Posts in the category Road Bike

Red Hook Crit Inspires Fresh Goods from Cinelli, Chrome & Stanridge Speed


photo: ©caroline pauleau

The 2014 Red Hook Crit raced through NYC this past weekend, and Stanridge Speed, Cinelli and Chrome were on hand with special edition bikes and goods.

Shown above, past winner Evan Murphy was rockin’ a Stanridge Speed bike painted by artist Eine. The graphics are a play on the fact that even street art, as rebellious as it may seem, is nowadays nothing more than advertising for the artist, and simply repeats “We Hate Eine”.

Murphy and a teammate rocked identical bikes and took top ten finishes for men’s and women’s fields in the rainy event. Check her bike, and stuff from the other brands, below…


NAHBS 2014: Festka Shows Amazing Artist Series Bike, New Titanium Frames & Much More!


We got the story of Festka’s new titanium frames in our pre-NAHBS interview, which took a deeper look at the new material and their nabbing of Morati’s founder to head things up. Now, we’ve got eyes on with the new frames plus so much more. Festka’s been quite busy.

This Zero, which is their lugged carbon fiber frameset, is the first one from their Art Collection. The base color is white, and every other bit of color, including the blue underlying tone, was painted by hand. It took seven days. This one gets stainless dropouts and an eccentric BB so it can run a Gates Belt Drive. Only four will be done with each Art Collection paint scheme, but they can be ordered in any frame style you want.

Closeups of this, plus steel, ti and more carbon bikes (and wheels!) below…


POC + Ritte Team up for Racing and Stylish New Kit


Shortly after announcing their partnership with the new Garmin-Sharp team, POC then announced their partnership with the Domestic Ritte cycling team. Known for their stylish bicycles, it should come as no surprise they would partner up with POC to create some equally good looking apparel. The Ritte team is based in the Western US and currently includes 17 cyclist and while they will all be kitted up with the newest threads from POC, you don’t have to join the team to get the gear. Available through Poc and Ritte, the entire kit will be available next month.

See how Ritte and POC style blend together after the break…


Make your Butt happy with the Dpardo T Type Healthy Saddle

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When it comes to saddles, lately there seems to be no shortage of ideas on how to revolutionize how we sit on a bike. The latest bizarre creation is Dpardo’s T2 Healthy Saddle – basically just a horizontal bar that you sit on. The simple design has two main functions, eliminate friction on the groin, and pressure on the perineum. According to U-Chien’s research, pressure in the perineum can result in abnormal genital growth for juveniles as well as “hymen injuries for girls,” as well as countless genital related issues for adults. Right. Fortunately the Type 2 saddle eliminates those issues by eliminating pressure on the perineum completely. In fact the saddle comes with a benefit list that borders on infomercial with the ability to “slim down, tighten and lift the buttocks, improve blood circulation to increase leg strength and butt muscle mass, restore elasticity and vigor for loose muscles, improve sagging buttocks”…. and on and on.

That’s a lot of talk, does it work? Get our first impression after the break…


NAHBS 2014: Beautiful Bikes from Moots & Cykelmagaren


Moots wasn’t showing off any brand new models, but they did take the time to customize a couple of their existing bikes and roll out the massive Frosthammer 5″ fat bike.

In the background above, at the far corner of their booth, the built up a ‘cross bike with retro styled brown leather bar tape and saddle and added S&S Couplers, making for possibly the ultimate travel bike. In the foreground, their entry into the Campagnolo contest and shows their ability to really dial the details if you’ve got the coin.

Shift past the break for detail photos and a look at Cykelmagaren’s slick hidden shifter and other snazzy customizations to their city bikes…


NAHBS 2014: Crumpton Molds His Own Carbon Tubes for New Type 5 Road Bike

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Since June, Nick Crumpton has been producing his own bladder molded carbon fiber frame tubes in house in Austin, TX.

Why? This gives them self reliance, and it gives them a “net shape” on the outside, meaning the outside diameter and shape is always perfect, all of the butting and tapering can be done on the inside. That’s versus rolled tube construction where layers are wrapped over a metal tube and have a fixed interior size but variable external diameter and thickness.

Crumpton says it also means all of the carbon is functional. In other words, it doesn’t need any superficial cosmetic layers that could add weight…


Lightweight’s New Blacked Out CeramicSpeed Carbon Wheels Have the Power of the Schwarz


Lightweight has gone dark with the new Schwarz Edition black-on-black wheel options for all of their popular models.

Beyond the completely murdered out graphics over matte black carbon, the wheels get upgraded to CeramicSpeed bearings for less rolling resistance and “more speed and fun.” This new colorway joins the stock graphics and the Weiss Editions with white graphics and spokes and is available on:

  • Meilenstein Schwarz
  • Meilenstein C Schwarz
  • Meilenstein Overmayer Schwarz
  • Fernweg Schwarz
  • Fernweg C Schwarz
  • Gipfelsturm Schwarz
  • Autobahn Schwarz

The “C” on some models refers to Clincher versions, others are tubular. Pics of the rest below…


Wednesday Group Ride – Random New Bicycle Products & News


Welcome to the Wednesday Group Ride, a collection of small news bits from the overload of info coming into our offices. Stuff that we simply don’t have time to do a full story on but wanted to share anyway.

State Bicycle Co. has added a Black Label Series, a 6061 aluminum track bike with a double butted, TIG welded frame and Essor full carbon fiber fork. It’s built up with a SRAM S100 crankset, flip-flop hub and house brand Pista drop bars. Retail for the complete bike is $759 with a choice of five frame colors.

Lots more random bike stuff below…


Taipei Show: Big in Japan with Panaracer’s New Fat Bike Tire, plus 27.5″ Slick

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The first performance tire I ever purchased for my mountain bike in the 90′s was a Panaracer Fire XC Pro. A lot has changed since then, but the Fire Pro tread refuses to go away, which is probably a good thing since many people still run and love that tread pattern. To stay current with the times, Panaracer has a new tubeless compatible Fire 29er Pro, and Fire 650b Pro to carry on the legacy, both in a 2.35″ width. There is also the new Comet Hard Pack tire for 27.5″ bikes in multiple sizes with tightly spaced lugs that looks like a cross between an Ikon and a Small Block 8. Panaracer has shown that for the future they are committed to 27.5″, 29, touring, gravel, and fatbikes?