Thursday, October 17, 2013

PINARELLO DOGMA 65.1 THINK 2: Special edition, only ONE PRODUCTION run!

Taking orders on this ONE-TIME production World Champion edition of the Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2. These will NOT be released again, so place your order NOW before it's too late! Contact or to get your size on order!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Rock Shox steps up their game in a huge way with the new Pike RCT3 fork and Monarch Plus RC3 rear shock!

Rock Shox made a splash back in April with their product launch resurrecting the beloved Pike fork and new Monarch RC3 rear shock. By now you have probably heard of the new Pike and how it has taken the suspension market by storm and is essentially the fork to have on your trail / all mountain bike. Features such as the 35mm stanchions, new Charger damper cartridge and RCT3 adjustment (open, pedal and lock) in a sub 4 lb. package makes for a fork that targets Fox's 34mm and 36mm designs. After a couple hundred miles and a weekend in Downieville I thought I would share my thoughts on the new suspension.

My Knolly Endorphin with 140mm of rear travel was the ideal platform for the Rock Shox Monarch Plus RC3 rear shock and Rock Shox Pike RCT3 150mm Solo Air fork. With it's confidence inspiring geometry, the Endorphin begs to be ridden hard through rough technical terrain which is ideal for testing out the new Rock Shox suspension.

The Pike looks great on just about every bike I have seen one on! The black stanchions really stand out and keep the front end looking really clean! Looks aside, the Pike is packed with tuning features that every rider can appreciate. The RCT3 adjustment (open, pedal and lock) work really well as I found that I kept the fork in the "pedal" position most of the time until I came up to a technical descent and really wanted to put the fork through it's paces. In the "open" position the Pike literally floats over whatever is in front of me as it really soaks up technical features and rough terrain while asking for more! Rock Shox's new Charger damper is really the crown jewel of the new Rock Shox Pike RCT3 in my opinion as it provides buttery smooth suspension that usually isn't synonymous with air suspension forks. Another great feature of the Pike is the low speed compression adjustment that allows you to dial in the fork when it comes to small bump compliance and controlling brake dive. Sweet!

Sag gradient lines on the right leg paired with an air pressure table on the left leg make setting up the suspension to your weight and rider preference really easy. And yes, Rock Shox includes shock pump and an extra set of oil seals and dust wipers for your first service, nice! Check out those beefy 35mm stanchions!

While many riders choose to run the shock that comes stock on their frame, there may be room for a significant performance gain by upgrading your rear shock. The Monarch Plus RC3 has proven this to me! While I was content with the performance stock Fox Float CTD rear shock that came on my Knolly Endorphin, I had no idea what I was missing! The Monarch Plus RC3 has the same (open, pedal and lock) compression positions of the Pike fork which is really nice as it is easy to balance your front and rear suspension based on the riding you are doing. Supple, plush suspension is the name of the game with this shock! Compared to what I was running, this shock feels more linear like a coil shock (without the weight penalty) but has no problem ramping up on big hits and getting you back up in the travel (thanks to Rapid Recovery). Akin to the Rock Shox Pike RCT3, the Monarch Plus RC3 also has sag gradient lines making setting up your suspension sag a breeze. I recently set up a client with the new Monarch Plus RC3 rear shock and here is what he had to say: "Set up and just back from first rip. Great call, transformed the bike. Love the shock!" Ken Nickel-Lane Alberta, Canada

In conclusion, a couple years ago I would've never considered myself a "Rock Shox guy".
However the amazing new Rock Shox Pike RCT3 fork and Monarch Plus RC3 rear shock have really changed my view on Rock Shox and I strongly feel as though they have hit a home run with this suspension combination. If you are considering building up a new bike or upgrading the suspension on your current rig, take a long look Rock Shox's new offerings. The Rock Shox Pike RCT3 forks have travel options ranging from 140mm to 160mm, with Solo Air (full travel) and Dual Position (drop the travel down 30mm) options that can accommodate 26", 27.5" and 29" wheel options.

If you have any questions about the Rock Shox Pike RCT3 fork or Monarch Plus RC3 rear shock, please conatact: 

Brian Waugh
Toll Free: 866-497-3624 ext. 204
International | Direct +1 510-529-3043

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Fast Freddie Gran Fondo this weekend!
If you haven't signed up already, and you're in the area, this would be a great event to participate in! The first Fast Freddie Gran Fondo will be held this Saturday, August 17th. There will be lots of things going on after the ride such as spa and massage treatment provided by Claremont Hotel and Spa resort, displays of bikes, jerseys by participating shops, and free swag for those that are going just to have a good time and checking out the Expo. The proceeds for the event goes to Youth Development foundations so it's all for a great cause! Look for our tent as well and say hi to our guys there!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Knolly Bikes shares an AWESOME video of Garett Buehler Shredding on an Endorphin!

Most of you have probably seen the review we've posted on the Knolly Endorphin, ridden by Brian Waugh here, and how much he loves the versatility of this frame. (Check out the Knolly Endorphin review here)

If that wasn't enough to fulfill your checklist when looking for a new frame, perhaps this video will!

on Pinkbike

Now, we all know that riding skills are required to do some of the things here, but this just shows the full capability of the Endorphin.

No better time than now to pick up the last of the Endorphin frames (or Chilcotin or Podium for those looking for more) during Knolly's Special pricing sale!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Intense Carbine 29? Ooohhhhhhh yeeeeaaahhhh......

Check out this video from Intense

With not much info out on them quite yet, we're looking forward to getting these here to play with. The Orange goes well with our Flow Team Jersey too.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Zipp 202 Firecrest Carbon Clinchers: Really worth the money? Full review after spending much time on them!

For the past year, I have been riding on the Zipp 303 Firecrest carbon clincher wheels which have been a very pleasurable experience! The wheels are fast, lightweight, and let's face it, everyone loves the look of a deeper rim profile! If you're born to be a mountain goat, there's not too much that can hold you back from being the KOM on your club rides or local races. However, if you're not blessed with great power-to-weight ration, every bit of rotating mass can really hold you back from even keeping up with the group on those long climbs…

This is where the new Zipp 202 Firecrest carbon clinchers step in: Listed weight is at 1375 grams from Zipp (our set weighed in at 1340 without skewers or rim tape) which is a pretty impressive weight for 32mm aero carbon clincher wheelset. However, some concerns jump to mind: How big of a difference will these be from the deeper 303's? Will I be sacrificing aerodynamics? How durable will this wheelset be with less surface area to dissipate braking heat?

Pinarello Dogma 2 with New Sram Red on Zipp 202 Firecrest Carbon Clinchers.
Here are some of those questions answered after spending many miles on them!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The all new and highly anticipated Ibis Ripley 29!!!!

The all new and highly anticipated Ibis Ripley 29!!!!

Ibis Ripley 29 was released on Monday and the industry is buzzing! The enigmatic 29'er has been in development for several years now, so what's all the hub bub you say? Continue reading to find out!

 "The heart of the Ripley is its dual-eccentric dw-link suspension".

Friday, March 1, 2013

Wrench Science 11 Year Anniversary Celebration!

We're celebrating our 11th year of serving this wonderful sport by giving back to our wonderful supporters!

Remember, you MUST contact us to redeem this special, so email, phone, FB message, or just come on in and take advantage of this special today!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Knolly Endorphin: The perfect trail bike for the aggressive rider!

Knolly's Endorphin may be the Chilcotin's younger brother, but if I was daddy, the Endorphin would probably be my favorite son! Versatility is the name of the game with the Endorphin.  

You can build up to be a svelte lightweight marathon bike (under 25 lbs.) with a 140mm fork or build it up to compete in the ring with the Chilcotin by throwing on a 160mm fork and some beefy tires as this frame has an appetite for technical terrain! Coming from the Chilcotin (which I loved) as my primary trail / all mountain bike, I didn't want to sacrifice descending capabilities.  However, I wanted to drop some weight as I felt like the Chilcotin was like bringing a RPG to a gun fight with most of the riding I do here in the SF Bay area. My large Endorphin came in at 28.5 lbs. with pedals ... 3 lbs. less than my Chilcotin!

For this build, I wanted to go with a Wrench Science theme so I incorporated orange wherever I could without going over the top.  The raw color that Kevin from Knolly suggested looks great with this theme.