Fulcrum adds Speed 40 Clincher to the collection, non-tubular sees similar tech

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There doesn’t seem to be any debate to the merit of tubulars on the pro tour. They’re lighter and offer a better ride but the pros also have pro mechanics. For most of us, that isn’t the case. That’s the argument Fulcrum is making for the launch of their newest clincher, the Speed 40. The wheel includes much of the tech found in the tubular version of the wheel, but in a clincher version for the every day rider. According to Fulcrum this is every bit of a high end wheel, just with tires that are a little easier to mount…

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There doesn’t seem to be any debate to the merit of tubulars on the pro tour. They’re lighter and offer a better ride but the pros also have pro mechanics. For most of us, that isn’t the case. That’s the argument Fulcrum is making for the launch of their newest clincher, the Speed 40. The […]

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Pioneer adds Training Assist, mating virtual coach w/ crank-based power meter

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After a series of price drops that brings their hi-def power meter system’s starting point down to a very beginner-friendly $499, Pioneer is adding training features to help those power noobs take advantage of the new resource.

Pioneer Training Assist is a free firmware update for their SGX-CA500 that helps anyone learn to train with power. It then takes advantage of their Cyclosphere “app” to provide post-ride analysis, so you can make sense of the data.

“We’re fortunate that we’ve got the technology, mobile app and cloud system on the back end to show all of the information a rider needs for us to offer training guidance,” says Pioneer’s Russ Johnston. “It makes it easy to offer and end to end solution for the rider.”

To start, you simply set up your training plan on their smartphone app, sync it with the cycling computer, and roll out…

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After a series of price drops that brings their hi-def power meter system’s starting point down to a very beginner-friendly $499, Pioneer is adding training features to help those power noobs take advantage of the new resource. Pioneer Training Assist is a free firmware update for their SGX-CA500 that helps anyone learn to train with […]

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Rapha+Apidura lightweight, brevet-style bikepacking packs now available

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image courtesy Rapha. photo by George Marshall.

We took an early look at the lightweight, rack-free bikepacking bags of the collaboration between Rapha & Apidura back in April at the Berlin Bike Show. The co-developed bags hadn’t been official announced then, but we got most of the details, and having tested the original version of the Apidura packs we offered our insight and a bit of speculation. Rapha has now released the packs, so we can now confirm our suspicions and get the last bits of information on the packs, including pricing and availability…

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We took an early look at the lightweight, rack-free bikepacking bags of the collaboration between Rapha & Apidura back in April at the Berlin Bike Show. The co-developed bags hadn’t been official announced then, but we got most of the details, and having tested the original version of the Apidura packs we offered our insight […]

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HTech Bikes comes out of the woodwork with the Aeriform endurance road bike

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While many companies play it safe and start out with basic steel or aluminum frames before working towards more unique or complicated designs, you have to respect the gutsy boutique brands who dive right into the deep end. The folks behind Perth, Australia’s HTech believe wood can make a great riding bike, so they jumped right into hand building custom wooden frames.

Htech’s debut model is an endurance road bike called the Aeriform. A disc brake version of the Aeriform is also currently in the works, and there are already plans to create other frames in the future.

Htech says the natural vibration damping qualities of wood makes it ideal for creating a compliant bike that can keep you comfortable throughout long days on varying road conditions. They also quite like the aesthetics of a wooden frame, and make a point of showing off the natural grain and accents within their material of choice…
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While many companies play it safe and start out with basic steel or aluminum frames before working towards more unique or complicated designs, you have to respect the gutsy boutique brands who dive right into the deep end. The folks behind Perth, Australia’s HTech believe wood can make a great riding bike, so they jumped […]

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Focus Paralane is a mixed-surface racer hiding as an endurance gravel bike

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Focus was one of the first production companies to make performance-focused disc brake road racing bikes available with their Cayo Disc series introduced a few years back, and then again with the Izalco Max Disc in this year’s current line-up. Both of those bikes offer fits and geometries on par with their corresponding top end rim brake race brethren, with the slightly increased wheelbases needed to accommodate the wider rear axle standard that came with disc brakes. Even with added clearance and more confident braking those two bikes are destined to spend most of their time on tarmac.

With pure disc brake race bikes under their belt, Focus’ development team took the task of building a race version of an endurance bike – the new Paralane – that could take riders on adventures that strayed away from the road. The idea was to build off the lessons learned on smooth asphalt and carry those over to the rougher surfaces, gravel roads, and dirt tracks so that riders could be comfortable in all day races over any type of road surface. The resulting race-oriented endurance road bike would then be equally at home heading to ride a Northern European Spring Classics sportive or spending a weekend exploring dirt roads close to home. And to do that Focus developed separate aluminum and carbon frames so their new Paralane could be attainable at any price point. Get into the full details of the next new European gravel endurance bike after the break…

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Focus was one of the first production companies to make performance-focused disc brake road racing bikes available with their Cayo Disc series introduced a few years back, and then again with the Izalco Max Disc in this year’s current line-up. Both of those bikes offer fits and geometries on par with their corresponding top end rim brake […]

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3T hits the gravel+ with all new multi-surface Exploro carbon frame, and 650b+ wheels – First look

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It really shouldn’t be too big of a surprise to see a bike come out of the new 3T after Gerard Vroomen joined René Wiertz at the head of the company last year. Vroomen’s hand shaped innovative bike designs at both Cervélo and Open, and we clearly see some influence of that design progression in this new Exploro frame under the 3T brand.

Since its founding in 1961 3T has focused on making bikes more aero, so a gravel bike seems like a grand departure. But as long, gruelling gravel adventures have grown in popularity 3T thought, “why not see if it was possible to make gravel more aero as well?” 3T took the idea to San Diego’s low speed wind tunnel and found some interesting results adding in 700c x 40mm and 650b x 2.1 tires, and even some boundary air breaking mud. The concept turned into the idea “Go fast, slower.”

Check out our first look at the bike, full details, and even the new 650b+ wheels after the jump…

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It really shouldn’t be too big of a surprise to see a bike come out of the new 3T after Gerard Vroomen joined René Wiertz at the head of the company last year. Vroomen’s hand shaped innovative bike designs at both Cervélo and Open, and we clearly see some influence of that design progression in […]

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BMC Roadmachine blends endurance and performance road into one

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This season looks like it might turn out to be the rebirth of the all-around road bike. After years of specialization, several bike companies are making a move back to the roots of road riding by building bikes capable of delivering all-day riding comfort, yet are still able to compete at the top level of race performance. What is driving that move back to the center could be debated. Is it progress from a manufacturing standpoint where companies can now build bikes that are light, fast, AND comfortable? Or maybe it is just a shift as riders (and thus buyers) are being sold on the idea of the better performance of wider tires, disc brakes, and thru-axles.

Whatever the case may be BMC is fully embracing the shift with their new Roadmachine series. The new bikes get all of the tech innovations mentioned above, plus several more; and they offer it at a really wide range of price points. While yesterday’s introduction from Canyon focused just on the top-end, BMC is debuting the disc-only endurance Roadmachine in three framesets – two tiers of carbon, and one aluminum frame – with build kits from Tiagra all the way up to Dura-Ace Di2.

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This season looks like it might turn out to be the rebirth of the all-around road bike. After years of specialization, several bike companies are making a move back to the roots of road riding by building bikes capable of delivering all-day riding comfort, yet are still able to compete at the top level of race […]

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Other ways to look at folding bikes with full-size Change, fixed FUBi & e-Pedego

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We looked at a couple of new folders from Dahon yesterday, but not all folding bikes have to fall into the typical small wheeled commuter style. There are also a number of companies that make what are effectively standard full-sized bikes that can still break down small enough to make them still easier to travel with. Change Bike builds folders for either mountain or city riding that essentially make the front triangle big enough that the rear end can swing around inside, then all you need to do is pop the wheels off and go. The FUBi Fixie goes about it a very different way by starting with what looks like a more traditional diamond frame design, but hinging all of the joint in the front triangle and then adding an extra detachable diagonal tube to give back stability. Pedego’s Latch sticks with a more conventional small wheel folder design, but throws an e-bike drive in the mix, combined with an internally geared hub, to add a bit more range to your commute…

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We looked at a couple of new folders from Dahon yesterday, but not all folding bikes have to fall into the typical small wheeled commuter style. There are also a number of companies that make what are effectively standard full-sized bikes that can still break down small enough to make them still easier to travel with. […]

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Up for any road, any distance, Canyon debuts disc-only Endurance CF SLX

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Canyon already has a pretty deep range of all-day riding road bikes in its Endurace stable, but now are stepping it up by bringing the premium frame tech from their pro team race bikes over to these everyman endurance rides. The existing Endurace line focuses on those of us cyclists who don’t really want to sacrifice a comfortable ride, but at the same time want a bike that we feel like we can race, even if it is just racing our riding buddies to the next city limits sign.

It’s no mistake to find the ‘race’ name in these bikes. Even if we are really just weekend warriors, everybody wants to ride a bike that make them feels fast. Canyon recognizes that, and these are the kinds of road bikes that most of us would probably ride. After 100km+ on a comfortable endurance bike, we still want (or maybe even we need more) a bike that feels like it jumps up those last hills. The Endurace CF SLX takes carbon fiber tuning that next step, merging comfort and race performance, so that at the end of those long rides we still have fresher legs and can hammer the late climbs, pin it through that last twisty descent, and sprint for the line as we roll back home…

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Canyon already has a pretty deep range of all-day riding road bikes in its Endurace stable, but now are stepping it up by bringing the premium frame tech from their pro team race bikes over to these everyman endurance rides. The existing Endurace line focuses on those of us cyclists who don’t really want to sacrifice a […]

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