Posts in the category Road Bike

EB15: Bianchi gets more road disc brakes, more affordable options, a gravel bike & 27.5+!

2016 Bianchi allroad gravel road bike

Bianchi’s 2016 range bets big on disc brakes, introduces a couple of lower priced road bikes to bring more people into the brand, and even hits two of the biggest trends, gravel and 27.5+ mountain bikes.

The Allroad gravel bike is a new alloy frame with full rack and fender readiness, a full carbon fork and capacity for 700×35 tires on its own, or 32mm treads with fenders. Those aspects are all but required anymore to be a contender…what’s surprising are the bonus features…


First Look: Novatec’s Lightweight Sprint Tubeless Wheelset


As the high-end offshoot of Joytech, the Novatec brand has been around for 20 years, producing high quality hubs for both the OEM market and the aftermarket. With deep roots in hub manufacturing, Novatec may not be a name on every riders lips, but chances are you’ve ridden one of their products before, likely without even realising it. But aside from an exhaustive array of hubs, the company also produces complete wheels too. And thanks to a concerted push in the North American market alongside high-profile athlete sponsorship, we’re starting to hear a lot more of the Novatec name these days.

The company’s stated goal is to provide high quality, and high performing products that also represent good value for money too. Case in point is the tubeless compatible Sprint wheelset, which has a sticker price of just $769 USD, or $900 in Australia. In the world we live in where road wheels can often push past $2-3k, that’s a nice aspect on its own. Having recently received a pair of Sprint wheels to put to the test, we decided to take a closer look at the small details that make up the complete wheelset. Read on for confirmed weights, close-up photos and tech specs…


New Eddy Merckx SanRemo 76 aero road bike celebrates big wins with speed!

2016 Eddy Merckx San Remo 76 aero road bike

With 525 professional victories to choose from, Eddy Merckx Bicycles has an easy time of picking names for bikes in their their revamped 2016 line. The latest machine pays homage to the Cannibal’s victory at the 1976 Milan-SanRemo – the SanRemo 76.

Eddy Merckx entered the Milan-SanRemo race 10 times, winning it seven times, the last victory taking place in 1976. The Cannibal’s record stands to this day. The new SanRemo76 road bike is about aerodynamics, stiffness and power transfer…


EB15: Prologo adds more padding, more CPC vibration damping to saddles & bar tape


Prologo has added several variations to their saddles, offering a bit more cushioning or a bit of their CPC vibration damping. The PAS saddles, which refers to the models with a center relief channel, get the squirmy little CPC nubs that have been used in F1 and more to reduce fatigue. You’ll find that on the Scratch, Nago and Evo saddles.


EB15: Litespeed builds Ku:wa adventure road bike, plus lightweight SL versions of T1, Pinhoti

2016 Litespeed Kuwa adventure road bike

The Litespeed Ku:wa is their new adventure bike that’s named after an Indian word for mulberry, which refers to Mulberry Gap, a famous 350+ mile trail network in their backyard.

It splits the difference between their T5Ggravel bike shown last year (and updated in March) and the Pinhoti 29er hardtail mountain bike. The geometry is right in the middle of the two, giving it a slightly higher BB and slacker head angle than the T5G, but not as much as the MTB.

It’s thoroughly modern, and thanks to the brand’s long history with the wonder material, should last a good long time…


EB15: Acros converts A-GE hydro shifting to 1×11, lets you customize the sound of new hubs


Acros’ A-GE hydraulic shifting group drops the front derailleur for their new 1×11 system, making it the lightest shifter/derailleur combo we’ve seen.

The rear mech’s upper knuckle has been better optimized and slimmed down, which saved weight and looks better. Other changes were made to keep up with trends, too, and they’ve just finished brand new hubs…


EB15: All-new Cervelo R3 Disc prepares for the races under MTN Qubeka, more

2016 Cervelo R3 Disc Ultegra disc brake road bike

With the UCI allowing teams to test disc brake road bikes in two races this fall, Cervelo needed something for Team MTN Qubeka to ride.

The all-new Cervelo R3 Disc is that bike, and it’s both very similar and completely different than the standard rim brake model bearing the same name.

They wanted to keep the race geometry and handling since it’s going to be tested at the highest level under MTN Qubeka. The problem was, they had to widen the chainstays to fit the 135mm rear hub spacing that disc brake hubs use. And that can throw off the chainline. Most other brands simply extend their chainstays to accommodate the wider axle spacing, which is usually necessary to maintain proper shifting. There are specific recommendations from Shimano regarding the amount of chain deflection from chainring to cog. If it’s too much, the chain can start to pick up the chainring ramps too early, potentially limiting the number of usable gears or negatively impacting drivetrain performance.

Cervelo found a way to keep the chainstay length exactly the same…


EB15: Campagnolo Record and Super Record go wireless, too… sort of


While the big trend this week at Eurobike has been been ditching shifter wires via SRAM’s Red eTAP, FSA’s Metron, and Rotor’s Uno Hydraulic, Campagnolo has taken wireless in a different direction. New wireless connectivity by wall of an updated EPS Interface/control unit opens up a number of communication opportunities, and makes setup and customization easier for the top two tiers of the electronic line.

Shift on over the break for more details, pics, and an updated battery…


EB15: Tune reinvents road thru axle, makes lots more stuff better & lighter

Pick one thing that would slow adoption of disc brake in the pro peloton and it would likely be the molasses-like process of unthreading a thru axle. Manitou and Focus have their twist-and-pull systems, Naild has a new twist-and-lock system, but Tune’s new QC system might be the fastest of them all.

The new Tune QC Schnellsteck Spanner thru axle system uses a simple push button release to trim removal time to a fraction of a second. Flip through to see how it works…