Silca cinches down the Seat Roll Premio, riding essentials secured by BOA

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So back at the start of the fourth month of the year, Silca promised a true innovation in how we carry spare tubes and inflation on our rides. While they were clearly unsatisfied with the current state of saddle bags, sadly a quick look at the date meant that the Silca Personal Support Drone wasn’t likely to materialize. But much to our pleasant surprise, it seems that the simple saddle bag was on their radar, and now Silca has a better solution. Pairing the simple classic structure of a tool roll, with the precise dial-to-fit security of a BOA closure, the new Seat Roll Premio will haul your everyday essentials in a more elegantly executed package. Check it out up close after the break, plus pricing and availability…

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So back at the start of the fourth month of the year, Silca promised a true innovation in how we carry spare tubes and inflation on our rides. While they were clearly unsatisfied with the current state of saddle bags, sadly a quick look at the date meant that the Silca Personal Support Drone wasn’t likely […]

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Hunt debuts 30Carbon Aero Disc, new 1338g disc brake, tubeless carbon clinchers & more…

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Hunt actually has three new disc brake carbon wheelsets that they have just announced and opened up for pre-order, two for road riding and one for gravel. The lightest is the 30Carbon Aero Disc, then comes the 50Carbon Aero Disc at just 100g heavier. The third, the 30Carbon Gravel Disc shares the same rim profile as the lightest version but gets a few more spokes and a hubset more up to the wet and muddy riding you’ll find on a gravel adventure. All three use hookless carbon rims designed by Hunt, and are all tubeless ready. Built with the same durable components as their other wheels, Hunt develops their wheels to offer a lot of durability and value that they can pass directly onto riders. Check out the full details, pricing and delivery dates after the jump…

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Hunt actually has three new disc brake carbon wheelsets that they have just announced and opened up for pre-order, two for road riding and one for gravel. The lightest is the 30Carbon Aero Disc, then comes the 50Carbon Aero Disc at just 100g heavier. The third, the 30Carbon Gravel Disc shares the same rim profile as the lightest version […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • AllTrails buys EveryTrail to build the best app resource for all outdoor sports – Already the most extensive online trail guide for everything from backpacking to snowshoeing, AllTrails just acquired EveryTrail, another big name in GPS-based trail tracking. Each on its own had been seen as leaders in making the outdoors more accessible to enthusiasts, and together they are building the most extensive resource to find, plan, and record outdoor sport activities across disciplines. With new web and mobile app interfaces, they now offer an almost endless database of where to ride. Explore the trail networks through their website, or download the free app for iOS or Android. AllTrails.com

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AllTrails buys EveryTrail to build the best app resource for all outdoor sports – Already the most extensive online trail guide for everything from backpacking to snowshoeing, AllTrails just acquired EveryTrail, another big name in GPS-based trail tracking. Each on its own had been seen as leaders in making the outdoors more accessible to enthusiasts, and together […]

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Upgraded SRAM Apex 1 improves the affordable 1x experience

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Just introduced last year as their base (budget) level 1x road group, the SRAM Apex 1 found its way onto a number of flat bar urban speed machines and a few entry level cyclocross bikes. Now, the group gets even getter thanks to a new, asymmetric four-arm crankset and other updates.

It’s available with an integrated chain guard for city bikes, or remove it for more performance oriented bikes. The cranks and X-Sync chainring are both aluminum, available with 40, 42 or 44 tooth chainrings that work with 10- and 11-speed chains. The new design improves chainring/frame clearance and works with both 130mm and 135/142mm rear axle spacing. Claimed weight is 807g for the GXP spindle with 172.5mm arms and 42T ring. It’s also available in BB30, pricing from $110-$118. Available in October.

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Just introduced last year as their base (budget) level 1x road group, the SRAM Apex 1 found its way onto a number of flat bar urban speed machines and a few entry level cyclocross bikes. Now, the group gets even getter thanks to a new, asymmetric four-arm crankset and other updates. It’s available with an […]

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EB16: U.S.E. is back – all new seatposts, handlebars & trick one-piece mountain bike stem

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It’s been a while since U.S.E. (Ultimate Sports Engineering) has had anything new to show, but the company has been resuscitated with a completely fresh cockpit lineup and more in the works. Perhaps best known for the U.S.E.1 suspension seatpost (which I was the proud owner of back in the day), the UK based brand is now offering a complete range of carbon and alloy seatposts, mountain bike handlebars and carbon drop bars for road, plus a very interesting one-piece stem design.

As for the suspension seatpost, it gets a facelift and new name, Vybe. It’s still elastomer sprung with soft, medium and hard options, and gets 50mm travel. Really, it’s meant to take the edge off, and on my old aluminum Gary Fisher Big Sur hardtail it did just the trick. With gravel racing storming the scene, it could see new life to go along with its new looks. Length is 400mm, setback is 10mm, available in 27.2 (455g), 30.9 (495g) and 31.6 (520g) diameters.

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It’s been a while since U.S.E. (Ultimate Sports Engineering) has had anything new to show, but the company has been resuscitated with a completely fresh cockpit lineup and more in the works. Perhaps best known for the U.S.E.1 suspension seatpost (which I was the proud owner of back in the day), the UK based brand […]

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EB16: Joes NoFlats bounces mud off your bike, adds universal tubeless conversion kits

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Components aside, this is the thing I’m most excited to try out this coming cyclocross season: Joe’s No Flats Mud Killer.

Assuming it doesn’t also kill frogs and nature, too, the Mud Killer spray makes it so basically nothing can stick to your frame. They demo’d it on cardboard and we watched as the water beaded so hard it virtually bounced on the surface. Check out the close up pics below, along with other new products from them and a potentially category changing tubeless tire tech from Innova…

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Components aside, this is the thing I’m most excited to try out this coming cyclocross season: Joe’s No Flats Mud Killer. Assuming it doesn’t also kill frogs and nature, too, the Mud Killer spray makes it so basically nothing can stick to your frame. They demo’d it on cardboard and we watched as the water […]

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Giant sneaks updates into 2017 TCX cyclocross Advanced, SLR & Espoir lineup

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Without much fanfare, Giant has snuck some modernized updates into their World Cup winning carbon cyclocross bike – the same TCX Advanced ridden by Dutch crosser Lars van der Haar. The bike get updated thru-axle and disc brake standards for smooth compatibility with the latest components and wheels. At the same time that their top bike gets updated, their more affordable aluminum TCX SLR bikes get reworked with those same standards. And for your budding cross grom, a pair of new alloy Espoir bikes will give young riders a solid start. Take a closer look after the break…

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Without much fanfare, Giant has snuck some modernized updates into their World Cup winning carbon cyclocross bike – the same TCX Advanced ridden by Dutch crosser Lars van der Haar. The bike get updated thru-axle and disc brake standards for smooth compatibility with the latest components and wheels. At the same time that their top bike […]

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New Atomik Carbon road disc wheels go fast, stop faster

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In May, Atomik Carbon debuted their full carbon road tubeless clinchers, designed with a proprietary resin and layup mix for the brake track. Now, though, they’ve taken two of the sizes and given them proper disc-brake-only rims. They stick with the aero “U” shape, but lose the brake track and get laced to 6-bolt disc brake hubs…

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In May, Atomik Carbon debuted their full carbon road tubeless clinchers, designed with a proprietary resin and layup mix for the brake track. Now, though, they’ve taken two of the sizes and given them proper disc-brake-only rims. They stick with the aero “U” shape, but lose the brake track and get laced to 6-bolt disc […]

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Week in Review: Mad Eurobike coverage, Argon18 drag detector, new Specialized Roubaix & tons more!!!

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It’s been a big, BIG week of news from Eurobike (but rest assured, there’s plenty more coming), what with new bikes from so many brands it’s best you just dive right on in and check out all the headlines. Just after the show, Specialized finally gave the greenlight to their all-new Roubaix with a “suspension” stem to smooth the ride and make you faster. There’s also a ton of new components, tires, gear and more. Oh, and have you downloaded our FREE Cyclocross Buyer’s Guide yet? Because it’s awesome…

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It’s been a big, BIG week of news from Eurobike (but rest assured, there’s plenty more coming), what with new bikes from so many brands it’s best you just dive right on in and check out all the headlines. Just after the show, Specialized finally gave the greenlight to their all-new Roubaix with a “suspension” […]

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