Posts in the category Road Bike

Trek Emonda Now on Project One – Build a Budget SLR

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With the introduction of the new Trek Emonda, you knew this was coming eventually – Emondas are now available through Project One. As with other bikes offered through Project One, the made-in-Wisconsin Emonda SLR, Emonda SLR WSD, and Emonda SLR Team Editions will now include the option of customized components at no charge to the consumer other than upgrade costs. No, you won’t be able to chose the exotic Tune components that gave the Emonda SLR 10 the title of lightest production bike in the world, but you will be able to choose components and paint. Finish options include the U5 Vapor coat which forgoes decals and is said to add less than 5g to the frame, and the Vapor Coat Color – a slightly cheaper vapor coat that provides an option for a solid color, no decals, and minimal logos.

Project One also sees paint and parts availability expanding across the board with new paint schemes for the Domane 6 Series, Sped Concept 7, and 9 series, and new products like the Bontrager XXX integrated bar/stem now available.

Of course, Project One allows you to downgrade a bike as well as upgrade. It’s always interesting to see just how cheap you can get the high end frames. See how low the Emonda SLR will go after the break…

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Pop Quiz: Name That Roadie

In celebration of their recently released Global Cycling Network Kit, GCN is giving away a set to a lucky winner who guesses at least five of the ten riders being impersonated in this video and subscribes to their network. To enter the competition go here.

Shredits: Mont Sainte Anne Course Preview w/ Claudio, Troy Brosnan Challenges Fun, Mavic Preps Epic Ride Thru Alps & More!

We are always both amused by Claudio Caluori’s course previews, and amazed that he is able to communicate all of the course’s nuances while pinning it faster than most could hope. The Mont Sainte Anne preview is no different and in spite of crashing in the same exact location as last year, Claudio was clearly having fun on his bike.

Continue on for Fun is a three letter word, a 1000 km ride through the Dolomites, This is Peaty, and more…

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Long Term Review: Festka Zero Chrome Lugged Carbon Road Bike

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Having grown out of their crowd funded Project 200 18 months ago, Festka has continued to refine their top performing lugged carbon race bike into the Zero Chrome we’ve had the chance to test throughout this spring and summer. Now with over four months on the bike mixed in with another very different carbon test bike, I’ve come to learn a thing or two about the road racer. So after riding more than 1000km on the Zero, on everything from road to trail, I’m ready to report back my thoughts.

Roll past the jump for the full in-depth review…

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Trek Introduces Domane Koppenberg to Race Shop Limited Collection

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Storming up the cobbles of the Koppenberg it would be easy to mistake Trek’s latest creation as the Classics Edition Domane. The Domane technology we know and love is the same, but the geometry is what’s new, offering Emonda like handling with the Domane Ride. Already ridden to victory by Fabian Cancellara during the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen, the Domane Koppenberg has gone on to a number of additional wins under Trek Factory Racing team members. Koppenberg victories to date include the New Zealand National Championship (Hayden Roulston), Tour of Luxembourg prologue (Danny van Poppel), Stage 1 Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen (Danny van Poppel), Stage 3 Tour de San Luis (Giacomo Nizzolo), and Stage 5 of the Österreich Rundfahrt (Jesse Sergent).

Called the “best bike I’ve ever ridden,” by Cancellara, the Domane Koppenberg will be added to the other limited offerings in the Trek Race Shop collection. Available as a frame only, the bike will be sold in extremely limited sizes with a single paint option. Details next…

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Flying Machine Sharpens 3D Printing, Offers F-One-HD with Invisible Titanium Lugs

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As one of the few companies 3D printing titanium for more than just small components or dropouts, Flying Machine kicked things off with their original 3DP-F1. Using 3D printed titanium lugs, frames were created by bonding the resulting shapes to 3AL-2.5V titanium tubing. In addition to quickly creating titanium frames, the design also allowed for frame with fully custom geometry to be created with super short lead times.

Improving on their original design, the new F-One-HD takes the concept of 3D printed Ti lugs to the next level. Instead of visible external lugs, the new frame uses “invisible” lugs that connect with seamless Ti tubing for a more modern look. The new frames still include the made to measure custom geometry and are offered in both rim and disc brake models.

Details next…

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Exclusive Hands-on Review of the new Verve Infocrank Power Meter

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As we introduced them to you this spring, Verve Cycling is now delivering the production version of their new power metering crankset, the Infocrank. The power meter can now be ordered online, and is shipped consumer-direct from either their EU, US, or Oceania distribution hubs. Then through a network of worldwide Affiliates, they can work with you to make sure you take full advantage of the power meter’s training capabilities.

Having recently finished final beta testing and now been delivered to early supporters, we had the unique opportunity to borrow a set of the power metering cranks directly from Verve Cycling’s president for just over a week to see what customers could expect. Bryan Taylor lent us his personal Cervélo R3 with the Infocrank installed while he was traveling on business, giving us a chance to go through the new setup process with the included O_synce Navi2coach GPS computer, as well as to pair it with a standard Garmin Edge computer. We tested out the cranks on a few regular mid-length group and solo road rides, as well as giving it a go on some gravel, and even a bout on the indoor trainer. The goal was less about testing the accuracy of the power meter (a point where Verve seems to excel, btw) and more about how a rider might set up and actually use the Infocrank.

Come past the break for the full details and real world weights.

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Luxury Collaboration between Berluti and Victoire Cycles

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Just when I thought that I couldn’t afford the newest superbikes to come out of this year’s trade shows, I’m reminded that there are plenty of classically designed luxury brand bikes that I can’t afford either. It is always dangerous when a company says “Price on Request”, but it’s not too surprising when the collaboration is between French boutique shoe and leather marque Berluti (a subsidiary of Louis Vuitton) and beautiful French custom frame and component makers Victoire Cycles. The finishing is certainly nice, and it actually gives us a peek at a great looking frame builder.

Come past the break for more photos, what’s included in the don’t ask price, and how much a real frame costs…

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Found: Limited Edition Ciamillo Aged Ti Micro GSL Road Bike Brakes

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Looking for something ridiculously light, ridiculously powerful and ridiculously limited?

These 2015 Ciamillo GSL Micro get a limited edition “aged ti” finish and certainly meet the above requirements. To be clear, they’re not made of titanium, just finished with a titanium colored anodization. Only five sets are being made, and you’ve gotta email them to order. Retail is $329 and they’re ready to ship, first come, first served. They’re the new design, featuring the quick adjustment cam that eases set up a bit and makes wheel swaps and rim width changes much quicker. They come with the black hardware and, without pads, weigh in at a claimed 155g for the pair.

From the looks of it, they should match up nicely with the dark polished gray of modern SRAM Force and upper end Shimano groups, helping you drop 100g or more without altering the aesthetic too much. Retail is $329/set. That’s a bit more than the standard black or red, but less than the White versions.