Posts in the category Road Bike

Strava Local Creates Crowdsourced Smart City Guides for Athletes

Strava Local included cities
We all have a few favorite routes to ride in our local trail network or neighborhood, but now Strava is taking the collective knowledge of their entire user community to share everyone’s favorites with the world. Their new Strava Local app creates smart city guides for athletes, designed by athletes.

Strava Local examines over 38 million uploaded rides or runs and determines the most popular routes and destinations to provide suggestions for great loops and cool shops or landmarks to check out along the way. Each area’s guide is further curated by local experts to ensure the best experiences and attractions appear on the list. Guide yourself down past the break for more info…

All-new Trek Emonda ALR takes lightweight frame tech to alloy models

2016 Trek Emonda ALR 6 lightweight alloy race road bike with Ultegra

When Trek announced their Emonda carbon road bike line, they backed up their “world’s lightest” claims with an impressive frame and fork and an even more impressive 10.25lb (4.6kg) complete bike. Now, they’re adding an alloy Emonda ALR option that’s also lightweight yet far more affordable.

To earn the Emonda badge, the frame uses their top-level 300-series Alpha Aluminum that’s been hydroformed into size specific tubes, then welded together using a no-see technique that produces smooth joints that use less material to save weight.

The process is called Invisible Weld Technology, which they say produces stronger, stiffer welds despite using less material. Video, pics and more details below…


Dial in Your Fit With Bontrager’s Mid-Range Velocis Road Cycling Shoe

Bontrager Velocis road cycling shoe, white
Building upon the growing success of their cycling shoe line, Bontrager has just announced a new model of Men’s road riding shoe called the Velocis. With a wide selection of road shoes ranging from $80-400, the Velocis fits roughly in the middle of Bontrager’s lineup as a price-competitive model with some nice features.

The Velocis was designed to provide the main things roadies generally desire in a shoe- light weight, a stiff sole and good ventilation. It also features a Boa system IP1 dial for quick and easy fit adjustments with no loose laces dangling around. Step below the break for more photos and details…

3ax reinvents the clipless pedals with lateral tilt, putting feet in more natural position

3ax triax clipless pedals with tilt roll for better foot alignment on the road bike

Pronounced “tri-ax”, the new 3ax clipless pedals introduce sideways tilt to your foot, allowing it to move in a more natural motion as you push down. They claim this makes you more comfortable, more powerful and less likely to endure repetitive use injury.

The secret is the ability for the pedals to roll along their longitudinal (nose to tail) axis, with springs inside to add tension so they don’t merely float and feel unstable. It’s only 2º in either direction, but they say it’s enough to maintain better overall foot/ankle/shin alignment. The result? Your knees end up with an average 17% less sideways movement, which means less strain on the joint, and overall efficiency gains of up to 5.47%.

UPDATE: Current prototype weight is 188g per pedal (376g / pair), but they are working to bring that down before production.


Beat the Heat With Adidas’ Ultralight Adizero Road Jersey and Bibshorts

Adidas Adizero jersey, front
Summer is here, but not quite in full swing yet. While we’re all adapting to warmer temperatures, there’s still a ways to go before those stifling mid-July heat waves when you want to burn off some mileage but can barely be outdoors without sweating up a storm. When the mercury rises, road riders might want to check out Adidas’ Adizero jersey and Evasus bibshorts.

Bikerumor had a chance to check out the Adizero Evasus shorts at Eurobike last winter, which took home an award for their extremely lightweight design. With both coming in sub-100g, these may be the world’s lightest cycling jersey and bibshorts. Check out more photos and info after the break…

2016 Merida Scultura claims to be “lightest production road bike in the world”

2016 Merida Scultura worlds lightest road bike contender

First teased at the Amstel Gold Race earlier this year, the all-new 2016 Merida Scultura becomes their premium road race offering for Team Lampre Merida. It also puts up a good fight as the world’s lightest production road frame, with a claimed frameset weight of under 1,000g and frame weight of just 740g for a small/medium. By the numbers, that puts it within spittin’ distance of the top level Trek Emonda SLR with a frameset weight of 970g total.

Compared to the existing Scultura, this frame saw plenty of changes, but not all were done to save weight. They also wanted to make it more comfortable and more aerodynamic while retaining all of the stiffness and performance that makes this their team rider’s choice for the big races…


Phil Gaimon Bites into ATOC With Custom Diamondback Cookie Bike for UHCCF

Phil gaimon diamdback equipe earn your cookies bike-0223 (15)

Admit it. Like a lot of us, you too probably ride so you can allow yourself a few more tacos, pizza, or beer. The concept of “earning your cookies” isn’t exclusive to the amateur ranks as even the pros are known to have their weaknesses. For Optum Pro KBS team rider Phil Gaimon, he is literally earning his cookies as the rider has outgrown an unhealthy, overweight childhood but still allows himself a sweet treat when his training warrants it.

As part of an initiative to promote healthy eating and an active lifestyle, Gaimon and the Optum Pro Cycling team presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies (KBS) have teamed up with UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) to create a one of a kind “milk and cookies” themed bike with the all new Diamondback Podium Equipe as the canvas. The bicycle will be raced by Gaimon at the Amgen Tour of California and then it will be donated to UHCCF for a charity aution to be held in the future… READ MORE ->

Limited Edition Silca Martini Racing Super Pista Ultimate Pumps Painted by Corby Concepts Available Today

SILCA_pump_Corby-1On the heels of their High Fashion custom Super Pista Ultimate pump collection at NAHBS this March, Silca is making available a super limited number of Martini Racing themed pumps painted by this year’s “Best Paint” award winner, Michael Corby of Corby Concepts. With only 25 pumps available beginning at noon EST, today, expect them to go as fast as they look. Details on how to speed to your custom painted masterpiece after the break…


Diamondback Enlists Optum Pro Cycling Team to Help Redesign Podium Road Bike

Diamondback Podium, full shot Way back in 1978, Diamondback Bicycles was born into the early days of BMX racing. While the brand stuck with 20” bikes for some time, they have more recently pushed into road, hybrid and full-suspension MTB territory. This year, their Podium competition road bike has been completely redesigned from the ground up, resulting in additional stiffness, significant weight savings and greatly improved aerodynamic efficiency.

Extensive computer modelling, wind tunnel testing and real-world ride testing with the Optum Pro Cycling team were all employed to find areas for improvements. Opportunities were discovered and Diamondback ran with whatever produced the best results, even when their findings were contrary to prevailing industry opinions…