Posts in the category Road Bike

Wickwerks Gives Juniors More Gearing Options – Without a special Cassette!

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All the talk about wide range these days deals with the cassette, but Wickwerks is putting it at the front of the bike, and that could mean major changes (and improvements) to Junior race bikes. Oh, and anyone else that’s been looking to customize the gap between big and small chainrings without sending shift quality into the gutter.

So, whether it’s running their new 53/34 combo or 41/33, with their fast shifting BRIDGE technology and a new front derailleur mount adapter, Wickwerks says they’ve found a way to give you the best of both worlds…


IB15: Fresh packs, racks and more from Osprey, Saris, Mio & Nikola Pedals


Osprey’s Verve 5/9 and Viper 5/9/13 are simpler packs for shorter rides, and they’ve been updated to improve pocket access and functionality. The shoulder straps are well ventilated with a very light mesh over perforated foam padding. Both come with a lighter weight 2.5 liter reservoir without their usual rigid back panel. It’s still baffled to keep it flat even when full, and the design also helps limit sloshing from side to side.

The women’s Verve comes in two smaller sizes with five or nine cubic liters of storage, the 13l is gone for the ladies. The body of the pack has a shorter torso and narrower shoulder harness. The men’s Viper gets five, nine and 13 liter pack sizes. Retail for the collection ranges from $80 to $110.

Check other updates and more new products from others below…


EB15: Casco shows new Full Air vented, Roadster urban & more lids; plus Just In Speedairo-TC Plus


Casco had a number of their European-made helmets on display at Eurobike. The first that caught our eye was a rapid prototype of a new extremely ventilated helmet that was so open that you could see directly through it. The upcoming Full Air RCC helmet aims to out vent every other helmet Casco makes for both Road and Cross Country (RCC) riding.

In addition to going super vented, Casco also takes some DNA from their successful SpeedAiro helmets and adds it to the Roadster-TC for an aero, urban helmet. Somewhere in between the Sportive-TC Plus gets vents but a removable cover for an everyday riding versatility. There are plenty more choices available in Casco’s catalog, check out what jumped out at us after the break; plus the new special edition SpeedAiro-TC Plus, just in for review…  READ MORE ->

EB15: 2016 Cannondale road bike addendums & Black Inc bikes, plus Spiderings trickle down


We saw the highlights of Cannondale’s 2016 road bike lineup this summer, where they introduced the all-new CAAD12 alloy frames, the premium lightweight SuperSix EVO and updated spec for the Synapse. We weighed all of them, too. And then we featured the Slate gravel road bike in its own detailed post. So, Eurobike was mainly about filling in the gaps with the small details. And seeing the Black Inc. collection

Above, the Synapse Hi-Mod Disc Black Inc. endurance road bike gets Cannondale’s own Hollowgram SL carbon disc brake wheels with 700×28 Schwalbe One tubeless ready tires, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 with hydraulic brakes, the SiSL2 cranks with one-piece Spidering, FSA SL-K carbon seatpost and Cannondale carbon bar and alloy stem with ti bolts. All yours for the low, low price of $9,590.

The rest of the Synapse line gains more disc models, with 6 of 11 getting rotors instead of rim brakes. Pricing heads south from the Black Inc. model, all the way down to $1,840 for a carbon frame with Tiagra. Alloy disc brake bikes come in at $1,570 with 105 and $1,250 with Tiagra.


EB15: 3T Rolls into Disc-brake Road with Discus Carbon and Aluminum Wheels


While a few companies are dipping into the growing road disc-brake market, 3T are rolling out a broad five wheel Discus line-up that goes from their top lightweight carbon LTD down to a more affordable Pro alloy rim. The wheels on offer are all relatively wide profile, aero optimized clinchers that are geared towards gravel and adventure riders with modern fat, lightweight tires.

Check out the details, pricing, availability, and actual rim widths of the Discus line-up after the break…


IB15: Bulls Bikes brings Night Hawk carbon road racer to U.S., more

2016 Bulls Bikes Night Hawk carbon road race bike

Bulls Bikes will be bringing more high end road bikes to the U.S. market to join the mountain bikes already being sold through their direct-to-consumer business.

Above, the Night Hawk race bike comes in with two spec levels, a Shimano 105 for $1,799 (16.3lb, claimed) and Ultegra for $2,399 (15.84lb). Full carbon fork on both, with Shimano direct-mount brakes on the fork and hidden under the chainstays.


EB15: Ghost Nivolet Tour rolls out expanded Disc & Rim Brake Road Range


We took a look at new mountain bikes from Ghost a couple of weeks back just after we got back from Eurobike, but the German brand also had a sample of some interesting road bikes as well. Their current 2015 road line is fairly limited with the Nivolet being a single line with both carbon and aluminum frame versions. But with the addition of a carbon disc brake bike next year by way of this Nivolet LC Tour Disc 3, the Ghost lineup rethinks everything else in the line-up too, from a new lighter top-end model down to a revised aluminum entry bike. Jump past the break for a close-up of this pre-production bike, and an overview of the completely reworked Nivolet offerings…


IB15: Edco goes full carbon in more ways than one, drops prices for one-piece cassettes

2016 Edco Supersport Julier full carbon spoke bicycle wheel

Amidst the new monoblock cassette options for juniors and mountain bikes launched at the Taipei show earlier this year, Edco hinted (with prototype in hand) that they’d soon switch from using Reynold’s carbon rims to their own design. Now, that’s come to fruition and they’ve switched all of their carbon rims to full carbon – no more alloy brake tracks.

They say the new carbon brake track stops just as well as alloy in wet and dry with their own brake pads, which ship with the wheels. How? There are no special materials in the brake track, it’s all in the way it’s constructed and a combination of their ITL (Integrated Low Temp) braking surface with high Tg resin and the pad material.

Alongside those changes are new disc brake options for many of the wheels and their really-and-truly full carbon new wheels that were developed specifically for the new Sapim CX-Carbon spokes…


EB15: Bike Ahead’s 1kg AC One XC Wheelset, plus more for Road and Trail


Bike Ahead showed us what they think may be the lightest production mountain bike wheelset ever made. The cross country AC One wheels are based on the company’s standard 6-spoke carbon wheel design, and using the strongest fibers currently available they were able to shave the weight down for this race-bred wheelset, while keeping strength and stiffness. Sure it is limited to a 85kg rider (187lb; including all their gear), but they have plenty of other options for more aggressive trail riding, heavier riders, and even road discs. We actually spotted their new road wheels in the Haibike booth on their new Affair road disc bike. Check them all out below the fold…  READ MORE ->