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  1. General Cycling Discussion
    Come along as the gang from the Global Cycling Network take a tour of DT Swiss world HQ in Switzerland. Inside you'll get an up-close look at how spokes are made and how their highly-regarded wheels are tested and built. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zkt-kM8JIA Check out more videos on...
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    This new building will help ENVE continue to be a leader in carbon bicycle wheel production. And just like in the past 100% of their rims are manufactured in Ogden, Utah. This allows ENVE to be nimble and react quickly to market demands. Photo by Ian Matteson Long regarded as one of the world's...
  3. Components, Wrenching
    Paul Price with one of his beloved mills that he collects (click to enlarge). Paul Price is a quiet man. Not comfortable in the limelight, he prefers a barbeque to a banquet, a backyard to a convention center. And so Paul Camp was created, a way for Price to meet with journalists away from the...
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    A little extra protection makes it a lot easier to lean hard into wet corners (click to enlarge). Think Michelin and the first thing that comes to mind is either A) automobile tires or B) the company's famed puffy white mascot. But long before its primary business was keeping cars safely...
  5. General Cycling Discussion
    Where spokes of all lengths come to life. At its core, the goal of the DT Swiss facility in Grand Junction, Colorado is simple: Do the exact same thing over and over again - and do it exceedingly well. This mantra of precision repetition carries across all the DT Swiss operations, be them in...
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    Our friends at Global Cycling Network went to the fi'zi:k factory in Italy, for a behind the scenes look on how their saddles are made. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdWzZaDUJqc&feature=youtu.be fi'zi:k make many of the saddles that are used to win the biggest bike races in the world. The...
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    The new building is considered a forever home, and can easily be expanded when the time comes. Best Christmas present you can give a company and its 132 full time employees? How about a brand new state-of-the art building complete with a fitness room, locker room, showers, and expansive indoor...
  8. General Cycling Discussion
    Seventy people work in Ridley's main headquarters facility in Belgium. Just off the E313 highway in Paal, Belgium, there's a large industrial park. Among the various box-shaped buildings is one that stands out for anyone with even a mild interest in cycling. Here, about an hour east of...
  9. Components, Wrenching
    RoadBikeReview recently visited the new Reynolds Cycling headquarters in Sandy, Utah. The new 25,000 square foot building focuses solely on wheels and this is where new wheels are researched, designed, created and tested. It is also their business offices as well as the US distribution center...
  10. General Cycling Discussion
    In what is a daylong process, raw frames are prepped for painting, taped up, painted, cured, and then given a clear coat (as seen here). This room must remain dust free at all times. If you've watched any elite level cyclocross in the last few years, you couldn't help but notice a trend. When...
  11. General Cycling Discussion
    Within the realm of logic and reason, there is a principle known as Occam's Razor. It states that, "All other things being equal, simpler explanations are generally better than more complex ones." Origins of this edict are not definitive, but variations of the concept have been traced as far...
  12. General Cycling Discussion
    It's a cold mid-winter day in the Colorado Rockies, the time of year of when most outdoor enthusiasts have tucked their bikes into the back of the garage, and pulled out the ski quiver. But out on the western edge of Steamboat Springs, in a three-story building on Copper Ridge Drive, cycling is...
  13. General Cycling Discussion
    In the front lobby of Pearl Izumi's Colorado headquarters, just left of the receptionist station, are a series of architectural renderings. The pictured building is what will be Pearl's new home, a sleek, modern looking structure that's already under construction in the sprawling lot across the...
  14. General Cycling Discussion
    Carbon fiber may be the reigning building-material king of the cycling industry, and Asia may be the hotbed of that production, but back here in the U.S. of A there are still some great bikes being made - and not all of them are constructed with composite materials. Need proof? This past...
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