Posts in the category Actual Weights

Exclusive Hands-on Review of the new Verve Infocrank Power Meter

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As we introduced them to you this spring, Verve Cycling is now delivering the production version of their new power metering crankset, the Infocrank. The power meter can now be ordered online, and is shipped consumer-direct from either their EU, US, or Oceania distribution hubs. Then through a network of worldwide Affiliates, they can work with you to make sure you take full advantage of the power meter’s training capabilities.

Having recently finished final beta testing and now been delivered to early supporters, we had the unique opportunity to borrow a set of the power metering cranks directly from Verve Cycling’s president for just over a week to see what customers could expect. Bryan Taylor lent us his personal Cervélo R3 with the Infocrank installed while he was traveling on business, giving us a chance to go through the new setup process with the included O_synce Navi2coach GPS computer, as well as to pair it with a standard Garmin Edge computer. We tested out the cranks on a few regular mid-length group and solo road rides, as well as giving it a go on some gravel, and even a bout on the indoor trainer. The goal was less about testing the accuracy of the power meter (a point where Verve seems to excel, btw) and more about how a rider might set up and actually use the Infocrank.

Come past the break for the full details and real world weights.

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Whisky Part Co. Shows off No. 9 Carbon Rims with Gorgeous Inglis Fat Bike, Plus SSWC Mukluk

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Inglis Cycles and Retrotec bikes have always caught my eye, but this Inglis fat bike is a definite show stopper. Originally built as a show bike for the 2009 North American Handmade Bike Show in Indianapolis, the bike that started out as a fairly attractive creation has received a modern makeover that brings it over the top. As one of the personal bikes of Matt Larson, the brand manager for Whisky Parts Co., the Inglis served as the perfect canvas to show off the new Whisky No. 9 Carbon fat bike rims.

A fan of single speeds with fat tires, Matt had literally just gotten back from the Single Speed World Championships in Anchorage, Alaska and had his Mukluk race bike on display as well. Details next…

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Surly Ice Cream Truck Delivers Fat Bike Performance in Two Sizes

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While most of the attention at Saddle Drive was focused on the new fat bikes coming out of the Salsa tent, there were still quite a few Ice Cream trucks rolling through the dirt. First introduced earlier this year at Frost Bike, the Ice Cream Truck brings Surly’s fat bikes into modern standards with a symmetric design and thru axles front and rear. Using their proprietary ED coated 4130 CroMoly frame and fork, Ice Cream Trucks will be offered in both 5″ and the smaller 4″ Ops versions.

Designed to be suspension ready, Ice Cream Trucks deliver new fat bike performance where the venerable Pugsley left off. Detailed spec, and actual weights next…

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Colossal Brings Bigger Tires, Thru Axles to Salsa Road, Plus Suspension Equipped Fargo

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The Colossal is Salsa’s road bike for epic days in the saddle in any and all conditions. That meant that as the bikes were carried over for the 2014 model year, the lack of fender mounts was a glaring omission for many considering the bike. To prove that Salsa is listening, the Colossal is back for 2015, but with a new design that includes not only fender mounts but thru axles as well.

Colossal now runs bigger tires than ever, and should check most of the boxes for a fast road bike built for the long haul. More details, actual weights, and the new Fargo Suspension bike after the break…

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Look Expands their MTB Platform with New S-Track Sauser Cage

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As the pedal that ushered in a new era for clipless on the road, Look has been trying to gain a foothold in mountain biking recently as well. The idea is pretty simple – offer a single style of pedal and then sell replaceable cages to change the amount of platform. Look started with their polyamide nylon cage for the S-Track and then introduced the cold forged alloy cage at Frostbike early last year.

Their latest cage is based on Christoph Sauser’s personal preferences, hence the name. The Sauser cage gives the S-Track a good amount more surface area on either side of the cleat, but still keeps the overall weight of the pedal quite low. Details plus actual weights after the jump…

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Foundry Cycles Revamps Harrow CX, Builds with SRAM CX1, Rival 22

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Judging by the amount of cyclocross bikes and accessories popping up, that can only mean one thing – mud and cowbells are just around the corner. Foundry Cycles, like other brands who are deep into the sport can’t wait and are preparing with new models of their Harrow race bike. Designed specifically for competition, their disc brake equipped Harrow includes new paint and spec for the coming season as well as a surprising change.

Details plus actual weights after the jump…

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45NRTH Introduces Fasterkatt Road Shoes, Updates Other Boots, Cobrafist Pogies

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Your eyes do not deceive you. There are now two versions of the 45NRTH Fasterkatt wet and cold weather shoe. Designed for the transitional months or climates where deep winter isn’t a concern, Fasterkatts are designed to shed water in temperatures from 25-45 degrees f. The big news here is the introduction of the 3 bolt SPD-SL compatible sole, but both shoes see significant improvements over the previous Fasterkatt MTB.

Thanks to better zippers, better fit, and improved materials the Fasterkatt is ready to extend your riding season regardless of the conditions. Get the full details plus info on the new Wölvhammer and Cobrafist Pogies, next…

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Issi Trail Pedals Nearly Ready for a Spin

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Photo c. QBP

As one of the newest brands to QBP’s ever growing product line, iSSi pedals have been designed to provide options over the standard SPD. Introduced just before Frostbike, iSSi started with their colorful XC oriented pedal in 8 different colors. Weighing in at 312g per pair, the $75 pedals use single outboard bearing and inner DU bushing, but are also sold in an upgraded Duro version which uses dual outer bearings and a single inner bearing that replaces the DU bushing. iSSi pedals also have +6 and +12mm spindle options which are shipping now.

During Frostbike we were shown a very early prototype of their new trail pedal, which like more aggressive pedals offers a bit more support around the clip. iSSi was showing off new samples of the trail pedal at Saddle Drive, that while not completely finished, were looking much more complete than the original prototype.

Details plus actual weights, next…

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Scott Jumps into 27.5″ for 2015 Gambler, Voltage FR, Plus New Genius 900 Tuned

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Ever since the mountain bike wheel size debate began, Scott has been taking advantage of the 27.5″ wheel size. From World Cup Level XC racing, to all mountain and Enduro, the wheels have been offered alongside their bigger 29″ siblings. In 2015, we see the middle wheel size make its way into the gravity world with a new Gambler DH bike as well as the all new Voltage FR. Not convinced that 27.5″ is the way to go for gravity use? Thanks to some innovative designs, both bikes can still run 26″ wheels without affecting performance.

Across the board, Scott’s mountain bikes for 2015 are impressively light and offer all of the techy details you’ve come to expect from the Swiss manufacturer. After a few days riding the new bikes in Deer Valley, UT, we’ve come away quite impressed. Details plus actual weights after the jump…

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