EB16: Casco finalizes well-vented Full Air RCC helmet, plus reworks affordable Activ 2 lid

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Last autumn we took a look at the prototype of German helmet maker Casco’s new Full Air helmet that takes aimed to see how they could boost ventilation in a helmet and ended up rethinking a bit how they draw air in and across the head. The resulting Full Air RCC helmet is now available for both road and mountain biking, so we take a closer look. Casco has also taken their best selling and affordable all around helmet and  reworked it as the Activ 2. Check out what’s new with each after the break….

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Last autumn we took a look at the prototype of German helmet maker Casco’s new Full Air helmet that takes aimed to see how they could boost ventilation in a helmet and ended up rethinking a bit how they draw air in and across the head. The resulting Full Air RCC helmet is now available […]

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IB16: Thomson adds alloy road, ‘cross & adventure handlebars, carbon seatpost & updating dropper post

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Thomson’s been in the handlebar business for a few years now, we’ve reviewed both mountain bike and drop bar versions and liked them. These new alloy handlebars will be available in three versions – road, with a flattened wing shape on the tops; cyclocross with the 31.8 clamp diameter extending all the way out to the bend; and the “off road” drop bar, which gets massively flared drops.

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Thomson’s been in the handlebar business for a few years now, we’ve reviewed both mountain bike and drop bar versions and liked them. These new alloy handlebars will be available in three versions – road, with a flattened wing shape on the tops; cyclocross with the 31.8 clamp diameter extending all the way out to […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Gravel Bikes, Interbike, Mountain Bike, Road Bike18 Comments

EB16: New Challenge options for 2017 – wider gravel, refined Baby Limus, sealed tubulars, MTB & more…

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Even though we’ve already covered the only truly new tread pattern introduced by Challenge this year when they unveiled the sand-specific Dune, they had so many new updates at Eurobike that it took us a while to dig through them and prioritize. We would probably start with their gravel expansion, just because there has been so much movement in that growing discipline, but we really wanted to lead with a picture of these nice new World Champion special Baby Limus tubulars, even though you won’t be able to buy them (unless you win worlds, presumably.) They highlight several of the new updates this year, including a revised Baby Limus tread, a new pre-sealed Team Edition S cotton construction, and a revised Handmade Tubular naming system. Besides these update to Gravel & CX lines, the road, track & mountain tires share some of the same updates plus a few others. Check it all out after the break…

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Even though we’ve already covered the only truly new tread pattern introduced by Challenge this year when they unveiled the sand-specific Dune, they had so many new updates at Eurobike that it took us a while to dig through them and prioritize. We would probably start with their gravel expansion, just because there has been so much […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Eurobike, Gravel Bikes, Mountain Bike, Road Bike17 Comments

IB16: New Argon 18 Gallium Pro Disc brake road bike is lighter than rim brake version

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Completely overshadowed by their drag-measuring concept bike at Eurobike, the all-new Argon 18 Gallium Pro Disc gets the obvious layup revisions to handle disc brakes’ forces. Where it surprises is the weight, coming in lighter than the current rim brake version. We’re awaiting confirmation on actual frame weight UPDATE: the frame comes in at just 790g plus 75g worth of small parts (axle, hanger, etc.), and the fork is 395g plus 20g for the NAILD thru axle. That’s light for a disc brake frame, here’s how they did it…

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Completely overshadowed by their drag-measuring concept bike at Eurobike, the all-new Argon 18 Gallium Pro Disc gets the obvious layup revisions to handle disc brakes’ forces. Where it surprises is the weight, coming in lighter than the current rim brake version. We’re awaiting confirmation on actual frame weight UPDATE: the frame comes in at just […]

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Orbea’s new Orca OMR, a detailed look at the new premium road bike in both disc & rim brake versions

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We saw the preliminary details on the newest generation of Orbea’s flagship Orca road race bike back when it had a soft launch ahead of the Vuelta, but now we’ve had the opportunity to get a much closer look. Plus, we had a preview of the disc brake version of the new Orca ahead of the Spring Classics when the Cofidis team had been poised to race the new bike, but a lot has changed since then. Now we’ve had a chance to spend some time going through the new bikes, in each of its variants, and have a better idea of what makes them tick. Join us below the fold as we take a closer look at the tech details on the rim and disc brake bikes, plus the different levels of the carbon framesets on offer…

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We saw the preliminary details on the newest generation of Orbea’s flagship Orca road race bike back when it had a soft launch ahead of the Vuelta, but now we’ve had the opportunity to get a much closer look. Plus, we had a preview of the disc brake version of the new Orca ahead of the Spring […]

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EB16: First Look at FSA semi-wireless K-Force WE disc brake prototype group

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We took a pretty in-depth look a couple of weeks back at FSA’s new partly wireless road K-Force WE groupset when it was introduced in the lead up to Eurobike. Using wireless communication from each combined shift/brake lever to the systems brain, a pair of wires then transmit power and shift signals to the derailleurs, both attached to the seatpost battery. But while some had seen FSA as late to come to the electronic shifting party, they are progressing rather quickly and also had one very finished looking prototype group on hand of a disc brake WE groupset. We took it for a spin, took a closer look, and got as many details as we could…

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We took a pretty in-depth look a couple of weeks back at FSA’s new partly wireless road K-Force WE groupset when it was introduced in the lead up to Eurobike. Using wireless communication from each combined shift/brake lever to the systems brain, a pair of wires then transmit power and shift signals to the derailleurs, both attached […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Eurobike, Gravel Bikes, Prototype, Road Bike17 Comments

EB16: Colnago redesigns Prestige Disc for cyclocross world champion; plus new alloy A1r bikes for road & CX

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While Belgian crosser Wout Van Aert spent last season and his Worlds winning ride in Heusden-Zolder on the cantilever version of Colnago’s current generation of the carbon Prestige, this year the Italian company has already seen him ride their new disc brake to victory in Belgium and in the states at Trek’s Waterloo weekend opener. Van Aert is set to bring the new bike to the big stage as the UCI Cross World Cup opens in Las Vegas tomorrow night, but while we were at Eurobike we got an up close look at the new bike before it headed across the Atlantic. The new bike brings the Prestige up to date with the latest tech and drops its signature shoulder rest, while again signaling the move to disc brakes even for the elite Euros. At the same time as they’ve reworked the top CX bike in carbon (and aero on the road), Colnago has also throughly updated aluminum versions of bikes for both cross and road with the new A1r series, hoping to make their brand accessible to more riders…

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While Belgian crosser Wout Van Aert spent last season and his Worlds winning ride in Heusden-Zolder on the cantilever version of Colnago’s current generation of the carbon Prestige, this year the Italian company has already seen him ride their new disc brake to victory in Belgium and in the states at Trek’s Waterloo weekend opener. Van Aert is […]

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Silca cinches down the Seat Roll Premio, riding essentials secured by BOA

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So back at the start of the fourth month of the year, Silca promised a true innovation in how we carry spare tubes and inflation on our rides. While they were clearly unsatisfied with the current state of saddle bags, sadly a quick look at the date meant that the Silca Personal Support Drone wasn’t likely to materialize. But much to our pleasant surprise, it seems that the simple saddle bag was on their radar, and now Silca has a better solution. Pairing the simple classic structure of a tool roll, with the precise dial-to-fit security of a BOA closure, the new Seat Roll Premio will haul your everyday essentials in a more elegantly executed package. Check it out up close after the break, plus pricing and availability…

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So back at the start of the fourth month of the year, Silca promised a true innovation in how we carry spare tubes and inflation on our rides. While they were clearly unsatisfied with the current state of saddle bags, sadly a quick look at the date meant that the Silca Personal Support Drone wasn’t likely […]

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EB16: BH drop details on new disc brake Ultralight EVO Disc road bike

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We got a preview on the lightweight road bike’s move to disc brakes back in July, but now having sat down with BH at Eurobike we have some more tasty details on the new bike. Developed as an update to the light mountain climbing road racer ridden by their Pro Conti Direct Énergie team, BH made the bold move to phase out the rim brake Ultralight EVO. That bike had been available at two separate frame levels, but will now carry on at the lower non-EVO level. The top-level carbon fiber and tube shaping technology will only be offered on the disc brake version of the Ultralight EVO Disc, much like BH did with the latest iteration of their G7 Disc aero road bike. BH is certainly making a statement of their position on road disc brakes and, as a team sponsor, on their place in the peloton. Take a close look and specs and pricing below the fold…

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We got a preview on the lightweight road bike’s move to disc brakes back in July, but now having sat down with BH at Eurobike we have some more tasty details on the new bike. Developed as an update to the light mountain climbing road racer ridden by their Pro Conti Direct Énergie team, BH made the […]

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