Review: Dare VSR Aero Road Bike – Part One, with disc brakes

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“We know how to develop a bike that is close to perfection” says Dare Bikes. That’s a bold claim to make, but they’ve garnered much experience from OEM manufacturing, quietly producing bikes for manufacturers such as Norco and Lapierre. Dare Bikes founded their own brand and line of bikes in 2011, and is preparing to enter into the market with machines such as the VSR – “Vetox Speed Race” – an aerodynamic road bike introduced earlier this year that can be fitted with disc brakes or rim brakes.

The VSR features Dare’s Vetox design concept, “like a blade that breaks through air resistance”. It starts with an uniquely shaped head tube featuring a groove design that splits and routes airflow cleanly around the front of the bike. Paired with the profile of Dare’s disc brake fork, the company claims a 30% reduction in turbulent airflow around this area of the bike. The BikeRumor wind tunnel was fully booked, preventing us from testing these claims, but that didn’t stop us from racking up some quality miles on the VSR and its disc brakes. Click on through to read Part One of our review… Continue reading “Review: Dare VSR Aero Road Bike – Part One, with disc brakes”



“We know how to develop a bike that is close to perfection” says Dare Bikes. That’s a bold claim to make, but they’ve garnered much experience from OEM manufacturing, quietly producing bikes for manufacturers such as Norco and Lapierre. Dare Bikes founded their own brand and line of bikes in 2011, and is preparing to enter into […]

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Felt, US women’s team pursuit chase gold on a wicked new track bike

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No, that picture is not backwards. Felt is once again teaming up with the U.S. women’s team pursuit after making history with a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic games which was the greatest achievement by a U.S. track racing team ever. Now they want it all!

Felt teamed up with HED, FSA and others to create the Felt TA FRD (Track Aero | Felt Racing Development). Check out the video to see how they came up with this Olympic weapon and why they went south-paw with the drivetrain…

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No, that picture is not backwards. Felt is once again teaming up with the U.S. women’s team pursuit after making history with a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic games which was the greatest achievement by a U.S. track racing team ever. Now they want it all! Felt teamed up with HED, FSA and others to create […]

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SOC16: Fresh paint, new bikes from Devinci, Franco & Mongoose

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Franco Grimes x Bicycle Crumbs custom painted gravel road bike

The Franco Grimes gravel bike came about because they wanted a homegrown (i.e. US-made) steel bike capable of riding anything the road may serve up. That could be a trail, a cyclocross course or just an urban commute. Or, of course, a good road ride.

For this year’s show, they wanted to show off more than the bike’s versatility, they wanted to highlight its design. So, they reached out to Insta-famous artist Bicycle Crumbs, who took every liberty to create this absolute work of art…

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The Franco Grimes gravel bike came about because they wanted a homegrown (i.e. US-made) steel bike capable of riding anything the road may serve up. That could be a trail, a cyclocross course or just an urban commute. Or, of course, a good road ride. For this year’s show, they wanted to show off more […]

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New summer kit roundup: Santini Giro spirit, Rapha shades, Ekoi skinsuit

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The Giro d’ Italia is about to enter its third weekend of racing, so why not get in the spirit with some Santini jerseys. The Italian company has been producing the leader’s jerseys for more than 20 years, and nothing says summer is on the way more than the pink of the race leader’s Maglia Rosa. You too can get the feel of a Grand Tour leader’s jersey with the same fit and fabric that the best GC rider is wearing these days. Check out a bit of new tech in the jersey, plus a few special edition jerseys celebrating the race, and more from Rapha, and Ekoï after the break…

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The Giro d’ Italia is about to enter its third weekend of racing, so why not get in the spirit with some Santini jerseys. The Italian company has been producing the leader’s jerseys for more than 20 years, and nothing says summer is on the way more than the pink of the race leader’s Maglia Rosa. […]

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Can tires make a bigger difference than aero wheels? We put Michelin Power to the test

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Michelin power tire launch Brian Hodes Veloimages Hincapie Gran Fondo route Laurens Test Track (31)
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Everybody loves free speed, right? Based on the latest trend to incorporate everything aero, it seems that the ability to shave a few seconds off your time by simply switching components is too tempting for a lot of riders to resist. Now what if you could gain more speed than an aero wheel set would provide, just by switching your tires? Not to mention you get better grip and puncture protection as well?

Sounds to good to be true, right? It’s for real. Or at least that’s why Michelin invited us out to their proving grounds in Laurens, SC. We were there to ride the new Michelin Power tires and see for ourselves whether their claims held true….

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Everybody loves free speed, right? Based on the latest trend to incorporate everything aero, it seems that the ability to shave a few seconds off your time by simply switching components is too tempting for a lot of riders to resist. Now what if you could gain more speed than an aero wheel set would […]

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SRAM eTap Hydro makes another appearance, this time with Ted King on a new Cannondale

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Spotted on Ted King’s Twitter account is his new bike, a Cannondale SuperSix Evo outfitted with SRAM eTAP electronic shifting and…hydraulic disc brakes. It’s the second pro bike we’ve spotted with them (or, ex-pro in this case), the other being the prototype Canyon bike of Katusha pro Alexander Kristoff. Even at full size, it’s hard to tell that the calipers look any different (despite hearsay that suggests they’ll be more closely based on the Guide or Level mountain bike brakes than the current road brakes).

The lever hoods, however, definitely look different. The top section looks much deeper, which suggests either a larger reservoir and master cylinder, or simply a new pivot and piston arrangement. It could even mean a linkage driven piston heading into the master cylinder for a more refined lever feel, much like the Swinglink cam system found on upper end Guide brake levers.

Oh, and yeah, that appears to be an all new Cannondale SuperSix Evo road bike, too. There’s not currently a disc brake version of the SuperSix in their 2016 lineup, meaning we’ll likely see this introduction later in the year as a 2017 model. It appears to retain quick release skewers rather than thru axles, which keeps with the model’s pro racing pedigree. While we’re speculating, those pedals seem awfully tiny, too. King’s sponsored by Speedplay, but unless it’s just the grainy Twitter photo, these look…different. Not shown: Maple syrup drippings on the top tube.



Spotted on Ted King’s Twitter account is his new bike, a Cannondale SuperSix Evo outfitted with SRAM eTAP electronic shifting and…hydraulic disc brakes. It’s the second pro bike we’ve spotted with them (or, ex-pro in this case), the other being the prototype Canyon bike of Katusha pro Alexander Kristoff. Even at full size, it’s hard to […]

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Modular Selle Royal Ta+Too saddle goes with you when you lock the bike

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Selle Royal sees the growth of people riding their bikes for urban transportation, and with that comes some growing pains. Living and locking our bikes up in they city often ends up with saddles suffering the consequences. Whether it is them getting stolen, vandalized, or just having to deal with harsh weather sitting outside on a bike rack, their new Ta+Too saddle aims to quickly solve those problems with a modular, removable top. When you add in the possibility to customize your saddle for a little individualism, the Ta+Too may be a nice solution for your city bike…

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Selle Royal sees the growth of people riding their bikes for urban transportation, and with that comes some growing pains. Living and locking our bikes up in they city often ends up with saddles suffering the consequences. Whether it is them getting stolen, vandalized, or just having to deal with harsh weather sitting outside on a […]

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Zipp prints up Viking shield Super-9 Disc for Katusha’s Kristoff

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Zipp has often highlighted their Impress Direct-Print technology on various one-off wheelsets, but this might be the best use yet. Not only is Alexander Kristoff a big shot on Team Katusha, but he’s also a native of Stavanger, Norway. What better way to honor his heritage than with a Zipp Super-9 disc disguised as a Viking inspired shield? Granted the choice of material has been upgraded from wood to a much more modern unidirectional carbon fiber…

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Zipp has often highlighted their Impress Direct-Print technology on various one-off wheelsets, but this might be the best use yet. Not only is Alexander Kristoff a big shot on Team Katusha, but he’s also a native of Stavanger, Norway. What better way to honor his heritage than with a Zipp Super-9 disc disguised as a […]

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Nua Ti-Core x Kappstein Doppio collaboration pedals out 2-speed urban simplicity

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Back at the Berlin Bike Show we got a glimpse of the unique two-speed Doppio planetary gear bottom bracket/crank combo setup from Kappstein. Now with their collaboration with the Barcelona titanium builders at Nua, we get to see it built into a new high-end urban commuter with a clean and simple drivetrain. Kappstein approached Nua to craft a bike to showcase the new system, and what resulted was this quick flat bar Nua Doppio with a wide gearing range able to get up hills or jump from a start, while delivering speed for cruising city streets…

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Back at the Berlin Bike Show we got a glimpse of the unique two-speed Doppio planetary gear bottom bracket/crank combo setup from Kappstein. Now with their collaboration with the Barcelona titanium builders at Nua, we get to see it built into a new high-end urban commuter with a clean and simple drivetrain. Kappstein approached Nua to craft a bike […]

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