Mag wheels were big back in the day. Now made from carbon rather than plastic, the one piece wheels aren’t quite as popular but that hasn’t kept Xentis from building on their Kappa2 line. Originally just for 26″ frames, the Austrian carbon company has upped the size to accommodate the new crop of middle sized wheels. Xentis calls the Kappa2 CC a super durable wheel that is still light enough for marathon or XC use. It’s unknown whether these wheels will ever make it into the U.S., but we have more details after the jump…
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Corima’s MCC carbon spoked wheels get new hubs and the front wheel gets new, flatter spokes. That makes it a bit more aero at the leading edge of the bike, but the rear keeps round spokes to be stiffer since fewer gains were to be had there. The pic above shows the transition from round at the hub to flat for the majority of their length
The front hub is a little sleeker, without as much flare from the shell to the flanges, reducing the overall frontal footprint. They also switched it from woven to UD carbon, just like the rear…
Woodman’s had some slick products in the past, things like the coolest cadence magnets we’ve ever seen, and this he had a few more treats in store at Eurobike.
At the front of the bike is his new 3mm dust cap, putting your stem right on top of the bearings. Compared to his other heights, it brings your riding position to new lows. His other options include various heights to reduce the number of loose spacers needed. Close up of that and more below…
EB14: Saris Powertap Adds Disc Hub, Plus New Complete Alloy Wheels and a Look at Past Prototypes (Updated)
Last year, Wheelbuilder.com introduced a titanium XD Driver Body for the Powertap Mountain Bike hub, which was something they helped develop. The issue was decoupling the braking forces from the drive forces to get an accurate power reading and not mess up the strain gauges.
What’s new is that the G3-based disc brake Powertap hubs are now available in either 24 or 28 spoke drillings, down from the original 32-hole MTB versions. They recommend 24 count for road and cross, and 28 count for mountain bike builds.
UPDATED: More tech and weight info added for new disc brake hub below, plus specs for DT Swiss rim wheels.
The disc brake rotor is proprietary, necessary to mount a disc where their electronics typically sit. They say heat from the rotor won’t affect the power reading since the strain gauges are totally isolated from the outside hub shell. READ MORE ->
For years DMR has been synonymous with dirt jumping. Since first coming on the scene in 1995, the company has been producing a number of well designed products that produced a loyal following for things like their V-series flat pedals. Already carrying a fairly large catalog of products, DMR is now aiming for Enduro with their new Alpine Division.
Built with the typical DMR flair, but designed to be light enough to reach the top step of the podium, the Alpine division is kicking off with 3 new products. The Zone wheels, Stage 1 saddle, and new Axe crankset will have you looking at DMR in a different light…
Introduced last year at Interbike, Novatec’s premium Factor lineup showed all three diameters in the new carbon fiber rimmed wheels, but word is only the 26″ model made it into circulation. And only in limited quantities.
Now, the brand has made a few refinements to the rims’ shape, introduced a more XC-oriented 1-series, and should have everything ready to ship. The wider 3-series has all three diameters and a rim width of 23mm inside, 30mm outside at the top of the rim. The 1-series gets a bit skinnier at 21mm inside/28mm outside and only has the 27.5″ and 29er sizes.
Beyond having a carbon rim, the other main upgrade from the Novatec lineup is a 3º engagement in the rear hub. It pairs a 60-tooth engagement ring with six double-tooth pawls. Three pawls are engaged at any time, and the other three are partially engaged. Each pawl has two teeth on it, so there are technically six points of engagement at any time.
Cross racing is in full swing here in Europe with us in the middle of the second race weekend of our season long cyclocross test. Spending ever more time off road on skinny tired bikes, I wanted to catch up on one of our Eurobike one-ride-reviews. We had a chance to take out the German-engineered Focus Mares CX on the tacky dirt and gravel trails behind the fairgrounds and through the purpose built mountain bike test track. The terrain was certainly too calm to get a great sense for the enduro bikes we rode, but let us see the snappy acceleration and stable handling of the newest iteration of this disc-brake race bike currently being ridden to podium after podium by American champ Jeremy Powers.
Read on for more of our first impressions, plus a bit more on the bike’s setup..
There are a lot of different bicycle display racks currently available. From simple metal hooks, to more ornate wooden designs, those looking to save space in an apartment or just wanting to show off their pride and joy have more options than ever. However, for those that would rather have a work of art that doubles as a display rather than a simple mass produced hanger, Outline Works is giving racks a little more life.
Formed into the silhouette of different animals, the solid steel racks are sort of a modern taxidermy – you know, without the need to go hunting or kill any animals. Available in three different shapes and multiple finishes, Outline works has a rack that will mix with your decor – provided you have the right bike…
Alligator has always impressed with the tools they bring to Eurobike. Things like the electronic cable cutter. They’re usually something that pushes the boundaries of how good a tool can be, and it’s usually for a category that seems so stagnant that it’s even more impressive that they can virtually reinvent it.
Starting with the small stuff, their new hydraulic hose cutter is simply brilliant. Using a one-handed design that gives you a perfectly straight cut with maximum force. But that’s not all it does, and that’s not all they had to show off…