Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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Just an easy Afternoon Ride at the Tour with Michael Valgren et al. – Some of our friends over at Strava sent us over a whole slew of pro rider links from this year’s Tour de France. A lot of pro riders are on Strava for some of the same reasons as you or I. But looking at some […]

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Bianchi smooths the road with Countervail equipped aero Oltre XR4

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The new Oltre XR4 aero road bike is Bianchi’s fifth bike to include their new carbon Countervail vibration damping tech. We got a first glimpse of the new bike being tested, then raced at the Tour de Suisse by Team Lotto Jumbo just a month ago in the lead up to le Tour. But now we have a detailed look at the new bike and the full low-down on how Bianchi puts what they call vibration-cancelling tech into its carbon for their “Stay Aero for Longer = Go Faster” aero race bike concept. Join us for a look at the developed-for-NASA tech and how it has been tuned to maximize the aero advantage and high-speed control after the break…

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The new Oltre XR4 aero road bike is Bianchi’s fifth bike to include their new carbon Countervail vibration damping tech. We got a first glimpse of the new bike being tested, then raced at the Tour de Suisse by Team Lotto Jumbo just a month ago in the lead up to le Tour. But now we have a detailed look […]

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Rapha slips out new Pro Team Shadow warmers

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Without their typical fanfare, Rapha recently added sets of arm, knee, and leg warmers to their web shop using their new Pro Team-level Shadow fabric. As I sit in the midst of a patch of unseasonably cold and wet weather this week in Central Europe, it isn’t much of a stretch to be thinking about wet weather gear. We first saw the cold and wet weather specialist fabric back in January of this year when Rapha introduced a Pro Team Shadow riding kit with a pair of bib shorts and jersey. We got ahold of a set of the new kit and have been riding and racing it in a mix of foul weather conditions since February, but from the start we remarked to Rapha that the Shadow range’s functionality was a bit limited by the lack of arm and leg warmers. And in fact, based on the performance of the fabric in our testing, we thought that warmers might be an even more ideal application of the fabric.

Anyway, ask and you shall receive; now they are available. In Rapha fashion they don’t come cheap. But join us below the fold and we’ll give you a look at the new offerings and why we definitely look forward to adding on a set of leg and arm warmers for riding and racing from next fall through the worst winter will have to throw at us…

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Without their typical fanfare, Rapha recently added sets of arm, knee, and leg warmers to their web shop using their new Pro Team-level Shadow fabric. As I sit in the midst of a patch of unseasonably cold and wet weather this week in Central Europe, it isn’t much of a stretch to be thinking about wet […]

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Review: Bontrager Aeolus 5 aero, tubeless disc brake carbon clinchers & R3 tires

Bontrager Aeolus 5 TLR tubeless ready aero disc brake road bike carbon clincher wheels review and actual weights

Bontrager Aeolus 5 TLR tubeless ready aero disc brake road bike carbon clincher wheels review and actual weights

Wasn’t too long ago that the terms “disc brake” and “aerodynamic” were mutually exclusive, but as things slowly proceed to put rotors in the pro peloton, the two concepts were bound to come together.

Bontrager is one brand that’s prepped and ready, even if all their top-level race bikes haven’t made the switch yet. I’ve been riding the Aeolus 5 TLR wheelset since last summer and they’ve proven fast, strong and able to handle some abuse. That last bit, plus their beginner-friendly setup, helps set them apart in a world where aero gains from brand to brand are so minuscule anymore…

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Wasn’t too long ago that the terms “disc brake” and “aerodynamic” were mutually exclusive, but as things slowly proceed to put rotors in the pro peloton, the two concepts were bound to come together. Bontrager is one brand that’s prepped and ready, even if all their top-level race bikes haven’t made the switch yet. I’ve […]

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Chris Froome takes up new sport in bizarre Mont Ventoux finish

After the announcement of a shortened climb up Mont Ventoux for today’s stage 12 finish due to high winds, many fans were worried that the stage would lose some of the excitement. While we won’t spoil the results for anyone who has the race waiting for them on their DVR, we will say that there is plenty of excitement. It’s also extremely bizarre. Apparently after fans got too close to a video motorbike, the motorcycle’s pilot had to slam on the brakes which then caused a chain reaction pile up with Richie Porte, Chris Froome, and Bauke Mollema.

All of a sudden, the Tour’s cameras shift to a lanky Froome in full kit, running up Mont Ventoux. His bike was broken in the crash and without a team car nearby, he just took off running (which may or may not be illegal during the race). At one point he was given a neutral service bike from the Mavic car, but after appearing to struggle with the gears and pedals, he pulled to the side and waited for a replacement bike. Wild.

 



After the announcement of a shortened climb up Mont Ventoux for today’s stage 12 finish due to high winds, many fans were worried that the stage would lose some of the excitement. While we won’t spoil the results for anyone who has the race waiting for them on their DVR, we will say that there is […]

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Campagnolo launches first official disc brake product with Zonda DB wheelset

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A perfect sign of things to come, Campagnolo now offers a disc brake wheelset. We already know that the company has been working on their own hydraulic disc brake system, but that’s still in the prototype phase. The new Zonda DB wheels are not. With Campagnolo calling it their first Campy branded disc brake product, the wheels will surely stand as the starting point for helping their Disc Brake Project make it from the Campy Tech Lab to the streets. In fact, the Zonda DB wheels themselves were born from the Disc Brake Project and represent Campagnolo’s take on what a disc brake wheelset should be. That means the proliferation of an asymmetric design, not just on the rear but on the front as well.

Designed from the ground up for use with disc brakes, the Zonda DB looks looks to be a great starting point for discs…

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A perfect sign of things to come, Campagnolo now offers a disc brake wheelset. We already know that the company has been working on their own hydraulic disc brake system, but that’s still in the prototype phase. The new Zonda DB wheels are not. With Campagnolo calling it their first Campy branded disc brake product, […]

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Rose adds flexibility, affordability, and disc brakes across Xeon, X-Lite & Pro road, gravel & cross

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We looked last week at some new goodies on the trail from German direct-to-consumer brand Rose bikes, but maybe just as interesting from them in 2017 is the broadening of their carbon road range and their general move towards bringing the same ride and performance of their top end road to more affordable bikes across the range. One of the highlights of that trickle down is the new Xeon CW/CWX which is essentially a lower priced version of the X-Lite CW that we first saw last summer and marks the growing use of disc brakes on the ever-expanding aero road bike segment.  While the Pro CGF sticks with rim brakes it does the same thing bringing carbon road affordability into reach of a lot more cyclists.

At the same time that the Xeon CW 7 Pro CGF brings the price of carbon bikes down, an all new Xeon CDX Cross takes lessons learned on last year’s aluminum bike and transitions them over to a carbon bike still promising broad riding flexibility. Then the new X-Lite CDX takes Rose’s popular marathon/endurance road bike and lightens it up with new carbon and some detail tweaks. Take a look at some of the updates of these four 2017 bikes after the break…

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We looked last week at some new goodies on the trail from German direct-to-consumer brand Rose bikes, but maybe just as interesting from them in 2017 is the broadening of their carbon road range and their general move towards bringing the same ride and performance of their top end road to more affordable bikes across the range. One […]

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Shimano kicks out new Enduro, Trail, XC & Road shoes, plus new footwear for winter & Tri

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Last year Shimano went all out on the 25th anniversary of the first SPD shoes and pedals with a huge expansion of their trail and road shoe offerings. Well it certainly doesn’t look like they are slowing down a year later with even more new kicks on the way building on a lot of the same technologies.

We saw earlier today some of the classy new shoes that Shimano has in the pipeline for the road touring crowd as part of their Explorer Transit collection, but at the same time they are overhauling their mountain bike shoes with new top end version targeted specifically at XC, Trail & Enduro. That’s not to mention a new top end road shoe, and some more affordable options for men and women triathletes and winter training both on and off-road…

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Last year Shimano went all out on the 25th anniversary of the first SPD shoes and pedals with a huge expansion of their trail and road shoe offerings. Well it certainly doesn’t look like they are slowing down a year later with even more new kicks on the way building on a lot of the […]

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Culprit switching gears to components only; blowing out adult, junior road bikes

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Expat Josh Colp has been designing cockpit parts and complete framesets in Taiwan for quite some time – sometimes for others, and more recently for his own brand, Culprit Bicycles.

Now, he’s switching the focus exclusively to components. Josh has been developing integrated triathlon bar and stem systems recently for the abandoned Legend tri bike project, so our guess is that’s what we’ll see first. But we’ve also ridden his standard stems and handlebars on several of his bikes we’ve reviewed and found them both stiff and comfortable. Should be interesting to see where he takes it.

In the meantime, all remaining bike and frame inventory has gotta go, including the well-spec’d kids road bikes…

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Expat Josh Colp has been designing cockpit parts and complete framesets in Taiwan for quite some time – sometimes for others, and more recently for his own brand, Culprit Bicycles. Now, he’s switching the focus exclusively to components. Josh has been developing integrated triathlon bar and stem systems recently for the abandoned Legend tri bike […]

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