XShifter brings wireless electronic shifting to any bike, any derailleur

XShifter wireless electronic shifting for any derailleur and bicycle

XShifter wireless electronic shifting for any derailleur and bicycle

What if you could turn your current bike into one with wireless electronic shifting without having to change any of your drivetrain parts or derailleurs?

That’s what inventor Paul Gallagher asked. “It was one of those crazy ideas. I wanted to put wireless shifting on my mountain bike, but it wasn’t available. So I made it.”

“I’ve been in manufacturing and engineering since the 70’s, and have worked for Hayes (developed the current braking system used on Harley Davidson motorcycles) and then at SRAM (developed the Guide Ultimate’s caliper and other parts of that brake). I started working on XShifter on April 26th, so less than five months, and it’s come a long way very quickly.”

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What if you could turn your current bike into one with wireless electronic shifting without having to change any of your drivetrain parts or derailleurs? That’s what inventor Paul Gallagher asked. “It was one of those crazy ideas. I wanted to put wireless shifting on my mountain bike, but it wasn’t available. So I made […]

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IB16: The hits can keep on coming with multi impact Kali MacDuff helmet

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Matt MacDuff is up and walking – and showing off his new signature helmet.

Your bicycle helmet is an incredible piece of engineering. These days helmets are lighter, stronger, and getting safer all the time. But they have one big drawback. The majority of bicycle helmets are single impact. That means as soon as you take a hit to the helmet you should throw away the helmet and get a new one.

While the possibility of a multi impact helmet is very appealing, there are a number of hurdles in the way. But as materials improve, so do the chances of multi impact helmets becoming main stream. For now, they are somewhat limited, but Kali is taking full advantage of the technology for the new MacDuff dirt jump and BMX helmet…

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Your bicycle helmet is an incredible piece of engineering. These days helmets are lighter, stronger, and getting safer all the time. But they have one big drawback. The majority of bicycle helmets are single impact. That means as soon as you take a hit to the helmet you should throw away the helmet and get a […]

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Sneak Peek: Orbea Terra hits the road less traveled as all new gravel & cross bike

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While we had the chance to visit and ride the new Orcas & Avant in the hills around Orbea’s Basque home base, we also got a sneak peek at the new gravel bike that the company has been working on for some time. Dubbed the Terra, it is the culmination of few years of development after they hadn’t produced a cyclocross bike. It brings back that cross name, but hopes to bridge over to the rapidly growing gravel side as well. They way Orbea saw it, most people who were riding their previous cross bikes were putting in a lot of saddle time away from CX courses, so they wanted to develop a bike that would bridge that gap better. They’ve already taken the race-ready Orca and  given it disc brakes and improved tire clearance for a bit of rougher surface riding. They’d already taken the race geometry of the Orca and adapted it for longer days in the saddle and a bit more comfort in the Avant. Now it was time to take those lessons further off-road while keeping that quick Orbea ride and stiff power transfer…

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While we had the chance to visit and ride the new Orcas & Avant in the hills around Orbea’s Basque home base, we also got a sneak peek at the new gravel bike that the company has been working on for some time. Dubbed the Terra, it is the culmination of few years of development […]

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Orbea’s new Orca OMR, a detailed look at the new premium road bike in both disc & rim brake versions

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We saw the preliminary details on the newest generation of Orbea’s flagship Orca road race bike back when it had a soft launch ahead of the Vuelta, but now we’ve had the opportunity to get a much closer look. Plus, we had a preview of the disc brake version of the new Orca ahead of the Spring Classics when the Cofidis team had been poised to race the new bike, but a lot has changed since then. Now we’ve had a chance to spend some time going through the new bikes, in each of its variants, and have a better idea of what makes them tick. Join us below the fold as we take a closer look at the tech details on the rim and disc brake bikes, plus the different levels of the carbon framesets on offer…

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We saw the preliminary details on the newest generation of Orbea’s flagship Orca road race bike back when it had a soft launch ahead of the Vuelta, but now we’ve had the opportunity to get a much closer look. Plus, we had a preview of the disc brake version of the new Orca ahead of the Spring […]

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Diamondback unleashes Andean, the “world’s fastest aero bike”, and it’s insane

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2017 Diamondback Andean triathlon bike

In 2014, Diamondback presented a new theory on aerodynamic bicycles with the Serios TT/Tri bike. It used thicker than normal tube shapes to control the wind, rather than the popular waif-thin blades. Now, they’ve blown all norms out of the water to rocket from T1 to T2 with the all-new Andean.

Designed with aerodynamicist Kevin Quan, it presents the Aero Core concept, which says that the wheels are the most important part of the aero equation. Once those are selected and tires are installed, the best thing you can do is to fill the space between them as much as possible. Of course, a solid sheet would be hell in crosswinds, so they combined Quan’s experience with Dr. Phillippe Lavoie and his grad students at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS).

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In 2014, Diamondback presented a new theory on aerodynamic bicycles with the Serios TT/Tri bike. It used thicker than normal tube shapes to control the wind, rather than the popular waif-thin blades. Now, they’ve blown all norms out of the water to rocket from T1 to T2 with the all-new Andean. Designed with aerodynamicist Kevin Quan, […]

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Innova changes the tubeless tire game with ITT tubular clincher concept

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Innova’s ITT (Integrated Tubeless Tire) concept is essentially a clincher tubular. The outer tire casing builds in a thicker-than-a-tube rubber floor that encloses the air chamber just above the tire’s bead. That lets it mount to any clincher rim, presumably even hookless tires, whether they were designed as tubeless ready or not. And the benefits extend way beyond convenience…

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Innova’s ITT (Integrated Tubeless Tire) concept is essentially a clincher tubular. The outer tire casing builds in a thicker-than-a-tube rubber floor that encloses the air chamber just above the tire’s bead. That lets it mount to any clincher rim, presumably even hookless tires, whether they were designed as tubeless ready or not. And the benefits […]

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First Impressions: Riding the new Specialized Roubaix from Flanders to Roubaix

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When I found out that we would be headed to Kortrijk, Belgium for the Specialized launch, things started to click. We still didn’t technically know what we were going to see, but it was pretty easy to read between the lines. Not only is Kortrijk used as a base camp for major classics events, it’s also a short trip from Flanders and Roubaix. The surrounding countryside is dotted with infamous cobble sectors and varying road surfaces perfect for testing out a new bike. A bike like the all new Roubaix.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that with excellent bikes like the Domane popping up, Specialized’ endurance flagship was due for a face lift. More than just a cosmetic refresh though, the Roubaix had to deliver a ride that was fast over any surface. Which led specialized to question, is smooth fast? In principle, it seems like an obvious answer. But in practice, it was much harder to prove. Specialized has relied on their sponsored athletes to help with that question for years, but for the new Roubaix, a ground breaking bike was going to require a new approach. It was time yet again to enlist the help of McLaren, only this time they would be testing how to make a bike faster by making it smoother rather than more aero.

The result of that partnership is not only the lightest frame that Specialized has ever made, but a surprising take on how to make a bike smooth and fast. The new Roubaix is something that has to be ridden to be believed, which was exactly why we were about to set out to ride some of the most infamous cobble stones in the world…

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When I found out that we would be headed to Kortrijk, Belgium for the Specialized launch, things started to click. We still didn’t technically know what we were going to see, but it was pretty easy to read between the lines. Not only is Kortrijk used as a base camp for major classics events, it’s […]

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Quantifying Smoothness: Specialized partners with McLaren on new Roubaix w/ Future Shock Suspension

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Is smoother faster? On the surface, that seems like an obvious question. We all may feel that smoother is indeed faster, but just how do you quantify that? That question turned out to be the starting point for the all new, Specialized Roubaix. With so much emphasis being placed on making smoother bikes and trying to improve rider comfort, Specialized realized they first needed to understand just what made a bike smooth and whether that made it fast.

That quest led them back to McLaren. As we know, this isn’t the first time the two companies have worked together, but this time it would be under completely different circumstances. The McLaren Venge was all about how they could go about making the fastest aero road bike. For the new Roubaix, McLaren would need to use their blend of science and magic to quantify what human test riders couldn’t which led to the development of the Rolling Efficiency Simulator. This included everything from complex mathematical models to a chassis dynamics rig that vibrated the rider and the bike to see how riders perceive vibrations, as well as a rolling system that was able to model how impacts affect the entire bicycle essentially one pixel at a time. The beauty to the McLaren method is that all of this testing produced an incredible amount of data in a very short period of time and allowed them to really study each component’s effect on the whole system without actually manufacturing anything.

In the end, they were able to verify something they knew subjectively, that smoother IS faster…

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Is smoother faster? On the surface, that seems like an obvious question. We all may feel that smoother is indeed faster, but just how do you quantify that? That question turned out to be the starting point for the all new, Specialized Roubaix. With so much emphasis being placed on making smoother bikes and trying […]

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Rounded rotors to the rescue! UCI allows disc brakes back in pro peloton in 2017

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While at the TRP booth looking over the prototypes for Aaron Gwin, we heard an interesting discussion about Shimano and the UCI working on guidelines for round-edged rotors. Having just been at Hope Tech and seeing their rounded discs for their new road bike braking mod, ears perked up and we started checking in with all the big brands.

Word is Shimano has been finalizing a rounded profile radius spec for disc brake rotors on road bikes. Once approved by the UCI, they’ll release the specs as open source and all brands will be moving toward that shape on the outside edge of the rotors to get them back in the pro peloton. It’s not necessarily going to be a new “standard” with defined radii or shaping, but the UCI will definitely want all the brands to be doing it…

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While at the TRP booth looking over the prototypes for Aaron Gwin, we heard an interesting discussion about Shimano and the UCI working on guidelines for round-edged rotors. Having just been at Hope Tech and seeing their rounded discs for their new road bike braking mod, ears perked up and we started checking in with […]

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