Posts in the category Road Bike

EB14: New Pro-level Noah SL Aero Road Bike From Ridley

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With feedback from their Pro-Tour sponsored Lotto-Belisol team, Ridley has developed an evolution of their Noah FAST aero bike concept into the professional-level Noah SL. The Noah SL fits in between the 2 bike the pro-team picks from, the Helium and Noah Fast, pulling benefits from each to create a bike to keep weight low, while still giving riders the aero advantages they’ve come to demand for the fast and bunch sprint races.

Come past the cut for detail on the development and the tech on the new bike.

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Felt Adds Z-Series Disc Brake Road Bike, Abides with Dude Fat Bike

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Felt released the rest of their 2015 road bikes at the beginning of August, but they saved one for Eurobike. With the burgeoning gravel racing market, the F1 PR looked pretty good, except it doesn’t have the other current road buzz word: Disc brakes. Ender the new Z-series Disc. It’s a new version of their popular Z-series road bikes that adds disc brakes and a bit more tire clearance.

The top model, shown here, gets Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, Ultegra Di2, the new Mavic Ksyrium Disc (which we’ll have more info on this week!) wheels and FSA SL-K crankset.

Below that is the Z4 with SRAM hydros with 160mm rotors and Rival group, Mavic Aksium wheels and Zipp cockpit. Finally, there’s the Z75 alloy model with a Shimano non-series/105 mix with TRP Spyre mechanical disc brake calipers running 160/140 rotors.

Check some frame detail photos below, then chill with the Dude…

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New 1050g Easton E100 Full Carbon Tubulars Introduce Tuned, Tensioned Carbon Spokes

2015 Easton E100 ultralight 1050g full carbon tubular road bike wheels

Easton has brought boutique levels of carbon to a mainstream wheelset with the new E100 to create 1050g tubulars that can easily be repaired.

Nothing about the E100s was pulled from Easton’s current parts bins. Instead, they spent more than five years developing all new technologies and designs to create something they say is not just incredibly lightweight but stiffer than other full carbon spoked wheels. And it can be repaired far easier than other completely carbon wheels.

The rims are a new “Fantom” shape, and the hubs get a full carbon body with two donuts on either end holding the spokes for that side of the wheel. Those spokes, which are indeed full carbon fiber yet thinner than what we’ve seen from others like Lightweight and Mavic, are then hand tensioned to properly build each wheel for the best performance.

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SRM’s All New PC8 – Production Announced @ USA Pro Challenge

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Last week’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge may be over, but the product news continues. SRM chose the Colorado stage race as the venue for their public release of the all new PowerControl PC8. After years of listening to the pros and weekend-warriors alike, after nearly two years of development and research, the production model is finally being released. Power past the break for details, pics, and some rumors on future SRM developments…

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Alchemist Unveils Zirconium Disc Brake Road Bike Wheels – Light, Stiff & Asymmetrically Aerodynamic

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Alchemist has shown us some pretty wild looking wheels for mountain bikes in the past, and now they’re applying their unique take to the road market with an astonishingly lightweight set of disc brake-only clinchers.

The new Zirconium wheels use an asymmetric rim profile to balance spoke tension evenly from side to side. The 2mm offset also improves dish, and reinforced spoke nipple beds increase strength, allowing them to use higher tension for a stiffer wheel. All that, and the high modulus carbon fiber rim weighs in at just 315 grams!

As usual, their hubs are a work of art, mixing carbon and alloy with their signature angles and flares on the spoke and disc flanges. What’s unusual are the aero claims…

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Review: Litespeed Li2 Green Machine

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It’s been nearly 12 years since Litespeed started working with carbon fiber, and even though the brand is currently selling more carbon frames than titanium domestically, they still seem to be known as the Ti company. Since the beginning, Litespeed has always set out to make the best bike possible no matter the material. With titanium, the challenge was to take aerospace grade ti tubing and to turn it into bike specific tubesets to create high end bikes. Eventually, the cold worked shaped tubes became Litespeed’s calling card and the company still sells more titanium bikes than carbon internationally.

Looking for the next evolution in design, in 2002 Litespeed started experimenting with carbon fiber seatstays for the Sienna and the Ultimate. This would eventually lead to their first full carbon model, the C-Series aero road bike. Successful tweaking over the years led to a highly manipulated aero road bike, so the next logical step was what Litespeed refers to as a good “all-rounder.”

Right around that point Litespeed’s current CEO Peter Hurley stepped into the leadership role, and helped to improve the development process in a way that allowed product designer Brad DeVaney to create the bike he envisioned – the L Series.

We’ve been on the Litespeed Li2 for quite a few miles now, get our take on the bike after the break…

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Sage Cycles Moves Production to the US; Launches revamped 2015 Road and Cross Bikes

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We spent a few months with the first iteration of the Sage Skyline road bike last season.  As teased in that review, the production has officially moved back to the states.  In fact, the PDXCX is rolling out to dealers now.  Sage Cycles are still designed and QC’d in Portland, and are now handmade by the fine craftsman at Lynskey.

Both the Skyline road bike, and Sage’s PDXCX frames have undergone some changes for the 2015 model.  Having just had a hands on with both, we can say they are for the better.  Pedal through for the updates.

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Vittoria Shoes Launches new IKON High Performance Road Shoe

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Since the 70’s, Vittoria has been cranking out high quality, Italian made cycling shoes.  The feet of greats such as Marco Pantani, Thor Hushovd, and Luca Paolini have ridden in these shoes.  The newest model from Vittoria is their top of the line, lightweight road shoe dubbed the IKON.

The new IKON is Vittoria’s range topping road shoe, bumping the Hora Evo to second place.  It features a unique upper that is designed with comfort in mind.  To achieve this, they made it from Microfiber Soft Touch material and used minimal sewing.  The shoes allow for maximum breathability thanks to micro holes cut using a laser.  The performance insole is custom moldable to the riders foot.  The outer sole of the IKON is a brand new UD carbon design specially made for the IKON.  It has air vents cut in to keep air flowing through the shoe.  That sole comes in either a 3 bolt or Speed-Play version.

Pedal past the break for the rest of the details.

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Review: The Ride Pouch from Eleven Velo and Waterfield Designs

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For those that follow The Rules, you know #29. For those that do not:

“Rule #29 – No European Posterior Man-Satchel. Saddle bags have no place on a road bike, and are only acceptable on mountain bikes in extreme cases.”

Eleven Velo and Waterfield Designs joined forces and come to the rescue with their new Ride Pouch. This beautiful leather case is designed to hold all of your goodies and fit nicely in a jersey pocket, freeing your bike of that eye sore that is the saddle bag.

Join us on the other side for the details.

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