Winter Wrap Up: Favorite gear that helped conquer the cold from 45NRTH, Lazer, Pactimo, & More

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What a strange winter it has been. Much of the country is readily prepping for spring-like weather, while other parts are getting a late hammering of snow. For me, the weather has turned decidedly spring-like with mild temps and plenty of rain, but it still seems like a good time to look back on some of my favorite products that helped get me here. Our readers in the Southern Hemisphere are just transitioning to their coldest months of the year, but more importantly – this is a great time of year to pick up deals on closeout winter gear to use for next season. I can’t guarantee you’ll find any of the following items on clearance on account of their popularity, but it’s certainly worth a look…

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What a strange winter it has been. Much of the country is readily prepping for spring-like weather, while other parts are getting a late hammering of snow. For me, the weather has turned decidedly spring-like with mild temps and plenty of rain, but it still seems like a good time to look back on some of […]

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First Impressions: OneUp Shark jumps Shimano 11 speed cassettes to 10-50

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Oneup one up Shark 50t 50 tooth cassette adapter shimano xt wide range 1x

Just when you thought it was safe to buy into a new drivetrain – in swims the Shark. Perhaps trying to lure over the remaining 1x holdouts, wide range cassettes are getting even wider. While we know SRAM has something of this magnitude up their sleeve, it’s OneUp who is first letting the Shark out of the bag.

While OneUp is no stranger to cassette adapters which modify Shimano cassettes to provide wider range, the Shark is a little different. Sold as a kit with a replacement derailleur cage and an 18t and 50t cog, the set is to be used together. However, if you want even more range – there is an additional 10t mini cluster that is compatible with a few different wheels already out there…

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Just when you thought it was safe to buy into a new drivetrain – in swims the Shark. Perhaps trying to lure over the remaining 1x holdouts, wide range cassettes are getting even wider. While we know SRAM has something of this magnitude up their sleeve, it’s OneUp who is first letting the Shark out of the […]

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Project Road Bike: Campagnolo Chorus EPS install, weights and rides

2015 Campagnolo Chorus EPS install notes tech review and actual weights

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In Part One of this Project Road Bike build, we covered the Culprit RoaDi alloy disc brake frame and carbon fork, along with their full carbon bar, stem and seatpost. Now, it’s on to the drivetrain.

For an embarrassingly long time, I’ve had this Campagnolo Chorus EPS group sitting in the office waiting to be used. It’s not for a lack of trying…the original plan was to put it on the World’s Funnest Bike, but the Van Dessel’s chainstay yoke only clears a compact or cyclocross chainring combo. Then, we received a steel Rauler frame from Italy and figured an all-Italian build would be cool. But, as you’ll see, not all electronic wire ports are sized for Campy.

So, after far too many months, the Culprit came up and things finally came together. It was worth the wait…

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In Part One of this Project Road Bike build, we covered the Culprit RoaDi alloy disc brake frame and carbon fork, along with their full carbon bar, stem and seatpost. Now, it’s on to the drivetrain. For an embarrassingly long time, I’ve had this Campagnolo Chorus EPS group sitting in the office waiting to be […]

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Project Road Bike: Culprit’s crit-ready alloy RoaDi w/ wired shifting & woven wheels

Culprit RoaDi alloy road bike review

Culprit RoaDi alloy road bike review

While carbon gets all the glory and steel is the material of choice for the handmade set, aluminum bikes sit squarely in the realm of affordable and functional. And thanks to more modern methods of working the material, their performance is a far cry from the stiff, rattle-your-bones bikes of yesteryear.

Case in point, the Culprit RoaDi. With a frameset retail of just $1,175 with full carbon fork, seatpost, stem and handlebar, it’s a competitively priced crit bike with hydroformed, shaped 6061 tubes and smooth welds. A Shimano 105/TRP HyRD setup with Reynolds Stratus Pro wheels runs just $2,450, and Ultegra bikes with hydraulic disc brakes go for $2,695 (mechanical) and $4,175 (Di2 + Reynolds Assault SLG carbon wheels). And like their other bikes, they come with a torque tool and jersey.

But a deal is only a deal if it’s a good bike. So far, this one’s proving to be a snappy performer worthy of the Campagnolo EPS we put on it…

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While carbon gets all the glory and steel is the material of choice for the handmade set, aluminum bikes sit squarely in the realm of affordable and functional. And thanks to more modern methods of working the material, their performance is a far cry from the stiff, rattle-your-bones bikes of yesteryear. Case in point, the […]

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Brim Brothers wearable power meter makes going from bike to bike just a click away

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Power meters come in all shapes and sizes nowadays, but they’re all attached to the bike. That makes transferring it from bike to bike a pain in the tookus. They crept their way from the rear hub, to the crankarms, and on to the pedals, but Brim Brother’s Zone DPMX power meter leapt right off of the pedal and onto the shoe!

Check out details and rather comfortable price points after the break…

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Power meters come in all shapes and sizes nowadays, but they’re all attached to the bike. That makes transferring it from bike to bike a pain in the tookus. They crept their way from the rear hub, to the crankarms, and on to the pedals, but Brim Brother’s Zone DPMX power meter leapt right off of […]

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Winter Boot Roundup: Pedaling with the 45NRTH Wölvhammer, Bontrager OMW, and Northwave Celsius Arctic 2 GTX

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Winter cycling boot review bikerumor 45nrth wolvhammer bontrager OMW old man winter northwave Celcius 2 gtx (15)

When I was really young, going out to play in the snow meant stuffing my feet into plastic bags and then into my shoes. I still love playing in the snow just as much, but fortunately my footwear is a little more, uh, comfortable.

Nothing puts a damper on a winter ride quite like wet, cold feet. At best, you tough it out through a miserable ride. At worst – the ride is over, or you risk frost bite if the conditions are right. Shoe covers work, but they’ll only take you so far. Hardly waterproof thanks to the giant openings in the bottom, they also seem to all suffer from the same fate – torn and floppy after one good season.

Yes, winter riding boots will keep your feet warm and your summer shoes in great shape, but which ones should you get? There are more options than ever, but this time we’re taking a look at the new 45NRTH Wölvhammers, Bontrager Old Man Winters, and the Northwave Celsius Arctic 2 GTX…

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When I was really young, going out to play in the snow meant stuffing my feet into plastic bags and then into my shoes. I still love playing in the snow just as much, but fortunately my footwear is a little more, uh, comfortable. Nothing puts a damper on a winter ride quite like wet, cold […]

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Project Plus Pt. 2: Purpose Built Plus Suspension with the Manitou Magnum

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In spite of the hefty amount of rubber, plus bikes will still benefit from suspension. Thanks to the addition of Boost spacing for forks, there are a few forks that will clear the massive tires. But forks built specifically for the plus standard? There are a lot fewer options in that category.

When Manitou announced they would have a fork with Boost spacing, they opted to create a fork based exclusively on plus sizing. With the air spring and damping tuned to the added heft and kinematics of plus tires, the Manitou Magnum could be big in the mid-fat world…

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In spite of the hefty amount of rubber, plus bikes will still benefit from suspension. Thanks to the addition of Boost spacing for forks, there are a few forks that will clear the massive tires. But forks built specifically for the plus standard? There are a lot fewer options in that category. When Manitou announced […]

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SRAM RED eTap – Close up look, more rides & actual weights!

SRAM Red eTAP first rides and actual weights

SRAM Red eTAP first rides and actual weights

When we attended the official SRAM Red eTap launch last fall, we provided an in-depth look at the design and development process and first impressions.

Now, they’re closer to production, with an initial run of “P1” units ready for use in the wild. The “P1” designation, as explained by SRAM’s technical marketing manager Nate Newton, means they’re “the final preproduction run”. The idea with the P1 run is that everything: tooling, production lines, parts, are identical to production, but everything gets checked over and allocated internally rather than sold to customers.”

So, that’s what we’ve got here, in for long term testing and mounted to a Cannondale SuperSix EVO with SRAM Red 22, a Quarq power meter and Zipp 202 wheels and tires. Of course, we promptly pulled the eTap bits off and threw ’em on the scale…

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When we attended the official SRAM Red eTap launch last fall, we provided an in-depth look at the design and development process and first impressions. Now, they’re closer to production, with an initial run of “P1” units ready for use in the wild. The “P1” designation, as explained by SRAM’s technical marketing manager Nate Newton, […]

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CX Review: 4ZA carbon Cirrus Pro T30 Disc disc brake tubular cyclocross wheelset

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As the season starts to wind down, we’ve squeezed in a lot of good cross racing from our Central European base, and have had the chance to test a few new bikes and several wheel and tire combos. While tubeless setups have made progress in the last year or two for cyclocross, we still haven’t found a setup that can beat the performance and reliability of a good set of tubulars. This year we made the full switch to disc brakes for cyclocross, after converting a couple of steel bikes and only adding in disc bikes in for test. So we had a pretty big need to outfit several bikes with proper cyclocross-ready disc brake tubulars to glue up a range of treads. And 4ZA was able to step up and lend us a set of their new Cirrus Pro T30 Disc carbon wheels to test.

We’ve spent the better part of our cross season railing wet, grassy corners and sliding through muddy turns on these Cirrus Pros. Now with just a few more races remaining in our season on what is forecast to be either snow & ice or heavy mud, it seems like a good chance to take a look back on these all-conditions wheels that have carried us this far…

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As the season starts to wind down, we’ve squeezed in a lot of good cross racing from our Central European base, and have had the chance to test a few new bikes and several wheel and tire combos. While tubeless setups have made progress in the last year or two for cyclocross, we still haven’t found […]

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