Posts in the category Actual Weights

First Impressions & Actual Weights: Recon’s 161g Titanium 11-Speed Road Cassette

Recon Titanium road bike cassette actual weight and early review

After testing the 120g alloy Recon race day cassette, we sent the link to Fair Wheel Bikes, not quite sure how they’d take it. After all, I snapped more than one tooth off that one and relegated it to use on the trainer. Fortunately, they appreciated the honesty and said it sounded about right, then offered up the more durable titanium version for review.

And here we are. Also made by Recon, the 6AL/4V titanium model uses two 3-cog clusters on the big end of the cassette -the largest of which sits on an alloy carrier- followed by individual cogs and spacer rings for the remainder. The 11-tooth cog is made from steel. It’s available in silver and gold, and the price is a whopping $320.

Here’s how that compares to SRAM, Shimano and Campy…

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Unboxed, Weighed & Installed: SRAM Force CX1 Cyclocross Group & Hydraulic Disc Brakes

2015 SRAM CX1 1x11 cyclocross component group with hydraulic disc brakes install notes and actual weights

SRAM’s Force CX1 group with hydraulic disc brakes had no sooner showed up then we threw it on the scale, installed and took it to a very muddy race at Pisgah Brewing near Asheville, NC.

Introduced in March, the group just started aftermarket shipping en masse around August, with hydraulic brake versions following in September. For those upgrading their current rig, it meant a nick-of-time delivery before the season gets too far underway. Fortunately, installation is pretty straightforward, even if you have to run hydraulic disc brakes through a frame. Heck, even if you don’t, they ship with very long hoses, so chances are high you’ll need to at least trim the length and re-bleed them.

Here’s the run down of individual component weights, including a comparison to the mechanical brake counterparts, and install notes…

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Hands On with the Fezzari Forè Cyx Cyclocross Bike

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To Fezzari, Forè means the best. Out in front. Top of the line. In the case of the Forè Cyx (siKs) it means cross. Technically, Cyx is the model name while Forè is being introduced as Fezzari’s top tier brand. Think of Forè as Fezzari’s S-Works if you will. Along with their Forè Cyx cross bikes Fezzari currently has a number of Forè road bikes as well with more on the way.

Based out of Utah, Fezzari is a consumer direct company that specializes in high end bikes with the service to match. As for the name? After founding the company the owner asked his son to come up with the craziest name he could think of, something unique that would stick. The name Fezzari also plays on Utah’s penchant for double Zs for their sports team with the Jazz, Grizzlies, Starzz and many other now retired names.

Representing one of the newest models for 2015, the Forè Cyx was introduced just in time for the start of cyclocross season and brings with it the latest in equipment and frame technology. If you’re looking for a cross bike with disc brakes and thru axles, the Forè Cyx is worth a look…

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Just In: Bontrager Affinity Elite TLR Road/CX Disc Wheels & CX0 and CX3 Tubeless Tires

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Bontrager’s Affinity Elite TLR wheel set is listed as Road disc, but this time of year for us that means they double as a cyclocross wheelset. Bontrager seems to think so to as the wheels were shipped with their new tubeless CX0 and CX3 cyclocross tires.

A lot has changed in the world of cyclocross technology recently which means buying a new wheel set can be a tricky proposition if you want them to have any chance of being future proof. Fortunately the Affinity wheels are a versatile design that are equally at home on your bike or in the pits…

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EB14: Kuroshiro Puts the Salsa Bucksaw and Niner ROS9 Plus On a Carbon Diet

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If you have been paying attention to the plus-size carbon wheel market, you know that Kuroshiro has been rewriting the rules when it comes to fat bike wheels. The super light carbon hoops are designed to run tubeless without rim tape and owe much of their strength and stiffness to their unique SPline design with uses a continuous raised center carbon ridge.

Recently, the company introduced a slimmed down version of their fat bike rims to cater to the 29+ crowd. Using a similar technology but with a completely boxed center channel, the wheels are a simple 1 step weight loss program for your bike – as long as you have the cash. To illustrate the weight savings provided by their wheels, Kuroshiro swapped out the wheelsets on some common, mostly stock fat bike and 29+ models to show what is possible.

Light weight fatties ahead…

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Just In: Trek Lync 3 – An Uncontroversial Bike with a Battery

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The Trek Lync has a battery – but it’s not what you think. Instead of helping to power you along to the chagrin of many, the battery is there simply to help you find your way. Batteries on high end bikes are nothing new, be it for an electronic drive train, automated suspension system, or other uses, they are still fairly rare on entry level bikes and hybrids.

In the case of the Trek Lync series, the battery is there to provide both front and rear illumination with complete integration. Right off the showroom floor, the Lync is ready for the streets including those that require bicycle lights by law. As long as the battery pack is charged, you can zip along to your destination turning on the powerful lights with the flick of a switch. Even better, once you arrive and lock up your bike you no longer have to worry about removing lights to prevent them from being stolen.

See why we’re ok with batteries on the Lync 3, next…

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IB14: Sarma Doubles Up on Carbon 29+, Introduces new Aluminum Vortex Fat Bike

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While the majority of fat bike companies are based in North America, Sarma Bikes continues to put out some impressive equipment by way of Siberia, Russia. Now being imported to the U.S. by a new distributor, the products should be easier than ever to get a hold of which is a good thing – Sarma is blowing up. After introducing the first ever double wall carbon 100mm rim, Sarma now has their sights set on 29+ and has a new Naran carbon rim to prove it.

Technically Kuroshiro is also offering a carbon 29+ rim with a box section, though as far as a true double wall carbon rim the Naran is it. Available as an individual rim, Sarma is also offering two 29+ Shaman builds complete with a Bluto suspension fork. Carbon may be the most buzz worthy, but Sarma also has a new option for the more budget conscious with their new aluminum Vortex fat bike frame. Details next…

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IB14: Guru Pushes Photon HL to 650 Grams, Adds Disc Brake Version – Plus Updated Titanium Frames & More!

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Already one of the lightest road bike frames out there, Guru’s Photon HL sheds another 20g by reworking just a single tube, and that’s with the addition of a tapered head tube!

Until now, they could claim the HL as a sub 670g frame. Now? Sub 650g, and that’s with paint and hardware. We even put one on the scale to confirm. To shed the grams, they completely re-engineered how they make the seat tube. Before, they would make the seat tube then glue in the insert to hold the seatpost. The insert served two purposes, to create the appropriate inside diameter and to reinforce the seat tube so the seatpost wouldn’t stress it too much or damage it. Now, the insert is rolled into the post as part of the construction process. For a deep look into their amazing carbon manufacturing process, check our factory tour here.

They also introduced the Photon R Disc, bringing disc brakes to their top model, and created an entry level Photon v.4. The Praemio R titanium bikes were also updated with stiffer, lighter and more adaptable rear triangles (with a disc brake option, too!). Even the triathlon bikes get a new baby sister…

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IB14: FatBack Makes a Mark with Footprint Carbon Fat Bike Rims

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First shown as a prototype at Interbike 2013, FatBack was on hand at this year’s show with production versions of their carbon fat bike. But the Corvus wasn’t the only star of their show as the bike above was highlighting a new carbon product from FatBack – the FootPrint rim. It may be hard to keep all the new fat bike rims straight, but the FootPrint is one of the first carbon rims we’ve seen that use a cutout design that has been made popular on aluminum rims.

More than just a cosmetic feature, find out why FatBack is building their wheels with 3M reflective tape as the rim strip after the break…

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