Review: Rapha’s wet weather Pro Team Shadow kit

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Rapha quietly added some arm, knee, and leg warmers to their shop recently with the same Shadow fabric that we had been testing since last winter, racing cyclocross and generally riding whenever the roads and trails have gotten wet. That got me thinking more about the Pro Team Shadow kit that I’ve even pulled out of the closet a few times since the cold left. And so in a bout of unseasonably cold and wet weather at our EU HQ this week, it felt like time to take a look back to that kit with the idea of looking forward to foul weather riding as well. And maybe even getting out for a wet ride after work today.

So lets have a look at the Pro Team Shadow kit, made from such a fabric that it has gotten me excited about riding in the rain, and more so looking forward to a new pair of leg warmers…

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Rapha quietly added some arm, knee, and leg warmers to their shop recently with the same Shadow fabric that we had been testing since last winter, racing cyclocross and generally riding whenever the roads and trails have gotten wet. That got me thinking more about the Pro Team Shadow kit that I’ve even pulled out of the […]

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Rose adds flexibility, affordability, and disc brakes across Xeon, X-Lite & Pro road, gravel & cross

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We looked last week at some new goodies on the trail from German direct-to-consumer brand Rose bikes, but maybe just as interesting from them in 2017 is the broadening of their carbon road range and their general move towards bringing the same ride and performance of their top end road to more affordable bikes across the range. One of the highlights of that trickle down is the new Xeon CW/CWX which is essentially a lower priced version of the X-Lite CW that we first saw last summer and marks the growing use of disc brakes on the ever-expanding aero road bike segment.  While the Pro CGF sticks with rim brakes it does the same thing bringing carbon road affordability into reach of a lot more cyclists.

At the same time that the Xeon CW 7 Pro CGF brings the price of carbon bikes down, an all new Xeon CDX Cross takes lessons learned on last year’s aluminum bike and transitions them over to a carbon bike still promising broad riding flexibility. Then the new X-Lite CDX takes Rose’s popular marathon/endurance road bike and lightens it up with new carbon and some detail tweaks. Take a look at some of the updates of these four 2017 bikes after the break…

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We looked last week at some new goodies on the trail from German direct-to-consumer brand Rose bikes, but maybe just as interesting from them in 2017 is the broadening of their carbon road range and their general move towards bringing the same ride and performance of their top end road to more affordable bikes across the range. One […]

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Easton EC90 SL carbon cranks are back – First look, actual weights & a ride!

2017 Easton EC90 SL crankset with carbon fiber arms and cinch chainring mounting

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It’s been more than half a decade since Easton has offered cranksets, but now they’re reaping the benefits of their merger with Race Face (and then Fox) and offering an all-new, ultralight EC90 SL crankset.

The new cranks share Race Face’s Cinch chainring mounting technology, making for easy swaps between the wide range of 1x chainrings offered. And those 1x rings suggest the crankset’s primary use is likely to be cyclocross and gravel, which makes sense after Race Face teased a CX option last year, but there are 2x chainring options, also. They also take share Race Face’s ultra lightweight carbon construction, making them very light.

Crank past the break for actual weights, all the tech details and more…

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It’s been more than half a decade since Easton has offered cranksets, but now they’re reaping the benefits of their merger with Race Face (and then Fox) and offering an all-new, ultralight EC90 SL crankset. The new cranks share Race Face’s Cinch chainring mounting technology, making for easy swaps between the wide range of 1x […]

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Jamis sending out new spec on 2017 Supernova cyclocross bikes

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While the platforms carry over from 2016, the 2017 Jamis Nova Cyclocross Series brings fresh paint and updated spec while remaining a solid value. The cyclocross lineup is led by the Supernova Team (shown), which gets their top-level Dyad Plus T700/FRP monocoque carbon fiber frameset.

Spec includes American Classic Argent tubeless 15mm front/12mm rear thru-axle wheels, SRAM Force , SRAM Force CX 1×11 group with hydraulic disc brakes stopping 160mm rotors front and rear (rear was 140mm this past year), Fizik Aliante Delta Saddle, and Ritchey WCS 220 stem for $3,999.

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While the platforms carry over from 2016, the 2017 Jamis Nova Cyclocross Series brings fresh paint and updated spec while remaining a solid value. The cyclocross lineup is led by the Supernova Team (shown), which gets their top-level Dyad Plus T700/FRP monocoque carbon fiber frameset. Spec includes American Classic Argent tubeless 15mm front/12mm rear thru-axle wheels, SRAM Force […]

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Reminder! Submit your brand to the Bikerumor 2016/17 Cyclocross Buyer’s Guide!

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ATTENTION BRANDS!!!

Even if you’ve already submitted your info, please read this.

  • We’ve extended the deadline for entry to July 15.
  • Our original submission form had some bugs and was fixed on June 26. If you know you submitted your info before that date, probably best if you do it again.
  • We have emailed ALL submissions received as of July 8th, 12pm PST. If you have not received a confirmation email, then we have not received your information.
  • Submissions and inclusion is free, but if you’d like to promote your brand within the listings, add more photos or run a hyperlinked ad to bring readers directly to your product pages, contact Ron for details.

Thanks for your prompt attention to this, we look forward to including your brand in our first-ever Buyer’s Guide! Here’s the link to submit:

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ATTENTION BRANDS!!! Even if you’ve already submitted your info, please read this. We’ve extended the deadline for entry to July 15. Our original submission form had some bugs and was fixed on June 26. If you know you submitted your info before that date, probably best if you do it again. We have emailed ALL […]

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PC16: Blue flushes out line with gravel, upper-tier cross, hardtail & full-sus off-road

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Blue Competition Cycles has been very busy since its most recent acquisition back in 2014. The brand, traditionally a favorite among the triathlete crowd, has tooled up to expand their entire line with fresh, proprietary designs in carbon and aluminum. For the short term, this means fresh top-tier product in cyclocross and gravel. Also, after dipping their toe into bigger tires last season with their fat tire Philly, Blue is introducing a slew of off-road product in both hardtail and full squish. “We wanted our line completed,” commented Orli Chinea, Blue Competition Cycles Sales Manger…

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Blue Competition Cycles has been very busy since its most recent acquisition back in 2014. The brand, traditionally a favorite among the triathlete crowd, has tooled up to expand their entire line with fresh, proprietary designs in carbon and aluminum. For the short term, this means fresh top-tier product in cyclocross and gravel. Also, after dipping their toe […]

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Lapierre updates road for 2017 from gravel to time trial, with a heavy dose of disc brakes in between

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Lapierre introduced a couple of completely new carbon mountain bikes last week, for those into XC riding or a bit of motor-assisted trail riding. But at the same time they’ve debuted five new road bikes as well that cover maybe an even wider spectrum. From the affordable aluminum framed, disc-braked gravel riding Crosshill to a ground-up redesign of their time trial winning Aerostorm DRS there is a little something for everyone, with a heavy lean toward road sic brakes. In the middle is Lapierre’s first every production carbon cyclocross bike with a few tricks up its sleeve/shoulder, as well as the revamped Xelius SL climber’s road bike that now adds a new disc-brake version and the redesigned Sensium endurance bikes with either rim or disc brakes. Get a closer look at each one and their geometry with us after the break…

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Lapierre introduced a couple of completely new carbon mountain bikes last week, for those into XC riding or a bit of motor-assisted trail riding. But at the same time they’ve debuted five new road bikes as well that cover maybe an even wider spectrum. From the affordable aluminum framed, disc-braked gravel riding Crosshill to a ground-up redesign of their […]

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Zipp offers CeramicSpeed freehub upgrade kit, plus other new goods

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If you’ve already upgraded your derailleur wheels, why not throw some ceramic in your actual wheels? Zipp’s just released their CeramicSpeed freehub hop up kit for their 177 rear hubs, available in SRAM/Shimano and Campy 11-speed, plus XD-R Driver Bodies. They come with the better bearings preinstalled for a simple replacement and claim 1.5 to 9 watts reduction in drag per bearing. Retail is $355 (€365 / £281) per freehub, available in July.

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If you’ve already upgraded your derailleur wheels, why not throw some ceramic in your actual wheels? Zipp’s just released their CeramicSpeed freehub hop up kit for their 177 rear hubs, available in SRAM/Shimano and Campy 11-speed, plus XD-R Driver Bodies. They come with the better bearings preinstalled for a simple replacement and claim 1.5 to […]

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Seven Cycles RedSky lets you grind gravel without disc brakes

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In what can almost be called old school anymore, Seven Cycles has busted out a modern gravel grinder for those not quite ready to give up their rim brake wheels.

The new RedSky combines modern frame building and features with medium reach brake calipers. Run it with a racy 700×23, or push things out to a ‘cross ready 35mm, and the bike will look good either way. It’s based off their Axiom and Evergreen road bike platforms, but made to accommodate a little more rubber and bumpier roads. If the morning red sky’s forecast for bad weather doesn’t deter you from riding, your ship may have come in…

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In what can almost be called old school anymore, Seven Cycles has busted out a modern gravel grinder for those not quite ready to give up their rim brake wheels. The new RedSky combines modern frame building and features with medium reach brake calipers. Run it with a racy 700×23, or push things out to a […]

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