Bowman crosses the Atlantic… with bikes, including the Foots Cray

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As Paul Revere would put it, “The British are coming!” UK manufacturer Bowman has crossed the Atlantic, creating a second operation in North America. With their expansion, comes their full catalog of bikes. To address a growing cyclocross presence in the western hemisphere, the alloy Foots Cray provides another option to consider. Limbo past the break to get the details… 

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As Paul Revere would put it, “The British are coming!” UK manufacturer Bowman has crossed the Atlantic, creating a second operation in North America. With their expansion, comes their full catalog of bikes. To address a growing cyclocross presence in the western hemisphere, the alloy Foots Cray provides another option to consider. Limbo past the break to get the details… 

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Giant crosses into gravel racing with new TCX Advanced SX


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As popularity in gravel racing continues to grow, more and more brands are looking to add another model. Call it gravel racing, aggressive gravel, any road, whatever, for Giant, that means the recent announcement of the new TCX Advanced SX. With a frame bred from cyclocross racing, the SX fills the void with a race ready gravel runner built for longer rides.

Check past the break to see what sets it apart from the rest…

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As popularity in gravel racing continues to grow, more and more brands are looking to add another model. Call it gravel racing, aggressive gravel, any road, whatever, for Giant, that means the recent announcement of the new TCX Advanced SX. With a frame bred from cyclocross racing, the SX fills the void with a race ready […]

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Unboxed & Weighed: BBinfinite’s smooth rolling ceramic derailleur pulley wheels

BBinfinite Delrin Ceramitech ceramic bearing rear derailleur pulley wheels actual weights and review

BBinfinite Delrin Ceramitech ceramic bearing rear derailleur pulley wheels actual weights and review

BBinfinite’s second product, the Delrin derailleur pulley wheels with Ceramitech ceramic bearings, came out at the beginning of the month to complement their perfectly aligned bottom brackets and reduce friction at the rear of the bike. We just got our hands on a set for Shimano rear mechs to see if they spin as freely as advertised (hint: they do) and add anything to the ride…

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BBinfinite’s second product, the Delrin derailleur pulley wheels with Ceramitech ceramic bearings, came out at the beginning of the month to complement their perfectly aligned bottom brackets and reduce friction at the rear of the bike. We just got our hands on a set for Shimano rear mechs to see if they spin as freely […]

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Pioneer adds Training Assist, mating virtual coach w/ crank-based power meter

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After a series of price drops that brings their hi-def power meter system’s starting point down to a very beginner-friendly $499, Pioneer is adding training features to help those power noobs take advantage of the new resource.

Pioneer Training Assist is a free firmware update for their SGX-CA500 that helps anyone learn to train with power. It then takes advantage of their Cyclosphere “app” to provide post-ride analysis, so you can make sense of the data.

“We’re fortunate that we’ve got the technology, mobile app and cloud system on the back end to show all of the information a rider needs for us to offer training guidance,” says Pioneer’s Russ Johnston. “It makes it easy to offer and end to end solution for the rider.”

To start, you simply set up your training plan on their smartphone app, sync it with the cycling computer, and roll out…

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After a series of price drops that brings their hi-def power meter system’s starting point down to a very beginner-friendly $499, Pioneer is adding training features to help those power noobs take advantage of the new resource. Pioneer Training Assist is a free firmware update for their SGX-CA500 that helps anyone learn to train with […]

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3T hits the gravel+ with all new multi-surface Exploro carbon frame, and 650b+ wheels – First look

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It really shouldn’t be too big of a surprise to see a bike come out of the new 3T after Gerard Vroomen joined René Wiertz at the head of the company last year. Vroomen’s hand shaped innovative bike designs at both Cervélo and Open, and we clearly see some influence of that design progression in this new Exploro frame under the 3T brand.

Since its founding in 1961 3T has focused on making bikes more aero, so a gravel bike seems like a grand departure. But as long, gruelling gravel adventures have grown in popularity 3T thought, “why not see if it was possible to make gravel more aero as well?” 3T took the idea to San Diego’s low speed wind tunnel and found some interesting results adding in 700c x 40mm and 650b x 2.1 tires, and even some boundary air breaking mud. The concept turned into the idea “Go fast, slower.”

Check out our first look at the bike, full details, and even the new 650b+ wheels after the jump…

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It really shouldn’t be too big of a surprise to see a bike come out of the new 3T after Gerard Vroomen joined René Wiertz at the head of the company last year. Vroomen’s hand shaped innovative bike designs at both Cervélo and Open, and we clearly see some influence of that design progression in […]

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Week in Review: SRAM eTap Hydro, hacked Di2 MTB install, sweet new bikes & more!

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This past week we saw new bikes from several smaller brands, like SE Bikes and Rodeo Labs, plus a couple of hacks showing off an ultra clean Di2 mountain bike install and hydraulic shifting for Rohloff hubs. And speaking of hydraulics, SRAM went ahead and formally announced eTAP with Hydro disc brakes! As usual, tons of great stuff, all wrapped up in a tidy list of links below. Happy weekend reading!!!

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This past week we saw new bikes from several smaller brands, like SE Bikes and Rodeo Labs, plus a couple of hacks showing off an ultra clean Di2 mountain bike install and hydraulic shifting for Rohloff hubs. And speaking of hydraulics, SRAM went ahead and formally announced eTAP with Hydro disc brakes! As usual, tons […]

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Atop new Trail Donkey 2.0, Rodeo Labs packs in cyclocross, gravel… & MTB?

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Rodeo Labs as a company is a bit hard to pin down. It seems like it started more of a riding club, and has grown into something much more. Along the way the folks who made up Rodeo spread around the world as a club team and developed riding kits to declare their unity. But they also realized that many of the members where looking for one bike to ride it all. The goal wasn’t really to make a better road bike, a better cyclocross bike, and a better mountain bike all rolled into one, but rather to build a bike that could stand up to riding on any road or trail surface. That bike was born as the first generation Trail Monkey, which was essentially a slightly altered open-mold carbon frame, but they’ve come a long way since then.

Over the last two years (and through a sliding dropout steel bike along the way – the Flaanimal) Rodeo Labs has devoted a lot of time and design effort into developing their own unique bike, that took everything that they learned on that first project and turned it up a notch. The newest iteration, the Trail Donkey 2.0, picks up where they left off with a all-new frame and custom fork truly designed from scratch to take on any surface. The new bike is available for pre-order now with deliveries happening very soon. Rope in the details after the jump…

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Rodeo Labs as a company is a bit hard to pin down. It seems like it started more of a riding club, and has grown into something much more. Along the way the folks who made up Rodeo spread around the world as a club team and developed riding kits to declare their unity. But they […]

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BBinfinite boosts your speed with new Delrin/Ceramic road derailleur pulleys

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As we walk the pits at some of the largest races in the world, one of the most impressive things about the pro’s road bikes isn’t the new tech or next-model-year frames. It’s the complete and utter lack of friction or drag in their drivetrains. Sure, they have mechanics to clean and lube everything nightly, but at the heart of it all are a complete ensemble of premium rolling stock on anything that rotates.

Now, BBinfinite has two of the four covered…wheels and pedals being the exception. We’ve shown you and reviewed their one-piece bottom brackets, which ensure perfect alignment between left and right bearings to completely eliminate any binding. They’re amazing, and worth checking out as a first step. The second product are these new Delrin road derailleur pulley wheels, which pair the low friction composite material with CeramiTech hybrid ceramic bearings for what they claim is a noticeable gain in speed…

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As we walk the pits at some of the largest races in the world, one of the most impressive things about the pro’s road bikes isn’t the new tech or next-model-year frames. It’s the complete and utter lack of friction or drag in their drivetrains. Sure, they have mechanics to clean and lube everything nightly, […]

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Kogel Bearings rethinks BB86/BB92 to 30mm conversions, plus win a BB to celebrate Amanda Panda’s DK200!

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It seems like everyone’s moving to 30mm spindles. With many of the smaller crank makers already offering 30mm spindles to fit in a multitude of frames, we’ve even heard rumors of the biggest two considering the larger option. While the 30mm spindles can technically fit in just about every bottom bracket shell, it doesn’t mean that all bottom brackets are created equal.

Ever since 30mm crank spindles started to get more popular, Kogel bearings has fielded requests from customers looking for a better way to cram it into a BB86/BB92 bottom bracket shell. Finding most current options either using extremely thin bearings or eliminating the cup completely, Kogel wanted an option that was more durable. Let’s face it, no one loves a creaky bottom bracket.

For Kogel that meant redesigning the bearing races so that they were small enough to allow for the same size ball bearing as they use in their BB30 bottom bracket. Of equal importance was the ability to fit their Cross seals to make sure those larger bearings stayed clean in a variety of conditions. Thinking that they’ve found the answer to BB86/BB92 to 30mm needs, the new ceramic bottom brackets are now available through their dealers and web store for $189.99 with either Road or Cross seals.

To celebrate, they are giving away a BB86-30 (or any other bottom bracket they make) in celebration of the upcoming DK200…

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It seems like everyone’s moving to 30mm spindles. With many of the smaller crank makers already offering 30mm spindles to fit in a multitude of frames, we’ve even heard rumors of the biggest two considering the larger option. While the 30mm spindles can technically fit in just about every bottom bracket shell, it doesn’t mean […]

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