Team-exclusive Orbea Orca Disc brake road bike for Cofidis, new budget model for rest of us

2016 Orbea Orca Disc brake road bike exclusively for Team Cofidis

While the window between when the pros get the new stuff and the rest of us do narrows each year, they still get many of the best things early in the race season while we wait for summer release schedules to roll around.

Case in point, the team-exclusive Orbea Orca Disc, a new bike for Cofidis to race the classics upon. The Avant Disc came out in 2013, so it’s not the Spanish brand’s first disc road bike, but it is the first intended for the pro peloton. It’s decked out with components from team sponsors Shimano, Prologo and FSA, and we pulled a few screen grabs from their team’s promo video to show frame details while we await response from Orbea for more info

UPDATE: Orbea’s response about the new bike below!
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While the window between when the pros get the new stuff and the rest of us do narrows each year, they still get many of the best things early in the race season while we wait for summer release schedules to roll around. Case in point, the team-exclusive Orbea Orca Disc, a new bike for […]

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Netherlands university students demonstrate new 3-D printing technology with the Arc Bicycle

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Arc 3D printed steel bicycle, side

While here in North America we’re all excited about the NAHBS celebration of hand-built bicycles, this crazy looking bike would be an excellent candidate for a European Robot Built Bike Show (ERBBS?) if such a thing existed.

Students from TU Delft’s Industrial Design Engineering Faculty in the Netherlands spent three months designing the webbed/net-like frame. The Arc Bicycle was then manufactured from stainless steel by an Amsterdam-based research and development company called MX3D who specializes in multi-axis 3-D printing.

A bicycle was chosen by the students as a test piece due to the complex forces bike frames typically endure- not to mention that Amsterdam’s people absolutely love bikes to begin with. The Arc bicycle is fully functional, check out the video below to see robotic arms building it and one of the students taking it for a spin…
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While here in North America we’re all excited about the NAHBS celebration of hand-built bicycles, this crazy looking bike would be an excellent candidate for a European Robot Built Bike Show (ERBBS?) if such a thing existed. Students from TU Delft’s Industrial Design Engineering Faculty in the Netherlands spent three months designing the webbed/net-like frame. […]

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Is Domahidy Designs’ newest bike a 12 speed, belt drive, gearbox, Plus bike?

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Domahidy Designs Domahidy Sliders

If you’ve been following Domahidy Designs on facebook lately, you may have noticed a few teasers popping up. The slow roll has included a few different shots of what appears to be a new mountain bike from Steve Domahidy. As the former co-founder of Niner Bikes, and designer of some noteworthy bikes, Steve has been selling his Domahidy Design bikes for a couple of years now and floated us a teaser along with a few new photos.

You’ll have to tune into Mountain Bike Radio for the full release, but if you read between the lines you can get a pretty good idea of what’s coming…

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If you’ve been following Domahidy Designs on facebook lately, you may have noticed a few teasers popping up. The slow roll has included a few different shots of what appears to be a new mountain bike from Steve Domahidy. As the former co-founder of Niner Bikes, and designer of some noteworthy bikes, Steve has been selling his […]

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TDU 2016 Tech: 4iiii Power Meters gain dual leg measurement, pop up on Etixx Quick-Step team bikes

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4iiii Innovations, Inc., is one of a handful of startups bringing more affordable power meters to market, and it looks like their the first of the bunch to make it to the top levels of our sport. This isn’t the first time we’ve featured 4iiii’s power meter. First spotted at 2014 Interbike and again at 2015 Sea Otter, the 4iiii’s power meter has made leaps in bounds during that time. The latest variant is now officially in the WorldTour, with several Ettix Quick-Step Specialized team bikes fitted with a version that measures both left-and-right power. Click on through for more details… Continue reading “TDU 2016 Tech: 4iiii Power Meters gain dual leg measurement, pop up on Etixx Quick-Step team bikes”



4iiii Innovations, Inc., is one of a handful of startups bringing more affordable power meters to market, and it looks like their the first of the bunch to make it to the top levels of our sport. This isn’t the first time we’ve featured 4iiii’s power meter. First spotted at 2014 Interbike and again at 2015 […]

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Asheville CX Randoms – I9 Death Trap, Boyd Eternity Hubs Shipping, & ultimate Honda Element Bike Camping Build Out

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Boyd Eternity hubs shipping actual weight industry Nine Death Machine goworx fifth element camping coversion (7)

Like any great cyclocross venue, the CX Nationals expo area was a bit of a party. In addition to food, warm beverages, and warm up tents, there were also a number of companies with things to show – some serious, some not so much.

Industry Nine has their products pretty well buttoned up now that their Trail S wheels are on the scene, so the big draw in their booth was something a little more… deadly?

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Like any great cyclocross venue, the CX Nationals expo area was a bit of a party. In addition to food, warm beverages, and warm up tents, there were also a number of companies with things to show – some serious, some not so much. Industry Nine has their products pretty well buttoned up now that […]

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Wavetrans bicycle transmission provides seamless CVT-style shifting

Wavetrans bicycle transmission

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If you’ve ever driven a snowmobile or a car equipped with a CVT transmission, you’ll know how smooth the engines feel as they shuffle through their “gears”. With the creation of the Wavetrans bicycle transmission, that kind of smoothness could find its way onto your bicycle.

The Wavetrans is an electronically controlled drivetrain with a single front ring that expands or contracts to provide the equivalent of six different gears. The innovative concept claims to offer several benefits versus traditional derailleur setups. It provides a seamless feeling while you shift, can be shifted under load, operates quietly and smoothly, won’t double shift like derailleurs can, digitally displays what gear you’re in, and the inventor claims the chain will never fall off.

Currently only one prototype exists and actual production is a ways off, but it’s certainly an interesting idea. Video and more details below…
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If you’ve ever driven a snowmobile or a car equipped with a CVT transmission, you’ll know how smooth the engines feel as they shuffle through their “gears”. With the creation of the Wavetrans bicycle transmission, that kind of smoothness could find its way onto your bicycle. The Wavetrans is an electronically controlled drivetrain with a […]

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A week in review: New bikes from Alchemy, Reeb, & Canfield Bros, Cateye’s 6K lumen lite, & Interbike heads East?

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We had an awesome week with all kinds of rad fun stuff piling on our desks. Canfield Brothers’ Balance gets better, Reeb is now canning gears in the new TyREEBdonkadonk, and check out the sweet holiday gift ideas/wishes from Jayson, Steve, Cory & yours truly. Also, Zach, our head editor and fat bike aficionado exposes what he’s been dealing with the last several months after what was a simple everyday crash turned no so simple and the crazy road to his recovery.

Fill up your coffee or grab a stout depending on what time of day it is (if that even matters), and thumb through our extensive coverage from last week…..

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     We had an awesome week with all kinds of rad fun stuff piling on our desks. Canfield Brothers’ Balance gets better, Reeb is now canning gears in the new TyREEBdonkadonk, and check out the sweet holiday gift ideas/wishes from Jayson, Steve, Cory & yours truly. Also, Zach, our head editor and fat bike aficionado exposes what he’s […]

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First Impressions: The Tree Melting Cateye Volt 6000 mega-light

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Of all the products I saw at Interbike, there were a few that I absolutely couldn’t wait to try. The Volt 6000 from Cateye was one that left our entire staff impressed. Having both excitement and doubts regarding the punch of light being as glorious as it was over-kill, I had the Cateye Volt 6000’s battery charging less than a minute after it arrived at my doorstep.

Beam past the break to get my first impression of the brightest light we’ve ever tested…..

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Of all the products I saw at Interbike, there were a few that I absolutely couldn’t wait to try. The Volt 6000 from Cateye was one that left our entire staff impressed. Having both excitement and doubts regarding the punch of light being as glorious as it was over-kill, I had the Cateye Volt 6000’s battery charging less than a […]

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Dugast Ernst CX Prototype Spotted under van Aert, Nys, and Pauwels in recent weeks

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Screen captures provided by a reader from the original public Sporza broadcast.

Eagle-eyed cyclocross fans watching the Bpost bank trofee Flandriencross race in Hamme over the weekend could have seen more than just Wout van Aert getting his muddy revenge on Sven Nys after his last minute defeat in the Koksijde World Cup a week earlier. During their start line closeups Belgian TV coverage Sporza took a few close-up looks at the tires of the first row and found a couple of prototype tubular tires from Dugast. They mentioned that the open blocky tread was reminiscent of motocross tires, and even a similar look to some old Tufo mud tires. Join us after the break for a closer look, and how they tie in to a mountain tire we were shown a prototype of last spring…

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Eagle-eyed cyclocross fans watching the Bpost bank trofee Flandriencross race in Hamme over the weekend could have seen more than just Wout van Aert getting his muddy revenge on Sven Nys after his last minute defeat in the Koksijde World Cup a week earlier. During their start line closeups Belgian TV coverage Sporza took a few close-up looks […]

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