Posts in the category Road Bike

IB14: Upstart Legion Launches w/ New Disc Brake Rotors, Lightweight Cable Housing


Shortly after Interbike 2013, Wayne Moore left Ashima after quite a few years of developing lightweight brake rotors and parts. Between then and now, he’s been busy revamping the design and launching new rotors under his own company, Legion.

Two models will be offered – a one-piece and two piece. The Javelin D-Drive two piece rotors use an alloy carrier with a 420 stainless steel that are machined to nest into each other. That locksteps their rotation so the pin joining them doesn’t need to handle a load. So, he’s able to use an alloy pin rather than steel, which helps pull heat away from the rotor faster. It’s a no-rivet operation, and the pin floats freely, held in place with a star lock washer that takes about 150kg of force to pull apart.

Moore says the design is also stiffer since the pieces are tucked into each other.


Prototype Reynolds ATR “All Terrain Road” Carbon Gravel Bike Wheels Spotted

Prototype Reynolds ATR All Terrain Road gravel bike road bike wheels

Hiding behind the table at Reynolds’ Interbike booth were these new ATR concept wheels, and we got the scoop.

Referring to their preferred moniker for gravel/adventure/offroad, these “All Terrain Road” wheels are built up with their carbon fiber 29er rims and upper end Centerlock disc brake road bike hubs with 24 spokes.

So, how do you get them?


IB14: Selle Italia Goes Enduro, Plus New Road & Cyclocross Saddles

Selle Italia Butcher DH-Freeride and Nepal enduro mountain bike saddle

Selle Italia’s long been known for their very flat, generally very lightweight road bike saddles. For 2015, the line expands quite a bit, introducing some rather trick mountain bike saddles and a rounder profile road bike seat.

Above, the new Butcher gravity saddle has a handle cut out that’s not for comfort or improved blood flow “down there”. Instead, it’s for grabbing when you’re doing tricks off ramps, so it’s aimed squarely at the DH/DJ/BMX crowd.

It’s named after Butcher Ranch Trail in Downieville, CA. The shape is thought out more for when you’re not going to be seated a whole lot…like ripping downhill, jumping, etc. The wider nose makes it easier to steer with your thighs. It’s got a thick “crash pad” at the front for landing hard, and all the edges are soft and rounded for easily sliding on and off when maneuvering, but a grippy TPU ribbed section keeps you from slipping off unintentionally.

But, they know not everyone is pulling superman seat grabs, so there’s another purpose for the hole…


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Cool time-lapse video, above, of one year of commuting to work by Ben Rennert owner of Winnebago Bicycle in Oshkosh, WI.
  • The Kaw Valley Bicycle Club of Topeka, Kansas, is hosting the Bruce Whaley Spirit Ride on Saturday, September 20th.
  • Registration is open for the 2014 North Carolina Bike Summit in Greensboro, NC, October 10, 11, & 12.
  • Take Road Holland’s survey and get a code towards $30 off your next purchase of $50 or more.
  • Bike Pure today launches Bike Pure Cycle Tours, bicycle tours aimed at cyclists of all capabilities. Tours are available in Europe and Australia and coincide with major races, such as 2015′s Tour Down Under and the Spring Classics.
  • The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) announced at Interbike that Idaho and Nevada are the two newest states in its growing interscholastic cycling program.
  • As a special promotion for the 10th Anniversary of the Amgen Tour of California, fans will be able to enter a Sweepstakes Series with prizes, such as a SRAM Force CX1 groupset, awarded on the 10th of each month leading up to the 2015 Amgen Tour of California through June 2015.
  • Light & Motion is promoting the launch of their commuter light, the Urban 2.0, by giving away weekly commuter prize packages. Enter to win here.
  • A month ago we showed you the upcoming Zero race bike from UK’s Genesis. The Madison Genesis Team has been racing it at the Tour of Britain this week, and have some good behind-the-scenes video reports up on Vimeo
  • The Sufferfest’s newest training video is The Elements of Style - Efficiency & Awareness, six drills to improve form, posture, and efficiency. Developed with Wade Wallace of CyclingTips.
  • Orbea is recalling their Avant bike models equipped with hydraulic disc brake forks as a crack can develop in the forks. They request that anyone with these bikes to stop using them immediately and contact them, or your closest Orbea dealer, for a replacement fork. Check their dedicated page to see if your bike is effected and how to proceed.

EB14: New Stevens Whaka 140 Enduro, Arcalis Disc Aero Road, and Super Prestige CX Update


Stevens bike introduced several new bikes at Eurobike from some fancy touring and commuting bikes to e-bikes, but a couple jumped out at us. First the 140mm Whaka above is a nice looking 4-bar enduro bike that offers a pretty broad range of affordability in an aluminum platform. Then there was an aero disc-brake road bike called the Arcalis that Stevens claims to actually be a comfortable, almost endurance type bike. Lastly as euro cross season approaches and the top riders are soon to be making their way back from Cross Vegas, some updates to the World Cup level Super Prestige look to make it even more capable on the race circuit.

Hop past the break for some full-on details…


IB14: IRC Adds Endurance Race Road Tubeless Tires, 27.5″ Mountain Bike Tires & Mud ‘Cross

irc aspite endurance road race tire

IRC’s new Aspite clincher endurance racing road tires build in a little more protection than the Formula Pro models we’ve tested and liked. Their target was the Continental GP4000, but they wanted to come in more affordable.

The Aspite will come in two versions, one with “pebbles” of grip on the sides that get more dense as they roll off the edge, and the Wet version uses slanted lines to move the water out from under the tire.

They’re also aero…


IB14: Brim Brothers Toes the Line with First Wearable Power Meter

If you haven’t noticed by now, with products from companies like 4iiii, Stages, Garmin, and more, power meters are currently in a race to affordability, usability, and compatibility. As far as we know, to this point power meters have always been mounted somehow to the bike. Whether it is the hub, the crank, the pedals, one way or another it’s mounted to the machine rather than the man.

Brim Brothers looks to change that with their Zone DPMX shoe based power meter. Sandwiching the force sensor between the cleat and the shoe, the Zone sets the control pod on top of the toe for a rider based solution to power. Clip in after the break for more…


EB14: One Ride Review of Ghost’s 27.5” 130mm Riot LT Enduro Green Machine, Plus Nivolet 8 LC Disc Road

Ghost_Riot_LT_8_LC_650b_130mm_carbon_enduro_MTB_demo_day_suspension_detail  Ghost_Riot_LT_8_LC_650b_130mm_carbon_enduro_MTB_demo_day_linkage_detail

Ghost bikes had their new 27.5″ carbon enduro bike at Eurobike’s Demo Day for test rides, and we took the chance to hop on and try to give it a bit of a workout on some decidedly flat terrain. Thankfully in addition to nice forest roads and a bit of hidden singletrack, there was a pretty respectable test course for mountain bikes that made up for lack of elevation with plenty of berms, jumps, rock gardens, log piles , and even a pump track. We had the Riot LT set a bit softer than usual to get a feel for the plushness of the suspension with a hope of getting towards the reportedly progressive last 1/5 of it travel.

Bounce past the break to see what we thought of the bike, plus details of its Riot brethren and a pretty dialed looking disc road bike we found hiding in the back of their setup inside the show.


IB14: Speedplay Goes Aero with Zero System, Syzr Nears Production, New Walkable Cleats and more!


At this point many have been expecting the Speedplay Syzr mountain bike pedal to make it to production. The good news is that according to Speedplay it has.What is perhaps more interesting though is an impressive number of new designs for the road side including the Zero Aero System. Richard Bryne told us that the starting point for the aero project was being told that their standard Zero pedal system provided the same aero advantage as a deep dish front wheel. That was the point that Richard decided to pursue a full aero pedal system which gave birth to the Zero Aero System.

Designed specifically for TT and Triathlon applications, the new pedal design claims to be the most aerodynamic available.

Aero is great and all, but we think the new cleat is what most riders will be really excited about.

Details next…