Posts in the category Road Bike

BH Evolves Their Aero Road Bike with the New G7 Disc

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So we just teased this a few days ago, but now have the full details. BH Bikes today introduces the latest iteration of their G-series aero road bike with the new disc-brake G7 Disc. A big jump form the current G6 Pro that tucks a direct mount brake under the bottom bracket (and will carry over unchanged for next year), this new version adds flat mount discs taking pride in the increased safety of more consistent braking. But BH claims that with years of R&D in both computer analysis and in the wind tunnel, their main goal was to improve the aerodynamics of the bike even adding disc brakes.

Find out how they did after the jump…

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Zipp Updates Popular Vuka Alumina Aerobar Egonomics with New Extension Options

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A new update to Zipp’s most popular aluminum aerobar extension adds adjustability to get a more neutral wrist position for many riders, with new 70mm and 110mm rise options. The update claims reduction in drag and rider strain in the aero position with an end result of overall better aerodynamics and faster times. Higher positions offered by the new extensions let riders put their hands close together and closer to their head/body for a quicker/smoother transition of airflow to the rider. The new ergonomics were the result of a collaboration with several top bike fitters, and Zipp claims the new shape is supposed to make the rider feel like they are “shaking hands with the bar” for a more natural fit. A variable radius bend in the bar and 20mm of inward rotation can be rotated in the extensions to get that perfect comfy fit in the hands.

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Review: Rolf Prima Vigor Alpha Aero Alloy Wheelset

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Around these parts we are no stranger to Rolf Prima wheels.  Previously we’ve had the P-Town SS wheels, ECX tubulars, Ralos CXC mountain bike wheels, and carbon Ares 4 road disc wheels in for testing.  Each test has ended pretty much the same way, with sadness as we pack the wheels up and ship them back.  Spoiler alert, this review is ending the same way.

The Vigor Alpha wheelset from Rolf Prima sits atop their lineup of aero alloy clincher road wheelsets, joined by the Vigor Alpha Disc, Vigor, and Vigor RS.  Rolf Prima has set the bar high, claiming the Vigor Alpha as “the fastest alloy wheel on the market.”  Roll on through to get our opinion.

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Watteam universal crankarm power meter finally goes on sale, $499 for both sides

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First introduced more than a year ago, the Watteam power meter system was updated earlier this year to use a slimmer, rechargeable battery pack and transmitter with a shorter cable reaching to the stick-on strain gauge. Until now, though, they’ve only teased the promise of professional-grade left/right power measurement for just $499. Today, that promise gets a little closer to real – the product opens up for online registration to order, giving you first crack at actually placing an order on August 31.

Those who don’t register will have to wait until September 2nd to place an order and hoping there’s still inventory left. All pre-ordered units should ship by year’s end.

The version up for grabs is designed specifically for hollow alloy crank arms only, despite these promo pics they sent showing it on carbon. For the truly universally universal version that’ll work on both carbon and alloy cranks, you’ll have to wait a bit longer into 2016. More pics of the system below…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Why Oval Rings Help You Ride Better – The UK based manufacturer of durable, lightweight and beautiful bicycle parts, absoluteBLACK has recently produced a few videos to illustrate the benefits of oval rings. They’re so sure that you’ll love your oval ring that they’ll give you 30 days to try it and if you don’t love it, you can send it back for a refund. There will be more videos to come so be sure to subscribe to their YouTube Channel.

Recall news and a lot more after the break….

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Rotor patent application shows single-lever, one-way mechanical and hydraulic shifting

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While it would seem SRAM managed to skirt around Shimano and Campagnolo patents to create the only remaining (or at least feasible) solution, Rotor may have come up with something different. It does acknowledge that SRAM’s single direction/single lever design is in the same vein as what’s shown here, but they bring a new twist to it: Multiple levers operating a single derailleur (think brake lever shifters and TT bar end shifters working together) without electronics. It also claims to improve the reliability and precision of mechanical shifting while also reducing system weights. Oh, and it could be cheaper.

And, ideally, it could all be done hydraulically. Interested?

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BH teases next generation G7 aero road bike

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Soon to rule the roost over the current G6, the upcoming BH G7 aero road bike changes the frame dramatically without making it unrecognizable as the heir to the throne.

From what we can tell, the seatstays drop to meet the seat tube well below the top tube junction, and they now bow outward slightly rather than inward. We played with this teaser image’s levels and posted the current model below, check it out and click to enlarge…

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Go for long escapes on the new Eddy Merckx Mourenx 69 endurance road bike

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As 2016 beckons, Eddy Merckx Bicycles continues its homage to the Cannibal’s expansive list of victories. The next release is the Mourenx 69, named after the location of the Stage 17 finish in the 1969 Tour De France, where Eddy took a massive victory after launching a solo 214.5 kilometer attack from Luchon to Mourenx – a victory he considers the highlight of his career.

He went on to win the 1969 Tour de France by a margin of 17 minutes and 54 seconds over second place. Much like the endurance required for Eddy’s huge effort on Stage 17, this new bike is all about long distance…

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Campagnolo Athena 11 speed Long-term Test: Weighed, Setup & First Impressions

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Starting mid-cyclocross season last year we wanted to take a look at a more affordable groupset up to the task of surviving everything from road riding and winter training, through to the full stresses of cyclocross racing. We reached out to Campagnolo as we’ve long been a fan of their classic design and the ergonomics of the most recent generation of their 11 speed Ergopower levers, but don’t see them as much spec’ed on the bikes we test. While Campy has yet to offer a disc brake solution (we’ve been hearing a recent uptick in unsubstantiated rumors that we might see something soon), we still use an S&S coupled steel bike for some product testing and thought it’d deserve a fresh build. Plus, there are plenty of cyclocross bikes left that use cantilever brakes, and the test bike could serve us well for mixed road and trail touring too.

The silver Athena is a bit of a holdout, as the best gruppo Campagnolo makes that eschews carbon for an all polished aluminum finish. It uses a lot of trickle down tech from the top-tier groups, while maintaining a classic aesthetic. We thought that would nicely compliment this TIG-welded steel bike with a lugged fork, so we set out for a rebuild project. Join us after the break for the details of the build, actual weights of the components, and our first impressions when we put Athena to the test on the dirt and in the mud…

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