Luxury Collaboration between Berluti and Victoire Cycles

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Just when I thought that I couldn’t afford the newest superbikes to come out of this year’s trade shows, I’m reminded that there are plenty of classically designed luxury brand bikes that I can’t afford either. It is always dangerous when a company says “Price on Request”, but it’s not too surprising when the collaboration is between French boutique shoe and leather marque Berluti (a subsidiary of Louis Vuitton) and beautiful French custom frame and component makers Victoire Cycles. The finishing is certainly nice, and it actually gives us a peek at a great looking frame builder.

Come past the break for more photos, what’s included in the don’t ask price, and how much a real frame costs…

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Pyle Enters the Expanding Action Camera Market with the eXpo HD

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Pyle Audio, known for affordable home and  car stereo components are throwing their hat in the action sports ring with a HD camera aimed directly at the GoPro. Their eXpo HD action camera should provide high resolution photos and high quality video with premium features and a lot of include accessories at a price point that would normally have you reaching down at least to the second tier products from more established companies.

Have a jump past the break for more pics, tech info, pricing, and what is included when you buy.

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Suspension Setup Series #2 – Run It Wide Open…Mostly.

Bikerumor Suspension Setup Series shows how to properly tune your mountain bike fork and shock

For as long as there’ve been multi-mode rear shocks with some manner of pedal platform, I’ve been trying to set up my shock for optimum performance in “Pedal” mode. My thinking was, by running it in the middle setting, I could keep the shock ready for anything. Switch it one way to climb and the other to descend. In reality, that might just have been limiting the performance of the shock, not letting me get the most out of it.

Since all manufacturers suggest setting sag with the shock and fork in full open (or Descend, etc.) mode, it stands to reason you’re setting it up to perform best in that position, right? We asked Duncan Riffle (SRAM MTB marketing manager and former 2x Nat’l DH Champ), Eric Porter (veteran pro MTB’r, now riding for Manitou), Mark Fitzsimmons (Fox Racing Shox’s pro athlete suspension tuner) and Josh Coaplen (Cane Creek’s VP of engineering).

First up, a little clarification of what exactly we’re talking about: When you’re setting your fork or shock to a particular mode (open, descend, trail, pedal, climb, whatever), you’re changing the low speed compression. For Fox forks, that means anything in the zero to five inches per second compression speed. Other brands are likely similar. This affects the suspension’s performance when you’re braking (at the fork), pedaling hard or while standing, railing corners and rollers and anything else that’s not a quick hit or hard landing. Those quicker, bigger hits are controlled by your high speed compression, and most products out there have fixed high speed circuits that are not easily user tunable. Cane Creek’s Double Barrel is the obvious exception.

We started this series with a look at setting your sag properly in Part One, now it’s time to tune those compression settings…

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Found: Limited Edition Ciamillo Aged Ti Micro GSL Road Bike Brakes

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Looking for something ridiculously light, ridiculously powerful and ridiculously limited?

These 2015 Ciamillo GSL Micro get a limited edition “aged ti” finish and certainly meet the above requirements. To be clear, they’re not made of titanium, just finished with a titanium colored anodization. Only five sets are being made, and you’ve gotta email them to order. Retail is $329 and they’re ready to ship, first come, first served. They’re the new design, featuring the quick adjustment cam that eases set up a bit and makes wheel swaps and rim width changes much quicker. They come with the black hardware and, without pads, weigh in at a claimed 155g for the pair.

From the looks of it, they should match up nicely with the dark polished gray of modern SRAM Force and upper end Shimano groups, helping you drop 100g or more without altering the aesthetic too much. Retail is $329/set. That’s a bit more than the standard black or red, but less than the White versions.

Santa Cruz V10 Rolls 650b for Mont Saint Anne

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Those with a close eye to the downhill scene may have noticed Ratboy Bryceland on board a mysterious unmarked Santa Cruz DH bike two weekends ago at the UK National Chamiponships in Innerleithen. Many were quick to jump to the conclusion that the mighty Santa Cruz was about to jump on the 650b train for their downhill bikes, joining a few other big brands going to the bigger wheels. Today, after the latest teaser from Santa Cruz we’d have to say that the 650b V10 will soon be a reality. In fact, it seems that the Syndicate will be racing them this weekend at the Mont Saint Anne World Cup stop. Details are still scarce, but check out the photos after the break…

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Fulcrum Racing Zero Goes Carbon with new 30mm Tubular or Clincher Rim

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Fulcrum’s flagship wheel is getting an upgrade. What can you do to improve a wheel that is already loved by so many? The obvious answer is carbon. Always more carbon. To bring the Racing Zeros to the next level, Fulcrum is introducing a new 30mm carbon rim to the current hub and spoke assembly. The result is a light weight set of tubular or clincher wheels with typical Fulcrum durability and precision.

Details after the jump…

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Blackburn’s Brightest Front Safety Light — Central 100 & 20 Light The Path Ahead & Behind

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Blackburn is shaking up the light scene again. Rumor has it this is only the start of a series of new lights we will be seeing from them. Just released is Blackburn’s Central light set — these appear to be well thought-out commuter saftey-lights with a unique translucent bezel that provides for increased visibility from a wider range of viewing angles. Details illuminated, next…

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Lapierre Bikes to Offer Road Disc with new Sensium 500

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In addition to the new Pulsium and Aircode we covered at Sea Otter, it looks like Lapierre will have one other trick up their sleeve for 2015 road. In the coming year Lapierre will expand into road discs with at least one model – the Sensium 500. Starting where the previous Sensium left off, the is designed as their comfort performance model, perfect for gran fondos or long days in the saddle. The Sensium uses a full carbon frame and fork that is designed around 25mm tires.

Details are limited, but the new bike will be outfitted with Shimano Ultegra Di2 and will run the BR785 hydraulic brakes with 160mm rotors. Sensium 500s will roll on Shimano WH-RX31 wheels with Michelin Pro4 700×25 tires.

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Challenge Brings Team Edition Chicane Cyclocross tubular to the Start Line

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Following last year’s team edition Limus and Grifo tubular cyclocross tires, Challenge has added their semi-slick Chicane tread pattern to the upper echelon offerings.

That means an upgraded 320tpi Corespun cotton casing, seamless latex inner tube and puncture protection belt under the tread. The outer has their diamond nubs in the center for smooth, fast rolling on the flats with the Limus’ aggressive side knobs to keep it in line on the corners. Challenge says it’s been their best selling tread pattern in the US, and now it’s available in this higher performance edition.

Unlike the other Team Edition models, though, the Chicane is best left to the dry courses. They recommend keeping it away from moisture to extend it’s useful life. At $129.99 per tire, we’d take that advice. So, grass, dirt, dusty, hardpack and frozen solid are all fine. Just no mud with this guy.

Recommended pressure is 22-44psi (1.6 – 3 bar), it comes in a 700x32c width and claimed weight is 400g. Available for the 2014-15 race season.