Posts in the category Road Bike

Road to NAHBS 2015: Retrotec Returns To Fat

Retrotec NAHBS 2015 head tube fillet di2 port

Due to a last minute change in plans, the ever-charming Curtis Inglis of Retrotec is suddenly making an appearance at NAHBS this year.  Having taken a few years off of showing fat bikes, we can look forward to Curtis making a triumphant return to the category with a Twin Fat featuring state-of-the-art specifications.  Also, be sure to look out for a deeply custom Sierra Leone-themed 29+ non-suspensioned corrected build.  Curtis and his legendary sense of humor after the jump. READ MORE ->

Reynolds Cycling ATR gets official, new carbon wheels for gravel & cyclocross!

Reynolds ATR 2015-3

We first spotted these at Interbike last year where they were hidden behind the desk as a spiff for dealers that signed on to stock Reynolds wheels for 2015. Plans for production were nonexistent, but interest must’ve been pretty high because now they’re available to all.

With the burgeoning participation in gravel riding and cyclocross racing, the new Reynolds ATR (All Terrain Road) disc brake carbon wheelset is their answer to the varied terrain those disciplines see.

The wheelset uses their tubeless ready Trail carbon mountain bike rim drilled with a lighter spoke lacing pattern and their road disc brake hubs. That means lighter weight than if you were to use a 29er MTB wheelset, and the wide profile rim should provide plenty of durability over rough and loose terrain and let you run low, tube-free air pressures for more comfort and traction… READ MORE ->

Review: Louis Garneau WINDTEX Eco-Flex II cold weather gloves

Louis Garneau Windtex Eco-Flex 2 gloves

Back when I was a BMXing teen in Ontario, I decided a good pair of cold weather gloves would be worth buying. A car was still a few years off, and the weather wasn’t going to keep me from hanging out with my friends in June, October or January. I bought a pair of Louis Garneau winter gloves and instantly loved them for being thin but surprisingly warm.

Unfortunately, I lost one of those gloves and missed them dearly for several years. After finding a new home in Pemberton, B.C. and diving into the MTB scene, I finally decided to get another pair for last fall’s final trail rides. I found the updated gloves, now known as the WINDTEX Eco Flex 2 and reunited myself with an old friend. As suggested by the above photo, I’m quite happy with them.

Find out why the Eco-Flex 2 deserves two thumbs up after the jump…


Ritchey Logic C260, C220 & 4-Axis Stems – Weighed & First Impressions


At Eurobike and Interbike last fall we got a first glance at some new stems from Ritchey but wanted a deeper look. Their range of stems now includes three variations on how much the stem body wraps around the 31.8mm clamping surface of your handlebar. The thinking goes that the more the wrap, the smaller the faceplate needs to be, the lighter the faceplate bolts can be, all while creating a stem/bar interface that is lighter and stronger. The only problem is that more wrap creates some mounting complications. To test out how user-friendly each stem was and how they worked on various bars, Ritchey let us try one of each: the 180° wrap carry over 4-Axis stem, the 260° wrap C260 that was brought to market back in 2012, and a newly introduced 220° wrap C220.

Follow past the break to see what our experience has been and how we’ll likely use each type…


Bontrager Aeolus aero carbon wheels get lighter, wider & tubeless, plus disc brake options!


Combining all of our favorite features into one, the new Bontrager Aeolus D3 wheels are looking like category killers by going wider and lighter and adding disc brake compatibility.

Across the entire line of depths ranging from 30 to 50 to 70 to 90 millimeters in depth, all of the clincher rims get lighter by up to 110g per pair. And, the clincher rims increase to a healthy 19.5mm internal width between the bead hooks (27mm external) and get their proven TLR (TubeLess Ready) design. All depths come in both clincher and tubular options, and the 3 and 5 series get disc brake options with hubs ready for Shimano’s CenterLock rotors.

All of them use the D3 shaping to improve aerodynamics on both leading and trailing edges, and they’ve got a detailed white paper (PDF) that explains their aero shaping, theory and test results. The short of it is pretty standard for modern aero wheels: it’s designed to reduce drag on both the tire-leading and rim-leading sides while also improving stability in crosswinds. In this day and age, those are simply the minimum requirements to play ball, it’s the other features that make ‘em worth a look…


ENVE Fills Out M-Series with new Mountain Stem, Plus New SES 4.5 Clincher and Tubular for Road

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You’ve got the ENVE M-Series Wheels, a riser bar, maybe even an ENVE seatpost. However, if you’re looking to complete your ENVE build on your trail or Enduro bike, the last piece of the puzzle is here. ENVE’s new Mountain Stem picks up where their Road Stems leave off with bar holders all the way down to the stubby 40mm. Claiming the best strength to weight ratio of any all mountain stem on the market, the carbon stem should be a perfect complement to your ride…


Review: Carbon Railed WTB Volt Saddle

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Saddle preference is about as subjective as someone’s spicey food tolerance. Make that salsa too hot, or embark on too long a ride with a saddle that just isn’t right, and you’ll often end up wearing the same pain face.

While Fi’zi:k saddles go over as well with my butt as ornery Mexican food, WTB saddles have always felt just right, so I was very excited when they offered to send out a weight weenie saddle for a Santa Cruz Highball project. READ MORE ->

First look at Mason Cycles complete new steel, alloy road bikes

Mason Progressive Cycles Resolution Columbus steel road bike frame with disc brakes

A few weeks back, we showed you some up close teaser images of Mason Cycle’s upcoming road bikes, and now we’ve got the first look at the complete bike studio shots from Julian Ward.

The blue bike is the Resolution Columbus steel frame, and the black bike is Definition Dedacciai aluminium. Both are shown with the Shimano 105 build with hydraulic disc brakes. Other options include 105/TRP Spyre Mechanical, Ultegra Hydro/Mechanical, and Ultegra Di2/Hydro. A DuraAce Di2/Hydro build is available as a special order.

Check out other build details and closeups below…


Wolf Tooth Components Turns Out Stainless DM Chainrings, Ovals, and More

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At this point Wolf Tooth Components has just about mastered the art of aluminum narrow wide chainrings, so they are trying something new. Instead of aluminum, the newest WTC direct mount chainring will be machined from stainless steel. Targeting the SRAM Direct Mount market, the stainless rings will start with a 24t model with a 26 or 28t possibly on the way based on demand.

If you found that surprising, just wait until you see the prototype for their next aluminum chainring…