Posts in the category Road Bike

IB14: Litespeed Introduces T5 Gravel and Disc Models, Multi-wheeled Pinhoti MTB, Plus the New Quintana Roo PR6

Litespeed t5 gravel bike disc road Pinhote Quintana Roo PR6 (2) copy

While the Litespeed T5g is related to the T5 road bike that’s been around for some time, you’d hardly know it by looking at it. As Litespeed’s interpretation of a modern day gravel bike, the T5g blends the performance of their T5 titanium with big(ger) tire clearance and disc brakes. Compared to their Ti CX bike, the T5g has more of a relaxed geometry better suited to long days on the bike no matter what the road surface. Don’t need clearance for meaty tires but still want the performance of disc brakes? Litespeed is also offering up the T5d, which is a disc brake equipped version of the road focused T5. Together the three bikes provide a titanium option at an attainable price no matter how you want to ride.

Out in the desert Litespeed was also showing off  their Pinhoti hard tail which is compatible with multiple wheel sizes. That and their sister company Quintana Roo’s new PR6 Superbike after the break…


IB14: Pearl Izumi Shows Updated X-Project 1.0, Impressive Elite Road, Plus All New MTB Clothing Line, New Colors, More

Pearl Izumi fall 2014 spring 2015 x project boa speed shop elite road (2)

Already an excellent shoe, Pearl Izumi’s X-Project is getting an update that should make it even better. At the top of the range, the X-Project 1.0 receives a complete face lift for the uppers that includes the introduction of Boa reels in the place of the previous velcro straps and P.R.O. buckle. The improvements to the X-Project line are indicative of Pearl’s complete reset of the mountain bike apparel line for 2015 with improved function, better fit, and revised colors.

Combined with improvements and a fresh color palette on the road and tri side of the business, 2015 is looking like a great year for Pearl Izumi. Details on some of the highlights next…


IB14: Ceramicspeed Adds GXP & Campagnolo Bottom Brackets, Time Pedals & Black Inc Wheels Collaboration

Ceramicspeed Time Xpresso and Mavic Zxellium road bike pedals

Sitting in the Ceramicspeed booth were new Time Xpresso 15 pedals, a new model for 2015 that comes in at just 66g per pedal! And, of course, they’re running Ceramicspeed bearings on their hollow titanium axle, both of which are upgrades over 2014′s Xpresso 12. Other features on the pedals include Q-factor adjustment, carbon fiber body, alloy cleat plate and 15º of float.

They also showed off a huge new collection of bottom brackets, opening up their use to those pedaling away on GXP and Campagnolo cranksets, plus a wheel collaboration with Denmark’s Black Inc…


IB14: BP4 Design Creates new Hand Positions with Unique Drop Top Road Handlebar

bp4 handlebar 50mm drop  4 position bars (2)

Drop bars are known for providing additional hand positions when compared to the standard flat bar, but BP4 seems to be taking that notion to new heights (drops). While many companies are experimenting with different reach, bends, and sweeps, BP4 is adding another dimension to road handlebars – top drops. The admittedly strange looking handlebars drop down where a road bar would typically be flat. The resulting hand positions are claimed to be an improvement over standard bars in both aerodynamics, performance,  and comfort.

Get a grip on the BP4 Warbird next…


IB14: Clement Adding More Gravel Tire Sizes

2015 Clement Strada XPLOR gravel road bike tire

Among gravel chasers, Clement’s tires seem to be popular as both OEM spec and aftermarket options. No, they’re not tubeless yet, but the tread patterns and sizes match up perfectly with the unpaved roads they’re used on. These new ones are a ways off, but come April 2015, the X’PLOR MSO will get a 36c width to slot between the existing 32 and 40. It’s a dirt road style tire that’s good for loose conditions.

The Strada LGG has tamer tread suited more for cracked blacktop and has a current size run of 23, 25 and 28 widths. It’ll add a 32 to the top end of its size range. Pic of this one after the break…


EB14: 3T Ionic Comfort Posts, Updated High End Wheels & Tri Bars, Smartphone Integration & Much More!


The 3T Aerotundo combines a classic drop bar shape with their aero tops, just one of many combinations.

3T Cycling has a lot going on, as much with new products as with new concepts for the sale and use of them. Starting with the small stuff, they’ll now offer sizing guides to all retailers and online that complement the mix-and-match nature of their road components. You choose whether you want round, ergonomic or aero top sections on your handlebar, then choose an ergo or classic round profile for the drop section. Lastly, choose the stem angle and length, then put it all together using the guide to help, um, guide you in making the correct choices.

To combat counterfeit product, all parts will now ship with a 3D holographic logo plate from OpSec that contains a QR code, serial number, EAN code and product registration information. If you’re buying a 3T product, make sure it has the decal, then register it to be sure.

Now, on to the good stuff…


IB14: BH Bikes Lightens Up w/ 690g Ultralight Evo, Plus New Quartz Disc Road & Lynx 6 Trail Boss (Updated)

2015 BH Ultralight Evo race road bike

When BH introduced the Ultralight in in 2011, it ushered in the BB386EVO bottom bracket and a then-insanely light frame. Building up a 10.66lb complete bike didn’t hurt, either. As the years progressed, they introduced a more affordable and only slightly heavier Ultralight RC, which carries over unchanged for 2015.

But, the top of the line is the updated Ultralight Evo with a new carbon layup that makes it even lighter. Last year it was 750g, for 2015 it’s averaging 690g. And it has no rider weight limit and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Beyond lightening up, they tweaked the frame to make it a bit more comfortable and improve clearance around the bottom bracket for power meter equipped cranksets.

(UPDATE: Clarification on the Quartz Disc frame added below)


IB14: Alchemist Drops Ultralight Carbon 29er Wheels, Plus New Kuroshiro 29+ Rim


Italian brand Alchemist showed off their latest lightweight hoops, this time with a somewhat more subtle design than past offerings.

The new 29er Clincher RR is a race-ready mountain bike wheel that comes in at just 1,245g per set. That’s with properly wide rims (26mm internal), thru axle hub options and 24 spokes per wheel. Much of the weight savings comes from rims that register at just 325g each, minimizing rotational weight.

They’re laced up with Sapim CX-Ray spokes to their own carbon-and-alloy hubs…


IB14: Pioneer Adds Cycling Computer Bundles, Integrates Di2 & Auto Strava Uploads

pioneer cycling power meter now available for installation on your own crankset

Pioneer showed offer several improvements to both the system and the packaging to make them a more viable option among all manner of cyclists.

For starters, you can now add their dual-sided power meter to your existing crankset. Originally, the sold a complete Dura-Ace 9000 or Ultegra 6800 crankset with power meter preinstalled for $1,850 or $1,550 respectively. Now, you can purchase the components on their own for $1,299. They come with a return shipping box, a “birth certificate” that you fill in with your information and they complete with the full installation procedure details. You send it in, they clean and prep the cranks, install it in their California-based clean room, and return it. The process will be facilitated by your local bike shop, and Pioneer will keep them posted on progress. Return time is estimated at 7-10 business days depending on how far you are from California.

The power meter is compatible with any ANT+ cycling computer, but to display all of Pioneer’s advanced metrics, you’ll still need to buy the SGX-CA500 computer for $300. Or, you could get the new bundle…