Posts in the category Road Bike

Garmin Goes Big into Wearables, New Vivoactive Smartwatch, Fenix GPS Watch, Epix GPS Mapping Watch, more

garmin vivo wearable connect watch (4)

Television and films over the years have had some lofty expectations to what the future of tech would hold. From flying cars, to clothes made out of metal, most of the entertainment industry’s prophecy has failed to materialize. However, when it comes to your wrist – we are entering the realm of Dick Tracy and his two -way wrist radio.

I’m talking about the smart watch, of course. A gadget that couldn’t have existed without the rise of the smart phone. You may still be on the fence about wrist mounted technology, but thanks to Garmin there are a number of new options to consider. Starting with the new vívoactive, Garmin has a new touch screen smart watch that will appeal to a wide group of active individuals. Along with the vívoactive, Garmin has also introduced the new Fēnix 3 multisport GPS watch, epix rugged GPS mapping watch, and the new vívofit 2.

Whatever your activity or your style, Garmin has some very interesting options to wear your heart rate on your wrist, among other things…


Masi gets dirty w/ new CXGR gravel road bike, plus fresh Evoluzione paint & spec


Masi’s venturing into the gravel adventure road bike scene with the new CXGR, a double butted chromoly frame made to tackle the rough and tumble terrain we’re longing to see more of.

They’ve done cyclocross bikes in the past, and this one is closely based on those, except with spec aimed at longer, somewhat more relaxed rides exploring backroads and trails. To do that, the smaller size frames get slightly slacker head and seat angles and a bit more BB drop, and all sizes get 7mm longer chainstays. That gives the bikes a bit longer wheelbase for more stable handling compared to the racy nature of CX bikes. It’s also available in a wider variety of sizes ranging from 49cm up to 60cm. All come with their RS Cross carbon fork with 7075 alloy steerer.

The best part? The price puts it well within reach of the gravel curious…


Zipp updates Service Course stems, seatposts with new options, better usability (updated)


Zipp has just announced an all-new collection of Service Course stems and seatposts, with both technical refinements and more fit options. The changes spread across both the standard and SL levels and carry with them fresh graphics, too.

For the stems, shapes are refined from prior models, and it’s more than just aesthetics. They claim small improvements in both stiffness-to-weight ratios and overall weight. Also, MSRP prices are a bit lower, too, helping fit them onto more bikes and into more budgets.

Above, the new Service Course SL OS comes with an oversized steerer tube clamp section for 1-1/4″ steerers. That gives Giant and Canyon bike owners another cockpit option, but it also gives the majority of riders more angle options to fine tune their fit. On the 1-1/4″ steerer it’s fixed at +/- 6º. But, using the included shims and adapters, anyone with a normal 1-1/8″ steerer can now get +/- 4º, 6º or 8º angles.

UPDATED: Comparison to 2014 models added and small corrections made.

But that’s not the only new option…


Reader’s Rides: Sven Cycles 14lb Reynolds 953 Rocketship


Handbuilt in Weymouth Dorset, Sven Cycles creates dream rides from high-end steel. Owner Darron Sven built this black beauty for himself, fitting it in over time between customer’s builds.

Black paint with polished stainless stays, paired with black components from Campagnolo, EE Cycle Works and Fast Forward make it look stealthy.

Darron is a reader of, and like a proud papa, sent in some pictures of this new ride.  Jump past the break to see the glamour shots…


2016 Axle Standards, Part 2: Mountain bikes get 15×110 – Road gets 12mm thru axles

2016 front axle standards for mountain bike will be 15x110

Alongside the changes coming to rear wheels with the new Boost 148 standard, two new options will be offered up front in 2016: 15×110 for mountain bikes and 12×100 for road and cyclocross.

Starting with the new MTB standard, the goal here is much simpler. Where Boost 148 allows for a wide array of geometry and suspension benefits on top of the stiffer wheel platform, the front has just two missions: : Stiffer wheels and better tire clearance.

The current hub standard for mountain bikes is 100mm wide, so going to 110mm is a bigger overall change than the 6mm change in the rear. Presumably, that’ll benefit front wheel stiffness even more.

“15×110 can be taken almost as a parallel to the 148, it’s like Boost Front,” says Mike Gann, Niner’s COO. “If people are paranoid about wheel deflection and wheel stiffness, it’s going to make a larger format wheel (read: 29ers) feel different. And it seems like it’s really going to be pursued by a good chunk of the industry.”

The change also opens up tire clearance by about 0.4 inches. That’s the difference between shoehorning a 2.5 or almost a full 3.0 tire in the fork. That 3.0 figure, coincidentally, seems to be the poster boy for the upcoming “plus” sized wave of bikes, made much more possible thanks to these new axle standards…


Marin Smooths out Pavement Line for 2015, Offers More Tech, Better Value

Marin 2015 pavement bikes cortina fairfax lombard muirwoods (4)

Thinking of ditching your car for a bike in the New Year? Thanks to ever increasing bicycle infrastructure and the work of advocacy groups like People for Bikes, it’s becoming easier than ever to do so. Even if you don’t plan on completely giving up on your automobile, a dedicated city bike can make errands by bike a pleasure rather than a chore.

You could easily spend a fortune on a new bike, but for many riders looking to bicycles for transportation, value is as important as performance. Based on their Pavement line up for 2015, Marin seems to understand the concept as well as any manufacturer. Nearly everything in the Pavement line is new with fresh frames, improved spec, and better value. On various frames you’ll find internal cable routing, improved disc mounts, and more integrated accessories and accessory mounts than ever making it easier to just jump on and ride.

Commuter ready right out of the box, the Fairfax SC6 DLX is one of the more interesting bikes in the line up. Complete with a Shimano Alfine 11 speed internal gear hub, Gates Center Track belt drive, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes puncture resistant tires, the SC6 DLX adds commuting ease with a Super Nova E3 lighting system that receives power through the front dynamo hub. An integrated fender/rear Ractime Custom Integrated Match-It QL3 rack system makes rides in sloppy conditions a bit more pleasant, and the entire bike with all the accessories comes in under 30 lbs (28.28 lbs). As the top level Fairfax the price reflects that, but at $2399 complete, the bike is still a bargain.

That theme continues with the rest of the models after the break…


Hermes Sport be offerin’ limited edition Jamaica Teal hubs, mon!


Hermes Sport showed off their all new, proprietary hubs at Interbike, using a magnetic pawl mechanism, oversized axles and clever preload adjustment. They’re finished off with this gorgeously minimal shell. Now, to add a bit of flare, he’s starting a limited edition color program. First up is Jamaican Teal, and only 30 sets of this color are available. Black will remain a standard offering, too, and future colors could include fades or other random, unique hues.

SRAM Updates Road Trigger Shifters, The S-700 Goes to 11

s700 11 speed trigger shifters

Maybe you’re looking to give yourself a more upright position on your road bike. Perhaps, you’re hoping to upgrade the drive train on your hybrid. Whatever the reason, if you want to run flat bars with one of the new SRAM 22 eleven speed drivetrains you’re in luck. As the next logical step in the evolution of their flat bar shifters, the S-700s slate in above the 10 speed SL-700.

Relying on the same form factor as the current SRAM X-series mountain bike shifters, the S-700 is a two lever design. While it will shift with the same mechanics as the mountain bike line, the shifter uses the Road Exact-Actuation technology instead of the X-Actuation found on the mountain bikes. To build in the 11 speed compatibility, the S-700 front shifter is Yaw compatible which should bring excellent flat bar front shifting to the road world.

The shifters are limited to 2×11 drivetains which means no triples, though you can get fairly low with a SRAM WiFli set up. Also Matchmaker X compatible, the shifters will play nice with single clamp set ups if you plan on running SRAM hydraulic brakes. Available in February 2015, a pair will retail for $81 (€72, £62).

Pacenti Launches SL25 Disc Brake Specific, Tubeless Ready Rims

Pacenti SL25 disc brake rims for road bike cyclocross and gravel bikes

Kirk Pacenti is following up his SL23 with a new disc brake specific rim that’s a bit wider and tubeless ready, perfect for everything we’re fans of when it comes to skinny tires.

Compared to the SL23, there are a lot of changes that make it disc specific:

“We obviously don’t need any extra material in the brake track,” Kirk told us. “So we shifted that to the spoke bed since they’ll see higher loads with the disc brakes. And we opened up the internal width a little bit. It goes from 18mm to 20mm wide inside by reducing the hook width, which is thanks to not needing a brake track. So external width is the same.

“We also increased the depth of the bead well in the center to make them easier to set up. The only complaint we ever had with the SL23 was that it was hard to setup, so this makes it easier.”