Posts in the category Actual Weights

EB15: Ritchey Hits the Trail with New Timberwolf Hardtail and Ascent Tourer; Plus Pedals and More

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Ritchey had a few new off-road toys waiting for an adventure at the Eurobike Demo. We were immediately drawn in by the bright orange Timberwolf, a steel trail hardtail designed for a 140mm fork. But there was also an all new touring bike that can be setup with 700c wheels or 650b tires making it a pretty versatile bike for exploring any kind of terrain. In addition to the two new bikes, there were two new trail tires, a new on/off-road drop bar, and two new WCS pedals.

Hop past the break for pics and details, and a teaser of what else we might expect to find when the show goes inside….

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Review: Suplest SupZero Entry-level Cross Country Bike Shoes

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Having seen some of the high-end carbon-soled road and XC shoes from Suplest last year, we wanted to look a bit deeper into their line-up. The young Swiss-designed shoe company spreads most of the features of their top shoes all the way down, with differentiation primarily an issue of different sole constructions (and a bit with upper materials.) With a lot of cyclocross racing here in Europe, we wanted to look at something with a bit more flex for all of the running; so we passed on the full carbon soles, for a pair of good old fashioned reinforced nylon soles. Suplest does a pretty solid job with even this mid-level SupZero mountain bike shoe, and I was never really left wanting for a stiffer shoe during a wide mix of cross, road, and mountain riding and racing.

Follow me past the break for a look at how the shoes help up to 4-season riding, some of their details, and pricing…

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First Look! OneUp Components’ lightweight, ultra-adjustable chainguide

OneUp Components chainguide detail photos install notes and actual weights

With the new OneUp Components Chainguide, the brand branches just outside the moving parts of your drivetrain with a very light, very adjustable and very easy to install chain retention device.

Sure, the promise of narrow-wide chainrings (especially when paired with a clutched rear derailleur) is that you won’t drop your chain in the first place. But if your trail or riding style is hyper aggressive, a little extra insurance never hurts. Having ridden a couple different designs, the top-mounted bolt-on design OneUp’s come up with makes it easier than ever to add a chainguide when you need it, and remove it when you don’t.

The part mounts to the front two ISCG05 bolt holes, rotates and slides and can even adjust to match your chainline. All with just four tiny bolts and about 10 minutes of your time…

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Review: Airy Catlike Mixino Helmet, plus Snap-on Aero and Rain Shells

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We had been eyeing the perforated helmets of Catlike for some time, and after we had a chance to see the latest version of the Mixino road helmet last fall with its removable aero shells we thought it was worth a closer look. As companies moved to introduce aero helmets for road racing, like one or two other companies, Catlike took an interim step and molded two different polycarbonate shells that can be attached to the helmet. The Aero and Rain shells give this helmet a couple extra personalities and a lot more versatility than an aero helmet, or even a typically vented one. We’ve been riding in this helmet for winter through summer now and have been very happy with how it performs in almost all conditions in our long-term test.

Join us after the break for more of our thoughts, actual weights, and pricing…

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Alchemist Continues to tease X-Sense Rim Family with Finished Wheels, Weights

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Before the wheels have even been officially released, Alchemist’s new X-Sense rims have generated quite a bit of conversation. The wheels use a radical new design that we now know goes by the name of X Profile Tubeless. In addition to being a clever new way to address the tubeless matter, Alchemist’s new video leads us to believe that the rim is actually designed to flex to help absorb impacts.

There is certainly a lot going on with the X-Sense rims, but until the big reveal at Eurobike there are photos of the finished wheels and a few actual weights next…

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Review: Rolf Prima Vigor Alpha Aero Alloy Wheelset

Rolf Prima Vigor Alpha Wheelset on Sage Skyline

Around these parts we are no stranger to Rolf Prima wheels.  Previously we’ve had the P-Town SS wheels, ECX tubulars, Ralos CXC mountain bike wheels, and carbon Ares 4 road disc wheels in for testing.  Each test has ended pretty much the same way, with sadness as we pack the wheels up and ship them back.  Spoiler alert, this review is ending the same way.

The Vigor Alpha wheelset from Rolf Prima sits atop their lineup of aero alloy clincher road wheelsets, joined by the Vigor Alpha Disc, Vigor, and Vigor RS.  Rolf Prima has set the bar high, claiming the Vigor Alpha as “the fastest alloy wheel on the market.”  Roll on through to get our opinion.

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Review: Lightweight Climbers Jersey, plus Classic and Merino Kits, All Made in Slovakia From Isadore Apparel

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Jumping back-and-forth from overly hot sunny days of riding to cool spring-like mornings, we’ve had a great chance to get some intense testing out of a whole range of kit from Isadore Apparel over the past several months. The full product line we dove into covers the spectrum from short and long sleeve merino wool blend jerseys for both men and women, all-day bibs for men and shorts for women, plus several sock options and caps. One thing that caught our attention (besides some good merino colors and nice simple design variations) was the focus on keeping design and manufacturing in Europe in Isadore’s home country of Slovakia. Plus a lightweight merino mix like the Climbers Jersey above typically does a pretty good job keeping you comfortable in a wide range of conditions, like climbing big mountains in the heat, sweating on the way up and chilled at high elevation, then for long descents back to the valleys.

Follow us through the break to see more detail on a sampling of their range…

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Campagnolo Athena 11 speed Long-term Test: Weighed, Setup & First Impressions

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Starting mid-cyclocross season last year we wanted to take a look at a more affordable groupset up to the task of surviving everything from road riding and winter training, through to the full stresses of cyclocross racing. We reached out to Campagnolo as we’ve long been a fan of their classic design and the ergonomics of the most recent generation of their 11 speed Ergopower levers, but don’t see them as much spec’ed on the bikes we test. While Campy has yet to offer a disc brake solution (we’ve been hearing a recent uptick in unsubstantiated rumors that we might see something soon), we still use an S&S coupled steel bike for some product testing and thought it’d deserve a fresh build. Plus, there are plenty of cyclocross bikes left that use cantilever brakes, and the test bike could serve us well for mixed road and trail touring too.

The silver Athena is a bit of a holdout, as the best gruppo Campagnolo makes that eschews carbon for an all polished aluminum finish. It uses a lot of trickle down tech from the top-tier groups, while maintaining a classic aesthetic. We thought that would nicely compliment this TIG-welded steel bike with a lugged fork, so we set out for a rebuild project. Join us after the break for the details of the build, actual weights of the components, and our first impressions when we put Athena to the test on the dirt and in the mud…

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First Rides & Actual Weights – Hutchinson’s highly anticipated Python 2 XC mountain bike tires

hutchinson python2 xc mountain bike tire review with actual weights and width measurements

If any tire has stood the test of time, it’s the Hutchinson Python. After a 20 year run, the French company reworked the tire with updated rubber compounds, casings and a familiar but improved tread pattern and showed it to the world at Eurobike last year.

Now, we’ve got our hands on a set, threw them on the scale, then hit the dirt. And sand. And some pouring rain. In the course of my first three rides, I experienced lightly moist dirt, bone dry dirt and water running down the trail after being caught in a thunderstorm wet. And with a couple caveats, those rides elicited all the gushing memories I had of my eager racing days aboard the original Pythons…

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