Posts in the category Concept

Cannondale heading down a new road w/ Lefty equipped gravel road bikes!

prototype 2016 Cannondale New Road gravel road bike with Lefty suspension fork

Cannondale has just published a teaser video showing a Lefty suspension fork equipped gravel road bike, which looks to be the direction they’re taking for the single-sided suspended cyclocross bikes that’ve been spotted at the races recently.

Details are non-existent, but a few well timed screen grabs help get the story started. As does the blurb accompanying the video:

For those whose love for the road extends beyond just the road. For those whose thirst for fun and adventure cannot be quenched by mere road bikes or those dreary grinders of gravel. For all those who don’t necessarily want to road-ride, but who just want to ride the roads, and the verges, the trails, and whatever strikes their fancy, we proudly offer a road bike unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Check the video and more pics below…

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A Cardboard Bike with 3D Printed Parts and Aero Bike’s Wooden Beam Bicycle

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It’s pretty interesting that creative designers and engineers sometimes build bicycles to pursue the study of new ideas or concepts. It piques our interest even further when the frame construction materials are a little outside the box…or perhaps part of the box (or crate)!

Two rather peculiar bikes have recently been created as engineering projects, one made almost entirely from cardboard and the other featuring an architecturally inspired wooden frame. While neither was made with the specific focus on producing a marketable bicycle, the Aero wooden bike seen above may not remain a prototype forever.

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but will bikes one day? Click below the break to see…
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Forget ceramic, Coo Space loses the grease to get 10x less bearing friction!

coo space greaseless bearings have 10x less friction

Thus far, we’ve all had to rely on some sort of lubrication in our bearings to keep the balls spinning freely. Why? It’s not because of the inner and outer surfaces. It’s all because we’ve relied on cages in between them to keep each ball bearing separated from its neighbor.

That prevents the balls from rotating against each other and slowing things down, but it also adds friction.

Now, Japanese company Coo Space has developed an entirely new inside surface that separates the balls without the need for a cage. And without any grease, lube or oil.

Check it out in the video below that’ll leave your head spinning…and spinning…and spinning…

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Get Your Piece of History with Limited Release 2015 Red Hook Crit Champion Colorway Cinelli Vigorelli

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The Red Hook Crit, The Premier Track Bike Criterium Of All Track Bike Criteriums, wrapped up just over a week ago in Brooklyn. Each year since 2011, Cinelli has given away a Vigorelli frameset to the champions of the race and, for a very limited time, you have the opportunity to purchase your very own replica colorway of this year’s prize frame set. Learn how to get your sweet piece of the magic after the jump. READ MORE ->

Mazda Unveils Minimalist Track Bike at Milan Design Week

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While functionality is typically the top of the list priority for bicycles, it’s always fun to see outside companies take an artistic approach and create cool-looking concept bikes to tantalize our senses. Mazda recently created a series of artworks to emphasize the importance of aesthetic design in their products, including this awesome track racer.

The bike is known as the ‘Bike by KODO Concept’ and was recently released alongside a sofa, copper wine cooler and other works at the “Mazda Design: The Car as Art” exhibit in Milan, Italy during the art and fashion mecca’s design week.
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Jan Workshop Shapes a new Wooden Bike with Stunning Continuous Beam Frame

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Joining the ranks of bike builders who have turned to natural materials for bike frame and component construction, Prague-based studio Jan (named for partners Jan Muscka and Jan Vidlicka), construct frames out of wood. Taking a new approach to the material, Jan constructs an “avocado” shaped continuous beam, utilizing over forty laminated layers of veneer, then carves the frame characteristics and interfaces from that platform. The final product is both visually unique, durable, and, as they boast, naturally beneficial in enhancing ride characteristics. Several prototypes in, the studio is now accepting outside orders.

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Pacenti Answers ‘How Short Can You Go?’ With New PDent 25mm Stem and Bar

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How short can we (or should we) go? Based on the current trends in mountain bike geometry, that seems like a question worth asking. It’s also a question that got Kirk Pacenti thinking. Shorter stems and longer top tubes have a number of benefits – increased control, longer front center for better stability, and the ability to run wider bars with effectively the same reach.

But as geometry has changed to adapt to shorter stems and wider bars, the limiting factor to going shorter has been the stem itself. Sure, stems shorter than 30mm have been available for awhile, but each comes with at least a 30mm height penalty which itself becomes a problem when you’re trying to get the front end as low as possible. At this point a few companies are offering stems as short as physically possible – basically adding just a millimeter gap between the steerer and the handlebar.

Pacenti thinks even shorter is better, and knows exactly how to do it…

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Selle Anatomica Launches Crowdfunding for World’s Most Comfortable, Ultra Light Carbon Saddle

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Carbon saddles are extremely light, but most of them fail to deliver on the comfort side of the equation. Sure, you probably have at least one friend who swears his one piece carbon saddle is as comfy as any padded variety out there, but for the majority of riders they usually won’t cut it.

That seems to be why Selle Anatomica is partnering with composites experts and the University of California San Diego on a new project. Together, the team has set the goal of creating the “world’s first truly comfortable, ultra lightweight saddle with leaf spring damping.” If you’re not familiar with Selle Anatomica, they’re the company that has been making leather saddles in Wisconsin since 2007 with or without their iconic cutout. Using the knowledge they’ve gained from creating leather saddles, and the composites know how of their partners, the finished saddle should be leather-comfy and carbon-light…

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Berliner Fahrradschau 2015: An Eclectic Mix of Cycling and Lifestyle Products

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Another year of Berlin’s consumer Bike Show kicked off this weekend highlighting a lot of the urban and lifestyle segments of the bike industry that sometimes get glossed over with new derailleur and suspension tech. That means a lot of classic city bikes, many e-bike applications, internally geared hubs, and belt drives, plus more cargo bikes than you can shake a stick at. Over the next week or two we’ll try to roundup a bunch of things that we spotted that stood out from the crowd and the free flowing Henrick’s Gin and Tonics and German beers.

Read on for a modern take on a classic, city bikes and great finishes, some custom bags, and an e-bike to sneak on some group rides…

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