Posts in the category Road Bike

EB15: Bell goes Heavy on MIPS for Commuters, Kids, Women, and More

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While the Boba Fett and Stormtrooper helmets may have stolen the show, Bell also had a full range of new helmets that weren’t inspired by Star Wars. Although the new Annex Shield does look pretty futuristic. The top end model of the new commuter line, the Annex Shield is joined by the Annex and the Hub to make riding the mean streets a little more safe and comfortable.

Along with the commuter line, Bell was showing the full line of new women’s helmets, kids helmets, and a new road helmet…

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EB15: Praxis Turns Out New Cranks: 1x road, 2D Forged, and Direct Mount; Plus Many More Rings

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Big news from Praxis at Eurobike were several all new Turn cranksets, and then this single ring road setup. Built off of the popular and successful hollow forged Zayante crankset, this crank is essentially a new spider developed as a result of rider feedback from those switching to single ring setups for time trials and flat road riding. This new Zayante Sprint crankset has a proprietary 4-bolt 160mm BCD that Praxis developed to maximize chainring stiffness with 48-52T rings. Developed with track cranks in mind, the new crankset combines their M30 spindle and the hollow forged arms of the original crankset for what should be a crank with one of the best stiffness:weight ratios on the market.

Turn the page for three more all-new road and mountain cranks, new 1x mountain ring offerings, and the redesign of the forged Clover road chainrings…

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Suspension Stems are Back with the Redshift Shockstop for Gravel and Road Rides

Redshift Sports has made some clever designs in the past to allow riders to modify their road bikes for multiple disciplines. They’re at it again with….. you better sit down. It’s a new suspension stem. Though many may have just had Girvin and Softride flashbacks, (man, I miss the 90’s), this takes a whole new approach in not only design, but who this stem is meant for.

Flex on through to reconsider the suspension stem…

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EB15: Birzman Guards Against Spray With World’s Most Aero Fender?

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We’ve come to expect an array of beautiful tools from Birzman, but fenders? That’s a new one. But of course it’s not just any fender. No, that would be way too boring. Instead it’s a fender that tackles a problem most people don’t even consider. As soon as you slap a fender onto your bike, the aerodynamics take a huge hit. If you’re going to run a fender, why not use something that actually makes your bike faster?

Sounds crazy right? But it’s true – Birzman’s new fender is not only a faster fender, but it’s also proven to be faster than certain deep dish aero wheels and they have the wind tunnel testing to prove it…

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EB15: Absoluteblack brings 1x, 2x, oval and aero chainrings for road, cyclocross & MTB

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The folks at Absolute Black are expanding their oval chainring offerings to include road-ready ovals for 2x drivetrains, aero chainrings for fast single ring setups and more narrow/wide oval options for cyclocross. They’ve also expanded the mountain bike offerings to include Shimano bolt patterns.

The most eye catching product, though, was the aero chainring, which offers an oval shape for 1x applications and a unique spiral groove pattern to brush the air off…

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EB15: Lezyne Introduces Improved ABS 2 Pump Head, New Lights, GPS Shipping Soon

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If the battle of the pumps was a thing, Lezyne would have just fired the next shot. An interesting addition to almost their entire line of floor pumps, their new ABS 2 pump head promises to make filling your tires even easier. The change comes as Lezyne also introduces the number of improved lights which cram an incredible amount of lumens into very compact housings…

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EB15: Charge Color Codes a Revamped Line-up of Gravel/Cross, 27+, and Urban Bikes

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UK-based Charge Bikes has pretty much simplified their bikes into three clear lines for next season with a color-coded palette across the board that progresses from barebones grey singlespeeds up to kitted-out raw titanium bikes at the top. Charge built a set of paint booths at Eurobike to show the more unified range and how the Colour Lab concept ties the bikes together. In between greys things get more colorful, with the Plug fat tire road bikes getting the brightest colors, the Cooker mountain bikes getting pure colors, and the Grater urban bikes more subdued tones. 

Roll past the break for a run down of the bikes with UK/EU/US pricing, and another amusing video of the 27+ bike in its supposed natural habitat…

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EB15: Bianchi gets more road disc brakes, more affordable options, a gravel bike & 27.5+!

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Bianchi’s 2016 range bets big on disc brakes, introduces a couple of lower priced road bikes to bring more people into the brand, and even hits two of the biggest trends, gravel and 27.5+ mountain bikes.

The Allroad gravel bike is a new alloy frame with full rack and fender readiness, a full carbon fork and capacity for 700×35 tires on its own, or 32mm treads with fenders. Those aspects are all but required anymore to be a contender…what’s surprising are the bonus features…

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First Look: Novatec’s Lightweight Sprint Tubeless Wheelset

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As the high-end offshoot of Joytech, the Novatec brand has been around for 20 years, producing high quality hubs for both the OEM market and the aftermarket. With deep roots in hub manufacturing, Novatec may not be a name on every riders lips, but chances are you’ve ridden one of their products before, likely without even realising it. But aside from an exhaustive array of hubs, the company also produces complete wheels too. And thanks to a concerted push in the North American market alongside high-profile athlete sponsorship, we’re starting to hear a lot more of the Novatec name these days.

The company’s stated goal is to provide high quality, and high performing products that also represent good value for money too. Case in point is the tubeless compatible Sprint wheelset, which has a sticker price of just $769 USD, or $900 in Australia. In the world we live in where road wheels can often push past $2-3k, that’s a nice aspect on its own. Having recently received a pair of Sprint wheels to put to the test, we decided to take a closer look at the small details that make up the complete wheelset. Read on for confirmed weights, close-up photos and tech specs…

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