Posts in the category Road Bike

Be on the Look out for Counterfeit 695 Carbon Frames


The latest version of “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is,” comes to us from Look Cycle. Stating that the sale of counterfeit 695 and 695 Lite frames recently came to their attention, Look is warning against purchase of Chinese copies. Closely resembling the Look 695, the bikes are not actually made by Look and will not be covered for defects, quality issues, or frame failures. Look stresses that since there is no control over the quality of the frames, the counterfeits post a safety threat to the rider.

After a quick search online, the frames in question are fairly easy to find and include a large amount of information copied directly from the Look catalog. Look recommends purchasing their bikes only through authorized dealers and distributors and asks for anyone with uncertainty towards the validity of a frame to email Look at

Selle San Marco Joins Up With Team Cinelli Chrome For A Concor Saddle Collabo

CinelliXChrome-Concor-Saddle The Selle San Marco Concor saddle has been around since 1978, long enough to have a cult-like following. The first-ever anatomically designed saddle revolutionized the industry, using a nylon base and foam padding. While not exactly the same as the famous original, the current Concor uses the advances of modern technology, now featuring Bioform padding, carbon fiber reinforced shell, and a Leather/Microfeel cover.

Cinelli has teamed up with Selle San Marco for a new collaboration for the Cinelli Chrome team. The $118.03 saddle is based on the Concor UP model, and features custom graphics for the team. The Bioform padding is a closed-cell foam that will not absorb water, and the Microfeel fabric cover has a grippy anti-ski property, perfect for the fixie racing team. Combine that with the Xsilite rails, and you have a nice high-end saddle worthy of the Concor name.

Jump past the break for glamour shots and a link to Cinelli’s Winged Store, where it is available…


Must Watch: Boris vs NYC, Can You Ride a Citibike up Mount Washington?

If you ride a bike, you have undoubtedly conquered some personal goals. For some, it’s that pursuit of finding your perceived limits and pushing past them that keeps the pedals turning. After riding a Boris bike up Mt. Ventoux (above), it was time for Rob Holden to find a new challenge. That challenge? Riding our Boris bike equivalent, the Citibike up the side of the 6,288ft Mount Washington in New Hampshire.

Not hard enough? Now imagine trying to do the same task, but also fly from London, UK and back, all within 36 hours. Did Rob make it? Follow along with Airspace Media after the jump…


British Bulldog and King of The Cobbles in White are the Latest Thrones for your Bike


Subtle really isn’t part of Thrones’ vocabulary. From the beginning, the Australian saddle company has been about creative designs that eschew the traditional, boring black saddle. Instead, the loud, colorful designs make the perfect thrones for your bike with styles to fit a number of personalities.

All based on the same saddle platform, the similarity allows Thrones to instead focus on the design with the occasional special edition thrown in for good measure. Now, Thones is adding two new models to the mix with the King of the cobbles in white and the British Bulldog. Details next…


Closeup look at Cycles ED unique, custom bi-planar bicycle hubs


We caught a glimpse of Cycles ED’s biplanar hubs at the Philly Bike Expo, but our attention was mainly drawn to his amazing lugs and frame. Afterward, we reached out to get a little more info on the hubs, which turn out to be equally elaborate and attention worthy.

A custom made frame is one thing. A custom hub is far, far rarer, but each rear hub from Ed Jones is unique, made from hand and uses a lacing and flange pattern that’s unlike anything mass produced. They’re all made on a 1946 South Bend Lathe, which came from Keswick Bicycle Shop, and there’s a story behind all that. As a kid, Ed escaped a troubled home life by working at the shop, and eventually the owner, Rich Norman, gave him a key and invited him to retreat there any time he needed. The shop owner saw the need, and Ed found beauty in the bikes and the safety. That outlook has continued, except now he’s looking for that same beauty and uniqueness in his customers, letting it inspire his design for their bikes. Or hubs…


Special Edition Rolf Prima Vigor FX Wheels Released – All Polished or Blacked Out

Rolf Prima Vigor FX limited edition polished silver or matte black track bike wheels

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Vigor FX special edition series, Rolf Prima has put out two options for you – polished silver or matte black.

Designed as a track wheel but equally adept on city bikes, the Vigor FX wheels use rims made in house in their Eugene, OR, headquarters with U.S. made hubs and are handbuilt in the USA. They’re pretty limited in supply, and they say some have already snuck outta the building…


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Spin Cycle: Cleaning Up With Investors After Bootstrapping A Business by OPEN Forum. Each week, MSNBC’s Your Business features experts to share their secrets for improving your business. This week they featured Wash Cycle Laundry in Philadelphia.
  • Trek Travel is now offering their lightest road bike, the Trek Emonda SLR™ to their fleet. So now when you’re touring with Trek Travel in the rugged Alps of France or Italy’s Dolomite Mountains you’ll have the option to upgrade to the lightest production road bike ever built.
  • Kogel Bearings is offering 20% off store wide on their web site until December 24 . Use code ‘HOLIDAY20S’ at check-out. This offer extends to IBDs as well. Shops can contact Kogel Bearings via to take advantage.
  • Access to sweet singletrack in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests may be in jeopardy. Please Comment on Timber Production, Wilderness Designations, and Management Prescriptions in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests by January 6th, 2015 by going to this email address: and let them know you that do not support USFS timber production in areas of the forests with heavy recreational use.
  • Increased travel costs and a desire to become healthier are fuelling a revolution on the roads. Lots of people are cycling and as a result professional drivers need to become more and more aware of how to act around this new wave of vulnerable road users. The UK’s leading Cycle Training Organisation…BikeRight! who train over 20,000 individuals each year in cycling safety and maintenance have launch a new series of training courses aimed at shared road use in the urban environment.
  • Beginning in April 2015 Phil Brotherton will spend roughly 3 months travelling across 12 countries to raise money for the Royal British Legion and the German Volksbund. His journey, The Trail of Poppies, will cover 3500 miles whilst leaving a trail of 2015 Poppies as a sign of remembrance to all who died from both sides in the Great War. You can also follow Phil’s preparation and progress on his Facebook page.
  • The awesome features of TICKR X and TICKR RUN are now available on the Wahoo Fitness App for Android! Be sure to download the Wahoo Fitness App in the Google Play Store.
  • Gravel Grinder News has merged with Riding Gravel. After a lot of work on both sites separately, Guitar Ted and Ben Welnak, have brought their collective works together into one source for riders. Follow this link for more details about the merger.

Mavic 125th Anniversary Edition Seven Axiom SL Auction to Benefit Davis Phinney Foundation

If you missed the first Mavic 125th Anniversary charity auction, the custom Ritte Vlaanderen ended up going for $5,300. That’s a lot of money for a bike, but still a bargain for the components, build, and custom paint job. Now, Mavic is at it again and teaming up with Seven Cycles for the second and final 125th anniversary charity auction.

While all the proceeds from the Ritte sale went to World Bicycle Relief, Seven has chosen the Davis Phinney Foundation as a worthy recipient. Up for grabs is this Seven Cycles x Mavic 125th Axiom SL with a 54cm top tube. The winner of the auction will also receive two special edition Rapha Sportwool jerseys autographed by Olympic medalist, Tour De France Stage winner, and National Champion Davis Phinney as well as 12 time national champion, World Champion medalist, and Olympic gold medalist Connie Carpenter-Phinney.

Get the bike details plus how to bid, next….


Review: Rolf Ares4 Disc Brake, Carbon Fiber Road Bike Wheels

Rolf Prima Ares 4 carbon disc brake road bike wheels long term review

After beating the snot out of their Ralos CXC carbon 29er wheels last summer and riding away very impressed with their durability, I was curious if that same quality transferred to their road wheels. Over the summer and through the fall, I’ve been testing the mid-height Rolf Prima Ares4 disc brake road wheels aboard my Alchemy, and, sure enough, they met all expectactions.

Designed to be light, fast and generally capable of anything, the Ares 4 comes in at 42mm deep with a slightly bulged aero shaped rim. It’s available for rim brakes, too, but it’s the disc brake version that was tested. They say it’s perfectly fine for cyclocross, however my testing was on pavement and gravel/dirt roads only, on which it excelled…