Posts in the category Road Bike

Aero Wars: Scott’s New Foil is Faster, Lighter, More Integrated and Compliant


PHOTOS: Michael Rauschendorfer

Just five days from now, the 2015 Tour de France will be getting underway with the Grand Départ from Utrecht, Netherlands. The start of the race not only means the grand tour is back, but also means we’ll be seeing a number of new bikes under various teams like the new Scott Foil. Judging by the amount of improved aero product popping up lately, it seems aerodynamics are still king, at least until the UCI lowers the minimum weight limit…

First introduced in 2010/11 with the F01 Aero concept, the newest Foil continues Scott’s aerodynamic works with improvements to the frame and a new aero cockpit from Syncros. All in, the new frame is lighter, more comfortable, more aerodynamic, and most importantly – faster…


Foundry Cycles Re-enters the Road Market with the All-new Chilkoot


Foundry Cycles continues its foray into titanium frame design, with the release of the Chilkoot, the brand’s reintroduction into the road market. Designed with modern performance road geometry in mind and constructed with Foundry’s proprietary 3AL/2.5V double-butted titanium tubes, this frame will possibly outlive would-be owners…


PC15: Sneak Peek at Ridley’s All-Road “X-Project” Plus Debut of Racy Fenix SL



In addition to bikes like the Noah and the Helium, Ridley came to Press Camp with two new road models that fall comfortably outside the realm of race scalpels in their line-up. The Fenix SL is a complete revamp of the Fenix endurance road model to be faster, lighter, and more aero, but with an emphasis on increased compliance in the frameset and complete bike configuration. Then there is something Ridley is calling the “X-Project” – their multi-surface slayer yet to be officially named. It has all the clearance and geometry allowances needed for big tires, but a wheelbase and bottom bracket placement very much in line with skinny road models. Just don’t call it a gravel bike, says Richard Wittenburg, Ridley’s Vice President of Operations…

486,000 Pedal Strokes?! Check Out These Amazing Stats on The Tour De France

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As the worlds largest spectator sporting event, the Tour De France is ‘kinda a big deal’ with roughly 12 million people lining the roadsides to catch the action first hand. If competing in an event of such magnitude seems daunting, just imagine organizing something of this scale. Parcelhero’s Mark Bunce provided us with a nifty informative image detailing all the staggering statistics of the Tour, from the 140 wheels each team brings along to the 252 McDonald’s cheeseburgers that equate to the calories each racer burns during the event.

This year’s Tour De France runs from July 4th to July 25th, featuring 21 stages that cover a total distance of 3360 kms (2088 miles). The route is comprised of nine flat stages, three hill stages, seven mountain stages with five altitude finishes, one individual time-trial stage, one team time-trial stage, and two rest days. Also, six new stage cities have signed on for 2015 including Utrecht, Zélande, Livarot, La Pierre-Saint-Martin, Muret, and Sèvres – Grand Paris Seine Ouest.

Click below the break to see the infographic showing the Tour De France’s amazing stats and figures…

Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


About the Video: It’s the story of four, high school “student athlete” mountain bikers who wanted to give back for their senior project by building and repairing the singletrack they pedaled weekly. Our Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew spent a weekend helping them and their classmates learn sustainable trail work.


  • We Built That – Great mountain bike projects aren’t possible without your support. Want to see more resources go to hometown trails? Give today to the IMBA Trail Fund and they’ll put your dollars toward supporting enthusiastic trail builders like this all across the U.S.


Hit the boards with new single-speed Zipp 404 & 808 Firecrest Wheels for the Track


Zipp has been making their wheels a bit more versatile over the past couple years, adding more clincher and disc brake options and more depths, such that you can likely find something for any type of road-ish build you’re doing. And if you’re willing to settle for alloy rims, they even (finally) have a tubeless ready wheel.

Now, that list of builds can include your track bike thanks to the new Zipp 404 / 808 Firecrest Track wheels with all-new 333 single speed track hubs.

Built with their standard 404 and 808 tubular carbon rims, both are laced with Sapim CX-Ray black spokes and secure-lock nipples. The 404s are laced 2x with 28 spokes per wheel, and the deeper 808s get 2x lacing with 20 spokes up front and 24 in the rear. Pricing, weights and more below…


Canyon Brings Updates to their New Ultimate CF SLX Road Racer


Leading up to next months attempt at the Tour de France, 2014 Giro winner Nairo Quintana and his Movistar teammates introduced a new grand tour road machine from consumer-direct Canyon this week at their Service Course in Pamplona, Spain. The new 4th generation Canyon Ultimate builds on the tech of the previous bike and 10 years of Canyon’s Ultimate moniker.

As market demands (hype?) require, the bike gets lighter (a tiny bit), more comfortable, and more aero. But Canyon has actually done a few interesting things to hit those last two upgrades. Roll on past the break for more details, pics, starting price, and availability…


Interview: Jeremy SyCip, SyCip Designs


Having apprenticed under Paul Sadoff for years at Rock Lobster and gotten his formal building education at UBI with Albert Eisentraut as his instructor, Jeremy SyCip got his start with a heck of a frame building pedigree. In recently downsizing his operation from a massive space in bustling downtown Santa Rosa to his home garage, Jeremy SyCip has embraced efficiency with fewer machines, less time in commute, and less time walking across the factory floor between building operations. I spoke with him about getting his start and some of his more recent projects in this shop at the SyCip Family Compound near Annandale State Park… READ MORE ->

Save Five Minutes With New Specialized Evade Helmet, Skinsuit, S-Works Shoes (And Venge ViAS)

Specialized Five Minute ProductsIn addition to the all new Venge ViAS, Specialized has launched several new products that they claim will help even ordinary riders save five minutes on an average ride.    READ MORE ->