EB16: Bionicon rEVO simplifies naming with updated geometry; plus new 3ngine 275+ eMTB

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The on-the-fly adjustable suspension engineers at Bionicon have another update to their flagship all-mountain bike this fall, with the revamped bike getting simply rebranded as the rEVO. While it shares a similar name to the special edition bike that they produced last summer, the new rEVO takes its geometry updates a step beyond and will replace the Edison EVO entirely. At the same time, Bionicon has jumped a bit deeper into the e-bike market, with their new 3ngine e-MTB built around a Shimano E8000 motor and some interchangeable dropouts for multiple wheel size compatibility…

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The on-the-fly adjustable suspension engineers at Bionicon have another update to their flagship all-mountain bike this fall, with the revamped bike getting simply rebranded as the rEVO. While it shares a similar name to the special edition bike that they produced last summer, the new rEVO takes its geometry updates a step beyond and will replace the Edison […]

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

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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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Hope crafts custom prototype Hydraulic Crosstop levers for 3 Peaks winner Paul Oldham

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For the second year in a row, Hope’s own Paul Oldham has won the UK’s grueling 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross. Dubbed the toughest and biggest cross event in the UK, the Yorkshire Dales race is known for featuring three crazy steep climbs followed by some harrowing descents on all manner of loose and treacherous terrain. So to help their team rider with his repeat win Hope Tech developed a new prototype set of secondary hydraulic cross top brake levers that could be used for a bit more comfort and security. Piped inline between his SRAM Red 22 Hydro road levers and the new upgrade 4-pot Hope calipers that got unveiled at Eurobike, it surely was the most powerful and flexible hydraulic disc brake cyclocross setup on the start line. Take a closer look after the jump…

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For the second year in a row, Hope’s own Paul Oldham has won the UK’s grueling 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross. Dubbed the toughest and biggest cross event in the UK, the Yorkshire Dales race is known for featuring three crazy steep climbs followed by some harrowing descents on all manner of loose and treacherous terrain. So […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Gadgets & Hacks, Prototype21 Comments

EB16: Canyon unmasks disc brake Ultimate CF SLX Disc & Aeroad CF SLX Disc

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Sure they were some of the worst kept secrets of the year, but Canyon has now officially admitted that the disc brake versions of their Pro Tour racing road bikes are a real thing. We first got a look at the Ultimate CF SLX Disc several years back at Eurobike when Canyon was showing it as a prototype, but in the years since it hadn’t yet materialized. The Aeroad CF SLX Disc slipped into the public sphere a bit more recently when Alexander Kristoff popped up a picture while training back home in Norway this spring. Both bikes had expected to get some race time under Katusha and Movistar this season before the UCI’s intervention. But with disc brakes poised to get a second chance in the pro peloton, we’ll take a closer look at these two pro race-ready disc brake bikes…

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Sure they were some of the worst kept secrets of the year, but Canyon has now officially admitted that the disc brake versions of their Pro Tour racing road bikes are a real thing. We first got a look at the Ultimate CF SLX Disc several years back at Eurobike when Canyon was showing it as […]

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EB16: Koga Colmaro endurance & gravel prototypes, plus Beachracer updated as X-Over adventure ride

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Dutch bike builder Koga probably first caught our attention a few years back when they debuted their drop bar Beachracer. While a fat tire road/cross bike with a 1x road drivetrain for tackling some unique off-road racing might have sounded a bit crazy then (yes, beach racing in Holland is still pretty weird), now that description could probably be applied to dozens of new gravel racers we’ve seen recently. And Koga is on top of the fast gravel segment too. Their new Colmaro prototypes are ready for either fast endurance road riding, or proper fat tire gravel with up to 35mm tires, or even slickly integrated fenders. There’s also a new disc brake version of the carbon road Kimera. Then Koga have even taken that original Beachracer and reworked it as the X-Over with a new bar and new drivetrain to set it loose for some adventure touring…

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Dutch bike builder Koga probably first caught our attention a few years back when they debuted their drop bar Beachracer. While a fat tire road/cross bike with a 1x road drivetrain for tackling some unique off-road racing might have sounded a bit crazy then (yes, beach racing in Holland is still pretty weird), now that description […]

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IB16: Wolf Tooth Components glides in with ReMote Dropper lever, GC 49T and WolfCage adapters, Valais 25 bag mount, more

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On their own, Wolf Tooth Components seems to be a powerhouse when it comes to new products and ideas. But add in the design chops of Marc Basiliere from Lindarets, and the two groups are sure to come up with innovative products – like their new ReMote dropper lever. Rather than use the typical hinged pivot of most mechanical dropper levers, WTC shoehorned a massive cartridge bearing into the middle of the lever to make it one of the smoothest levers yet…

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On their own, Wolf Tooth Components seems to be a powerhouse when it comes to new products and ideas. But add in the design chops of Marc Basiliere from Lindarets, and the two groups are sure to come up with innovative products – like their new ReMote dropper lever. Rather than use the typical hinged […]

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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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EB16: First Look at FSA semi-wireless K-Force WE disc brake prototype group

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We took a pretty in-depth look a couple of weeks back at FSA’s new partly wireless road K-Force WE groupset when it was introduced in the lead up to Eurobike. Using wireless communication from each combined shift/brake lever to the systems brain, a pair of wires then transmit power and shift signals to the derailleurs, both attached to the seatpost battery. But while some had seen FSA as late to come to the electronic shifting party, they are progressing rather quickly and also had one very finished looking prototype group on hand of a disc brake WE groupset. We took it for a spin, took a closer look, and got as many details as we could…

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We took a pretty in-depth look a couple of weeks back at FSA’s new partly wireless road K-Force WE groupset when it was introduced in the lead up to Eurobike. Using wireless communication from each combined shift/brake lever to the systems brain, a pair of wires then transmit power and shift signals to the derailleurs, both attached […]

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EB16: AX Lightness teases VIAL evo Gravel prototype, plus news on the XC, road, wheels & saddles…

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Just a few weeks before Eurobike we got a sneak peek at the new lightweight cross country racer from AX Lightness – the Vial Evo XC hardtail with its 870g frame.  Now the superlight carbon craftsmen at AX have finally let more details loose on a bike that we’ve know they were developing for sometime. The new Vial Evo Gravel aims to blend the trail performance of the XC with the speed and weight savings of their Ultra road bike. Coming in between but able to tackle any terrain, AX has set their goal of building the first complete production gravel bike under the 6.8kg UCI, and it seems they have hot that mark, even with up to 2.1″ tires. Take a closer look after the break as we get up close and personal with the new bike. At the same time we get another focused look at the XC bike, and how AX has simplified their frame and wheel lineups, and revamped a couple of crazy light saddles for more comfort…

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Just a few weeks before Eurobike we got a sneak peek at the new lightweight cross country racer from AX Lightness – the Vial Evo XC hardtail with its 870g frame.  Now the superlight carbon craftsmen at AX have finally let more details loose on a bike that we’ve know they were developing for sometime. The […]

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