EB16: Zipp 303 finally goes tubeless! Plus new disc-disc & premium 202 NSW, more

zipp 303 firecrest tubeless ready disc brake road and cyclocross wheels

zipp 303 firecrest tubeless ready disc brake road and cyclocross wheels

“Nothing happens overnight. We took a look at how we wanted to introduce it and how we wanted to do it,” said Michael Hall, Zipp’s advanced project manager. “The 303 made sense because it’s such a popular wheel and a lot of people use it for cyclocross.”

Finally, Zipp has introduced a tubeless-ready carbon rim, and they’re starting with the 303. It replaces the disc brake 303 (the rim brake version remains non-tubeless and uses the regular rim), and it’s an entirely new design with a new carbon layup keeps weight the same as before despite growing wider and while maintaining the durability they’ve built into it over years of racing on the cobbles…

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“Nothing happens overnight. We took a look at how we wanted to introduce it and how we wanted to do it,” said Michael Hall, Zipp’s advanced project manager. “The 303 made sense because it’s such a popular wheel and a lot of people use it for cyclocross.” Finally, Zipp has introduced a tubeless-ready carbon rim, […]

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EB16: SRAM Red eTap HRD gets official with all-new hydraulic disc brake design

2017 sram etap hrd disc brake electronic shifting road bike group details and actual weights

2017 sram etap hrd disc brake electronic shifting road bike group details and actual weights

SRAM’s HRD program started all the way back in 2010, looking at everything from mechanical-to-hydraulic adapters to full hydraulic systems. They spent three years testing it before the initial release in 2013. After some initial stumbles, the SRAM HRD hydraulic road disc brakes really made it to market in 2014. And they were good. But immediately, they started working on the second generation (which was teased here after so many spy shots and leaks made it on to the Interwebs).

The new Hydro HC hydraulic platform is all about control, which, in their words, is what makes speed possible. And based on our first test ride through the rolling, curvy hills of southern Germany, they do indeed improve upon an already very good system. Here’s what’s new…

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SRAM’s HRD program started all the way back in 2010, looking at everything from mechanical-to-hydraulic adapters to full hydraulic systems. They spent three years testing it before the initial release in 2013. After some initial stumbles, the SRAM HRD hydraulic road disc brakes really made it to market in 2014. And they were good. But […]

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EB16: FSA officially launches K-Force WE wireless electronic road groupset

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We’ve seen the not very guarded wireless group from FSA on bikes for quite some time now, most recently at the Tour de France, and even a countdown timer to today on the new group’s dedicated website. But now it is official. We have all of the details on the new complete groupset, from how it works, to how it charges, and even how much the group will weigh. Along the way there are even a bunch of other new refinements in the rest out the groupset outside of the shifting. Check out our first look after the break…

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We’ve seen the not very guarded wireless group from FSA on bikes for quite some time now, most recently at the Tour de France, and even a countdown timer to today on the new group’s dedicated website. But now it is official. We have all of the details on the new complete groupset, from how […]

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New ENVE SES 4.5 AR Disc makes aero road bike wheels wider to match modern tires

ENVE SES 45 AR wide aero disc brake road bike wheels for 30mm tires

Originally spotted in early prototype form under Team Dimension Data at Roubaix, ENVE has officially unveiled a new category of wheel: Wide Aero. The prototypes we spotted at Roubaix were rim brake tubulars paired with older Shimano calipers (the newer dual-pivot calipers didn’t have the clearance), but the consumer version will be a disc brake-only offering.

Called  the ENVE SES 4.5 AR Disc, where “AR” stands for “all road”, they’re an aerodynamically optimized wheelset for a 30mm wide tire.

“We were testing wheels on the spring classics (Flanders, Roubaix) and wanted to validate our wheels under teams like MTN-Qhubeka and Dimension Data,” ENVE’s marketing manager, Jake Pantone, told us by phone. “They were testing all of our current road wheels and everything held up fine for those cobbled courses, but at the end of the day they’d ask us “what’s the best wheel for us to use?'”

“We looked at the wider tires they were using, though, and basically said run whatever they wanted because with the 30mm Schwalbe prototypes they were using, the aero advantage was largely mitigated since our first generation SES wheels were designed around 23-25mm tires. So, when you put a 30mm tire on them, you take quite an aerodynamic hit because the larger tires cause early air separation, etc. But that got us thinking, why couldn’t we design a tire to have optimal aerodynamics with these larger tires?”

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Originally spotted in early prototype form under Team Dimension Data at Roubaix, ENVE has officially unveiled a new category of wheel: Wide Aero. The prototypes we spotted at Roubaix were rim brake tubulars paired with older Shimano calipers (the newer dual-pivot calipers didn’t have the clearance), but the consumer version will be a disc brake-only offering. Called […]

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Zwift expands to iPhones and iPads with launch of Zwift iOS Beta

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Taking your indoor training to the next level with Zwift is about to get a lot easier. And more portable. Up until now, Zwift has been confined to powerful desktops or compatible laptop computers usually requiring an ANT+ dongle to go along with it. Soon, the Zwift iOS platform will open up the same training possibilities but for your iPhone or iPad.

Initially part of a beta release, Zwift community members will receive invitations to join the first wave. Eventually, the full subscription launch will be held this winter with fees matching the current $10 per month. Given the number of smart trainers being released and our positive experiences with Zwift, this should be big news for the home training segment.

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Taking your indoor training to the next level with Zwift is about to get a lot easier. And more portable. Up until now, Zwift has been confined to powerful desktops or compatible laptop computers usually requiring an ANT+ dongle to go along with it. Soon, the Zwift iOS platform will open up the same training […]

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PowerTap adds P1s single-sided power meter pedal option, Advanced Metrics iOS app

powertap p1s single sided power meter pedals

Introduced as a pair in early 2015, the PowerTap P1 power meter pedals launched as part of an increased power measuring lineup from the brand. Now, they’re offering a more affordable way to see what you’re cranking out with the P1s, a single-leg option that pairs one strain gauge equipped left pedal with a non-gauged right. That brings the price of entry to $699. All the tech is the same, you’re just getting half of it.

To get more out of that pedal (or pedals, big spender), they’ve also launched a new, free iOS app called Advanced Metrics that shows how efficient you are with each leg, and from left to right…

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Introduced as a pair in early 2015, the PowerTap P1 power meter pedals launched as part of an increased power measuring lineup from the brand. Now, they’re offering a more affordable way to see what you’re cranking out with the P1s, a single-leg option that pairs one strain gauge equipped left pedal with a non-gauged […]

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Cane Creek takes over sales, manufacturing for eeBrakes

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Craig Edwards’ eeBrakes are among the best rim brake calipers out there, but they’ve always been produced in limited quantities. Cane Creek has taken over sales, marketing and manufacturing of the product, and the two parties have agreed to collaborate on future product development.

“In a previous life I had the good fortune to be project lead for a couple of uber bikes developed in conjunction with an F1 constructor”, says Cane Creek President, Brent Graves. “As the bikes were to sell for more than USD $20,000, we wanted something beyond the available top tier groups. After a lot of surprises and disappointments with the exotic parts on the market, we were blown away by Craig’s brake design and thoroughness. While it had the price and weight of the other exotics, it did not compromise on performance, reliability, or adjustment. From there Craig and I vowed to find a way to work together in the future.”

Edwards will remain involved with the product and the brand and work with Cane Creek to develop more products. For now, the updated original eeBrake calipers and the more recently introduced direct mount versions, will start funneling through Cane Creek as of November 2016. Retail is $315 each, front and rear sold separately.



Craig Edwards’ eeBrakes are among the best rim brake calipers out there, but they’ve always been produced in limited quantities. Cane Creek has taken over sales, marketing and manufacturing of the product, and the two parties have agreed to collaborate on future product development. “In a previous life I had the good fortune to be […]

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K-Edge machines new Sport level Garmin & Wahoo mounts, Splayd mounts for integrated bar/stem

K-Edge sport

K-Edge has always been fiercely proud of their precision machined aluminum mounts for computers and lights. Their position has always been that their mounts are a pro level product and while plastic mounts can get the job done, they feel your $$$ Garmin or Wahoo deserves the highest level of security.

Unfortunately, that has correlated with a higher price than their competitors thanks to the amount of machining time for their flagship mounts. Now, they have another option. The new Sport series won’t be replacing their current line, now called their Pro series, but it will offer a more affordable option for those shopping on price, but who still want the strength and hold of an aluminum mount…

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K-Edge has always been fiercely proud of their precision machined aluminum mounts for computers and lights. Their position has always been that their mounts are a pro level product and while plastic mounts can get the job done, they feel your $$$ Garmin or Wahoo deserves the highest level of security. Unfortunately, that has correlated […]

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Giro cinches down with new Factor & Factress Techlace road shoes

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Giro is introducing a new way to dial in shoe fit with their Techlace system that is claimed to combine the ease-of-use of velcro with the customizable fit & feel of laces across the forefoot. Then they are topping it off with the fine adjustability of a Boa setup to lock your foot down tight. Coming first to the new men’s Factor Techlace and women’s Factress Techlace road shoes, the system aims to combine the best of both modern and classic shoe fit in a snappy premium package…

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Giro is introducing a new way to dial in shoe fit with their Techlace system that is claimed to combine the ease-of-use of velcro with the customizable fit & feel of laces across the forefoot. Then they are topping it off with the fine adjustability of a Boa setup to lock your foot down tight. Coming first to the […]

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