Posts in the category Road Bike

ITM’s X-One Cockpit System Maximizes Stiffness & Comfort

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New for 2015, but not even on their website yet, the X-One system is a new cockpit group from ITM. Consisting of a carbon fiber stem, handlebar and seat post, the X-One group maximizes the strengths of each component to get the most out of the system. Most companies talk about comfort this, and stiffness that, trying to convince a customer that their product can be both. A stem/handlebar system may actually be able to do just that by creating each of the components to do one of the tasks.

What features can make a cockpit do it all?  Click more to see…

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Bollé Launches Innovative Approach To Performance Prescription Eyewear

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If you’re a four eyed freak like me, chances are you have problems finding prescription sports sunglasses. The difficulty you encounter with these types of frames is that the curved wrap required to make them protective tends to cause distortion at higher prescriptions, and for me, manifests itself in a feeling of claustrophobia or a headache.

In order to maintain the same level of protection but offer prescription wearers who shun contacts a more flatting look, Bollé has come up with an innovative solution for their top tier model – the 6th Sense. READ MORE ->

2014 Eurobike Awards: Clever Clothing, Accessories, and Gear

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Eurobike has come and gone leaving with a flood of new products and more content than we ever could hope to publish. Much like the Taipei Show, each year Eurobike puts on a design competition and this year awarded 56 manufacturers with either a Eurobike, Gold, or Green award. Judged by a panel of 6 experts from different corners of the cycling industry, the awards are always a good source of at least a few new and interesting products like the Drink Clean system above.

Perfect for those that hate mud and dirt on their water bottle valves, the rotating nozzle hides away to keep the part you drink out of clean. Made in Germany out of eco-friendly, food grade plastic, the bottle seems like it could be a hit when it becomes available.

There is plenty more where that came from next…

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Flying Machine Finalizes 3D Printed Titanium Models, Launches UCX-Ti, F-One-S & F-One-C5

F-One-S-3D-printed,-titanium,-04Flying Machine has been teasing us with the progression of their 3D printed titanium-lugged bikes by showing us the early idea, and more recently showing us a closer glimpse to production. Now they are ready to start ramping up and taking orders for multiple models.

It is not common to see titanium under paint, and the bold mutli-tone schemes lend to the seamless appearance of the invisible joint possible through the 3D printing process. Have a look in to see the 3 new models…

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Review: Superleggero Leggera Silk Scarf – On and Off the Bike

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Over the summer we received a few silk scarves from a small company based out of the Swiss Alps called Superleggero, that touted them as both a versatile transition season neck warmer and all-season fashion accessory. We liked their look and soft feel against the skin, but didn’t think we would really change our wardrobe to benefit from their luxury, fashion side. However, when the weather turned first wetter, then cooler they started to join us on almost every ride, as we tried to see what fine silk really had to offer. Follow past the break to see what our tests revealed…

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Pro Peloton Racing in a Board Game? Cycling Party Makes it Happen

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Forget Mario Party, the hot new game is all about cycling. That’s what newly formed board game publishing company Snake Eyes Games is hoping at least. Formed by long time friends and board game enthusiasts Leandro Pérez and Diego Hernando, their first product Cycling Party aims to take the strategy, excitement, and head to head racing of professional cycling and package it into a new board game.

Combining traditional board game play with a companion app, the addition of the electronic aid was key in making the game easier to play without needing to spend hours with a calculator. Shipping with 54 hexagon landscape board pieces, the track can be laid out in multiple ways to get to the finish hexagon from the start. Racing involves the use of 40 different counter/cyclists including different pieces for the overall leader, best climber, intermediate sprints leader, and the points classification leader. To win you have to pay attention to race strategy, keep your leader safe, even remember to eat and drink.

Still unsure how to make a board game out of cycling? Check out the videos next…

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Fitwell Puts You On The Right Bike For Your Personality, Flexibility & Body Type

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Fitwell Bicycle Company is hoping to change the way we buy bikes. They see a future where there is more than just a handful of sizes to pick from based on your height, where we can truly fit a person to the bike by their unique body type. $500 fitting sessions and $5,000 custom frames are the norm in this area, but Fitwell plans to bring this level of body fit to normally-priced bikes.

Vice President Ryan Cate is responsible for all product, sales and marketing of this small start-up, and his ideas on fitting a person to a bike are a ways ahead of the standard industry. He was approached by a friend in the industry to create a brand that was more fit and sizing specific than gender specific, because gender is not an accurate method of sizing. There are a lot of men that may have proportions more like a standard women, and vice versa.  Ryan noticed that there were a lot of bikes being ridden with large spacer stacks on forks to fit the rider, or other strange modifications in the attempt to make a poor fitting bike work. So they set out to make a change. READ MORE ->

EB14: Roundup – Coffee Bikes, Cargo Bikes & The World’s Smallest Tandem!

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Mmmm, coffee. Anytime we find the two combined, we stop. Fortunately this fine young lady was pressing some amazing espresso and capuccinos. Once properly rejuvenated, the bike came into clearer focus. The frame was built by Nicolai and incorporated a Bosch motor at the crankset, angled to maximize ground clearance. From there, it used a nifty mix of Nuvinci Harmony internal gear box, chains and belt drives to put the pedal power to the rear wheels.

Pour your own cup and dive in for other great bikes…

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Specialized Teases Possible New Supermoto Singlespeed Street Bike

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Photo: Specialized, via Instagram.

Generally when you think of a Supermoto dirt bikes come to mind. Specifically, dirt bikes with 17″ wheels, slick tires, lowered suspension, and better brakes. Just spotted on the Specialized Instagram feed looks to be their bicycle interpretation of a supermoto. Captioned simply as #Supermoto is ready for its closeup, does the teaser point to a new model from the big S?

Even if it turns out that the bike is just a concept, it’s worth a closer look.

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