Posts in the category Road Bike

TDF2015 Tech: MTN-Qhubeka’s beautiful silver Cervelo road bikes & social mission

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As if the first African team to compete in the Tour de France needed any more reason for eyeballs to point in their direction, the riders were all sitting on custom painted Cervelo bikes in a bold silver and yellow paint scheme.

The colors were replicated across the S5, R5 and P5 bikes for the team, and as part of the celebration, 200 replicas of the S5 will be sold through Cervelo dealers. For each one sold, Cervelo will donate a Buffalo Bike to the Qhubeka Foundation’s #BicyclesChangeLives campaign.

Of all the team pits we walked through, none had quite the electricity of these guys. The bikes had their own spark, too, with some clever hacks and prototype products…

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TDF2015 Tech: Astana’s Specialized team bikes & gear

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Astana had the first team listing in this year’s Tour de France, giving teammate Vincenzo Nibali the #1 number plate for taking the win at last year’s race with a comfortable 7 minute 37 second margin.

This year’s collection of team bikes spanned from custom painted Tarmac and Shiv bikes to a few relatively stock looking Venge aero road bikes. Pics of those and some team kit and other bits below…

SPOILER ALERT: Read this after watching as it contains mention of Stage 19 (June 24, 2015) results.

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Friday RoundUP – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Inspired to Ride Still on the Big Screen – Inspired to Ride, the film that documented participants in the inaugural Trans Am Bike Race, has been screened in over 25 theaters the past few months. And events are still coming together. Visit inspiredtoride.it for screening dates.

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Shimano files patent for shiftable narrow-wide chainrings

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With the advent of narrow wide chainring designs, we’ve gone from worrying about dropped chains to full on all mountain riding with nothing more than a bare single chainring up front keeping our chain in place. Sure, clutch-equipped rear derailleurs help, and more aggressive riders still use a chain guide on occasion. But for most of us, the alternating tooth profiles are all we need to keep things running silent and smooth.

The tradeoff, of course, is that these chainrings couldn’t be used in a double crankset since there are no provisions for moving the chain from one ring to another. Whether it was simply an assumption that it couldn’t be done or a lack of interest in better chain retention on a double (or triple, for that matter), it simple fact is it wasn’t on the radar. Now, thanks to Shimano, it is, and we’ve got some good ideas on where it could be heading…

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Rose Gets Aero with 2 1/2 New Bikes: X-Lite CW Road and Road Disc, and Aero Flyer Time Trial

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German consumer-direct Rose Bikes introduced two completely new road bike platforms focused on aerodynamics this week, with one available in either caliper or disc brake builds for everyday riding and the second a dedicated aero machine for solo racing against the clock. The X-Lite CW was developed to be able to be built-up with either direct mount caliper brakes or disc brakes for two distinctly different rider types. The basic sculpted aero carbon frame is the same for either brake configuration, with the use of brake-specific forks and some modular mounting.

Join us after the jump for details on road vs. road disc, and a look at the Aero Flyer TT bike…

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New Chris King Carbon Wheelsets and Thru Axles for Road Bikes, Plus a Shop Apron for the Techs

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While every manufacturer wants to be known for producing quality products, there are a few companies that have become so highly renowned for particular parts that they’ve achieved legend status in cycling history. Thomson’s superlight seatposts and Profile’s BMX cranks are two examples, and if you ask most riders “Who makes the best headsets in cycling?” I’d bet my last dollar they’d say Chris King.

Of course Chris King produces a wide range of other goodies, all to the same high-performance standard of their ubiquitous and time-tested headsets. The company has just announced some new products including two carbon road wheelsets, thru-axles for disc brake equipped road bikes, and a shop apron to keep you clean through the dirty work of bike maintenance. Click below the break for all the info…
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FSA unveils Prototype Electronic Drivetrain on Tour de France Rest Day

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Full Speed Ahead (FSA) joins the big three in cycling -Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo- in developing an electronic derailleur and shifter group. The much rumored prototype electronic groupset is yet-to-be-named, but its finally made its first big public appearance. And what better occasion than a rest day of the 2015 Tour de France? Sharing prototype status with SRAM’s wireless electronic groupset, FSA’s potential entry into the electronic shifting market is currently gracing a few team bikes from Etixx-QuickStep, Tinkoff-Saxo, Bora-Argon 18 and Cofidis. More pics and video from GCN below… READ MORE ->

Suplest introduces new Edge3 Cycling Shoe collection

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Thinking of themselves as the smallest premium shoe company, Swiss Suplest put some unique touches into their shoes that end up standing out from the bunch. The new Edge3 collection is built around the Ego 360° last that it shares with their whole range, and will come in both road and mountain outsoles. The Edge3 gets Boa dials and stiff outsoles for power transfer, but a supple microfiber upper paired with extensive mesh to fit comfortably and breathe well.

Join us after the break for the low-down on the Pro, Performance, and Sport features…

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Rose Bikes BIKETOWN, their first concept store in Munich

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While the consumer-direct model has spread through Europe in recent years, many cyclists still don’t want to shell out thousands of Euros sight-unseen. So consumer-direct companies like Rose Bikes have started to build brick-and-mortar retail stores to reinforce their brand and connect to customers in a real world sense. We had a chance to stop in at Rose’s first concept store in Munich, which opened last fall and it seems to nicely bridge the gap between their internet shop and their customers. Read on to see how they are reaching out to the internet bike shopper….

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