Posts in the category Road Bike

Northwave Digs Deeper with Michelin Soles for New Enduro, MTB, and Road Shoes; plus new Apparel


Expanding on the Spider Plus 2 shoes that we’ve have on a long-term test this year, Northwave worked with Cedric Gracia to develop a shoe specifically targeted to Enduro racing. The Enduro Mid shoes (above) carry over the all-synthetic thermowelded uppers of the Spider than makes them quite durable and water resistant. They also get a heavily reinforced toe and a padded tongue for comfort and extra security. On the Enduros Northwave’s SLW2 (Boa-like) adjustment dial gets a special cover to guard against rock strikes while still allowing fine fit control. The new Enduro shoes gets a X-Fire Michelin outsole, soft inside for great pedal grip and harder on the outer edges for more stability and longer wear. The Enduro Mid shoe is also to be joined by a low cut option as well, replacing the dial with a SpeedLace2 (SL2) closing system.

Jump past the break for the other shoe updates and a 68 gram jersey…


Flying Machine Swoops into ‘Green’ Custom Carbon with Plant Based Epoxy Resin


Carbon fiber is an amazing material for bikes, but it’s not known as the most environmentally friendly. In order to try and make the build process a bit greener, Flying Machine is introducing their first line of made-to-measure carbon bicycles – the CBL series. Meaning Carbon Based Lifeforms, the CBL 1.0 and 2.0 are the first carbon bikes made in Australia by Flying Machine that offer true custom geometry with a tube-to-tube construction.

Maybe more notable than the addition of the custom bikes to their line up, the CBL series uses plant based epoxy resins rather than the far more common petroleum based resins. Specifically relying on SuperSap CLR which is a product of Entropy Resins, the green option supposedly releases 50% less green house gasses during production and is produced using renewable plant based materials that are co-products or byproducts of other industrial processes.

Found in the frame joints, top tube, seat stays, and chain stays, the plant based resin ‘biocarbon’ isn’t used for the entire frame, but if it performs as needed it seems like a step in the right direction…


Kona Launches New Road Models, Redesigns Cross Country Range

Konda Roadhouse 2016

If the heat wasn’t a solid indicator that summer was here, the wave of new model year 2016 product launches should be. While many brands are content to merely introduce new color ways, Kona is “going deeper.”

With that theme in mind, the traditionally mountain oriented brand has expanded its line of road bikes, redesigned its cross country models, and updated several other MTB models to better meet new and growing riding segments.

Up first is the new Roadhouse, which is a classic steel road frame built with Reynolds 853 tubing, modern touches like disc brakes, a tapered headset, and 12×142 thru axle dropouts…


TDF2015 Tech: Trek Factory Racing’s all-new aero Madone race bikes & more!

2016 Trek Madone aero race  road bike for Trek Factory Racing Team at 2015 Tour de France

For the most part, the Trek Factory Racing team appeared to be riding stock versions of the new Madone. Albeit, they’re the $13,650 Race Shop Limited version with the addition of an SRM power meter crankset, but it’s still mostly a bike you can buy off the showroom floor.

It’s stocked with plenty of Bontrager components, including the bar/stem, seatpost, saddle and wheels. But, in a departure from their usual spec, they’re not running housebrand tires…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


Racing and Events

  • Brompton World Champion to Be Part of UCI Worlds in Richmond – The UCI road world championships, which come to the United States this September for the first time in a generation, will be even more of a spectacle thanks to the addition of one of the most unusual bicycle events in the world. Closing the first week of UCI racing on September 25, 2015, 150 nattily dressed Brompton folding bike riders from around the country will compete in the USA leg of the Brompton World Championship series.
  • Red Bull Rampage Tickets on Sale August 10th – Red Bull Rampage, the world’s toughest freeride MTB event, will once again welcome a limited number of spectators on-site to witness the 10th Edition firsthand October 17. Tickets will be released to the public on August 10 for $25 and can be purchased at Spectators who are lucky enough to make the journey will also be able to attend the qualifiers, held on October 15. If you miss out on tickets or can’t attend the spectacle in person, you can watch the finals live on Red Bull TV.
  • Le Tour de France Continues – The Tour heads into the Alps this weekend. Will anyone be able to take the Maillot Jaune from Froome? Visit in the USA if you want to watch it live. The official site of Le Tour is


Take the Hassle Out of Tubeless, with the Tubeless Tower Pro Workstation

Tubeless Solutions Tubeless Tower tire station (27)

Believe it or not, there are still those out there that don’t embrace tubeless technology. More surprising, is that at least according to Tubeless Solutions there are even shops out there who are uncomfortable with performing tubeless conversions. Their reasoning? Mostly the potential mess, the amount of time it takes, and the uncertainty of ensuring a complete seal before the tire walks out the door.

Like many stories behind intriguing products, the Tubeless Tower started with the thought that there had to be a better way to install tubeless tires. Roughly three years ago, Tim Voegeli and his brother Phil starting kicking around the idea and wanted to figure out a way to make the process easier. At the time Tim was riding tubeless on every one of his bikes – Phil on the other hand who is admittedly an “anal retentive electrical engineer” was still happily riding with tubes. Eventually Tim convinced Phil to give tubeless a try and after an entire year on his commuter without flats (25 miles round trip), he says he was sold.

After the first prototypes were drawn up, the design has been tweaked, put through design panels at Pitt State University, redesigned with design work and CAD modeling from their friend Byron Loibl, patented, and is finally nearing production form. Almost every step of the way, all of those involved say they were instantly sold after seeing Tim install a tire on the stand. That’s not really surprising. Even we were a bit skeptical, but once you see everything the stand does, you really will wonder why no one has thought of this before…


Merida Ninety Six XC racer gets design throwback to go faster, plus updated One Twenty & Scultura road racer

2016 Merida Ninety Six 29er full suspension  XC race mountain bike

The new Merida Ninety Six full suspension XC mountain bike is a bit of a throwback to the original, which was designed around the then-popular triple chainrings. Then the Ninety Nine came out to work better with double chainrings and used a rocker arm with vertically mounted shock.

Now, the new 2016 Ninety Six goes back to a horizontally mounted shock with vertical linkage and a design specifically for single chainring drivetrains. 3, 2, 1, GO!


Masi Teases the Legacy Project – Limited Edition Columbus Steel Road and Cross Frames Hand Built in California


Quite a departure from their current line up, Masi is looking to celebrate their legacy. As the brand nears their 90th anniversary, instead of wildly colored carbon creations Masi is going back to their roots of hand crafted steel. While the brand can be traced back to the 20’s with Faliero Masi turning out impressive frames from Florence, eventually manufacturing rights were sold to the U.S. in the 70’s.

The very first bike to roll off the line with a U.S. made frame was the Gran Criterium. In the first of a number of projects to celebrate their history in California and Italy, Masi is kicking things off with the Legacy project which honors that Californian era. What better way to pay homage to that first U.S. made bike than with another U.S. made bike? Two new bikes that will be hand built in California. That’s what. Details are still fairly limited, but you can find basic spec, pricing, and availability after the break…


Upstart Velocipedo Nails the Finish in Ti and Carbon


Young German builder Velocipedo has some new bikes that really jump out at us with some subtle but amazing ti frame detailing and not to be missed paint schemes on their carbon bikes. It seems that Velocipedo has been set up with a goal of delivering “attainably-priced” limited edition bikes with an exceptional level of finishing detail, so that customers could be sure to ride away with a unique bike. Most of their standard bikes come in a numbered series of either 15 or 25 pieces before the entire finish and model line will be reworked. And that doesn’t even count the option to fully customize like this CrossingOVER model for a completely one-of-a-kind bike.

Read on past the break to see a couple of Velocipedo’s Unique Cycle line, one of the standard Collection line, but more so just to peep some of the details…