Posts in the category Prototype

Spotted: 13 Speed Phil Wood Hub and Cassette?

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So this just happened on Facebook – Phil Wood posted a photo of a hub that to our eyes looks like it is carrying a 13 speed cassette. Is this a sign of things to come? Or perhaps a one off teaser meant to get us excited for Interbike? Start the speculation below…

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EB14: Kask Eyes Enduro with REX Prototype, Lifestyle Visor, Protone Aero, and Infinity Coming to U.S.

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At this point, the Italian helmet brand Kask is probably best known in the U.S. as the helmet sponsor of Team Sky. Now on their 10th anniversary, the company has 6 different helmet divisions including skiing, mountaineering, climbing, equestrian, rescue teams, and work safety, with cycling accounting for 40% of their business. Available in the U.S. through Highway 2, Kask is looking to increase their presence stateside with more helmets including a forthcoming model for Enduro that actually looks really good.

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EB14: Caterham Introduces Beautiful Duo Cali Carbon and Fairspear Steel Road Bikes, Plus Prototype Flat Bar Shifter for Campy EPS!

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The last time we heard from Caterham in the bike space it had to do with some wild looking E-bikes. In a move that should please many of the commenters on said article, Caterham is back with a line of bikes that are all human powered and all beautiful. Called the Duo Cali (Caterham Advanced Lightweight Innovations, the carbon road bikes will be offered in three models, the Duo Cali Record, Chorus, and Urban EPS. All of the carbon bikes are produced in Europe with the composites team based in Cologne and design, engineering, production, paint, and assembly completed in Germany.

The line is not all carbon though, as Caterham is also introducing the Fairspear steel bike that is said to be linked to the Super 7 race car. While the company is busy putting out bikes, they’re also working on unique stems and even custom flat bar shifters for Campagnolo EPS.

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EB14: Lightweight Co-develops Unique Velocité Project e-Bike Solution with Research Partners

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The carbon fiber experts of Lightweight have been busy this year working on incorporating advanced electronic systems into some already market-leading products. Besides their Smart Wheels sensors that we just showed you last week, Lightweight has also been working on a totally unique and possibly groundbreaking e-Bike called the Velocité Project. Developed as an academic and commercial cooperation under a Transform: Mobility into eXcitement grant from the German Ministry of Education and Research, the project was a response to a call to develop key technologies to address urban electro-mobility.

Lightweight coordinated the joint project through their technology development division CarboFibretec. The bike they presented at Eurobike is a proof of concept demonstration of a Pedelec using the newly developed tech. Read on to see what makes this machine unique and what applications it might have…

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EB14: SR Suntour Launches Aion Fork, Updates Rux DH, Prototype Shocks & High End 24″ Kids Forks

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We spotted the Aion at Taipei bike show, and now it’s in production. Designed to be a budget alternative to their higher end Auron forks, the Aion keeps the 34mm stanchions and same lower casting, bushings and seals, but switches to straight gauge (non-tapered) stanchions, forged crown and regular steel thru axle instead of the lighter alloy one.

You’ll get adjustment options with the damper, choosing between RC (rebound / compression) or LO-R (lockout / rebound). Take your pick, they’re both the same price regardless of control knob and wheel size. Retail is $550, and claimed weight is 2,120g for the 27.5. Add about 30g for the 29er.

As for the rest of this stuff, it’s either prototype that’s showing a taste of things to come, or just a look at some cool stuff we didn’t know they had…

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EB14: Projekt MRSC – Electronically Controlled Full-suspension Road Prototype from Canyon

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In an effort to combat rider fatigue from road surface vibration and ensure all of the cyclist’s energy is put to forward motion, Germany’s Canyon bikes have introduced a smart full-suspension road bike prototype at Eurobike. The concept bike dubbed Projekt MRSC Connected ( for Magneto-Rheological Suspension Control) is a move in the direction to highlight a design focus on comfort, as lightness and stiffness have continue to progress almost exclusively at the high-end. Canyon feels strongly that more comfort means higher performance, and has incorporated their own VCLS Technology (Vertical Comfort, Lateral Stiffness) into their frames for several years. The Projekt MRSC is a next iteration in expanding this tech.

Canyon’s engineering team sees constant road vibration as the next biggest cause of rider fatigue beyond pedaling effort. As the back and leg muscles undergo stress to counteract road impacts and stabilize the bike, rider comfort decreases and with it endurance and speed. The vibration also breaks the bike’s contact with the road and its intended path, consuming unnecessary energy.The MRSC system proposed an active bike frameset to enhance comfort and handling, with less energy input.

Join us after the break for a detailed look at the bike, how it works, and how it stays connected…

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

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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.

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

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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…

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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…