Posts in the category Road Bike

Photo Gallery – More 2015 Specialized Mountain Bikes & One More Road Tire

2015 Specialized Enduro Evo with Boxxer dual crown fork and Ohlins coil over rear shock

If you thought our first round up of 2015 bikes from Specialized was lacking in gravity oriented models, your wait is over. We’ve also found more frameset colorways, a couple fat bikes, a cost-is-no-object women’s full suspension racer and…another road bike tire.

Above, the new 650B Enduro Evo with Rockshox Boxxer dual crown fork is about as close as you’ll get to Specialized downhill bike without actually buying a, um, Specialized downhill bike. Equipped with Ohlins rear coil-over shock, chain guide, Thomson seatpost and Spec’s new Slaughter rear tire on Roval 650B DH wheels. Word is there are very few 26″ full suspension bikes left in their 2015 lineup.

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Scott Sports Expands MIPS Helmet Line for 2015

Scott Helmets 2015 Mips road mountain ARX (3)

Elevate your safety. That’s Scott Sport’s motto when it comes to helmets for the 2015 model year. In addition to a number of common design goals for their helmets to optimize impact protection, Scott is investing heavily in MIPS (Multi directional Impact ­Protection System) Brain Protection with 6 different models that include the special yellow liner. Primarily geared towards mountain biking, Scott also offers an urban MIPS helmet along with what they believe is the first road helmet to bring MIPS to riders who prefer skinny tires.

Utilizing a low friction layer that is built into the helmet, MIPS is said to prevent serious brain injuries by reducing the force of angled impacts to the head. Working with Biokinetics in Canada as an independent test facility, Scott recorded anywhere from a 9-34% reduction of impact forces when comparing identical helmets, MIPS and non-MIPS. In the event of an impact, the low friction layer works within 15 milliseconds and moves less than 15mm. It’s this sliding of the low friction layer that reduces the amount of force delivered to your brain in the event of an angled impact.

In 2015, Scott has expanded their MIPS line to include 6 different models including the all new ARX Plus road helmet. While increased options for MIPS is the big story, Scott has also made a few improvements to other helmets including updated fit systems with better adjustment.

Read on for more on MIPS, plus actual weights…

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Photo Gallery: 2015 Specialized Gear, Apparel & Components

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Our first gallery from the 2015 Specialized Dealer Event showed off a lot of bikes. Now, we’ve got a collection of new components, parts, accessories, gear and apparel for your perusal.

Above, the new 4th generation S-Works mountain bike cranks get hollow carbon construction and a 30mm spindle only. They’ll work with any 104BCD chainring, single or double only. Spin past the break for lots more…

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Saracen Flies into the Future w/ Lightweight Avro Disc Brake Road Bike

Saracen Avro Full Bike Profile Disc And Thru Axles

While thru-axles and disc brakes are not surprising anyone paying attention to current road bike trends, combining them with carbon frame that’s just over 1,000g and fully built for £1,799 (aprox. $3k) makes quite the take-note bike.

On top of a sweet new frame that’s lightweight, the new Saracen Avro combines solid spec with some really cool new design concepts that make disc brakes on the road all the more palatable. For the price, it’s looking like a solid performer that’s entirely worth upgrading in the future, but doesn’t stick you with any duds out of the gate. The devil is in the details, take note next…

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Campagnolo Bora Carbon Wheels Get Wider & Lighter, Plus New Braking Surface w/ Shamal Mille

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Two of Campagnolo’s longest running wheelsets get improvements to braking surfaces, albeit with different technologies, and the Bora series also gains wider rims and more aerodynamic shapes.

The new Shamal Mille takes their top level alloy wheel and imbues it with a new braking surface treatment that ups the friction for better performance. Called Mille, the treatment permeates the metal of the rim to create a rougher, more durable surface. As a bonus, Mille is compatible with their Red carbon brake pads, so if you choose to train on these and race on carbon wheels (like the Bora!), you won’t have to swap out brake pads every time you swap wheels, saving you time for an extra run to the Porta-Jon before lining up. Wheel and rim detail shots below.

If you’re an all carbon, all the time kinda rider, then the new Bora’s should look pretty good…

**UPDATED WEIGHTS 7/22/14

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Cervélo Hits More Affordable Price Point with New R2 Road Bike

Cervelo R2

With a long standing reputation for producing premium products at a premium price, Canadian brand Cervélo is now changing their game with the introduction of the wallet friendly R2.

This model pairs the same frame utilized on the higher end R3 model with a more economical fork and competent spec to achieve it’s lower price point. A similar approach was taken by the company last year when they introduced their aero S2 model.

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eeBrakes Get Major Update – Now Stiffer, Sleeker & Still Insanely Light

2015 eebrake ultra lightweight road bike brake caliper

Coming this August is a major new version of one of the best, lightest road bike brake calipers on the market.

It’s impressive 168g claimed weight (per pair!) with pad holders (but not pads) remains the same, but word is they get massively stiffer, improve modulation and power and get easier to install and set up. Oh, and they look better than ever. And there’s more tire clearance.

To do all that, a lot of things had to change…

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Photo Gallery: 2015 Specialized Road & Mountain Bikes Overview

2015 Specialized Venge LR "Lunch Ride" 1x11 road bike. Photo: Scott Bellecitti

2015 Specialized Venge LR “Lunch Ride” 1×11 road bike. Photo: Scott Bellecitti

This year, Specialized skipped their major press event where we usually get to weigh and photo everything and get all the nitty gritty. But, their dealers still had their event, and thanks to the legendary Dale Brown over at Cycles de Oro, we’ve got a huge gallery of images and a few details.

From what we’re seeing, there’s a bit more excitement on the road side, even with the new 650B version of the Enduro that was just shown in detail. The pavement, or, rather, off-pavement, side is being led by the Diverge gravel bike. At least for those two, we have some pretty solid information and spec.

There’s plenty more to see though, starting off with the new Venge LR (Lunch Ride), shown above. It’s built up with SRAM Force CX1 mechanical shifters for a 1×11 build around Specialized’s carbon crank arms. Retail is around $5,500. That pic’s from Scott at Mike’s Bikes, everything that follows is from de Oro…

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Another Teaser of Van Dessel’s New Disc Brake Road Bike, Now w/ Shimano Flat Mount Caliper Standard!

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After seeing Koga’s fork teaser, Van Dessel threw this rendering our way of their upcoming carbon Motivus Maximus disc brake road bike.

Founder Edwin Bull says “we’re using this on the road frame – just nice and clean. For the disc road fork we’re doing standard 140mm post mount for now. I just felt the (new flat mount) standard was a bit too (new) and Shimano didn’t have much details and seemed to still be working those out when we were opening the molds, so didn’t want to commit to tooling on what was essentially still a work in progress.”

This and the other new carbon bikes we showed here are scheduled to ship from the factory on July 23, actual real world photos to follow. For now, this rendering shows how an adapter works with the flat mount to accommodate traditional brake calipers. And yep, I called flat mount a “standard”.