Posts in the category Road Bike

SOC15: Wheels Mfg adds BSA-to-BB386EVO and BBright bottom bracket conversions


Wheels Manufacturing’s latest bottom bracket conversions give you two more options for using modern cranksets on various frames.

The new BB30 Outboard Threaded unit lets you run a BB386EVO crankset in a BSA bottom bracket shell. You’ll need to run 386EVO cranks to have a long enough spindle, though, BB30 won’t work.

Below, the BBright is for the Cervelo’s 79mm wide BB shell and is a thread together design running a mix of their press-in (left side) and outboard (drive side) bottom bracket parts in a shell that threads together inside the frame.


SOC15: Chris King adds thru-axle rear road hubs & singlespeed hubs

Chris King 12mm front and 12x142 rear thru axle road bike hubs

Chris King has a new thru axle rear R45D hub to join the R45D front thru axle we spotted at NAHBS.

The front will only be available in 12mm for thru axles, and QR will remain in the line, too, using end caps to swap between the two. Likewise, the rear adds the axle ends to allow it to convert to 12×142 thru axle, so you can upgrade your current QR hubs if you get a new frame. Our guess is some Cielo bikes might be making the switch now that there are some house brand hubs to go with them!

Retail is TBD, available mid summer.


SOC15: Hutchinson could take cyclocross tires wider for gravel, plus changes to road tires coming

Hutchinson Piranha cyclocross tires could go wide for gravel road bikes

According to some of the folks at Hutchinson, the Piranha 2 cyclocross tire is fairly popular here in the States, but HQ in France (home country of the brand) might want to discontinue it. However, not only is the U.S. team lobbying to keep availability but to get the pattern expanded to 40mm widths for gravel road bikes. The tread pattern certainly looks well suited to that use.


SOC15: Garmin makes power meter pedals easier to install w/ Vector 2.0

Garmin’s Vector 2 power meter pedal system has received a slight update to make it a bit more durable and a little easier to install.

Gone are the washers, replaced with a hinged clamp that simply wraps around the pedal spindle and bolts into place. That makes the pedal pods easier to line up in the correct position.

The pods themselves are made of a new, tougher material that’s the same as their out front mounts. They say that resin is actually tougher than the original alloy mounts. It wasn’t a matter of toughness under impact, because you’re not really going to hit them on anything if they’re positioned properly…it was more about holding up to repeated removal and installation.


SOC15: ENVE raises the bar for DH, widens XC and trail handlebars, plus new Garmin mount integration

After seeing Greg Minnaar and Syndicate riders using spacers under their direct mount stems, sometimes up to 50mm of additional stack, ENVE’s engineers started thinking. To make things safer and eliminate the use of long bolts that are seeing a lot of shear force, they thought a high rise DH bar would be a much better option.

And here it is, at the top of the display. Width is 810mm, rise is 46mm, upsweep 5° and backsweep is 9°. Weight is 267g. $175, same as the DH bar.


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Little Bellas Kids 

  • Empowering the next generation of female mountain bike shredders – While walking the grounds today at the 25th Annual Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA, I saw these little girls in matching jerseys  rooting on the pro women’s short track cross country race. The young ladies are a part of The Little Bellas which is a mountain bike organization whose goal is to help young women realize their potential through cycling. After the short track race, the pros had a Q & A session with the Little Bellas at Primal Wear’s exhibit tent. (Primal Wear provides the jerseys to the Little Bellas) The future racers asked questions like “What do you do to get pumped up before a race?” and my favorite, “What’s your most embarrassing moment at a race?” where the answer involved jumping out of a port-a-potty naked. It’s great to see the current generation of pro women mentoring and sharing their passion, knowledge and good times with the future of women’s mountain biking. Visit to find the program nearest to you.

More racing news and Sea Otter highlights after the break! READ MORE ->

SOC15: IRC inflating Formula Pro Tubeless Light road tires to 25 and 28 widths

IRC has been making some impressive road tubeless tires for a while, and now the one of their lightest is growing to include a new 25mm and 28mm width.

The 25mm should come in at 300g, and the 28mm just a bit higher. They’ll head to the U.S. in June packaged with Stan’s NoTubes sealant and available through them first. About a month later they’ll start shipping by themselves through J&B and BTI.

While the name implies lightweight road, the 28 will actually get a quasi-file tread similar to their Serac CX Sand cyclocross tire we spotted at Taipei Show. That makes it their new gravel tire.

SOC15: SRAM 1x drivetrains head to the road with new Force & Rival single chainring groups

sram rival 1 road group

SRAM’s taken their 1x drivetrains to the road with new Force 1 and Rival 1 groups.

Essentially an expansion of their CX1 group and XX1/X01/GX mountain bike cassettes, it opens up the possibilities for gravel, cyclocross and even triathlon bikes looking to simplify the setup and save a little weight.

In fact, the CX1 group is now simply Force 1, and the Rival 1 group takes most of the existing parts and combines it with the pinned GX cassette and brand matched X-Horizon rear derailleurs.


All-New Rotor INpower hides power meter tech inside crank spindle

Rotor INpower crankset powermeter inside the spindle

The antenna and battery cap on the non-drive crank is all you’ll see of the new INpower power meter…everything else is tucked inside the spindle.

The Rotor INPower is a clever new take on the crank-based power meter that puts all of the electronics inside the axle, which not only protects it, but keeps the rotational mass at the center.

But the location of the electronics is just part of the story. Rotor, which is known mostly for their ovalized chainrings, can show “different” power readings when those chainrings are used on standard spider-based power meters. This happens because the ovalized shape changes the zones of rotational speed at which you’re able to turn the pedals over by making it easier in your dead spots and harder in your power zones. The result, from our own experience, is that the overall pedal stroke is much smoother and the rotational speed seems more consistent to our legs, but they say a spider-based strain gauge may not see it that way.

The design also lets them use the same power meter across their entire range of cranks regardless of the arms, making it perfect for road, triathlon, cyclocross and mountain bikes…