Posts in the category Road Bike

EB14: Konstructive Weaves A Brand from High End Carbon

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While the big brands have mass produced carbon bikes on lock down, there is one area where the smaller brands will always have an edge – custom frames. If you’re spending big bucks on a carbon frame it should be to your liking, right? That’s where companies like Konstructive come in with the ability to offer extremely light carbon frames tailored to an individual rider.

Based out of Berlin, all of the Konstructive frames are designed in Germany and then produced inside of Europe. Utilizing a tube to tube construction method, the company is able to offer truly custom geometry with the expense of producing individual molds. Add to that a custom paint program on some extremely light frames and Konstructive’s edge begins to take shape.

Check out their impressive carbon construction plus a number of new frames next…

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IB14: Wheels Manufacturing Eccentric Bottom Bracket Gets Official

We spotted the new Wheels Manufacturing eccentric bottom bracket in prototype form this summer, and now it’s official. The precision milled part will fit BB30 and PFBB30 frames, converting any into a singlespeed bike.

The Enduro ABEC5 angular contact bearings fit a 24mm spindle, with versions for Shimano definitely and SRAM GXP. The outer pieces are machined from aluminum and use steel bolts to snug it into the frame and hold position. It’ll fit both 68mm and 73mm BB shells.

Around $125 retail, price will be finalized and production started for November delivery. More pics below…

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Found: Repete Cycles Handmade Columbus Steel Frames From The Czech Republic

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Repete Cycles was born from the desire of Mikolas Vovervka and Robin Fišer to design and create their own frames. Entirely hand built in the Czech Republic, the duo are creating the frames from Columbus Niobium tube sets right in the heart of Prague. While they make the frames, they are concentrating on the package of the entire bicycle, working with a wide array of component manufacturers, and custom painting or modifying the parts to create the custom bike as a complete package.

Starting with a road bike and a track bike, but promising more to come, the frames have a unique look for steel……

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Clothing Roundup: Get Ready for Cool Weather with Hincapie, Bellwether, Funkier & Pere Performance

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Depending on where you are in the country, the cool weather of fall is either coming very shortly, or has already arrived.  Here in Minnesota, we have already been riding with frost in the mornings.  Proper gear is essential to be comfortable riding, and as riders
all over stretch the seasons, lots of new cold weather gear is hitting the market.

Bellwether has been around since 1973, leading the way back then with some of the first lycra/nylon cycling shorts. They have been through some rough patches, and are now trying to re-establish themselves with a new line of products. Coldfront is the windproof side designed to minimize exposure, and Aqua-NO is waterproof so you can ride through the worst conditions. There is a large line of new products, but the riding jackets and gloves featuring the new technologies are leading the rebirth of the brand.

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IB14: Hedrick Cycles Bends Convention w/ New Version4 Road Frame

Hedrick Cycles Version4 carbon fiber road bike frameset - BIKE

Hedrick Cycles is a California brand launched by Carson Hedrick to honor his late father, Steven, a longtime cycling staple of the SoCal scene. Walking through their booth, I noticed the distinct lack of variation, which was intentional. They want to build one bike for a category and they want it to be the best. The pictures here don’t quite do it justice – the unique angles and tube shapes are eye-catching without being obnoxiously different for different’s sake. And each bend, curve and turn serves a purpose.

Made in Taiwan, the frames are 100% designed by Hedrick and are their own. Carson told us: “We take a lot of time and pride in the designs that we release. For the current Version4 (our flagship model) we wanted to produce a truly all-around road bike. We have built in aero features, such as proprietary tube shapes and hidden brakes.”

After the frames are made, they head to CA for paint and assembly. Here’s how it all comes together…

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First Impressions & Actual Weights: Recon’s 161g Titanium 11-Speed Road Cassette

Recon Titanium road bike cassette actual weight and early review

After testing the 120g alloy Recon race day cassette, we sent the link to Fair Wheel Bikes, not quite sure how they’d take it. After all, I snapped more than one tooth off that one and relegated it to use on the trainer. Fortunately, they appreciated the honesty and said it sounded about right, then offered up the more durable titanium version for review.

And here we are. Also made by Recon, the 6AL/4V titanium model uses two 3-cog clusters on the big end of the cassette -the largest of which sits on an alloy carrier- followed by individual cogs and spacer rings for the remainder. The 11-tooth cog is made from steel. It’s available in silver and gold, and the price is a whopping $320.

Here’s how that compares to SRAM, Shimano and Campy…

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Kinetic Announces New Consumer Website with 30 Days of inRide Contest

Kinetic inride appKnown for their bright green trainers, Kinetic is beefing up the digital side of their business with an all new consumer website and redeveloped inRide App. Designed to help consumers get the most from their trainers or find the right model to fit their needs, the new page makes it easier to find product info, technical documents, training advice, videos and more.

Also on the electronic side, the company has revamped their inRide power-meter application designed to work with any of their trainers. The system includes bluetooth sensors for speed and cadence as well as heart rate which communicate through the improved app for iOS devices.

As a way to get the word out about their new website and reworked inRide app, Kinetic is running the 30 Days of inRide contest where they will give away an inRide bundle every day for 30 days. Follow the instruction here and correctly answer the questions for your chance to win.

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Lizard Skins Announces New Colors of DSP Bar Tape

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Lizard Skins has announced 5 new colors in their DSP handlebar tape line.  DSP, standing for “Durasoft Polymer”, is a grippy, yet soft bar tape that we reviewed in the 2.5mm thickness. The company had one of the most unique marketing approaches I have seen, wrapping all of the door handles of the Eurobike venue for the past several years, so I can attest, it feels pretty grippy.

The tape is available in 2 thicknesses, 2.5mm and 3.2mm, and one pretty cool feature is that in the 2.5mm thickness, you can select a dual-color transition that has one color below the hoods, and a different color above the hoods. In the 2.5mm thickness, the new colors are Neon Yellow, Brown and Cobalt Blue, in 3,2mm the new color is Green, and in dual-color, there is Black and Neon Yellow.

Just In: Bontrager Affinity Elite TLR Road/CX Disc Wheels & CX0 and CX3 Tubeless Tires

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Bontrager’s Affinity Elite TLR wheel set is listed as Road disc, but this time of year for us that means they double as a cyclocross wheelset. Bontrager seems to think so to as the wheels were shipped with their new tubeless CX0 and CX3 cyclocross tires.

A lot has changed in the world of cyclocross technology recently which means buying a new wheel set can be a tricky proposition if you want them to have any chance of being future proof. Fortunately the Affinity wheels are a versatile design that are equally at home on your bike or in the pits…

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