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Rapha Team Sky Road Race Mesh Skinsuit Sheds Heat, Drag & Humility

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Spandex in and of itself is already pretty revealing. One of the first things beginner cyclists have to learn is how to be comfortable in the stretchy pants – and your own skin. The Rapha Road Race Mesh Skinsuit has taken that to the next level. One step short of nearly nude, the skinsuit is built for the hottest days on the bike in places like Australia, Qatar, and Oman. Most of us mortals would wilt under the heat of the desert sun just watching the race, let alone performing at the levels of Team Sky. To help ensure their athletes stay as cool as possible, the new skinsuit helps shed the heat, while leaving little to the imagination.

All is revealed after the break.


Felt Goes Big on Enduro, Announces new 2014 Team Lineup

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Enduro isn’t going away any time soon, in fact it looks like 2014 is shaping up to be the biggest year yet for the newest mountain bike discipline. Proof of that is Felt’s new Enduro Team roster that is seven riders strong. Making up the team for 2014 are Casey Coffman, Charlie Sponsel, Jon Wilson, Cody Phillips, John Clark, Jeremiah Newman and Jake Dore (not pictured). Team members will be racing the 150-160mm travel, 26″ wheeled Compulsion series, or the 130mm travel, 29″ wheeled Virtue Nine series.


Niner Hopping the Barrier to Cyclocross? Plus, New Single Chainring & Orange JET9

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Niner Bikes has just unveiled Niner Orange, a juicy new option for the JET9 Carbon frames and bikes. The complete bikes are available in three builds, from SLX to XT to X01. More pics after the break.

They’ve also cranked out their own narrow/wide chainring called Ringalicious. It’s CNC’d from 7075 alloy and designed specifically for 1x systems. It’ll also work with singlespeeds, matching up with their Cogalicious rear cog. For now, it’s offered in a 32 tooth count only, 104BCD. Weight is 43g (claimed) and comes with Niner chainring bolts. Available in anodized black or titanium (finish, not material) for $54.99. Hits stores January 24.

Now, about that cyclocross rumor. They just sent out PR about sponsoring the CLIF Bar MTB and CX team for the 2014-15 season, starting on their mountain bikes as of right now. With both pro and development squads on the bikes, it’s our bet there’s more than the recently introduced RLT9 gravel bike on the horizon. That one starts shipping February 13, which leaves quite a bit of year for something more CX specific to run up the line. Read between the lines of the full PR at bottom of the post…


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Brompton’s 2014 World Championships will be held at Goodwood Motor Circuit and Aerodrome near Chichester, UK, on July 26-27th.
  • This years’ Muir’s Ride will be May 15-18th and cover 200 miles following the footsteps of naturalist John Muir from the Bay Area to Yosemite National Park. This ride is fully supported and raises money for the Restore Hetch Hetchy organization. For more information and to register, go here.
  • Racer-X has announced 2014′s Enduro-X race series dates, including a new Summit-X benefit race.
  • Hincapie Sports has announced it’s 2014 Spring Racing Series dates for Greenville, SC.
  •’s Fantasy Cycling league is back this year with prizes awarded by sponsor Wiggle. The season begins January 21st with the start of the Tour Down Under.
  • Rouleur’s “Rouleur Centenary Tour de France,” a special issue highlighting the 100th Tour de France in photography and special articles, is now available to preview and purchase.
  • Dash Cycles is having a sale on all of their padded saddles through January 22nd in honor of their new website going live. Saddles will be marked down to $399 from $465. See Tyler’s review of their Strike 9 saddle here.
  • is a brand new free online route planner that you can use to map and measure routes, specifically aimed at walkers, runners and cyclists.
  • There’s a petition on that asks the Georgia Bicycle Racing Association to reinstate 3 Junior Female categories to the 2014 State Championships. This is an important thing to do if we want to encourage our young female cyclists. To find out more and to sign the petition go here.
  • Giving back just got easier. KindHuman, the company that came up with the Take the Lead Cycling Scholarship, just substantially lowered the price of their carbon Kampionne to help get people on bikes, and give back. Originally $1924 for the frameset, they are now selling for $1495.

Just In: Trek Factory Racing Domane Classics Edition

Trek Domane Team Issue Race Shop title

Bring on the cobbles. Just after introducing the new Trek Factory Racing team on Friday, a special delivery showed up at our door step. One that was painted in Trek Factory Racing colors, and happens to be the very same frame that Trek’s pro racers use for Spring Classics and other rides where comfort and the ability to power over rough terrain is key. Of course I’m referring to the 2014 Trek Factory Racing Classics edition of the Trek Domane – the bike that introduced the IsoSpeed decoupler. Substantially limiting the amount of chatter felt by the rider at the saddle, IsoSpeed works well enough that they recently added to their latest cyclocross bike which certainly didn’t hold Sven Nys back on his way to yet another Belgian National Cyclocross championship.

On the road side, the Domane Classics edition was ridden to victory by Cancellara at the 2013 Paris-Roubaix. While the Classics edition won’t give you the legs of Spartacus, it will give you cobble eating performance with what was formerly a pro only fit.


Trek Introduces Trek Factory Racing, Plus Sneak Peek at new Bontrager Aero Helmet


Centered at the Velodrome de Roubaix, Trek introduced their new Trek Factory Racing team to a number of fans and retailers. Starting with a modified Tour of Flanders ride, Trek went on to introduce the new team kit, bikes, and gear, which you can get a quick look at, after the break.


POC Announces 3 Year Partnership with Team Garmin-Sharp

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If you read between the lines with POC’s “garminum” blue colorway from our coverage of the POC AVIP launch you probably saw this coming. If not, it’s now official – POC is the new helmet and glasses sponsor for Team Garmin-Sharp starting now, and continuing for the next three years. POC is making big strides in the road cycling world, first with the launch of the safety oriented AVIP line, the recent announcement of a partnership with Volvo Car Group to focus on bike-car safety, and now the announcement of the Team Garmin-Sharp sponsorship that will lead to the development of additional road products in the future based on the input of the team.

In addition to the Octal, Octal Aero, and Tempor TT helmet, the Garmin-Sharp team will be using POC’s eyewear like the new Do Blade – which was developed in collaboration with Garmin-Sharp’s Ryder Hesjedal, and Olympic TT Silver medalist Gustav Larsson.

More after the break.


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Photo credit: Foster + Partners

Photo credit: Foster + Partners

  • An innovative idea coming out of London with SkyCycle (rendered above) – a proposed bicycle freeway suspended above London’s rail tracks to provide safe cycle routes throughout the city. Using existing rail infrastructure, SkyCycle would be built on pylons above the tracks and would be installed using a system “akin to a tunnel-boring machine, but happening above ground” letting the train system continue operations throughout construction.
  • The city of Ogden, Utah, is expanding it’s bicycle friendly-ness with the addition of 6 bicycle repair stations around the city this spring.
  • Rottua is holding an Instagram photo contest to win a pair of their Water Dog sandals that use MTB tire treads for straps. Enter before January 12th by tagging your best trail photo with #rottuasandals and the location.
  • is asking for your help to cover CXNATS. Event coverage will contain: “Short highlights of ALL age category races and interviews with podium finishers, Interviews with Elite racers, even ones OUTSIDE the top 5 or even 10, and Goofy interviews with Ultra Enduro Dyude, Super Endurance Guy, and Christopher Walken.” Spearheaded by Thom Parsons, you can be assured your donation will not disappoint.
  • BikeBiz reports that the UCI has softened it’s stance on rider positioning for professional bike racing.
  • Specialized has recalled two of their commuter bicycles, the Source Eleven and Source Expert Disc, due to a fall hazard. More info here.

SRAM To Offer Free Hydraulic Brake Exchange and Install at US Cross Nationals

Us Cyclocross nationals

Photo c. USA Cycling

As the latest in the ongoing saga of SRAM’s hydraulic road brake recall, SRAM recently announced that they would be offering a free brake exchange and install at this month’s US Cyclocross Nationals. Timing of the recall certainly wasn’t ideal for the end of cross season for riders who had just switched over to disc brakes, and as SRAM’s Global Marketing Driector, David Zimberoff put it, “The recall has especially impacted the US cyclocross community in advance of Nationals.  Our race tech staff will work to be sure that any affected athletes bikes are race ready.”

Open to any “amateur athletes” with hydraulic disc brakes (though rim brake service will be available as well),  those with recalled brakes can drop by the SRAM tech truck for a free replacement and exchange onsite starting at 8:00 AM, Tuesday, Jan. 7. Hydraulic brakes and shifters will be exchanged and replaced with a mechanical disc brake system to use until the replacement hydraulic disc brakes are available.

Anyone who is able to make it to the venue will be able to have their brakes exchanged, though riders that are racing Cross nationals will have priority. Rider who register for the recall onsite can expect same day service. SRAM is planning to have extra staff available at Nationals to help with any questions regarding the recall, and further information and updates can be found on the recall mini site.