EB16: BH drop details on new disc brake Ultralight EVO Disc road bike

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We got a preview on the lightweight road bike’s move to disc brakes back in July, but now having sat down with BH at Eurobike we have some more tasty details on the new bike. Developed as an update to the light mountain climbing road racer ridden by their Pro Conti Direct Énergie team, BH made the bold move to phase out the rim brake Ultralight EVO. That bike had been available at two separate frame levels, but will now carry on at the lower non-EVO level. The top-level carbon fiber and tube shaping technology will only be offered on the disc brake version of the Ultralight EVO Disc, much like BH did with the latest iteration of their G7 Disc aero road bike. BH is certainly making a statement of their position on road disc brakes and, as a team sponsor, on their place in the peloton. Take a close look and specs and pricing below the fold…

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We got a preview on the lightweight road bike’s move to disc brakes back in July, but now having sat down with BH at Eurobike we have some more tasty details on the new bike. Developed as an update to the light mountain climbing road racer ridden by their Pro Conti Direct Énergie team, BH made the […]

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EB16: AX Lightness teases VIAL evo Gravel prototype, plus news on the XC, road, wheels & saddles…

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Just a few weeks before Eurobike we got a sneak peek at the new lightweight cross country racer from AX Lightness – the Vial Evo XC hardtail with its 870g frame.  Now the superlight carbon craftsmen at AX have finally let more details loose on a bike that we’ve know they were developing for sometime. The new Vial Evo Gravel aims to blend the trail performance of the XC with the speed and weight savings of their Ultra road bike. Coming in between but able to tackle any terrain, AX has set their goal of building the first complete production gravel bike under the 6.8kg UCI, and it seems they have hot that mark, even with up to 2.1″ tires. Take a closer look after the break as we get up close and personal with the new bike. At the same time we get another focused look at the XC bike, and how AX has simplified their frame and wheel lineups, and revamped a couple of crazy light saddles for more comfort…

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Just a few weeks before Eurobike we got a sneak peek at the new lightweight cross country racer from AX Lightness – the Vial Evo XC hardtail with its 870g frame.  Now the superlight carbon craftsmen at AX have finally let more details loose on a bike that we’ve know they were developing for sometime. The […]

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Rawland unpacks the Ravn & Ulv bikes for adventure-loaded gravel exploration

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The new Rawland Ravn is a triple-butted steel drop bar bike that’ll fit anything from 26″ mountain bike tires up to 700×44, giving you every practical option under the sun for heading off the beaten path. And with rack, fender and accessory mounts, you can take everything you need to stay out there a while.

Its geometry is designed to let you ride fast over mixed surfaces, even when carrying a load, or just whip through traffic using it as a super commuter. Larger 650b x 58mm (2.25″) tires (or 42mm/1.65″ with fenders) give it floatation over rocks or potholes. Thru axles front and rear keep it stiff where it needs to be, but the steel frame helps make it lively. They’re calling it an “all-road enduro” bike that’s perfect for singletrack, rando, touring, gravel, bike packing and adventure. ‘Nuff said.

Unless you wanna go bigger…

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The new Rawland Ravn is a triple-butted steel drop bar bike that’ll fit anything from 26″ mountain bike tires up to 700×44, giving you every practical option under the sun for heading off the beaten path. And with rack, fender and accessory mounts, you can take everything you need to stay out there a while. […]

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Hunt debuts 30Carbon Aero Disc, new 1338g disc brake, tubeless carbon clinchers & more…

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Hunt actually has three new disc brake carbon wheelsets that they have just announced and opened up for pre-order, two for road riding and one for gravel. The lightest is the 30Carbon Aero Disc, then comes the 50Carbon Aero Disc at just 100g heavier. The third, the 30Carbon Gravel Disc shares the same rim profile as the lightest version but gets a few more spokes and a hubset more up to the wet and muddy riding you’ll find on a gravel adventure. All three use hookless carbon rims designed by Hunt, and are all tubeless ready. Built with the same durable components as their other wheels, Hunt develops their wheels to offer a lot of durability and value that they can pass directly onto riders. Check out the full details, pricing and delivery dates after the jump…

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Hunt actually has three new disc brake carbon wheelsets that they have just announced and opened up for pre-order, two for road riding and one for gravel. The lightest is the 30Carbon Aero Disc, then comes the 50Carbon Aero Disc at just 100g heavier. The third, the 30Carbon Gravel Disc shares the same rim profile as the lightest version […]

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Cervélo thinks their new aero disc brake S3 Disc will be a workhorse racer

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Cervélo says that they wait to introduce a new bike until they can see really significant performance gains to be made. So they had been working and working on bringing disc brakes to their World Championship winning S3. And now they are ready; the new S3 Disc is said to surpass the current rim-brake aero bike in both overall stiffness and a bit surprisingly aerodynamics. Building on the lightweight tech they grew out of their Project California shop, Cervélo sees the disc brake S3 Disc developing as their new everyday workhorse race bike, and they expect to see it put riders on the podium, as soon as the UCI will allow…
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Cervélo says that they wait to introduce a new bike until they can see really significant performance gains to be made. So they had been working and working on bringing disc brakes to their World Championship winning S3. And now they are ready; the new S3 Disc is said to surpass the current rim-brake aero […]

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EB16: Ridley rolls out lighter, stiffer Helium SLX and Fenix SL Disc & more…

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Ridley has taken their top Pro Tour mountain climber – the Helium SL – and given it a thorough reworking to build an all around better race bike. The new Helium SLX (and companion Aura SLX) get new tubing shapes, a more refined layup with higher modulus carbon, and a new fork that together promises improved stiffness and handling, while subtly trimming weight off the frameset. Some of the same updates even make it into the revision of the more affordable, but still <900g Helium/Aura X. We took a look last week at the new range of premium women’s road bikes that Ridley introduced, and touched on the tech of the new Helium family.

In Ridley’s endurance road range a new SL version of the Fenix/Liz gets a lighter disc brake frame. And then on the cross and gravel side, it seems Ridley is also poised to offer a Lauf fork option on their do-it-all carbon X-Trail…

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Ridley has taken their top Pro Tour mountain climber – the Helium SL – and given it a thorough reworking to build an all around better race bike. The new Helium SLX (and companion Aura SLX) get new tubing shapes, a more refined layup with higher modulus carbon, and a new fork that together promises improved stiffness and […]

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Htech’s new SCR technology blends wood and carbon fiber for a comfortable but sporty ride

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Just a few months ago Bikerumor checked out Htech’s wood-framed Aeriform endurance road bike, but it looks like the company has something new up its sleeve already. While they initially touted their all-wood ONEFRAME monocoque construction, Htech has since decided their frames would be better with some carbon in the mix.

The company says wooden bikes are typically thought to be heavy, flexy and weak but they seek to change that mindset. By introducing carbon fiber pieces to the structure, they claim to have achieved a difficult balance of creating a strong, stiff frame that provides unmatched ride comfort.

SCR is Htech’s moniker for their new Selective Carbon Reinforcement technology. All Aeriform and Aeriform Disc frames will now be built with the carbon reinforcements, which we’ll explain in more detail below…
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Just a few months ago Bikerumor checked out Htech’s wood-framed Aeriform endurance road bike, but it looks like the company has something new up its sleeve already. While they initially touted their all-wood ONEFRAME monocoque construction, Htech has since decided their frames would be better with some carbon in the mix. The company says wooden […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Climbing Mt. Hood in Oregon

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Christopher Clancy sent in this photo at the top of his road climb up Oregon’s Mount Hood, and noted that after “4500 feet of shaded climbing, it was nice to reach the top and be in direct sunlight”. The bike he’s riding is a custom welded steel frame from the bike builders at Deep South Bicycle Company in Atlanta, GA.

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Christopher Clancy sent in this photo at the top of his road climb up Oregon’s Mount Hood, and noted that after “4500 feet of shaded climbing, it was nice to reach the top and be in direct sunlight”. The bike he’s riding is a custom welded steel frame from the bike builders at Deep South Bicycle […]

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EB16: Rotor expands oval Qarbon Q-rings & teases noQ 46/30 one-piece Spidering for gravel grinding

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Rotor calls their top level elliptical chainrings Qarbon, as an impossible to pronounce contraction of Q-ring and carbon fiber. Basically they are just the same ovalized ring shape and tooth profiles, but incorporating a solid carbon outer plate that both improves stiffness by about 20% while making them more slippery in the wind. Since the non-round rings typically lead to a bit more finicky front derailleur setup, the improved stiffness is a big deal for competitive riders looking for the benefits of the improved pedaling and power output efficiency. Well by popular demand (both from sponsored riders and customers), Rotor has expanded the Qarbon line-up to include offerings to fit Shimano’s newer generation of 4-bolt cranks, as well as noQ (ie. round) rings that get the same stiffness and aero benefits.

Then at an entirely different speed of travel, Rotor has taken advantage of their in-house aluminum machining capabilities to develop a gravel-specific, low-geared, one-piece double chainring. Not limited by the typical compact 110 bolt circle diameter, the forthcoming Spidering will be a direct mount option to their cranksets giving a hill-climbing 46/30 tooth gear combo. Take a closer look below the fold…

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Rotor calls their top level elliptical chainrings Qarbon, as an impossible to pronounce contraction of Q-ring and carbon fiber. Basically they are just the same ovalized ring shape and tooth profiles, but incorporating a solid carbon outer plate that both improves stiffness by about 20% while making them more slippery in the wind. Since the non-round rings […]

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