNC machined to work seamlessly with the chain’s inner and outer links. Personalize your gearing with seven available chainrings (28t, 30t, 32t, 34t, 36t, 38t, 40t).
• 6000 series aluminum arms
• Fully compatible with all SRAM 1x™ drivetrains
• Most affordable fully featured 1x crank in the industry
• BB compatibility: BB30/PF30-68/73mm, GXP 100mm/ PF GXP 121mm, GXP PF GXP 68/ 73mm
• Weight: 680-780g
Designed from a long line of dependable, lightweight chains that are built for toughness, the recommended chain for NX, PC-1110. Designed with SRAM’s trusted XX1 geometry, the PC-1110 features solid pin construction, 11-speed PowerLock® and smooth, efficient shifting that you can count on every time out. Weight: 232-273g. MSRP: $14 | €14 | £11
11-Speed X-Actuation Trigger Shifter
SRAM NX trigger shifter with X-Actuation technology gives you sharp, dependable shifting. Built for precise and swift shifting across our wide range 11-speed cassette, the NX trigger shifter brings industry changing technology to everyone. Fully compatible with all SRAM 1x™ drivetrains. Weight: 142 grams. MSRP: $27 | €28 | £22
11-Speed X-Actuation Grip Shift
SRAM NX Grip Shift with X-Actuation technology gives you sharp, dependable shifting. Built for precise and swift shifting across our wide range 11-speed cassette, the NX Grip Shift brings industry changing technology to everyone. MSRP: $33 | €35 | £26
• SRAM 1x X-Actuation for precise and dependable 11-speed performance
• Speed Metal shift indexing
• Rolling Thunder ball bearing technology
• Jaws lock-on grip technology
• Most affordable fully featured 1x grip shifter in the industry
NX 1×11 X-Horizon Rear Derailleur
The SRAM NX X-Horizon rear derailleur provides the same smooth, reliable shifting action as XX1—from the larger upper pulley offset to the 12-tooth X-Sync pulley wheels.
By eliminating unwanted chain movement, X-Horizon shifts faster, puts an end to ghost shifting and reduces shift force and chain slap. And with Cage Lock technology, wheel removal and installation are easier than ever. Weight: 322 grams. MSRP: $74 | €76 | £58
The Bicycle Cafe Kamloops is on the hunt for new talent to join our team of friendly and down to earth individuals. We are a small shop in a huge riding town, and we pride ourselves on providing both the products and the service to keep our customers rolling stoked – whether they are recreational riders or world class professionals. Our staff is a team of dedicated and passionate cyclists who love bikes of all shapes and sizes. We believe in Nac Nac’s and Rock N Roll, and we keep the stoke turned up to 11. To keep charging hard into 2016 and beyond, we are seeking out our next top models for both the sales floor and the work bench.
As an employee at the Bicycle Cafe Kamloops you will…
– Be keen to share your passion for bicycles
– Establish and maintain excellent customer relationships
– Answer to customer questions and concerns about new products
– Assist customers in making educated choices about the bicycles and gear that fit their needs
A successful candidate would…
– Love to party on the trails
– Posses a wealth of knowledge about bicycles, their constantly growing technologies, and the ability to communicate that knowledge to your customers
– Enjoy petting puppies
– Be highly collaborative and enjoy working in a team-oriented environment
– Feel confident working in a fast paced environment with a lot of multitasking
Feel like you would be a great fit? Get in touch with us via email at [email protected] with your resume highlighting the skills and experience that would make you shine!
Richmond has a rich international cycling history, having hosted the Tour of America, the Tour de Trump, the Tour DuPont and the CapTech Classic. Some of cycling’s biggest stars have competed in Richmond, including Greg LeMond (USA), Laurent Fignon (FRA) and Gianni Bugno (ITA).
And next year, Richmond will be the first American host of the UCI World Road Championships since 1986.
With 450,000 on-site spectators and 300 million TV viewers expected over the nine days of racing, Richmond 2015 will be a fantastic platform for the promotion of cycling. So how can competitive cycling help promote the use of bikes for education, recreation and transport? Richmond 2015 is showing the way by building a legacy that will benefit everybody who cycles.
Next year’s event is positively influencing many bike initiatives throughout the Richmond area. A number of bicycle friendly infrastructures will be completed before the event in September 2015, which will bring lasting benefits for people who cycle in Richmond every day.
There are two main goals:
promote cycling as a recreational activity
promote cycling as a form of transport.
In fact, the two go hand in hand. It is all about connectivity. Bike lanes will be built in and around the downtown area. “The City Council’s decision to boost the city’s budget for bike infrastructure by $1.5 million means work in other parts of the city also will begin soon,” explained Jakob Helmboldt, the city’s bicycle-pedestrian coordinator. “The lanes will replace markings that encourage drivers to share the road with cyclists,” he said.
The view of local residents is taken into account at meetings between the city’s administration and its inhabitants. . “The overarching theme we’re hearing is a desire for safe places to walk and ride,” says Heather Barrar, project manager in the Chesterfield Planning Department. “The second thing, people want destinations. They want to be able to go somewhere on a bicycle or walking. We’re moving away from driving to a park and walking in a loop. They’d like to walk to a restaurant. It’s a little more utilitarian.”
The city plans to release a bicycle master plan by the end of the summer. The plan will propose a route network so that cyclists and walkers can travel safely throughout the city.
Richmond is also becoming a more friendly community for recreational and racing cyclists. In July 2013, Richmond 2015 was part of an announcement unveiling plans to create a Richmond Region International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Ride Centre. The centre will focus on mountain biking trails at Pocahontas State Park and Richmond’s James River Park System. The Richmond Region will become the 12th nationwide site of an IMBA Ride Centre.
At the unveiling, Wilson H. Flohr, Jr., CEO of Richmond 2015 said: “More than one of the world’s preeminent cycling events, Richmond 2015 has always been about leveraging the World Championships as a catalyst for transformational change throughout our region. In this case, Richmond 2015 provided a spark for this outstanding regional project. The Richmond Region IMBA Ride Centre will be yet another emerging asset in our community for people, of all ages and abilities, to enjoy bicycling.”
According to a study carried out by Mangum Economic Consulting, Inc. the Ride Centre will annually increase economic activity in Chesterfield County by $2.7 million and by $4.5 million in Virginia. It will also generate 31 new jobs in Chesterfield and 51 in the state.
Road racers are not forgotten in Richmond. Every Tuesday from late May through early September, races are organised in the city’s Bryan Park by the Altius Cycling Team, a club affiliated to USA Cycling. Racing is open to riders in two categories:
An Open race in which everyone can take part and which aims to attract new riders
A higher level race for people with a USA Cycling license.
The club also organises the Richmond Festival of Cross, a two-day cyclo-cross event. Explanations can be found onthe club’s Facebook page.
On the Richmond 2015 website, a blog shares inspiring stories about cycling in Richmond and explains the sport to the readers. In one of the posts, local cyclist Emily Kimball summarises perfectly what the UCI Road World Championships will bring to the Richmond cycling community: “It gives me great hope that because it is coming here we will move ahead swiftly to make our region more bicycle friendly. We certainly haven’t been in the past. It is exciting to see all the activity that 2015 coming has encouraged… things like the Floyd Ave bikeway, the pedestrian/biking bridge across the James, finally the finishing of the Cap-to-Cap trail, the new arrows on roads and the designation of bike routes around Richmond. It is really amazing to me, who worked so hard for bike facilities and safe trails during my professional life with so few results, to witness all that is happening now. The 2015 happening has heightened the visibility of bike riding in the area and given it more importance than ever before.”
The name says it all. PeopleForBikes is dedicated to putting more people on bikes, getting them to ride more often and making cycling safer and better for everyone.
Launched in 1999 as Bikes Belong, PeopleForBikes is a charitable foundation and an industry coalition of US bicycle suppliers and retailers. Based in Boulder, USA, it also has more than 830,000 individual supporters.
Imagine a place where one bike lane leads to the next. Where trails, bridges, and underpasses lead safely to exactly where you want to go. PeopleForBikes believes it is possible and has already achieved a great deal. Over the years, it has spent more than $30 million to improve conditions for cycling. $2.1 million have gone into community cycling projects, and the organisation has leveraged more than $654 million in federal, state, and private funding.
PFB works hand in hand with national groups and programmes such as the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, the League of American Bicyclists, and the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Together they try to ensure safer places to ride for both children and adults.
In a nutshell, PeopleForBikes provides a united front that advocates cycling on a national level, encourages collaboration between all members of the cycling movement, and supports local efforts and initiatives to make cycling safer.
Joining forces with pro riders In 2014, PeopleForBikes partnered with the UCI WorldTour team Trek Factory Racing for the Tour de France and the rest of the season. The PeopleForBikes logo is shown prominently on the sides of the team jerseys, and in their promotional video the riders prove that language is no barrier when it comes to making riding a better experience.
But let’s face it. Professionals ride in an environment which is very different from that of bike commuters and children who ride to school. How can they contribute to better conditions for everybody who cycles?
Tim Blumenthal, President of PeopleForBikes since 2005, explains: “Racers are role models. But they are also real people with children, parents, families and neighbours. When bike riding gets safer and easier in communities around the globe, their relatives and friends benefit just as the rest of us do. Pro racers – like Jens Voigt of Trek Factory Racing who has six children – understand this and don’t hesitate to speak up in support of our mission.
“Racers can help cycling grow worldwide -and that growth will enhance the reputation and future of bike racing. Nearly all bike riders—even top pros–want the same thing: rides that are safe, appealing and convenient. PeopleForBikes works every day to provide and improve these experiences.”
Such is their motivation that members of the Trek Factory Racing team have been tweeting and speaking to the media about PFB’s work and why all bike riders should join today:
Interview with PeopleForBikes President Tim Blumenthal
Before becoming President of PeopleForBikes, Tim Blumenthal served 11 years as the first Executive Director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association. He has also been a top editor of Bicycling Magazine and VeloNews, and between 1984 and 2008 he was a writer and advisor for NBC’s cycling coverage of seven Summer Olympic Games. He was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2002.
We ask him three questions.
What are the key challenges when promoting the everyday use of bikes in the US? The biggest challenge to the everyday use of bikes in the U.S. is lack of infrastructure. Most Americans won’t bike where the only separation between motorized traffic and bikes is a white stripe painted on pavement. They simply don’t feel safe–particularly where cars and trucks are moving fast. That’s why we focus on building protected bike lanes in the busiest sections of cities and complete bike networks that are both easy to follow and appealing to riders of all ages and abilities.
PeopleForBikes was present at the Tour de France with the Trek Factory Racing team. What does this partnership with a UCI WorldTour team bring to your organisation and to advocacy in general? WorldTour teams have aligned with charities such as the World Wildlife Fund, but this is an unusual (and promising) partnership between pro racing and PeopleForBikes to make bike riding safer and easier for everyone. Racers are influencers: when they speak, millions of people listen. When pro racers talk about the importance of better bike riding conditions in cities and towns, and for children, families and older people, they plant a seed in the minds of people all around the globe. This helps us (and advocacy groups around the world) to develop new awareness and new support.
You are a member of the UCI Advocacy Commission. How do you think the UCI can contribute to encourage more people to cycle worldwide? When people ride bikes, great things happen. The benefits go far beyond fitness and fame, and the outcomes even benefit people who don’t bike (less crowded roads, better air quality, higher quality of life in the places where people bike a lot instead of drive). The UCI can take full advantage of its high-profile public platforms – major races and major teams – to tell the positive stories of bicycling and encourage people to start riding. Equally important, the UCI can work with pro races and teams to encourage them to think about every day cycling and work to leave a legacy from major events that makes the bike riding experience better for everyone. More than anything else, the UCI can promote the idea of unity among all bike riders–that working together to improve bike safety, access, and convenience will produce real results.