Product Review: Abus: Granite Futura Mini U-Lock

While at Interbike this year I sat down with Abus and talked about locks. I walked away from that discussion with a lock, the Granite Futura Mini U-Lock. Super compact, light weight (700g). The weight is great and it doesn’t feel like you are carrying a lock when you got one of these in your belt or in your bag. I didn’t like the size of the locking mechanism, looks like book with a U attached to it. Once seeing it in action, it kind of has an intimidating factor when put next to a Mini Evo U-lock. Burlier the better. So that grew on me, plus it was easy stickering it up… Always a bonus for me.

The other feature that I love is that you can twist the key in any direction to open this bad boy. That is worth it alone. The length of the lock is great for securing the front wheel to the frame or rear wheel through the rear triangle, but sometimes the width of the U lock effects where you can lock up. It fits most bike racks and meters but has a hard time with steel poles or larger street signs. That can be a bummerwave, but otherwise it’s a damn good lock and it stands out from what everyone else is carrying…

All-City: Thunderdome

All-City drops a new frameset this December, the “Thunderdome

We are at the core of our very heart a track bike brand, always have been, always will be. Because of that, we wanted to up jump our velodrome game, and create a full on race specific alloy sprint monster.

Enter the Thunderdome.

We’ve taken our tried and true Big Block geometry and adapted it to a shorter axle to crown carbon fork and alloy frameset. Because we love the lines of the old Cannondale track bikes, we went with traditional round tubing, a standard 1 1/8″ headset, and to give it that AC touch, polished panels on the downtube and seatstay.

It is stiff, fast, and ready to race.

Westside Invite Los Angeles 2012: Registration

Registration is now open for the Westside Invite Los Angeles 2012!!!

You can register for WILA online and save. Online registration is $20.00, all events inclusive. $25.00 in person registration. $13.00 individual events (in person registration only).

online registration packet includes;event patch, entry to all events, WILA t-shirt, stickers, drink wristband, palm brush, wila drink koozie, wila bandana and more.

MASHSF: Cutty CX & All Chips On The Table

If you are in SF this Friday. be sure to go race then go checkout Garrett’s show at Rapha!!!

Details via MASH:
On Friday November 2nd, Rapha and MASH will host a timeline of Garrett Chow’s cycling related artwork. A group of street/cx racers will meet at MASH (Shop) at 5pm to register for the first of the 2012/2013 Cutty Cross Cat events. The race will finish at the Rapha Cycling Club, where racers will be awarded. The reception opens at 7PM, so bring friends and family to celebrate, who we consider to be, the most exciting designer in modern cycling.