IB16: STAC Zero cycling trainer provides 2000 watts resistance without touching your bike

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The STAC Zero indoor cycling trainer brings three very unique features to market. The most eye catching is the resistance mechanism, which doesn’t touch your wheel. Or your tire. Or require wheel removal, as on direct-drive trainers. Instead, it uses two banks of magnets to create resistance on your alloy rims. That means no moving parts, and no noise…which is the second innovation. It’s totally quiet. The only noise you’ll hear is your drivetrain. The third innovation? It packs down really, really flat…

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The STAC Zero indoor cycling trainer brings three very unique features to market. The most eye catching is the resistance mechanism, which doesn’t touch your wheel. Or your tire. Or require wheel removal, as on direct-drive trainers. Instead, it uses two banks of magnets to create resistance on your alloy rims. That means no moving parts, […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Celebrate 20 years of L’Eroica on the now iconci Strade Bianche – Back in 1997 the Strade Bianche pro race was still ten years away, but the
    founder Giancarlo Brocci and a bunch of loyal retrogrouches wanted to preserve the iconic white gravel Tuscan roads. Honoring a cycling era that shaped decades or Italian culture and has now made a resurgence to bring us all back the gravel bike, we’ll give credit where it is due to L’Eroica. Today Eroica events take place in 7 other countries around the globe, but from Sept 28-Oct 2 it’s time to get back the original. And to celebrate 20 years, they’ve worked with Santini on a  limited edition tops. Inspired by the color of the local Chianti wine and the historic roads of Tuscany, you have to participate to get one. EroicaGaiole.com Ditch the carbon for the weekend and get on your classic bike…

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Celebrate 20 years of L’Eroica on the now iconci Strade Bianche – Back in 1997 the Strade Bianche pro race was still ten years away, but the founder Giancarlo Brocci and a bunch of loyal retrogrouches wanted to preserve the iconic white gravel Tuscan roads. Honoring a cycling era that shaped decades or Italian culture and has now […]

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EB16: Merida hit two extremes with new One-Sixty enduro bike & Reacto Track velodrome racer

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From the ground up totally new, Merida has redesigned their 160mm travel enduro bike. The new One-Sixty gets its first carbon main triangle to bring frame weight down under 2.5kg. With short 430mm chainstays, long 445mm reach, and slack 65.3° head angle, the new One-Sixty is looks ready to drop-in on the most technical mountain tracks.

At the same time, designed to race around much smoother tracks, Merida has introduced their new alloy Reacto Track. Whether for training on wooden velodromes or classic winter training, their first track bike fills a gap that Merida had in their line, and pulls from stiff and aero tech that they’ve refined on the road for many years. Take a closer look at either or both o these polar opposites, below the fold…

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From the ground up totally new, Merida has redesigned their 160mm travel enduro bike. The new One-Sixty gets its first carbon main triangle to bring frame weight down under 2.5kg. With short 430mm chainstays, long 445mm reach, and slack 65.3° head angle, the new One-Sixty is looks ready to drop-in on the most technical mountain tracks. At the […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Keirin racing with the kids in Rochester Hills, MI

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Christopher Bertoia sent in a couple of photos of his daughter (and niece) watching as he did some Keirin racing recently at the International Velodrome at Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills, Michigan, just north of Detroit. Chris was amused that it was pretty clear that “she could care less that I am moving 44.1mph at the moment of this shot.”

Get used to you kid ignoring you, Chris, and just enjoy your time on the bike!

Check out another photo the Chris sent in from the start of the ride after the break. We love to see your photos and would like to show them to the world here on the Pic Of The Day. Send in your photo with a brief description here.

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Christopher Bertoia sent in a couple of photos of his daughter (and niece) watching as he did some Keirin racing recently at the International Velodrome at Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills, Michigan, just north of Detroit. Chris was amused that it was pretty clear that “she could care less that I am moving 44.1mph at […]

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EB16: Smart new trainers from TacX, Wahoo, Kinetic & CycleOps – including a $10K cycling treadmill!

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For the cyclist who has everything (and can afford anything), TacX is looking their way with the Magnum cycling treadmill. It comes to Europe in October for €8,000, which puts it around $10K or so (North American pricing isn’t set, but it might come here in 2017).

Sensors detect your speed, so as you accelerate or decelerate, it matches your pace to keep you from ramming the front or falling off the back. It reacted fairly quickly with the demo rider, but we wouldn’t jump into full sprint on it.

For the rest of us with limited space (and budgets), there are plenty of new smart trainers with a more traditional footprint…

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For the cyclist who has everything (and can afford anything), TacX is looking their way with the Magnum cycling treadmill. It comes to Europe in October for €8,000, which puts it around $10K or so (North American pricing isn’t set, but it might come here in 2017). Sensors detect your speed, so as you accelerate […]

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EB16: Stages Cycling completes the power cycle with Dash Performance GPS Head Unit

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The Stages Cycling power meters have always worked very well with other head units, but to take their training system to the next level it was time for something new. Enter the Stages Dash GPS head unit – a completely customizable system that is designed to work with both the Stages powermeters as well as the Stages Link training system. Shown at Eurobike in prototype form, the Dash has a few interesting features that should help it break away from the pack…

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The Stages Cycling power meters have always worked very well with other head units, but to take their training system to the next level it was time for something new. Enter the Stages Dash GPS head unit – a completely customizable system that is designed to work with both the Stages powermeters as well as […]

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Zwift expands to iPhones and iPads with launch of Zwift iOS Beta

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Taking your indoor training to the next level with Zwift is about to get a lot easier. And more portable. Up until now, Zwift has been confined to powerful desktops or compatible laptop computers usually requiring an ANT+ dongle to go along with it. Soon, the Zwift iOS platform will open up the same training possibilities but for your iPhone or iPad.

Initially part of a beta release, Zwift community members will receive invitations to join the first wave. Eventually, the full subscription launch will be held this winter with fees matching the current $10 per month. Given the number of smart trainers being released and our positive experiences with Zwift, this should be big news for the home training segment.

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Taking your indoor training to the next level with Zwift is about to get a lot easier. And more portable. Up until now, Zwift has been confined to powerful desktops or compatible laptop computers usually requiring an ANT+ dongle to go along with it. Soon, the Zwift iOS platform will open up the same training […]

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K-Edge machines new Sport level Garmin & Wahoo mounts, Splayd mounts for integrated bar/stem

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K-Edge has always been fiercely proud of their precision machined aluminum mounts for computers and lights. Their position has always been that their mounts are a pro level product and while plastic mounts can get the job done, they feel your $$$ Garmin or Wahoo deserves the highest level of security.

Unfortunately, that has correlated with a higher price than their competitors thanks to the amount of machining time for their flagship mounts. Now, they have another option. The new Sport series won’t be replacing their current line, now called their Pro series, but it will offer a more affordable option for those shopping on price, but who still want the strength and hold of an aluminum mount…

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K-Edge has always been fiercely proud of their precision machined aluminum mounts for computers and lights. Their position has always been that their mounts are a pro level product and while plastic mounts can get the job done, they feel your $$$ Garmin or Wahoo deserves the highest level of security. Unfortunately, that has correlated […]

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Break a sweat with Elite’s 2016-17 trainer lineup including most accurate power measurement for a trainer, ever?

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Whether you’re a novice or a pro, trainers are common practice. For weekend riders you may look at a simple fluid/mag trainer to get an hour or two in, and for the pro/club rider you may go for integrated power and route tracking. Either way, Elite has a machine for any level of rider, from rollers to direct drive systems. Get set up past the break… Continue reading “Break a sweat with Elite’s 2016-17 trainer lineup including most accurate power measurement for a trainer, ever?”



Whether you’re a novice or a pro, trainers are common practice. For weekend riders you may look at a simple fluid/mag trainer to get an hour or two in, and for the pro/club rider you may go for integrated power and route tracking. Either way, Elite has a machine for any level of rider, from […]

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