Posts in the category Road Bike

Taipei Show Randoms Pt. 1 – Cool Stuff from Gates, X-Fusion, Jones, and Much More

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Everywhere you looked in Taipei, there was something cool to see. The Taipei Show is quite a bit different from your average trade show, as it is geared almost exclusively to OEMs and distributors which makes it a cross between showing what’s new, and showing what is possible. In the case of Gates Belt Drive, for them it was a perfect opportunity to showcase what is possible with the Pinion Gear Box. Between the sealed gear box and a Gates belt, it may be the closest thing to a maintenance free drivetrain that we’ve ever seen.

While gates didn’t have a lot of new product, they did have a display showing just how many options you have when it comes to a belt drive. Check out the options plus a whole lot more, next…

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NAHBS 2014: Modern Classics from Ellis Cycles & Rich Adams

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Ellis Cycles’ Dave Wages continued his tradition of very traditional looking road bikes with all but invisible touches that make them thoroughly modern. This year, he also showed off a fat bike so pretty it’d almost be a shame to get it dirty. Almost. And it won for Best Fillet Brazed Bike. Click through and you’ll see why.

His road bikes received updates, particularly for the newer versions of Di2, and he’s offering some retro tubing options while supplies last. Roll on for pics and details, plus a look at Rich Adams’ collection…

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Lapierre Shows the 2014 Pulsium, Takes on Classics with Built in Shock Absorber

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While the new Lapierre Aircode is all about cheating the wind, the second Lapierre bike designed for FDJ is all about beating the cobbles. The Pulsium saw its first race at theGrand Prix E3, where the FDJ team put the bike to the test. Developed for the notorious conditions of famous classics like Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders, Lapierre joins a few other companies in offering a bike with borderline rear suspension using an elastomer ring to soak up the bumps. Built with thier Power Box design, the bottom of the bike is all business and super stiff for power transfer, while the upper section of the bike is designed to be as compliant as possible.

More than just a comfy bike, the Pulsuim has a neat little trick to fit massive tires for a road bike…

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NAHBS 2014: Ti Cycles’ Full Suspension Fat Bike, 26″ Gravel Grinder & More!

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First off, I’d like to thank Dave Levy of Ti Cycles for bringing the kind of off-the-wall builds that simultaneously evoke a WTF reaction along with a Wow, that’s pretty cool. This is what we want to see more of at NAHBS.

For starters, there’s a titanium full suspension fat bike called Gunther. As if full suspension and fat bike put together isn’t enough, he did it with pivotless flex stays to get 2.5″ of rear wheel travel. The 29er Lefty fork works thanks to 17mm offset adapters that splits the difference between the standard 100mm front axle width and a 135mm fat bike hub.

Detail pics of all that awesomeness below, plus a 26″ gravel grinder with a truss fork and a sweet pit bike…

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Award Winning Design in Taiwan with the Taipei Cycle D&I awards

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There were quite a few new products with clever designs in Taipei, but a few stood out more than others. Not just to us, but to the judges of the third annual Taipei Cycle d&i awards, co-organized by TAITRA (the Taiwan External Trade Development Council) and TBEA (the Taiwan Bicycle Exporters’ Association), and executed independently by iF Design Asia. The design competition included 185 entries from 16 different countries including Germany, Japan, China, USA, Canada, the Netherlands, France, Italy, UK, Austria and Israel, with first time entries from Switzerland, Korea, and Slovakia. With 49 winners selected, products ranged from bikes, to racks, to wheels, and anything in between. This year’s winners had some truly incredible ideas, and a few that may leave you scratching your head…

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Kinetic Unfolds into the World of Rollers with new Prototype

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There are a lot of reasons for why you should train with rollers, but ease of transport and portability typically isn’t high on the list. That is probably why for Kinetic’s first set of rollers, they have focused not only on making a quality training tool, but one that is incredibly easy to fold up and take with you to your next race, training session, or whatever. Thanks to the tri-fold design, the aluminum roller frame folds up to a size that is more compact than their Road Machine trainer and will fit in a new trainer bag. This one here is just a prototype, but from the looks of it, it is incredibly simple to fold up and stow making it a great choice when portability is key.

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Found: Limited Edition Ritchey x Cadence Collection C260 Stem

Limited Edition Cadence Collection Ritchey C260 stem

San Francisco based clothing brand Cadence has partnered with Ritchey for a limited edition air stream graphicked C260 stem.

At just 103g claimed, the all-alloy, 3D forged and internally machined C260 stem is one of the lightest on the market without giving up the strength and durability Ritchey’s known for. The faceplate holds the threads, and the opening provides a more secure grasp of the bar without requiring shifter/lever removal to install.

More pics and details below…

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NAHBS 2014: Engin Revs Up Titanium Bicycle Frames, Shows One of Each

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In short order, Engin went from showing an early (and impressive!) titanium build last year to a complete collection this year, making it his primary frame material. We got a peek into his change with our pre-show interview, then we got a look at the real bikes in Charlotte.

Not too many people opt to paint titanium frames, but when they do, they usually go for broke. The red one above gets a gorgeous candy apple gloss with masked sections to show the metal. Click through for detail pics and a look at road, ‘cross and a bare ti mountain bike, too…

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First Look: New Shimano 105 11-Speed Group, Plus New Mechanical + Hydraulic Road Disc Brakes!

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It may be April 1st in Japan, but the new Shimano 105 is no joke. Equipped with many of the features that blew us away with the new Dura Ace and Ultegra mechanical drivetrains, the 11-speed 105 5800 group is sure to bring budget performance to the next level. Shifting is lighter, braking is better, there are more gearing options, and even a new asymmetric chain. The outgoing 105 group was an impressive workhorse, but the new 5800 group makes it even harder to justify spending more.

However, the 105 group isn’t the only news here – there is an entirely new shift/brake system. One that offers hydraulic disc brake performance without having to pony up for electronic shifting.

See the new 105 group plus the first mechanical/hydraulic road system from Shimano next…

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