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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


Race Across America

  • Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes Wins 3,000-mile Biking “Race Across America”Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes, a group of four elite amateur athletes, today won the four-person mixed-gender division of the 3,000-mile Race Across America (RAAM). Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes crossed the finish line in Annapolis, Maryland in just six days, 13 hours, and 49 minutes. The race started in Oceanside, California on June 20. With the support of individual donors and sponsors including UFC and JPMorgan Chase & Co., Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes raised more than $640,000 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.


4th of July Sales

  • Culprit Bicycles 4th of July SaleCulprit Bicycles is offering four specials until July 8th 2015.
    1. Pre Order a RoaDi frameset (6061 Alloy Road disc frame, Full carbon steerer with 15 mm thru axle, Full carbon seat post, Culprit Full carbon stem, Full carbon road bar) headset for only $704*
    2. Culprit Croz Blade frame + Token C55 disc wheel set for $2015 * (price includes frame, fork, post painted to order, TRP TTV rim brakes, TRP spyre disc brakes, Culprit jersey, torque wrench, carbon cage/bottle and a set of Token c55 disc brake/rim brake wheels.
    3. Culprit Arrow One frame set for only $704* price is inclusive of frame, fork, seat post , headset, which is painted glossy carbon with the font in matte carbon
    4. 10% off our junior road bikes. All models in stock including Junior One, Junior Two, S1 and S2 with the discount code of July4th.

More Sales & This Weekend’s Racing After the Break…


Focus Izalco Max Disc road bike ready for UCI races – plus 2016 XC, trail & enduro mountain bikes


The Focus Izalco Max has seen several iterations over the past few years, but it’s always been the top race bike for their sponsored teams. Now, as the UCI is catching up with the times, it’s getting a new set of stoppers as the Izalco Max Disc. And it will be raced in September by Ag2r, who is currently helping SRAM test their wireless electronic group on standard bikes. Apparently, they have a very good relationship with the component brand because this is also the first bike we’ve seen with SRAM’s new flat-mount brakes.

Remarkably, the switch to disc brakes didn’t have much impact on frame weight as it comes in at a claimed 790g in size medium with hardware and paint. That could make it the lightest stock disc brake road frame…and that’s with thru axles, too.

Focus’ founder says any disc brake road or cyclocross bike they do will only be with thru axles, but it’s done for alignment rather than stiffness. After all they can make a carbon bike as stiff as they want, but if you’re fiddling with the wheels trying to get them back in during a race, all the stiffness in the world doesn’t matter a lick.

More details on the bike and their 2016 mountain bike highlights below…

Corratec Enduro 175 mellows out with frequency-damped suspension, plus more new road, MTB


In 2014, Corratec developed their 10Hz damper to work in concert with their InsideLink suspension platform. The idea behind it is simple – provide frictionless small bump absorption to reduce high frequency vibrations that a sealed, damped shock absorber simply can’t keep up with. Because the seals on air shocks need to be tight to keep the high pressures in, there’s inherent stiction that must be overcome before it can start working. The negative springs help, but even those can’t get the shock to react to the smallest of bumps. Add in any friction from linkages or shock binding and the benefits of the small TPU upper shock mount become clearer.

Essentially, it’s a small MDU elastomer that isolates the upper shock mount from the frame and adds up to 15mm of travel to the suspension. It’s shown here on their 100mm travel InsideLink Carbon race full suspension bike, which was introduced last year. Now that the tech has been trail proven, it’s been added to the all-new Enduro 175 bike, too…

PC15: ENVE Drops New HV Mountain Rims for Wider Tires, Faster Climbing and Stopping Road SES 2.2 Wheelset


When ENVE originally developed their M-Series wheels, they sought to design each wheelset around both where they would be ridden and the bikes they would be on. This included considerations for appropriate suspension and tire size, recognizing an opportunity to pair rims to popular tires on the market for the best ride quality. Tire manufacturers have since responded to riders’ desires for larger volumes with a variety of fatter, purpose-specific tires from 2.3in to 2.5in widths (look for more to come over the next few months).

ENVE has responded by adding two new rims to the M-Series line to best sync with this product, the 27.5 High Volume (HV) M60 and H70. They are wider than the existing M-Series product and designed specifically with newer higher-volume tires in mind with better functionality but without a significant weight penalty over their narrower counterparts… READ MORE ->

Lapierre Adds Bite to Trail Bikes with Revamped Zesty AM, Plus All-New 27.5″ XM: One Ride Reviews – Pricing Added


In the heart of the French Alps this week, Lapierre launched a full overhaul of their popular Zesty All-Mountain and Trail platform for the 2016 season. The most obvious changes from the current bikes are the repositioned shock layout, new longer reach frames, and the replacement of the current TR 29er with a 27.5″ XM that lets them build the bikes on a much more similar common platform. Travel carries over for the 150mm AM, and the XM picks up at 120mm where the TR left off.

We had a chance to ride the current and new generation bikes on the technically demanding trails on offer in the Portes du Soleil region and give our thoughts, plus lots of pics, details, and availability after the fold…


PC15: Stan’s Builds New Carbon Road and Mountain Wheels Around Neo Hubs

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Stan’s No Tubes showed up to Press Camp with two new sets of carbon wheels, but the material of the rim is only part of the story. The key to the new hoops was the ability to to build them off of their all new line of hubs. For years, Stan’s engineers have been making their own changes to existing hub designs, but as Director of Sales and Engineering Mike Bush put it – only a ground up hub design would be able to accomplish all of their design goals.

So that’s exactly what they did. In the making for over two and a half years, the Neo and Neo Ultimate line represents a complete reboot of Stan’s hubs. Only available in complete wheels (for now), the Neo hubs are the perfect anchor for the new Avion and Bravo carbon wheels…


Trek Boosts Fuel EX with New Generation of 29ers


Before Trek was even done launching their new race bikes with the Procaliber SL and new Top Fuel SL, Waterloo was already working on the next release. Representing one of the most popular models in the line, changes to the Fuel EX platform aren’t taken lightly. While the Fuel EX 27.5 got its day in the sun last year at this time, the 29″ version was patiently waiting its turn.

Perhaps the wait was to see how the adaptation of Boost standards played out – or more likely just waiting for Boost compatible parts to become available. Whatever the reason, the new Fuel EX 29 is here and it looks like it was worth the wait…


Trek Smooths Out XC Racing with new IsoSpeed Procaliber SL, and Revamped Top Fuel


At this point you could guess what was coming, but now it’s officially here. Trek just dropped two new bikes aimed at high level XC racing whether that means a hard tail or a full suspension rig. However, as XC World Cup courses get more technical, racers are looking for bikes that will take the edge off but still remain as energy efficient as possible since it is XC racing after all.

Ever since Trek’s clever IsoSpeed Decoupler was unveiled on the Domane it seemed like a natural evolution would be to migrate it to hard tails. That’s exactly what Trek has done after first outfitting their Boone cyclocross bike, and now the new Procaliber SL. When the trails get really rough (for XC racing) Trek’s racers will be able to reach for the new Top Fuel which serves as the replacement for the Superfly FS…


Mondraker Ups the Enduro Ante with New Dune Carbon


Last year Mondraker made the jump to 27.5″ wheels on their popular aluminum Enduro bike the Dune, and now they are taking it one step further with the new Dune Carbon. The new bike builds on Mondraker’s recent carbon success, slotting in between last year’s 140mm all-mountain Foxy Carbon, and early this year’s new 205mm Summun Carbon downhill bike that we checked out at the World Cup in Leogang. The new Dune Carbon borrows from both, combining the lightness and stiffness of the Foxy with the beefed up suspension layout and hardware, plus the adjustable geometry of the Summun.

Jump past the break for more details on the carbon enduro options and a closer look at the new frame…