Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Go behind the scenes bikepack racing the Tuscany Trail  – Join Bomtrack bikes as they follow Frenchman Clem Shovel and Norwegian Joachim Rosenlund in this documentary on the world’s newest and biggest bikepacking race. The Tuscany Trail is a 560km long, unsupported adventure race that takes in more than 11,000m of elevation gain. This year it had 530 racers at the start. We’d seen a teaser about this story, but now Bombtrack who will support the race from next year has more of the story. Read more about it at Bombtrack.com and find out how to join in next time at TuscanyTrail.it

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Go behind the scenes bikepack racing the Tuscany Trail  – Join Bomtrack bikes as they follow Frenchman Clem Shovel and Norwegian Joachim Rosenlund in this documentary on the world’s newest and biggest bikepacking race. The Tuscany Trail is a 560km long, unsupported adventure race that takes in more than 11,000m of elevation gain. This year it had 530 racers […]

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IB16: Fuji gets way lighter in alloy for road, cyclocross; adds more disc brake drop bar options

2017 Fuji SL Disc ultralight carbon fiber road bike with disc brakes

Last summer, Fuji introduced the featherweight SL with a claimed weight safely under 700g. One of our taller, bigger testers hopped on it this past spring and loved it, too. Now, there’s an all-new SL Disc with, yep, disc brakes.

Fuji knew the SL Disc was coming, so they made sure the molds could handle both versions. It gets all the same tech, but with a new fork and rear triangle. Claimed weight is just 775g for a raw 56, and the fork comes in at 365g (both about 75g heavier than the rim brake version). They were going to launch at Vuelta, but, well, thanks Obama UCI.

There’s also a new disc brake version of their Roubaix, which gets completely reworked with a massively lighter alloy frame, and more…

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Last summer, Fuji introduced the featherweight SL with a claimed weight safely under 700g. One of our taller, bigger testers hopped on it this past spring and loved it, too. Now, there’s an all-new SL Disc with, yep, disc brakes. Fuji knew the SL Disc was coming, so they made sure the molds could handle […]

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Hope crafts custom prototype Hydraulic Crosstop levers for 3 Peaks winner Paul Oldham

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For the second year in a row, Hope’s own Paul Oldham has won the UK’s grueling 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross. Dubbed the toughest and biggest cross event in the UK, the Yorkshire Dales race is known for featuring three crazy steep climbs followed by some harrowing descents on all manner of loose and treacherous terrain. So to help their team rider with his repeat win Hope Tech developed a new prototype set of secondary hydraulic cross top brake levers that could be used for a bit more comfort and security. Piped inline between his SRAM Red 22 Hydro road levers and the new upgrade 4-pot Hope calipers that got unveiled at Eurobike, it surely was the most powerful and flexible hydraulic disc brake cyclocross setup on the start line. Take a closer look after the jump…

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For the second year in a row, Hope’s own Paul Oldham has won the UK’s grueling 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross. Dubbed the toughest and biggest cross event in the UK, the Yorkshire Dales race is known for featuring three crazy steep climbs followed by some harrowing descents on all manner of loose and treacherous terrain. So […]

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EB16: Storck Fascenario.3 slips together light & aero, plus a new alloy TIX cross bike & component updates…

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German light carbon builder Storck has been growing their road bike offerings from the top for the past few years, but this year it seems that they are expanding in all directions. On the road side of things, they’ve again topped of their range with the new third generation Fascenario.3 Platinum which takes the lightweight lessons learned on their race-ready Aernario and adds in more aero cues from the their time in the wind tunnel. Storck has even partnered with auto maker Aston Martin for a very limited series of the new bike. Then venturing off-road, we already saw last week the new premium trail and XC bikes, but they also gone the other way taking their carbon cyclocross TIX and reimagining it in aluminum to lower the cost of entry into the growing sport. Storck has also done some reworking of a couple of their components, with a new compact road bar and updated carbon crankset, Check out all the details after the break…

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German light carbon builder Storck has been growing their road bike offerings from the top for the past few years, but this year it seems that they are expanding in all directions. On the road side of things, they’ve again topped of their range with the new third generation Fascenario.3 Platinum which takes the lightweight lessons […]

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IB16: Clement intros tough, affordable tubeless ready alloy gravel wheels, more tubeless tires

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If you make tires, they need something to mount to, so Clement’s come up with the Ushuaia. Like their tires, it’s named after a city, this one being the southernmost city in the world. Ushuaia is the capital of Terra del Fuego, Argentina, and borders the Martial mountain range.

The wheels are thoroughly modern, yet retail for just $650 a set. The rims are a cyclocross-and-gravel friendly 23mm wide inside, 26mm wide externally. Depth is 25mm. Claimed weight is 1,650g, very respectable for the price point and technical features, which make for user friendly hubs and rims…

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If you make tires, they need something to mount to, so Clement’s come up with the Ushuaia. Like their tires, it’s named after a city, this one being the southernmost city in the world. Ushuaia is the capital of Terra del Fuego, Argentina, and borders the Martial mountain range. The wheels are thoroughly modern, yet […]

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EB16: Ritchey Logic pops up WCS Trail Dropper post, flared VentureMax bar, tires, saddles & more…

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prototype ritchey logic wcs dropper seatpost for mountain bikes

Ritchey recently showed us a few new and updated bikes for tackling gravel roads and adventure riding, but on top of their frames they’re also continuing to roll out a slew of new components. Often some of the most affordable and solidly performing gear out there, we’re really interested to try out their new mountain bike dropper post. The new WCS Trail Dropper seatpost comes in two travel lengths and uses a unique 3-position stepped drop. At the same time Ritchey has introduced a new shaped & flared VentureMax bar that promises drop comfort on your off-road adventures. Plus there is a new tire each for gravel, cross, and plus-sized mountain, as well as a few updated saddles, a new trail wheelset, and even a more affordable pedal. Get a close look at all of it after the jump…

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Ritchey recently showed us a few new and updated bikes for tackling gravel roads and adventure riding, but on top of their frames they’re also continuing to roll out a slew of new components. Often some of the most affordable and solidly performing gear out there, we’re really interested to try out their new mountain […]

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IB16: Pioneer adds power to Campagnolo, FSA road & Shimano MTB cranks, testing sensors everywhere else…including you

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Pioneer will have the first aftermarket power meter for the new Shimano R9100 crankset. It’s coming in November in dual leg or single sided options, offered both as the complete package with new cranks or as the aftermarket add-on kit. Pricing is $1,499 for the complete crankset with dual power, or $629 for just the left arm with a sensor preinstalled. The add-on kits are $999 and $499.

Perhaps more impressive than the speed with which they’ve prepped the unit for Shimano’s latest is the number of new options for other cranks…

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Pioneer will have the first aftermarket power meter for the new Shimano R9100 crankset. It’s coming in November in dual leg or single sided options, offered both as the complete package with new cranks or as the aftermarket add-on kit. Pricing is $1,499 for the complete crankset with dual power, or $629 for just the […]

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IB16: Thomson adds alloy road, ‘cross & adventure handlebars, carbon seatpost & updating dropper post

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Thomson’s been in the handlebar business for a few years now, we’ve reviewed both mountain bike and drop bar versions and liked them. These new alloy handlebars will be available in three versions – road, with a flattened wing shape on the tops; cyclocross with the 31.8 clamp diameter extending all the way out to the bend; and the “off road” drop bar, which gets massively flared drops.

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Thomson’s been in the handlebar business for a few years now, we’ve reviewed both mountain bike and drop bar versions and liked them. These new alloy handlebars will be available in three versions – road, with a flattened wing shape on the tops; cyclocross with the 31.8 clamp diameter extending all the way out to […]

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IB16: Moots Routt RSL gets you on the gravel faster

2017 Moots Routt RSL gravel road race bike

The all-new Moots Routt RSL takes their somewhat more casual Routt 45 gravel bike and gives it a racier geometry and lighter frame. This slots it in between the Baxter monster cross bike that launched just a couple weeks ago and the updated Psychlo-X cyclocross bikes.

The RSL version becomes the fourth category to get the race design. This one gets a longer top tube and shorter head tube than the Routt 45. It also gets butted tubes versus straight gauge to come in about 3/4lb lighter frame than. Claimed weight is 3.0 pounds for the frame…

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The all-new Moots Routt RSL takes their somewhat more casual Routt 45 gravel bike and gives it a racier geometry and lighter frame. This slots it in between the Baxter monster cross bike that launched just a couple weeks ago and the updated Psychlo-X cyclocross bikes. The RSL version becomes the fourth category to get […]

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