Seems Shimano has more than just renderings of their new flat mount disc brake standard for road bikes. Koga just sent us this photo of a fork for an upcoming bike. Since they plan on showing it off at Eurobike, presumably complete, it means there must be a Shimano brake ready to go with it (right?). We’ll be on the show floor with camera’s ready to snap, stay tuned…
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At first, this two tone blue creation looks like many of the other bikes bearing the Ritte name. On further inspection, the lack of a seat mast and the squared tubing and short head tube point to something new out of the Ritte camp. As it turns out, this is the prototype for a new bike that Ritte has been working on with plans for a 2015 launch. Our guess is that this will be the new Vlaanderen, though time will tell. Details are slim, but on for some close ups, and a few words from Ritte…
It would be hard to pinpoint a specific moment in time when adventure biking became a marketable concept, but if you put a finger on the pulse of road biking today, the gravel grinding concept would be the thing that gets the most rider’s hearts pumping.
The formula of course is simple. We’ve been doing it for years, since we were kids really. Except back then, it was just tromping through the woods on mis-adjusted bikes.
Today, a combination of carbon technology, reliable wheels, and disc brakes, makes the world beyond pavement far more comfortable to explore. Taking off where cyclocross bikes left off, the new Diverge models from Specialized are purpose built to conquer dirt roads and goat trails. READ MORE ->
In addition to a few new mountain bikes (with 26″ wheels no less), Kona has been hard at work on the skinnier side of the line up for 2015. One of the biggest additions to the range is the new Esatto road endurance disc series. Introduced in 2014 as a titanium, rim brake frameset manufactured by Lynskey, the Esatto is now a bonafide Kona with the added benefit of disc brakes. As an “Endurance Road bike,” the Esatto now makes up the entire category with the DDL, D, and standard Esatto (rim brakes), while the Zone road bikes are moved into the “Race” category to replace the Zing series.
While discs are the big story for the Esatto, Kona has a number of exciting new bikes including the steel Kapu, new Rove models, and the return of the Humuhumu!
You’ve seen them. The yellow chase vehicles and motorcycles carrying neutral support in the form of Mavic wheels have become a regular fixture in professional cycling. Since 1973 Mavic has been supporting professional cycling through their SSC (Special Service Course) after Mavic Chairman Bruno Gormand simply let someone borrow his car. That someone was a team manager during the 1972 Criterium du Dauphine Libere whose car had broken down. The loaner from Bruno meant he could finish the race, and the concept of neutral support was born. The following year the first yellow car was seen just ahead of the peloton during Paris-Nice, offering support to members of the breakaway.
Now, the Mavic SSC is expanding yet again with the introduction of the La Maison Jaune in Newbury Park, California. Serving as a home base for the American neutral support and as an event space for Mavic and their dealers, the Yellow House is the latest installment in a long history of cycling support.
Last month Specialized teased us with tantalizing Instagram images of an epic off road ride. Beginning in the Redwood Forests of Santa Cruz, the group of eight riders pushed nearly 300 miles over the course of three days up the coast, on mostly unpaved roads.
During the ride, they were testing a brand new bike, which is set to be revealed soon. Until then, hit play for more teaser footage.
In preparation for the upcoming TrekWorld show at the famous Silverstone Circuit, Trek bicycle UK and Bontrager have been tweeting some photos of the newest goods. Among them – what looks to be an all new design for the Bontrager carbon XXX seat post. In addition to new sculpting of the carbon presumably to increase compliance, the post has an all new clamp design that offers independent fore/aft and tilt adjustments. This of course is a move away from their commonly used single bolt design, but it looks to still make adjustments extremely simple. Even with the extra hardware, Trek UK is claiming it still weighs in at 168g.
If what we’re seeing on one of their international sites is true, the 2015 Giant Defy endurance road bike lineup becomes the first from a major bike brand to take an entire model and go disc brakes only. Well, for their Advanced (carbon) models anyway – the alloy Defy offerings keep the rim brakes.
While we don’t have official information from the brand yet, a few things are apparent. The frame appears to be entirely new, sharing nothing of the outgoing Advanced models. The biggest visual difference is the switch to thinner seat tube rather than the more aero looking, cut-out shape on 2014 bikes. The D-Fuse seatpost spec indicates it shares the shape with their TCX Advanced carbon cyclocross bikes, even sharing a hidden seatpost binder. The head tube junction is mush thicker, leading into larger cross sections on both the top and downtubes before both of those taper toward the rear of the bike. The fork legs are dramatically larger, too, with the crown settling into the frame a bit as an aero nod.
The 2015 Defy Advanced 1, shown above, gets a mechanical Ultegra build with TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes. While the spec info we have may or may not be accurate for the US, it’s listing Giant P-R2 Disc rims with Performance Tracker hubs, which look to be a new wheel system since there’s no mention of them on Giant’s website yet. They’re wrapped with Giant’s 700x25c P-R3, likely a lighter weight folding bead version of the current R3AC all conditions road tire. The fork is listed as carbon with a “Hybrid OverDrive steerer”, which implies a 1-1/8″ to 1-1/4″ taper and possibly some alloy around the crown race but still using a carbon steerer (our guess).