Posts in the category Road Bike

IB14: Hedrick Cycles Bends Convention w/ New Version4 Road Frame

Hedrick Cycles Version4 carbon fiber road bike frameset - BIKE

Hedrick Cycles is a California brand launched by Carson Hedrick to honor his late father, Steven, a longtime cycling staple of the SoCal scene. Walking through their booth, I noticed the distinct lack of variation, which was intentional. They want to build one bike for a category and they want it to be the best. The pictures here don’t quite do it justice – the unique angles and tube shapes are eye-catching without being obnoxiously different for different’s sake. And each bend, curve and turn serves a purpose.

Made in Taiwan, the frames are 100% designed by Hedrick and are their own. Carson told us: “We take a lot of time and pride in the designs that we release. For the current Version4 (our flagship model) we wanted to produce a truly all-around road bike. We have built in aero features, such as proprietary tube shapes and hidden brakes.”

After the frames are made, they head to CA for paint and assembly. Here’s how it all comes together…

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First Impressions & Actual Weights: Recon’s 161g Titanium 11-Speed Road Cassette

Recon Titanium road bike cassette actual weight and early review

After testing the 120g alloy Recon race day cassette, we sent the link to Fair Wheel Bikes, not quite sure how they’d take it. After all, I snapped more than one tooth off that one and relegated it to use on the trainer. Fortunately, they appreciated the honesty and said it sounded about right, then offered up the more durable titanium version for review.

And here we are. Also made by Recon, the 6AL/4V titanium model uses two 3-cog clusters on the big end of the cassette -the largest of which sits on an alloy carrier- followed by individual cogs and spacer rings for the remainder. The 11-tooth cog is made from steel. It’s available in silver and gold, and the price is a whopping $320.

Here’s how that compares to SRAM, Shimano and Campy…

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Kinetic Announces New Consumer Website with 30 Days of inRide Contest

Kinetic inride appKnown for their bright green trainers, Kinetic is beefing up the digital side of their business with an all new consumer website and redeveloped inRide App. Designed to help consumers get the most from their trainers or find the right model to fit their needs, the new page makes it easier to find product info, technical documents, training advice, videos and more.

Also on the electronic side, the company has revamped their inRide power-meter application designed to work with any of their trainers. The system includes bluetooth sensors for speed and cadence as well as heart rate which communicate through the improved app for iOS devices.

As a way to get the word out about their new website and reworked inRide app, Kinetic is running the 30 Days of inRide contest where they will give away an inRide bundle every day for 30 days. Follow the instruction here and correctly answer the questions for your chance to win.

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Lizard Skins Announces New Colors of DSP Bar Tape

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Lizard Skins has announced 5 new colors in their DSP handlebar tape line.  DSP, standing for “Durasoft Polymer”, is a grippy, yet soft bar tape that we reviewed in the 2.5mm thickness. The company had one of the most unique marketing approaches I have seen, wrapping all of the door handles of the Eurobike venue for the past several years, so I can attest, it feels pretty grippy.

The tape is available in 2 thicknesses, 2.5mm and 3.2mm, and one pretty cool feature is that in the 2.5mm thickness, you can select a dual-color transition that has one color below the hoods, and a different color above the hoods. In the 2.5mm thickness, the new colors are Neon Yellow, Brown and Cobalt Blue, in 3,2mm the new color is Green, and in dual-color, there is Black and Neon Yellow.

Just In: Bontrager Affinity Elite TLR Road/CX Disc Wheels & CX0 and CX3 Tubeless Tires

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Bontrager’s Affinity Elite TLR wheel set is listed as Road disc, but this time of year for us that means they double as a cyclocross wheelset. Bontrager seems to think so to as the wheels were shipped with their new tubeless CX0 and CX3 cyclocross tires.

A lot has changed in the world of cyclocross technology recently which means buying a new wheel set can be a tricky proposition if you want them to have any chance of being future proof. Fortunately the Affinity wheels are a versatile design that are equally at home on your bike or in the pits…

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EB14: Ashima Goes Both Ways w/ New PCD Mech-to-Hydraulic Disc Brake Caliper

Ashima PCD Power Cable Dual mechanical to hydraulic disc brake caliper

Like TRP’s progression from the Parabox to HYRD, the new Ashima PCD looks like a much, much better mechanical-to-hydraulic disc brake conversion than the Hydromech they showed off last year.

The caliper body is forged and CNC’d from aluminum and uses a side-mounted piston to push mineral oil behind pads on either side of the rotor. The lever plunging the piston into the master cylinder is pulled by cable, allowing it to retrofit to any standard brake lever. They’re recommending it’s use with a minimum size of 160mm rotors, but rating it for road, cyclocross and XC mountain biking. Stop in past the break for details and pics…

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EB14: A-Class Adds Disc Brake Road, Cyclocross Options & Wide New Antic MTB Wheels

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A-Class, which is the upscale complete wheel side of Alex Rims’ business, had something new for road, cyclocross and mountain bikes, each aimed at satisfying the latest trends.

The Graph50 is a 24mm wide (17.6mm inside) and 50mm deep full carbon clincher laced to disc brake hubs. Weight is 1460g for the set, available with standard quick release axles only.

The new CXD4 disc brake cyclocross wheelset gets a sleeved, offset rim to even out spoke tension. Stainless steel spoke eyelets on the rim keep it strong and allow the nipples to seat easily and without binding. The front wheel comes with end caps for either 9mm QR or 15mm thru axle. Rear is QR only. It’s tubeless ready, with a shelf built into the bed’s profile to support tubeless tires properly. Rims are 24mm wide (19mm internal), 23mm deep and the set comes in at a claimed 1536g, almost 200g lighter than the original CXD5. The weight savings comes mainly from the rim – the CXD5 uses a pinned rim without the Equalizer asymmetric profile.

More pics and details below, plus a look at their very, VERY wide new Antic gravity mountain bike wheels…

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EB14: Rotwild Brings Schley’s Shredder to Life, Make Race Bikes Lighter & Show AMG Team Road Bike

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Spotted in prototype form this summer at the bike park, Richie Schley’s new 200mm gravity bike is not so much for downhill as it is for him to crush trails in Whistler.

They finished up testing this summer and, thanks to a killer response from riders after seeing it in prototype form and Schley himself, made the commitment to go into production. It’s designed with a low BB, low standover and a short rear end (440mm chain stays) so he could whip it in the air. Goal was to give it the bigger roll over capabilities of 27.5″ but keep it as nimble as a 26″ bike.

More details on this, plus the revised team 29er FS and hardtail bikes, the road bikes they train on and *gasp* e-bikes, below…

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IB14: Alex Widens Rim Collection to Include Fat Bikes, 29+, Even 36″?

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Alex Rims are a pretty good barometer of what is happening in the industry. The rims are often used as standard equipment on complete bikes so they seem to produce rims that are in demand at prices that help keep the cost of complete bikes low. If the addition of new models like the Blizzerk and MD50 suggest that fat bikes and 29+ have really hit the mainstream, what does that say about their new 36″ rim the MD25?

Details next…

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