Posts in the category Road Bike

Weekend Reading: Acre Supply’s Trans-Provence Photo Journal, Argonaut goes Above Category, More


Photo: Sven Martin / Duncan Philpott for Acre Supply.

Acre Supply is the mountain bike specific arm of Mission Workshop, whose clothes and gear we’re pretty big fans of. It’s a lifestyle brand that’s also supremely functional and durable, and as such, they take their gear to some killer ride locations and bring along some top photos to capture it all. Their latest adventure journal follows Ty Hathaway through the 2014 Trans-Provence in southern France, and the pics are definitely making us wanna go.

Click through for a few more fun things around the web this week…


Ritte Puts Custom Mavic 125th Anniversary Vlaanderen on Ebay, All Proceeds to Benefit World Bicycle Relief

Remember that rad Ritte Vlaanderen road bike that Spencer Canon built up for the Mavic 125th Anniversary celebration? Now is your chance to own it while helping out a great cause simultaneously. The 56.5cm bike (with uncut seat mast) includes a full SRAM Red 22 groupset, Ritchey Superlogic cockpit, Selle Italia MAX SLR Gel Flow Saddle, and of course a Mavic Ksyrium 125 Anniversary Wheel Tire System and Zxellium SLR pedals.

The sale of the bike will go 100% to World Bicycle relief which uses the bicycle as a means of empowerment and transportation for entrepreneurs, healthcare workers, and students in rural Africa. The bikes are given to worthy individuals through work-to-own and study-to-own programs which creates a huge sense of price and ownership of the bikes for the lucky individuals. As an added bonus all donations to WBR until 12/31/14 will be matched by a group of anonymous donors up to $1 million dollars. That includes this auction, so the sale of this bike will represent a large chunk of money donated to WBR.

More details of the bike plus links to the auction next…


Eurobike Awards 2014: Road, Tri, Mountain, City, and of course, E-Bikes

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If there was one bike in the awards area at the show that epitomizes the idea of a design award, it would probably be the Rafael r-023 Ueberbike. From the driveside it may be easy to overlook if you’re not into tri bikes, but as soon as you take a glance at the non-drive side of the bike it stops you in your tracks…


IB14: KHS Shows New Gravel, Cyclocross Range, Zinn-Designed Tall Bike & Budget Enduro MTB


The new KHS Grit 4400 leads their charge into the gravel bike category with a hi-mod carbon frame and fork for just $2,200. For that, you’re getting a basic Tiagra 10-speed drivetrain with Avid BB5 mechanical brakes with inline brake levers on the flats. The frame’s ready for racks and fenders, too, making it a pretty solid entry that’s very much worth upgrading in the future.

There’s also new disc ‘cross bikes, race road and a very, very tall Flite designed by none other than Lennard Zinn…


Rotor Adds Second Single-Sided Power Meter Crankset, Makes it Right

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This summer, Rotor introduced their Power LT (as in “power light”) single sided crankarm power meter placed on the non-drive side. It is essentially the same apparatus used on the full, two-sided Rotor Power crankset, except that it calculates total power output from a single side by doubling the number and sending that to your cycling computer.

Apparently, some pros and sponsored teams wanted it to be on drive side, where the chainrings could protect the battery/transmitter protrusion from damage (think barrier bunny hops, errant tree stumps, etc.). It’s built on their 3D+ hollow machined alloy crank arms and keeps all the high resolution data transfer of the original. Things like torque effectiveness, pedal smoothness and total power are all provided, just averaged to give a total number from one arm, er, leg. Available now in 130BCD and 110BCD (shown after the break), and the left sided LT model will remain in the line, too.


Hands On: SRAM Rival 22 Hydraulic Disc Brake Groupset

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This group was a long time coming. After having the wind swiftly removed from their sails after a complete and total recall of their previous road hydraulic rim and disc brake options, SRAM has come out on the other side and is ready to prove their worth. Nearly everyone involved should have their replacement parts by now, and SRAM is shipping new product to dealers.

With the rough patch behind them, SRAM has put forth an impressive looking group in both price and performance. Whether you’re looking for a group for your road, cyclocross, or gravel bike, the new Rival 22 group has you covered. Find actual weights, install notes, and initial impressions next….


IB14: Roundup – Pretty Custom Paint & Purple Ano on Niner, Pegoretti Bikes

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When brands are launching a new model or updating a current one for the next model year, they often deliberate color choices quite a bit. Sometimes they’ll go so far as getting fully painted frame samples. That’s what you’re seeing here with this gorgeous green-on-blue colorway that unfortunately didn’t make the cut for the BSB’s debut. Fingers crossed something like this comes along someday.

This bike belongs to a Niner employee and team racer and took a little finagling to get it in front of the camera…


PBE14: Astoundingly Detailed Lugwork from Custom Framebuilder Cycles ED


As I wrapped up with Hinmaton at Stijl Cycles, he pointed me to the adjacent booth. There, with quite a few bikes standing in a small 10×10 footprint was Ed Jones, who had mentored and inspired Hinmaton and is the man behind Cycles ED. Or CED for short.

CED’s bikes have a unique appearance even from afar, thanks to the tube shapes and connections, but when you get up close is when you see the real artistry. We’ve seen plenty of amazing lugs before, but nothing like this. Three dimension doesn’t even do it justice; they’re just layered and shaped and painted in ways that bring new visual depth and delight to artisan bicycles.

Click through for some amazing artwork…


PBE14: Vlad Cycles, Coast & Royal H – Custom Steel w/ Mavic Mektronic Electronic Shifting!


Some custom builders are new, like Vlad Cycles out of Boonton, NJ, who’s been at it for just two years now. Others have been at it for a little longer, over the years, have accumulated some interesting parts to hang on their show bikes…like a very fresh looking Mavic Mektronic electronic group.

Above is Vlad’s Troika head badge, designed by Jen Green. In Russian, he says, the troika is three horses harnessed abreast to pull loads across the vast Russian landscape. Vlad started out fillet brazing, but after a frame building course by Carl from Vicious Cycles, he turned to TIG welding and hasn’t looked back. The headtube above is part of a disc brake road bike, shown below.

Read on to see more from Vlad, Coast and Royal H, the latter of whom had the motorized group on display…