- Sharp-eyed reader Jakub Świderski spotted this prototype Rock Shox fork (above) at Eurobike being put through the paces.
- Interested in a Great British Cycling adventure? PRIORITY ENTRY for the 2015 Chiltern Cycling Festival is now open. The event will be July 12th 2015. Click here to register.
- ‘Berlin Bicycle Week – Cyclists Ahead’ Will be held March 16th – 22nd and it kicks off a week-long festival of bicycle culture in Germany’s capital. The event celebrates bicycle culture in all of its variations and serves as the umbrella event for the BERLINER FAHRRADSCHAU.
- Beti AllRide inspires women of all levels to progress and achieve their goals on the bike. In 2014 nearly 200 women participated in four clinics across the Rocky Mountain Region. To capture the spirit of their events, Beti AllRide is proud to release its first video filmed on location in beautiful Crested Butte, check it out after the break. In addition, Beti AllRide is very excited to announce that they will be expanding east in 2015, bringing mountain bike skills clinics to new territories. More details regarding their upcoming schedule can be found on their website.
- The Near Miss Project Needs YOU! Help to collect data on cycling incidents that are otherwise unrecorded. The Near Miss Project is hosted at nearmiss.bike, and it is asking as many people as possible to sign up to record a day’s worth of riding within a two-week period.
- We hope that your forever incident-free on the bike. To help with that, Bike Rags offers cycling t-shirts and gear that are printed with reflective ink. They’re currently taking pre orders on full zip hoodies. www.bikerags.co
- Cycology Gear, the Australian manufacturers of stylish cycling wear and sports-inspired t-shirts has released a new line of messenger bags. They offer free shipping worldwide so check them out.
- Since we’re on the topic of style and cycling… Celebrate bikes and fashion with the launch of Hemma Design’s “The Happy Bicycle”! Author Kathy McGee, a Rhode Island Design School alumna, brings her experience creating contemporary, bright, Scandinavian-inspired design through her company Hemma Design to bicycles. www.hemmadesign.com And if you’re in the St Paul, Minnesota area, you can meet Kathy at the launch of her book at Treadle Yard Goods on November 8th.
- With the holidays just around the corner, consider these very cool hangers from Reynolds. They’re probably the coolest closet hangers ever as they’re built from Reynolds carbon rims. they could just be a perfect everyday gift for any rider.
- RECALL ALERT: Cane Creek Cycling Components is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall about 5,000 DBinline rear shocks sold in the U.S. because the shocks are marked with graphics that incorrectly identify the adjustment directions for high-speed rebound damping. Click HERE to read the article in Bicycle Retailer. Consumers are also encouraged to contact Cane Creek by emailing them or calling its recall hotline at (844) 490-3663 or (828) 209-4480 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.
- Rolf Prima has launched an all-new website, featuring a Wheel Advisor and Wheel Comparison to help you choose the right wheels for you after answering a few questions.
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When we tour factories, one of the highlights is catching employees in the act of actually making something. There’s always so much more to the process than we’d imagined, and it’s amazing to see it in person. This little vid from Campy shows off the assembly process for a full disc carbon rear wheel that, sadly, trails off just before revealing how exactly they true it…
From Campagnolo: In an industry that is consistently more high-tech with every passing year and in a time when outsourcing everything seems to be the norm, Campagnolo’s most prized asset are the hands within its very own factory. Mr Ghibli is just one example of how Campagnolo maintains the quality and integrity of its products by producing everything under its own roof through passionate and competent staff. One of the very few companies left who is actually concentrating all of its production in the western world…more specifically the EU, Campagnolo continues to buck current trends not only through innovative product but also through how it produces its fantastic performance componentry.
Mister Ghibli is a unique story that seems better suited to a time in which there was a greater value placed on adding not only quality but passion, pride and soul into each and every product that passed through an artisan’s hands. Passion, pride, soul and hands…ingredients that regrettably are uncommon in the modern production process but thankfully still represent the foundation upon which Campagnolo products are brought to life to this day.
Buried in a mountain of Eurobike and Interbike coverage was this gem – Scott’s new ITD ProTec kit. If you haven’t seen it yet, the ProTec gear won a Eurobike award for a good reason, it may just let you keep that patch of skin in a crash. Working together with Schoeller fabrics, the ITD ProTech technology uses knit carbon yarn which makes the fabric much more resistant to tearing. Then the fabric is printed with a ceramic pattern on top to create a surface that is very abrasion resistant at high speeds.
Based on how many times we’ve seen tattered kits ridden across the line, it’s clear that crashes don’t always knock riders out of contention. But anyone who has ever dealt with severe road rash knows how unpleasant it can be. If the Scott RC ProTec kit can really perform as advertised it should be a huge step forward in rider protection.
As usual, there’s simply too much to see at Eurobike to stop and talk with everyone about every product. So as we’re dashing through the halls, we’ll snap things that catch our eye for roundups. Not that they’re any less cool than the brands we dedicate full posts to. On the contrary, there’s often quite a bit of ingenuity to be found in the recesses and shared 10×10 booths. Here’s the first of many roundups to come from Eurobike 2014.
The Bpeople Unica saddle is a simply gorgeous melding of premium, vegetable dyed Italian leather and carbon fiber. Saddle weight is claimed at just 138g. The frame is 4K woven carbon fiber, shaped with a center relief channel on a 263×140 shell.
German brand Haero Carbon is part of a family of companies that specializes in mold and die production, making carbon parts for the automotive industry alongside really lightweight bike parts. They’re all 100% carbon, and they’re all 100% made in Germany.
The headliner for the brand is their H.253, a base bar and extensions combo that comes in at just 340g ready to ride. The base bar is 400mm wide and has open, ergonomic ends ready for brake lever insertion. It comes in at just 205g on its own. The center has integrated mounts for their extensions, letting you slide them in and out to fit. The back side of those slots feeds the wires or cables through to the frame.
More details and a unique take on road (and mountain!) bars below…
Last year, Falco had just launched the V Wing bike with a very Tron-inspired paint scheme. This year, the paint was toned down a bit and the frame refined, but nothing about it was any less sharp.
Using a v-shaped “wing” frame design, it eliminates the seat tube and seatstays to reduce drag. The numbers, weights and pricing are all in that link above, but here’s the basics: 1700g frame, 550g fork, NACA 6-series tube shape profiles and it was designed in conjunction with four different universities and facilities that the military used to design fighter jets. Hence the look.
IB14: Blue Competition Cycles Unveils All-New Axino Lightweight, Aero Road Bike – Plus New Wheels & More
Blue Competition Cycles has seen turbulent times of late. They changed ownership in December 2012 when they were sold to a group of investors. In the middle of 2013, the main investor, um, well, let’s just say they had to close their doors at the end of last year. Then, on January 1, 2014, the factory that had been making their bikes bought out the remaining investors and took full ownership. Daniel Stallings, Blue’s Sales Manager, says that’s put them on the best financial footing they’ve ever had and they have now moved through virtually all of the 2014 inventory. That means it’s time to bring in the 2015 inventory and really kick things off again.
The bikes coming in now are all freshly spec’d even though most models carry over with existing frames. The Triad and AC1 carbon frames are unchanged, but spec is updated. The Axino (above) used to be their premium race bike but had left the line over the past few years. For 2015, it returns as their lightest bike they’ve ever made, and it gets extensive aero shaping and plenty of attention paid to comfort. In their words, it’s a “super fast, super comfortable all day race bike.”
The frames are exactly the same for both the SL and EX and come in at just 850g. The only difference is spec, with the SL getting a full Dura-Ace mechanical group and the EX is Ultegra mechanical with FSA cranks.
Their house brand Aerus component line has had cockpit parts for years, but their factory has made wheels for quite some time, too. So, it’s only natural they’d start making their own hoops to offer lighter, better wheels on all their bikes without jacking up the prices…
John Neugent has been in the bike industry forever. Maybe not literally, but longer than the vast majority of people currently working, and he has developed a really unique way of creating product and looking at what is happening. John started Neuvation wheels in 2002, and was the owner of the value-based wheelset company that had a loyal, yet small following. John shut the doors to Neuvation in early 2014, but is already back with a new approach to bringing high-value wheels to the cycling industry.
There are no minced words when John speaks about his company, or how the industry works. It is refreshing and honest, something he says is what creates his loyal followings. There are a lot of people out there who just want to ride a bike, and not sift through the clutter, and John speaks directly to them, both literally with his popular newsletter, and through the products he is bringing with his new company, Neugent Cycling.
We recently caught up to John to hear his thoughts on starting something new, and where he thinks the industry is doing things right or wrong…