Diamondback revamps the Century & Airén endurance road families

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Diamondback may be better known for their mountain bikes, but the company has also offered a line of road bikes for some time. While the top level Podium seems to get all of the press, Diamondback has bikes for non-racers too. Remastered by Diamondback is the Century and Airén, their men’s and women’s endurance road bikes. Upgraded in these new iterations include geometry, design, and frame capabilities.

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Diamondback may be better known for their mountain bikes, but the company has also offered a line of road bikes for some time. While the top level Podium seems to get all of the press, Diamondback has bikes for non-racers too. Remastered by Diamondback is the Century and Airén, their men’s and women’s endurance road bikes. Upgraded in these new […]

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PC16: Cannondale introduces SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc, rigid Slate Apex, full flight road

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Last year at Press Camp, representatives from Cannondale presented product practically giddy about what was coming for this season across all categories. It turns out, there is a lot to be excited about. For this year the brand has rolled out a collection of well-thought out offerings across the road and city line with engaging details that we’re glad made it past the conceptual stage for models like the new SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod disc…

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Last year at Press Camp, representatives from Cannondale presented product practically giddy about what was coming for this season across all categories. It turns out, there is a lot to be excited about. For this year the brand has rolled out a collection of well-thought out offerings across the road and city line with engaging […]

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Detailed First Look! New Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 unveiled, includes a powermeter & disc brakes!

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A new version of Shimano’s flagship Dura-Ace is finally here after much talk and teasing. Like we had seen before the standard crankset gets the biggest update in terms of looks, but there is improved tech at every step of the line. As Shimano’s reps told us, literally everything is new except the new, reshaped 11-speed chain that was just updated last year.

That is a good place to start. The new Dura-Ace R9100 groupset sticks with 11 speeds in this update. The R designation is one borrowed from their trail groups, but will now brand the road groups going forward for added clarity, most likely as we are seeing more road groups on the all surface riding machines. Shimano introduced us to 11 speed on the road, and seems to be satisfied with the gearing combinations that it makes possible. The rumors of a power meter were indeed true, so we’ll get a glimpse of that below. Plus a look at both mechanical and Di2 electronic shifting setups, and both rim braking and hydraulic disc braking, and even more after the break…

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A new version of Shimano’s flagship Dura-Ace is finally here after much talk and teasing. Like we had seen before the standard crankset gets the biggest update in terms of looks, but there is improved tech at every step of the line. As Shimano’s reps told us, literally everything is new except the new, reshaped […]

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Zipp offers CeramicSpeed freehub upgrade kit, plus other new goods

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If you’ve already upgraded your derailleur wheels, why not throw some ceramic in your actual wheels? Zipp’s just released their CeramicSpeed freehub hop up kit for their 177 rear hubs, available in SRAM/Shimano and Campy 11-speed, plus XD-R Driver Bodies. They come with the better bearings preinstalled for a simple replacement and claim 1.5 to 9 watts reduction in drag per bearing. Retail is $355 (€365 / £281) per freehub, available in July.

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If you’ve already upgraded your derailleur wheels, why not throw some ceramic in your actual wheels? Zipp’s just released their CeramicSpeed freehub hop up kit for their 177 rear hubs, available in SRAM/Shimano and Campy 11-speed, plus XD-R Driver Bodies. They come with the better bearings preinstalled for a simple replacement and claim 1.5 to […]

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Week’s Best Videos: Dew Files, a Shark in the Woods, Dirty Kanza, and more

Who says product demo videos can’t be fun? OneUp put their Shark extended range mod kit to the test in Squamish and the result is a sweet edit that makes the climbing look (almost) as fun as the descending.

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Who says product demo videos can’t be fun? OneUp put their Shark extended range mod kit to the test in Squamish and the result is a sweet edit that makes the climbing look (almost) as fun as the descending.

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Review: Dare VSR Aero Road Bike – Part Two, with rim brakes

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A little earlier this year, we provided a tech overview of the Dare VSR Aero Road bike -a road bike capable of running disc brakes or rim brakes, with the appropriate fork, wheels, brakes and dropouts installed- and started the long term review . Part One covered the full ride review of the bike as fitted with disc brakes. Here, Part Two demonstrates the process of switching to rim brakes, along with details about weight of individual components, handy information for the component weight conscious cyclist in us. Click on through for Part Two… Continue reading “Review: Dare VSR Aero Road Bike – Part Two, with rim brakes”



A little earlier this year, we provided a tech overview of the Dare VSR Aero Road bike -a road bike capable of running disc brakes or rim brakes, with the appropriate fork, wheels, brakes and dropouts installed- and started the long term review . Part One covered the full ride review of the bike as fitted with […]

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PC16: Ridley debuts NOAH SL disc speed machine, Helium SLA with bang for the buck

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Ridley’s decision to move their flagship aero road bike to disc brakes is driven partially by the extreme wet and muddy conditions of the Belgian terrain, but mostly by the philosophy that braking faster allows riders to go faster. Afterall, F1 race teams spend fortunes shaving down their stopping distances, notes Ridley Vice President of International Relations, Richard Wittenberg. As an indicator that the brand is committed to disc, they have re-interpreted their Noah SL to accommodate a flat mount brake system while staying true to the pure race roots of the aero machine.

While the brand may be looking to discs as the future of speed, Ridley has been cooking up several smart gateway products for racers just getting their start, and was able to give us a sneak peak into what we might see this Eurobike…

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Ridley’s decision to move their flagship aero road bike to disc brakes is driven partially by the extreme wet and muddy conditions of the Belgian terrain, but mostly by the philosophy that braking faster allows riders to go faster. Afterall, F1 race teams spend fortunes shaving down their stopping distances, notes Ridley Vice President of International Relations, […]

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Smith Route & Rover helmets make Koroyd protection more affordable for road and mountain

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Smith helmets have a lot of things going for them, but they’re probably best known at this point for their use Aerocore. That’s the green material above from Koroyd that sort of looks like a bunch of drinking straws glued together. Made from thousands of extruded co-polymer tubes that are thermally welded together, the Koroyd material crushes upon impact and is said to absorb the energy in a better and more controlled manner.

The only issue? The Koroyd material itself is pretty expensive. That’s a large part of why the Forefront and Overtake helmets are so expensive. In order to offer similar levels of protection to more riders, Smith set out to create a new helmet platform that still offered excellent protection – just at a more attainable price…

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Smith helmets have a lot of things going for them, but they’re probably best known at this point for their use Aerocore. That’s the green material above from Koroyd that sort of looks like a bunch of drinking straws glued together. Made from thousands of extruded co-polymer tubes that are thermally welded together, the Koroyd […]

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Low hits the pavement with aluminum mki Road bike

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Andrew Low established Low bicycles a mere 6 years ago. Since then the company has come a long way, they’ve developed a track record of creating some of the most advanced aluminum frames out there. Now available, the mki road promises to provide the stiffness of a criterium machine but with the comfort of an all day road hog.

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Andrew Low established Low bicycles a mere 6 years ago. Since then the company has come a long way, they’ve developed a track record of creating some of the most advanced aluminum frames out there. Now available, the mki road promises to provide the stiffness of a criterium machine but with the comfort of an all day road […]

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