Knight Composites Carbon Wheelsets

As the 2016 model year approaches, we have some HUGE news.
We are launching some killer new wheel brands, available RIGHT NOW.

We’ll preview 3 of them this week, starting with…

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Knight Composites, Toronto 
The scoop? Carbon wheels with the fastest aerodynamics in the industry
Why ride em? 35, 65 and 95 mm carbon wheels that will add speed, guaranteed
Other details? Incredible “trailing edge” aero technology blows all other away
Who are they? Three industry geniuses, including Toronto’s own Kevin Quan
Bottom line? Zipp may have led the rounded carbon rim charge, and ENVE then carried the torch, but these guys have taken the lead with unique thinking that stands on its own.

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Click to download any of the following from Knight:
Wheel Specs / Knight Composites Brochure / Procycling’s Knight 65/95 review

Road Wheelsets – Pricing in CAD:

  • Knight 35 Clinchers on DT Swiss 240 Hubs – $2989 – BLACK logos in stock
  • Knight 65 Clinchers on DT Swiss 240 Hubs – $2989 – available for order
  • Knight 85 Clinchers on DT Swiss 240 Hubs – $3335 – available for order

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Custom builds also available on Tune, Chris King, or White-Industries hubsets with the below rim prices – check #Blacksmithwheels on Instagram for some of our custom work!

Road Rims – Pricing in CAD:

  • Knight 35 or 65 Clinchers – 20/24 H – $919 each – available for order
  • Knight 85 Clinchers – 16/20 H – $1149 each – available for order

New tubulars and disc-specific wheels are launching at Eurobike this week, and right now we’d be hard-pressed to recommend a better all-round wheelset than the Knight 35 clinchers, which is why we have them in stock!

Free shipping across North America as always and yes we can charge in USD.

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New Brand Week – MAAP Cycling Apparel

MAAP has arrived, you pretty-boy hipsters.
Seems like a perfect ending to our New Brand Week.
Yes, we are Toronto’s only source.

MAAP Long SleeveBelow is some of the stock we carry, but our MAAP inventory is always being updated.

Jerseys Short-Sleeve – $170 

Contour Off-White – S / M / L / XL

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Team Citrus – M / L

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Arrows Blue Corral – S / M / L / XL

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Team Jersey Charcoal Coral – M / L

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Jerseys Long-Sleeve - $190 

Contour Navy – S / M / L

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Team Charcoal Citrus – S / M / L

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Bibs - $260

All Team bib colors now in stock, including…

Bib Aqua

Team Navy Coral – M / L / XL

Bib Navy

Socks – $25

We have about 6 colors of MAAP socks in stock, including…

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Leg Warmers – $85

Team Black Leg Warmer – M / L / XL

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Jackets – $350

Team Rain Jacket Black – M / L

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More jackets, long-sleeves, vests, socks and caps have just arrived so feel free to drop by to try stuff on and make any special requests.

Thanks for following #NewBrandWeek and reach out anytime!!

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New Brand Day – Handlebar Mustache

We’ve decided to call this NEW BRAND WEEK at Blacksmith!!
Each day we will preview a cool new product launch at the shop.

Monday: Carl & Rose
Tuesday: Oakley
Wednesday: Scappa
Thursday: Mad Alchemy
Friday: Cherubim
Saturday: Handlebar Mustache
Sunday: MAAP

Who: Handlebar Mustache
What: Socks, T’s, kits and other goodies for the cycling lifestyle
Where: Another awesome Colorado brand, so everything is made in the USA
When: Socks now in stock, or drop by to let us know what other swag you need
Why: A little bit of levity mixed with a lot of style works for us #sockdoping

And in their own words…

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“Who we are:
The mustache is Brett and the woman behind the curtain is Ashley.

The tees:
Because our garments are made with the highest quality premium cotton, your first Handlebar Mustache tee will quickly become your favorite. Whether you’re a hardcore racer, a club rider or a fixie commuter we hope to have something that helps you express your love for the sport.

How it began:
Handlebar Mustache was initiated on a cold winter day while driving a company minivan through the heart of nowhere and listening to an audio book about the liberty of making a living by doing what you love on your own terms. Cycling was the answer and after a conversation on the topic, we knew immediately that we could fuse cycling and fashion to introduce a product that people like us would dig.

What we believe:
We love to ride and we love a challenge! We like that feeling of being completely spent after an effort that could have been voiced over by Bob Roll. We have our favorite items we grab in our closet after we clean off the road grime tan, and we wanted to make more of these items for everyone. We believe that any of our tees will be worth the extra money you paid for a shirt you’ll want to wear again and again….that’s what premium means to us. We know about the thread count, craftsmanship and color palettes but what really matters is that you love the fit and feel.”

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New Brand Week – Cherubim

We’ve decided to call this NEW BRAND WEEK at Blacksmith!!
Each day we will preview a cool new product launch at the shop.

Monday: Carl & Rose
Tuesday: Oakley
Wednesday: Scappa
Thursday: Mad Alchemy
Friday: Cherubim
Saturday: Handlebar Mustache
Sunday: MAAP

Who: Cherubim, built by Shin-ichi Konno
What: Handmade steel bicycles from legendary 2009 and 2010 NAHBS winner
Where: Built in Japan with choice of Japanese, Italian or British tubing
When: Decades of family-owned heritage, from their lugged R-2 onwards
Why: Perhaps the most beautiful steel bikes in the world. Need we say more?

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Sticky Premium Edition: Cherubim’s slender tubing and flowing lines can be hazardous for your health

See more from the incredible Cherubim lineup after the break… Continue reading

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New Brand Week – Mad Alchemy

We’ve decided to call this NEW BRAND WEEK at Blacksmith!!
Each day we will preview a cool new product launch at the shop.

Monday: Carl & Rose
Tuesday: Oakley
Wednesday: Scappa
Thursday: Mad Alchemy 
Friday: Cherubim
Saturday: Handlebar Mustache
Sunday: MAAP

Who: Mad Alchemy
What: The best chamois cream and embrocation stuff on the planet
When: Bursting on to the CX scene over the past few seasons
Where: Designed and produced in Boulder, #ColoRADo
Why: All the best gear for your junk, plus amazing socks too!!

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We are now stocking the following products in the shop:

Pro+ Chamois Cream – $20 – The original, and still the champ
Euro Pro Chamois Cream – $20 – Tingly and clean feeling chammy cream
Non-warming Pre-ride Oil – $20 – Uplifting smell and smooth feel
Non-warming Embrocation – $20 – Summer-time embro fun
MiniGrouppo – $19 – Body wash and Umbrocation rinse with poofy
Lip Balm – $5 – All-natural bees-wax lip balm with SPF 15

Any other Mad Alchemy products you want, just let us know?!
Drop on by tomorrow for our next brand, Cherubim Bicycles.

 

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New Brand Week – Scappa

We’ve decided to call this NEW BRAND WEEK at Blacksmith!!
Each day we will preview a cool new product launch at the shop.

Monday: Carl & Rose
Tuesday: Oakley
Wednesday: Scappa
Thursday: Mad Alchemy 
Friday: Cherubim
Saturday: Handlebar Mustache
Sunday: MAAP

Who: Scappa Bicycles – and we are the first dealer in North America!!
What: Handmade perfection in any material: carbon, titanium or steel
When: Born in 2014 and committed to building the world’s finest framesets
Where: German-owned, with all manufacturing and paint by hand in Italy
Why: BikeRadar have basically deemed the Scappa the SuperBike to beat

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Scappa Purosangue with matching carbon components produced in-house 

For a nice cross-section of their offerings, click to see more bikes after the jump…

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New Brand Week – Oakley

We’ve decided to call this NEW BRAND WEEK at Blacksmith!!
Each day we will preview a cool new product launch at the shop.

Monday: Carl & Rose
Tuesday: Oakley
Wednesday: Scappa
Thursday: Mad Alchemy 
Friday: Cherubim
Saturday: Handlebar Mustache
Sunday: MAAP

Who: Oakley
What: Iconic sports performance eyewear from the USA
When: Decades of relevance since Greg Lemond rocked his M Frames
Where: Ridden by half the pro peloton, but designed in California
Why: Stylish, tech-driven, and the best optical clarity around

New Jawbreaker with optional Prizm road lenses, from $250:

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Redesigned Radar EV Path with optional Prizm lenses, from $230:

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Redesigned Frogskin LX, from $185:

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Original Frogskin Ink Edition, from $110:

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Sliver Fingerprint Edition, from $155:

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These are all in stock NOW, and yes we can order from the entire Oakley collection.

Check back tomorrow for our Scappa Bicycles brand preview!!

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New Brand Week – Carl & Rose

We’ve decided to call this NEW BRAND WEEK at Blacksmith!!
Each day we will preview a cool new product launch at the shop.

Monday: Carl & Rose
Tuesday: Oakley
Wednesday: Scappa
Thursday: Mad Alchemy 
Friday: Cherubim
Saturday: Handlebar Mustache
Sunday: MAAP

First up…

Who: Carl & Rose
What: Tool rolls, musette bags and metal work for stylish cyclists
When: Noah Rosen of Velocolour collaborates with Suzanne Carlson
Where: Handmade in Toronto just 15 minutes from Blacksmith
Why: Good looking, artisan made, fairly priced, YES!

Tool rolls in one of 5 colours, $50:

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Musette bags in choice of 5 colours [cool inner lining not shown], $55:

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These bike geeks also created our Blacksmith Cycle stainless headbadges, $60:

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Check back tomorrow for our Oakley brand preview!

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Blacksmith June Update

Updates? You need some freaking updates?
Here we go…

1. We are heading to Italy and Croatia in 3 weeks for an EPIC adventure.
Click to zoom in on details below, and YOU can join us!! Just email or call to discuss…
We have 2 to 4 “civilian” spots remaining for under $4k all-inclusive, except for flights.
FYI, we’ll be arriving in Venice on June 20th, riding from Trieste on the 21st.
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2. Lots of sexy new bikes are gracing the shop these days.
Stay up with us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. For stuff like this #ScapinIvor…
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3. Riding season has officially started!! Sign up HERE to join the Blacksmith Cycle Club.
Saturday group rides leave from Sunny Joe’s at 250 Sorauren at 9 am sharp every week.

4. Finally, we are fitting and building bikes like crazy these days, so come visit us before we leave for Croatia!

Advance notice that we will be closed from June 20th through June 29th!!

Thanks,
Mike, Paul, Jamie and Youppi

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Olympia Leader Disc In Focus

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Olympia Leader Disc Ultegra Di2

Who: Since this bike was the first Olympia Leader Disc in North America, we figured a quick peak was worth it. Olympia have a 120+ year history of innovation, and now employ a team of 250 workers in their Italian factory. With road and MTB offerings, OlympiaCicli might still be the biggest bike brand you’ve never heard of, until now.

What: This Leader Disc was Olympia’s first road+aero+disc offering, and promptly won the 2014 ExboBici Italy Innovation Award for design. Featuring a fairly traditional road geometry, this carbon aero bike would seem at home amongst your local Sunday group-ride sprinters..until someone notices the lack of brake calipers, and then #HOLYSHITARETHOSEDISCBRAKES!?

Where: We’ll use this section to ask a query? Where…do you ride? On rough roads? In the rain? For long distances? If you say yes to any of those, consider disc brakes for your next road bike, period. Better modulation, better power, and WAY better in the wet. So don’t think that disc should only be reserved for gravel grinders. If you don’t need a UCI-legal bike (and even that is changing soon), the prospect of an aero-disc racer isn’t so crazy.

When: Olympia released this model in 2014 and while it is still a very worthy consideration, we are even more excited to test the upcoming 2015 Boost Disc model, which promises slightly lower weight and higher rigidity. However, what we know for now is that this Leader Disc offers a more traditional look along with a solid-but-not-too-stiff ride quality, aerodynamic tubeset shaping, and the ability to run up to a 27mm tire with most wheelsets, meaning plenty of versatility.

Why: We see this model as a jack of all trades, capable of everything from light gravel grinding and Centurion-type fast-paced cruising, where the tire clearance and aerodynamics would both be key, to shorter and more regular weekly romps and races, where the Leader’s stiffness and braking ability could shine through. Either way, this is a bike capable of handling a variety of ride conditions, with some Italian panache thrown in for good measure, especially in the form of the glittering UD carbon weave.

Frame: Olympia Leader Disc – Size XL – Col. 04
Fork: Olympia Tapered Carbon Disc
Groupset: Ultegra Di2 Hydraulic Disc
Wheels: Pacenti SL25 Disc rims on White Industries CLD hubs #Blacksmithwheels
Cockpit: FSA CSI-99 carbon stem and K-Force-Light Nano carbon compact bar
Saddle: 2015 Fizik Aliante R3

The bulky headtube leads into an aerodynamic fork and downtube, with lots of stiffness:ff35b92b-f370-40c4-a6c7-138a41dfd290_zpsk36q1vzx

Aero seatpost, disc brakes and generous tire clearance for speed, safety and comfort:97bb438f-f34c-4a95-ad7e-146acc380e5e_zpsbtoeihf8

Slippery tube shapes from extensive computer modeling helped win the Leader awards:d59cbb5a-0442-482a-9ae4-15e55cfba7de_zpswwnbrmctI won’t repeat in full my love for disc brakes in this space, but…they rock. Talk to us about ordering your own Olympia today, and stay tuned for more #OlympiaCicli model coverage.

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