Posts in the category Gadgets

Zwift Bringing Massively Multiplayer Online Cycling Video Game to Indoor Trainers

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We’ve got streaming videos with real time resistance changes. Heck, we’re even getting 3D trainer videos. But Zwift is looking to take it all to the next level with a live, real time massively multiplayer cycling game that lets you race, er, train against a lot of other cyclists at once.

If Strava gamified real world cycling, Zwift’s launch will do the same for indoor riding like nothing before it. Using a team of software engineers, video game developers and avid cyclists, they’ll use their “Zengine” to process all the bits to turn your winter training into something a little more competitive. Might be time to hook up the kids’ bikes to it next time they wanna play video games, too. Now, if they’ll just let us customize our rides with rocket launchers and oil slicks, things could get really interesting…

The beta goes live on September 30th world wide, stay tuned for more details.

EB14: Controltech Builds an Adjustable One Piece Seat/Seat Post, Plus new Bar and Stem Collections

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For the ultimate weight weenies, an integrated seat and seat post is an easy way to lose some grams. However, you had better like the saddle position since the one piece design means you won’t be adjusting it any time soon. Controltech’s answer to the problem is their new Affilado seat/seat post design that doesn’t abandon adjustability.

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EB14: Exposure Spreads Reflex Incline-Based Output Tech to More Lights, Adds Digital Display & More New Tricks

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Exposure’s high powered mountain bike lights do the usual annual lumen jump, but this time the Reflex technology spreads to the entire line.

Introduced on a single model in 2012, the Reflex tech uses an accelerometer to dim output on the uphills and brighten on the descents. When mounted on a handlebar, it helps save battery when you’re going slower but keep things lit like the day when you’re bombing downhill. For 2015, their four top models all get it, along with higher output:

  • Six Pack – 3200 lumens
  • Maxx D – 2400 lumens
  • Toro – 1800 lumens
  • Race – 1200 lumens

But that’s not the new trick…

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EB14: Lupine Introduces Rotlicht Accelerometer Brake Light, Entry Level Neo & More

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Known for their eye-searing LED headlights, german Lupine just introduced an innovative taillight. Built with the same craftsmanship as the rest of their products the Rotlicht (translated to the very concise Redlight) offers exceptional rear visibility with the added benefit of an integrated brake light feature.

Stop in past the break for the low down on how it performs, pricing and availability, plus their new lower-cost headlight, and across the board updates…

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EB14: Projekt MRSC – Electronically Controlled Full-suspension Road Prototype from Canyon

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In an effort to combat rider fatigue from road surface vibration and ensure all of the cyclist’s energy is put to forward motion, Germany’s Canyon bikes have introduced a smart full-suspension road bike prototype at Eurobike. The concept bike dubbed Projekt MRSC Connected ( for Magneto-Rheological Suspension Control) is a move in the direction to highlight a design focus on comfort, as lightness and stiffness have continue to progress almost exclusively at the high-end. Canyon feels strongly that more comfort means higher performance, and has incorporated their own VCLS Technology (Vertical Comfort, Lateral Stiffness) into their frames for several years. The Projekt MRSC is a next iteration in expanding this tech.

Canyon’s engineering team sees constant road vibration as the next biggest cause of rider fatigue beyond pedaling effort. As the back and leg muscles undergo stress to counteract road impacts and stabilize the bike, rider comfort decreases and with it endurance and speed. The vibration also breaks the bike’s contact with the road and its intended path, consuming unnecessary energy.The MRSC system proposed an active bike frameset to enhance comfort and handling, with less energy input.

Join us after the break for a detailed look at the bike, how it works, and how it stays connected…

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EB14: New Quarq Elsa RS Power Meters for Shimano 4-Arm Hollowglide Chainrings

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Quarq has added another option to their crank spider based power meter offerings. Already stocking units for a variety of SRAM cranksets (including the new XX1 mountain bike version) Specialized and Cannondale, now you can add Dura-Ace DA9000 to the mix.

The unit gets all the new technology introduced with the XX1 model, including the multipoint temperature calibration to keep it accurate from 0º to 130º F (-17C to 54C) and accelerometer based cadence measurements. Those combine with their usual features – OmniCal (maintains accuracy regardless of chainring selection) and Power Balance (captures left and right side strokes independently).

You will have to swap to their ExoGram hollow carbon crank arm, but if you’ve already got the Shimano crankset, then at least you won’t have to buy new chainrings. Yes, SRM has offered 11-speed DA power meter cranks since last fall with a version of Shimano’s crank to maintain the aesthetic, but they’re double the price…

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EB14: Lightweight Makes SmartWheels to Sense Pressure, Brake Track Temperature & More

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There may have been a few tire pressure monitoring systems announced recently, but Lightweight’s new Smartwheel system certainly takes the cake, or carbon as it may be. Using a microchip and complex sensor array embedded in the carbon fiber rim, Smartwheels are not only able to measure tire pressure in real time but brake track temperature, wheel speed and more.

According to Lightweight the system is able to be built into the rim with zero weight penalty. The chip is fairly light itself, and since it will sit in a hollowed out compartment in the inner foam core, the weight of the displaced foam causes it to break even. You will not be able to see the chip in production wheels as they will be underneath the carbon – the cutouts above are only for testing purposes.

To accompany the wheel system, Lightweight will have their own smart phone app. Download the details next…

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EB14: K-Edge Gets Fast w/ New Aero Garmin Mount, Plus New GoPro Garmin Combo Mount

The new K-Edge Aero Garmin Mount was developed at the request of Team Sky. Apparently, after they switched to K-Edge mounts to increase the strength if their Garmin mounting device, they wanted something more aero. In the wind tunnel, the team was seeing turbulence coming off the standard 500 mount. They asked founder Joe Savola if he could make something more aero. Oh, and could he do it in three weeks so they’d have it for the Tour de France?

Yes, he could, and the result is the new Aero Garmin Mount. The team also wanted the computer to sit a bit closer to the handlebar, so this model is a bit shorter than the 500 mount. Retail will be $39.99, available Oct. 1.

With the advent of cameras being allowed on race bikes, their popularity in the peloton pushed up development of their new GoPro mount for their computer mounts…

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EB14: Crank Brothers Adds Entry Level Cobalt 1 Wheels, Clever Y-Tools & More

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The new Crank Brothers Cobalt 1 wheels bring their paired spoke design to a much lower price point.

They have a 21mm inside rim width using the same rim shape and bead hook design, but it gets a new extrusion that uses more traditional spoke lacing. That is, it’s still a paired spoke design, but they’re drilled and use much shorter nipples. Those, compared to the longer alloy spoke sections of their other wheels, saves money, as does the simpler rim construction.

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