New Panaracer EVO3 road tubeless tire focuses on the bead

panaracer evo3 road tubeless bike tire

Over the past few years of tradeshow visits, we’ve continually asked the holdouts like Continental, Michelin, Mavic and, yes, Panaracer, when they’re going to finally have road tubeless tires available. One of the main reasons cited by all of them is a lack of standards for the rim-and-tire interface, particularly with regard to tire bead retention in the event of sudden, rapid pressure loss. Considering the speed of movement and very uncomfortable landing surface (not to mention cars flying by), it’s a pretty important concern that the tire stay on the rim if you flat.

Now, finally, Panaracer has jumped into the modern mix with the all-new EVO3, and they’ve done the best they can to design the tire around current rims to ensure it stays put…

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Over the past few years of tradeshow visits, we’ve continually asked the holdouts like Continental, Michelin, Mavic and, yes, Panaracer, when they’re going to finally have road tubeless tires available. One of the main reasons cited by all of them is a lack of standards for the rim-and-tire interface, particularly with regard to tire bead […]

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SOC16: Knight Composites forms new 35mm road and CX tubulars, shows super light 27.5+ Rim

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When it comes to industry experience, newly formed wheel company Knight Composites has it in spades. The newly formed super group includes industry veterans Jim Pfeil, Beverly Lucas, and Kevin Quan who combined have loads of experience with companies like Reynolds composites, EDGE and ENVE, Diamondback, and Neilpryde. Together, they’ve each made contributions to changing the carbon bicycle landscape and for their next project, they thought they could make a better wheel. Again.

After launching the brand with their first road wheels which promised to be faster and more stable, Knight Composites turned their focus towards mountain bikes with some wide but super light carbon options. Back in January, Knight promised some news in the form of tubulars for both road and CX, and they made good on the promise at Sea Otter…

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When it comes to industry experience, newly formed wheel company Knight Composites has it in spades. The newly formed super group includes industry veterans Jim Pfeil, Beverly Lucas, and Kevin Quan who combined have loads of experience with companies like Reynolds composites, EDGE and ENVE, Diamondback, and Neilpryde. Together, they’ve each made contributions to changing […]

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SOC16: Ventana Wolfram 27+ gets the Pinion gearbox makeover

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Wasting no time since the bike’s initial release last fall, Ventana has rolled out a new option for the Wolfram 27+. Alongside the standard Wolfram (which is hardly standard with a belt drive Rohloff option), the new version adds in a gearbox. Specifically the Pinion P1.12, though P1.9 and P1.18 gearboxes will be available on request. Built around a 120mm fork and with provisions for belt drive and the Pinion gearbox, this is one interesting option for 27+…

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Wasting no time since the bike’s initial release last fall, Ventana has rolled out a new option for the Wolfram 27+. Alongside the standard Wolfram (which is hardly standard with a belt drive Rohloff option), the new version adds in a gearbox. Specifically the Pinion P1.12, though P1.9 and P1.18 gearboxes will be available on […]

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SOC16: FSA adds modular cranks (Boost, no Boost, no problem) plus dropper & more

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With seemingly ever changing standards, it’s nice to see something that’s virtually future proof come along. The new FSA modular mountain bike cranks are just that, using a simple spacer system to adjust chainline to work with Boost and non-Boost bikes equally well. And thanks to their interchangeable spindle, spider and chainring system, they should work with any other standard that may come along, too.

But what about bottom brackets? They have that covered, too, along with new lightweight and low-rise stems, a dropper post and more…

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With seemingly ever changing standards, it’s nice to see something that’s virtually future proof come along. The new FSA modular mountain bike cranks are just that, using a simple spacer system to adjust chainline to work with Boost and non-Boost bikes equally well. And thanks to their interchangeable spindle, spider and chainring system, they should […]

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SOC16: New Breezer Inversion flips the gravel switch w/ butted steel road frame

Breezer Inversion steel gravel road bike

If you haven’t checked out Breezer’s pavement collection lately, it’s worth a look, particularly the very svelte Liberty hybrid city/commuter bikes. Now, bridging the gap between those and their mountain bikes and jumping straight into the popular gravel segment is their first modern road bike, the Inversion.

Built with Breezer’s D’Fusion double butted chromoly and Apex brake mounts that mix flat mount front and standard post mount rear disc brakes, the bike is a real beauty. Behind it, inside the truck bed, is an original 1978 Breezer Series 1 mountain bike, that’s also worth a look…

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If you haven’t checked out Breezer’s pavement collection lately, it’s worth a look, particularly the very svelte Liberty hybrid city/commuter bikes. Now, bridging the gap between those and their mountain bikes and jumping straight into the popular gravel segment is their first modern road bike, the Inversion. Built with Breezer’s D’Fusion double butted chromoly and […]

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SOC16: Ergon, Fizik add new mountain bike saddles with deeper channels, more cushion

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Ergon has added two new saddles to their range, both with a little extra padding and center channels, and both at the reasonable end of the price spectrum.

Above, the SMC4, is a new price point comfort saddle for general use. The name breaks down as Saddle Mountain Comfort, and the 4 represents its hierarchy in the line (bottom, for now). Prices range from $59.99 to $99.99 depending on materials. It’ll come in medium and large widths. The key difference between it and higher end SMC saddles is the addition of a gel insert to create a thicker padding section and a deeper center channel (base version only gets foam, no gel). The Chromoly rail base and Sport gel versions weigh in at 300g and 315g, respectively (gel adds more weight), both with DuraSkin covers. The Comp model gets TiNox rails and a microfiber cover to come in at 295g.

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Ergon has added two new saddles to their range, both with a little extra padding and center channels, and both at the reasonable end of the price spectrum. Above, the SMC4, is a new price point comfort saddle for general use. The name breaks down as Saddle Mountain Comfort, and the 4 represents its hierarchy […]

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SOC16: VP updates Harrier flat pedals with better looks, more durability

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VP’s new Harrier Flat Pedal gets an updated axle and bearing system called Axial Force Control (AFC). It uses a tapered axle with a DU Teflon-impregnated brass bushing on the inside of the pedal body at the tall end, capped by a machined flange to seat an o-ring into the pedal body to seal it but not allow the system to be over tightened.

At the bottom (outside end) of the axle is an Igus bushing that rests against a thrust bearing between it and the bolt. As you tighten the bolt into the end of the axle, it snugs the entire system and pulls the axle into the bushings so there’s no play.

If all that’s hard to visualize, drop past the break to see the internals…

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VP’s new Harrier Flat Pedal gets an updated axle and bearing system called Axial Force Control (AFC). It uses a tapered axle with a DU Teflon-impregnated brass bushing on the inside of the pedal body at the tall end, capped by a machined flange to seat an o-ring into the pedal body to seal it […]

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SOC16: Enduro adds more tools to make bearing service even easier

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It seems like one of the big advantages brick and mortar bike shops still have is the ability to offer complex repairs. With more full suspension frames and spendy hubs and bottom brackets floating around then ever, bearing service could be a big source of revenue – as long as you have the right tools. Using the right tools means that job will get done more quickly and properly the first time, without risking damage to the hub, frame, bottom bracket, headset, or bearing.

In a continued effort to make repairs easier, Enduro Bearing had some new tools to show off at the Sea Otter Classic. Tools like their new over axle hub press which will help when the inner bore of those bearings is just too small for the standard tool…

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It seems like one of the big advantages brick and mortar bike shops still have is the ability to offer complex repairs. With more full suspension frames and spendy hubs and bottom brackets floating around then ever, bearing service could be a big source of revenue – as long as you have the right tools. […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Sea Otter Classic7 Comments

SOC16: Manitou sharpens the Mattoc 2, Machete forks, Sun Ringle adds Duroc 40 & 50 plus size wheels

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You can always count on the Hayes crew to put out quite the spread for Sea Otter. Whether you’re talking new product or brats imported directly from Wisconsin (true story), there seems to always be something to digest. This year, in addition to stopping show goers in their tracks with the massive, Hayes disc brake equipped Timbersled, Hayes had new forks, as well as some new wheels for both the plus and skinny tire set…

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You can always count on the Hayes crew to put out quite the spread for Sea Otter. Whether you’re talking new product or brats imported directly from Wisconsin (true story), there seems to always be something to digest. This year, in addition to stopping show goers in their tracks with the massive, Hayes disc brake […]

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