Congratulations to Dan Mutz, owner of Likin' Bikin' in NH and a Wren dealer, for finishing 2nd in his first Iditarod Trail Invitational 130! As a rookie, Dan competed in the "short" 130 mile class race on the first full suspension bike ever ridden in the Iditarod - the Foes Mutz. We are very proud to say the Wren suspension fork was up front and performed "perfectly", according to Dan. Exactly what we wanted to hear. Especially because Dan was carrying something special inside his Wren fork... our new Wren Winter Damper. We have been testing our new design over the past few months in Alaska, Yellowknife, NWT and with Dan in NH. To be honest, we really didn't expect Dan to enter this race on a prototype damper, but he felt confident enough from his testing to go with it. There is no room for error on this trail and we can honestly say we were nervously following his progress. With below zero temps and wind chills in some areas reported to be -50F, the last thing Dan needed was a frozen damper. The race started on Sunday, 2/26 at 2pm. Dan finished in 32 hours 5 minutes through brutal conditions. Last we heard (3/1), Dan is still stuck in the finish line tent waiting for winds up to 80mph to calm down so the planes can get in to pick up riders. What an adventure! We are anxious for Dan to get back safely so we can get a full report on the new winter damper. But it sounds like the real world testing was a success! As soon as the new winter damper goes into production, we will post it here. Thanks again to Dan Mutz for riding Wren - awesome job!
Dan at the start. Only rider with no hat. Wasupwitdat?
New Wren Hi-Rise Carbon Handlebar
You asked for it, so here it is! Our new hi-rise carbon bar. Hand laid from the same great aircraft-grade carbon as all of our carbon components. Weighs only 232 grams at 840mm wide with a 42mm rise! Nothing looks better sitting on a Wren fork than a Wren handlebar. Check them out here.
Mid-trail. Looks like things are changing.
Wren Fork Dyno Tested!
One of the great things about working with bikes is you run into the most interesting people. Riders who are into their gear and love to tinker. So when we received an inquiry from Jonathon Boughner out of Michigan, we answered his questions, took his order and hoped to count Jon as one of our many satisfied customers. Little did we know what was coming next... "Just letting you know that the fork spent the entire day yesterday on the dyno getting some numbers. Overall, very impressed with the fork. I'll be putting together a report for you guys in the next couple of weeks. I have a lot of data to go through," emailed Jon. Seriously?! How cool is that?! Turns out Jon's family owns Boughner Racing and knows suspension. And here is Jon's report. Thanks, Jon and Boughner Racing!
Will Ross Wins Susitna 100 Race Across Frozen Alaska!
That's Will on his 9:ZERO:7 fatbike leading the pack at the recent Susitna 100. One hundred miles of fun!!?? Let's face it, the ladies and men who compete in these events are a few millimeters short of full travel. Let's hear from Will, "The 2017 Susitna 100 was a brutal day with the worst of the conditions all packed into the first 30 miles. No joke, mile 17 to mile 20 must have taken the lead group 90 minutes. Around 40 miles in, I started doing the math, and realized the race was going to take well over 15 hours if we kept that same pace. I ramped up the pace on the Su river to ensure that I finished the same day that I started." For more of his story, check out Will's Facebook page. Congratulations Will and thanks 9:ZERO:7 for riding Wren!
Dan's corner of the finish line tent near the wood stove. Smart!
The Wren Road and MTB frame pumps. The newest additions to the Wren lineup. Patented MiX head makes things easy. Check them out here!
Wren Forks Make Headlines! Thank You Wren Riders!
We couldn't be happier. Our first independent articles on the Wren suspension fork have hit print and we want to share them with you, the riders and builders who helped make this possible. We know investing in a new product without much history is like finally taking that big drop you've been riding around. But YOU did it, YOU started the buzz and others took notice. The articles are linked below. Thank you to our factory for listening and building a great product! And thank YOU for taking that leap!
New Wren Floor Pumps Are In!
The Wren Boost floor pump is the perfect pump for both high volume and high pressure situations. Check them out here.
Dan Mutz Takes On The Iditarod with Wren!
Are You Riding Wren?
If not, you should be! If you are, send us a pic and some info about where and what you ride. We'll post it in our Rogues Gallery for all to see. Doesn't have to be just forks, we would love to see any and all of our components on your bike! And no, you won't be receiving lifetime residuals for sending us your pics.
Dan with his Wren equipped, full suspension Foes Mutz.
Early on. Still no hat and sleeves up.
Both 6° and 17° are now in!
The new Wren Super Lightweight Alloy Stems. Lighter and stronger than carbon at a fraction of the cost! In hard to find short lengths. Check 'em out!