IB16: Smith Podium blends Koroyd, MIPS into new TT/tri helmet

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The new Smith Podium TT helmet fills in their line, giving them a full aero lid for time trials and triathlon. It sticks with their Koroyd construction for protection and venting, but relies a little more heavily on EPS foam under the much more enclosed shell.

Up front, two small vents let air in, then interior channels pull it over the head and out of the rear Koroyd vents. The lenses also get two vents to bring a little AC to your brow, and they remove quickly thanks to magnetic connections…

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The new Smith Podium TT helmet fills in their line, giving them a full aero lid for time trials and triathlon. It sticks with their Koroyd construction for protection and venting, but relies a little more heavily on EPS foam under the much more enclosed shell. Up front, two small vents let air in, then […]

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IB16: Prototype TRP Hydraulic TT Brakes puts full hydro setup in easy reach

prototype trp hydraulic tt brakes for disc brake tt and triathlon bikes

prototype trp hydraulic tt brakes for disc brake tt and triathlon bikes

With current TT/triathlon bar extension brake levers, the lever itself is often plugged into the end of the bar as sort of an after thought, requiring the rider to roll bar tape around the ends to add some grip. TRP thought it could be better, and now that several major manufacturers have committed to making disc brake TT/tri bikes (like this, this, and definitely this), the time was right to do something about it.

They don’t have a formal model name yet, but the working title of “Hydraulic TT Brake” pretty well sums it up. They incorporate a fully enclosed hydraulic disc brake system into bar end levers.

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With current TT/triathlon bar extension brake levers, the lever itself is often plugged into the end of the bar as sort of an after thought, requiring the rider to roll bar tape around the ends to add some grip. TRP thought it could be better, and now that several major manufacturers have committed to making […]

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IB16: REI taps members to relaunch bicycle brand as adventure focused Co-op Cycles

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REI has reworked their house cycling brand to create Co-op Cycles. They took feedback from their members (REI is a Co-op, hence the name) to get the desired new features and married them with the good stuff from Novarra. The new brand will replace Novarra and have a more aggressive lineup that’s less focused on the city commuter and more on touring, all road and mountain bikes.

The lineup is launching with DRT (mountain bikes) and ARD (all road). Following soon are ADV (adventure), CTY (we’ll give you one guess), and REV (youth) bikes. Matching apparel options will coordinate bike and kit for the intended use.

Starting with all road, the ARD 1.4 is a carbon gravel road bike that comes with 700×28 tires (clearance for 35mm treads), thru axles and cable/wire routing that can be done internally or externally to suit your tastes.

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REI has reworked their house cycling brand to create Co-op Cycles. They took feedback from their members (REI is a Co-op, hence the name) to get the desired new features and married them with the good stuff from Novarra. The new brand will replace Novarra and have a more aggressive lineup that’s less focused on […]

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IB16: Fuji gets way lighter in alloy for road, cyclocross; adds more disc brake drop bar options

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Last summer, Fuji introduced the featherweight SL with a claimed weight safely under 700g. One of our taller, bigger testers hopped on it this past spring and loved it, too. Now, there’s an all-new SL Disc with, yep, disc brakes.

Fuji knew the SL Disc was coming, so they made sure the molds could handle both versions. It gets all the same tech, but with a new fork and rear triangle. Claimed weight is just 775g for a raw 56, and the fork comes in at 365g (both about 75g heavier than the rim brake version). They were going to launch at Vuelta, but, well, thanks Obama UCI.

There’s also a new disc brake version of their Roubaix, which gets completely reworked with a massively lighter alloy frame, and more…

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Last summer, Fuji introduced the featherweight SL with a claimed weight safely under 700g. One of our taller, bigger testers hopped on it this past spring and loved it, too. Now, there’s an all-new SL Disc with, yep, disc brakes. Fuji knew the SL Disc was coming, so they made sure the molds could handle […]

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IB16: Litespeed refines road disc with new, lighter T2 Disc

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After riding one for months, I can attest that the Litespeed T3 is a great bike. Not that long after returning it to Litespeed’s new headquarters though, they’re already showing something better. In about a month, the T2 will step in as the T3’s replacement and it will be their highest performance disc road bike yet…

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After riding one for months, I can attest that the Litespeed T3 is a great bike. Not that long after returning it to Litespeed’s new headquarters though, they’re already showing something better. In about a month, the T2 will step in as the T3’s replacement and it will be their highest performance disc road bike yet…

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IB16: Super light HED Raptor claws its way to the top of plus category, new No Big Deal for mid fat

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If you’re looking to drop some weight on your plus build, it might be time to catch some Raptors. Known for their weight shaving skills with carbon fiber (among other materials), HED is aiming for the growing plus market with a rim that is anything but portly.

Along with the new Raptor, HED was also showing off the next evolution of the Big Deal with a skinnier No Big Deal that fits somewhere between mid fat and full fat wheels…

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If you’re looking to drop some weight on your plus build, it might be time to catch some Raptors. Known for their weight shaving skills with carbon fiber (among other materials), HED is aiming for the growing plus market with a rim that is anything but portly. Along with the new Raptor, HED was also […]

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IB16: Alto Cycling takes their ultra smooth hubs to the dirt

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Alto Cycling’s moved quickly to take their year-and-a-half old hub technology and move it over to a disc brake design, first for road and cyclocross, now for mountain bikes. And it’s not just their hub technology that makes them unique, they’re among the (if not the) only ones to use EPS molding to create their carbon rims. The result is near perfect compaction with smoother inside walls and more consistent and controllable wall thicknesses.

The hubs use precision machining and extremely tight tolerances with special sealing designs to yield very stiff and very smooth rolling hubs that feel as if they have no friction. Hit up our original story for all the tech details on their hubs, and check out the mountain bike wheels below…

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Alto Cycling’s moved quickly to take their year-and-a-half old hub technology and move it over to a disc brake design, first for road and cyclocross, now for mountain bikes. And it’s not just their hub technology that makes them unique, they’re among the (if not the) only ones to use EPS molding to create their […]

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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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