Posts in the category Road Bike

Secret Shimano Di2 Button Will Soon Control Your Cycling Computer…Maybe Shocks, Too?

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Earlier this year, Shimano’s D-Fly wireless transmitter plugged into the Di2 system to wirelessly send information to an ANT+ cycling computer and relay gear selection, gear ratio, etc. Now, our friends at told us there’s a button hidden under the top of the hoods on Dura-Ace Di2 9070 shifter levers that until now has been unused.  That button sends a distinct wireless signal to those same computers to do, well, something.

Garmin, Magellan, Pioneer and Shimano PRO are those already integrating the gear info, so it’s no stretch to imagine they’ll be among the first to use the button to cycle through functions and screens.

But what if this were ported over to mountain bikes?


Wheels Manufacturing Adds 12 New Hangers for Trek, Bianchi, Fuji, Ridley, Plus More on the Way

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Replacement derailleur hangers aren’t generally a part that is given much thought. For many cyclists, the fact that hanger is even replaceable likely goes completely unnoticed until their derailleur makes a fateful leap into the spokes. At that point it’s usually a “what will get me back on the road as quickly as possible” moment rather than what will result in the best shifting.

At this point we should probably point out that all derailleur hangers are not created equal. While they may look identical, material choice and precision can lead to mushy shifting or worse – having to single speed your bike just to make it home (you do have a chain tool with you, right?). While some stock derailleur hangers are forged from relatively soft aluminum, Wheels Manufacturing CNC  machines all of their hangers from 6061 billet aluminum with a black anodized finish.

As one of the leading manufacturers of replacement derailleur hangers, Wheels Manufacturing has called Colorado home since they started their operation in Boulder in 1988. Now in Louisville, Colorado, Wheels MFG possess an expansive and ever growing catalog with well over 900 different part. If there’s a small part that you need, chances are good that Wheels MFG has it, and it’s made right there in Colorado. After just announcing the addition of another 10 new derailleur hangers to the line up, we spoke with the founder of Wheels Manufacturing, Dave Batka about how they go about selecting new bikes for hangers. Some of the answers may surprise you…


Pactimo’s Latest Jersey for a Cause to Help Fight Ebola

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The Ebola scare might have magically faded away from front page news after the midterm elections, but unfortunately it hasn’t simply disappeared in West Africa. With death tolls continuing to climb especially in Sierra Leone, Pactimo is putting forth their latest Jersey for a cause as a way help.

While wearing the jersey might be a good way to continue to raise awareness for the issue, the real benefit comes from its sale. Pactimo has pledged to donate $30 from the sale of each jersey – a jersey that only costs $70 to begin with, to Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) and HOPE worldwide. Each Ascent jersey has a custom Fight Ebola design and is available in men’s or women’s cuts in many sizes.


Williams Cycling Brings Us 24mm Wide Clinchers With Ceramic Bearings For $589 In The New System 22 Wheelset


The direct to consumer model can sometimes provide great value, but also sometimes provide untested junk. Williams Cycling has been around since 2006, so its safe to say they are a solid company, and not a fly-by-night operation. Built on the notion of providing great value by selling direct to consumer, they  are best known for selling wheel sets that are about half the price of major brand names when compared feature-for-feature.

The new System 22s are designed to bring an affordable climbing wheelset to market that still punches with the big guys. At 1489g, and using ceramic hybrid bearings and CX-Ray spokes, the wheels check off the boxes of something much higher in price. Just like their new cross siblings, they feature a niobium alloy rim to keep the weight and cost down.

Check out the specs after the jump, as well as a great video from owner Keith Williams explaining the direct to consumer business model they are following.


Pro-Lite Introduces New Light Weight, Wide, and Tubeless Bortola A21 Road Wheel


While Pro-Lite might not be an every day name for many U.S. cyclists, the company offers an expansive catalog of wheels and frames all from their own Taiwanese manufacturing facility. The company prides themselves on being the biggest hand built wheel company in the world which includes both carbon and aluminum hoops. Each and every wheel goes through an extremely thorough build process with stringent QC protocols along the way.

Now, the company is adding one more wheel to that line up with the new Bortola A21. Slating in under the popular Bracciano A27, the Bortola is not only quite a bit wider, it’s tubeless ready as well. If light, wide, tubeless, and rim brake only sound appealing for your next wheelset, get the details next…


Lauf Shows GT29 Gravel & Travel Fork, Teases Us With Carbonara Fat Bike Fork


Lauf Forks from Iceland have been a controversial addition to bicycle suspension. Very unique looking, lightweight, and minimalist, they draw reactions of either “no way would I ride that” or “that is exactly what I have been looking for”.

Lauf has been showing off their next model after the original TR29, and then adding the 27.5 version. The new GT29 stands for “Gravel and Travel”, intended for bikes like the Salsa Fargo that use drop bars for off road touring. The GT29 mostly has a stiffer spring to battle the greater percentage of body weight that is over the front wheel on these types of bikes, as well as any additional possible loads (gear) they would be carrying.

Read a bit more, as well as a leak from Lauf about a possible fat bike fork after the break…


Storck Celebrates 20th Anniversary w/ Special Edition Road, Mountain Bikes

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Markus Storck has been turning heads with his lightweight and uniquely designed frames and components since 1995. Things like brakes integrated into the frame and fork on a standard road bike came about here way before the aero road bike craze. We interviewed him a while back for a two part video series that’s worth a watch (here and here) to see some other interesting tech and concepts he’s developed over the years.

To celebrate, he’s issuing limited edition frames painted with special anniversary graphics across the Aernario, Visioner CSL, Scenero, Rebel Nine and Rebel Seven models, plus the new Aerfast aero road bike introduced at Eurobike. They’ll also sport special component builds and are limited to 200 per model.

All will come with a Storck polo shirt and 20th Anniversary marked handlebar, stem, seatpost and saddle, too, and the higher end framesets will include a Bike.Guard Curv hard case jointly developed with B&W…


Video: The Chronicles of the Green Machine – A Farewell to Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan’s time in green has come to an end. It was announced after the Tour that the reigning points champion had signed with Tinkoff-Saxo for a 3 year deal. To commemorate the numerous victories, victory salutes, wheelies, and impressive riding on both skinny and knobby Cannondale bicycles, the company put together a superhero cut to thank the Hulk for his time in green.


PBE14: JP Weigle’s Retro-Tastic Road Bikes, Component Groups & More!


Peter Weigle’s been building bikes since before mountain biking was a thing (and he built some of the first east coast style MTBs as the sport was born). His booth at Philly Bike Expo ’14 had this beauty of a rando road bike, built up with a lot of old school components. But, this one looks positivtely new compared to the 1950′s Ducheron that sat behind it…