Posts in the category Prototype

EB14: Sneak Peek, Catlike Rapid and Rapid Tri Aero Helmets

Catlike_Rapid_TRi_aero_timetrial_triathlon_helmet_prototype_inner

Spanish helmet specialists Catlike had some interesting new time trial helmets locked away at the show. They were a bit protective of what were described as prototypes, but we sat down with them to have a look at what was really going on. The helmets both looked pretty well refined, although there were some minor finishing issues. Both helmets did include product tags even though they were locked away, and had an in-molded inner protective helmet, and Catlike’s MPS retention system as used on their current road/TT lines.

Click through to see some more detail shots and some more tech..

READ MORE ->

EB14: BMC’s Impec Concept May Hold the Future of Road Bikes

bmc impec road bike concept (1)

Standing out against the sea of marginal gains, concept bikes allow a company to flex their design muscle and dream up something wild. For BMC, the Impec Concept project was more than just creating a new bike as they wanted to really show off the capabilities of the Impec Advanced R&D Lab. As the same lab that puts out the woven carbon fiber used for the BMC Impec Road Bike, the facility is capable of turning out complete machines from concept to completion in record time.

When it came time to do something new, BMC’s engineers and designers tried to envision what a road bike would be in the future – and then built it. Using the advanced resources at their disposal, the Impec Concept came together in just 4 months with a few design features actually seeing real world testing on other bikes. Using modular integration the bike is built with  a basic structure designed for a number of add ons…

READ MORE ->

Spy Shot: Prototype Chris King Lefty Hubs

Chris King Lefty Prototype Hub

Spotted on professional cyclist Ryan Trebons twitter feed, this fancy new Lefty hub from Chris King is currently not in their catalog. The company originally let slip they were working on a conversion kit for their oversized mountain bike hubs last year at Sea Otter, but had not set an official release date. From what we were told then, the hub will utilize their existing non-drive clamp fitting, but have all new axle parts.

We’ll post more details as we get them…

SpyShots! – New SRAM Red Wireless @ Pro Challenge

SRAM_New_Red_Wireless_Electronic_Shift_Leaver_RED_Logo_2

Barely being disguised by thin tape and subtle graphics, the new SRAM Red wireless electronic group is in full view at this year’s USA Pro Challenge in Colorado. We knew this was coming months ago when we discovered SRAM’s filed patents for wireless technology. As the first-ever wireless group moves its way through pre-production it has been test ridden by the Bissell Pro Cycling team since the beginning of this season. With the team relying solely on this new technology, and with no mechanical Red being used even as backup, the feedback from the riders is said to be all positive.

More news, insight from a Team Bissell rider, and way more pics after the break…And yes, now we know how the shifting works…

READ MORE ->

Open Cycle Teases new Light Weight Full Suspension Frame

995076_331044687020230_1631379590015297814_n

We’ve known Open has been working on a full suspension bike for awhile, but this is the first time we’ve seen what it may look like. Gerard Vroomen has been chronicling their effort on the Open Cycle Blog to try and have both the new full suspension bike and their new pathfinder/gravel/adventure frame ready for Eurobike, but at this point it looks as if the full suspension frame will be the only new offering to make it – maybe.

From what we’ve read it appears the frame will use a Horst link design with an interesting linkage above the top tube. Gerard mentions both frames will be produced in Europe, but full suspension frame is part of a project started with HED to use Resin Transfer Molding technology to create the parts. Hopefully we’ll bring you more on this from the show!

Spy Shot: New Ohlins Drop in Damper for Rockshox Boxxer Forks

Boxxer Ohlins Damper

It’s a not so well kept secret that famed Swedish Suspension group Ohlins has been developing a fork for downhill applications. We originally spotted the full blown prototype briefly in the new asymmetric Specialized Demo Carbon 650b launch video posted by Red Bull Media, but a chance look at Brad Benedict’s new bike confirmed the rumors.

We literally have zero information on the new product, but in addition to the inverted fork we’ve previously spotted, it appears they are testing a damper inside Boxxer internals. READ MORE ->

First Look: New DVO Diamond AM Fork Nears Final Production – Plus Actual Weights

Dvo Diamond Logo

Teasing. It’s a universally derided tactic whether you’re trying to date or market a new product, but that’s just what DVO has done to gravity junkies since it’s inception.

From their inverted downhill fork, to this latest creation, the company has teased and shared it’s progress via social media and trade shows. Every time we visit, they’re one step closer to completing a project, and ready to tease us with the next thing they’re masterminding.

After sharing prototypes of their new Enduro fork at several trade shows over the past few months, they have finally have several preproduction models mounted to bikes and ready to rock.

Head past the break for pictures, weights, details, and some insight into what’s on the horizon.. READ MORE ->

Sneak Peek: CrankPump Plays Hide the Inflator, Bottom Bracket Mounted Co2

static.squarespace.com

The best way to make getting a flat worse is not being prepared to fix it. There are a number of mini pumps ans inflators out there designed to make the process as easy as possible, but a new company thinks they have a better idea. Named CrankPump, the company’s name is a bit misleading since instead of hiding a pump inside your bike’s bottom bracket, the gadget allows you to stash a co2 inflator.

CrankPump seems like a sure fire way to have access to inflation when you need it… Updated

READ MORE ->

Prototype Maxxis Pace XC Tires Spotted, Possible Updates to Ardent

prototype-maxxis-pace-XC-mountain-bike-tires

While Geoff Kabush has mentioned liking them on his way to winning at Bonelli Park earlier this year,  we hadn’t yet seen the (presumably forthcoming) Maxxis Pace XC mountain bike tires yet.

Thanks to some snooping at a regional NC event and area trailheads, we spotted what’s presumably their next cross country race tread. Using a knob pattern similar to the Ikon, the Pace does change the shape of the knobs quite a bit and adds more pronounced reinforcing ribs to connect them. Knob height is very low, only a few millimeters, growing slightly taller toward the edges. Small nubs between the blocks should help a bit on dryer days.

The sidewalls introduce a new, tougher looking pattern. Perhaps it’s an update to their Exogrid, or perhaps it’s just cosmetic. Hopefully we’ll know more at Eurobike. In the meantime, click through to see a possible update to the Ardent trail tire…

READ MORE ->