Zipp adds 404 NSW clincher to their ultra premium Nest Speed Weaponry line up

Zipp adds 404 NSW clincher to their ultra premium Nest Speed Weaponry line up

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After introducing the new Nest Speed Weaponry line last October with the 808 NSW wheels in time for Ironman and TT Worlds, Zipp has given their best-selling 58mm deep 404 the advanced development treatment as well. Now, this new 404 NSW takes over the top spot in the 404 range from the Firecrest. The new carbon clincher makes the biggest improvements in brake performance and crosswind stability, but still takes it up a notch in overall aerodynamics. Get a closer look at the new wheelset after the break…
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Road to NAHBS 2016: John Caletti of Caletti Cycles

Photo by Peter Thomsen
Photo by Peter Thomsen
Photo by Peter Thomsen

For John Caletti of Caletti Cycles, the ride of the bike is what it’s all about. Tradeshows and interviews about origin stories (like this one) are frustrating to him for this reason: they speak to the persona of the builder and the look of the bike rather than what the machine accomplishes in motion. This emphasis is reflected in the form and presentation of his frames. The aesthetic is clean. Curves, when they occur, are subtle. There is a constant distilling process occurringg at Caletti Cycles with respect to production procedure and formal presentation in order to enhance the frames intrinsic value of the frame.

In this phone interview, John discusses his course to becoming a frame builder as well as the significance of refinement within his product and operations.

And, for those fun loving folks out there, he gives us a sneak peek at the Scrambler, a new model to be launched at, and available to take home from, NAHBS.

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Traitor Cycles’ new Wander touring bike & Updated Ruben, now with flat or drop bars

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Sure the machines are getting smarter and better, and it’s only a matter of time before we all live in The Matrix…but for now that special appeal still exists for hand-made products, especially when it comes to bikes. Seattle’s Traitor Cycles certainly thinks so as their entire lineup of commuters, touring bikes and cyclocross racers is hand-crafted from prominent Taiwanese manufacturer Founderland’s seamless 4130 chromoly tubing.

Bikerumor first checked in on Traitor’s Ruben in 2012, and the following year we checked out the revamped Crusade Disc CX bike. As for current affairs, Traitor has a few new models in this year’s lineup. There’s the entirely new Wander aimed at long distance riders who love the feel of real steel, and their existing Ruben commuter now has a single-speed convertible dropout and comes in either drop bar or flat bar models…
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Is Shimano losing teeth to make lighter, better shifting chainrings?

Shimano chainring design with gaps between every other tooth

Shimano chainring design with gaps between every other tooth

If the recent silent freehub design we found is any indication, Shimano is looking at ways to reduce noise, friction and drag in some creative ways. And perhaps this chainring design, which we found in yet another patent application from the drivetrain giant, is even more creative despite its utter simplicity.

Want to reduce weight? Cut drag and friction? Easy, just remove every other tooth. But not just any teeth, only the narrow ones from a narrow/wide design. Which is even more odd coming from Shimano since they don’t currently offer a narrow/wide chainring, though they have patented shiftable narrow/wide ring designs. And, we’ve heard from one source (but can’t verify) that Mr. Shimano was the first to patent a narrow wide chainring design all the way back in 1978, albeit for agricultural purposes. Yes, you read that correctly: Shimano may have been the first to patent a narrow/wide chainring design, and they did it almost 40 years ago.

Here’s how this could work…

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Pioneer power meters pricing gets even more competitive, OTA updates & more coming soon!

Pioneer power meters pricing gets even more competitive, OTA updates & more coming soon!

Pioneer Powermeters price drop for dual and single leg versions plus new upgrade option

When it launched less than two years ago, Pioneer offered the first dual leg product to be offered globally, and the first to offer high definition pedaling metrics. They still offer the most detailed pedal stroke analysis, but several other brands have begun offering dual leg measurement.

But, for the product, Pioneer had very competitive pricing. Which, directly or not, resulted in many other major brands (Quarq, PowerTap, Power2Max, SRM, etc.) dropping their prices. So, at Interbike last fall, Pioneer introduced a single sided (single leg) version to offer their system at an even lower price, but one that could easily be upgraded to dual leg as need or budget allows. And that gave them an option to compete with Stages, and beat them on price by a bit, too.

Now, in the best possible race to the bottom, Pioneer’s pricing drops another 30% ($270 off!) for single leg, putting them at just $529 (€629) for Ultegra 6800 and $649 (€699) for Dura-Ace 9000, both including the non-drive crank arm. But that ain’t all…

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SRM drops pricing on PowerMeters, plus new limited lifetime warranty

SRM drops pricing on PowerMeters, plus new limited lifetime warranty

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The power meter price wars have begun and customers are beginning to reap the rewards. German stalwart and pioneer of the power measurement game SRM have just announced a big shift in their pricing for the American markets. Effective immediately their prices drop about 30% across the board. SRM says they have been working for months to optimize how they do things to get their prices down in reaction to customer and bike shop feedback, and finally have come away with a substantial price drop that will help them stay competitive with the numerous other options on the market now. Jump past the break for a rundown of some of their pricing, plus a look at the new limited lifetime warranty…

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TDU 2016 Tech: IAM Cycling Scott Foil Aero Team Bike

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IAM Cycling is a Swiss registered professional cycling team founded in 2012, with its first racing season completed in 2013. That year saw them gain wild card entries to races like Paris Nice. In 2014, the team grew further with signings of big name riders such as Sylvain Chavanel and Jérôme Pineau, bolstered by wild card entries to the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana.

Scott has supplied bicycles to the team since its inception. Founded in 1958 by Ed Scott, inventor of the world’s first tapered aluminum ski pole, the company has come a long way since those early days. Scott’s bicycle division is best known for its 1989 invention, the Scott aero bar, helping Greg Lemond to overall victory at the 1989 Tour de France by a scant margin over Laurent Fignon. Scott’s latest innovation is the 2016 Foil, designed to be more aerodynamic and comfortable than previous editions, yet retain lateral stiffness that the Foil is known for. Aleksejs Saramotins pilots this particular Foil, and is the current Latvian National Road Race Champion. Incidentally, he has won that title six times, and represented Latvia at the Olympic Games and World Championships. More about Aleksejs’ bike… Continue reading “TDU 2016 Tech: IAM Cycling Scott Foil Aero Team Bike”

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A week in review: Road to NAHBS, Winter gear rampage, Tour Down Under rigs and much more!

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Take an intimate peak of some of the many frame (& tool) builders we’ve interviewed leading up to the North American Handmade Bike Show so far. Plus see how Cory, Trey and especially Zach take on Winter in some VERY different environments with gear from Proviz, Ornot, and Specialized…. Continue reading “A week in review: Road to NAHBS, Winter gear rampage, Tour Down Under rigs and much more!”

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • SUF Camp: Train like a pro with fellow Sufferlandrians – OK, so we mentioned the national team training camp run by the Sufferfest a couple of months back. But now we have an update that only 8 spots are left, and that the price has dropped down about 15% to $4950 for the entire, once in a lifetime week-long package starting June 12 in Aigle, Switzerland. Head over to their site for full details how to get the real pro experience. And don’t forget the fourth annual Tour of Sufferlandria is coming up in just a week or so. 9-days from Feb 6-14 to bang out a winter base from the comfort of home, with donations going to a good cause at TheSufferfest.com

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