Posts in the category Road Bike

Dash Cycles launches more economical saddle range, still plenty of carbon fiber & low weights

Dash Cycles Strike stock bicycle saddle

After testing Dash Cycle’s Strike 9 unique noseless full carbon saddle about two years ago, I rode away impressed with the comfort and amazing 111g weight. It was one of their standard offerings, which is to say it’s basically full custom. And extremely expensive. Retail was $465, but it was hand made and one of a kind.

Now, Dash Cycles is kicking off a crowd funding campaign to turn the Strike’s radical design into a production-level offering.

The key difference between these models and their more expensive custom counterparts is the use of premade parts so they can be made in batches. Of course, all of those parts are still made in Dash’s Denver, Colorado, factory, and the saddles are still lighter than most…


Watteam Powerbeat bolt-on crank power meters almost ready to ship, carbon compatibility probably coming soon


If you were among those who pre-ordered Watteam’s Powerbeat stick-on/bolt-on power meters, the first batch is about to ship. If you weren’t, too bad, they’ll all sold out. But, you’ll be able to get in on the second pre-order opening up December 10th for the next production round, and they’re hoping that’ll be the batch that’s going to work on carbon crank arms.

Watteam’s production manager Omri Zerach says production of the first round is underway and should deliver by year’s end. The second round is planned for shipping in March 2016…


Roundup: Weird & wonderful racks, lights, bags, helmets, aliens and things to keep you aero


With several of us also being fans (or wanting to as midlife approaches, anyway) of motorized two wheel transportation alongside our bicycles, finding ways to combine the two always catches our eyes. This rack from 2×2 Cycles lets you take along a couple bikes, a skateboard and your bags.

Throttle past the break to see it and a whole lot more random things…


Sneak Peek: Fairdale’s 2016 Line Expands with More Stylish, Fun, and Functional Bikes


If you are familiar with Fairdale bikes or founder Taj Mihelich, you know the name of the game is fun. How can you not love a company that the founder sends you custom artwork for our “Sneak Peak?” Sneakers on mountain tops aside, Fairdale offers a unique take on the world of every day bicycles. Drawing on his experience as a World Champion BMX rider, Taj took his ideas to Odyssey BMX to create a brand that blended BMX durability and fun with bigger wheels and frames to create bikes that met the needs of most riders.

In 2016, the line expands with even more options for riders whether you’re looking for a 26″ BMX or a step through 3 speed city bike…


Spada’s uber-light sub 900 gram Spillo wheelset and others now shipping to U.S.

Spado Rider

Spada Wheels, based out of a small town in Northern Italy has some deep heritage in cycling and will now be selling their light weight wheels here in the U.S. through their UK distributor. Dan Evans (above), took the UK National Hill Climb title in 2014 on a pair of light weight Spada wheels, and this year he defended his title on an on a pair that were 100g lighter!

Roll past the break to see the details on what makes these wheels so light at a price that is somewhat light on the wallet…..


Adidas Winter Race Kit Getting Shaken Out by Berlin’s 8bar


We’ve started to see a resurgence of cycling clothing from Adidas in the last year or so, and the folks at 8bar Bikes sent us some images of a photoshoot they just finished in Berlin. One, it’s always nice to see actual cyclists modeling for new clothing and bikes, and two, it’s pretty cool that a big company like Adidas might pick riders from a small bike company and team like 8bar to be their models. The 8bar Team has actually been working closely with Adidas since the beginning of 2015 on their own team clothing, and looks to be carrying that even further with the development and testing of the fall and winter collection like this Belgement line-up. Word on the street is that they will even have some design collaborations in store for 2016. Join us after the break for a closer look, 8bar’s thoughts, and some cold weather clothing tech…


Philly Bike Expo Roundup: Beautiful Handmade Bikes from Around the Globe Pt. 2

PBE Bike Richard Sachs (2)

Continuing from where we left off, the Philly Bike Expo was filled with examples of just what makes handmade bikes stand out. It wouldn’t be a selection of handmade bikes without something from Richard Sachs, right?


Boardman Races the Clock with new carbon TT, Track, Tri, and Aero Road bikes; plus everyman Wind Tunnel news


Chris Boardman’s racing pedigree came from riding into the wind on the track and in the time trial, and his bike company certainly isn’t ignoring those disciplines in development. Last week we brought the highlights of Boardman Bikes’ new #RideTogether rebranding and their new Endurance Road carbon and titanium bikes. But Boardman earned the nickname The Professor for his detailed technical approach to equipment and training, and that shows through more on the aero bikes.

The company’s 2016 Aerodynamic Road line updates the super fast TTE, the more affordable ATT, and the aero road AIR. On the track, an all new carbon TRK takes a big step, replacing its aluminum predecessor. Not to be underestimated, the focus on a methodical approach to racing comes through with news of the development of a Boardman Performance Center that will give the regular cyclist access to physiological and performance analysis, including affordable time in an all-new cycling specific wind tunnel to be built in the UK. Check out the details after the break…


Philly Bike Expo Roundup: Beautiful Handmade Bikes from Around the Globe Pt. 1

PBE Bike Stijl cycles (6)

The Philly Bike Expo is an interesting and entertaining show. A true mix of almost all of cycling’s weird niches, eccentricities, and different segments, it’s a great representation of city cycling as a whole. It’s also almost a mini NAHBS with handmade bikes from a number of different builders that are sure to stop you in your tracks.

Bikes like this wild Stijl Uber Commuter. Between the burly titanium tubing, gorgeous paint, and smart parts selection, this was a show favorite…