6.29.2011

TNI: Blunt SL - First Impressions

The first 'on the trail' review of the Blunt SL wheelset by Guitar Ted. He is reviewing a Blunt SL Comp with our new convertible 9mm QR/15/20 front hub. Be sure to check out the new Dirt Rag with an article written by G. Ted on the epic gravel race he runs Trans Iowa.

Velocity Blunt SL Comp Wheels: First Impressions

June 27th, 2011 by Guitar Ted

It’s been a while now since the Velocity Blunt SL wheels came over for testing and now it is time to give some first impressions on these wheels. You can catch all the details on the tech side in the Out Of The Box post here. Now, let’s see how the wheels have been holding up so far….

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If you’ve been following along with my Specialized Ground Control reports, you already know that these Blunt SL wheels have been set up tubeless with those tires. The process was easy using Velocity’s Velotape kit, which is the same for the P-35, by the way. I simply laid in the tape according to the supplied instructions, (also found on their website here), and popped in the valve stem that features a removable core. A bit of Geax latex sealant, and the tires sealed up on the Blunt SL’s with little effort at all.

Once mounted with these tires, the Blunt SL wheels held the tires air pressure well, and seem to be secure so far. I’ve had as low as 25psi in these and as high as almost 40psi with no ill effects so far. As far as tubeless compatibility, my first impression is that the Blunt SL scores highly.

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Besides the tubeless set up, these wheels have been pretty “invisible” in a good way. In fact, during tire testing of the Ground Control 2.1’s, I didn’t even give these wheels a second thought. They seem to be stable, and have not needed any attention so far. That’s a good sign, and typical of a well built hand laced and tensioned wheel set, which the Blunt SL’s are. I didn’t hear any “pinging”, which denotes spokes detensioning and stressing, which is another good sign that these should remain stable wheels for the long haul.

The hubs are working as I would expect them to. The rear hub is relatively quiet, for those wondering about such things, and engagement seems about average for a nicer quality wheel set. Those looking for a “clackity-clack” or “buzzing bee” sound from the Blunt SL’s Lightweight model hubs should probably have Velocity lace up your choice of hub to some Blunt SL’s, which they are happy to do. (Or, buy the rims and build your own.)

Overall, the wheels are solidly built. I don’t expect to have any troubles with this part of the review, but as always, I’ll be keeping an eye out for anything notable.

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Performance of the rims has been great so far. I do detect the slightest amount of flex in these rims, and that in loaded off camber situations and hard cornering at times. I can’t say as I am all that surprised by this either. I mean, I am a pretty big fella, (weighing in at 230lbs these days), and the Blunt SL rims weigh down there where at my weight, a bit of flex is to be expected. For reference, the Blunt SL seems to handle a bit better than some of competitors rims I’ve ridden, and definitely on par with others in this category. Only carbon fiber seems to be able to hold up in the stiffness category while retaining low weight. Then again, those carbon rims cost a lot more money too, so there ya go….

All right, that about covers the first impressions. now I’ll be on to more riding and a Mid-Term Report in the coming weeks. Stay Tuned……

6.28.2011

Espy: Allison Jones

Last year we told you about the privilege we have in sponsoring Allison Jones.

If you don't remember here is a little bit of her story from her website:

I am now 26 years old and have been active my entire life. I was born with a deformed femur in right leg. At nine months old my parents made the decision to have my foot amputated and my femur and tibia fused together. This could have set me up for a life of lower expectations and lower activity levels but not with my parents. My mother and father were very active and I was to take part in everything. I learned to ride a bike, skate board, rock climb, white water raft, hike, ski, and to just be a kid. I only knew to be a kid and not someone with a disability.

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I learned to ride a bike like any kid, training wheels and in my case duct tape to keep my right foot on the pedal. I was always looking for something to do in the summer when I wasn’t skiing. For a while I was swimming with the Colorado Springs Swim Team at the outdoor pool on the Olympic Training Center Complex. My sister was not a good swimmer and didn’t really want to take part to the degree that I did so it became just me after a while. Living in Colorado Springs there was always something to do and often we would visit the local Velodrome when ever we saw the lights on. Usually it would be just a locals race, maybe even a nationals, once it was the Junior World Championships. In 1998 we went to the velodrome just as if it were a normal race going on and low and behold it was the Disabled World Championships. I had never seen someone with a disability compete in cycling before and I was very interested. My mother found the first American coach and asked how to sign up and learn to ride. The following spring I was being taught how to ride a track bike, never have ridden a normal road bike. I started to compete locally not realizing what opportunities were out there for me. I went to the disabled nationals, which coincided with junior nationals in T-Town, Pennsylvania. I competed in both the disabled athletes and the junior riders.

Last year, Allison became a world champ and this year she has caught the attention of ESPN and their ESPY award show, where she is up for the '2011 Best Female with a Disability Espy'. Her story along with all the other athletes stories in her category not only inspire but remind us of what is possible when we set out to do some thing.

Head over to the site and as they say vote early and vote often!

6.27.2011

Winner Winner....

This weekend, our very own Jeff Jacobi became a State Champion in the Michigan State Games. Taking home the Elite title in a first to 5 laps at Cannonsburg Ski Area just outside of Grand Rapids.

It was also another strong showing from the Founders/Alger Cycles MTB team in addition to Jeff's victory, one member also winning the SS Elite/Expert and another taking second in the Expert respectively. Jeff took home the victory on the Blunt SLs - tubeless of course!

Of the race, Jeff said, 'All jockeys are short.'

Well done Jeff!

Picture day: Go big!

On Friday, Prolly posted some photos of the one and only Oscar Khan fresh off the plane in NYC. Going big, taking names, and doing his thing. All in a days work for Oscar and the P35s!




From the UK via NYC to California, we also just got some pictures from Marwin Ou - who rides for SE, City Grounds and us. These stellar shots are of Marwin on our Chukkers. We look forward to highlighting Marwin soon to continue our Rider Profile series.


6.21.2011

That's Mr. Bumpyface to you

Yesterday we got an email from Scott down in St. Louis about a recent news segment about the Penrose Park Velodrome. Like many Velodromes around the US, it's in need of some loving but that isn't keeping people racing on it and that's a good thing.

As Scott challenged us in the email, how many Deep V's can you count in the video?


For more information on the Mr. Bumpy Face Track Races, please consult the website here.

6.20.2011

Trolling

Doing my random internet trolling yesterday, and stumbled onto this post from a shot visit back in May. Like flies to a light, my eyes could help but notice one of the Velosophy stickers up at Box Dog Bikes.


'Well done is better than well said'

Which prompted me to do just a simple google search on Velosophy and came up with some interesting results:

- Apparently '6 Authentic Velocity Velosophy Stickers' could go for around 5 pounds.
- Grant Peterson just wrote a book entitled 'Velosophy'

Which then showed a few links on the Youtube... if I didn't know better I would think Velosophy goes hand in hand with bad Euro-techno...



And bad parkour... [if there is such thing as good parkour]


Fortunately, redemption was found when I think clicked on this video gem from Velosophy Bikes in Sydney, Australia...

6.17.2011

Some times, they say it better.

The guys over at Surly are brillant, but what do I know... I currently have two of their bikes and have own 4 in my lifetime. Regardless, yesterday they posted a blog post that really couldn't be said better. So much so, instead of posting a link, it seemed right and proper to copy and paste here.

Enjoy your weekend and get out and ride!

Some answers to just about any bike forum post I’ve ever read

If you think your bike looks good, it does.

If you like the way your bike rides, it’s an awesome bike.

You don’t need to spend a million dollars to have a great bike, but if you do spend a million dollars and know what you want you’ll probably also have a great bike.

Yes, you can tour on your bike – whatever it is.

Yes, you can race on your bike – whatever it is.

Yes, you can commute on your bike – whatever it is.

26” wheels or 29” or 650b or 700c or 24” or 20” or whatever – yes, that wheel size is rad and you’ll probably get where you’re going.

Disc brakes, cantis, v-brakes, and road calipers all do a great job of stopping a bike when they’re working and adjusted.

No paint job makes everyone happy.

Yes, you can put a rack on that. Get some p-clamps if there are no mounts.

Steel is a great material for making bike frames - so is aluminum, carbon fiber, and titanium.

You can have your saddle at whatever angle makes you happy.

Your handlebars can be lower than your saddle, even with your saddle, or higher than your saddle. Whichever way you like it is right.

Being shuttled up a downhill run does not make you a weak person, nor does choosing not to fly off of a 10 foot drop.

Bike frames made overseas can be super cool. Bike frames made in the USA can be super cool.

Hey, tattooed and pierced long shorts wearin flat brim hat red bull drinkin white Oakley sportin rad person on your full suspension big hit bike – nice work out there.

Hey, little round glasses pocket protector collared shirt skid lid rear view mirror sandal wearing schwalbe marathon running pletscher two-leg kickstand tourist – good job.

Hey, shaved leg skinny as hell super duper tan line hear rate monitor checking power tap train in the basement all winter super loud lycra kit million dollar wheels racer – keep it up.

The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

The following short answers are good answers, but not the only ones for the question asked – 29”, Brooks, lugged, disc brake, steel, Campagnolo, helmet, custom, Rohloff, NJS, carbon, 31.8, clipless, porteur.

No bike does everything perfectly. In fact, no bike does anything until someone gets on it to ride.

Sometimes, recumbent bikes are ok.

Your bikeshop is not trying to screw you. They’re trying to stay open.

Buying things off of the internet is great, except when it sucks.

Some people know more about bikes than you do. Other people know less.

Maybe the person you waved at while you were out riding didn’t see you wave at them.

It sucks to be harassed by assholes in cars while you’re on a bike. It also sucks to drive behind assholes on bikes.

Did you build that yourself? Awesome. Did you buy that? Cool.

Wheelies are the best trick ever invented. That’s just a fact.

Which is better, riding long miles, or hanging out under a bridge doing tricks? Yes.

Yes, you can break your collar bone riding a bike like that.

Stopping at stop signs is probably a good idea.

Driving with your bikes on top of your car to get to a dirt trail isn’t ideal, but for most people it’s necessary.

If your bike has couplers, or if you have a spendy bike case, or if you pay a shop to pack your bike, or if you have a folding bike, shipping a bike is still a pain in the ass for everyone involved.

That dent in your frame is probably ok, but maybe it’s not. You should get it looked at.

Touch up paint always looks like shit. Often it looks worse than the scratch.

A pristine bike free of dirt, scratches, and wear marks makes me sort of sad.

A bike that’s been chained to the same tree for three years caked with rust and missing parts makes me sad too.

Bikes purchased at Wal-mart, Target, Costco, or K-mart are generally not the best bang for your buck.

Toe overlap is not the end of the world, unless you crash and die – then it is.

Sometimes parts break. Sometimes you crash. Sometimes it’s your fault.

Yes, you can buy a bike without riding it first. It would be nice to ride it first, but it’s not a deal breaker not to.

Ownership of a truing stand does not a wheel builder make.

32 spokes, 48 spokes, 24 spokes, three spokes? Sure.

Single speed bikes are rad. Bikes with derailleurs and cassettes are sexy. Belt drive internal gear bikes work great too.

Columbus, TruTemper, Reynolds, Ishiwata, or no brand? I’d ride it.

Tubeless tires are pretty cool. So are tubes.

The moral of RAGBRAI is that families and drunken boobs can have fun on the same route, just maybe at different times of day.

Riding by yourself kicks ass. You might also try riding with a group.

Really fast people are frustrating, but they make you faster. When you get faster, you might frustrate someone else.

Stopping can be as much fun as riding.

Lots of people worked their asses off to build whatever you’re riding on. You should thank them.

6.15.2011

Rider Profile: Michael Chacon

Name: Michael Robert Chacon

Age: 18
Location: Culver City CA
Website:
Itsmikeonabike.blogspot.com
Sponsors: Leader Bike USA, T-Level Bags, Palms Cycle Bike Shop, Hold Fast
Cycling Specification: Fixed Gear Freestyle

How did you get into cycling?

MC: Mom and Dad bought me a BMX when I was little never tried tricks but loved to ride around my block.

How long have you been riding?

MC: I've been riding fixed gear freestyle for 2 years.

How did you get into Fixed/Free riding?

MC: My friend Chris had a Fixed Gear bike. I got on it and liked the fact that there were no brakes and you could pedal backwards. So I ended up buying one to ride for fun and progressed from there

Favorite place to ride?

MC: Venice Beach, skate parks, and local high schools


Tell a story of a ride or cycling experience you will never forget:

MC: When I was in London riding with my friends I crossed the street and forgetting that the streets are opposite compared to the US I looked the wrong way and got swiped by a Taxi driver. Lucky me I was ok and got right back up and no damage to my bike, but the next morning my body was super sore.

What are your plans for the future? (Upcoming season/year goals and aspirations):

MC: Going to Indonesia for trick competition. Going to Euro Bike in Germany for trick competition.


What Velocity wheels are you using?

MC: Velocity Psychos


Thoughts on the wheels/rims?

MC: Real Beefy

What kind of bike did you build around your Velocity wheels? (Bike Check)

MC: Leader Shadow (Getting Prototype frame soon), Michael Chacon Hold Fast, Resist Hubs, Resist 45c Tires, Resist Cranks, Resist Pivotal Seat, 36 tooth Profile Sprocket, Leader Reaper fork, Leader Plisken Stem, Leader Trick Star Crossbars, Demolition Grips, Shadow Conspiracy half link chain.


What do you do when your not on your bike (guilty pleasures, etc)?

MC: Recently got a Full Time job so I’ve been doing this lately but other than that just hanging out with friends and Girlfriend, Editing videos, Driving my 1948 Chevy Fleetline on the weekends, Party, Just hanging out.



6.14.2011

Winning!

It feels good to be a winner and the Beaver Boys out of MKE Bike Polo know a thing or two about doing that.

You might recall the crew in Milwaukee had been arrested for playing polo, I mean trespassing, in a parking garage last January. The Beaver Boys are a team out of the MKE club that once again, simply win a lot.

On their Facebook page their mission is listed as:
To have fun while winning tournaments. To travel to other polo cities and explore by bicycle and play with other clubs around the world. Meet and befriend polo players everywhere we go. To defend our titles.

They are currently the holders of the Midwest Championship and a little thing called the World Championship titles. This past weekend they did it again... winning at ESPI 6 in Philadelphia. Eric Kremin, Brian Dillman, and Joe Burge in a bit of redundancy are now super qualified for the upcoming North American Championship in August.

Way to go guys! Keep it up!

And oh, they win on Velocity wheels: Deep Vs and Chukkers.

duo

In a partnership between Audi and Renovo Hardwood Bicycles, a new line of handmade bikes have been produced. We have been privileged to be a part of this project with the 3 models of bikes: the duo Road, duo Sport, and duo City.

The duo features a monocoque hardwood frame. Made from woods selected not only for their strength and rigidity, but also for their ability to match the look of Audi vehicle interiors. Hand-made, one by one, at Renovo's Portland, Ore., studio, the Audi duo is lightweight, strong, durable and smooth.

Each model has been outfitted with the Velocity Reflective Deep V rims. Their daytime graphite color not detracting from the craftsmanship of these one of a kind frames; these rims provide the quality and precision you expect from any Velocity product, while also keeping you safe and visible wherever you might travel.

As always, check out Renovo and Audi for more details on each model and how to get your hands on one of these beauties.

6.13.2011

Shipping up to Boston?

Shipping up to Boston?

You should be. Mark your calendar.

July 9th, the Boston Bicycle Messenger Association is putting on a benefit to benefit the Hard Luck Emergency Fund.

You'll have a chance to get ahold of some Benny Gold rims and other Velocity gear.

A worthy cause, worthy of your time, save the date and consult their website for more details.

Keep up to date on Velocity events by checking the sidebar on the left.

6.10.2011

Cannondale

Ever since JBolt took off to to east to discover the ways of the world via his bike, Alex has stepped in to head the shipping department. The transition as gone great as Alex is a speeding freight train of shipping mastery, getting Velocity goodness out to you in no time!

So in the spirit of touring and the shipping department, for today's edition of Our Rides, I'll give you Alex's write up on his Cannondale touring bike, enjoy:

This is my 'built in the barn' 1983 Cannondale SR500, recently upgraded with modern Tiagra components [leaving only the headset, seatpost, stem, and downtube shifters as original], and Velocity Dyad rims laced with DT double butted spokes to Velocity standard road hubs. The frame was given to me by a friend who was moving away and had no room to bring it. Luckily it fits me great!

I also have a rear Axiom rack to hold the killer matching Cannondale panniers I acquired after seeing them hanging in Matt's garage. I really feel like those tie it all together.

This has been my main bike for a little while now, and it rides fantastically. Originally had the original Rando/Touring drop bars on it that it came stock with, but had to make it a little less conventional since I dislike riding drop bars in the city so much, and went as cheap as possible with putting a riser setup on it.

What you see is where it is now, and I love it. If you see it locked up outside of a bar in Grand Rapids Michigan, feel free to come on in and buy me a beer. Maybe we can talk about bikes!

6.09.2011

That's insane...

That's insane... down right psycho if you ask me.

Well, not really. We received an email from one of our favorite shops in Portland, Sugar Wheel Works, where Jude has been telling us about wheels she has been building up for B-Line. They had been going through wheels extremely quick due to the amount of weight they were carrying. That's before they got Psycho's on their rigs -successfully transporting 1,000+ pounds daily.

B-Line’s mission is to make our communities more livable.

They believe in:

- collaborative relationships that honor and build upon one another
- flexibility, simplicity, and playfulness
- leveraging the voice, leadership, and passion of our community in the quest for a healthier planet
- growing a business that is profitable yet unwavering in its commitment to community and sustainability

As a transportation company, B-Line’s vision is to redefine how goods and services are transported in our increasingly urban environment by simply providing the right tool for the job. As an advertising and promotions company, B-Line seeks to combine flexibility with ingenuity. As a stakeholder in our community, B-Line is passionate about creating a company that is part of a solution and a partner in living. We seek to enrich the fabric of our cities by reducing congestion and CO2 emissions, developing local green-collar jobs, partnering with local manufacturers and small businesses, doing our share to help those in need in our community, and generally believing in the premise that business can be a catalyst for positive change and has a responsibility to the common good.

B-line is an incredible business doing some thing pretty special out west. Read more of their story on their website.


6.08.2011

Iowa. Gravel.

Stumbled onto this preview for an upcoming film on Trans Iowa over on Guitar Ted's site a few days ago. Fond memories at my own attempt at Trans Iowa 5 came rushing back and can't wait to see 300 miles of Gravel when it comes out:


300 Miles of Gravel Trailer from Jeff Frings Photography on Vimeo.


It also gets me excited for Matt and I's upcoming adventure to my homeland to ride in Guitar Ted's other ride, the Guitar Ted Death Ride Invitational, at the end of July. Should be one heck of a weekend, at least 100 miles of Iowa gravel goodness.


300 Miles of Gravel from Jeff Frings Photography on Vimeo.

6.07.2011

Fixed

There is a magazine out of the U.K. called Fixed. There most recent edition has a shot from the one and only Patrick Seabase on a mountain descent.

The photographer, Ian White describes it has this:

We set off very early at 4am, grabbing a free breakfast on the way at a mountain hotel… (just say your'e staying in room 11 and it normally works)

We were looking through photographs making the selection for Fixed 08, when we found a random shot of a supply road leading to the top of the mountain island, by the dam. Patrick had not attempted this descent before, as it is off the main road and normally he rides the 30km straight down without stopping. The surface of the supply road was super sketchy, pitted with pot holes, uneven cobble stones and crumpled tarmac making it almost impossible for him to control skidding… it was good fun and we hope you will like the end result.
The result is a photo titled 'Mountains are different'.

You might remember Patrick running A23 track wheels in the following videos:


SEABASE 83 MOTORPACE from YUHZIMI Ltd. on Vimeo.



SEABASE vs STELVIO from YUHZIMI Ltd. on Vimeo.


Check out more of Fixed Magazine, other Velocity riders such as Oscar Khan and Tom La Marche have also made the cover.

6.06.2011

Blunt SL: Out of the Box by G-Ted

Over the last week, the Blunt SL has hit the cycling world. We were pleased to get a set into the 29er guru himself, Guitar Ted, to get his insight and thoughts about a wheelset we are extremely pleased and excited to be offering.

G-Ted touches on some great points throughout the post, one being our ability to provide and build to riders desires and needs for each and every wheelset. Although, we have our 'stock' Pro and Comp builds, as you will see with G-Ted's wheelset we built it up with our brand new convertible axle ATB disc hub which is not the stock build for the Blunt SL Comp wheelsets, our Lightweight ATB disc hub normally comes on it.


Below is from his post on TwentyNineInches.com.



Velocity Blunt SL Comp Wheels: Out Of The Box

June 2nd, 2011 by Guitar Ted

About a week ago we got the announcement that Veloity U.S.A. had Blunt SL rims and wheel sets in, and now we have a set of the wheels in for test and review. Our set is the “Comp” build using Velocity’s own branded hubs. Let’s take a closer look…..

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Velocity hand builds these wheels in its Grand Rapids, Michigan facility in a “Pro” level build, or the “Comp” level build as stock options. However; they can customize a wheel build to taste within reason, so if the two stock builds do not suit you, give them a shout and they can work out the details with you and your local bike shop. This “Comp” build consists of the following specifications:

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- Rims: Blunt SL rims in black, (white and silver are also available), 32 hole, disc brake only.
- Front Hub: “ATB” Convertible Disc Hub 32H, with 9mm quick release, 15 mm and 20mm through axle end caps (included)
- Front Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Double Butted 2.0/1.8mm laced 3 cross on disc side, radially on non-disc side with brass nipples.
- Rear Hub: “ATB” Lightweight Hub, 135mm OD, 32 hole.
- Rear Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Double Butted 2.0/1.8mm laced 3 cross with brass nipples.

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Each Velocity wheel is hand built, as stated, and not only that, the builder signs and dates their work. It’s pretty cool to know that your wheels were built by hand, but the sign off makes it a bit more impressive, in my opinion. bluntsl2011 011
The Blunt SL is a new rim borrowing from what Velocity learned making the Blunt and P-35 rims. The Blunt SL is described by Velocity as their ” tubeless race day rim “. The tubeless part is made a reality by using Velocity’s own “Velotape” and tubeless valve stems which feature removable cores. Velocity claims a weight for the 29 inch Blunt SL at 420 grams each.

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Hubs: Since we’re testing the entire wheel set, here is the skinny on the hubs. The rear hub is from Velocity’s “Lightweight” models. The claimed weight is 275 gm. The hub rolls on cartridge bearings and is only offered in the 32 hole drilling. The front hub is an entirely new design, and isn’t even on the website yet. Velocity offers it as a convertible hub that accepts 9mm quick release, 15mm through axle, and 20mm through axle. No weight was available at post time, but I would assume it is similar to their 20mm through axle disc hub which weighs 250 gm.

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The end caps are easily removed by simply pulling the rubber “O” rings past the grooves they seat into and swapping out what ever desired end cap you want back in. Interestingly, the inside diameter of the axle area in the hub is already compatible with a 20mm through axle, so instead of having end caps that insert into the hub, they actually snap over the outer edge of the hub in grooves where “O” rings on the 20mm through axle caps sit into to keep them in place.

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Here are the 15mm and 20mm through axle end caps. You can see how the 20mm ones vary. I’m setting up the wheels to fit the test mule which is a Specialized Epic Marathon and it has a 9mm QR Reba fork. I’ll also be swapping out these wheels to other bikes as the test progresses.

The wheels actually are very similar to the Roval wheels the Epic Marathon came with, right down to the weight. With tape installed and valve stems installed, the Rovals and Blunt SL wheels both weighed 1850 gms for the set. (9mm quick release end caps installed) The lacing pattern for the front is nearly identical as well. Of course, the Roval rim and the Blunt SL are different profiles, but internal widths were similar at 21.2mm.

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The Blunt SL rim has a nice inner rim profile which is reminiscent of the P-35’s, only shrunken down to smaller proportions. This made setting up the tubeless ready Specialized Ground Control prototype tires a breeze. Once the Velotape was laid in, and the excellent quality valve stem installed, the tires aired up with a floor pump easily. It couldn’t have been any easier, really. I used some Geax latex sealant in these, just for the record.

Comments: While Velocity is calling these “race day rims”, the Comp build level may not reflect a “race day” weight for many of you readers out there. The wheel set is also listed as being available in the “Pro” level build, which shaves the weight down to 1575 gms, (with 28/28 count spokes, higher end spokes, alloy nipples) Note also that the Comp build without the tape and valve stems is listed at 1775 gm. Of course, you can build your own wheels using the Blunt SL and any other compatible components you wish to get the weight down even further. For reference, the ZTR Crest rims list at 380 grams and “355″ rims list out at 405 gm, so the Blunt SL is in the ball park for a “race day” rim. Blunt SL rims have a MSRP of $84.99 USD each. That’s pretty much in line with MSRP’s on similar rims.

As far as this particular wheel build goes, I see it as a great idea for an endurance wheel set, something for longer events, where maybe the lightest weight isn’t a huge concern, but durability is. Lighter riders, or folks that go easy on their wheels might be looking at something like this for their “daily driver” set of wheels. I’ll be keeping this as my focus as I test these in the coming weeks. As far as the rims themselves go, I’ll be looking for long term durability, tubeless performance, and how flexy, or not, these rims are going to be.

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The wheel set will be treated as an “everyday” wheel set, just to see how it holds up. I’m already out doing some riding on these, and they will be getting a few more rides before I come back with my First Impressions. Stay tuned!

Velocity has submitted these wheels for test and review at no charge. We are not being paid, nor bribed for this review. We will strive to give our honest opinions throughout.

6.03.2011

Give me Mayhem...

Give me mayhem or give me death.

Our boy Tom LaMarche took 1st at the Midwest Mayhem this past weekend across the lake in Milwaukee and great video put together by the guys over at Slumworm. How many Velocity rims can you spot? Jake Santos and a few other Velocity riders can be seen in it also. Be sure to check out some more photos from the weekend here and here.

MWM2 COMP from Matt Reyes on Vimeo.


Speaking of mayhem, I was only able to get a moment of Alex messing around on an ax earlier this morning... but we'll leave you with that for the weekend. Get out and ride!


6.02.2011

Velocity Golf

I've had some trouble getting this video and another to upload from last Friday's Velocity golf outing. It was a time for us to celebrate good weather but also two of our very own leaving us, Rachel and Jeff. Rachel is heading to Chicago while Jeff is riding is bike east for a few months. Both will forever be part of the Velocity family and it was great to spend an afternoon just having a good time.

As pictures say a thousand words... I wonder how many this video does...