Posts in the category Actual Weights

Long-term EU CX Test: Storck T.I.X. Cyclocross – Weighed, Ridden & Raced

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courtesy Robert Gebler flickr.com/ersatzspeiche

After having profiled the new cyclocross bike from Storck last fall at Eurobike we were excited to have an opportunity to conduct an extended review. Being quite well known in Europe for producing very light bikes that perform well, we were curious how a light offering from them might handle the mixed type of terrain thrown at a cross bike; how it would perform on the race courses, and how it might ride and survive once cross season had finished. In talking with several people on the Storck team from the company director to the head of marketing, they liked the idea of a long-term test and lent us a bike for the second half of our winter race season, and to ride into the first hints of spring.

This first, of a two-part review, will look at the bike exclusively from a cyclocross perspective. The T.I.X. has several unique features that can end up as pros or cons depending on how you use the bike, so we’ll try to give you a good idea of what to expect. Storck describes it as a bike for ‘cross terrain’ and then talks about riding it on your ‘favorite cross-country tours’ so we were curious to put it in an intense cyclocross racing atmosphere, and then we’ll follow it up in a month or so with a look at riding the bike on more mixed surface road and trail rides.

Join us after the jump to see how the T.I.X. stands up to the sand, mud, and snow of cross racing…

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Ritchey Logic C260, C220 & 4-Axis Stems – Weighed & First Impressions

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At Eurobike and Interbike last fall we got a first glance at some new stems from Ritchey but wanted a deeper look. Their range of stems now includes three variations on how much the stem body wraps around the 31.8mm clamping surface of your handlebar. The thinking goes that the more the wrap, the smaller the faceplate needs to be, the lighter the faceplate bolts can be, all while creating a stem/bar interface that is lighter and stronger. The only problem is that more wrap creates some mounting complications. To test out how user-friendly each stem was and how they worked on various bars, Ritchey let us try one of each: the 180° wrap carry over 4-Axis stem, the 260° wrap C260 that was brought to market back in 2012, and a newly introduced 220° wrap C220.

Follow past the break to see what our experience has been and how we’ll likely use each type…

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Review: Carbon Railed WTB Volt Saddle

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Saddle preference is about as subjective as someone’s spicey food tolerance. Make that salsa too hot, or embark on too long a ride with a saddle that just isn’t right, and you’ll often end up wearing the same pain face.

While Fi’zi:k saddles go over as well with my butt as ornery Mexican food, WTB saddles have always felt just right, so I was very excited when they offered to send out a weight weenie saddle for a Santa Cruz Highball project. READ MORE ->

Long-term EU CX Test: handmade FMB SSC Slalom Pro 33 tubulars

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courtesy Barbora Davidová instagram.com/barus_davidova

After having chatted with husband/mechanic Mark Legg and a local colleague helping Compton on the cyclocross World Cup circuit here in Europe last year, we were curious to know more about those pink sidewalled tires. Then this season when we heard that longtime Dugast fan Jeremy Powers had made the switch to the same tires, we were set on finding out more. So we got in touch with François Marie of FMB (that’s François Marie Boyaux which essentially means tubulars made by Marie), and he was happy to make us a pair of tires to test. That’s right in that pretty much all of FMBs tires are made-to-order, and that in a company with just a few employees the namesake of the company is still making tires in their very traditional methods. We had a set of the all-conditions SSC Slalom cross tubulars and race-testing them in our regional European races from the dry early season, through a bit of mud, and into the snow. Roll past the break to see how much they weighed, how they were to work with, and how they performed through the whole season… READ MORE ->

Shimano XTR M9050 / M9070 Di2 component group actual weights

Shimano XTR M9070 Di2 shifter actual weight

Earlier this week we brought you all the weights for the mechanical XTR M9000 components, and, as promised, here’s the Di2 M9070 bits on the scale.

Starting at the front, the shifter is about 63g (we’ll round up, but the decimals are on the scale). Only one shifter was weighed since they’re basically just mirror images of each other. That, and Fair Wheel Bikes was setting up a bike with sequential shifting, which only requires one shifter. So double the weight if you’re running a double.

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Just In: Custom WTB Scraper 27.5+ Wheelset with Industry Nine Torch Fat Bike Hubs

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Depending on your point of view, 27.5+ is either an intriguing new size, or a terrible half measure that doesn’t provide any real advantages. The latter is a little hard to back up given that most of us haven’t actually ridden any of the 27.5+ products yet. We would be lying if we said we weren’t at least a little interested in trying out the new size, especially as it pertains to fat bikes. While many riders have already been building up 29+ wheelsets to convert their fat bikes for summer duty, the added girth usually results in a higher bottom bracket and noticeable changes in handling.

Will a 27.5+ set up be the perfect wheel swap for fat bikes? Will all Enduro wheels and tires eventually fatten up so that 27.5+ will become the new middle ground? We’re not sure, but we are excited to do some experimenting starting with the WTB Scraper rims…

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Shimano XTR M9000 Mechanical group’s actual weights & detail photos

Shimano XTR M9000 mechanical mountain bike drivetrain component actual weights

The all-new Shimano XTR M9000 group launched last April but has only recently started shipping, both on complete bikes and as separate components through the aftermarket channels.

We’ve covered the tech details for the drivetrain here and the new Race/Trail brakes here, and now we’ve got hands on the individual components for photos and actual weights…

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SRAM XX1 Direct Mount X-Sync chainrings – Actual weights & first rides

SRAM XX1 X-sync direct mount chainrings actual weights and first ride review

Just about two months ago, SRAM unveiled their own single-piece chainrings for 1x drivetrains. The new direct mount X-Sync chainrings drop weight from the originals and, contrary to what we thought might happen, don’t really add any more effort to swapping between chainring sizes.

Compared to offerings from Absolute Black, Wolf Tooth Components… heck, even Race Face… SRAM’s have much burlier arms. It’s not surprising. By keeping the “spider” thicker and shaped to prevent any flex, the chainrings should perform better under intense efforts that may otherwise deform a lesser chainring. Not that we’ve had any issues with any of the other brands’ offerings, but larger, OEM brands like SRAM tend to overbuild things a bit to maximize pro race level performance.

But, that doesn’t mean they’re any heavier…

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All-New Ritte Ace road bike shows its hand – Fast, fun first rides & weigh in

Ritte Ace carbon fiber race road bike review and actual weights

Ritte teased their new Ace road bike last fall, saying it would knock the Vlaanderen down a notch to take a seat at the top of their lineup. It shares its geometry with the Vlaanderen, along with a few fitment specs like internally routed mechanical or electronic ports, 700×25+ tire clearance and a generally stiff, race-oriented feel.

But, it switches in a few user friendlier specs like Pressfit BB30 and standard seatpost rather than the Vlaanderen’s BB30 and integrated seatmast. The frame uses an updated, nearly full monocoque frame construction with T700/T1000 high modulus carbon fiber. It’s made using a hard inner mold and bladder system that creates everything but the seatstays as a single piece.

The result is a bike that’s reasonably light and has dangerously good looking lines, but whose real purpose is to enable you to ride hard and fast. Fortunately, it does so without beating the rider up or sacrificing stability at any speed, making it honest-to-goodness one of the best road bikes I’ve ridden…

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