Posts in the category Road Bike

Closeup: New FSA ITC Seatposts Offer Flip Flop, Independent Angle and Offset Adjustment

2015 FSA ITC seatpost design weights and specs

Introduced at Eurobike, FSA’s new ITC (Independent Top Clamp) seatposts are wrapping up production and first batches should be hitting FSA’s warehouses soon.

The design uses a rounded base for the top clamp section to adhere to, allowing it to rotate through a wide range of angles completely independent of your saddle rail position. Even better, the top clamps are available in two versions, giving you a total of four offsets: 0, 10, 15 and 20mm, and in any direction you want. If your seat angle’s not too steep, that’s effectively seven different positions from a single post!

They’ll be available in alloy and carbon versions with 27.2 and 31.6 diameters. Click through for full specs and weights…

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EB14: Fulcrum Gets Carbon Tubeless, Tubular Mountain Bike Wheels, Plus Alloy Models & Stealth Road

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While sister brand Campagnolo unleashed new top level carbon clinchers for the road, Fulcrum added them for the mountain. Along with carbon tubulars and new alloy clinchers, too. These come just one month after they introduced their latest top level alloy racing wheelset, the Red Power HP, and about two months after we spotted prototypes being tested by Merida Multivan. For road, they added a blacked out Nite version of their Racing Zero alloy wheels that promises better braking performance.

The Red Carbon tubeless ready clinchers will be available in both 27.5″ and 29″ sizes with these subtle gray-on-black graphics. The rim is full carbon, and the hubs get carbon shells with alloy flanges built around a cup-and-cone bearing system. It’s all tied together with bladed, double butted stainless steel straight pull spokes. Weights are impressively light at just 1,356g for the 29er and 1,288g for 27.5″, thanks in part to a titanium freehub body.

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Efneo Launches x3 Gearbox Crank & Ultra Silent, Ultra Quick Rear Hub

The Efneo x3 internally geared crankset

Efneo, a Polish company run by a family, is bringing bicycle components to market to make a cyclists life easier. We covered their idea of an internally geared crank two years back, and they are now gearing up to start taking pre-orders for the x3 gearbox crank and the Active silent hub. While an internally geared crank and a silent hub are not new ideas, Efneo hopes to bring them to market for all types of bikes, and with the help of crowdsourcing.

The x3 crank is an internally geared, shiftable crankset that can be installed on any bike. While the idea is not new, as it has been seen in Hammerschmidt, Schlumpf and the Metropolis Patterson, the x3 is the first one to incorporate 3 speeds, not just two. Similar to other systems, the benefits are touted as being able to offer instant gear changes, being able to shift without pedaling and cleaning up the drivetrain so there is less maintenance. Offering a range similar to a 28/40/50 crank is impressive, and it seems to be able to mount without any strange parts or adapters.

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EB14: TRP Updates HYRD Brake Calipers, Adds Camo Spykes & More

trp-hyrd-caliper-pro-shotTRP’s HYRD calipers, which are their mechanical-to-hydraulic brakes that work with any standard drop bar lever, received a rather quiet update at the beginning of the year.

All of the changes were aimed at improving long term performance and keep users from fiddling with the parts that could cause failure. Inside, they swapped the gasket’s material the reservoir so it is more pliable. This reduces the likelihood of the system creating a vacuum since it won’t pull as hard against the fluid when levels decline slightly as pads wear. In other words, it lets the system more easily compensate for pad wear.

They increased reservoir volume to hold more oil, which should help with heat buildup. A steel ring was added around the pistons to help them slide in and out easier. Before, it was solid Bakelite, which does a great job of insulating against heat, but wasn’t as smooth, so now it’s just used in the center of the piston.

When we reviewed the original HYRD brakes, one of the tweaks we made to improve pad contact speed and power was to dial in the piston rod. Unfortunately, TRP frowns upon this and for good reason: It can cause the system to remain closed or open depending on which way you turn the bolt. Either way, it could mean brakes that don’t work. READ MORE ->

EB14: Ryde Goes Wide, Steps Out from Behind OEM Curtain w/ New Rims for All

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For us, Ryde’s been primarily known as the company that always had a very light scandium road bike rim luring us into their booth. The rep said they’ve mainly been an OE manufacturer for others thus far, but now they’re looking to bring rims to market under their own brand name.

To start, they’ve created some impressively wide mountain bike rims for both XC-to-enduro and lighter weight race-oriented pursuits, plus a fairly standard road bike rim and some prototype fat bike models. The Trace, above, is the XC/Trail/Enduro model and will be available in all three wheel sizes in three different widths: 21, 25 and 29 millimeters. Those measurements are internal widths…

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EB14: Vredestein Gets a Muddy Bobcat Mountain Bike Tire, Plus All Weather Road Options

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Just as the Bobcat is an adaptable predator covering terrain from Canada down to Mexico, Vredestein’s new Bobcat all-round, all-conditions tire aims to attack anything it rolls across.

Likewise, it covers all three wheel sizes, from 26″ to 27.5″ to 29er, all in a 2.35 widths and with tube and tubeless ready versions. They use a 120tpi casing and respectable weights considering the intended usage. Prowl for details below…

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EB14: Campagnolo Bora Wheels Gain Clincher Options

2015 Campagnolo Bora Ultra and Bora One carbon clincher road bike wheels specs and weights

This summer, Campagnolo’s top level Bora wheels were redesigned to be wider, lighter and have better braking performance. But they were still tubular only, as has always been the case for that model.

But even Campy admits not every top rider wants to deal with glue or the risk of being stranded (or carrying the spare and paraphernalia to use it). So, they’ve finally introduced a clincher version with the same options. Choose from 35mm or 50mm depths and Ultra or One trim levels. Both use a 24.2mm wide (UPDATE: 17.4mm internal width) rim with the 3Diamant braking surface they say offers equal stopping performance to alloy rims. Wheelset weights are around 200g more than the tubulars, and you can catch all the tech and closeups below…

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EB14: Corima’s Full Carbon Spoked Wheels Get More Aero, Plus Updated Internals & More

2015 Corima MCC full carbon spoked road bike wheels

Corima’s MCC carbon spoked wheels get new hubs and the front wheel gets new, flatter spokes. That makes it a bit more aero at the leading edge of the bike, but the rear keeps round spokes to be stiffer since fewer gains were to be had there. The pic above shows the transition from round at the hub to flat for the majority of their length

The front hub is a little sleeker, without as much flare from the shell to the flanges, reducing the overall frontal footprint. They also switched it from woven to UD carbon, just like the rear…

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EB14: Woodman Helps Slam That Stem, Lighten Hubs & Tighten Chainrings

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Woodman’s had some slick products in the past, things like the coolest cadence magnets we’ve ever seen, and this he had a few more treats in store at Eurobike.

At the front of the bike is his new 3mm dust cap, putting your stem right on top of the bearings. Compared to his other heights, it brings your riding position to new lows. His other options include various heights to reduce the number of loose spacers needed. Close up of that and more below…

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