Posts in the category Road Bike

Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Allow Mountain Bikes in the Wilderness Study – Voice your opinion – 100,000 Signatures are needed by May 18th so visit to ask President Obama and the Forest Service to leave these remote areas open to mountain bikes. Do it!
  • 30-Year Old Bike Virgin – Safety concerns and access to a working bike are some of the main reasons why adults don’t ride. PeopleForBikes’ recent U.S. Bicycling Participation Study found that 60% of Americans aged 3-9 biked once a year, compared with 36% of adults ages 25-34. PeopleForBikes talked to two adults who each had their own stories to share about how they became bike riders later in life. Check out the blog post here!
  • ‘Wheels for Meals’ Fundraising Event – The Wheels for Meals Bike Challenge features three community bike rides and three sponsorship levels. Both riders and sponsors are needed to make the event a high-speed success. To be held rain or shine on Saturday, May 30th, this year’s event offers something for everyone with three race levels, a Bike Rodeo for kids and sponsorship opportunities for local businesses. For more information or to register for the Bike Challenge please visit


Subaru Blends Automotive and Bike History for 25th Sea Otter Classic


We often joke that if you’re trying to find a bike event just follow the Subarus and Elements. Judging by the number of people stopping by the Subaru display at Sea Otter for their free coffee for Subaru owners, there were quite a few in attendance. As the title sponsor of the 25th Anniversary Celebration for the Sea Otter Classic, Subaru brought out the history books to display not only some noteworthy vehicles, but an awesome display of two wheeled machinery. In addition to a walk down memory lane Subaru was giving each show goer who stopped by a $1 token that they could choose to donate to the National Park Foundation, Leave No Trace, or International Mountain Bicycling Association.

Sea Otter has come and gone, but if you’re a car buff or a bike buff, you’ll want to see the collection after the break…


Pacenti Cycle Design Updates SL23 Road Rim

Pacenti SL 23

It’s not as radical as their new PDent bar and stem system, but Pacenti just dropped some updates on their SL23 rim. The outside of the rim has been widened by 0.5mm, but the internal width is over 2mm wider making it effectively a wider design. The bead hooks also sit lower for a tubeless friendly rim profile that will seal up with tubeless tape. Available in 20, 24, 28, and 32h versions in 700c, weights are listed at 430g. The rims use a welded joint, bead blasted finish, and a thicker spoke bed for more durability at the nipple junction. Still built from 6061-T6 aluminum, rims will sell for $109 and are available now.


Quarq Brings Crank-Based Power to the People With New Affordable Riken AL

quarq riken al 110bcd chassis front

Following the recent price drop of the RIKEN R, Quarq is apparently furthering its march towards bring crank-based power measurement to the masses through the release of their new RIKEN AL. The new system, priced at a very competitive $799 MSRP (GXP configuration), is available now consumer direct through the Quarq website, and will begin shipping April 23rd. A closer look after the jump… READ MORE ->

Support Your Team and Your Cheeks With FI’ZI:K’s New Aliante Team Edition Road Saddle

Fizik 2015 team Edition Saddle- Team Sky rider

Comfort-wise, there’s no more important part of your bike than the seat. Thankfully today there are a number of companies like FI’ZI:K that put serious consideration into creating a selection of saddles so every rider can find something that works for them. FI’ZI:K’s Aliante series saddle has proven to be a favorite of so many riders, including a long list of professional World Tour racers, that it has been on the market for no less than 16 years. Its carefully balanced design seems to agree with a wide cross-section of cyclists, as the company states in their press release;

“It’s blend of great support, power transfer and comfort helps push riders along faster – and further – whether you’re a professional or an enthusiast.”

The Team Edition is based on FI’ZI:K’s Aliante R3 K:IUM model, but comes emblazoned with the colorways of FI’ZI:K’s sponsored race teams. For 2015 the shape has been refined and improved, plus they’ve employed some new technology and materials to make this their lightest Aliante saddle ever.

Sit down and get comfortable for more details and colorways after the break…

SOC15: Hands on with the Recon Jet Smart Glasses

Recon jet smart glasses sea otter hud heads up display (1)

The future is a confusing place. Cars are still on the ground, I have to pour my own coffee in the morning, and a complete meal still isn’t able to fit inside a tiny pill. However, one bit of futuristic cycling technology is finally here. No, we’re not talking about the latest axle standard for the next generation of tires, but a cycling HUD.

Technicaly, you could view Google Glass or Recon’s own goggles as the first Heads Up Displays available to the cyclist, but the Recon Jet has been designed from the ground up for your athletic pursuits, no goggles required.

Packing an incredible amount of functions into a sleek but somehow awkward looking package, Recon is finally shipping their long awaited Jet smart glasses. The company is still in the process of fulfilling their preorders, but Jets will soon be available for sale if you can see past the price…


SOC15: White Industries launching new XMR “Cross / Mountain / Road” 6-bolt hubs

White Industries XMR 6-bolt disc brake hubs for all types of bicycles

If you recall our NAHBS coverage of White Industries, they showed an early prototype of some new 6-bolt hubs. Now, they have a name and Alec White was ready to reveal the new internals.

A new pawl mechanism doubles the number of teeth on the ratchet ring and puts two teeth per pawl. That not only doubles the pawls’ grabbing points for better bite, it also doubles the possible points of engagement to 48. The result is a snappier 7.5° engagement, half of the originals.

This new pawl and ratchet system will launch on the new XMR (‘Cross / Mountain / Road) hubs, which will replace the MI6 and CX11 as the 6-bolt offering.


Berliner 2015: Stelbel Frames, the Modern Revival of Italian Steel Innovation


At the Berlin bike show Continental was showing their tires on a couple of lovely looking steel bikes from a small Italian builder named Stelbel. The bikes had some unique details that jumped out at us, so we had a talk with their head guy at the show and got some history and details. The bikes got their start with Stelio Belletti, an Italian mechanical engineer from a motorcycling and aeronautics background, that pioneered TIG welded bike frames in the early 70s outside of Milan. After almost 20 years of welding bikes, including the bikes of a Polish team that won a team time trial world championship in 1975 the first year he was building bikes, personal problems shuttered the company for another 20 years.

But with some modern interest from the tech savvy team at Cicli Corsa, a collaboration was formed to bring Belletti back to is business and to revive Stelbel with a simple idea: stay true to the past, while continuing to experiment and innovate. With that the reinvigorated team at Stelbel has been bringing back their classics and developing modern interpretations based on modern materials, skilled craftsmanship, and an excellent attention to detail.

Join us after the jump for full details on the new bikes and the still-available classic that started it all…


SOC15: DT Swiss reboots Mon Chasseral road wheels in carbon, 27.5+ rims & carbon OPM Race fork closeup

2016 DT Swiss Mon Chasseral carbon fiber road bike wheelset

The Mon Chasseral was DT Swiss’ first real complete road wheel, which was all alloy at its inception in 2005. Now, the name is back, but it’s gone to mostly carbon with all-new carbon hubs and carbon rims.

The hub is based on their 180 but with a new carbon fiber shell. The front hub’s shell is full carbon, and the rear is mostly so with an alloy spoke flange on the driveside. It’s packed with their top of the line SINC ceramic bearings. They designed the bearings, having them manufactured and sized specifically for these hubs rather than taking something off the shelf and building the rest of the parts to fit them. The cartridge is about the same size as others, but inside, the ball is made to their spec to control the tolerances. Altogether, the hub set is about 30g lighter than a stock 180.

The rim is their current tubeless ready carbon clincher that’s on the RC28 wheelset. The spokes are DT Aerolite, 18 front and 24 rear. Wheelset weight is 1280, and price is $TBD. Available in August.

More pics and other new stuff below…