Posts in the category Road Bike

Stage Race to Offer Custom GT Edition Scapin Ivor, Plus 2015 Ceepo Line

Scapin Ceepo Stage Race ivor etika mamba viper 2015 (5)

Ever ridden a production bike and wished you could just make a few tweaks that you felt would make it the perfect bike? Stage Race has. When you work closely with a bike company both distributing and selling their product, sometimes you have the opportunity to voice those desires and in the case of the Scapin Ivor, the result is the new GT Edition.

The crew at Stage Race loves fast bikes, but they are also fans of slightly larger tires and a bit more relaxed geometry. Situated as the high end bike in the Scapin line up, the Ivor previously offered only race ready geometry and fairly tight tire clearance. The new GT model provides a new option for the Italian carbon marque along side the standard and full custom options…

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Bike Check: 333Fab Owner Max Kullaway’s Personal Road Bike

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Seattle based 333Fab is operated by Max Kullaway, a fabricator with over twenty years of experience building high end frames for brands ranging from Merlin to Seven. By day, he welds classic road frames for Hampsten Cycles, but has been building race oriented frames under his own brand, 333Fab, since 2007.

I recently had the opportunity to tour the Hampsten Cycles shop (full photo story here), and also stopped to snap a few pictures of Max’s stunning bike. Check out all the beautiful details after the break…

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EB14: Koga Unveils Road Disc & 40th Anniversary Kimera Road Pro – Plus Amazing Original Shimano Dura-Ace Retro Builds!

2015 Koga Solacio Disc Brake Road Bike

For 2015, the Koga Solacio road bike will get a hydraulic disc brake model. It’s the one they’ve used to tease their new flat mounts with, and it’s finished off with the new Mavic Aksium disc brake wheels, an Ultegra compact group and Vredestein Fortrezza Duo Comp 25mm tires.

The bike is laid out for endurance racing, combining a lightweight frame with slightly relaxed geometry. All the usual modern standards are here: PFBB30 and tapered headtube, plus a chainsuck preventer behind the cranks.

Even more impressive was the collection of anniversary road bikes leading up to the all-new 40th anniversary Kimera Road Pro. The oldest, a Miyata Road Pro raced in 1981, was decked out with original first generation Dura-Ace, a group that had far more parts to it then than the modern iteration does. In between was a 25th anniversary build, all fitting neatly together since Koga (’74) and Shimano Dura-Ace (’73) almost share a birth year…

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Factory Tour: Seattle Based Hampsten Cycles Builds Steel, Ti, And Now Carbon

hampsten cycles fabrication shop

While Oregon seems to be mecca for custom frame building, there is no shortage of exemplary builders located throughout out the North West. For those in Seattle, one of the best options is Hampsten Cycles. Over the fifteen years they’ve been in business, their frame construction has been subcontracted out to various industry luminaries including Kent Eriksen, Parlee, and Moots, but they’ve recently brought everything under one roof.

Today, all Hampsten Cycle frames are built in house by Max Kullaway, who has welded thousands of frames for high profile builders including Merlin and Seven Cycles, and fabricates his own bikes under the name 333Fab

During a recent trip through the PNW, I stopped by their small workshop to get a closer look at some of the beautiful bikes Hamspten cycles produces from a two car garage in a quiet residential neighborhood in Northern Seattle.

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IB14: Garmin Vector Pedals Now Measure Cleat Pressure Offset & More, Plus New Connected Forerunner 920XT

Garmin Vector power meter pedals now measure power stroke and cleat pressure offset and time seated and standing

At Eurobike we saw the new single-sided Garmin Vector S power meter pedal option, which tweaked the left sensor’s system to send a doubled up signal to the head unit and approximate total power for both legs from a single meter at about half the price.

At Interbike, they showed us the new Cycling Dynamics updated for the Vector and their cycling computers. The new screen interprets data from the pedals in a new way, showing your Power Phase (how strong you are at each point in the crank’s rotation), compare time spent seated versus standing and see how your power is hitting the pedals with their Platform Center Offset reading.

All three metrics will appear on a single screen and show up in Garmin Connect upon syncing the device with your computer after the ride. A software update will be available later this year for both the pedals and Garmin’s head units to bring it all to life…

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IB14: Jamis Renegade Adventure Road Bike Breaks Outta Production, Plus New Women’s 650B Mountain Bikes!

2015 Jamis Renegade adventsure gravel road bike

Jamis’ Renegade adventure road bike goes beyond a single classification. It’s a fondo bike, endurance bike, gravel bike and commuter road bike all at once. It’s also looking like quite a high performance bike when called upon to hustle, too. Like when Tyler Wren took 3rd place in this year’s Crusher in the Tushars.

They introduced it this summer just before that event along with a healthy dose of info, but at Interbike we put it on the scale and got a few more details about production spec and builds. We’ve got plenty of pics and notes to share, and their new product video really puts it all into motion…

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Alchemy Introduces Ride DNA Semi-Custom “Stock” Frames, Updates Helios Disc Road Bike

Alchemy introduces Ride DNA semi-custom handmade carbon bicycle frames

The Alchemy Helios is just one of many models available as semi-custom.

High above the maelstrom of Interbike’s tradeshow floor, Alchemy Bicycles invited us to their suite to announce their new Ride DNA semi-custom frame program.

The program is one of the fruits of their growth efforts, which includes streamlined processes and expanded production capacity. It will include their Eros and Ben Serrotta inspired Aiolos titanium road bikes, and the carbon fiber Aithon, Balius, Helios and Xanthus. Geometry will be fixed, with frames offered in 52/54/56/58 for now, probably adding a 60 in the future.

The semi-custom aspect comes in the layup and options. Drop down menus on the Ride DNA shopping pages let you choose your desired drivetrain stiffness, steering precision and ride comfort on a scale from 1 to 5, with higher numbers being stiffer or sharper. The steering feel is accommodated through layup at the headtube junctions, not with changes to head angle. It sounds odd, but from our own experience we’ll confirm headtube area stiffness has a dramatic effect on steering speed and accuracy. The tradeoff is overall comfort and a twitchier ride for those not used to ultrastiff crit bikes.

You’ll also get to pick colors…

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New Multiplayer Online Cycling Game Zwift Revolutionizes Indoor Training

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Riding indoors sucks, but a new startup called Zwift is looking to change all that. The company has created a massive multiplayer online game which allows riders from around the world to meet and ride together in an immersive 3D world.

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IB14: Swobo Expands Bicycle Collection – New Gravel/Adventure, Mountain & Fat Bikes

2015 Swobo scofflaw steel cyclocross bike

Back in January, Swobo added step-through versions of their existing Fillmore and Novak city bikes. They followed up with the launch of an all new youth line called Farrier. Now, they’ve more than doubled the adult line with four new models covering a range of terrains.

If you’re looking for a do-it-all road bike that’s ready for gravel rides, cyclocross races and backroad adventures, the Scofflaw is the ticket. It’s built on a Reynolds 531 steel frame with tapered carbon fork and room for 700x42c tires. It comes complete as a singlespeed bike, making use of the Tange sliding dropouts, but will include extra dropouts with a derailleur mount if you wanna add gears later.

That drivetrain versatility is built into some of the other bikes, too, and all are worth a look…

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