Posts in the category Concept

IB14: SportCrafters HardDrive Prototype Reinvents the Magnetic Trainer

Sport Crafters trainer magnetic non slip ste box training  (4)

Since the lowly mag trainer was first introduced, there hasn’t been a whole lot of new developments to the tech. SportCrafters’ prototype trainer is set to change that. While the SportCrafters proto isn’t the first to offer progressive resistance, it’s appears to be one of the first mag trainers to offer fluid like feel without the, uh, fluid. Not only is the resistance improved, but the way the resistance is applied to the rear wheel creates a system that is both easy on tires, and nearly impossible to get it to slip.

With the goal of making the trainer competitive with the top models on the market, SportCrafters is honing in on the new design with plans for production by 2015.

Details plus a video of it in action after the break…


Prototype Reynolds ATR “All Terrain Road” Carbon Gravel Bike Wheels Spotted

Prototype Reynolds ATR All Terrain Road gravel bike road bike wheels

Hiding behind the table at Reynolds’ Interbike booth were these new ATR concept wheels, and we got the scoop.

Referring to their preferred moniker for gravel/adventure/offroad, these “All Terrain Road” wheels are built up with their carbon fiber 29er rims and upper end Centerlock disc brake road bike hubs with 24 spokes.

So, how do you get them?


IB14: Legendary Auto Designer Chip Foose Creates Hot Rod Inspired Cruisers

2015 Chip Foose Prototype Bicycle Cruisers_0

If you’re a fan of hot rod culture or watching the TV show Overhaulin, then you might be interested in a new line of cruisers being designed by automative designer and fabricator Chip Foose.

The bicycles are still in the development stages, and they’re working on lowering pricing, but you can cruise past the break for more images of the new concepts…


IB14: 9:ZERO:7 Teases Full Suspension Fat, Changes Up Aluminum Frames with New Standards, Colors


9 zero 7 full suspension fat bike aluminum thru axle  (1)

Judging by what we saw at Eurobike, and now Interbike – Salsa’s Bucksaw may soon have some competition. In addition to a number of new colors and details for their hardtail frames, 9:zero:7 had a surprising new addition. Still in the prototype phase, the full suspension fat bike concept may hit the market as early as this Spring.

Want more details? Find them next…


Spotted: 13 Speed Phil Wood Hub and Cassette?

Phil Wood 13 speed hub

So this just happened on Facebook – Phil Wood posted a photo of a hub that to our eyes looks like it is carrying a 13 speed cassette. Is this a sign of things to come? Or perhaps a one off teaser meant to get us excited for Interbike? Start the speculation below…


EB14: Kask Eyes Enduro with REX Prototype, Lifestyle Visor, Protone Aero, and Infinity Coming to U.S.

KASK city lifestyle REX Vertigo Protone (26)

At this point, the Italian helmet brand Kask is probably best known in the U.S. as the helmet sponsor of Team Sky. Now on their 10th anniversary, the company has 6 different helmet divisions including skiing, mountaineering, climbing, equestrian, rescue teams, and work safety, with cycling accounting for 40% of their business. Available in the U.S. through Highway 2, Kask is looking to increase their presence stateside with more helmets including a forthcoming model for Enduro that actually looks really good.

Clip into the details next…


EB14: Caterham Introduces Beautiful Duo Cali Carbon and Fairspear Steel Road Bikes, Plus Prototype Flat Bar Shifter for Campy EPS!

Caterham Duo Cali Fairspear bicycles carbon steel (19)

The last time we heard from Caterham in the bike space it had to do with some wild looking E-bikes. In a move that should please many of the commenters on said article, Caterham is back with a line of bikes that are all human powered and all beautiful. Called the Duo Cali (Caterham Advanced Lightweight Innovations, the carbon road bikes will be offered in three models, the Duo Cali Record, Chorus, and Urban EPS. All of the carbon bikes are produced in Europe with the composites team based in Cologne and design, engineering, production, paint, and assembly completed in Germany.

The line is not all carbon though, as Caterham is also introducing the Fairspear steel bike that is said to be linked to the Super 7 race car. While the company is busy putting out bikes, they’re also working on unique stems and even custom flat bar shifters for Campagnolo EPS.

Details next…


EB14: Lightweight Co-develops Unique Velocité Project e-Bike Solution with Research Partners

Lightweight_Velocite_Project_eBike_pedelec_concept_bike_front_view Lightweight_Velocite_Project_eBike_pedelec_concept_bike_front_three-quarter

The carbon fiber experts of Lightweight have been busy this year working on incorporating advanced electronic systems into some already market-leading products. Besides their Smart Wheels sensors that we just showed you last week, Lightweight has also been working on a totally unique and possibly groundbreaking e-Bike called the Velocité Project. Developed as an academic and commercial cooperation under a Transform: Mobility into eXcitement grant from the German Ministry of Education and Research, the project was a response to a call to develop key technologies to address urban electro-mobility.

Lightweight coordinated the joint project through their technology development division CarboFibretec. The bike they presented at Eurobike is a proof of concept demonstration of a Pedelec using the newly developed tech. Read on to see what makes this machine unique and what applications it might have…


EB14: New Top Level Shimano SH-R321 Road Shoes, Plus Metrea Commuter Bicycle Group Concept


Shimano’s shoes have long been some of my favorites thanks to a wide toe box and comfortable fit while still delivering the performance needed from a mid- to top-level road or mountain bike shoe.

The new SH-R321 slots in above the rest as their “Pro Tour Racing” level shoe. It brings a second generation Dynalast and better custom fit materials to the table, plus a new “Surround” upper that wraps the foot to prevent hot spots or pressure points. It’s also insanely light. The claimed weight of 245g per shoe (size 40) doesn’t do it justice since others ring up lighter on the scale. But, holding these, they feel lighter, and they’re a full featured shoe with no skimps on comfort or performance to achieve that weight.

Strap in and step below for all the details plus a look at their shiny Metrea concept commuter group…