Posts in the category Road Bike

Cycliq Fly12 Packs a POV Camera and 400 Lumen Headlight into One Compact Body

The Fly12 is a compact pov camera/headlight combo

The Fly12 squeezes an HD pov camera and 400 lumen headlight into this compact package.

In recent years, dashboard cameras have become a common tool for motorists seeking to protect themselves from liability in the event of an accident. Cars aren’t the only ones using the road however, so Leedville, Australia’s Cycliq decided similar devices would be ideal for commuters and road cyclists too. Last year Bike Rumor covered the release of Cycliq’s Fly6, a rear-facing light with a built-in camera, through their successful Kickstarter campaign.

Upon the insistence of many Fly6 owners, Cycliq has just announced another Kickstarter campaign for their new product, the Fly12. In short, it’s a front-facing adaptation of the Fly6 that combines a high-definition POV camera with a 400 lumen head light. The name is supposed to insinuate a ‘fly on the wall’ that’s watching out for you, either at 6 o’clock or 12 o’clock.

With a host of features designed to collect video evidence, the Fly12 is probably most useful for commuters who are concerned about vehicular collisions…

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Foundry Cycles Forges Ahead with All New Titanium Overland Ultra Cross Bike

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Before you know it, we’ll be on our way up north for the 2015 Frostbike show. The fact that the show doesn’t start for another few days isn’t enough to contain Foundry’s new ride. As a company that has dealt exclusively in carbon fiber up to this point, the Overland Ultra Cross bike is quite a departure.

Not necessarily a cross bike, and not pigeon holed as a gravel bike the Overland joins that category that is meant to do just about anything off road with skinny(er) tires…

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Exclusive First Look: Fully modular Ciamillo Gravitas 3.1 crankset unveiled!

Ciamillo Gravitas 3-1 crankset prototype design for 2015

Over the past few years, we’ve published plenty of words on Ciamillo’s Gravitas crankset, watching it go from concept to prototype, test model to near production. But the project was plagued with minor issues and eventually became too much of a financial burden on Ted Ciamillo’s small operation that he had to pull the plug on it in order to save the brake business.

Or so we thought.

Turns out he’s been working on it all along in stealth mode, secretly machining away at the cost, complexity, debugging, warranty, creaking and torsional flex issues that arose over the project’s long development cycle. Now, according to Ted, this latest version 3.1 addresses all of those issues and is once again putting the project back on the road to production.

Earlier versions were seeded among loyal customers, who agreed to provide feedback in exchange for some of the earliest samples. Those riders apparently found some common concerns – mainly creaking and gradual loosening of the parts, which created warranty nightmares since the entire crankset had to be replaced to remedy any issue.

Ted told us he believes the creaking from original units was coming from the interface between the two spindle halves. The load from pedaling would eventually stress the alloy sleeve’s bonding epoxy and bolt system inside the spindle, which would eventually allow some movement and uneven orientation between sides. So, now it’s a full length, one-piece spindle.

On the original, the carbon tubes were more exposed, which didn’t put as much material overlap between the alloy base and the carbon tubes. That lack of overlap would allow for a bit of torsional flex, and eventually that flex could wallow out the socket a bit, which also led to creaking. The new one’s base is twice as long, allowing it to better handle the torsional load, and the sockets’ wall thickness is also greater, making them more robust, too.

Keep in mind, all of the original design considerations were made in an effort to make the lightest possible crank. Now, durability and manufacturing ease took more precedence, but it’s still wicked light…

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Lazer’s New Blade and Magma Helmets Now Available

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It’s usually pretty easy to get excited about top tier products. The cream of the crop offers all the latest features, the least weight, and biggest performance factor. Unfortunately, those products usually include an equally impressive price tag keeping them out of the reach of many consumers.

That’s why products like Lazer’s new Blade and Magma helmets are so important. Packed with impressive features and weights generally found on more pricey lids, Lazer’s new Premium Budget helmets provide a lot of bang for your buck. Last September, Bike Rumor’s Tyler Benedict checked out a few new Lazer helmets at Interbike 2014. We were told the Magma (left) and Blade (right) models would be hitting store shelves for Spring 2015, and Lazer has just announced that they are now available.

While Tyler saw some solid colored pre-production models, Lazer has now finalized their graphics and set suggested pricing for the Blade road lid and Magma MTB helmet. Check out more details after the jump…

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Second Coming: Santa Cruz Relaunches Stigmata Cyclocross Bike, Updates the HighBall with New Wheelsize Flavors

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After a protracted absence from the road market, Santa Cruz has returned with the second coming of the Stigmata. This time, the model has been redesigned from the ground up from the company’s favorite space age material.

They’ve also dropped a completely refreshed Highball 29er and a 27.5 version into the mix as well.

Head past the break to learn all about the new models…

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Say Goodbye to flats for good with the Tannus Lightweight Solid Road Tire

 

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Tannus Tire is a South Korean company who specializes in the manufacture of tubeless, solid tires. Since development of the company’s first prototype tire in 2004, Tannus has continued to improve their designs, with innovations such as a patented pin locking system, which safely holds their tires to a regular clincher rim.

Fast forward to February 2015, when Tannus is set to launch the company’s latest development, the Aither 1.1 road tire. The Aither 1.1, borrowing many design cues from the Aither 1.0 tire, features considerably less rolling resistance than the older model. The company claims rolling resistance of the Aither 1.1 closely compares to that of a regular pneumatic tire (tire and tube)… READ MORE ->

ZIPP Recalling First Generation 88 Hubs from 2008-2010

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SRAM sent us a communique at the end of the week that we thought we should pass along since it included the phrase “failure that might result in an ejection of all the wheel’s spokes.” Yeah, that would be bad. Obviously this hasn’t happened on the majority of the 88 hubs since they made about 12,000 of them in this version, but with 2 reported failures, the danger is high enough to urge caution and get them replaced ASAP. Affected wheelsets came OEM on several high-end Cannondale, Felt, Giant, Orbea, and Specialized bikes from 2009-2011, as well as just about all of their high-end front wheels sold from October 2008 – December 2010.

The root of this recall is spoke retention, a concern only with first generation front hubs. Specifically, the first generation 88 hubs could incur retaining ring failure that might result in an ejection of all the wheel’s spokes. This may result in wheel failure.

Anyway Zipp parent SRAM has initiated a recall through the CPSC and you can find more info there. SRAM wants to get all affected owners back out on safe wheels quickly, so local SRAM or Zipp dealers should be able to quickly start the warranty process and in most cases rebuild the affected wheel with the newer, redesigned hub. Come past the break for a simple look at how to tell if your wheels are affected.

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Road Gear Roundup: Fresh kit from Cadence, Pursuit Cyclewear & The Sufferfest

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Designer, artist, clothing producer, whatever you consider Dustin Klein and his Cadence Collection, it’s always unique. The latest addition to the Cadence collection is quite a bit more subdued than hand painted handlebars or Ritchey Stems, but it still features ubiquitous Cadence style. Called the Pinehurst, the new race fit wind jacket is made to be ultralight while still providing the necessary protection from the elements to keep you from suffering – too much.

Classy jackets, kits inspired by legendary cobbles, and more next…

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SRM Nears Launch of PC8, Introduces Electronic Indoor Trainer/Fit Bike

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When power meters are your bread and butter, you want to get it right. That seems to be the case with the newest version of the SRM Power Control, the PC8. First spotted as far back as Sea Otter 2013, SRM announced production of the new unit during the 2014 US Pro Challenge. As it turns out, something as small as the style of buttons has caused the delay in production but SRM assures us the new gadgets will be released in March.

At first, SRM wanted to use electronic (not mechanical) buttons that functioned similar to the screen on a smart phone. Over the course of testing however, it was determined that too many factors such as gloves, mud, water, etc. would cause difficulties with the buttons. Understandably, not being able to easily use the buttons could be a big problem especially if you’re a pro using the PC8 during a race – or in the case of Rohan Dennis, breaking the hour record.. Because of those factors, the PC8 will be going back to the old school “clicky” buttons to make it as user friendly as possible.

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