EB16: New Challenge options for 2017 – wider gravel, refined Baby Limus, sealed tubulars, MTB & more…

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Even though we’ve already covered the only truly new tread pattern introduced by Challenge this year when they unveiled the sand-specific Dune, they had so many new updates at Eurobike that it took us a while to dig through them and prioritize. We would probably start with their gravel expansion, just because there has been so much movement in that growing discipline, but we really wanted to lead with a picture of these nice new World Champion special Baby Limus tubulars, even though you won’t be able to buy them (unless you win worlds, presumably.) They highlight several of the new updates this year, including a revised Baby Limus tread, a new pre-sealed Team Edition S cotton construction, and a revised Handmade Tubular naming system. Besides these update to Gravel & CX lines, the road, track & mountain tires share some of the same updates plus a few others. Check it all out after the break…

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Even though we’ve already covered the only truly new tread pattern introduced by Challenge this year when they unveiled the sand-specific Dune, they had so many new updates at Eurobike that it took us a while to dig through them and prioritize. We would probably start with their gravel expansion, just because there has been so much […]

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EB16: First Look at FSA semi-wireless K-Force WE disc brake prototype group

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We took a pretty in-depth look a couple of weeks back at FSA’s new partly wireless road K-Force WE groupset when it was introduced in the lead up to Eurobike. Using wireless communication from each combined shift/brake lever to the systems brain, a pair of wires then transmit power and shift signals to the derailleurs, both attached to the seatpost battery. But while some had seen FSA as late to come to the electronic shifting party, they are progressing rather quickly and also had one very finished looking prototype group on hand of a disc brake WE groupset. We took it for a spin, took a closer look, and got as many details as we could…

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We took a pretty in-depth look a couple of weeks back at FSA’s new partly wireless road K-Force WE groupset when it was introduced in the lead up to Eurobike. Using wireless communication from each combined shift/brake lever to the systems brain, a pair of wires then transmit power and shift signals to the derailleurs, both attached […]

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EB16: Colnago redesigns Prestige Disc for cyclocross world champion; plus new alloy A1r bikes for road & CX

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While Belgian crosser Wout Van Aert spent last season and his Worlds winning ride in Heusden-Zolder on the cantilever version of Colnago’s current generation of the carbon Prestige, this year the Italian company has already seen him ride their new disc brake to victory in Belgium and in the states at Trek’s Waterloo weekend opener. Van Aert is set to bring the new bike to the big stage as the UCI Cross World Cup opens in Las Vegas tomorrow night, but while we were at Eurobike we got an up close look at the new bike before it headed across the Atlantic. The new bike brings the Prestige up to date with the latest tech and drops its signature shoulder rest, while again signaling the move to disc brakes even for the elite Euros. At the same time as they’ve reworked the top CX bike in carbon (and aero on the road), Colnago has also throughly updated aluminum versions of bikes for both cross and road with the new A1r series, hoping to make their brand accessible to more riders…

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While Belgian crosser Wout Van Aert spent last season and his Worlds winning ride in Heusden-Zolder on the cantilever version of Colnago’s current generation of the carbon Prestige, this year the Italian company has already seen him ride their new disc brake to victory in Belgium and in the states at Trek’s Waterloo weekend opener. Van Aert is […]

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EB16: BH drop details on new disc brake Ultralight EVO Disc road bike

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We got a preview on the lightweight road bike’s move to disc brakes back in July, but now having sat down with BH at Eurobike we have some more tasty details on the new bike. Developed as an update to the light mountain climbing road racer ridden by their Pro Conti Direct Énergie team, BH made the bold move to phase out the rim brake Ultralight EVO. That bike had been available at two separate frame levels, but will now carry on at the lower non-EVO level. The top-level carbon fiber and tube shaping technology will only be offered on the disc brake version of the Ultralight EVO Disc, much like BH did with the latest iteration of their G7 Disc aero road bike. BH is certainly making a statement of their position on road disc brakes and, as a team sponsor, on their place in the peloton. Take a close look and specs and pricing below the fold…

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We got a preview on the lightweight road bike’s move to disc brakes back in July, but now having sat down with BH at Eurobike we have some more tasty details on the new bike. Developed as an update to the light mountain climbing road racer ridden by their Pro Conti Direct Énergie team, BH made the […]

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EB16: AX Lightness teases VIAL evo Gravel prototype, plus news on the XC, road, wheels & saddles…

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Just a few weeks before Eurobike we got a sneak peek at the new lightweight cross country racer from AX Lightness – the Vial Evo XC hardtail with its 870g frame.  Now the superlight carbon craftsmen at AX have finally let more details loose on a bike that we’ve know they were developing for sometime. The new Vial Evo Gravel aims to blend the trail performance of the XC with the speed and weight savings of their Ultra road bike. Coming in between but able to tackle any terrain, AX has set their goal of building the first complete production gravel bike under the 6.8kg UCI, and it seems they have hot that mark, even with up to 2.1″ tires. Take a closer look after the break as we get up close and personal with the new bike. At the same time we get another focused look at the XC bike, and how AX has simplified their frame and wheel lineups, and revamped a couple of crazy light saddles for more comfort…

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Just a few weeks before Eurobike we got a sneak peek at the new lightweight cross country racer from AX Lightness – the Vial Evo XC hardtail with its 870g frame.  Now the superlight carbon craftsmen at AX have finally let more details loose on a bike that we’ve know they were developing for sometime. The […]

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EB16: SR Suntour forks gets boosted & upgraded, team bike shows prototype bits

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As usual, SR Suntour brought in a race bike from one of their sponsored riders, this time from the Absa Cape Epic. The bike has their nearly full carbon Axon Werx suspension fork up front and some prototype stuff going on out back. There’s also plenty of updates to the rest of their suspension line up that’s actually available, including Boost and Plus compatibility on a wide range of forks for tires 24″ up to 27.5″…

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As usual, SR Suntour brought in a race bike from one of their sponsored riders, this time from the Absa Cape Epic. The bike has their nearly full carbon Axon Werx suspension fork up front and some prototype stuff going on out back. There’s also plenty of updates to the rest of their suspension line […]

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EB16: Funn MTB shows wiggle-free dropper post, slick chain guides/guards & more

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Funn MTB had more than just new components, they also had new brands from their employees making a stealthy debut – like the Pipedream frame and Granite collapsible bike stand shown above. Those items made displaying the new Funn parts a little easier, of course, but are worth a look on their own.

But first, the new UpDown dropper seatpost, which had absolutely 0º of rotational wiggle. While those perfect tolerances could potentially make its movement tight or more susceptible to binding in an over-tight seatpost collar, the demo bike felt very smooth. There was the tiniest bit of fore-aft movement, but nothing we’d likely notice while riding. Check out the tech specs and their lightweight, modular chain guide and bash guard bits below…

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Funn MTB had more than just new components, they also had new brands from their employees making a stealthy debut – like the Pipedream frame and Granite collapsible bike stand shown above. Those items made displaying the new Funn parts a little easier, of course, but are worth a look on their own. But first, […]

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EB16: Ridley rolls out lighter, stiffer Helium SLX and Fenix SL Disc & more…

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Ridley has taken their top Pro Tour mountain climber – the Helium SL – and given it a thorough reworking to build an all around better race bike. The new Helium SLX (and companion Aura SLX) get new tubing shapes, a more refined layup with higher modulus carbon, and a new fork that together promises improved stiffness and handling, while subtly trimming weight off the frameset. Some of the same updates even make it into the revision of the more affordable, but still <900g Helium/Aura X. We took a look last week at the new range of premium women’s road bikes that Ridley introduced, and touched on the tech of the new Helium family.

In Ridley’s endurance road range a new SL version of the Fenix/Liz gets a lighter disc brake frame. And then on the cross and gravel side, it seems Ridley is also poised to offer a Lauf fork option on their do-it-all carbon X-Trail…

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Ridley has taken their top Pro Tour mountain climber – the Helium SL – and given it a thorough reworking to build an all around better race bike. The new Helium SLX (and companion Aura SLX) get new tubing shapes, a more refined layup with higher modulus carbon, and a new fork that together promises improved stiffness and […]

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EB16: Vadolibero has the ultimate way to store, show & lock your luxury bike

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The thinking at Vadolibero goes something like this… Why spend a bunch of money on a beautiful high-end bike only to have it languishing in the garage or leaned up against the wall somewhere? When instead it can be the centerpiece in your home or office. While it may be a bit over the top to put a Bike Shelf cabinet like this in your living room, it does offer some well organized storage, and to be fair anyone forking out for Super Record EPS on a custom-made bike, or even Dura-Ace Di2, probably could foot the bill for one of these storage solutions.

But at the same time if you are looking for something a bit more affordable, Vadolibero has updated their free-standing rack the Bike Butler S with a new version that’ll let you crank up the tunes while you get ready for a ride. Then for the first time in an actually reasonably priced storage option, they have a new stainless steel Bike Safe wall mount that combines clean styling with a secure lock to keep your bike safe while you are away…

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The thinking at Vadolibero goes something like this… Why spend a bunch of money on a beautiful high-end bike only to have it languishing in the garage or leaned up against the wall somewhere? When instead it can be the centerpiece in your home or office. While it may be a bit over the top […]

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