Posts in the category Road Bike

IB14: SportCrafters HardDrive Prototype Reinvents the Magnetic Trainer

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Since the lowly mag trainer was first introduced, there hasn’t been a whole lot of new developments to the tech. SportCrafters’ prototype trainer is set to change that. While the SportCrafters proto isn’t the first to offer progressive resistance, it’s appears to be one of the first mag trainers to offer fluid like feel without the, uh, fluid. Not only is the resistance improved, but the way the resistance is applied to the rear wheel creates a system that is both easy on tires, and nearly impossible to get it to slip.

With the goal of making the trainer competitive with the top models on the market, SportCrafters is honing in on the new design with plans for production by 2015.

Details plus a video of it in action after the break…


Stan’s NoTubes Adds 11-Speed Road 12×142 Thru Axle Upgrade Option

stans no tubes road 11-speed 12x142 thru axle option upgrade

Got a set of Stan’s 3.30RD or 3.30RDTi disc hubs/wheels you need to upgrade to 12x142mm thru axle? No problem, this new part is just $35 and does just that. It’s not for the mountain bike hubs and won’t work with Campagnolo freehub bodies or XD drivers, though. So, Shimano/SRAM 11-speed road or cyclocross.

The kit contains the axle and two end caps as shown, available now on their website. Check the install video below for fun…


IB14: Industry Nine Builds Sub 1800g Hed Fat Bike Wheels, Plus New Budget Friendly i25 Classic Road Bike Wheels

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Just a few weeks ago, Industry Nine was showing us their first fat bike builds utilizing their aluminum spokes in Europe. After discussing the use of their rims with Hed Cycling, Industry Nine got the go ahead to build up the Big Deal Carbon rims to their straight pull aluminum spokes and Torch Hubs. As many know, this is a pretty big deal since the rims are still not available individually and very few OEMs have had access to the Big Deals. After receiving the first rims on Friday before the show, their wheel building team managed to turn around the complete wheelset and get it shipped off to Vegas just in time for us to check it out.

The Industry Nine Carbon fat bike wheels are more than just a show special – the complete wheels will be for sale soon, and with a weight you have to see to believe…


EB14: New Zipp Tangente Course, Speed & SLSpeed Road Tires Make You Even Faster

2015 Zipp Tangente course and speed clincher road bike tires improve aerodynamics and decrease rolling resistance

Zipp’s original foray into tires were focused on improving the aerodynamics of a wheel/tire combination. Pretty important since you need both and they always go together.

Now, they’ve upped the ante to lessen rolling resistance as well, making the system faster than ever. They’ve also made wider versions and lightened them up, too. On paper, it’s the total package – faster, smoother, more comfortable and with better control.

Here’s how they did it…


IB14: Merlin Empire Carbon Fiber Road Bike Spotted


At NAHBS 2012, Competitive Cyclist relaunched the Merlin brand as Backcountry’s latest acquisition. Last year, they were wheeling around a titanium 29er at Outdoor Demo. Now, they’ve gone and introduced a new carbon fiber road bike called Empire.

Hiding in plain sight aboard Thule’s roof rack display, the bike is a handmade-in-Italy tube-to-tube constructed beaut. Yes, it’s a carbon bike from a brand steeped in titanium tradition, but it carries over the classic aesthetic -round tubes, not swoopy composite shapes- so it looks the part.

The name comes from Empire Pass in Park City, UT, where they tested the bike on one very steep, very difficult climb. And from the looks of it, the bike was right at home. The frame is just 940g for a 54, with oversized downtube, PF86 BB, full tapered headtube and boxy chainstays to lay down the watts. But the seatstays are very thin and meet up at a 27.2 seatpost, offering a little comfort for the long haul up the pass.


IB14: Prologo Rounds Out Saddle Line, Adds Enduro Mountain Bike Model


Prologo has updated a number of their popular road and triathlon saddles, tweaking shapes to make them more comfortable.

The Scratch 2 CPC gets the dropped, squared off nose introduced on the Nago Evo last year, but keeps the rounded profile of the rear end. It also adds the CPC material to damp vibration and provide a little non-slip grip. Available with either Tirox (metal) or Nack (carbon) rails. It’ll come in PAS versions with the center relief channel, too, and in 134mm and 143mm widths for most models.

Sit in for more images and details on all the new goods, plus a new saddle fitting system for stockists…


Just In: Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Floor Pump Skips the Compressor for Tubeless Tires

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Even as bicycle tires trend towards tubeless for mountain, road, and now cyclocross, seating tires still remains a barrier to entry for some. Depending on the tubeless set up, getting the tires to seal up and seat on the rim can be a challenge without an air compressor at your disposal.

Enter the Bontrager TLR Flash Charger floor pump. Thanks to its built in high-volume air chamber, the pump is capable of seating tubeless tires without the need for a compressor or electricity. We just got our hands on the new pump and immediately started deflating and unseating tubeless tires around the office to test the pump’s capabilities.

How well does it work? Find out next…


EB14: Argon 18 Unveils Nitrogen Aero Road, E118 Next Tri & Krypton XRoad – Plus Possible New Dura-Ace Di2? (UPDATED)

2015 Argon 18 Nitrogen aero road bike

Argon 18 has been rather busy, bringing about new bikes for all the hot pavement categories -adventure road, aero road and triathlon- and equipping them with some new components from TRP and, from the looks of it, Shimano.

The biggest news is the all-new Nitrogen aero road bike, which incorporates all-new TRP linear pull road brakes. The frame utilizes many of their existing technologies and designs, including their HDS (Horizontal Dual System), which slices an imaginary line from the top of the head tube back to the rear dropout. Everything below that line is stiff and oversized, above it things are thinner and more compliant. The idea, now common, is to enhance power transfer without sacrificing comfort.

It also uses their progressive sizing and integrated head tube spacers, albeit with an aero shape, to accommodate a wider variety of rider shapes and sizes. The bottom bracket gets a 75mm drop to put the rider’s center of gravity low and keeps the head tube height low for a stiffer front end and snappy handling. It’s all assembled with a 7003 HM nano-tech carbon, which brings the medium painted frame weight to just 960g. Hardware (+60g) and Di2 bits (+23g) add a little more. Fork weight is claimed at 366g when cut to fit a size medium frame.

To get aero, they used smart tube shapes, hidden brakes and custom seat tube…

UPDATED…with the real deal on that “new” Shimano Di2.


IB14: PatchNride Gets Official, Flat Tires Will Never Be The Same

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We first caught wind of the PatchNRide system back in June when the company first announced that they were taking pre-orders with video featuring some high production value but not a lot of answers to how the system actually works. It turns out that was on purpose, since the company didn’t want to reveal all the details until the system was completely ready and the patent applications were all sorted out. Now a few months later, PatchNride was on hand at Interbike showing exactly how the system works and just how easy it is.

From what we’ve seen, PatchNride will be a game changer, especially for the world of tubulars. Seal up the details, next…