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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Paris-Nice 2016 Tech: New ANT+ Look Keo Power pedals tested with Fortuneo-Vital Concept team

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Team Fortuneo-Vital Concepts is the new name for Bretagne-Séché, which we saw at the Tour de France last year where they were riding prototype Look TT bikes and next generation Zed one-piece carbon cranks. This year, they’ve got that new name and some new Keo Power powermeter pedals, special edition tires and more…

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Team Fortuneo-Vital Concepts is the new name for Bretagne-Séché, which we saw at the Tour de France last year where they were riding prototype Look TT bikes and next generation Zed one-piece carbon cranks. This year, they’ve got that new name and some new Keo Power powermeter pedals, special edition tires and more…

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TPE16: Praxis Works goes carbon, shows gravel ready micro-compact rings, chainguide and MUCH more!

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Praxis has been busy the past few years growing what started off as some worthy aftermarket chainrings to now making some really nice cranks, BB’s, and even their new wide-range 10 speed cassette. That said, they showed up to Taipei with a lot of serious, well thought-out (as usual) new products.

Check out their Lyft carbon mountain bike cranks, new road cranks, micro-compact rings gravel-heads will love, a chain guide, plus much more…

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Praxis has been busy the past few years growing what started off as some worthy aftermarket chainrings to now making some really nice cranks, BB’s, and even their new wide-range 10 speed cassette. That said, they showed up to Taipei with a lot of serious, well thought-out (as usual) new products. Check out their Lyft carbon mountain bike […]

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This spy shot might be the 2017 Shimano Dura-Ace Di2

2017 Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 spy shot by Melbourne Uni Cycling Club

Thanks to a reader from Melbourne Uni Cycling Club, this pic appears to reveal the next generation Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 crankset and rear derailleur. The brake rotors also appear to be updated. While it is a surprise to see it pop up somewhere other than a major UCI pro race on team bikes, it’s not a surprise that it’s out there. Their usual product cycle led us to believe something would be shown this year -the current DA9000 group came out in 2013– and comments from other vendors who make power meters and related items reinforced that hunch.

Based on what we can see here, it remains an 11-speed group. But, that’s an awfully long derailleur cage, suggesting some wider range gearing options may be in the works for cyclocross and gravel bikes. There’s still a wire there, too.

The crank arms are a little taller, which gives the illusion of being flatter. The asymmetric four-arm spider carries on and mates to what seems to be a more robust large chainring. The teeth are darker, which could mean a hard ano finish to reduce friction.

Shimano does not typically comment on as-yet-unreleased groups, but we’ve reached out and will update with any fresh news. See anything else? Let us know in the comments!



Thanks to a reader from Melbourne Uni Cycling Club, this pic appears to reveal the next generation Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 crankset and rear derailleur. The brake rotors also appear to be updated. While it is a surprise to see it pop up somewhere other than a major UCI pro race on team bikes, it’s not […]

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