Spy Shots! SRAM eTAP with hydraulic disc brakes spotted

spy shot of SRAM eTAP Hydro hydraulic disc brake group with electronic shifting

spy shot of SRAM eTAP Hydro hydraulic disc brake group with electronic shifting

Thanks to an anonymous tipster that got really, really lucky with his timing, we got these pics of a prototype SRAM eTAP Hydro setup. Not that it’s any surprise that it’s in development, but it is encouraging to see something in the real world.

As for availability, our source says they heard from two different folks that a retail product is “a ways off” for reasons including brake development that may use a new design “similar to the Guide” and due to manufacturing capacity. Of course, those are unofficial answers, so we reached out to SRAM for comment…

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Thanks to an anonymous tipster that got really, really lucky with his timing, we got these pics of a prototype SRAM eTAP Hydro setup. Not that it’s any surprise that it’s in development, but it is encouraging to see something in the real world. As for availability, our source says they heard from two different […]

Posted in Feature, Industry News, Prototype, Road Bike25 Comments

Paul Components Rasta quick release skewers celebrate Grounation Day, or just 420

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Regardless of whether you simply like 4:20 (because these are announced on 4/20), or you don’t see this until the morning of April 21, it’s all good. Stoners like the former, true Rastafari celebrate the latter. And if you’re still rockin’ quick release skewers, you can now celebrate something we haven’t seen much of since the category defining Salsa skewers took on the red, green and yellow hues many years ago.

These, from Paul Components, revive the vibe with their modern cammed design. Specs and another pic below…

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Regardless of whether you simply like 4:20 (because these are announced on 4/20), or you don’t see this until the morning of April 21, it’s all good. Stoners like the former, true Rastafari celebrate the latter. And if you’re still rockin’ quick release skewers, you can now celebrate something we haven’t seen much of since […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Mountain Bike, Road Bike2 Comments

SOC16: Jamis Renegade adventure gravel road bikes just keep getting better

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By now, we’ve reviewed both the original carbon Renegade Elite and the steel Renegade Exploit road bikes, both earning high praise. Now, they’ve made them even better by switching to flat mount disc brakes, adding rack and fender tabs to the fork, multiple-choice thru axle formats, stealth dropper post routing and more.

They also tweaked the rear seatstay-to-dropout junction to give the axle a little more leverage in flexing the stays. That translates to improved compliance, both on the carbon fiber and steel versions. Ride on down for more details…

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By now, we’ve reviewed both the original carbon Renegade Elite and the steel Renegade Exploit road bikes, both earning high praise. Now, they’ve made them even better by switching to flat mount disc brakes, adding rack and fender tabs to the fork, multiple-choice thru axle formats, stealth dropper post routing and more. They also tweaked […]

Posted in Gravel Bikes, Road Bike, Sea Otter Classic23 Comments

SOC16: Chris King leaks new ThreadFit 30 bottom brackets for Cinch Cranks, Centerlock Road Disc hubs

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Chris king centerlock road hub 40th anniversary threadfit 30 bottom bracketIMG_3586

If you know where to look, you can catch a lot of interesting parts floating around the Sea Otter Classic. In the case of Chris King’s latest addition to their bottom bracket lineup, it was actually pointed out first by our readers on the launch of the Chris King 40th Anniversary Santa Cruz 5010. The bike is running a RaceFace crank, with a CK bottom bracket. But how can that be since a threaded BB for a 30mm spindle doesn’t yet exist from Chris King? Well, it’s on the way. We’ve been told by Chris King that the official announcement will come in the next few weeks. We’re assuming that along with the announcement will come availability but we haven’t heard for sure. Apparently the bottom bracket will fit a number of 30mm spindle cranks for use in BSA threaded frames which should make a lot of people happy to have a CK level bottom bracket available.

Over at the ENVE booth, it was another story with our fist look at their upcoming Centerlock Road hubs…

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If you know where to look, you can catch a lot of interesting parts floating around the Sea Otter Classic. In the case of Chris King’s latest addition to their bottom bracket lineup, it was actually pointed out first by our readers on the launch of the Chris King 40th Anniversary Santa Cruz 5010. The […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Feature, Mountain Bike, Road Bike, Sea Otter Classic14 Comments

SOC16: KMC optimizes X11 chains for 1x drivetrains

KMC X11-1 1x single chainring optimized bicycle chains for 10 and 11 speeds

The KMC X11 chain series is getting a few tweaks to optimize it for 1×11 drivetrains. The upgrades come in the way of additional chamfering and shaping, much like SRAM has done with their Eagle chains, to improve durability and smoothness across the ever expanding range of gears on the back of the bike.

Going from one end of the cassette to the other puts a real strain on the links, particularly the inner links, as they come onto the chainring and off of the cogs at an extreme angle. Here’s how KMC is making that process a little smoother…

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The KMC X11 chain series is getting a few tweaks to optimize it for 1×11 drivetrains. The upgrades come in the way of additional chamfering and shaping, much like SRAM has done with their Eagle chains, to improve durability and smoothness across the ever expanding range of gears on the back of the bike. Going from […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Gravel Bikes, Mountain Bike, Road Bike, Sea Otter Classic, Triathlon7 Comments

SRAM eTap joins Shimano & Campagnolo to talk to Garmin computers

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Now cyclists riding the top-tier electronic groups from all of the three big drivetrain manufacturers have gotten wireless ANT+ communication with Garmin’s newest Edge 520 and 1000 cycling computers. SRAM Red eTap users can now see their current gear selection and shifter battery life directly on their Garmin head unit. SRAM had promised such functionality from the beginning, and it was no surprise with its already wireless transmission that it won’t need special parts like the Shimano & Campy versions. No firmware update is even required for eTap itself. Users will just need to go to Garmin Express to update their Edge cycling computers for the added connectivity.

SRAM now joins Shimano, who was the first to really integrate ANT+ connectivity into Di2 with their D-Fly more than 2 years ago, but as it required an extra transmitter we haven’t seen it on every Di2 setup already out on the road. And then Campy got the ball rolling again when they added a wireless transmitter to EPS and put out the MyCampy app for smartphones last fall with broader functionality. And now just last week Shimano stepped it up again with the launch of XT Di2 that brings added controls to all Di2 systems (road & mountain) that will let you have such varied function as controlling the Garmin with integrated buttons in the (road) brake/shift levers, seeing derailleur trim on the fly through the GPS, and ultimately plans to link electronic suspension settings.



Now cyclists riding the top-tier electronic groups from all of the three big drivetrain manufacturers have gotten wireless ANT+ communication with Garmin’s newest Edge 520 and 1000 cycling computers. SRAM Red eTap users can now see their current gear selection and shifter battery life directly on their Garmin head unit. SRAM had promised such functionality […]

Posted in Gadgets & Hacks, Road Bike3 Comments

Vittoria’s Graphene+ Tech: Detailed look at a revolutionary material

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Back as winter was setting in we had the chance to travel to northern Italy to visit the headquarters of Vittoria-partner Directa Plus, who have developed some of the most advanced graphene manufacturing and applications to hit the cycling industry. We have seen a lot of hype on this new material that promises to revolutionize everything from helmets, to wheels, to tires, and even clothing textiles. But to be honest we had been (and to some degree continue to be) a bit skeptical. A lot of the talk about graphene is filled with hyperbole and such thick marketing-speak, that it is hard to accept claims of bigger, faster, stronger, and at the same time lighter.

So we were definitely more interested in not just claims of improvements, but the actual behind-the-scenes science that should back up the claims. So we sat down with both the Vittoria product development team and the Directa Plus scientists who developed their own proprietary graphene solutions for cycling, dubbed Graphene+. Then in the meantime, for the couple of months it took to get Directa Plus and Vittoria to agree to let us publish some unique details of their protected patented processes, we’ve been riding tires with the new tech to see how they perform in the real world. Join us after the jump as I try to both explain and illustrate how Graphene+ might really have the potential to revolutionize the tire market, both on and off the road…

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Back as winter was setting in we had the chance to travel to northern Italy to visit the headquarters of Vittoria-partner Directa Plus, who have developed some of the most advanced graphene manufacturing and applications to hit the cycling industry. We have seen a lot of hype on this new material that promises to revolutionize […]

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Endura steps ups women’s kit with She Rides Road line – Updated

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Endura has been producing clothing for women in their trail and road lines for quite a while, but with the recent launch of their new FS260-Pro SL bib shorts for women they are making a move to commit more heavily to delivering top-level performance for female roadies as well. The same bibs have been a key part of their pro men’s line, raced at the top of the sport by Movistar over the last year, and now women can get that same pro-level of performance. The development works in part as Endura have committed to supporting Women’s WorldTour pro team Cervélo Bigla for 2016, who’ve been racing in the new bibs since the start of the season. Get more detail on the new bibs and some accompanying kit after the break, plus updates with pricing

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Endura has been producing clothing for women in their trail and road lines for quite a while, but with the recent launch of their new FS260-Pro SL bib shorts for women they are making a move to commit more heavily to delivering top-level performance for female roadies as well. The same bibs have been a key part […]

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SOC16: Campagnolo Potenza group actual weights, disc brake development update

2017 campagnolo potenza actual weights and tech details

2017 campagnolo potenza actual weights and tech details

Introduced as a more affordable but high end group on par with Shimano Ultegra, the recently introduced Campagnolo Potenza group focuses the resources on performance rather than adding carbon fiber at every possible point. So, does that mean it’s heavy? Not at all…

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Introduced as a more affordable but high end group on par with Shimano Ultegra, the recently introduced Campagnolo Potenza group focuses the resources on performance rather than adding carbon fiber at every possible point. So, does that mean it’s heavy? Not at all…

Posted in Road Bike, Sea Otter Classic14 Comments