Randoms: Special Edition Stem, Throwback Bikes & More - Crankworx Whistler 2019

Aug 15, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
With the expo now set up and in full swing here in Whistler, we took a spin around the booths to see what new tech was on offer.

FSA's Team Edition stem


FSA's athletes will be running this special edition stem this weekend. It's the brand's first zero rise stem with a 35mm clamp and is available in 32mm or 40mm lengths. The stem is CNC'd in house by FSA. Currently, there aren't any plans to bring it to market unless the demand is high enough but who knows. Also pictured are some oil-slick top caps that FSA are giving away this weekend. Get down to their booth if you like the look of them and snag one for yourself.




GT's Throwback Dyno 29er


Described as 30 years in the making, GT has revived its 80's classic Dyno BMX as a 29er play bike. Designed with help from BMX Hall of Famer Dave Voelker, this '87 day glo orange edition pays homage to the year Dave turned pro with the brand. The chromoly frame has been supersized to fit 29" wheels and is much stiffer than the 80s edition but the 2.5" Smoothie tyres should offer plenty of cushion in comparison.

Besides the mtb wheels, there's a lot of BMX componentry here too including some revised Pretzel bars, a mid-bottom bracket, inverted seatstay brakes, and 3-piece cranks. The bike has so far proved popular with nostalgic fans and also riders in the new Bike Life movement. Reportedly, GT have already sold out of the bike.




SixSixOne's Thigh-gap Proof Kneepad


SixSixOne showed us this new kneepad that they're hoping to release before summer next year. The large kneepad covers from the middle of the shin up to the middle of the thigh, offering some all-important thigh gap protection. The knee has a D30 protector with the option of adding a plastic skid cover on top. The plastic was white for this prototype but will be a matching color on the finished article. The pads surrounding the knee will also be bigger on the final product.


SixSixOne expect the kneepad to sell for around $100 USD with the plastic cover being a $10-15 USD extra on top of that.




Industry 9's Party Wheels


It's like Nerding Out in wheel form.

Fanatyk Bike Shop's Wireless Specialized Demo


We may have seen a prototype of SRAM's 7-speed drivetrain yesterday but Fanatyk bike shop in the village already have a wireless downhill bike up and running. They have converted a SRAM Red eTap road drivetrain to work on a Specialized Demo with a 7-speed cassette. The bike uses a Blipbox transponder mounted under the handlebars with a Blip button next to each grip - one for upshifts and one for downshifts.




Knolly's Ford GT 40 Inspired Color-way


Knolly released the new Delirium, Warden, and Warden LT just before Crankworx and had the whole fleet on display in the expo area. The bike that caught out eye was the Warden that was painted gold and orange in tribute to the 1966 Le Mans Ford GT40 driven to 3rd place in a Ferrari-crushing 1-2-3 by Ronnie Bucknum and Dick Hutcherson. The car remains iconic to this day and was sold at Sotheby's for $9,795,000 USD last year. More info on the new Knolly bikes and this color can be found here.

Photo: Sotheby's





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76 Comments

  • + 30
 I wanna see a Kenny Roberts Yamaha speed block themed bike.
  • + 2
 I wish I could give this more upvotes!
  • + 3
 Check this out, it's close. Search....Vintage Yamaha Rotec Pro DH Bike.
  • + 23
 that Knolly Warden is sick!
  • + 10
 Production Privee is famous for their sports car inspired colourways. Neat to see someone else use it as inspiration.
  • + 10
 You're right. It looks like it has curry Diarrhea and a bleeding arse!
  • + 4
 @MTBgeometryguru: man, I really liked the colors, now you have ruined it for me...
  • + 1
 Thanks!
  • + 14
 I love the idea of using Motorsports liveries on bikes. In addition so knolly, production privee do this as well. Bravo knolly!
  • + 24
 Southerners make our own NASCAR....livery. We call it...stickers.
  • + 1
 the PP shan n5 bahama yellow and jps are beautiful bikes!
  • + 14
 @bizutch: Do your bikes only make left turns?
  • + 11
 @Powderface: Only on sundays. The rest of the week they have to turn right or else we couldn't outrun the revenuers
  • + 1
 Dangerholms BRG project needs mention..
  • + 2
 Its lame. A bike pretending to be a car. The vision of an 8 year old.
  • + 1
 @shredright: except that one Yeti someone did a few years back with the powder blue & orange color scheme to mimic an old racer. Ferrari maybe?
  • + 1
 @bizutch: It was probably well done, but I'm still not into it.
  • + 12
 Here’s a brainwave: design riding shorts to be long enough when riding, not standing around. We don’t need more neoprene. We need longer shorts.
  • + 10
 They're called pants, ha
  • + 2
 @alexsin I got a pair of Bontrager's more gravity oriented shorts in 2012. They fall just below the knee when I'm standing, and cover the top of the pad while riding. Since I recently got a really chill job where I can ride at lunch and wear my cycling gear around the office, I wear them pretty much every day, 7 years after I first got them.
I haven't really looked at riding shorts in a long time, did they get short? I remember them all looking like 3/4 pants.
  • + 1
 Ion has a model that is longer than the standard one. Intended for people with longer legs, but works just fine for a buddy of mine who wants to cover more of his upper leg while pedaling.
  • + 1
 @mmoon: I think mountain bike racing kits got a lot more fitted and less flappy over the years. That means that the shorts sit higher on the body now. That's also true for all the less gravity oriented brands or models with shorter inseams(stuff you used to find at Performance).
  • + 1
 Check out the POC MT 500 shorts.
  • + 1
 Good luck selling that to the TLD fashion parade whos biggest worry in life is how their color matching looks in the lift-line.
  • + 8
 Unless that's a poor photo... knolly was way off the mark. Probably shouldn't have shown a reference.
  • + 2
 It's a poor photo. The actual paint is more golden, and has a bit of sparkle in it too. It's a really good paintjob, not great pics for it sadly
  • + 1
 Can I get my Warden in the livery of the *first place* GT40? Haha
  • + 2
 @sngltrkmnd: Yes you can. It is the black one www.knollybikes.com/wardenltv2. You can also get second place if you buy the blue Fugitive.
  • + 1
 @KNOLLYBIKES: Heck yeah. Fugitive is my jam.
  • + 5
 I've had multiple bad experiences with the durability of SixSixOne pads and with a warranty department that never responded to emails. I can't imagine buying their pads again.
  • + 6
 That funn stem has a funny amount of spacers under it. I need a frivolous 29" playbike.
  • + 3
 the oil-slick color of the stem looks pretty good, but the shape is awful.. i currently ride an i9 a35 and it´s beautiful! would be cool to combine the shape of the a35 with the colour of the fsa
  • + 5
 661 don't know what an actual thigh gap is lol
  • + 4
 Love the stem finish. Knolly looking good too.
  • + 2
 661 charging an extra $15 for something I have strapped to an old jock strap I've got floating around in my closet.
  • + 3
 Oil slick will always have "high demand." Let us have those!
  • + 3
 Nooooo!!!! FSA made something I like.
  • + 1
 Test rode a SE bikes similar to that GT, but with 26 inch wheels, and it was a ton of fun. Almost bought it on the spot, which would have been just plain stupid on my part.
  • + 4
 Lord Volker is the man!
  • + 3
 So you can now buy a protector to protect your knee protector?
  • + 2
 Dave Voelker was my first BMX hero. What a badass!
  • + 2
 Oh man, I really want that 29'er GT.
  • + 1
 Yeah me too, so pimp…
I built up a Karokoram 29 into a rigid SS with short stem, high riser bars and flat pedals with 2.5 tyres, it’s become my most ridden bike, oh and a dropper post
  • + 2
 Didn't sram just release/show off a 7 speed DH axs derailleur?
  • + 2
 661 needs to bring back the old style Rage hard/Kyle Straights.
  • + 1
 Asks a customer, "would you like to try this 661 Rage'n Hard on in the dressing room?"
  • + 1
 It is "Fanatyk Co" bike shop please. Fanatik are based in Washington (and are also very good).
  • + 1
 I absolutly love knolly but they copied that old racecar design thing of production privee i guess
still looks awesome Wink
  • + 1
 Production who?
We have been using hot rods and race cars for inspiration for a long time.
  • + 1
 Gotta love the zero-rise stem with like a 40 mm spacer stack underneath...
  • + 1
 Where can I get those silver I9 rims???
  • + 0
 WHO'S IN WHISTLER AND CAN GET ME A 31.8 STEM IN 32 MIL LENGTH PLEASE JEEBUS
  • + 1
 Chromag HiFi avail in 31mm
  • + 1
 @andrewbikeguide: In oil slick? Can you get it to me in Portland? I'll throw dough.
  • + 1
 Hehehe....you guys said “thigh gap”
  • + 1
 Congrats FSA, your mechanic doesn't have OCD.
  • + 1
 “Whistler” on the top cap not being parallel to the bars? That’s because the “FSA” branding nearest the rider is.
  • + 1
 colorway, wrongway, hiway.
  • + 1
 BMXer in me needs more oil slick!
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