IB14: ISM Pads Their Saddles, Adds Triathlon Features & Recreation Models

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The Adamo Attack is ISM’s most popular road saddle, but some riders wanted something cushier. The new PN1.1 uses same shape but gets more padding and switches from titanium rails to steel. PN stands for Performance Narrow, and the PN1.1 will retail for $149.95. Width is 110mm, length is 270mm.

Not shown, the PN2.0 is a new triathlon version that gets a hook under the rear of the shell to hold the the bike in a ready-to-go position in transition racks. It gets the thinner, firmer padding of the Attack, making it more of a racer’s saddle.

PR is their Performance Recreation line. Shapes are similar to others but with more and softer padding. That’s what’s new, but we’ve got a look at Michellie Jones’ custom Felt race bike after the break…

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IB14: Hedrick Cycles Bends Convention w/ New Version4 Road Frame

Hedrick Cycles Version4 carbon fiber road bike frameset - BIKE

Hedrick Cycles is a California brand launched by Carson Hedrick to honor his late father, Steven, a longtime cycling staple of the SoCal scene. Walking through their booth, I noticed the distinct lack of variation, which was intentional. They want to build one bike for a category and they want it to be the best. The pictures here don’t quite do it justice – the unique angles and tube shapes are eye-catching without being obnoxiously different for different’s sake. And each bend, curve and turn serves a purpose.

Made in Taiwan, the frames are 100% designed by Hedrick and are their own. Carson told us: “We take a lot of time and pride in the designs that we release. For the current Version4 (our flagship model) we wanted to produce a truly all-around road bike. We have built in aero features, such as proprietary tube shapes and hidden brakes.”

After the frames are made, they head to CA for paint and assembly. Here’s how it all comes together…

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: San Jacinto Wilderness

bikerumor pic of the day Riding Forest Service Road 5S21 outside of Idyllwild, CA. Emerging from the cool, crisp air of the tree cover to warm sun and sweeping views of the San Jacinto Wilderness was a real treat.

Photo submitted by Ben Cluff, “Riding Forest Service Road 5S21 outside of Idyllwild, CA. Emerging from the cool, crisp air of the tree cover to warm sun and sweeping views of the San Jacinto Wilderness was a real treat.”

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First Impressions & Actual Weights: Recon’s 161g Titanium 11-Speed Road Cassette

Recon Titanium road bike cassette actual weight and early review

After testing the 120g alloy Recon race day cassette, we sent the link to Fair Wheel Bikes, not quite sure how they’d take it. After all, I snapped more than one tooth off that one and relegated it to use on the trainer. Fortunately, they appreciated the honesty and said it sounded about right, then offered up the more durable titanium version for review.

And here we are. Also made by Recon, the 6AL/4V titanium model uses two 3-cog clusters on the big end of the cassette -the largest of which sits on an alloy carrier- followed by individual cogs and spacer rings for the remainder. The 11-tooth cog is made from steel. It’s available in silver and gold, and the price is a whopping $320.

Here’s how that compares to SRAM, Shimano and Campy…

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Kinetic Announces New Consumer Website with 30 Days of inRide Contest

Kinetic inride appKnown for their bright green trainers, Kinetic is beefing up the digital side of their business with an all new consumer website and redeveloped inRide App. Designed to help consumers get the most from their trainers or find the right model to fit their needs, the new page makes it easier to find product info, technical documents, training advice, videos and more.

Also on the electronic side, the company has revamped their inRide power-meter application designed to work with any of their trainers. The system includes bluetooth sensors for speed and cadence as well as heart rate which communicate through the improved app for iOS devices.

As a way to get the word out about their new website and reworked inRide app, Kinetic is running the 30 Days of inRide contest where they will give away an inRide bundle every day for 30 days. Follow the instruction here and correctly answer the questions for your chance to win.

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Gamut USA Announces Acquisition of Point One Racing

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Probably best known for their Split-Second stems, Point One racing has been cranking out some clever stems, pedals, and other machined bits for more than a few years now. It was announced today that Point One Racing has been acquired by Gamut USA who is also known for their beautifully machined parts.

As part of the deal, the lead designer and co-founder of Point One Jimmy Amaral will transition to his new role as product designer and engineer at Gamut. That means that there will be only Gamut product moving forward and we’re told that the company plans to improve on products like the Podium 2 pedal and re-release them in the future with the Gamut brand.

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IB14: Niterider Sentinel Blinky Light Creates a Bike Lane w/ Lasers!

2015 Niterider Sentinel commuter bicycle tail light creates a bike lane with lasers

The new Niterider Sentinel is a 2watt/30 Lumen tail light with all the usual blinky functions you’d want to help people see you from behind. The bonus feature is the laser emitter on the bottom that creates a long, wide virtual bike lane around you, encouraging drivers to give you your space.

Retail is just $49.99. Because of the lasers, it’s regulated by the FDA and DOT, and you won’t want to aim it at your eyes. It’s USB rechargeable with run times up to 36 hours. See how the lane markers blink into existence after the break…

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IB14: Stages Adds XTR M9000 & FSA Road Power Meter Cranks, Major Support Updates Coming to App

Stages Power Meter crankarm for XTR M9000 mountain bike group

Stages Cycling continues to add more options for their single-sided power meter attachment, the latest being models for current FSA road cranksets and the all-new Shimano M9000 XTR group. The latter will be available in January and retail for $899. Since it’s on the non-drive side, it can go on any of the 1x, 2x or 3x setups.

For road, a lot of bikes come spec’d with FSA cranksets, and now you can match them up with either MegaExo (24mm) or BB30 crank arms. Stages offers their power meter mounted to the FSA Energy Alloy non-drive crankarm and the BB30 model will fit any modern BB30 FSA spindle. The MegaExo one will fit current MegaExo carbon cranksets, but only 2014-and-newer alloy models. Their website has full details on the product page. Retail on these is $699.

Their app is also being updated to add a lot more support options and FAQ’s to help get your system set up properly with whatever cycling computer you’re running. More on that, plus a history of their prototypes, below…

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Lizard Skins Announces New Colors of DSP Bar Tape

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Lizard Skins has announced 5 new colors in their DSP handlebar tape line.  DSP, standing for “Durasoft Polymer”, is a grippy, yet soft bar tape that we reviewed in the 2.5mm thickness. The company had one of the most unique marketing approaches I have seen, wrapping all of the door handles of the Eurobike venue for the past several years, so I can attest, it feels pretty grippy.

The tape is available in 2 thicknesses, 2.5mm and 3.2mm, and one pretty cool feature is that in the 2.5mm thickness, you can select a dual-color transition that has one color below the hoods, and a different color above the hoods. In the 2.5mm thickness, the new colors are Neon Yellow, Brown and Cobalt Blue, in 3,2mm the new color is Green, and in dual-color, there is Black and Neon Yellow.