We’re only in the middle of the year, and already it’s time to start looking at 2016 bikes. Which is odd because while some companies are moving towards eliminating model years, everybody else seems hell bent on getting next years bike out as soon as possible.
Kinda reminds me of the owners of professional sports teams begging for salary caps. Essentially asking their league for protection from themselves. Maybe you should get yourselves all on the same page hmm?
Anyway, what’s happening in 2016 is the midfat bike. Without trying that hard, I’ve found four companies bringing out these hardtails in the fall; Airborne, Orbea, Trek, and Specialized. They like the Boost hub spacing (148mm rear, 110mm front) and run 27+ or 29+ wheels with 3.0″ or 3.25″ tires.
Now, any time you try to say that so-and-so invented a bike genre, someone will invariably come out of the woodwork with a story about their buddy that built a bike just like that back in ’85, blah blah blah. Fully expecting that to happen, I’m going to say that Surly invented the midfat bike.
The Specialized Hardrock.
Now, I just found this bike on kijiji, so if you happen to be selling it, please know that I’m not saying that your Hardrock is the ugliest bike ever. It looks like your bike is rather smartly set up to roll around town, and that’s fine.
In fact, it’s not even really the Hardrock that’s the ugliest bike ever, it’s this style of bike that’s ugly.
Actually, it’s not even this style, it’s the thinking behind it.
The Tinko-Saxoff team announced last year that they were ending their run with Cannondale, and instead going with…..
Anyway, today pics of the team bike were released;
As you can probably see, it features a carbon fibre frame, stem, wheels, bar, slamthatstem.com, not chainstay brakes though, and most importantly, it’s called “Venge.”
Now, I imagine they want us to pronounce that like the word “revenge” because that’s sinister and aggressive and all that. But much like the high end Trek anagram bikes (Madone, Domane, Emonda), I feel like with made-up words, I’m free to pronounce it anyway I like.
So, when I see Venge, I think…
Venge pic from Global Cycling Network
It’s not a stretch at all to say I wouldn’t be where I was today with mountain bikes had it not been for Mountain Bike Action. I read it for months without really understanding what was going on, but it was so exciting. Every other month there would be a bike you’ve never heard of, that they just raved about.
January 1988 MBA
Where I lived at the time, you’d see Specializeds, Nishikis, Treks, maybe a Rocky Mountain. Which were all good bikes to be sure, but they weren’t exotic. Not like Yetis, or Kleins, or Serottas, or Savage Terminators. Learning that bikes like this existed showed me that something really cool was going on.
I think you can attribute a lot of it’s coolness to editor Zapata Espinoza, because after he left in 1993, things really went downhill.
(See what I did there?)