Posts in the category Road Bike

Schwalbe adds colors to ONE, completely updates Durano training road tires

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Lately, Schwalbe’s mountain bike line has been getting all the attention, what with headline grabbing products like a dual-core enduro tire that’s virtually unflattable and an extremely light (and extremely wide!) 4.8 fat bike tire. But their road side’s been busy, too, with a few updates to two of their more popular tires.

Above, the One gets a few new colors on the V-Guard models for 2015. The V-Guard is their standard folding clincher and has a bit of added puncture protection,. It’ll now come in red, blue, white and dark silver (aka gray) options along with standard black. The colors are only available on the 700x23c size, and not on the rather remarkable One tubeless model.

The colors also expand their reach on the Durano training tire, too, which sees a complete overhaul for the new year…

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Are you a Surly Superfan? Spread the Love with $150 Off Your Next Bike!

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Surly bikes are a bit of an anomaly in the bike industry. Never ones to follow the trends of the next “game changing” bicycle design, Surly has simply stuck with quality steel bikes that are fun to ride. Whether it’s a cargo bike, a fat bike, or just a mountain bike, you could say they are a fan of the KISS principle and are well, kind of surly about it.

Even with numerous high end bikes flowing in and our of the Bikerumor offices, a Surly Pugsley that I bought years ago is still hanging on the wall. You could say I was introduced corrupted at an early age while working at the shop of Yafro’s father, but there has always been at least one Surly in the collection. But I know I an not unique. Surly has built their brand on legions of devoted followers who also like simple, fun, steel bikes that don’t cost a fortune.

As a way of saying thanks to their Superfans, Surly is offering an impressive $150 off any Surly complete bike at your local bike store, or in stock at QBP. Unfortunately, the deal is only valid in the United States, and you have until April 1st, 2015 to cash in. Check out the coupon after the break.

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SRAM Wireless Electronic Road Group Spotted (Again) at Tour Down Under Warmups

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Spotted by Jayson of GravelCyclist.com while riding along with the AG2R during training in Australia prior to the Tour Down Under, these SRAM wireless electronic front and rear derailleurs are looking pretty darn polished.

Mounted to Christophe Riblon’s Focus Izalco Max road bike, there’s at least one detail we hadn’t quite picked up on in the already profuse collection of photos and technical data we’ve amassed on this group. The tops of each derailleur appear to have a similar looking hatch, which we’re guessing hides the charging port. Micro-USB would be our guess, since it would allow both charging and firmware updates. Plenty of closeups and links below…

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Why Isn’t Road Tubeless More Popular? Part One – How We Got Here

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Road Tubeless is an interesting topic, because it came on the scene very fast in 2010, and many thought it would become the next big advance in road bikes through 2011 and 2012.  However, as we venture into model year 2015, it still has not taken off in a significant way, with modest or underwhelming offerings from a handful of suppliers that may or may not work together.

So, what’s the hold up?

Well, to put the whole situation into perspective, we need to look at the evolution of mountain bike tubeless tires.

Lets step back to 1999, when the first standardized mountain bike tubeless system, UST, was launched by Mavic. Established over 16 years ago yet really only becoming popular in the last half decade, mountain bike tubeless also took a while to catch on, even though there are arguably a lot more benefits to tubeless tires off road than on. But, despite nearly universal agreement that mountain bikes perform better with tubeless tires, there is still not an agreement what the interface between tire and rim should look like…

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Review: Jamis Renegade adventure gravel bike lets you go rogue from the roads

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The Jamis Renegade was developed with racing in mind, replacing Tyler Wren’s cyclocross bike as his rig of choice for the Crusher in the Tushars gravel road race. Fortunately for the rest of us, the engineers and product managers kept some non-race features that make it far more versatile than its trophy case may suggest.

After getting an up close look and weighing it at Interbike (check that post for frame details and photos), the size 58 demo bike was packed up and shipped in for a long term review. It still had a little Bootleg Canyon dust and scratches on it, but was in otherwise good shape. Our test bike was equipped with mechanical Shimano Ultregra drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes with American Classic Argent Tubeless wheels and Clement Xplor USH 35c tires. The cockpit is Ritchey, with a carbon WCS Link flex seatpost and alloy Comp bar and stem. At just $4,199 for the complete bike with full carbon frame and fork, it’s a pretty good package on paper.

Here’s how it measured up on the road. And off of it. Waaaaay off of it….

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Stripes are Back as Trek Factory Racing Unveils New Team Kit

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The 2015 pro peloton is shaping up to be one of the best dressed yet – or at least interesting. Cannondale has their new Green Argyle, Tinkoff Saxo has camo, neon yellow, and Sagan, and it looks like Trek still has their pinstripes. On the bottom half at least. Riding in on new Viper Red Trek bikes, the team will clad in rather smart looking black, white, and red combined with white helmets.

Promising to tell their fans first after asking their opinions on the design, Trek took to Instagram to unveil the design in a fairly clever way. If you haven’t seen it for yourself, check out the thumbnail composite after the break….

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Found: Crank Tip Promises Less Fatigue & Greater Power w/ Unique Dual Swingarm Pedals

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Free power and less fatigue. That’s every roadie and triathlete’s dream, right? As far back as 1898, inventors have been looking toward the design of the pedal as a means of improving performance on the bike. Looking quite a bit more advanced than that first Ramsey Swinging pedal, the Crank Tip Racing Pedal promises reduced fatigue and increased power all with a simple change of your pedals.

Utilizing a dual swingarm design, the pedal is able to float laterally during rotation. It’s this back and forth movement that Crank Tip claims is responsible for a biomechanical advantage capable of reducing a rider’s heart rate by “5-10 beats.” Slide into the details next…

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Are You Oval Ring Curious? Rotor Is Now Offering A 30 Day Trial With TryQ

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Rotor has been building their business on the performance benefits of oval-shaped chainrings, that are said to get rid of the dead parts of a pedal stroke. However, selling oval chainrings in the bike industry can be the butt of many jokes, after the unfortunate life of Shimano’s BioPace rings. These jokes can make people skeptical, and not willing to give the idea a try.

Rotor is launching the TryQ program only through shops so they can adjust each customer’s Optimum Chainring Position to the precise point when the rider delivers the maximum power during a single pedal rotation. The program exists so that at the end of 30 days, if the customer decides to return the Q-Rings, he or she is entitled to a full refund. Check out all the details after the jump…

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Startup Alto Velo’s R-Symmetric Design Promises Drastically Stiffer, Stronger Wheels

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It’s a fun idiom to say someone has reinvented the wheel. It’s even more fun when someone actually does, and that’s what friends Bobby Sweeting and Shawn Gravois, who both happen to be pro road cyclists and engineers, are looking to do.

“It’s been a year in the making, but it really started in college,” says Sweeting. “Both Shawn and I were racing professionally and would finish rides and have bearings failing, wheels flexing and just generally underwhelming experiences with the options available.”

It was December 6th, 2013, which happens to be Shawn’s birthday, and the two agreed that if they were ever going to make a go of it, that was the time.

“I pitched it to him as becoming a product manufacturing company, not a wheel company,” he said. “We didn’t want to come to market using just a bunch of open mold products with no real point of differentiation. So we took a hard look at what part we could design that would have the biggest impact, and have improvements or designs that we could patent.”

Their viewpoint was informed by more than just racing and an unrelated job in engineering – Sweeting was in rigid frame engineering at Cannondale, having designed the CAAD8, Trail SL and others, plus helping on the brakes for the Slice RS. And they had proximity to another cycling brand in Florida, where they went for winter training, that let them use machinery for prototyping. That shared equipment is what made it possible for them to get started on a shoestring budget while using advanced testing and research…

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