New Bianchi Oltre XR2 aero road bike being tested by Lotto Jumbo team?

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Image from Team Lotto Jumbo’s Twitter account.

Thanks to eagle-eyed reader Martijn, we’ve found this image of what appears to be a new version of the Bianchi Oltre aero road bike being ridden by Team Lotto Jumbo. The most visually striking differences are the sharp tail of the head tube extension, the revised seatpost entry area into the seat tube and the completely new seatstay shapes. The latter appears to switch them from the current model’s flat, presumably bump absorbing shape to what’s likely a more aerodynamic shape. The fork also looks quite a bit different, getting a bit of a reverse curve and deeper profiles.

You can check out the team’s 2016 bikes from Tour Down Under here, or click through the break for a catalog image to compare…

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Thanks to eagle-eyed reader Martijn, we’ve found this image of what appears to be a new version of the Bianchi Oltre aero road bike being ridden by Team Lotto Jumbo. The most visually striking differences are the sharp tail of the head tube extension, the revised seatpost entry area into the seat tube and the […]

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World Cup DH, Pro Bike Check: Aaron Gwin’s Leogang winning YT Tues CF Pro

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Like Rachel Atherton whose Trek Session we featured earlier in the week, Aaron Gwin also took a repeat DH World Cup win over the weekend in Leogang. While Gwin had also raced for Trek as well as Specialized in recent years, this season he is aboard the consumer-direct carbon Tues CF Pro downhill bike of German company YT industries. Being on a new bike doesn’t look to have slowed down Gwin, who rode to his 2nd win of the 4 races so far this season, and has built himself a good lead on the series so far. Like the Women’s DH World Cup leader, Gwin’s bike is fairly straightforward, but having not focused too much on YT yet, we take a closer look and get a bit into the details of his special setup…

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Like Rachel Atherton whose Trek Session we featured earlier in the week, Aaron Gwin also took a repeat DH World Cup win over the weekend in Leogang. While Gwin had also raced for Trek as well as Specialized in recent years, this season he is aboard the consumer-direct carbon Tues CF Pro downhill bike of German […]

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DH Sneak Peek: Next gen Quadiem prototype 4-piston downhill brakes from TRP

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Over the weekend at the DH World Cup we spotted a set of next generation 4-piston brakes from TRP on the race-winning bike of Aaron Gwin. The new brakes  look to borrow heavily from the layout of the existing Quadiem SL, but with a caliper body that is even more trimmed down and opened up for what looks likely to offer a lighter setup with improved cooling. Although the brakeset looked very refined, it was clearly a prototype and devoid of any branding on the caliper itself. Gwin had only one set of the brakes set up to ride, with his B bike built with current Quadiem SL’s and his custom lever blades. Take a closer look below the fold…

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Over the weekend at the DH World Cup we spotted a set of next generation 4-piston brakes from TRP on the race-winning bike of Aaron Gwin. The new brakes  look to borrow heavily from the layout of the existing Quadiem SL, but with a caliper body that is even more trimmed down and opened up […]

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Sneak Peek! ENVE goes wider with new M60forty Plus carbon wheels

sneak peek at new ENVE M60 Wide carbon fiber mountain bike wheels

sneak peek at new ENVE M60 Wide carbon fiber mountain bike wheels

Last summer, ENVE added high volume options to their M60forty and M70thirty mountain bike wheels in response to riders’ desires for bigger tires. Now, with the “plus” sized movement in full swing, it looks like they needed something even bigger to accommodate the 2.8″ and wider tires hitting the market. The goal with both the original M-series, the HV widths and now this Plus version is to have appropriately matched tire size and rim width, which improves handling, ride characteristics and safety.

Our source suggests the official launch for these wheels isn’t until end of June and that some specs may change before that announcement, but we have some basics…

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Last summer, ENVE added high volume options to their M60forty and M70thirty mountain bike wheels in response to riders’ desires for bigger tires. Now, with the “plus” sized movement in full swing, it looks like they needed something even bigger to accommodate the 2.8″ and wider tires hitting the market. The goal with both the original […]

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SRAM eTap Hydro makes another appearance, this time with Ted King on a new Cannondale

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sram etap hydro disc brakes on ted king cannondale supersix evo road bike

Spotted on Ted King’s Twitter account is his new bike, a Cannondale SuperSix Evo outfitted with SRAM eTAP electronic shifting and…hydraulic disc brakes. It’s the second pro bike we’ve spotted with them (or, ex-pro in this case), the other being the prototype Canyon bike of Katusha pro Alexander Kristoff. Even at full size, it’s hard to tell that the calipers look any different (despite hearsay that suggests they’ll be more closely based on the Guide or Level mountain bike brakes than the current road brakes).

The lever hoods, however, definitely look different. The top section looks much deeper, which suggests either a larger reservoir and master cylinder, or simply a new pivot and piston arrangement. It could even mean a linkage driven piston heading into the master cylinder for a more refined lever feel, much like the Swinglink cam system found on upper end Guide brake levers.

Oh, and yeah, that appears to be an all new Cannondale SuperSix Evo road bike, too. There’s not currently a disc brake version of the SuperSix in their 2016 lineup, meaning we’ll likely see this introduction later in the year as a 2017 model. It appears to retain quick release skewers rather than thru axles, which keeps with the model’s pro racing pedigree. While we’re speculating, those pedals seem awfully tiny, too. King’s sponsored by Speedplay, but unless it’s just the grainy Twitter photo, these look…different. Not shown: Maple syrup drippings on the top tube.



Spotted on Ted King’s Twitter account is his new bike, a Cannondale SuperSix Evo outfitted with SRAM eTAP electronic shifting and…hydraulic disc brakes. It’s the second pro bike we’ve spotted with them (or, ex-pro in this case), the other being the prototype Canyon bike of Katusha pro Alexander Kristoff. Even at full size, it’s hard to […]

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Dugast goes tubeless, sort of, with cotton Ori mountain tubulars

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Most of us riding performance mountain bikes have made the switch to tubeless setups years ago, but some of the holdouts have been the elite pro cross country racers. They haven’t been racing on tubed clinchers, but rather handmade tubulars glued onto their rims, but with latex tubes inside. One of the premier tubular mountain bike tire makers has been A. Dugast who have been supplying the likes of World Champion Nino Schurter for many years. While Dugast tubulars have been ridden to numerous World Cup and Championship wins in recent years in XC and CX, Schurter’s win last fall in Andorra was in fact on a new prototype tubular made by Dugast with a new Ori casing that does away with that latex tube altogether. Just like with clinchers, the goal of creating the Ori was to further reduce the risk for flats…

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Most of us riding performance mountain bikes have made the switch to tubeless setups years ago, but some of the holdouts have been the elite pro cross country racers. They haven’t been racing on tubed clinchers, but rather handmade tubulars glued onto their rims, but with latex tubes inside. One of the premier tubular mountain […]

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T’red solves the “dangerous” disc brake rotor problem for pro peloton

Tred prototype disc brake rotor shield for road bikes to protect riders from cuts and burns

While those pesky 53-tooth chainrings can still maul you, the problem of disc brake rotors slicing and burning is now solved.

The engineers and designers at Tºred, an Italian brand that introduced their very cool road and cyclocross bikes at NAHBS this year, have applied for a patent on these disc brake covers. Video after the break shows how they’ll install on any bike and wheels and cover the exposed sections without affecting performance. The design is patent pending and has three options…

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While those pesky 53-tooth chainrings can still maul you, the problem of disc brake rotors slicing and burning is now solved. The engineers and designers at Tºred, an Italian brand that introduced their very cool road and cyclocross bikes at NAHBS this year, have applied for a patent on these disc brake covers. Video after […]

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Prototype Rose Root Miller 27.5+ trail bike digs up longer, slacker design

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This prototype Rose Root Miller shows where their current 29er trail bike is headed. Thanks to a new Boost rear end, it makes the switch to being a 27.5+ bike that’ll also work with 29er wheels, and they’ll offer an upgrade kit that includes a set of both hoop sizes so you’ve got everything you need to swap back and forth.

The new design also bumps travel from 130mm up to 140mm, and they’ve made a few other changes around the frame to make it quieter and more capable…

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This prototype Rose Root Miller shows where their current 29er trail bike is headed. Thanks to a new Boost rear end, it makes the switch to being a 27.5+ bike that’ll also work with 29er wheels, and they’ll offer an upgrade kit that includes a set of both hoop sizes so you’ve got everything you need […]

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Commencal creates the Absolut SX Kyle Strait for multi-disciplinary madness

Commencal Absolut SX Kyle Strait

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With Red Bull Rampage titles, racing trophies from several disciplines, freeride video parts and everything in between it’s safe to say Kyle Strait is a pretty well-rounded rider. While some pros opt to set up a quiver of different bikes, Strait wanted one bike he could ride in either slopestyle, 4X or dual slalom events. Commencal’s designers heard the call, got to work and created an updated version of the Absolut SX, which is now dubbed the Absolut SX Kyle Strait.

If you have a keen eye you may have noticed Strait was already riding his namesake Absolut SX at Crankworx Rotorua. If you like the idea of this highly versatile bike, you’ll be glad to know it will eventually be available to consumers as part of Commencal’s 2017 line….
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With Red Bull Rampage titles, racing trophies from several disciplines, freeride video parts and everything in between it’s safe to say Kyle Strait is a pretty well-rounded rider. While some pros opt to set up a quiver of different bikes, Strait wanted one bike he could ride in either slopestyle, 4X or dual slalom events. […]

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