Instagram Peek: Upcoming Canyon Aeroad SLX Disc & more SRAM eTap Hydro

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It’s only been about a week since we got a sneak peek at the hydraulic disc brake SRAM eTap group in testing when we were out in California for Sea Otter, and now we have another shot of it out in the real world. But this view comes with something even better, the added bonus of being attached to a new aero disc brake bike from Canyon that we had heard rumors of, but hadn’t caught a glimpse of yet. And the source of this little leak… Katusha pro Alexander Kristoff and his Instagram account while he was out for a training ride. It’s since been taken down as the bike company isn’t quite ready to put it out in the world, but the close up is revealing…

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It’s only been about a week since we got a sneak peek at the hydraulic disc brake SRAM eTap group in testing when we were out in California for Sea Otter, and now we have another shot of it out in the real world. But this view comes with something even better, the added bonus of […]

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Spy Shots! SRAM eTAP with hydraulic disc brakes spotted

spy shot of SRAM eTAP Hydro hydraulic disc brake group with electronic shifting

spy shot of SRAM eTAP Hydro hydraulic disc brake group with electronic shifting

Thanks to an anonymous tipster that got really, really lucky with his timing, we got these pics of a prototype SRAM eTAP Hydro setup. Not that it’s any surprise that it’s in development, but it is encouraging to see something in the real world.

As for availability, our source says they heard from two different folks that a retail product is “a ways off” for reasons including brake development that may use a new design “similar to the Guide” and due to manufacturing capacity. Of course, those are unofficial answers, so we reached out to SRAM for comment…

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Thanks to an anonymous tipster that got really, really lucky with his timing, we got these pics of a prototype SRAM eTAP Hydro setup. Not that it’s any surprise that it’s in development, but it is encouraging to see something in the real world. As for availability, our source says they heard from two different […]

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SOC16: Hope Tech’s HB.211 carbon fiber full suspension bike redefines “full custom”

Hope Tech HB211 custom full suspension carbon fiber mountain bike

Hope Tech HB211 custom full suspension carbon fiber mountain bike

Hope’s had drawings for a bike since 2005, but when they made the decision to start doing carbon a couple years ago, that made the dream seem possible.

The frame has a working title of HB.211, which refers to Hope and their hometown, and the date (February 2011) when they started on the journey to in house carbon fiber fabrication. The bike uses a Horst link design, but the type of suspension is secondary to what this project means. It’s a bicycle that’s built around their components, which is different than usual where the component company is working around someone else’s bike. That meant they could design it to optimize the parts, which led to some very interesting one-off components indeed…

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Hope’s had drawings for a bike since 2005, but when they made the decision to start doing carbon a couple years ago, that made the dream seem possible. The frame has a working title of HB.211, which refers to Hope and their hometown, and the date (February 2011) when they started on the journey to in house […]

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Flanders Tech: Next gen prototype Vittoria classics tubular spotted on Giant-Alpecin & Orica-AIS

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Digging through the rush of the paddocks of the men’s and women’s pro peloton gearing up for yesterday’s Tour of Flanders, we spotted a few new bikes and components designed to get the riders up and over the race’s steep cobbled climbs and the number of pavé sections interspersed throughout. At first glance the biggest difference vs. the typical bikes the pros race throughout the year, is that in the northern classics lots of special tires come out. While we counted at least 9 teams between the two elite races rolling on Vittoria tubulars, including a mix of previous generation Corsa SC and Pave CG to the new Graphene+ Corsas, only two teams were riding a new unmarked prototype that caught our eye.  Take a closer look, get some more details, plus see why Giant-Alpecin were running 105 brakes after the jump…

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Digging through the rush of the paddocks of the men’s and women’s pro peloton gearing up for yesterday’s Tour of Flanders, we spotted a few new bikes and components designed to get the riders up and over the race’s steep cobbled climbs and the number of pavé sections interspersed throughout. At first glance the biggest difference vs. […]

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(April Fools!) Bikerumor Interview Exclusive: absoluteBLACK introduces innovative, lightweight new Chainring Bolt Power Meter System

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It’s an exciting era for those who seek to wield power in their training. Fresh and innovative approaches to packaging power meters seem to be rolling out from companies every few months, with meters getting smaller, smarter, and more reasonably priced by the day. Though, even with all of these advancements, many power meters continue to restrict riders to specific crank, hub, or pedal systems. Until now, that is.

The manufacturer of the “world’s most sought after” oval chainrings,  absoluteBLACK, has moved into the power meter game with its new, ultra-lightweight Chainring Bolt Power Meter System. With patent pending technology, absoluteBLACK has miniaturized the sensor system in a clever, compact package sure to stoke any data enthusiast. We were able to snag a few words on the new system from Tony Brand, absoluteBLACK Relations Associate, on the motivations behind this innovative new product, as well as future direction of the technology.

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It’s an exciting era for those who seek to wield power in their training. Fresh and innovative approaches to packaging power meters seem to be rolling out from companies every few months, with meters getting smaller, smarter, and more reasonably priced by the day. Though, even with all of these advancements, many power meters continue to restrict […]

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Is the Specialized Venge Vias getting a disc brake option?

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These pics, snapped by Etixx Quick-Step team rider Fernando Gaviria show what looks very much like a disc brake equipped Specialized Venge Vias. Clues include the use of Shimano’s hydraulic brake levers, the lack of any brake on the fork’s crown and a big thru-axle lever protrusion on the left. These are spread across three pics from his Instagram and Twitter feeds, and the fact that they haven’t been pulled down yet suggest the Big S can’t be too far off on this.

While we haven’t ridden the Vias edition ourselves, we’ve hung around the pro’s pits long enough to hear that the original version’s braking was sub par in favor of maximized aerodynamics. This could be just the fix this bike needs to put its overall performance on par with its astounding aesthetics…

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These pics, snapped by Etixx Quick-Step team rider Fernando Gaviria show what looks very much like a disc brake equipped Specialized Venge Vias. Clues include the use of Shimano’s hydraulic brake levers, the lack of any brake on the fork’s crown and a big thru-axle lever protrusion on the left. These are spread across three pics […]

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Fox testing Kashima coated stealth D.O.S.S. dropper seatpost 

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Spotted on Fox-sponsored enduro racer Richie Rude’s Instagram is this Kashima coated DOSS dropper seatpost that’s missing the external cable routing and release mechanism. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Fox would be working on a stealth version, only that it’s taken so long. Even at social media screen resolution, this one’s looking polished enough to suggest it’s close. And if Rude’s racing on it, it must be far enough along to be very reliable as any parts failure on a bike during an enduro event can ruin a race if not the entire season…a risk not worth taking on early, unproven prototype parts.



Spotted on Fox-sponsored enduro racer Richie Rude’s Instagram is this Kashima coated DOSS dropper seatpost that’s missing the external cable routing and release mechanism. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Fox would be working on a stealth version, only that it’s taken so long. Even at social media screen resolution, this one’s looking polished […]

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Campagnolo disc brakes previewed as team-only Campy Tech Lab development project

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Details are scant, or better described as non-existent, of the new discs from Vicenza. Campagnolo specifically didn’t want to say too much about the new disc brakes that they have had in development for more than two years. The brakes (and accompanying wheels) are still a project of their research and development arm, and as such get the Campy Tech Lab branding  that pretty much means that they won’t be in customers’ hands any time this year.

But the brakes are ready for racing, and three Pro Tour teams are expected to roll out of the start with them in the northern Spring Classics which are just over a couple of weeks away. We’ll be there to get a glimpse of them on the cobbles, but for now it was a good enough reason for Campagnolo to roll out three bikes representing these three pro teams. Join us after the break for the details we could muster, and a lot of detail photos…

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Details are scant, or better described as non-existent, of the new discs from Vicenza. Campagnolo specifically didn’t want to say too much about the new disc brakes that they have had in development for more than two years. The brakes (and accompanying wheels) are still a project of their research and development arm, and as such get […]

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TPE16: Kind Shock Electronic LEV and gravel/cross/road droppers are just around the corner

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We saw hints of Kind Shock attempting to develop an electronic dropper a couple of years ago at the Taipei show, and now they have what they’ve called a 90% finished product. Check out how it works, plus their new Zeta dropper for the gravel, cross, and road folks that lets you customize the length so it’ll fit on just about any bike….

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We saw hints of Kind Shock attempting to develop an electronic dropper a couple of years ago at the Taipei show, and now they have what they’ve called a 90% finished product. Check out how it works, plus their new Zeta dropper for the gravel, cross, and road folks that lets you customize the length so it’ll […]

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