EB16: Argon18 develops jet fighter tech to keep drag in check

argon 18 FWD Alpha concept aero bike with integrated CDA drag detector

argon 18 FWD Alpha concept aero bike with integrated CDA drag detector

Argon 18 won Eurobike for the most technologically advanced prototype with their FWD Alpha aero bike. Not only did the frame integrate electronic shifting buttons, but it completely integrated the hydraulic disc brakes and the circuits and sensors to measure your drag. It’s an impressive project from their FWD (Fusion Works Division), their in-house advanced projects department…

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Argon 18 won Eurobike for the most technologically advanced prototype with their FWD Alpha aero bike. Not only did the frame integrate electronic shifting buttons, but it completely integrated the hydraulic disc brakes and the circuits and sensors to measure your drag. It’s an impressive project from their FWD (Fusion Works Division), their in-house advanced […]

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EB16: First Look – Shimano’s tiny, seamless Dura-Ace R9100 Powermeter crankset

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We were first really introduced to the new integrated power meter version of Shimano’s new R9100 Dura-Ace crankset just a few weeks back at the introduction of the new groupset. But at the time the power meter itself seemed pretty hard to come by, and details were still few and far between. All we really had seen were studio photos from Shimano, but now we have had a chance to get on a power meter-equipped bike and we have a bit more real info. Take a closer look at what makes the R9100-P tick, and when you might be able to get one, after the break…

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We were first really introduced to the new integrated power meter version of Shimano’s new R9100 Dura-Ace crankset just a few weeks back at the introduction of the new groupset. But at the time the power meter itself seemed pretty hard to come by, and details were still few and far between. All we really […]

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EB16: Zipp 303 finally goes tubeless! Plus new disc-disc & premium 202 NSW, more

zipp 303 firecrest tubeless ready disc brake road and cyclocross wheels

zipp 303 firecrest tubeless ready disc brake road and cyclocross wheels

“Nothing happens overnight. We took a look at how we wanted to introduce it and how we wanted to do it,” said Michael Hall, Zipp’s advanced project manager. “The 303 made sense because it’s such a popular wheel and a lot of people use it for cyclocross.”

Finally, Zipp has introduced a tubeless-ready carbon rim, and they’re starting with the 303. It replaces the disc brake 303 (the rim brake version remains non-tubeless and uses the regular rim), and it’s an entirely new design with a new carbon layup keeps weight the same as before despite growing wider and while maintaining the durability they’ve built into it over years of racing on the cobbles…

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“Nothing happens overnight. We took a look at how we wanted to introduce it and how we wanted to do it,” said Michael Hall, Zipp’s advanced project manager. “The 303 made sense because it’s such a popular wheel and a lot of people use it for cyclocross.” Finally, Zipp has introduced a tubeless-ready carbon rim, […]

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EB16: SRAM Red eTap HRD gets official with all-new hydraulic disc brake design

2017 sram etap hrd disc brake electronic shifting road bike group details and actual weights

2017 sram etap hrd disc brake electronic shifting road bike group details and actual weights

SRAM’s HRD program started all the way back in 2010, looking at everything from mechanical-to-hydraulic adapters to full hydraulic systems. They spent three years testing it before the initial release in 2013. After some initial stumbles, the SRAM HRD hydraulic road disc brakes really made it to market in 2014. And they were good. But immediately, they started working on the second generation (which was teased here after so many spy shots and leaks made it on to the Interwebs).

The new Hydro HC hydraulic platform is all about control, which, in their words, is what makes speed possible. And based on our first test ride through the rolling, curvy hills of southern Germany, they do indeed improve upon an already very good system. Here’s what’s new…

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SRAM’s HRD program started all the way back in 2010, looking at everything from mechanical-to-hydraulic adapters to full hydraulic systems. They spent three years testing it before the initial release in 2013. After some initial stumbles, the SRAM HRD hydraulic road disc brakes really made it to market in 2014. And they were good. But […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Feature, Road Bike36 Comments

EB16: FSA officially launches K-Force WE wireless electronic road groupset

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We’ve seen the not very guarded wireless group from FSA on bikes for quite some time now, most recently at the Tour de France, and even a countdown timer to today on the new group’s dedicated website. But now it is official. We have all of the details on the new complete groupset, from how it works, to how it charges, and even how much the group will weigh. Along the way there are even a bunch of other new refinements in the rest out the groupset outside of the shifting. Check out our first look after the break…

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We’ve seen the not very guarded wireless group from FSA on bikes for quite some time now, most recently at the Tour de France, and even a countdown timer to today on the new group’s dedicated website. But now it is official. We have all of the details on the new complete groupset, from how […]

Posted in Eurobike, Feature, Gadgets & Hacks, Road Bike42 Comments

Bikerumor 2016/17 Cyclocross Buyer’s Guide – FREE Download!!!

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Bikerumor 2016-17 Cyclocross Buyers Guide free PDF download

It’s here – our first ever Bikerumor Cyclocross Buyer’s Guide! Packed with more than 90 pages and hundreds of bikes, tires, wheels, components, gear and more! Plus interviews with Brian “Sally” Fornes, former Raleigh PM of ‘cross; multi-time U.S. National Champ Jeremy Powers on how to train and race; Nine time British national champ Helen Wyman on tire selection; and much, much more. This is YOUR new reference for everything cyclocross, and it’s 100% free! Click here to download the PDF (zipped file, 4.8MB) and get all the info you need to prep and upgrade for this coming cyclocross season!



It’s here – our first ever Bikerumor Cyclocross Buyer’s Guide! Packed with more than 90 pages and hundreds of bikes, tires, wheels, components, gear and more! Plus interviews with Brian “Sally” Fornes, former Raleigh PM of ‘cross; multi-time U.S. National Champ Jeremy Powers on how to train and race; Nine time British national champ Helen Wyman […]

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Review: Fat or Plus, the Otso Voytek’s Q factor will set you free

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When the crew from Wolf Tooth Components first told me about their Otso project, I was instantly intrigued. Fat bikes are getting better than ever, but a large majority of the population still struggles with the idea of a “one season bike” – even if that isn’t really true. Now that plus bikes, especially hard tails, are gaining in popularity, could the Otso be the ultimate plus/fat hybrid? More importantly, plus bike aside, would the clever design of the Voytek create an even better fat bike?

I couldn’t wait to find out (literally)…

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When the crew from Wolf Tooth Components first told me about their Otso project, I was instantly intrigued. Fat bikes are getting better than ever, but a large majority of the population still struggles with the idea of a “one season bike” – even if that isn’t really true. Now that plus bikes, especially hard […]

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Project Otso Voytek – building the perfect plus/fat with Industry Nine wheels, Maxxis & 45NRTH tires, Magura brakes, and more

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In hindsight, I should have seen the Otso Voytek coming. As it turns out, Brendan from Wolf Tooth Components and I have similar tastes in fat bikes and the steady stream of questions about my likes and dislikes should have tipped me off. In spite of that, I was still surprised when he told me they were launching a bike company. First up? A stainless steel gravel bike and, yes, their take on a fat bike.

In typical Wolf Tooth Components and now Otso fashion, this wouldn’t be your run of the mill fat bike. The Otso team promised one of the best pedaling fat bikes around, plus it would be great for plus. The Otso Voytek has the potential to blur the line even further between a seasonal fat bike and a year ’round ripper, so of course I was excited to get my hands on the very first sample available.

To review the bike, first I would have to build it. After sending out what they have called the Frankset (frame, fork, headset, BB, and crankset), it was time to assemble a build kit. While my last fat bike build was fairly stealth, the blue/grey frame option of the Voytek inspired a more colorful parts selection. I can verify that the blue is hard to match with anodized parts, but I’m pretty happy with the outcome…

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In hindsight, I should have seen the Otso Voytek coming. As it turns out, Brendan from Wolf Tooth Components and I have similar tastes in fat bikes and the steady stream of questions about my likes and dislikes should have tipped me off. In spite of that, I was still surprised when he told me […]

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Bike Checks: Team Yeti/Fox Shox bikes from Richie Rude, Cody Kelley, and Team Mechanic Shaun Hughes

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Fresh off his win at the Whistler Enduro World Series round, we found ourselves sharing a ride with Richie Rude for the launch of the new Giro Switchblade. It wasn’t just Richie though, the whole Yeti/Fox Racing Shox team including Cody Kelley and team mechanic Shaun Hughes were also along for the ride. After a hot pedal up and down some rad trails in Pemberton, BC, we got a closer look at the Yeti bikes used by the team – all three of which were very different…

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Fresh off his win at the Whistler Enduro World Series round, we found ourselves sharing a ride with Richie Rude for the launch of the new Giro Switchblade. It wasn’t just Richie though, the whole Yeti/Fox Racing Shox team including Cody Kelley and team mechanic Shaun Hughes were also along for the ride. After a […]

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