Up for any road, any distance, Canyon debuts disc-only Endurance CF SLX

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Canyon already has a pretty deep range of all-day riding road bikes in its Endurace stable, but now are stepping it up by bringing the premium frame tech from their pro team race bikes over to these everyman endurance rides. The existing Endurace line focuses on those of us cyclists who don’t really want to sacrifice a comfortable ride, but at the same time want a bike that we feel like we can race, even if it is just racing our riding buddies to the next city limits sign.

It’s no mistake to find the ‘race’ name in these bikes. Even if we are really just weekend warriors, everybody wants to ride a bike that make them feels fast. Canyon recognizes that, and these are the kinds of road bikes that most of us would probably ride. After 100km+ on a comfortable endurance bike, we still want (or maybe even we need more) a bike that feels like it jumps up those last hills. The Endurace CF SLX takes carbon fiber tuning that next step, merging comfort and race performance, so that at the end of those long rides we still have fresher legs and can hammer the late climbs, pin it through that last twisty descent, and sprint for the line as we roll back home…

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Canyon already has a pretty deep range of all-day riding road bikes in its Endurace stable, but now are stepping it up by bringing the premium frame tech from their pro team race bikes over to these everyman endurance rides. The existing Endurace line focuses on those of us cyclists who don’t really want to sacrifice a […]

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8bar dazzles with their Rookie team edition FHAIN fixed crit bike

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The second generation FHAIN from 8bar is maybe their most cherished bike. The simply light and stiff aluminum fixed-gear frameset is one of their best sellers and delivers a lot of bang for your buck (or rather bang for your Euro.) It also routinely gets built in to city riding and commuting fixies, just as much as it gets turned into proper fixed-gear crit racers that take on the burgeoning international race scene. Now in honor of their amateur race team started last year, a limited 8bar Rookies edition of the Fhain v2 is available to everyone who wants to stand out on a first come, first served basis in the team razzle dazzle paint job…

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The second generation FHAIN from 8bar is maybe their most cherished bike. The simply light and stiff aluminum fixed-gear frameset is one of their best sellers and delivers a lot of bang for your buck (or rather bang for your Euro.) It also routinely gets built in to city riding and commuting fixies, just as much as […]

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Week in Review: SRAM eTap Hydro, hacked Di2 MTB install, sweet new bikes & more!

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This past week we saw new bikes from several smaller brands, like SE Bikes and Rodeo Labs, plus a couple of hacks showing off an ultra clean Di2 mountain bike install and hydraulic shifting for Rohloff hubs. And speaking of hydraulics, SRAM went ahead and formally announced eTAP with Hydro disc brakes! As usual, tons of great stuff, all wrapped up in a tidy list of links below. Happy weekend reading!!!

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This past week we saw new bikes from several smaller brands, like SE Bikes and Rodeo Labs, plus a couple of hacks showing off an ultra clean Di2 mountain bike install and hydraulic shifting for Rohloff hubs. And speaking of hydraulics, SRAM went ahead and formally announced eTAP with Hydro disc brakes! As usual, tons […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Gadgets & Hacks, Gravel Bikes, Industry News, Mountain Bike, Reader's Rides, Road Bike1 Comment

THM Carbones to join 3T Cycling in mutually beneficial buyout

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Just this morning 3T Cycling announced that they are in the process of buying out THM Carbones, bringing the boutique carbon maker under the 3T umbrella. The partnership is meant to bolster 3T’s high-end carbon capabilities, and at the same time give more sales and distribution support to THM.

While 3T has been innovating for more than 50 years from the first set of aero bars to modern wheels, their product focus has often been on aerodynamics and all-around rideability. That has meant at times not getting too caught up in weights, but also in making products that riders could afford. THM on the other hand seemed to lean toward a no-holds-barred approach to trimming weight and boosting stiffness where money was almost no object. Together they both have expertise to share, and the partnership has interesting implications…

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Just this morning 3T Cycling announced that they are in the process of buying out THM Carbones, bringing the boutique carbon maker under the 3T umbrella. The partnership is meant to bolster 3T’s high-end carbon capabilities, and at the same time give more sales and distribution support to THM. While 3T has been innovating for […]

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Atop new Trail Donkey 2.0, Rodeo Labs packs in cyclocross, gravel… & MTB?

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Rodeo Labs as a company is a bit hard to pin down. It seems like it started more of a riding club, and has grown into something much more. Along the way the folks who made up Rodeo spread around the world as a club team and developed riding kits to declare their unity. But they also realized that many of the members where looking for one bike to ride it all. The goal wasn’t really to make a better road bike, a better cyclocross bike, and a better mountain bike all rolled into one, but rather to build a bike that could stand up to riding on any road or trail surface. That bike was born as the first generation Trail Monkey, which was essentially a slightly altered open-mold carbon frame, but they’ve come a long way since then.

Over the last two years (and through a sliding dropout steel bike along the way – the Flaanimal) Rodeo Labs has devoted a lot of time and design effort into developing their own unique bike, that took everything that they learned on that first project and turned it up a notch. The newest iteration, the Trail Donkey 2.0, picks up where they left off with a all-new frame and custom fork truly designed from scratch to take on any surface. The new bike is available for pre-order now with deliveries happening very soon. Rope in the details after the jump…

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Rodeo Labs as a company is a bit hard to pin down. It seems like it started more of a riding club, and has grown into something much more. Along the way the folks who made up Rodeo spread around the world as a club team and developed riding kits to declare their unity. But they […]

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Long Term Review: Trek Émonda SLR 8

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When Trek first introduced the Émonda back in 2014, it was sort of a surprising addition. Seeming to compete directly with the Madone, the biggest difference was that Trek’s new lightweight lacked the aerodynamic touches of its sibling. Now with the most modern iteration of the Madone, we know that Trek was already working on creating a modern superbike, but at the time it seemed like the two bikes were competing for similar buyers.

Launched with the lofty SLR 10 which at the time made claims to the lightest production bike available, the Émonda line was promising for anyone looking for a simple, light weight ride that did a lot of things well. After quite a bit of time on the bike (including almost equal time off due to injury), the Émonda seems to make good on that promise of simple, brutal speed…

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When Trek first introduced the Émonda back in 2014, it was sort of a surprising addition. Seeming to compete directly with the Madone, the biggest difference was that Trek’s new lightweight lacked the aerodynamic touches of its sibling. Now with the most modern iteration of the Madone, we know that Trek was already working on creating […]

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BBinfinite boosts your speed with new Delrin/Ceramic road derailleur pulleys

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As we walk the pits at some of the largest races in the world, one of the most impressive things about the pro’s road bikes isn’t the new tech or next-model-year frames. It’s the complete and utter lack of friction or drag in their drivetrains. Sure, they have mechanics to clean and lube everything nightly, but at the heart of it all are a complete ensemble of premium rolling stock on anything that rotates.

Now, BBinfinite has two of the four covered…wheels and pedals being the exception. We’ve shown you and reviewed their one-piece bottom brackets, which ensure perfect alignment between left and right bearings to completely eliminate any binding. They’re amazing, and worth checking out as a first step. The second product are these new Delrin road derailleur pulley wheels, which pair the low friction composite material with CeramiTech hybrid ceramic bearings for what they claim is a noticeable gain in speed…

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As we walk the pits at some of the largest races in the world, one of the most impressive things about the pro’s road bikes isn’t the new tech or next-model-year frames. It’s the complete and utter lack of friction or drag in their drivetrains. Sure, they have mechanics to clean and lube everything nightly, […]

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Women riding in style: Hit the road with SOAS & Velocio, or cruise the city with Chance of Rain

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Choice in proper performance clothing for women riders and racers seems to be growing rapidly these days. At the same time we’ve seen bigger cycling brands focus more top-end development on the women’s side, but there also have been a number of companies catering just only women and growing their cycling offerings. SOAS is a good example of the latter. They had made a name for themselves with women-specific endurance clothing mostly geared toward triathletes. That logically included some appeal to riders, but this spring they are finally rolling out a complete line dedicated to cycling. Velocio on the other hand develops products for both men and women cyclists in striking designs. They do seem to focus their efforts quite evenly on both men and women, and their new premium ES collection is a good example of that. Then we’ll finish this round-up off with a small new cross-over brand from Berlin. Chance of Rain is more of a boutique fashion label introducing a couple of premiem jackets for urban riding that mix functional fabrics and designs with a classic, elegant style. Take a closer look at each below the fold…

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Choice in proper performance clothing for women riders and racers seems to be growing rapidly these days. At the same time we’ve seen bigger cycling brands focus more top-end development on the women’s side, but there also have been a number of companies catering just only women and growing their cycling offerings. SOAS is a good […]

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Kogel Bearings rethinks BB86/BB92 to 30mm conversions, plus win a BB to celebrate Amanda Panda’s DK200!

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It seems like everyone’s moving to 30mm spindles. With many of the smaller crank makers already offering 30mm spindles to fit in a multitude of frames, we’ve even heard rumors of the biggest two considering the larger option. While the 30mm spindles can technically fit in just about every bottom bracket shell, it doesn’t mean that all bottom brackets are created equal.

Ever since 30mm crank spindles started to get more popular, Kogel bearings has fielded requests from customers looking for a better way to cram it into a BB86/BB92 bottom bracket shell. Finding most current options either using extremely thin bearings or eliminating the cup completely, Kogel wanted an option that was more durable. Let’s face it, no one loves a creaky bottom bracket.

For Kogel that meant redesigning the bearing races so that they were small enough to allow for the same size ball bearing as they use in their BB30 bottom bracket. Of equal importance was the ability to fit their Cross seals to make sure those larger bearings stayed clean in a variety of conditions. Thinking that they’ve found the answer to BB86/BB92 to 30mm needs, the new ceramic bottom brackets are now available through their dealers and web store for $189.99 with either Road or Cross seals.

To celebrate, they are giving away a BB86-30 (or any other bottom bracket they make) in celebration of the upcoming DK200…

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It seems like everyone’s moving to 30mm spindles. With many of the smaller crank makers already offering 30mm spindles to fit in a multitude of frames, we’ve even heard rumors of the biggest two considering the larger option. While the 30mm spindles can technically fit in just about every bottom bracket shell, it doesn’t mean […]

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