Team ZWatt offering power meter cranks under $200 as long as you’ll be their guinea pig

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If power meter prices are in a race to the bottom, Team ZWatt might have just won. Fortunately, the feature set isn’t taking the same trajectory, and with this new offering you get continued updates so they keep improving with use.

The catch? You need to transmit your ride data once a month through their app and stay connected with a very small monthly fee. They have two options, a left-side crank-arm based unit to fit Shimano cranks, or a spider-based meter attached to a FSA crankset. They’re already well on their way to being fully funded, and a stretch goal could yield a carbon mountain bike option, too…

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If power meter prices are in a race to the bottom, Team ZWatt might have just won. Fortunately, the feature set isn’t taking the same trajectory, and with this new offering you get continued updates so they keep improving with use. The catch? You need to transmit your ride data once a month through their […]

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Surly carries more people and gear with Flat Bar Cross Check, all new Troll, bags and more

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The new Karate Monkey wasn’t the only thing Surly had to show from Saddle Drive. The new 27+/29″ mountain bike may have stolen the show with its ‘Gnot-Boost’ spacing and wheel and tire options, but Surly has been equally busy on the pavement side as well. I think it’s fair to say that bike launches often cater to the high end – after all, you want people to see the most exciting (read most expensive) new products in the line. But sometimes there are gems like the new Flat Bar Cross Check thrown in to throw you for a loop.

It’s not a new frame. It doesn’t use any new standards. But what it does offer is an impressive build for an unbeatable price if you’re looking for a new commuter or college cruiser…

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The new Karate Monkey wasn’t the only thing Surly had to show from Saddle Drive. The new 27+/29″ mountain bike may have stolen the show with its ‘Gnot-Boost’ spacing and wheel and tire options, but Surly has been equally busy on the pavement side as well. I think it’s fair to say that bike launches […]

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FSA sets a countdown timer for WE electronic group release

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While they’re not exactly saying WE is actually the electronic group, we’ve already been told that they’ll be announcing it at Eurobike. And we’ve seen some very finished looking parts on several teams’ Tour de France bikes. So, if our guess is correct, WE is the new FSA electronic drivetrain, and it’s coming on August 30th. We’ll be there to cover it, but in the meantime, any guesses on the acronym? Winning Essence? Wireless Electronic?



While they’re not exactly saying WE is actually the electronic group, we’ve already been told that they’ll be announcing it at Eurobike. And we’ve seen some very finished looking parts on several teams’ Tour de France bikes. So, if our guess is correct, WE is the new FSA electronic drivetrain, and it’s coming on August […]

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Jagwire spins new CR2 finned brake rotor, Pro Polished brake & shift Cables replace teflon

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When it comes to brake rotors, cooling fins seem to be the way to go for many companies looking to beat the heat. Popularized by the Shimano Ice-Tech Freeza rotors, other companies like Jagwire are spinning their take on the technology.

Introduced at Eurobike 2014, Jagwire’s CR1 brake rotor is about to get another upgrade with the new CR2…

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When it comes to brake rotors, cooling fins seem to be the way to go for many companies looking to beat the heat. Popularized by the Shimano Ice-Tech Freeza rotors, other companies like Jagwire are spinning their take on the technology. Introduced at Eurobike 2014, Jagwire’s CR1 brake rotor is about to get another upgrade […]

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Felt gives shape to their future with all-new FR road and VR endurance bikes

2017 Felt FR 1 carbon race road bike

2017 Felt FR 1 carbon race road bike

For 2017, Felt has completely reshaped their top two road bikes, making two incredibly well rounded yet distinct models for road racing and endurance riding. The new FR replaces the F race bike, and the VR expands the combined versatility of the outgoing Z and V endurance series.

Starting with the FR, this new bike was designed to be “The definitive road race bike”. It was developed using their FRD (Felt Racing Development) process, which starts with a clean sheet getting lines and ideas drawn from pro racer input, then moves through FEA and lab testing then real world testing. The first two FR prototypes were brought to show the team just before the 2016 Amgen Tour of California. Robin Carpenter (Holowesko-Citadel Hincapie development team) hopped on one in the parking lot, tooled around for a minute, then decided to race it the next day. So, it’s a top level race bike, but it’s also an everyman’s road bike.

“The F was always a nervous, pro race only bike,” said founder Jim Felt. “But with the geometry and layup tweaks our team made, it really made the bike more approachable.” In other words, the pros raced the same frame they sold in the store, but what the pros ride is not necessarily what everyone else should be riding. But, we consumers are a silly lot, wanting what the pros ride and all, so they decided to make the bike better for us without diminishing its racing pedigree…

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For 2017, Felt has completely reshaped their top two road bikes, making two incredibly well rounded yet distinct models for road racing and endurance riding. The new FR replaces the F race bike, and the VR expands the combined versatility of the outgoing Z and V endurance series. Starting with the FR, this new bike […]

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2017 Specialized Venge ViAS Disc aero road bike speeds into reality

2017 Specialized Venge ViAS Disc S-Works brake aero road bike

2017 Specialized Venge ViAS Disc S-Works brake aero road bike

It’s been teased and leaked for some time, but now the 2017 Specialized Venge ViAS Disc is official. Utilizing all of the same aerodynamics modeling and testing as the original, along with absolutely top-level Fact 11-R carbon fiber construction and integrated cockpit details as the rim brake version, they’re showing it to be about as fast as their Shiv TT bike and original rim-brake Venge. Basically, it brings all of the aero benefits and adds real world stopping power to their top level race road bike…

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It’s been teased and leaked for some time, but now the 2017 Specialized Venge ViAS Disc is official. Utilizing all of the same aerodynamics modeling and testing as the original, along with absolutely top-level Fact 11-R carbon fiber construction and integrated cockpit details as the rim brake version, they’re showing it to be about as […]

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Pashley celebrates their lengthy history with two 90th anniversary special edition bikes

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Founded in 1926, Pashley is England’s longest standing bike manufacturer, and the company still follows their original business model of building both bikes and tricycles for recreational riders plus a line of utility bikes for workers on wheels. Despite many other companies moving production overseas, Pashley is proud to point out that all their bicycles are still hand built in-house.

Not too many bicycle companies get to celebrate a 90th anniversary, so Pashley is certainly justified in creating two special edition bikes to honor their tenth decade ahead. The Speed 3 SE and Roadfinder SE models have been created “to commemorate the past and present day activities of the business”, in their words.

Read on for the details on their special edition retro path racer and road bike…
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Founded in 1926, Pashley is England’s longest standing bike manufacturer, and the company still follows their original business model of building both bikes and tricycles for recreational riders plus a line of utility bikes for workers on wheels. Despite many other companies moving production overseas, Pashley is proud to point out that all their bicycles […]

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FSA electronic shifting drivetrain looking polished on Tour de France bikes

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prototype FSA electronic shifting group for road bikes spotted at Tour de France

Spotted last year later in Le Tour, the FSA electronic shifting group has been further refined and made another late-in-the-game appearance at this year’s Tour de France, too. This time, though, it’s looking nearly production ready and our inquiries to FSA were met with this response: “Make sure you come see us at Eurobike.”

So, they’re not giving up details, but we were able to get these photos from a friendly source that show off some key details…

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Spotted last year later in Le Tour, the FSA electronic shifting group has been further refined and made another late-in-the-game appearance at this year’s Tour de France, too. This time, though, it’s looking nearly production ready and our inquiries to FSA were met with this response: “Make sure you come see us at Eurobike.” So, […]

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Aforce AL33 alloy rims borrow carbon design for affordable, durable aero road wheels

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Jan-Willem van Soest has been building wheels with carbon rims since he was a junior racer, first for himself, then his trainer, and then more and more friends and others started asking for them. So, he started a business out of it, building wheels that were laterally stiffer, stronger and lighter than what those folks could find off the shelf. Five years after lacing his first wheel, he’s launching a unique, fully proprietary lightweight alloy rim.

“I was looking for an aerodynamic solution similar to carbon rims, but wanted to make it light,” van Soest told us via Skype. “We couldn’t find something under 550g that had the strength and stiffness we wanted, which in my mind was too heavy. So, we switched materials, and that let us get the rim weight under 500g with a 465-475g target weight.”

It has a toroidal shape, with dimensions very similar to several popular brand’s carbon rims, is tubeless ready outta the gate and is built into laterally stiff wheels thanks to some unique builds. Interested?

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Jan-Willem van Soest has been building wheels with carbon rims since he was a junior racer, first for himself, then his trainer, and then more and more friends and others started asking for them. So, he started a business out of it, building wheels that were laterally stiffer, stronger and lighter than what those folks […]

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