Posts in the category Road Bike

Bike Check: How Lennard Zinn Does Vegas

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Yesterday during a press event at Interbike, I had the opportunity to meet a nice guy named Lennard. Turns out, not only was he lucky enough to bring a bike to Vegas, but he built it himself. Head past for more pictures. READ MORE ->

IB14: Van Dessel’s New Carbon Road, Cyclocross & Mountain Bikes Debut – Plus Actual Weights


We’ve teased some renderings (here and here) from Van Dessel’s 2015 bikes that showed a few of the new features, but nothing beats seeing them in the shimmering dust of Interbike’s Outdoor Demo. On hand were the new Full Tilt Boogie cyclocross bike, the Jersey Devil hardtail 29er and the Motivus Maximus disc-or-rim brake road bike.

The new FTB gets Van Dessel’s new interchangeable dropouts on the rear. They allow for either 130mm or 135mm QR, or a 12×142 thru axle. Just switch the dropout and you’re good to go.

Being a traditionalist when it comes to ‘cross, owner Edwin Bull lamented that it’s now disc brake only. He likes cantilevers, but nine out of 10 frames he sold were for disc brakes.


EB14: Killer Light Frame and Wheels from AX Lightness, Plus More Updates


AX Lightness introduced a number of new and interesting products just over a week ago at Eurobike. Some of the most interesting were the updates to their own lightweight all-around frame and complete bike line-ups, as well as a bunch of new unbelievably light wheel options. But not to be discounted was a rethinking of their product levels and finishes, another new saddle, and little changes their super light stems.

Read on for full details…


EB14: For KTM, Team Orange is the New Cross, Plus Codeveloped Road Disc


Austrian bike specialists showed a few pretty eye catching new 700c disc-brake bikes at Eurobike, marking their 50th anniversary. The standout was probably their cross bike mainly because of its blaze orange matte paint job. All of the new bikes in their road disc series were developed together for this year and share a bunch of tech features and nice detailing. Follow past the break for a breakdown of the details and a look at the whole series…


EB14: Centurion bringing Discs to German Speaking Cross and Road Bikes


Centurion apparently has strong cyclocross ties rooted in the racing career of its founder Wolfgang Renner, and their focus shows in the development of this carbon cross prototype which is expected to be available for cross season a year from now. They have a carry-over aluminum cross range available now, but our readers outside of the German-speaking markets of Centurion can still drool over this nice looking bike from what is a typically affordable company and a development partner with the much bigger Merida.

Read on for a bunch of detail images of the Crossdrive prototype, plus a nice line of disc road bikes that are available now…


IB14: Kappius Road Wheels Get Official, Plus New Fat Bike Hub

Kappius’ new rims and wheels first popped up this summer, but are available now, offering 29er and 27.5″ carbon clinchers and road clinchers and tubulars. All of the clinchers are tubeless ready, and the road wheels are disc brake specific. And they’ll work for cyclocross, too, as evidenced by Brady Kappius’ involvement on Niner’s team.

The road clincher uses the same channel and bead hook shape as their MTB rims, they’re just narrower. MTB rims are 30mm/26.4mm wide (int/ext) and the road clincher is 25mm/19mm. The tubular is 25mm wide.

The tubular’s profile was designed to be a little shallower than some, having a center channel depth that matches up with the glued shape of most tires.

Read on for cutaway photos and a look at their new fat bike hubs!


EB14: Look Workhorse KÉO 2 Max Pedal Gets Carbon Blades; Plus More Entry KÉOs and MTB Platforms


Look have brought their innovative carbon fiber leaf spring Blades to their big selling second-tier Kéo 2 Max Blade pedal platform, at the same time dropping weight, reducing stack height, and increasing contact area. The switch to the carbon blade also gives a bit of an aerodynamic improvement, but means you can’t just dial up or back the release tension like you have in the past. Look is however offering two blade options 8/12Nm that should keep some adjustability (less than the 3 now available for the Kéo Blade 2.)

Spin past the break for more tech details on the upgrade, plus some entry level Kéo pedals and some bolt-on S-track mountain bike platforms…


EB14: Rapha Hops in With New Cross Shoes, Supercross Gear, and More Winter Fighting Kit


Rapha just went online with most of the new products they were showing to us last week at Eurobike, so here we’ll give you a run down.

In Europe as cyclocross season looms, we were eyeing their new Cross Shoe particularly hard, which was developed together with Giro and Easton and is a follow-up to their Grand Tour shoes (and a precursor of next season’s light weight Climbing Shoe, which we’ll get to later.) We tried on a pair at the show and they seemed like a well fitting shoe that could serve well both on the cross course, as well as a high-end mountain shoe. Also of note were some Super Cross-branded pieces, a few special long sleeve jerseys with well-regarded sportwool fabrics, new men’s and women’s Rain Jackets, and few other bits and pieces to get you through the coming cold and darkness of winter.

Hop across the barrier for a bunch of details and pics of what we thought stood out from their new offerings…


Must Watch: How a Motorcycle Pit Crew Keeps Racers Rolling at the Vuelta

Filmed from the perspective of a race mechanic working for Shimano Neutral Support, this footage demonstrates just how talented the support teams are at the top level of the sport.