SOC16: Lake warms up w/ new MXZ 400 Winter Boot, adds new CX shoes, revamped CX332, full custom 402, more

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For most of us, winter just ended so it’s time to prepare for… winter? Thanks to the nature of product cycles, some companies are already a few seasons down the road, which is why Lake gave us a sneak peek at their latest winter boot – the mighty MXZ 400. The MXZ 303 was already one of the warmer boots on the market, but with hardcore adventurers riding fat bikes to new extremes, the demand is there for even warmer winter boots. With twice the insulation of the 303s, the 400s should leave your toes plenty warm…

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For most of us, winter just ended so it’s time to prepare for… winter? Thanks to the nature of product cycles, some companies are already a few seasons down the road, which is why Lake gave us a sneak peek at their latest winter boot – the mighty MXZ 400. The MXZ 303 was already […]

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Zirbel Velocity Racer twist shifting to control Di2, EPS, or even eTap electronic shifts

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Zirbel Bike out of Switzerland has developed a new multi-function grip shift-style twist shifter to control electronic drivetrains. The Velocity Racer shifter is targeted at road bikes with bull horn bar setups, but has also been installed in flat bar setups. Not content with compatibility with one system, Zirbel have developed versions to control Shimano Di2, Campagnolo EPS, and even SRAM’s wireless eTap drivetrains. Then on top of that, each single twist shifter also has the ability to control both front and rear derailleurs with its multi-directional movement. Check out videos of how it works and more after the break…

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Zirbel Bike out of Switzerland has developed a new multi-function grip shift-style twist shifter to control electronic drivetrains. The Velocity Racer shifter is targeted at road bikes with bull horn bar setups, but has also been installed in flat bar setups. Not content with compatibility with one system, Zirbel have developed versions to control Shimano […]

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New Panaracer EVO3 road tubeless tire focuses on the bead

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Over the past few years of tradeshow visits, we’ve continually asked the holdouts like Continental, Michelin, Mavic and, yes, Panaracer, when they’re going to finally have road tubeless tires available. One of the main reasons cited by all of them is a lack of standards for the rim-and-tire interface, particularly with regard to tire bead retention in the event of sudden, rapid pressure loss. Considering the speed of movement and very uncomfortable landing surface (not to mention cars flying by), it’s a pretty important concern that the tire stay on the rim if you flat.

Now, finally, Panaracer has jumped into the modern mix with the all-new EVO3, and they’ve done the best they can to design the tire around current rims to ensure it stays put…

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Over the past few years of tradeshow visits, we’ve continually asked the holdouts like Continental, Michelin, Mavic and, yes, Panaracer, when they’re going to finally have road tubeless tires available. One of the main reasons cited by all of them is a lack of standards for the rim-and-tire interface, particularly with regard to tire bead […]

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SOC16: Knight Composites forms new 35mm road and CX tubulars, shows super light 27.5+ Rim

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When it comes to industry experience, newly formed wheel company Knight Composites has it in spades. The newly formed super group includes industry veterans Jim Pfeil, Beverly Lucas, and Kevin Quan who combined have loads of experience with companies like Reynolds composites, EDGE and ENVE, Diamondback, and Neilpryde. Together, they’ve each made contributions to changing the carbon bicycle landscape and for their next project, they thought they could make a better wheel. Again.

After launching the brand with their first road wheels which promised to be faster and more stable, Knight Composites turned their focus towards mountain bikes with some wide but super light carbon options. Back in January, Knight promised some news in the form of tubulars for both road and CX, and they made good on the promise at Sea Otter…

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When it comes to industry experience, newly formed wheel company Knight Composites has it in spades. The newly formed super group includes industry veterans Jim Pfeil, Beverly Lucas, and Kevin Quan who combined have loads of experience with companies like Reynolds composites, EDGE and ENVE, Diamondback, and Neilpryde. Together, they’ve each made contributions to changing […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Fatbike, Mountain Bike, Road Bike, Sea Otter Classic11 Comments

Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Liv says yes to empowering women cyclists – There’s this specific moment every cyclist faces. It’s the moment you decide whether to meet your fears, or retreat; a battle of determination or mind-over-matter. Liv’s “Actually, I Can” campaign aims to inspire through stories of women who have used bikes to change their realities; everything from affecting social change to just accomplishing personal goals Liv-Cycling.com

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Liv says yes to empowering women cyclists – There’s this specific moment every cyclist faces. It’s the moment you decide whether to meet your fears, or retreat; a battle of determination or mind-over-matter. Liv’s “Actually, I Can” campaign aims to inspire through stories of women who have used bikes to change their realities; everything from affecting social change to just accomplishing […]

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Mavic readies for the mountains with limited edition Haute Route wheels and riding gear

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The Haute Route events are the highest and some of the most grueling cyclosportives in the world. In 2016 they will lead hundreds of amateurs across the European cols of the Pyrenees, Alps, and Dolomites. The week-long tours don’t come cheap, but offer roads and support on the level of the Grand Tours. Mavic continues to be a big supporter of the events and this year has added a new limited Haute Route collection to outfit those who want to take on the challenge or to get the same experience from home.

Mavic’s Haute Route gear includes a numbered series of four of their premium road wheelset+tire combos, plus a head-to-toe kit, all with a unique design inspired by the high mountains…

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The Haute Route events are the highest and some of the most grueling cyclosportives in the world. In 2016 they will lead hundreds of amateurs across the European cols of the Pyrenees, Alps, and Dolomites. The week-long tours don’t come cheap, but offer roads and support on the level of the Grand Tours. Mavic continues to be […]

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Spy Shots! SRAM eTAP with hydraulic disc brakes spotted

spy shot of SRAM eTAP Hydro hydraulic disc brake group with electronic shifting

spy shot of SRAM eTAP Hydro hydraulic disc brake group with electronic shifting

Thanks to an anonymous tipster that got really, really lucky with his timing, we got these pics of a prototype SRAM eTAP Hydro setup. Not that it’s any surprise that it’s in development, but it is encouraging to see something in the real world.

As for availability, our source says they heard from two different folks that a retail product is “a ways off” for reasons including brake development that may use a new design “similar to the Guide” and due to manufacturing capacity. Of course, those are unofficial answers, so we reached out to SRAM for comment…

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Thanks to an anonymous tipster that got really, really lucky with his timing, we got these pics of a prototype SRAM eTAP Hydro setup. Not that it’s any surprise that it’s in development, but it is encouraging to see something in the real world. As for availability, our source says they heard from two different […]

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Paul Components Rasta quick release skewers celebrate Grounation Day, or just 420

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Regardless of whether you simply like 4:20 (because these are announced on 4/20), or you don’t see this until the morning of April 21, it’s all good. Stoners like the former, true Rastafari celebrate the latter. And if you’re still rockin’ quick release skewers, you can now celebrate something we haven’t seen much of since the category defining Salsa skewers took on the red, green and yellow hues many years ago.

These, from Paul Components, revive the vibe with their modern cammed design. Specs and another pic below…

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Regardless of whether you simply like 4:20 (because these are announced on 4/20), or you don’t see this until the morning of April 21, it’s all good. Stoners like the former, true Rastafari celebrate the latter. And if you’re still rockin’ quick release skewers, you can now celebrate something we haven’t seen much of since […]

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SOC16: Jamis Renegade adventure gravel road bikes just keep getting better

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By now, we’ve reviewed both the original carbon Renegade Elite and the steel Renegade Exploit road bikes, both earning high praise. Now, they’ve made them even better by switching to flat mount disc brakes, adding rack and fender tabs to the fork, multiple-choice thru axle formats, stealth dropper post routing and more.

They also tweaked the rear seatstay-to-dropout junction to give the axle a little more leverage in flexing the stays. That translates to improved compliance, both on the carbon fiber and steel versions. Ride on down for more details…

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By now, we’ve reviewed both the original carbon Renegade Elite and the steel Renegade Exploit road bikes, both earning high praise. Now, they’ve made them even better by switching to flat mount disc brakes, adding rack and fender tabs to the fork, multiple-choice thru axle formats, stealth dropper post routing and more. They also tweaked […]

Posted in Gravel Bikes, Road Bike, Sea Otter Classic23 Comments