Posts in the category Road Bike

IB14: Fyxation Updates 3rd Ward Steel Road Frames, Adds Blackhawk Carbon Fat Bike & More


As Fyxation branched out into bicycle frames a couple years ago, their focus was on very track oriented steel frames. You know, the ones that were really designed for fixed gear riding on the streets.

As they’ve grown, they’ve diversified a bit. There was the Quiver, a slick 1×10 city bike we tested last fall. And announced around the same was the East Side and 3rd Ward, which were essentially the same bike but with different headsets and forks. Now, the 3rd Ward becomes it’s own creature, one more suited to long rides in the country or light touring. The sliding track dropouts are exchanged for sliding road dropouts, and more mounts are spec’d throughout frame and fork to hold all manner of racks and fenders.


IB14: New Dual LED Dash 320 from Cygolite & New Offerings from Planet Bike Brighten Up the Commute

Dash 320 Front

The new Dash 320 is targeted towards road cyclists and uses a unique layout of LEDs to help riders stay visible to oncoming traffic during the day and still perform at night. The quad band of  LEDS across the top of the light are designed to flash during the day, and can also be set to flash while the main 3 watt Cree light is also on. READ MORE ->

IB14: New Stuff from SwissStop, Feedback Sports & Seasucker

SwissStop Black Prince EVO low profile carbon rim brake pads

SwissStop has a new version of their amazing Black Prince brake pad called FlashEvo. It’s the same compound as the FlashPro version we tested last summer, but with a lower profile to help it clear today’s wider rims. It also has a new groove pattern to improve water shedding from the rim.

Check the side-by-side comparison and their new organic pads for Magura’s 2015 disc brake calipers, plus new stuff from Feedback Sports and Seasucker below…


Loaded Precision’s Napalm Road Handlebar Hits the Tarmac

Loaded Napalm Carbon Road Bars

Loaded Precision strives to produce the lightest weight components possible. They’ve been dedicated to mountain bike products for a number of years, but their new line of Napalm Carbon Drop Handlebars are their first venture into the road scene.

The new bars utilize a one-piece, one-pass layup technique, and high-grade carbon to produce an extremely light weight but strong handlebar. The new handlebar is available in 40, 42, and 44 cm widths, has a 78mm reach, and 125 mm of drop. The bars have a 31.8 c clam diameter and a very low claimed weight of 180g. Retail is set at $318.99.

GoPro Hero 4 Leaked! Built in Touch Screen Display, Shoots 4K & More!

Go Pro Hero 4 LeakedYesterday a thread on Reddit released details of the new Hero 4 and now the PetaPixel Blog has confirmed virtually everything. From what we’re hearing, the new camera could be announced as early as Sept 30 or Oct 8th, with availability starting Oct 15.

The new Hero 4 is said to be capable of shooting 4k at 30 FPS, 2.7k at 60 FPS, 12 MP pictures, have Bluetooth & GPS capabilities, and image stabilization of some sort. It’s also said to have a built in touchscreen.

Head to PetaPixel for the full story.

IB14: TwinSix Standard Bicycle Collection Debuts – 29er, Cyclocross, Rando & Fat Bikes


After years of frame collaborations with Raleigh, Handsome and others, TwinSix let loose in early August that they were working on a collection of bicycles, giving us a detailed look at the Standard Fat titanium fat bike. That one’s shown at top, and hit that link for the full details.

Sitting in front of it is the Standard 29, their Reynolds 853 steel hardtail. It’s suspension corrected for a 100mm fork to have a 70.5º head angle. Chainstays are reasonably short (17.32″ / 440mm) while leaving room for a 29×2.35 tire. Ride the metal past the break for more details, pics and models…


IB14: Cantitoe Road Showcases New Carbocut Saw, Hi Tech Trelock Light, & More

CarboCut Saw Cantitoe Road

Cantitoe Road is the exclusive distributor of Effetto Mariposa in the US and an importer of all things awesome. As such, they always have cool stuff to play with. This year, the first thing I was asked when I stopped by the booth was if I wanted to cut a rock with a saw? I’m more of a table saw kind of girl, but the display was impressive none the less.

The tool they were using is the new CarboCut saw, which has a 10″ Tungsten Carbide blade, and is designed for cutting carbon composites. That said, it will also make quick work of steel, ceramics, geological samples, etc… READ MORE ->

With Bikes and Kit Now in Play, Czechs Ondřej Sosenka Will Have Another Go At the Hour with Festka Cycles


Now that Jens Voigt has set a new benchmark in the hour record, interest has been stirred up in the pro ranks for the UCI-revamped race against the clock. Having been out of professional cycling for almost a decade, previous record holder Czech Ondřej Sosenka made official on Thursday that in 2015 he plans to try to reclaim the record he held for more than nine years. Interestingly enough he has been planning the new attempt even before the UCI announced the changes early this summer, with his recent successful partnership with Czech bike builder Festka giving him newfound motivation. Date and place haven’t been settled yet, but when Voigt set the new record Sosenka got a call from Czech Velodrome designer Peter Junek about trying on one of his tracks, like Sangalhos, Portugal, or in Boulder, CO.

Join us after the break for a bit more on his attempt and that new bike…


IB14: Lake Rolls out New Colors, Blacked Out MX331 Cross Now Shipping

Lake Shoes New 2014 2015 CX Podium shoe (2)

If you happened to catch any of the Eurobike fashion show you know that bright colors are in demand. This is probably why Lake is introducing some eye catching new colorways on both the road and mountain side of the footwear biz. But since life is all about balance, there are also some new all black offerings like the MX331 Cross which will be tearing up race courses this Fall. As always, Stage Race Distribution had the latest on Lake as they continue to distribute the brand in North America.