Posts in the category Road Bike

Hunt Bicycle Wheels starts the chase w/ road tubeless from UK

Hunt Bike Wheels tubeless ready road bicycle wheels with Mason Cycles

Hunt Bike Wheels is a startup from the UK, coming from Tom Marchment, who formerly worked with distributor iRide. Their stated goal is to combine the best components they can find into a high quality wheelset that doesn’t break the bank, and the first offering seems to do just that while being fully modern.

Having been in the industry for a while, Marchment knew where to look for parts. This means triple butted Pillar stainless steel spokes, EZO bearings and manufacturing partners shared with some of the largest brands in the world. The results will be fully divulged this spring, but for now they’ve put together a special edition wheelset for another UK-based startup, Mason Cycles…

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Wider 28mm Michelin Pro 4 Endurance Rolls out to Stores

It’s no secret that many riders are looking to wider tires for the road. Wider tires bring bigger contact patches for better traction, and the larger casing usually provides an improved ride quality that trumps overall weight for a lot of cyclists. Initially shown at Interbike 2014, Michelin’s latest big tire option comes in the form of the 28mm Pro4 Endurance.

As the first 28mm option for the Michelin Pro4 series, the Endurance is a likely place to start thanks to its improved puncture resistance. Due to the internal reinforcement, the tire is said to be 40 percent less likely to puncture over the closest competition. When you’re talking about wider, more comfortable tires, a tire that is less prone to flatting is certainly a smart move.

Available now through Michelin’s dealer network, check out the details on pricing, weight, and more after the jump…

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SRAM wireless shifting caught on video, more details emerge

SRAM Red wireless electronic shifting road bike drivetrain spy shots from 2015 Tour Down Under

Just before the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under kicked off, we spotted the AG2R team testing prototype SRAM wireless bits on a training ride. Now, it looks like up to four of the team bikes are running the system in competition, too, and we’ve snagged quite a few more detail (albeit phone cam quality) pics, including a look at what’s (not) under the bar tape!

Video and tons more photos below…

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Carmichael Training Systems Partners with Strava to create Training Programs for Premium Members

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If you’ve been out riding this year and are a Strava user, you’ve probably noticed the new Annual Achievements. Now, in addition to your personal yearly bests, riders have a chance to pick up the annual KOM for a segment along side the overall KOM for all time. If KOMs, annual or otherwise, are on your to do list for the year you’re also probably the type of rider that pays attention to their training.

Thanks to a recent partnership with Carmichael Training Systems (CTS, also Trainright.com), Strava users have a new arrow in their quiver when it comes to training programs. Available to all Strava Premium members, multiple training programs are available through the Strava program to help you complete that 60+ minute climbs, to 20 second town-line sprints.

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Trek Unveils 2015 Team Bikes, Available Now through Project One

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We’re certainly going to miss Jens Voigt from the peloton after his retirement, but that hasn’t kept Trek from putting together a strong team for 2015. Riding in on bright red carbon steeds out of Waterloo, WI, the team includes leader Fabian Cancellara as well as Bauke Mollema, and Frank Schleck. All of the Trek Factory team will have their choice between the Emonda, Madone, and the Domane – all draped in the new Viper Red livery.

Check out the bikes plus an opportunity to win one or a team kit next…

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Garmin Acquires iKubu, Designer of Backtracker – Radar Equipped Garmins on the Horizon?

Imagine a device that alerted you when cars were approaching and could indicate how fast they were moving? Not only that but as the vehicles approached you on your bike, your tail light would automatically change in pattern to warn motorist of your presence. It may sound like something out of a scifi movie, but that’s exactly what iKubu has been working on. When we first learned about the Backtracker in June of 2014, the company had working prototypes and have since been working toward bringing it to production.

We’re not sure if they saw this coming, but it was just announced that the Stellenbosch, South African based has been acquired by Garmin. Whether this means Garmin will continue with the Backtracker design remains to be seen, but the company seems particularly interested in the idea of a low power radar system with Garmin’s president and CEO Cliff Pemble stating,

“iKubu has found a way to implement short-range radar into a low-power system that addresses a common concern among cyclists – identifying potential hazards that are approaching them from behind. We are delighted to add this technology to the Garmin portfolio.”

The announcement comes shortly after Garmin had a big showing at CES with an expanded range of wearable electronics. At this rate, it won’t be long until Garmin could offer a fully connected cycling experience, with everything controlled from your wrist or your handlebar…

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Is The Hour Record The New Pro Goal? Rohan Dennis of BMC Goes For It In February

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Not that long ago, Jens Voigt crushed the hour record that had stood for 9 years, only to be immediately beat by Matthias Brandle. The hour record is one of the longest-standing cycling competitions, with the first running (and record) set in 1893.

BMC is sponsoring an attempt at breaking the  hour record by Australian pro Rohan Dennis. Dennis is an Olympic silver medalist on the track. A member of BMC Racing Team’s World Championship winning time-trial team in 2014, and fresh off a 2nd place at the Australian National individual time-trial championships.

Hosting the attempt at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland, BMC will open the doors at 12:00pm, and start the event at 2:00pm. If you are lucky enough to be local, you can get tickets to attend, but for the rest of us, BMC will live stream the event at www.bmc-switzerland.com/HourRecord. It is a live stream, so that is 8:00am on the east coast of the United States, and 5:00am out on the west coast, on February 8th.

It seems that the hour record has come back as a way for pros to keep a little one-upsmanship going in the off season.  If Dennis can pull off another re-setting of the bar, it should be pretty exciting to see which pro responds next.

Schwalbe adds colors to ONE, completely updates Durano training road tires

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Lately, Schwalbe’s mountain bike line has been getting all the attention, what with headline grabbing products like a dual-core enduro tire that’s virtually unflattable and an extremely light (and extremely wide!) 4.8 fat bike tire. But their road side’s been busy, too, with a few updates to two of their more popular tires.

Above, the One gets a few new colors on the V-Guard models for 2015. The V-Guard is their standard folding clincher and has a bit of added puncture protection,. It’ll now come in red, blue, white and dark silver (aka gray) options along with standard black. The colors are only available on the 700x23c size, and not on the rather remarkable One tubeless model.

The colors also expand their reach on the Durano training tire, too, which sees a complete overhaul for the new year…

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Are you a Surly Superfan? Spread the Love with $150 Off Your Next Bike!

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Surly bikes are a bit of an anomaly in the bike industry. Never ones to follow the trends of the next “game changing” bicycle design, Surly has simply stuck with quality steel bikes that are fun to ride. Whether it’s a cargo bike, a fat bike, or just a mountain bike, you could say they are a fan of the KISS principle and are well, kind of surly about it.

Even with numerous high end bikes flowing in and our of the Bikerumor offices, a Surly Pugsley that I bought years ago is still hanging on the wall. You could say I was introduced corrupted at an early age while working at the shop of Yafro’s father, but there has always been at least one Surly in the collection. But I know I an not unique. Surly has built their brand on legions of devoted followers who also like simple, fun, steel bikes that don’t cost a fortune.

As a way of saying thanks to their Superfans, Surly is offering an impressive $150 off any Surly complete bike at your local bike store, or in stock at QBP. Unfortunately, the deal is only valid in the United States, and you have until April 1st, 2015 to cash in. Check out the coupon after the break.

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