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Mavic Open Pro UST

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Mavic Open Pro UST rims have arrived. Worth your time and dollars? Our first thoughts...

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Cross frame feedback from Paul Rades, team rider

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Joe Mallis takes excellent pictures. Thanks, Joe.Dave mentioned our cross team the other day - the November Bicycles CX Experience. We didn't pick riders for the team based on past or expected results (but if we had, boy would we not have been disappointed), but rather for their ability to provide us with some highly qualified feedback on our bikes. Paul Rades is one of our team riders and is positively killing it this year. He's currently wearing the leader's jersey in the MABRA Super 8 Masters Elite category after a string of 2nd place finishes, and has also taken...

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Riddle Me This, My Brother

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What weighs comfortably less than 1500 grams, is strong enough to use on a mountain bike (but made for road or cx bikes), can be built with a variety of awesome hubs*, costs $485, and could be in your hands before Labor Day?  Our new FSW 23 and FSW CX wheel sets. Carbon wheels are great, especially now that the cost has come down and carbon clinchers have shed their freshman 15 to get to really attractive weights.  But a lot of people have no interest in using carbon wheels for cross, or winter time base miles.  A lot of...

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Tubeless Update

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Sort of a short update here since I've got something of a magnum opus brewing in the background.  Testing of the new FSW 23 (pictured here) continues.  Used in a mountain bike setup, the FSW 23 rims are working brilliantly set up tubeless.  One layer of Stan's Yellow Tape, a 29er rim strip, and a scoop and a half of Stan's sealant.  At 27psi, the Geax tire feels incredible and DOES NOT BURP.   I've got more confidence in this setup than I've ever had in a mountain bike wheel.  A little hint for the folks at home - the pressure...

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Testing Our Metal

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Product management never ends here at November Bicycles.  For the past several weeks I've been charged with getting the new FSW 23 and FSW CX wheel sets up and ready for show time.  Good times, good times.  First part of the job is getting them built up and confirming spoke lengths and just generally making sure that they go together right.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy with these ones, the spoke length calculator got it bang on all the way around.  Building on the new rims is like building on carbon rims, in that they're very radially stable and they're stiff...

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