Pioneer power meters now just $499 for single leg, adds Shimano 105 compatibility

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The non-drive side power meter gets new (removable) branding.

Pioneer has just introduced their most affordable power meter option yet with a new way to use the single-leg sensor…on your own crank arms.

Originally, they sold the left or right sensor preinstalled on the crank arm, which meant you ended up with a spare after replacing the arm that was already on your bike. Now, they’re letting you simply send in your existing Shimano Dura-Ace, Ultegra or 105 11-speed crank arm and have their hi-def power meter sensor professionally installed for just $499.

That’s $130 less than the original cost for a non-drive Dura-Ace crank arm, and $60 off the Ultegra price. The 105 option is new, and brings their power measurement to an even lower overall system price point. Basically, the prior investment in the additional arm was simply returned as savings to the consumer…

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Pioneer has just introduced their most affordable power meter option yet with a new way to use the single-leg sensor…on your own crank arms. Originally, they sold the left or right sensor preinstalled on the crank arm, which meant you ended up with a spare after replacing the arm that was already on your bike. […]

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DT Swiss adds high volume R414 rear shock, sneaks in stealth “plug-in” thru axle

2017 DT Swiss R414 high volume rear mountain bike shock

Over the past couple years, DT Swiss has scaled back their suspension offerings, focusing on the shorter travel end of the spectrum. The new R414 rear shock, however, has a huge range of uses from XC to light enduro and could be considered the start of DT’s phase two suspension effort.

It has a larger air chamber than their XC units, and it moves the check valve between positive and negative chambers into the stroke a small bit. With their XC shocks, as you fill the positive it’s also filling the negative, but then as soon as there’s sag in the system, the piston is moved past the check valve and the systems remain separate. With the R414, the check valve is moved to between 20% to 30% of the stroke, so as you’re sitting in sag, the system is equalizing positive and negative chambers for smoother performance. So, it’s important to cycle the shock as few times as you’re setting it up and then rechecking pressure. This design is more commonly used in the industry, so it’s not new, it’s just new for DT Swiss.

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Over the past couple years, DT Swiss has scaled back their suspension offerings, focusing on the shorter travel end of the spectrum. The new R414 rear shock, however, has a huge range of uses from XC to light enduro and could be considered the start of DT’s phase two suspension effort. It has a larger air […]

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SOC16: Raleigh cranks out drop bar fun with fat tire, dropper equipped Stuntman, Steel RXM, Kid’s CX, More

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On the surface, Raleigh’s new Stuntman looks to be a fun bike no matter what. But if you’re old experienced enough to remember The Fall Guy (admittedly I had to look it up), then this brown beauty will make even more sense given its inspiration from Colt Seavers’ pick up. Supposedly one of the last projects to involve Brian ‘Sally’ Fornes, the focus on fun isn’t surprising as the Stuntman blends big tires, drop bars, and dropper posts. The result is a truly unique bike that will crush anything in its path…

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On the surface, Raleigh’s new Stuntman looks to be a fun bike no matter what. But if you’re old experienced enough to remember The Fall Guy (admittedly I had to look it up), then this brown beauty will make even more sense given its inspiration from Colt Seavers’ pick up. Supposedly one of the last projects to involve […]

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SOC16: Spēd Precision races toward new wheel brand with mountain, CX options

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Are there enough wheel companies out there already? If you’re Colin Esquibel, the answer is no. After leaving his position with Box Components, Colin told us he had something in the works, and at Sea Otter we got a first look – wheels. Why another wheel brand? Simply because Colin believes they can create a better product at lower prices than the competition by controlling the entire process. Every component of Spēd Precision’s wheels is of their own design, from axle to nipple. Their wheels will all feature carbon rims, made from unique molds, with their own hubs, spokes, and even proprietary carbon layup or two depending on the model.

At Sea Otter we only got a peek into what’s to come, but from the looks of things Spēd Precision will be a company to watch…
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Are there enough wheel companies out there already? If you’re Colin Esquibel, the answer is no. After leaving his position with Box Components, Colin told us he had something in the works, and at Sea Otter we got a first look – wheels. Why another wheel brand? Simply because Colin believes they can create a […]

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BFS 2016: Veloheld gives a peek at new singlespeed cross AlleyX, urban Path, and more

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Back at the Berlin Bike Show we had a chance to sit down and chat with the Dresdeners who run Veloheld. They had some updates to the multi-purpose steel cyclocross bike that we had tested two seasons ago, plus a couple of other updated bikes and an all new singlespeed and city bike. The new belt drive singlespeed AlleyX cyclocross bike is one of their first new bikes as they move production back to Europe, and includes a few nice features like the custom shape steel fork. Take a closer look at this and other bikes after the break…

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Back at the Berlin Bike Show we had a chance to sit down and chat with the Dresdeners who run Veloheld. They had some updates to the multi-purpose steel cyclocross bike that we had tested two seasons ago, plus a couple of other updated bikes and an all new singlespeed and city bike. The new belt […]

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Store your spare wheels better with Offset

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Sure it sounds like a typical first world problem. Oh I have so many extra wheelsets, I don’t know where to put them all! Really that’s what you are complaining about?

But now between cyclocross racing with tubulars that may get put away for 8 months a year, and the recent crop of mountain bikes that can either run 29er or 27.5+ wheels for a different ride, the thought of an extra wheelset isn’t really so extravagant. Almost every bike we’ve test rode in the last year has had more than one wheelset put on it in our reviews, and often times more than one setup can bring out individual characteristics in a bike. So if you are anything like us and have succumbed to the idea that it’s always better to have more wheels than bikes, you might just want to look a little closer at this tidy wheel hanging solution…

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Sure it sounds like a typical first world problem. Oh I have so many extra wheelsets, I don’t know where to put them all! Really that’s what you are complaining about? But now between cyclocross racing with tubulars that may get put away for 8 months a year, and the recent crop of mountain bikes that […]

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Updated Ritchey WCS Trail & XC mountain pedals available

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We first had a look at the design overhaul of the cross-country and completely new all-mountain pedals from Ritchey Logic last fall at Eurobike, but now it looks like they are ready and making their way out and under the feet of trail riders. Both pedals build on years of smooth running of their previous Paradigm pedal platform. We wrote up a long-term review of those pedals two springs ago, and Ritchey looks to have solved the only minor concerns we had from that time. The new pedals do add a bit of weight to deliver improved performance for both the racer and trail rider, but still come in lighter than industry benchmark XTR offerings…

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We first had a look at the design overhaul of the cross-country and completely new all-mountain pedals from Ritchey Logic last fall at Eurobike, but now it looks like they are ready and making their way out and under the feet of trail riders. Both pedals build on years of smooth running of their previous Paradigm pedal […]

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SOC16: Lake warms up w/ new MXZ 400 Winter Boot, adds new CX shoes, revamped CX332, full custom 402, more

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For most of us, winter just ended so it’s time to prepare for… winter? Thanks to the nature of product cycles, some companies are already a few seasons down the road, which is why Lake gave us a sneak peek at their latest winter boot – the mighty MXZ 400. The MXZ 303 was already one of the warmer boots on the market, but with hardcore adventurers riding fat bikes to new extremes, the demand is there for even warmer winter boots. With twice the insulation of the 303s, the 400s should leave your toes plenty warm…

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For most of us, winter just ended so it’s time to prepare for… winter? Thanks to the nature of product cycles, some companies are already a few seasons down the road, which is why Lake gave us a sneak peek at their latest winter boot – the mighty MXZ 400. The MXZ 303 was already […]

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SOC16: Knight Composites forms new 35mm road and CX tubulars, shows super light 27.5+ Rim

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When it comes to industry experience, newly formed wheel company Knight Composites has it in spades. The newly formed super group includes industry veterans Jim Pfeil, Beverly Lucas, and Kevin Quan who combined have loads of experience with companies like Reynolds composites, EDGE and ENVE, Diamondback, and Neilpryde. Together, they’ve each made contributions to changing the carbon bicycle landscape and for their next project, they thought they could make a better wheel. Again.

After launching the brand with their first road wheels which promised to be faster and more stable, Knight Composites turned their focus towards mountain bikes with some wide but super light carbon options. Back in January, Knight promised some news in the form of tubulars for both road and CX, and they made good on the promise at Sea Otter…

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When it comes to industry experience, newly formed wheel company Knight Composites has it in spades. The newly formed super group includes industry veterans Jim Pfeil, Beverly Lucas, and Kevin Quan who combined have loads of experience with companies like Reynolds composites, EDGE and ENVE, Diamondback, and Neilpryde. Together, they’ve each made contributions to changing […]

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