Strap in tight with Crono’s CR1 zig-zag BOA road shoe, plus more new kicks

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Crono’s made-in-Italy shoe line-up is getting an overhaul for 2017, and topping it off is an all-new road shoe with a unique cable layout. Developed in a partnership with BOA, the new CR1 claims to deliver an improved fit for better power transfer. In addition to the CR1 with its new Multi Contact Boa closure setup promising the end of heel lift, Crono renames their entire lineup with a new letter + number system that makes it easier to find where each shoe fits in the overall scheme of things. Along the way the company’s current top-level road and mountain shoes both get a noticeable update, with newly redesigned uppers and a move to Boa closures as well. Take a closer look at the new goodies after the jump…

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Crono’s made-in-Italy shoe line-up is getting an overhaul for 2017, and topping it off is an all-new road shoe with a unique cable layout. Developed in a partnership with BOA, the new CR1 claims to deliver an improved fit for better power transfer. In addition to the CR1 with its new Multi Contact Boa closure setup promising the end […]

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Van Dessel lets you ride all over the place with new A.D.D. gravelcrossventure bike

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Can’t make up your mind? Wanna ride over here and over there and down this road and that? Having a hard time focusing on just one type of ride? Van Dessel has your Adderall in the form of a bike with their new A.D.D.

Designed to work for cyclocross, gravel or any old adventure style riding, the bike comes with either a carbon race fork or a steel adventure fork, the latter equipped with a wide array of mounts. Take your pic, either one works well on the 7005 aluminum frame with clearance for up to 700×40 road/’cross/gravel tires or 27.5×2.1 mountain bike knobbies. Both forks and the frame come standard with thru axles, but can be converted to work with traditional QR skewers, too…

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Can’t make up your mind? Wanna ride over here and over there and down this road and that? Having a hard time focusing on just one type of ride? Van Dessel has your Adderall in the form of a bike with their new A.D.D. Designed to work for cyclocross, gravel or any old adventure style […]

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Mavic widens iO, Comete track wheels for Rio Olympics

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If three decades of unchanged use at the top levels of sport tells you something, its that a product works. And the only reason to mess with success is if you know you can make it better. And that’s what Mavic’s doing with their Comete and iO track wheels.

The full disc Comete was originally built in 1986 and raced in the ’88 Seoul Olympics (pics of those wheels below). Track bikes at the time used very narrow tires, and continued to do so for most of the intervening years. Now, as virtually every cycling discipline is finding gains with wider tires, Mavic’s reworked it to fit modern track racers’ preferences…a whopping 21-22mm width. That means taking the rim’s brake track width from ~19mm out to 21.5mm for the new Rio edition. And that change led to reworking the overall disc slightly, but the strength and stiffness remain unchanged, but the weight dropped a little.

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If three decades of unchanged use at the top levels of sport tells you something, its that a product works. And the only reason to mess with success is if you know you can make it better. And that’s what Mavic’s doing with their Comete and iO track wheels. The full disc Comete was originally built in 1986 […]

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Specialized fires up color-changing, heat-sensitive paint for Olympians (and you)

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Specialized sponsored athletes heading to Rio will be carrying a different type of torch with specially painted Tarmac, Amira and Epic FSR bikes that change color in the heat. While they may stay full yellow down in Rio, the effect is quite spectacular, and it’s found on the Evade helmet, too.

The three bikes and lid are part of a larger collection of clothing and gear available in limited quantities. Check out the video to see it change…

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Specialized sponsored athletes heading to Rio will be carrying a different type of torch with specially painted Tarmac, Amira and Epic FSR bikes that change color in the heat. While they may stay full yellow down in Rio, the effect is quite spectacular, and it’s found on the Evade helmet, too. The three bikes and […]

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2017 Felt VR endurance bikes – specs, pricing, weights & first ride impressions

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Alongside the new FR road/race bike, the 2017 Felt VR endurance road bike was announced. While they’re saying it’s not technically a gravel bike (hinting more to come, maybe…possibly), we did extend our demo ride up Black Star Canyon outside Irvine, CA. Indeed, it does skew much farther toward the “road” side of things than cyclocross, but it made its way through the sandy mixed surface road just fine. More on the handling and ride at the bottom – first, the specs and weights…

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Alongside the new FR road/race bike, the 2017 Felt VR endurance road bike was announced. While they’re saying it’s not technically a gravel bike (hinting more to come, maybe…possibly), we did extend our demo ride up Black Star Canyon outside Irvine, CA. Indeed, it does skew much farther toward the “road” side of things than cyclocross, […]

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Review: Red White’s ‘The Race’ bib shorts

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Red White is a bit of a rarity as a cycling company, in that they focus only on a single product – bib shorts. Or maybe better said would be on two versions of one product, as they have developed and evolved their shorts to specifically serve two long distance cycling niches. Both versions of their cycling bib shorts are designed for endurance riding, with the thinking of rides lasting for more than say 4 or 5 hours or more than 120km.

The first version was just called “The Bibs” for really long trips and ultra-endurance events (like Paris-Brest-Paris), and now they have a second “The Race” targeted more for faster paced riding or of more reasonable length competition. We got a pair of each for long term testing back mid spring, and now 2 months on we’ll look at our thoughts on the newer The Race shorts, and will follow-up later with more head-to-head and durability review of both shorts later this summer…

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Red White is a bit of a rarity as a cycling company, in that they focus only on a single product – bib shorts. Or maybe better said would be on two versions of one product, as they have developed and evolved their shorts to specifically serve two long distance cycling niches. Both versions of their cycling bib shorts […]

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Salsa hits the road, trail, and gravel with updated Fargo Plus, Cutthroat, All Road Vaya, & more

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Whatever your path, Salsa continues to have your covered. Along with the mountain bike line up fro 2017 that includes some wild bikes like the 3-in-1 wheeled Woodsmoke, Salsa has a number of updated bikes for the road with drop bars. Thanks to the adventurous nature of their bikes, just because they have drop bars doesn’t make them a road bike. Instead, the curvy bars can be found on bikes that will take you any where you want to go – even on bikes with plus sized tires. Obviously, Salsa isn’t the first to run drop bars on essentially a mountain bike, but the rise of bike packing and adventure racing is making what was old, new again.

When it comes to the Salsa Fargo, the bike meant for bike packing, or just cruising offroad gets updated for 2017 with another 3-in-1 wheel set up. Thanks to Boost spacing and additional frame clearance, the Fargo is now capable of running 27+, 29″, or even 29+ wheels and tires making it easier than ever to pick the right wheel set up and getting out of town…

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Whatever your path, Salsa continues to have your covered. Along with the mountain bike line up fro 2017 that includes some wild bikes like the 3-in-1 wheeled Woodsmoke, Salsa has a number of updated bikes for the road with drop bars. Thanks to the adventurous nature of their bikes, just because they have drop bars […]

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Mason Cycles debuts new 650b adventure road Bokeh in aluminum and ti – Updated w/ exclusive pics

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Mason Cycles has unveiled an all new road bike in two flavors, and while Dom Mason is reluctant to call it a gravel bike the new Bokeh is certainly about taking on any road surface quickly. The first new model since Mason’s steel Resolution and alloy Definition disc brake road bikes on which he launched his brand, the new Bokeh aims to be ridden just as fast but when the going gets a bit rougher. The speed element is mostly why he wants to avoid a gravel moniker. Even though it gets the ability to go the Road+ direction with wide, high-volume 650b rubber, Mason calls it an AdventureSport bike as it is still designed to be fast-moving. Take a closer look at how it will be outfitted for your adventure after the break…

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Mason Cycles has unveiled an all new road bike in two flavors, and while Dom Mason is reluctant to call it a gravel bike the new Bokeh is certainly about taking on any road surface quickly. The first new model since Mason’s steel Resolution and alloy Definition disc brake road bikes on which he launched his […]

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All-new 5th generation Orbea Orca race bike opens up to faster roads

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Raced in stealth paint schemes under the Cofidis team at this year’s Tour de France, the fifth generation Orbea Orca is now official.

Over the past few years, Orbea’s whittled down the frame weight and made the Orca stiffer and more efficient, which serves only to keep them competitive as everyone else makes the same changes. And this one continues those efforts. But, it takes a little something more to stand out these days, and this bike’s front end could (literally) be leading the charge…

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Raced in stealth paint schemes under the Cofidis team at this year’s Tour de France, the fifth generation Orbea Orca is now official. Over the past few years, Orbea’s whittled down the frame weight and made the Orca stiffer and more efficient, which serves only to keep them competitive as everyone else makes the same […]

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